Cozy Spring Meals to Eat During April Showers
Simple dishes to chase away the rainy day blues
Spring showers got you down? Warm up and settle in with some cozy comfort food.
Banana, Blueberry, and Pecan Pancakes. Cozy banana pancakes brighten up even the rainiest spring weekends. Since they’re vegan and gluten-free, you won’t have to worry about these pancakes messing up your plans for swimsuit season.
Mussels Marinara. Steamed mussels tossed in rich tomato sauce are the perfect antidote to spring showers. Add a pile of steaming linguine for a full meal.
Red Velvet Cupcakes. Topped with a simple cream cheese butter cream frosting, these bright and cheery cupcakes are a great rainy day project for the whole family.
Slow-Cooked Pork Barbacoa. This slow-cooked pork shoulder will warm up the whole house as it cooks. Serve on buns, tortillas, or even in a Cuban sandwich! You’ll have plenty of leftovers to turn this into other meals for days to come.
Speedy Vegan Sweet Potato Quesadillas. An easy snack or quick lunch fix, these quesadillas have all the flavor you want from comfort food without the cheesy regrets.
German Maifest (Mayfest) Traditions
Maifest celebrates the arrival of spring, nature’s bright reawakening after winter’s cold and darkness. Maifest (Mayfest) has its roots in one of mankind’s oldest traditions! What was an ancient pagan festival eventually took on Christian religious significance, and has evolved to become a colorful, joyous part of European history and culture, with distinctive traditions like the dancing around the maypole.
Standing in front of the window looking out on a rainy day, I suddenly started singing the words to a Hungarian song, &ldquoThe Rain Falls Softly.&rdquo How do memories from our childhood just emerge like that? &ldquoEsik, eső, csendesen&hellip.&rdquo
When I was in middle school, I remember playing old 78 rpm records from my Grandpa Kovach&rsquos apartment. Since I loved anything Hungarian, I listened to these old-time records with their violins and vocals. I did not understand the words, but my favorite song was &ldquoThe Rain Falls Softly&rdquo as the title appeared in English and Hungarian on the record label. The tune started out slow and mournful but then segued into an upbeat tempo. I learned the words phonetically so that I could sing along. &ldquoEsik eső csendesen, lepereg az eresen, az eresen&hellip&rdquo Feel free to sing along!
We learn the saying &ldquoApril showers bring May flowers&rdquo in pre-school or kindergarten. I can remember coloring a large paper umbrella and gluing it onto the left side of a piece of construction paper. We did not have glue sticks back then. Each table had one or two jars of that white paste for the kids to share. I recall one or two classmates licking the white paste from the wooden craft sticks we used to spread the paste onto our art projects.
On the right side of the construction paper, we were instructed to draw and color happy flowers with stems, leaves and petals growing up from the green grass. We had our trusty Crayola crayons to use in creating freakishly large roses, tulips and daffodils. A sure sign of spring to bring home to our families. &ldquoApril showers bring May flowers&rdquo teaches children that a bit of unpleasant weather (rainy days) can bring beautiful results (blooming flowers) if we are patient.
Do you remember learning that children&rsquos rhyme, &ldquoIt&rsquos raining, it&rsquos pouring, the old man is snoring&hellip?&rdquo I only remember learning the first verse. According to the internet, that traditional rhyme from England about rain included a second verse about snow and a third verse about summer, &ldquoIt&rsquos warm out and sunny, the old man loves honey&hellip&rdquo
There are lots of popular songs about rain. I&rsquom sure you have a favorite. &ldquoSinging in the rain&rdquo from Gene Kelly, &ldquoRaindrops keep falling on my head&rdquo from B.J. Thomas, and James Taylor&rsquos classic, &ldquoFire and Rain.&rdquo
Maybe you have the record albums or cassette tapes or CDs with the Eurythmics&rsquo &ldquoHere Comes the Rain Again&rdquo or &ldquoLet It Rain&rdquo by Eric Clapton, or Prince&rsquos iconic &ldquoPurple Rain.&rdquo I like Slash&rsquos guitar solo on the Guns N&rsquo Rose&rsquos hit, &ldquoNovember Rain.&rdquo
Rain falling from the sky may dampen our moods and outdoor plans. I have hiked in the rain (kind of fun) and survived camping in a tent in the rain (not really fun). I&rsquove even been caught in a downpour as a sightseeing tourist without an umbrella (not fun at all!).
Years ago, I remember camping in a tent in the wilds of Maine. After the second day of rain, we found a cozy one-room cabin on Pemaquid Point. We spent the next two torrentially rainy days in that tiny cabin eating loaves of Anadama bread and reading.
If I have a choice of precipitation falling down from the sky, I will choose rain over snow, sleet, or hail. According to weather records, the average rainfall in Westchester County during the month of April is 3.6 inches. We can deal with that as we patiently wait for the flowers to bloom outside.
. but at least these cute accessories are here to stay! As we get closer to the bright, sunny days of summer, the seemingly never-ending showers of spring can put us in a rather blue mood. Add some sunshine to your rainy days by snagging one (or two) of these *adorable* essentials.
No rainy-day is complete without a raincoat, so you may as well invest in one that keeps you dry *and* fashionable. This pretty pink jacket is from Amazon and comes in 11 other fabulous hues.
Ditch your old black rain boots for this pair of precious yellow ones that will be all the sunshine you need on a rainy day. The low cut provides super breathable comfort and goes perfectly with your fave pair of leggings or jeans. We found these on Amazon for an impressive price of $36.
Sweat sets have become so popular since the beginning of COVID-19, and TBH, no one's wondering why. Whether you're watching a movie or baking a sweet treat, a sweat set is the comfiest and easiest thing to throw on when you're stuck at home. This trendy tie-dye one is from Forever 21.
Everyone needs an umbrella, whether you're walking to class or just having a rainy-day photo shoot with your bestie (ah, so aesthetic). Walk (or take pics) in style with this girly scalloped umbrella from Kate Spade.
Portable movie projector
Yes, we said it: a portable movie projector. Snuggle up at home (or anywhere) with your pets and fam, plug in a phone with your fave film and let *all* the cozy vibes sink in. Find this mini projector at Walmart for only $30.
Cozy blanket. or huge hoodie
Get ready for ultimate rainy day comfort with this huge blanket-hoodie. Not only does it make the perfect movie-watching "outfit," but it makes filming TikTok dances 10x funnier. Originally shown on Shark Tank, The Comfy can be bought on Amazon in 16 fun colors.
What's your fave thing to do on a rainy day? Let us know on Insta and Twitter @girlslifemag!
As April showers are replaced with May flowers, many of us rejoice at the thought of spring being fully sprung.
And then there are the more than 50 million Americans who dread the blossoms on the trees, the pollen in the air because for them, spring doesn’t bring flights of fancy, but rather boxes of tissues for their runny eyes and noses.
Seasonal allergies are no joke. According to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation, allergies cost more than $14 billion each year. That’s a lot of sneezing!
Is there any relief that doesn’t involve you feeling like the walking dead?
Mother Nature has provided us with some pretty potent ways to relieve our symptoms.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale):
Yes, the weeds in your lawn those dandelions. If you have an organic lawn and your neighbors don’t spray pesticides, the answer to relieving your symptoms may be right in your back yard. Pick the leaves and toss them in a salad or brew them into a tea. You can also purchase dandelion in many natural food stores and farm markets.
Compounds in dandelion leaf and root can help reduce swelling in the sinus cavities as well as thin the mucus so pollen doesn’t ‘stick.’
Dandelion also works as liver and kidney support, aiding them in their detox work in our bodies. As a diuretic, dandelion quickly removes waste from the body. Its bitter flavor stimulates the digestive system, so you digest more efficiently.
Why is this important? When nutrients are readily available to the body, less waste is generated. In turn, the liver can focus on the really important tasks, like helping to rid the body of excess fat stores, which can exacerbate allergy symptoms.
If you can’t get past the idea of eating weeds or drinking weed tea, simply take dandelion capsules (6 a day), although these will not be as effective.
Nettles/Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica):
If you know anything about wild plants, you’ll know nettles, the spiky green plants that grow anywhere that’s damp or near water that are covered with little stinging needles on the leaves.
Nettles are rich sources of iron, vitamins and trace minerals, as well as being good sources of magnesium and calcium (which, interestingly, in this form, are very easy for the body to assimilate, much more than in supplement form because all the nutrients combine in a way the body can use).
Nettles are helpful with allergy symptoms because they help clean metabolic waste from the blood and act as a diuretic, so the kidneys and urinary system have an easier time with all their filtering and cleansing work.
Nettles can be brewed into a tea or stirred into soups. The challenge with nettles is you need a lot of them. So most people simply buy the concentrated tincture and take a full dropper daily in water.
If you decide to forage and harvest your own, please wear gloves (remember these are called “stinging nettles”…and they do). Also, be sure to steep, steam or dry leaves before eating or brewing into tea to take the sting out of the nettle.
Burdock (Arctium lappa):
This is a really solid cleansing herb and root. Burdock is renowned for helping to clear the skin, relieve achy joints and help the liver with general toxic congestion, which in turn relieves allergy symptoms. It strengthens immune function and purifies the blood. It contains inulin (which mimics insulin in the body) it can aid in stabilizing blood sugar.
You can take burdock as tea (buy it in its dried form). You can pick the leaves and sauté them as burdock grows wild. The leaves are bitter with an astringent effect in the body like dandelion.
You can create this classic recipe with burdock root: Burdock Kinpira
If you don’t care to forage or cook the burdock, you can take it in capsule form, but again, this is the least effective way to use it.
An important thought on this information: you may not see immediate relief with these teas and recipes, but over time, will see the result you want. It takes time and patience to alter a condition like seasonal allergies. But if you are consistent with the use of these foods in tea, tincture and supplement form, you will see results.
During allergy season, we have to really pay attention. We can use herbs and foods and natural remedies to give us relief of symptoms but we have to play our part. Ditching refined sugars and flours, fried foods, dairy products, sticky sweets and heavy foods will work against you in your battle with pollen.
It’s all about digestion and giving your system a bit of a respite, allows it to rally to the job of keeping allergy symptoms at bay. No need to fast, but just eat lighter foods, the foods of the season, like sprouts, asparagus, dandelion, baby arugula, lemon, fresh fruit…and lots of water.
One of the best ways to help alkalize the pH of your digestive tract is the use of Cape Aloe Ferox products which can change your digestive life for the better. They certainly changed mine. From carbonized aloe crystals to a natural and gentle detox, I have found these products can help re-balance your digestive tract.
To support the body in its work to stay balanced and free of allergy symptoms, the European herb butterbur (Petasites hybridus) is becoming something of a star with impressive clinical trial results.
The British Medical Journal reports that just one tablet of butterbur four times a day was as effective as an antihistamine drug in controlling symptoms of hay fever (without side effects like sleepiness). In a second study, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), put their stamp of approval on butterbur's effectiveness in relieving grass allergy symptoms. Pretty cool, I’d say.
Another herbal remedy that’s been shown to be helpful is a tonic made from the herb goldenseal, especially when added to a saline (salt water) nasal spray. The saline works to wash out pollen and reduce or thin mucous, while the goldenseal has astringent and antibacterial properties which help in this process. You can also use this mixture in a netti pot daily for relief.
In addition to herbs, many natural health experts contend that certain nutrients can be helpful in settling seasonal symptoms. Grape seed extract and a flavonoid compound, ‘quercetin’ are especially promising. Although both occur naturally in many foods, they seem to be more helpful in reducing allergy symptoms when taken in supplement form, particularly in conjunction with Vitamin C.
"There is even some evidence that quercetin may control the release of histamine and other chemicals that help initiate the allergic response," says James Dillard, MD, clinical advisor to Columbia University's Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and assistant clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Your Kitchen Farm-acy
As we talk allergies, it’s time for the big guns. Let’s move from the herb garden and the medicine chest to the pantry and the fridge because a lot of your relief…or aggravation with allergies can be linked to what you eat…or don’t eat.
It’s time to spice things up…add some sizzle to that your sauté in the form of hot spices like cayenne, chili, curry, ginger…even onion and garlic. Not only yummy, the heat in spices can help thin mucus secretions which help clear nasal passages.
The bad news is that some of your favorite foods may not be your best pals during seasonal allergy season. Food intolerances are at the forefront of allergy studies to see if there’s a link. New information leads experts to believe that sensitivities to food may be more intricately entwined with seasonal allergies than previously thought.
So you need to look at what you’re eating and set aside anything that seems to provoke symptoms, even mild stomach upset or occasional breakouts. Getting rid of foods that upset your equilibrium can help reduce the burden on your immune system which in turn can help reduce the impact of allergies.
According to New York University allergist Clifford Bassett, MD: if you suffer from ragweed or other weed pollen allergies, "you should avoid eating melon, banana, cucumber, sunflower seeds, chamomile, and any herbal supplements containing Echinacea, all of which can make symptoms much worse."
So you may need to re-think those bananas you’re using to thicken your morning smoothie.
But there’s great news. We have all heard the buzz about the connection between probiotics and our immune system. Now experts are linking the ‘flora and fauna’ in your gut to relief of seasonal allergies. The stronger your digestive tract, the less you might be bothered by symptoms.
You can take a supplemental probiotic…or you can consume the greatest (and probably oldest known to man) probiotic in the form of miso in your favorite soup.
10 Tips to Prepare Your Hygge Home for Spring
Anyone else completely overjoyed that spring is almost here? After a long winter, it’s no surprise that many of us are looking forward to April showers and May flowers.
While it’s great to put away wool blankets and electric heaters for the season, consider keeping coziness around a little longer by embracing a Scandinavian lifestyle called hygge. Hygge, pronounced hoo-gah – is a Danish way of life that focuses on principles like contentment, relationships, relaxation and simplicity while emphasizing cozy, calm interiors.
Here are 10 tips to help you combine the hygge philosophy with home decor, and get your space refreshed and recharged just in time for spring!
1. Organize and Tidy Up
Organizing is easier said than done. However, there are plenty of stylish ways to organize out there to help aid in these often perilous endeavors.
Spring is the perfect time to reevaluate your belongings and create a more meaningful home. Practice the principle of contentment by only keeping things that inspire happiness and recycling those that may cause clutter or chaos. Donating items to a local shelter is an amazing way to repurpose unwanted goods while fostering charitable values and mindfulness toward your community.
2. Find Inspiration
Inspiration can be found in many places. It’s important to remain stimulated through the winter months and participate in activities that support a healthy transition into spring.
Some very hygge pastimes to consider include book clubs, walking on nature trails, going for a bike ride or enjoying a picnic at your local park. Whatever you decide, get out there and experience all that the spring season has to offer.
3. Replace the Outdated
Sometimes, our belongings tend to get outdated. We don’t realize it until we open up the windows to air out the house. Items that endure everyday use such as pillows, linens or even furniture are great options to think about replacing especially during price-slashing spring sales.
In fact, pillows should be replaced every 1-3 years linens every 2-3 years furniture every 5-10 years. If you’re looking at some of these around the house and noticing they’ve overstayed their welcome, spring is the perfect time to refurbish. Keep things affordable by looking for pillows and linens at numerous home discount stores or purchasing sofas from a large selection through an online retailer.
4. Make Little Fixes
Little fixes can actually go a long way. If you’re tired of looking at the same decor, focus on the small stuff. Change out hardware on cabinets to cultivate a fresh vibe. Replace curtains with colors in spring hues like greens or yellows. Switching out rugs are another way to completely change a room and brighten up a space.
5. Revitalize and Renew
Succumb to the hygge principle of relaxation — it’s time to get cozy. Taking time for yourself is vital to transition from hibernation to a more active lifestyle. Try some homemade bath bombs, purchase an affordable facial, give yourself a DIY mani/pedi or go for all three.
If your speed is more TV binges and movie marathons, go with the flow. Whichever way you like, relaxing is a great way to prepare yourself for spring.
6. Bring the Outdoors In
Botanical vibes bring a breath of fresh air. Let your home take advantage of all that the outdoors have to offer by opening up windows and incorporating houseplants into your hygge home decor.
If you’re less inclined to get your hands and knees dirty in the yard, start potted herb gardens that are easy to care for. Fresh basil and oregano are easy to grow and help make meals delicious while keeping grocery bills down. For an even more cost efficient route, learn how to grow herbs from cuttings and you will never have to purchase seeds again.
7. Entertain Loved Ones
Hit the hygge principle of companionship in this next step to prepare for spring. It’s time to exit the cave you have created for yourself and get out there again!
Host a hygge brunch with plenty of delicious food. Try a slow cooker breakfast recipe for a meal that is simple to make, capable of serving several people and most importantly — easy to clean up.
8. Soothing Steeps
What better way to relax in your hygge home than curling up with a delicious cup of tea or cocoa? Get comfortable and grab your favorite warm beverage, pillows and blankets to relish in the new season.
Remember to unwind and ease off the busy sentiment of spring. Prevent your system from going into shock by participating in things that help you recharge.
9. Slap on a Fresh Coat of Paint
Painting is a simple and cost-efficient way to update your home for spring. Take a note from the hygge palette when considering new wall colors. Save some money and DIY your smallest rooms. Calming earth tones like greens, grays and taupes are sure to last the year while also providing tranquil vibes.
It’s can be easy to get carried away, so don’t forget to keep things simple to stay in line with a hygge home.
10. Enjoy the Little Things
Finally, hygge is all about taking small moments in life and enjoying them to their fullest. We get so caught up in our day to day lives that we fail to notice or appreciate the little things.
Each day, take a second to express gratitude in a bullet journal, go out of your way for a simple act of kindness or to recite positive affirmations.
Or, celebrate moments of joy with personalized photo books that are certain to make you feel the warm fuzzies. Whatever your preference, use the spring season to not only update your home, but your mind as well!
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50+ Spring Lunchbox Jokes
Q. Which crime-fighter likes spring the most?A. Robin
Q. Why was the bee mad?A. You’d be mad too if someone stole your honey and nectar.
Q. Which month of the year is the shortest?A. May (only 3 letters).
Q. How excited was the gardener about spring?A. So excited he wet his plants.
Q. Can February March?A. No, but April May.
Q. When do monkeys fall from the sky?A. During APE-ril showers
Q. Why is everyone so tired on April 1?A. Because they’ve just finished a long, 31 day March.
Q. Why do potatoes make good detectives?A. Because they keep their eyes peeled.
Q. What season is it when you are on a trampoline?A. Spring-time.
Q. How do you know that bees are happy?A. Because they hum while they work.
Q. Who only takes from the rich during springtime?A. Robin hood.
Q. What is Spring’s favorite kind of pickles?A. Daffo-dills!
Q. What flowers grow on faces?A. Tulips (Two-lips).
Q. What do you call a well-dressed lion?A. A dandy lion!
Q. Which month can’t make a decision?A. MAYbe.
Q. What kind of socks does a gardener wear?A. Garden hose.
Q. Why are maple trees so forgiving?
A. Every Fall they “Let It Go”
Q. What do you call two young married spiders?A. Newly webs.
Q. Why are oak trees so forgiving?A. Every Spring they “turn over a new leaf”.
Q. What do you call a mushroom who is the life of the party?A. A fun-gi.
Q. When is the letter “A” like a flower?A. When a bee (B) comes after it.
Q. What do you call it when worms take over the world?A. Global Worming.
Q. When do people use their trampoline the most?A. Spring-Time
Q. What did the mother worm say to the little worm who was late?A. Where in earth have you been?
Q. What did the tree say to spring?A. What a re-leaf.
Q. When is it impossible to plant flowers?A. When you haven’t botany.
Q. What was the name of the girl with a frog sitting on her head?A. Lily.
Q. What did the seed say to the flower?A. OK, Bloomer.
Q. What do bunnies order at Chinese Restaurants?A. Hop Suey.
Q. Why did one bee tease the other bee?A. Because he was acting like a bay-bee!
Q. What do you call a rabbit who has fleas?A. Bugs Bunny
Q. Why couldn’t the flower ride its bike?A. It lost its petals.
Q. What does the Easter Rabbit get when he makes a basket?A. Two points – just like everybody else.
Q. How does a bee brush its hair?A. With its honeycomb.
Q. What’s the biggest difference between Thanksgiving and April Fool’s Day?A. On one you’re thankful but on the other you’re prankful.
Q. Why did the bird go to the hospital?A. It needed tweetment!
Q. What is the best flower for a boy to give his mom?A. Son-flower!
Q. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?A. Pilgrims.
Q. Does February like March?A. No, but April May
Q. What did the summer say to the spring?A. Help – I’m about to fall!
Q. Do you know all about April 1st?A. Yes, I’m fooly aware of it!
Q. What goes up when spring rain comes down?A. An umbrella.
Q. Why did the worm cross the ruler?A. To become an inchworm.
Q. Can bees fly in the rain?A. Only when they wear their yellow jackets.
Q. How does the sun listen to music?A. On the ray-dio.
Q. What did the older flower say to the younger flower?A. You’re really growing there, bud!
Q. What’s a tree’s favorite drink?A. Rootbeer!
Q. Which type of bow can’t be tied?A. A rainbow.
Q. Why was the baby strawberry sad?A. His mom was in a jam!
Q. What falls but never gets hurt?A. The spring rain.
Q. How can you tell the difference between spring rolls and summer rolls?A. By their seasoning.
Q. Why are frogs so happy?A. Because they eat whatever bugs them.
Q. Where do flowers go when they get pollinated too early in the spring?A. Plant parenthood
Q. Which monster plays the most April Fool’s jokes?A. Prankenstein.
Q. What do you call a Spanish spring (river) that doesn’t move?
A. Geyser Permanente
Q. Why should you start a gardening business?A. To rake in the cash.
Q. What is a pole vaulter’s favorite drink?A. Spring water.
Q. What kind of garden did the baker have?A. A “flour” garden.
Q. How do you make a waterbed more bouncy?A. Add spring water.
Q. What was the Easter Bunny’s favorite vegetable?A. EGG-plant.
Q. Why did the gardener bury all her money?A. To make her soil rich.
Q. What can be seen in the middle of ‘April’ and ‘March’, but can’t be seen in the beginning or end of either one?A. The letter “r.”
Q. Why did the gardener plant a seed in the pond?A. To grow a water-melon.
Q. What do you say when it’s raining chickens and ducks in April?A. FOUL spring weather.
Q. What’s Irish and comes out in Spring?A. Paddy O’Furniture
50 Fun Spring Date Ideas to Add to Your Spring Bucket List
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Why not use these 50 spring date ideas to create your very own spring bucket list? Read through the list together, pick out your favorites to create a spring bucket list, and check off each spring date idea this season! It’ll be such a great way to take advantage of the season and have tons of fun together!
50 Spring Date Ideas for your Spring Bucket List:
1. Visit a farmers Market
We love going to the farmers market year around, but spring is the best time! Produce during the spring is so vibrant and full of color, making the farmers market the perfect spring date idea for foodie couples!
Visit your local farmers market and focus on buying spring specific produce like apricots, artichoke, wild arugula, asparagus, carrots, cherries, dandelion greens, mint, parsley, rhubarb, and so much more! Pick out a few items that you’ve never had before and ask the vendor how to best prepare them.
Take your fresh farmers market finds home and create your own farm-to-table dinner! It’s like a two in one date!
2. Go for a long walk after work
We are always promising each other that we’ll go for a long walk together after work, but we can almost never make it happen during the winter. As soon as Daylight Savings Time rolls around, we start taking advantage of the longer days by meeting up for a walk after work. We pick a different neighborhood each time to mix it up and it’s such a great way to unwind together after a long day.
One of our favorite things to do while we walk is look up all our favorite homes on Redfin to see how much they are and see photos of the inside. We pretend we are “house shopping”. This is especially fun to do in fancy neighborhoods!
This springtime date idea is the perfect way to squeeze in a little exercise and bond together in a casual and budget friendly way. We love spring date ideas like this that feel effortless and are easy to fit into a busy schedule!
3. Weekend getaway
Getting out of town is always our favorite type of date! It’s a great way to break out of a rut that we might be in, do new things, and have new adventures together. Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and go visit a nearby town for a weekend getaway.
4. Go hiking
We love hiking year around, but especially in the springtime! The trails are always so beautiful after a season of rain, with lush greenery and tons of flowers and butterflies. Make a list of trails in your area and go on a different hike every weekend. It’ll be a great way to be active together and a great way to enjoy the season!
5. Go strawberry picking
We went strawberry picking together last spring and it was one of our favorite spring date ideas! It’s so much fun to be outside working together and strawberry fields are so pretty.
We took home a giant bucket of plump sweet strawberries and had so much fun for the rest of the week figuring out different things to make with them. One of our favorites were fresh strawberry Bellinis that we served with alfresco brunch on our patio. Such a romantic springtime date!
Ideas of things to make with your strawberries:
- Strawberry shortcake
- Strawberry cocktails (muddle them up, make them into a simple syrup, or blend them into a juice to use in your cocktail)
- Strawberry ice cream (easy with this ice cream maker)
- Strawberry smoothies
- Put sliced strawberries in your salad
- Chocolate covered strawberries
- Strawberry pie
You could even challenge each other to a cook off and see who can come up with the best strawberry recipe!
6. Take advantage of a rainy day
April showers bring May flowers is a saying for a reason. Just because the weather is starting warm up doesn’t mean the rainy days are gone yet. Rather than hibernating, take advantage of the last few rainy days of the year with rainy day date ideas.
Here are some ideas:
- Go mud sliding
- Try your hand at rain photography
- Have a coffee at a cafe and pretend you’re in Paris
- Create an indoor picnic in your living room
7. See a movie at a drive in
Take your springtime date idea old school and find a drive in movie theater near you! It’s such a fun experience! If you don’t have any in your area, you can even try creating your own in your backyard by renting a projector and playing a movie on your laptop. You can also buy a projector for under $90. This might be a good idea if you’re going to host backyard parties or have lots of backyard dates!
8. Plant something
We love springtime date ideas where we are working together to create something. That’s why planting something together is one of our favorite spring date ideas. It’s actually multiple dates in one as you can spread out the following: visit a nursery to select something to grow together, the actual planting, caring for the plant, and getting to use whatever you grew. Plus, it’ll feel so exciting to know that you did that together!
Some ideas of things to plant:
9. Pretend to be kids again
Being goofy and silly together is always a great idea for a date. Why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and pretend to be kids again?
Ideas of things to do:
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10. Rent paddle boats
Renting paddle boats is one of the cutest spring date ideas! Find a park near you that has paddle boats and rent one for a romantic ride together. Doesn’t this spring date idea remind you of that cute boat scene in The Notebook?
11. Nature walk
Going for a nature walk is a great springtime date idea. Go for a walk together and be observant of what you see around you. Flowers, leaves, rocks, birds, butterflies… There’s always so much beauty around us, we just need to take the time to slow down and notice it. You might even want to take home a memento from your walk to save in a scrapbook or to sketch together when you get home. This is a really fun sketchbook to do together.
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12. Spring clean your relationship
Spring cleaning is very popular this time of year, why not use the enthusiasm for a fresh new start to inspire you to freshen up your relationship? Over the years we’ve found that any hard work or time we invest in our relationship pays us back in a big way in the future.
A few relationship spring cleaning ideas:
- Learn your love languages (take the quiz here, buy the book here)
- Participate in our free 6 week relationship challenge
- Try something new together
- Replace one criticism a day with a compliment
- Do one mini surprise a week, like put your partner’s towel in the dryer so it’s nice and toasty when they get out of the shower or hide a cute little note in their pocket
- If you’re upset with your partner, figure out the real reason why and tell them in an objective way
13. Go for a picnic
Going for a picnic is one of our favorite springtime date ideas! The springtime weather is absolutely perfect for outdoor picnics, as picnics in the summer can sometimes be too hot. Pack up some sandwiches and maybe a bottle of rose, take along a picnic basket and a picnic blanket, and spend the day enjoying the sunshine and each other!
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14. Play at a playground
Why not visit a local playground and play like kids? It’s such a fun active spring date idea and can be a great way to mix up your everyday routine. Swing on the swings together, go down the slide, swing from the monkey bars, and build a sand castle!
15.Participate in a marathon
There are always so many marathons in the spring, why not participate in one together? Training for a marathon together will be a great way to bond together! If you don’t want to do a full marathon, try a half marathon or a 5k. You can also choose to do a fun type of run, like a color run!
16. Dine alfresco as much as possible
Springtime is a great time to eat outside as much as possible! Take your breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a drink outdoors and eat together. It’s a great way to turn an ordinary activity into something special and exciting. We love spring date ideas like this because it’s such an easy way to connect with each other and it feels so special to turn a basic activity into a time to bond. It doesn’t really matter what you are eating. It can even just be a cup of coffee, but take it outside and enjoy it together!
17. Host a Pi Day party
Celebrate Pi Day (March 14) with a Pi Party! Bake your favorite pies together and invite your friends over to taste them all. It’ll be two fun dates in one!
18. Go fly kites
Why not pick up kites and go fly them together? It’ll be such a fun springtime date idea! Check out these kite options.
19. Play April Fools’ jokes
Work together as a team and play April Fools’ jokes on your friends together! Or you can play jokes on each other and compete to see who can come up with the funniest joke to play.
20. Do spring cleaning together
This is the perfect time of year for spring cleaning and doing it together can transform a tedious chore into a fun springtime date idea for couples! Plan a time to organize your closets together and you’ll get a clean and organized house out of your fun spring date idea. Make the date fun by putting on music and dancing around and having fun drinks to go along with your cleaning. You might fun some fun old nostalgic things to take a trip down memory lane together!
21. Scout out yard sales
Since so many people are spring cleaning, this is the perfect time to scout yard sales or go antiquing. You might find the perfect thing for your house or something that you can restore together for a fun project.
22. Visit a flower field
Blooms are so beautiful this time of year! Find a nearby flower field for a romantic spring date idea. You can frolic through the flowers, take gorgeous spring photos, and make beautiful spring memories. We went to the flower fields in Carlsbad last year and the tulip farm in Oregon the year before that. We are still deciding where to go this year, but we are thinking an almond blossom field or a poppy field.
This spring date idea is also a great way to get to know different towns near you since the flower field might be in a town you’ve never been to before. For our tulip farm trip, we drove from LA to Portland in one weekend and it was such a fun adventure!
23. Go on a food tour
Spring is a great time to go on a food tour! Find an already organized tour to get tickets to or create your own. To create your own: choose a street that has a ton of different foodie spots and get one thing to share at each spot OR choose one type of food and find a bunch of places to try it.
24. Go for a bike ride
Going for a bike ride is one of the best spring date ideas! It’s such a classic date idea and perfect for a couple who wants to get outdoors and be active. You can keep it romantic with a tandem bike ride, fun with a bike ride down a board walk, or adventurous by going mountain biking. This springtime date idea can be adjusted to any personality type.
25. Plan for summer travel
If you’re planning on traveling this summer, have a date night to plan your trip. Even if you can’t travel, you can still plan a fantasy trip to dream about. We love looking up places we want to go one day and saving them to a Pinterest board or a Wunderlust list.
26. Make your own bouquet
With all the blooms all around, spring is a great time to make your own bouquets. You can take a class at your local florist or go buy or pick some blooms and practice on your own.
Things to do with your bouquets:
- Place them all over your house seeing them will make you smile!
- Make surprise deliveries to your family and friends
- Donate them to a local hospital or nursing home
- Create a pretty tablescape and have friends over for dinner (check out this post for tips on hosting a French inspired dinner party)
27. Do good for Earth Day
Volunteering together is always a great date idea. To make it spring inspired, celebrate Earth Day!
- Plant a tree and dedicate it to the two of you
- Skip using your car for the day and walk or bike together
- Go vegetarian for the day and make yummy plant based meals together
- Volunteer at your favorite organization together
- Raise money to donate to your favorite organization
- Do a beach clean up together
28. Go for a long drive
For a fun springtime date idea, rent a convertible together and go for a long drive! It’ll feel so nice to feel the breeze as you’re driving. You can choose a certain destination to drive to or just drive without a predetermined destination and see what you find along the way! Check out this post on road trip tips for couples.
29. Have a spring photo shoot
Spring is an amazing time for photo shoots! The lighting is beautiful, the days are longer, and there are so many beautiful blooms all over. Take advantage of all the beauty around you and get photos of taken of you two! It’ll be a wonderful memory and memento to cherish. If you don’t have the cash to hire a professional photographer, you can find a student photographer who offers sessions at discounted rates or maybe even free for this portfolio. Most professional photographers also offer mini sessions which are more cost effective.
You can also grab a camera, or just your phone, and go out and take photos together. Sometimes it’s nice to see the world from a different perspective, like through a camera lens.
30. Build a tree fort
A kid inspired spring date idea and it’s a fun one! Building a tree fort together might take you the whole spring season, but then you can enjoy it all summer long and for years to come!
31. Organize a scavenger hunt
Spring is a great time for a scavenger hunt! Most cities offer organized city wide scavenger hunts that you can participate in. If your city doesn’t offer one, try creating your own for each other! You can also create a list of things to find together or compete against another couple.
Examples of what to put on your scavenger hunt list:
- Take a selfie with purple flowers
- Ask a couple who has been married for over 30 years for relationship advice
- Find something that symbolizes where you had your first date
- Make a wish on a dandelion
- Buy each person’s favorite Easter candy
32. Meet for rooftop drinks
Meeting for drinks is a standard date idea, so to freshen it up for spring meet on a rooftop bar. Bonus points if you go in time for sunset!
33. Go to an amusement park
Amusement parks are such a great spring and summer date idea! Going in the spring is better than summer because it’s less hot and less crowded. Roller coasters are great for dates because they give you an adrenaline rush which mimics the feeling of falling in love. Check out this post for more adventurous date ideas.
34. Take a trip to a national park
Spring is a great time to visit national parks! The parks are always beautiful, but they are especially beautiful in the spring! Take a road trip to the closest national park near you for a weekend getaway or be adventurous and fly to a national park you’ve always wanted to go to! If you’re willing to fly, we highly recommend Denali National Park in Alaska.
National Park recommendations:
- Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
- Arches National Park in Utah
- Zion National Park in Utah
- Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
- Glacier National Park in Montana
35. Visit a winery
Wine tasting is amazing any time of year, but wineries are especially fun and beautiful in the spring. Find a winery near you with beautiful grounds and take a picnic with you to enjoy with your wine tasting. This is a great all day spring date idea.
36. Play mini golf
Mini golf is such a cliche date idea but it can be really fun for a springtime date idea! Head to your local putt before dinner for a fun springtime date idea!
37. Go rollerskating
Rollerskating is such a fun spring date idea! Rent some skates and try your skills together! Even if you fall, it’ll be fun!
38. Watch the sunset
Watching the sunset is always a romantic date idea, but it can be hard in the winter with how early the sun sets. Take advantage of later sunset times and warmer days and go watch the sunset. We love doing beach picnics at sunset.
39. Find a local festival
Springtime brings with it all kinds of festivals! Do a Google search to see what kinds of festivals are in your area. We’ve done a Strawberry Festival, French Festival, Greek Festival, and more! This is a great way to try new things and have a fun spring date idea!
40. Paint outdoors
Take advantage of the beautiful scenery and paint it! You can find a painting class in your area or set up your own. Get cheapie canvases, paints, and easels and set them up somewhere beautiful outside. Paint what you see or look up “easy painting tutorials” on YouTube.
41. Take advantage of off season travel
We love traveling during the Spring because it’s typically off season travel for most places, on the cusp on on season. This means that you’ll get off season prices and crowds, with the weather and climate of on season. We did a 3 week France road trip during this time period and it was the most amazing experience! If you can, going on trip during this time is a great idea!
42. Play outdoor games
For your springtime date idea, play outdoor games! We love finding places that have outdoor games like bocce ball or outdoor jenga or creating our own like playing 1:1 basketball together. It’s a great way to get some exercises together and also have tons of fun outdoors!
43. Go to an orchard
We love visiting orchards of You-Picks in the springtime! There are so many delicious and fun things to pick, which makes for a great experience!
44. Go camping
Full disclosure, I’m not a camping person! If I ever were to go camping, it would be during spring for sure! If you’re not a camping person like me, set up a tent in your backyard for a cozy and intimate camping date.
45. Have a book club for 2
The majority of our spring date ideas have been outdoors, but sometimes spring isn’t super warm and sunny. If that’s the case where you live, it would be fun to have a book club for 2. Choose a book for the two of you to read. You can read it together or on your own, then meet together to discuss the book. We have lots of book recommendations here.
46. Binge watch a TV show
Keeping in mind with the indoor springtime date ideas theme, pick a show to binge watch together if you know you’re going to be spending a lot of time indoors together this season. We love picking a show that’s just wrapping it up its fall season so that we can binge watch the whole thing without waiting.
Some of our favorite shows to watch together:
- The Good Wife
- Madame Secretary
- Lie to Me
- The Blacklist
47. Blow your tax return on something fun
If you’ve already filed your taxes (and gotten money back!) spend that money together on something fun! Life is so often responsible, but tax return time feels like the one time of year that you can be a little irresponsible together!
Some ideas on ways to spend a tax return as a couple:
- A fancy dinner
- A weekend getaway
- An experience date
- Learn something together (e.g. dance classes, language lessons, etc)
- Donate to a favorite charity
- A home restoration project
48. Create a budget
Now that you’re down with tax return time, this is a great time of year to start your finances off right. I know budgeting meetings are not usually considered a fun date idea, but you can make it fun if you go into it with the right mindset. Check out our post on making budgeting meetings fun for couples.
49. Play a sport together
Playing a sport together is a great way to get a little competitive together and get some adrenaline juices flowing. You can play a sport 1:1 together, get together with a group of friends, or sign up for a team sport together!
50. Create a spring bucket list together
Get together at a cute coffee shop or somewhere and make your own spring bucket list together! We’ve gotten you started with this list of spring date ideas or come up with your own. Now you have a whole seasons worth of date night ideas!
Let us know your favorite spring date ideas! We’d love to hear from you!
Natural Remedies To Beat Spring Allergies
Winter is cold and flu season, but people with allergies don’t get a break from congestion as spring arrives. Those who look forward to the classic “April showers, May flowers” sentiment clearly do not have allergies. About 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, and many of them head to the doctor to obtain prescribed pharmaceuticals like antihistamines or acetaminophens, which can actually aggravate allergy symptoms. Fortunately, there are many natural remedies to help you beat spring allergies this season.
You don’t want to be the person with itchy eyes and congested sinuses during spring. After all, you just made it through winter, which is filled with sniffling and sore throats. There’s no reason to relive that, but these symptoms can be difficult to avoid when you have to deal with pollen. In addition to dust and mold, pollen is one of the most common seasonal allergens. While pollen is technically harmless, a hypersensitive immune system can often mistake it for a foreign invader and release histamine as a response. As people with allergies know, this can cause hives or itchy skin, or sinus congestion and itchy eyes.
There’s no two ways about it: allergies are no fun, but you may not need medications to control your symptoms. Many natural remedies can help control symptoms and keep your allergies under control. Experiment with the following natural remedies and see which ones work best at managing your symptoms.
Use Apple Cider Vinegar:
We constantly advocate how beneficial apple cider vinegar is for overall health. Not only does it help to balance pH levels in the body, but it can also provide a little energy boost, especially when you drink it in water mixed with lemon juice. When you notice the first sign of an allergy attack, put one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in your Neti Pot solution and perform a sinus flush to help ward off congestion.
Stinging nettle has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. Europeans in medieval times used stinging nettle as a diuretic to help relieve fluid retention (edema) and occasional joint pain. Many studies have concluded that stinging nettle can effectively improve joint pain, urinary problems, hay fever, and insect bites, but new research has shown it controls histamines. More and more medical professionals recommend that people with allergies take stinging nettle before hay fever season.
Clear Those Sinuses:
If you don’t want to have a case of the sniffles throughout the spring months, it’s time to clear those sinuses with some nasal irrigation. We know that sounds utterly enchanting (wink wink), but nasal rinsing helps to flush out allergens and built up mucus. The use of a Neti Pot originated in the Ayurvedic tradition hundreds of years ago, and people have been benefiting from sinus rinses ever since. Neti Pots have now become more mainstream for preventing upper respiratory conditions and seasonal allergies. When you make a Neti Pot solution, do not use tap water because the chlorine and fluoride can aggravate the sinuses. Opt for distilled water and mix it with sea salt. Exact solution ratios will vary, but the common ratio is 8 ounces of distilled water with ½ teaspoon of sea salt.
Eat An Alkaline And Anti-Inflammatory Diet:
When you supply the body with nutrient-dense foods, your systems and organs can function optimally. Since allergies create inflammatory responses, it is beneficial for you to consume anti-inflammatory and alkaline foods. Some of the best foods to help you beat allergies include:
Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, arugula, romaine lettuce, watercress, and chard all contain a diverse mix of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that assist with reducing inflammation and promoting natural detoxification.
Probiotics: If the bad bacteria in your gut microbiome outnumber the good bacteria, you most likely have decreased immune response. Strengthen the immune system by consuming probiotic foods like kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, fermented vegetables, miso, and natto.
Garlic: Did you know that garlic is considered a natural antibiotic? Well, it is, and it has the ability to ward off infections, viruses, and allergies. For garlic to have the best effect, consume it raw by blending one clove into your smoothie or juicing it with other fruits and vegetables. A clove a day may keep the allergy medication away because it offers immense immune support.
Lemons: While some people like to deny it, lemons and limes help to establish an alkaline body. They do contain citric acid, but they have an alkalizing effect after ingestion. Lemons are extremely rich in immune-boosting antioxidants like vitamin C, which has been known to ward off infections and detox impurities from the body. Add lemons to your water throughout the day, freshly squeeze them in your salad dressings, drink lemon tea, and find other ways to consume lemons every day.