The giant pumpkin fail of 2018

We had high hopes of growing another giant pumpkin this year, but sadly, our pumpkin failed. It was thriving, but a few sudden rain storms overwhelmed it with too much water. As you can see, it split.

I’ve never seen it happen before, but it’s somewhat common. We only had one vine, and as of right now no other pumpkins are growing on it. It’s a bit late in the season, so I doubt we will get a single pumpkin this year.

Next year I want to go the other direction and try growing mini-pumpkins instead!

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My childhood bedroom

There was a meme going around Facebook recently that jumped out to me. Why? It featured a bedroom, but not just any bedroom! It was my childhood bedroom!! Who else remembers this set? Enough of you out there had it too, otherwise it wouldn’t have become a meme, but this made me laugh because not only did I have the set, but a hilarious story about it as well.

As my parents recount, many times, we were driving home from preschool with my childhood friend. I was super excited because the new bedroom set was on it’s way, and I was most excited by the fact that I was going to have a canopy on my bed! A yellow canopy!

Well, my cute friend Rob didn’t understand that I was saying canopy. He thought I was saying “can of pee” and couldn’t understand why anyone would want that, especially on their bed! And of course it didn’t help that we were talking about it being yellow. He was convinced that he was going to see an actual can of pee in my room.

Luckily all was cleared up when the new room was revealed. Of course I had to dig through the old photos to find a picture of my room. This doesn’t show it in all of it’s glory, but you can see a lot of it. And you can also see my beloved first puppy too.

Tell me, did you also have this bedroom set as a kid? Have you ever misheard something in a terrible, but funny way?

How to care for air plants

Air plants have been a favorite of indoor gardeners for decades and it’s easy to see why. With over 650 types of air plants (Tillandsia spp.) to choose from, you can find interesting shapes and colors to compliment your style. The fact that they grow without soil makes them very versatile and opens all kinds of possibilities for use.

how to care for air plants

Air plants, which are a type of bromeliad, take water and nutrients in through specialized leaves. Instead of pulling water in through their roots, they use them to attach to rocks, trees, shrubs, and the ground. These warm weather plants can thrive even with a bit of neglect, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a little care to grow well.

Water

Though the name implies they need only air to survive, they do need water. Give your plants a warm water soak for 5 to 10 minutes a week (this is my preferred method). Be sure to let your plants dry completely before putting them back in a terrarium or globe.

Never use distilled or soft water to water your air plants. Tap water or filtered water works best. If you use pond or aquarium water, you won’t need to fertilize your plants as the water will give them natural fertilizer.

Air

Air circulation is key for keeping an tillandsia plant happy. Take this into consideration when choosing where your air plant will be. Some glass globes and terrariums may not be large enough to allow good air flow.

Light

Filtered light indoors is preferred, as is partial shade if you are growing them outside (Zone 9 or warmer). Most homes will have enough natural light to make an air plant happy. especially if you have east or west facing rooms to put them in. Keep air plants out of direct, bright sunlight.

If your home doesn’t have enough natural light, full spectrum artificial light (fluorescent) will work well for your plant. Look for full spectrum tubes such as Gro-Lux, Repta-Sun, Vita-Lite, etc.

Temperature

Air plants love warmer weather, so be sure to keep them someplace that doesn’t get cooler than 45 degrees F. Optimum temperature range for Tillandsias is 50 – 90 degrees F, they will die during a frost.

Growth Cycle

The tillandsia growth cycle lasts until they bloom, after which the plant (depending on type) will start to produce pups (small plants). Most plants produce between 2 – 8 pups. Air plants flower once in their lifetime, and the flowers can last several days to many months, depending on the species.

When the pups are growing, simply remove the dried leaves of the mother plant as needed. Pull them gently, but if the leaf resists, its not dead yet. Empty spots will fill quickly with the new plant growth.

Uses

There are many fun ways to use air plants. From hanging glass globes, to terrariums, and even gluing them onto logs! Because they don’t need soil the possibilities are almost endless. I remember an air plant I had as a child that was glued to a small log with a magnet on the back. It was so fun to see that on the fridge.

For more information and inspiration for growing air plants, we love this book: Air Plants.

A few of our favorites from Minted

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We have been using Minted for our Christmas cards and gift giving for a few years now. The quality is always great, with gorgeous paper and amazing colors. Plus the selection is amazing, we can always find something new and fun to share with our friends. They have cards for all occasions, from Christmas to wedding. They even have foil-pressed business cards that I really want to order soon, they are just so classy!

Here are a few of my favorite ideas for gift giving, or to give to yourself as something special in your own home. We have loved all the custom prints that we have ordered, so I was excited to see the two new options below. I have always liked how many options are available for frames and mats. The ability to make it custom with your own photos and words just makes it unique, which I love. When people come to our home they always comment about how fun it is to see personalized photos and art. What could be better than that compliment?

First up, the custom quote prints. You pick the style, provide your favorite words, and Minted does the rest. You can choose a part of your wedding vows, or a meaningful poem, or just a favorite quote. I am thinking of something fun for our kitchen, as I have seen a lot of funny phrases about tacos recently.

Next up, the Heart Snapshot mix. There are a lot of fun options with this, so be sure to play around with different colors and frame combinations when you are designing yours. I love this idea for a wedding gift, or a special anniversary gift. I keep thinking I need to make one for our 20th anniversary, complete with photos from back when we met until now. I also want to put one together for my parents upcoming 50th anniversary, as I think that would be a really special gift!

And last, but not least, how cute are these play tents? I know that I would have loved this as a kid. I’m pretty sure that our dog would also have loved this (and I have seen some people use them for their dogs and it’s adorable). This would be the ultimate birthday or Christmas gift wouldn’t it? How fun would it be for a baby shower as a gift from a group?

If it’s been awhile since you have visited Minted, be sure to go have a peek! They have added so many fun new things, including home decor. You can even get a jump start on your holiday cards with these super fun Ornament Holiday Cards. I think we are going to give those a try this year, as we have been looking for something fun and different to send. I also saw a lot of fun new stationary (and we all know that I am a stationary lover), that I want to use to replenish my stash.

Which of the three favorites that I shared is your favorite?

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