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Have your fill of delectable dishes without the guilt

Every year for 40 days, Christians undertake a dietary resolution in preparation for Easter. This diet consists of fasting, abstinence, and a healthy dose of prayer and meditation. Regardless of religion (or lack of it), however, people have chosen to carry out Lenten diets with hope of achieving weight loss. Whether you adhere to this belief or not, Treetopia has some food suggestions for every meal that are not only scrumptious and filling, but also acceptable for Lent.


photo by AndyRobertsPhotos via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Breakfast/Dessert

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so they say. Sure, you can quickly whip up a bowl of oatmeal or an omelet but your taste buds wouldn’t feel too excited about those after a while and, since it’s Lent, you can’t reach for those packs of ham or bacon in the freezer. Instead of going astray, whip up a batch of couscous pudding. This versatile little dish can be served as a breakfast and/or dessert, depending on your mood, and it’s healthy to boot! We found Dena’s Oh! You Cook! blog with instructions on how to make this very simple dish. You will need the following basic ingredients:

  • 2  cups almond milk (plain or vanilla)
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 cup plain or whole wheat couscous
  • 1/3 cup raisins

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We asked and you, awesome people, answered!

In conjunction with the equally fabulous Design Milk, Treetopia kicked-off the Treetopia Favorite Tree Sweepstakes in December 2012.

After swimming in a sea of eligible entries, we are happy to announce the names of the three very groovy winners of the Treetopia Favorite Tree Sweepstakes!

Let us all cheer for the amazing winners of their favorite Treetopia Tree, Wreath and a strand of very Happy Fun Ball Lights.
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Congratulations and stay fun and sassy!

Find out how to make your home office more feminine with these decorating ideas Treetopia has gathered

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Organize Your Home Office Day tomorrow, the 8th of March 2013, Treetopia decided to combine both days to give all our lovely female readers ideas on how to highlight femininity in their workspaces at home.
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Let’s define femininity first. Femininity isn’t just about being “girly” and “pink” — femininity describes all women: strong and soft, serious and light, bold and sophisticated, classy but modern, outdoorsy but refined, family-oriented but independent, and so much more. Here are some tips on how to showcase these qualities and more in your workspace:

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The Ho! Ho! Ho-liday isn’t over yet because jolly old St. Nick has not handed over the final fabulous gift to the amazing person who secretly worked to spread some extra Christmas cheer this season!

Treetopia is excited to announce the awesome winner of the Secret Santa Sweepstakes and the very lucky friend who deserved his own spectacular Treetopia tree.

Roll out the red carpet and bring out the milk and cookies for this incredible duo!
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Congratulations, Jessie and Derrick! Thank you and thanks to everyone who participated for making this competition legen—wait for it—dary!

Today is a day we should celebrate with cheer, for today we celebrate Dr. Seuss, that dear

On March 2 of every year, we celebrate the birth of one of the most prominent icons of children’s literature. Theodor Seuss Geisel, more popularly known as Dr. Seuss, challenged everyone to expand the borders of the imagination and, while people may think that the lessons in his books are only for children, they are really universal.


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Whether you believe us or not about the universality of Dr. Seuss’ works, we urge you to read on as Treetopia takes you on a journey through some well-loved Dr. Seuss works and shows you how to apply them in the design of your home.

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If you’re excited to decorate your home for spring, Treetopia has listed some home décor trends for 2013 to get you started

When the warm weather starts crawling in and the trees and flowers awaken as the snow starts to melt, you know that Spring is arriving to show Winter out the door. Add to that, you know that it’s time to get your home jazzed up and styled for the coming season. Here’s a look at some of what’s projected to trend this Spring:

 

Bold and Beautiful

Spring is the season of life and energy. Bring more life into your home by using bright and bold colors to decorate your space. You can paint the walls red or yellow to wake up the senses and boost the energy in your space, or use wallpaper with a bold color or floral patterns to shake things up.


photos by Mirage Floors via flickr. CC BY 2.0 (left) and Wickerfurniture via flickr. CC BY 2.0 (right)

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Whether you love Mardis Gras or simply enjoy colorful parties, Treetopia will show you how to plan a FUN-tastic Carnival party

You may have missed the festivities during this year’s Mardis Gras Parade but that doesn’t mean you have to wait another year to experience the glorious festive atmosphere that comes with it. Read on below for tips on how to organize your very own Mardis Gras, whether you’re planning for next year or you just want to host a carnival-themed party any time of the year.


photo by Vegan Feast Catering via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Food, Glorious Food!

Mardis Gras is not the English translation of “Fat Tuesday” for nothing. Since this day of celebration is held before Lent and fasting begin, it’s only natural to gorge on glorious food. So if you really want a carnival-inspired celebration, it is a must for your party to be filled (if not overflowing) with food. You can start off with a simple appetizer like this scrumptious shrimp canapé recipe from Leslie Styles’ blog. Caryn Ross also shares a couple of easy-to-make Mardis Gras recipes on her blog, Cooking with Caryn. Follow it up with three or four types of main dish until your guests reach the delicious moon pie dessert or traditional king cake. You don’t have to worry because there’s always room for dessert.


moon pie photo by steevithak via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0 (left) and king cake photo by syvwlch via flickr. CC BY 2.0 (right)

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Bring out those shakers and blenders because it’s time for some delightful recipes for National Margarita Day


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It’s National Margarita Day this Friday and what better way to celebrate than mixing up a glass or two (or several) of this favorite concoction. Treetopia has gathered a few recipes you and your friends can try out, so gather everyone for a margarita-tasting party!

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Treetopia has listed down some romantic destinations for a memorable trip with your partner

The excitement surrounding Valentine’s Day may be over but it doesn’t mean you can’t still be in a romantic mood. If you’re planning an intimate escape for you and your partner, consider these romantic destinations on Treetopia’s list:

 

A Taste of Culture and the Arts

If you and your partner love to immerse yourselves in culture and enjoy the excitement of a bustling city, then New York is the place to go. Take snapshots as you explore the city or dress up and take pleasure in Broadway or Off-Broadway productions. Find inspiration at the Metropolitan Museum or have a nice, romantic carriage ride around Central Park. When you’ve had your fill, you can head on over to the scenic Niagara Falls and cuddle as you enjoy the view of cascading water.

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Level up your marriage proposal plans this Valentine’s Day with creative ways to pop the question

Marriage proposals on Valentine’s Day may be cheesy or predictable to some but you have to admit, they are definitely an awesome way to celebrate the love between two people. As an advocate of love and anything fabulous, Treetopia presents to you innovative ways you may employ when you want to pop the question to your partner.

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