50 Ideas for Your Spring Bucket List

Today, March 20, 2022, is the first official day of Spring. Are you and your family ready for Springtime adventures? If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following ideas for your Spring bucket list.

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  1. Photograph new blooming flowers.
  2. Make sidewalk chalk art.
  3. Celebrate Easter.
  4. Go on a picnic.
  5. Celebrate Earth Day.
  6. Visit a botanical garden.
  7. Attend Spring festivals.
  8. Host the 1st bonfire of the season.
  9. Go for a bike ride.
  10. Go on a nature walk.
  11. Fly a kite.
  12. Go hiking.
  13. Make Spring YouTube or TikTok videos to share with friends and family.
  14. Discover new walking trails.
  15. Host a BBQ.
  16. Go to the zoo or wildlife sanctuary.
  17. Plant herbs.
  18. Plant a flower or vegetable garden.
  19. Make a fairy garden.
  20. Pick wildflowers.
  21. Be a local tourist.
  22. Host a brunch or an afternoon tea party.
  23. Spring clean and declutter.
  24. Find a rainbow.
  25. Dance in the warm, Spring rain.
  26. Visit a farm.
  27. Catch frogs.
  28. Play miniature golf.
  29. Take outdoor family (or friends) pictures.
  30. Make a birdfeeder.
  31. Search for migratory birds.
  32. Go stargazing.
  33. Play frisbee.
  34. Feed peas to the wild ducks.
  35. Go to a baseball game or other sporting event.
  36. Host or go on a scavenger hunt.
  37. Go Geocaching.
  38. Volunteer at the local shelter or rescue as a dog walker.
  39. Paint flowers on small rocks to hide around town.
  40. Go to a local nature preserve (or park). Bring a sketch book to draw the wildlife or scenery.
  41. Paint silly faces on flowerpots. Painted pots with newly planted flowers are great gifts or decorations for your home.
  42. Go fishing.
  43. Go on a day trip.
  44. Go on a street art tour.
  45. Go Spring camping for the weekend.
  46. Blow bubbles.
  47. Have a movie marathon on a rainy day.
  48. Play outdoor games.
  49. Participate in your community Spring cleanup program.
  50. Go to a different local café or restaurant each week.

Happy Spring!

43 Spring Hashtags for Social Media

The first official day of spring, March 20 is only a couple of days away. Who is ready? Spring brings warmer weather, outdoor adventures, flowers, and a great time to post on social media. If you are looking to enhance your posts to reach a wider audience, check out the following spring hashtags for social media.

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  1. #Spring
  2. #Spring2022
  3. #1stDayofSpring
  4. #March20
  5. #HappySpring
  6. #FirstDayofSpring
  7. #HelloSpring
  8. #GoodbyeWinter
  9. #SpringLook
  10. #SpringDecor
  11. #SpringDay
  12. #SpringReady
  13. #SpringIsComing
  14. #SpringIsNear
  15. #SpringFever
  16. #SpringLove
  17. #FavoriteSeason
  18. #WaitingForSpring
  19. #SpringIsHere
  20. #ILoveSpring
  21. #SpringEquinox
  22. #SpringEquinox2022
  23. #AlmostSpring
  24. #SpringBreak
  25. #SpringBlooms
  26. #SpringGarden
  27. #GetOutdoors
  28. #SpringFun
  29. #SpringDress
  30. #SpringStyle
  31. #SpringCleaning
  32. #SpringWalk
  33. #SpringHike
  34. #FistHikeofSpring
  35. #FirstHikeoftheSeason
  36. #SpringVibes
  37. #SpringFling
  38. #SpringDestination
  39. #SpringVacation
  40. #SpringVacay
  41. #SpringSurprise
  42. #SpringChange
  43. #NewSpringNewMe

Happy Spring!

What is Ash Wednesday?

Did you ever notice around late February or early March, people walking around with an ash cross marking or smudge on their foreheads? Most people realize the ritual is part of a religious ceremony for the upcoming Lent season. Every year, 40 days without counting Sundays before the Easter holiday, Ash Wednesday occurs. Primarily a Catholic holiday, the day signifies the beginning of Lent or the Easter season.

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On Ash Wednesday, also known as the Day of Ashes, many churches hold special services. The sermons generally focus on repentance and prayer. Often the pastor or priest will provide long periods of silence for the worshippers to engage in personal devotion to confess sins.  

Using the ashes of palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday, the ashes not only symbolize death but also repentance. Many church attendees use the ceremony as a way to profess their love or recommit their lives to God before Easter. The priest or pastor says, “From dust you came and from dust you will return.” Then places the ashes on the person’s forehead.

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When Lent begins, many Christians will use the time for fasting and self-sacrifice by giving up specific luxuries. For example, a person may give up sugar or soda until Lent is over. Also, on Ash Wednesday and every Friday of Lent, faithful followers may forego eating meat.

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The rules of Ash Wednesday greatly depend on your personal faith. Many believe Ash Wednesday involves attending services, receiving the cross of ashes, quiet prayers, and personal reflection. No matter how you choose to begin the Lent season, the day should focus on a Christian’s personal spiritual beliefs and relationship with Christ.

Do you celebrate Lent? What traditions do you follow?

Photo Prompts for March

Are you ready for March? The month brings St. Patrick’s Day, Daylight Savings Time begins, and the first day of Spring? The time is perfect to get out and photograph the world around you. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for March.

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  1. Selfie
  2. Black and white
  3. World Wildlife Day! Photograph wildlife!
  4. Same subject, two different angles
  5. Landscape
  6. Emotion
  7. From a high angle
  8. From a low angle
  9. Close Up
  10. Distance
  11. Reflections
  12. Loved one
  13. Current view
  14. City lights
  15. Shadows
  16. Green
  17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
  18. Transportation
  19. Vintage or historical
  20. First Day of Spring! Sunrise or sunset.
  21. Nostalgic
  22. Warmth
  23. Cool tones
  24. Chaos or messy
  25. Water
  26. Trees
  27. Food/Beverage
  28. Signs
  29. Textures
  30. Strangers
  31. Photographer’s Choice

Have a great month!

Self-Care Ideas for March

Are you looking for ways to take better care of yourself? Engaging in daily self0care activities is beneficial to your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for March.

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  1. Accomplish one small goal today. Clean out your closet, mop your floor, or rearrange your room.
  2.  Commit to daily entries in a journal. Try writing in different locations. Go to your favorite café or sit outdoors.
  3. It’s World Wildlife Day! Grab your camera and spend time outdoors.
  4. Read quotes for inspiration. Copy your favorites to hang on the bathroom mirror or refrigerator door.
  5. Make hot cocoa or tea. Sip slowly and watch the sunset.
  6. Go to your favorite local bookstore or library. Browse the books to find a new favorite read.
  7. Wear your best dress clothes for no reason.
  8. Create a vision board.
  9. Spend time meditating or praying.
  10. Hang eucalyptus before taking a long, hot shower.
  11. Drink plenty of water. Remember at least 8 glasses daily.
  12. Stay off social media for a day. Unplug and enjoy.
  13. Daylight Savings Time begins. Create a local bucket list for spring.
  14. Enjoy a slow stroll through your favorite museum or art gallery.
  15. Grab a friend and take a dance class.
  16. Turn on your diffuser with your favorite scent to fill the room. Next, play classical music and enjoy the atmosphere.
  17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wear your favorite green shirt! Buy yourself a St. Patrick’s Day themed cookie, donut, or dessert from your local bakery.
  18. Try cardio drumming or other new workout routine.
  19. Listen to TED Talks or other inspirational videos on YouTube.
  20. It’s the first official day of Spring! Get outdoors! Go for walk or hike!
  21. Try a new craft. Pinterest has wonderful ideas for spring crafts.
  22. Order your favorite take-out food.
  23. Commit to breaking a bad habit.
  24. Spend an afternoon binge-watching your favorite movie or series.
  25. Go on an impromptu day trip.
  26. Go for a ride, turn up the radio, and sing to your favorite tunes.
  27. Create a playlist of songs from your high school days.
  28. Sort, print, and create a scrapbook with photos on your phone or memory card.
  29. Volunteer
  30. Write a letter to a friend.
  31. Get plenty of sleep, go to bed early, sleep in , or take an afternoon nap.

Journal Writing Prompts for March

March is here! The third month of 2022 is a great time to start or continue writing in your journal. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for March.

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  1. What do you hope to accomplish in March? Write at least 3 goals in each area of your life: personal, work, family, community, and church.
  2. How did February go for you? List your highs and lows for last month.
  3. It’s World Wildlife Day. What steps do you and your family take to help protect the wildlife and environment in your community? Is there anything else you could be doing?
  4. List 10 things that make you smile. Yes, you have 10 things that make you smile. Feel free to write more than 10.
  5. What is your safe place? Why do you feel secure at this location?
  6. What healthy habit or self-care activity do you want to start? Why? What is holding you back from beginning this task?
  7. When your time on Earth is over, how do you hope to be remembered?
  8. What life altering decision did you make in the past? How is it impacting your life today?
  9. Do you love your life? Job? Relationship status? Community? Why or why not? What areas need improvement?
  10. Write about a funny moment that has happened recently? Go into detail.
  11. What causes you to have anxiety or self-doubt? What steps can you take to improve your reaction?
  12. What is your biggest worry for the future? Why?
  13. Day Light Savings Time Begins! How does the change affect you? Does the time difference change your mood? Why or why not?
  14. Who is your current role model? Why?
  15. When you look outside today, how do you feel? Remember go into detail.
  16. When you look in the mirror, who do you see?
  17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Did you celebrate? Did you wear green? What did you do on this St. Patrick’s Day 2022? Go into details.
  18. Free write for 15 minutes. Write down anything that comes to mind.
  19. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would you pick? Why is this song important to you?
  20. The first official day of Spring? What were your weather conditions today? Did you get outdoors to enjoy the first day of Spring?
  21. What are 5 things you would like to do this spring?
  22. How do you respond to a situation when you do not get what you want? Or think you deserve more?
  23. What situation made you get out of your comfort zone recently? How did you handle the ordeal? Could you handle it differently? Why or why not?
  24. What is your favorite book to reread? Why do you always go back to this book?
  25. How do you respond to new ideas? Do you enjoy trying something new? Or do you prefer for things to stay the same? Why?
  26. What do you hope your life will be like in 7 years? What steps are you taking to achieve this goal?
  27. Write a letter to your teenage self. Next, write a letter to your future self.
  28. Write about a time in your life when you felt courageous.
  29. When you meet someone new, do you feel you are a good judge of character? Why or why not?
  30. Do you believe your life is being guided by a higher power? Why or why not?
  31. Writer’s choice.

Facts About Fat Tuesday

Today, March 1st is Fat Tuesday! When you are shopping at your local bakery or supermarket, you probably see signs for Paczkis and other rich treats for Fat Tuesday? Do you know the meaning of Fat Tuesday? For many, Fat Tuesday is a day of celebration and indulgence.

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Facts about Fat Tuesday

  1. More Than One Name: Fat Tuesday goes by many names including Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, and Pancake Tuesday. The French translation of Fat Tuesday is Mardi Gras.
  2. Significance of the Date: The holiday marks the last of Carnival and the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lenten season.
  3. Carnival Celebrations: The Christian carnival celebrations begin on the Epiphany and ends on Fat Tuesday.
  4. Time to Eat: During Lent, many people abstain from specific foods and other activities. For followers, Fat Tuesday is the last day to indulge. Many celebrate the day with delicious meals and extravagant desserts.
  5. Stricter In the Past: Faithful Christians would abstain from all meat, fatty foods, and rich indulgent treats throughout the Lenten season.
  6. Official Colors: The colors for Mardi Gras are purple, gold, and green. Purple stands for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.
  7. Floats and Parades: In New Orleans in 1857, floats became part of the Mardi Gras parade for the first time. But the parades date back to 1838. Anyone who rides a float must by law wear a mask.
  8. Popular Dessert: Selling over 500,000 yearly, theKing Cake is the most prevalent sweet of a Mardi Gras. Named after the three kings who travel to visit the baby Jesus, the King Cake is rich in flavor of vanilla and cinnamon. Hidden inside of the cake is a plastic baby, the finder has good luck for the year.
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How do you celebrate Fat Tuesday?

Drawing Prompts for March

It’s March! The month brings warmer weather, St. Patrick’s Day, and the first official day of Spring. March is often a rainy month. If you cannot get outdoors, spend time drawing. If you need inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for March.

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  1. Self-portrait
  2. Body of water
  3. Wildlife (It’s World Wildlife Day)
  4. Music
  5. Gnome
  6. Fairy
  7. Scene from your favorite book
  8. Scene from your favorite movie
  9. Silly face
  10. An object, but make it look alive.
  11. Windy
  12. Mountain range
  13. Volcano
  14. View through a window
  15. Leprechaun
  16. Pot of Gold and Rainbow
  17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Shamrocks!
  18. 3 of a kind
  19. Spots
  20. Stripes
  21. Rocket/Astronauts
  22. Something green
  23. UFO/Alien
  24. Creature
  25. Owl
  26. Trees
  27. Opposite
  28. Food or drink
  29. Family
  30. Friends
  31. Artist’s choice

Have a great month! Get creative!

Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Activities

St. Patrick’s Day usually brings large parades, community events, and other social activities. Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic restrictions mean the yearly events are canceled. Are you looking for last-minute activities to safely celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Check out the following St. Patrick’s Day ideas for you or your entire family to enjoy.

Make a Leprechaun Trap

St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete without tales of leprechauns. Use the tales as inspiration to make a leprechaun trap. Cereal boxes and craft materials are perfect supplies to build a trap. Get creative. Take photos and try to catch a leprechaun for his gold.

Shamrock Art

Draw, trace, or print a blank shamrock. Use the shamrock as a template.

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  • Paint or color the shamrock.
  • Glue glitter, split peas, yarn, sequins, macaroni, or other material to your shamrock. (If you do decide to glue items to your shamrock template, use card stock to print the outline)
  • Decorate and hang your shamrocks around the house.
  • Use your decorated shamrocks as placemats for a traditional Irish meal.

Traditional Irish Meal

Preparing a traditional Irish meal is one of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Pinterest has numerous recipes to follow. Whether you prepare the meal yourself or involve the entire family, try something new.

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  • Colcannon
  • Dublin Coddle
  • Irish Champ
  • Irish Lamb Stew
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Guinness Cake

Watch St. Patrick’s Day Movies

St. Patrick’s Day is a great day for family movie night. (Yes, you and your cat count.) Make popcorn, eat green candies or order pizza. And watch a great movie to celebrate the day.

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. Buy green carnations or pots of clover. Don’t forget to look for a lucky four-leaf clover.

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25 Quotes for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is only a few days away. Do you need a quote, blessing, or a toast for St. Patrick’s Day? Check out the following St. Patrick’s Day quotes and sayings for inspiration.

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  1. “St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic. —Adrienne Cook
  2. “May the roof above us never fall in. And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.”—Irish Blessing
  3. “Whether I drink often or just once in a while; I’m always sure to raise a glass to the dear old Emerald Isle.” — Pat Maloney
  4. “May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold—and at the end of your rainbows may you find a pot of gold.”—Old Irish Blessing
  5. “You gotta try your luck at least once a day because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.”—Jimmy Dean

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  6. “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”—Irish Blessing
  7. “May the blessings of each day be the blessings you need the most.” —Irish Blessing
  8. “Ireland is a land of poets and legends, of dreamers and rebels.” –Nora Roberts
  9. “Luck is not chance / It’s Toil / Fortune’s expensive smile / Is earned.”—Emily Dickinson
  10. “Here’s to you and here’s to me, I pray that friends we’ll always be, but if by chance we disagree, the heck with you and here’s to me.” — Irish Toast
  11. “The list of Irish saints is past counting; but in it all, no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick.” — Stephen Gwynn

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  12. “A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.” —Irish Proverb
  13. “Imagine if we were all magical leprechauns, and every wish ever made on a four-leaf clover obliged us to help others obtain their wishes. Now imagine if people simply lived like this were true.”—Richelle E. Goodrich
  14. “Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world that offers fewer and fewer supports.” —Kenneth Branagh
  15. “For the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’ March!” –Thomas Augustine Daly

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  16. “For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way: Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.”—Irish Blessing
  17. “Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.” –Pope John Paul II
  18. “Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.”—Norman Reedus, “The Boondock Saints”
  19. “Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck.” —Irish Proverb

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  20. “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.” — Irish Blessing
  21. “St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate our green heritage. The ancestry of Ireland. It is a day to celebrate what it means to be Irish and of Irish descent.” — Anthony T. Hicks
  22. “May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road downhill all the way to your door.” —Irish Blessing
  23. “There is luck in leisure.” —Irish proverb

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  24. “May you only grow old in the face, be treasured and cared for with grace.” —Irish blessing
  25. “I am of Ireland, / And the Holy Land of Ireland, / And time runs on’ cried she. / ‘Come out of charity / And dance with me in Ireland.” William Butler Yeats

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