Hello Sunshine: Kick Those Winter Blues

Anyone else feeling the winter blues? I always get to this time of year and ask ‘is it Summer yet’? Once we get through New Years I wish we could flip a switch and bring back the warm and sunny weather, skip all the grey and rain (hey, the rain isn’t always a bad thing but we get a lot of it here and it can get to you when you haven’t seen blue sky in a few days). This time of year is hard for a lot of people, so I thought now would be a good time to think up a few ideas to try and keep everybody in high spirits. I’m sharing 5 below and would love to hear how you count down to the brighter days this time of year!

  1. Plan a vacation. Even if you’re not getting on a plane anytime soon it can be fun to day dream a little, look at some bright and sunny destinations and ignore the gloom outside. A little distraction can be a good thing, no? Where would you go? What would you do? What vacay essentials do you need? And on that note…
  2. Pretend it’s Summer and buy that swimsuit! Or 2. Or 3… I did this in January and had a good laugh at the irony that there’s plenty of time before it’s bikini weather but it added a bit of fun to an otherwise pretty boring month (anyone feel like that about January?) and it gave me something to look forward to in the mail. Plus now I have some pretty new suits for when I head to the pool in the meantime. Little things like that can make a difference on a gloomy Winter day. And if not a bathing suit, maybe you’ve had your eye on a pretty outfit or pair of shoes. Maybe now’s the time to go for it. You deserve it. 😉
  3. Go green. This is a simple one that I’ve heard a few others suggest: bring the outdoors in and add some nature to your home. Fresh flowers and plants add colour and can brighten a room. There’s something about pops of green in a home that adds a sense of calm. It’s a way to treat yourself but also lift the spirits in the house. Added bonus if it’s stems or a plant that smell nice- aromatherapy anyone? Add some throughout your home so you have a little pick-me-up as you go from room to room .
  4. Go play outside. Living in BC, if we stayed indoors all the time because of the rain we wouldn’t get outside much over the course of the year. So sometimes it just means we’ve got to layer up despite the wet and cold and get out there for some fresh air. To put a positive spin on grey and wet weather, the sound of rain is a calming one, the smell of a forest after it rains is pretty amazing, and sometimes getting caught in a downpour makes for some laughs and fun memories. Sometimes we just have to embrace it and when you get back inside to the warm and dry, it’s a great time to cozy up with a cup of tea or glass of wine.
  5. Get a (new) hobby. I know you’re probably thinking ‘I don’t have time’. But remember the point here is to help kick the Winter blues. Maybe it’s time to make time. Instead of getting weighed down, why not put a few minutes aside to try that DIY you’ve been creeping on Pinterest? (Check out this one for a fun Summer/ beach inspired one!) Try a new recipe. Dare a friend to try something new with you. Add some fun to the grey. Find something to enjoy by yourself or with someone and make it a priority as much as you can. Hitting that refresh button and having something to look forward to- even if it’s once a week- can shake up the monotony of the months where you tend to stay indoors more.

Floral romper: Tobi

Hat: DIY (see this post)

Swimsuit: Zaful

Sunglasses: My own

Printable Christmas Gift Tags

free printable Christmas gift tags

Are you a last minute shopper/ gift wrapper? Channel your inner elf with these free printable Christmas gift tags! Have fun making your own gift wrap or dig out your favourite festive paper and add one of these with some ribbon or twine (get a little cheeky with the naughty or nice tags!) and maybe a fresh sprig of greenery for the perfect finishing touch. Voila, you’re a gift wrapping pro! View Post

Dried Orange Scent Sachet

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

It’s beginning to feel like Fall… And in less than two weeks the season will officially be here. Bring on all the cozy: the sweaters, boots, scarves, hats, hot apple cider (call me old fashioned but I like it better than PSLs), Fall decor, candles, baking……. all of it. I’ve started adding some Fall touches around the house and as much as I love LOVE candles, I wanted a flameless option to add a seasonal scent to the house.

This little DIY was inspired by none other than the food dehydrator that has been a staple in my kitchen for the past few weeks as we pick fresh herbs from the garden to dry (we have a round one like this one and love it). I’ve seen lots of cute ideas with dehydrated oranges (warning: this may not be the last one you see here 😉 ), and this DIY is a great way to add to the coziness of your home for the Fall by making it smell amazing. You can choose any scent combinations you like, but I really like the smell of coffee and added citrus essential oil to help keep the house smelling fresh. I opted to make a sachet that I can tuck out of reach from the kids, but pouring everything into a jar or vase would also make for a pretty home made potpourri to display (those dried oranges just make everything look pretty). This is also a great option if you’re trying to avoid artificial air fresheners- simply switch up the scents for the season to keep your home smelling fresh.

Materials

1 large navel orange

Citrus essential oil

Piece of paper towel or tissue paper

1- 2 cups coffee beans

Paper bag

Lightweight fabric bag (or use a piece of fabric tied at the top)

Directions

  1. Begin by cutting the orange into slices not quite 1/4″ thick

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges 

2. Place slices into a food dehydrator (or you can preheat your oven to 250 degrees and dry the slices for 2- 3 hours)

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

3. When the orange slices have dried, allow to cool. Add a few drops to a piece of paper towel or tissue paper.

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

4. Pop all of the items into the paper bag- the dried orange slices, coffee beans, and paper towel/ tissue paper- and wrap it up so nothing can fall out. To be extra secure tape the seams so no coffee beans fall out.

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

5. Pop everything into the fabric bag and tie at the top. Pick where you want to have the scent in your home and place the sachet. You can tuck into a closet or add it to a Fall display/ vignette. 

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges  

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

As I mentioned, you can also dry the orange slices in the oven at a low temp for a few hours, but I love the option of a dehydrator and the round one we have gets a lot of use. If you’re thinking of buying one, this one is similar to the one we have and works great.

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Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

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Fun in the Sun: 14 Ideas Inspired by Summer

S U M M E R. There are so many great things about this season and I wanted to do a round- up that includes a little bit of everything from some other bloggers and a few of my favourites featured here on OHP. There are some recipes, DIYs/ printables, local activities, fashion tips, and a few other goodies in the mix. Scroll down and check out some fun ideas for these warm and sunny days!

Hand Lettered Summer Bucketlist Printable- Lemon Thistle

How to Make the Best Sangria Slushie- Adventurous Mama

Beach Please Summer Hat DIY- OHP

A Preteen Boy’s Overnight Summer Camp Packing Checklist | Printable- Raising Jay and Abel

Westcoast Yogurt Parfait- Ava to Zoe

Brew North Strong Craft Beer Festival

How to Wear White Pants This Summer- North Shore Mama

Tropical Summer Party- Creative Wife & Joyful Worker

Watermelon Smoothie- The Write Balance

   

How We Camp With Kids- Feather + Fern

Beach Ready From Head to Tote- Stumbling Grace

Berry Picking In Metro Vancouver- Healthy Family Expo Blog

Grilled Summer Cakes Salad- Mama in the City

Hello Summer Printables- OHP

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