If you are obsessed with plants, like myself, then you might be in search of some easy, low-maintenance plants that you can add to your collection! Here are 14 of the easiest plants to have in your home. Let’s start with the 7 that I have myself!

My 7 Easy Care Indoor Plants

  1. Bromeliads

This plant does not require direct sunlight but perhaps a well lit area, it’s important to keep the soil moist but not soggy (to prevent root rot) and you’ll want to make sure the pot you have has proper drainage. I water this one on average every 1-2 weeks.

2. Anthurium

This plant has actually turned out to be my favorite! This plant thrives in a sunny area, no direct sunlight and you water it once a week by placing 5-6 ice cubes on top of the soil. This is called a “slow watering” process and it’s one of the easiest ways to measure your watering.

3. Aloe Vera

This plant you will water deeply but infrequently. So if you’re typically the forgetful type to water your plants, this one is calling your name! This plant is great in direct sunlight and you should water once the top layer of soil dries out, so not very frequently.

4. Succulents

There are many different types of succulents and this one is another great one for the forgetful waterers. Succulents generally thrive in direct sunlight and the best part, you only have to water the soil directly about once a month. Make sure it has proper drainage and it will do best if you buy the proper soil for it as well. So, water it or don’t water it, succulents will thrive regardless.

5. Asparagus Fern

I’ve actually acquired this plant on accident and it has turned out to be one of my favorites as well. This plant will thrive in direct sunlight and you should only need to water it every 1-2 weeks. Just make sure the soil is dry before watering again. A great tip for this type of plant is to buy a spray bottle and mist it daily.

6. Peace Lily

These are a beautiful plant to have indoors and can grow big if potted in a bigger pot. Find a nice sunny spot with indirect sunlight, thrives best in indoor potting soil and you should keep the soil moist but not soggy (again to avoid root rot). Water at least once a week and you should be in the clear.

7. Phalaenopsis Orchid

Orchids are another beautiful flower to add to your collection. It needs a sunny area with no direct sunlight. It will thrive best if in the correct potting soil and you should actually fertilize this with orchid fertilizer. Another great tip for this plant would be to repot with fresh orchid mix once the bloom is finished. Water only once a week!

Top 7 are my current plants & Bottom 7 are the ones I desire to add to my collection!

My 7 Easy Care Plants That I Plan to Add to My Collection

  1. The ZZ Plant

This one is a simplistic plant that thrives in a sunny area with indirect sunlight. Water it every 2-3 weeks, which you can keep track of by letting the soil dry between watering, and of course proper drainage.

2. Pothos

I specifically like this plant because I’m obsessed with the hanging pots. This plant requires indirect sunlight, proper drainage and you should only need to water it every 1-2 weeks. Always let the soil dry out between watering.

3. Yucca

I cannot wait to add this one to my collection because it can be small and cute and once you’re more settled it can grow to be grand. This one also requires indirect sunlight and proper drainage, letting the soil to mostly dry out before the next watering. Should only need to water every 1-2 weeks.

4. Kalanchoe

This plant can add a bit of color to your life and amongst all the leafy greens can really pop out. Thrives in direct sunlight, requires proper drainage and you only need to water once every 2 weeks. Always let the soil dry out before watering it again.

5. Philodendron

This is one of those leafy tropical type leafy plants, also known as, my favorites! Requires sunny area but indirect sunlight. You should water when the soil is about 50% dried out. Yellow leaves means it needs less water and brown leaves means it probably needs more water.

6. English Ivy

Another leafy green that has vines and can grow long and wide. Thrives in a sunny, well-lit spot indirect of sunlight. You should keep the soil slightly moist if it’s younger, but as it grows you can begin to let the soil dry out more in between watering. Of course proper drainage will help as well!

7. Dracaena

Another favorite of mine, it’s actually a childhood plant that we had and I desire to have my own once again! This plant thrives in a sunny spot with indirect sunlight, requires proper drainage and you should only water every 1-2 weeks. A great tip for this plant is to mist the leaves daily and to also mist the soil to keep it moist. Do not mistake moist for soggy, to avoid root rot.

Budgeting Doesn’t Have To Be Hard, Read These 5 Tips

Are you tired of feeling like you have no money? Feel like you’re living paycheck to paycheck or just have debt building up. Today I want to show you how far organizing your money will take you.

I’ve been in the “living paycheck – to – paycheck” situation and it was not fun. Probably one of the worst portions of my life. I was stuck in a dark apartment that I hated and because of it I never had any money, therefore forcing me to stay inside the one place I hated the most. I know that your total income has a lot to do with being able to afford your desired lifestyle. But it also has to do with ensuring you have enough money for the necessary things in life while also making sure that you still have some spending money for the fun things in life.

Step 1:
Firstly, you need to determine your total net income per paycheck, most people generally get paid bi-weekly, every two weeks. Please do not include bonus checks that you may receive from time to time and do not include your paycheck amount with overtime payed. You want to know what your basic steady income is for each paycheck and each month. This is the money that you can fully depend on 100% of the time just by going to work everyday.

Step 2: 

Next, you need to determine the necessities of your life, how much they cost as well as when they are due each month. Necessities should include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Rent
  • Utilities (water and electric)
  • Gas Money
  • Groceries
  • Car Insurance
  • Health Insurance 
  • Phone Bill
  • Internet
  • Savings 
  • Paying off any small debt – in payments (credit card balance, etc.)
  • Children expenses – I don’t have any yet so I’m not sure what this entails … 

Yes this seems like a lot but the more you place on your budget and are prepared for the less stressed you will be and the more planning of fun activities with your spare money.

Step 3:
Now list down how much each necessity is per month. For unstable items that can change on a monthly basis, such as utilities, I would list the average payment that you have had over the course of a couple of months and then add ten or twenty dollars to the budget just to be in the clear. If one month the unstable item is less than expected then that money can be put towards your spending account, otherwise known as a little bonus for yourself. If you budgeted the correct amount then cheers to you, you’re in the clear. 

Step 4:

Once you have everything added to the necessities list and totaled up, all you have to do now is divide that by two, for bi-weekly, therefore calculating how much you need each paycheck to go towards your bills. Once you now the total amount of bills and then subtract it with the total net income of your paycheck, what’s left is your total amount of spending money you will have each paycheck. 

Step 5:

All you need to do now is make sure that you stick to this budget and you will be in the clear and always in control of your own money. Life is always easier when you have your money handled and most importantly when you lose the stress of wondering if your bills will get paid. Leave the stress behind and start your budget today!