March is truly one of my favorite months of the year. With the warmer weather, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and two family birthdays, it's really no wonder why it's at the top of my list. Last weekend, my little sister and I decided to get together for the day at my place in the city and whip up some new recipes and simple, DIY crafts for the blog.
Because the majority of my cocktail recipes for the blog involve some form of alcohol, we decided that it would be best to keep this shake non-alcoholic and kid-friendly for the holiday. We brainstormed our favorite St. Patrick's Day-themed treats and nearly devoured them all before we even started in on these shakes (#notsorry).
In the past, Sam and I haven't been much into St. Patrick's Day since it is generally such a bar-fueled holiday. Unfortunately, this tends to translate to big, obnoxious crowds when you live in the city. But, this year we've decided to change up that tradition and celebrate St. Patrick's Day by making a spread of Irish-inspired treats and delicacies (starting with this Shamrock Shake) to enjoy with friends and family at home.
What are your plans for St. Patrick's Day? Do you have any family traditions that you carry out each year? I'd love to hear about how you all spend the holiday!
One of the rooms in my home that helps to keep me sane throughout each week is my home office. Although Sam and I live in the heart of the city and our townhouse is quite compact, it was the obvious decision when I moved in rather than transforming it into a guest bedroom. It's my go-to space to brainstorm new ideas, write blog posts, and shoot creative projects. I did a transformation from start to finish on the blog last year and, as you may have noticed, there is minimal space for actually carrying out crafts.
One of the items on my list for when Sam and I begin searching for our next home will be a space that features a separate studio (or garage). Wishful thinking, I know, But, at least that way, I will be able to designate the space simply for creative work and shooting projects. Plus, Sam won't have to hear me bitch about tripping over a stack of leftover, cluttered props and supplies on the floor of my office. See, guys - it's a win, win. That's why Project Dream House: Craft Room, was the obvious next step on this home design series and the inspiration I've cataloged below is some of the dreamiest yet.
the perfect location for crafting up succulent gardens and bouquets [image]
love this modern, compact space [image]
chic and relaxed [image]
playful, bright, and ready for entertaining [image]
if you have a ton of open, unfinished space [image]
to host workshops [image]
Hey, babes! This weekend, my little sister is being kind enough to hang out with me to help me complete and shoot some fun work for the blog. It will for sure bring my coolness on here up a few levels, right? Totally. On fleek. Or something? Right. So, I'm heading down to pick her up this morning and we're going to spend the day prop shopping, making festive milkshakes, and doing a cute DIY for Easter. After that, I'm going to take her to explore the city a bit so that her friends can see how cool her big, older sister is on Snapchat. Obvz.
Aside from all that excitement, I'll probably need a long nap on Sunday and a good, ole Netflix binge party with Sam. Which reminds me - I have to say I'm kind of disappointed in you guys. You're supposed to be keeping me up to date and, like making sure that I come out from under my rock from time to time, and somehow you guys let me miss AN ENTIRE SEASON of Orange is the New Black. Wtf!?!? What kind of Wendy-one-way friendship is this? Sam and I discovered it on our own the other night and now we obviously are expected to stay inside and watch the entire season in one weekend. And it's Spring now so, like don't you guys think this information would have been helpful when it was, I don't know, SNOWPACOLYPSE 2016. Ah. I'm sorry for shouting but, really. Really?
Annnnyway, what are you guys up to this weekend since you're obviously done watching season 3 of Orange is the New Black? Hopefully you've got something cool and hip up your sleeve worthy of a highschool Snapchat.
Phew. I am so, so ready to welcome Spring this month. Who else is with me? February was fabulous and all but, I'm ready for warmer weather and longer days. I'm also really excited to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and Easter and share some new recipes and DIYs with you in honor of them.
This week, I've decided to start a new series on the blog where I can review the previous month as a whole and make short term goals going into the new month. I always look forward to making annual goals for the new year and assessing where I'm at both professionally and personally. So, I'm confident that adding on tiny, achievable goals for each individual month will help me to follow through on those bigger, more impactful goals for the year. I also really enjoy looking back at all of the fun we had in the month prior and seeing our blog posts and favorite photos in one place.
February was an exciting and busy month, to say the least. I flew out to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit my best friend from high school, reflected on some of the more personal and sentimental stories of Sam and I in celebration of Valentine's Day, completed my very first couples photo session in Downtown Annapolis for a client, did a ton of recipe research and testing (my new favorite weekend hobby), and my style post was featured on Lauren Conrad's website as inspiration for a date night (always such a treat).
February Blog Posts:
After looking back at February, I've decided that one of my goals for March is to rely on social media (mainly Instagram) less. I have never thought of myself as social media "obsessed". This is mainly due to the fact that I only use 2 social media outlets: Instagram and Facebook, as opposed to having Snapchat, Twitter, Vine, etc.
However, I read this post by A House in the Hills the other morning and it made me realize that maybe I'm just as bad as the rest of our generation. It made me realize that while I leave my tech at home for date nights or in my purse at social functions, maybe I'm still relying on it too much in my day to day routine. After I thought about this for awhile, I realized that I do reach for my phone on a commercial break while watching TV, or if I'm waiting at an appointment or in line at the store. I do this most times without even realizing which is why I believe it's so unhealthy.
That's why this month I want to be more conscious of this bad habit and limit myself to checking social media occasionally or with purpose in terms of the blog, rather than aimlessly scrolling through the feed simply to pass time. I think that some months, I feel so busy and overwhelmed with work that I'm not sure how to react when there is a time slot unfilled in my day. That's why this March, I want to focus on enjoying those moments and just taking time to breathe and allow myself to observe what's going on around me rather than subconsciously filling the time.
Since that is my main goal for March, I'll keep the remainder short and simple: get back on track with my e-newsletters (sign up on the right if you haven't yet!), schedule more time to shoot new style looks, step outside of my comfort zone with beauty posts, wake up earlier so that I can enjoy a cup of coffee before rushing out the door to work, and spend more time with Oliver outside on walks and at the park.
What are your goals for March? Share with me in the comments or via Facebook.
xo Anna Elizabeth
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