Things We Loved: Spring Break

We’ve been talking neuroscience and brain stuff for the last month, so now it’s time for a little brain break. For our last post before Spring Break, here is our latest Things We Loved.

Mary’s Loves

For me, March has been checking in with the goals I set at the start of the year. A lot of household purging has reduced the clutter to a manageable level. I’ve been drinking a ton of water and staying active, but I haven’t quite gotten into the rhythm of getting a consistent night’s rest (it’s still a work in progress). Aside from that, here’s what I’ve been up to:

Talking Up a Storm

I’ve been getting into podcasts while walking the dog or tidying around the house. I’m currently listening to Echoes of History, a podcast that deep dives into the historical background of my all-time favorite video game, Assassin’s Creed. They just kicked off season 4 with the Crusades. For something lighter, I listen to Pod Meets World hosted by Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, and Will Friedle from Boy Meets World. It was one of my favorite shows growing up.

Oops, I Did It Again

Clearly, I enjoy going to shows. Just when I thought my concert lineup for the year was set, new tours are announced and my Elder Emo kicks in. Oops. What got added to the docket? Fall Out Boy (for the third time, yes, but I really like them and their opener) and Counting Crows (if you watched Cruel Intentions, you would understand, lol).

Freshen Up

My TikTok FYP has been inundated with updating Millennial makeup and fashion. What?! Are we really that old that our generation needs an update? I digress.  Anyway, I took the bait and went on a little shopping binge to change up my look. My fave purchases include this Fenty Beauty Contour Stick, the Winky Lux White Tea Tinted Moisturizer, this CUPSHE Mini Tank Dress, and a pair of Hush Puppies Lucy Loafers.

Batter Up

My son’s baseball season recently started and yes, I’m that mom cheering loudly from the bleachers. Unfortunately, my 2-year-olds in tow get extremely bored. I’ve started to pack a couple of items to keep them entertained during the games. So far, these Building STEM Toys and their Drawing Doodle Boards have gotten the job done.

For the break, we have a big family beach trip coming up. It’ll be the most time we’ve had all of the kids and their cousins together, so look out for a lot of little kid IG stories.

Patti’s Loves

A funny thing happened last month. The company that I’ve worked for for my entire adult life was just recently acquired and I am on the job market. March has definitely been an emotional month; but with mom life, you can’t really slow down. I’ve gotten a couple initial job offers which takes a bit of pressure off, so that gives me a month or so to reassess and maybe even relax(?) a little bit.

This is the girls’ first Spring Break and we are hauling them off to Jekyll Island. I initially picked it because I wanted to go to Driftwood Beach, but the Georgia Sea Turtle Rescue Center has got the girls really excited. With a beach trip comes beach prep shopping. I ordered two new sets of Rainbow flip flops and got two pairs of Keens on consignment. Sunscreen, groceries for the AirBnB, packing up all the dog stuff cause he’s coming too; we’re ready to go.

It’ll also be Easter weekend, so I’ve gotten new packs of socks, bath bombs, and they special requested more from the Princess in Black series to go in their baskets.


I just finished Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow and it’s my first 5-star book for a while. I wouldn’t call myself a true gamer, but I loved classic Nintendo and Sonic growing up. This book really hits those childhood heartstrings and beautifully blends in literature, RPGs, and Taylor Swift-level Easter eggs.

I’m also halfway done with Spare on Audible and started Sirens and Muses from the library.


My cousin visited this past weekend and per our Atlanta tradition, we went to IKEA. With this month of free time and spring in its full pollen bloom, I have a lot of house projects on my to-do list. We moved into our home about two years ago, but I still have not set up our screened-in porch. We just cut down a lot of trees and flower beds need to be cleaned for the season. We also have our annual container planting. So with all of this on the schedule, I grabbed new planters and plant stands, containers and small crates for organizing, and cork boards for decorating.

Festival Season

We also brought the girls to their first spring festival this past weekend. In addition to having festival food and shopping at all the craft vendor tents, they also saw their first concert! Starting them young… Fun fact: My first real concert was Hanson, and now so is theirs 🙂 Tip for outdoor concerts: Bring a waterproof picnic blanket. After the rain, it was quite the mud pit. Ours is similar to this one on Amazon.

The girls have now decided that they need to come with me for all concerts, but specifically Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. Get in line, kid….

Class of ’03

I mentioned in our last Things We Loved that I will be celebrating my 20th high school reunion at the end of April. I’m also Alumnae Association President, so I have a quite a bit of duties that weekend. To look the part, I ordered a pair of Castener espadrilles and this best-selling Reformation dress that I’ve been wanting forever. I’ve also been watching Class of ’07 on Amazon Prime and it’s ridiculously funny.

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