A Short and Simple Guide to Philodendron

Last summer, my grandma visited us from Canada for a few weeks. She had a lot of life hacks and liked to call things easy, except she’d say it like “E-Z.” When I’m tending to my philodendrons, I think of that hard emphasis “E-Z” because philodendrons are incredibly low maintenance houseplants! My philodendrons have survived […]

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Review: Goosebumps Offers the Perfect Blend of Wry, Spooky Nostalgia

Hello, hello, hello, my fronds! It’s me, Count Olaf — just kidding. I’ve been slow to post this week because work has me l-e-v-e-l-e-d. I’m back with a kid lit blog, though.  This week, I read not one, not two, but three books, not to toot my own horn. Specifically, those great American classics were […]

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Weekend Update: 7/18

It’s been another low-key weekend, plant buddies! After writing up some copy, I made two short trips to the Rainforest Nursery. I’ve been into succulents and succulent-like plants lately because my plant collection is expanding, and I have a limited reserve of time and energy to deal with needy plants. (Looking at you, ferns.) The […]

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A Short and Simple Guide to Spider Plants

Introduction Don’t ever talk to its son or its son’s son or its son’s son’s son or its son’s son’s son’s son ever again! There’s no other word to describe the spider plant other than prolific. When given adequate water and sunlight, they grow incessantly. Spider plants are those giant tufted mounds of striking leaves that […]

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Weekend Update: 7/11

The theme stuck in my mind from this last week is joy. I’m talking about the Marie Kondo staring deep into your soul and questioning if something brings you unadulterated happiness kind. (OK, Marie Kondo probably wouldn’t do this, but…I do personally find being aggressive and rigorous in the process of decluttering productive.) My mother […]

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A Short and Simple Guide to Schefflera (Arboricola)

Introduction The schefflera, or umbrella plant, is just one of those plants that looks both whimsical and elegant. As the colloquial name suggests, the leaves resemble little umbrellas, clustering in pinwheels from thin stems. The foliage is a striking green color, glossy when unfurling. The variegated kinds flaunt splashes of bright colors for an added […]

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Review: One Crazy Summer Layers Revolution With Emotional Nuance

One Crazy Summer is a salient read that illuminates revolutionary ideas and emotional nuance through a child’s perspective.  Rita Williams-Garcia’s One Crazy Summer initially drew me in because its setting is Oakland, a city that’s near and dear to my heart. For a whirlwind of a year in college, I covered art and worked at a […]

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Weekend Update: 7/4

July 4 fell on this past weekend, and frankly, I don’t have any groundbreaking updates! So I’m going to be a little off-the-cuff. Since I’ve started freelancing, I don’t observe holidays too closely anymore, except Christmas and Halloween. And, along with Thanksgiving, Independence Day is one of those topically wholesome all-American holidays steeped in a […]

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A Short and Simple Guide to Sansevieria Plants

Introduction Sansevierias, aka snake plants, exude a timeless sense of cool. They flaunt a sculptural look and marbled patterning, so it feels like I’m bringing in a green piece of art to my space whenever I buy one! In addition to their effortless beauty, these succulent-like plants are relatively hardy — they don’t require much […]

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