Spring Inspiration

Hello happy beautiful spring! Find beautiful spring inspiration here to help nurture your soul today. I’ve been writing blog posts on a variety of spring topics and I am feeling so inspired with so much focus on spring- beautiful spring decor ideas, spring quotes, gorgeous children’s picture books on a variety of spring related topics, beautiful spring nail ideas. For more spring inspiration visit my Pinterest spring aesthetic board here. Check out the links to these posts at the bottom of this page.

Spring: A lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.

“Flowers are the music of the ground. From the earth’s lips spoken without sound.”~Edwin Curran

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“She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head, and whispered to her neighbor: “Winter is dead.”~A.A Milne

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“Some old fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”~Laura Ingalls Wilder

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“Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.”~Robert A. Heinlein

“ I must have flowers, always, always.”~Monet

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“Spring: the music of open windows”~Teri Guillemets

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“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would greet it in a garden.”~Ruth Stout

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St. Patrick’s Day Decor Ideas

Bring touches of green to your home with beautiful, easy Diy St. Patrick’s Day decor ideas. ☘️

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Adding touches of green with fresh greenery through plants and a boxwood wreath for a St. Patrick’s Day mantle:

Brass candle holders, brass on the plant containers and gold wrapped chocolate coins add a festive flair.

Small decorative chalk boards can be switched out and changed with chalk markers for any type of holiday.

This is a beautiful and simple St. Patrick’s Day wreath. The boxwood wreath is still fresh and green from when I purchased it at Christmas. I sprayed it with Wilt Pruf which is fantastic for keeping fresh greens lasting for months. I wrapped a simple shamrock garland around it to add a. St. Patrick’s touch.

Adding candles makes decorating easy, with changing up the colours and candle holders. Or keep the candle holders and just switch out the colours for different decorating themes.

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Cute Summer Dresses

Find inspiration here for cute summer dresses to help keep you cool and comfortable on those beautiful hot summer days!

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Best Make Ahead Game Day Appetizers

I love make ahead appetizers! I love them because I’m not missing out on anything when the game or the party starts. Here you’ll find the best make ahead easy Super Bowl appetizers or appetizers for any event throughout the year. They’re the best because they not only taste delicious, but they’re easy to make and/or you can make them ahead of time(or at least the bulk of the recipe ahead of time).

Glazed Kielbasa Bites:

Once you cut the kielbasa and pineapple all you have to do is assemble the bites, mix up the glaze and bake. Easy peasy make ahead appetizer.

Glazed Kielbasa Bites

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip:

This slow cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip is full of big flavours and extra easy when made in the crock pot! A win-win for a Super Bowl appetizer idea!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Bacon Crackers:

The salty-sweet-savory-spicy crunch of these bacon crackers will push all of your buttons and is another top Super Bowl appetizer!

Bacon Crackers

Spinach Dip Bites:

These bites are perfectly warm and cheesy, with a just little bit of crisp and crunch.

Spinach Dip Bites

Easy Taco Dip:

This Easy Taco Dip is a super simple dip that’s loaded with flavor and is a guaranteed hit. Made with a cream cheese and sour cream base and then topped off with classic taco toppings, everyone is going to love this easy dip!

Easy Taco Dip

Cranberry Sauce Meatballs:

Cranberry sauce isn’t just for turkey anymore! Combined with a few other ingredients, the Thanksgiving staple makes a perfect meatball topper.

Canberra Sauce Meatballs

Charcuterie Board on a budget:

I know so many people are hesitant to build a cheese board because of the cost and I’m here to show you it can be amazing without being super expensive. In fact, you can build a pretty impressive board for just around $25 that will feed and please 8 or more guests.

Charcuterie board on a budget

Easy Stuffed Mushrooms:

Sometimes you need an easy vegetarian appetizer recipe in your back pocket that looks fancy, but is so basic that you can prepare it in minutes. This no-meat Easy Stuffed Mushrooms recipe is fantastically simple to prepare and you may even have all of the ingredients in your refrigerator as we speak!

Easy Stuffed Mushrooms

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Best Ever Easy Moist Banana Bread

This easy and moist banana bread recipe is always a favourite! Banana bread is one of those comfort foods that never gets old. If I have bananas that are getting too ripe and aren’t able to use them right away, I just put them in the freezer and use them when I can for this easy recipe. This is the best ever moist banana bread!

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Ingredients:

4 Tbsp butter or margarine

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2-3 ripe mashed bananas

3/4 cup chocolate chips(optional)

325 F oven for 60-70 minutes

Cream butter and brown sugar. Add beaten egg; beat until mixture is light and fluffy.

Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

Mash ripe bananas with a fork. Combine alternately with the flour to creamed mixture. Pour into greased loaf pan.

Bake at 325 F for 60-70 minutes. Let cool before slicing. Enjoy!

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St. Patrick’s Day Outfits

All Things Green and Gorgeous

Here are some fun green fashion looks for St. Patrick’s Day outfits; some classic and some more daring than others. Gotta get that green on for St. Patrick’s Day so you don’t get pinched!

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Classic Winter Outfits to Inspire

Fabulous Winter Outfits

Find lots of fashion style inspiration here for stunning winter looks. These winter outfit ideas are classy, chic and exude style and confidence.

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Winter white fashion is timeless and classic.

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Love this outfit combination of gray and white that gives a very elegant look.

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The soft pink of the coat and sunglasses adds an element of fun and freshness to this beautiful winter look.

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Love this bold splash of color that really dresses up a casual outfit!

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A beautiful, sophisticated winter look.

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Comfortable, casual winter fashion with beautiful style.

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The soft baby blue is so appealing!

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Love the different textures with this outfit!

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Friday Night Dinner Ideas

How do you like to do your Friday night? Low key and relaxed? Here are some fun and easy Friday night dinner ideas for those wanting a cozy night at home and because who feels like putting a lot of energy into cooking another meal at the end of a busy week? Not me! Or is it a celebration for the start of the weekend and you’re looking forward to food that’s fun and out of the ordinary routine? Well I’ve got you covered here with ideas for both quick and easy and fun food ideas.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich: Sandwiched between fresh buns is perfectly seasoned, fall apart tender beef and gooey melty cheese. Then that’s dipped in a homemade au jus dip that will leave you craving more:

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

Hot Chicken Deal: This is an easy Friday night dinner idea if you don’t feel like cooking: pick up a hot chicken at your local grocery store and combine it with a salad of your choice, buns, potato wedges and iced tea.

Hot chicken deal

Here is a fun and delicious meal idea: Epic Beef Nacho Supreme:

Epic Beef Nachos Supreme

Another easy meal idea- chicken pot pie and a salad kit of your choice:

This meal idea is for when you don’t want to do anything except open a box and a bag- easy peasy.

Easy Store bought meal idea: chicken pot pie and a salad kit

A fun and delicious food idea that the whole family will love: BBQ chicken nachos.

BBQ Chicken Nachos

This is fast comfort food that is easily put together:

Chicken Noodle Casserole

From the savory barbecue sauce to the spice of the onion and topped off with sweet pineapple chunks and a dash of cilantro… Hawaiian BBQ Chicken pizza:

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken pizza

Balsalmic Spring Vegetable Salad: Love the flavour of Balsalmic vinegar combined with the flavour of these delicious vegetables:

Balsalmic Spring Vegetable salad

Dad’s Friday Night Pasta dish: The prep time on this is twenty minutes, TOPS. And that is only if you are slow:

Dad’s Friday Night Pasta dish

Chicken Tortellini soup: This is really just a basic chicken noodle soup recipe with the noodles replaced with cheese tortellini so it’s super easy to make:

Chicken Tortellini Soup

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Must Have Accessories for the Winter Fashionista

Winter doesn’t have to be drab. Here you’ll find fashion inspo for your winter outfits whether you’re looking for over 50 women’s fashion, winter streetstyle, or your winter casual style. There are certain fashion accessories that are timeless and classic that can spruce up your outfit this winter to take it from basic to fashionista.

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1. Stylish Gloves

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2. A Beautiful Handbag

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3.A Beautiful Sweater Scarf

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4. Trendy Weather Proof Boots

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High heeled Ugg’s

5. Cozy Socks

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6. Classic Knitted Hat

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7. Stunning Sunglasses

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8. Statement Earrings

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Amazon has some GREAT winter fashion accessories. They’re a little hard to find (considering the site has thousands upon thousands of items to browse through, is this really that surprising?) but with a little persistence and clicking through the “customers also bought” items, you might just score a treasure or two. Lucky for you, I did the legwork. Check out the beautiful winter fashion accessories I sourced below – Happy Shopping.

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1.Pink Vagasi gloves

2.Belle Dame blue women’s gloves

3.Me Plus animal leopard print faux gloves

4.The Leather Emporium fur lined brown leather gloves

5.Pesaat cable knit women’s turban winter hat

6.La Carrie women’s faux fur hat Russian Cossack Pom Pom cap

7.Futrzane Russian faux fur white hat

8.Wander Agio women’s infinity scarf

9.Amazon Essentials women’s red & black blanket scarf

10.Dan to women’s pink winter snow boots

11.SiMYEER small crossbody bags

12.3 pairs winter wool cable knit crew knee high boot socks

13.YNIQUE brown purse

14.Stylegaga winter slouch knit socks

15.Dream Pairs mid calf winter snow boots

16.Dream Pairs knee high gray boots

17.SOJOS fashion pink round polarized sunglasses

18.SOJOS classic square polarized sunglasses

19.SOJOS small round polarized sunglasses

20.Michael Kors brown jet set travel large chain shoulder tote

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Decorating with Gold and Brass

Go for Gold!

Decorating with gold and brass adds a warm luxurious richness to an area. Gold home accents add sophistication and class. It’s like adding jewelry to your room; it can be subtle or bold. You can find gold home accents for every budget. You can incorporate gold accents into your home decor through hardware, fabrics, furniture, vignettes, light fixtures and more. Find beautiful gold inspiration here with gold living room decor ideas, kitchen gold and more!

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White and Gold Decor:

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This classic farmhouse style bathroom evokes feelings of warmth and comfort. It’s classic and inviting so it makes you want to stay a while! Modern farmhouse keeps those same principles but adds a few modern touches of clean lines and stark contrast of colors. The splashes of gold add sophistication.

Gold Kitchen Decor:

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Gold is highly noticeable! As such, a golden item will instantly capture your attention, even if it’s very small and doesn’t seem too important at first glance. Making the best of small details is what decorating essentially comes down to!

Green and Gold Inspiration:

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Gold reflects light in a room and adds sparkle and radiance.

Living Room Gold Decor:

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Black and Gold:

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Pastels and Gold:

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Amazon has some GREAT home decor items. They’re a little hard to find (considering the site has thousands upon thousands of items to browse through, is this really that surprising?) but with a little persistence and clicking through the “customers also bought” items, you might just score a treasure or two. Lucky for you, I did the legwork. Check out the beautiful home items I sourced below – Happy Shopping.

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Gold Accents for the Living Room:

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1.Sequins throw pillow cover

2.Andy Star oval wall mirror

3.Elegance atlas square gold glass bowl

4.Faux cowhide shaped area rug

5.European style gold curtains

6.Allgala 3 pce set jumbo luxury hurricane candle lantern set

7.Walker Edison rustic farmhouse side end table

8.Omiro decorative wall mirror

9.Decorative gold velvet throw pillow covers

10.Set of 2 brass geometric metal hanging plant pots

11.Set of 2 desk lamps

12.Uttermost Naeva gold end table

13.Creative Co-op round hammered metal bowl

14.IMMEA round flower vase

15.Modern vibrant gold foil printed metallic shiny soft pillow covers set

16.EZDC gold tray(mirror tray)

17.IMMEEA small gold vanity tray

For gold diy projects, this is the best gold spray paint!

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Gold Culinary:

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Rose gold tea pot
Gold cutlery
Gold tea pot
Gold charger plate
Gold Pineapple Decor (ceramic canister)

Gold Hardware:

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