I have this dirty little secret. But I'm not ready to divulge it quite yet. First, I want to introduce you to Lorena Canals....a company I spotted after I spotted all the dirt and grime on my pillows and rugs. It was their botanic plants rug that caught my eye. Just my style. Fern fashion marries lush luxury. Then reality set in. People and pets are messy. Rugs get icky. Just being on the floor and all, life happens. If you've ever had a small dog then you know exactly what I'm alluding to. Or kids. Or a baby. Have you ever spoon-fed a 10-month-old baby sweet potatoes on a carpet just for fun? Bad things happen to good rugs. Then I unearthed Lorena Canals and became smitten when it hit me that their rugs and pillows are machine-washable. So many thanks to Lorena Canals for sending me the botanic plants rug and a pillow to review to help me "fern-ish" my style. Worst. Joke. Ever. Seriously, how have I lived so long without them? And are you ready to hear my secret?
It's the year of the easy button. We love our garden but spending all day every day working in it? Bleh. No thanks. It's time to kick back with that lemonade....book in hand actually enjoying the view. If I want a workout, and that's a big "if" - I'll head to the gym. Who needs backbreaking digging to rev up those arm muscles? It's not because I'm lazy, not a bit of it. It's because there's too much on my plate most days. Free time? Relaxation? Pedicures? Nope. Never. When my kids misbehave, I'll send them to their rooms for a time-out. Sometimes they even take a nap while up there. I wish someone would send me to time-out! Please.....anyone.....make me go to my room for an hour so I can get a break! Until that day happens, these are a few trends fueled by the easy life. It's time to picture gardening from a different angle. Let's implement a few techniques today that pave the way for a simpler life. What Tom and I won't do? Sacrifice beautiful, lush gardens. Here's a few suggestions from us A-Z style.....
Isn't it time for that million dollar view? Then what are you waiting for! A glimpse into paradise is what the 16 gallon, acrylic biOrbAIR terrarium is all about. Lush luxury marries innovative technological design. A 360 degree panoramic view. Enter: The age of the terrarium. It's time. To get. Serious. About exotic plants and pets. Orchids, Moss. Air plants. Ferns. Bromeliads. Carnivorous plants. Even a poison dart frog! So let me level with you. I can't afford the trip to see a lush rainforest canopy in person. But a terrarium is doable. I'm positively glowing these days and it's not just from the LED lighting on the terrarium lid. So I hope you are the winner of this incredible biOrbAIR terrarium from OASE. Truly, the Rolls Royce of terrariums. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. You can earn one entry per day by commenting on any of our blog or Facebook posts. Let us know that you have entered by telling us one plant you'd grow in this terrarium. Do this by scrolling down to the bottom of this post. Please tell us how many entries you have earned. Canadian friends, you are most welcome to enter. Contest ends April 30th!
Another year has dawned. Make this the year. The year you go 100% chemical-free both inside and outside your home. I don't have to nag you about how bad chemicals are for your body; you already know that. But how committed are you? Did you know that the average U.S. woman uses 12 personal care products a day, containing 168 different chemicals? And while most men use fewer such products, even they are exposed to 85 chemicals daily. Yikes! Let's vow to do better. So it's my pleasure to introduce to you Oleum Vera, a body care company that puts you in control of your beauty regime. Whether it's for your face, body or hair, Oleum Vera has you covered head to toe with 100% organic ingredients. First place winner gets the "Off To A Good Start" DIY Face Cleansing KIt! (ARV $60) while the second place winner gets the DIY Hair Treatment Kit! (ARV $25). To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. You can earn one entry per day by commenting on any of our blog or Facebook posts. Let us know that you've entered by telling us if you like DIY projects in the comment section. Do this by scrolling down to the bottom of this post. Please tell us how many entries you have earned. Canadian friends, you are most welcome to enter. Contest ends April 10th!
Glorious trees exist in just about every place in the world. Just like other plants they are extremely beneficial to the environment as they breathe in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This improves the air we breathe and the atmosphere. Unfortunately, no matter how much you might love the trees in your yard there are times when they need to be trimmed or removed. On these occasions it is essential that you use a firm specializing in tree removal. This will ensure the process is completed properly and safely. But there are seven aspects of tree removal you might want to know first.
A well-groomed backyard does not just please the eye- it invigorates you. Investing in your landscape improves your mood by creating an area to kick back, relax and enjoy the seasons as they come and go. You want to spend more time out of doors.....right?! Although many of us tend to have big dreams when it comes to decorating or remodeling our backyards, not all of us have a humongous budget to work with. Minor tweaks can seriously enhance the overall appeal of your backyard, you just have to put in a little sweat equity. With spring on the horizon, now is the perfect time to start thinking about tiny and inexpensive changes you can make to your backyard to improve that space. With these small but powerful tips and tricks, you can give your backyard a budget friendly makeover with not too much effort.
How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? I'm not Irish but it's still fun to make green pancakes. All day we munch on green foods like broccoli, salad and honeydew melon. And who doesn't have a few boxes of Lucky Charms on hand? Then it's Chipotle for dinner. Guacamole is green! While I'm focused on St. Patrick's Day, I'm also starting to appreciate the green, organic life. Eco-friendly products. Gifts for those green gardeners who hope for something off the beaten path. So I'm proud to introduce you once again to Uncommon Goods who never ceases to amaze me with their unique lineup. Today you can win a $50 gift card to their online store. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. YOU CAN EARN ONE ENTRY PER DAY BY COMMENTING ON ANY OF OUR FACEBOOK POSTS! Let us know that you have entered by telling us how you are unique and uncommon! Do this by scrolling down to the bottom of this post. Please tell us how many entries you have earned. Contest ends March 17th! Happy St. Patrick's Day all!
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Western New York. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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