Have you ever found yourself under a mistletoe and wondered what it is and how did we came to practice this strange holiday tradition that involves kissing?
Washington Irving’s words in the 1800s describes it best by saying, “young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under [mistletoe], plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.”
But, why the mistletoe? Is it just another clever way for boys to steal kisses from their crushes? What does it have to do with Christmas? Let’s take a moment to step back and try to understand the mystery of the mistletoe – what is it, where did it come from, and how it came to be a holiday tradition today.
Have you ever tried to grow succulents? Having some green and life in your house can feel so good, especially when the winter hits hard and all things outside seems to go to rest for the next few months. Surrounding yourself with some hints of summer can be a nice treat.
Are you considering a real Christmas tree this year?
It’s that time of year when stores are filled with every Christmas decoration imaginable. Blinking lights, miniature mangers, and Christmas trees deck the isles. While some families decide that they will go the fake route when buying their Christmas tree, many want that fresh smell of evergreen filling their home.
Whether your family makes picking out their Christmas tree an annual tradition, or you are trying it out for the first time, it can feel like an overwhelming process. Here are 5 great tips to help you in your process of finding and maintaining the perfect real Christmas tree.
With the holidays approaching fast, you might be starting that long process of trying to find the perfect gift. A list can get lengthy when you want to share with teachers, friends, neighbors, and family how much you appreciate them. Or, maybe you want to find a special way to say thank you to a special host.
Look no further, because you will never go wrong giving a gift of nature.
Planting bulbs in the fall is a great idea if you want spring flowers. Snowdrops and Scillas are one of the earliest flowers to bloom and will be a welcomed sight as the long winter months come to close. Remember last spring time when all your neighbors had beautiful daffodils and bright yellow, red, and purple tulips popping up everywhere? Well, if you want to add those stunning beauties to your landscape, now is the time to plant.
Throughout recent years, there has been a movement related to the food we eat. With the more information available that we as consumers have, we continue to grow in our understanding and education that helps us to make healthy food decisions.
Each year, the EWG investigates which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides on them so as consumers, we can make the best decisions about foods we eat. The EWG’s goal is to make your food as transparent as possible. They created a Shoppers Guide to help consumers. Buying organic food is expensive, so knowing which foods are the most contaminated with pesticides might help you as you decide which organic foods to buy.
As you watch your beautiful summer garden slowly come to a close as the cool crisp fall air comes in, you might be wondering if there is any possible way to preserve those summer vegetable favorites that you worked so hard to cultivate.
There is nothing like fresh, home garden grown cucumbers, pepper, and tomatoes and the thought of having them throughout the winter is compelling not to mention that continuing to grow your own vegetables is a great way to supplement your budget and your diet.
We are here to share with you some great news. With the right lighting, container, and space, you can continue to grow many different vegetables and herbs.
We have a fall tradition in our family to hunt for the most colorful, strangest, and ugliest gourds and squash that we can find. The shapes, sizes, and colors that each one comes in fascinates, humors, and connects us.
We will visit grocery stores and farms and on each trip we bring them home, add our homegrown pumpkins, and butternut squashes to the mix and create a beautiful fall décor display filled with shades of green, yellows, and oranges.
If you are looking for a fun fall activity then visiting your local apple orchard is a must. This past weekend, my family and I visited The McIntosh Orchard in beautiful South Haven, Michigan. With the apple blossom being the state flower, Michigan is a state that is sure to produce some amazing apples. The orchard hosted row after row of ripe, crisp, juicy apples. The children ran up and down each isle of apple trees, picking apples and placing them into big wooden barrels to be weighed and brought home.