Pandemic Easter Syle: Wearing vs What I Wish I Were Wearing

Working from home and trying to teach and entertain my kids, I haven't had a lot of down time. I know that many have been forced to have down time that they didn't ask for, and still others, like healthcare workers, grocery store employees, and more, wish they could be quarantined at home with their families. I guess I'm saying that we're all in this together, but we're in it differently, and that's okay.

When I don't have time to escape to the world of books or baking, keeping up with a few favorite style bloggers has been a comfort. The ones I love post a mix of real-world, quarantine-friendly looks with "what I wish I were wearing" outfits mixed in. I know no one cares what I'm wearing right now, but taking a few minutes to pick out an "outfit," rather than just throwing on clothes, helps me stay sane.

Therefore, I wanted to share a style post in that same vein: what I wish I were wearing, and what I will actually wear... Easter theme.

If we were going to church (like the old days!) I would wear this dress I bought this fall, with wedge sandals to make it feel like spring. Instead, for watching church online and seeing what the Easter Bunny brought the kids, I'll wear a springy floral top with jeans (and shoes for this blog post, but you know I'll be barefoot or in slippers at home!).

Our Easter will be low-key and spent at home this year, and I'm okay with that. What are your Easter plans? What will you wear? 





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weekly highlights {13}

Last weekend I asked Jona, "What do you want to do today? We can stay home, we can stay home, or we can stay home." He thought that was absolutely hilarious. I'm glad he sees the humor, although I can tell it's hard on him not to see his friends and to have his schedule completely turned upside down. This has been hard on all of us, and we're all moody and on edge more frequently lately.

Focusing on the highlights helps, so here are some things I've been loving lately.

Jona and his 14-story Lego tower


{eating}

  • Banana bread - This never lasts long but I'm always glad I made it. 
  • Snickerdoodles - Cookies that don't involve chocolate rarely excite me, but these are pretty dang good! 
  • Hoisin Stir-Fry Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce - These were outstanding and packed with flavor! I will be making these again for sure. (I used ground pork and also left out the mushrooms--no one likes them. I also used peanut sauce I had leftover from another recipe.) 

{reading}

  • Mindset - I listened to this on audio and liked it okay. It's all about the growth mindset, and I do think she had a lot of great points. It just felt a bit long and repetitive. 
  • The Great Believers - What a beautiful book. I loved this, although it was heartbreaking. Don't pick this up if you need a light read right now, but if you can handle heavier themes I definitely recommend it. 

{listening}


{loving}

  • Project, Pantry, Purpose series on Dinner a Love Story - In each post, she shares a family project (often food-related), a pantry recipe, and a way to connect to the larger world. 

What have been some of your highlights lately? 

first quarter wins and {q2 goals}

As you know, I love planning and goal setting. I used to write monthly goal check-ins, but this year I've enjoyed breaking the year into quarters instead of months. I feel like the bigger chunk gives me more to work with.

Now that the first quarter is behind us, I'll share a few wins (goal-related and just all-around happy things) from these first three months, as well as what I'll be focusing on during the second quarter of 2020.

Photo by Ella Jardim on Unsplash

{quarter one wins}


  • Brunch date with the girls - I'm so glad we made this happen, even though it now feels like a million years ago. We had another girls day on the books for March, but thanks to our pal COVID that one had to be cancelled. 
  • Brewery tour date night with Aaron - This is another thing that feels like it happened so long ago, but since date nights will be in our house after the kids go to bed for the foreseeable future, I'm so glad we went all out in January. 
  • Jona is done with the eye patch - Throughout most of kindergarten and the beginning of first grade, Jona had to wear an eye patch for a few hours every day (and all day on weekends) to help correct his amblyopia (lazy eye). His vision in that eye has improved, and while he still has to have a thin film that covers that lens of his glasses, I think we can say goodbye to the patch. Woohoo! 
  • Made planning ahead a priority - This seems like a small thing, but it's made a big difference in my life. I'm a planner by nature, but better at short-term than long-term; I could tell you the list of all things I have going on tomorrow, but not so much next month. I've been making it a priority to look ahead to better prepare, and it's made an impact. 
  • Made progress on financial goals - Getting our finances back on track is a huge goal for us this year, and we made excellent progress during this first quarter. 
  • Yoga 5 days a week (most weeks) - I start my day with yoga every weekday, and I love it and look forward to it. I do Yoga with Adriene, and currently I'm working through her first 30 Days of Yoga challenge. 

{quarter two goals}


  • Make Easter special for the kids - Easter will be weird this year. But I want to make it fun and memorable for the kids, despite the things that they will miss, like the big egg hunt at our church. 
  • Take some time off work - I took very little time off the first part of the year, and the days I planned in March got derailed by (you guessed it) COVID-19. I know I'll need a break soon. 
  • Find balance while at home - During this weird time that everyone is home, I hope to be present as much as possible. I am still figuring out how to successfully work from home with both kids around, and at the same time I want to make sure Jona and Violet have some structure and learning time in addition to all this bonus play time they get to have together. 
  • Do some tech decluttering - I'm running out of Google storage so I need to take care of this asap. 
  • Clean out my closet - It's a disaster in there right now. It's not terribly messy, it's just full of stuff I don't wear yet haven't decided what to do with just yet. 
  • Have monthly date nights with Aaron - Even if they're just at home. Although I'm hoping by the end of the quarter we will be able to go out on an actual date! 
  • Plan ahead on my blog and make a schedule - I already do this somewhat, I would just like to be more detailed in my planning. 
  • Complete at least half of the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2020 Reading Challenge - I'm not always great about keeping up with reading challenges (since I read based on my mood and my library holds) but her prompts are pretty open-ended. I have a few ticked off, but want to continue. 
  • Take a walk at least 4 days a week - Ideally, that would be at least three times during the work week, and once on the weekend with my family. 
  • Eat more fruits and veggies - I feel like this is a constant goal for me. I was doing well bringing fruit with me to work to snack on, but now that I'm home it's not the first thing I reach for. 

What were some of your wins for the first part of the year? Is there anything you're hoping to accomplish in the coming months? 

weekly highlights {12}

Taking time to make a list of my favorite things from the week always feels good, but I need those little reminders now more than ever. I hope you find something new to enjoy too! Here are my picks from last week.

Wearing green for St. Patrick's Day! 

{eating}

  • Parmesan Chicken - I don't make parmesan chicken very often because for some reason in my head it's this complicated thing to make. But this recipe from Everyday Reading is pretty quick and easy and tastes delicious! 
  • Goat Cheese Guacamole Burgers - A few of my favorite things combined into one? Yes please. This recipe is pretty extra, with caramelized onions, guac, two cheeses, and BBQ mayo, but I made them simpler with just the stuffed burgers and guacamole, and they were still amazing. 
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - Classic. Comforting. Yum. 

{listening} 

  • From the Front Porch podcast: Playlist Meets Booklist - I loved this mashup of books and music on one of my favorite book podcasts. (I know, I have a new favorite book podcast every week.) 

{reading}

  • We Don't Eat Our Classmates! - We stocked up on some library books right before they closed and this is one of the ones we got. Both Violet and Jona think it's hilarious. 

{loving} 

  • The generosity I've seen during this pandemic - So many companies are making their resources free right now to help parents teach their kids while at home. We've been loving the daily lessons on Scholastic but plan to check out more of what's out there next week. 
  • Jona's thoughts on skills
    • After missing several shots in the basketball hoop in his room, Jona tells me, "You just need to aim for the white square." I tell him, "I know buddy, I'm just not that great. But that's okay, I'll live." Jona says, "Yeah, you don't die from not being very good at something. Well, I guess if you're not good at driving a car you could get into a car crash. Then you might die." 

{shopping}

  • Favorite leggings from Amazon - My coworker turned me on to these inexpensive, yet pretty well-made leggings last year. I have them in black but just ordered this space dye dark blue pair. They're nice and thick and they have a pocket! 

I'd love to hear some of the things you've been loving lately!