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If having freshly grown herbs at the tip of your fingertips appeals to you, growing an indoor herb garden is right up your alley. There are many flavorful herbs that you can easily grow indoors. The following are a few of the herbs that are most conducive to an indoor growth environment:
Easy-to-Grow Herbs For Indoor Gardeners
You can grow chives virtually anywhere. This herb is a wonderful addition to a buttered baked potato or a great way to spice up a bland food dish. Cut chives at their base, and don’t harvest more than ⅓ of your bunch at one singular time.
This fun herb is sometimes known as Chinese parsley. You can eat all parts of this plant, but most often, the dried seeds or fresh leaves are the best part to add to your cooking. To most, cilantro has a tart taste, similar to a lemon/lime taste. Keep in mind, cilantro’s growth is short-lived. This means you need to keep seedlings going in two to three-week intervals to ensure you have a good supply on hand.
You can use basil in a variety of ways. Blend it in sauces, place whole leaves on your pizza, chop it up and add to your salad, top pasta, and much more. Use smaller basil for indoor herb gardens. This plant can get large if you don’t stick to the smaller globe varieties.
This herb has many benefits and is medicinal in some forms. It helps ease queasy stomachs, calms anxiety and stress and promotes restful slumber. Use it to create peppermint tea to calm the digestive tract and ease cramps, gas and indigestion.
Thyme plants are easy to start. Begin by repotting from a nursery plant. You can even divide a plant into a smaller portion from a larger outside variety. You can also easily propagate this from cuttings, similar to sage and rosemary. Thyme is a Mediterranean herb and is the perfect addition to a variety of foods, including soups, marinades, vegetables, meat and more.
This flavorful herb is ideally suited to oil-based dishes. Many cooks combine olive oil with oregano to create a tasty vinaigrette or marinade. Oregano fits best with beef, chicken or lamb dishes. It is also commonly paired with tomato-based dishes, like pasta sauce or pizza. Be sure to add oregano towards the end of the cooking process. This ensures the flavor of the herb is not lost. Also, dried oregano is more flavorful than fresh.
Ensure sage has good potting soil. Also, when establishing a new plant, keep the cut moist. Sage will often root well in a few week's time. This herb is best used to bolster omelets, tomato sauce, bean dishes, or even holiday stuffing.
Having herbs conveniently at hand when cooking is a luxury made possible by an indoor herb garden. Consider the herbs listed above as some possibilities. Each of them are considered easy-to-grow and make great beginner’s plants to ease into the process of herb gardening.
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Anytime that you move it can be both physically and financially draining. Moving with children is no exception to this rule. There are certain things that you can do in order to make the transition easier when you move with kids. Children can feel a special sort of attachment to a place, especially their home. It’s important that you help them make a smooth transition.
Tell Your Kids About The Move
While it may seem convenient to hide the fact that you’re making a big move from your little ones, it’s not a good idea. Children are pretty intuitive. Sit down and have a conversation with them explaining where you’re going. You can even throw in the why if the move is due to the fact that you need more space or need to be closer to work. It may even be in your best interest to do this over your child’s favorite meal or at their favorite pizza place in town.
Donate Anything You’re Not Using
This can be a great teachable moment for kids in the moving process. Teach them about giving things to people who are less fortunate than they are by going through their toys and clothes. Show them that you are donating items from your own collection as well.
Let The Kids Be Involved
Kids can be involved with the move in many ways. Older kids can pack their own belongings in boxes and suitcases. Younger kids may need a bit more help. You can let them decorate the boxes as they are labeled. This will be a help for staying organized throughout the move.
Emphasize The Cool Things About The New Place
If your new house has some neat features that you know the kids will love, definitely share it with them. Some things to talk about with kids about the new place you’re moving to:
- New school
- Great neighborhood park
- Bigger bedroom
- Having their own rooms
- Playroom/ game room
- Great ice cream stand
Anything that you know will be a highlight for your child in the process of moving can help them to cope with the changes ahead.
Make Your Move Less Stressful By Staying Organized
It can be easy to snap at kids when you’re stressed out. Keep all of your important documents and papers in one place. Make sure you leave ample time for packing and moving. Hire a moving company if you need to as well. If you’re selling any of your belongings from your old house, make sure that you do so well in advance of the move to avoid any undue last minute stressors. With a bit of planning, moving with kids can go quite smoothly.
Whether you're looking for your first house, a vacation home, or a retirement condo, there's always an element of excitement in finding a new place you can call your own!
Although buying and selling real estate can be stressful, especially if you've never done it before, being prepared and knowing what to expect can help keep things on an even keel.
Similar to planning a vacation or a cross-country trip, you'll want to avoid missed connections, frustrating delays, and wasted time. When it comes to buying a home, a little research, planning, and expert advice can go a long way toward ensuring a smooth journey. Here are a few specifics:
Check your credit score: Your credit rating has a major impact on your ability to successfully apply for a mortgage and be offered a relatively low interest rate. Knowing your credit rating can help you understand your options, avoid unexpected surprises, and take action to correct errors in your credit report or improve your credit profile.
Prepare a wish list: One of the keys to getting what you want in a new home is to clarify and prioritize the features that matter the most to you. Your checklist can include everything from lot size and architectural style to the reputation of the school district and proximity to stores. Some house hunters also place a high value on features like a fireplace, screened-in porch, and an open floor plan.
Find a good real estate agent: A buyers' agent can provide you with an immense amount of help in finding properties for sale that meet your specifications. They can also provide assistance, advice, and guidance on the many steps involved in going from loan applicant to new home owner. An experienced agent can also negotiate the best possible deal, in terms of price, seller concessions, and other advantages.
Meet with mortgage lenders: A crucial step in preparing to become a homeowner is understanding the mortgage application process, knowing how much banks would be willing to lend you, and determining an affordable price range. Meeting with lenders is also the first step to comparing interest rates and choosing a financial institution that would best suit your needs. Here's a helpful tip from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: "Getting a preapproval letter helps you show sellers that you are a serious buyer – but it doesn’t commit you to a lender."
When it comes to searching for and buying a house, probably the best advice anyone could give you is "stay the course!" Let's face it: It's easy to give up, get discouraged, or settle for a home that's less than what you really want. However, when you adopt a "stay the course" mindset, you'll do a better job of staying motivated, focused, and well organized until you find just the right home for you, your family, and your future!