5 GREAT APPS FOR PLANT LOVERS + 1 BONUS

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5 GREAT APPS FOR PLANT LOVERS + 1 BONUS

Surrounding yourself with plants indoors is beneficial to your decor aesthetic and health!

7 Benefits of living with house plants:

  • Indoor plants may help reduce stress levels
  • Real plants may sharpen your attention
  • Working with plants can be therapeutic
  • Plants may help you recover from illness faster
  • Plants may boost your productivity
  • Plants may improve your whole outlook on work
  • Plants may improve the quality of indoor air

Check out this article on the benefits of indoor plants.

“Plants are a way of creating a moment of escape within your own home, of bringing the outside world in”

Hilton Carter, BHG

So we love them, appreciate them, and want more of them, but how do we care for them and help them thrive? (We don’t all have green thumbs, hmm hmm)..

We recommend the following 5 apps to help you help your plants thrive.
They all have a free option, but you’ll have to pay for the premium features.

Planta | **Apple Apps Editor’s Choice ** Your houseplants will love this app. Simply tell Planta a location (living room, kitchen, office) and how much light the area gets, and the app will recommend the plants most likely to survive there. With Planta, you can turn your home into a horticultural haven.

  • Care Schedules & Reminders
  • Step by Step Guides
  • Plant Recommendations based on skill level
  • Plant Identification
  • Discover plants for every corner of your home
  • Plant Journal

Nature ID | A smart assistant for your plants.

  • Plant Identifier
  • Plant Doctor
  • Plant Care Guide
  • Plant Journal
  • Plant Encyclopedia

Gardenia | Manage your garden with style and discover precious tips on how to take care of your plants! Organize tasks and set smart gardening reminders: Gardenia will be your essential green helper!

  • Browse a 90000+ species database
  • Gardening tips such as sun exposure, watering, fertilization, soiling
  • Garden Manager
  • Weather Monitor

Florish | The complete indoor plant companion app, designed for those new to indoor gardening who may need help picking new plants for a space, or caring for the ones they already own.

  • Light Monitor
  • Plant Database
  • Indoor Plants Only
  • Pro Tips

Blossom | ** People’s Voice Winner 2022 ** – The Webby Awards
Want to become a better plant parent?
Meet Blossom – the app that guides you through plant parenthood. With Blossom, you can confidently grow and care for your plants with the support and inspiration you need.

  • Plant Care Info
  • Care Reminders
  • Accurate Plant Database
  • Plant Disease ID
  • Water Calculator
  • Guide for Growing Edible Plants
  • Green Blog
  • Notes
  • Personal Plant Collection


+ 1 Bonus App

This one is for plant lovers who need some time management help.
Plantie | A time management app that allows you to grow and harvest your favourite fruits while stay focused on your work.

  • Grow your favourite fruit while focusing on your task
  • The task will be interrupted if the user switches to other apps
  • Keep track of your performance every day
  • Collect badges and keep motivated
  • Unlock more fruits along the way
  • Cute and fun to use

 

Note to self: These plants that may be dangerous for children or pets
Common plants that pose a danger to children and animals:
amaryllis

  • aloe vera
  • azalea
  • chrysanthemums
  • cyclamen
  • dieffenbachia
  • English ivy
  • jade
  • jonquils
  • a wide variety of lilies
  • mistletoe
  • monstera deliciosa
  • philodendron
  • poinsettias
  • pothos
  • sago palm
  • umbrella plant

**This isn’t a comprehensive list. If you have children or pets, double-check before bringing a new plant variety into your home.

Apps are available for IOS on the Apple App Store.

While you’re here, these might interest you:

STRAWBERRY, MINT, SPINACH & GOAT CHEESE SALAD WITH BALSAMIC, HONEY & POPPYSEED DRESSING

Strawberry, mint, spinach & goat cheese salad recipe

Strawberry, mint, spinach & goat cheese salad with balsamic, honey, poppy seed dressing.

SPRING / SUMMER SALADS

This impressive salad is quick to put together, and is full of flavour & colour. Add this to your dinner party menu or serve it your next backyard BBQ get-together.

4-6 Servings

SALAD | INGREDIENTS

  • 10 ounces of fresh pre-washed baby spinach
  • 1 quart strawberries hulled and quartered (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 100 gr crumbled plain goat cheese
  • 2/3 cup walnuts
  • 10-20 fresh mint leaves

SALAD | METHOD

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and toss.

DRESSING | INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

DRESSING | METHOD

Add all ingredients to glass jar with lid, shake until combined. Taste. Add more sugar or seasoning per personal preference. Top salad with dressing just prior to serving.

 

ENJOY!

SIMPLE EASTER DINNER

Simple Easter Dinner Menu

Simple & Elegant Easter Dinner For Busy People

I would have to say that I love to cook. I usually choose to bake from scratch. But, as life gets hectic sometimes, I admit to taking shortcuts. This Easter is falling in the middle of a crazy time in our lives. So I have decided to simplify my family Easter dinner.

Below I’ve linked all the recipes that I have used time and time again. I hope you love them as much as we do! Happy Easter.

 

THE MENU

Carrot & ginger soup | Williams-Sonoma

Strawberry, mint, spinach & goat cheese salad | GFTD

Apricot glazed ham | Natasha’s Kitchen

Garlic mashed potatoes | Martha Stewart

Roasted asparagus | Skinny Taste

Assorted breads & biscuits | Local bakery, like Cobbs

Mini lemon tarts | Tenderflakes Mini Tart Shells + Lemon Pie Filling

Medley of berries with crème fraîche

Chocolate eggs & bunnies | Assemble your own or visit Christy’s Gourmet

 

5 Ways To Enjoy Winter This February

5 Ways To Enjoy Winter This February

5 Ways To Enjoy Winter This February

It’s February in Ontario. This week over 30 cm (that’s almost 1 foot) of snow fell. It looks beautiful, like a world made out of marshmallows. I love winter. I know that I am in the minority club here. But winter gives us so many opportunities to be happy. Here are my top 5 ways to cure the winter blues.

Sleep.
It’s cold outside; it’s dark; make the best of it.
Bury yourself under warm duvets in your flannel pj’s and a fluffy pillow and stay in bed a little longer than usual. Or, cuddle up on the couch with a cozy throw and take a nap.

Bake.
Bake your way to happiness. There is nothing more comforting than the smells of home-baked cookies, fresh bread, muffins or scones. On cold Sunday afternoons, why not whip up your family’s favourite or try baking something new. If you haven’t tried to whip up a fresh loaf of bread, it is a lot easier than you would think. Here are a few recipes to try.

Let The Sun In.
On the rare occasion that the sun is shining, open up all the blinds & curtains and let the sunlight fill your space. It’s a breath of fresh air.

Start Something New
Winter is the perfect time to teach yourself something new. I suggest starting a new routine and challenging yourself to stick to it. Here are a few examples to get you started.

  • Try practicing yoga every morning.
    There’s no better way to start your day (whatever time that might be) than with a good morning stretch and a little mindfulness.

  • Drink more water.
    Set a goal of how much water you want to drink and do it.

  • Dive into a new hobby.
    Dive into a new hobby and set time aside to do it every day, even if it’s only 10 minutes. There are so many hobbies to choose from; here are a few that I have embraced this winter: Crochet, indoor gardening, and journaling.

Spend more quality time with your family.
I know this might sound crazy after two years of lockdown, but if you’re like me and you have two teenagers in the house. How much quality time are you really spending together (without a cell phone in hand)? Organize a family movie night, or dig out a puzzle from the start of lockdown (we all have them). If not, there’s always Scrabble or Blockus (our family fav.)
If you have younger kids, build a fort or put on a show, let them sell tickets and sit back and enjoy a good chuckle.

 

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