Houseplants for a Healthier Home

For a healthier home, houseplants are the ultimate decorating accessory, while looking pretty they also clean the air space of harmful pollutants, naturally. Studies have shown that just a few specific houseplants throughout your living space can rid your home of harmful VOCs like formaldehyde and xylene.  Most people don’t realize the air quality inside our homes can often be worse than outside our homes.

Here are just 10 of the many houseplants that can improve your indoor air quality.

1.  Aloe (Aloe Vera)

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Aloe Vera ~ A sun loving succulent that is used for burns to the skin and is also know for removing formaldehyde and benzene from the air, which can be found in paint and cleaning products.

2. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera)

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Gerbera Daisy ~ Not only is this flowers pretty, it absorbs carbon dioxide and at night gives off oxygen.  NASA has reported this plant removes benzene, a cancer causing chemical. It also removes trichloroethylene, which can be found in dry cleaning.  The Gerbera Daisy loves light.

3. Mother-in-Law Tongue (Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii)

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Mother-in-Law Tongue ~ It is a wonderful houseplant because it requires little light and loves steamy humid conditions, perfect for a bathroom.  It is know as the very best plant to rid your home of formaldehyde which can be found in toilet paper & cleaning products.

4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home

Spider Plant ~ This hearty plant is the perfect choice for the non-green thumb person.  NASA has said this plant ranks among the top 3 houseplants for removing formaldehyde in the air.  It is also known for removing carbon monoxide. A perfect plant to hang in the garage ( as long as it receives some light).

5. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum Morifolium)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum (Mum) ~ With so many color choices the Mum can blend into any decor.   It is effective for removing benzene, a carcinogen (a known cancer causing substance). , which can be found in plastics, glue, paints, cigarettes, and some detergents. Mums love lots of water and partial sun light.

6. Pothos ( Scindapsusaures)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home Pothos

Pothos ~ This fast growing plant is powerful against formaldehyde, toluene, and other toxins in the air.  Pothos is the perfect choice to put in a area with low lighting and cooler temperatures.  This is also a good choice to place in the garage.

7. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home Peace LilyPeace Lily ~ This is one of my favorite indoor plants.  I just love the dark green foliage against the bloom of the stark white flower.  The Peace Lily aids in the removing alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, and benzene. It has the ability to remove many pollutants and it has topped NASA list to be among houseplants for removing all 3 common VOCs.  The Peace Lily like indirect lighting.

8. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home English IvyEnglish Ivy ~ Besides looking great planted in baskets with other plants. A study has shown that the English Ivy plant reduces airborne fecal-matter.  It also aids in ridding the air of formaldehyde.

9. Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron Oxycardium)

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Heart Leaf Philodendron ~  This plant is a defender against many different VOCs, particularly against formaldehyde from particleboard.  **This plant is very toxic, keep away from children and pets.

10. Phaeleonopsis Orchids

Houseplants for a Healthier Home

Phaeleonopsis Orchids ~ This plant rids the air of xylene, a pollutant found in glues and paints. They also give off oxygen in the evening so they are an excellent plant to have in the bedroom.

Always check to see which plants are safe to have around children and pets.

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Peeps flower arrangement, pinterest Have you ever seen this adorable spring time Peeps flower arrangement?

Well, if you go on Pinterest, you have!  All last spring I kept telling myself I was going to make one, then spring came and went and it was too late.  So this year, as soon as I saw peeps, I bought 2 boxes and went to work.

Here is the items I used…

Glass Cylinder ~ The large one that holds the peeps.

Small Glass ~ For the one that holds the flowers.

These Peeps and these Peeps.

Marbles ~ To hold the flowers in place.

I purchased the flowers at Trader Joe’s.

Here is how I did it…

Place the smaller glass inside the larger class cylinder.  Place the bottom row of peeps (what ever color you like) between the walls of the two glasses.  Now place the second row of peeps on top of the first row.  Don’t be afraid to squeeze them into place.  Add a small handful of marbles to the glass that will hold the flowers.  Carefully add water to the inside glass about 1/2 way full.  Cut flowers to the desired length and add the flowers to the water.

Nothing says spring like a peeps floral arrangement.  It’s so easy and rather inexpensive to make.

Happy spring!

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Spring Time!

Happy Spring Time!

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Spring has sprung, and with it comes the awesome spring weather!  Spring time is the time to shed the winter coats and boots.  Get out your cute sandals & straw hats, and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Here’s a list of 25 excellent things to do this spring!

1. Get outside!  Most of the Country has been cooped inside for most of the winter months.

2. Go on a picnic with that one someone special or a group of friends.

3. Rent a convertible for a weekend.

4. Have your morning coffee or tea on your patio or at an outdoor coffee house.

5. Go to your local park and swing on the swings.

6. Attend a local garden show.

(Like The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California)

7. Plant a vegetable garden.

8. Watch the sunrise and the sunset in a 24 hour period.

9. Sleep outside under the stars.

10. Learn how to play golf.

11. Shop at a weekly farmers market.

12. Eat your meals outside.

13. Attend a minor league baseball game.

14. Take time to smell the roses.

15. Brunch, it makes Sundays that much more special.

16. Take a long drive.

17. Fly a kite.

18. Take an after dinner stroll.

19. Set up a scavenger hunt for friends & family.

20. Go on a bike ride.

21. Make iced coffee.

22. Visit a winery.

23. Make homemade ice cream.

24. Start spring time cleaning.

25. What ever you choose to do…enjoy yourself!

What spring time activities will you be doing?

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Whether your weekends are filled with tons of activities or just casual window shopping & brunch, this outfit will keep you feeling weekend casual!

 

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7 For All ManKind Womens Josefina Jean $189.00

Simply Be Dipped Back Crop Sweater $44.95

Ray-Ban Jackie Ohh ll Sunglasses $85.00

J Crew Downing Bucket Bag $138.00

Michael Kors Women’s Watch $150.33

Sam Edelman “Petty” Bootie $129.00

Alex and Ani Initial Expandable Wire Bangle Bracelet, 7.25″ $22.75

Tiffany South Sea Pearl Earrings $1400.00

Amazon Curated Collection Yellow Gold Initial Pendant Necklace, 18″ $104.47

Eric Javits Squishee Classic Fedora, Natural/Black $250.00

 

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Living in Southern California, and not having a change of seasons in this part of the country, I’ve never had to move out the fall/winter clothes for spring/summer clothes in my closet.  Recently, I was talking to a friend on the East Coast who has to do just that.  She explained how she loved changing her closet for the seasons because it made her feel like she was getting a new wardrobe.  Her makeup choices changed with her wardrobe changes, which made her feel like she was getting a make over.

Then I started thinking about my home. (As some of you know, my home experienced a large slab leak right before the holidays and the downstairs area of my home is pretty torn up.}  After speaking to my friend, I decided to give the areas of the home we are currently living in a bit of a sprucing up.  A mini make over of sorts.  Then I started thinking, wouldn’t is be great if all our homes had a different “wardrobe” for the change of seasons?

Here are some of the items I will be adding.

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Wishing all a very Merry Christmas.  

May the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ fill your home this holiday season.

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