I spent the weekend helping my mom makeover my little sister's bedroom before she returns from her first year of college later this week. I can't wait for her to be around this summer because we've got a few big projects planned (her room makeover being one of them). I made sure to document the before and after and will be sharing more about that in the future!
This may be my last weekend link roundup for a while. You may also notice some changes in Tuesday Tunes during the month of May. That's not to say I won't be sharing links worth reading and music worth listening to on my blog anymore, but I am planning to switch up the format a bit to focus on quality vs quantity of my posts. I really hope you'll enjoy it.
Along the same lines, I've planned out a full months of posts and I hope to stick to my new posting schedule. You can look for new blogs on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays during the month of May! I've never been this organized going into the month before. I've already spent some time brainstorming and writing posts ahead of time. May is my birth month (I'm just barely a Gemini) and it's shaping up to be quite a busy one. I can't wait to share with you all the fun things we have planned as they unfold.
I finished reading Closer to the Ground today and I'm planning to start The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo this month. My friend Michelle clued me in that she was able to "borrow" the e-book through her library so I decided to see if our local library offered the same service. It turns out they do! I can check out books on my iPad using the cloudLibrary app. I'm excited to save money and waste less as I continue working towards my Goodreads Challenge.
Okay, I think that's enough updates for now... on to the links!
Last weekend my sister and I went to Earth Day at Phinizy Swamp and Nature Park to check out the Half-Moon Outfitters tent and see my friend Alyssa's artwork. Alyssa Beck is an incredibly talented local artist and I can't imagine a more fitting place for her to set up a booth than 1. outside at the swamp and 2. as part of an Earth Day celebration. Capturing the beauty of nature is what her artwork does best! I snagged one of Alyssa's prints of Tennessee and a sweet cyanotype bandana (see photos at the top of this post). I've really been digging the bandana trend this season. I've been wearing them around my neck and tied to my leather handbags for a little extra pizzaz. I'm lucky to know so many girls that are out there perfecting their craft and I'd love it if you checked out her online shop. Makers gonna make!
I loved Amy's post 30 Things I've Learned By 30. There are so many good tips to take away that can make a huge impact in your life! I saw a few that I need to work on before I get to the big 3-0!
Mara wrote about using "one touch" as a way to simplify and stay organized. I can see this completely transforming the way I run our household. Because why not hang up the shirt instead of placing it on the chair? And why not put the shoes on the shelf instead of a huge, messy pile on the floor? For me, it's like asking yourself why put off for later what you can accomplish today? This is something I am going to try my best to be more mindful of this week. I'll let you know how it goes!
What have you been reading this week?