Week In Review | February 23 – March 1, 2015

Happy Monday & Happy March!  I wanted to share some tidbits from my life last week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram feed with you.  Here’s the buzz:

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It may be March now, but it’s certainly still winter here in the midwest!  We saw a bit more snow and a lot of frosty wind chills last week.  Winnie and I don’t mind fresh snow, but I can feel my enjoyment/tolerance of winter starting to slip as we enter March.  This happens to me every year, so I’m not surprised.  March is my least favorite month of the year in the Chicagoland area.  It’s usually pretty bleak, grey, cold, and altogether dreary.  Don and I usually plan an escape vacation sometime in March, but we’re home bound this year.  I started pulling up pictures the other day of our 2010 trip to Bora Bora that we took in celebration of our 5th wedding anniversary.  Just because we’re not physically going anywhere warm and sunny this month doesn’t mean I can’t daydream about it!  Just looking at that crystal blue water makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside, even if just for a moment.  I’ll take it! 🙂

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One of the reasons we’re not traveling this March is because we’re both quite busy between work and other tasks that require our presence in Illinois.  I personally experience a lot of joy in a busy schedule as long as there is a healthy balance between work and play.  It can be hard to rationalize making time for personal pleasures when my to-do list is growing longer by the minute, but ultimately I’ve learned I am far more productive (not to mention happier) when I give myself some time each day to do something that isn’t on that list.  For instance, Don had a work thing one evening last week, so I took the opportunity to glitter some clothespins for the magnetic strips I hang snail mail on in my office.  I realized halfway through the process that it had been ages since I’d glittered anything and I was having so much fun doing something so simple and, for lack of a better word, frivolous.  Sure, I could have taken that time to work on more pressing things, but after putting in a full day in front of the computer I really needed a break.  Crafting is one of my favorite things to do when I want to totally take my mind off everything else.  I highly recommend glittering something if your brain is feeling a bit fried!

I try to find other small ways to break up my normal winter routine to help fend off the March blues.  For example, I started incorporating one of my favorite warm weather breakfasts back into my rotation.  I usually eat a hot breakfast that consists of eggs during the winter months.  Last week I started eating Greek yogurt with berries and granola again.  This might seem kind of silly, but it’s actually quite effective in my experience.  Taking time to notice and appreciate small changes around me helps as well.  I was delighted to find my Christmas cactus in full bloom last week.  I had brought it down from my bedroom a few weeks ago to repot it and kept putting it off.  The result was a bounty of bight pink blossoms!  Sometimes we just need a change of scenery to start blooming again.

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Spending time with my loved ones is another way I like to “get away” without traveling.  It was another family fun focused weekend for us!  I co-hosted a potluck style appetizer party with my sister in law for my mother in law’s birthday on Saturday.  I am planning on sharing more about that in an upcoming Party Prep video later this week.  Making the party potluck style took the pressure off of us to prepare everything while providing a nice variety of food in an interactive way with the family.  It was relaxed and oh so fun!  On Sunday, we went to see La Cage Aux Folles at the Marriott Theatre with my folks.  I’ve always been fond of the movie and found the show to be just as entertaining.  Afterwards we shared a scrumptious meal together at our favorite local Italian restaurant, Tuscany.  A busy yet somehow relaxed weekend like this one filled with all fun things is a nice break from the daily weekly routine.

These are some of the ways I’m managing to transition to spring and a renewed vibe even without the weather’s compliance.  I’d love to hear what you do to switch things up and “escape” without leaving home if you care to share!
Take good care…

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* This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *

18 comments

18 thoughts on “Week In Review | February 23 – March 1, 2015”

  1. Thanks for all the hard work you put into your blog Jen! I truly appreciate it. I cant get enough! Can you please share where the heart spoons are from? Thanks so much!

  2. I love a good weekend to myself here and there. Just spending it bundled up in bed with plenty of series to watch and snacks. I also love dedicating more time to my Persian, grooming her and playing with her since I don’t get to do it for long during the week. Also a nice meal out is perfect. When I’m home from Uni I loved taking a long bath and in general having a pamper session 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing this! I do not use instagram. I love reading about your life and your attitude. You are an inspiration.

  4. Glad you enjoyed your week Jen and that you are keeping busy. I actually quite like March because I know spring is just around the corner.

  5. You had a lovely week!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Busy but lovely, and I always apreciate the big work you do in your blog,your channel,nd I m so happy to folow your beautiful world!

  6. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!!! OMGosh Jen, My husband and I had such fun going down Memory Lane as we organized his dresser drawers. Not only do they now make use of your folding and stacking organizational methods, but we uncovered photos from my son’s high school prom and his college graduation and a $50.00 Savings Bonds for him. Best of all we discovered s $100 Ruth’s Criss Steak House gift certificate given to my husband on 9/11 as a thank you for his caring service as flight attendant aboard his company’s (Victora’s Secret) corporate plane as they became stranded when the USA borders closed. We BOTH wish to thank you for inspiring the uncovering of these lovely surprises. Have a wonderful day! Elizabeth and Patrick

  7. I totally understand how you feel about the weather. It’s raining here right now but it will be below freezing soon and we are predicted to get 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of ice, plus some sleet, and then 2-4 inches of snow. I’m so ready for spring!

  8. Hi Jen,

    As odd as this may seem, I was so pleased to see your Christmas cactus in bloom- they are a new delight to me! Being a joyful person who appreciated even the smallest pleasures of life, my mum used to get incredibly excited when hers would bloom, and I would think that it was nice, but wasn’t nearly as excited about them as she was. Sadly, she passed away last July, and as a result, I inherited her Christmas cacti. I had put them in my window, behind one curtain that I don’t open all that often (simply until I decided where to move them)… and I ended up completely forgetting about them, until one day I could see a bright pink bloom poking out from behind the curtain! Well! I was so taken aback when I pulled the curtain aside- there were SO many blooms! I felt such an excitement and joy, probably the very same type of happiness my mum felt seeing them, something that I never expected, and was so happy to feel a connection with my mum again (I miss her terribly). Anyway, now when I see one blooming I am reminded of my mum, and to appreciate the simple joys of life as she did 🙂

    1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. Simple joys are treasures, especially when they remind of us loved ones.

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