Winter is slowly fading away and we are beginning to see signs of spring here in the UK. It’s a time of changing seasons, fresh starts and new beginnings. Admittedly, this is a challenging and concerning time with the COVID-19 outbreak. I hope and pray you and yours are well.
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Whether your blog posts are old or new, as long as they are about things that feed the soul, they are welcome here at The Hearth and Soul Link Party. Things that feed the soul may include (but are not limited to) recipes, decorating, crafts, family, home, DIY, organization, travel, book reviews, the arts and self improvement.
It’s my husband’s birthday and our 29th wedding anniversary on Monday. Our son and his partner are joining us for to celebrate. I’m very excited that we can all be together. It’s different for us to be home at this time of year, but it’s a nice change to be able to be all together. Plus we are getting to see all the lovely spring flowers coming into bloom, one of my favourite parts of the changing seasons.
My husband requested my tried and tested Mocha Cake with a Twist recipe for his birthday cake. (The post desperately needs some new photographs, but the recipe is yummy!) This time, I made it as a layer cake with a coffee buttercream frosting. I made a few tweaks to the recipe as well, so I may blog the new version. It is so delicious, I would be happy to have an excuse to make it again!
I’ve also shared some of my healthy eating hints and tips. (I admit, this is a bit of a change of topic after a mention of cake, but hey, it’s all about balance!)
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Nearly 3 years ago I worked with my personal trainer and lost over 30 pounds as part of the changing seasons of my life. I’ve kept it off for all this time, and still work with her to further improve my fitness and strength. A big part of the journey was changing how I eat. Don’t miss these 5 Healthy Eating Tips that may help you too. They are easy, fuss free and very rewarding.
Incidentally, although I mention my 30 pound weight loss, please know that I only stepped on the scales once or twice during that whole journey. I judged my progress on how my clothes fit and how I felt – and I still do. I really do feel the scales are not our friends. While they may be useful when someone has a great deal of weight to lose, for many of us, they can be soul destroying. As well as discussing why I feel this way, I also share some other (more encouraging!) ways to effectively track your weight loss.
Thank you all for visiting and sharing your wonderful content! I look forward to seeing what you will share each week.
Changing Seasons Featured Posts
Changing seasons featured posts include (from top left, clockwise):-
With Spring comes Easter, and Lisa of Fresh Vintage By Lisa has a sweet Vintage Inspired Easter Vignette to inspire your Easter decor.
Carol of Comfort Spring is decorating as well. She shared a lovely Spring Coastal Picture Ledge, perfect for sharing pretty artwork and prints.
Celebrate the changing seasons with these 15 Pretty Tiered Trays from Katie at The Organized Dream.
Kathi of Oak Hill Homestead offers ideas to help us start fresh for the changing seasons with 25 Products to Stop Buying at the Store. I won’t be able to implement all of Kathi’s suggestions but there are definitely a few I hope to embrace.
One of the most popular ways to cope with a crisis this side of the pond is to make a cup of tea – and it’s even better if you have a treat to go alongside it. Erin of A Big Green House offers sweet inspiration with these light, fluffy, Whipping Cream Scones.
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