If you’ve been reading sally cooks, you know that I love North Carolina, especially the Durham and Chapel Hill areas. I went to grad school in Chapel Hill and this is where I met my soul sister, Laura when I worked with her at The Women’s Center. I miss her dearly and I can’t wait to be back in the same city with her when Joe and I make our way South.
Laura and I share a love of gardening, long walks, frozen-yogurt, non-profit work, bargain shopping, breakfast at Elmo’s diner, reading, reality TV and babies. Laura is a beautiful person inside and out with an amazing eye for design and homestyle. She is a devoted wife and mother to the cutest little boy you’ve ever seen, and such a good friend. Today I’m excited to share her Spring Must-dos for the Triangle area.
L: Inspired by Sally’s Spring Must (or Want!) Dos, I got crackin’ on my own list. Last spring I was gigantically with-child and missed quite a few things I would normally be diving into for Spring.
I’ll start with my must- visits… the Triangle is seriously rich in activities…here are my favorites!
- Duke Gardens. Although I am a gumshoe gardener, I am inspired each spring to bring more color and depth to my own (fledgling!) perennial bed. A yellow bearded Iris from my garden:
- Sister’s Garden on Gimghoul Road in Chapel Hill. Again, this sweet, enviable home garden lends inspiration! All pictures from: http://sweetbay103.blogspot.com/2011/01/twin-sisters-garden.html
- Logan’s in Raleigh or Stone Brothers in Durham: my favorite garden shops!!
- Raleigh Flea Market. Ok, truly I could hit this gem any time of the year. But nothing beats a beautiful day spent strolling around hunting for treasures. Hitting the homemade lemonade stand is a must!
- Durham Farmers Market
- Durham Bulls game!
- Walking. It is my favorite form of exercise, and my favorite loop- Duke’s Buehler Trail– has intimidated me since having a c-section last summer. No more!
- Deep Spring cleaning!!! This is always on my list, but we are moving into a new house in the next few months, and I LOVE moving. Seriously. A chance to purge (moving makes me way more cut-throat!) and organize a whole new space renews my soul.
- Start eating like I feed….It recently occurred to me I provide the BEST for my son, nothing processed, organic when possible, etc. Why do I not do that for myself?!? An example meal for Leo: mashed sweet potatoes with a little organic yogurt, strawberry slices, steamed broccoli and carrot rice cakes for dessert. A Spring Reset seems like the perfect time to get the whole family eating better (see #5- Durham Farmer’s Market here we come!).
- Relax and enjoy the season. Everyone says babies grow so fast…and now it is reality. Leo’s first birthday is just around the corner and I want to soak up every last second of this first year as it comes to a close.