Hello Friday! Link Roundup: Delicious Chocolate Recipes

This has been a stressful week. I don’t know about you, but I am craving something sweet and comforting.  I’m thinking a little chocolate will do the trick.

sightseeing in Boston - www.HelloLittleHome.comSightseeing in Boston in 2011.

These Coconut Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (try to say that 3 times, fast!) look amazing!

Salted Caramel Brownies from the Pioneer Woman? Must be good!

It sounds like these Pretzel and Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies have that salty-sweet thing going on.

If you are looking for something a little healthier, these Chocolate Chunk Paleo Cookies are delicious and are one of my tried and true recipes from Pinterest.

This Nutella Mug Cake is also one of my tried and true recipes, and it’s super easy. It makes a lot, so you may want to share (or maybe not).

Here’s to a relaxing and peaceful weekend, especially for everyone in Boston and Texas.

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It’s Tax day: Treat Yo Self

My taxes are finally done, so I’m channeling Donna and Tom. It’s time to treat yo self!

Are you expecting a refund? Treat yourself to something fun! Here are my top four picks: treat yo self: splurge via www.HelloLittleHome.com

  1. How cute are these Lovely Ribbon Accent Flats?!?
  2. I am in love with this floral pencil skirt from Loft.
  3. The Cupcake Contest Shoulder Bag from ModCloth is too cute! Even the name is adorable.
  4. Feel like really splurging? I’d spend my money on the Lady City Tote from Foley + Corinna.

Not quite so lucky? Yeah, me neither. Even if you didn’t get a refund, you can still treat yourself to a relaxing spa night. treat yo self with a spa night via www.HelloLittleHome.com

  1. Gather some candles, dim the lights, and take a hot bath.
  2. Give yourself a facial. Here are 10 masks you can make at home. I’m going to try the Banana Mask.
  3. A mani/pedi is a must! My favorite color is OPI on Collins Avenue.

Are you doing anything to treat yourself today?

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Hello Friday! Link Roundup – Stress Relief Tips

If you are anything like me, you’ll be working on your taxes this weekend. Yes, I waited until the last possible minute. Please tell me I’m not the only one!

1040 income tax return

I can’t really think of anything less pleasant or more anxiety inducing tax time, but I was determined not to stress too much this year. So I searched out some ways to get my zen on.

I have a bad habit of snacking when I’m stressed, so I was happy to learn about these 12 healthy foods that help you relax!

green tea with honey and dark chocolateI love to relax with a cup of hot tea. Chocolate doesn’t hurt either!

Have you reached your boiling point? Try one of these 10 on-the-spot relaxation techniques.

Have you heard of laugh therapy?

Sometimes a few minutes of distraction helps calm my nerves. Here’s how to make your own stress ball.

Take a hot shower or bath and wash away your troubles. Use your favorite salt or sugar scrub, or try making this DIY Lemon and Thyme Scrub.

DIY lemon thyme scrubI’ve got my scrub ingredients ready to go!

A massage would be nice, but my pennies are going to the IRS. I’m going to save my money and try this foam roller massage instead.

Don’t have a foam roller? Try a tennis ball massage.

Before you get in bed tonight, clear your mind and let go of your problems. And try these stretches to help you sleep better tonight.

How do you relax when you are working on a stressful activity?

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My Favorite Spring Home Décor Trends

Trends: how do you feel about them? I generally ere more on the classic than the trendy side, but I think it’s fun to punch things up with something new every once in a while.

Here are a few of my favorite spring trends that you can incorporate into your home.

Emerald Green

Emerald green is Pantone’s color of the year, and it is such a rich, beautiful color.  Emerald green is easy to incorporate into your home, and a little goes a long way.

Spring home decor trends: Emerald - Pantone Color of the Year 2013 - HelloLittleHome.com

  1. I absolutely love this overdyed rug from Rugs USA. It has such great depth.
  2. Add a pop of color with the Ovo Table Lamp from Lamps Plus. This lamp would be perfect in a neutral living room or bedroom.
  3. Accessories are a great way to try out trends, and this Malachite Mini Box from Bliss Crystals will never go out of style.

Malachite can be pricey, want to try your hand at recreating it? Try this faux malachite tutorial from Little Green Notebook.

Florals

Florals are always popular in Spring and never seem to go out of style. I like my florals fairly subtle.

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  1. I am obsessed with blue and white (wait until you see my living room), and this Boho Boutique Reversible Pillow Sham from Target is so pretty.
  2. My fantasy powder room would be wallpapered in this Seraphine Wallpaper. The print is so elegant and subtle. J’adore!
  3. If over-the-top florals aren’t your thing, this White Daisy frame from Lamps Plus is an easy way to incorporate the trend.

Brass

Brass sometimes gets a bad rap, but it can add a lot of character to a room if you choose carefully. You can find plenty of brass at a thrift or antiques store. Check out my cute brass elephant!

My thrift store brass elephant: www.HelloLittleHome.com

When it comes to brass, avoid anything too shiny and 80’s and look for pieces with a little patina.

Spring home decor trends: brass - www.HelloLittleHome.com

  1. Add a little charm to furniture from a big box store with brass hardware.
  2. Nate Berkus can do no wrong in my eyes, and I love his Brass Finish Vase from Target.
  3. This West Elm Martini Side Table with Antique Brass finish would look great in a home with more modern or eclectic décor.

Geometric

The last Spring trend I’m excited about is geometric. Geometrics can be incorporated into any style, and you can go subtle or bold.

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  1. I love the pattern and color in this Coral Geometric Pillow Cover. So bright and cheery!
  2. The subtle print on this Key City Zola Chair would add interest to a neutral living room.
  3. Art is an easy way to try out trends, and this Geometric Abstract Print from Printwork would add a little punch to a neutral space.

What Spring trends do you plan to try out?

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