Well, April is officially upon us. I don’t know about you but I was feeling particularly inspired by spring all of March, so I expect this month to be no different. April always brings beautiful weather (hello, short sleeves and sandals), great music festivals, a variety spring fruits and vegetables at the local farmers market, and everything in between. April does also mark an important time to get organized with your finances and do some spring cleaning, but we’ll get to that in a minute… Without further ado, here are five inspired ideas to try this month…
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1. Spruce up your festival fashion outfits. Springtime is known as the season that kicks off outdoor music festivals. Coachella is up first, followed by Bottle Rock then Bonaroo… The list goes on and on. So, whether you have a concert penciled into your schedule or not, take a cue from the festival-goers by investing in lightweight dresses, tasseled sandals, straw hats, cross-body bags, fun sunnies, and cut-off jean shorts. This will be your uniform all spring long.
2. Add slices of citrus to anything and everything. Lately I’ve been obsessed with citrus in every way: the way it tastes, the way it looks, and the way it adds such a pretty touch to anything you put it on. I’ve already been putting fresh orange slices in my iced green tea every morning, but after seeing this stunning cake in Lauren’s new book LC Celebrate, I’ve decided that I’m going to have to put citrus slices on the next dessert I bake.
3. Update your favorite playlist. As I mentioned earlier, festival season is here. So, it’s time to update up your favorite playlist with the latest tunes that will be big all spring long. Lucky for you, we asked our resident LC Lauren Conrad set DJ, Johnny Knight, to put together a festival season playlist for all of you and it’s pretty amazing. Click here to give it a listen!
4. Organize your finances. As we all know, taxes are due this month. These next two weeks are always an opportune time to go over your finances, reflect on what you spent this past tax year, and see how you can save more next year. It’s a good idea to make a budget and try to stick with it. I know I’ll be hard at work the next couple weeks analyzing all of my 2015 expenses, but I always feel so organized and accomplished afterward. Give it a try!
5. Step up your spring-cleaning game. I know it seems like I encourage you all to do a purge of your unnecessary belongings each time I share a 5 Things to Try post, but that’s because I truly believe that it’s a good practice to clean things out once a month. With spring upon us, cleaning up your home, closet, and life couldn’t come at a better time. Be sure to donate all of your gently used items to a great donation center so that someone else can benefit from the things you no longer need.
What ideas and activities are inspiring your spring schedule?
Let me know in the comments below—I’d love to hear what all of you are up to this month!