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Tips for a fresh start to spring

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 in Ideas & Lifestyle, Newsletters by | Comments
Tips for a fresh start to spring

Daylight Savings, budding trees and blooming tulips; it’s officially spring, a time of year synonymous with images of windows wide open to let in the fresh air and vacuuming the upholstery. Here are a few ways to shed the winter blues, de-clutter your home and shepherd in the season with a fresh new view.

Home. Let the light in by cleaning windows and dusting off light bulbs. Bring some color into your home by swapping out throw pillows for trendy new designs. Perk up your dining table with new place mats and eco-friendly cloth napkins. They are so easy to launder; you’ll wonder why you ever used paper. Switching out photographs with new images is an easy way to revive an existing frame.

Garden. Plant some bright spring flowers, such as a hardy pansy, in your front yard or window boxes. Be sure to remove debris that collects under the winter snow so your yard can start to produce green grass again. Your welcome mat has likely taken a stomping from a wet and cold winter, so invest in a new one and welcome friends and family with a fresh look.

Wardrobe. Do you have items that you didn’t wear all season? Give it to someone that will. Now is the time to review, pare down, and donate. A great tip is to put clothing items on “probation” for one season if you’re not sure. If you haven’t missed (or thought about) that sweater since last year, to the donation pile it goes! Trade out your wool scarf, thick sweaters and heavy coats for silk, vests, and lighter windbreakers. You may be a few weeks early for spring fashion, but be the first to set the trend in your office or school by wearing some brighter colors. A little pop of orange, pink, or yellow can elevate your mood.

Health & Wellness. Longer spring days mean more sunlight exposure. If sunscreen isn’t a part of your daily routine, start today! Do you know most skin care and supplement products “expire” within months of opening them? De-clutter your drawers by reviewing your soaps, lotions and vitamins. Check the dates and toss the ones that have expired or that you don’t use. Add a sea salt scrub to your shower routine to invigorate your skin and help you shed (literally) the winter layer and increase blood flow. Walk outside whenever possible and enjoy the spring air and sunshine. Park a little further away from the shops or get off one stop earlier at work.

Food. The refrigerator is the hub of your kitchen so treat it to a luxurious deep cleaning. Remove all the food and clean the nooks and crannies of your shelving. Check dates and quantities on your condiments before replacing. De-clutter your pantry by recycling stocked-up grocery bags and half-full boxes of cereal. Do you know the average shelf life for spices is between one and three years? Give your spice rack a once-over and discard those that have been with you since college. Start to lighten up your meal plans with in-season produce such as peas, leeks, asparagus and strawberries.

Here’s one of my favorite spring recipes. It’s easy to make, healthy and fresh. Meant to be consumed chilled, it’s delicious on its own as a light vegetarian meal and pairs nicely as a side dish with a lean chicken breast. It stores well and even better the next day!

Farro with Spring Peas, Asparagus and Grapes

Ingredients
1 cup Farro
2 cups Vegetable broth
1 small Scallion, chopped
1 cup shelled fresh or frozen peas (defrosted)
1 cup Asparagus tips
1/4 cup fresh Mint, roughly chopped
1 cup seedless Red Grapes, halved
Juice from one Lemon
Tablespoon Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Cracked Pepper
Freshly grated parmesan (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine farro and vegetable broth in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower heat and simmer until farro is tender, but al dente, about 25-30 minutes.
  3. Drain and cool.
  4. Quick steam the asparagus tips until they are bright green but still crunchy.
  5. Remove from steam and rinse gently in cold water to cool.
  6. Toss asparagus, grapes, scallion, peas, mint in the lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
  7. Fold in cooled farro and mix until coated.
  8. Adjust olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Chill covered for about 10 minutes, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Got any special spring cleaning tips or favorite spring recipes? Tell us below!

This article was written by Candace Thomas, a proud LG Mom and editor-in-chief of the website Luxe…With Kids. As a busy mom of two young boys, Candace is always on the lookout for trends in fashion, food and fun. Keep up with her family’s healthy lifestyle adventures at Luxe…With Kids and on social media through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. She is also recognized as an LG VIP Blogger.

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