Hello, dearhearts, and Happy last week of April! I hope you had a great Easter! As I mentioned on Instagram, my sons won more than a few bonus points for surprising us on Easter Sunday. The story was that they were too weighed down with homework and studying to make the trip home, but low and behold, they showed up right out of the blue–our own Easter surprise! The likelihood that I squealed to high heaven with delight?! One hundred percent.
Anyhoo, can we take a moment to commemorate another April delight?
Glory be and hallelujah, the temps have felt like bonafide spring, and your girl is HERE FOR IT. Lord willing, there isn’t a snowstorm or crazy winds hanging off the end of the forecast. I’ll take all the rain we can get though.
In other news, we are almost one month out from my baby girl’s graduation, and I have some feelings about it. I mean, we enneagram 2’s have feelings about anything and everything, and you can bet this is no different. I’m doing well though! Faith is neck deep in tennis season right now, so that along with work and other family responsibilities are keeping me busy! On that note, I want to share some things that are blessing me big time this month. Without further adieu. . .
The Gilded Age Soundtrack: Last month, I sung the praises of the show, and this month I encourage you to check out its soundtrack. Of course, I have a fondness for movie/show soundtracks, and I realize that’s not the case for everyone. But if you enjoy them as well, then you’ll like this. Between the driving strings and the banter between dramatic pieces and more lighthearted ones, this soundtrack has a range of orchestral delights!
Spring Playlist: Speaking of soundtracks, I put this mellow, instrumental soundtrack together last year, and I still like it! Maybe you will like it, too?
WayMaker by Ann Voskamp: If you read March’s newsletter, you know I sung the praises of this book. Just last night, I told a friend who’s going through a hard time that this book speaks LIFE into each and every hard time we face. I’m reading it each morning for an allotted period of time, and it’s hard for me not to keep reading and reading and reading because it’s so dang good. If you’ve ever had expectations that fell short or struggled to get a hopeful perspective following devastating loss, you’ll relish Ann’s words here.
Pesto Chicken Salad Croissants: We had these for dinner last night, we’ll have the leftovers again tonight, and we’ll surely have them again sometime down the road. Everyone loved them, and they’re SO quick and easy to make.
Creamy Lemon Risotto with Asparagus: This is a newly discovered meal that I made, and my family praised me at the city gates for it. I’ll definitely be making this one again, too! (Can you tell we like Mediterranean flavors??) One note: I added shredded rotisserie chicken to ours.
b.o.c. Gia Clogs : I originally found these shoes at another site for about ten bucks cheaper, but they’re completely sold out there. I did find this pair on Amazon that are different but similar, and HOW CUTE ARE THEY?! In spite of their open heels, they look more wintery to me. But they are pretty!Anyway, I wore them over the weekend, and dang it if they aren’t awfully cute! I would say they probably run true to size, which means I had to add cushioned pads inside my size 11 pair because they were a bit too wide for me. But now they fit my ocean liner feet just fine!
Nordic Naturals Nordic Berries Multivitamin: Listen, convincing my kids, no matter their age, of the importance of regularly taking their multivitamin has largely been an unsuccessful venture for me. But these particular multivitamins, which won a bunch of “quality vitamin awards,” are well received and don’t taste too badly. They are covered in sugar crystals to keep them from sticking to one another, so they have a bit of a caloric content. And that fact probably explains why they taste good for a chewable multi! But hey, that just means I can call them dessert! (Heh.)
Mrs. Meyer’s Daisy Scented Multi-Surface Spray: Generally, I don’t like a lot of floral-scented items because floral scents can be so dang strong. But this is light, refreshing, and hints of spring. I love it, and I love Mrs. Meyer’s products in general. I usually order them through Grove Collective because I can get them for cheaper than I can at the store.
That’s all for today, dearhearts. Sending you lots of love today!
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