January to February (Ways to Enjoy the Winter Months)

Happy weekend and welcome to the Saturday Spotlight!  Each week, I like to highlight a different theme or topic to inspire you.  So…how did your January go?  After beginning 2022 feeling optimistic, I ended up getting sick with Covid…ugh.  I’m totally fine now but the past two weeks were not fun.  In fact, I didn’t even bother with the blog since I was so tired and had no creativity whatsoever… So much for January, right?!  Well, I’m back on track and still have high hopes for the year.  Now as we transition from January to February, I’ll share some ideas to enjoy what’s left of the winter months.

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January to February Decorating:

Embrace the coziness of your home on winter days…

Whether you’ve been under the weather or just don’t feel like dealing with the weather, if you make your home cozy, it can be a little easier to get through the winter months.  Each year, I pull out some some simple winter decor to warm up my spaces.  After all, our homes can end up looking a little bare after all the Christmas decor is packed away.

Stove with white mantel decorated for winter - January to February decor

Winter Decorating Inspiration with Pine Cones and Candles

Valentine’s Day Planning and Decorating:

Besides decorating specifically for winter, it can be fun to add some festive Valentine’s Day decorations in February…

On those dreary winter days, a little color can brighten your spirits.  Here are a few Valentine’s Day Ideas…

Pink tulips and white dishes - Valentine's Day vignette

Once we flip the calendar from January to February, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  For those procrastinators out there, here are some Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas!  

Red and white tablesetting Valentine's Day - January to February decor

Comfort Food for January to February:

During the winter, we all seem to crave comfort food…

My family loves when I add our Best Ever Chili recipe to our winter dinner rotation.

chili recipe in white bowl

If you’re planning to invite guests over to watch football, this is a great recipe to make for a crowd!

TV Shows to Watch this Winter:

Watch these while you relax on chilly evenings (or recover from being ill)…

While sick in bed for days, I made the mistake of watching too many news shows.  Between Covid updates, violent crimes and the basic state of the world, the news was doing nothing to boost my mood.  Seriously, I had to break away and change the channel!

Luckily, these shows cheered me up:

The Amazing Race – Up until this season, I’d never watched this show.  Then I heard Penn and Kim Holderness (of the Holderness Family) were joining the cast and I just had to watch.  If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed that I adore them and their hilarious family videos.  Anyway, I started watching the Amazing Race to cheer them on and now I love the show.  Not only is it fun to watch the contestants race around the world but I love the way they support each other.  After years of watching all the back stabbing reality shows like Survivor, I was tired of that drama.  While I’m sure there will be some drama here and there, the Amazing Race gives off a more positive vibe.  It’s the perfect escape and a great way to forget all the depressing things going on in the world.  If you haven’t checked out the show, I highly recommend you do!

The Drew Barrymore Show – Although I’ve never been a fan of daytime TV (unless it’s a decorating show), I now adore watching Drew!  She’s so adorable and her approach to life is so refreshing. She’s down to earth, she’s a huge animal lover and she’s just so kind and likeable.  Give her feel-good show a try!

February Shopping Ideas:

Embrace the winter months with these shopping finds…

Stay warm and cozy this winter with one of a plush throw…


Embrace the winter with these snowy art prints…winter art to transition from january to february


Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day, pretty watercolor wrapping paper will make your gift even more special!

champagne wrapping paper for Valentine's Day

So soft and feminine…and if you like this look, you’ll love her whole Valentine’s collection!

For even more ideas to transition from January to February, here are some finds from around the internet:

Hopefully, some of these ideas will help you make the most of these chilly winter months!

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I hope you’re getting some value out of my Saturday Spotlight posts each week.  If there is anything specific you’d like me to highlight in the coming weeks, please let me know.  

How are you spending these winter months?

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  1. Hi Shelley… glad to hear you are feeling better. I lucked out – I had a mild case. LOVE that wrapping paper! I would love to use it as wallpaper. Have you started shoveling yet? Hope it wasn’t too bad for you! Stay healthy.

    1. You must feel relieved that you had a mild case! Luckily, my fever didn’t last long but the “blah” feeling definitely lingered. We dodged the worst of the snow storm where we live. It ended up being more of a coastal issue. Stay well, my friend!

  2. Oh, Shelley, I’m so sorry you got Covid! I hope the rest of the family is okay, and glad that you are feeling better. Thanks for all the “cozy” tips – believe it or not, I could use them here in Florida these last couple of days, where the early morning temperatures were in the 30s!

    1. Thanks Amy – luckily we’re all better now. The whole family had it and it was basically a cold for the kids. Stay warm down there!

  3. I ;liked your post. Glad you are wll. The last few weeks, recovering from several proecdures with ‘tight light’ anesthesia. Sitting by the fire and trying not to watch too many imtense crime shows! I liked Hawkeye on Disney. The Amazing Race is fun. I don’t like the negativity of Survivor. I got a end of Jan post up! Thankfully. Mostly, we are just hunkering down It is so cold.

    1. Thanks – and yes, sitting by the fire sounds like a great way to spend these cold winter days. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  4. Iโ€™m so sorry you were hit with Covid, but very glad you made taking care of yourself a priority! Also glad you were not in the direct path of that coastal storm! I canโ€™t wait to wander around some of your winter decor posts as well as the links you included. In some ways, winter decorating is fun; the only โ€˜rulesโ€™ are make it cozy and snug.

    1. Thanks Kristine – all better now! I hope you enjoy my winter decor posts…I agree, coziness is key!

  5. These are great tips for cheering up! Our weather in Phoenix is amazing this time of year, it would be so hard to live somewhere cold and gloomy in the winter! Although, come summer, I might wish that I did!

  6. Hope you’ll continue to enjoy better health as we head through February toward Spring. The tulips and red roses in the photos lend such a welcome pop of color against the backdrop of winter decorating. Visiting from Grace at Home link-up. Tried to pin to Pinterest – clicked on a couple of the photos – but got an error message. Sorry

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