15 Plants that Are Easy to Take Care of

15 Plants that Are Easy to Take Care of

For those who aren't exactly green thumbs.

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Do you consider yourself a plant killer?

You get so excited to bring home a new plant to only wake up the next day and find it wilting. You try everything you think is right to revive but unfortunately, it's not coming back to life.

Rather than give up and start investing in fake houseplants, you just need to know which ones are easy to care for. That's why we'll go over which plants are low-maintenance so you don't have to worry about becoming a black thumb.

Take a look!

Peperomia

If you live in a humid area and tried to grow succulents, you know how hard it can be. That's why you might be better off getting a peperomia plant.

Their leaves are waxy which means they'll thrive off of humidity. You can even bring this plant to work as they can survive under fluorescent lights.

Aloe

If you love the look of the trendier plants out there, aloe definitely fits the bill. Its spiky leaves give it an edgy look so they'll be a great addition to any part of the house.

Aloe loves indirect sunlight so you don't have to worry if your place doesn't get an influx of natural light. However, you'll need to soak it once every week and at the least, every two weeks.

And obviously, you can break off the leaves to gather the aloe gel that's great for homemade hand creams.

Air Plant

This plant's name gives a hint to how easy it is to take care of. You don't need to worry about getting soil as it can live without it.

The only thing you'll need to do is give it a good soak every ten days.

Bromeliad

This plant is reminiscent of the top of a pineapple but it comes in multiple colors. It comes in red, purple, and orange varieties.

This plant won't die on you as it'll last a long time. Its favorite temperature to be at is around 70 degrees, making it the perfect houseplant.

And don't worry if you start to see the original stem dying. It'll produce a couple of side shoots that replace the original, kind of like reincarnation.

Dieffenbachia

If you take a second or two to look at this plant, its leaves kind of look like sliced pickles. It has a darker edge with a lighter green color in the middle.

As with the aloe plant, dieffenbachia loves indirect sunlight as well. Doing this will also protect new leaves from dying.

Begonia

For those that want flowers, the begonia plant can fulfil your wish. These blooms are plentiful and look like mini roses. Plus, they come in a variety of colors!

They don't need as much watering in the winter time so you can get a break when that season rolls around. For all other seasons, they only require water every now and then.

Ficus

These plants are great for the house or the office. They like to be in indirect sunlight and misted with water every now and then. They can also help keep the air clear of toxins.

For those wondering about the ficus lyrata, you can read more about that plant here.

Peace Lily

Another plant that filters out toxins from the air, they also make a great alternative to orchids. Peace lilies can grow to be extremely tall, as high as six feet to be exact. So, it's best to know the variety you're getting to ensure your plant won't become taller than you!

Calathea

These plants look like a piece of art. Also known as the peacock plant, their leaves are a mixture of purple and green with large spots.

It's best to keep this plant moist and not to put it in direct sunlight.

Ponytail Palm

This tree looks like it could definitely use a ponytail holder. Its droopy leaves are what gives it a unique look.

Like regular palm trees, they thrive in sunny areas so putting it where direct sunlight hits is a good idea. Just be sure you don't over-water it.

Philodendron

This houseplant looks similar to the monstera leaf, just on a smaller scale. It works best in low light and doesn't require much water at all. In fact, it prefers to be on the dry side.

English Ivy

If you want a plant that'll drape from wherever you place it, this one is it. If you've ever seen Wrigley Field, this is the plant that's covering the walls.

It comes in different varieties but the ones that are best when potted are Domino, Cascade, and Irish Lace.

Crown of Thorns

Part of the succulent family, this plant doesn't like a lot of water. Even if you don't water it often, it'll still produce lovely little pinkish-red blooms year round.

Be warned, though. This plant has thorns and a sap that can cause swelling. It's best to keep it away from children and pets.

Spider Plant

It gets its name because that's exactly what it looks like---spider legs! While this plant looks like it's kind of dead already, it's not.

It loves a well-lit place and wants to be watered at least weekly. It's a plant that keeps on giving as well as it'll produce little plants that you can repot.

Umbrella Tree

While this plant won't protect you from the rain, it does make a great addition to your home or office. It prefers indirect sunlight and survives pretty well when you forget to water it. Just be sure not to over-water it.

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Happy National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, and it just so happens to be the month I was adopted!

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If you didn't know, November is National Adoption Month! It's extra special too because November happens to be the actual month I was adopted! In honor of National Adoption Month, I wanted to share my adoption story.

When I was little, my mom used to read me a book called Horace. The children's book was about a cheetah cub who had been adopted by two tigers. Every night when his mom tucked him into bed, she would tell him "we chose when you were a tiny baby because you lost your family and needed a new one. We liked your spots and wanted you to be our child." (Keller 1991) Horace, the cheetah cub, always fell asleep before his mom could finish his adoption story. Horace feels out of place - he loves his mom and dad but wonders where he came from, so he goes on an adventure to find where he came from.

I have never felt like Horace. I am the only African-American in my family, yet I have never felt out of place. I have never not felt loved and accepted by my family. I have always known this family is my family, and exactly where God wanted me to be. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I have what is called a closed adoption. What this means is, I do not have direct contact with my birth parents. When I turned 18, I was allowed to reach out to Bethany Christian Services, which is the agency I was adopted through, to attempt to meet my birth parents. However, 23 years later, and I have yet to do so. But I will get to why later.

Before I came around. My mom, Constance, had a very difficult pregnancy with my big sister Kathryn. My sister Kate turned out healthy and gorgeous! But her doctors advised her to consider things strongly if she wanted to have another child. My mom and dad both wanted another child, but they kept this in mind. Both my mom and my dad Gary felt called to adopt.

If you are not familiar with how adoption works, first a disclaimer: every story is different! So I am not stating that this is exactly how it works each time, I can only speak to the process my parents went through. For them, my parents were interviewed by Bethany Christian, and then their information was sent to many different people who were seeking to put their children up for adoption. My parents did not specify gender, race, ethnicity, etc. Typically, you do not know who is interested in you until further down the line. My sister was five years old at the time of my adoption. Before I was born, my sister started to pray "Dear God, please let my little sister or brother arrive here safely. Amen." My parents were pretty confused... while they were going through the process of adoption, they had not been selected to be parents yet, let alone would they have told my sister she was for sure getting a sibling. My parents would say "Kate, mom isn't pregnant! You aren't getting a little brother or sister." She would reply "Yes we are. God told me so just trust me." Closer to my birth, my sister decided she definitely wanted a sister. She even then described what I would look like. And she started to give me a name: Anna.

Finally, my parents got the call that they were going to be parents again. My birth mom had met my parents once during the interview process. She said she picked my parents because my mom resembled my birth mom - both are blonde-haired, blue-eyed, and fair skinned. When my parents came to meet me for the first time, I fit the exact description my sister had been praying for - and although I did not have a name, they knew right away that I would be Anna, just as my sister had decided.

I was born on November 11th, 1995, and I was born with a staph infection. This kept me in the hospital for eleven days. Once I was healthy enough to go home, my parents brought me home on November 21st. While I look different from my family and I am not their biological daughter, I have never questioned my place in their family. I love my family so very much. My adoption is the biggest blessing of my life, and every single day I feel so lucky that I get to call my family mine.

Adoption is such a gift, and it is a true sacrifice for those who choose to give their children a better life. This month honors those in need of adoption, those who have adopted, and those who have been adopted. It is such a special thing to be a part of that. I know my parents love my "spots" and I love their stripes. To those who were adopted, Happy National Adoption Month. Share your stories - they are special and so are you.

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How to Plan for Your Financial Future

It's never to late to start.

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One of the best things you can do for your life is to be financially stable. You don't have to be a celebrity, a high-earning influencer or royalty to live a lavish lifestyle when you're older.

It's all about working towards it. The hard work you put into your financial future will be worth it in the end. Here are some ways you can start today.

Make Your Saving Goals Realistic

That house on the corner that comes with a huge infinity pool and marble countertops? Most likely, it's expensive. Like celebrity-status expensive.

However, that doesn't mean it isn't achievable. For saving goals, make sure they're realistic.

Getting that fancy, state-of-the-art dream home won't be grasped in two years. Thinking realistically, five years is a good measurement instead.

You want to give yourself plenty of time to save up accordingly. Instead of giving yourself a headache by trying to figure out the math, it's easier if you break down into increments. To start with, figure out how much you would need to save every month and go from there.

Reduce Expenses

Sure, that cup of coffee from Starbucks every morning is what you need to get the day started but that $8 each time starts to add up. Rather than shell out nearly $10 for a cup of coffee you can make at home, invest in a coffee-making machine.

It's a one-time price and you can buy ground coffee for half the price of a venti latte every day. As for other expenses, see what else can either be axed completely or reduced significantly.

When it comes to a gym membership, think about how much time you can really dedicate to working out. If your work schedule has you busy then maybe it's a good idea to cancel that membership. Instead, start working out from home.

Pay Off Credit Cards

Whether you have one or ten cards, they need to be tended to. And why not?

Think about it: paying off credit cards is one of the best things you can do for your financial future. When you pay that debt off, that money becomes available right then and it goes towards improving your credit.

If possible, see how many bills you can put on your credit cards. That'll allow you to focus on what's important (like paying necessary bills) while improving your credit score at the same time. Doing that doesn't allow for much room to put unnecessary expenses on your cards.

Borrow Money to Invest It

It can be pretty tempting to go to a loan agency to pay for that new handbag or new car rims. Instead of borrowing money for lifestyle gains, use it to invest.

What's one good way to invest borrowed money? Stocks!

The stock market is constantly changing which can make it risky but can also pay off big. You want to be a wise investor so be sure to read this article when it comes to the debate on whether to invest in Kellogg stock or General Mills. The answer will surprise you.

The future may seem far away now but focusing on it today will better help you financially later in life.

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