With Spring cropping up, I’ve been sprucing up my new home with seasonal accents, like crisp linen napkins for weeknight dinners and citrus-scented hand soap for the guest bathroom. This time of year feels like a healthy reset and a fresh start for lifestyle changes. Keep reading to learn about seven fun things I’ve been making, eating, drinking, and enjoying this season!
Welcome Spring Hand Towels
Updating my guest bathroom with fresh hand towels is simple and affordable. On a recent girls trip with my mom, we shopped through the home section of Kohl’s and fell in love with these darling slate gray hand towels. The embroidered “Welcome Spring” design lends a whimsical yet neutral accent to any bathroom. At $4 a pop, these hand towels are soft, absorbent, and celebrate the season. My mom was charmed by these sunny yellow hand towels in the same collection. Do you switch out your hand towels from time to time? It’s such an easy way to rejuvenate a space.
Trader Joe’s Pink Pomelo Grapefruit Hand Soap
In addition to fresh hand towels, I also try out a new citrus hand soap for the guest bath. On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, I found this watercolor design liquid hand soap in the bath, body, and home product aisle. At $3.99, this pomelo scented soap smells effervescently-clean. I’m also a huge fun of their Sweet Basil Foaming Hand Soap. The fragrance reminds me of handling fresh herbs after tending to my (very tiny herb) garden. What are your go-to fragrances for springy soaps?
Easy Appetizer for Entertaining: Warm Blueberry-Rosemary Compote with Goat Cheese on Crackers
For a quick yet gourmet appetizer for guests, I have been serving a warm blueberry-rosemary compote with creamy goat cheese and Trader Joe’s Savory Thin Mini Crackers. After savoring a sample of this appetizer at my local Fresh Market, I snapped up the ingredients immediately. All you need to add to your shopping basket are a jar of blueberry jam, fresh or dried rosemary, a log of goat cheese, a pint of blueberries, and crackers for dipping. To make this about 15 minutes before guests arrive, heat up and simmer a few spoonfuls of blueberry jam and a tablespoon of rosemary on the stove in a saucepan. Let the mixture bubble and cook together for 5 minutes to create an aromatic fruity-herbal fragrance. Once the sauce has cooked and mixed flavors, spoon it over a fresh log of goat cheese on a wooden cheese board. Serve with fresh blueberries on the side and spread some of this warm, creamy, and sweet yet savory spread onto a cracker and enjoy!
Monogrammed Napkin Linens
An easy-as-pie way to update my dining room is to buy new cloth napkins. We use cloth napkins at all meals and they truly elevate any dining experience. Besides being environmentally-friendly, cloth napkins are also cost-effective. I never have to buy paper napkins on a monthly basis and these wash easily every week. I picked up these neutral cream and gray Mudpie napkins from The Wreath Stand, a beautiful, local home decor and wreath specialty shop on Thompson Lane in Berry Hill. These napkins would make a lovely hostess gift or just a little pick-me-up for your Easter table setting.
Cucumber Gin Martini
If you know me in real life, you know that I’ve recently developed a penchant for making specialty cocktails at home. One of my favorite springy cocktails is a Hendrick’s cucumber gin martini.
To make this refreshingly-light cocktail, add ice, a shot (or two) of Hendrick’s Gin, muddled or juiced cucumber (about 1/4 cup) and a tablespoon of lime juice (optional) to a cocktail shaker (mine is a hammered steel shaker from William-Sonoma that works beautifully). Put the strainer and lid on, give it about 5-10 dramatic shakes, and pour it in your favorite cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber to release even more cucumber fragrance and enjoy! My sis-in-law Liz got me hooked on these and they are such a rejuvenating drink to sip on during a long, lazy afternoon with friends.
Trader Joe’s Rose Oil Hand Cream
After the harsh dry air from winter, my hands and cuticles have been soaking up this rose oil hand cream. As y’all know, my obsession with Trader Joe’s beauty products only continues to grow (my most top-read posts are all about Trader Joe’s). If you haven’t already picked up this $5 tube of luxury hand cream, you need to try it! I keep a tube by my night stand and apply some to my hands and cuticles every night as part of my routine. The rose scent smells like a fresh bouquet and leaves my hands feeling soft and moisturized for hours.
Malted Milk Chocolate Easter Eggs
To get in the Easter mood of dying eggs and decorating with my bunny-themed decor, I picked up a bag of malted milk chocolate Easter eggs. I keep these in a candy dish by my front door for guests to grab a few or for a simple dessert for after a big meal. Do you have a favorite Easter candy?
To Wrap it Up…
What springy things or recipes have you been trying this month? Later on, I plan on dying Easter eggs and updating my wardrobe with some swingy dresses. Let me know what you think of these ideas and thanks for reading. Enjoy your Sunday!