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Artist Lulu Did Live House Portrait at Serena & Lily’s Store Soft Opening in One Paseo Del Mar

Serena & Lily, opened their first San Diego location at One Paseo. Last Thursday was the soft opening day. Lulu was invited to do live house sketches for their guests. The sketches include interiors looks and houses’ looks. Lulu’s sketching station was set up at Serena & Lily’s patio, it was a beautiful table with roller chair – very coastal style with cozy and casual designs. Here are some live sketches that Lulu did at the event.

The design shop showcases the California-based home decor brand’s signature coastal aesthetic, which blends classic influences with casual, fresh sophistication across home furnishings, bedding, décor and more.

At Serena & Lily, they combine their love of breezy California style with the passion for great design. Serena & Lily’s look is casual and coastal, relaxed yet refined. Their designs blend classic influences with modern lines; eclectic inspiration with great American style. Serena & Lily loves spaces that feel put together, yet livable – well-traveled with a personal point of view. Serena & Lily believes home should be a welcome oasis – your favorite place to retreat, gather, and live well every day.

Founded in 2003, Serena & Lily brings a fresh California spirit to the home. Known for its mix of original and curated designs, the brand inspires customers to cultivate their own personal style and express it with confidence.

The Serena & Lily look is casual yet sophisticated, with a decidedly coastal sensibility. Categories include custom furniture, bedding, rugs, pillows, wallpaper, lighting, dining and outdoor. There are twelve design shops located in Atlanta GA, Boston MA, Chicago IL, Dallas TX, East Hampton NY, Newport Beach CA, Pacific Palisades CA, Palm Beach FL, Summit NJ, San Francisco CA, West Hollywood CA, and Westport CT. The company is headquartered in Sausalito, California. Please visit for more information and to explore the collection. The store is opening to public today on February 15th, by appointment only. To make an appointment, please visit here.

If you want to know more about Lulu’s art, you can visit her website, or follow her on Instagram @qululululu.


Learn Gardening, Science and More with “A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids”

With the increasing likelihood that more kids will be home distance learning, here’s a fun and creative means to learn about science, nature, and more.

Kids love to create, imagine, and have fun. Nothing fulfills all three of those desires quite like designing and planting a terrarium. With the step-by-step project instructions found in A Family Guide toTerrariums for Kids, the results are beautiful, inspiring, and confidence-building. Making these little landscapes develops motor skills, spatial awareness, and provides a wealth of sensory input. The science behind the art is included with quick and simple lessons on ecosystem functions, the water cycle, and plant nutrition. But for kids, it’s all about being active and building something cool!

With the terrarium plans found in A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids, everyone in the family can tap their inner “science geek” to:

  • Use multi-colored sand and succulents to craft a desert terrarium
  • Plant, trim, and tend a terrarium bonsai tree
  • Build a peat bog filled with carnivorous plants
  • Make an aquatic terrarium, complete with a marimo moss ball “pet”
  • Design a prehistoric garden of air plants
  • Create a plant-filled habitat for a praying mantis
  • Grow a Japanese garden with living rocks

With information on selecting the best terrarium container, growing materials, decorative elements, tools, and plants, readers are primed for success that lasts long after the terrarium has been built. Terrariums combine imagination and creativity with a dash of hands-on science. And you get to play in the dirt! What could be better than that?

About the author:

Patricia Buzo is the owner and artist behind Doodle Bird Terrariums. From the age of 15, she had a successful career in fine art and mural painting, often choosing plants and nature as her preferred subject matter. Looking for a chance to work more closely with nature, Patricia founded her terrarium-making business in 2008, and through trial and error has become an expert in her craft. Both by experimentation and research, she perfected how to best create and care for planted terrariums, while at the same time using her artist background to create realistic miniature landscapes using live mosses and other tiny plant life.



Friends, co-workers, family from kids to grandparents. New moms, athletes, travelers, environmentalists, college students, gardeners, boaters and pet lovers. Virtually everyone on your holiday shopping list can and will use this gift—and they’ll love telling the story of how they got a bag of ‘coal’.

Charcoal that is. Charcoal deodorizers and humidifiers for rooms, shoes, boats, gym bags, cars, basements, garages, and even fish tanks! Reusable, recyclable and 100% natural.

Ever Bamboo charcoal is produced from moso bamboo, which is fast-growing, sustainable, and more absorbent than regular charcoal. Its porous structure consists of countless tiny holes that absorb odors, moisture and polluted particles—not just mask them. Deodorizers and dehumidifiers come in discreet packets in various shapes and sizes and are reusable for up to a year. Simply place in direct sunlight every 30-60 days to “recharge” the bamboo charcoal.

Some suggested uses:

  • Rooms:
    • Baby’s room/changing area, kitchen, family rooms, laundry room
    • Basements, attics, garages, warehouses
    • Boats, RVs, campers, cabins
    • Dorm rooms, hotel rooms
    • Room Deodorizer + Dehumidifier is available in small, medium and large sizes. One pouch absorbs removes moisture and odor from the air for up to 400 ft.

  • Shoes, Boots and Skates: Slip in a Shoe or Hockey Skate Deodorizer and keep stinky feet away.
  • Gym bags/Gloves/Cleats: Sports Kit Deodorizer + Dehumidifier kit includes a various sizes to banish that athlete odor.

  • Pet Areas: Ever Bamboo is safe for pet areas and softens aquarium water, absorbing harmful minerals such as chlorine.
  • Gardening: After a year, recycle bamboo charcoal granules into the soil to improve aeration for grass, plants and vegetables.

Is ‘stink’  running a marathon of moisture and odor in your shoes? Then why let it linger, or make choices that don’t work? Chemical laden sprays just create more damp surfaces, while scented balls simply mask with artificial scents. Time to go the distance  and completely ELIMINATE! Pop the Ever Bamboo inserts into your running shoes, and boom! Your stride will be STINK FREE.


Your shoes stay dry & STINK sprints to the finish line for good. Ready? Set? GO! Think of Ever Bamboo as tech gear for your running shoes. Ever Bamboo pouches consist of one ingredient – Bamboo Charcoal. Each of our all-natural, non-toxic, sustainable inserts contain tiny porous charcoal granules that naturally pull & absorb moisture and odour from surfaces. To learn more about Ever Bamboo, visit


Take the BBQ decor up a notch! – A Great Gift for Dad

With Father’s Day just around the corner, look no further than a gift guide for the best gifts you can get for Dad! Get him what he really wants (and needs!) this Father’s Day!

Surprise your dad by upgrading his man cave with BlissLights! The BlissBulb projects a luminous starfield—thousands of pinpoints of colored light! Groundbreaking technology and the highest quality lasers combine to create a unique and energy-efficient light experience Dad will love.

Make the his backyard glow with ONE light that creates thousands of sparkles. No fireworks in your area? No problem! Light up the surroundings with BlissLights!

BlissLights and the BlissBulb can both be used indoor and outdoor! Either twist a BlissBulb into any light socket and watch it light up an area or simply plug in the traditional BlissLights for a starry glow, too!

Great for parties indoor and out, BlissLights and BlissBulbs are sure to wow your guests!

BlissLights and BlissBulb Highlights include:

  • Creates thousand of pinpoint sparkles with just one light
  • Energy efficient and easy to use
  • BlissLights are great for landscape creating a colorful glow when shining on plants
  • Provide a magical lighting experience whether indoors or outdoors

Whether you are celebrating the fun of summer or Mars looking it’s best on 7/27 and everything in between, BlissLights and BlissBulbs are an easy and innovative way to light up your home!

BlissLights SKYlite Laser Nebula Projector


Instantly change the atmosphere of any room with your own personal galaxy! The SKYlite projects an array of drifting green stars against a moving blue nebula. Titling design allows you to shine the effect on walls or ceiling. Transform workspaces, add a unique touch to your bedroom, light yoga sessions, and more with this unique light! Easily adjust light settings and effects with simple button controls. A great gift idea, sure to please adults and kids alike!


  • Multiple light effects
  • Built-in 6-hr timer
  • Certified Safe laser technology
  • 120V AC adapter

Light is an experience.

About BlissLights:

BlissLights specializes in creating unique indoor and outdoor laser lights that are ideal for different types of year-round applications. BlissLights patented designs are transforming the lighting world. By redesigning the latest holographic, laser, and lighting technology—previously only used by lighting professionals—BlissLights makes affordable, energy efficient and easy-to-use products available to all homeowners. Check out more cool light products at


How to Cut Down A Tree In Your Garden Safely


Cutting down a tree sometimes is a sad thing. I still remember when my family decides to chop down the big old poplar we used to play around when we were kids. However, when uprooted or collapse in natural disasters, the big guys may pose some threats to our loving house and family.

Therefore, we should learn how to cut it down safely when the tree is more dangerous than beneficial. Prepare yourself so we can start!

Equip Yourself with a Proper Safety Gear

Cutting trees down is more dangerous than it may seem. Remember, you are working with an object of hundreds of kilograms, and a running chainsaw. One mistake can cause you injuries or even more severe consequences.


An appropriate safety gear includes:

– A logger’s helmet. You will need it to prevent your head from hitting falling branches. They may look small when you see from afar, but a direct hit may send you into a coma.

– Earmuffs and protecting goggles to protect your eyes and ears

– Kevlar chaps for chainsaw usage. So in case you happen to drop the machine on your leg, it will be stopped instantly

Grab Some Felling Wedges


Without the useful tools, you will find your chained pinched while cutting.

Estimate the Felling Zones

You cannot get the right height of the tree just with eyes. However, you can estimate the approximate measurement by the simple trick.

Hold an ax right straight from your chest at an arm’s length. Close one eye, and step back when you see the treetop is even with the ax top and the root with the tool’s bottom. Where you are standing will be where the treetop lays when it falls. Spare some extra space from the spot, and you can call it the safety felling zones.

Besides, you should also create two more alternative routes in the non-falling zones in case some unexpected situations happen. Each one should be 45 degrees apart. If you don’t feel confident, there is the option for tree removal by certified professionals in CA.

Cut the First Notch

Make the cutting done with a chainsaw. However, the machine is often not used frequently, so if the blade is dull, you should seek a high-quality chainsaw sharpener.

The first cut should be big enough, so it goes further than half of the tree’s diameter. You should make the notch from the direction to which you want the tree to fall. In most cases, the tree will fall right to where you want to if you do the step right.

Even though the first cut is nearly fool-proof, you should mind your hand not to let it go too far. Otherwise, the tree may fall to wrong directions or, the worst, on your body.

Make the Felling Notch

Go to the opposite side of the big groove, and make the ultimate cut. When the chain gets close, the tree will start leaning to the planned direction.

If you want to be more careful, you should tie a rope to the top of the tree.

Cutting the Log into Firewood


Turning the tree into something useful is a way to respect the nature after you have cut it down. You can make a bench from it, but in the article, we can only show you how to make firewood from the log

Separate the Log

Firstly, use the chainsaw to remove all the branches from your log. Secure the trunk so it will not move when the machine is running. You should estimate to cut it into 16-inch length, which is suitable for most woodstoves or traditional fireplace.

Then, make some shallow cut into the log, each 16 inches apart to mark where the chain will go down.

Don’t try to cut the log by only one move, because your chain may hit rocks or dirt under the wood. Cut three quarters through the trunk first, then roll it over and get the job done. If your chain hit things by accident and become dull, you should find a high-quality chainsaw sharpener.

Splitting into Firewood

The right tool for the task is a good splitting maul. It looks somehow like an ax or a sledgehammer. The tool comes in a wide range of size, but you should choose one that is suitable for your physical features. A too large maul will hinder your movements and cause you a backache.

Put the tip of the maul on top of the log and stand securely with your feet spreading shoulders’-width. Raise the tool over your head, and slam it down onto the wood at the center. After that, you may consider splitting the log halves into quarters or leave them as the whole.


Cutting down a tree is a hard and dangerous task, but when you know what you are doing, it will be less threatening. The tips are getting yourself prepared and having the right tools.

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3 Simple Ways to Remove Dead Leaves from Your Lawn

dried leaves

The fact is that not everyone considers dead leaves as a free gift from nature to decorate their lawn in the garden. How to remove that nuisance from the garden is cared more.

This will depend on your yard’s size and how many trees are grown on that land. If dead leaves cover your lawn, grass can’t reach sunlight and air causing turf disease. Even our problem may be worse when it’s rainy or snowy. Thus, in this post, I will let you know the best way to remove dead leaves from your lawn:

Best way to remove dead leaves from your lawn – 3 choices:

Mulch dead leaves:


A lawn mower will help you mulch dead leaves until they have the size of dimes to nicely blend with the turf and become the perfect free fertilizer for your lawn. But, you ought to invest in the best vacuum mulcher if there is a long-term mulching plan.

Just make sure that the amount of mulched leaves isn’t so excessive that grass is suffocated. In case there are too many dead leaves, you can apply a part of the mulched mixture for flower beds, or there is no need to mulch them all (you can use 2 other ways for leaf residue). Typically, you don’t have to chop leaves finely, but oak leaves as they are quite hard which are difficult to break down

Don’t be worried about mulched brown leaves can ruin your spotless year-round lawn. Over time, these will disappear within range of vision by filtering through the grass. Moreover, the advantage of this action, if you do in fall, is that you will own a luscious lawn without crabgrass and dandelions in spring and summer.

Rake dead leaves:


The best way to remove dead leaves from your lawn is the hand raking since it’s environment-friendly. What’s more, this option is also an exercise activity to keep your body healthy. However, there are some notes you need to know before anything else. First of all, you had better rake in a no wind day or towards the same direction with the wind blowing. Next, rake when it’s dry because wet leaves are always heavier than dry ones which take more effort on your end.

Although raking dead leaves helps you maintain a neat and healthy lawn, they can cause some environmental issues if you don’t throw bags of leaves in the landfill. The problem happens when you rake them into streets. After that, city workers will sweep them into gutters where lead to waterways and streams. At these places, dead leaves will release phosphorus and nitrogen into water that speeds up the development of algae. Finally, excessive growth of algae results in killing lives of fishes and other aquatic due to the depletion of oxygen in the water.

Compost dead leaves:


There are several composting ways. One of them is the compost bin. What you need to do is to mix leaves with grass clippings and layer with twigs and plant-based food. However, keep in mind 2 following rules to compost dead leaves successfully:

Add nitrogen to your piles of dead leaves to break down quickly. I highly recommend you use the mixture of 5 parts of leaf piles and a part of manure from your vegetarian animals like bunny poop (the best nitrogen supplement). Other choices for nitrogen include granite, bone meal, cottonseed meal, and dried blood. How nitrogen works in the piles of leaves to compost is that it heats up and provides enough food for bacteria.

To simplify the long-term composting process, you should grind or shred your pile of leaves to control and handle quickly.

The bottom line:

Removing dead leaves is an essential and easy task to keep your lawn healthy and neat. A gardening blog may give you more useful advice to perform this work as well as possible. However, you just need to follow what I mentioned below_ best way to remove dead leaves from your lawn you can enjoy a cup of tea and dawn on the beautiful lawn.

Can my ways help you solve the problem? How is your result? Please let me know what you are thinking about my post in the comment section below and share with your loved ones if you feel this is an informative post.