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House Plants that Revived Me!

 - by Dania

I have known for a while that my home needed some live plants! Over the years, I had several houseplants that have perished under my care.  It seemed my thumb was not so green.  I gave up on the idea and have not had any living plants in my home for over a decade now.

Recently though, I have felt in dire need of an energy change.  Other than cleaning it, airing it out, organizing and refreshing, it needed life.  I would’ve thought the life and noise my kids brought was enough!!  but something was still missing. So began my “Green house crusade”.

I looked online for easy care plants and went on a hunt for houseplants.  I ended up with a whole bunch of lovely flowering plants that so far seem really easy to care for:

– Peace Lilly, not only is this one easy to care for, gives beautiful flowers but has the added bonus of purifying the air!

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– Orchids, I always thought these were so delicate and hard to care for.  Boy was I surprised when I looked into it to see that it requires minimal watering and care and thrives easily.  I am in love with mine!  Cheers me up when I see it every morning.

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– Lucky Bamboo, so easy to keep alive and can’t hurt to have a lucky plant around!

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– A Yucca, which doesn’t like too much water.   Perfect so no guilt trips when I keep forgetting to water it!

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– A Somona, a flowering cactus like plant.  It’s cute, survives pretty much on its own and is supposed to flower all year long!

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I walk into my living room every morning now and see these living plants and it honestly revives and energizes me. I have noticed the energy and mood in the house have changed as well.  It does seem brighter and more peaceful around here even with the kids making all the noise they can.  It’s funny but I am so much happier now that I have these wonderful plants and feel more in touch with the universal energy around me.  Of course the added bonus is a new look for several areas around the house!

So for all those who don’t have a green thumb, you don’t need one.  No patience or time?  Don’t need any.  With these types of plants, you don’t need much and the rewards are wonderful!

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What a week!

 - by Dania

I have to admit that the creative juices were not flowing freely this week.  Actually, they were congealed!   I started a few posts but couldn’t seem to focus enough to finish them.  It was a bit of a twilight zone kind of week come to think of it.

The kids kept me really busy.  My daughter’s been dealing with having a substitute teacher.  This would have been fine had this nice lady not had an affinity to making inappropriate comments on a daily basis! (rather than covering the material at hand)  It does make for an interesting car ride home let me tell you.  To top it off, my daughter had a couple of tests on material that was not properly covered, by this nice chatty lady, which stressed her out, that of course stressed me out.

The baby was acting nutty all week.  It was very very cute but left me completely drained at the end of the day.  She also had her 2 year check up and needed two vaccines.  Since birth she was poked and prodded (all is well but they needed to run some tests to make sure) so she really doesn’t like doctor’s visits with all the touching and needles.  Her doctor is amazing but I do believe he was traumatized by her little freak out session.  She did get the shots in the end and made up with the poor man but it left us all drained!

Of course two days after the shot she had a low grade fever and irritability which when added to cute nuttiness make for an interesting time for mamma!

I won’t even go on about the other stuff, suffice it to say it was a crazy crazy week!

So my dear friends, life took over as it always does and tossed everything up in the air.  I am happy to report that things are slowly starting to fall back onto place! phew.

Hope you all have a great week-end! :)

 

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Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School

 - by Dania

Ran across this list on the internet and I had to share it!!  Our kids need to see this, it will help put things in perspective for them (we can only hope).  My favorite is Rule #7! 

Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School


  • Rule #1. Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teenager uses the phrase “it’s not fair” 8.6 times a day. You got it from your parents, who said it so often you decided they must be the most idealistic generation ever. When they started hearing it from their own kids, they realized Rule #1.
  • Rule #2. The real world won’t care as much about your self-esteem as your school does. It’ll expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself. This may come as a shock. Usually, when inflated self-esteem meets reality, kids complain that it’s not fair. (See Rule No. 1)
  • Rule #3. Sorry, you won’t make $50,000 a year right out of high school. And you won’t be a vice president or have a car phone either. You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn’t have a Gap label.
  • Rule #4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait ’til you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you screw up, he is not going ask you how feel about it.
  • Rule #5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it opportunity. They weren’t embarrassed making minimum wage either. They would have been embarrassed to sit around talking about Kurt Cobain all weekend.
  • Rule #6. It’s not your parents’ fault. If you screw up, you are responsible. This is the flip side of “It’s my life,” and “You’re not the boss of me,” and other eloquent proclamations of your generation. When you turn 18, it’s on your dime. Don’t whine about it or you’ll sound like a baby boomer.
  • Rule #7. Before you were born your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way paying your bills, cleaning up your room and listening to you tell them how idealistic you are. And by the way, before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents’ generation try delousing the closet in your bedroom.
  • Rule #8. Life is not divided into semesters, and you don’t get summers off. Nor even Easter break. They expect you to show up every day. For eight hours. And you don’t get a new life every 10 weeks. It just goes on and on.
  • Rule #9. Television is not real life. Your life is not a sitcom. Your problems will not all be solved in 30 minutes, minus time for commercials. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop to go to jobs. Your friends will not be perky or as polite as Jennifer Aniston.
  • Rule #10. Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could.
  • Rule #11. Enjoy this while you can. Sure, parents are a pain, school’s a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you’ll realize how wonderful it was to be kid. Maybe you should start now.

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Dear You,

 - by Dania

I look at our life and I am grateful for what we have.  I look at our life and I see all the ups and the downs and the many curve balls along the way.  I see all the scrifices we made, willingly or otherwise.  I remember all the sighs and the disappointments at what could’ve been, the obstacles we had to overcome.  I see it all and smile, despite all of that I am grateful.  We have built a life I am proud of and happy to be in. 

We have built this life brick by brick and laid down its foundations.   We worked hard and we have a lot to show for it:  2 daughters that light up our lives and give us the drive and ambition to push forward.   They give meaning to every decision we take and purpose to every move we make.  We are able to provide them with lots of love, hugs and smiles, a home, good schools, and all the necessities of life.  We can’t always give the luxuries but when we do, they appreciate them.  They will learn the value of it all and be better people for it! 

We have our moments, we’ve questioned our decisions and whether this is the life we wanted.  I look around and see my life for what it really is and I wouldn’t change a thing.  Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean I am not ambitious and strive to improve myself and my life every day.  I mean that I am content with what I have, I don’t regret how I got here and will continue to work towards what I want.

I look back and wonder if I would do things differently and I see some things could’ve been done better, others differently but overall, we are where we should be and I am sure we will get to where we want to be.  We have built a life where we can always to turn to one another and be each other’s support.   How can I want anything else in life.

I love you xo

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First Cinderella now Snow White!

 - by Dania

Princess Mommy

I have 2 daughters so I am drowning in Princesses!!  A little while back I wrote about Cinderella being a mom, now it seems I am going through my Snow White phase :)  I have little people running around making a mess for me to clean up.  They love to sing and have a good time but are quite demanding and a handful.  I have to beware outside temptation.  Thank God no little old women with apple baskets in my neighborhood :)

I feel like I am hiding from life, I am going through a cocooning phase.  I don’t feel quite like myself anymore and don’t have the motivation to do anything about it.  I went through that when my first daughter was almost one and now my second one is almost 11 months old.  I knew what to expect and it still caught me off guard!  I am in a haze, always tired and my nerves are on edge.  Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom and spending time with the baby is priceless but overall I feel lost.   The glow of new motherhood is fading and realities of life are setting in.  I have to make a decision, what will I do with myself, what are my plans, my baby won’t be a baby for ever and I need to figure this out.  By the time I come up with a plan and implement it, the baby will be ready for daycare.  I think about it everyday get overwhelmed and focus on the daily routine, playing and working with baby, chores, meals and the rest……It does feel like a drug induced coma.  I must have eaten that poisoned apple without knowing it!!!

Thank God my prince finds me in the evening, wakes me up so we can have a couple of hours of happily ever evening before we repeat the fairytale the next day :)

I said it before, the ever after is the most important part of the fairytale!

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