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Five Keys to Growing A Healthy Ficus Tree

My Ficus Tree Have you thought about growing a Ficus tree in your house?  You may know this tree by the name weeping fig.   I have a Ficus tree in my family room, a room with high ceilings and lots of windows. The Ficus fills a corner very nicely and helps bridge the space created by the high ceiling. This particular tree was a housewarming gift to my husband and me twenty-nine years ago.  It was small then, probably about three years old at the time.  That means it is about thirty-two years old now.  I can't believe I've had a plant for that long and haven't killed it! It's pretty remarkable that I've had this tree for so long.  When thinking about how I managed to keep this tree happy, healthy and growing strong all these years it boiled down to five key elements.  Follow these tips and you can have a happy, healthy ficus in your home for many years, too. A Guide for Growing a Ficus Tree 1. Good Light My Ficus loves living in the corner of my

Calla Lily Tea Sandwiches

Are you searching for bridal shower menu suggestions?  One look at these calla lily tea sandwiches  on Pinterest  and you might think they are far too fussy for you to make for a bridal shower.  That was my first thought when I was asked to make them for a bridal shower recently.  They just seemed like too much work for too little impact.  I was wrong.  These calla lily tea sandwiches are adorable, tasty and not too fussy once you get your assembly technique down. Calla Lily Tea Sandwiches I must admit these are a perfect little bite to add to your bridal shower menu.  They are especially perfect for a bridal shower tea.  Make your fillings a day ahead to let the flavors develop.  You can also make the sandwiches a day ahead.  No bridal showers in your future?  These sandwiches would also be fun to serve at your next book club meeting or to your girlfriends who are stopping by for a glass of wine after work. Search calla lily tea sandwiches and you'll find many links a

Steals and Deals-A Modular Bar

I'm a big online shopper.  I guess you can even say I was an early adopter of online shopping.  When I discovered online shopping it allowed me to improve the efficiency of my shopping technique over the usual approach of browsing from store to store until I found the very best price for whatever it was I was shopping for. The trouble with the brick and mortar store search was that shopping took forever. With online shopping the time I have to spend searching out my deals is reduced exponentially. At least, the time I save  seems  like an exponential improvement to me.  I also appreciate the wider variety of options I can find online and the ease of making pricing comparisons.  Occasionally I score a deal I want to share with all of you.  My new modular bar is one of those deals. My Modular Bar I first saw this modular bar at Pottery Barn .  You may have seen it as well.  It has been prominently displayed in various Pottery Barn catalogs over the past few years.  It can be