Currently and a 35 at 35 Conclusion

It's the last day of my favorite month... sniff. April was pretty great, and I admit that I want spring to stretch on for as long as possible. I'm hoping that May continues with beautiful spring weather and doesn't hurry too quickly to summer. Because tomorrow is May first, I'm joining in Anne's monthly Currently link-up, as well as sharing how I did on my 35 at 35 list I created on my 35th birthday last year.

{currently: almost May}

April Daily Style: Spring Colors

After a few months of soft muted colors and neutrals, I was drawn to brighter colors for the start of spring. It started with my "accidental lavender" purchase, and from there I shopped my closet for the rest of my color palette. I settled on bright orangey-red, yellow, and lavender, adding a couple of new items along the way.

I don't think these colors work so well all together, but I found a way to incorporate them, mostly separately, all month. Here are my daily looks from April, most of which you may have seen on Instagram.

{yellow + classic prints}

Spring Family Style: Floral, Stripes, and Plaid

I'm in a season of life where convenience trumps everything when it comes to shopping. It's not the greatest place to be--I'd love to have more variety in brands, more ethically made items, and even more second-hand pieces, but right now that's just not where I choose to put my time. The result is I find myself at Old Navy (either the actual store or online) way more often than anywhere else, and dang it if they don't keep coming out with cute styles!

I was in there last weekend because Violet needed some spring clothes in a bad way, and EVERYTHING was on sale. Her little toddler belly was busting out of the few short-sleeve shirts she had. While there I decided to peruse the women's section to see if they had anything I could wear for Easter, and I stumbled on this yellow dress. 

You know I have a thing for yellow right now so after I tried it on I knew I found a winner. I'm happy to report that I did wear it for Easter, and for the first time in years I didn't have to wear tights (which wouldn't have looked quite right anyway with such a springy dress)! We had a lovely, relaxing Easter weekend. How about you, how was your weekend? 

What's your shopping style right now? 

On Violet: ruffled dress: OshKosh Genuine Kids, Target | sandals: Cat and Jack, Target
On me: lavender cardigan: Old Navy | yellow floral dress: Old Navy | earrings: Nickel and Suede | sandals: Catherine Malandrino, Marshall's
On Jona: plaid shirt: Cat and Jack, Target | navy pants: Old Navy | shoes: Old Navy (similar)

Sweet Peas Meals Review

At the end of February I signed up to try Sweet Peas Meals meal planning service. I love to cook and I actually do enjoy looking through recipes and choosing what to make each week, but it takes quite a bit of time (at least for me) and it was starting to become stressful. After reading Janssen's review on Everyday Reading, I thought Sweet Peas Meals may work for me as well.

Casual Spring Look with a Yellow Striped Top

My plan was to post our Easter outfits today, but I was a little late getting my shopping done. I finally did find something to wear, but not before writing this blog post. Next week I'll share our Easter outfits, but today I have something at the opposite end of the spectrum, a very casual spring look.

I complained about this top on Instagram, how I buy these tops with cute sleeves and then always cover them up because I'm cold! While I inevitably did put a jacket on later, I wanted to show off the sleeves here, otherwise it's just an ordinary yellow striped top. I've really been into sunny yellow lately, and I love how it instantly brightens up any look.

Speaking of brightening up, I got my hair freshly cut and colored over the weekend. It had been a while so it felt really good to get it done. Plus the wait time under the warm dryer with my book wasn't too terrible either. ;)

Do you usually get something new to wear for Easter (if you celebrate Easter)? 

Yellow striped top: Old Navy | jeans: American Eagle | earrings: Nickel and Suede | white sneakers: Converse

In My Library Tote: March Children's Book Reviews

I’m thankful that Jona enjoys being read to, because I have so much fun choosing picture books to read together. Sure, for every library book we read we also read one or two Lego/superhero books as well, but thankfully he accepts my “only one superhero book per read-aloud” rule. I keep telling him that once he’s reading on his own he can read about whatever he wants, but he remains reluctant about the whole concept (despite flying through his reading homework). Sigh. And Violet isn’t quite ready to graduate to non-board books yet, but hopefully soon I’ll be able to share the joys of library books with her as well. For now, I’m crossing my fingers that eventually I’ll have an enthusiastic reader plus a child who can be trusted not to use a book as a weapon/chair/coaster.

Lavender Cardigan + Chambray Dress

A couple of weeks ago I talked about the pitfalls of online ordering, and how I thought I ordered a pink striped shirt and got a lavender one instead. Old Navy's mix-up (because despite the shirt being called "pink stripe" it is VERY CLEARLY purple) turned out to be a blessing in disguise--I can't get enough of this color! I ended up going back to Old Navy and buying a lavender cardigan.

I'm going bright and bold with my color palette this month, mixing shades of lavender, poppy red, and bright yellow. I may not wear them all at once but something about the start of spring made me want to pull out all the colors.

What colors are you wearing a lot of this spring?   

Lavender cardigan: Old Navy | chambray dress: Gap (similar) | earrings: Nickel and Suede | gingham sneakers: Target (similar)

In My Library Tote: March Book Reviews

How do you track your reading? I mentioned in this month’s Currently post that I have been considering changing up how I track the books I read as well as those I read to my kids (mostly Jona at this point). In the past, I’ve used Goodreads to track my reading, although I use it strictly to track what I want to read, what I finish, and the star rating. I don’t post any reviews to Goodreads.

I also have a “book bullet journal” where I record more details about the books I read, such as the number of pages, genre of book, how I read it (e.g. audiobook, Kindle version, etc.) and more. In that same journal I also keep track of books I want to read to Jona (and sometimes Violet) as well as the books we read together.

If that sounds like a lot, it is, but in the past I have genuinely enjoyed this type of manual tracking. However, lately I’ve noticed that it’s felt more like a chore, and I’ve been thinking about a digital--yet not social--approach to my tracking. I created a Google Sheet with multiple tabs for my reading and kids books, and am going to test the waters there.

I’d love to hear about how you track your reading!

{what I read in march}

Currently: April

Happy April! I can't deny that this is one of my very favorite months of the year, which I'm sure is mostly because it's my birthday month. But I think even if I didn't have a birthday this month I'd be a fan of this first full month of spring. March is unpredictable, you never know if it will feel like winter or spring, but by this time, at least around here, it's finally starting to reach that ideal "light jacket and flats without socks" weather that I adore.

The beginning of the month also brings Anne's Currently linkup, so once again I'm sharing a few things I'm currently up to.