I’m excited for spring this year, it has been a very long, very cold, very dreary winter! I’m always eager to see those first few flowers poke their heads up out of the ground, and this year that seems even more true than normal. So, when I received this guest post submission I knew that it was perfect for my website. Enjoy!

I doubt I’m the only one who is over this dreary, cold weather. I’ve been stuck indoors, sickness has made its way through our house–multiple times at that, and I’m running seriously low on Vitamin D.

But don’t leave me now. I promise you won’t feel down in the dumps by the end of this post. Stick with me.

Let’s fantasize together. Plan, if you will. For how we’ll spend the warmer days that are ahead.


One of the first marks of spring for me is the sound of spring peepers. It’s like a natural antidepressant. Once the weather starts to warm up, open your windows and get as much fresh air as you possibly can! Warm weather, means you have one less excuse not to exercise. Even if you simply take a walk around the block or color with sidewalk chalk with your kids, being outdoors will do wonders for your mood.

Fill up your propane tank and light up the grill. Have a family picnic out back. Dare I suggest you hang your laundry to dry outside? Force yourself to stop going and doing all the stuff that can wait and use your coupons! 


One of my favorite memories as a child was the scent of the lilac tree outside my window, which bloomed in spring. Another is the cherry blossom my dad got my mom for Mother’s Day that we all planted out back.

Planting a is a great memory-making, family project. And it will give your little ones a green thumb from a young age. Even if gardening is not your thing, the basics of tree planting and learning alongside your kids. This is a great way to mark time and watch the growth of the tree as a family over the years.


Spring is a great time of year to check out the community calendar for free and inexpensive events in the upcoming months of spring and summer. Choose activities that appeal to you and your family and put them on your calendar. If you do it in the spring, you can plan ahead rather than end up missing out on the fun, because you failed to check the calendar of events.

Also, this is a good time to plan visits for local sightseeing. Are there historical buildings you’ve neglected visiting due to the hustle and bustle of the school year? Is there a baseball game in town that your family could hit some evening?


Whether it’s an overnight, a long weekend, or a week away, now is the time to start thinking and planning. I’m sure you’ve been there. When July hits, and you realize you’ve let too much time slip by, and you haven’t even begun to think about vacation. You pop online and realize choosings for beach houses are rather slim.

Have a family meeting and make a plan. Where do you want to go? How much do you need to save? How are you going to save for it? What do you need to sacrifice in the meantime? You know very well that living on a budget isn’t all that easy, right?


I confess I’m not much of a cleaner. I like to tidy and organize, but not clean. One way to lift your spirits this spring is to purge. If this sounds dreadful to you, just imagine how light you will feel once you’ve gotten rid of all the excess stuff. All the stuff that piles up and stresses you out.

The most effective way to purge is to go through your home, one room at a time. Every nook and cranny. Every closet. Break the long list of to-dos into baby steps. Do one small thing each day, and after a month has passed, your house will be transformed.

The best way to sort through your stuff is to arm yourself with the right supplies. And by this I mean, 3 trash bags. One for items to be donated, another for items to sell, and third for items to throw away.

And this is a great way to get a little extra cash. You can have a yard sale, sell big pieces on Craigslist, trade your clothes for cash at Thredup, or list household goods on eBay. This way, by the time summer rolls around you’ll have some extra money for your vacation. Here are some more tips on how to save money, click here.


Maybe my idea of celebrating spring isn’t exactly what you had in mind. But sometimes thinking ahead brings great results in the long-run. So get outside and embrace the warmth. If you take my advice, you’ll have less stuff, more money, and lots of fun to look forward to in the coming months.

How about you? What are your favorite things to do once spring rolls around?