Happy Hump Day!
It’s Spring, and even though it may not feel like these days, it’s right around the corner. One thing that Is important is getting your home ready for Spring. You will be opening your windows, and hopefully planting lots of gorgeous flowers. I love the feeling of Spring. The windows open in the morning with the sound of the birds chirping. It juts sets up your morning just perfectly. I do many things to get my home ready, and I want to share with you some great tips on getting your home ready for Spring .
-Clear out old foliage from the flower beds. Get rid of the old and bring the new in. No one wants to see the old , dead foliage. You have to make that space organized and getting everything ready to start growing and looking plush again. I try to replace certain plants each year just for a change of scenery. I like adding pops of color.
-De clutter your home. Start with your closets. Do a closet purge and get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in the last year, or go through twice and see if you really want to keep it. There are many ways to donate your belongings, or give to people in need. That always makes you feel good. There are also great consignment shops that will sell your items and give you the majority of the sale. move to all the places in your home that tend to clutter easily, such as the pantry. Organize your pantry and get rid of all the boxes. Replace them with nice glass jars with cute labels on them. Believe me, it looks so much nicer. Once those are done, hit up every cabinet and just throw stuff out that is old or you no longer use. There is a huge lift that feels so great when your organized.
-Get your carpets professionally cleaned. All winter people have been walking on your carpets and floors. Start the Spring off right by getting them freshened up, including your rugs.
-Check and replace your air conditioning filters. I’m sure that most aren’t the cleanest when Spring comes around. Make sure those are new and replaced. Everything works more efficiently.
-Clean your curtains, baseboards, and mattresses. This will get rid of all the dust that has accumulated, and be freshened up. Dust accumulates very easy, so getting these clean will reduce the amount of dust.
-Lastly, you cant get ready for spring without a nice vase of fresh flowers to add some happiness to your day! Arrange a nice vase with a mixture of fresh , gorgeous flowers.
I love makeup and one item that I can’t live without is my concealer. As we age, we tend to have dark circles under our eyes, or just areas where we need a little bit more coverage than normal. I have a few favorite concealers, and there are different things I like about each of them.
* Kat Von D concealer- she literally has such amazing makeup. The power it has is amazing, and this concealer has a great coverage without being so thick. One thing I can’t stand about certain concealers is some can look cakey and too thick in the areas your trying to camouflage. Kat Von D concealer comes in many shades , and has such a basic consistency. You don’t need to use a whole lot to get the coverage you need. This is by far one of my favorites.
*Makeup forever – have you ever tried their makeup? It’s amaxing. The coverage with their concealer is just as good as the coverage with their foundations. You don’t need a whole lot. The concealer is a bit more thick than the Kat Von D, but it still doesn’t take a lot. Makeup forever consistency can be thinned out of you mix with a bit of moisturizer. It comes in many shades, and the best part is that it looks amazing in lighting.
*Mac concealer- this is probably my least favorite out of the three, but I still like it. It’s just a bit more thicker for people that need more coverage. The shades can be tricky , but once you find the right one, you may never turn back. Mac has amazing products, and their concealers are great for people who need just a bit more consistency in their coverage. It’s best to hit a Mac store and try out different concealers before buying them. It can save you a lot of money.
Remember the key to a good concealer is getting just enough coverage without looking like a raccoon. That is not a pretty look.
HAPPY FRIDAY! I wanted to share with you all my favorite new clean juice smoothie that is full of antioxidants, and is the super best start to any morning. Goji berries are known to be full of antioxidants and not only does this smoothie give you amazing energy, it is super delicious!
1 cup of organic almond milk
1 frozen organic banana
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1tbsp goji berries
2 tbsp. Dates
Blend all these together, and top with your favorite garnish such as mint.
One quick note about this smoothie is it is filled with so many cleansing antioxidants. It’s so important to nourish our bodies with clean, healthy foods. This smoothie is one of may favorites and also one of my family’s favorites.
I love to vacation. I’m sure you already know that and in fact I love to blog about it. I recently just got home from the beautiful atlantis Bahamas . I can’t tell you how much fun that place is and how beautiful it is. The food is amazing, and the service is impeccable. Let me start by saying that not all places in the Caribbean are the same. I’ve been pretty much everywhere, and I definitely have my favorites, and also places I’ll never go back to. I will always love going back to the beautiful Atlantis. I have to say taking my morning run every day was the tops. The beauty that you see, and of course you can’t forget the warmth. Oh how I’m ready for warm weather. The older I get, the more I despise the cold. ( I only love it at Christmas). The morning walks to The Marina Village was amazing, along with the cute boutique shops. The pool side massages are the bomb. My husband and I had to get those as well. I can’t say enough about the amazing restaurants, including the amazing Nobu. If you have ever ate there, the sushi is to die for. We don’t really gamble a whole lot, but we did stop at the Roulette table, and I had to get in some time at the Black jack table. The great thing about the Atlantis is there is something for everyone. We took our kids here when they were younger, and they absolutely loved it. The aquariums are something that I love about this place. You can take your kids to see the marine life right next to your hotel room. If you have kids, this is the place to go. The water parks are great for the kids as well as the lazy river. You will never get bored, I promise you that. They offer the best morning pilates classes as well as yoga on the beach which was amazing. The Marina Village offers the best for evening fun including Carmines, and the Seaside Grille. If you are looking for that next trip, you have to check out the fun this place has to offer.
I will be the first to admit that I love Summer and the Warmth. I mean who doesn’t? It seems once Christmas is over, the cold drags on and on. I have to admit, I do love the sun shining no matter if it’s hot or cold. It always seems to brighten the day. I am one that loves to keep myself busy through the cold months, and it is a great excuse to get things done that have been on your list for quite sometime. The pantry needing cleaned out, or a closet purge is always great. I also have some great rituals that I do during the winter months that make the cold all that much better. I’ve always been a book worm. I have a loft upstairs that is only dedicated to my reading time because I’m the only one that uses it. I’ve made that loft quite comfy and peaceful, so it’s great to sit down and read a good book. I think I have completed three books since January 1st, so that tells you how much my nose is in a good book. Did I mention that having a good nice glass of pinot with that book is even better. When I’m not reading or organizing, I absolutely love watching a good movie with my family. They seem to be home less and less, but when they are, I’m taking advantage of it.
We also love having good dinners at home. I have been cooking a lot lately, that is when my husband isn’t. I’ve been experimenting with different flavors and foods, and it’s been fun. I absolutely love yoga and working out, so that is my go to every day. Hot yoga literally makes me feel like a million dollars. It is such a great workout, and even better walking in to a warm room when its super cold out. We do love to travel too. We always try to find time to get to a warmer destination. It’s a tad hard with my kids schedules, but just getting away for 4 days is such a great escape. Well I hope that you have rituals to help you get through these frigid months. Want to share them?