Things For Spring

April 11, 2014

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Remember when our yard looked like this? Lush and green and balmy. I can’t wait!

In the meantime, here are things I’m excited about for spring!

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    1. Industrial String Lights from West Elm would be gorgeous on the porch
    2. Light Between The Oceans to read at the beach!
    3. Springy LOFT Dress
    4. A cheerful tablecloth for the first outdoor dinner
    5. A happy scarf for cool mornings
    6. A reminder to re-order more of the best face sunscreen
    7. A sparkling new pair of silver sandals
    8. Outdoor pillows for the porch
    9. A bright and cheerful beach tote
    10. Awesome melamine plates in bright colors! Baby friendly : )
    11. My favorite bikini top – in pink!
    12. We’re on the market for a bench for our outdoor table. If the thrift store turns us up empty handed, this one is perfectly neutral 
    13. Palm Tree Toms!

Hurry up Spring!

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1 valentine April 11, 2014 at 7:28 am

Dear Kath,
Love your blog! One remark on today’s post: melamine is not baby friendly; there are several studies showing that toxic particles of melamine table wear is bad for your health. I would not recommend it for babies!

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2 KathEats April 11, 2014 at 7:41 am

Hadn’t heard that thanks

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3 Amanda April 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

It’s all very confusing! I have only just heard this recently as well. But then just try finding anything ‘baby friendly’ that IS safe. There is one company that sells silicone covered glass plates but they’re almost completely out-of-stock on their website! For now we’re using correlle but I’ve even heard negative things about that. Sigh.

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4 Katie April 11, 2014 at 7:41 am

Love everything in this post, I just might be doing some online shopping later today. In fact I was just looking at Loft’s website (40 % everything!). What else is on your reading list? I am thinking that Light Between the Oceans is at the top of my list, right now I am reading the Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig (very good so far). Any recommendations on your favorite sunglasses? After breaking/losing my favorites I need some new ones.

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5 KathEats April 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I just bought these when I was in Key West and they are great! Polarized and much better than my Target pair : )

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6 sarah (the SHU box) April 11, 2014 at 7:44 am

okay now this is just crazy – you’re in my shopping brain :) yesterday it was the floral gap dress; today it’s the bikini top which i have been eyeing in the athleta catalog since it arrived. it must be a sign that i need to order it :)

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7 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! April 11, 2014 at 7:54 am

Love those Tom’s! They remind me of vacation! Something I could use right now!!!

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8 Cara's Healthy Cravings April 11, 2014 at 8:09 am

Yay for pretty and bright springy things, I love it!
I just bought myself a couple daffodils and tulips to brighten up my apartment.

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9 Ali April 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

That beach bag is so cute… love it.

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10 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 11, 2014 at 8:25 am

omg those TOMS are SO CUTE! I need a new pair, mine are so worn out!

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11 mel April 11, 2014 at 8:29 am

Oh, I love the Coola sunscreen too! Was it recommended by Anna Lise?

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12 KathEats April 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

She said it looked good

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13 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 11, 2014 at 8:30 am

I’m so excited for spring and flowers and greenery! :)

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14 Allegra April 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

Just finished “The Light Between Oceans” last week! SO good. You will fly though it. Also interested to hear your perspective as a mother…!

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15 KathEats April 11, 2014 at 9:57 am

I read it and looooved it! I was ultimately happy with the ending but I felt awwwwful when the plot got thick there for everyone. Heart wrenching!

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16 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh April 11, 2014 at 9:10 am

In LOVE with those string lights! I can’t wait to stalk a West Elm sale and add ‘em to the lanai!

Have a great weekend!

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17 Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} April 11, 2014 at 9:14 am

LOVING the Toms! Going to have to totally pick me up some of those! Can’t wait for our yard to look lush again as well!

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18 Liana@RunToMunch April 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

I’m so happy that spring finally hit Boston, unfortunately, I know within a weekend it will runaway as the blazing summer comes here!

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19 jill April 11, 2014 at 9:53 am

Tons of our camping dishes are melamine. I just Googled a little and found out that we’re probably safe.
(From the FDA website)
“It has been found that melamine does not migrate from melamine-formaldehyde tableware into most foods. The only measured migration, in tests, was from some samples (three out of 19 commercially available plates and cups) into acidic foods, under exaggerated conditions (that is, the food was held in the tableware at 160 oF for two hours). When adjusted for actual-use conditions (cold orange juice held in the tableware for about 15 minutes), the migration would be less than 10 parts of melamine per billion parts of juice.

This is 250 times lower than the level of melamine (alone or even in combination with related compounds – analogues – known to increase its toxicity) that FDA has concluded is acceptable in foods other than infant formula (2,500 parts per billion); in other words, well below the risk level. In addition, such highly acidic foods make up only about 10% of the total diet, so the dietary level of melamine in these scenarios would be less than one part per billion.

However, when highly acidic foods are heated to extreme temperatures (e.g.,160 ° F or higher), the amount of melamine that migrates out of the plastic can increase. Foods and drinks should not be heated on melamine-based dinnerware in microwave ovens. Only ceramic or other cookware which specifies that the cookware is microwave-safe should be used. The food may then be served on melamine-based tableware.”

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20 KathEats April 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

Thank you for sharing this

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21 Leah @ goodnightcheese April 11, 2014 at 11:04 am

I know, I’m so excited for this warmer weather!

Just a quick question: Do you own the items that you listed, or is it more of a wish-list thing?

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22 KathEats April 11, 2014 at 11:15 am

A wish list! Going to get the Tom’s (or similar) and some lights for the porch. .. probably these! and more. ..

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23 KathEats April 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

[I should add that the Coola and Athleta top I have and love. And just finished the book so it’s a mix!]

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24 Lindsay April 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Kath, you responded to my comment the other day about wanting to make it to Hawaii someday, I certainly hope you do! For spring on the island, I’ve been buying orchids and dreaming up new colors for our lanai! I adore that tablecloth and the dishes above, such playful FUN!

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25 KathEats April 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Still on my wish list : )

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26 Becky@TheSavedRunner April 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I am loving spring right now! I was just thinking this morning I needed new toms, and I love the ones you put on here!

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27 Ellie@Fit for the soul April 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I just love how you’re into refreshing and cool colors and patterns. This list makes me wanna go on vacation for some reason, haha. I think that bench is beautiful! It will go beautifully with the rest of your outdoor+home decor.

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28 KathEats April 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I love it too! I wish it were half the cost because we need 2. I’m still hoping to find something second hand.

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29 Ashley April 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm

I bought that Loft dress a few weeks ago and it’s been sitting in my closet waiting for me to wear it! It fits perfectly.I love the A-Line fit, flared skirt, and not too low cut top.

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30 KathEats April 11, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Oh yay that’s good to know!

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31 Christina April 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

I have to say I have been following you on Pinterest and you have been pinning some amazing things…I love all the yummy recipes!! I have repinned so many and plan to cook for meals and snacks :)

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32 KathEats April 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Thanks!

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33 Shel@PeachyPalate April 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm

I’m back in Toms! Love not having to wear socks outside! In need of a new pair for sure! Bright evenings, strawberries at every corner, and my birthday month…love April! :)

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34 Liz April 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I can’t wait for sundress season! Love the scarf, too

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35 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm

We had our first real day of Spring weather today — it was glorious!

Have a great weekend :)

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36 Alyssa @ LyssNutritionist April 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Yay spring! Have a great weekend :)

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37 Marie @ My Personal Finance Journey April 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

These are all great for spring! A loft dress and a pair of comfortable shoes! Of course, sunscreen is very important, especially with a high SPF one. We are planning to have a picnic this weekend with my family, yay, I’m so excited!

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38 Rebekah {aCricketSang} April 12, 2014 at 7:03 am

Great spring finds, and I couldn’t be more excited for spring :)

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39 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run April 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

I like Coola, too!

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40 ashley knight April 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm

ULTA carries COOLA now!

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41 KathEats April 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Yayyy!

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42 Clementine April 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Getting’ in the mood. Miss Kath! Thanks for keeping my spirits up as my crazy New Mexico weather snows one second and is a balmy 78 degrees the next. Ugh, let’s just jump into the summery side spring already!

xo

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43 RunEatRepeat April 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Those Toms. I love it.

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44 Lauren April 14, 2014 at 7:29 am

I’ve been eyeing that athleta bikini top! Penelope turns one at the end of May and I *think* I’ll be bikini ready by this summer ;). Is it as awesome and supportive as it looks?! True to bra size? And do you wear straps straight or cross crossed? And which bottoms did you get? I think I like the shirred. So many questions! Enjoy your Monday!

Xo

Lauren

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45 KathEats April 14, 2014 at 7:35 am

It really is the best bikini top I’ve owned. I have it in black and got the simple black bottoms to go with it. I always bought halter tops so I could tie them tight to be supportive enough but this is even better and so much more comfortable.

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46 Lauren April 14, 2014 at 7:39 am

Awesome. I’m buying today! I have so many halter tops, but my boobs are too big and my neck hurts so much at the end of the day. The halters leave a major indent in my neck! Looking forward to another option. Thanks!

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47 KathEats April 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

Agreed. And the bottom tie hurts against a beach chair!

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48 Anna April 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Great! I was just about to survey for a new sunscreen/moisturizer. Will definitely check out this Coola brand. What sunscreen do you use on Mazen’s? I’ve tried a lot of natural baby sunscreen creams but I’m still not really satisfied. Thanks!

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49 KathEats April 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I use Water Babies Pure & Simple. I’ve been using it since I was pregnant and wrote this post.

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