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Spring Inspiration

Don’t mind me. I’m just over here yelling, “Spring, get into my life!”

Here are some of my FAVORITE Springy things I’ve found so far this year!

Drinks:

  • Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

So, this isn’t really a homemade-style drink. It’s just a simple mixture! But, I can’t wait to try it!

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  • Copycatย  P I N Kย  Drink

(Side note: Aldi sells ICE drinks for HALF the price. That would make this drink SUPER cheap!)

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Food:

  • Dirt Pudding Cups

I don’t even have kiddos and I’m gonna be making these! EASY and FUN! A win-win!

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  • Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad

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  • Glazed Carrots

I’ve made these numerous times! SO EASY! Hub and I both love this sweet version of carrots. What a lovely & tasteful dish to add to your Easter table this year!

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Decor:

  • Homemade Bunny Banner

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  • Real Carrots + Clear Vase = Perfect Centerpiece

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Activities:

  • NEW & Improved Way to Color Easter Eggs

I SERIOUSLY love painting Easter eggs. However, I also love not dyeing my hands for weeks. Can’t wait to try this new & easy way!

Items needed: Eggs, Ice Tray, Vinegar, Paper Towels, Rubber bands, Food Coloring

This video contains three ways to color eggs. I’m referring to the first way shown!

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDaTsQmF4Qg&feature=share

  • Decluttering with NEW Questions

Spring means clean. Found this article interesting, especially in light of the current “Marie Kondo” craze. Gives a broader perspective that seems more useful!

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Bulletin Boards:

For my teacher friends! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซโค๏ธ

  • Popsicles: A fun transition from Spring to Summer!

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  • Rainbow: An appropriate look for Spring!

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  • Butterflies: You can’t get more spring than these lovely creatures.

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Journaling:

  • Mood Tracker

I fell in love with this mood tracker. I’m going to try it myself for the month of April! This came from Sheena of the Journal. She has awesome stuff. If you follow the link & sign up – like I did – she has TONS of free printables! Yay! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

Unfortunately, this mood tracker has to be purchased. However, with it being an easy picture to copy cat, I’m just going to draw something similar in my own journal!

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Accessories:

  • Hair Scarves

 

(Photo creds & Complete Inspiration Board: https://www.pinterest.com/cdstroup18/spring-inspo/)

 

Hope these few ideas got your mind buzzing for S P R I N G!

 

Share any ideas you have back with me in the comments below!ย 

 

Featured Image byย Darren Nunisย onย Unsplash

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What to do with those blah, blank areas in your house. For cheap.

Ever had a corner or section of your house that looks pathetic – empty – lacking?

Kinda like this one. . . ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿฝ

Yeah, that’s what I woke up to this morning.

It seemed like – after the Christmas decorations came down – my little house felt bare. Anybody with me? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Let’s rewind a little โช Let me give you a little tour/info on my little ๐Ÿก . . .

I love green. ๐Ÿ’š I ended up repurposing most of my wedding decor (vases, jars, boxwood, candlesticks) and it’s filtered throughout my little house. I even sanded and painted this cute little coffee table last summer to match all my decor.

But, looking forward to S P R I N G and S U M M E R, I wanted something more than my neutral grays, tans, whites, and creams complimenting my glamorous green.

I guess you could say I was bored. But, I should also mention that Hub and I are on a budget that doesn’t lend itself to redecorating – life ain’t cheap, you know? So, I guess you could say that I was also feeling a little discouraged. ๐Ÿ˜‘

But, never fear. I found a way. A way to say “goodbye” to that despicable looking section of my living room/dining area. A way to give my little house a fresh look for spring. All for cheap.

And – if you find yourself in the same boat as me? You can find a way, too.

Here’s a couple tips.

    Pick the accent color you’d like to add B E F O R E you start googling, pinteresting, or shopping.
    Set a price limit B E F O R E you go shopping.
    Be willing to switch around or put away all those little decorative items you already own. You’d be amazed, also, at what you can find, move around, or repurpose.
    Remember that less is more. You do NOT need to buy tons of items to spruce up a corner or re-do your decor look.
    Shop when the stores have (no less than) 40% off what you’re looking for.
    Don’t settle for something you don’t really like. Spend money ON L Y on things that strike your fancy.

So, fast forward to โฉ this past weekend. I decided (after seeing some cute decor at Joann Fabric and Craft Store) that a soft/blush pink would be the P E R F E C T pop of color to compliment all my greens & neutrals. Skip through the first couple days of this week & a little Pinterest searching – and we (finally) get to today. Today I braved the cold to go to Joann’s. They are currently (only for a couple more days) carrying a 40% off sale on their “Simply Spring” collection. Gorgeous stuff. With whites, grays, sage green, pinks, baby blues. Wall decor, pillows, trinkets, signs, etc.

I searched – for something I genuinely liked that was also affordable that would help my empty section of house to find life. (Side note: Just because everything is 40% off doesn’t mean that it’s an amazing deal.) I liked so many things. But, I had to narrow it down. I came across this & decided it was just what that empty wall needed.

This wooden sign had the perfect touch of pink, while also tying in my neutral white & pop of green. I also loved the message. Plus, it was not a repeat of another sign in my house. $19.99 turned into $11.99. Can’t beat that! I loved so much more that Joann had, but I decided to stop there. I bought my item and headed down to Hobby Lobby.

At this point, I was looking for a couple soft pink items that would accentuate the sign I had just purchased.

Wouldn’t you know? Hobby Lobby was also offering a 40% off sale on their “The Spring Shop” collection. Perfect.

First – I found this. . .

A pink metal bucket (SAME shade as my sign from Joann’s). $5.99 turned into $3.59. (I had the fake lambs ear stuck in my crafting bucket in the spare closet at home. . . You’d be surprised what you already have at home or what the Dollar Tree offers. I never spend much $ on greenery and flowers.)

Next, I visited that clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby – you know, the one where you find all the odds and ends, out of season, or broken items. Final markdowns. You guessed it. I found the perfect complimentary item – a perfect match to the metal bucket. . .

A pink plate/platter to sit on my dining room table. It’s heavy, too. Not a cheap piece originally. Marked down to $5.49. I added the boxwood topiary from my wedding decor. The gold geometric tea-light holders are a find from the Dollar Tree last summer. It’s the perfect combo!

Lastly, I found another darling, floral sign with some pops of pink & green. $15.99 turned into $9.59. Makes the perfect addition to my bookshelf turned decor shelf.

Again – cute message and coordinating colors. (Mini boxwood topiary – leftover wedding. Gold ball – free from my cousin who was tired of it at her house.)

I also added these cute little birds to my decor shelf – a find from Wal-Mart a couple months back, approximately $1.50 a piece.

Now – for the picture you’ve all been waiting for. The finished product. Empty corner – be no more! โœŒ๐Ÿฝout!

(I’m not kidding about the wedding decor. The wooden crates. Cheap from Wal-Mart. Stained to the color of my choice. An old engagement pic in a frame that was given to me. Two cheap candlesticks, spray-painted gold. A couple green jars. And a word block from my wedding registry. This ensemble didn’t cost me much!)

And – just like that. My little house has a fresh, springy touch & a blank, blah section revitalized!

Plus, I only spent $30 for four pieces. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ (Seriously minimal compared to how much people normally on ONE decor item.)

Thanks, sweet followers, for listening to me blather about my day of decorating.

I love making a house into a home.

What are your best decorating tips for cheap? Leave me a comment! โฌ‡๏ธ

(Photo creds: https://unsplash.com/photos/bYOi200uQ6w)