5 Ways Houseplants Help Your Home

I love my houseplants! Just looking at them and caring for them make my heart feel warm. Houseplants also add decor to your home, but did you know they have many other benefits as well? Take a look at 5 ways houseplants help your home, making it a calm, healthy, and colorful environment! You may just find that you want houseplants in every room of your house. Here is what you need to know about how houseplants can help your home.

5 Ways Houseplants Help Your Home

1. Fight the common cold.
Did you know that having a variety of houseplants in your home helps increase humidity? This added moisture can help reduce cold, nasal dryness, irritation, and other cold symptoms. You will also find that the added humidity can lead to moisturized skin!

2. Reduce stress.
Having houseplants can help you reduce stress. The colors and scents alone can help lower blood pressure and lead to a feeling of calm. Caring for your plants can also help you feel relaxed, purposeful, and nurturing which are all mood boosting.

3. Relieve drowsiness and headaches.
Houseplants can help remove carbon dioxide from the air, which in excess can lead to feelings of drowsiness. Eliminating the carbon dioxide can also help the air in the home be fresh, helping you enjoy less stuffy air and less headaches.

4. Sleep better.
Place plants such as gerbera daisies next to your bed for a better night’s sleep. Plants give off oxygen, which can help you sleep deeper and better. Children’s rooms as well as your own room can benefit from a variety of houseplants.

5. Boost your creativity.
Plants in your home office or home work space can not only keep the air clean, but help boost your creativity. Green, living items tend to stimulate creativity with just a glance, so place some plants in these spaces and see what a difference they make.

So which plants are ideal for your home? Gerbera daisies, peace lilies, aloe, spider plant, snake plant, English ivy, and Chinese evergreen are all easy and inexpensive choices. They are also fairly simple to grow and don’t require a huge amount of maintenance.

Give these tips a try and see how houseplants can help your home be a happier and healthier place to be!

Do Hedge Apples Repel Spiders?

Are you familiar with hedge apples? They’re a bumpy, green, grapefruit sized fruit that grows on the Osage-orange (Maclura pomifera) tree.

While they’re not edible, they’re also not poisonous.

Use Hedge Apples to repel spiders!

I put hedge apples all around my house every fall to help repel spiders. I’m not sure there is any scientific proof out there that they help, but they seem to. I’m all for natural bug repellents. Since we have three hedge apple trees on our property I gather a couple bags of them this time of year and drop them around the foundation of our house.

Our house was built in the late 1800’s, so it has many small cracks and places to let the spiders in. Before I put the hedge apples around the foundation we get a ton of big black hairy wolf spiders. Don’t get me wrong, I love spiders, but as long as they’re out in the garden. I hate going into the bathroom, flipping on the lights and seeing a spider run across my foot. Yikes!

Do hedge apples repel spiders?

I’m a believer in the spider repelling powers of hedge apples. After we put the hedge apples around the foundation, I see very few spiders in the house. I usually remember to gather them because of the number of spiders I see when the weather starts to cool.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence? I heard they repel insects several years ago, and I’ve gathered up the hedge apples every year since. We have several Osage-orange trees, and it’s great to have my own supply.

If you’re looking for more information on hedge apples check out hedgeapple.com. The site shows how to use hedge apples for decorating, and drying.

5 Simple Ways to Attract Deer

Here in Ohio we have 12 acres of woods behind our house, a creek and tree line in front of our house, and another treeline running down the side of our property. We spot deer on a regular basis. Having deer on your land can be quite fun and entertaining. Watching deer can be exciting for children and quite interesting for you too! Take a look below at 5 simple ways to attract deer to your yard. When you give these tips a try, you can easily attract these beautiful creatures to your yard for you to observe and enjoy. Here is how you can get started.

5 Simple Ways To Attract Deer

1. Provide pine trees.
Deer love having pine trees to conceal them and make them feel safe. Pine trees also block heavy and cold winds, giving them some warmth and protection. Create a row or cluster of pines for deer to dwell in and they are sure to enjoy it.

2. Create a place for them to drink.
Deer will appreciate a small pond with fresh water. Like other animals they are always looking for a cool sip, and a pond is a perfect way to give this. Especially during hot weather, deer are sure to flock to it. During cold months, consider placing a heater in the pond to keep the water from freezing.

3. Create some overgrowth.
Have a section of your yard contain overgrowth. This can be grass, shrubs, etc. Deer like to raise and hide their young in this overgrowth, as well as sleep in it. Create an overgrowth space for your deer to find solace in. Be sure to stay away from this area as well, so the deer know it is a safe place that is all their own.

4. Try a salt lick.
Deer have a taste for salt. You can find salt licks at garden and feed stores perfect for this. Just set the salt lick out in the yard and in no time the deer will come to dine. Keep in mind however that the salt lick will kill plants around it, so don’t place it near flowers or shrubs you wish to keep.

5. Consider tasty plants.
Deer love to nibble on a variety of plants. Some of these plants include red clover, chicory, peas, soybeans, turnips, and corn. Consider planting some of these items for them to come and feast on. All of these plants are easy to come by, easy to grow, and easy for the deer to enjoy!

Having deer in your yard can provide some unique photo opportunities and hours of entertainment. Give these tips a try and see how many deer you can attract!

Frugal Fall DIY Pine Cone Swag

Fall is here in full swing, which means it is time to do some fall crafting. You can make this beautiful (easy) and frugal fall pine cone swag using items that Mother Nature gives us this time of year. Take a look below at how with just a few pine cones, we created a fall swag perfect for displaying on your front door or mantel. It is so easy, that even the kids can help. Take a look!

DIY Pine cone swag

Here is what you will need:

  • Assorted pine cones (If you don’t have any in your yard or area, craft stores do carry them)
  • Assorted craft paints
  • Paint brush
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter
  • Hot glue, glue gun

For our paint choices, we used fall colors such as red, orange, and yellow.

1. Begin by dabbing paint in various colors onto each pine cone. Just use your brush to apply the paint to the tips. Use one color per pine cone, or create a dabble effect with various colors.

DIY painted pine cones fall swag
2. While the paint is still wet on each pine cone, sprinkle them liberally with glitter. Doing this while the paint is still wet will assure the glitter sticks nicely.

diy pine cones swag
3. You can now apply your pine cones to the ribbon. Cut lengths of ribbon and apply some hot glue to the ends. Press the top of each pine cone to the ribbon until secure.
4. Once you have several strands of pine cones and ribbon, you can tie the tops into a knot. Finish by attaching another length of ribbon which you then tie into a bow.

DIY frugal pine cone swag

To hang your pine cone swag, just hand the knotted area on a nail or hook. It is lightweight, and should be able to hang anywhere.

This frugal fall pine cone swag is the perfect way to add some fall fun to your space. Gather your pine cones and other materials and give it a try!

30 Spectacular Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Pumpkin is one of my favorite fall flavors, in case you can’t tell by all the pumpkin ideas and recipes I’ve been sharing over the last few weeks. We have everything pumpkin from scones and lattes to cheesecake and ginger snaps!

30 spectacular pumpkin desserts  (1)

  1. Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes by Moms Test Kitchen (top middle left photo)
  2. Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake by Love Bakes Good Cakes
  3. Pumpkin Bread pudding with Maple Glaze by Andreas Recipes
  4. Spice Glazed Pumpkin Scones by The Love Nerds (bottom right photo)
  5. Pumpkin Cake by Confessions of a Cooking Diva
  6. Pumpkin Filled Ginger Snaps by Say not Sweet Anne (top photo)
  7. Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting by She Saved
  8. Pumpkin Flan by Andreas Recipes
  9. Pumpkin Spice Latte Mousse by Passion for Savings (bottom left photo)
  10. Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars by Life with Love Bugs
  11. Cheesecake Brownies by A Day in Candiland
  12. Pumpkin Coffee Cake by Food Done Light
  13. Homemade Pumpkin Crisp by Southern Girl Ramblings PHOTO
  14. Pumpkin Cake by Home Cooking Memories
  15. Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing by Family Food and Travel
  16. Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts by Call Me PMC
  17. Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins by Thrifty Shop a Holic
  18. Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars by Love Bakes Good Cakes (midle right)
  19. Easy Pumpkin Banana Cream Pie by Mom Spotted
  20. Pumpkin Custard with Mascarpone Cream by Andreas Recipes
  21. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Roll by Upstate Ramblings
  22. Pumpkin Pie in a Jar by The Nerds Wife
  23. Pumpkin Spice Brownies by Canadian Free Stuff
  24. Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies by The Nerds Wife
  25. Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies by Gator Mommy Reviews
  26. Baked Pumpkin Donuts by Call Me PMC
  27. Pumpkin Sticky Buns by Food Done Light
  28. Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Brown Sugar Buttercream Glaze by Moms Test Kitchen
  29. Caramel Brownie Pumpkin Trifle by Passion for Savings
  30. Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Pumpkin Browned Butter Frosting by Love Bakes Good Cakes

Do you have a favorite pumpkin dessert recipe?