I’m a little late – but happy March! It will be a busy month, with St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Spring Break quickly approaching (for those of you lucky enough to still have one). Here are 5 things to try this month to kick start your spring and get you in the mood for the warmer temps!
Find a new fragrance for spring. Nothing makes me feel more put together than the perfect perfume. I have my go-to favorites, and I love switching them out each season. In the spring, I adore the scent of Au Tea Blanc by Bvlgari. It is very light and airy – a white tea scent with a hint of white pepper. This delicate scent is both revitalizing and soothing. I love how clean and fresh it is. It’s a unisex fragrance and also comes in a bath and body line. The Ritz Carlton and the Sea Island Resorts used to use this fragrance for their in-room amenities, so you know it’s good!
Start wearing sunscreen every day. This is so important! Whether or not you’re spending much time outside, whether or not it’s cloudy out, and whether or not you think you don’t burn, you still need to be wearing it regularly. Did you know you can get sun damage through the windows in your vehicle? I didn’t realize (or believe) that for years, but it’s true and so scary!
One of the best benefits of wearing sunscreen regularly? It helps to reverse sun damage. I used to never want to wear it when I was younger because I wanted to be tan, but then I realized that sunscreen doesn’t prevent you from getting tan – it prevents you from getting burned. You’ll still get a suntan and stay protected from the harmful UV rays. With regular use of sunscreen on my face, I’ve noticed fine lines and sun spots fading over time. Now, I look for moisturizers and makeup with SPF (like this Peter Thomas Roth SPF 30 moisturizer), but I also lather it on all year-round. I hope you’ll decide to do the same!
Master making a new cocktail. There’s something so impressive about going to someone’s house and having them make you a fancy cocktail that you’d typically only order at a bar (hello, Side Car!). I’m talking about the kind of cocktails that you “make from scratch,” such as margaritas with hand-squeezed lime juice and home-made simple syrup. Try out this refreshing and simple Moscow Mule recipe below and you’ll be wow-ing your guests in no time at all! Cheers!
Moscow Mule: It is believed that this cocktail was 1st thought up in 1941 by a bartender in LA who wanted to clear out his bar’s stock of vodka. Apparently, vodka wasn’t a popular drink of choice at that time… what?!
- Squeeze 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice into a Collins glass (Moscow Mules were originally served in these), or into a copper mug, and drop the lime wedge into the bottom of the glass.
- Add crushed ice.
- Add 2 oz. vodka
- Fill the remainder of the glass with chilled ginger beer.
- Stir, and then garnish with a sprig of mint.
Put away electronics 30 minutes before bedtime. This is a real struggle for me, but something that is so important. Try avoiding screens for at least a half hour before you go to bed – TV, phone, iPad, computer, etc. It’s so hard to break the habit of scrolling through Instagram on my phone in bed and watching TV until I fall asleep, but so many studies show how the blue light from these electronics stimulates our brains and makes it so much harder to get a good night’s sleep. So join me in trying to overcome this habit this month – hopefully by the end of March we will be sleeping better!
Try out a fun recipe for St. Patty’s Day. These Irish Coffee Cupcakes from Martha Stewart Living look ahhh-mazing.
For the Cupcakes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons instant-espresso powder
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
For the Frosting
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon whiskey
- Instant-espresso powder, for dusting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cupcakes: Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour water over espresso powder; let cool. Combine espresso with milk. Beat butter and granulated and brown sugars with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with espresso-milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour (batter may look broken).
- Fill 15 cups (of two 12-cup muffin tins) three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool; turn out cupcakes from tins.
- Make the frosting: Whisk together cream and confectioners’ sugar until medium peaks form. Add whiskey; whisk until slightly stiff peaks form.
- Top each cupcake with 2 tablespoons frosting; dust with espresso powder.