Five Thrifted Pieces

As those lovely autumn temperatures quickly approach, I’ve been revamping my wardrobe for the cold months to come. One of my favorite ways to affordably upgrade my closet is by thrifting. I’ve picked out five items that I’ve recently purchased at thrift stores that I can’t wait to wear this season!

 

 

 

This sheer blouse is perfect because it’s light enough for warmer days, but throw on a jacket and that’s all you’ll need for the breezy ones.

I LIVE for a good floral design. The negative space in the center makes this one especially unique and “fally”. The buttons are also covered by the fabric – a classy touch.

I found this one at St. Vincent DePaul in Cincinnati!

 

 

 

 

 

This simple piece definitely screams 90’s – but that’s what drew me to it! It’s a sweater so it’s great for fall, but the short sleeves make it wearable in just about any season.

It’s a bit oversized but – the bigger, the comfier – right? I really enjoy the stripe detail on the sleeves and the neckline, drawing the whole thing together.

I found this at New-to-You Thrift Shoppe in Athens!

 

 

 

 

 

I’m totally obsessed with this timeless piece! This army green flannel is sure to keep you warm on those chilly days. The color is PERFECT for autumn and I could definitely see this under a vest.

It’s from Merona – such a good find for thrifting!

I can’t wait to throw on some jeans under this for a comfy outfit this October!

Found at Goodwill in Cincinnati!

 

 

 

 

 

This adorable cotton dress just SCREAMS fall! I can’t wait to wear this with tights, boots and maybe even a scarf.

I’ve actually had this dress for a while, but I had to include it in this little collection because it’s on the top of my list for fav thrift store finds – and it’s going to be worn lots this season.

This little gem was tucked away at the Reuse Thrift Store in Athens!

 

 

 

 

I love this classy sheer blouse. Like I said, I’m a sucker for floral patterns so this was no exception. I particularly love the quaint, droopy bow on the front.

This is a piece that could be worn throughout the year, which makes it even better.

I actually found this at 10 WEST Clothing Co. on Union Street right here in Athens!

 

 

 

I hope I’ve inspired you to do a little treasure hunting yourself – maybe even stepping out of your comfort zone and into a thrift store! May your fall days be filled with cozy outfits and lots of pumpkin flavored treats!

10 Ways to Dye Easter Eggs!

Easter is in less than a week! (Eeek! All the spring things!)

I’ve done a little hunting myself (see what I did there?) and found 10 super unique ways to dye your eggs this year! Check them all out below! From crafty to simple, there’s something for everyone.

1. Tissue Paper Easter Eggs

This first one is SUPER simple and not too messy! The eggs turn out to be a beautiful pastel array of colors.

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CLICK HERE to find them on “It’s Always Autumn”. Check out other cool projects and tips while there! (This tutorial has a super awesome video that goes along with it!)

2. Silk-Dyed Eggs

So this one is really unique! Who knew you could literally TIE-dye eggs!?

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CLICK HERE to find this super fun tutorial and other great ideas from “Our Best Bites”!

3. Onion Shells and Flowers

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I think this technique turns out truly beautiful and so different looking! I couldn’t find a specific source, but below is a chart with all the information you need!

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4. Glitter Eggs

These sparkly eggs are super girly and springy!

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CLICK HERE for this cute tutorial and other fun projects from “Girl. Inspired.”!

5. Marbled Eggs

These are probably my favorite on this list! These blue eggs are classy and aesthetic! I’ve never seen anything like them before!

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CLICK HERE to find this pretty tutorial from “Alice & Lois”!

6. Robin Eggs

These gorgeous blue eggs, with specks of gold are so delicate and delightful! The interesting thing is: they are made with red cabbage! Who’da thought!?

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CLICK HERE to learn how to make these from “Honestly Yum”!

7. Mood Easter Eggs

Another interestingly unique take on easter eggs! These actually change color when you hold them.

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CLICK HERE to see the tutorial from “Dream a Little Bigger”.

8. Napkin Eggs

Here’s another modge-podge type idea. If you liked the tie project, but didn’t want to have to buy a bunch of ties and cut them up – this might be for you!

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CLICK HERE if you loved how these beautiful eggs turned out from “Home Stories A to Z”!

9. Rice Shake

I’ve never heard of this technique before and thought I had to share because the eggs turned out super different! (in a good way) This is such a simple project.

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CLICK HERE if you want to try this out from “Crafty Morning”.

10. Natural Dye

This last one is just a good tutorial showing how to naturally dye your easter eggs! Like she says in the post, it is something that takes a bit of practice, but they are definitely worth it.

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I personally love these because of the turn out of the colors. They’re colors you just can’t get from artificial dyes!

CLICK HERE to check out this tutorial from “Magnesium Blue”.

SO there you have it. 10 fun ways to dye your eggs this year! I hope everyone has a pleasant Easter!

Featured image is from @wrightkitchen on Instagram. Check her page out for other beautiful photos!

THE MOST DELISH Cream Cheese Crumb Cake

I got my Betty Crocker on last week and this recipe is AMAZING to say the least. It’s made entirely from scratch – but super easy! (Who doesn’t love a good crumb cake?)

I tried out a little tasty-style video for today’s post, and I show you how to make this delicious crumb cake in under 2 minutes! Everything you need to know is in the video and I have the list of ingredients below if you want to try it out yourself! (I highly recommend you do ’cause YUM!)

INGREDIENTS:

CAKE
1¼ cups all-purpose flour)
⅓ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 large egg
½ cup whole milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp canola oil

CREAM CHEESE FILLING
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg
¼ cup granulated sugar

CRUMB TOPPING
1¾ cups flour
½ cup packed light-brown sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup unsalted butter, melted

DIY Cacti Paint Scrape

Hello lovelies!

Today I have a fun little art project to share! I love this activity because it’s cute AND super simple. I used it in this tutorial to make a card, but I love how it turned out so I may even make a bigger one to frame.

Before we get started – I’d like to apologize for the lower (than normal) quality of photos in this post. I tried something new and well…it…didn’t work. So – bare with me through this one!

To start us off here’s a nice little supply list!

Step 1

I folded my 5.5″ by 8.5″ mixed media paper in half to create a small card. Tape it down to a hard surface to prevent it from moving throughout the process! Make sure you use a lightweight tape (washi or masking) in order to keep the paper from tearing.

Step 2

Drip your paint onto the top of the paper to create small droplets. For my cacti, I used different shades of green – but you can use whatever colors you want! I liked placing them on different planes to make the cacti look like they’re different sizes. (TBH I actually could have been a little more dramatic on this part!)

Step 3

With an old card, start ABOVE the paint (you want to be scraping the paper before you hit the paint), and press hard while pulling the card down. You may want to do this standing up while the card is on a table. (Mine turned out a bit wavy because I didn’t have the right leverage.)

Step 4

Once your paint has dried, add your own flare! I added different colored needles. I also added lines to create shape.

Step 5

I added an EXTREMELY SIMPLE banner under my cacti. (Some may not even call it a banner!) I think a pot would be cute, maybe some sand or even other smaller succulents!

Finally, you can add some lettering to the front of your card – or keep it simple with just the cacti! I used white paint and made my own letter stencil out of a cool font I found online! (DIY to come) You can find some normal ones through the link in the supply section at the top! I’m a “succa” for puns – so this just felt right.

Hope you enjoyed this easy DIY as much as I did!

To find other ways to use the paint scrape technique, head over to Persia Lou and see my inspiration for this project! She does it completely different and her result is beautiful!

Thanks for reading!

ORIGINS Bedtime Bests: My Honest Opinion

If you’re anything like me, you know that having dry skin is presents a big challenge when trying to find the perfect skin care routine. (But this isn’t ALL about dry skin – so keep reading!)

For so long I kept focusing on trying to find the perfect make-up product for dryer skin: light primer, moisturizing foundation, dewy setting spray – but once I was older I realized that the root of the problem was my skin care products (and routine).

What good is make-up going to do me if the skin underneath is being neglected? I’ve always washed my face daily, and put on moisturizer before make-up, and of course spot-treated my acne when needed (acne AND dry skin is a nightmare), but I recently got into a thorough routine and it’s definitely starting to pay off.

ORIGINS has recently put together what they claim to be their “Bedtime Bests”.

I tried it out and here’s my honest opinion about each of the four products they include!

This clay mask is good for all types of skin, and I can see why. When I use this I don’t necessarily LOVE it – but I keep using it. Its special ingredient is Willowherb which restores skins brightness and color which can be altered by a protein change in our skin.

It doesn’t leave my skin feeling super moisturized, but it does minimize my pores, and leaves my skin beautifully more radiant than before (and it doesn’t dry my skin out – so that’s a plus!). It also leaves my skin smooth, just not super hydrated. I usually use this once a week. I probably wouldn’t buy this by itself, just because there are better options for my skin type out there, but it’s definitely worth it if you don’t have dry skin!

This is not a favorite for me. I have used it on pop-up acne and I mean, honestly – it works. The spots were diminished to almost nothing by morning and I was super happy with the result. I’ve used it about four times and it has done the same wonderful thing continuously. However, it does dry my skin out too much. I don’t use this unless I ABSOLUTELY have too.

It uses saw palmetto which has been known to contain intense antiseptic properties and is a potent purifier. It can help control breakouts and excessive oil!

Again, I would most likely not buy this on its own, but if you love spot treatments (and have oily skin) then this is for you!

THIS IS MAGIC IN A JAR.

I’m not kidding. MAGIC IN JAR. Between this and pure argan oil, my skin is destined to stay hydrated! I put this on every single night, and mornings when I need to – but most of the time I don’t because of HOW well it stays overnight. It’s definitely on the pricey side, but if you buy the collection the other three items are basically free.

You don’t need much at all so it lasts a while too! Its active ingredient is orange oil, which naturally exfoliates the skins surface, and it smells heavenly. This moisturizer also has Vitamins C, E, and H, minerals and time released resurfacers – meaning renewed skin by morning! (AGAIN – MAGIC IN. A. JAR.)

If you have oily skin I would avoid this product because it locks in moisture. This is definitely my favorite item from this collection and I would absolutely by this by itself.

This pretty little tube of face wash is my favorite cleanser to use after a long day. It’s super fluffy and feels like silk. Its minty scent is refreshing, and its active ingredient is tourmaline! The gemstone from Sri Lanka becomes engaged when warmed (as you rub it onto your skin) and results in brightening and detoxifying skin all while helping improve its vitality!

I don’t remove makeup with it, but it definitely leaves my skin feeling AMAZINGLY soft. It’s good for all skin types and I would absolutely buy this on it’s own!

So there you have it – the new collection from ORIGINS: Bedtime Bests. Not every piece is essential to my personal routine, but there’s something for everyone and I’m so glad I tried it out! (Plus, it comes with a lovely little travel pouch and let’s be honest – that might as well have sold me from the start.)

Want to try it out? You can get it here!

Everything You Need to Know About Warby Parker

Recently I’ve been seeing Warby Parker plastered across my Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook feeds. I love any home-try on service (like Stitch Fix or Rocks Box) and so it was only right I give this one a-go too! I’ve had my glasses for about two years, and before that I had about three pairs … in one year … that I had ordered online.

Ordering glasses online sounds like a good idea, but I found my frames becoming loose (quickly), or scratched. Without having a place to go for repairs, I decided it was probably better if I stick to the store-bought frames.

BUT — I’m pretty impressed by Warby Parker! Here’s everything you need to know about their awesome products and services!

How It Works

This is the simple part of it all — only 3 steps!

  1. Pick out five frames online. (They ship for free.)
  2. Try them on at home, and see which ones you like best. What’s cool is that they will even help you choose! They have personal stylists that can text you and help you choose the best looking pair if you need another opinion!
  3. Ship them back after 5 days (again, for free!), and place your order on their site.

You can also order “at home try on” more than once! (Which is especially great for people who have decision making anxiety – cough cough — me.)

Low Quality Prices for High Quality Glasses

Okay, so they aren’t AMAZINGLY CHEAP – like many other online eyeglasses retailers, BUT they are most definitely worth it. They still beat the stores by hundreds of dollars. The price you find on these frames include prescription lenses! No additional costs — you buy the lenses and frames at one combined price, so no surprises! The pair I liked the most was only $95, but the most expensive pair I received was $145.

THE LENSES come with anti-scratch, anti-reflective, and superhydrophobic (this is the magical coating that makes water droplets roll off instead of flatten) lens coatings. 100% UV protectant. In my experience, most online retailers would make you pay extra for those features (bumping up the price quite a bit — while still selling poorly made frames).

THE FRAMES are absolutely the most sturdy I’ve seen from an online source. They are durable, the screws are tight and they feel like they are made to last. The frames also fit really well. They weren’t falling off or hurting my ears. Plus, they are super stylish, unique — and there’s tons to choose from!

They also sell a little bit of everything — non-prescription glasses, reading glasses, AND sunglasses.

Insurance CAN Help

I loved this company already, but I wasn’t completely sure if I’d be able to use my insurance — because c’mon, what’s the point of having eye insurance if you can’t even use it (for the things that ACTUALLY help you see?) Warby Parker does accept insurance — sort of.

They are considered “out-of-network” providers, which means you pay them up front, and then you can file for a refund through your insurance company. (If your plan has an “out-of-network” benefit.) This may seem like a lot of work — but for the price of these lenses, it pays to put in a little extra effort!

The Important Stuff

Your prescription is the most important piece of this equation, so how do you get it to them? They make it SUPER simple. You can either upload a photo of it at checkout, finish checkout and THEN upload your prescription, OR they can even call your doctor for you. Uh, yeah. You don’t even have to do the work, they can figure it all out for you — I’d say that’s pretty great customer service!

Don’t like them after all? You can return or exchange them within 30 days.

Get a scratch? They offer a free 1-year warranty that will replace your scratched lenses!

The Only Downfall

Not every pair qualifies for the at home try-on. There were a few pairs I came across that I really wanted, but I wasn’t able to try them on. I guess all-in-all that isn’t a HORRIBLE sacrifice, but it’s definitely a bummer.

So whether your looking for a new pair of shades for spring break, or it’s time to update your 2-year-old glasses — save yourself some time and money by checking out Warby Parker!

My Top 5 Online Clothing Stores (that won’t break the bank)

As a girl who is constantly looking for thrifty finds and cute closet additions, I’ve become quite adept to online shopping – even as a broke college kid!

When I have a little extra money, or just want to browse the possibilities that could soon be in my wardrobe (stress shopping anyone?) – these are the online shops I hit up right from the comfort of my couch.

When online shopping I always do a few things first:

  • ALWAYS check the entire sale section first! There’s always at least a few cute things in there and at a super discounted price!
  • When searching, always set your filter to “low-high”. Then not only do you see the lowest priced items first – but you get a feel for just how discounted they actually are starting off at. Then you know if the sale section is even worth looking at! (But I also do this in any section.)
  • Before you finish at the checkout google “*insert store here* promo codes” and a list of coupon codes will bless your browser. I really like going here for these most of the time!
SIDETONE: I recently did that when shopping at Sephora and got a free deluxe sample! Super awesome!

 

1. BOOHOO

I love this place. I recently learned about it from a YouTuber I keep up with and I’m so glad I ventured over here! Boohoo is super affordable, but pretty good quality for what you pay! They have a HUGE selection too which is always a plus!

2. FOREVER21

Okay, I know what you are thinking: “This is NOT an online store!” but to be honest, I’d much rather shop online at Forever 21! Every time I go into one of those I feel like I can’t even focus. Yes there are super rad clothes all over the place, but that’s the thing – most of the time they are all. over. the place. (in my experience). Now their accessory section – I could spend days in.

Take a chance on the web and give online ordering a shot! You may be surprised.

3. Necessary Clothing

Okay well – they’ve got the name thing down. Ha! I love their clothes! They are a tiny bit pricier than the previous two, but the quality is up there too! I love how you can sort what you want to see by the style you are looking for. It’s super helpful!

4. NEW CHIC

New Chic has a little bit of everything – and stuff for every age. But that also means you do have to do a little digging to find exactly what you want, but hello – that is what Netflix and chill is for! But you there’s some great finds on there and it’s extremely affordable! Check it out!

5. ROMWE

This is another good one that won’t suck every last dollar out of your wallet because it is by far the cheapest site on this list. I love this one because I can also find professional looking clothes. (Hello job interviews.) BUT warning – there have been some bad reviews about sizing being a little off. I’ve never had a bad experience, but just putting that out there!

That’s just a glimpse of what the online mall looks like – I do plan to add to this list so definitely keep checking back for an update, I’ll only add stores that I’ve actually ordered from – so my word is legit!

Now get that credit card ready and click away!

Antiquated Love

It happens every time. When I pass a shop full of old, rusty gems, I can’t help but venture inside. I love seeing what every antique store has to offer. This little place is in Athens —right off of Court Street. It’s filled with mysteries, nicknacks, and other little treasures.

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There’s just something about old things that makes my heart happy. I look at the relics and imagine a time when they were once adored, or “pre-loved“. So much history! Someone loved each item in this store enough to buy it when it was brand new. There weren’t any dings or dust on them, and the paint was fresh. It may have even been someone’s most prized possession. Some of the items could have been used every single day. Most of these things belong to a time when commodities were made for quality and not quantity.

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Some of the things sitting on the shelves are just everyday items. Glass pop bottles, mason jars, cookie tins — things that aren’t as “normal” in today’s world, but someone thought: “Hey, these are worth keeping around.”

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I challenge you to go into an old antique shop and give a few moments to an item that intrigues you. Think of its journey. From the first time it was bought to the very shelf it sits on in front of you. Who bought it? What secrets does it hold?

And sometimes even: what is it?

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Three Reasons Why It’s OK To Not Have Your Life Together In Your Twenties.

It was one of those lovely June days that become forever etched into your memory. Warm and breezy, overalls and french braids. Yellow buses and styrofoam lunch trays were the last thing on our minds.  My sister and I were happily dragging one of those giant, red  wagons behind us while we scavenged decor for our “clubhouse” we had claimed in the woods with the neighborhood kids. We found some bits of carpet, long curtains, a microwave (Duh. I don’t know what kind of childhood YOU had if your clubhouse didn’t have a microwave.) and the pièce de resistance – a large wooden desk, in pristine condition. We hauled these items back into the small patch of woods and carefully transformed the dirt floor into carpet and the curtains into a grand entrance. We were especially proud of our main attraction – the desk.

We were living large.

That summer we crowned Speedy, the box turtle who stumbled upon our little fortress, the king. Our mom packed us brown paperbags, only for us to walk them ten feet out the door and eat our lunches under the hot sun, with our pet turtle and the make-shift tables. We spent every single day in our humble abode until September rolled around.

BAM. 

All of a sudden – I’m 21.

Between transcripts, underpaid jobs, and the anxiety that comes with checking the balance of your bank account…it’s OK to have a mental breakdown every once in a while. You aren’t the only one.And I know I can’t be.

You’re not 38 and living in your parents basement, you’re twenty-something and living out the years they say are the best. You’re not supposed to have it all together.

And here’s why:

Your paycheck says it all.

Unless you were born into royalty, or recently bought a winning lottery ticket, you’re probably not living a very luxurious life. Even as a college grad you have to have the chance to really establish yourself before you can rake in the dough. Living paycheck to paycheck should not be classified as a problem at this point in your life. Of course it’s nice to have some extra cash, but it’s so much nicer to have a shot at a job you love doing! And for those who haven’t even graduated yet – a lot of people don’t even get the chance to go to college, so be thankful and live it up while you still can!

You’re still figuring out this whole “career” thing.

It’s an emotional ride. At seventeen you are expected to choose a field that will dictate your life, go study that one thing for four years and then live happily ever after. This is so misunderstood. When I was seventeen … I was kind of a different person, I think we all were. How do they expect kids to make such a life-determining decision when they don’t even trust them with a beer in their hand?

You chose a major, but you’ve probably changed your mind at least once somewhere along the way. And it will probably happen at the beginning of your career too. It’s okay. If you muttered the word “internship” to me three years ago I would have asked you to repeat yourself. But you learn what things are, and you get more and more courage to ask the right questions because as you grow you realize everyone else is just as confused as you are. And please remember: It’s okay to change your mind. Your work should be your passion. And it’s okay if that evolves. 

People stop telling you what to do.

Speaking of choosing a major – after that first year of college you’re pretty much on your own in the realm of direction. You start to develop responsibility (or at least try to) and begin to take charge (or not, which is cool too). Having a good, caring advisor is like hitting the jackpot. I, however, have not had the greatest luck. They tell me I’m good to schedule classes and leave it at that. I even ask my questions, and yet somehow I still leave their office feeling more confused than when I walked in.

BUT: I figured it out. Dissecting your specific degree requirements might as well be enough for you to earn the degree in itself, but by the fourth year I’ve finally got it down.

When people stop telling you how to live your life you become more open to the opportunities that arise and it’s such a wonderful thing. So – buy that plane ticket or take that job. Your plan isn’t set in stone, and if you act like it is you may miss out on some amazing life-changing experiences!

So charge forward into the ever-changing winds of life and build your own little fortress! (Hopefully with a reason for a microwave.)

In With the New

When is the last time you did something for the first time?

Learning something new can be intimidating. Picking up a camera, a paintbrush or an instrument can feel completely foreign. You may even avoid it because you’re a perfectionist and tend to think you have to be fluent in something before you can even give it a chance.

You don’t have time. I get it. You stay busy with class, or work. If you’re lucky enough to fit in a social life then you really don’t have time. If you live a busy life, “non-essential” things like learning new things tend to get pushed aside. I’ve done it over and over.

There’s always a million reasons not to do something.

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This past weekend, I learned something new, and friends, it feels wonderful. I learned how to play the ukulele, which I’ve wanted to learn for a while now, and over just a couple of days, I’ve learned a simple song (shoutout to YouTube). I got frustrated, doubtful at times and my fingertips are still a little sore, but – hey! Now I know a whole song on the ukulele! I developed a skill that I didn’t have last week. I think that in itself is worth something.

Learning something new doesn’t have to be hard! It can be something in your field that you are already familiar with. I love taking the time to learn a new skill in Photoshop or Final Cut. (You can never know too much.) These types of tasks even feel a little bit more beneficial because you will definitely use them, but that doesn’t mean learning something – like how to use a camera — is any less beneficial.

Who knows, you may even end up with your own little side business.

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You could teach yourself how to make balloon animals and it would still be beneficial.

How? Thankfully, scientists have done all the work for us. Simply by taking the time to learn something new stimulates the brain and ultimately makes you more productive. It makes you happier and more attentive too! There’s literally NO negatives to this!

It may sound kind of backwards, taking the time out of your day to do this one thing that will make you accomplish more, but it’s true! Your brain will be working at full speed for the rest of the day!

Stop saying you want to do something and just go for it!

One day or day one. You choose.

What are some of the things I want to learn? There’s a lot! The obvious: get better at the ukulele. How to knit, calligraphy and hand lettering, how to french braid my own hair, how to play the guitar, how to sew, I’d like to get better at piano, how to paint with watercolor, more about Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, more about Photoshop and Final Cut, new recipes, more about blogging, more about gardening (I’m a sucker for plants) and so much more!

What do you want to learn?