Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy First Day of Spring

Spring Umbrella, from Kate Spade

Last night was the vernal equinox, and today is the first day of Spring. I'm hoping it's another sunny day here in Seattle - it will encourage me to do my work faster in hopes of taking my dogs to their sunny dog park for a run!

Do something to celebrate Spring today. Go for a walk, wear a pink flowery dress, buy tulips or daffodils for your home, or nibble on an Easter treat.


  • Is it time to change your home heating system's filters? Mine is getting dirty, so I'm off to Home Depot after work today.

  • Time to connect your garden hoses back up?

  • Sweep front porch and entryway if needed. I worked so hard on my spring cleaning projects yesterday, I neglected normal household maintenance. I don't like stepping on grit or dirt when I'm walking barefoot on my wood floors!

  • See if you can work $3 or $4 into your budget this week for some bright daffodils to perk up your living room.

  • Go outside your house, standing as far out as the street curb. Look at your house carefully. Do you see any problems? Is your paint holding up well? No cracked windows, no burned out light bulbs? Any gardening issues you need to put on your to-do list? Weeds growing in cracks in the driveway? Moss that needs to be removed? Make a list of things to take care of so your home is beautiful from the front as well as inside.

TODAY'S PROJECT: Laundry Room Spring Cleaning

Caldrea Sandalwood Riceflower Laundry Detergent, on Amazon

Here's a room of my house that gets used every day. Boy does it ever! It's a combination laundry room, bathroom, dog food and toy storage, and cleaning supplies storage area. Our dogs' water bowls are stored in this room, and their constant running in and out to drink (and slop water) means the linoleum floor gets wet and dirty often. The washer and dryer are seemingly running all day long, and I'm not always good about putting my cleaning supplies back in an organized fashion after using them.

My project tonight is to thoroughly overhaul, clean and sort the laundry room and its cupboards after I get back from my book club. I expect the project to take just an hour.

I'll need to scrub the toilet and sink, mop the floor, dust the baseboards, tidy the candle storage cupboard, sort the dogs toys, empty a trash can, have my roommate move the washer and dryer to sweep behind them, and wipe down the walls. Next I'll sort and organize my laundry detergents and the toilet paper and paper towels I have stored in this room.

Last, I need badly to sort the cleaning supplies cupboard. There's nothing I can throw out, but I can note if I have too much of a product (does owning 3 cans of dusting spray mean I'm not dusting often enough, or buying too many products?) or need to add anything to my shopping list.

How are you doing on laundry detergent, stain remover, linen spray for your sheets and towels to smell nice, fabric softener if you use that, dryer sheets, etc?

Tomorrow when I do laundry (a load of darks, a load of whites and probably some towels) I'll be doing them in a sparkling clean, organized laundry room - although by then it will probably have some more dog drool on the floor! That's life.


I never can resist a lovely baking blog, and this one features particularly beautiful treats.

Today's post is showcasing her extraordinary hydrangea cake. You might also enjoy peeking at her St. Patrick's cake, inventive beer mug cupcakes, and rainbow sprinkles cake. Her photography is fabulous, also! I can't wait to see what she creates next.

LOVELY FOOD: Easter Chocolates

La Maison du Chocolat Easter Gift Box, at Williams-Sonoma

Sometimes I want to give a nice Easter gift to an adult (a relative, business associate or friend) and struggle to find something that's not childish or too cheap looking. I'm so glad to see this lovely Easter gift box with mature, elegant packaging and pretty foil-wrapped chocolates.


Healthy Dips (CHOW)

Healthy Recipes for Spring (Epicurious)

Fajita Frittata (Cake, Batter and Bowl)

Lemon Macadamia Nut Cakes (Baking Bites)

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