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Essential oils are the lifeblood of plants. They’re the plant’s natural defenses and they work the same in our bodies as they do in nature: fight infection, contain hormone-like compounds, and initiate regeneration.

It requires a large volume of plant material to produce a small amount of essential oil which makes them potent.


The chemistry of an essential oil is very complex and share similar properties with human blood  — all contributing to the oil’s therapeutic effects.

The small molecules of essential oils allow them to penetrate our cell membranes and diffuse throughout our blood and tissue.

When applied topically, it takes 20 minutes to effect every cell in your body. When inhaled, it takes only 22 seconds for it to reach your brain!


They are useful for all kinds of things:

For Natural Beauty and Hygiene

  • Oral health
  • Skincare
  • Cosmetics
  • Perfume

For Natural Health and Wellness

  • Pain relief
  • Improves Sleep
  • Helps with colds & allergies
  • Massages and Relaxation

Around the Home:

  • Air cleanser
  • Deodorizing a room or your car
  • Insect repellant & pest deterrent
  • DIY cleaning products
  • DIY scented candles, soaps, etc.
  • General disinfecting
  • Cooking, baking, & drinks ( Disclaimer: Not all essential oils are safe for ingesting. Be informed. Full plant is still best for ingestion over the essential oil: i.e., real lemon juice over lemon essential oil.)


It does seem like a new essential oils company pops up every day, doesn’t it?

Young Living was the only company that has their own farms (in the regions where the plants should be grown), could absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they use essential oils for pest control and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing, and use many different testing methods not just GC/MS which only tests for certain chemicals, not whether those chemicals are synthetic or not), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.

Young Living also was the only company that was directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust that the oil broker is telling the truth, who has to trust that the essential oil distilleries are telling the truth, who have to trust that the farmers are telling the truth about what they say they are doing.

With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.

I feel like it’s a trust step either way (anyone could be lying) but I felt the most comfortable trusting Young Living since they are a full-disclosure company. ANYONE can visit the farms, participate in the harvesting and distillation, view the Young Living labs, and see the entire process. That’s not an option with any other company.


Nope! You are not required to sell anything at all to anyone. When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link that you can share with friends and get credit from their purchases, but there are no minimum sales amounts at all. In fact, 90% of the wholesale members in Young Living don’t do the business side at all. They are buying from Young Living because of the quality alone.


There are absolutely NO minimum monthly purchase requirements. To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50 worth of purchases per year to keep your membership. But if there’s a year that you don’t make a $50 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50 order.

If you do find yourself making regular purchases each month, then Young Living has a rewards program (called Essential Rewards) where you can make a nice percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases. So that’s a neat program to join if you find that you *want* to purchase regularly (but it’s not a requirement for being a wholesale member).


One of the benefits of getting a starter kit through this promotion is that you also get to join our private Facebook group that’s specifically for questions about essential oils! The reference guide that will be sent to you is also a HUGE resource. You can look up almost anything in it and see which essential oils and supplements can be helpful.


The answer to this one was surprising to me when I first got my starter kit! Young Living actually has an entire line of personal care products, supplements, meal replacements, energy drinks, and more! Almost every product incorporates essential oils (for example, frankincense is absolutely wonderful in facial products), but there’s a wide variety of products available.


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The more homemaking or homesteading skills you have, the more you’ll be able to save money –stretching your food budget is one such skill.

Here are just some of the things I’ve learned through the years that every homemaker should know:


With my family, going out to eat is a treat that we do at least once a week or every other week. This makes the experience all the more exciting and special.

So even if I’d want to eat out every day, there are so many reasons why I choose to cook at home too. Number one is it saves us a LOT of money. By cooking at home, I can limit our spending, get creative and show off my skills.

I know this advice seems obvious, but a lot of people can’t follow this advice because they’re either too busy or too lazy, or too unskilled even if they tried.

Here’s what I suggest:

Too Busy?

Learn how to meal plan according to your family’s lifestyle. If your family is jam-packed with all these extra-curricular activities and you’re always finding yourself going to drive-thrus, dedicate a day of the week to prepare meals-to-go.

If you’re a working mom but you still want your family to be able to sit down to a nice dinner when everyone’s home, look up on freezer or slow cooker meals.

This way, you can just dump all the ingredients in the pot before you leave for work, and you’ll have dinner warm and ready by the time everybody’s home.

Too Lazy?

I love to cook! But thinking about the whole preparation — the meal planning, the food shopping, and the cleaning after all the cooking — it just presses my lazy button too often. It would be easier to just order take-out, right?

I was able to conquer this problem by eating simply and having a routine. For instance, morning is less of a stress for me because I know I’ll always have oatmeal. In the evenings, I can have whatever’s leftover from lunch.

If I want a snack throughout the day, I’ll have whatever fruit, nut, or yogurt we have in the kitchen.

If you’re the type who can bear eating the same things all the time, give it a try first — you might be surprised with how well you’ll get attached to those simple meals.

No skills?

I learned to cook from watching my grandmother and my mom cook. They didn’t have to say anything for me to absorb everything that they were doing. But it helped that they would tell me what they’re doing and why they’re doing it every step of the way.

If you know someone who could be a mentor to you, ask them to teach you. You can go their place on some days to watch them prepare their meals and watch them closely.

If you want a shortcut, take cooking or baking classes. When you know the basics, you’ll eventually learn how to break the rules in order to create your own dishes and experiment with ingredients.



Unlike a big food store, you’re limited in resources and access to cheaper suppliers or heavily discounted ingredients for bulk purchases.

So what are the sensible things you can make from scratch?

Things you always use.

For instance, if your family always eat bread, it’s better to make a month’s worth from scratch.

You’ll save loads than buying it (even at marked down prices), and you’ll always be sure about the quality of the bread you’re giving your family (you can always sneak in some veggies, nuts, seeds, and all the good stuff in there!)

Things you don’t have access to.

My husband’s sister doesn’t have access to her favorite ketchup in New Zealand, so I found a recipe that she can use to make her own.

Things you can make even better
I had a classmate who’d always make his own peanut butter because he insists that commercial peanut butter is making him sick. He’ concerned about the hidden additives and figured he can make an even tastier and healthier peanut butter for himself.

Things that are too expensive

I don’t know about you, but I find home furnishings and accessories expensive. This is the part where I shine. I get all crazy crafty and inspired to DIY anything that I can put inside my home.

If I had the tools and the materials, I know I can make something similar at a cheaper cost.


Get creative

By leftovers, I don’t mean just reheating last night’s dinner. I mean taking what wasn’t eaten for the entire week and creating a whole new meal out of them.

You can also have leftovers every other day or every two days — depends on how much leftovers you have that you can stretch out.

Have a go-to list of leftover recipes

If you can’t get creative, have a list of what dishes to cook for what kind of leftover you have. For example, if you have leftover shredded chicken, what are the things you can make with them?

Sandwiches? salads? turnovers?

List those recipes that will work for you and your family.

Have one day in the week dedicated to leftovers.

For instance, every Sunday is our “surprise meal” day. All the meat and veggie scraps that weren’t eaten for the entire week is turned into a stew on Sunday.

A stew, curry, chowder, fried spring rolls, or surprise loaf –you get the point.

I chop everything up, play with the spices and ta-daa!


Meal plan according to your inventory and what’s on sale.

When you meal plan, make sure to check whatever’s left in your inventory before you make your shopping list. This way, you’ll know what items you don’t need to buy and you can plan for dishes where you can use up your old inventory.

Also, check your coupons, and your grocery flyers for any sales or markdowns. Plan your meals around them. If they’re having a markdown on all minced beef, look for a variety of recipes that uses it and fill your meal plan for the week with them.

If it’s also allowed, combine your coupons with sales so you can purchase the item at an even lower price!

Go for the cheaper brand.

Expensive doesn’t always mean great quality. You have to think about what you intend to do with the product so you can make a smarter choice.

For instance, you can purchase the cheaper cans that will have the fruits cut-up unevenly, but it wouldn’t matter if you’re making peach cobbler. If you’re going to decorate a peach pie with it, then that’s a different story.

Forego the convenience.

Anything convenient will jack up the price. For instance, a veggie tray will cost more than just buying the individual veggies and cutting them up all yourself.

This way, you can also be assured that your veggies are fresh (and not have been cut up around a rotting part).

Forego the aesthetics.

If you have an “ugly vegetable” bin in your grocery, buy from there. An ugly carrot is still a carrot when everything has been chopped up and cooked. It will have the same nutritional value without the extra price.

Stock up on sale.

When bread, milk, cheese, or eggs go on sale, hoard and freeze them. You’ll be surprised at what you can freeze! I tend to buy a lot of non-perishable items too. Check out my list here and also a list of what you can stockpile.

Don’t stray off your shopping list!

Eat up before you head to the store, and make sure to categorize your list according to the store’s layout so you don’t have to go through on other parts of the store where you’ll be tempted to grab things.


I’m so excited to start my own vegetable garden when we finally settle down in New Zealand.

Here’s why:

I can save money.

Sometimes you only need a piece or a handful, but the store would only sell them by the sack. Imagine how much you’ll waste when you forget to use up everything in that sack.

Also, with a bounty of fruits and vegetables in your backyard available for harvesting, you won’t need to spend time and money on gas for a trip to the grocery store. This will save you loads of money if you’re diet is plant-based.

I can cook with fresh ingredients.

It’s literally picking out what you need from the garden to cook with and taking them straight to your kitchen table. How nice would it be to just pluck a few tomatoes whenever you need them.

I can make extra money by selling them.

When you’ve had a good harvest, you can sell your extras by the roadside or in your local farmers market. You can also box up a variety of your produce and sell them like a subscription box.

I can use them for bartering or for gifting.

There are communities promote swapping of garden produce. They also make great gift for the neighbors or the local community shelter.


Whether you’re buying them or harvesting them from your own garden, only eat fruits and vegetables in season.

For instance, according to Jen of A Thousand Words, cucumbers (in New Zealand) in the summer cost $1-$2 each. If you purchase them in the winter, however, it would cost as much as $5 each! That’s a HUGE price difference!

If you have tomatoes multiplying like crazy in the summer, take advantage of their abundance by canning or freezing them so you can save money and enjoy them in various forms throughout the year (and not have to be forced to buy them when they’re expensive).

I hope this post helps you feed your family even with a small budget. What’s your best advice on how to stretch your food budget?

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Before I became a stay-at-home mom, I was a stay-at-home wife. It’s what my husband and I both wanted. We knew there were going to be a lot of adjustments when we finally have kids, so we planned for it.

Hubby and I agreed that I should quit my job before we had any kids so we could get used to the life of living on one income. You know — test the waters.

There were 3 issues that we wanted to be ready for when it was time for me to become a stay-at-home mom:

1. That he’d be able to bring enough income for us to live comfortably.
2. That I’d still be able to help with the cash flow when the going gets tough.
3. That we’d have something to cushion us for any financial emergencies.

And I was pretty confident about it too — with good reasons.

1. Hubby has a well-paying job as a lawyer.

2. I’m an experienced freelance writer and online project manager so I could always work from home if I needed to. I also have a home bakeshop (being a pastry chef and all).

3. I have a real estate property that I could sell or rent out for passive income. I knew I wanted to have some kind of passive income in the future when I became a mom (yeah, I planned that far ahead), so I bought a condominium unit as an investment in my 20s when I was still working as a flight attendant.

I remember thinking to myself, “We’ve so got this!”.

And it was great!

Every morning, I’d wake up, make breakfast, and kiss him goodbye as he leaves for work.

I’d take a long shower, do my beauty routine, and prepare myself for a day of house chores.

We had yummy, healthy meals on time, the house always smelled good, and all our clothes were pressed. I was like a modern day Stepford wife!

We were ready.

We were prepared.

Or were we?

Then, we had our first child.

It was like a whiplash!

How can one tiny little baby create so much change in our lives?!

The clutter crept in, the expenses shot up, and all the systems I’ve put in place were suddenly negotiable.

Add our second baby into the mix.


Kinda hanging there… but still good. Not as good as when we had no mouths to feed, but still good. But I truly believe that it’s only because we were able to prepare and manage our finances well.

As we’ve done, here’s what you can do to prepare yourself to become a stay-at-home mom:

1. Make the mind shift.

A mind shift is a redirection of your focus. If you want to live on one income, create the atmosphere to wholly prepare you for this lifestyle change. Observe other stay-at-home moms and ask for advice from those that you know of. Educate yourself. Read and follow blogs that talk about it.

Equip yourself with the life skills you will need to awesomely run your home like a boss. Attend cooking classes or gardening workshops. The more homemaking skills that you have, the more money you will eventually save in the future.

Related reading:  How one habit simplified my entire life and made me achieve more

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2. Make a plan.

What are your priorities? What are your financial goals? Talk with your spouse and work on it together. Before we got married, hubby and I agreed that he’d be taking care of the basic essential needs of the family like shelter, food, clothing, utilities, healthcare, and education.

Anything I earn (if I choose to make money on the side) is an “extra” or a “bonus” for superficial stuff like entertainment, travel, gifts, and extracurricular activities or hobbies. This way, we knew what was expected of each other and we don’t have to argue over who’s responsible for what.

3. Save before you quit.

If you have a job now, work towards an emergency fund or a “Stay-at-home mom fund”. Work longer hours and spend less money. Put everything you can into this fund so you’ll have a comfy cushion to fall back on when things don’t go as planned.

A good tip is to always set aside 10% of your income for this, but if you can put more, the faster you can grow your fund. ( I was putting 70-80% of my income to my property investment when I still had a job).

Related reading: How to manage mommy guilt when working

4. Start living on less.

Reduce your wants by embracing a simple lifestyle. Minimize your belongings so that you spend less time and energy in caring for them. But simple doesn’t have to be boring. By less, I don’t mean that you have to live in a spartan, monk-like home with minimal possessions. What I mean is you should look for quality instead of quantity when buying things.

For instance, I used to have a massive collection of cheap, trendy bags that would only last me a season before they tear or peel off in all places. Then my mom passed down to me her Gucci and Louis Vuitton leather handbags (some are even older than me!), and it was then that I saw the real value of designer handbags.

Sure, they’re pretty expensive…but the quality of the craftsmanship would last you a lifetime (even for several generations, if you care for it well). Your belongings must be worth spending your time and energy to care for it. Investing in quality key pieces will enhance your quality of life and save you money in the long run.

5. Create a budget.

Math is boring, but you HAVE to know your cash flow; if you don’t, you’ll bleed financially. With a budget, you’ll know any recurring expenses and the amount you’d need to set aside to cover it. Track your expenses and make sure you’re spending less than what you’re earning if you want to stay afloat.

6. Cut back on non-essentials.

You already know that by becoming a stay-at-home mom, you’ll need to sacrifice some things. Look for places where you’re bleeding money and put a stop to it (at least until there are more expenses than income). I’ll be creating a post on the pro-active things I do to save money and I’ll link it here soon.

7. Meal Plan.

Hubby and I love eating out, and we do so whenever we can afford to. But we know it can get really expensive when we tally up all the money we’re spending on restaurants, coffee shops, happy hours, and so on, so the solution is to plan our daily meals so we’re limited by the cost of groceries purchased once or twice a month. You can save money even further by couponing or looking out for special deals.

8. Have nothing new.

Buy second hand, borrow, DIY, or repair broken things! Utilize what’s already in your home. If you need something, see if you can learn how to do it by yourself through youtube or online tutorials. Borrow equipment or tools that you only use occasionally.

I reserve buying brand new things for sensitive items like cutleries, beddings, socks, underwear, and swimwear, but everything else will be bought at thrift shops or yard sales.

I love going to thrift shops! Most of my clothes are thrifted and I don’t mind that it’s second-hand. I actually love vintage clothing. I know my style and what works for me and as long as it’s well-made, comfy, and looks pretty on me, I’ll wear it with a smile.

I also rarely buy any new clothes for my children as I keep receiving them as gifts from family and friends. Besides, they literally outgrow it every few weeks (or cover it with food or dirt within 24 hours of wearing it). I’ve also always made my daughter and son’s costumes. Not having a sewing machine doesn’t stop me from making one!

For my son’s 1st birthday, I made an astronaut costume that I’ve made by hand because my mom-in-law’s machine is broken. I’ve made it entirely out of scrap fabrics which I’ve gotten for free. This is why sewing is an essential skill to learn.

For other things I need for the house, I always look for online deals or dollar stores or yard sales. This is also where my DIY addiction kicks in. I like looking at interior design magazines and looking at elements that I could DIY for cheap.

9. Bring in additional income.

Any money that comes in is helpful for the family budget. If you have skills that you can use to make more money, use them! You can start a home cottage business if you are good with creating things with your hands. Also, you can start working from home with only a computer (or a smartphone) and an internet connection.

Related reading: Start a Profitable Blog

10. Don’t compare.

Everyone has different priorities, goals and financial circumstances. You can’t expect to be drinking Starbucks every day if your budget just won’t allow it. And those people who collect Hermes handbags or travels to Bali or Santorini any time they want? If that’s what makes them happy, then be happy for them.

Don’t fester in envy because your happiness might spell differently. Sure it would be nice to travel the world, but that’s just a small part of the little wonders that you need to FEEL in life. Be content with your blessings and explore other means to achieve the fulfillment and happiness that you want.

Believe me, people naturally envy HAPPY people.

It’s not the possessions that they own that burns your desire for the same — it’s the appearance of joy and contentment that they manifest when they have those possessions that you’re actually yearning for.

I know it’s kinda scary to become a stay-at-home mom when you’re used to a steady flow of income every month. But with proper preparation and full faith in your capabilities, you’ll do just fine! Like I always say,

Trust that you can afford to be a stay-at-home mom.

You CAN and you WILL make it work.

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I’ve listed the 20 best indoor plants that are hard to kill. (I mean, these plants are not indestructible, but they will live considerably well in spite of neglect.)


Because of all the homemaking skills that I can’t quite master for some reason, it’s gardening.

Don’t get me wrong. I love gardening, but it doesn’t love me back. If it were a person, it’s one that throws a fit and self-combusts whenever I enter the room.

Yeah… I feel bad for me too.

And I’m sure I’m not the only one with a black thumb. You know, a person who, no matter how much she tries to care for a plant, it freakin’ dies on her within a week.

So here are my best choices for hard to kill plants… in alphabetical order. (perfect for clueless college students, bachelors, and busy homemakers!).


Watering: Once a week
Sunlight: Partial shade / filtered light
Soil: No soil. Needs air circulation (hence the name)
Fertilizer: once a month in small quantities
Temperature: Warm
Humidity: Moist
Size: Small (around 1-10 inches)

Air Plants are quite trendy little plants for good reasons. They’re cute like succulents, are extremely easy to care for, and a wonderful natural decor that’d fit any style of interiors. The name is such because you can grow them without soil.

Just plop them on any surface because they already look great alone as architectural elements.

It’s also lovely to hang them in an air plant terrarium or a hanging wall decor and group them together. When watering them, simply rinse in the sink once a week or dip them in water for about 2 hours every other week.


Watering: about every 2 weeks (wait for soil to dry at 1-2 inches deep between waterings),                           and less during winter
Sunlight: bright, sunny conditions
Soil: well-draining soil
Fertilizer: not necessary (for boost only: a little liquid fertilizer once a month)
Temperature: about 30 -35 °F to 50-60°F
Humidity: not important
Size: up to 45cm / 18in in height

Aloe Vera is one of my favorite indoor plants. It’s a pretty succulent and has wonderful medicinal properties. We use it as a natural remedy for almost anything! I would often snap a leaf for sunburn, scalp treatment, or cut the meat into cubes for summer drinks!


Watering: dry out between waterings
Sunlight: medium to bright light
Soil: Special potting mixes for bromeliads
Fertilizer: half strength fertilizer every month in the growing season
Temperature: 70-90°F
Humidity: high at 60% (mist regularly)
Size: 10-45cm (4-18in) by 10-30cm (4in-1ft)

This is one of my grandma’s favorite plants. It looks exotic and adds a tropical ambiance to interiors. It looks hard to care for because of its unusual appearance, but it’s actually easy!

Bromeliads have different growing habits because they’re actually air plants. They can grow non-parasitically on trees, in the ground, or on rocks.


Watering: Average,but keep compost evenly moist. Wait until it’s dried out a bit before watering again
Sunlight: bright with plenty of shade
Soil: Good drainage (Mix 1 part peat moss-based mix and 1 part sand or perlite)
Fertilizer: once a month with a diluted solution
Temperature: 65-80ºF (18-27ºC) are ideal
Humidity: average to high
Size: Usually up to 10 ft (3 m) tall but can reach up to 20m / 65ft high!

This cheese plant will only get their swiss cheese holes once they mature. And this grows in the tropical forest and if conditions are right, it can grow out of control if you let it. My family’s ancestral home has this and it has covered the entire wall of the balcony. But we liked seeing it that way; it added a natural touch to the home’s exterior.


Watering: water only when soil in pot has almost completely dried out
Sunlight: bright indirect light
Soil: well-draining soil
Fertilizer: monthly at 1/2 the recommended strength, not necessary in fall/winter
Temperature: from 18ºC (65ºF)
Humidity: the higher the humidity, the better
Size: up to 5-7ft feet tall

Dracaena” means “female dragon” in ancient Greek, but is not as harmful as it sounds. This bush, lushly plant needs little care and brings a cheery atmosphere to any room because of its happy lemon-lime color. It produces a lot of oxygen and is also an air purifier.


Watering: Keep soil moist but not wet
Sunlight: likes artificial lighting
Soil: well-draining soil
Fertilizer: every other week (not in fall/winter)
Temperature: about 65-75 °F
Humidity: high
Size: up to 1.5m / 5ft

It’s named dumb cane because, in the olden days, this plant was given to slaves to ingest as a form punishment, rendering them unable to speak. This is because the plant has a toxic sap which can inflame the tongue and throat if consumed. This is why it’s not recommended for household with children and pets.


Watering: soil dry out completely between waterings
Sunlight: bright filtered light but can tolerate lower light levels
Soil: soil-based potting mix
Fertilizer: monthly to bi-monthly, with any balanced houseplant fertilizer
Temperature: 60-85 ºF (15-29 ºC)
Humidity: normal household humidity (with misting in dry winters)
Size: can reach 30 ft but in tropical climates, 40 ft or more!

Aside from Aloe Vera, this is my favorite indoor plant. Also known as devil’s ivy, it has fast-growing long vines of heart-shaped leaves and removes formaldehyde in the air. It’s toxic to pets.


Watering: water when soil is dry to the touch
Sunlight: 4-6 hours of sunlight per day
Soil: dry, well-draining soil ( 3 parts peat or coco-coir and 1 part sand)
Fertilizer: not necessary (but may add slow release organic herb garden                                   fertilizer when planting)
Temperature and humidity:
Herbs for dry & warmer season: Rosemary, Oregano, Marjoram, Sages, Lavender, Thyme and Tarragon
Herbs for moist & cooler months: Basils, Mints, Cilantro, Dill, Arugula, and Chives

Varies on the herb, but generally kept in a small pot or grown medium to large on the ground.

Keep them flourishing by pinching off the tips of their stems or any flowers that form. I love looking at herbs in grocery stores and sometimes wind up carrying home a few pots or a packet of seeds.. but I’m not as good as growing them.

Although I’m lucky because we had a nanny who used to have a collection of plants and herbs out on our balcony garden — until my brother got a dog and it peed on everything.


Watering: Keep soil continuously moist, with less watering in the winter
Sunlight: Semi-shade to bright, indirect sun
Soil: well-draining potting mix
Fertilizer: regularly during growing season with liquid fertilizer
Temperature: 60-80 ºF
Humidity: normal household humidity (can tolerate low humidity)
Size: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

It’s also known as the Cast Iron Plant. It’s named this way because it’s an almost indestructible plant. It’s tolerant of neglect and can grow in the dark with very little water. It’s also pet-friendly.


Watering: dry out between waterings
Sunlight: bright indirect light
Soil: well-draining potting mix
Fertilizer: every few weeks with a balanced organic fertilizer
Temperature: above 50°F
Humidity: average (can thrive in low humidity)
Size: 6-12 inches tall

Kalanchoe is a succulent, water-retaining plant and needs little care. It will even grow cheery clusters of bell-shaped flowers thatcomes in different colors. It can tolerate dry climates and temperature swings (even 45-degree a winter weather)


Watering: change the water once a week
Sunlight: normal household lighting or indirect sun
Soil: aquatic habitat
Fertilizer: not necessary (but may give a little aquatic fertilizer from time to time)
Temperature: Cool
Size: Small (around 1-12 inches)

They’re also called Lake balls or Moss balls. These weird little green spheres covered in moss are actually a rare growth of algae that have grown and formed into balls. When the water is squeezed out of them, they would freely float.

They’re popular among minimalists as you only need a container filled with water for it to thrive. You can keep their round shape by turning them over once in a while.


Watering: two to three times a month
Sunlight: bright indirect light (can thrive on fluorescent light)
Soil: well-draining potting mix
Fertilizer: all-purpose houseplant fertilizer once a month
Temperature: 65-75°F
Humidity: moderate to high humidity
Size: 6 inches to 6 feet tall

I love giving money tree as gifts because they’re easy to care for and the reason behind the name. The trunk of the tree is usually braided and is believed to bring good luck with money to its owner, hence its name. It’s like I’m always wishing someone financial wealth every time I gift it to someone.


Watering: Keep soil continuously moist but do NOT overwater (will tolerate drought)
Sunlight: bright, indirect light
Soil: well-draining potting mix
Fertilizer: balanced fertilizer one to two times per year
Temperature: above 60°F
Humidity: high humidity
Size: 16 inches tall (or larger cultivars can grow up to 6 feet in height)

The Peace Lily is named after its flowers that look like white flags. It blooms twice a year for two months at a time. They’re one of the best natural air purifiers in the world being able to filter toxins from the air, according to NASA.


Watering: dry out between waterings
Sunlight: bright indirect light
Soil: well-draining potting mix
Fertilizer: balanced liquid foliage houseplant fertilizer monthly (every 6-8weeks in                            fall & winter)
Temperature: 55-90°F
Humidity: moderate to high humidity
Size: moderate with leaves at 15–25 cm (6–10 inches) wide and 45 cm (18 inches)  long

I often confuse this with the photos plant because they have similar heart-shaped leaves. It’s also fast-growing and spreads out beautifully on a trellis or as a hanging plant like the pothos. You can tell them apart by looking at the leaves’ colors. If it has splotches of white or yellow, it’s not a Philodendron.


Watering: Keep steadily moist
Sunlight: bright, but indirect light
Soil: well-draining soil
Fertilizer: high nitrogen fertilizer every 4 weeks for mature plants
Temperature: broad range (10°C / 50°F to 29°C / 85°F)
Humidity: humid
Size: depends on the conditions and container it’s put in, but usually indoor plants are                     around 9ft / 3M

One of my favorite trees actually. As an indoor plant, the rubber tree is very easy to care for. You can wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to keep it shiny. If you plant it in the ground it’ll grow into a huge tree (up to 50 feet tall!) with beautiful vines reaching down.

My dad has this in his front yard to help shade the house from direct sunlight. We have this in our ancestral house too behind my grandma’s little fish pond. As a kid, I used to take a leaf and form a cone cup to catch little goldfishes in the pond.


Watering: keep the soil lightly moist (not damp). In winter, water only to keep the soil from drying out.
Sunlight: best in bright light to full sun, but can thrive in any light condition
Soil: free draining soil (cactus potting mix or soilless potting mix)
Fertilizer: monthly
Temperature: average room temperature, between 60..

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