Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it's time for the countdown to Christmas to begin. Yippee! I absolutely love all the creative ideas for advent calendars that I've seen floating around. I've rounded up six great ones in today's post. Theone above was created using popsicle sticks. How fun!
When I was a little girl, if you were a grown up who was 40, you'd be a rather old one to me. Now that I am 40, besides the grey hairs, I am still very much young at heart. I am thankful for my little family and all the blessings that God has bestowed on me.
Throughout the years I've learned that laughter is magic for the soul, to breathe deeply, and to do all things with love. I am immensely grateful to be alive and healthy.
Spongebob knows what's up!
I am naturally not taking this birthday for granted, so a baby sitter is lined up to watch the boys, and this 40 year old Mama is going out to celebrate!
Some pretty flowers are in order...
My Mom sent me this picture of my kindergarten graduation. This little girl is all grown up now...
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
There's nothing better that can make a beautifully designed and styled interior shine like a great photographer. I am absolutely smitten with Jonas Ingerstedt photography. Check out some of my faves from his portfolio and you'll see why I am smitten...
oh that green is delish, isn't it?
Aren't you just drooling over it all? So much interior inspiration too! xx
Since the weather has turned much colder, I had to bring in all my plants and many of them ended up in the bedroom. You know how much I love my plants, but they aren't just for looking pretty. They improve your air quality and can also help to facilitate better slumber.NASA even did a study on this very subject!
This infographic highlights the most popular ones.
Another one of NASA’s top plants for purifying the air, English Ivy is simple to grow and only needs moderate exposure to sunlight.
Studies have shown that this leaf can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma – which all sufferers know can seriously impact both the quantity and quality of sleep. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported that, in a 2005 experiment, English Ivy removed 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold in just 12 hours! As mold can affect our breathing, it’s definitely a plant to have on hand for a great night’s sleep.
This evergreen vine looks great in an indoor hanging basket, or placed on a ledge where the leaves can trail down. It’s toxic to kids and pets though, so make sure to keep it out of reach!
Not only does it smell amazing, It’s also probably the most well-known of all plants when it comes to inducing sleep and reducing anxiety levels. Research backs up these claims, with lavender scents shown to slow down heart rate, lower blood pressure and levels of stress.
In one study, the smell of lavender reduced crying in babies, sending them into a deeper sleep; while simultaneously reducing stress in both mother and child.
In women, lavender has been shown to increase light sleep, and decrease rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep and the amount of time to wake after first falling asleep.
Listed as one of NASA’s top air-improving plants, the fantastic Aloe works much like the Snake Plant – it emits oxygen at night, making for a more restful slumber. It’s also one of the easiest plants to grow and maintain – it tolerates ‘neglect’ well and so doesn’t require frequent watering.
Dubbed the ‘plant of immortality’ by the Egyptians, it reproduces easily so if you buy one you’ll soon have an Aloe plant for all the rooms in your house. You can even pass on the gift of happy sleep to your family and friends! Keep it on your bedroom window as it does need a lot of direct sunlight.
You can also use the gel from the Aloe Vera leaves as a topical treatment for minor cuts and burns, insect bites, dry skin and lots more! It’s simply a must-have plant in every home.
This exotic plant has a gentle, soothing effect on the body and mind. It has been shown in one study to reduce anxiety levels, leading to a greater quality of sleep.
Snake Plant(Mother- in-Law's Tongue)
Pictured behind me in the pic above, this plant is one of the most recommended plants for improving indoor air quality, the Snake Plant is a hardy and easy to care-for plant … always a plus!
What’s great about this plant is that it emits oxygen at night time whilst simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide – something we naturally produce when breathing. All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep.
The Snake Plant also filters some nasty but common household toxins (namely formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene) from the air.
Not to be confused with the Snake Plant, the Spider Plant is also a champion cleanser of air. The NASA tests showed it to remove around 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air. Since formaldehyde is found in common household products like adhesives, grout and fillers, it’s a good idea to keep one of these plants around.
In addition to cleansing the air, it will also absorb odors and fumes as well as sustaining oxygen levels in the room, promoting better sleep.
Studies indicate that keeping one in your room may help you achieve a better quality of sleep, with claims that it may be as effective as valium in relieving anxiety and promoting sleep.
Do you currently have any of these plants in your bedroom? I find now is a great time to buy plants as they are usually on sale so get a few or all of them if you can. xx
images of me/myhome byLea Hartman, others found on pinterest.
In the Military community, Friendsgiving is quite popular. It's not uncommon for many Military families to not be able to go home during Thanksgiving, so the next best thing is to host a party and invite your friends which is what I did! Friendsgiving is usually a laid back affair and in today's post, I am highlighting 8 great tips to host a successful Friendsgiving.
Make a budget and stick to it.
Don't skimp on flowers.
Plan a simple menu and ask your friends to bring a meal. In fact more than likely they'll offer to do so. It saves on time on money when you adapt a kind of potluck type menu.
Try chicken or cornish hens instead of turkey. I opted for chicken and baked it after seasoning it with some, basil and thyme(from the garden), kosher salt, black pepper, and Jamaican jerk chicken and letting it marinade overnight. I garnished with grapes, more basil, and lemons. It was delicious!
Try alternative seating if you don't have enough chairs. In this case, an ottoman was used for extra seating at the table.
Be realistic regarding the number of friends you can accommodate
Please use your fancy plates! Some say it's ok to use paper plates for Friendsgiving, but that's a big no no for me despite the fact that clean up would be more of a pain, but that's what friends are for- to help with cleaning up!
It's ok to not prepare everything yourself. For e.g., this cake is store bought and that is totally fine!
A fully stocked bar is a must for cocktails after dinner.
I chalked the ends of those logs for the party-definitely a great ice breaker.
Sit back, relax, and have a good time. Have you ever hosted or attended a Friendsgiving? xx
The other day when we were hit by hurricane Matthew and were without electricity and warm water, I would day dream about taking a long warm bath in my tub. I also vowed to take more baths-you see I am a shower kind of girl and Mama life doesn't always accommodate luxuriating in a deep aqua tub(pictured above via vogue living) edged with marble tiles which make me want to do abathroom retile! However hurricane Matthew reminded me I must make the time to enjoy my bath tub. Today's post is filled with 11 beautiful bath tubs and styles that promote "me time" and a luxurious soak.