When it comes to indoor houseplants, two requirements come to mind: low-maintenance and aesthetically pleasing. These forgiving, neglect-resistance plants not only act as beautiful decorative pieces, but can also purify the surrounding air and add a little Zen to your home.
The peace lily is known for its signature white blooms surrounded by bold bronze-green foliage. Peace lilies are low-maintenance houseplants and come in a wide variety of sizes and types. In fact, they grow anywhere from one to six feet tall. NASA named this plant in its list of “Top Ten Air Cleaning Plants” for the plant’s ability to filter toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the surrounding air. Peace lilies like to be watered a lot at one time, so water the plant until moisture comes out the drainage holes. Since peace lilies produce crystals that can irritate the skin, keep small children and pets away from the plant and always wash your hands after handling.
The most common potted type of aloe is the aloe vera, which produces a sap that can help soothe and heal small scrapes. Aside for its health benefits, indoor aloe plants thrive on minimal care and only need to be watered every few weeks. To keep your spikey, sword-shaped plants happy, place them in a location where the plants can enjoy plenty of indirect sunlight. Florists suggest potting the plant in clay pots with a drainage tray and positioning it in near a south-facing window.
Often found both indoors and outdoors, the English ivy is one of the more popular houseplants. The English ivy’s long, elegant vines and lush leaves make it a wonderful indoor trailing plant or indoor topiary. This plant requires plenty of indirect sunlight and prefers cooler, humid environments. According to a NASA study on indoor plants, English ivy plants can actually absorb air-born toxins. However, pet owners should avoid English ivy because it is toxic to cats and dogs.
The colorful flower clusters of the Kalanchoe are perfect for brightening up any windowsill in your home. These flowers come in a variety of colors such as bright pinks, oranges, reds, whites and yellows. Although the flowers only last several weeks, the kalanchoe’s thick, oval-shaped scalloped leaves will be a beautiful addition to your home year-round. These low maintenance plants thrive in low humidity winters and require lots of light. Kalanchoes are often victims of overwatering, so make sure to always empty the drainage tray after watering.
Jade plants are evergreen plants with thick branches and rounded, smooth oval leaves. These houseplants make beautiful additions to kitchens and home offices. Nicknamed the “money plant”, jade plants are often associated with prosperity, wealth and good luck. Since these succulents thrive in sunlight, place your jade plant at a south-facing window where it can receive at least four hours of direct sunlight. Buy your own miniature jade plant here.
Looking to woo your loved one with a romantic dinner for two? Skip the home cooking and take your significant other to a night out in the town for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking for a fancy steak dinner or a casual Valentine’s Day dinner, we have you covered. Here’s our roundup of restaurants in your neighborhood:
The Capital Grille
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626 // (714) 432-1140
The Capital Grille has you covered for Valentine’s Day celebrations. Located in the beautiful South Coast Plaza, the Capital Grille is lauded for their quality steaks, extensive wine selection, and romantic ambiance. As an added bonus, the restaurant has a little something special in store for their Valentine’s guests. Reservations for Valentine’s Day are now available on OpenTable.
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626 // (714) 437-5252
Looking for a more casual Valentine’s Day dinner? Also located in the South Coast Plaza, Seasons 52 offers a seasonally inspired menu featuring ingredients at their peak of freshness. Avoid the crowds and long waiting times by celebrating a couple days earlier. From February 11 – 13, Seasons 52 is offering a three-course dinner for $60 per couple. This dinner special includes three courses and a champagne toast. Check out the special menu and reserve your table here.
Coco Palm Restaurant
1600 Fairplex Drive, Pomona, CA 91768 // (909) 469- 1965
With an amazing hill top view, live music, and an inviting atmosphere, Coco Palm Restaurant is the perfect restaurant to have Valentine’s Day dinner. Last year, their pre-set Valentine’s Day menu consisted of four courses with a choice of paella, salmon, or filet mignon paired with shrimp scampi as the main entrée. Coco Palm’s Valentine’s Day special is $59 per person. Their updated menu and tickets to this exclusive dinner can be found here.
New York Grill
950 Ontario Mills Dr., Ontario, CA 91764 // (909) 987-1928
Opt for a classier Valentine’s Day this year with New York Grill’s Valentine’s Dinner for Two. Their prix-fixe menu includes a 24oz lobster, two petite filet mignons, two Caesar or mixed green salads, a dessert to share, and a bottle of wine. Treat your special someone to a romantic night filled with exquisite food and live piano music at the New York Grill.
7222 Regional St., Dublin, CA 94568 // (925) 803-8485
Want to change it up for Valentine’s Day? Try Amakara, a contemporary Californian take on the traditional Japanese sushi restaurant. Known for their beautiful presentation and fresh fish selections, Amakara is bringing back their exclusive Valentine’s Day menu. Their lines are known to wrap around the corner so be sure to call and make reservation ahead of time.
Sabio on Main
501 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566 // (925) 800-3090
Loved for their extensive wine menu and quality drinks, Sabio on Main is celebrating Valentine’s Day with their unique seasonally inspired four course chef tasting menu, priced at $69 per person. Treat your loved one to champagne pairing thoughtfully selected by Sabio’s house sommelier. Check out their menu and reserve your table today on OpenTable.
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