There’s something magical about the arrival of spring. The harshness of winter seems to wear on our emotions; quite often the “winter blues” set in and we buckle under the cold dismal heaviness of darker days, clouds and precipitation. And when we think we can’t bear it any longer the time changes (if you live in a state that participates in daylight saving time) and the sun begins to thaw the cold hard ground and often our winter hearts. Winter is long and cold, damp, and dark but I think it is also a time to go within ourselves, to be still, reflect, integrate and connect the puzzles pieces of our lives; the pieces we’ve been too busy to put together during the warmer months.
For the past three weeks my yard, like many others across the country, has been suffocated by a heavy blanket of snow and ice. Dagger like icicles hang from rooftops waiting to be warmed by the sun and fall to the ground. The squirrels stay tucked away in their treetop nests feasting on last fall’s harvest while they wait for the warmth of spring and the arrival of new babies. As for me, well much like the squirrels I have attempted to stay hidden out of the cold doing just what needed to be done and as a result have recognized a coldness in my heart. Feeling disconnected, out of sync with the world around me it seems that I, along with so many others have been in survival mode. Not to worry though, according to a few of my “advisors” (those who listen to me whine) this too shall pass and much like the winter it will fade away with the warmth of spring and the promise that better days are on the horizon.
It is Sunday afternoon and as I sit down to write this week the sun shines through my bedroom window bouncing sunbeams off of my coffee cup, the snow is melting, the icicles have disappeared and the dogwood trees are budding; springtime is so very close. Embracing the pending warmth of the new season I find myself thinking that the winter wasn’t really that bad; or was it? It seems that so much of what got me down or was worrisome appears to be much less problematic in the warmth of the pre-spring day. Is it because the promise of warmer weather, springtime flowers, short sleeves and flip flops cloud my memory? Or is it because I allowed myself to see things darker than they really were? Whatever the reason, I believe that the down time is necessary in order to recharge our vital energy and connect with the cycles of nature. Slowing down during winter helps rejuvenate our health and encourages rest; it prepares us for the newness and re-birth of spring and the excitement that builds as we anticipate summer.
As we endure the last few weeks and days of winter and as the snow melts away into the ground providing nourishment for those seeds that were blown around in fall breezes I encourage to breathe deep, look inside your soul and prepare yourself for the promise of spring and the newness that will spring forth and not only give us hope but proof that life does in deed move on. American journalist and author John Geddes wrote in his book A Familiar Rain “I hear the sounds of melting snow outside my window every night and with the first faint scent of spring, I remember life exists…” Embrace the remainder of winter for spring is on its way….
I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!
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Spring is finally here and we are ready to share some great posts with you! Whether you like crafts, baking or gardening, you will find some great information below with our spring posts round-up!
Do you children love to help you bake and decorate? Thanks to Madame Deals for sharing these fun flower pops. This cute Mothers Day Recipe: Sweet Tulip Pop Treat is the perfect activity to do with your children. I know I would love to receive these Tulips for Mother’s Day!
Madame Deals shares some great tips on How to Spring Clean your Closet. I am always thinking of doing this, but this year, I am GOING to actually do it. I like that is has a method with labeling the bags Trash, Sell, Donate and Keep. I know that if I haven’t worn things in over a year, I should really get rid of it! How do you clean your closet?
Frugal Fanatic has a really colorful DIY project for us! Want to learn how to make Kids Washable Sidewalk Chalk Paint? You’re never too old to draw on the sidewalk and driveway!
Thrifty Mom Style teaches us 5 Thrifty ways to Stop The Burn! It happens at least once a year at my house. Sunburns are no fun and can lead to sun poisoning or even cancer. For those times that your sunscreen didn’t get re-applied, you need some thrifty ways to soothe that sunburn. Did you know you could use mayonnaise?
Enchanted Savings has a great craft for spring- Egg Carton Ladybugs Craft for Preschoolers. How cute are these? Everyone has a least one egg carton hanging around. Keep your little ones busy with this fun craft!
Making of a Mom is encouraging kids to get OUTDOORS!! I remember when that’s all we did was play outside. Here are 3 Springtime Activities to get Kids Outdoors. One of my favorites is planting a garden. When kids get to plant the seeds that grow into veggies they can eat, it really puts things into perspective!
Mom Does Reviews has some great ideas to spruce up your Spring Gardens. Add some whimsy and character with Frogs, solar lighted statues and even birdbaths. What is your favorite way to spruce up your garden?
We have been on a tight budget after moving into our new to us home here in CT two years ago. I have found a lot of ways to save. One is on our mulch. Our local Bulky Waste dump has mulch and they will even load it in your truck. This time of year they only have single shredded mulch, but when it comes to free versus $11/bag or $24/scoop I can live with single shredded. I don’t think it looks bad at all it also seems to last longer. Take a look. What do you think?
We also plant vegetables at the community garden and starting a lot of the plants from seed saves a lot of money. For example a package of tomato seeds is about $1.50 to $2.50 versus $3.50 for one 5 inch plant. It’s easy to do. Take a look at my plants they are screaming to get into the ground in the garden spot. I have about 40 plants in the photo and still have seeds left. I had so many tomatoes last year I still have canned tomatoes in the basement.
Inside I do the big spring clean of the house steaming the floors and vacuuming well as well as washing down the walls. I like to make everything feel fresh by just changing some of the furniture and lamps around. I have to move it to clean under it well anyway so why not move it to a different spot. This spring I moved the wool rug from the living room into the family room and rearranged my daughter’s room entirely.
One of the other things I did this spring was I took some baskets I had lying around and put my house plants in them to give them a new look.
My last idea for inside (at least for the moment) is to have your kids do finger some finger painting. It’s really 3 fold they can keep busy and create some art and you place it in a frame you have lying around to help brighten up a space and they feel great because you’ve displayed their artwork for everyone to see.
Thanks to Heidi G. for sharing her spring savings tips!
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