You guys are in for a special treat because today, I’m sharing our Spring Home Tour and teaming up with some of my favorite bloggers for the Hop into Easter Blog Hop! As always, a special shout out and thank you to Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home for putting this blog hop together.
If you’re coming over from The Red Painted Cottage, welcome, we’re excited you’re here. Didn’t you guys love the way Carol welcomed Spring and Easter into her home? Everything was so pretty!
I have to tell you guys, we were a bit late gathering items for Spring this year. It was mostly due to finishing up the dining room makeover and traveling back and forth to my parent’s primary home, Bliss Barracks, to give their lanai a makeover.
There were several times I thought, maybe I shouldn’t bother decorating since Easter was only a month away. But looking back, I’m so glad I pushed myself to add bits of Spring into our home décor. It really does feel like we’re ready to celebrate one of our favorite seasons of the year now.
In fact, I was on the phone with my baby sister the other day talking about our Easter plans and somehow, we got on the subject of Easter baskets. She’s on a major purge at her house too and was telling me she was all sorts of torn about what to put in the littles Easter basket this year.
“I don’t want them to miss out on the experience of getting an Easter basket, but we don’t need a lot of small stuff or any more clutter either. That said, I definitely don’t think filling up an entire basket with candy is a good idea at all,” she said with an extra emphasis on the words at all which totally gave me the giggles.
I gave her my best sisterly advice with a few easy non-candy ideas like books, art supplies, pjs, swimming pool or beach gear, bath bombs, gardening tools and seeds, sports equipment or to give them an experience instead of a big Easter basket.
After we finished our conversation, I hung up the phone and thought about what an interesting time of year it is. On one hand, we’re so excited the cold weather is (mostly) over we can’t wait to get outside and start enjoying some of our favorite Springtime activities.
On the other hand, we still have to deal with all those daily tasks that can creep up, pile up and overwhelm us – if we let it. It doesn’t have to be that way though, you guys. We just have to take the pressure off ourselves and our calendars and focus on what matters most to us this Spring.
And the real beauty of it all is that we can focus on anything we want!
Maybe you want to make sure your house is fully decorated and dressed to the nines because it makes you happy. I say go for it – let that be your top priority.
Or maybe your kids are in so many activities, it’s all you can do just to get real plates on the table each night – I say that’s ok, too! You can easily pick up Easter plates at big box stores. I found these at Hobby Lobby!
Perhaps you travel a lot and don’t have time to decorate every room in the house for Easter. I say, don’t even sweat it! Find the places in your home that give you the most joy and decorate those spaces to your heart’s content whether one person will see it or a hundred people will see it.
Maybe you’re so tired from being a caregiver to a new baby, a best friend or a parent, you can’t put one more thing on your to-do list. You know what? I say let yourself rest. And the next time you go to the grocery store pick up a bouquet of the prettiest flowers they have and celebrate how strong you’ve been one more day.
I think sometimes we see people online or in our daily lives that look like they have it all together. And I’m not judging, maybe they do. But if you don’t feel that way in this season of your life or if you feel like you’re doing all you can do to keep on keeping on – that’s awesome too!
Spring is a great time to celebrate where you are right now because every day, we’re inching closer to Easter.
And before we know it, Easter will give way to Summer.
So, while we’re here and we can still hold onto all that Spring has to offer, I think it’s important to remember what Easter is all about – painful endings that turned into beautiful beginnings, the thrill of hope and a grace filled life we’re blessed to live. And that my friends, is definitely something to celebrate.
Be sure to stop by my sweet friend, Kelly’s blog at The Tattered Pew to see all the Spring and Easter inspiration she is sharing! And don’t forget to check out all the creativity these fabulous ladies on the Hop into Easter Blog Hop have in store for you as well.