Snowmageddon – DIY Spring Wreath

If you live anywhere near the GTA then you know that we’re currently living through what I hope is our LAST snowmageddon of the winter and spring can’t come quickly enough.

Being snowed in inspired me to finally make my spring wreath. I’ve never been a wreath person, but since we actually OWN our place now, I went decoration-crazy for Christmas and ended up making a wreath. I’m super proud of it and think it’s lovely, and since it’s not actually Christmas themed it’s been living on my front door from December until now as a winter wreath.

I got my supplies for it at Michael’s way back in November and for about 20$, a couple glue sticks, and lots of scissor work (to get the floral stems and picks into pieces!) I ended up with this lovely creation.

Winter Wreath
Festive winter wreath
Winter Wreath detail
Isn’t the flower gorgeous? It was obviously the focus of the wreath

But now it’s time to coax out the warm weather and sunny days, green grass, flowers, and beautiful colours. So of course I hit up Michael’s again and Dollarama for some inexpensive pieces to chop up and reassemble to make a wreath I’d love.

Traditional round wreaths are nice and all but I wanted something fun and different. Of course I came across an adorable bunny wreath and knew it would be perfect. It came with some glittery eggs already attached, so I removed most of them and added bits and pieces from some spring florals and picks. And for a grand total of about 7$, I now have a springy bunny wreath to remind me that the snow will melt soon enough!

Spring wreath
Simple and cute! And works before and after Easter!
Spring wreath detail
Eggs and flower detail
Spring wreath detail
I adore the little nest with the eggs!

I hope spring shows up soon wherever you are (and I’m super jealous if you aren’t under a pile of snow)!

*Please not that all ideas and experiences are my own. This post is not endorsed by Michael’s, Dollarama, or any other third party.

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Super Smooth(ie)

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here, which usually leads to some not-so-healthy food choices. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say I needed to stock up on pasta and pierogi again this past weekend.

Whenever we go through a period like this, I end up with this massive need to eat all of the healthy things in existence. My lunches become quinoa- and chard-filled, I buy a (normal person’s) lifetime supply of Greek yoghurt at Costco, and I stick everything that’s green into my blender to make smoothies when I have time.

I like yoghurt, ok? Don’t judge.

Anyways, since I have the Oh She Glows app on my phone, I check it daily to see if Angela has put up a new recipe. There are quite a few smoothie recipes on there, and between the two OSG cookbooks and the app, I have a TON of inspiration for smoothies. And since I was hit with a major craving this morning, I decided to do smoothies for lunch. This meant they’d have to pass the hubby-test AND the baby-test. Talk about stressful.

Green Mango Smoothie

Here’s what I came up with:

Green Mango Smoothie (Thickie)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple juice/cider
  • 1 cup milk (any kind works, I tried both cow’s milk and coconut milk to great reviews)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt (optional)
  • 1 tart or semi-sweet apple (Granny Smith or Gala apples work well), cored and peeled
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups frozen mango pieces (can use fresh)
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional, still nice and sweet without it)
  • 1 tbsp protein powder (I used an unflavoured hemp powder this time)
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • Ice cubes (optional, if you want a thinner consistency)

Method

  • Place everything except the maple syrup and ice cubes into your blender and blend until smooth.
  • Add ice cubes (or juice) if a thinner consistency is required.
  • Add maple syrup to taste.
  • Enjoy!

I think this is the best smoothie I have made to date. We all LOVED IT. This is extra awesome, especially since my toddler changes her favourite food more often than we change her diaper. She gulped down this smoothie in record time, then turned to me and asked: More? More? More? Total success.

Green Mango Smoothie

If I was making this just for myself, I would use one cup of mango and add a cup of greens (lettuce, sprouts, microgreens). I would also probably add 1 tbsp of flax seeds.

**Please note, the recipe for the Green Mango Smoothie is mine, but has been inspired by the many recipes from Oh She Glows. The views and experiences above are my own and not endorsed/influenced by Oh She Glows or any other third party.