Encouraging Hearts and Home: January Enjoyment

January can feel like such a long month here in New England.  The weather is often cold, snowy, icy, or rainy and we feel like we're stuck inside for days on end.  Rather than complain my way through the month though I try to find ways to enjoy it.  Reading good books, focusing on some craft projects or puzzles, eating delicious and warm comfort foods, organizing the house or tackling small home repairs are all fun ways to help pass the time.  

And Now, It's Time for This Week's Encouraging Hearts & Home Blog Hop!  


Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

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Some of my favorites from last week:

Our New Charleston Style Home by Love My Little Cottage

Use the form below to share your family-friendly posts this week, and please consider these nice things you can do:

  • Follow and/or subscribe to your host's blog.
  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!
  • Check out our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board where each host pins her 10 favorite posts each week.
  • Join us every Thursday!
  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Linda at Apron Strings & Other Things!

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  1. Awww thanks for featuring my recipe! So true about January- I am with you girl. Sharing a soup recipe today because I have been craving it to keep warm!

  2. In my neck of the woods, we're stuck inside the house for weeks or months, not days. And it's been a miserable month, with bone chilling temperatures. My weekly bible study has been cancelled twice this month already because of severe cold. Bring on spring!

    1. We haven't had a January this cold in awhile. Thankfully we do get a warmish (30 degree) day at least once a week and as long as the wind/ windchill doesn't make it unbearable I do force myself to get outside. I really do start to feel stir crazy after a bit.

  3. Ready for some snow that sticks around! Mud season after mud season here on the Mid Coast!

    1. Can't find the link up, but will check back later...

    2. Oh that is a bummer; mud is no fun to deal with when it's ongoing.

  4. Craft projects and warm comfort food sounds like the perfect combination!

  5. I happen to love January, after all the busyness of December. For me, it’s a relaxing, cozy time. Thanks so much for hosting, Joanne!

  6. I agree with Kitty about how January is a quiet month to settle down. It's great to have hobbies like blogging and crafts to keep us busy. I hope you stay warm and cozy and enjoy the weekend.

  7. January feels like a long month here too. I am putting no pressure on myself and I am taking things easy just doing nice, fun things to keep me happy.
    What a fab collection of posts x

  8. It's Summer here in Australia although it's been a very mild one, this week has even been cold!

    1. We had lots of cold spells during our summer too; I can remember huddling around the heater wearing multiple layers at our 4th of July picnic where we are usually in the lake cooling off!


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