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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Today in my PLANT BEBES series we will be focusing on my Sansevieria trifasciata or "snake plant." I call him Severus (Harry Potter WHAT). Here are his portraits:

I really like how his leaves shoot straight upward. And the wavy stripes and yellowish outline are fun, too. Apparently these guys are super easy to take care of because mine has been a bit neglected and is still thriving. They like lots of indirect sunlight and minimal watering. They should only be repotted if their roots are breaking their pot. And you should try to keep the leaves from getting too dusty by wiping them with a soft, damp cloth every now and then. That way they can soak up more sun.

Stay tuned for an update on my SANSEVIERIA PLANT BEBE in the Spring. Until then, check out my upcoming FIDDLE LEAF FIG PLANT BEBE post on October 1st! It will be the last PLANT BEBE post until March or April!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Today's focus for my PLANT BEBES series is my SUCCULENT family. I'm not sure exactly what TYPE of succulent a few of these guys are but they follow the same basic care instructions. Here is my succulent family portrait:

Aren't they cool? I love the variety of textures and shapes. The first of my succulent plant bebes that I want to focus on today is my Aloe vera plant. He has no pet name yet but here's his portrait:

Aloe vera likes lots of indirect sunlight and little water. It's super easy to overwater (which is what is happening to it right now) so make sure the soil completely dries out between bi-weekly waterings. I also think that this guy is suffering from too little sunlight because his leaves should be growing upward but they're growing more horizontal. He's definitely gonna need some special loving if he's gonna make it until Spring.

Next up is Crassula ovata 'Hobbit', a cultivar of a Jade plant - but I like to call him, Meriadoc (after my favorite hobbit):

This little dude likes full sun to partial shade and soil that drains well. During growing season it needs to be watered about once every two weeks, like most succulents + cacti. And in the winter you should stop watering completely. A lot of Meri's leaves have been breaking off easily so I'm worried that he's not doing too well. He does look especially sparse in the photo. Only time will tell...

My next succulent plant bebe is Aloe 'Minnie Belle':

I like her spiky, patterned leaves. This gal was just repotted so she's looking a little wonky. I hope she can handle the shock! Like the other succulents, she needs full indirect sunlight to partial shade, good drainage and hardly any watering.

The last two succulents in my collection are my mystery succulents. I'm not sure what their scientific or common names are, so if you have any idea, let me know in the comments below! I'd be ever so thankful! Here are the mystery succulents:

I got this guy for my birthday but he had no plant marker or tag so I'm not sure what type of succulent he is. He's looking a little rough but I keep hoping he'll pull through!

This guy was a cutting from some wild succulent that was growing at my mother's house. I sat the little guy in some soil and watered him and he immediately grew roots and started growing like crazy! Wish I knew what kind it was. It kinda looks like rosemary but in succulent form.

And there you have it - MY SUCCULENT PLANT BEBES! Fingers crossed that all of them live on into the Spring! My PLANT BEBES series will continue on September 17th with my SANSEVIERIA plant. Be sure to check it out!

Monday, September 1, 2014


It's officially September, which, in my book, means that it is FALL for the next three months. YAY! Like many others before me, I am at my best during the fall season. And while the weather is still VERY hot in Georgia in September, I am going to spend this month getting into the Halloween and Thanksgiving holiday spirit a little early. Here is my seasonal inspiration...

This year I want to try my hand at making my own sparkling hard cider. This recipe from The Kitchn seems easy to follow and yummy.

I'm planning on having a pumpkin carving get-together on my porch in October, as a celebration of finishing my September Home Renovation plans for the Porch + Outdoor. Then I plan on lining my steps [there are only three] with jack-o-lanterns, like a smaller scale version of this photo from the Design Sponge Instagram.

For Halloween this year I am going to dress as Patsy Stone from Absolutely Fabulous. I know, I's gonna be one of those costumes where everyone is asking, "Who are you supposed to be?" but I don't care. I have turned down TOO many great costume ideas for that exact reason and I'm not doing that anymore. Plus it's gonna be super fun to be Patsy. I'll have to marathon some Ab Fab to get her mannerisms down.

If I had kids I would love to do this sheet ghost family costume. So simple and nostalgic and it packs more punch as a group. *I cannot seem to find the source for this image. If anyone knows where it came from, please comment below so that I can properly give credit. Thanks!

I can't wait to get started with fall baking. YUM. So many amazing cinnamon, apple, maple, pumpkin treats to be made and devoured. I recently bought some mini loaf pans from Williams Sonoma so this Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel from Honestly Yum is definitely gonna happen soon.

Check out more seasonal swoons after the jump!


Hello, hello, kittens! It's the first of September which means it's time to start preparing for my favorite of all seasons - FALL. Plus my three favorite holidays [Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas] will be here in no time. Come October 1st, I am in a perpetual state of holiday season-induced bliss. This year, I hope to use September to get a head start on prepping for the holidays and planning out some fun seasonal shindigs, recipes & crafts. Here is my monthly mood board...

1. I've had a bit of wanderlust lately and have been dreaming of the west coast. Big Sur is definitely a place I would love to see soon and this book, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch, by one of my favorite authors, Henry Miller, seems like a great place to get acquainted with Big Sur as it was in the early 20th-century.

2. I love a good side braid and this month I would like to get better at braiding my hair. My hair has gotten extremely long and I tend to be pretty boring with it - I either blowdry it straight to wear down or throw it all on top of my head in a gigantic topknot. It's time to start getting a little more creative and learning some hairstyling skills. *I cannot seem to find the source for this image. If anyone knows where it is from, please comment so that I can properly give credit. Thanks!

3. Kimonos are a huge trend that I want to be a part of. I like how they manage to be flowy + comfortable while still looking pretty. This DIY shows you how to make your own kimono and it actually seems pretty easy. Time to dust off my sewing machine!

4. September is a perfect time to spruce up the porch + outdoor - the slightly cooler temperatures are MADE for morning coffee on the porch and bonfires in the backyard. I LOVE this backyard area from Smitten Studio - the dark walls, wood bench + fun textiles. And the red outdoor fireplace is AMAZING.

5. My bf and I are really enjoying living + nesting together. We both really enjoy spending time outside and this fall we would like to start grilling out more. These grilled pizzas from Rachael Ray look like a delicious place to start.

What are YOUR monthly moodz for September?