April Band of Bloggers

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It’s that time of year again!  As the warmer weather soothes stiff joints and brushes off the last vestiges of winter, homes beg for the same fresh start everyone promised themselves at the beginning of the year.  Clothes are donated, rooms are scrubbed, and yards are tended.  While the fauna leave their winter dens or return from long migrations, the world blooms with new growth in vibrant splashes of colour.

For April’s Band of Bloggers post, we will answer a few questions about Spring and the ever-loved Spring cleaning.  Feel free to join in and answer these questions in the comments below!

Do you decorate for Spring?

Save some specific Easter decorations that I pull out around the end of March, it’s ALWAYS Spring in my apartment – lots of raspberry red, robin’s egg blue and a pink I like to refer to as “Strawberry Fluff.”  This spattered egg wreath actually sits on a little decorative shelf above the second bedroom bed year-round.  My best friend once commented that I have the perfectly decorated single girl’s apartment – remarkable, as I live with a man, and a pretty messy one at that!

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Are there any products you find yourself reaching for as the weather warms?  This can be anything; food, clothing, bath and body, wax, you name it!

I suppose like most people shrugging off the final frosty bits of winter, I start to lean towards fresh, fruity and floral scents for both my person and my home.  After finishing off a bottle of hand soap the other day, I reached into my extras drawer and pulled out two choices – some fruity berry thing, bursting with Springtime freshness, and a beautiful Bath & Body Works scent by the name of Winter White Woods, an unexpected favourite of mine that smells like a still copse of snow-laden birch trees.  Glancing outside, I saw that the actual birch trees surrounding my building were laden with snow themselves, so back into the drawer Winter White Woods went – perhaps best to put a bit of distance between winter and Winter, yes?

Do you participate in the Spring cleaning craze?

Living in a condo apartment building, I thankfully have very few Spring maintenance duties to attend to.  But before the summer spiders arrive and drive me back indoors, I sweep down the balconies, wash the windows and frames, maybe set out a few pots of pansies (which I haven’t in years; my dear, late kitty, Porky, LOVED to nibble on freshly potted pansies – would actually race me to the balcony door so she could rip off their little lion’s heads like the savage predator she was – and I haven’t had the heart to buy any since her passing.  Maybe this year.  Miss you, Pork Chop.)

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Don’t forget to visit these fellow participants in the Band of Bloggers and help support the blogger community!

Amanda at Thrifty Polished

Deb at It’s Always Something

Jaybird at The Candle Enthusiast

Julie at The Redolent Mermaid

Lauren at LoloLovesScents

Liz at Furianne

Sandra – me! – at Finger Candy

If you are a blogger and would like to join the Band of Bloggers for our monthly posts, please contact us.

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13 thoughts on “April Band of Bloggers

  1. That BEAUTIFUL egg wreath!! I just love the colors! I’m not really sure if there are any “spring” decorations to my name..maybe. There is however a ceramic pumpkin that I ADORE that stays out year round on my window sill seat and the one wreath that I do own is more Fallish?.. (sunflowers and burlap) it is also still out for my viewing pleasure.. ahh forget it I’m just a fall girl!
    I hear you on the creepy crawlers that warmer weather brings. Once they come out, I go back in. None of that for this girl! No idea how I ever survived camping all of those years as a child lol.

    • See, that’s why you only camp when you’re a kid – because you’re too crazy and full of beans to remember how traumatic camping actually is (possibly my least favourite activity ever; I kind of hate nature!)

      I love my Fall decorations to bits, but Spring decorations definitely fall more in line with my general taste in decorating. Gosh, I’d love to have a year-round Halloween tree, though, that’d be so cool!

      • Oh believe me, I have many many traumatic stories and experiences from camping lol. We camped several times a year for many years of course those are all memories and I probably wouldn’t trade them for anything even if they were bad since they were with family but gosh why on earth did my family think that was vacation? Ticks, spiders, snakes, bears, mosquitos, raccoons you name it we delt with it all. Raccoons even breaking into our cooler one night and eating our hotdogs one by one.

        I’ll never forget going with my husbands family for the first time on their idea of camping and we stayed in a cabin out in the woods.. a very nice cabin. No tent. No ice chest to keep your food cold or fire to warm your food and warm you. It was brilliant lol!

  2. A perfectly decorated single girl’s apartment sounds like a dream, good for you, it is remarkable. I’m still working through my Winter BBW soaps, maybe that’s why we’re expecting 1-2 in. of accumulated snow tomorrow, for cripe’s sake!!!
    P.S. That Porky was a pretty gal:)
    P.P.S. Did I read that you reach for floral scents??

    • Okay, so I probably should have said “specific floral smells”…as in lavender. Pretty much just lavender, actually! I guess Pink Sands qualifies as a floral, and I love the stuffing out of that scent. I also have high hopes for a two-pack of muffins I ordered from Rosegirls in a scent that Julie came up with – Raspberry Sauce, Rosegirls Garden (a floral scent, I think mostly rose) and Vanilla Bean Noel. If I like it – and I should; you could pair a cat turd with Raspberry Sauce and I might be down with it – it’ll be the first rose scent I’ve ever liked. SHOCKER!

      • Good to know! Do you prefer the sweet to the herbal kind? I’ve been leaning more herbal lately, but looooove my SGA sweet lav/pnk sugar.
        As far as Pink Sands goes-it was one of the top 3 sellers at Yankee when I was employed. If someone came in looking for a gift for at teen to a middle-aged woman, it always sold. College aged females especially loved it. If I lived the rest of my life without smelling it again-I’d be so fine with that!
        I hope your Rosegirls rose works out:)

      • I think herbal? I like it when it smells a little green. I just tried a wee sample of TBG’s Lavender Vanilla Custard and it wasn’t quite for me – it was really quite…metallic? Would that be French lavender? Or is French lavender the more herbal variety? So many questions.

        Oh, Pink Sands overkill! I get it – it’s kind of cloying. I have this Bath & Body Works candle, though (or had – just finished it) that I adored that was Pink Sands and sugared apple. They went together really, really well! Must try and recreate that next time SMT has customs.

  3. Snow on birch trees?!?!?! Sounds like a magical realm to me. I want to go there. You have snow on birches and I have breezes in palm trees… can it be any different? I love your wreath. Between you and Jay I am ready to expand my spring decor.

    I am sorry to hear about you kitty loss. 😦 Such a beauty and you can tell the abundance of flowers makes her feel like she’s in a bed of catnip. LOL! What a great photo! ❤

    • Oh, it’s magical all right (said with sooo much grumpiness.) This is the time of year that I start to get majorly peeved with crap weather. It snowed for about 10 minutes yesterday and I was on the verge of a freakout! Held it together, though.

      That’s my favourite photo of Porky ever. She was a beautiful cat in real life, but I always said she was quite un-photogenic – her mostly black fur absorbed all the light, and it was hard to make out her beautiful features in photos. I also take crap pictures for the most part! So this is the best one of her ever, because you can actually see her (lording over her pansies, the brute.) She was very sassy; I miss her so much.

  4. Aww, Porky is so handsome! RIP. Beautiful pansies too. I love that your fella tolerates all the pretty decor and girly colors. My hubby’s pretty open minded, but for some reason doesn’t like decor just for the sake of decoration, which I love. Lol.

    • Thanks, Amanda, she was a gorgeous beast, and boy, did she know it. I thought she was quite regal, maybe a bit snotty? 🙂

      I highly recommend a husband with colour blindness issues if you’re looking to decorate however you see fit. But aside from that, he legitimately doesn’t care. Actually prefers the colour parade to neutrals, which just come out all muddy and grey to him.

  5. Oh, my. What a gorgeous egg wreath. An ever-Spring home sounds lovely. The pastel colors of Easter make me so happy!

    Pork Chop sounds like a silly, lovable kitty. ❤ My heart aches for you.

    • Thanks, Liz! It’s quite pastel-and-vibrants in here (lots of floral touches, too) but somehow it’s not too girly. Don’t know how that happened!

      Oh my, I miss my kitty so much. I’d love to say it gets easier the longer they’ve been gone, but it hasn’t, not really – everything still sucks. You just learn not to cry in public any more (much.)

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