Spring Cleaning Tips

This post came at the perfect time since, for the first time, we did a proper spring cleaning. I was mentally taking notes as we went about it to share. Honestly, it went so much better than I thought and we now have a cleaner place than before. 🙂

I hope you can take bits and pieces of what worked for us and apply it to your home!

  1. Make a list/prioritize. Before we began cleaning, Eric said he wanted to write down an actual list of what we wanted to accomplish. I laughed because I didn’t see the purpose. Well, I was so wrong. It helped so much! As we were getting tired, we could look at the list and see that we only had already crossed off and exactly what still needed done.
  2. Which leads me to number two. Be realistic.You aren’t going to be able to clean every cobweb from floor to ceiling, purge every closet, and go through every file with precision in one day.  Push yourself and focus on the job you are setting out to do. Don’t write 13,935 down that you want to be completed in one day. That’s just not realistic and setting yourself up to be let down.
  3. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Invest in storage. Here are some of my favorites: Blanket Bin, Ottoman 1. Ottoman 2, Make-up and Jewelry Storage: One. Two. Three. Storage bins: One, Two, Three.
  4. Work as a team. Whether that means you and your husband, kids, whoever. Assign a job to each person and work together to accomplish it. It’s rewarding to everyone and gets the job done a lot faster. 😉
  5. You can also find some other tricks I mentioned, here!

What are your most important rooms or areas that you would like to tackle?

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins + Glaze

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins + Glaze Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comHealthy Carrot Cake Muffins + Glaze Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comHealthy Carrot Cake Muffins + Glaze Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comHealthy Carrot Cake Muffins + Glaze Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comCan you tell I’m on a healthy muffin kick? There’s no rhyme or reason but I’m glad it happened and not even ashamed about it. Eric’s been pretty happy about this lately too. 😉

Rewind to a few weeks ago when I took my first trip to IKEA and bought a cake/dessert stand. (Similar, here). I came home, unpacked the stand, and placed it on the island with admiration. I then turned to Eric and asked him what he wanted it filled with, (as I started brainstorming how cute all the tasty desserts would look displayed on it). He thought for about two seconds and said something with carrot cake. That was the birth of these beauties: tasty, simple, and guilt-free!
Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins + Glaze Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comHealthy Carrot Cake Muffins + Glaze Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins + Glaze Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com



 Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1.5 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pureed pineapple
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Glaze: 

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar (or amount desired upon taste)


What to do: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan (12 count) with muffin liners. Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside. Mix all wet ingredients (except milk) together in a large bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Slowly add milk and dry ingredients. Continue whisking. Scoop into liners and fill about three quarters full. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. Meanwhile, soften cream cheese in a microwavable bowl. Add powdered sugar. Mix with a spoon. When the muffins are done in the oven, let cool for at least twenty minutes. Apply desired amount of glaze. Enjoy!


 

Friday Favorites

There are only 8 more Fridays until summer…but who’s counting? 😉

One.1. Clock 2. Rug  3. Bookshelf 4. Globe 5. Comforter

On Saturday, we did some spring cleaning (which I will talk more about next week)! One of my favorite parts about the cleaning process, (other than everything being extra clean) was that we rearranged our guest room. I love the way it turned out!

Two.

I Love You Sticky Notes

I know I’ve talked about how Eric and I love writing notes to each other. It’s become our thing. I thought some new stationary would be the extra nudge I need to write more notes consistently. I also thought this was cute for random notes to yourself.

In case you want to read more about us…

You + Me = Us

9 months

Let’s Talk…Guys

Three.

The sun was shining this week and it was in the 70’s. Amen, amen, amen!

Four.

I was on the hunt for a natural toothpaste with less ingredients than most out there. I ended up buying this toothpaste and love it! Apparently you can add two drops of orange vitality and it helps whiten teeth. Who know? Lord knows I could use some whitening after all the coffee I’ve been drinking lately.

Five.These muffins are to die for!

What are your plans this weekend?!  Also, what are some things you want to see on the blog in the warmer months ahead? 🙂

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comHealthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comEach year, as Easter was approaching, my Mom would ask if my sister and I wanted to help with the food at church after the sunrise service. My sister declined and preferred more sleep, and I excitedly said yes, wanting to be in on all the action. My Mom was in charge of setting up all of the food for a crowd full of people who came after a lovely sunrise service, recognizing the real reason for celebrating Easter in all of it’s goodness. They came with full hearts and empty stomaches, ready to eat some yummy breakfast foods while sipping hot coffee to take off the chill from the outdoors.

My Mom and I would drive to a local bakery, picking up dozens of muffins and donuts galore. When we got to church, we poured endless cups of chocolate milk, prepped the coffee, cut each muffins perfectly, and delicately arranged each donut in beautiful fashion. The breakfast after the sunrise service is a memory I think back on every Easter. After focusing on the real reason of Easter, I quickly think of going to a local bakery and picking up food for dozens of people.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m the first to indulge in something to cure my sweet tooth, but as this season rolls around, I wanted a tasty alternative to the norm. A memory that left my heart and stomach feeling happy. 🙂 These healthy muffins are filling and chocolatey, leaving nothing to be desired. They are without-a-doubt the best when paired with coffee and slowly eaten with the ones you love during the Easter season.
Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com


Ingredients:

  • 3 cups super-fine almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp whole ground flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 4 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chip morsels

 


What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients (except the chocolate morsels) together in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside. Combine bananas, eggs, almond butter, and maple syrup together. Whisk. Fold in dry ingredients with wet ingredients and slowly add morsels. Whisk until thoroughly mixed. Place muffin liners in a muffin tin and fill each liner about three quarters full. Bake for about 30 mins or until you stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean. Pour some coffee and enjoy!

*Makes about 18 muffins*


 

Friday Favorites

This week was a smooth one! God completely blessed me with a great week after a really difficult one last week. To top it off, I have the day off today and we have a wedding tonight for such a sweet couple. 🙂

One.I know I talked about these jeans here but when you are picky about jeans and find a good pair, you spread the word. 🙂

Two.You know I’m a fan of, ‘with lavender and grace,’ and I think this pillow would look perfect on our new chair!

Three.

Hair appointment today: check! Favorite: check!

Four.

I got this dress from one of my friends for the wedding tonight and I love it!

Five.

It is pouring rain today and it’s supposed to do the same all next week…I’m sure glad I have these now. 🙂

Have the best Friday! xo