You know that at Incahoots, we love being surrounded by plants. There is more and more scientific evidence supporting the fact that everyone else should be spending time around plants too.
Indoor plants where we live, learn, heal and work have far-reaching positive effects on our well-being and indoor environment, according to a new report from the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH).
Scientific research from NASA and others shows that plants clean indoor air, stabilize carbon dioxide and create comfortable ambient air humidity. Plants also boost healing, happiness, and productivity.
The #PlantsDoThat Inside infographic on Where We Live shows:
* Rooms with plants have fewer pollutants like VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
* Plants in our homes increase room humidity by 10%.
* Plants remove up to 90% of formaldehyde in a room.
So unless you’re in the formaldehyde business, why not get yourself a few plants?
Dreaming of a bathroom remodel, but restricted to a new soap dish kind of budget?
Do not despair; Incahoots is here for you. Whether your tastes lean toward glass and metal or colorful enamel, or even ceramic with a bird on top, treat yourself to a fun new design element to spruce up your counter today. Combine one of these cute dishes with a fresh candle, relaxing bath bomb, new lotion, your favorite flavor of tea, and a bouquet of fresh cut flowers, and we become a one stop shop for your next spa day.
I hope you’ve had some time to get out in the garden recently. Last Sunday was such a perfect day to be out doing a bit of pruning, weeding and mulching – we even fired up the electric mower and gave the grass a quick once over. On the first nice gardening day it’s easy to overdo it and it’s a good thing we had other things to take care of or we would have been really sore on Monday.
Spring is now less than a week away and that means it’s time to get out and put some veggies in. Fresh arrivals in the garden department this week include tray packs of Lettuce, Snow Peas, Kale, Spinach, and Cabbage. All these veggies are USDA organic.
Scientific name: Tillandsia cyanea
Common name(s): pink quill plant, silver bird, wild pine
Light: medium to bright. Bright for blooming
Watering: let soil mostly dry between waterings.
Fertilizing: all purpose every 2-3 months
This fascinating plant adds a small piece of the tropics to any setting. Its bright pink central spike lasts for months, and in addition, along the sides, one by one large purple flowers unfold exuding a sweet clove like scent. (See also Bromeliad for more information)
If you’re in the mood for a tasty meal and some tasty Jazz, come on down to McMenamins on Tuesday, March 13th. As a special fundraiser for music education in our schools, McMenamins will be donating 50% of the evenings’ proceeds to the Mac Band. This event runs from 5:00 p.m. until close with the McMinnville High School Jazz Band performing at 7:00 p.m.This group consists of 20 of the most talented young musicians around. You’re in for a real treat!
So bring everyone you know out for burgers, drinks, salads, tater tots, and help support this great cause. I hope to see you there!
For those extra-special occasions when you really want to make a scene, Incahoots now carries a fun selection of Pop & Slot 3D Cards. The flat-packed sets contain all the parts to punch-out and easily build your very own 3D creations, with illustrations that will make both the sender and receiver smile.
You can send a petite potted succulent in sturdy paper form, create a volcanic dinosaur village to celebrate a child’s birthday, or even construct a dreamy fairy tale swan lake scene.
Each set contains a matching Greeting Card for your message, as well as a large envelope that holds the whole set for easy mailing. Our Pop & Slot 3D Occasion Cards truly make for an unexpected treat in the post! They make for fun cake toppers, brilliant table decorations and beyond!
As another Tuesday comes around, so does another tea and this week’s is Rose Melange! This floral tea tastes as good as it smells. Originating from Assam, India this lovely black tea is perfect when you need to relax. This full bodied black tea has been mixed with fragrant and tasty rose petals to ensure a delicious and smooth drinking experience.
The strong rose taste makes a it a lovely drink for the flower lover in your life. Come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot, or you can purchase this tea in bulk for $45 a pound!
Here’s an interesting concept that seems to keep popping up: Plants improve the workplace. There’s even a catchy new term for it “Biophilia.”
Our brains crave a connection to nature, and corporations are beginning to favor plants and green spaces over sterile cubicle environments. According to one article, Amazon put 40,000 plants in its new Seattle headquarters. And Samsung put a garden on every other floor in its San Jose, California, office.
Because the wilderness is our natural habitat, biophilia advocates say, we feel more at ease there than in a sterile office. Research has found that offices outfitted to look more like the natural world lead to happier, healthier and more productive employees. “When you look at a tree, you’re smarter,” explained Daniel Skiffington, a senior associate at NBBJ.
Or to put it another way. “Smart people look at trees.”
We at Incahoots are fortunate to spend our days surrounded by plants, which would explain why we are so smart (or at least smart alecks.)
P.S. We have a new nominee for our crosswalk signal repertoire: “Singin’ in the Rain” – to be used when the weather is appropriate – which in this part of Oregon would be most of the time.
Single Sips® make it easy to enjoy the benefits of healthy, organic teas and herbs on the go. Simply add a packet to hot or cold water and stir or shake. One of the new additions to the Single Sips teas is Daily Greens. Daily Greens Single Sips are a simple and refreshing way to get both prebiotics and probiotics which can support your digestive and immune systems.
There are also other ways to use these teas as you can see with this new recipe from the Republic of Tea. (You’ll feel healthier just reading it!)
Daily Greens Smoothie Bowl
Double down on your daily fix of cleansing and revitalizing greens with this nutrient packed Daily Greens Smoothie Bowl. Combined with the proteins and healthy fats from avocado and almond milk – these smoothie bowls will keep you going strong for hours. Your taste buds AND gut will love you!
1 Organic Daily Greens™ Single Sips®
1 banana, peeled and frozen
1 cup fresh spinach
½ cup almond milk
¼ ice cubes
Blend everything together in a high-powered blender and pour in a bowl. Top with sliced fruit, granola, chia seeds or hemp seeds, nuts or sunflower seeds, dried berries, honey, coconut flakes, etc. Store covered in the fridge for up to one week.
(Although the recipe doesn’t come right out and say it, I assume that at some point within the week, you are supposed to consume this.)
This week’s Tea of the Week is Northwest breakfast! A customer favorite by MarketSpice, NW Breakfast is a very tasty tea. This tea is a classic take on English Breakfast and combines Ceylon and Darjeeling teas.
Located in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Public Market, MarketSpice has been a staple for their exotic spices since 1911. Their teas are made in small batches to ensure optimum flavor. This tea is very delicious so if you feel like having a pot, you can come on down to Incahoots and enjoy. We also sell Northwest Breakfast in bulk at $26 a pound to enjoy in the comforts of your own home!