“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” – Proverb
The windows are open, the birds are chirping, and spring has sprung once again. After a long, cold winter our hearts have long awaited this day, the beloved first day of spring. Each year we wait in anticipation for the earth to awaken and new life to spring, for buds on the trees, the warm sun on our skin and the first flowers in bloom. As mothers, the arrival of springtime also brings a sigh of relief. It’s time to say goodbye to layers upon layers of snow gear and days spent cooped up indoors when it’s too cold to get outside, and say hello to light jackets, puddle jumping, fresh air and sunshine on our faces.
With the arrival of this season, we are welcomed and encouraged to celebrate, savor, and press into the joy that springtime brings each year. Whether it’s creating a spring bucket list, dreaming up plans for the garden, planning the perfect capsule wardrobe for you and your littles or simply embracing the many gifts this season brings. As you celebrate the first day of spring and plan for the season ahead, here are some ideas to embrace the fullness of this wonderful time of year.
Spring in Bloom
Each year, I joyfully anticipate the trees becoming perfectly in bloom, when the world looks like a page out of a storybook. There is something so magical about trees of pink, purple and white and the scent of fresh blooms that fill the air. If you’re looking for the perfect locations to experience spring in bloom, I encourage you to plan an outing to Lyndale Park, Lake Harriet Rose Garden or the sidewalks along Minnehaha Creek. Try packing a fancy picnic lunch with charcuterie, macarons and sparkling cider and getting dressed up for a special spring day with your littles in the blooms.
After the long winter is through, spring cleaning is a perfect way to breathe new life into your heart and home. The best way to approach spring cleaning is to go room-by-room. With each room, write down a checklist of deep cleaning tasks to accomplish to check-off as you go. Whether you decide to take on your home in a day or set aside one room for each week to come, spring cleaning is the perfect way to reset your home for the new season ahead.
Spring in the Kitchen
If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, the change of seasons likely brings a newfound joy to your heart for seasonal cooking and excitement to tryout the new recipes you’ve been saving for spring. The kitchen is my happy place, so for me, this change of seasons greets my heart with joy. I always look forward to new flavors, textures, and produce that’s in season. This spring, I look forward to trying recipes with floral notes, such as lavender and rose, a squeeze of lemon on every dish, whisking up light vinaigrettes tossed over spring greens, starting up the grill for another season ahead and enjoying a glass of Rosé in the afternoons.
The Spring Bucket List
As you anticipate all that spring brings or find yourself wondering what to do on a rainy day, try creating a spring bucket list for all the warm days ahead. As you create this bucket list with your littles, start by asking them to help you brainstorm things they love to do when it’s warm and sunny outside. Think of parks you love, your favorite ice cream shops and places you love to take adventures to as a family. Write your bucket list down to check off as you go or write the activities on the calendar to give both your family something to look forward to on the spring days ahead.
Planting & Gardening
Nothing feels more like springtime than prepping the garden and planting those first seeds in the ground. Whether you have an elaborate garden bed with drip irrigation, a few potted herbs on the front step or this spring will be your first try, all you need is some dirt, seeds, water, sunshine, and lots of love to start a garden of your own. The gift of gardening with your littles is a wonderful way to get outside and give your family something to look forward to as you watch your garden sprout and grow.
Spring Fashion for All
With the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time to unpack your spring boxes, try on each piece, keep what you love and give away the pieces that you’re ready to let go. At the start of each season, I love to create a capsule wardrobe for myself and my baby, with a few staple pieces that we can mix and match all spring long. As you build your perfect wardrobe for spring, in women’s fashion, florals are in, wide-legged pants are all the rage, and headbands and hair scarves will be the perfect way to finish any spring look. Be on the lookout for your favorite pair of mules, because every mama needs a pair to slip on for a day on-the-go. For your littles, as they are constantly growing from one size to the next, invest in neutrals and staples you love that can be mixed and matched and used with other babes in years to come.
Here’s to celebrating the first day of spring and breathing new life into our hearts and homes this season. Tell me, what are your spring plans?