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Simple & Sweet Succulent Terrarium

There’s something so refreshing about having live plants growing happily on your windowsill. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good faux floral, but sometimes it’s good for your soul to water and care for plants in actual soil.

We don’t all have time for a garden – heck, I wish I had more time to spend in my own! Opting for a more low maintenance version makes this cute and simple project attainable for even the busiest of working moms – green thumb or no green thumb!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Glass container
  • Decorative stones or sand
  • Soil mix
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Succulents

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Step 1. Choose a glass container with no drain hole and place a layer of the decorative stones or sand at the bottom. (approx 1″)
Step 2. Add  approximately 2″ of the sphagnum moss and flatten gently.

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Step 3. Expose plant’s root ball.

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Step 4. Pour the soil to the desired depth making sure there is enough to cover the plant’s root ball completely.

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Step 5.  Start by planting the biggest plants first.
a) Dig a hole with your fingers or old spoon, making sure it’s big enough to hold the entire plant root system.
b) Tease out the roots gently and trim if required.
c) Place the plant in the hole. If the container opening is too small for your hands use tongs to help.
d) Gently tap down the soil around the plant.
e) Continue placing the other plants.

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Step 6. Place layer of decorative stones or decorative sand around plants. (Optional)
Step 7. Gently water your terrarium with a mister.
Step 8. Clean any debris left from the soil with  paper towel.

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Here are some tips to keep your terrarium happy and healthy:
  • Choose plants according to the type of terrarium you want to plant. Ideally, choose slow-growing plants with similar light and humidity requirements. For example, pair tropical plants with mosses, and cacti with succulents.
  • Place your terrarium in a bright location so your plants get plenty of light. Make sure however, that it is not direct light.
  • Water your terrarium with a spritz bottle. If the water is seeping through the stones you are watering too much. If you have a closed container, you may see some condensation on the inside walls after planting or when you overwater. This is normal. Simply remove the cover and let the excess humidity evaporate.
  • Prune back your plants when they get too big and remove any dead foliage.

And there you have it! The perfect low maintenance addition to your windowsill, dining table, office nook or even the kiddos’ bedroom window. I hope you enjoy this sweet little terrarium, and I hope it brings you a simple moment of refreshing calm in the hustle and bustle of your weekly routine.

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Chalkboard Planner

There is something so refreshing about the new year. Fresh start, new goals and an opportunity to make things a little simpler and fresher. Organizing my days is always helpful and when I write it down it helps me stay on top of things.

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This is the best time a year to get organized, and what better way to do so than with a daily wall planner? This is not only a simple way to keep your daily goals front and center, but studies show you’re 40% more likely to follow through on your goals if you write them down.

What you’ll need:

  • An old window frame
  • A piece of plywood (to size of your window frame)
  • chalkboard paint
  • A small caddie (optional)

Simply paint the plywood with chalkboard paint, allow to dry and
then attach to the back of the window frame with wood glue or nails.

OPTIONAL: Add functionality by adding a small caddie to hold chalk or other knick knacks.

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Our Picnic Duo/Trio would be perfect for this project.

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So there you have it.  Easy and simple, so you can spend your time and effort achieving your goals for the new year! It’s cute, functional, and it personalizes your space.

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The Journey Continues

Fixer Upper Season 2 is finally here!

The first episode of Fixer Upper season two premieres tonight, January 6th at 9/8c, and we want you to be a part of it. We’re filled with gratitude and humbled by each one of your kind words, well wishes, love and support. This season of our lives has been a whirlwind journey filled with adventure, and Fixer Upper is a success because of you! Our only regret is that we can’t sit down and have coffee with each one of you to thank you for opening up your homes to our family. You keep us moving forward.

We are ecstatic for this new season and think you’ll love it too. Our hope is that you’ll continue to be inspired and refreshed by Fixer Upper, and that it brings you and your family a calm, quiet moment in the hustle and bustle of your daily routines. We’re ready for this next chapter of our story to unfold for you, and hope for your continued support as we enter into this second season together.

Warmly,
Chip and Jo