April has arrived and after a cold and snowy March, we are all more than ready to embrace the spring season. With a few simple changes around the home and a couple uplifting weekend projects, you can easily transition your digs from winter to spring.

Get growing – April is the ideal time to start planting seeds. Annuals and vegetables are easy to start indoors, but you need to think a bit about timing. Most seeds should be sowed 4-6 weeks before the last frost, check your ideal time for starting seeds in your area.

Change your bedding – Nothing says ‘out with the old and in with the new’ like a set of crisp, new sheets! Pack away the cozy flannels and splurge on a set of light and airy cotton sheets. This spring, fuchsia, yellow and bright green are dominating the runway so be a trendsetter and update your master or guest bedroom with these zingy hues!

Add some new dishes to your menu – Winter was all about roasts, crock pot meals and hearty soups. Now that spring has arrived, it’s the perfect time to start adding some lighter fare to your weekly repertoire. Main course salads, quiches, grilled fish and lightened up vegetable soups are ideal for springtime dinner planning.

Say it with colour – A boost no matter what the season, bringing some bright colours into the home this spring is just the ticket to livening up your mood. Whether it’s with a few bold and bright throw pillows, a vase of fresh flowers, a big bowl of bright lemons or a dazzling new piece of artwork, a splash of colour will help drag your home out of winter dreariness.

Check your solar lights. If you have some solar powered outdoor lighting check to make sure any bulbs have not burnt out or that the rechargeable battery need replacing. You can check this inside your home or leave then on the back deck if you’ve stored them indoors for the winter to test if they are in working order. Easier to do this before you re-stake them into the ground.