RIP Philodendron Hope

When my philodendron hope arrived, I didn’t know what it was. I had ordered a ZZ plant on amazon. That wasn’t what showed up. I ran it through PlantSnap. The top hit was lacy tree philodendron: the second was Swiss cheese plant: Neither of them seemed right so I posted a pic on Instagram asking…

5 Packing Essentials

Five days from now, I’ll be heading back to Europe for a three week work-cation. On the itinerary are stops in Switzerland, Italy and Spain. I’m hyped! Work travel is one of the major perks of my job but it can also be overwhelming. I’ve found that packing smart and light are key to reducing…

Garden Therapy

It all started with an aloe. Years ago, my roommate Doug brought home an aloe plant. It was in pretty good shape. Doug moves out, we moved on but the aloe was still there. It continued to grow and thrive. I didn’t know how, we hardly watered it. But the lack of love didn’t seem…

Abstract Hallway Mural

The hallway in our bedroom separates the sleeping area from our bathroom and a closet we converted into a “gaming cubby” for Mr. AD. That poor hallway needed some help. The flat paint was covered in finger prints and looking sad. We have a sloped roof so every time Mr. AD, who happens to be…

First Bakes: Yellow Zucchini Bread

How did I manage to go this long without baking zucchini bread? It’s not like I didn’t see the thousands of pins exulting in praise for the beloved loaf. Maybe, deep down I thought it would be the bread form of the pumpkin spice latte (aka overhyped and underwhelming). I don’t know, but when my…

Adventures in Micro Homesteading

Confession: I’m secretly obsessed with watching homestead videos on YouTube. There’s something about watching people grow their own produce and raise their own animals that really inspires me. It also makes me feel completely useless, but let’s not digress. Last year, I started growing food. My peppers and tomatoes turned out pretty good. The basil…

Reasons Why I HATE Gardening

For the record, I DO NOT have a green thumb. In fact, I only took up gardening out of sheer vanity. Flowers are pretty and I wanted my house to look pretty. It was supposed to be easy…lies. I thought it would be cheap, again, LIES. I was promised it would be soothing! Well, I…