This Home-Delivery Plant Company Will Turn Anyone Into a Plant Mama

Living in a big city, I often find myself dreaming of being in nature. Going to the park is a fun weekend activity, but my life currently lacks a daily dose of greenery beyond my lunchtime salad. So when I heard about Bloomscape, a company that sends healthy potted plants straight to your door, I was intrigued. My apartment could definitely use a little color, and I have an empty windowsill that gets a lot of light. The only issue is I’ve never actually cared for a plant before.

Bloomscape could not have made plant shopping an easier experience. If you head to the website, you can search plants by size, difficulty of care, and light level. Plus, the site will tell you if the plant you’re looking at is pet friendly or if it purifies your air. I ended up selecting the Bird’s Nest Fern ($35) because it was low maintenance and purified the air. Plus, it was pretty. When I saw it was referred to as “a great option for a forgetful or busy plant owner,” I knew I had found my match.

The plant arrived in a tall box with handles, making it easy to transport to my apartment. Pro tip: open the box in a sink, bathtub, or shower. This might seem like a no-brainer to some of you, but as a new plant mom, it didn’t occur to me that dirt would be coming out of the package in transit. Once everything was cleaned up, my gorgeous new fern was right at home on my window. The plant also comes with a set of instructions, so I know exactly when to water it and how to make sure it stays alive. So far, so good. My new plant brings more joy to my home than I thought possible, and I can’t wait to get some more, once I prove I can handle keeping this one alive for just a little longer.

This Home-Delivery Plant Company Will Turn Anyone Into a Plant Mama

Living in a big city, I often find myself dreaming of being in nature. Going to the park is a fun weekend activity, but my life currently lacks a daily dose of greenery beyond my lunchtime salad. So when I heard about Bloomscape, a company that sends healthy potted plants straight to your door, I was intrigued. My apartment could definitely use a little color, and I have an empty windowsill that gets a lot of light. The only issue is I’ve never actually cared for a plant before.

Bloomscape could not have made plant shopping an easier experience. If you head to the website, you can search plants by size, difficulty of care, and light level. Plus, the site will tell you if the plant you’re looking at is pet friendly or if it purifies your air. I ended up selecting the Bird’s Nest Fern ($35) because it was low maintenance and purified the air. Plus, it was pretty. When I saw it was referred to as “a great option for a forgetful or busy plant owner,” I knew I had found my match.

The plant arrived in a tall box with handles, making it easy to transport to my apartment. Pro tip: open the box in a sink, bathtub, or shower. This might seem like a no-brainer to some of you, but as a new plant mom, it didn’t occur to me that dirt would be coming out of the package in transit. Once everything was cleaned up, my gorgeous new fern was right at home on my window. The plant also comes with a set of instructions, so I know exactly when to water it and how to make sure it stays alive. So far, so good. My new plant brings more joy to my home than I thought possible, and I can’t wait to get some more, once I prove I can handle keeping this one alive for just a little longer.

20 Photos of Flour Shop Cakes That Are Damn Works of Art

Amirah Kassem arrived at the POPSUGAR Play/Ground festival bubbling with positive energy and wearing a rainbow sequined bomber jacket – basically the living embodiment of her Instagram-famous rainbow explosion cakes.

It comes as no surprise that the baker and founder of Flour Shop by Amirah Kassem is one of those “birthday people” who enthusiastically celebrates her birthday, her half birthday, and all of her friends’ birthdays. “I really try to live what I call the birthday lifestyle,” she told POPSUGAR. “You know, when you wake up on your birthday and everything is exciting. You wear your favorite clothes, you eat your favorites food, you play your favorite song, and you’re just in a good mood.”

Kassem grew up in Mexico and learned how to bake from her mom, and when she moved to New York to start a career in the fashion industry, she always made cakes for friends’ birthdays and celebrations. “Everyone wanted to know where I bought my cake, and slowly I was like, ‘Wait a minute, maybe this is what I should do for a living!'”

She launched her business on Instagram five years ago and opened her first brick and mortar store in SoHo in November 2017. (Fittingly, she spoke on a Play/Ground panel called Scrolling Your Way to Success.) “I didn’t go to culinary school, I’d never worked in a kitchen, and I had no idea how to run my own business, but I wanted to wake up and play with sprinkles,” Kassem said.

When she launched, she didn’t even have a website, just an Instagram feed, but soon people took notice and she was acquiring major gigs and celebrity clients. “I was always doing rainbow cakes, and we still do custom cakes, whether it’s a flamingo, a tequila bottle, a crayon: you dream it, we make it,” Kassem said. “But I sold a lot of the six-layer rainbow cakes, and I thought back to my childhood in Mexico and piñatas – you hit it and the candy comes out. [That led to] the rainbow explosion cakes, which have been the really viral cake.”

Kassem says her favorite project so far was creating a 64-foot edible hallway for the Brooklyn Museum Artists Ball, where “you can walk through a space and eat off the walls, and it’s sort of that Willy Wonka ‘the snozzberries taste like snozzberries’ feeling.”

Next up, Kassem plans to open an experiential store where you can decorate your own cake. But for now, fans can visit the SoHo location to “come in and see what the inside of my brain looks like: just rainbows, glitter, and candy.” Scroll through to see some of Flour Shop’s most delicious, innovative, and Instagrammable cakes.

20 Photos of Flour Shop Cakes That Are Damn Works of Art

Amirah Kassem arrived at the POPSUGAR Play/Ground festival bubbling with positive energy and wearing a rainbow sequined bomber jacket – basically the living embodiment of her Instagram-famous rainbow explosion cakes.

It comes as no surprise that the baker and founder of Flour Shop by Amirah Kassem is one of those “birthday people” who enthusiastically celebrates her birthday, her half birthday, and all of her friends’ birthdays. “I really try to live what I call the birthday lifestyle,” she told POPSUGAR. “You know, when you wake up on your birthday and everything is exciting. You wear your favorite clothes, you eat your favorites food, you play your favorite song, and you’re just in a good mood.”

Kassem grew up in Mexico and learned how to bake from her mom, and when she moved to New York to start a career in the fashion industry, she always made cakes for friends’ birthdays and celebrations. “Everyone wanted to know where I bought my cake, and slowly I was like, ‘Wait a minute, maybe this is what I should do for a living!'”

She launched her business on Instagram five years ago and opened her first brick and mortar store in SoHo in November 2017. (Fittingly, she spoke on a Play/Ground panel called Scrolling Your Way to Success.) “I didn’t go to culinary school, I’d never worked in a kitchen, and I had no idea how to run my own business, but I wanted to wake up and play with sprinkles,” Kassem said.

When she launched, she didn’t even have a website, just an Instagram feed, but soon people took notice and she was acquiring major gigs and celebrity clients. “I was always doing rainbow cakes, and we still do custom cakes, whether it’s a flamingo, a tequila bottle, a crayon: you dream it, we make it,” Kassem said. “But I sold a lot of the six-layer rainbow cakes, and I thought back to my childhood in Mexico and piñatas – you hit it and the candy comes out. [That led to] the rainbow explosion cakes, which have been the really viral cake.”

Kassem says her favorite project so far was creating a 64-foot edible hallway for the Brooklyn Museum Artists Ball, where “you can walk through a space and eat off the walls, and it’s sort of that Willy Wonka ‘the snozzberries taste like snozzberries’ feeling.”

Next up, Kassem plans to open an experiential store where you can decorate your own cake. But for now, fans can visit the SoHo location to “come in and see what the inside of my brain looks like: just rainbows, glitter, and candy.” Scroll through to see some of Flour Shop’s most delicious, innovative, and Instagrammable cakes.

Can’t Wait For Disney World’s Toy Story Land? Do These Things First

Walt Disney World’s much-anticipated Toy Story Land opens in Hollywood Studios on June 30. Can’t wait for the new land to celebrate all things Toy Story, or maybe you’re missing it by a couple of weeks? No need to fret – here are eight things to do now at Walt Disney World to celebrate Pixar’s classic tale of toys coming to life.

1. Ride Toy Story Mania

Hollywood Studios’ Toy Story Mania – arguably one of Walt Disney World’s coolest attractions – is going to become part of Toy Story Land, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience it now. The interactive 4D attraction lets visitors virtually play a series of classic carnival-style midway games, all while donning the coolest looking 3D glasses you can imagine. We promise you’ll have a rootin’, tootin’ good time.

Keep in mind, Disney says Toy Story Mania will be closed for one week – June 11-18 – as it works to complete its new entrance and queue.

2. Become a Galactic Hero on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Before Toy Story Mania became the ultimate Toy Story ride at Walt Disney World, there was Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, located in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom. Bonus: it has much shorter lines than Toy Story Mania and is just as fun!

On the shooting gallery attraction, you’ll accompany Buzz Lightyear into battle and come face to face with Zurg and his rampaging squadron of revolting robots. Throughout the game, you’ll take aim with your space cannon and fire lasers at a constellation of “Z” insignias. The more targets you hit, the higher your score will be. Score the highest possible and end up with the ultimate classification: Galactic Hero. Be warned: it’s hard to do. But hey, it’s worth a shot. As Woody would say, go on, reach for the sky.

3. Meet Toy Story Characters

You can have your very own photo shoot with Woody and Buzz Lightyear at Woody’s Picture Shootin’ Corral, across from Toy Story Mania in Hollywood Studios. You can also meet Buzz Lightyear in Magic Kingdom near the Star Command Outpost.

4. Move and Shake It With Woody and Jessie

Want to wave hello and dance around with your favorite cowboys? Then check out Magic Kingdom’s “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party” parade, which features a float with the cutest cowboys around, Woody and Jessie. The parade happens a few times each day; check the Magic Kingdom times guide.

5. Get the Perfect Shoefie

Right outside Toy Story Mania, you’ll find a puzzle piece on the ground featuring one of the Squeeze Toy Aliens – aka Little Green Men, or LGMs for short. OooooOOOhhhh, the perfect shoefie.

6. Take Home a Cute Souvenir

Speaking of Squeeze Toy Aliens, you can buy your own adorable plush to squeeze to your heart’s delight at the Toy Story Dept. in Pixar Place across from Toy Story Mania. You’ll find a bunch of other Toy Story memorabilia there as well. You’ll also find Toy Story souvenirs in other gift shops around Walt Disney World resort.

7. Get a Photo Op at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Sure, Toy Story Land is going to make your Instagram dreams come true, but it might be a little crowded. Visit Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, which features a Toy Story wing with larger-than-life decor. Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex, Bo Peep and an army of toy soldiers are all right outside in one of the resort’s courtyards for visitors to see. If you want an even more intimate experience, book one of the resort’s Toy Story-themed rooms.

8. Take Your Kids to See Pixar Play Zone

If you want your kiddos to have their own special Toy Story experience, take them to Walt Disney World’s just-opened Pixar Play Zone at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There, children ages 4 to 12 can enjoy a fun-packed evening of Pixar characters, fun and games, and a kid-friendly dinner and dessert. During Woody’s Roundup, kids learn the ways of the Wild West. During Space Ranger Training, kids learn to identify and battle enemies of Star Command. The cost is $65 per child.

There are plenty of ways to experience Toy Story already at Walt Disney World, so who even needs the new expansion? (We kid, we kid.)

Run, Don’t Walk – Trader Joe’s Is Now Carrying Cotton Candy Grapes!

If you were worried about missing out on the cotton candy grapes craze because you don’t have a Costco card, forget it – because Trader Joe’s has your back! The grocery chain has its own version of the uniquely flavored fruit, and believe me . . . you’ll want to pick up some for yourself on your next trip to the store.

Cotton candy grapes are, of course, exactly what they sound like: fresh grapes that taste, unmistakably, of supersweet cotton candy. What’s not to love? They’re perfect for picnicking, munching on during a movie, or packing as a sweet lunchbox surprise. So if you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t miss out – take a hint from these happy Trader Joe’s shoppers and go find some, ASAP!

Don’t Have a Costco Membership? Trader Joe’s Has Cotton Candy Grapes, Too!

If you were worried about missing out on the cotton candy grapes craze because you don’t have a Costco card, forget it – because Trader Joe’s has your back! The grocery chain has its own version of the uniquely flavored fruit, and believe me . . . you’ll want to pick up some for yourself on your next trip to the store.

Cotton candy grapes are, of course, exactly what they sound like: fresh grapes that taste, unmistakably, of supersweet cotton candy. What’s not to love? They’re perfect for picnicking, munching on during a movie, or packing as a sweet lunchbox surprise. So if you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t miss out – take a hint from these happy Trader Joe’s shoppers and go find some, ASAP!

21 Delicious Vegetable Dishes That Prove Roasting Is the Way to Go

One of the most basic, tried-and-true methods for cooking vegetables is roasting them. You’re automatically set up for veggie success when you start with a preheated oven, olive oil, and salt and pepper. From there, you can go as basic or as creative as you want, adding things like lemon, parmesan, and/or breadcrumbs. These 21 recipes offer a variety of vegetables and additional ingredients that combine to make perfect side dishes to any meal.

Cookie Butter Cream Cheese Has Arrived to Give Your Breakfast a MAJOR Upgrade

Cookie butter is one of the greatest jarred creations known to humankind, but it might not be as acceptable to eat for breakfast as peanut butter is. Thanks to a new cream cheese, though, cookie-lovers can have the best of both worlds with their morning coffee. Great Value Cookie Butter Cream Cheese is now available exclusively at Walmart, according to the Junk Food Aisle, so waffles and bagels are about to get a major upgrade! Toasted cinnamon sugar or chocolate chip would be the perfect pairing, don’t you think? If you’d rather not start your day with something sugary, I’m willing to bet the cookie butter cream cheese would be great for desserts, too – especially pumpkin cream cheese bar cookies.