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Birthdays are some of my favorite things to celebrate. I just love how special it makes people feel when the get streams of texts, cards, or phone calls from those they love or friends they haven't heard from in a while.
So, in honor of my birthday coming up in just a few days, I've teamed up with a few of my favorite instagram accounts to share with you some amazing spring and home decor inspiration AND a chance to win a $100 Nordstrom giftcard for one lucky winner. Head over to Instagram to enter!
Instagram Inspiration To Die For
Not only do these ladies have the most gorgeous pages, but if you follow their stories (or chat with them via DM) you know they have the personality to match. Find out more about these rockstar women and their passions.
My Top Picks for the Winner
I mean, I couldn't possibly have not taken a sneak peak at Nordstrom's Spring Home Collection this season. So, if you happen to be the lucky winner, Here are my top picks for you!
Remember to head over to Instagram to enter! Can't wait to see who the winner is!
When it comes to holidays, my mom has always been the BEST decorator, cook and activity planner. She has done Easter egg hunts for us every single year (yup even as adults and even if we are on a family trip. One year she hid the eggs in the hotel room while we are at breakfast and we had the best time searching all the new hiding places).
Needless to say, I've picked up a few tips from her to make the best hunt possible.
1. Pick Your Basket
My mom would leave a little basket with a few socks, chocolates, and knick knack treats outside our door so that when we woke up in the morning, we had a sweet surprise and could also use the basket for the hunt that was soon to ensue. Whether bucket or basket, picking out one that can add great decor to a room after the fact is an added bonus!
2. Count your eggs
First it's best to start with a good number of eggs, enough for each person in the group to be able to find at least 4-6. Once you have all your eggs packed with your favorite candy (we love Starburst Jelly Beans and Cadbury Mini Eggs) count the final number of eggs that you end up hiding. This way, once everyone thinks they are all done, you can know for sure and that way you don't find a less than fresh egg in October.
3. Hide low, high, inside and out
My sisters and I can be a bit ruthless when it comes to Easter egg hunts (what can we say, it's just tradition). We scurry all over the house trying to beat each other to the best hiding spots. My mom always would hide a few in plain site, like against the hallway baseboards, near the front door window, or next to a vase. However, she would also hide just a few in really tricky places like behind picture frames, in between couch cushions, and inside drawers. This was the perfect balance for excitement and problem solving to try and figure out where the last egg ended up.
4. Have a go-to breakfast
Our family tradition has always been eggs and bacon (with either toast or biscuits) cooked by my dad and hot cross buns that one of our close family friends always hand delivers on Easter morning. This was great for two reasons, first, after scouring the house for candy, it's easy to want to start eating it, especially when we were kids, but having a nutrient rich meal at the ready made it easy to say no to candy until a more reasonable hour. Second, it created a special moment to sit and eat together, having time to laugh, talk and enjoy our family time.
Traditions have always been such a special part of my upbringing and I hope that you got some great ideas. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
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Easy Grab and Go Protein Bars - No Bake!
I tend to be on the go often and having snacks on hand is super helpful, especially to avoid getting hangry. However, a lot of the grab and go snacks in the grocery store have loads of sugar and artificial preservatives that sometimes leave me more low energy after a few hours than before. (Luckily, there are brands like Perfect Bar, changing the healthy snack game!)
These homemade protein balls are AMAZING and have the perfect balance of sweet and savory with tons of protein. I like to make a large batch or even double batch and store them in the freezer so I have a supply to last me a couple weeks. I take about two either for breakfast or an afternoon snack and sometimes I'll have one solo for post dinner dessert.
You can totally customize this recipe with your favorite nut butter, honey or agave. These are the ones I use:
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of cacao nibs
1/2 cup crushed walnuts or almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Hope you find them just as yummy and filling as I do and if you find any spins on the recipe that you tried and loved, please share!
Essentials for clean counters and clean cooking.
In our house the phrase "clean eating" has two meanings, how/where we eat and what we eat.
Do you ever notice that when your life starts getting a little busier or more stressful your eating habits start to decline and then consequently the piles of mail and uncleaned crumbs start to increase on the kitchen counter? Whenever this starts to happen for me, I have a quick trick to get back in the swing of things...clean the kitchen.
It may sound like just one more thing you don't have time for, but with just thirty to ninety minutes of organizing and prep, it can turn your unhealthy habits around.
One of the reasons I love home decor and design is because how you feel in your home and in your space can impact your mental state. If things start to get out of order in your home, you will surely start to feel that same stress and disorder in the rest of your life. The same is true for the opposite, stress from work, kids and relationships can cause us to break some of our better habits. So just like New Year's resolutions, I have found that a quick power hour of cleaning or organizing can get my mind in the right place for positive and productive focus.
The best way I have found to fuel my healthy routine in times of stress is:
Refresh the 1 & 1
What is the 1 & 1? You know the "junk drawer" in your kitchen, thats one. The other is the pantry. No matter how many times I clean these two places, they always find a way to get a little bit "higgly piggly" as my mom always says. Each one should only take 15-30 minutes each to clean depending on how big they are, but be RUTHLESS in your cleaning. It may be hard at first, but trust me it's worth it in the long run of feeling good in your space.
For the pantry:
2. Keep the Everyday Items Close
The best way to eat healthy, is to have the essential items easily at hand. I've found keeping my olive oil and stir spoons right on the counter in a decorative way does two things.
3. Stock the Fridge
Once you've got a little organizing done, grab you keys and head to the grocery store. (If you have time, give your fridge a nice cleaning first). It's much easier to eat healthy, when you are excited about what is in your fridge. Here is my go-to list for re-inspiring the clean eating train.
The craziness of life isn't always in our control, but for me a little organization can help bring my mind and motivation to the right place for other healthy habits. Clean space = clean eating :-) and if you need a little motivation while getting your clean on, check out my Spring Cleaning playlist. I hope the tips help and if you have questions or ideas I may be missing, I'd love to see them in the comments.
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