MS. OTTS

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Spring Trends and Finds

Fresh blooms and bright colors are two of my favorite indicators that the winter is hibernating for the time being. Thankfully, spring is here after what seemed like a very long and cold winter and I could not be happier about it. I think we grow to love warmer weather as children. We learned that May (for most) is when school ends and the summer fun starts. We carry it with us and still love the spring and summer months the most. Although the heat might not sit well with everyone, the time of year is just so much more joyful (other than right around the holidays) compared to other months like February, when it seems like there is no end in sight. There are so many fun spring trends going on right now and I have found so many great products that I wanted to share with you all, in order to get all of us pumped up for the warmer weather! 

Floral Patterns
Floral patterns are everywhere right now! Shirts, dresses, bed sheets, dish towels, and sometimes you can even find it on some home decor pieces, like throw pillows, living room blankets, and floor mats. There is definitely not a shortage of floral patterns and I am loving it. Go to your local Target, or mall and I can guarantee that you will see an abundance of floral patterns. 

Gardens
The start of spring is the perfect time to plant your garden and so many people are doing so. With organic food prices through the roof, this really is the smart way to do it. Plus, you know where your food is coming from. Stronger Together says, “While specific vegetables and fruits are high in certain nutrients, the best way to make sure you get a good range of these compounds in your diet is to “eat a rainbow.” By eating a variety of different-colored vegetables and fruits, you get all the nutrients you need to be healthy. Eating fruits and vegetables is generally a great idea, but the quality and safety of produce in grocery stores has been increasingly compromised. Whether it’s Salmonella on jalapeño peppers or E. coli in spinach, warnings seem to be happening every year. Also, some people are concerned about pesticide residues on their produce. What better way to ensure a safe food supply free of biological and pesticide contamination than to grow your own? You’ll know exactly what’s been used to grow those beautiful crops.”

Coconut Water
Coconut water is a huge trend right now and rightfully so - it is so healthy for you, and pretty tasty, as well. According to Draxe, “In certain emergency situations, it has been used for IV hydration due to its high electrolyte content and the fact that it’s sterile if used directly from the inside of the coconut.” That is so crazy to me, but it makes sense. With the hot weather coming up, coconut water is the perfect drink to grab at the grocery store and take on your long walks, playground trips, or travel adventures. 

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Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is being used for just about everything now - upset stomachs, stomach bug prevention, a whitener, and more. Right now, the current buzz is all about the charcoal scrubs and toothpastes. Apparently, they can help clear up your skin and whiten your teeth. I recently read an article where moms were using activated charcoal when their kids got sick. Apparently, it is supposed to soak up all of the bad toxins (and some of the good ones, too), preventing any bad bacteria from producing. My friend, Alex tried this when she was around the stomach bug and she did not get sick. I hope the stomach bug doesn’t hit us anytime this upcoming year, but if it does, you can bet that I am trying activated charcoal out!

Window Tinting
Window tinting is a new trend that I am just hearing about! Apparently window films can increase safety, reduce high energy costs, improve comfort, and reduce glare. UHS Window Tinting and Blinds, based out of Alpharetta, Georgia has provided the greater Atlanta area with much-needed window tinting, security film, decorative film and select blind treatment services, as well as installation since 2003. With their 3M™ Window Films, you are rejecting heat and harmful UV rays, but they still allow natural light to fill your home. They block up to 99% of harmful ultraviolet rays, they help evenly disperse natural light, and they reduce up to 78% of the sun’s heat. If you live in the Metro Atlanta area and want to improve your quality of life in your home, definitely consider window tinting. UHS Window Tinting and Blinds are available for a free estimate.

 

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