Tuesday, March 29, 2016

12 Things to Do This Spring


Spring has officially sprung, and I've always loved the start of this season since it feels like the slate has been wiped clean and we get a fresh start (and, ok, I may also like the beginning of spring since my birthday coincides with the first day of the season!). In order to maximize some season-specific fun, I've put together a list of 12 things I'd like to do this spring:

* Enjoy a leisurely picnic: Once the temperatures creep up just a bit more, I'm ready to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in Astoria Park with some freshly-made salads and sandwiches and a good book (and fingers crossed, perhaps I can also convince T to bring along his guitar).

* Visit food markets: I love going to all sorts of food festivals but most of them have been shut down for the winter, so I've marked my calendar with the opening dates for my favorite markets so that I can taste-test the various booths and bring home some fresh produce and protein for dinner. Speaking of which...

* Try 1 new recipe a week: As much as I enjoy soups year-round, I'm excited to spice up our weekly menu with some spring-ready veggies and new, lighter dishes.

* Increase my yoga routine: I started getting back into yoga over the past few months and really want to amp up my efforts by visiting a studio at least once a week.

* Outdoor happy hours and dinners: Can't wait to clear off the dust from our patio furniture and start enjoying some alfresco cocktails and meals!

* Declutter and organize the apartment: My Konmari obsession continues to grow and I'm determined to declutter my belongings and reorganize them as part of my spring cleaning effort.

* Increase weekend neighborhood walks: Ever since we got Fitbits in the fall, T and I have been taking long strolls around our neighborhood over the weekend. It's one of my favorite ways to spend time together (and get my steps in) so I definitely want to increase the length of these walks now that the weather is getting nicer.

* Attend a baseball and soccer game: I've been lucky enough to attend several basketball games throughout March Madness, but now it's time to take the sports back outdoors and cheer on the Yankees and our local New York City soccer club!

* Plan a weekend getaway: My Florida trip was only last month but I'm already itching for another long weekend away...perhaps Charleston, Nashville, or Boston...the possibilities are endless!

* Host a Cinco de Mayo taco night: I can never resist a fun Mexican fiesta, so Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to put together a taco bar and serve up some frosty margs!

* Enjoy a Kentucky Derby promenade: Don't get me wrong, I love the mint juleps but my favorite part of the Derby is all of the fancy finery! I'm excited to put on some dapper Derby duds and promenade through the neighborhood.

* Pick fresh strawberries: Strawberries are my very favorite fruit but they are in season for only a very short window of time in early June, so this year I'm determined to find a pick-your-own farm and not let that opportunity slip me by!

Are any of these items on your spring list? How do you plan to enjoy this season?

24 comments :

  1. LOVE this list and almost every one of these are on mine for this Spring. Cannot wait to dine al fresco and taste sweet, ripe strawberries and fresh food markets are the best, plus nothing beats buying local. Great list!!

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  2. I can't wait for warmer weather and to have picnics in the park!! These are such fun ideas!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. This is a great list. Also, to add: Take allergy meds! haha

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  4. love berry season! and walks after work. and all the sunlight til late. oh swoon, spring. other than the terrible allergies i have haha

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  5. I am looking forward to enjoying our balcony and I share the same goal of trying a new recipe every week. :-) Thank you for sharing and I hope that you ladies are having a great week so far!

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  6. Starting now I'm making the rule that no matter where I go, if they have outside seating (and it's not raining) I will sit outside to soak up the sunshine! So happy it's Spring!

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  7. So many great things to take advantage of in spring! I specifically try to find restaurants and bars with outdoor seating so I can enjoy the weather! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  8. I want to have a picnic too! I even have a basket and cute blanket ready, haha! I played soccer all my life, so I love watching it- hope you get to enjoy a game. I went to a Columbus Crew game and it was A LOT of fun!

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  9. Love it all! I'm soooo ready for all the fun spring activities as well:)

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  10. I cannot wait to get outside for some happy hours and outside eating!

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  11. Can't wait to see your Derby look in a few months! Decluttering is done, but procrastinating about organizing all the giveaway crap still lingers. Why organize when it's outdoor cocktail weather, right?

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  12. I am SOOOO excited for outdoors eats and happy hours! And I have been trying to do the same with trying new recipes. We love to cook on the grill so I've been pinning different things all week for when the weather finally warms up! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

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  13. These all are great ideas - now the nice weather just needs to hurry up and get here!

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  14. Food markets and organizing are my favorite things!!! I have to attend my nephews baseball games this spring. They are 5-6 year olds so it is totally cute!!!

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  15. I've always wanted to go strawberry picking to make some spring recipes. Anything outdoors is perfect for Spring once the weather is cooperating.

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  16. Loving this list! It's been too long since I've gone on a picnic, and who doesn't love outdoor happy hours?! Cheers to spring <3
    Green Fashionista

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  17. Outdoor dinners/happy hours is my absolute favorite! Can't wait to see where you getaway to!

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  18. yay all the things!! KC and I take neighbourhood walks in the spring and summer, i love it. i mean, it's not like we don't talk to each other all the time, but we talk even more on those walks. love it. i am not sure i if i am going to the derby this year, womp womp, so i might have to have a party by myself or something lol

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  19. I love everything in this list! It's so cool that you went to a few march madness games. I love going to baseball games in the summer and already got to see a college game while we were visiting North Carolina last weekend! And neighbourhood walks are a staple for us too!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

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  20. So many great things on your list, but I love that Cinco de Mayo night! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  21. I love the idea of going on a picnic or hitting up a food festival! The Spring is the perfect time for both of those especially with the warmer temperatures and because it's not too hot.

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  22. Bring on the warmer temperatures and fun outdoor activities, love your list! Xo, Stephanie

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