Snow is melting, birds are chirping, trees are budding. April is a month of cleansing, restoring, regrowth. The world takes a breath — fresh winds come to clear away the last dredges of winter and shake off the dust that winter left behind. The rain comes to water seeds of possibility. In April, anything’s possible. Time to get into the swing of things with some perfect picks to create the perfect foundation for the warm weather ahead.
We’re all journeying to find better roads to wellness. With a rising interest in healthy eating, seeking natural remedies, and getting active, it’s no surprise that the warm weather seems to activate our motivation. We’re plotting and planning because summer is around the corner and we want to be ready.
Speaking of plotting— are you planning your garden yet? Tis the season for herbs and sprouts and all things leafy and lovely. Safeway has a wide array of seeds and plants, from perennials to vegetables, you can get everything you need to start growing healthy essentials. No yard? Pick up a planter box for your porch or for a spot inside near plenty of light. Fresh mint, basil, chives, you name it, you can grow it. Spruce up any meal or cool drink with the fruit (or herbs) of your labour.
Put some new plant babies in a few cheeky planters like this Wink Planter (1. $19.99, Stokes). Sprinkle wild flowers to put in this adorable set of tube vases (2. $14.99, Stokes). If you don't have one already, a plant mister is a must-have. We love this gold and glass one: practical and perfectly gorgeous. (3. $7.99, Stokes).
We’re all yearning to get rid of the last remnants of winter. Many choose this time of the year to do a cleanse or detox, clearing away the clutter in our homes and within us is a great way to prepare for the lighter moments summer brings.
If you’re looking to bring a new momentum to the season, we recommend picking up a few good books to get you there. Try Eating Clean: The 21 Day Plan to Detox (4. Coles, $36) for a more invested commitment.
For the perpetual student, dive into The Mind-Gut Connection (5. Coles, $21). A scientific approach on how the digestive sustemnderstanding how the body affects the brain.
Seeking a more relaxed approach? We love this instant classic by The Wellness Mama (5. Coles, $35).
Feel good within but looking to make some changes around you? We love this Homebody guide to creating spaces you never want to leave.
If reading isn’t your forte, here are 4 simple ways you can “detox” to welcome the new:
1. Tea detox:
boost your immunity and refresh your system with a box of detox teas (7. David's Tea, $12). Featuring 3 different teas for morning, afternoon, and evening, you'll be feeling so fresh and so clean by tea time. Take it with you in a handy travel container that doubles up as an infuser for your loose leaf blends (8. David's Tea, $35).
2. Home detox:
DIY natural cleaners with eucalyptus, lemon + lavender essential oils from Sangsters (9. Starting at $9.99) + switch out Teflon frying pans for some cast iron skillets from Stokes (10. on sale, $12.44).
3. Clutter detox:
Konmari your life. Pick up aesthetically pleasing boxes like these ones from London Drugs (11. Prices start at $4.99) to store all of your bits and bobs, odds and ends, and whatever in between. Organize your files, receipts, photos, etc. and find your way to spaces that spark joy.
4. Beauty detox: switch out chemical loaded products for all natural, vegan or mineral based picks like a natural concealer from Mineral Fusion (12. London Drugs, $28) and some mineral blush from Emani (13. London Drugs, $19.50).
Has that spring fever hit you yet? It feels like a sudden urge to buy florals and flowing dresses, bright accessories and all the trendy picks that don’t need to be covered up by big coats and scarves. We’re entering into Spring with a love for everything feminine and fierce.
For outfits that make you feel as elegant as Audrey Hepburn strolling down 5th Avenue, pair this Polka dot blouse (14. Le Chateau, $69.95) with a classic pair of slacks from like these paper bag pants (15. Le Chateau, on sale, $35). Now the weather is warmer, ditch the jackets and get get yourself a tailored blazer like this one in a timeless colourway + print for every day wear (Le Chateau, $189.95). Matching skirt optional but definitely recommended (Le Chateau, $69.95).
Paint the town red in a timeless polka dot dress like this red one (20. Ardene, on sale, $20.93) or this keyhole number (21. Maurices, $44).
Looking to create outfits that veer toward the fierce side of things? Spice up your life with the latest trend: animal print. We love this cheetah print t-shirt dress (25. Maurices, $34) for casual Saturdays or a little flirty animal print scarf to pepper into your day-to-day (26. Laura, $15).
Swing into the season with the perfect patio party from Lawson with the help of London Drugs, Stokes Canada + SGLA. Win a bar set, glasses, margarita mix, a SLGA gift card + Ninja Mega Kitchen System just time for margarita season. With the tools you need for blending all of those iced summer drinks, you'll be swinging into good times in no time at all. Enter online here to win.* Contest closes May 5th, winner chosen May 6th.
Swing into the season with Lawson.
Must live in Saskatchewan to win. Applicants must be 19+ to participate.