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All About Houseplants!

Houseplants have become a staple in our world the past year or so. They add so much to a space and truly give it all the cozy and homey vibes! 

Tips For A Healthy Houseplant:
1. KNOW THE PLANT! Don't go off what the people at Home Depot say. Yes they are nice but 9 times out of 10 they have NO IDEA what they are talking about. Research the plant and make sure you can take care of it the way it needs. 
2. Lighting is EVERYTHING. Some plants need tons of light and that's hard for a lot of people. Does you home have lots of windows? Do you have room for a large plant right in front of your back door? These are the things you must think about before bringing a plant in. They only thrive where they get the lighting they require. 
3. WATER ENOUGH BUT NOT TOO MUCH. It's a battle any plant person faces...."is my fiddle leaf fig dying because it needs more water?" *waters it*. "SHIT, it's dying because I overwatered it?" Seriously. Me every few weeks. Again, KNOW THE PLANT. 
4. Re-potting is KEY for getting your plants to new heights. They only grow to the size of their containers. SO, if you are looking for a little more growth, grab a larger pot!

- Some plants need to have their leaves cleaned and/or dusted! They make the cutest little brushes for this task OR you can grab a lightly damp washcloth and clean off all the dust on the leaves. This allows the light to really get to the leaf!
- If you can see a plants roots on the top of the surface, it's time to get a bigger pot or add more soil. If you aren't looking for a lot more growth, just scoop a couple cups of soil on top of the roots. They need coverage to hold in water!
- Brown leaves usually means poor watering habits. Make sure you water the plant thoroughly until water runs from drainage holes. Shallow watering causes the brown tips!

Shop our favorite houseplants below PLUS a ton of cute little garden accessories! 
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A Guide To Belize: What We Ate

One of the best parts about vacation has to be trying all the delicious food am I right? Because this was our second time to Caye Caulker, we already had a few favorites we knew we HAD to eat at, but also went in with zero plans and 100% open to anything and everything. (Also important to reiterate that the island is 1 mile wide and 5 miles long so there aren't a plethora of options. Plenty, but not an abundance.)

Here's a look at some of the things we ate throughout our honeymoon:

Happy Lobster:
This was our first stop of our honeymoon. This was somewhere we ate last time and knew it would be the BEST place for lobster on the island!

Amor Cafe:
I think the final count for times we ate here on our honeymoon was THREE. It's that good y'all. Best place to get fresh veggies and homemade bread! Get the egg sandwich (made 100 different ways), you won't regret it. And the coffee? STRONG IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. 

Pasta Per Caso
This was a given! We KNEW we had to come back here this trip after eating it TWICE last trip. I must say, it was just as good this time around. FAVE PLACE ON THE ISLAND. They offer two dinner options every single night. Our pro-tip is to order one of each and share! We also HIGHLY recommend the salad to start with! Share! It's big enough for two!

This was my favorite place we ate on the island this trip. My food was beyond delicious and made right in front of your eyes. It looks like someone's kitchen in their house (it is!) but don't be scared of it. SO GOOD!

The Magic Grill
We ate here one night when we weren't super hungry. We ended up just grabbed one meal to share. It was okay. Fresh? YES. As good as other places on the island? Probably not. 

Rainbow Grill & Bar
This was a late afternoon lunch we decided to treat ourselves with because we walked all over the island the few hours before. We grabbed some fresh snapper quesadillas and OMG so yummy! Get yourself two Belkins and you've got the perfect afternoon treat!

To see our favorite place we ate in San Pedro, check out our Guide To Belize: San Pedro HERE. 

SIDENOTE: We drank ALL THE BELKIN while we were here....per usual. 

DIY Fish Cleaning Station

A good friend of mine commissioned me to design and make a fish cleaning station for his dad. I was a bit intimidated at first, but I sat down, sketched out the design, and headed to Home Depot for supplies. Not only did my friend (and his dad) love the outcome, but so did I. It's something I truly am proud to say I designed and built. 

For this project, I used the following measurements: 55” wide x 38” Tall x 36” deep
 This will be helpful if you are attempting to build this yourself. I have a list below of everything you'll need to make this for yourself using these dimensions. Keep that in mind if you are altering the size for your own piece. 

There were a couple of special elements to the station though. 
• His dad recently had a stroke and has limited use of his right hand. I created a strap system that would allow him to strap the head of the fish down while he filleted with his left hand while the clamp holds the tail down. 

•This station was going down by the coast so I decided to beef it up with treated lumber and galvanized hardware. It’s built like a tank and should last a while. If I had to guess, it weighs about 70 pounds. 

• I also added a GFI outlet so that they could run any kind of power at the station and know it is protected. All held tight to the station using Pack Bands (one of our favorite small businesses!)

•The other features I added are the cut outs along the back wall so that the fish remains can be washed out the back or off the side. We elected to have as few places as possible for the remains to collect. For this part of the project I used my Dewalt Brushless Jig Saw and Ryobi Router (both linked below).

Here's a few shots during the building process plus a couple more of the finished outcome. Keep scrolling for a list of tools used and a full list of product links to buy everything you'll need to make your own. 

What You'll Need to Make Your Own:
The amount will vary depending on the size you intend on making. We also used treated wood given the location and proximity to the salt water.
2 - 4x4x8
2 - 2x4x8
2 - 2x12x10
Screws: Spax (preference but these are the best)
Metal Strip: 

Tools Used:

Product Links To Buy: