The Benefits of Being a Plant Owner

During this time of year, plants are growing and flourishing with the amount of rain that comes along with springtime. The grass becomes a rich green and for many people their tulips start to blossom and bloom. Leaves slowly start to bud and bring life to all the trees. The energy outside is high and alive. Plant owning brings a sense of responsibility and many don’t realize all the benefits that being a plant owner can bring. Here is a list of the benefits of being a plant owner:

  1. Help reduce stress and anxiety

Studies show that being a plant owner helps to reduce overall stress and anxiety. A specific plant that targets helping reduce anxiety is lavender and has been proven to improve sleep, while lowering heart rates too.

  1. Improve self-esteem and mood

There are also plants that target bettering mood and self-esteem. Common plants that are known as mood boosters include: english ivy, basil, and peace lily. These plants are also known to help with air purification in the home as well.

  1. Gain responsibility

In caring and owning a plant, one learns the basics of how to take care of a basic lifeform. Depending on your busy schedule, there are plants that are low maintenance that don’t need as much attention. A few of these options include: bamboo, succulents, and orchids.

  1. Decorative for both the yard and inside the home

Depending on what type of plants you are looking to have there is a wide range of options to pick. Certain plants thrive better outside, while some don’t need as much sunlight making them better house plants. Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor plants, both will be sure to add to your home and make it more lively.

  1. We rely on them for food and medicine

Plants also have healing properties. Most plants are great in helping as air purifiers, but others also help aid in other forms of healing. Aloe plants are great in producing aloe that can be put directly on sunburns. Snake plants in the home have been known to help prevent headaches. Chrysanthemum when grounded up can be mixed in tea that helps to boost the nervous system.

Plants have a special way to add to any location they can be found. They amazingly help to aid in a variety of things and can be selected to fit your lifestyle too. Become a plant owner today and watch as the benefits unfold for you! To learn more about different plants and what they do check out the links below to read more.

Sources and Other Plant Remedies:

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https://www.purewow.com/home/mood-boosting-houseplants

Easy Home Décor to Make for Spring

Holographic Vase

Spring has officially arrived in all aspects. Whether you are out enjoying the fresh spring air on a walk or are working on some spring cleaning indoors, this season has fully begun. When people think of spring words like flowers, rain, and outside usually come to mind. If you are looking for some seasonal decor ideas, here are a few easy ideas that can help you jump right into the season!

  1. Holographic Vase

This eye-catching vase will be sure to add a new look to any room. By simply using vinyl film and spray paint, you can showcase any spring flowers in your home. This shining piece can also be a fun gift to give to friends or a Mother’s Day gift. 

Robin’s Egg Speckled Mason Jars
  1. Robin’s Egg Speckled Mason Jars

Mason jars always add a fun rustic look wherever they are. These jars highlight a robin’s egg and oddly enough get its unique look by painting with a toothbrush. 

  1. Seed Packet Wreath

Use this craft to brighten your front door this season. If you already garden, simply save your seed packets to be reused. This craft is pretty easy and can be customizable to your liking by adding ribbon, flowers, and whatever seed packets you want.

Seed Packet Wreath
  1. Mason Jar Herb Garden

What better way to bring spring indoors than to start your own herb garden indoors? Choose from a variety of herbs to start off with planting. Click the link to watch a video of how to start one today.

  1. Wooden Birdhouse

This craft is meant to remain outdoors after making and can be painted, stained, or left in its original state. Get creative and add whatever twist to make this birdhouse your own!

Try adding any of these crafts to your home to add to the lively season. Customize each of these crafts to your liking and have fun while making them!

How to Reduce Stress in your Life

Stress is common to go through no matter who you are. Whether you are stressing over when you will have time to go get groceries or something way more serious, stress pops up in many different forms. Being stressed is a normal part of life as long as you don’t let it consume your every thought. If you’re struggling to cope with stressful things in your life right now, fear not because here is a list of things to do to help you reduce stress in your life:

  1. Make a List

Lists are super helpful in allowing you to regain control over your life. It helps people to regroup and prioritize when dealing with a lot at once. When making lists you can also add dates to help you keep track of when things are due and also add encouraging quotes to remind you to stay calm even when feeling overwhelmed.

  1. Go for a Walk

Sometimes just getting outside and stepping back from everything in your life is all you need. A little fresh air gives you time to go get exercise while also allowing your mind time to process everything going on in your life.

  1. Take a Bath

Baths always help the body destress in stressful times. If you aren’t big into baths though, find another way to pamper your body. You could simply get a new haircut or go and get a massage. Finding ways for your body to release tension can really impact your overall mood.

  1. Talk to Someone

People usually forget about this simple solution. Many feel as if they are burdening others when they speak up or that their struggles are insignificant in comparison to others, but people are allowed to express themselves and not feel guilt. Whether you talk to a friend or family member, sometimes it is helpful to just get things off your chest. 

  1. Find a New Hobby

A new hobby can help direct your attention on something you enjoy doing. When life gets hectic and you feel like you can’t control anything, find something you can control like your new love of gardening or your newly created workout routine that you are dedicated to working on. Find something that either challenges you or something you simply want to learn more about.

Stress can often cause us to struggle every now and then, but realizing that you are stressed and then reducing the amount will help you in the long run. If you are still feeling extremely stressed after trying a few of these stress reducers, maybe you need to take a little break from some things and people in your life. Remember that there are always professionals that you can reach out to and chat with as well to help you create a personal plan to destress your life.

Indoor Activities to do on any Rainy Day

 Rainy days aren’t always fun when they come around and sometimes they end up ruining plans. It may make you feel trapped and leave you feeling bored. Despite this, rainy days can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. It may allow you to take a much needed break or catch up on some things around the house. Needless to say, being cooped up can feel restricting, but here is some indoor activities to help keep you busy:

  1. Read a book

Now is the time to pick up that book that you’ve been planning to read, but haven’t been able to get around to. Go ahead and grab that book and find yourself a comfy spot to seclude yourself for that quiet time you need.

  1. Take a nap

What better time to catch up on your beauty sleep than now? Get cozy, snuggle up, and relax!

  1. Watch that new movie or tv show

Like that book that you kept promising to get around to, put on that new tv show or movie your friends have been raving about. Sitting down long enough to watch a few episodes of that new show won’t harm anyone.

  1. Bake

This one can be helpful in also curing that craving for chocolate you’ve had since last week. Depending on what kind of ingredients you have currently in your house you might have help in deciding what to make and how much of it too.

  1. Game night

Get all the kids out of their rooms! A little family time will be sure to leave you with plenty of laughs to help you pass the time. 

  1. Clean your house

Catch up on those odd jobs around the house that you know needs to get done, but keeps getting avoided. Cleaning can help you regain some control and order in your life too.

  1. Facetime your friends

Chances are if you’re cooped up, so are they. Give them a ring and enjoy a fun conversation with some of your closest pals.

Remember that everyday is a chance for you to make it your own, so despite the cards you may be dealt, enjoy each moment you have!

Celebrating Women’s History Month

This month is designated to recognizing and remembering all of the hard working and empowering women that have come before us. Their contributions have paved the way for all women to continue on by adding to society and making power moves.  In honor of all the women who have come before us and have contributed to society in some way take some time this month to celebrate women’s history month by doing any of the following:

  1. Study up on your Women’s History

Take the time to stop and learn a little more about women’s history this month. Get educated on some powerful women who added to society. https://www.womenshistorymonth.gov/ 

  1. Plan a Girls Trip with your Gals

Plan a trip with some of your girls whether to brunch, a shopping trip, or a weekend retreat. If you are looking for a getaway to take your gals to, register for Lake Geneva’s Annual Women’s Weekend that will take place May 1st-3rd this year! Click the following link to learn more or sign up today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-weekend-lake-geneva-2020-tickets-86408653609 

  1. Read a New Book by a Female Author

Look online and find a book that suits your style. Whether a book written by J.K. Rowling diving into the magical world of wizardry or a classic written by Jane Austen, read up on some literature you haven’t read before.

  1. Listen to Iconic Hits Sung by Women

Many strong women sing some powerhouse songs that have become great hits for any occasion. A few of these women include: Whitney Houston, Adele, Rhianna, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, and more. 

  1. Write a Thank You Letter to A Woman in your Life that Inspires you

Take a moment to thank a woman in your life who has changed you or inspired you. Whether a teacher, coworker, or neighbor, tell them the impact they had on you and thank them for their influence.

  1. Treat Yourself

Enjoy a day getting pampered at a spa or go out and buy those pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing up recently. You deserve a break and are allowed to treat yourself for all your hard work. 

  1. Go get Lunch or Coffee with your Mother or Grandmother

It is always important to make time for family and one way to do this is by scheduling a date with some strong women who raised you. They helped to shape who you are today so take the time to show them a little appreciation.

  1. Attend a Women’s History Event near you

Join a march this month or look for a museum with an exhibit dedicated to women. Your options here are limitless and depend on where you live as well.

Why Traveling Should be on Your To-Do-List

The idea of traveling to some may seem exhilarating, yet to others may seem like a burden. Whether it’s financially a concern, overly time consuming, or just plain intimidating to travel for you; don’t let minor concerns stop you from an opportunity to grow. Traveling has many benefits that can result from expanding your mind and opening up to new things. Here’s a list of reasons why traveling should be on your to-do-list:

  1. Traveling is a chance to continue learning.

Learning is such an important factor in continuous growth. Whether you learn simply how to get the best flight deals or you learn how about some rich regional history while on a tour, having an opportunity to learn develops a deeper understanding altogether. Take advantage of any and all chances to learn while traveling because you never know when you can apply what you learned later down the road.

  1. Traveling allows you to gain perspective.

While traveling, you can gain insight from taking in other’s perspectives. Depending on where you travel to, you may be exposed to new situations you’ve never seen before. Overall, you can become more culturally sensitive and gain a deeper understanding for others.

  1. Traveling allows you to step out of your comfort zone and learn more about yourself.

When traveling, don’t be afraid to try new things. Take a chance and try a new food that you’ve never experienced before. Jump on that opportunity to sky dive or snorkel in a coral reef. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable, so you can grow and learn more about your likes and dislikes. You’ll never know until you push yourself outside of your own bounds.

Traveling can really open your eyes and allow you to challenge your mindset. It allows people to step back and slow down the average rush of their everyday lives. Allowing yourself to get exposed to other cultures will allow you to be able to better connect with people different from your usual crowd. Take the time to stop and plan your next trip, the only regret you will have is if you keep making excuses to not go.

Traveling can really open your eyes and allow you to challenge your mindset. It allows people to step back and slow down the average rush of their everyday lives. Allowing yourself to get exposed to other cultures will allow you to be able to better connect with people different from your usual crowd. Take the time to stop and plan your next trip, the only regret you will have is if you keep making excuses to not go.

How to be a Better Active Listener

One of the greatest skills to have is to be a good listener. It’s easy to think that listening is just a skill that comes naturally and yet it really is something that takes practice to get better at. This type of skill takes time and effort since it’s easier to hear than listen. When it comes to truly listening to someone, there are some easy tips to consider that can help you grow into becoming a better active listener. Here are a few tips to consider and why they will be helpful to you:

  1. Pause your Thoughts

This tip may seem odd, but the intentions of your actions really go a long way with this one. Just taking a moment to hold that thought of, “What am I cooking for dinner tomorrow?” or “What am I forgetting to do today?” helps narrow your focus. You have an easier time giving your whole attention to someone when you get rid of all your distractions.

  1. Watch your Nonverbal Cues

Nonverbal cues can make or break a conversation and can be easily overlooked. Eye contact shows where your attention is focused and that you aren’t wandering away from the conversation. Keeping your arms and stance open shows you aren’t closed off to them and can give them a sense of your openness to what is being discussed. Meeting their level means if one person is sitting down, both should be sitting down for the conversation. If someone is trying to open up to you and they are sitting, they may feel they can’t completely open up to you because you are in a position of power standing over them.

  1. Ask Open-Ended Questions

When listening to what someone is telling you, wait until they are finished talking before forming your response back to them. Asking open-ended questions other than simply yes or no questions allows you to get more information from the conversation. Open-ended questions commonly start with words like why and how. Allow yourself time to process what they are telling you before you respond to them. Be thoughtful and insightful, instead of judgmental.

These tips can help you hone in on your listening skills and grow in your interpersonal skills as well. Active listening can be applied to any situation whether at your job, in your household, or just having a conversation with a friend or family member. Next time someone confides in you, take these tips and apply them to your conversation.

Ways to Appeal to Someone’s Love Language

To some Valentine’s Day is a way to show a little extra appreciation to that special someone in their lives. Others might not enjoy the holiday as much though. There are five main love languages: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. Everyone’s love language is personalized to themselves and some even relate to having multiple languages speak to them. Here’s how to appeal to each love language:

  1. Words of affirmation

This language can be shown appreciation in multiple ways. Simply writing a card or having a deep conversation with this type of person can really go far in their eyes. They dwell on the words that you say and thrive off of them.

  1. Quality time

Quality time is pretty self-explanatory and simply goes back to just spending time with that person. Some people enjoy doing this by staying in and watching a movie, others enjoy getting dressed up and going out to dinner or a local event going on.

3. Receiving gifts

This type of love language is straightforward. They appreciate the materialistic things that you bring to the table. Some basic ideas to gift someone for Valentine’s Day could be giving them flowers, candy, or a picture of the both of you.

  1. Acts of Service

This language can be hard to get right at times. In doing acts of service for someone, you appeal to making their life easier by going the extra mile to do something for them. You can do this by simply helping them run an errand or assisting them in a project they are working on.

  1. Physical Touch
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Physical touch is also more self-explanatory. Simply giving them a hug, kiss, or holding their hand really helps them to feel appreciated and cared for.

Love languages can be confusing at times and also change as people do. When it boils down to it, if you want to show someone that you care for them just make an attempt to appeal to their likes. Try to stop and take the time to show someone you care about them this week whether it be your significant other, a friend, or a coworker.

Easy to Make Handmade Valentine Decorations

In a few days, the month of February begins and it’s crazy to think that January has already flown by! With the month of February, comes the celebration of Valentine’s Day as well. If you are looking for a gift to give that special someone or just want to add some more holiday decor to your home, check out these crafts. Here are some crafty ideas to add a little extra love to your home during this time of year! All these crafts are inexpensive and can be stored to be reused every year too.

1. Hanging Paper Hearts 

Try hanging these paper hearts around your home to add a rustic look to your living space. Choose to make a few strands or a whole bunch!

  1. Giant String Heart

This giant string heart can add a pop of color to any room and also can serve as a great gift to a loved one. This craft can be one that the kids can even help with too.

  1. Ribbon Valentine Wreath

Looking for an inexpensive piece to go on your front door? Try making this curly creation! Add your own twist by picking whatever ribbon you’d like to have.

Hanging Paper Hearts 

Try hanging these paper hearts around your home to add a rustic look to your living space. Choose to make a few strands or a whole bunch!

  1. Heart Wreath

This heart wreath can be hung by a fireplace or draped by a window. This crafty piece adds a bit of simplicity wherever it’s hung and can also be made using colored yarn as well.

5. Wire Heart Picks 

If you are a plant lover, this is the home decor piece you’ve been looking for! All you need is wire, wire cutters, pliers, and any kind of plant you wish to have.

Any of these decorations can add to your home and show off your crafty side as well. All of these crafts only require a few things to make the entire piece. With all this love in the air don’t forget to treat yourself this time of year as well.

Breaking Bad Habits

Happy New Year! With the new year here, many people have probably made New Year’s resolutions in hopes of breaking some bad habits that they’ve deemed need to be resolved from their lives. Resolutions don’t always work out though because people struggle to break out of their old ways. Instead of creating those cliche resolutions that usually fall through; we should focus on setting realistic goals to break those bad habits we have. Here are a few steps to get you started:

  1. Make it Conscious

The first step is to realize that there is a bad habit that needs breaking in the first place. Whether it is something as little as cracking your knuckles or something bigger, it helps to know a target for what to work on bettering.

  1. Have a Better Reason for Quitting

Dig deep and find a bigger meaning for why you should give up on this habit. Make it personal so you find a fulfilling purpose in what you’re doing.

  1. Set Realistic Goals

Fixing something, in any case, usually just doesn’t happen overnight. It’s easier if you set attainable goals to set yourself up for success.

Bad habits rub us the wrong way, but it depends on you and your level of motivation for change to occur!

Sources: https://time.com/5373528/break-bad-habit-science/