Happy Houseplants

I have started a collection of houseplants as of late. I don’t know what has caused this current obsession but I think it’s OK, don’t you? As long as I don’t neglect my chores and children, I think the collection of living plants in the house will benefit us all, especially me : ) A bit of green here and there won’t hurt. And hopefully I will remember to water them.

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I especially love it when Aldi has houseplants for sale. They sell-out in hurry though, so I grab them when I see them. And Home Depot had a nice section of houseplants and succulents, I couldn’t decide which ones to get. The hot-pink cactus is the next one, I think.

I can remember my grandma’s collection of houseplants. She had a variety of them all placed in the same sunny window on an old buffet beside the piano. I remember her showing us how to use the aloe to help heal a burn. It was so slimy! Then we’d secretly break off tips of it just to see the stuff again.

My other grandparents had ginormous plants in wheeled wooden boxes in their basement. It reminded me of the jungle. But we all thought the boogie man would get us. Kinda scary, but mostly fun.

So maybe that’s why I’ve come to like them so much lately, they remind me of my childhood. And they make it look cheery. And kinda sophisticated? And clean. (oh wait, I did the cleaning)

I put them in all the living spaces and bathrooms. So I will be sure to see them (and check their need for water). The ones I have will hopefully stay hardy and survive even if I neglect them now and then. Sorry in advance, houseplants!

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I will probably move them around often, as I tend to do with lots of things in the house. The plant hanging in the living room started out in the kitchen hanging over the sink but it grew too long for the space. Plus I found a sweet little macrame hanger to use to hang it from the ceiling some day. For now it hangs from the curtain rod because I’m lazy : )

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I put one in the bathroom where there is absolutely no sunlight so hopefully it will live.

 

Behind the potty is a good spot for one that grows long.

 

On winter days when I feel like I didn’t even take a breath outdoors, it’s refreshing to see some green in the house. They really do make it happier in here!

 

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And just to make me laugh later on…as I wrote words in this post last night while the house was quiet, I heard the strange sounds of a beeping, dying microwave! It kinda freaked me out, and I didn’t want to walk in the kitchen to see if there was a boogie man trying to re-heat his supper. There wasn’t. It was just the dying 14 year old microwave I’ve had since the college days.

I put some aloe on the microwave but I don’t think it’s gonna heal this one!

 

Put a plant near your work station and it will make you want to get your work done faster so you can go outside!

And the laundry room is the best place for a houseplant because laundry is my least favorite chore. I am so bad at it. I wash it pretty well… it gets dried…eventually, but then it usually sits in the dryer until the next load comes… then it gets smooshed into a basket and maybe two days later I’ll fold it? Or we’ll wear it again. All wrinkly.

I blame my mother… And the fact that we hardly had any houseplants ; )

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So I am a houseplant addict. There are worse things. Like my new fascination with mismatched dining chairs.

I think I’ll go have a juice-box…which reminds me, I need to go water all these dang houseplants!

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What kind of plants make you happy?

And if you see any good deals on a microwave, please let me know!

PS: if anyone is interested in succulents, here is a little DIY  (faux) succulent wreath!

 

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Pretty Pantry Labels

We’ve lived in our house nearly a year and a half now and it seems like every time I open the pantry door it looks a little dull. It started as a bare little closet and my dear husband installed awesome wire shelves to fill up with all our food… so that’s what I did. I filled it with all sorts of things, and it was NOT very orderly! Throughout the past year I’ve done a couple of clean outs but every time it would still become a jumbled mess.  Sigh.

So I thought I would at least try a little harder this go-around. I decided to make some cute little labels! And I was even able to use items I already had on hand! Here’s what I used:Image

~ scrapbook paper (I already had some laminated)

~scissors

~brown craft labels

~chalkboard labels

~chalk marker

~sharpie

~poster putty

I measured the wire ledge and cut my laminated paper to fit. Then I put a craft label on each piece.Image

I thought about the different foods I store in the pantry and made a list of general categories. Then I wrote them on the labels with a black sharpie.

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I put a couple of globs of putty on the backs of each label and stuck them to the wire shelf, simple as that! The putty holds great and I was able to rearrange them easily when I found I needed more room for certain categories.

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I was able to put all my pantry items back into a specific space so it should make unloading groceries much easier! I know this is a VERY simple organizational step for the pantry but I think it’s gonna make a big difference.

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Now, to conquer the bag monster living and growing on the pantry floor! AHHHHHHH!

ImageAnyone else have any pantry organizational ideas? I know you do! Oh, I forgot to mention my cute little candy box! I used the awesome chalkboard labels and chalk marker (some of my faves at the moment)! I will stash my chocolate up there, away from curious hands! Fortunately, my kiddos can’t read yet so the candy is ALL MINE!

Until next time!