Looking for a little spring inspiration? Lucky for you, I’ve rounded up 10 things to try this March!
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Everyday life can get a little boring, which is why I love finding a bit of inspiration to improve my day. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine, and changing things up (even a little) can be fun and exciting!
In that spirit, I’ve started a monthly series, 10 Things to Try. Each month this year, I’ll share ten seasonally appropriate ideas (recipes, crafts, decor ideas, and more) that are worth trying that month. If you’d like to play along, take a pic of something new you’ve tried, then post it on social media and tag it with #hellolittlehome … sound like fun?
Here are 10 things to try this March!
1. Grow Something
It may still be cold and snowy out, but spring is almost here. And even though my thumb is black, I’m always inspired to plant something at this time of year.
There are so many benefits to having plants in your home. Plants purify your air, relieve stress, and have many other health benefits, plus they look beautiful.
Adding a little green to your home doesn’t have to be difficult. I’ve actually kept that snake plant above alive for about three years. It’s kind of a miracle considering how often I forget to water it! If I can do it though, so can you. Start small with a single plant, fill a small terrarium, or grow your favorite herbs on your windowsill.
For best results, check the tag on your plant (or search online) to learn about ideal lighting conditions and how often you’ll need to water it. Looking for an easy to grow plant? Try a Snake Plant (Sanseveria), Peace Lily (Spathphyllium), or Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum). They’re all simple to grow, easy to find, and affordable.
2. Make Your Own Cleaning Products
One thing I tried last summer was making my own cleaning products. I was surprised by how well they worked, and I’ve actually kept it up, too!
I love knowing exactly what’s in the stuff I use to clean my home. There’s no hazardous chemicals, they’re super easy to make, and they smell good, too!
With spring cleaning time here, it’s the perfect time to try this out for yourself. Check out my How to Clean Your Kitchen in 15 Minutes post for DIY All-Purpose Cleaner and Sink Scrub recipes. Both are simple to make, affordable, and work great, too.
I’m planning to make my own laundry soap, toilet cleaner, and hand soap next … I’ll let you know when I perfect the recipes!
3. Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day
I don’t put a lot of effort into celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, but I can never resist a good meal!
Here are some delicious green / Irish-inspired recipes to try this St. Patty’s Day:
- Creamy Kale and Potato Soup
- Easy Kale Salad
- Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad
- Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese
- Green Pizza
- St. Patrick’s Day Mini Ombre Cakes
- Cherry Smash Cocktail
4. Get Crafty
March is National Craft Month, and what better way to celebrate than to make a fun project?
There is nothing more satisfying than making something yourself! Here are a few fun ideas to inspire you:
- Like a Boss DIY Zipper Pouch
- Tassel Wine Charms
- Monogram Coasters with Stripes
- Line a Day Journal
- DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard
- Arrow Marquee Light
- DIY Sunglasses Case
5. Shake Off the Winter Doldrums with a Spring Recipe
One thing I love about spring is the seasonal produce that starts to pop up at my grocery store! Even when the weather is abysmal, a delicious meal packed with my favorite veggies is sure to cheer me up.
Warmer spring temps bring fresh vegetables like asparagus (my fave), artichokes, and peas, tender salad greens, sweet strawberries, tart rhubarb, and so much more. I’m always inspired to try new recipes with this flavorful produce, as well as old favorites.
One recipe I always like to make is my grandmother’s Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake. It’s so delicious, and I love that the recipe has been passed down through the generations.
Since we are talking sweets, if you love strawberries, make sure to try my Strawberries and Cream Crepes or Mini Strawberry Shortcakes. Either recipe would be the perfect finale to a spring meal that started with my Spring Vegetable Salad, Lemony Pasta Primavera, or Polenta Cakes with Stir Fried Spring Vegetables. Yum!
6. Update Your Wardrobe for Spring
After a long winter, March is the perfect time to update your wardrobe for spring. A few key purchases are an easy way to inject a little color and style into your closet.
Since it’s usually pretty cold out in March, I like to purchase things that will carry me from spring into summer … with some strategic layering. A long linen cardigan (available in lots of colors) works now as well as on chilly summer nights, and beautiful floral dress adds brightness to a dreary day (layer it with a sweater or jackets, tights, and boots for warmth). A classic trench is the perfect year round jacket, but is especially useful on rainy spring days. Stripes add an extra dose of fun to a trendy bell sleeve top that’s super versatile, and a cute pair of rain boots are practically a spring essential.
What are you planning to add to your wardrobe this spring?
7. Bake a Sweet Treat for Pi Day
Have you ever heard of Pi Day? It’s happens every year on March 14, and it’s the celebration of Pi (π), the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (approximately 3.14159). Pi is a constant number, which means that for any size circle, Pi will be the same.
It’s an important mathematical concept, and if you love geometry, Pi Day is a fun day to let your inner geek shine. 😉 For the rest of us, it’s the perfect excuse to eat pie … ha!
I never seem to realize it’s Pi Day until it’s here, and I see pie recipes popping up everywhere. By then it’s usually too late to actually make a pie, but this year I plan to be prepared and so should you be! If you don’t want to go pie-less try one of my fave recipes: No Bake Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Tart, Mini Chocolate Toffee Pumpkin Pies, or Creamy Peanut Butter Tart. And bonus, they’re all no bake!
8. Plan a Summer Vacation
March is the perfect time to start planning your summer vacation! You can still find good rates, and it’s fun to daydream a little when the weather outside feels like winter.
Whether you are planning a blow out trip or something more modest, start planning the details now. Pick up a travel book or two, do some online research, and ask your friends about their favorite vacations. My summer plans include visiting family in Wisconsin (hopefully during Summerfest), and I’d also love to catch the total eclipse that’s happening this summer … I just need to convince my husband!
Don’t have any money? No problem … plan a local day trip or staycation instead. When I lived in NYC, my husband and I loved going to Rockaway Beach. It was just a subway ride away, but it still felt like an escape from Manhattan. Even a walk on the High Line was a fun distraction.
Check out all my travel posts for more vacay inspiration!
9. Catch March Madness
Are you a big college basketball fan? I have to admit I’m not, but it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of March Madness! My husband is constantly tuned in to a game, and I almost won the jackpot in an office pool one year … how, I’ll probably never know! Ha!
Get in on the fun by setting up a pool with your friends. You can download a free printable March Madness bracket here.
10. Go a Day without Spending Any Money
With tax season almost here (ugh, I know), why not challenge yourself to go a day without spending any money?
Although a Netflix marathon might be fun, going cash free for a day doesn’t mean you have to stay home. Go for a long walk around your city or spend the day at the park. Check local event calendars to find free activities, attend a free night at your fave museum, or go to a gallery opening (free wine and cheese!).
You can find plenty of other things for free, too. I’ve shared tons of free printables for everything from party decor to coloring pages to seasonal banners, and I even wrote a whole post about how to get free stuff!
What is something new that you are inspired to try this March?
Make sure to check out all of my 10 Things to Try posts for even more inspiration: