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Creating A Compost In A Small Apartment

I’ve always been interested in composting. Partly because I garden and I would love to have a instant source of soil and I feel a little guilty throwing out my scraps after I’m done cooking. In my head I’m like “but can’t I just regrow these?” When no I can not. So I’m thinking what can I do? Compost, duh.

What is compost?

Compost is an organic matter that has been decomposed in a process called composting. It’s a process that recycles organic materials and waste products and produces a soil conditioner.

This soil is so jam packed with nutrients its perfect for gardening and making your plant babies grow!

But…What’s in my compost?

Dirt mainly and worms. Red worm and red wigglers are the best because they love the compost environment. Maybe some other bugs may wonder through.

Kitchen scraps like vegetables and fruit. You don’t want to add chicken bones, or meat because of the smell and hygienic reasons in general.

How do I do it?

So, to start you’ll need a clay pot or plastic bin. You can find it at almost any gardening store.

Poke holes in it for ventilation and allow water to drain. Make sure to place a tray underneath to catch it all.

Be sure to keep the compost in a cool sunny place inside or outside your place.

Prep

On to the fun part, getting your hands dirty.

Cut strips of news paper and soak them in water. Use half the strips to coat the bottom of the bin pour soil on top and add the worms. How many worms depends on how big the container is.

Now you may insert the scraps such as egg shells, fruits, vegetables, paper, tea bags, coffee,filters, cardboard and leaves.

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Do not add plastic, animal waste, citrus, meat, bones, or dairy.

ūü§ĒRemember ūü§Ē Everytime you add some compost you add a layer of soak paper strips.

If you want to accelerate the decomposition you can turn the compost every few weeks.

You can add more soil if it’s getting dry, but it’s not necessary. It does however keep the black flies and fruit flies at bay while accelerating the decomposition process. You only need a little bit think 1 1/2 handfuls.

Happy Composting! Let me know of you have any questions or concerns in the comments or my Instagram & Twitter @off4thandgraham

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How To Hygge Your Space

Fall is cozy weather. I always want to get super cozy with my place when it’s cold out because I like it warm and cozy when it’s cold and bitter outside. I’ve gotten it down to a science to how to get the coziest house or apartment (whatever you have) and just go to town.

I’ll share my tips with you….

Get some Pillows of various textures and fabrics. It’s pleasing to the eye and it’s nice to get to get a different feel everytime you turn and move.

Of course,¬†Throw Blankets are a MUST HAVE! My favorite is the plush blankets or fleece because they hold the most heat. You could always get one of those big beautiful knit blankets but, they’re better to lay on rather than curl up with.

A Heater or a Portable Fireplace. You could get either but I prefer the fireplace it’s prettier and it’s more a¬† comforting heat rather than just a regular heat. It’s also a good investment since you don’t have to worry about cranking up the thermostat.

Plush Robes or just Robes of any kind. You should always have a robe that is cozy and nice. One that you break out for those cold days when it’s raining and you’re looking out your window thanking God you’re not out in that. You’re in your cozy robe about to binge watch Netflix.

Slippers or fuzzy socks. My feet are always cold, even if it’s 80 degrees out my feet will be cold. When I need a nice warm hug I put on my fuzzy socks or slippers and it’s beautiful.

You, of course, need a cozy Lux Pajamas. It could be a chemise, PJ Set, or just a sleep shirt. Whatever is comfortable for you, you do you. I typically wear a sleep shirt because me and blankets + pants don’t work for me.

The final touches are nice Scented Candles like vanilla or cinnamon, and hot cocoa, tea, or coffee. Just to make you warm inside.

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How To Cure Your Brown Thumb

Brown thumb (/broun/ Thəm ): The inability or lack of skill in gardening or growing plants, such that they in up dying or not growing at all. 

I recently had a friend over and was admiring my garden and she had mentioned that she kills almost every plant that she’s had. I admittedly didn’t always have a green thumb I had two plants that I killed I don’t¬†remember what they were, but I did know they hardly got any light and I didn’t water them. I put them out in direct sunlight and they literally¬†fried. So it’s a learned skill, you can grow plants you just need some easy to care for plants of steal to practice and learn with. Don’t give up though having a garden in the house is a great way to relieve stress, some even purify the air, and not to mention it’s great decor.

Since my deadly encounter, I was discouraged to buy any other plants thinking I couldn’t do it. Then I was looking for a hobby to get in to and took a quiz online (yes, really) and it told me to try a succulent farm. One succulent turned in to two and then a bamboo plant, now I have 11 plants in growing. Here’s how I got my babies growing

..::Read the plant card::.. 

Every plant that you buy should come with one of these, if not google them and look up their basic care tips. I do this every time, Those sticks tell you not only if the plant is high maintenance it also lets you know if it’s indoor or outdoor plants which you kind of need to know and you’ll know if you can give it the care it needs.

Read : Create Your Own Urban Jungle 

 

..::Grab an app::.. 

Complete disclosure, I don’t always remember to water my plants and absolutely¬†no idea on fertilization or misting. I got an app on my phone that reminds me to fertilize the plant, mist, and water the plants. There’s plenty on the market the one that I use it called Koubachi. I just enter in the plant’s name then calibrate¬†it basically you just tell the system when the soil gets dry and it’ll have the plant on a watering schedule. When it’s time to water, fertilize or mist you’ll get notification from the app and it also tells how to water the plant because different plants need different amounts.

..::Be ready for pests::..

I had gotten a plant that had a bad spider mite infestation and I had no idea, I thought it was dying on me until I saw literally a trail of them. You’ll have to get some time of pest control there are also natural¬†remedies to get rid of pests, also most times if you keep the leaves moisturized the pests die off. Most of the time you’ll be fine, but I when I didn’t know I thought I just couldn’t keep a big plant (it was my first palm) and I got discouraged¬†so just letting you know it’s not always you.

That’s pretty much it. Once you get the hang of it you’ll be in your own jungle soon and it will be beautiful.

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Create Your Own Indoor Jungle

 

Jungalow isn’t just a fun new twist on the word bungalow. It’s a crazy fun lifestyle full of prints, colors, and plants…lots of plants so sayeth Justina Blakeney the creator of the jungalow vibe.

I’m not necessarily one for the color, but I am here for the plants. I love the little garden I’ve created in my tiny apartment, it’s the main focal point in my living room. Right now it’s pretty much the only focal point since I want new art. Anyway, I always loved plants and I wasn’t sure that I could keep one alive though. I found a few that I was able to keep alive they’re pretty easy.

Aloe Vera

My first baby, ‚̧ I felt as if I don’t tend to it as much as I should but it has grown so large that it turns out you don’t¬†really need to do anything but water it once a week and provided decent¬†sunlight.

Lucky Bamboo

This plant is one that is easy to care for too there’s¬†really no maintenance you can forget to water it and it still grows. Just be careful when you water it if there’s chlorine in the water then the leaves will turn yellow, it’s not dangerous so don’t worry.

Golden Pothos

This is a good¬†one if you don’t want the big plant look without the big plant care. It grows long in a matter of months I think I’ve only had this one for about 3 months. It’s more of an intermediate plant you have to water and fertilize it every now and again.

A Catus

Really any cactus will do just don’t water it too much this is a plant you can honestly forget about for a month or two and it’ll be fine, just don’t over water.

Snake Plants

This plant barely needs light, I say barely because every plant needs light. But as long as it gets a little ( like in the back corner of a well-lit room ) it’ll be fine. I will say it grows slow, I haven’t¬†seen much change in mine.

Pink Angel

I really wanted some color in my little place plus I saw a ton of pink plants on Instagram and thought I want one! The reason why these plants are so easy is really just the fact they tell you when to water them by fainting. I’ve forgotten a few times and when I did water it after it fainted it popped right back up like nothing happened.

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Creating A Calming Place

As you (will) come to know I like to keep my home peaceful. It’s my sanctuary and I intend to keep it that way. Negative energy has a way of sticking with you and the last thing you want to do is come home at the end of a long day to a negative home.

Keep it clean not only is it more appealing it keeps out foul smells and allows energy to flow.

Smudge your home after a negative person.

Incense is your friend and it’s a good way to cleanse your home as well.

Vocalize positivity keep negative silent. Pretend you’re around a two-year-old who repeats everything they hear. You don’t want them learning how to angry curse from you. Keep it light.

Photo: pintrest

Design your home with things that remind you of peace. Like a water feature or a Buddha statue. Plants have really helped me be calm every time I see them I smile.

Use colors that make you smile.

And lastly practice feng shui to create positive energy, I didn’t believe it until i started moving my things around and i did feel an energy shift.

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How To Style Sting Lights Like An Ault

As you’re well aware by now I’ve moved into a new apartment finally! By the time I left my old place, I only had one working¬†lamp and wasn’t interested in shopping for a new one. I already had 3 rows of LED lights at my disposal and didn’t want to toss them.

I put them up quickly in my room to have some light. As I watched their beautiful glow from my bed I wondered am I too old for this? I know I’m by no means old but I’m too old for the lights? Maybe I should get some adult lighting. But I really didn’t want¬†to get a lamp, I don’t have much floor space and I really wanted a softer feel in my room.

So I googled to see if there’s some way to use my string lights in a more¬†mature way. I found some serious LED lights for my string light lovers on Pintrest¬†and Instagram.

It looks like the key is what you surround the lights with.

Go for more natural colors and try to avoid making the lights the focal point of the room.

Pretty simple right? I’ll show you guys in a later post what I did but here’s¬†where I got my inspo.

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The Best Feng Shui For Bed And Living Room

 

 

When I moved into my new place I wanted to be sure of one thing the energy constantly flows and we welcome in good vibes. Not to easy when the move its self can be frustrating but we made do. Prior to moving, I searched relentlessly on the best way to feng shui for smaller apartments and I smudged the place thoroughly, letting it air our overnight. When move-in day came I made sure that everything was placed accordingly.

Feng Shui Rules

Living Room

You should be able to see your front door from your couch. The coach¬†should be on the opposite¬†wall of the door but if it’s not possible, use the mirror.

Place coach a few inches away from the wall to help with the flow of energy. It also helps the room look a little bigger.

Keep it clutter free, clear out the mail, take out the trash. Remove the toxicity of it all.

Plants in the east attract health

Family photo in a metal frame on the west wall brings luck

Bedroom

Again you should be able to see the door from the bed if you can’t use a mirror.

The mirror shouldn’t¬†face the bed if at all possible, especially¬†if you’re¬†in a relationship, it puts another person in your bed. If you’re single it gives off anxious energy¬†when you sleep.

Make your bed. It feels better at the end of the day and it makes you feel motivated and organized.

Open your blinds it lets in natural light. Natural light helps freshen the room up and fills the room up with positivity.

Keep it clutter free.

IF at all possible keep electronics out of your room they can drain energy and disrupt sleep.

Avoid laying your bed up against the wall, place it a few inches away from the wall. That way the energy flows through the room, also a lot easier for another party to get in and out of bed.

Avoid putting your bed directly in front of the door this way there’s no negative¬†energy can¬†affect your sleep.

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What is Hygge and Why You Need It

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So if you’ve never heard of Hygge yet let me give you a rough explanation.

Hygge is the art of building a sanctuary and inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive.

Hygge is a great meditative practice because it provides a warm welcoming place where you can find peace and harmony.

Now how do you create such a place? You already have the pieces you need at home you just have to set it up.

Create atmosphere. Dim the lights, light some candles or incense to welcome in the peace.

Turn of distractions (presence)like your phone or your computer. Basically, anything that can take you out of that moment, turn it off.

Treat yourself (pleasure) have some chocolate, some tea, chips. Whatever is your little bit of happy now is your time to enjoy.

Spread the Love (Equality) share the welcoming space with a friend or family member.

Give Thanks (Gratitude ) take it all in and enjoy the present moment. Be thankful for this time.

Remember the peace( Harmony) take a break from being overly hospitable just be liked and enjoy.

(Comfort) get cozy in your PJs, put on your face mask and relax.

Are you seeing a theme here?

No drama (truce) now is not the time to hash anything out or settle disputes. Keep the conversations light.

(Togetherness) Have healing conversations that reinforce closeness and strengthen your relationship

Make sure you feel protected (shelter), strong, and safe in the space you chose so you can truly be at ease.