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The Wren

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Creating A City Garden

Renee Woodruff

Every year, when the weather starts to turn a bit warmer,  I always look forward to transforming our little balcony over looking Manhattan into a lush oasis (creating the illusion that we actually have a bit more space than we actually do). 

I've always loved succulents, primarily for the lack of attention the require (i.e. less watering, ideal for those who frequently travel), which I maintain year round. And this year, I created a succulent garden using eight to nine plants in one long planter.  In addition, I planted several edible herbs. I have dedicated pots for mint and basil (as I use them most frequently -- think tea and pesto!), and have planted four other herbs together in one big planter.  Herbs are great to keep on hand if you have the space to grow them for cooking, making teas, infusing water, or throwing into green smoothies! 

Herbs to Consider Growing at Home

  1. Basil
  2. Mint
  3. Rosemary
  4. Thyme
  5. Lemongrass
  6. Cilantro
  7. Parsley
  8. Dill 

The remnants of winter

Our porch in the dead of winter

Spring time is calling

Succulents everywhere

Creating a succulent garden

Chili peppers

Dill, Lemongrass, Rosemary and Cilantro all in one planter

Basil & Mint

A pop of color to bring spring into our outdoor living space

A Healthy Welcome Home

Renee Woodruff

Dave just returned from a five week stint in Thailand where he was putting the finishing touches on a documentary film that he and his company, Run Riot Films, have been pouring their hearts into for the past several months.

I've been spending my weekends captive to a yoga studio in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood, juicing and living a healthier lifestyle than even I thought possible. Dave has been lamenting the unhealthy way he has been living. He's complained of his back hurting, having not worked out while he's been away and lugging around heavy camera equipment. In addition to indulging in all of his favorite Thai foods. If I know Dave l like I think I do, he's also been drinking a lot of Leo, Chang and Singha while keeping his social skills in tact.

To celebrate his return, I welcomed him home with a little healthy motivation -- a basket filled with goodies. These items included a Men's Health Magazine, some fresh flowers, (to brighten the apartment and to remind him that spring is hopefully just around the corner), and lots of fun, healthy snacks (Dave loves snacks). 

Here's a list of healthy ideas to create your own homemade gift for that special guy in your life:

(Most items listed can be found in your local Whole Foods store)