Spring has sprung here in Sunny San Diego! I love walking outside and feeling the warmth of the sun, the smell of the beachy air and the sight of fresh lemons growing all around. During this time of year, I start to feel a renewed sense of energy and creativity. I didn’t use to pay as much attention to the way the seasons affected me but now that I do, I notice a big difference. It makes me appreciate the varying times of year and the different ways in which each season (yes, we have seasons in San Diego!) affects my mind, body and soul. In celebration of Spring, here are 5 ways I’m looking forward to harnessing the energy this season has to bring!
What’s in season, you ask? Strawberries and basil! One of my favorite go-to recipes during spring is fresh, healthy and delicious (yes, delicious can be healthy) strawberry shortcake! I use a combination of velvety coconut cream, almond flour shortcake (gluten free) and a naturally sweet and tangy strawberry filling.
Coconut Cream (also used in this OhMyMega Veggie Pumpkin Tart recipe!)
You guys! I am so excited about this product line called CocoKind. They have the most amazing products and are so clean I’m pretty sure you could eat them if you wanted to (I’ll look into that and let you know!). They have 3 face and lip treatments that are not only moisturizing with natural oils such as coconut, olive, and sunflower, but are also tinted with natural foods such as beets, matcha, tea and turmeric. How cool is that?!
Anything and everything lavender! I am loving this color lately and aspiring to redo my wardrobe (one day) to incorporate more color. Can I just play pretend for a moment? I’m obsessed with this lavender dress from Moda Operandi. I can’t spend money like this, nor could most people (but all power to ya if you can!). It’s beautiful and if I could wear it I would (you know, on all those days I have the extra time and energy to get dressed up and go out – wink, wink), but for now I’ll just look at it and imagine it hanging in my closet.
Flower pressing! This is so easy to do and kids love it. You can also teach them about gardening and the environmental life-cycle all while nurturing their creativity with this simple activity. Start by gathering flowers of your choice. Place them between 2 sheets of paper and then put them between 2 heavy books until they dry out. You can also use this as an opportunity to teach your kids about the art of patience J as, if they are anything like mine, they will have a tough time waiting to see the end result! Distraction, my friends. Distraction. Works almost every time. Until they’re about 5 years old that is 😉
“Anything you can’t control is teaching you to let go.” Spring is usually about “spring cleaning” and that includes cleaning out thoughts and worries that don’t serve us. I’m working on letting go of things beyond my control (or things that take more energy to control than to let go). Especially when it’s not a top priority. With this new way of thinking, I can instead harness that energy to focus on my top priorities and leave the non-essential worries behind.
Hopefully this list adds a spring to your step 😉 Now, get out there and enjoy the sunshine and freshness spring has to offer!