Five Things on My Spring “To Do” List

posted by nicole

How is it possible that the official start of summer is just under two weeks away? I have so many things that I want to do before the lazy days of summer kick in. Ok, there’s no such thing as having a lazy summer day while being a mom of a toddler, but a girl can dream can’t she?  Well before those “lazy” days come along,  I have a lot to accomplish. Some of these things are important and some are trivial, but nonetheless, I will feel better if I can check them off my Spring “To Do” List.

Here are five things on my Spring “To Do” List:

1. Start an outdoor exercise routine.

This winter was certainly one of the worst New Jersey has had, and even this winter baby, is ready for warmer weather.  I hate to say it, but being snowed in was an excuse for me to ditch any thought of exercising.  I’d like to think that I exercise a lot chasing around my toddler, but deep down I know I need to really get my heart rate going at least a few times a week.  Now that spring is here, and before the brutal summer temperatures kick in, I’ve got to dedicate myself to some exercise.  I’m thinking a brisk daily walk will do the trick while my toddler is still happy being in her stroller.

2. Buy a stylish summer hat. 

What will it be? A fedora, cloche, panama, wide brim, floppy, visor, or baseball cap? I’m just not sure yet, but I know I want a stylish summer hat.  It’s such a fashionable summer accessory.  Plus, now that I’m getting older (ugh), I need something to protect my face from the sun, too.  My days of burning to a crisp are over, and the fear of wrinkles has set in!  All I need is a little time for shopping, and a friend who will volunteer her honest opinion to bring with me.

3. Plant our family garden.

Last year, we tried our luck at planting a garden, and I have to say it was quite a success.  I don’t have much of a green thumb, as most people can tell from my water-deprived house plants, but for some reason I just loved tending our sweet little family garden.  Last year we planted basil, rosemary, parsley, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, raspberries, zucchini, celery, and string beans.  Harvesting and cooking our fresh, organic food gave me such a sense of accomplishment-not to mention it was free.  This year planting a garden again is a must.  I’d love to get my daughter involved and hopefully it will be a fun way to teach her about healthy eating, too.

4. Swap my winter beauty products for summer ones.

Goodbye heavy foundation, matte lipstick, dark nail polish, and deep eye shadows.   It’s time to swap my winter favorites for my summer go-tos.  Summer means less make up and that lovely natural, sun-kissed look.  I’ll be looking for items like tinted moisturizer with SPF, cream blush, shimmery bronzer, and a fabulous lip gloss.

5. Declutter my home. 

It’s time for spring cleaning. Let the decluttering begin! I need to open the windows, scrub my house from top to bottom, organize the closets, and climb into the attic to swap my family’s winter clothes for summer ones.  This is also a great time to get rid of old items we don’t want or need anymore.  We like to donate anything usable to charity, otherwise we kiss it goodbye for good. There’s something so refreshing about a freshly cleaned and organized house, even if it’s just for a few moments before the toddler tornado storms through.

What’s tasks are on your Spring “To Do” List?  Will they get accomplished in the next few weeks?

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