If you’re looking for some cooking inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve pulled together a list of seasonal fruits and veggies and some ideas for spring dishes. Also check out the Pinterest board Seasonal Living: Spring Foods for more recipe ideas and inspiration to elevate your plate this season.
Be intentional. Live life with purpose. See the beauty in everything.
I wrote that statement in my journal at the beginning of the year and return to it pretty frequently. I haven’t made a mood board since the fall, so I decided to create a spring mood board inspired my vision statement for the year.
Just a little reminder:
an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.
I’ve seen mood boards used in fashion, photography, branding, web design, wedding planning, and interior decorating. It can include just about anything — photography, designs or illustrations, color palettes, textures, descriptive words — anything that helps you define the direction or feeling of your project. I plan to use my spring mood board to inspire my style and my creative endeavors this season.
Spring Mood Board
Spring Mood Board Inspiration
Be intentional. I want everything I eat, create, read and wear to be deliberate. My 30 days of decluttering is helping tremendously. I want everything I own and consume (physically and spiritually) to be intentional and getting rid of these I don’t need is a great first step.
Live life with purpose. One of the first images I stumbled upon looking for inspiration was a One Tree Hill quote that I’m pretty sure Peyton said (OTH fans, fact-check me). I loved it and thought it fit perfectly with my vision statement.
See the beauty in everything. For me this is more of a message to slow down and enjoy the little things more. I’ve lived in Atlanta for four years now and there are still so many places I have yet to go explore.
Spring Mood Board on Pinterest
Everything on my mood board can be found on this Pinterest board:
What’s inspiring you this season? Leave a comment below!
We’re about a week out from the first day of spring and it’s snowing…
Despite the cold weather, it will officially be brighter in the evenings each day. Thanks Daylight Saving Time. Although – first world problem alert – I get slightly annoyed by having to change all of my clocks that don’t automatically update. Seriously, yesterday I totally forgot about the clock on my stove and confused myself for half of the day. Although, this is looking like an unusually long winter, I think we should all use this additional daylight to increase our productivity. So please join me in engaging in some new or productive activities with all the extra sunlight coming your way. So here are five things to do with the extra sunlight.
Five Things To Do With The Extra Sunlight
I’ve been on a pretty consistent gym schedule, but with the extra sunlight I’m going to try and find some outdoor routines. Yoga In The Park starts later this month in my city. Check Meetup or local yoga studios to see if anything similar exists in your town. I may even attempt to run outside. I’m a little traumatized from my experience of starting the couch to 5K program and almost being hit by a car on day one, so we’ll see.
Meet Up For An Outdoor Happy Hour
I fully plan to take advantage of patio weather when it arrives. Brunch, lunch, or breweries, I don’t care. Just sit me on a patio, please.
I do not have a window in my office. So unless I visit my coworkers with the a view or take a walk outside I have no idea what’s happening with the weather. Also, I have a bad habit of just locking myself in the office – until dark sometimes – when I want to get things finished. My resolution is if I have work from the day leftover, I’ll take it home and work from my balcony and enjoy those last fleeting moments of daylight.
Read that Book You’ve Bought But Never Started Outdoors
Here’s an opportunity for you non-outdoorsy folks (me) to enjoy the great outdoors besides just brunching on patios. Go outside and take that book you’ve been meaning to read or finish reading.
When it gets dark early, I rush my pup on our walk. I’m going to slow things down and enjoy a nice long walk in the evening with Sgt. Pepper. Besides a long walk will tire him out and he’ll head straight to his bed or just snooze on my feet until it’s officially bed time.
What are some things you plan to do with the extra sunlight? Leave a comment below!
Welcome to the end of the week, everyone! I hope you all have some exciting plans for the weekend or maybe you’ve carved out some self care time. I’m not sure what’s been happening with the weather in your corner of this Earth, but in Atlanta we’re expecting some serious April showers. Because of that, I don’t think I’ll be scratching a whole lot of I’m going to spend some time with my friends, get a little shopping in, and try to get a jump ahead on May blog posts. But before I get started, here are five things that I love or am lusting after right now…
Spring Love & Lust List
Fave Spring Sip
If you don’t know I’m a huge fangirl of Lisamarie (Paper + Glam) and her love of seasonal living. On her April Life List, one of the items was to sip Coconut Lavender Lemonade. I’ve tried to like coconut water, but I can’t. It tastes like Bonnaroo 2010, but that’s a story for another day. I went with Lavender Lemonade. Check out this recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny.
Fave Spring Scent
I have a habit of buying candles even when I don’t need them. When the 3-wick Bath and Body Works Candles go on sale I go crazy. P.S. they are $12.50 right now. You can also head over to Michael’s and grab 3 for $10. Anyways the scents I’m lusting after are: Bow Ties & Bourbon, Lemon Mint & Tea, and Hello Beautiful. I’ve purchased Bow Ties & Bourbon before and loved it. Although, according to my visitors it just smelled like a Kentucky gentleman had been in my house.
Fave Spring Read
I don’t know if you’ve peeped my Instagram lately, but you may have seen To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. The book is about a girl in high school who writes letters to the major loves of her life with the intention of the boys never seeing her letters. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, the letters are mailed out. It’s a cute quick read and it made me want to be in high school again. Although, my high school love life was nothing like the main characters. I finished it in two days and immediately ran to the library for the sequel: P.S. I Still Love You.
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I’m at the beginning stages of purchasing my first home. This is going to be a slow process, but I want to get this right. I’ve enrolled in a home buyer education class and am working on getting my finances in order. In the meantime, I’ve loved looking at houses with different style and home decor. I stumbled across this list of style quizzes: http://www.brit.co/decor-style-quizzes/ and my favorite was HomeGoods’ Stylescope quiz. Apparently I’m urban funk with a touch of farmhouse glam.
Urban Funk has undeniable funk and soul. She’s at home in a place where industrial meets comfort, where over-the-top meets laid-back chill, and where retro art meets graphic simplicity. And she does all this in a way that feels totally effortless. Farmhouse Glam is the delicate, exquisite balance between beautiful femininity and rustic nonchalance. She’s all about the discovery of unexpected sparkle amidst the less polished. She wears high heels and a denim jacket, a string of pearls and bare feet. And her home feels as special as it does comfortable.
Yup I buy all of that.
Lemonade. Lemonade. Lemonade. Obviously, I’m loving Queen Bey’s new music and am super jealous Ace is headed off to Tampa to experience this tour. Besides Beyoncé, I can’t get enough of Mike Posner’s I Took a Pill in Ibiza, Drake’s One Dance and I’ve had Prince’s entire catalogue on repeat.
What are some things you are loving or lusting over right now? Leave me a comment below!
I’ve always associated springtime with playfulness and a time of renewal. I encourage you to make the most of the season and participate in activities that make you feel like some of the adjectives above. I’ve created a blank bucket list printable for you to plan out some of the things you want to do this season. Whether you’re planning for yourself or for your family – I’ve pulled together some activities that are on my spring bucket list that will hopefully inspire your list. You could frame from your list and write on the glass with a dry erase marker –checking them off as you accomplish the items your spring bucket list.
Spring Bucket List
Smell the flowers. Take a walk in the park or visit your local botanical garden. I’m planning to check out Atlanta Blooms! and smell the flowers. 🙂
Decorate your home with fresh tulips and daffodils.
Fly a kite. One of the best dates I’ve been on was out to Piedmont Park to fly kites. We failed miserably at it, but it was so much fun.
Blow bubbles and or dandelions.
________ in the rain. The saying goes: Though April showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May. So go jump in puddles, sing, dance or kiss in the rain, or simply take time to listen to the rain.
Enjoy a baseball game. Even if sports aren’t your thing, there will be delicious hot dogs and beer.
Visit your local farmers market.
Plant some greenery. Listen, I don’t have a green thumb at all. Last year I killed my herb garden within a few weeks, but at first you don’t succeed…
Make a bird feeder.
Host a tea party.Donni, what are you like 7? Yes, going on 27. Seriously though, put put on a floppy hat and a sundress and host a tea party for some of your friends. I promise it’ll be so much fun (just make sure you have some fancy tiny finger sandwiches)!
Play with sidewalk chalk.
Visit a festival. We’ve got a ton of art and music festivals in Atlanta — many of them are free. Check out what’s happening locally or a festival that would make a fun day trip.
What are some of the things on your Spring Bucket List? Leave a comment below.
Donni wrote a post about Spring Cleaning her life, and included a to-do list. I started writing my own list shortly after that, but never published it. So I’m back…with updates!
Ace’s Spring Cleaning To-Do List
1. Become financially secure. A wise man named Meek Mill said, “The money turned the noodles into pasta”. I’m just trying to graduate from Oodles of Noodles to Olive Garden fettuccine. Although money doesn’t buy happiness–it pays my rent, feeds my body, puts clothes on my back and allows me to type this post via Xfinity WiFi. Those things make it easier for me to sleep at night, and sleep makes me happy. You know what else makes me happy? Hazelnut coffee. How do I get hazelnut coffee? I pay for it with money. No shade to myself, but I’m super basic. I don’t care about brands or labels, and I’d rather spend money on food than clothes–so it’s not about living a luxurious lifestyle. It’s about easing my mind. Don’t let my hippie vibes fool you, because unfortunately, I’m a worrier and a planner, which is why my list is beginning with making more money. [Update: I’ve been on a few interviews and will start a new job with real co-workers next week!]
2. Reduce my anxiety with daily meditation. I just finished Oprah and Deepak’s “Manifesting True Success” 3 week meditation challenge. If you haven’t tried meditating, I STRONGLY suggest it. You’ll be surprised how helpful 20 minutes of quiet time can be. That’s right, 20 minutes of silence with your thoughts. My goal is to mediate before my morning coffee and right before bed.
3. Make healthier choices. Is it best for me to eat PB & J sandwiches and Ramen all the time? NO. Can I afford fresh vegetables, fancy ass chicken and gluten-free water (I probably made that up) everyday? NO. On top of that, I have a crazy sweet tooth, and I rarely ever have just one alcoholic beverage–so I’m going to start slow with changing those things. I won’t buy Sour Patch Kids every time I go to the store, and I….ok, I don’t have a solution for alcohol consumption yet. Work with me people. Healthy food maybe pricey, but physical activity and portion control are free–so I will try to keep that in mind. [Update: I have twerk sessions in my room on the days I don’t go for a 3 mile walk. Plus, the new gig will cause me to be on my feet and walking for at least 5 hours per shift. I’ve also been aiming to drink at least 64 oz of water everyday.]
4. Read a book. I really don’t know when I stopped reading on a regular basis. Maybe after the Accelerated Reader program ended, and I no longer got prizes for finishing Babysitter’s Club and American Girl books. Even though I don’t read as much as I should, I do admit that a good book or poem sparks my creative energy. It’s also a sweet escape from my own issues. [Update: I’m almost done with Chaka Khan’s autobiography, “Through the Fire”–an autographed copy, btw. I’m a sucker for bio-pics, so I loved being able to imagine how I think her life adventures really happened.]
5. Let people go. I do this thing where I want to keep people in my life exactly the way they entered it. It could be because I’ve lost so many loved ones, or because of my Middle Child Syndrome. It could also be because I hate feeling like I was stupid enough to not see a sad ending coming–ya know, because I’m psychic. (FYI, I also do this thing where I diagnose myself). You’ve probably heard the saying “people come into your life for a reason, season or lifetime”. Personally, I like to know right away a person’s purpose in my life, but it doesn’t work that way. My auntie (in my head) Maya Angelou said, “when people show you who they are, believe them the first time”. The signs are usually always there, but I’m a classic, stubborn Capricorn. The goal is to not think about another person’s purpose so much that it distract’s me from my own. I’ll deal with any bumps in the road when they appear–not before I even have a chance to get to them.
Inch by inch, y’all. Inch by inch.
Have you written your own Spring Cleaning To-Do List? Share it with me by commenting below!