There's no point in pretending you're
not going to be out in your garden the first warm second of spring.
We thought that we would share some
great ideas that we found to get a jump indoors for the spring season!!
teeny microgreens seedlings are grown for harvest at a tender stage and are
perfect for a windowsill garden. They are ready for
harvesting by snipping the stems after only two to three weeks of growing. If
left to grow, microgreens become young seedlings and then full-fledged plants.
sprouts (germinated seeds eaten roots and all), microgreens need potting mix
and bright light to grow. They may have intense flavors similar to the
full-grown plant or taste more subtle.
3-inch peat pots
or other suitable containers
the soilless seed-starting mix, a sterile medium that is formulated to promote
seed development. Sprinkle warm water onto the mix and blend until it is
each container with premoistened seed-starting mix -- no need to pack it into
place. Set the container on a watertight drip tray or saucer.
seeds evenly over the surface of the seed-starting mix, sowing them more
thickly than you ordinarily would. Leave 1/4 inch of space between the seeds;
even microgreens need room to grow.
the seeds with vermiculite. This mineral-base material absorbs water and
releases it slowly, keeping seeds damp but not too wet. Follow instructions for planting depth
provided on the seed packet. Some seeds should be barely covered; others need
thicker covering to germinate (sprout and grow) well. Label plantings.
the sown seeds with a gentle shower, soaking the vermiculite without washing
away the seeds. Until the seeds germinate and green shoots sprout from them,
water lightly as needed to keep the seed-starting mix damp. If the mix is too
wet, seeds cannot root and fail to grow.
the containers with a lightweight sheet of plastic or a
doomed lid to maintain humidity and promote germination. Set the drip tray on a
heat mat designed for seed starting or on a heating pad.
the seeds germinate, remove the lid and the heat source. Set the containers on a sunny
windowsill. Keep the planting medium damp, and promote healthy growth by watering from the bottom.
Pour water into the tray and allow it to be absorbed into the soilless mix.
harvest the microgreens, hold a section with one hand and use the other to snip
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Season with Spring and Summer Deals on The Way
yesterday being the first day of spring! Welcome the sunshine with crazy great
Here’s a great guide
to the top 10 most essential and wearable
trends from the spring runways. Pick up one or two of these ideas and you’re
set for the season. It’s that easy!
Spring 2013 Trend: Bermuda Shorts
slouchy, cool-girl shorts that were all over the New York runways this season
are perfect for every girl who never felt like she could pull off those
cheek-baring cutoffs so beloved on Instagram (i.e., most of us). They’re ultra
chic, fam-friendly, and flattering; seriously, what’s not to love?
Spring 2013 Trend: Black and
“Spring trends” might typically
call to mind Easter-egg colors and happy-go-lucky floral prints, but this
season, designers put the emphasis on strong black-and-white looks (OK, there
were afew floral prints,
too). Appropriate to wear year-round, easy to pull off at every budget, and
sleek enough to work at the office or on date night, this trend is the definition of wearable.
Spring 2013 Trend: Peekaboo
Speaking of date night, this
spring you’ll have zero problem finding something sexy to wear: Daring cutouts,
midriff-baring separates, up-to-there splits, and sheer fabrics were all over
the runway. The beauty of this trend? There’s a peekaboo option for every body
shape (and level of modesty) up for grabs.
Spring 2013 Trend: Statement Sunglasses
to add a runway feel to your everyday basics? Pick up a pair of spring’s
OMG-worthy sunglasses. They hit the runway in every shape and size, each pair
louder and more fabulous than the next.
Spring 2013 Trend: Bold
If those Rorschach-esque
digital prints are too OTT for your style, take spring’s big, bold,
uncomplicated stripes for a spin instead. With denim, they’re all-American;
with navy, they’re nautical-chic; and worn head-to-toe, they’re just plain
cool. Bonus: You’ll definitely
be able to wear them for seasons—even years—to come.
Spring 2013 Trend: Luxe
fashionista-approved, a luxe leather piece is more than worth adding to your
spring shopping list. Minimalistic shapes, rich colors, and a no-fuss approach
to the hair, makeup, and accessories that complete the look make these
investment items seem like they’re from 2013, not 1983. (And with spring
clothes hitting stores in February, there’s no need to stress about the sweat
Spring 2013 Trend: Beautiful
After fall 2012’s whirlwind of
brocade, fur, and embellishment, it was no surprise to see a little
razzle-dazzle on the spring catwalks. You could see influences everywhere from
India and the Middle East to Russia, and it made for some seriously stunning
evening wear. Push that itchy, too shiny sequined minidress to the back of your
closet, gals. You won’t be needing it for a while.
Spring 2013 Trend: Shorts
If you buy one thing this
spring, make it a shorts suit. This look was on dozens of runways in New York
and is the ideal blend of “guy hot” (hel-lo,
legs) and “girl hot” (Annie
Hall, anyone?). They’re purposeful, versatile, and
office-appropriate, and we’re betting you’ll be able to find all-star versions
of this must-have at every price point come 2013.
Spring 2013 Trend: Sporty
Spring’s sporty dresses—with
their flirty A-line skirts and shoulder-showcasing bodices—are going to
distract quite a few dudes next season, we guarantee it. We love them because
they work just as easily with wedges and high-heel sandals as they do with comfy
canvas sneakers. Go all Saved
by the Bell with the addition of a collegiate cardigan or letterman
Spring 2013 Trend: Flats and
Sexy ’90s pointy heels are back
and have been modernized with everything from dainty ankle straps to
cylindrical heels. There will always be a moment for four-inch pumps (and that
moment is date night), but these ladylike heels are such a nice option to have
on hand. Extra cool points if you wear them with slouchy boyfriend jeans or
Bermuda shorts to brunch with the girls.
Any girl undoubtedly wishes her
overall performance always unique and up
to date. They want their overall performance look excellent in top to
bottom, not only respect to their top, brief but also hairstyle
and even nails. There are many wonderful floral art nails on this event that
will motivate you to your finger nails look for this spring
and summer season. The floral prints are very sleek,
pleasant and shiny. It is very appropriate for spring and summer time look. Let
us check it out! Last year was all about neon,
as far as your fingers and toes were concerned; this summer will be all about
saturated pastels, so say all of the style icons. There are plenty of people
who still love neon; however the goal this year is to deliver vivid colors that
women of all ages can enjoy." There’s
a reason that nails and decorations for nails are always popular—no matter the
economic climate or the job you hold, almost everyone can afford nail
polish or nail decals. Nails and nail polish have taken a major piece of
the spotlight in recent seasons with more attention being paid to nail trends
emerging from the runways than ever before. This fall, there are a few
trends on nails that you will definitely see more than once. So tell us, which shade is your
favorite? And we dare you to try the decals for yourself—tweet!!! Let us know what
you like this season!
Sometimes everything you need to take care of your skin can be found in your kitchen! Here, Pretty Pack
blogger Elizabeth Dehn shares some of her favorite all-natural beauty treatments. We love
them so much that we want to share them with our Cherry Friends!!
Clementine Hand Scrub
Winter cometh, and with it dry, dull skin. Forget pricey
scrubs and put that big crate of clementines to use with this hand scrub recipe
from Erika Katz, "Today" Show contributor and author of Bonding over Beauty. The
Vitamin C in the clementine brightens and tones while their natural fruit acids
help to gently lift dead skin cells. Baking soda acts as a physical exfoliant,
buffing away what’s left behind. Powerhouse humectants honey and olive oil provide
much-needed moisture and nourishment.
1 T clementine juice
1 T honey
1 T sugar
1 T olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. "Wash" your hands with the
scrub, paying special attention to dry patches and cuticles. It's especially
effective after a shower or bath, when the steam already softened dead skin
Sugar Body Scrub
I also love
Erika's brown sugar body scrub, which is fantastic from head to toe or as a
Simply combine the following ingredients in a bowl or sealable glass jar and
Maybe it’s the relentless heat wave but I’ve been reaching
for cucumbers all summer. Diced and for lemony quinoa
tabouleh. Dipped in hummus. Sliced and served with mint and basil
as a spa-inspired
ice water. Stirred in seedless, English spears with Hendrick’s
gin & tonics. And of course, applied liberally as a cooling
Although best known for their eye-depuffing
capabilities, cukes can also be used to remedy on of summer’s biggest pitfalls:
sunburn. Cucumber extract contains ascot acid and civic acid, which prevent
water retention, helping to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. Even if
you’re religious with sunblock, the heat wave we’ve been having all season can
still take its toll on your skin. When I feel zapped and dehydrated after a day
at the lake or pulling seemingly never-ending weeds out of my garden, I’ve been
whipping up this super easy DIY masque from spa
authority June Jacobs. With
only two ingredients that usually happen to be in my fridge, it’s convenient to
make and exceptionally nourishing.
Combine in a blender and then apply to cleansed face and neck. Leave on for
5-10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Apply chilled cucumber slices to
the eyes while the mask is on the face to help with puffing under the eye area.
If you’re not the do-it-yourself kind, try Yes to Cucumbers
Soothing Facial Mask
aloe vera and Dead Sea minerals hydrate and skin while spirulina calms irritation. I like to leave it on
as long as possible, then tissue off any excess before applying my usual
don’t know if it’s the change of season or my new-found love affair with flat irons, but lately my hair has been lacking its
usual luster. Instead of rushing out to replenish one of my favorite (and pricey) hair
masks, I whipped up one recommended to me by Kassie Kuehl, the owner of Kasia Organic Salon in Minneapolis, which specializes in
healthy hair care. She swears by this all-natural treatment for its moisturizing, strengthening and
shine-enhancing properties. It’s rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins and
minerals yet free of mineral oil or petroleum—both of which prevent nutrient
absorption. I like to leave it in on Sunday nights while I’m watching Mad
Men. It seems like something Joan would do, no?
1 egg white
2 T. Greek yogurt
2 T. avocado, mashed
1 ½ T. kiwi fruit, mashed
2 ½ t. honey
5–8 drops rosemary essential oil
plastic wrap Directions
In a large bowl, whisk egg white until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and
stir until blended. Coat clean, wet hair with mask. Massage into hair and scalp
until fully saturated. Wrap head tightly with plastic wrap. Leave mask on for
15-20 minutes; sit in the sun or a steamy shower for maximum benefits. Rinse with
cool water to seal in
moisture. Finish with a light application of your favorite conditioner.
For the mom who has everything, and wants nothing more than
to spend time with you, treat her to a facial. Spa gift cards are lovely, but there’s
something incredibly touching and theraputic about receiving a treatment at
home from your incredibly thoughtful daughter! This fruit enzyme and lactic
acid facial peel from sought-after esthetician Sarah Kurn
exfoliates, softens, and tightens skin while lightening sunspots and preventing
future environmental damage. What mom wouldn’t love that? Just add mimosas or a
glass of fancy
1 papaya, mashed
1 T. sugar
1/2 c. plain, organic yogurt
1/4 t. grape seed oil
1 white hand towel*
Combine mashed papaya and sugar in a small bowl. Apply to cleansed face and
gently massage for one minute. Rinse well with warm water. While skin is
drying, squeeze one lemon half into a bowl, add yogurt and blend. Apply
mixture to face and gently massage. Leave yogurt mask on the skin and fill sink
with very warm water. Squeeze remaining half lemon into sink
water. Immerse towel in water, ring out, then wrap face, leaving nose
exposed. Apply gentle pressure to towel; leave on for 60 seconds. Enjoy the
lemon essence by taking slow deep breaths. Remove mask with towel. Apply grape
seed oil to entire face by gently tapping into skin. Dab lemon juice on pigment
spots as an extra lightening treatment.
It’s time . . .
to start prepping that body for spring. Before you break out the self-tanner
for those pasty limbs, buff away the remains of winter with this DIY body scrub. I love how simple yet luxurious it is—not
much different than the salt scrubs I’ve plunked down a paycheck for at fancy
spas, and totally natural to boot. Plus, you can customize it with whatever
essential oil you’re in the mood for, or experiment with your own blend. This
recipe also makes a lovely gift. Just add a classic canning jar and a pretty
1 c. olive oil
1/2 c. granulated sugar
A few drops of your favorite essential oil
Directions for use:
Combine the olive oil and sugar in a sealable bowl or jar. In the shower,
thoroughly wet your body. Turn off the water. Apply the mixture to skin and
massage using circular motions. Rinse well. Gently pat dry to leave a trace of
olive oil behind like a built-in lotion. This scrub can be stored in a sealed
(unrefrigerated) container for a couple of weeks. (To avoid irritating your
skin, don’t massage any area for longer than one minute, and don’t use on your
For centuries, water therapy
has been used throughout Asia and Europe to detoxify and restore the body. It’s
only recently that the United Sates has started adopting these time-honored
traditions at spas and resorts, and the very same curative benefits can easily
be re-created in the comfort of your own bathtub.
New Year’s Day
is coming, signaling the end of food and booze benders and the beginning of
post-holiday comas. Out with the old, in with the bloated and sluggish!
Your first line of defense: drawing yourself a bath.
For centuries, water therapy has been used throughout Asia and Europe to
detoxify and restore the body. It’s only recently that the United Sates has
started adopting these time-honored traditions at spas and resorts, and the very same curative
benefits can easily be re-created in the comfort of your own bathtub.
1. Run a hot bath. The heat and
steam open pores and prepare body for cleansing.
2. Add three pints of food-grade hydrogen peroxide(3%).
This oxygenates the body and helps purge toxins. It’s also antibacterial and
3. Add two ounces of ground ginger. Ginger’s
anti-inflammatory properties increase blood circulation and help promote the elimination of
toxins through sweat.
4. Soak for about 30 minutes.
5. Drink plenty of water. Make
sure to imbibe during your soak and afterward. You’ll need to replenish the
minerals and hydration lost through all that sweating.
In a pinch, pick up a carton of inexpensive Epsom Salts at your supermarket or drugstore. Soaking in the sulfate
solution helps expel harmful toxins from the body while also relaxing muscles
and providing mood-boosting benefits.
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