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Why I Turned Into A Plantita and Why You Should Too!

This Covid pandemic has brought about so many new hobbies, business ideas and longing for new companions, like pets. We can definitely see the boom of the plant industry whether vegetables, herbs or ornamental. We can see people post on social media their growing collection where before, they would only have a plastic version of flowers sitting on their dining table. 


So, what happened here? Why is the demand so high? Being cooped up in your home for months on end would most likely have us yearning for the outdoors and that lessened human interaction may leave some with acute anxiety. Plants give off phytoncides, which protect them from insects and rotting, but are actually beneficial to humans, according to The New York Times.  

The chemicals that plants omit help us reduce stress. Less stress, healthier immune system, less likely chance of getting sick. 

I kicked off my Plantita Journey in January when I renovated our roof deck from a storage area to a patch of green for the kids, unbelievably timely since quarantine hit and it has been the source for my kids to be able to enjoy the outdoors. I started off with 4 small Mayana plants, then herbs, then snake plants, then indoor plants and my collection is still growing! 


I have found a happy sanctuary in being surrounded by plants and this is even if I have never have had a "green thumb", it's amazing how the plants I have cared for have grown and produced vegetables. Okay, so it wasn't ever perfect, as I have had a few die along the way but I have also learned how to propagate which lessens the blow of losing a plant. 


If you haven't started the plantita or plantito journey yet, I am encouraging you - not just for your health but also for you sanity - don't be discouraged to start as there are so many Facebook groups that you can join also to support your new found journey as a plant parent. 


Just want to share a few tips based on my experience of joining this journey: 

1. Choose plants based on the space you will place them and your behavior - is your place well lit or dark, cramped or spacious, do you have time to give care or need something that you can leave un-watered for days? This is very important as their are plants that need extra care while there are others that thrive on neglect. 

2. Be careful in choosing plants if you have kids or pets. some plants can be toxic if consumed, you know that kids and pets love to experiment. Make sure you check and research on the plant you purchase to help you decide if you can keep it indoors or outdoors. 

3. Stop watering the plant! Not all plants need to be watered every single day - the best tip for me is to water if the soil is dry when I dip my finger or when the leaves look droopy. 

4. Use rain water, rice washed water, water from your laundry or' if you are feeling generous, mineral water instead of direct water from the tap as the chlorine will harm you plant. 

Here is a bonus tip which has done wonders for my plants recently, after using this I have had an abundance of new leaves, growth and vegetables. Using MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) or your home supply of vetsin as a fertilizer. Take one teaspoon of MSG and mix in one gallon of water (rain water or water that you have kept for at least a day). Water your plants with this mixture every 2 weeks. you'll love the results after! 

Do you have any tips to share? I would also love to hear your plantita or plantito journey. 

Healthy Living Investments That'll Save You Money In The Long Run

 Nothing in this life is more important than your health, but several obstacles can stand in the way of maintaining the right habits. For most people, perceived financial hurdles are among the biggest culprits. In reality, though, investments into your wellbeing will often boost your long-term situation.

Here are four issues where a stitch in time can truly save nine. A healthier, happier, and financially stable future awaits.


3 Expenses That Personal Loans Can Cover

At some point, everyone has unexpected expenses. Other times, you may expect the expense, but it comes at a bad time. Many people’s first instinct is to reach for their credit card or open a new credit card account with a retailer to get a financing deal. Regardless of how much credit and income you have available, credit card debt is usually considered a “bad debt.” Instead, you should explore options for personal loans that can get you the cash you need to take care of an immediate expense with less interest.    

How To Enhance The Workplace To Improve Morale

2020 is the year of change and challenges. Whether people expected it or not, this point in time has become about reinventing life and accepting new norms. 

Companies have the chance to explore new avenues and reinvent policies, focusing on enhancing not only work ethic but also happiness. 

With that in mind, then, how much does the office environment impact staff productivity? It's possible that it could have significant impact on output. 

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How to Make Your Home Safe and Healthy for Your Pet

Pet owners need to pay special attention to ensure that their pets will be safe and healthy in their homes. Here are some things that every pet owner should bear in mind about keeping their pets healthy.

Be Careful About Cleaning Products

Some cleaning products could be harmful to your pets. If you have your home professionally cleaned, choose a service provider who uses all-natural products such as Fresh Air Cleaning. When you clean any part of yourself, be careful about using harsh chemicals in any area where your pet will be walking. If you have a cat who likes to drink from your faucet or includes the bathroom in his or her nightly patrol area, don’t use bleaches or toxic scouring products. 

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Making Your Wedding Smaller and More Special

Getting married should be the happiest day of your life, and sometimes that does mean throwing a huge party, but not always. Not everyone loves a huge extravagant affair, and not everyone can really afford to have one. Weddings have become an industry in and of themselves, driving up costs and creating extra expenses. Sometimes it's better to focus on a small wedding that's truly special.


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