Jumpstart your way to healthy living by having delicious & filling vegetable meals

Are you on your way to fit and fab yet? Treetopia’s two previous posts, Fabulously Slim & Trim and Soy Wonderful: Quick & Easy Tofu Recipes, shows two different but complementing ways to get in or back to the fitness wagon: exercise and food. Our Soy Wonderful entry focused on tofu, that wonderful soy product that has been used as meat substitute. Now, it’s time to enjoy the greens in season with these quick and easy recipes of spring vegetables:
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Get ready to upscale your home without breaking the bank

Springtime has always been a time of cleaning up whatever is already in your home to make it more presentable. Instead of just cleaning up this spring, wouldn’t it be more fantastic if you can redesign and upscale your home’s design?

In truth, you don’t have to spend so much to upscale your home and give it the style you want it to reflect. All you need is to get your imagination running to figure out the best way to create visual layers to make your décor more eye-catching.

Obvious Visuals

Just as we said in our Awesome Ideas for Color Therapy Month post a few weeks ago, colors have an effect on people. Use this knowledge to your advantage by using various shades to create visual layers. Find printed fabrics and create a pattern-on-pattern theme. Create a dramatic flair with hues and play with dark colors on a light-colored background. Channel your creativity to keep your home from looking like a big, flat monochromatic surface.

Details and Accessories

Upscaling isn’t limited to upsized items. One of the most important things to consider is how to work out the little details. Add some embroidery or a nice trim on your throw pillows, change old knobs and switches, or scout for accessories in shops. While it sounds a bit ironic, making sure that the minor details blend perfectly well with the overall design is a major part of upscaling. You don’t even have to spend much because many thrift stores carry awesome items that may possibly be perfect for your home at very cheap prices. Heather Noonan-Sheeks listed down several reasons why she loves thrift shopping in her Chic Sheeks Design & Décor blog.
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Refurbishing

Upscaling doesn’t necessarily refer to bought or new items. One way to achieve a perfectly upscaled look in your home is to refurbish old furniture to blend with your new style. Your old desk or bedside table can be repainted white, black, or any color that will aid in giving visual layers to your rooms. It doesn’t even have to be a complete change because you may opt to just varnish your old furniture to give it a glorious shine and make it look new. Give your pre-loved items more love through a makeover instead of throwing them out.

By upscaling your home using your creativity and available resources instead of maxing out your credit card(s), you show not only how smart, chic, and stylish you are, but also that you are one financially savvy person that your friends can look up to.

Make your spring cleaning mission a breeze with these easy steps

Spring cleaning should neither take up so much of your time nor create a huge expense. Here are some quick tips on how to make the “burden” of spring cleaning light for you and your pockets:

 

Plan

Create a plan on how you will go about cleaning your home. The best way to do this, whether you live in a building or you own a nice house, is to follow a cross pattern: top to bottom and inside to outside. This way, the areas you’ve already cleaned will not get dirty again. Just imagine how much more time and effort you’ll save if you start cleaning further in, slowly but surely pushing the dust and dirt outside to be collected all at the same time.

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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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