Gardening, Healthy Eating, and Organization: Spring is Here!

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Happy first day of Spring! We are home from our 12 day trip to Utah, and everyone is (mostly) on the mend. It’s rainy and dreary with a hint of balminess here in eastern Oregon today, a perfect welcome to Spring. We are going to work on some school work, do a Spring craft, and drink copious amounts of coffee. I don’t plan on unpacking today, I’ll leave that for tomorrow. I think we all need a day to adjust to being home, to being back in our time zone (daylight savings happened while we were gone, so we leapt forward two hours instead of the usual one while in Utah), and continuing to recover from the flu the kids had on the trip. I feel like I’m coming down with something, so I’m going to use my favorite home remedies plus immune boosting green smoothies to help fight off this junk. I think we need to hit the refresh button after a long winter, a rough trip, and a bout with sickness. Spring time just seems like the perfect opportunity to hit that reset button, doesn’t it?

I love the new life that is bursting all around us in the Spring. It really energizes me to work on my priorities, giving me fresh motivation to make any changes I have been wanting to make. I thought I’d share a few things I’m looking forward to this spring:

 

Starting a new Whole 30!
After eating out for a week and a half, I know I need another good reset in my eating habits. After doing the Whole 30 the first time around, I really notice when I eat things that don’t agree with my body. I have never tolerated dairy well, but now I notice how awful it makes me feel even more intensely than before. Prior to doing a Whole 30, I never imagined that grains bothered me, but now I know that they do. I seem to be ok with small amounts of certain grains, but breads and white flours really do me in. I am looking forward to the energy I feel when I eliminate these from my diet. If anyone is interested in joining me for the Whole 30 this time around, leave me a comment or send me an email. I would love to know a few ways we can partner together for accountability and encouragement this time around!

Returning to a Daily Rhythm
I am definitely not a scheduled person. I struggle with routine, usually just doing whatever sounds best at the moment. However, I have learned over the years that my children function best when we have some routine to our days. I don’t mean a schedule, where we do certain things at certain times, but a rhythm that flows. We don’t start school without a song and prayer, we don’t play with toys without finishing school, we don’t eat lunch without picking up our toys. I put soft, instrumental music on while we do school, and crazy, energy-filled music for cleaning time. After being in a hotel for so long, I think we are all looking forward to a return to normalcy.

 

Finding a House!
I’m hoping that the arrival of Spring brings with it the perfect home for us. We are watching the newspaper and trying to wait patiently, and I know something just right will come up soon. Spring would be the perfect time to start over in a new home, don’t you think?

 

Spring Organizing
I love working on organizing every Spring. It’s the perfect time to refresh, clean, and tidy up neglected areas of our home. Since we are sort of in limbo and without a home right now, I won’t be starting this quite yet, but I am looking forward to when I can get to work. I have a few great methods to my spring cleaning that I can’t wait to share!

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Outdoor Time
While I try to get us outside as much as possible all winter, I don’t feel like we were out nearly enough this year. I am looking forward to warmer temperatures so we can really enjoy the outdoors again. I am setting a goal for all of us, myself included, to spend some time outside every single day. I know the fresh air does so much good for our countenances, and the kids’ moods are greatly improved after working off some energy outdoors. I know my mood is improved with fresh air as well, so I’m hoping this goal is reached and our days are a little more enjoyable with this addition!

 

Gardening and Food Preparation!
One of my favorite parts of spring is the anticipation of fresh foods. I am currently looking into where we will buy our beef, chicken, and pork for the next 6 – 12 months. I am also planning on a CSA share from a new source, and am deciding what I will plant myself. I am considering doing just container gardening this year, since we don’t know where we will be living yet. This way I can transfer whatever I grow to our new home. I order my heirloom seeds through Seed Savers Exchange, which is a great company. They even have an excellent selection of children’s books that we have ordered from, which are fun for explaining food growth to little ones.

 

What are you looking forward to this Spring? Does this first day of Spring greet you with sunny warmth or rainy, gray clouds? Or for some of you, maybe even snowy winter-like conditions? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

44 Comments

  1. Morgan -  March 20, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    My husband and I are getting ready to start the whole 30! Email me and we can figure out how to partner together (:

    • Kelli -  March 20, 2013 - 8:14 pm

      I will! I am hoping to do weekly updates with recipes and tips throughout the month, too! 🙂 Good luck, it’s totally worth it!

  2. Heather P. -  March 20, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    I have also made the goal of outside everyday, for the same reasons. We ordered a swing set/ playground so very excited for that to get here! I am an odd ball I enjoy cleaning. I am staring a chart as to where to start my deep cleaning.

    • Kelli -  March 20, 2013 - 8:13 pm

      I have been thinking about ordering the kids a swing set/playground thingy too. I think they would love it. Let me know how you like yours! 🙂

  3. Shelley Payton -  March 20, 2013 - 7:46 pm

    Another whole 30! Go girl. 🙂 You should do another post in a week or two and share your favorite recipes you’ve done, I’d be interested to try them.

    Also about looking for a house… Seth checked the online real-estate listings 3-4 times a day for a year or two to get the AWESOME deal we got on this house. My point is EVERYONE looks at the newspaper, online is the way to go. 🙂 They’re always being updated!! Good luck. 🙂 What are you guys looking for specifically? Maybe we can keep an eye out for you too.

    • Kelli -  March 20, 2013 - 8:13 pm

      I will! I’m hoping to do updates weekly on my progress, plus share the recipes I’ve learned to love and use frequently. 🙂 I actually check the newspaper online, as well as Craigslist and Nelson Real Estates page, so we’re pretty covered in the house department. Thanks for offering though. And if you hear of any great rentals, let me know! 🙂

  4. Rachel Araiza -  March 21, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    Kelli,

    Thanks so much for introducing me to the Whole30 way of eating! I lost 16 lbs my first Whole30 and I am on my second Whole30! I am trying to lose all the weight I gained with my pregnancy. I was also very excited that I was able to do the Whole30 while breastfeeding. I ate so well when I was pregnant but when the baby came I started eating all kinds of fast food and convenience foods and was just feeling awful. Now I am feeling soo GREAT and fitting into more of my wardrobe! I tried your Bacon Wrapped Cilantro Chicken‏ and it was amazing! Thank you thank you thank you!

    -Rachel
    Tucson, AZ

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