At the beginning of each season there are a few rituals I like to do to set the right mood within my space. A cozy home leads me to enjoying my at-home life more and makes our family happier.
+ Clean out your closet. If there are things you haven’t touched in a year, take them out. By doing this each season, you can’t let yourself get away with the excuse that you’ll keep it until next fall when you didn’t even wear it this fall.
This is also a great time to figure out where you have missing pieces in your wardrobe. You can find those wardrobe holes and plan to invest in those pieces, especially if they are basics.
If you are limited on closet space (who isn’t?), then storing larger items that are for the winter under your bed in bins may help you out. It’s so satisfying to have everything organized and ready to go. And honestly, I’m a much more pleasant person when my space is put together. Use clear bins and label them so you can see what you’re working with.
+ I like to try new recipes. I pick five main dishes and a few sides to make for the season and try to always have those ingredients on hand. This prevents me from wasting food in the fridge and eating out. It’s also helpful when going to the grocery store. My personal nightmare is wondering the aisles after a long day at wort not knowing what to get.
+ Build in some time for fun. When you break it down, each season is about three months. If you make time to do something seasonal once a month, that’s a lot of small fun activities! Having something to look forward to always help Friday come a little quicker.
I know I always look forward to my favorite antique fair and decorating my patio of fall. Or, in the summer, we try out a new cocktail recipe and make sure to get plenty of sun. In the winter I love to frequent the holiday markets and break out the festive decor.
This is a great way to learn about your community and meet fun people!
+ Refresh your linens and blankets. Wash your sheets, change out blankets to ones you’ve been hoarding on your closet, clean your rugs. All soft materials collect dirt and nasties and should be cleaned frequently. When it’s all cleaned at once, your house will feel AMAZING.
Plus, adding texture to your space with updated throws and pillows will add a layer of cozy to your style.
+ Switch your candles out. No need to burn through a whole candle before you switch it out when you’re ready for a new scent. I have lots of tips in this post with advice from a candle expert!
+ Add in a luxe feel with pretty storage containers. A great example of this as an easy upgrade is in your bathroom. A fresh take on your toothbrush holder, soap caddy, trash can, bath caddy, towel storage, and under the sink organization all instantly lift your space. I recommend shopping your home before buying new. You may be surprised at what your find!
TIP: If yo have some extra cash, fancy plush towels are an amazing splurge. Even Target has some great thick towels that are slightly more expensive. I love feeling like I’m bundled up!
What home rituals do you love and look forward to? I always try to change up and spruce the house once a season. I don’t spend money on this often, but just moving things around and the rituals we talked about above really make a difference.
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Pineapple cups are so cute and can really add a special touch to a summer gathering with friends. They are so easy to make if you have the right tool.
You can make these cups even more festive with cocktail umbrellas and fun straws. You can enjoy a classic pina colada by the pool, or make your own recipe!
I most recently made a Prosecco punch that used some of the fresh pineapple in the recipe. Instead of buying pineapple juice, I popped four rings in the blender to make my own.
This recipe is just about right for filling two medium pineapple cups.
1 cup Prosecco
1/4th cup lime juice
1/3 cup orange juice
Four rings of your fresh pineapple
2 TBS Aperol
5-7 ice cubes
Blend everything together until the ice and pineapple chunks are gone.
Here are 10 things I love doing on the weekends.
- Go to the farmer’s market. You can’t beat local organic produce, meat, cheeses and baked goods for a fraction of the price.
- Experiment with any new hairstyle or makeup I’ve been wanting to try. Trying these looks out on the weekends puts much less pressure on you to get it right. I’m one of those people where the less I try, the better my hair looks. Don’t ask me why, it’s just how it is.
- Throw the ingredients in the bread maker and do laundry while it bakes. You really can’t beat the smell of fresh bread.
- Catch up on reading while burning one of my favorite candles. I try to alternate fiction and non-fiction so I’m always learning about something new or getting lost in a different story. Of course, my favorite candles depending on my mood and the season, so there are a lot.
- Snuggle up with Archie and James and switch on a documentary or a movie. I’m more of a documentary person, James is more of a movie person. If I am to be persuaded, it would be with a comedy.
- COFFEE. Making a pour over cup of piping hot coffee makes the morning feel intentional. It only increases my love of my morning routine and gives me time to straighten out my brain for the day.
- Enjoy a nice face mask. After my pour over cup, I like to take a face mask out of my mini fridge and enjoy it while chillin’ on the couch and catching up on my water intake. It’s good for your skin!
- Craft a new piece of home decor for my home. Often times I like to craft an item rather than buy it. Usually, it’s the case that I can’t find exactly what I want, so I make it. This adds a cozy personal touch to your space.
- Send friends letters and packages. I like to do this at least once a month. Writing a physical letter or packing up a bundle of goodies forces you to slow down and think of the person you’re sending it to. Not only does this brighten someone else’s day, it allows you to reflect on and cherish that friendship.
- Take time to get re-inspired. Working nonstop during the week (or, the hustle, as it’s called) can be draining. I find that I don’t do my best creative work when I’m completely drained and worn down. I like to re-inspire myself by looking through magazines and clipping images, scouring Pinterest for pretty pictures, or by listening to my favorite podcasts.
This list is very focused on self-care and living intentionally. I tend to be very hard on myself, as I guessing a lot of us are, so taking this time is very important to prevent burning out.
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