In the past year, DIY terrariums and succulent gardens have really taken off. I’ve always thought they were so cute, but stayed away from them because I unfortunately, was not gifted with the “green thumb,” and assumed I wouldn’t be able to keep them alive. Wrong. A friend gifted me with a set of 3 for Christmas and I was surprised at how easy it is/was to keep them thriving!
Over the weekend, I found that my boyfriend’s mom has been hit with the “succulent garden bug” as well, and we decided to do some DIYing and made the most beautiful little gardens (which by the way are totally ok’d by TSA to bring on domestic flights). I still can’t believe how easy the process was, and am so excited to share it with you today so you can make your own succulent garden!
Gather Your Materials
You can pick up materials for your garden in-store or online at places like Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Amazon. Keep in mind that aside from the individual plants and pot/bowl you pick up, you’ll be able to use the items for more than one garden – especially if you’re making smaller ones.
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’re ready to begin! First, lay the foundation of your garden with soil, filling the pot about halfway. Then start arranging each of your plants, digging them into the soil a bit and filling in additional soil to hold it in place. Note that if you’re not happy with the layout, you can always shift things around easily!
As you fill your pot with more plants and dirt (almost to the top), you’ll be on the homestretch! The last step in the process is filling the entire pot with stones/pebbles to cover the dirt. And then you’re done! It’s really that easy.
As far as maintenance go, succulents actually don’t like a lot of water. In fact, you only really need to give a little spritz of water and succulent food every 2 weeks or so!
I think I can confidently say that I’ve found my new DIY obsession. Who knew that making a succulent garden was so easy?! It’s a pretty calming activity too. Look out adult coloring books – there’s a new stress-relieving player in town!
Budapest, Hungary was a city I never knew too much about. But in 2014 when George Ezra’s “Budapest” song hit the radio waves, I found myself singing about it ALL THE TIME. So I decided to do some research and found myself in awe of the photos of the city and settled on planning a trip to the city during the Christmas season. And let me tell you, I’m SO glad I did. Budapest isn’t a city you traditionally hear as much about when it comes to Europe travel, but it was one of the most incredible cities I’ve ever visited. In fact, my mom and I agree that it’s one of the top three places either of us have ever traveled!
Want to learn more about the city? To get you started, here are 10 things you might not know about Budapest.
Budapest has the oldest underground train system in mainland Europe, which opened in 1896.
The city used to be split into two, “Buda” on one side of the Danube River and “Pest” on the other.
The famous escape artist, Harry Houdini, was born in Budapest.
Budapest has the highest number of thermal baths in the world, and the largest medicinal bath in Europe, Szechenyi.
The citizens of Budapest took the “Holy Right Hand” inscription on St. Stephen’s Basilica literally and mummified the right hand of the first Christian King of Hungary (who died in 1038), which can be seen in a shrine in the church.
Star Wars’ Yoda speaks using Hungarian syntax, thanks to a Hungarian technician working on the films per George Lucas’ direction to give Yoda a more exotic sound to his speech.
The country doesn’t use the Euro, but rather, the Forint, which is available in denominations of 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000.
The Rubik’s Cube was invented in Budapest in the 1970s.
In 2002, Budapest was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.
Several big movies were filmed in Budapest, including: The Raven, The Debt, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Munich, and Spy.
Setbacks are never fun to deal with, especially if you’re confident that something will happen and it falls through. But as we all know, life doesn’t always go according to plan. A couple weeks ago I experienced this when I ran into a setback that I knew was a possibility, but was thinking wouldn’t happen.
Rather than spend a lot of time being bummed out, I transitioned to a more positive and actionable mindset to handle the situation.
Step Back and Reflect
An initial wave of disappointment is inevitable. But rather than letting it consume you, step back and reflect. Determine why it is that resulted in your setback, if you can. And remember, everything happens for a reason.
Negativity doesn’t get you anywhere. When I encounter a setback, I like to focus on the positive, whether in the specific situation or reminding myself of my other accomplishments and how far I’ve come. It’s all about your mindset!
Determine a Plan (B)
Once your mind is in a better place about the setback, determine a plan – plan b, that is. So the first one didn’t go as expected. What can you do differently this time? Keep in in mind that “a minor setback paves the way for a major comeback.” So while the original plan didn’t work out, this new one could be even bigger and better.
Focus on the Future
After establishing your new plan, focus on it, and the future. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people. Know that great things are ahead for you if you set your goals and continue to reach for them!