Make a healthy snack station

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Help family members make better snacking decisions by creating a Healthy Snack Station. Our snack station, pictured above, is made using a layered fruit basket with canning jars filled with various healthy snacks. My family knows exactly where to go for a quick, healthy and delicious treat. I store items such as nuts, cocoa nibs, coconut flake and dried fruit in these resealable jars for quick access and that even little hands can easily grab.

Some items to munch on include.. but let your imagination run wild:
* Cocoa nibs
* Coconut Flake
* Pretzels
* Granola
* nuts
* Seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower
* Dried Fruit
* Hemp Seed and Protein Powder
* Chia Seed

CREATE A MONOCHROMATIC COLOR SCHEME FOR SERENITY

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Getting the porch ready for a summer of entertaining. My home and outside living areas are almost all monochromatic. My one-color palette helps me design in a number of ways:⁠

* It creates a harmonious, visually cohesive look.⁠
* ⁠Monochromatic design allows my content to shine in harmony without drawing attention to itself as particular design style or label.
* My home is designed without looking overly designed.⁠
* ⁠Sticking with one tone and color scheme keeps me from stressing over picking colors or wondering if they go together.⁠

Store Greens and Lettuce in glass containers for a beautiful display in the fridge or as a Fresh centerpiece.

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Have fresh greens right up front to get creative with instead of letting them wither away in the crisper.⁠ Why not pretty-up your fridge with greens⁠ Display Kale, Swiss chard and other leafy greens in jelly jars on the side door or on a shelf of the refrigerator. I also like to create inexpensive, bright and cheerful centerpieces with greens in pretty vases for a beautiful and Inexpensive display for casual dinner parties or brunch.

Monochromatic Design Scheme

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Getting the porch ready for a summer of entertaining. My home and outside living areas are almost all monochromatic. My one-color palette helps me design in a number of ways:⁠

* It creates a harmonious, visually cohesive look.⁠
* ⁠Monochromatic design allows my content to shine in harmony without drawing attention to itself as particular design style or label. Designed without looking overly designed.⁠
* ⁠Sticking with one tone and color scheme keeps me from stressing over picking colors or wondering if they go together.⁠

Forcing Blooms on Branches to Bring Indoors

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BRING A LITTLE SPRING INTO YOUR HOME

Springtime blooms cheer up the last, seemingly endless days of winter. Follow these few easy steps to have gorgeous blossoms in no time. These pretty stems make a beautiful dinner party centerpiece and make a lovely hostess gift too.

HOW TO PRUNE BRANCHES

All you need is a pair of clean, sharp pruners (and a spring-flowering tree or shrub!)
Choose a day when the temperature is above freezing. The milder temperatures help ease the transition the plants must make from outdoors to indoors.
Select branches that are not essential to the form of your shrub or tree, in a crowded section, and towards the back of the plant.
Prune a 1 to 2 foot-long length of branch. Choose a branch with lots of buds, preferably with very small buds that are beginning to open. (The flower buds are generally fatter and more rounded than leaf buds.)
Remember proper pruning! Cut branches on the diagonal. Steeply-angled cuts ensure water uptake.
It helps to “bruise” the cut ends: Crush the stem ends with a small hammer; they’ll soak up the water faster.

HOW TO FORCE BRANCHES
Once you’re inside, set the branches in a vase or vessel of room temperature overnight. Cut slits from the cut up the branch for several inches to promote water uptake. (Make sure the vase won’t tip with the heavy branches.)
Keep vase in a bright room away from heaters and direct sun. The brighter the room, the better the quality of bloom.
Recut the ends using a slanting cut the next day.
Change the water every few days so the branches don’t rot from build-up of bacteria forming. Mist flowers.
Flowers should appear in a few weeks. Once blooms appear, display in a warm area and enjoy!
Note: If it does not work the first time you try a plant, cut branches a few weeks later and try again.
Misted flowers and catkins can last for up to a week in a cool, 60 degree room. Branches with leaves may last longer.

BEST TREES AND SHRUBS FOR FORCING INDOORS
Tree or Shrub Time to Bloom
Buckeye 5 weeks
Cherry 4 weeks
Cornelian dogwood 2 weeks
Crab apple 4 weeks
Deutzia 3 weeks
Flowering almond 3 weeks
Flowering dogwood 5 weeks
Flowering quince 4 weeks
Forsythia 1 week
Honeysuckle 3 weeks
Horse chestnut 5 weeks
Lilac 4 weeks
Magnolia 3 weeks
Pussy willow 2 weeks
Red maple 2 weeks
Redbud 2 weeks
Red-twig dogwood 5 weeks
Spicebush 2 weeks
Spirea 4 weeks
Wisteria 3 weeks