Windblown But Warm

March 8, 2012

I love wrapping up a long stretch of serious work and then headed outdoors for some fresh air! I did just that this morning and set out for a walk with my mom on one line and Pregtastic on the other.

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Sure looks like springtime! [And next week’s forecast is insanely warm!!] I love warm weather so much I wonder if I should have lived in Florida my whole life. I don’t mind 100 degrees or 100% humidity.

Since I’m missing Pump tomorrow to drive to visit my grandmother, I decided to go to the noon express class today. Boy was I glad I did because it was a great one. Maybe it’s the weather or maybe it’s the second trimester, but I felt strong and fit and even added two baby weights to my squats. Today’s challenges were squats + tris. Gonna be sore!

I took this dense and delicious Trek bar on my walk and nibbled as a tide-me-over to a late lunch. I definitely have to be more conscious of hunger these days because it comes on hard and fast. LOVE these Trek bars – have to get Matt to put them on the menu!

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Back at home, I decided on another SIAB and a cheese + cracker plate for lunch. Have you noticed how much I’m repeating lunches? Once I get hooked on something now I can’t stop thinking about it! Plus this is such a great way to get in protein and veggies.

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My smoothie contained:

  • 2 big handfuls spinach
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup frozen berries
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • Honey bunches on top

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Cheese tasted SO GOOD. I paired manchego and sharp cheddar with shredded wheat, which was just like eating cheese + triscuit crackers! Nice because the “crackers” are smaller so you’re getting the effect without wasting excess cracker.

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Does anyone have any advice for my orchid? It was a gift in September and bloomed all fall and most of winter, but now it’s sad. I’ve watered it and brought it outside for more sunshine, but it seems to be on its last leg. Will it bloom again?

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Black thumb = help!

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1 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm

The flowers look beautiful! I am dying to get outside and enjoy this weather! I have a little over an hour left. It’s supposed to be 70 degrees outside where I live today :)

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2 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

My cousin gave me a gorgeous orchid as a house(apartment)-warming present before, and sadly, I killed it. I wish I could help! The blooms outside look gorgeous. Your walks sound so lovely! That’s great that you’re feeling strong and dominated Body Pump today :)

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3 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot March 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I have not been to pump in a week and I am super excited to go tonight – whoop!!

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4 Sana March 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Enjoy your time in Bmore :) The weather is super lovely here as well!

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5 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Orchids are pretty tricky to get to bloom again. I usually just end up with the big green leaves. If they do bloom again it will definitely take some time. They’re only supposed to be watered like once a week and they say the best way is a few ice cubes on top, not drenching it in water.

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6 Jennifer March 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

The wind almost knocked me off my feet today! But I’m loving the warmth too.

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7 Jen March 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I actually read something on RealSimple.com that orchids should be considered as long lasting bouquets. They like humid areas with morning light but will rarely last 6 months. And here I kept thinking I was killing them! I love orchids anyway so I’ll just keep buying them.

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8 Monica March 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I had an orchid for YEARS and would constantly forget about it, so it was very neglected. I would water it by putting it in the sink with the water running on it for a few minutes, then draining and putting back on the table, and it would bloom once a year for a few months. I seriously would forget about watering if for a month or two at a time, so I would just cut off the dead bloom and it will come back!

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9 Dominique March 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm

This is exactly what my parents do (the soak and drain method) and they have all kinds of orchids in their house. They keep most of them in the kitchen but Sean’s parents keep theirs in the bathroom where it’s more humid. I would say just to leave it alone, not water it as much and it should be okay.

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10 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

i have such an awful black thumb which makes me sad because my parents have gorgeous gardens of flowers and veggies and herbs but I can’t keep a house plant for the life of me. :(

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11 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

The daffodils look beautiful! Yay Spring! Our crocus’ are popping out from under the snow that we had last week. I’m hoping the warmth sticks this time!

I’ve got a black thumb, too, so I can’t help with the orchid. I’ve heard they are really,really hard to keep alive.

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12 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

It was definitely spring in NH today! Almost 70 degrees and beautiful – love it!

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13 Julie March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

We somehow maintain 5 orchids in our house. I would cut back the stalk which flowered all the way down to the leaves. You will get a new stalk eventually. I recommend feeding it once a week too.

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14 Brandee March 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

It will bloom again! They always surprise me! I’ve found it’s best to just forget about them and only water about once a week. It will start to look like it’s dying, but mine always come back. You can also get orchid food that helps keep them green!

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15 Catalina @ Cake with Love March 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

The orchid will bloom again in about one year, don’t put it in direct sunlight and water it only once a week!

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16 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites March 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm

great advice, definitely DEFINITELY keep them in diffused sunlight ONLY! do you have a spot like in the breakfast area that a shade can be pulled high and the orchid can get only diffused light? they hate direct sunlight! just keep watering once per week and it shall bloom again :) we have 6 plants/orchids at our house :)

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17 Kerry March 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

They hate drafts as well apparently so keep them away from windows and at a constant temp if you can. Mine don’t seem to be too fussy and flower every 5 months or so with me just watering them around once a week and cutting dead stems back

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18 Megan March 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

it will bloom again, but the flowers don’t last forever. Sometimes, the flower shoot will send off another shoot with some blooms, but usually a brand new one develops from the root system. Water it once a week (I give mine a shower in my shower) and feed it every other watering. Orchids like filtered light- if its too direct, it will scorch it. I have found that morning sun is the best so find the window with filtered morning sun in your house and it should thrive! And they don’t like soggy feet, so once a week waterings are usually sufficient. Good luck!

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19 Simone March 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Best place for an orchid is the bathroom, don’t water and let steam from your shower do the waterinhg.

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20 kathleen @ the daily crumb March 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

i’m so jealous of the flowers you have popping up! we are experiencing warm(er) temps, but not too much color yet :)

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21 Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Those pics are so pretty!! Enjoy the warm weather :D

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22 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Look at all of those flowers- I love it!! Hooray for an early spring (what was that groundhog talking about last month?!)
I have a black thumb too- I can’t help ya with the orchid.
Enjoy the rest of your day- I’m so excited to finally get out to see daylight today! :)

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23 KhushbOo March 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Oh I much rather be loaded with square than lunges !

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24 Kelly March 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Ooh, good idea about shredded wheat in place of crackers! I agree with your sentiment about “wasted crackers!”

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25 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm

For a second when I read “two baby weights” I thought you were hinting that you were having twins, but then I realized you meant small weights for the bar (I think!!) I could totally live in Florida too… heat and humidity year-round is not a major concern at all!

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26 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles March 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm

It is a blustery warmer day today…my run was a battle with the winds! I am so jealous of the flowers and budding trees! Everything here is drab! My mother loves orchids and she is forever challenged with them but keeps on buying them. Hers do come back eventually…I think she cuts them back like a reader suggested. A new shoot will suddenly appear so it can happen. She has them by her north facing windows…they really are beautiful when in full bloom.

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27 Janice March 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Just wondering…. but is it safe for the baby if you keep working out like you do while pregnant? Not sure if it puts stress on the baby or not.

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28 KathEats March 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Yes, absolutely. Exercise is highly recommended. Just no contact sports or high risk sports.

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29 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm

cheese + triscuit crackers or with PB on them…that was dinner many, many nites in my early 20s. Oh, the memories. Washed down with wine, of course :)

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30 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! March 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Hard to tell what type of orchid plant that is, but the general way to trim an orchid is to cut it 1/2 inch above the second node. A new shoot will form, and new flowers will bloom! Good luck :)

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31 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I’m glad your body pump class went well and that the weather is so nice! and I always get into food ruts, sometimes I just crave one dish over and over again!

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32 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

A green thumb, I have not! I wish! I kill everything…

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33 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Our orchids at home look pretty sad, so I’d be no help.

Way to up your pump weights! Go second trimester!!

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34 Whitney March 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Orchids love a SMALL splash of water once a week. I keep mine where it gets late afternoon sun and it has thrived for months. :)

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35 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles March 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I love all the signs of spring this time of year. Makes me so happy my toes tingle!

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36 Kate @ get up and flow March 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Cheese and Body Pump in one post? You’re making me jealous! Haven’t been to Pump in a week (and won’t get there this weekend). I miss it already!

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37 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites March 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

it’s spring time in durham, too! :)

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38 Laura March 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm

First and foremost, congratulations on the baby! I’m thrilled for you and your family. Enjoy every last moment of being pregnant (even the bad days).

Secondly, I’m so impressed with the evolution of your eating style. I am trying to eat more ‘whole’ foods, and I was wondering if you had any suggestions on books. I saw that you reccomend SuperFoods Healthstyle and Fit From Within. Any others?

Thanks so much for the time, and put your feet up when you need to…. :)

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39 Hannah N. March 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Omg, I am so thankful you asked about your orchid! I am in the same boat. A friend gave me an orchid in December as a housewarming present and I knew right off the bat that I should be careful with overwatering. I only watered it once a week, and set it on my dining room table which doesn’t receive any direct sunlight. The blooms lasted several weeks but now it looks just like yours, where it’s still alive but looks so sad! The leaves are super green and look healthy, and there are even new sprouts that seem to be coming up. It looks like a couple people mentioned clipping the plant so I’ll try that and let you know if I have any luck.

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40 Marty March 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Like I always say, if you don’t have crackers, just have CEREAL and cheese instead! Right.

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41 j3nn March 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

100% humidity is my worst nightmare, lol. I love FL in the winter months, but I’d probably hate it in the summer. Then again, it gets hot and humid here in NY, too, so not much different. :)

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42 Mary March 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I’m a currently a horticulture student and I’ve learned first hand that orchids are very tricky! Like the others have said, it doesn’t like to have “wet feet” or to be watered too often, so one ice cube per week will do the trick. If you really want to make it happy, they likes to be fed about once a month and there are orchid fertilizers anywhere you would find regular plant fertilizers or potting soil. Not sure how cold your nights are (I’m from Iowa) but they don’t like getting too chilly either! Best to keep it away from a window if it gets below 50* F, just in case. I can’t relate to your pregnancy happenings, but I know plants!

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43 Roxanne March 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Here is a website that is full of advice and stuff Great place :
http://www.hydro-orchids.com/pc-basics.html
From lesson #1 – Planting an orchid in potting soil and treating it like a houseplant is a sure way to kill it. To copy nature, orchids are planted in bark, moss, coconut husks, etc.
From lesson #3 – Fading flowers does not mean your orchid is dying. Orchids do not bloom continuously. They have a growing season and a blooming season
No more black thumb after this!

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44 Anna March 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Didn’t it snow earlier this week in Cville?? Crazy weather!!

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45 Mom March 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Your grandmother is going to be quite pleased you are worried about your orchid. You can show her the picture tomorrow. Uncle Chris is also deep into orchids too. Sadly, I did not inherit the green thumb element of the family.

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46 carly March 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I’ve been reading for awhile but this is my first time commenting (I was a practicum student at the same school you sister was interning in last year). My dad has had an orchid for 7 years that will die and then reblooms. He keeps it above the kitchen sink next to the window and trims it when it dies. They are gorgeous flowers! Hope that helps!

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47 KathEats March 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Thanks for your first comment!!

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48 Molly @ RDexposed March 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Love the Shredded Wheat idea! May put that idea in my back pocket for cardiac rehab appointments!

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49 Ashley March 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I work at a plant lab and one of my colleagues who raises orchids gave me a couple for my office. I’ve had them for a couple of years and they’ve bloomed like crazy at least twice. Every now and then the guy who gave them to me comes by and comments on how fantastic they look and jokes about taking them back because he can’t get his to bloom like mine. I leave them sitting in the windowsill in my office so that they get morning sun and I water them once or twice a week, just enough that the leaves stay smooth-looking; they start to wrinkle if you don’t water them enough. Once the stem doesn’t have any buds on it, you can cut it off and it should bloom again later this year–from the picture, your’s looks like it’s done, so you can just cut it off near the bottom. The lowest leaf might eventually start to wither; you can cut that off, too.

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50 Lisa V. March 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

That weather looks lovely! Hopefully it only continues to get better from here, enjoy it!

On a side note, I got my CVille Cluster shipment today — Oh. My. Goodness. Why I haven’t I jumped on this train sooner?! Thank you to the Great Harvest team for baking and bagging it with love! You can really taste it in each bite. Delish!

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51 KathEats March 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Yay! So happy to hear it!

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52 Janet March 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I wonder if the orchid is similar to the mum I have, mine dies every summer and I keep watering it once a week and every winter it blooms again. I do always cut way what is dead, but keep a couple of leaves. I wonder if you cut it back quite a bit and keep watering it if it will bloom when it is warm.

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53 Megan @ Megan's Munchies March 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Your post made me want to take a walk, but it is rainy here :(

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54 olivewineandfood March 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

my orchid did the same thing!

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55 Tara March 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Kath ,

Got my granola order today and I’ve already eaten nearly half a bag ! I told my husband to go hide the rest of it because it’s not safe around me. Oh my this stuff is good.

Congratulations to you and Matt about the baby.

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56 KathEats March 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

So glad you like it!!

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57 Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl March 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm

It’s like springtime here, too. Our jasmine smells ultra wonderful!

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58 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie March 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm

It was indeed windy today! So warm though :) 70 degrees in Philly? Oh baaaaaby.

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59 Tiffany March 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Yum! i’m going to have to try smoothie in a bowl. I found the honey bunches trader joe’s version and had it with greek yogurt this morning…delicious!

What kind of crackers are those? looks good!

have a great day! I’m really enjoying reading BERF. I love how honest you are with your experiences makes me appreciate the beauty of pregnancy :)

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60 KathEats March 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Thanks for all the orchid tips!! Sounds like I’m doing everything wrong :)

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61 Jennifer March 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Wow…you already have trees blooming? We have buds but no blooms yet. Daffodils are up,though, so maybe another week or two for the trees.

I was born in Florida and just moved to PA six years ago. I couldn’t take the heat and humidity anymore. It would be perfect for you. :)

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62 Sabrina March 9, 2012 at 2:45 am

So actually my first comment ever – but I love orchids and do have a lot at home.

Just put them on a sunny, warm place and give them some water once a week. My first orchid needed one year to bloom again, but now she is coming every year with a different colour :)

Many greetings from Vienna AND
your blog is great :)

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63 Angel7 March 9, 2012 at 7:47 am

Spring is in the air here as well! The birdies are chirping ever so loudly and happily :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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64 KathEats March 9, 2012 at 7:48 am

First comment!! Woo hoo!

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65 Dia March 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

Kath, I love your blog, love the pictures and love the food.
About the orchid, just keep watering it once a week and in a couple of months it will form buds again and it will blossom. That is at least what has happened to my orchid.
Don’t give up, it is resting and will bloom again.
Greetings from Amsterdam, the Netherlands and I wish The Bakery was around my corner!

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66 Xiomara @ parkesdale.com/blog March 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

Kath, I too was worried when my orchids stop blooming. I always kept them inside and had no luck with re-blooms. Then I decided to take them outside, but first I trimmed the dead buds and placed them under our Oak tree. I live in Florida, so I’ve only had to bring them back inside when the temperature was going to drop below 40. I don’t water mine regularly or feed them. I just let them get water from our sprinkler system which only runs once a week. So far, all of my orchids have bloomed again.

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67 Stephanie March 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

LoveMaegan actually has a step-by-step post about how to regrow orchids: http://www.lovemaegan.com/2011/07/how-i-re-grew-my-orchids.html Good luck!

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68 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings March 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

Mmm…cheese! Fun using the shreddeds as crackers :)

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