Spring Photography

Hello, my friends!

I have lots of springy photos for today’s post! Spring has taken its time arriving here, we got some snow in April, and then it’s been cold and rainy most days. But it’s finally starting to warm up and starting to feel actually like spring.

Anyway, enough of an intro. 😀 Enjoy a bit of spring!!

Aww, I love the little water droplets on these little green plant. They look almost like little crystals. 🙂

Hehe, I was asking Mom about ideas to describe this plant and she put it as “A budding weed”. . . Anyhow, for some odd reason, its shape vaguely reminds me of a rose. 😅

Chewy, one of our dogs, came with me while I took a lot of these pictures. She did not agree with pausing for me to take a picture of her, she just kept running in circles. Finally, Mercy came to the rescue and got her to sit still. These all make me laugh, especially the third picture. :’D

The trees are always beautiful to watch bloom; especially this cherry blossom tree! 💛 😊

A friend of my Mom gave her all of these solar light bulbs, and for some reason, I love taking pictures of them. They are just so clear and still which is one reason I love them and then add in the tree with all of its tiny green buds. It’s perfect in my opinion. 😁

My mom’s friend also gave her these lovely lanterns; I love the woods and trees behind them. 😊

I love the lighting in this picture!! Along with the moss on the rock next to it. The actual plant isn’t very pretty but I love the rest of the picture.

This is more of the moss I showed above. For some reason, this reminds me of some sort of fairy village or something like that. :’D

The leaves on this plant are really neat in my opinion.

This is just another really pretty leaf picture that I too! I love all of the little “designs” on this leaf. It’s so interesting to see how different yet how similar all of the leaves are.

Because of our very slow start to spring, most of the flowers haven’t bloomed yet. But, we have plenty of these daffodils! I already shared pictures of them in my last post–And I may have almost reached the point where I’ve taken too many pictures of them. . .

A few days ago, we got a lot of rain and thunderstorms. After it rained, we went out to the creek and played since it was running really fast and hard. That was a lot of fun! I love all of these rocks making little waterfalls in the water.

I took this picture a few days later when it was bright and sunny! Look at how much clearer it is. It’s fun to see how the water changes during the different seasons and weather.

Ahh, some little waterfalls. This is part of the creek dam that my younger siblings built a while ago.

The bridge with all the green and the creek reminds me of something from a movie–Last time I walked across this bridge I almost fell off but thankfully, Mercy rescued me. (Apparently, Mercy is very heroic in this post :D)

Oooh, I love all the green and the rocks in this picture, and the creek of course. It’s so peaceful and quiet over there. (Except for yesterday, when there were all of these birds down there picking worms from under the leaves. That was really fun to watch but I didn’t have my camera so no pictures. 😦 )

Mmm, this mushroom is actually pretty in my opinion! I never really thought that fungi could be pretty but I love the gold mushroom against the rustic-looking wood. ❤

My younger siblings found a caterpillar a few days ago when we were walking. It’s so tiny and fluffy.

What was your favorite picture from this post? What’s your favorite thing about spring? What do you think about the description of “A budding weed”?

Thank you so much for reading and have a lovely day, friends!!

9 tips to be more productive

Hello, friends! 

I have a different post today than my usual posts — It’s a bit more practical. Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite tips for being productive. Along with some pretty flower photos because why not?

Do a brain dump

This is something that really helps me if I have a lot to do but can’t focus. — Writing down a tumble of things I need to do helps me remember exactly what I need to do and how much I have that needs done.

Make a list 

I usually do this once I do my brain dump — It helps me get a more organized plan of what I need to do and start doing it. One of my favorite ways to organize lists is by these three categories “Want to do”, “Should do”, and “Must do” It makes me get my priorities straight and get done what I need to do. 

Tidy up your space 

Cleaning up your space and organizing is always helpful to get you going and be productive. You won’t have to stop to look for things if your space is clean and you can see where everything is. 

Go for a walk

Getting fresh air, even when it’s cold out, is so important and it will help you be a lot more productive if you get some fresh air, it will definitely give you a nice break. Stretching your legs is always helpful. Plus, if you’re working on a computer, it’s good to get a quick break from that screen. There are a ton of benefits from going outside and moving. 

Open a window 

As long as it’s warm enough, opening a window is always a great choice — especially if you’re on crunch time and don’t have time to go take a break for a walk. You can still get some fresh air right from your workspace. 

Drink Water 

I’m sure you knew this one  — But staying hydrated will boost your productivity and get you moving. :’D 

Listen to music (Or an audiobook) 

Listening to music can be really helpful to get you going and get moving! Listening to audiobooks are also fun too. My personal favorite is audiobook because I love reading and you can do it at the same time, but music can definitely help boost your motivation more. 

Give yourself a goal

If you have something to work towards, it will make you want to work and get you to be more productive. This is also helpful if you make a list, give yourself the goal of finishing your list. For extra points, give yourself a reward once you finish it. Maybe it’s chocolate or something else completely. But give yourself something to work towards!  

Just do it 

Honestly, this is the best tip I have. Just jumping in and getting started is the best thing you can do. Just using one or two of these ideas 

I hope all of these tips can be helpful to you, friends! ❤ 

What are some of your favorite productivity tips? How do you get stuff done? Let’s talk in the comments! 

Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for reading! 

How to make a spring wreath {+ Giveaway winners}

Hello, my friends!

I am super excited for today’s post (How unusual!), my mom and I had a lot of fun making a spring wreath for our house, and I thought it would be fun to teach you guys how to too.

I spent some time on Pinterest looking for inspiration. I was amazed at how expensive wreaths can be to buy premade! Wreaths are really simple, and not very expensive, plus they are just so pretty and fun to look at. But before we get onto that, I want to announce my giveaway’s winner. . .

rose q addams

Congratulations, Rose!! I’ll email you as soon as possible. 😀

Thank you all so much for entering! I really enjoyed hosting this giveaway and hopefully, I’ll do another one again sometime soon.

How to make your own SPRING

For those who didn’t win, hopefully seeing a beautiful spring wreath and even making one of your own will cheer you up. ❤ =D

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tHE SUPPLIES

Here’s what you need to make a wreath of your own:

Peonies

We bought these exact flowers off of Amazon and we were able to use just the leaves that were already on the flowers instead of buying new greenery. They are really pretty too!

(I forgot to get a picture before we pulled the leaves off — That’s why there aren’t any leaves on them)
An 18-inch grape-vine wreath

I linked one from Amazon, but I’d recommend buying from some place like Hobby Lobby or Joanne’s or any other craft store because they will be much cheaper – We bought one from Joanne’s on sale for about 4 dollars per wreath, so you can definitely find one cheaper.

A GLUE GUN + Glue Sticks

Just any simple glue gun will do for gluing the leaves onto the wreath.

wIRE Cutter

You’ll probably need this for cutting down the stems on the flowers because as I’ve found, scissors do not usually work.

That’s it for supplies! See what I meant about it being simple?

HOW TO MAKE the wreath

Step 1: Gather all your materials together and lay them out

This will make it easier when you are making the wreath so you don’t have to go and grab things as you work.

I once again didn’t get a picture of this step. I need to get more pictures apparently. :’D

Step two: Remove the leaves // greenery off the peonies & Cut the flower stems down

I removed the leaves by sliding them off the stems. I left about 4 inches of stem on each flower to allow enough room for tucking into the wreath.

Step three: Start gluing the leaves to the wreath.

I glued the leaves down. I mostly glued them to the outside. I just put a dot of hot glue right on the back of each individual leaf and stuck it down the way I wanted it. There are some little leafy sprigs that I put glue on the bottom of the stem and then I tucked into the wreath.

sTEP Four: Tuck in the Flowers

Once you have finished gluing all of the leaves around the wreath, go on and start sticking the flowers in.

Step six: find a place to hang up your wreath

You can basically hang your wreath wherever you want it — The most common place is a door of course, but we already have wreaths on our doors, so I hung it up in my room. You can also put it on a mirror or over a mantel. Just put it somewhere where you will enjoy seeing it!

Have you ever made your own wreath? Does it feel like spring where you’re at? What is your favorite spring flower?

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and have a chance to make your own wreath! Thanks so much for reading, friends, and have a wonderful day!