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Affordable Backyard Makeovers

April showers bring May flowers. 

That means many of us are braving the cool temperatures right now; digging in our gardens, freshening up the yard, pulling out our patio furniture so we can spend as much time outside in May when everything is beautiful and in bloom. 

I dont know about you, but my backyard could use some help before I start inviting friends over for patio barbecues. I started Pinning beautiful yards and gardens before I launched myself into a three hour wayfair.com shopping spree which came to a sudden halt when I hit the check-out” button.  

Spring Fashion Trends and How to Style Them

Fun jumpsuits, earth tones, and chunky jewellery have all come back. In this blog learn how to style 5 of Spring 2019’s trends. We will be teaching you how to layer and wear each item! Keep reading to see how you can wear each trend during the day and in the evening. Don’t forget to make sure you aren’t making yourself uncomfortable in your clothes, fashion is an expression of the self! 

Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring cleaning is an annual affair that could go on for a long time if you don’t have a strategy in place. Having fallen victim to “No plan Spring cleaning” once or twice before, we decided to turn it around this year. Here are our Spring cleaning tips and  a few pieces of advice straight from the organization experts! 

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

 

Netflix has come out with some pretty great documentaries and reality shows lately that have us glued to our couches (I’m looking at you, Fyre), but there is one in particular that has us talking. Going beyond being a feel-good show, it has influenced real change to our lifestyles and birthed countless memes because this is the internet, where a direct correlation exists between a show’s popularity and the number of memes created in its honor. So by now, I don’t have to tell you that Netflix’s latest baby, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, is popular.  

 

A Grieving Walk: Dreamy Perspective Shifts from a Grief Podcast Host

I would have never imagined myself hosting a podcast. But here I am, asking difficult questions about the deceased with people I admire and respect. Through this journey I have gained some communication skills and the smallest amount of technical knowledge, but my gains are not in learning how to cut out a hundred unnecessary ‘ummmms’ (just me?). It’s more about connection with my peers, exploring grief and sharing my excursion with the world. Interviewing people from all walks is a brilliant experience which continually fosters my heart-space living. I’m grateful for this conversation surrounding death and dying because I know there is healing in acknowledging our bereavement. I also know that listening to others and providing them a space to honor their loved ones is a game changer, for everyone.

The Benefits of Journaling and Why Fall is the Best Time to Start

Remember when you were little and you had a pink unicorn journal with a cheap lock on it that could be busted open with minimal force. No? Back then, in 1991, we called it a diary and they were considered a top-secret collection of experiences and their corresponding moods. Research has shown that the benefits of journaling are endless and I’m not sure we’re utilizing the healing power of written word as much as we could be. Journaling is the perfect way to unload in a perfectly safe space and create room for new experiences and thoughts to calibrate. I happen to love journaling for its’ ability to allow me to further understand how I feel about the regular happenings of life. I’ll also say that keeping a journal is somehow sentimental and feels romantic. Perhaps I’ve simply watched too many romantic comedies.  

Choice In The Matter

“I choose my choice!”

~ Charlotte York

 

Yes, I had to throw in an erratic Sex and the City quote because, hey,  SATC will always be life but also because screaming “I choose my choice!” is not only the topic of this piece, but also the manner in which Charlotte defends herself is both empowering and cringe-worthy. I’ve never been known to turn away from a good clashing dichotomy.