Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Front Porch Decorating for Winter

I enjoy decorating our front porch for seasons and holidays. I guess it's not really a porch, more of a front step, but you get the idea. I never know how to decorate after Christmas, before Spring arrives. In Michigan, it's too cold to put any flowers out until April, at the earliest. So after I take down my Christmas decorations, the front of our house is kind of sad. 

When Commercial Palm Trees reached out to see if I would be willing to try a product, I thought it could be a great opportunity to give our front porch a little love. Commercial Palm Trees creates artificial palm trees for businesses, for both indoor and outdoor use. Check out the photos on their site, you can't even tell they are artificial palm trees!

I decided that a small, indoor/outdoor cedar tree would be perfect for our front porch. It adds a touch of greenery to liven it up during this weird, in between seasons phase we're in. For example, I took these photos this past weekend, when there was still snow. The past two days it has been in the 50s and raining non-stop. So all of the snow is melted and all the yards are a muddy mess. But it's going to get cold again in the next day or two. It's just a gross time of year. Can you tell I'm ready for Spring?

If you have any tips for sprucing up a front porch for winter, send them my way! I think I need a little something more, but not sure what that it is yet.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

2018 Goals

Since we're almost two months in to the new year, I thought I'd finally share my goals for 2018. I did this last year, and liked being able to go back and see how I did. Here's what I want to check off my list this year:

1. Read at least five books. I love to read, but haven't done much of it over the past couple of years. I'm currently reading The Magnolia Story and I really like it. It's a quick, easy read and the story is cute.

2. PR in two races. I'd like to beat my personal records in at least two races this year. I'm signed up for three so far, so we'll see what happens. 

3. House projects! I think this will always be on my list. I've already started a couple little projects, and I'm planning to start overhauling our upstairs reading nook and guest room today. I still have a long list of things I'd like to do, and I'm slowly checking them off, one by one.

Do make goals or resolutions each year? If so, what are they?