Back in December, I said that if this was a truly truly honest monthly favorites, I would just post image after image of my nieces and nephew.
Won’t, lie. Different month, same favorites.
This month is different though, because I get to add a new little one to the mix! I’m a new friend-auntie, and, even better, it’s a new baby that’s less than ten minutes away. This is a happy change from most of my niblings, who are across the country and challenging to cuddle continuously. I’m looking forward to a whole month of newborn cuddles!
March was lovely though, because I trekked across the country, finished a ton of reading, and snuck in a tiny vacation to Charlottesville, Virginia (inspired by this post from A Touch of Teal).
Here’s a quick wrap up of some of my favorite posts from the last month for a re-read:
- Bookish Musings | Polyamorous Reading?
- 3 Short STory Collections to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
- Kids Read With IBC | Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!, by Atinuke and Lauren Tobia
And now, time for some non-book goodies I’ve been loving this month!
When I made my cross-country trek for the holidays, I realized that my luggage just wasn’t holding up any more. Huge surprise, considering that I’ve literally hauled that $50 roller bag to three different continents and back and forth across the U.S. at least half a dozen times.
Time for an upgrade! I did my reasearch, and landed on this killer bag from Timbuk2, a brand I used when I was in college and loved. It’s a clamshell design, which means it has two equally sized compartments inside, along with smaller zippered pouches for easy access. It’s also really lightweight, so I didn’t struggle to get it into the overhead compartment. Brilliant.
Why didn’t I know these were a thing? I’ve perpetually suffered from brown sugar that turns rock solid. I know I should be better at adulting than just tossing brown sugar in the trash, so, again, I did my research and found these little guys!
These little clay bears just get soaked in warm water, then you nestle them in the brown sugar, and voila! No hard sugar. Seriously. For weeks. When they dry out, you just soak them again, and start over.
Does this need an explanation? Maybe for those of you without kiddos! I love buying goodies for newborns, and tag blankets are a must have. They aren’t for keeping baby warm, just for fun. Kiddos love grabbing on to the little tags hanging off. It also includes a hook so you can attach it to a carseat, stroller, or bouncing chair.
That this one is Harry Potter themed is all the better. And perfect for my friends who are both HP-obsessed and new parents!
Puzzle people might know the name Ravensburger, since they’re the folks that make some of the most detailed and beautiful puzzles out there. This is a fun strategy game by the puzzle people, along the lines of Carcassonne or Patchwork. Players collect victory points through trading, farming, building cities, and research. It’s all based on midevial France, which makes for a fun historical take. Did I nerd enough for you?
Okay, this isn’t the exact S’well water bottle I have. Mine came from Planned Parenthood and says “We Won’t Go Back” (similar one here). The water bottle, however, is really worth it. It’s a straightforward stainless steel bottle, but it is weirdly aesthetically pleasing, and super effective. It keeps water cold for ages, and is easy enough to clean – my two priorities. This has been sitting on my desk all month helping me check off that resolution to drink more water!
Here’s to less traveling in April.
Time for a break to stay at home and focus on getting things done. And all that spring cleaning I put off in March. Whoops!