In Like a Lion: Rebirth, Revitalization, Hope

In Like a Lion, Rebirth, Revitalization, HopeWell, here we are, the first of March, and I am in my annual armpit of winter funk.

Pre-holidays, and even into the beginning of January I had a lot of blogging and business goals. I was ready to hit 2014 running. I was full of energy, confidence, and hope. This was going to be my year.

And then Christmas and New Year’s happened, and I had taken a lot of time off. Time off is always good, but it makes me lazy. Complacent.

Then January and February happened. Bitter cold temps, school closings, illnesses. Now I am complacent and uninspired.

I take heart in knowing that I’m not alone. Mothers everywhere are feeling the strain of being locked inside with bored kids. Sick kids. Bored and sick kids. Everything in-between.

Old Man Winter still has a strong hold on many of us, but here and there we have had slightly warmer temperatures offering a glimmer of hope. The days are getting longer and brighter. Next week is Daylight Savings. I’m ready. It’s been very dark in here, and I am desperate for some light at the end of this tunnel.

Meteorological spring begins today. And today I turn 35. March is coming in like a lion, bringing with it renewed hope, energy, and confidence for the year to come. It’s time to pull myself from the dark funk and let awakening and rebirth revitalize and inspire me. My year – my life – is standing in front of me. It’s still mine. I just have to take it.

Are you ready to shake the funk of winter and greet all that spring can bring?

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Meal Plan Monday, December 2nd

meal plan december 2

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Wow, what a week! I hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah did or are enjoying your holidays! We are still getting through our leftovers (YUM!). Here is our menu plan for this week. We are going classic Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday...and making the most of the leftovers. Some of these are going to show up on the food blog. I can't wait! What are you eating this week? … [Continue reading...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Bloggers

Holiday Gift Guide for Bloggers

Are you wondering what to get the blogger in your life? Here is my top ten list of practical gifts that any blogger would appreciate. Stock Images Unless you are a photographer or food blogger, one thing bloggers almost universally struggle with getting great images without completely breaking the bank. A subscription to a photo service is a great way to help your blogger step up their blogging game. Try out Deposit Photos, iStockPhoto, and Shutterstock to get started. Photoshop Elements Of … [Continue reading...]

Holiday Cocktail 2: Hot Spiked Apple Cider

hot spiked apple cider the laine list 2

I love this recipe. It's simple, easy to make ahead and keep warm in the crock pot, and it's PERFECT for cold Winter days! Make this without the alcohol and add that on a per-drink basis so it is kid friendly! The Ingredients 1 gallon of cider 1 package of mulling mix sliced apples 2 oz Bourbon (per mug filled about 3/4 full) The Method Simply add the cider and mulling mix to the crock pot and heat on low for a couple of hours. Before your guests arrive, float the apple slices on … [Continue reading...]

Holiday Cocktail: Orange Cranberry Mist

Orange Cranberry Mist Holiday Cocktail The Laine List

This delicious cocktail is a little on the sweet side, and a lot on the be careful how much you drink because it sneaks up on you! Be sure to chill all ingredients beforehand! The Ingredients 1 oz orange flavored vodka 1 oz triple sec 2 oz Cranberry Sierra Mist Limes Oranges Frozen cranberries Ice The Method Mix vodka and triple sec over ice and strain into a glass. Add the 2 oz of Sierra Mist, a healthy squeeze of lime and stir gently. Garnish with any combination of lime, orange, … [Continue reading...]