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Spring Clean

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I like spring---- even if it’s 80 degrees here year round, spring is still a time of change, blooming flowers, and usually a time to stop procrastinating and really take a moment to deep clean, organize, and spruce up our home. :) 

It's no secret that we love a clean home--- I mean, I wrote a whole post on how to keep a home tidy, haha. It's also no secret that we can all be slight clean-freaks around here. Like, we all get pretty anxious if the house isn't neat. We're not typically out of sight out of mind people--- we like things to be neat all around--- no messy cabinets or closets for hiding things (with the exception of Marlowe’s toy cabinet-- that can get pretty messy). So the one thing that has been sort of driving me nuts over this past year has been our laundry situation. I mean, it’s not out of control by any means, but man, I hate to look at the laundry pile in our bedroom

We do most of our home goods shopping (with the exception of thrifting) at the T.J. Maxx near us. And basically every time I go, I eye the laundry baskets (and all the home organizing things). And basically every time, I debate, grab one, and put them back---- but finally, after a year or so of procrastination, we solved the problem with the easiest solution there was: finally taking the (not very difficult plunge) of buying closed wicker baskets with lids. Easy peasy. And I couldn't feel more relieved. Dirty laundry out of sight and out of mind. One pretty basket to organize the whites (Alex's chef coats) and one pretty basket to organize all the rest of the colorful items. 

I've said it before, you don't need a lot of things, you just need a few good items you love. It's easy to take care of the things we love--- so even if its just taking the extra step to purchase a basket to organize your goods, it can be worth it. One of the easiest and best spring clean tips, really. A clean house is a happy house. And a happy house is easy to love ;) 

Two pretty baskets later and our room looks brighter, cleaner, more organized, and ready for springtime! Hooray! 

Two Days In Delhi

Reuse It: Recycled Plant Containers

I must have been feeling ambitious last December because I made a fairly long list of resolutions for the new year.  So far, keeping up with them hasn't been too difficult. In fact it's been pretty enjoyable (with the exception of running. I'll never be a runner.) But, the most enjoyable has been finding ways to create less waste. We started a compost pile, we make an effort to purchase items with little or no packaging and we do lots and lots of crafts with recyclables. My daughter is a big fan of toilet paper roll binoculars, but my favorite recyclable craft is transforming trash into pretty plant containers. There's something really beautiful and ironic about a plant growing out of what would have been just another piece of junk in a landfill. I like to think of it as my tiny contribution towards helping nature reclaim the planet. 

Select some cans from the recycle bin. You can remove the labels if you're going for a simpler look. Personally, I prefer to leave them on. I'm a sucker for good packaging design. Give them a quick rinse.
Flip the cans over. Use a mini drill bit to carefully drill three or four evenly spaced holes in the bottom of the can. This will ensure that the container has adequate drainage to prevent overwatering and rust. 

Now, just fill the can with some well-draining potting soil and insert your plant of choice. Golden Pothos do really well in these containers because they don't require a ton of water. (The plant shown below is a baby lettuce plant that I started from an old head from the grocery store. You can learn how to do that here. ) A recycled plant in a recycled container! 
And that's it. More plants, less waste! Happy recycling, friends.

Post author: Emily De Nicolais exclusively for ohdeardrea. To see more of Emily's work, click HERE

A Spring Cocktail: Rum Kiwi Lime Spritzers

Do you guys remember my friend Kaylyn who helped me put together this amazingly delicious (banana free) acai bowl? Well she put together this delicious cocktail recipe for me to post too--- weeks ago, but of course, in typical drea spirit, things got delayed. But it's okay! I'm in miami today and tomorrow and enjoying friends and sunshine--- and of course--- spring has sprung, and unless you're in New York or New England, it's not snowing anymore! hooray! (Sorry mom.) So why not make yourself a cocktail to celebrate? And not just any cocktail.... but a light, refreshing, healthy one! This would of course be delicious without the rum too... but rum is good for your soul ;) Enough babble, drink time:

Rum Kiwi Lime Spritzers
makes: two cocktails (because who would ever just drink one?)

You'll need: 
1 kiwi
1 lime
6 basil leaves
2 tsp coconut sugar + a little extra for the rim if you'd like! 
4 - 6 oz. rum
splash of soda water

*agave nectar works great in place of coconut sugar

How to: 
-muddle the kiwi, 4 basil leaves and coconut sugar. 
-squeeze in the lime juice. 
-add ice, the rum, and give it a stir 
-finish with a splash of soda water. 
-garnish with a basil leaf, kiwi slice, or lime.
-enjoy with friend! 

By the way, I call 100% of my cocktails "spritzers" cause I'm an old lady.

Want to see more cocktail recipes?  How about these three really delicious (and healthy) cocktails? Mmmmm.

Happy wednesday, friends! 

recipe and photos by: Kaylyn Durrance (thank you, Kaylyn!) text by me, duh.

New To Us: Pupusa Making!

We can cook around here--- no one is surprised by that, right? I can confidently say I'm pretty good at my fair amount of kitchen things and Alex is good at a whole range of others. Actually today (and all this week) Marlowe has been asking if we can "play master chef jr. together"--- where we take turns being the kids and the judge and talking about the food. I of course love this. It's pretty much the cutest thing for her to go over what herbs or spices she thinks worked well-- or how she really like the taste of a certain broth. Master chef jr..... here she comes! Anyway, all that being said, we don't use Blue Apron to teach us how to cook (though I'm certain it would be great for that!), we use it for new meal inspiration for our home!  This is now my third time teaming up with Blue Apron--- and like I've said before, each time is better than the last! We've never been disappointed.

The whole thing is pretty convenient. Blue Apron is like a mix between real, fresh food, a special treat yourself moment and something overall exciting to try. I like it, because I know I wont have to go to the store for a while when I schedule a box to come--- I just open up a door to a happy refrigerated box ;) It mixes things up without having to eat over oiled and over salted restaurant food. Don't get me wrong, I love a good restaurant experience, but this feels a whole lot healthier and better for you.

We had a few good options in our Blue Apron box this time, but we were most excited for the pupusa's-- because I mean---- pupusa's are like an arepa combined with a tortilla stuffed with delicious things! In this case, stuffed with our favorite: black beans. Well, cheese too, but that was reserved for Alex. M and I were happy with just the black beans--- I basically had to hold her away to stop her from eating all the beans before our meal was made.

And the dish came with coleslaw--- Marlowe's absolute favorite. Basically, this was her favorite meal ever and made sure to tell us 10 times over.

Want to try Blue Apron for yourself. Blue Apron if giving the first 50 readers who sign up two meals off their first order for FREE! Just click HERE to place your order :)

Blue Apron is available nationwide and ships out to about 80% of the country. You can check out the full map of locations HERE-- and there's always free shipping, no matter where you are :)

You can see their full list of recipes HERE, but don't look if you're starving, you'll be mad at me, haha! :) Next time I definitely want to try one of their Asian dishes-- we have yet to have one! Something like their moo shu vegetables or seared tofu with soba noodles. yum yum yum!  

Pictures Of Recently Enjoyed Things

she was inspired by india ;) 

finding hidden places. 

they planted things for me while I was away. 

my first meal back in the states was not pizza. it was this. I have zero complaints about this. 

you know, I told alex that he wouldn't be able to grow cilantro--- that it would just die on us. He absolutely proved me wrong. 

Little cousins. And there's another lady joining us any day now. 


late night story telling. 

a note to come home to. 

one last smooch and photo before I go. 

a coffee date with this handsome face. 

this is my "hey take a photo of me before I get on the plane to india--- because look I'm going I'm not going to puke" photo. .5 seconds later I'm like "wait no photos, I think I'm going to puke"

pretty pretty. 

she asked if she could trade in waylon and keep thing one instead. Funny thing is that if I didn't tell you, you guys probably wouldn't have even known this wasn't waylon. They're identical-- this one is just smaller-- you know, more her size. Also, I debated on getting her this outfit--- it was one of the pricier items I bought in india, but I'm so happy I did. She's been obsessed with it and wearing it almost everyday. mom win.