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5 Houseplants That Will Improve The Air Quality In Your Home



You probably know the basic science behind the importance of plants, and what they do for the air we breathe. However, this is something that we don’t think about on a daily basis. This is especially true when it comes to the plants that we bring into our homes. Typically, we introduce plants into the spaces we live for aesthetic purposes – because they look nice, and they fit in with our decor. But, depending on what plants you actually choose to bring into your house, you could be doing yourself (and your health!) a huge favor.

Let’s check out five wonderful houseplants that can improve the air quality in your home. Perhaps you already have a few of these varieties around your house or apartment, if you don’t, I hope that you will consider them the next time that you are looking to add a little something ‘green’ to your home!

1. Spider Plant

Don’t let the name fool you – Spider plants are a great way to introduce some beautiful greenery into your home, especially if you are new to caring for plants, or tend to get a bit forgetful sometimes when it comes to taking care of them. They are an easy houseplant to grow, as they don’t require much attention, and they look really beautiful! Simply by watering regularly and keeping them in indirect sunlight, spider plants can help to remove things like formaldehyde and xylene from the air.



2. Ficus

Ficus plants are definitely one of the most common varieties of household plants, and for good reason! Not only are they easy to care for and pleasing to the eye, but also they have some incredible benefits when it comes to cleaning up the air. They can remove formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from your home. Plus, they can be taken both indoors and outdoors, depending on the season, so you can give your Ficus a ‘refresher’ by placing it outside during the warmer months.

Ficus plants also make great gifts for new homeowners, as a sign of health and luck – so you can take confidence knowing that if you give a Ficus as a gift, you are giving the gift of cleaner air, and healthier lungs!



3. Aloe

Aloe might be one of the best plants to keep in your home for a multitude of reasons, but one of the biggest is the fact that it can help to remove pollutants from the air that are often found in chemical cleaners – you don’t want to breathe that stuff in! Keep your Aloe Vera plant near a kitchen window with plenty of sun, and it will give your kitchen a new breath of life. Anytime you clean the kitchen using household products, this plant will help to make sure that you are not breathing in any of the harmful chemicals that can come along with cleaning. Plus, snip off a piece of the plant if you happen to fall victim to a cut or burn – the natural gel inside has healing properties that go back thousands of years. Aloe plants are a win-win in the home, no matter what room they are in.



4. Snake Plant

Again, this plant has a name that we might not want associated with typical things in our homes, but snake plants are extremely beneficial when it comes to improving air quality. Where do they work best? Typically, a bathroom with a little bit of sunlight can help these leafy plants to thrive, and they’ll help to remove chemicals from the air that can be found in a lot of toilet papers and paper towels. Because bathrooms are typically pretty enclosed, this can be a huge benefit for filtering out air that may not otherwise get circulated very often. If you put a snake plant or two in your bedroom, it can also help to release more oxygen while you sleep, letting you get a deeper rest, and a more peaceful night.



5. Chrysanthemum

We may have saved the most colorful plant for last, so it definitely deserves some attention! Chrysanthemums are often just looked at for their beautiful flowers, as a form of decoration, either inside or outside. But they actually have wonderful air-filtering properties outside of their ‘good looks.’ Chrysanthemums not only brighten up an office or living room, but they can help to remove Benzene. Benzene can be released into the air from a multitude of products, like laundry detergent or plastic material, so if you have a small room or enclosed space, bringing one of these colorful plants can really help to clean things up! As a bonus, you can even choose a flower color that matches the decor you are looking for, as long as you select an indoor variety.



Household Plants To The Rescue

Though these five household plants can really work wonders when it comes to filtering the air, they are truly just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of plants that are easy to care for, pleasing to the eye, clean up the air in your home, and will allow you to breathe easier in every room. Try doing some more of your own research when it comes to what household plants you think that will work best in your home, so that you will breath a little healthier every time you come through your door!


6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List



Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

Bucket list Create Lasting Memories

4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day



8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life



The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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