I started my chili pepper plants a little early this year. They seem to be doing alright, but have been bending and reaching to try to get more sunlight. I decided to try out a new led #growlight strip to try to boost their ability to photosynthesize.
The only criticism I have with the product is that the adhesive backing wasn’t sticky enough to hold permanently (at least to unfinished wood) but I used u-shape wire clips to hold it up so it was only a minor nuisance. All in all, I am very pleased with this led light strip. Time will tell how effective it is. Hopefully, this provides enough additional light to keep the plants going until it’s warm enough to bring them outside. I will be sure to do a few updates on the progress of the plants.
As daylight hours taper out and the weather becomes frigid, one thing you can look forward to is getting out your beloved scarf collections! Scarves can be a fun way to add a flair to your daily ensemble while keeping warm as the bitter cold air moves in. If you are anything like me, you adore your personal scarf selection. They have become my silver lining as the dreaded wintery weather settles in.
With the extensive assortment of designs and materials on the market, you also have a variety of ways you can tie a scarf that fits your particular mood or outfit.
One fun way to tie your scarf is the timeless infinity knot. It is simple, classy and fun! All you need to do is to tie the two ends of the scarf together in a small knot. Next, put it around your neck just as you would a necklace. Then simply loop the scarf around your neck again (or as many times as needed depending on the length of the scarf as well as your own personal preference).
Another easy but fun technique is the Euro Loop. To get this look, fold the scarf in half lengthwise and drape around your neck. If the closed loop end is to your right, simply take the opposite side that has the other two ends of your scarf and pull it through the closed loop. Tighten to what feels best for you!
The third style is a hair scarf cover. I personally love this style because even if you are out somewhere and currently wearing your scarf a different way, and it suddenly starts raining, this is a quick way to save your hair from the rain. I have frizzy, curly hair and if my hair detects any moisture, the time I spent to straighten my hair was for nothing. To obtain this style just open the scarf and find the center. Place the center edge along your hairline while the rest drops down covering the back of your head and the ends fall in front of your shoulders. Grab one end of your scarf, crossing over your chest and drape it over the opposite shoulder.
There are so many ways to wear your scarves! Other fun ways to wear your scarf include;
The loose knot, the boyfriend tie, the modern loop, the pinup, the pretzel, the Audry, the back drape, the hipster hoodie and so many more!
What is your favorite way to wear a scarf?
If you are looking for a great new scarf, be sure to check out Scarfsense’s ‘Green Winter Essence’ scarf which is featured above! This is a beautiful 100% pure silk scarf with a classy gold leaf design. It is great for both formal and casual occasions.
Click the link below to check out all of their collections! With Christmas right around the corner, this would make a great gift! It comes to you already beautifully packaged and ready to be gifted!
A beautiful video ❤
If you are traveling in the United States, get a taste of the real East Coast. The big cities have plenty to offer, but there is much more to the Atlantic shore.
The Appalachian Trail is not only a great example of adventure on the East coast, but it also serves as a reference point for some other wonderful places. From Georgia to Maine there are many great places to visit, but I will highlight two that my family and I were fortunate enough to enjoy this year.
If you are trying to get out of city life for a while, try some of these sweet spots that fly under the radar.
We spent a week in Topsail Island, NC, a beautiful community along the Intracoastal Waterway, South of the Outer Banks. North Topsail Beach is a taste of the beach life without all the crowds and tourist traps.
Topsail Island is a popular nesting ground for Sea Turtles and Topsail Turtle Project has been doing wonderful work for decades to preserve and protect the turtles and their nests. I highly recommend taking a tour of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital, and do your part by picking up some trash while you’re finding sea-shells on the gorgeous beaches.
The house we stayed in, Bob’s Hope, is beautifully perched in the center of a narrow section of the island. With a wrap-around deck, a crow’s nest and water on both sides, you can enjoy both sunrise and sunset. If you’re lucky, you may even get to witness a hatching of a sea turtle nest.
Whether you come to surf, fish, or just lounge in peace, the options are plentiful and the lines are short. The fishing and crabbing are usually great, but if you don’t catch anything with the bait you’re using, a $20 bill usually works pretty well down at the fish markets. Check out Davis Seafood and Surf City Crab.
Another wonderful hideaway along the East Coast is nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. The Virgina countryside is full of adventure and history. Enjoy a few days at Shenandoah National Park. Explore the park and it’s plentiful wildlife during the day, and sleep under the stars at night.
To really get a feel for the Shenandoah Valley you have to take a trip downstream. Downriver Canoe Company offers a wonderful variety of river trips, fun for the novice, as well as the expert. Their knowledge of, and respect for the river, is what sets Downriver apart from other outfitters.
Don’t worry, Virgina has plenty to do in the winter too. If you want to hit the slopes, check out Massanutten Mountain.