Two days in to February and I've already noticed a remarkable difference in my mood and energy levels. I've seen more sunshine over the past forty eight hours than during the whole of January and I think I've had more rest, too. Both sun and sleep have been wholeheartedly welcomed and asked to stick around.
Despite January being pretty dismal, my list of fun goals really, really helped to make it better. It was a little nudge to embrace the frivolous when I was in danger of letting the lack of sleep and light get to me.
And looking back has made me realise that the month was way more productive than I'm giving it credit for. We had a whole week of testing new recipes from Olive magazine, although the Bulgogi steak sandwich one which I was desperate to try, turned out to be my least favourite. However, my trip to Burger Shed 41 more than made up for it. I went on my fab sewing course, too, and you can see my latest creation over on the Laura Ashley blog. I'm slowly getting more confident at using my sewing machine.
I caught up on reading The Simple Things which is the loveliest magazine if you're looking for something new to read ... it's an absolute pleasure to while away an hour or two with (especially with a coffee topped with chocolate sprinkles using my stencils). In fact, the only thing on my list which I didn't get round to was attempting this blackcurrant mojito but I hope to rectify that very, very soon.
So, like I said, January possibly wasn't all that bad, after all! Who would've guessed?!
How about February, right? Well, here's my to-do list ...
- I'm studying the weather forecast very closely in the hope that we can take a trip to beautiful Bodnant Garden. I've only been in summer and autumn and would quite like to visit in winter and spring too to see the differences between the seasons.
- You may have seen or read that, as a family, we've been invited to join Great Little Trading Co.'s testing team. We're hugely excited about this and have already taken delivery of our first products, including this seriously cool pegboard. I can't wait to style it and share the results with you later in the month.
- Do you remember my origami crane mobile? I have a plan for something similar but way more colourful so I need to get busy and select my brightest paints.
- I also want to make a start on my next sewing project. I have the fabric ready for these fabric buckets which I've been admiring on Katy's blog, Apartment Apothecary. They'll make perfect replacements for the ugly, plastic containers we're currently storing some of the boys' toys in.
- I also need to settle on a shade of grey to paint our living room. Graham & Brown have kindly offered to send over some samples from their new paint range so I'm hoping that will help me to narrow it down. I'd ideally like to start (and finish) painting in February but it might be asking a bit too much, especially as we have ...
- Half term and all the activities needed to entertain two small boys. Think cinema trips, treasure hunts, lots of baking and an afternoon or two at the beach (and fish 'n' chips) if it's not too windy. My reward for surviving half term is an afternoon at the hairdressers and time out to ...
- Read Emily Henderson's new book, Styled. I'm a few pages in and already I've learnt so much. I'm hoping that I'll have the ultimate lightbulb moment and, as a result, all of my future styling the seasons posts will be amazing (one can dream).
And I'll leave you with my February photographs. They're definitely not as sunny as January's and all the gales over the past few weeks has left the woods full of fallen trees and broken branches. A sorry state, really, but fun for the boys to find new dens and bring home even more sticks. Seriously, there are no crafts left which we haven't attempted in order to use up those sticks. If you have any ideas what we can do with them, please, please, please let me know. I will be forever in your debt.
Happy February! Fingers crossed it's a great month.