February is usually a trying month for me. The feeling of reclaimed time and calmest that comes with the end of the holidays has worn off, and I start to feel eager for the arrival of spring. To kick the inevitable feeling of cabin fever, Kian and I tried to get outside every day. We were definitely challenged in that effort – whether by the weather (which covered the spectrum from sun to snow) or total exhaustion (we experienced the joys of an 18 month sleep regression…) – but stuck with it, because it’s truly amazing what a little fresh air can do for the mind and body. Cheers to closing out the second month of the year, and to being able to welcome spring at the end of this month!
When reflecting on this month, the first thought that comes to mind was our weekend spent down in Olympia. We changed up our usual program of spending time with family, and instead made it a weekend for rest and personal time. It’s not often that our plans work out to be all that we hoped, but this time, they exceeded them. We were able to go out on our own both nights – one to visit an ice-cream spot, and the other to celebrate a friends birthday at a piano bar. We also made time for ourselves – I spent time perusing books at an old stomping ground one day, and followed it up the next day by reading one of my purchased books at a waterfront park, with a coffee in hand; and Ricky napped two days in a row. It was a weekend that we definitely intend to replicate at least a couple more times this year.
There were a handful of beautifully sunny and semi-warm days this month, and I took advantage of them by getting my hands dirty in our garden. Last summer, after having spent two years looking at our dirt-beds (instead of ‘garden’-beds), I began the process of filling them in. My mom has transplanted nearly three dozen plants from her own garden, and after a trip to the nursery this month, I happily a handful more. I’m already starting to see the beginnings of those plants coming to life, and cannot wait to see their blooms in the coming-warm months.
Everlane Sweatshirt – I ordered this t-shirt earlier this month, expecting to love it (and I do!). I did not however, expect to love this sweatshirt, which I purchased mostly due to it’s color, as much as I do. As in, worn-three-days-straight sort of love. The fabric is comfortable, and the fit is perfectly roomy while still being flattering. There’s a pretty good chance that I’ll be buying more colors soon.
Blush sneakers – Of all of my wardrobe purchases, I tend to be the most conservative with shoes. They are the items that cost the most, and also require the most versatility, so I tend to stay pretty neutral. Yet, when I saw these blush sneakers, all conservative-leaning tendencies flew out the window. I love how the shoe is one solid color, and how they add a subtle pop of color to my (typically neutral colored) outfits. (They are on major sale now!)
Heirloom naval oranges – We’re having a real renaissance with naval oranges in our house, and it’s all due to the ‘heirloom’ variety. At first Ricky joked that it was a nice marketing ploy, but we quickly realized that there is something legitimately unique about them. We have eaten at least 30 pieces at this point, and every one of them has been both juicy and a perfect balance of sweet to sour.
Puracy Laundry Spray – One of my worst habits is not putting a bib on Kian when he eats. Regardless of rinsing out his clothes afterwards, and rubbing them with detergent (which is WAY more work than just putting a bib on!), his clothes have accrued a fair amount of staining. I shake my head every time I fold his laundry, thinking, ‘just put the bib on!’. Well, my bad habits can continue, because this laundry spray is truly effective. It’s worked out blueberry and tomato sauce stains without issue, and has actually been able to remove a number of stains from my pre-spray days. For me, a natural product is important for all the expected reasons, but also because Kian and I have sensitive skin. The fact that this spray checks all of my major boxes, has me excited in way that makes me feel like a total parent.
I hope that you found some creative, cozy and energizing ways to keep your February memorable. I’d love to hear about them!
A note on my #40forexploring goals – I completely dropped the ball this month. Whoops! I already have the makings for a few of them in the books at this point, so look out for an update at the end of this month.