Fall Plant Care Tips

I know we don’t want to start talking about the “W” season yet, but it’s time to start thinking about it for your plants sake! Here are a few tips for how to ensure your plants make it through the cold season:

Stop fertilizing

Plants need an off season just like sports teams do! During the fall and winter, stop fertilizing your plants to give them a few months to focus on existing growth.

Decrease your watering schedule

With less sun and lower temps, your plants will likely need less water. I always recommend a moisture meter (this is the one I have) so you know exactly when your plants need water and don’t need to play the guessing game.

Continue leaf care

Don’t forget to dust leaves and check for pests! Getting rid of dust will ensure the leaves are able to soak up all the available sun. While you’re cleaning, keep an eye out for pests to avoid them spreading to nearby plants.

Increase humidity

Here in Minnesota, the air has gotten so dry that I’ve gotten static shocks from plant leaves! To add moisture back, add a humidifier or group plants together.

Wait to repot

Wait until spring to repot any new or existing plants. Since plants aren’t actively growing during the colder season, they’ll have a harder time adapting to a new home.

As needed:

Adjust plant locations

When the cold air hits and the heat turns on, make sure that your plants aren’t above a heat vent or near drafty windows!

Use grow lights

If you want to give your plants a little boost, give them a grow light or two! I have two of these lights and my plants love them.

The Best Vegetarian Chili Recipe

๐ŸŽ‰ IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF FALL!! ๐ŸŽ‰

And you know there’s no better way to welcome in cooler temps and changing leaves than with a crockpot chili! Here’s the world’s easiest (and vegetarian) recipe I’ve perfected over the past few years.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can corn (drained)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 jar hot salsa
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (12 ounce) package veggie Chorizo crumbles
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Toppings for serving: sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, green onions, jalapeรฑos

Instructions:

  • Put everything except toppings in the crockpot and stir well. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 8 hours.
  • Serve with lots of sour cream and cheese on top!
  • Bonus points if you cook it in the back of your wagon! ๐Ÿ˜

Introducing: Kortbein Creative LLC

I have exciting (and not so “new”) news: I started my own company, Kortbein Creative LLC!

In January 2021, I decided to finally take the leap and start my own company, focusing on helping small businesses with their social media needs. I’ve been interested and involved in social media for a while, and through various side jobs and projects have come to realize that I really love helping small businesses connect and grow through social media.

If you’re interested in learning more about how I can help with your social media needs, please get in touch! Or pass this link along to anyone you know who might be interested. I can’t wait to connect with you!

Moving Tips You Probably Didn’t Consider

Tony and I recently moved from Minneapolis to Woodbury, and while we’ve moved together previously, I always forget how…fun…it is until you’re trying to shove blanket #12 into a box filled with a Keurig, potting soil, and Windex. I wanted to share some key tips I learned along the way in hopes I can help you during your next move (and as a reminder to myself for next time):

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Being Part of the Great Resignation…Twice

Towards the end of 2021, I decided it was time to quit my job. I wasn’t progressing in my career, wasn’t doing what I was most passionate about, and just felt ready to move on. I didn’t have a plan, I just knew I wanted to get out of there and move onto something that was more relevant to me.

I started a new position at an agency in December 2021, and while it seemed like the perfect match for me for the first few weeks, unfortunately it didn’t end up being the right fit. I really enjoyed the work I was doing and the clients I was working with, but there were a few cultural issues I experienced. I was becoming super anxious and dreaded waking up each morning to log into my computer. I felt like I failed since I was thinking of leaving so soon after starting, but after writing out the issues I was having and talking things through with my family, I realized it would be better for me to leave now than keep dragging it on. So a short 4 months after I started at this new company, I was already out.

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5 Easy Reusable Swaps to be More Sustainable

It can get really overwhelming thinking of all the things you need to do to help the environment. There’s a million products you can buy and things you can do, but where do you even start?! Here are 5 easy things you can swap to reusable to be more sustainable in your daily life without making big investments!

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Upgrading my Google Pixel 5 to a Pixel 6 Pro and then “downgrading” to a Pixel 6

If there’s anything I’m consistent at, it’s not being satisfied with my phone! I recently upgraded from my Pixel 5 to the Pixel 6 Pro, but after using it for a few days, I realized it was just too big for me and ordered the Pixel 6. The 6 is only 0.3 inches smaller than the 6 Pro, but it’s just enough to make a significant difference for me.

I loved my Pixel 5, but naturally wanted to check out the newest phone and features! After using the 6/6 Pro for a few weeks, I’m not in love with it, but I certainly like it enough to keep it for now (plus I already scratched it…).

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