Springtime is here alright and in near full bloom, but there’s still a good month of Spring ahead before summer arrives. Thinking of the handful of rainy days left, I’ve put together some of my best rainy Spring day success tips below:
1. Start some seedling pots with the kids or on your own to have them ready for the garden. No garden? No problem! My greatest childhood memory with my mother was her potted windowsill planter that she planted herbs in. Cilantro, dill and even the occasional bird’s nest 🙂 I’ve wanted to try out scallions, oregano, thyme, and mint just for the fun of it, but when it comes to flowers marigolds, chrysanthemums, and poppies have always been personal blooming favorites among many others. Use loose potting soil while starting to germinate seeds and set reminders if you need to, to help stay on a routine watering schedule.
2. Familiarize yourself with the ever-intimidating internet. There are endless apps, websites, and resources online that I come across on a daily basis. Online reading groups, health support groups and even additional income websites like iRazoo. I recently was introduced to their selection of paid surveys, games, videos, and all their helpful tips. Spend some time in the afternoon (not right before bed) on your next rainy day searching the web for some new inspiration or by simply searching things that can help you. A simple search like “organization tips” or “apps to help stay organized” or any other inspiration can be worth your while and all it takes is a rainy day to discover 🙂
3. Spring clean for good health! There are so many health benefits of spring cleaning that we all too often forget. Even the scariest of rainy days can turn into a moment of zen once spring cleaning is done! Turn on some music, wear your favorite household dancing socks and start with one room before going to another. Considering spring cleaning safety tips and the numerous household toxins such as asbestos, batteries, thermometers, cleaning supplies, paint, motor oil and just plain old dust — spring cleaning is important for health and peace of mind. Open up the windows even if it’s raining and enjoy an indoor “spring cleaning” workout and dance session for good health.
4. Meal and snack preparation. If you’re anything like me, you probably have a never ending list of recipes you want to try out or even an old favorite from your grandmother that you know you just don’t have the time for. Plan your next rainy day after spring cleaning, with a relaxed day at the grocery store and recipe day following. A friend of mine recently made pierogis from scratch and threw some in the freezer to enjoy later! The same friend used leftover lamb from Easter to make a new and improved shepherds pie recipe. Plan a few hours with a friend, a glass of wine and a new recipe. Grape leaves, sushi, pierogis, vegetable lasagna, sweet potato or eggplant casserole bake ideas or anything else! Pick a recipe you and a friend have wanted to try. Ask your friend to bring a few ingredients or a bottle of wine and a to-go box to share the love.
5. Forts. Forts are the endless supply of fun, creativity and there’s no cost (other than cleanup and the occasional broken vase). My nephew actually visited the museum of natural history and became minutely obsessed with creating his “Ricky museum” which consisted of an elaborate blanket for with pictures of dinosaur bones and other exhibits he remembered. Of course, I received the VIP tour on multiple occasion and even learned a few things 😉 Tap into your inner child with the kids and enjoy a medieval castle with cardboard shields, robes, and crowns or let your kids invite a friend over to do it if you’d rather not join in on the fun.
What are your Springtime activities or “bucket list” sort of things you want to get accomplished? What’s most important is to not stress with the endless activities, but enjoy what you can fit in, and enjoy it to the max.