The weather may be a bit up and down, but Spring is most definitely on its way. This is one of my favourite times of year, when pretty bulbs are popping up, blossom is appearing on the trees and we see a few sunny days. The anticipation of the end of the cold weather is so close, you start to think about putting on a summer dresses and feeling the warm sun on your skin. I am most definitely not a winter person. The grey skies and needing to wrap up warm, just aren’t for me.

Hauchlauts Park Bluebell walkThis time of year to me is all about new beginnings and things to look forward to. I have a few family trips planned for the next few months and I’m already thinking about Spring outfits and packing my coats away until the autumn. There are lot’s of things I like to do as the weather gets warmer and here are a few of them…

Wooden Seed Trey and Newspaper Seed Pots1. Buy Some Plants, Sow Some Seeds:

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a really big garden. It’s one of the main things that attracted me to my house when I bought it. However I’m not very green fingered and I doubt it will ever be perfect or Pinterest worthy! I do however like to concentrate on little areas of the garden and make them look pretty. This week I popped to the garden centre and picked up lots of lovely bright flowers to plant in my pots and now I have a little area that looks really pretty and I feel very Spring-like sitting outside. I’ve also planted some seeds with the kids and we can’t wait to see them grow. See how I made these little newspaper pots here.

2. Easter Crafts: 

Easter is one of my favourite times of year to do little craft activities with the kids. From painting eggs to decorating our Easter bonnets we always embrace the crafting opportunities that the season brings. We usually go on a little caravan holiday around this time and I pack a big bag of things to make and do while we’re there. You can find great kits in both supermarkets and craft stores.

3. Outfit Planning: 

I always struggle with vintage outfits in the colder months. I love bright colours and throwing on a dress and some sandals. It’s just so much easier to dress nicely with very little effort when it’s warmer. At this time of year I like to go through my wardrobe and work out which dresses I’m going to be wearing and plan accessories to go with them. I also give everything an iron and freshen up if it’s been squashed in the wardrobe for a whole winter.

Hatchlands Parks Woods5. Go for Long Walks: 

As I work from home, I spend most of my time indoors. The warmer weather makes me feel more creative so I try to get out more and take long walks in parks and spend lots of time exploring with the kids. I love blogging about all the things we do, so it gives me plenty of photo taking opportunities and inspiration. It’s this time of year that I love being my own boss the most and love choosing places to go out and enjoy, as well as write about.

6. Spring Clean: 

OK, so this one isn’t quite as fun. But as I said before, I see this time of year as one of new beginnings and it is a great time to get organised, throw out some stuff and have a good clean. I like to set a day aside, open all the windows, put a record on and get the house sorted. Although I have a bit of a hatred of housework, the reward of having every single task done is worth every bit of effort involved.

Rockpooling Crab7. Go to the Beach: 

We all do it, that first weekend of sunshine can only mean one thing. A spontaneous trip to the seaside. Us Brits do know how to take advantage of the sun and I have spent many a freak Spring heat wave sitting in traffic trying to get into Brighton to make the most of every single drop of sun! Nothing makes me happier than a walk along the beach and a paddle followed by a big helping of fish and chips or an ice-cream. I can’t wait! See my posts on crabbing and rock pooling for some family beach ideas.

Painshill Crocuses7. Take Lots of Photos: 

I’m a big photo taker anyway, but at this time of year I find myself stepping it up a notch! It’s such a pretty time of year that I like to take snaps of everything. From the pretty flowers to the lovely sunsets and blue skies, you can expect it all to pop up on the blog or my Instagram at some point. It’s all too lovely not to share.

8. Have a Spontaneous Picnic:

I was going to say ‘Plan a Picnic’, however we have to be realistic here. It’s too early to count on the weather not being awful! But if the weather holds out I love to pack a picnic and a big blanket and spend the day with friends enjoying the outdoors. I usually just pop into the supermarket on the way to grab some bits, if I haven’t planned ahead. If you don’t have one, get yourself a nice wicker hamper and picnic blanket for that little vintage touch.

9. Get Shopping! Car Boot Season is Upon Us!: 

Probably my favourite thing that happens this time of year, is my favourite car boot sales starting up again. Most of my vintage bargains come from car boots and I love hunting out treasure for my wardrobe and home. Most re-start at the beginning of April if the weather’s nice and I love rising early on a weekend morning and heading to a field in the middle of nowhere with Rob and the kids to look for lovely new (old) things.

Atomic Festival Classic Pick up Trucks10. Go to Some Vintage Events:

Another thing that gets going in April is the vintage calendar, the first festivals usually start around April and I can’t wait to go and have lots of vintage fun. I’m planning to go to more festivals this year that ever. How exciting!

Whats things do you love doing when the Spring comes?

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March 2016 BirchboxLast month was a busy one for me, I managed to have a good house sort out and also went a bit crazy with my vintage selling. The kids are even busier than usual doing loads of activities and generally keeping me very busy. This hasn’t left much time for blogging and it’s something I definitely want to devote more time to over the next few weeks. February flew past and I didn’t get round to writing a review for last months Birchbox, so I’ve gone straight to my lovely March Birchbox which arrived just over a week ago.

Birchbox March 20016 Contents
Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box, packed with high-end surprise beauty products which arrive at your door once a month. When I first opened it, this months box didn’t really inspire me. However since giving all the products a try I have completely fallen in love with two of them and really enjoyed using the rest. I think the main reason I wasn’t initially impressed is because the box contained 3 hair products and although I like to try them, they aren’t my favourites and I usually favour make-up and skincare products.

Arrow boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm

March Birchbox Arrow Boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm
The first product I tried, is probably my favourite from the box. The Arrow boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm is a lovely moisturising lip balm which adjusts to your lips PH to create a colour perfect for you. It looks like a clear lip balm but on my lips it adjusts to become a lovely subtle pink, whilst lumping my lips with lots of moisture. Since first using it I’ve had it on every day and I absolutely love it. My lips look natural and soft with just enough colour to finish off a natural make-up look perfectly. This full-sized product is usually £11

ModelCo More Brows

Birchbox March 2016 ModelCo More Brows
The other product that I really love is the ModelCo More Brows. I’ve been loyal to my usual brow product for a long time now and wasn’t really looking for a change, so I was surprised how much I liked this and how much I’ve used since it came. The product is a quick-dry gel, it contains hair like particles to make the brows appear fuller and it really works. It is applied with a mini mascara style wand and the colour is perfect for me. I found it really easy and quick to apply and my brows look fuller and well-shaped when I use it. This full-sized product usually costs £13 and I will definitely be repurchasing it.

Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume

March 2016 Birchbox Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume
The next product was a Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume. I very rarely wear my hair straight at the moment, as my hair has got quite long and I think it looks better with some curl. However when I do wear it straight this will be a very useful product. It helps relax unruly hair and shortens blow dry time, which I love because I have a lot of hair and it takes ages to dry. This definitely smooths out frizz and makes it easier to blow dry, so I’ll be keeping it to one side for when my hair’s a bit shorter. The full-sized version costs £20.

Polaar IceSource Moisturising Gel

March 2016 Birchbox Polaar Icesource Moisturising gel
The only skincare product in this months box was the Polaar IceSource Moisturising Gel. This is a great moisturiser if your skin is in need of a pick-me-up. It contains glacier water and rehydrates dehydrated skin. I loved the cooling feel of this product on my skin and it definitely did help when my skin was feeling a bit dull and dry. I’m going to save the rest of the sample for the summer, when I usually go for a lighter moisturiser and I think the cooling effect will be lovely in the warmer weather. The full-sized product costs £29.90.

Amika Nourishing Mask

March 2016 Birchbox Amika Nourishing Hair Mask
Another hair product from this months box was the Amika Nourishing Mask. I haven’t actually tried this product yet, as I’ve not had time for a hair treatment this month (poor hair!). The product claims to fight dryness with its hydrating and completely natural formula. I’m a huge fan of natural products so I am looking forward to trying this one. It contains sea buckthorn berry and jojoba oil which softens the strands and repairs damage in just a few minutes. The full-sized pot costs £19.99

This Works Sleep Plus Hair Elixir

March 2016 birch box This Works Sleep Plus Hair Elixir
Lastly another hair product from the box is the This Works Sleep Plus Hair Elixir. All the products in the world will not beat a good nights sleep when it comes to looking after yourself and looking good. This over night spray-in hair treatment contains essential oils to not only treat your hair, but also to help you have a good nights sleep. This smells absolutely amazing and I found the scent extremely soothing and I definitely went straight to sleep all the nights I used it. I love the idea of waking up to healthier happier hair after a good nights sleep. The full-sized product costs £16.

March 2016 Birchbox Review
So despite not feeling inspired when I first looked in the box, I’ve actually received a good selection of products all of which I’ll be using. See how this box compares to last years March Birchbox here.

March 2016 Birchbox Contents and Review
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It’s been a while since I did a vintage haul on here! I haven’t bought that many new clothes recently as I’m trying to save a bit of money. But I have been buying little accessories here and there. I can never resist a piece of pretty vintage jewellery. Over the last few months I’ve been trying to pick up pieces that go with some of the dresses in my wardrobe. I have loads of vintage themed events and festivals coming up this summer and I’ve already started planning all my outfits and most of my newly acquired jewellery is to go with them.

Vintage Jewellery Greens
Green is my absolute favourite colour and I’ve always had quite a lot of green clothing in my collection, however I hardly had any jewellery to wear with it. So when I saw these art deco era glass bead necklaces on eBay as a bundle, I just had to have them. They were an absolute bargain at around £12 for the three and they are simply beautiful. I’ve already got quite a lot of wear out of these and I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of them in my future outfit posts. See how I styled the black and green one here.

Vintage Fruit Necklace
I also got this gorgeous fruit necklace on Ooh La La on Facebook. At the moment they are attached to a later gold chain which I’m going to replace with a better one, as soon as I find one suitable. I have such a weakness for fruit jewellery and this one just had to be mine! It has so many different colours, I’ll have no trouble pairing this up with outfits.

Vintage Lucite Necklace
The necklace with the yellow roses is absolutely huge and just makes me smile. I picked it up in a lovely vintage shop called Madame Mim in Bruges earlier this year. It was about 6 Euros and I couldn’t resist it!

Reverse Carved Lucite
The other one is an original vintage reverse carved lucite necklace. We have a little love story all of our own. It started when a year earlier a week before my 29th birthday. My mum had taken me to my favourite antiques centre to pick out something vintage for my present. I spotted this gorgeous necklace, but I’d already picked out a dress, so I left it there vowing to one day come back for it. I visited the shop several other times throughout the year without taking it home.

A year later on my 30th birthday I went shopping with Rob and was so pleased to see it still there, so I finally took it home. I absolutely adore it and have no idea why I waited so long to make it mine! It was also a steal at just £20. It needs a little clean as some dirt has got into the carving. I’m going to freshen it up as soon I’m feeling brave enough.

Vintage Floral Earrings
Last weekend I visited a local antique fair for mothers day and picked up a lovely selection of vintage jewellery. The big chunky necklace is an original 50s piece with glass and wooden beads. I had absolutely nothing orange in my collection so I’d been looking out for something like this for a while. The necklace was £10.

Vintage Plastic Clip on Earrings
I got these pretty plastic flower clip on earrings to go with the necklace and luckily they nice and light, so I’m going to get a lot of wear out of them. They will also look amazing with some of my autumn accessories. These cost just £3.

Vintage Flower Clip On Earrings
These dangly floral earrings are so cute, I love the little plastic flowers. As I don’t have my ears pierced anymore, I love find dangly clip-ons. These will be perfect with summer dresses (I can’t wait to start wearing summer dresses again!) these also need a clean, especially when you see them up this close! These cost me £4.

Vintage Red fruit Jewellery
I picked up the chunky red beads for £1 at a charity shop last week and the big red brooch is by Luxulite.

Vintage Novelty Fruit Earrings
I love a bit of novelty jewellery, especially when it features fruit. The smaller ones and the big fruit bowl ones were bought from Ooh La La on Facebook and the red ones were already mine from a church jumble sale, but I had to include them as I see them as a little setVintage Glass Fruit Earrings
How amazing are these huge glass fruit earrings from the 50s. Unfortunately they are a bit to heavy to wear. But I’m just going to keep them on display and admire them constantly. Maybe they’ll make their way into some outfit pics too.

Vintage Petit Point Bracelet
My last purchase, also from the antiques fair this weekend was this lovely petit point bracelet, it is so delicately and beautifully made. I just love it. this was such a bargain at £5.

Vintage Petit Point Bracelet and Brooch
When I arrived home, I realised I had a brooch to match, so I’ll definitely be wearing them together. Look at those tiny stitches!

Vintage Jewellery Collection
I hope you enjoyed looking at my finds, all of which were total bargains. It just goes to show if you keep looking you can find some really gorgeous pieces. Vintage jewellery really does complete every outfit and in my opinion you can never have too much of it!

Have you bought any vintage jewellery recently? What vintage things do you collect?

If you like vintage jewellery, you may also like my embroidered brooch collection.

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