Here in Nashville, the temperatures have finally started to rise! This past weekend was blissful, with bright blue skies and upper seventy degree temperatures. There’s something truly beautiful about the way the Spring can bring on inspiration. Coming out of the dark cocoon of winter, I think we all feel a little revitalized and motivated when the sunshine comes back. I’ve been wanting to clean out my closet, organize our home, spend less time on the computer and more time outside, and revamp and clean up my diet and fitness routine. I wanted to make a post with some things I’ve been enjoying for adding some pep into things for Springtime! Feel free to play along and let me know what you’ve been loving lately.
Essential Oils: I have been loving putting essential oils not only in my diffuser, but into my water. My current favorite is to simply put 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil in a big glass of cool water. I do this in the morning, and sometimes in the afternoon too for a refreshing pick me up! I also enjoy Grapefruit or Wild Orange EO in my water too. I love the idea of cutting up fruit to flavor water, but when you don’t have time for that (I rarely even think to do it) or want to change it up, essential oils provide the same kind of idea.
Trying new recipes: Until lately, I have never been too into meal planning. For some reason, it stressed me out to search for recipes and plan out the week. In efforts to streamline our weekly routine and grocery shopping, I decided to put a bit more effort into it. It’s still a little loose, but I’ve actually found that I really enjoy it! I’ve been loving searching for new recipes throughout the week and writing them down on my meal planner. It’s also exciting to get out of the same old standard recipes and do something fresh and fun. Bonus: I’m not usually wandering around the grocery store half-planning meals in my head and buying a bunch of stuff we end up not using. I’m still working on this, so if you have any recipes you love please let me know so I can try them out! Here are a couple we’ve tried out lately and loved:
Avocado Chocolate Pudding (MAKE THIS.)
Limiting time on social media: I want to do a whole post on this, but Andrew and I spent last week refraining from social media. It did wonders for us. You really don’t realize how much time you waste perusing on Facebook over and over. I definitely believe there’s a balance and a reason social media exists, but I do think our society is so addicted in general. It was hard to do at first but left room for things like reading, writing, meal planning, music practice, etc. It also made me feel less stressed out, for some reason. I think it’s because I felt like I had so much extra time to get things done. Also, I stopped looking at my phone before bed. I know this is a terrible habit anyway, but I didn’t really think it was affecting me too much. Wrong. Since I stopped looking at my phone in bed, I have gotten better sleep and fallen asleep faster. And, I’ve woken up feeling much more alert! Give it a try for a week or so and see how you feel.
Try out a new fitness endeavor: The spring is a great time to go revamp your fitness routine right before summer. I’m super excited about this four week program one of my favorite bloggers put up today (it’s free!): Buff Bride Workout Plan (this is for wedding season, but totally open for anyone else too who is up to doing it and wants a change of pace for the next four weeks). Another great program is Fit By First . I love this one. It’s 30 days and you get a new workout each day, along with nutrition advice and coaching videos. It’s super fun! Of course you don’t have to do either of these programs, but let me know if you try them out!
Read: I’ve been reading more lately. I think there’s something so refreshing about stepping away from the computer or phone and taking out a real book with paper and ink. I’ve loved spending time on my lunch breaks reading instead of playing on my phone. Also, I’ve been reading things that have been so nourishing to my mind and spirit, which is important. I just finished Kristin Cavallari’s book Balancing In Heels, and it’s honestly so great! It definitely gave me lots of inspiration on healthy living, and I even tried out a couple of her recipes (they’re awesome). I definitely recommend it!
New scents: I love candles so much! Andrew and I went this past week and got some new scents to freshen up our home for Spring. I love having the back porch open with a little breeze and a lovely smelling candle going. It makes me feel so cozy and happy! My favorite one right now is at Target: Island Moonlight Candle Tin. I also love those Burt’s Bees candle melt away things (descriptive?). We recently got a lantern with an Edison bulb that plugs into the wall where you put the melt away on top. I got the Almond scent so now my house smells like cookies or something all the time. It’s pretty great.
I hope you guys enjoyed this little random post with some things I’ve been loving lately! Feel free to comment and let me know what you’ve been excited about and loving for Spring too!