Encouraging Hearts and Home & April Monthly Musings

Another month has come and gone and while there were times this month felt like it was 365 days long in and of itself it's still amazing to me that we are already starting the 5th month of our year.  May tends to be one of my favorite months as it usually means warmer weather, budding trees, and the more time spent outside.  It's typically when we're finishing up our school year and looking for some fun things to do.

Before we get to today's link up, I wanted to participate in this month's musings:

1.  My 5 must have items for spring and summer include sandals/ flip flops, tank tops in a variety of colors, sunglasses, books!, and sunscreen/ bug spray.

2. My favorite foot wear is definitely flip flops.

3. It's not easy transitioning my wardrobe from one season to the next since our weather tends to be all over the place in spring (I was wearing a turtleneck and wool sweater on Monday)... but I usually start with short sleeves and flip flop with my pants and jeans and maybe even a cardigan before it warms up enough to add in capri pants and shorts.

4. My favorite colors tends to be all shades of blue and teal.

5. I like Lily Pulitzer but don't own one single item.. I'm sure it's not all that surprising that I like her blue tones: Toile Me About it and Beach Happy.

6. I don't own white jeans... in fact I'm not sure I've ever owned white jeans (or shorts or bottoms).

7. Staying at home I have been wearing the same things as usual since I've pretty much always stayed home.  I have worked really hard to keep life feeling as normally as possible. 

8.  I'd say I'm pretty tied with both the maxi dress and romper; wearing them occasionally but not very often and owning only 1 of each.

9. Flip flops; my answer is always flip flops!  :)

10. I haven't made any banana bread this month since I don't eat it but I do have a favorite Betty Crocker recipe I use to make it for my husband and oldest son (often with peanut butter cups, chocolate chips or other mix-ins added in).  

 Now, for This Week's Encouraging Hearts & Home Blog Hop!

Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

The post with the most views from last week:

Gardening and Foraging by Learning Curve

Some of my favorites from last week:

How to Tie Dye a Sweatshirt by Love My Little Cottage

Backyard Sanctuary by Penny's Vintage Home

Use the form below to share your family-friendly posts this week, and please consider these nice things you can do:
  • Follow and/or subscribe to your host's blog.
  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!
  • Check out our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board where each host pins her 10 favorite posts each week.
  • Join us every Thursday!
  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Linda at Apron Strings & Other Things!

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  1. I love blue too....it is such a soothing color and yes...Amen to flip flops! Even though you haven't made banana bread, you have made such other delicious treats and always make my mouth water! :) Thanks for linking up!

  2. Thanks for joining us for Monthly Musings. Flip flops are the Best!

    Stay well,

    1. They sure are! I typically will wear them right up until our first snowstorm.

  3. Thanks so much for continuing to host during this health crisis, spreading beauty, laughter and information!! Stay Safe, Healthy and Happy!!

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    1. My boys and I were so happy to put ours on yesterday.. even if it might be a few more days before we can wear them again.

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    1. They're the best! My husband and mother in law are always amazed that I even wear them all day/week at Disney. To me, they are the most comfortable shoes ever.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful posts with us.

  7. My first Lily Pulitzer purchase was made at Goodwill. A skirt for $3.99! I have since added a few other things but I always buy them on clearance with birthday money. I have a hard time believing it's the 5th month of the year too!

  8. Thank you for hosting this link party for us to share our ideas and thoughts. It is such a nice diversion from all the changes that have happened in our lives lately. I wish you much health and happiness in the coming week!


    Tee @ Teediddlydee.


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