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Indoor plant care: Monstera deliciosa

Since it’s all the craze at the moment, and I have been obsessed with houseplants for a while now I thought why not write a little blog about how to keep our green friends happy?

Just to be clear, I’m no horticulturalist and would never pretend to be, but I do have a fair amount of experience and read a lot about plants so I’ll gladly share my knowledge with you.

After the houseplant hype in the 70s/80s, monsteras weren’t regulars in the modern household anymore. But since a few years everyone has at least one houseplant thriving (or not so much) in their abode.

About this plant

Monstera deliciosa, or also know as swiss cheese plant, split leaf philodendron or fruit salad plant is easily recognised by it’s big green glossy leaves with splits and holes in them. It’s natural habitat are the tropical rain forests in southern Mexico and central America. While it rarely flowers indoors, outdoors it can produce an edible fruit that is said to taste like a fruit salad, hence the name.

Where to keep

Monstera plants like normal indoor temperatures (20 to 30 degrees celsius) and thrive on high humidity and and filtered, indirect light. In a warmer climate like with us in Australia, you can also grow them outdoors in a more shaded location. If it gets too much sunlight, the light may burn and scorch the leaves. But not enough light might result into it not developing many holes and slits in the leaves.

Care and planting

Plant the Monstera in a well draining soil in a pot with drainage holes in the bottom. In it’s natural habitat, the monstera is a climbing plant and will with age develop air roots to cling to trees. So you should provide your plant with a moss pole or trellis where it can climb up to.

Only water when the soil feels dry, it is a good idea to stick your finger in there and if it feels dry about a finger in, then water. You can give the Monstera standard liquid fertiliser about once a month during the spring and summer growing season.

When the Monstera outgrows it’s old pot, (about every two years) repot in a pot that’s a few inches larger and deeper than the old one.

 

 

Project REM – sleepwear with a cause

If you’re a woman, you know getting you’re period is never an enjoyable time. We get cramps, maybe migraine and you have to deal with sanitary products which aren’t always what those nice commercials want us to believe.

But what if you don’t have access to sanitary products? That would be even worse right? That’s where you can help to make a difference, and you can do that by purchasing a pyjama from Project REM. (meer…)

Shoutout: DIY embroidered boyfriend shirt

Hi guys! Hope you’ve been well!

I know I’ve been a bit absent lately, but I had a bit to figure out for myself (which is still ongoing but I thought I had to get out of my cave anyway) plus a holiday back home which was pretty amazing.

But even though I needed a bit of a break, it always keeps pulling me back. I just love being online, Instagram, Facebook and here it’s the thing that’s just for me and where I can truely be myself.
So, I did not write a blogpost about a DIY myself but I found a really nice one I’m definitely going to try out soon (I’ll show the results on Instagram like usual) which is how to easily embroider a line or word onto a piece of clothing. And I always like to do a little shoutout to cool websites.

I found the DIY on Me and Mr Jones (which is awesome btw check the whole site out if you can!) and you can click here for the full description.

ShowUp part 2

As  promised, here’s the second part of my day at Showup 2015.

Showup 2015

Boskke makes these awesome upside down hanging pots, you can just water the plant from the top. There’s a special system in there that makes sure it’s watering the plant with drops and not a load of water so no worries about water coming out from the bottom. Also, no earth will fall out due to a special ‘filter’ that’s on top of the earth.

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Last year I spotted this brand already, Papette. With their beautifully postcards and paper goods. They’re also the loveliest girls ever! Belgium rules!Showup 2015 Studio snowpuppeI was totally in looooove with this clock! How gorgeous is it! Especially like the fact that it has a clapper that’s just for the sake of being pretty 😀 This clock and the objects on the photo below are made by Federica Bubani.
Showup 2015 Studio snowpuppeShowup 2015 meraki cosmeticsI really like it when a brand looks sleak and clean, and Meraki definitely makes that happen. Gorgeous!showup 2015 lile sadi showup 2015 lile sadi

A new brand (for me) was Lile Sadi. But I pretty much said they could bag it all, they got so many awesome products! Especially loves this blanket and the pillow cases. (which I can take in my suitcase for you who are saying I can’t buy anything! :p) showup bee meubels showup bee meubelsLovely plant bench and lamps by Bee meubels.Showup puc tassenThe thing that’s highest on my wannahave list: the puc backpack, now in a mini edtition!!!
Showup PUC tassenMore gorgeousness in cork by PUC.

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I’m in love with hammam towels, they’re small in your bag, light and dry super quickly. Hammam34 makes gorgeous ones and new are throws for on the bed or couch. (or wherever you want them of course)

showup jewelry

Psst, mr. googels! If you’re reading this…it’s ehm almost my birthday remember 😉 Awesome geometric jewelry by Danielle Vroemen at DV jewellery.

showup ogreen

Ogreen is all about air purifiers in a jar. They select plants that are big shots when it comes to air purification and are all sustainably grown. More about them later, also got a plant for them that’s now being pretty in the bedroom!

showup bags

Whoopsie, this might be a good contender to a first place on my wannahave list…(obvious I have a bag fetish right?) The gorgeous bags by Zand erover. Really like the minimalistic design. 
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By mooi door mij these pretty plates, I really like how imperfect they are and I love the story behind them. They’re made by people with disabilities at a day care center.

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And again, last but not at all least. Riverstones jewels! Already got the cutest bracelet from them, but my eyes fell on these gorgeous earrings with geometrical shape in front with long dangler in the back. Lovely aren’t they?

Wow, still not all my photos are here….but I think it’s enough. Did you enjoy my blog? Leave a comment in you like here or on Instagram to let me know!

xx Mariandel

Design letters multi jar

Hi guys!

You probably know fonQ.nl from the commercials on tv, but have you ever been to their website? Oh em gee they got loads!

According to the Q+A section on the fonQ.nl website, they got 40.000 (design) products! And it’s all gorgeous and design….*drooling*.

The company started in 2003 and quickly grew to the business it is now, with stores in France, Belgium and Germany. So, when they offered for me to do a product review of this gorgeous Design letters multi jar I just had so say….YES!

Design letters multi jar fonq.nl

It surprised me to read that Design letters only started in 2009 with the wooden letters we see so much nowadays and only started selling their design homeware in 2011. Well done, design letters, well done…

Design letters multi jar fonq.nl

You cannot open Instagram without seeing something of that gorgeous brand, interior fanatics with the homeware, mommy bloggers with the kiddie blocks and foodies with the dish towels.. they’re everywhere! (at least that’s what I’m experiencing)

Anyway, I love that you can use this lovely jar not only for keeping stuff safe but also as a vase, straw holder maybe but your candles in there that you think are pretty? Pretty much everything you put in there, will turn in a head turning design piece. 🙂

Inspired and want to buy this Design letter multi jar or something else from Design letters for yourself? Check out fonQ.nl

Love M.

Clock ‘clork’ from Puik art.
Poster ‘Haarlem’ from Anne H Copenhagen.
Notebook from Design letters via Kleuroptafel.
Hammam towel from Action Nederland.
Dotted table cloth from Kitsch kitchen.

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Raw/vegan/glutenfree carrot cake with whipped coconut

As an Pinterest addict and food lover I kept reading about whipped coconut milk. Supposedly you’d need coconut milk in a can without guar gum. I’ve been everywhere and couldn’t find any here! Until, I came across Got-tan coconut milk in a carton! Nothing’s added to this one, it’s just coconut milk and water. But the blogs said, you have to keep in in the fridge overnight and then scoop off the thick layer on top. Well, that didn’t happen….out of frustration I just threw in the whole carton and then turned whisks on…wait what?! It whipped just like that!

raw/vegan/gluten free carrot cake whipped coconut

It’s light and fluffy, a little less stiff than regular whipped cream but otherwise almost completely the same.

Well, I had whipped coconut now. Now I needed a recipe to put it on. Ok, back to Pinterest. raw/vegan/gluten free carrot cake that you can make in less than 20 mins? Hell yeah!

raw/vegan/gluten free carrot cake whipped coconut

The original recipe came from Shine on raw, but I tweaked it a little bit. Especially because it was to serve 8 people and no way i’m making so much. If it’s good I know I will eat it all! (and boy, do I love carrot cake!)

Anyway, here it is enjoy! xx M

Raw/vegan/glutenfree carrot cake with whipped coconut
Author: 
Recipe type: vegan
Cuisine: american
Prep time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of carrot pulp (or grated carrot but make sure you squeeze the moisture out of it)
  • 6 Pitted dates
  • ½ cup of mixed nuts
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp of water
  • 1 tbsp of carrot juice (optional, can also add another tbsp of water)
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the frosting:
  • One pack of go-tan coconut milk (make sure it has got no additives)
  • If you'd like you can sweeten the whipped coconut with a dash of agave syrup
Instructions
  1. Put the nuts and dates and vanilla extract in the food processor and mix until it starts to stick together.
  2. Put it in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, mix them well. Then mold into the shape you want it. Make sure to but a sheet of baking paper in the pan or object you would use for shaping because it's very sticky!
  3. For the whipped cream:
  4. Whip the cream, that's all! Might take a little while though, be patient.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

raw/vegan/gluten free carrot cake whipped coconut

 

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