• The Best Plants for a Happy & Healthy Home

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    Historically, plants and flowers have been used by herbalists, midwives, shamen and physicians for a variety of purposes that served human health. After all, it’s not like they had doctors and pharmacies like we do, so they had to find medicine from the world around them. Some of these remedies were pure superstition (when was the last time you found any werewolves to test wolfsbane on?). Others have been tested by science and passed, or even revealed something new about themselves under the microscope.

    Many of our modern medicines rely on this knowledge. The wisdom of the ancients was not mere superstition but observation of positive effects plants have on our health. These plants and their properties have influenced the composition of our modern medicines, either providing their essence directly, or providing a blueprint for new medicines to be created.

    However, nature has provided more than just medicine through plants. Many plants are edible and provide high concentrations of nutrients vital to maintaining a healthy body, such as vitamin C. A lot of plants also help keep the body hydrated and the skin moisturized. Some plants even act as a natural air filter against mold, pollen and dust!

    Arguably the best quality of plants and flowers is their effect on our mood. Just seeing nature in a picture can elevate your mood and productivity, but having the real thing around can also decrease levels of stress and improve concentration. Scientists aren’t sure if this is the plants themselves or a product of plant functions, such as air purification or caring for the plant, but people seem to be happier with plants around!

    Want to know which plants can help your health? This infographic is a handy guide that can give you all sorts of inspiration on which are the best plants to have in your home and on your property for a variety of wellness-related purposes. Check it out and start using the power of nature to stay healthy!

  • Valentine's Day Gifts Through The Ages


    Valentine’s Day is the one day each year that we’re encouraged to profess our love and shower our beloved with gifts and tokens of our affection.

    A celebration of Valentine’s Day wasn’t always about hearts, candy, roses and cards, though. Valentine’s Day is actually linked to an old pagan holiday called Lupercalia, which was celebrated in ancient Rome. Lupercalia was far from the love holiday that we know today; this ancient holiday was a celebration of fertility. Men celebrated by sacrificing animals and then hitting women with the animal skins. Yes, it was actually a privilege to be hit on Lupercalia and it was regarded as a sign of future fertility.

    Through the years, Valentine’s Day became associated with St. Valentine, whose link to love and passion is a bit of a debate. Valentine was thought to have married young Christians during a time when young couples weren’t marrying and Christians were being persecuted. However, stories on St. Valentine’s vary. Others theorize that Geoffrey Chaucer inadvertently created Valentine’s Day when he wrote his poem “The Parliament of Fowls.”

    No matter what you believe regarding the history of Valentine’s Day, this February holiday is much loved for couples who want a reason to relish in romance. Today, Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days for wedding proposals and flower and candy sales soar. According to Women’s Day, men dominate Valentine’s Day flower sales figures—73 percent of flowers are purchased by men.

    Valentine’s Day celebrations don’t have to be defined by the gifts, though. Some couples may opt for fun excursions like ski trips or even cruises. Others go low-key and order take-out while watching the best rom-coms on Netflix. Whether you buy dozens of red roses, design a new piece of jewelry, shower your beloved with as much chocolate that he/she can eat or just write a love poem, the best Valentine’s Day gifts are the ones that come from the heart.

    However, if you need a little inspiration and a few ideas for your Valentine’s Day celebration, check out our infographic that details “Valentine’s Day Gifts through the Times.”

  • Did You Know? Fun Facts About Philly

    Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, the Birthplace of America, or simply Philly - the city has numerous nicknames that reflect its unique character and rich history. Founded in 1682, Philly is the sixth most populous city in the United States. Here are some neat facts about Philly you’ll never forget:

    Art Metropolis

    When you think of Philadelphia, ‘art’ may not be the first word that comes to mind. But maybe it should. More impressionist paintings live in Philly than any other city in the world besides Paris. So if you’re looking to see masterpieces by Monet, Cezanne, Matisse and Renoir, it’s hard to beat a visit to Philadelphia.

    Fun Facts About Philly

    Caption: Monet’s The Japanese Footbridge is part of the permanent collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    Philly is no newcomer to the world of fine art either. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was founded all the way back in 1805 making it the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States.

    Plus, if you want to experience Philly’s vibrant art scene, you don’t even have to go indoors. The city is decorated with over 2000 outdoor murals. That’s why some call Philly the “mural capital of the U.S.”

    Major Center of Technology and Innovation

    As you can see, Philadelphia has quite an imagination. The city’s unique ingenuity also manifests itself in a vibrant history of advanced technology and innovation.

    Philly is the home of the first ever air conditioned building: the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. This forward thinking city was also the home of ENIAC, the world’s first electronic general purpose computer.

    Fun Facts About Philly

    Caption: ENIAC ('Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer') was 150 feet wide with 20 banks of flashing lights.

    Formally dedicated on February 15, 1946, ENIAC was dubbed the "Giant Brain" for its intimidating size and speed in calculation. It could compute one thousand times faster than predecessor  electro-mechanical machines.

    ENIAC was housed at the University of Pennsylvania, which also happens to be the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Naturally, the country’s first library can also be found at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s reputation as a center of learning  earned it the nickname “the Athens of America.”

    Home of Health and Wellness

    With such a strong commitment to education, it shouldn’t surprise you to hear Philadelphia has trained more than a few doctors over the years. One out of every six doctors in the U.S. actually completes their advanced medical schooling in Philly.

    As you may have guessed, this medical prowess stretches back for many generations. Ben Franklin himself cofounded the nation’s first hospital in Philadelphia over two hundred fifty years ago.

    Fun Facts About Philly

    Caption: Benjamin Franklin called Philadelphia home for most of his life, and cofounded the nation’s first hospital as well as its first library both of which are still in operation.

    Philly’s Mütter Museum commemorates past and present contributions to health sciences with a truly astounding collection of medical oddities. Visiting the Mütter Museum, you can view slices of a human face, a book bound by human skin, and even pieces of Albert Einstein’s brain preserved in glass.

    Fun Times in Philly

    These details only begin to scratch the surface of what the City of Brotherly Love has to offer. The infographic below has even more fun Philly facts about the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed!

  • Feng Shui Your Home


    Your home is your sanctuary, which is why it’s no surprise that many people believe in the power of feng shui. Now that Spring is here, it’s time to use Spring Cleaning as an opportunity to reorganize and bring in positive energy with just a few rearrangements.

    The History of Feng Shui

    Going back over 6,000 years in China, feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophical practice used to organize and construct spaces in a way that harmonizes individuals with their surrounding environment.

    Also known as “Geomancy,” feng shui literally means “wind” (feng) and “water” (shui) in Chinese. It is a construction and design process that aims to bring happiness, abundance, and harmony to both living spaces and businesses.


    Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The practice analyzes and breaks down architecture in metaphoric terms of "invisible forces" that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi. It seeks to harness Qi (氣) , “natural energy,” by placing objects in the optimum relation to its flow.  Informing the layout, framework, materials and colors of building structures, the precepts of feng shui seek to help architects, designers, and homeowners make the most ideal arrangement in any setting.

    Feng shui dates back to some of the earliest peoples as they looked for ideal places to plant crops and establish safe dwelling places, as well as to scout optimal burial places for their ancestors so as to protect and honor their spirits. Before the invention of the magnetic compass, practitioners relied on the stars and astrology to determine the most auspicious locations.

    According to Feng Shui Style, “ In ancient China, farms and villages were auspiciously placed within the protective folds of mountains, shielded from harmful winds and nurtured by the gentle, winding streams. The people who practiced these principles prospered in agriculture and trade and grew strong and powerful. They produced social, cultural and military leaders unlike their neighbors who were exposed to harsh winds and inhospitable terrain.” Thus, feng shui became a way to promote health, happiness, and harmony within a civilization or community, allowing practitioners to grow wiser and stronger than their opponents who did not make use of the same philosophical precepts. Over time, the practice of feng shui developed, producing scholars in the art who adapted the practice to fit all manner of dwelling spaces, informing the development of everything from palaces to public monuments to entire cities.

    Indeed, feng shui became such an influential and important practice that it was a highly guarded secret of the Chinese Imperial Court. Feng Shui Masters were servants of the emperor and forbidden to share their sacred knowledge with outsiders. As a result, knowledge was often passed down the generation within families. Today, it has become a practice that wields influence all over the world.

    Taking into account modern scientific precepts and the relationship between the natural and man-made worlds, feng shui seeks to help individuals situate dwelling spaces and rooms within their homes in ways that harness energy and promote good “qi.”

    Feng Shui Your Home

    Some aspects of feng shui, such as sitting with your face facing a door to avoid someone sneaking up on you, or the emotional affect of certain colors are merely common sense or intuition. But if you want to harness the power of “qi” in each room in your home, follow these careful precepts of feng shui.

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