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Sunday, March 30, 2014

5 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate Spring's Late Arrival

Yellow is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Spring.  The earth comes alive in shades of yellow.

The first bursts of Spring (in the North East,US, anyway)Forsythia and daffodils. Next, and not far behind...rainbows of tulips. 

We've earned this Spring. Let’s truly celebrate the arrival of this glorious season:

bluebird in forsythia

1. Let the outdoors in. Crack the windows in your car.  Open the windows in your home. Move the curtains, let the sun in. Buy yourself a bunch of fresh flowers until there is an abundance to pick from in your yard.

 Forsythia vase
From Things That Fall

2. Begin the wardrobe transition. 

I am still cautious in saying pack away every coat and heavy sweater but you can start!   Make way for those lighter beauties that have been patiently waiting through this overly long, cold Winter.  If you haven't already, its time to treat yourself with a Spring shopping fling.
And don't forget  your jewelry box.  
Winter has its own beauty, but it is definitely the season where we might allow ourselves to get weighed down, caught in a rut. In our cozy rut, we're happy wearing heavy jewelry with our warm, heavy sweaters.  

Dig yourself out of by pulling some of the jewelry pieces that have been hiding away all Winter and wear them in fresh ways with your new Spring-Fling outfits.  Make sure to add some new jewelry to your shopping spree list!

Lemon Quartz  - YourDailyJewels.com
Sparkling Lemon Quartz on CZ Studded Sterling Chain - Your Daily Jewels on Etsy

Sending a strong signal to celebrate Spring doesn't have to mean strong  bright colors,  you can scream "Yay Spring!" in pastels - head to toe!

Pastel Periwinkle Gemstone Earrings YourDailyJewels.com
Pastel Periwinkle Gemstone Earrings - Your Daily Jewels  - on Etsy

3. Look at your home with a lighter eye.  Have fun with color: change up throw pillows, and  artwork. Freshly painted walls is the best way to make a room feel light and new. Rearrange the furniture, focusing on the windows and away from the fireplace or TV. Don't forget fresh flowers.

4. Spend more time in the moment. Observe the miracles of Spring all around you.  Yellow everywhere.  Notice the tops of the first flowers as they push their way through the still-hardened soil; birds chirping earlier each morning; the daylight lasting a little longer; lovely April showers.

5. Turn off the television...
Go for a walk. 

Fly a kite.

Climb a tree.

Play in the Daffodils


Read some poetry
 William Wordsworth (1770-1850) 


I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Daffodils by the Sea in Cornwall, UK
Daffodils by the Sea - Cornwall, UK

Happy Spring!

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