SPRING IS IN THE AIR! It’s Springtime in Florida! Grab it while its (not so) hot!

It’s Springtime in Florida! Grab it while its (not so) hot! Florida weather from November to April is like living on a roller coaster of temperatures. One day you are wearing your shorts, and the next day you are bundled up in your one and only winter hat. Now that April is in full swing, I’ve put together a list of fun ways you can fully enjoy our beautiful, although short-lived, Spring weather!

Air out the house - First and foremost, open those windows and let that fresh air and warm Florida sun into your home.

Get outside – Plan a walk or a bike ride with your family and friends. To make it more fun, build your own picnic basket and bring snacks! You can use fun material to line the basket, make place mats, and even bring a small vase to put flowers in you’ve collected on your outing.

Plant a garden - Gardening is one of my new favorite springtime activities. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved in soaking up some sunshine, getting dirt on their hands, and learning how a little bit of work and love can produce beautiful plant life. Peterson Nursery on the corner of 540-A and Lakeland Highlands Road can assist you in every aspect of building your home garden.

Freshen up your wardrobe - Spring is a great time to go shopping for some cute summer outfits and accessories. Bungalow Boutique & Gifts offers a wide selection of unique and fashionable clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Their cute summer dresses, floral scarves, and fancy flip flops are just some of the truly one-of-a-kind pieces you will find.

Brighten up your home – Winter is tough to get through sometimes, and as Demi Lovato says, It’s ok not to be ok. If you’ve had the winter blues and are struggling to get into the swing of spring, I have good news! There is a delightful business right here in Lakeland called Twenty Seven Creative that exists to “de-stigmatize mental illness through art, tea, and things that make you & your home feel better.” Check out their website and discover a colorful space that instantly makes you feel warm and fuzzy. My favorite thing is probably the digital art prints. They are joyful, simple, deep, calming and renewing. The walls in your home will immediately be brighter.

In conclusion – Spring has arrived! Let us celebrate before the oppressing heat settles in!

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