Syngonium plant

Plant Update: A Guide to Arrowhead Plants

Riding on election stress, I finally got my poorly manicured paws on a plant that’s been chilling at the bottom of my wish list: a syngonium podophyllum or arrowhead plant (or nephthytis triphylla)! I’ve seen this species at grocery stores and nurseries for under $15 but always felt inclined to buy something else instead. So […]

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Review: Junji Ito’s Uzumaki Is a Classic Worth Spiraling Into

I finally finished all 600+ whopping pages of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki, and I spiraled into love with it, y’all! It’s really more a collection of short stories about how the spiral (yes, the spiral as a *concept*) takes over the town of Kurozu. While Ito’s Smashed and Frankenstein immediately gave me the creeps page by page, Uzumaki’s horror operated in […]

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Peperomia Marcello

Plant Update: The Peperomia Marcello

Introduction Hi, hello from one of my latest plant acquisitions — the peperomia marcello! (Sometimes called the amigo marcello.) Truth be told, I haven’t had the best of luck with peperomia (aka the radiator plant), mostly because I end up ignoring them and then shocking them with too much water or sunlight. But I’m holding […]

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My Affordable Vanilla Fragrance Collection

Not to sound bougie, but perfumes quickly became a hobby of mine in quarantine, and they soon rivaled my love for plants. It didn’t start as an aromatherapy thing — the frenzy kicked off when I listened to the line in Taylor Swift’s “illicit affairs” that goes “Leave the perfume on the shelf,” which made […]

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A Short and Simple Guide to Maranta Plants

Hello from my lone surviving prayer plant! I am gravely fearful of any plant that requires too much humidity because I live in such a dry little nook of California. And guess what? Prayer plants *love* humidity! While I adore how prayer plants look with their whimsical and intricate foliage patterns, I’d be remiss not […]

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Is Only Moderately Life-Changing

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Is Only Moderately Life-Changing. Well, it’s been not a minute, but several minutes! Y’all, I finally made my way through The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up! And while it wasn’t magical, I did find myself drawn to KonMari’s brute cleaning philosophy — my main takeaway from this handy little book […]

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golden hahnii snake plant

Weekend Update: 9/26

Back with a short weekend update, plant friends! It’s been busy lately, and I’m trying to allow myself to relax a little bit this fine Monday evening. Not much decluttering happened this weekend, but I do have intentions to better organize my fragrance collection as well as throw out some plants I don’t want anymore. […]

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A Short and Simple Guide to Rubber Plants

I am shocked by how many ficus plants I’ve owned, given my track record with them. I’ve had several plants in this genus: two ficus lyrata, a ficus benjamina, and of course, two ficus elastica. These are fig plants, but the edible common fig, ficus carica, isn’t your ideal houseplant — it really prefers being […]

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