Benefits of Indoor Plants – Both Environmental and Emotional

Benefits of Indoor Plants – Both Environmental and Emotional

I can’t recall a time when I haven’t had indoor house plants in my home. Even when I was young and single, my sister and I had handful of plants in our apartment. Gardening outside is incredibly rewarding, but unfortunately it is very seasonal. This is why for me, having variety of indoor plants to take care of,  is very essential. There are studies and scientific research that show how houseplants can help with our environment both...

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Healing Powers of Nature and Gardening

Healing Powers of Nature and Gardening

We hear it all the time, that gardening is really good for our health. Speaking from experience, I have to say, not only is it good for my health, but gardening has been the best preventive medicine available for me. Does my back and hands get sore from yard work? Sure it does! But the sense of deep fulfillment and accomplishment acts as drops of healing oil on me. Being in nature has healed me and it continues, as I engage myself in variety of...

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Science Behind Why Flowers Make Us Happy

Science Behind Why Flowers Make Us Happy

Luther Burbank was a botanist who knew what he was talking about when he said.. “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful, they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul”. Famous actress, Marilyn Monroe once said “Diamonds are a girls best friend”. From day one, my husband has known that, that is not the case with me. I could care less about diamonds and sparkly stuff. But you tell me I can buy or...

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Simple Date Ideas For Married Couples

Simple Date Ideas For Married Couples

I used to think that people who had been married for 30 years were really old. After all, my parents celebrated their 30th three months after we got married. At the time three decades seemed like a lifetime, but today it seems only like yesterday Robert and I were married. That said, I realize that not all marriages last as long or beyond, but I know it’s possible even in this complicated world which we live in today. We started our...

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Just in these past couple of months, I have been in touch with friends and family members, whose lives  have been turned upside down in a very short period of time. Some of them have and are going thru life changing events, while others are going thru some rough patches that hopefully will get better. Either way, these are some hard challenges such as illnesses, death, abuse, dysfunctional relationships and job loss. My heart has been broken...

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Simple Horticulture

Simple Horticulture

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday about gardening. She approached me regarding her yard and the care she needed to give to it. She expressed few thoughts and frustrations that she had with gardening and basic plant knowledge. Her need was simple instructions on how to take care of her yard, and also how to make it more attractive yet functional. I got a bit anxious and felt I needed to teach her everything I have learned so far,...

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Drought Tolerant Perennials

Drought Tolerant Perennials

I know we are heading to winter right now, but when it comes to gardening, it is never to early to plan and dream. I want to share a list of some of my favorite drought and heat tolerant perennials. Some of these perennials (plants/flowers that come back year after year – in the correct zone) do actually better under these difficult circumstances, because they are native to drier and hotter conditions. As a bonus they are also low...

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Finding joy in my garden

Finding joy in my garden

Years ago while battling with severe depression, I ended up with a great professional counselor, who taught me few tools in helping me to cope with my anxiety and depression. At the time, most of it didn’t make sense, but with time I have come to appreciate those tools more than I believed was possible. One of those tools he gave me, was the importance of having an outlet, where I could be me and leave my thoughts and challenges behind. I...

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