things I loved in April

by Kaylah Stroup

Wire shelf for my memo board. Guys! Why, oh why, did I wait so long to buy any accessories for my grid memo board!? I realized the other day that I had zero plants in my office. The issue is that I don’t really have the space to put any since I need all of the surfaces to work on or store sewing supplies. Then it hit me that I could probably attach some sort of shelf or something to my grid for plants.

One quick search later and I had this cute little thing! It’s perfect. It fits my grid so nicely and will hold so many little plants!

I also put a grow light in the lamp beside it that points up toward the plants. Obviously that will be nice for the plants but holy cow, having the bright light in there is doing wonders for me too. I didn’t realize how much light it was putting off until I walked in to my living room and it was like… pitch black in comparison. It definitely helps keep me motivated having a really cute and well lit work space.

Proud plant mom socks. I love cute socks & I love plants. It’s just that simple.

Socially distanced hug postcard. I have sent out SO much more snail mail in the past month than I have in a really really long time. It feels good. I missed it a lot.

One of my favorite stationery purchases was a handful of these socially distanced hug postcards from E. Frances Paper. They’re super affordable and come with stamps on them already! It couldn’t be any easier to send a little love to your pals.

Glass dome. I wanted a little something to bump up the humidity for one of my favorite plants. This baby has been doing the trick! Here is a photo of the same plant from April 10th and the above photo was taken on the 30th. I’m not sure how obvious it is in the two photos but yo, this thing took OFF! It grew so many new leaves. I am so happy!

I was pretty nervous about buying something so delicate online but it arrived in perfect condition. I don’t need another… but I’m tempted!

Earthworm castings. Yep. I am over a month into quarantine and I’m buying worm crap on the internet. I mean, I totally would have bought this anyway but it is kind of funny to be buying poop on the internet when you know everything is so weird in the world.

ANYWAY. I bought worm castings after bingeing Planterina’s videos on YouTube. They’re supposed to be a great natural fertilzer for your plants. You just mix a bit in to the top bit of your soil and water through. Obviously it hasn’t been long enough to say that it’s making a major difference but I’m very curious to see if I can notice improvements in the coming months.

Coir pole. This is my first pole for a climbing plant and I am very very happy with my purchase. I spent an excruciating amount of time reading reviews before deciding on this one.

I really like the trellis I bought for my swiss cheese plant (check that out here) but I just kept reading about how great moss or coir poles were for plants like this. Not only does it provide support but the roots but gives something for aerial roots to grow into. Better support and healthier roots means bigger leaves!

Also, can we talk about this plant?! Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma! I bought it from Urban Planting Cleveland (who are delivering right now while everything is closed! Hallelujah!) It’s so pretty. I just love those leaves. I can’t wait to watch it grow. It’s already working on popping out two new leaves since I got it a couple weeks back.

Calming oil + No.1 Face Serum from Little Roamer. Missy just launched her shop on May 1st. Everything is super small batch and made from natural ingredients. She sent me her face serum and calming roller to try out early. I am in loooove.

The calming roller smells so lovely. I have it sitting on my desk. I find myself using it every time I start to stare off into space as a way to bring me back and ground me. The face serum is super moisturizing. It takes a second to really sink in but once it does it feels so nice. Definitely a nice little treat for my skin!

Also, y’all need to follow Missy on instagram. Her photos make my heart ache for the open road!

Did you try anything cool in April? Tell me all about it!


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Kristina B May 6, 2020 - 1:11 pm

Love to hear you’re sending mail and that you found E Frances! They are one of my favorite brands and such great people!

Amy May 7, 2020 - 9:07 pm

Hi Kaylah!
This soup from A Beautiful Mess. So good but go easy on the chipotle peppers if you are not used to super spicy. I recommend to start with half a pepper. :)