Welcome to the second installment regarding my monthly favorites.
Almost nothing makes me happier than the transition of winter to spring, as sunlight melts away traces of snow and the grass dazzles in shades of green.
April was a productive month, compared to March’s travel and adventure themes. I was extremely busy; at work, we have more clients (including the Redstone Castle, which I spent the night at, eeeek!), I wrote more than usual, and I had lots of mid-week meetings. Personally, I undertook a huge home office redesign project, hosted my parents for a fun-packed weekend, and got back into the swing of regular exercise, healthy eating, and better attention to skin care.
Blog-wise, I was able to dedicate a lot more time engaging and networking, which was ultimately reflected positively in my own page views and engagement. April has shown steady growth, and I’m all about it.
Here are my top picks for the month of April.
Music: Billie Eilish
When I first heard Billie Eilish about a month ago, I was blown away by her sound and voice. A quick Google search later, and my jaw was on the floor—a 17 year old girl?! Her sound is sophisticated and brilliant, and it blows my mind how young and established she is.
This month I rediscovered the hype with her new album. Ohmygod, I’m into it. “Bad Guy” is officially my favorite song at the moment. Even though I definitely can’t relate to a single word or the persona described, this song allows for a brief escape. When I hear these lyrics, sang by her enticing voice, I am that b.
TV Show: Catastrophe
Catastrophe is a British sitcom that follows two single people who have coupled after an unexpected pregnancy following a London business trip fling. It’s created, written by, and stars Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, who are comedic geniuses and the unlikely protagonists you’ll love to root for, despite (and maybe because of) all their flaws.
We crushed through the final season, available on Amazon Prime, and loved it. It’s sharp, a little awkward, and worth a quality binge.
Starbucks Drink: Vanilla Latte
Look, I’m brand-spankin’ new on the coffee scene. I’ve finally added a new drink to my previous chai-only Starbucks order: a vanilla latte with an extra pump of vanilla. Is it basic? You bet. But I’m branching out, slowly getting my caffeinated feet wet. This drink is a nice, classic blend of sweet and espresso-y.
Product: Coconut Water Sleep Mask
This month, I used a Sephora sleep mask. I’d never tried one out before, so it was fun to apply the gooey mix to my skin and fall asleep knowing I was doing something to benefit my skin. I went with the Coconut Water option, which left my face feeling refreshed and moisturized in the morning. My favorite part is probably the $2 price tag, in addition to the multiple-night use, which made it a guilt-free purchase.
Boozy Escapade: Casey Brewing & Blending
Chad’s birthday gift to me was a tour at Casey Brewing & Blending, a local gem that houses one of the world’s top-ranked beer masters, Troy Casey. His fruited beers are sour (made with 99% Colorado local products), and have earned various awards for their tang and taste.
Their taproom visit is one of my most cherished activities to do in Glenwood Springs, by far. It’s a treat, especially for me as a sour beer lover, and their brews are probably my favorite to date.
Cultural Phenomenon: Game of Thrones
Winter is here, y’all. And I, along with the rest of pretty much anybody, could not be more excited.
After a two year hiatus, Game of Thrones is back. The thrill is real, and I’ve been buzzing with excitement all of April, especially on April 14. I could consider GOT to be a show to watch, but if we’re being honest, it’s so much more than that. Sure, it’s damn good television. But it’s a culture. It’s a community. It’s a movement. It’s a tidal wave of emotion, humor, and connection that we’re all going to mourn after this final season. But for now, it’s a highlight of the past month. Welcome back, my long-lost love. Brb, bending my knee.
And that rounds out April favorites! Thanks for tagging along on my pursuit of sunshine.