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That’s right, you heard me, I am now a newly minted 33 year old. I am going to preface, I do realize how strange this is going to sound, but three is my favorite number and I’ve always thought that 33 was going to be a big year for me. To give this year a bit more of a karmically auspicious start, I decided I wanted to have fun and do something a bit charitable. One of the first things I thought of was this video I’d seen by the Kitten Lady about making safe and easy DIY Cat Toys. She offers this up as a way for people who aren’t in a situation where they can foster to still contribute to their community and help felines in need. I reached out to our local cat cafe, The Tally Cat Cafe, and asked if 1 – they’d let us rent out the cafe for a couple of hours and 2 – if they’d be interested in accepting DIY cat toys. Both questions met with an enthusiastic YES! So that’s what we did.
The Tally Cat Cafe is one of my favorite places here in town and although they’ve only been open for 10 months they have placed over 230 kitties in forever homes. We were so happy to be able to donate a HUGE basket of hand made toys to them and spend the evening with some incredibly sweet fur babies. A fantastic way to start this new year.
My home has seemed a bit lack luster since the holidays. We took all of the decorations down and… didn’t put anything else up. The mantle is bare; the shelves where I usually keep my unusual finds contain nothing but dust. Honestly, it’s kind of a bummer. I’ve sort of trained myself to look past it, but I was sitting in the living room this weekend, looking at the riot of color bursting forth in our backyard and thinking maybe it’s time to do something about it. Usually, I am a more is more kind of girl, but I have really been enjoying some of the more minimalistic decor – softer color pallets with clean natural accents. Here are some of the things on my current wishlist.
Glass Terrarium – Anthropologie
Fern Wall Mix – West Elm
Garden Party Garland – Terrain
Embroidered Cover – H&M
Marina Adirondack Chair – Target
Carter Wall Shelf – Urban Outfitters
Solig White Net – Ikea
Fern Wall Art – World Market
Loungie Floor Chair – Jane
Can you tell that I’ve been fantasizing about laid back lounging? Now I just need to get my tax return filed so that refund “fingers crossed” can be put to good, strategic design use.
While this might be a bit premature for those of you located further north, it is well and truly spring time in Tallahassee. Truth be told, it’s probably more accurate to say that it is summer-adjacent since the thermostat will be hovering in the low eighties a little later this week. With the threat of the inevitable summer Florida heat looming, it seems like a good time to put together my spring bucket list so I can start crossing things off.
- Go to MacClay Garden
- Make a bird feeder
- Yoga or Meditate Daily
- Go to Lake Ella to see the ducks
- Buy myself something in a fun spring color
- Sip a chai on the back deck at Black Dog Cafe
- Play with Sidewalk Chalk
- Go for a walk
- Make a flower crown
- Enjoy some fresh berries
- Take a day trip
- Go to a farmers market
- Drive with the windows down
- Plat roses in my back yard
- Buy an Adirondack chair for my back porch
- Go Marie Kondo on my closets
- Make a loaf of homemade bread
- Bake something with lemon
- Make some DIY extracts for baking
- Stomp in some puddles
- Curl up and enjoy the rain
I thought about putting a few more trip/mini vacation ideas on this list, but Andy and I have both been a bit bogged down with work lately, and I am trying to make sure that we can have fun but still rest up on the weekends. It’s all about that complicated thing we call balance. So what is on your spring bucket list this year?
Image from here.
We all knows what today is. We all know. And to be completely honest no matter my status, this day almost always leaves me feeling inadequate in some way. So how about we take this year off and give some serious attention to the relationship we most often neglect, the one with ourselves. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Buy yourself a little something. A pair of shoes, a new phone case, overpriced yet gorgeous flowers, whatever makes you feel special.
- Get a pedicure. Start your self care from the bottom up and try out a new polish while you’re at it.
- Don’t feel like paying for your primp? Grab one of those single use face masks (or DIY one), and paint your own nails.
- Watch a movie. Pick your favorite genre, hit up Red Box, Netflix, or Target, and grab a movie watching treat while you’re at it.
- Take a bath. Light a candle, throw in a bath bomb, do the whole damn thing, and luxuriate in scented, bubbly bliss.
- Journal. Take some time to really check in with yourself and work through where you are in your current journey, then spend some time thinking about where you want to go and how your going to get yourself there. Write out some steps and make plan.
- Roll out the mat and do some yoga or meditation. I have been really enjoying some of the routines by Yoga With Adriene, and I have no doubt she’ll have exactly what you need.
- Clean out your closet. We all get bogged down with clutter from time to time, and it can be incredibly freeing to shed all that extra weight.
- Color. Find yourself a nice clean page, your favorite crayons or color pencils, and kick it old school for an evening.
- Read a book. Pull out an old favorite or lose yourself in something new. Lose yourself in a literary adventure for one.
Extra points for adding chocolate and or ice cream to any of these activities 😉
I am one of those people for which tiny things are almost always cuter. Animals, food, decorations… you get the idea. Imagine my delight when Instagram started throwing images from SmallWildShop at me, the website to purchase things from is actually Ceramic Art by Danielle Paterson, tiny perfect ceramic works of art that are fantastical and gorgeously gilded.
Tigers, owls and sloths oh my! While tiny trinkets are without a doubt a staple of this incredible little shop. If you are looking for something a little more affordable or maybe even “useful” there are a number of necklace options as well. in all honesty it is probably the option I’m probably going to go for. Not to wear but hang from my rear view mirror so I can enjoy on the daily.
This is going to sound strange, but these dreamy little pieces remind me a bit of the whimsical pastry confections created by Jacob Kowalski at the end of the first Fantastic Beasts movie. And yes I am 95% sure that that particular brand of magic is not real…but when I see things like this I always wonder if the artist has somehow tapped into something a little extra special. Who knows for sure right?