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Everyday inspiration: Buy a houseplant

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Go green

Sure, houseplants look pretty. But did you know they also purify the air, improve health and even sharpen concentration? Find out what happened when three women added a little greenery to their homes.

Houseplant house

Challenge: buy a houseplant

Why? The health benefits of houseplants have been proven in multiple studies. So before investing in a pricey air purifier, go a prettier route and buy a new plant instead.

Our ladies react:

Katie: In converting my son's nursery into my daughter's, I am attempting a transformation that not only suits my budget, but her budding personality. Through a few simple decor changes, I am converting his nursery into her garden retreat. While upcycling as much as possible, I want to bring some new elements into the space to make it truly her own, starting with a greenhouse and plant from Ikea. It is amazing how a simple houseplant can add not only a splash of color but an earthiness that reminds us to remain grounded. Her new garden will be the perfect place for her to grow.

Bromeliad plant | Sheknows.com

Sandra: My green thumb has always consisted of a paid gardener and my father. I'm frankly surprised my dogs have survived. But when I bought my mid-century vintage home last year, I wanted it to feel like a real adult home. Nothing says grown-up and domestic like houseplants. This week, I purchased a bromeliad. Isn't she gorgeous? I am nervous because I have managed to murder these types of plants before. But I can do this. I'm an adult, I can care for living, breathing things. Let's see how this goes.

Nora: When I was a kid, our house in Tahoe was filled with tropical plants. It was the perfect escape from the cold winter. As an adult, I have never had a plant in my apartment. It seemed like it was too small of a space and would require too much upkeep. Turns out having a plant in your living space, no matter how small, is a great mood booster. It makes me feel like I am in a tropical place and puts a smile on my face. It also gave my apartment a face-lift, bringing in new color and adding definition to the small room.

Our Everyday Inspiration series wants to inspire you with small ways to improve your life. We've asked 20 women to take on a variety of small challenges and share their results. See all of our Everyday Inspiration challenges here, and meet the women here.

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