When Spring approaches it feels like it brings with it new beginnings, which is just what we need after a year of navigating through a pandemic and scary politics. As I write this, the sun is shining bright and we still have a bit of chill in the air. The bulbs I planted are showing that Spring has nearly sprung. It is both a pleasant time of year, and also leaves me with a sense of being unprepared. It can be disappointing when I step out into Spring still wearing winter colors, like I’m missing out on something spectacular. Not this year!
The first day of spring is March 20th and I’ve learned to have Spring rituals to celebrate it! First, I need to:
- Switch out my closet with bright spring colors and warmer weather clothes. I like to buy a few items to freshen up my wardrobe.
- Get a professional facial (although this year might still require an at-home facial and that is ok because I’ve discovered Curology. I skip the dermatologist appointments and have the MD mail me exactly what I need. No affiliate program just a great mail subscription.)
- Detox from the holidays and get
bikinibathing suit ready :P,
- Splurge on a deluxe pedicure package! During the pandemic my friend introduced me to ColorStreet – they launch their Spring collection today! Now weeks after my mani or pedi I can freshen up the color and add fun patterns! (You can buy yours at the link above),
- And, buy all the things that make for a great Spring!
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March brings St. Patrick’s day and my son’s birthday, so I want to be prepared. This year skip the “kiss me I’m Irish” t-shirt and keeping with something more subtle (most of us are still not vaccinated so it’s best to not tempt a pinch. Wear your green, it’s socially responsible.)
This is one of my favorite tops. It’s cotton, loose, lightweight and comes in beautiful colors and patterns for St. Patty’s day (or Spring), from $19.99. (Click the photo for purchasing details through Amazon.)
This past Christmas I bought my son a kayak and we were planning to buy my husband and I a two seater so that we can go with him, but the logistics aren’t working for carrying two on my car, however, I think I’ve found a solution. Two-seater inflatable kayak, from $139. (Click the photo for purchasing details through Amazon.)
April showers remind me I’ve always wanted but never found rain boots that would work for me. They are typically heavy and hot (not great in humid/hot Florida). But I hate the feeling of soggy shoes. I think I’ve found the solution with this new modern rain shoe. These are quick drying water shoes which would come in handy during a rainy day, kayaking or many other watersports.
Speaking of hot and humid, nothing bothers me more than the heat these days. A friend of mine just recommending peppermint essential oil as the solution. She said, “you put a dab behind your neck and on the bottom of your feet and you will be a degree cooler. And I’ll take every degree cooler I can get during the warmer months in Florida! She said, “you can also add a drop in your water and feel like you are breathing in Alpine air.”
Cliganic USDA Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, 100% Pure Natural Undiluted, for Aromatherapy | Non-GMO Verified, from $7.99. (Click the photo for purchasing details through Amazon.)
And, we can’t forget that April 1st is April Fool’s day. I made the mistake of really getting into gags for my son when he was in elementary school and for the year following he got back at me every chance he had. Now a days, I do something that is less “got’cha” and more silly. Sitting around reading this series of books with your kids is a hoot! Nothing is better than hearing your child laugh! Enjoy!
Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids, from $4.24. (Click the photo for purchasing details through Amazon.)
May flowers might have you tip-toeing through the tulips but why tip-toe when you can walk in with these orthopedic support flip-flops. I became a fan of Vionics after training for my last run. They correct your feet to align your whole body relieving aches throughout your whole body, or at least they do for me.
Vionic, Orthopedic Support Flip-Flops from, $35.99 (Click the photo for purchasing details through Amazon.)
Remember my list of to dos for Spring? I just found one of my old favorite products for cleaning and reducing pores at an amazing price. That solves this year’s dilemma of sitting face-to-face with a Esthetician.
Neutrogena Microdermabrasion Starter Kit – At home microdermabrasion machine – Skin Exfoliator with Glycerin – Skin Firming, Pore Minimizer, Age Spot Remover, from $16.98! WOW! (Click the photo for purchasing details through Amazon.)
And after you clean your skin, you’ll want to protect it out in the sun. My favorite SPF is a tinted moisturizer.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Tinted Facial Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Vitamins A, C, & E, Lightweight, Sheer, & Oil-Free Coverage, from $10.45. (Click the photo for purchasing details through Amazon.)
Everyone needs a motivating book to read each Spring/Summer and this book will be out right in time. Pre-orders are available now and it is release in May (I pre-ordered 4 because her sales pitches are just THAT GOOD! I plan to keep one and start a giveaway for clients). After learning about Rachel Rogers on the Drew Barrymore Show, I have been obsessed. She is an amazing leader for women and isn’t afraid to throw out the stats and follow it up with how we can change them to achieve what, as of now, has been unachievable. She is definitely someone to watch if you want to achieve big things!
And if you don’t want to think business poolside, I picked this book because it combines my love 70s/80s music with my love of a non-fiction book or biography. I can’t wait to hear more about how Rickie Lee Jones lives her life full of artistry, creation and passion.
Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Toubadou, by Rickie Lee Jones, from $24.99. (Click the photo for purchasing details through Amazon.)
This tea reading tag is one I love and so perfect for Spring. It says, “The creation of a thousand forests is in the acorn.” It reminds me of a conversation I had years ago with my husband about seeds and all of the energy that must be in a tiny seed to have it spring forth and produce so much. Randomly soon after that I watched a video on YouTube about a man that was against our “seedless” genetically modified versions of fruit. “You lose all of the vital natural goodness that the fruit has to offer.” From those words and on, I cherished seeds – what they have within them and what can become because of them. Similar to the ripple or butterfly effect. There is great power in the smallest elements of nature, one small act of kindness or one action of self care.