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What I Love About Spring

What I Love About Spring |Thoughts & Daisies Spring brings magic. The whole world seems to be happy. Everything takes on new life in the spring, literally and metaphorically.Spring is beautiful. Everything takes on new life in the spring, literally and metaphorically. Spring is my absolute favorite time of the year. The weather is fantastic not too cold and not so able to fry an egg on the sidewalk hot. The world turns green and pink and blue and yellow and basically every color all vibrant and pastel and it. Is. GORGEOUS.

Flowers

Once the flowers begin to bloom you know that spring has arrived. They pop up everywhere, seemingly overnight. They make the world colorful and I can’t help but randomly point out how beautiful they are no matter how many times I pass them.

You can read about my favorite spring flowers in the post >HERE<

Sun

When spring comes the sun gets warm and it stays out later and everything seems better. Once spring comes you know summer is right around the corner. Especially living in Ohio nine months of the year where the sun doesn’t seem to exist for about 8 of them. So when the sun is out for more than 5 seconds at a time it feels magical. Spring brings magic.

Driving with the windows down

One of my favorite things about spring is that it is the perfect time to drive around with the windows down. No need for A/C because the outside has cool crisp air. It is the moment that the inside of your car feels just as good as the outside so you have to roll down the windows and take it all in.

Everyone is in a good mood

The whole world seems to be happy. With the weather warming up and people actually being able to get their vitamin D intake they start to come out of their grumpy winter cocoons. Now people are actually saying hi as you walk past them and there are more smiles to go around.

 

What is your favorite time of the year??

 

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What I Love About Spring |Thoughts & Daisies Spring brings magic. The whole world seems to be happy. Everything takes on new life in the spring, literally and metaphorically.
What I Love About Spring |Thoughts & Daisies Spring brings magic. The whole world seems to be happy. Everything takes on new life in the spring, literally and metaphorically.
What I Love About Spring |Thoughts & Daisies Spring brings magic. The whole world seems to be happy. Everything takes on new life in the spring, literally and metaphorically.

Snail Mail, The Dying Art

Snail Mail, The Dying Art |Thoughts & Daisies Snail mail is a dying art. There is something so special about getting a handwritten note from someone you care about.

Snail mail is a dying art. One of my favorite things is to write and receive letters. There is something so special about getting a handwritten note from someone you care about. In our age of technology receiving handwritten letters are pretty rare. The past few years I have really started loving to write letters to people. It is fun to send unexpected letters to hopefully brighten someone day.

I hear a lot of people say they don’t write letters because they don’t know what to write. The beauty of the letters is there isn’t a wrong way to do it. Maybe you want to send a postcard style, or even just a letter telling the person you saw something that reminded you of them.

Snail mail has so many great things attached to them. My favorite thing to do in my letters is to find fun stationery to write on. I have some Harry Potter letters which are good to use for short notes. I bought a whole package of blank ‘paper bag’ envelopes so I could use whatever paper I want. Amazon has tons of stationery kits for really cheap, but you can write letters on your standard lined paper or even on something more fun like scrapbooking paper.

Snail Mail, The Dying Art |Thoughts & Daisies Snail mail is a dying art. There is something so special about getting a handwritten note from someone you care about.

One of my absolute favorite things to do is draw something on the front of the envelope where I address it. It adds a bit of my own creativity and personality to the letters I am sending. I like to personalize each envelope front specific to the person I am sending the letter to,

Another fun thing about snail mail is that you can send more than just notes. I love creating little care packages to send out. With things like candies or nail polish, or even polaroid pictures. Pinterest has a ton of fun ideas for snail mail. Such as mail tag where you send your designated person a task(s)/or questions that they have to fulfill and mail back to you with something else for you to do. It is a great way to keep in touch with people. Tasks can include things like finding a leaf they like or listening to a specific song and sending your feedback.

Snail Mail, The Dying Art |Thoughts & Daisies Snail mail is a dying art. There is something so special about getting a handwritten note from someone you care about.

Things you can send along in a letter are things like photos, recipes, and even fortune cookie sayings. Getting creative is the fun of it. Nothing is too small or too silly to send as snail mail. Even some frog stickers are great choices. I think snail mail is a great way to show someone you care and are thinking about them and I think we should all do it more often.

I challenge you to send someone you care about a bit of snail mail and let me know in the comments if you did anything special to it!

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Snail Mail, The Dying Art |Thoughts & Daisies Snail mail is a dying art. There is something so special about getting a handwritten note from someone you care about.
Snail Mail, The Dying Art |Thoughts & Daisies Snail mail is a dying art. There is something so special about getting a handwritten note from someone you care about.
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Snail Mail, The Dying Art |Thoughts & Daisies Snail mail is a dying art. There is something so special about getting a handwritten note from someone you care about.

April Goals

April Goals |Thoughts & Daisies

Heading into the second week of April, although it feels like it has been 3 months since the start of it, there is still a long way to go. And this is going to be the most insane busy filled month I will have… at least until next semester.  And one of the best ways I’ve found to make sure I get everything done is to create a list.

You can read more about how I practice time management >HERE<

School/Personal

  • Finish out the semester strong.

This semester has been long, to say the least. I am pretty sure I came into this semester with my gas tank half full and right now I am running on fumes. If that. I may just be in neutral hoping I don’t get stuck on a hill. There is a lot to be done but I am still slightly optimistic and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. At least for now.

  • Perfect my German Rep.

This semester my voice teacher gave me a piece in German and it challenges me in every way possible. I have to sing it memorized in 2 weeks and it is going to take a lot of work to get me performance ready so fingers crossed I can find the time to accomplish this.

  • Read at least 1 book

I have been in a reading slump the past month and I am hoping I can nip it in the bud now. The books sitting on my shelf are ones I have been waiting to read for a while, and if I want to reach my reading goal for the year I need to get back on track.

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  • Swim at least once a week

Swimming is a big stress reliever for me so I am hoping by adding this to my list of goals I will make it a priority to take a break and swim.

Blogging

  • Complete the 30 Day Challenge

I was excited to start this 30 Day Challenge because it would give me the motivation to write more posts, but I am also a week in and am wondering why I thought it was a good idea to do this during the craziest month ever.

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  • Get to 300 Followers on Instagram

I really want to expand my blog reach and I feel by growing my Instagram it will help make that happen. I have been staggering between 190 and 200 the past few weeks and I hope to make a leap and grow that to 300, or more! by the end of the month. Or at least by my 1 Year Blogiversary.  

  • Create Pinnable photos for each post

I have been slacking on creating pinnable content for each of my blog posts and what better time to get back on track than during the 30 Day Challenge??

  • Get to 50 Subscribers

I have gotten into creating newsletters within the last month or so and I would love to grow my reach in those as well. It would be awesome if I could get to 50+ by the end of this challenge. And don’t forget during this month there will be blog posts that are ONLY going out to me subscribers so don’t miss out!

These are just some of my goals for the month. Do you like these types of posts?

What are your goals for the month?! Let me know in the comments.

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Favorite Springtime Flowers

Spring is my favorite time of the year. The weather starts to be warm but I can still go outside without sweating the very second I open the door. The air even has a feeling of happiness. The plants grow buds and start flowering and everywhere you look something beautiful is starting to grow. I always think about Bambi during the springtime when all the animals are getting ‘twitterpated,’ and when Bambi first tries to smell the flowers and instead finds the skunk who he calls a flower. “He can call me Flower if he wants too.”

Now living in Ohio 9 months of the year spring has a whole new meaning. It means the snow is gone and I can actually go outside without freezing. Which means spring has gotten a whole lot more special because I actively anticipate it and can really see everything taking on new life after the winter. It’s beautiful.

My favorite thing about spring may just have to be all of the flowers that bloom. They start to take over everything and add so much color to the world.  And spring has the best flowers.

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TULIPS

Tulips may be my favorite spring flower. When spring comes you can be certain my mom has tulips lining the rooms of our home. Tulips are said to signal the arrival of spring so once you see them you can be sure spring has officially come. (Take that groundhog.) They come in a gorgeous array of colors too. From pastel pinks to deep vibrant purples there is a tulip color for just about everyone.

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IRIS

The Iris is a flower that has been linked back to the monarchy of Medieval times, particularly the French because they are a symbol of royalty and wisdom. Particularly because they are purple and historically purple has been a royal color because purple had cost more to produce as a dye because of its rarity in nature. My mom has an iris plant in our front yard and when it blooms it is stunning because the flower gets really big and full. I also love it for its purple color as purple is and has always been my most favorite color.

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DAFFODIL

Daffodils are flowers that symbolize new beginnings and rebirth as they bloom right in the beginning weeks of spring. Daffodils have jumped up the rankings for me the past two years as they are flowers that bloom all over my campus in the spring and it is stunning to see them peaking out even in the strangest of places. Yellow is one of my favorite colors and these flowers just scream spring to me. I always think of the scene in Alice in Wonderland when they sing In the Golden Afternoon, the lines “there are dancing daffodils on the hillside” I always thought they were cute flowers.

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What if your favorite springtime flower?

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Favorite Springtime Flowers |Thoughts&Daisies
Favorite Springtime Flowers |Thoughts&Daisies

Spring Dresses I Love

Spring is HERE! At least that’s what it looks like today anyway. For the first time since the start of 2019, I’m sitting outside writing this blog post. It could be warmer but I will take what I can get if I can actually sit outside without needing 12 layers. Now that the weather looks like it has taken a turn for the better I am getting excited to start wearing dresses.

With the weather getting warmer stores are putting their new looks up on their websites and I have been having a great time online window shopping. Here are some of the gorgeous pieces I have found so far that I would love to add to my spring wardrobe!

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This smocked button down dress from Aerie is perfect to just throw on for a perfect spring day and I think it would be perfect for a day spent in San Diego or just down by the beach. It is flowy and I love the button detailing. I am a sucker for buttons.

Shop this dress >Aerie Smocked Dress<

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This dress from HM looks gorgeous The polka dots againsts this red dress really sells it for me. Polka dots are so cute and make me think of spring. I can see me wearing this with my straw hat and white converse.

Shop >Polka Dot Dress<

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I don’t tend to wear outfits that have print on them but this lavender dress from Urban Outfitters would totally be an exception. I love the color, purple is my favaorite, and the flowers on the dress aren’t too overwhelming and once again there are BUTTONS. This would be a perfect dress for all those days you get up not wanting to try and put an outfit together. 

Shop >Lavender Dress<

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This dress is from a shop called Christy Dawn that I found one day on Instagram. All of their dresses are gorgeous but they are on the pricier side so at the moment not something feasible on my college student budget but I can dream can’t I? This is the Daisy Dress and that alone almost just sells the dress for me. Imagine a daisy dress on thoughts and daisies, SO CUTE! I love the flowy sleeves of this dress and the slightly high low portion of the bottom and even more buttons. I don’t know how it could be more perfect.

Shop >The Daisy Dress<

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This dress is also from Christy Dawn called the Jane Dress and it is the first dress I ever saw from this company that I fell in love with. I just want to have it, put my hair in a braid with that ribbon and go frolicking in a flower field, anyone else? The sleeves are the perfect length and the cutout on the back is such a cute detail. Not to mention IT HAS POCKETS. This midi dress is everything I could ever wish for in a dress and then you add buttons all the way down the back and it is pretty much my dream dress. It has that simplicity with a bit of flair and I just wish it was in my closet right this minute.

Shop >The Jane Dress<

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This last dress is from Target and can I just say Target has been stepping up their game in the clothing section the last few years. Pretty much every swimsuit I have is from here and now they are adding a lot more cute pieces to their collection and I am pleased.  I love this dress because it is totally something that can be dressed up or dressed down. Everyone needs a good black dress in their closet and this one is great. It has, surprise surprise, buttons the fitted bodice and flowy skirt add a feminine touch but I could totally see myself wearing this with some doc martens for a bit of an edgier feel.

Shop >Black Midi Dress<

If you couldn’t tell I have been really into the look of midi dresses.

Do you have a favorite style of dress for the spring?

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Spring Dresses I Love |Thoughts & Daisies
Spring Dresses I Love |Thoughts & Daisies
Spring Dresses I Love |Thoughts & Daisies
Spring Dresses I Love |Thoughts & Daisies