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No Green Thumb? No Problem! Grow These Houseplants at Windsor at Liberty House!

May 25, 2016 4:03 pm

Even if you haven’t had the best luck with plants in the past, that’s no reason to give up on having a greenery-filled home. While certain houseplants are very finicky and seem to die as soon as you glance in their direction, others are hearty, resilient and made for people whose thumbs aren't exactly green. Here are just a few.

  1. Succulents. The desert native succulent plant is beloved by many for its very sparse watering schedule. Because it only needs watering once a month or so, this trendy houseplant is perfect for forgetful owners.
  2. Aloe plants. The unique looking aloe plant is another one that doesn’t need much watering (or even much sunlight). Simply give it a bit of water when the soil feels dry to the touch.
  3. Cast-iron plant. There’s a reason this great plant has a name that’s tough as nails: the cast-iron plant can tolerate everything from low light to changes in the atmosphere like a champ.
  4. Snake plant. The high-reaching snake plant (sometimes called mother-in-law’s tongue) not only offers a stylish, impactful look, it can also survive in low light and with sporadic waterings.
  5. Jade plant. This gorgeous plant will live for years without much care at all, eventually growing into a small tree with a large enough pot.

Houseplants for People Who Can't Grow Houseplants [This Old House]
How To Choose the Right Houseplant [Bayer Advanced]
Houseplants for the Forgetful Gardener [Better Homes & Gardens]

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Save Room for the Tiramisu at Roman Nose in Jersey City

May 18, 2016 4:03 pm

Jersey City’s Roman Nose on Newark Avenue is a welcoming little spot. Cozy but small at around eight tables, Roman Nose and its crew serve up a menu of delicious Italian food, albeit a menu on the small side. Still, there ought to be something for everybody, particularly if you love meatballs (the family recipe has begun to win acclaim throughout the city for its excellent combination of beef, pork, and veal).

Start off with an insalata di tonno, the house salad with some lovely imported Italian tuna. For the main event, any meatball dish comes highly recommended, and the pastas and pizzas, like rigatoni Bolognese and the quattro formaggi respectively, are also really excellent. An order of tiramisu makes a nice closer to your dinner. The portion sizes are good—plentiful without being overwhelming—and the prices are reasonable, with costs partially defrayed by inviting guests to bring their own alcohol.

Roman Nose
125 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 360-2176

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How to Play Host or Hostess — Without the Stress!

May 11, 2016 4:03 pm

Whether you're throwing a dinner party, planning a birthday bash, or having family over for the holidays, these simple tips will teach you how to play host or hostess without the unnecessary stress.

  • Start early. At least a few weeks ahead of time, start to think about the major details: the number of guests, the menu, and anything that you may need to rent. This will start to ease you into party planning mode and avoid any last-minute surprises.
  • Prepare ahead of time. Make as much of the food ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze it so that you don’t spend the entire day in the kitchen. This way, you’ll just have to reheat and add the finishing touches.
  • Create enough seating. Even if you don’t have a large dining room table to fit all of your guests, you still want to make sure that everyone has a place to sit. Borrow chairs from a neighbor or invest in floor cushions for a more casual affair.
  • Set the mood. Play fun music, clear out any unnecessary furniture to create more space for socializing, and plan a few games in case of any awkward lulls in conversation. These are tried-and-true tricks that will prevent your party from hitting a slump.

Dos and Don’ts of Hosting a Dinner Party [Rue Mag]
How to Host a Dinner Party so Everyone Enjoys It [Lettuce Eat Kale]
101 Party Dos & Don'ts [House Beautiful]
Entertaining [My Home Ideas]

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