Preparing for Spring and My Favorite Spring Finds, Both Home and Fashion

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I have a serious case of spring fever now. The daylight is staying longer and longer each day and the birds are chirping up a storm. Yesterday I cleaned out the last of the birdhouses, readying them for spring nesting. This was the one I cleared out yesterday and surprisingly, there was only one nest inside. Usually, I find two or three nests inside, but I think that’s been when the bluebirds have nested inside several times during the spring/summer months and moved apartments after their first nesting. lol

 

I’m not sure what nested inside this time but it definitely wasn’t a bluebird nest. It was all hard sticks and tiny branches–not a very cozy nest for baby birds like I normally see when the bluebirds take up residence.

 

Remember when bees took over one of the apartments in the dovecote down near the house last summer?

Bee Nesting in Dovecote

 

At the very same time, I had a bluebird family nesting on the other side. You can see Mrs. Bluebird sitting on her perch in the photo below. I think this photo was taken just before the bees moved in across the hall. Amazingly, they all live harmoniously together throughout the summer. The bees never bothered the bluebirds and the bluebirds never bothered the bees.

 

I was expecting a huge mess inside when I cleared out the bee apartment a few weeks back, but actually, it wasn’t bad at all. It cleaned up really easily. So all the birdie B & Bs are ready now for new spring visitors. I hope the bees don’t decide to return for another stay because they didn’t like having humans around watering the bushes and flowers nearby. lol

Bees Nesting in Birdhouse

 

End of Fall Finds and Beautiful Spring Fashions–Plus, everything is on sale!

This weekend, I’ve been checking out the end-of-winter sales and the new spring sales. There are some really good ones taking place right now on both winter items and spring/summer clothes. If you’ve ever wanted a Barefoot Dream Throw, this is a great time to get one because they are currently on sale. I love this camel-colored one, you’ll find it on sale here: Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket.

 

Another fall-winter piece that’s drastically reduced right now is this beautiful fall cardigan. I have two of these in two different colors and love them. They are a nice, heavy weight, feel very high-end to me when I wear mine. Also, the style is very flattering since it’s nice and long and doesn’t cling to the body. I hate it when a sweater clings to the hips/bottom–not a flattering look. Currently, it’s on sale, marked down from $169 to$80.99. You’ll find it on sale here: Beautiful Cardigan in a Spice Fall Color.

 

I’m obsessed with this puffer jacket! I love, love, love the whimsical, floral design!

 

It comes in five different designs, including a color block, but these two floral patterns are my favorite. I think I’m going to order this one below, I just love the design and it looks great with jeans. I live in dark, denim jeans and dark-colored cords during the wintertime, so that should work well for pairing with it. These jackets were originally $260 but are now reduced to more than 50% off! You’ll find all the colors/designs it comes in here: Puffer Jacket.

 

Spring/Summer Finds

But what about spring? I’m in love with this gorgeous linen dress! The design you see on the front is also on the back. Such a beautiful dress for spring and summer! It was originally $210.00 and is now on sale for $83.99. There’s also a 20% off sale going with the code EX20, but it may not apply to those items that are already on sale. You’ll find this beautiful dress here: Gorgeous Dress.

 

Love these blue and blue and white striped linen pants. I love linen for our hot, humid summers! These would be so perfect for a beach trip this summer!

 

The waist is designed in such a way, it looks really comfortable. They were originally $98 but are now reduced to $38.99. You’ll find them on sale here: Blue and White Striped Linen Pants

 

A friend of mine just purchase these pull-on denim pants. I wasn’t sure how I felt about pull-on jeans but since I wear long tops with all my jeans, this would probably be a perfect style for me to try. Per my friend, they are incredibly comfortable. You’ll find them on sale 20% off here: Pull-on Jeggings without a Zipper. They also come in black denim here: Black Pull-on Jeggings and another style/color here: Denim Jeggings in Pull-on style. You can see all their denim styles here including my favorite jeggings in the “curvy” fit: Denim Jeans.

 

Such a cute shirt! I love the accented cuffs done in a different fabric. This would be really cute under a lightweight sweater for those chillier spring days. It’s currently on sale 20% off here: Cotton Gingham Shirt.

 

This shirt is designed in the same way with the adorably accented cuffs. Love that! You’ll find it on sale here: Floral Shirt with Accent Cuffs.

 

Recently, I heard a YouTuber talking about these 14K gold plated hoop earrings recently. The reviews are awesome and the price is excellent. I’m super tempted to order a pair. They are available here: 14K Gold-Plated Earrings.

 

 

I just ordered this rechargeable lighter today. I’m always using lighters here in my office and downstairs for lighting candles. It always feels wasteful when they run out and I have to toss them. I love that this one is rechargeable. It has great reviews so I decided to give it a try. It should arrive in a couple of days, can’t wait to try it out! You’ll find it here: Rechargeable Lighter.

 

 

 

I had a similar detangler brush but it didn’t have a handle so I ended up giving it to my grandsons who loved it when I visited with them. I really like the look of this one, plus it has excellent reviews, so I think I’m going to order it. It’s available here: Detangler Brush.

 

One more item I use a lot during the summer is these silicone drinking straws. They are nice and wide for easy sipping, unlike so many reusable straws.  I love the fun colors for spring and summer! They are available here: Extra Long Reusable Silicone Drinking Straw.

 

Do you have a case of spring fever, yet? I’m sooo ready!

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Comments

  1. I hear ya on the spring fever! I’ve had it since Jan 1 lol.

    Love when you share your great finds. The blue/white striped linen pants are so cute and look comfy too so may have to order. I have 2 pairs of pull on denim jeggings purchased from Lands End and they definitely are more comfortable than regular jeans. Mine have actual pockets which I like. I bought same detangler brush based on reviews saying how great it was for thick hair but it was awful and pulled out my hair.

    • Yikes! I wouldn’t like that. The one I had before worked great but it didn’t have a handle…just too short for me to use. I may try some of the pull-up jeans. They do look incredibly comfortable!

  2. franki Parde says

    I do hope you purchase that dress…w/your hair…ooh-la-la! franki

  3. So envious of your blooming flowers and chirping birds; I’ve had a case of spring fever since the end of last summer

  4. Gayle Kesinger says

    Loved the blue and white pants but none in my size. 10 M goes fast. Ordered the lighter. Had points so didn’t cost anything.

  5. Nancy Brantley says

    I live in NC and shame on me I haven’t cleaned my birdhouses yet….birds are eating seeds and chirping so pretty. I need to do this tomorrow. That may have been squirrel in your birdhouse. They try to nest in mine. They are a menace. They chew holes in my outdoor cushions at The Potting Shed every winter!! But what really makes me unhappy they dig in my urns and kill my boxwoods!!!! I’ve tried different solutions with no avail. Love the blue/white pants.

  6. Love the story about the birds and bees coexisting in the dovecote. Be careful with your straws. My dermatologist says frequently use of a straw can lead to a breakdown of collagen and wrinkles around the mouth. She recommended infrequent use and gentle sipping without pursing the lips if using a straw.

  7. I just got that same lighter for lighting candles as well, I am really liking it so far and love that it is chargeable. Loving those straws, will have to get me some of those…for myself and for the grands to use. I too, am enjoying these longer days. While we have had a few warmish days, (we just had ice and rain on Friday, so everything was encased in ice for a few hours) we aren’t up to your temps yet. Now if it wouldn’t be so muddy in the yard, I’d enjoy it even more. lol Glad you are able to get out and clean out the old birds nests. I’m sure the birds love you! Hugs, Brenda

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