Happy Hump Day loves! Today begins my vacay with Taylor (woo hoo!) so I have invited B and M to guest post! Their blog is one of my favorites to read and I adore them as people as well! They are some of the first bloggers I met in real life and I am happy to have the privilege of calling them my friends. Without further ado…
Hey gals! We are B and M, longtime best friends who write together over at The Sequin Notebook
, a lifestyle blog dedicated to glitter, party planning, crafting, beauty, fashion, reality tv, cocktails, and more things we love. We hope you’ll come visit us and say hi!
|The Gals of The Sequin Notebook: M and B!
M is a Jersey girl and B lives in New York City, so we are both totally OVER this never-ending winter and ready for spring. When our blogger bestie Pam asked us to take over A Little Glitter today, we knew right away that we wanted to share the top 10 activities on our spring bucket list!
The change of seasons is always the perfect excuse to try out some new recipes and take advantage of all of the delicious fruits and vegetables that are now in season. My go-to is always some fresh avocados for homemade guacamole, but after consulting this list, I’m planning to embrace some of the other flavors, such as mangoes, artichokes, and spinach!
Discover local outdoor events
Once the temperatures start to warm up, I’m so ready to cure my wintry cabin fever with lots of outdoor time, so what better way than to discover some local events in your community. I love to check out the community calendars of my surrounding towns and bookmark some fun seasonal events. Already on my to-do list is a local carnival, an international food festival, and a wine walk.
Plan an herb garden
On top of seasonal eating, I’m also looking forward to growing my own herb garden. I find that in order to get fresh herbs from the grocery store, you must buy a huge bushel, only to throw most of them out. So instead of wasting all of those delicious herbs, why not grow them in your own backyard and enjoy all Spring (and Summer!) long?
Springtime is the perfect way to incorporate some outdoor activities into your fitness routine, and one of my favorites is going for a bike ride. Back when I was living in NYC, I’d love riding over to a different neighborhood to find a new dinner locale, and now that I’m in Jersey, I’m planning to do some leisurely bike rides down the shore on the boardwalk. But no matter where you live, it’s always fun to ride around and explore the area, all the while, you’re sneaking in some cardio while hardly even noticing!
Freshening up your beauty routine
Any other fellow makeup junkies out there?! I love to add in some new colors to my Spring beauty routine, and this season I have my eye on peachy blushes and bright lips! I’m most excited to check out the new collaboration coming out from Nars and Christopher Kane and definitely anticipate adding one or two of those glosses to my makeup bag soon!
While my apartment may be small, its most fabulous feature is the private patio that is big enough to hold a table for 8 and a grill, which is essential for all of my warm weather entertaining needs. I have been eagerly awaiting the first cook-out of the season, and I’m crossing my fingers that the temperatures will rise enough to hold it this week. Whether it’s dinner for two or an impromptu mini party, al fresco dining is a must-do spring activity!
At first glance, it may not seem like the most fun activity on this list, but there’s something really uplifting about spring cleaning – after all, it gives a literal “fresh start” to the season. The biggest item to tackle on my spring cleaning list is shedding some excess items from my closets – I tend to be a bit of a hoarder when it comes to clothes, shoes, and accessories, but I’m determined to be ruthless this year. Any tips?
Picnic in the park
I can’t wait for a lazy Sunday afternoon to pack up a picnic basket and blanket, and head down the street to Central Park. It’s a cheap, easy daytime date – just pack some cold beers and yummy sandwiches and you’re good to go!
Theme parties for spring events
We love any excuse to throw a theme party, and luckily spring provides us with some built-in occasions for some stylish festivities! Hold a guacamole competition at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta, don your best hat and pearls at a Kentucky Derby party (don’t forget the mint juleps), or host a good, old-fashioned American barbecue in honor of Memorial Day…no matter what your party style, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate this spring!
Second Quarter (Q2) blog planning day
This one is for all of the other bloggers out there. Every quarter, M and I get together for a full day work session where we collaborate on big blog projects and make sure that our post calendar, finances, social media channels, email correspondence, and sponsorships are all up to date and ready for the next few months. We take it so seriously that we stick to the office hours of a regular work day! Even if you don’t have a co-blogger, we highly recommend building a full blog day into your planner this spring – it’s a great way to tackle some of those seemingly overwhelming tasks that require extra time and special attention.
What’s on your spring bucket list? We hope to see you over at The Sequin Notebook
soon – thanks again to Pam for having us today!