February 17, 2015

5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Hello Friends! I have been MIA from my blog lately battling a bad case of the flu.  While I'm so happy to report that I'm feeling much better, father winter has decided to keep many of us down with snow and freezing temps.  It is freezing here in Atlanta, so getting creative is the only way to prevent cabin fever.

Here are few ideas to stir up your creative juices and help you fight those winter blues:

Unleash the Chef within you and try a new recipe. 

I am not the best cook by any means, but I love to play with fun and easy recipes that do not require 200 ingredients to make. Cold days are great for making soups and large pots of anything yummy.  I picked up a Weightwatchers magazine while I was at the grocery store and made Italian wedding soup in only 15 minutes. It was yummy and perfect for a chilly night! You can also go on Pinterest and find easy recipe ideas and create a Foodie Board for  more inspiration. 

Read a Book.

And I mean a real book, not a fashion magazine which is what I usually read.  It's nice to take a break from watching hours of The Bachelor and pick up a book. My daughter suggested this fun novel, "Where'd You Go, Bern-adette".  It is light hearted and fun and easy to follow which keeps your spirits up. I ordered it via Amazon and received it the next day! Check out other Top sellers here.

Get Crafty. Try a DIY.

I love anything DIY. I have kept this spool of burlap ribbon in my drawer because I knew I would use it for something one day. Well, now is the day. I've wrapped it around candles, books and I've made bows with it that I've attached to frames with a glue gun. Get crazy, it's fun. Check out Pinterest for more DIY ideas!

Learn a New Craft.

Being trapped indoors can be the perfect time to learn something new! I've always wanted to learn how to create my own beaded necklaces. So, I went on YouTube and looked up jewelry making and beading videos and just started playing around with some old beads I had in my craft drawer.  I'm thinking I may re-strand an old vintage necklace into something modern and cool. I'll keep you posted how well I do, but so far it has been a lot of fun to design and create my own jewelry! Click here for jewelry supplies and tools need to create your own collection.

Write a friend a letter.  Just because.

I have never been one to hand write and send personal letters via traditional snail mail. It's so easy to text or email anymore that hand written letters have become a lost art.   Texts and emails are erased and gone forever, while your letters remain. I have kept old letters and note cards that I've received over the years from my parents and loved ones. It's sweet to see their hand writing on something that I will always treasure.  

On another note, I became obsessed with vintage typewriters as of late, so I had to include my recent find in these photos along with my pink vintage tea pot. It actually works, so I typed up a letter and mailed it to my Mom in-law, just for fun. Yes, she knows I'm nuts, but she really enjoyed receiving it in the mail!

While my old buddy, Champ, is happy to sleep it off this winter, I hope my ideas will inspire you to try something new!

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
~ Robert Brault ~

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:
Celebrate Southern with Jess and Susan, Tremendous Tuesday, Creative Mondays, Thursday Favorite Things, Fashion Friday


  1. These are great ideas! I would also add napping. I'd love to sleep through winter. :)
    xo, Caitlin
    And Possibly Dinosaurs

  2. Your blogs are always so witty and well thought out. I smiled through the entire time it took me to read it.

  3. Me too!! Haha Thanks for stopping by, Caitlin! xo

  4. Awe, thank you! I always look forward to reading your comments, you made my day :)

  5. Monica your post is wonderful. What a great way to spend some time. Love the last photos of your sweet Champ ♥ I invite you to share at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ( you can link up through Sat. midnight) xox

  6. So glad you're feeling better. I hope we avoid the flu this year. Your ideas are ideas that I enjoy just because. A good bowl of soup is always a winner as far as I'm concerned. A good book - yep, I'll take that too :)

  7. Thank you so much, Katherine! I just joined your blog hop ;) See ya' next week! xo

  8. HI Monica,

    you look lovely and sure are right. I cant stand winter! I am not a cold weather person, but great ideas, love the letter and being crafty and your pup is so cute, looks like he is ready for spring too!!

    from the link up,

    please stop by, jess xx


  9. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. I featured you on facebook and google plus ♥

  10. Thanks for sharing on All About You linkup - I love letter writing, and read that book too! Do come by the linkup again


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