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    Spring things.... A classic raincoat from Burberry is the perfect Spring go-to with our HSFT luxe tote, HSFT umbrella for spring storms and our HSFT baseball hat just in case...

     

    HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - Ahhhhh, lovelies.... It's a season for change and re-birth. For rain showers and wind storms, maybe even a snow. Things are growing and changing all around us. Nature often gives us the perfect road map for what we need in our own lives. Just take a peek outside and you'll know it's time for opening windows, sweeping out the dust from the winter and shifting into the energy of a new season.

    We're being awakened out of the dormancy of winter and into the potential for new growth, just like those buds bursting out on tree branches and flowers that stubbornly push through the soil. Clocks move forward to give us more sunshine, temperatures fluctuate from highs to lows. 

    We're shifting, too. The energy of this season is powerful! Our bodies and minds feel it long before we've put away our winter sweaters. 

    1) Spring Into Action

    Spring is a time for making choices and putting them into action. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that the quiet of the winter is a time to dream and imagine ideas and reflections. Spring it's time to watch them come to life, leaping forth like blossoms and leaves. It's the perfect time to start new projects and see where they go. Feeling its time for a new job change? Start looking. Got a new idea for a home project? Perfect, grab a hammer. It's a time of renewal and change.

    2) Get Yourself Outside

    Winter gives us pause and for those of us who have the cold of a winter, it's a cue to slow the body down. Our metabolism naturally slows, we spend more time indoors. Spring brings us warmer temps, and the energetic buzz of things growing and shifting gives us that skin tingling "spring fever". Take your workout outside. Take a walk after dinner, with the extra hours from Daylight Savings. Grab a bike ride on a weekend afternoon. Getting the chi or life energy of our bodies moving and flowing is the equivalent of an internal spring cleaning, so get your move on!

    3) Clean Your Space

    This tradition of Spring is still something many of us who like to get the winter dust bunnies moving on out for a clean and fresh re-set in our homes. Spring Cleaning is  very ceremonial and ritualistic in many cultures, whether for religious holidays or the start of a "new year". It's thought that sweeping out the dirt and dust removes bad luck and helps "sweep" in good luck for the year ahead. It's also thought to trace back to a time when fireplaces would have been burning all winter long as the main heat source for our homes, so removing the soot and the ash was necessary each winter's end. 

    Whatever the reason, cleaning out your living space makes literal space for new things. Space makes way for new energy and new ideas this is thought to increase the flow of energy in your home. In Feng Shui, it is believed that cleaning under things, dusting, vacuuming, etc opens up the flow of energy. Get the vacuum or call Merry Maids, but bring in the season with a deep clean for a fresh start. 

    4) Think Green

    The color of green is synonymous with Spring. Infuse your life with a little green, whether it's a fabulous new handbag, shoes, or a pop of color in a pillow you toss on the couch. Take it to another level and bring in fresh flowers, potted plants, even branches from budding trees and surround yourself with the color of the season. Green is the color of life, energy, renewal and harmony. It's also restful and relaxing, so think green!

     5) Have Some Fun Today 

    The energy of the spring is infectious. Things are growing and energy is pushing up through the earth and pulsing through branches and stems. It's a palpable and gorgeous time of year. Take time to literally stop and smell the air around you. Have Some Fun Today! Find the beautiful in what may seem like the everyday and the mundane. Make it a choice to HSFT and change the way you see the world.

      

    Happy Spring!

     

     

    Written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek who loves the color green....

     

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  • 3 Foods for Fall to Keep You Glowing

    The Beauty of Fall  

    The season of fall upon us means shorter days, a nip of cool weather at night, and pumpkin spice everywhere you look! It also means a big change for our body. 

    At HAVE SOME FUN TODAY, we believe beauty starts on the inside. Clean, healthy eating gives us a clear mind and beautiful glow. As the seasons shift, so do we. Changing our diet and eating seasonally keeps us in rhythm with the earth's energy and all that's around us. So on these warm fall days, we're grabbing our HSFT printed tote and filling it with the autumn harvest and goodness from our local farmers markets. 

    Soups, Not Salad

    Summer salads and raw food are perfect for cooling summer heat, but in the fall, our body needs dense and warmer, cooked foods. Think soups and stews, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and yams. These foods are warming and very grounding for our body. Chinese Traditional Medicine says that autumn is the season of the metal element, the air becomes dry and there is less moisture. Hydrating with warm teas and water is key. We're never without our HSFT water bottle to stay hydrated through the day.  

    Gonna Kick it, Root down

    Roots and tubers hold the energy of food that comes from the earth. These are dense and warming and help us build our energy for the winter ahead. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, turnips, carrots, ginger, garlic and onions are perfect for this time of year. Eating these foods not only keep us grounded but also boost our immune system. We are in love with this Carrot Turmeric soup with ginger from Mind, Body, Green. We've also changed it up and used sweet potato in place of the carrot in this recipe and it's everything!

    Spice it up

    Infusing our foods with the flavors and spices of the season stimulate the body and disperse energy. Spices and pungent foods include those that warm like garlic, onions, chili peppers, mustard greens, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. These flavors support our circulation and encourage digestion.

    Taking just a little extra time to change up your diet for the season will give you an inner beauty that shows on the outside. You'll also feel amazing and everyday want to HAVE SOME FUN TODAY!

     

     

    Written and contributed by HSFT writer and blogger Rebecca Doubek who loves sweet potatoes 

     

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