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.

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

  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.

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

  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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Hello Friday! Link Roundup

Happy Friday! I am so glad the weekend is finally here. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my husband and, hopefully, checking out some new parts of the city.

Walk in Riverside Park: HelloLittleHome.com

I took a walk in Riverside Park this week – this light was beautiful!

Here are some links that caught my eye this week.

Are you looking for a cooking project this weekend? How about these homemade English Muffins?

This Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake sounds delicious, too.

Are you working on your arm candy collection? This peachy pink and gold chain bracelet would be a great addition.

Feeling crafty? Why don’t you make a cute yarn ball bookmark?

How cute are these monogram earrings?

I just discovered the blog Hollywood Housewife, and I love her week in the life book idea. Start now if you need a present for Mother’s Day.

Do you know someone who could use a little appreciation? Download these free award mini notes.

Have I mentioned that we lived in San Francisco before moving to New York? I’m missing my old city a bit, and I am in love with this San Francisco Hill Houses print.

What are your plans for this weekend?

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Add a Little Spring Style to Your Winter Wardrobe

Spring is officially here, but you wouldn’t know it by the freezing weather we are experiencing here in New York. Personally, I’m ready to pack up my winter clothes, but I don’t want to freeze my you know what off!

Here are some tips for injecting a little spring style into your winter wardrobe.

Layers Are Key

Do you have a cute summer dress that you can’t wait to wear? Add a wrap cardigan, tights, boots, and some cute accessories, and you’re good to go!

Layers help add spring style to your winter wardrobe: HelloLittleHome.com1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

Add a Pop of Color

A little minty green brings a touch of spring to a sweater, jeans, and booties. Gold tone accessories add additional interest.

Mint green accessories help bring spring style to your winter wardrobe: HelloLittleHome.com1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

Accessorize with Bold Color and Florals

The easiest way to wake up your winter wardrobe is to add springy accessories. Mint, bright orange, or a floral print will all do the trick.

Use colorful or floral accessories to bring spring style to your winter wardrobe.1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

What is your favorite way to add some spring to your step at this time of year?

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Danish Puff Recipe + Hello!

Hi there! Welcome to my blog, Hello Little Home. I’m Ginnie.

Me and my husband, JoelMe and my husband, Joel.

I started Hello Little Home, because I was looking for a place to share some of my favorite things: design, food, fashion, travel … the list goes on. I’m also working on turning my tiny NYC apartment into a home, so I’ll be sharing that, too.

Pics from around New York by HelloLittleHome.comSome of my pics from around New York.

Here’s a little treat for checking out my blog. My mom had a serious sweet tooth when I was a kid (must be where I get it from), and she was a great baker. Her Danish Puff is one if my favorites. I think you’ll like it, too!

Danish Puff - www.HelloLittleHome.com

Danish Puff   

Pastry:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp. water

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs

Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp. water
  • 1/2 cup chopped or sliced almonds, toasted

Danish Puff

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pastry:
Place 1 cup flour in medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup butter and mix with fork until mixture is the size of coarse crumbs. Sprinkle water over mixture and mix. Gather dough into ball and press into bottom of an ungreased 8 x 8-inch baking pan.

Topping:
Heat 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract and 1 cup flour. Stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until a ball forms. Remove from heat. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Spread topping over pastry.

Bake about 1 hour or until topping is crisp and brown. Place on rack and cool completely.

Glaze:
In a medium bowl, combine all glaze ingredients, except nuts, until smooth. Spread over pastry and sprinkle with nuts.

Enjoy!

Danish Puff Recipe from HelloLittleHome.com

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