Sweet potatoes! Linking up with Narci, Erika and Andrea, today for my Friday Favorites, 04.2020 post. Even though this is a weekly post for many of my blogger buddies, I’m just hoping to share my faves once a month, on the last Friday. And so far, so good. In case you missed it, please check out the goodies in last month’s Friday Faves, here.
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Friday Favorites 04.2020
This month’s favorites are a conglomeration of all kinds or real and virtual things. A couple of favorite blog posts I enjoyed this week, a couple of fashion purchases inspired by some blogging fashionista friends, and some ideas that I think are pretty cool. Let’s get started.
Favorite Organizational Product
One of my faves for this month is a thingamabob my sister Valerie bought first bought and shared with me. A hobby cart to help me reach my winter goal of decluttering and organizing my craft space. Yeah, I said winter goal! Actually did do a preliminary declutter of my craft supplies in the winter. But got down and dirty in there this week. And as a reward for my hard work, I ordered this cute Recollections red metal cart from Michaels. It is currently on sale, and comes in about a half-dozen colors.
Have been following along with Taylor’s 52 Weeks To An Organized Home. But we aren’t scheduled to tackle crafts until late October. With all this free time on my hands, I hated to wait. Besides, if this stay at home order is in place all summer, I will need to declutter and reorganize by then again anyway.
Favorite Fashion Find
During my blog reading earlier in the month, I fell in love with a look shared by Jess Jannenga at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish. For her Turning Heads link up, Jess paired a camo skirt with a green/yellow and pink floral blouse. I love the play between edgy and feminine, hard and soft.
Isn’t she just stunning? I was anxious to replicate her fabulous look. And in the post, Jess linked to her NYDJ skirt, but it was a little beyond my budget limits. Not to be deterred, I shopped until I found this Style & Co. camo skirt, on sale 30% off, at Macy’s.
I have several blouses I think will work. Which one do you like best?
So will shop my closet first, before buying something new. And then I will share my copycat look here with you.
Several Favorite Blog Posts
I have done a lot of blog reading this week. It has been uplifting for me to read about everyone’s reflections on and experiences with Covid-19. Brings us closer together knowing we aren’t dealing with this very lonely time all alone. Three posts this week especially resonated with me.
The first one was written by my Australian friend Deb at Deb’s World. The title of the post is What I Heard This Week. It made me think about the things I am hearing and not hearing during these very strange days.
Another post that spoke to me was written by my friend Laurie at Meditations in Motion. In her post Stubborn Hope Begin in the Dark, Laurie is very open about her struggles dealing with a feeling of panic and sense of fear that strikes her at unpredictable moments these days. I can relate. As I’ve shared here, Sunday and Thursday nights are my hardest times. Not really sure why those nights in particular. Maybe Sunday night because I am anxious about what the week will bring. And Thursday night because I am sad for what the weekend won’t hold?
My new friend Jennifer from My Ashes for Beauty wrote about how these days are beginning to run together. In her post Not Just Another Day, she reminds readers to not wish their lives away by focusing only on a future once the quarantine is lifted. Jennifer reflects on how each day is a new day, with new opportunities. Encouragement I needed to hear. Because I tend to forget to live in the present, in the moment.
Favorite Act of Love
My daughter Brennyn is a neo natal nurse in Ft. Worth, Texas. She is so dedicated to her patients and their families and works with a great group of day shift nurses who have become like family. One of Brennyn’s closest friends is Kathryn. And Kathryn is the subject of one of these Friday Faves.
For each holiday, Kathryn crochets hats or booties for the babies born in their unit during that special time. And then she sets up the sweetest backdrop and, with the new parents’ permission, Kathryn photographs those precious babies. Brennyn shared Kathryn’s Easter backdrop with me. And then Kathryn was kind enough to send me photos of the sets for several earlier holidays. Check these out!
Another act of love comes to us from El Paso Strong, an organization that came together after the August 3 mass shooting in our city. The El Paso Strong website provides much information, including statistics, health orders, FAQs about the coronavirus. And it was their recent suggestion that the city unite behind our medical professionals and first responders. How? By turning on lights on the exterior of their homes at 7:30 pm each Friday. Unite with Light.
Is something similar being done in your community?
Favorite Friday Funnies
Some of you guys find the best memes and gifs. I must not know where to look for them!! But stumbled across a couple of Covid-19 funnies this week. I bet all of you have seen them already but they were new to me. And gave me a laugh.
The DIY mask video had me rolling! I cannot sew, although my mom did so beautifully. She tried to teach me and I even took sewing lessons. But none of it ‘took.’ That might be why I found this so hilarious. It could be ME!!
We started tracking our Weight Watchers points this week. That’s funny on its own!! But PC was looking through the WW Connect feed and came across some great graphics about ‘AC’ – after Covid. Of course, when I tried to find them, I couldn’t. But came across this and thought it was cute.
And I will leave you with this parting pic.
What would be on this Friday Favorites 04.2020 list? Have you been doing any on line shopping? Found any special bargains? Resorted to cutting your own hair yet? Girls, mine is getting so long. And so gray. Sad state of affairs.
Off to change clothes so we can run. Trying a new route today. Hoping you have a pleasant weekend and are able to find a way to do some of the things you enjoy most…SAFELY!
Hugs and kisses,