Well hello there!  Long time no see.  Here we are in late February, the dregs of winter. March 1st is considered “meteorological spring” and March 20th (the vernal equinox this year) is “astronomical spring.” That means we’ve either got about one week or one month left of winter, depending on which one you consider the “real” transition. I’ve decided to go with the former, since it seems more optimistic…although I’ll really know that spring has sprung when those cute little crocus flowers start peeking their colorful heads out of the ground!

For now, though, we’ve been seeing a lot of this…

Some of you are probably fortunate enough to live in places that don’t get hit very hard by winter. For the rest of use who are still trudging through snow and scraping ice off our car windshields day after day, waiting impatiently for green grass and warm sunshine to come back into our lives, this seemed like it might be a good time for a pick-me-up.  A little sunshine in a can, as they say…or, in this case, a jar.  (‘Cause that’s how we roll here.)  Here are three fun Mason jar mood boosters to get you through a gloomy day.

Flower Arrangement

This one was a given, right?  There are few things more lovely and cheerful than fresh flowers.  Pick up a bouquet of some of your favorite blooms, and arrange them in a Mason jar.  You can use a frog lid to hold the stems in place and add a rope handle if you want to hang it somewhere.  Display it someplace where you’ll see it often throughout the day. Even if it’s grey and gloomy outside, it’ll feel like springtime in your home!

Manicure/Pedicure Kit

Taking a little “me time” now and then is important and is a great way to boost your mood. Put together a little Mason jar mani-pedi kit for yourself (or for friend, if you’re feeling generous!) with all things that will make you feel pampered–cute nail polish, hand/foot scrub, lotion, comfy socks, you name it.  Add some decorations to the outside and a fun lid on top so that when you pull it out to use, it will really feel like a spa day.  We especially like this “spa kit” assembled by the people at Classy Clutter.  They put theirs together to give as a gift, but to borrow a phrase from one of my favorite TV characters, “Treat Yo Self!”

Bird Feeders

Birds, the harbingers of spring.  Bring ’em on!  The seasonal birds will start showing up soon, so you’ll want to be ready for them.  Many stores sell seed mixes that are designed to attract specific species of birds. (I’ve tried using different ones, and they actually work!)  If you like the idea of waking up to the sounds of songbirds, hang a bird feeder near your window and fill it with their favorite seed mix, then get ready for the music.  If you’re feeling ambitious, you can convert a standard Mason Jar into a cute bird feeder using a dispenser base and some strong twine, or you can try our all-in-one hanging Mason jar bird feeder.  It’s ready to go–you just add the bird seed!

There you have it!  Three of our favorite Mason jar mood boosters.  What are some of yours?  We’d love to hear about them!

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