Friday, April 28, 2017

Things I Like - April

My monthly round-up of 5 things I'm liking, with a few affiliate links sprinkled in.  Thanks for helping support the blog!. =)  See more here!

1) Tulips

I'm a huge fan of spring and the nice weather and being outside and the flowers and everything is so pretty.  Tulips have been my favorite flower (maybe tied with blue morning glories...but those aren't out yet), especially in pink.  They were in my wedding bouquet!  (Which still sits on our dresser, gathering dust, being able to keep it is the big reason we did fake flowers.)  I used to have bulbs planted but the stinker (since we don't say stupid, due to a 4 year old repeating everything we say BUT I can say that here) squirrels must have eaten them all.  I bought a few potted bulbs this spring and it's totally been worth the $8 or whatever I paid total.  Spring flowers really do make me happy.

2) The Hollars

I got this from the library a few weeks ago and I'm so glad I did.  It was sweet and charming and made me cry, even though I was really trying not to (I am a crier, it's fairly easy to make me cry.  BUT STILL.)  Just a nice story about a family going through a tough time.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

3) The Happy House with Jamie Ivey podcast
I had listened to a few episodes of this podcast on and off over the last year but really got hooked and subscribed maybe in February?  It's one of my favorites and, as I mentioned, I save the new episodes to listen to on my weekly commute.  Jamie is a great interviewer and has nice chats with women about life and faith and family (and usually whatever book they have coming out soon).  It really does feel like chatting (listening) with girlfriends.  And, she's seemingly interviewed almost the author of every faith based self-improvement book I've read lately including Emily Ley, Shauna Niequist, Alexandra Kuykendall, as well as a few more on my TBR that I'm saving for when I finally get the books AND a few of my favorite podcasters like Anne Bogel (What Should I Read Next?), Jamie Golden (The Popcast), and Tsh Oxenreider (The Simple Show).  I've listened to a lot of back episodes of this.  And enjoyed them all.

4) Old Navy Mid-Rise Rockstar Skinny Jeans

I mentioned in my spring shopping post that I had bought these distressed jeans but I don't know that I had actually worn them yet when I wrote that post.  Now I have, multiple times, and they have quickly become my favorite.  I got them on sale for maybe $17 and they are long enough (on me) that I can roll up the bottoms, which feels more casual?  I don't wear distressed jeans to work but they are my favorite for running errands or play dates or doctor appointments or whatever.  So comfortable AND they are sized large so I had to order down TWO sizes for ones that fit well.  That means I am wearing a size I may have never worn before which might be a marketing tactic but I still find rather exciting.  I don't often get this excited about jeans.

5) Brooklyn
I read this book maybe last year some time and I liked it but didn't love it.  I thought the movie was much more suited for the slower pace of the story.  It's about a girl from Ireland who doesn't have much going for her there so a priest sponsored sending her to work in New York.  She gets a job and lives in a boarding house and meets a boy.  It's sweet and charming. It takes place in the 1950s and feels like it tells the story of people in that time so well.  I really enjoyed it.  (I really like that we can put movies on hold at our library now!  I'm seeing movies much quicker now!  And by that I mean sometime after they come out on DVD...)

What have YOU been liking this month?  Besides the obvious, spring.  I don't know anyone who doesn't like that!

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