Hello, Gorgeous: In Full Bloom

LIFE

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers – and this year, it couldn’t be more true. Fresh flowers are one of the best and brightest things about spring, and you’d never guess how many creative ways there are to incorporate them into your daily routine. Whether you’re learning how to create the perfect arrangement for your kitchen table, taking advantage of the power of natural botanicals in beauty products, or learning how to cook with flowers, there are endless ways to enjoy spring’s new blooms.

LIVING

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Sure, buying a pre-made bouquet is a great solution when you’re pressed for time, but if you have the time to take on a small project, why not craft your own? DIY queen Paper n’ Stitch has a simple, step-by-step spring flower arrangement project that will make even those who are totally inexperienced with bouquet-making look like pros. If you’re not sure which flowers to pick, scope Lauren Conrad’s advice on how to select ones that go together seamlessly.

Lastly, for all the details on how to make your creation last as long as possible, check out Design Sponge’s handy guide to getting the most from your blooms, including tips on how to cut stems, which type of vase to use, and how often to change the water.

BEAUTY

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One of the best and most common uses of flowers is in skin care products. After all, plants are pretty powerful. Formulations made with rose oil are majorly trending right now, and we can’t get enough of products like Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense Deluxe Edition, which will not only soften and hydrate your skin, but also makes an awesome addition to any Instagram-ready vanity setup. Want to take things to the next level? Go for Fresh’s Rose Face Mask, which calms skin and leaves it looking super healthy.

Since your body deserves just as much attention as your face, give Lush’s Sakura Bath Bomb a try. Scented with mimosa and jasmine, it’s the ideal thing to help you bliss out for some much-needed relaxation time.

FOOD

PHOTO CREDIT: CHIA CHONG FOR LIBBIE SUMMERS

Turns out, there are tons of way to cook with flowers. For a health-conscious option, whip up the Kitchy Kitchen’s Strawberry Rose Smoothie, which is packed with nutrients and combines two of the best flavors ever. And if you’re in the mood for something a little more indulgent, why not bake The Pioneer Woman’s Lemon Cupcakes With Lavender Frosting? You can even make I Spy DIY’s Edible Flower Donuts for an amazing addition to any weekend brunch spread. Looking for something that will truly impress guests at your next get-together? Libbie Summers’ Edible Flower Ice Cubes brighten up any beverage, from plain old water to handmade mojitos.