My Top House Plants, and their Benefits.

Indoor plants are ESSENTIAL in my home. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing keeping plants in your home provide so many health benefits most of us know nothing about. I have created a list of my top five house plants, and what their benefits inside the home are. 

1. Ivy 

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Ivy is one of the most beneficial plants when it comes to sleep, and in my household, sleep is something we struggle with. Ivy is listed as one of NASA’s top plants for purifying the air. Studies have shown that this leaf can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma – which seriously impact sleep. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported that, in a 2005 experiment, English Ivy removed 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold in as short as 12 hours. 

Ivy, is definitely a plant to have on hand for a great night’s sleep. Ivy is simple to grow and only needs moderate exposure to sunlight.The evergreen vine looks great in an indoor hanging basket, or placed on a ledge where the leaves can trail down. It’s toxic to kids and pets though, so make sure to keep it up and out of reach!

2. Aloe Vera 

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Aloe Vera is also listed as one of NASA’s top air-improving plants. The fantastic Aloe emits oxygen at night, making for a more restful sleep. It’s also one of the easiest plants to grow and maintain – it tolerates ‘neglect’ well and doesn’t require frequent watering or much sunlight. Aside from its high levels of oxygen emitions it also helps to keep your home free from benzene which is commonly found in paint and certain chemical cleaners. An added bonus to keeping aloe in your home is its very well known healing abilities, you can also use the gel from the Aloe Vera leaves as a topical treatment for minor cuts and burns, insect bites, dry skin and lots more!

3. Yucca Cane  

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The Yucca Cane is one of my favorite plants from a visual standpoint. Its large Deep forest green leaves provide a elegant accent to any room while providing air purification. Over time, Yucca Cane develops into a bold tree that can reach several feet tall, making it a dramatic houseplant to add life and color to a blank wall, empty corners of a room, or act as a bold architectural accent. **Photographed above is a young Yucca Cane that I have had for just a few months. 

4. Snake Plant 

Top 5 House Plants- Snake Plant- Home- A Briutiful Life

The Snake plant is my favorite looking plant. This plant is commonly seen integrated into interior design these days because of its abstract fun appearance.Aside from its appealing look, its an excellent plant when it comes to home health and air purification. The Snake plane removes formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide produced by fuel-burning appliances. Its long tall Leaves make it an excellent addition to a room without overcrowding with large wide reaching leaves.

5. Spider Plant 

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The Spider Plant has been placed by NASA among the top 3 types of houseplants that are great at removing formaldahyde. Also removes carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities such as Xylene, which is used in leather, rubber and print products. The spider Plant likes bright, indirect light and lots of water while growing.The Spider Plant is a must have in the home if your looking for healthier cleaner air, Its one of the most rapidly cleaning plants and purifies at faster speeds then most other plants. 

 


Keep in mind that using a variety of different houseplants in your home can help remove a wider variety of environmental toxins.

Coconut Overnight Oats!

A no Stress morning! Coconut Overnight oats are quick and easy, and provide an excellent grab and go breakfast for busy mornings! The recipe and instructions to my coconut overnight oats are below! 

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COCONUT OVERNIGHT OATS 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Steal Cut Oats 
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk (Sweetened or Unsweetened)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Shavings
  • 1/2 Tbs Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Tbs Flax Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract 
  • Sliced Banana 

Instructions:

  • Mix Oats, milk, chia and flax seeds, and vanilla extract together. 
  • Placed mixed ingrediants into a mason jar, cover, and place in the refirdgerater overnight
  • In the morning remove the lid and enjoy as is or top with bananas (my Favorite)  or topping of your choice! Its that Simple!! 

30 Minute AMRAP Workout

A Quick High Intensity Workout that will Kick Your Bootay!!! 

Equipment needed:

  • Wall :)
  • Weighted Medicine ball 
  • Box 
  • Ab Dolly (or Towel on hardwood)
  • Kettle Bell
  • Warrior Ropes 

Instructions:

  • This workout is a AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) workout.
  • Start by setting a timer on your phone for 30 minutes,
  • This thirty minutes is strictly for the exercise, be sure to do an active warmup before beginning. 
  • Circuit:
    • 14 Wall Balls
    • 14 Box Jumps (adjust hight for difficulty)
    • 14 Ab Dolly exercises in a push up position, hands on the floor, feet on the ab dolly, bring your knees to your chest. 
    • 1 minute Isometric kettle bell squat hold. 
    • 14 Jumping push ups. I use the box, but if you can do them on a flat service, go for it!(Push off the box or ground so that your hands leave the surface.) 
    • I minute warrior rope
    • Rest (try and only use 1 minute)
  • Repeat the circuit until the 30 minutes is up try and complete as many circuits as possible! 
  • Finish with one of my favorite post workout Smoothie Bowls to replenish your body!! 

 

30 minute AMRAP Workout- A Briutiful Life- Fitness
30 minute AMRAP Workout- Fitness- A Briutiful Life
30 AMRAP Workout- Fitness- A Briutiful Life
30 Minute AMRAP Workout- Fitness- A Briutiful Life
30 minute AMRAp Workout- Fitness- A Briutiful Life
30 Minute AMRAP Workout- Fitness- A Briutiful Life
30 minute AMRAP Workout- Fitness- A Briutiful Life
30 Minute Amrap Workout- Fitness- A Briutiful Life
30 minute AMRAP Workout- Fitness- A Briutiful Life
30 minute AMRAP Workout- Fitness- A Briutiful Life

A Small Pantry Solution

How I managed to create a one cupboard pantry that didn't make me crazy?

While living in Boston we are in a one bedroom apartment. Back at home we have our house in the hills outside of Portland, Oregon that provides me with a pantry that I can fit everything into no problem! But here in Boston I have one cupboard to work with! But there is no challenge I won't accept, especially when it comes to organization. My type A personallity actually enjoys the the thought of organizing all our food into one small cupboard. 

Being that we are Vegan (Now, before you roll your eyes and stop reading, my fiancé has to avoid any type of inflammation, during football season, and a lot of foods cause inflammation, so during the season we eat a vegan diet, and when its off season, Its GO time, gimme all da cheese!!) okay back to what I was talking about, Being that we practice a Vegan diet I have a lot of pasta, nuts, rices and grains that come in all sorts of boxes, bags and different containers. I was finding that I couldn't find anything in all the mess.

BEFORE 

BEFORE 

AFTER 

AFTER 

So I decided to remove all the unnecessary packaging junk and put everything into mason jars. This avoids clutter, you can clearly see what you are looking for, and it looks cute too!

A Pantry To Be Proud Of- Home- A Briutiful Life
A Pantry to Be Proud Of- Home- A Briutiful Life
A Pantry To Be Proud of- Home- A Briutiful Life
A Pantry To Be Proud Of- Home - A briutiful Life

If you ever have similar issue with your pantry and things just don't seem to fit or you can never find anything, go buy some mason jars of various sizes and place your foods into them.

 
 

 

 

My Hawaiian Fairy Tail

I brought home more then just some sand at the bottom of my suitcase :)  

A trip planned solely by my boyfriend? Travel, hotel, and activities all organized and taken care of? SAY IT WASNT SO! My man is wonderful at so many things, but planning ahead, or just planning in general really has never been a strong attribute of his. So you can imagine the sense of AWE I was in when we embarked on vacation, everything was taken care of, AND it ran smoothly. To be completely honest it made me feel pretty crappy how well everything went. I am always the planner, I am type A and planning and organizing might as well be my middle names. But no matter how much a plan and organize there is always some sort of bump in the road. And Brandins first time planning a trip? He executes it perfectly... 

Aside from constantly waiting for what I thought the inevitable chaos during our magical trip (that never came,)  I spent a absolutely remarkable trip enjoying the beautiful island of Maui. We did everything under the Hawaiian sun, zip lined through cattle country, parasailed above the Lahaina shores, scuba dived off the beach of Wailea, ATV'd the mountain side, struggled through a paddle board yoga class (wasn't pretty), and ate the most delicious food ever! I look back on it now I don't know how I came home feeling rested. 

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But the activity that stole the show? Was my helicopter ride around the Haleakala mountain side.

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A Briutiful Life
A Briutiful Life
A Briutiful Life

The helicopter landed on a patch of grass on the Hauna coastline, and the love of my life asked me to marry him, and made me the happiest girl in the entire world!!

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A Briutiful Life
A Briutiful Life

Aside from the obvious plusses from my trip, bringing home a new piece of jewelry, a fiancé, and countless memories I will cherish forever. Our trip is also where I got my inspiration for my website. My fiancé and I are so blessed, and live a lifestyle I could have only dreamed of, and it wasn't until I met a women in the pool at our hotel that I really realized that I could share my life with the world. 

Jana was at the Four Seasons Maui photographing a wedding when we sparked up a conversation at the pool, and it was not long before she was snapping pics of Brandin and I in the pool, on my iPhone 6. They were the best photos Brandin and I have ever taken together! Admittedly, I am not comfortable in front of a camera, better yet my booty infront of a camera, yet she created beautiful photos in just a few snaps. look her up! http://jana-williams.com

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A Briutiful Life

She Has seen the world and catches peoples attention through her beautiful photos. I always felt like social media, and even bloggers, gave a false sense of reality, but after meeting Jana, having such a genuine real conversation about her life, her journey, and her faith. once I saw her photos I saw them in a different way and it genuinely inspired me to share my life experiences with people.

So my fairy tail trip to Hawaii brought about a new journey and phase of life with my best friend and the love of my life, and brought about the inspiration to begin something completely individual and all my own.