Wednesday, August 28, 2019

5 Easy to Care for Plants With Plant Care Tips

5 Easy to Care for Plants With Plant Care Tips- design addict mom

Plants make me happy and that is not a secret especially since I have so many. I recently added some more beautiful plants to our home through my partnership with 1-800- Flowers.com. There is no such thing as too many plants and as someone who loves to give plants as gifts, I was so thrilled when I recently found out that 1-800-Flowers.com has expanded their plant category  to provide even more options for customers whether for self-purchasing or gifting. With this expansion, 1-800-Flowers.com is adding some of the hottest trending houseplants, as well as new succulent offerings, to their already broad assortment.  

*This post is sponsored by 1-800-Flowers.com, but all opinions expressed are my own

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Some people feel that plants are too much trouble, but for beginners who might not feel confident in their plant care abilities, choosing plants that are easy to care for is a great start! There is quite a variety of  easy to care for plants to choose from in the 1-800-Flowers.com plant shop and would make great plant gifts. Some great examples of these are the snake plant((sansevieri), the aloe vera plant, the pilea peperomioides plant, the zz plant, and the dieffenbachia plant (dumb cane). I recently added a couple of these exact plants to my bedroom and as you probably already know, having plants in the bedroom is a great idea and can promote quality sleep. 

These easy to care for plants are also great for purifying the air and below you will find some easy to care for tips for each:



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The Aloe Vera Plant

Light

Proper light is important for aloe vera plants to thrive. Place in bright, indirect sunlight or artificial light. A western or southern window is ideal. Aloe that are kept in low light often grow leggy.
Aloe vera plants  prefer  temperatures between 55 and 80°F (13 and 27°C). The temperatures of most homes and apartment are ideal

Water

Aloe vera plants do not like cold weather so in the evening if nights are cold.

Water aloe vera plants deeply, but infrequently. Water the aloe plant only when the soil has dried out completely, or every few weeks to discourage root rot. Water it even less in winter. To water the aloe vera, pour water onto the soil near the base of the plant until the soil is thoroughly wet. 

Feed

Fertilize sparingly (no more than once a month), and only in the spring and summer with a balanced houseplant formula mixed at ½ strength.

The Dieffenbachia Plant

Dieffenbachia, also known as dumb cane, is an incredibly easy-to-grow houseplant which makes it quite popular. 

Light

Just like most tropical houseplants, grow dieffenbachia in a relatively warm, humid spot with plenty of filtered lightDieffenbachia prefers filtered sunlight or partial shade, but will tolerate full shade, which is why it is well-suited as a houseplant. It thrives in temperatures between 60 and 75°F.



Water
Dieffenbachia plants like regular watering, but they don't ever want the soil to be wet or soggy for extended periods. Because more indoor plants die from over watering than under watering every year, it's best to keep dieffenbachia on the dry side if you're in doubt about whether to water it. During the summer, it’s also important to provide a lot of water. Soil has to stay moist but never fully wet – being wet can promote the root rot. During the winter, all the watering should be reduced.
Feed
This also depends on the growing season. During the growing season, meaning, March to October, you should feed it every other week, when watering. It’s best to use a complete liquid food. During the winter months you should not fertilize at all – this is when you should water only, and make sure to reduce even that one.
Soil 
The Dieffenbachia plant likes a well-draining soil. It’s best to use 2 parts peat moss and 1 part perlite. Another good choice is to use an African violet mix.


Note: The Dieffenbachia Plant should be handled with care and be kept out of the reach of pets and children. The sap from this plant is toxic and it can cause allergic reactions, painful rashes, numbness and other problems. When handling the plant, avoid getting any of the sap in your eyes or mouth. It’s always best to wear gloves when working on this plant.

Pilea

Light


Pilea loves to be in front of a window where it can get a lot of bright indirect light, but almost no direct sunlight. Since too much sun might stress the leaves, a north or east-facing window will work best. Make sure there will be enough space between the light source and the plant.

Pilea's leaves tend to grow in the direction of the light source. For this reason, you will need to rotate your plant a few times a week if you want that it keeps a nice and symmetrical shape.

Water


Water this plant when the soil is completely dried out and if it takes too long to dry out, it may not be getting enough sunlight.


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The Snake Plant

Snake plants are a type of Sansevieria and the plants  in this category share  characteristics like narrow, upright leaves and short, thick roots. Native to West Africa snake plants  are known to help to remove harmful toxins from the air and are popular with plant lovers because they are so easy to care for. 



Light

Give your snake plant bright, indirect light if you want it to do well. While it can survive in low-light conditions, it will grow slower and have less color. A good spot for it would be about 3-6′ away from a window that gets a lot of light.

Water

Because snake plants have succulent leaves, they don’t need a lot of water. Keep the soil slightly moist and never over water. If you water too often your snake plant will become mushy and start to rot quickly.​
Soil

Snake plants are sensitive to water and prone to root rot, so it’s important to plant them in soil that drains well



The Zz Plant
The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is the ultimate plant for beginners as it's one of the easiest plants to care for. It is one of the very few plants that can take months of neglect and low light and still look amazing. 
Light
The ZZ plant is very hardy and though they thrive best in bright indirect light, they can also tolerate low light conditions. They do not like direct sunlight and that is usually evident if the leaves become scorched.  
Water

Allow the soil to dry between watering. Don’t let your plant sit in water because it can easily cause stem and rhizome rot. Your plant can survive months without water, but will grow faster if watered more regularly
 Like the plants mentioned above, over-watering can lead to root rot which can be detrimental to the plant. 


Note: You should take care when handling this plant because it can cause skin irritation or more serious ailments like stomach pain. The oxalate crystals make the plant especially poisonous for cats and dogs, so make sure to keep it out of reach. Zamioculcas zamiifolia are still safe to have in your home as long as you keep them out of reach from curious pets and children.


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Taking care of plants doesn't have to be a daunting process- with practice and experience, and learning what the optimal environment is that is required for your plants to thrive, you'll earn your plant whisperer badge in no time. 




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The Plant Shop at 1-800-Flowers.com features houseplants, succulents, blooming plants, bonsai and bamboo, plus resources to help customers select and care for plants.  xx

Thursday, August 22, 2019

6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)

6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)- design addict mom

It’s unbelievable how quickly the Summer flew by and now, we are counting down the weeks until it’s back to school time.
Cheyenne is
not happy about her brothers going back to school at all-that face says it all! Since the back to school routine can be a bit
harsh coming off the unstructured routine of the Summer,
I am usually mindful about finding ways to help the transition back to school a pleasant one for everyone

*This post is sponsored by Wrangler but all opinions are my own.

Here are 6 quick tips to help lessen the stress of back to school and make the transition easier:

Shopping: Clothes

6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)

6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)During the Summer months, the kiddos tend to grow like weeds so shopping for back to school clothes is a MUST, especially in our household. Zion and Ian’s body type are quite opposites; Zion is slender and tall and Ian has more of an athletic built, so I have to be meticulous when shopping for their clothes. And this is why I’ve been particularly impressed with the Wrangler collection available at Kohls.

6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)
The adjustable waist is perfect for both boys, but especially Zion who requires a longer length which sometimes
means the waist might be too big. Additionally, Zion
tends to be picky with certain aspects of his clothing because of his sensory issues; he dislikes tags or buttons
touching his skin so I especially
love the pinch protection feature where there is  fabric covering the button of the adjustable waist, so
picky boys like Zion can be comfortable and not worry
about the uncomfortable feel of the button digging into their skin.
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The different cuts offer diverse ways of styling and with two very active boys who seem to
always return from school with holes in the
knee of their pants, the reinforced knee on this Wrangler collection is a delightful feature! 


Shopping: School Supplies:

6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)
Before I shop for school supplies, I usually search around the house to see if I have any extra or left over items
from the prior year’s school
supply shopping list before I go shopping.
You could greatly reduce cost by doing so and when you’re shopping for school supplies for more
than one, it never hurts to try and save when you can. 

Earlier bedtime

6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)
It’s a great idea to move bedtime back an earlier time a few weeks before school starts. I’ve started to do this
already and the boys are not thrilled but the sooner, they get used to it, the better.


Limit Technology6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)
I am usually good about limiting their technology use but nevertheless, during the Summer months their  use of their
IPads usually increase.
To get them back into a back to school frame of mind, they are encouraged to read more and we complete
Math and Reading activities together.


Set up a Homework Center

6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)- design addict mom

6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)
Set a designated area for your child/children to complete homework each day.  They like to use my closet office(pictured above)

6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)- design addict mom


or even in the kitchen at the table while I am making dinner. Make sure to choose a time where you are available in case your child needs your help.

Relax6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)
6 Quick Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School (with Wrangler)
It defeats the purpose of having a smooth back to school transition if you’re stressing out about it! xx

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Peek Inside John Derian's Delightful Manhattan Apartment

A Peek Inside John Derian's Delightful Manhattan Apartment- design addict mom
How is everyone? I always fail to meet my blogging goals during Summer break but no regrets as I've been soaking up these precious moments of what is left of Summer and Summer break with the kiddos. I know you've probably already seen/peeked inside John Derian's deliciously delightful  Manhattan apartment making its round on the interweb, but I wanted to be sure it showed up here too. It's all so drool-worthy!

A Peek Inside John Derian's Delightful Manhattan Apartment- design addict mom

A Peek Inside John Derian's Delightful Manhattan Apartment- design addict mom

A Peek Inside John Derian's Delightful Manhattan Apartment- design addict mom

A Peek Inside John Derian's Delightful Manhattan Apartment- design addict mom

A Peek Inside John Derian's Delightful Manhattan Apartment- design addict mom

A Peek Inside John Derian's Delightful Manhattan Apartment- design addict mom

A Peek Inside John Derian's Delightful Manhattan Apartment- design addict mom
Am I the only one feeling depressed about Summer coming to an end? Clinging and soaking up these last Summer days as best as I can. xx


images: Architectural Digest and Quintessence blog