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April 2020 Wrap-Up!

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I don’t know about you, but I think my April has been slightly better than March was last month! I’ve gotten more used to staying at home and not really seeing people and communicating via video chat, phone calls, and texts more. While I really do miss seeing my friends (I would give anything to give them a big ol’ hug and gossip with them!) and kind of want to escape from my family at times (even though I know that I can’t. Remember when you could just leave whenever you wanted to? Sigh!), quarantine hasn’t been too bad. I’ve been keeping busy (as I will explain below) with blogging stuff and with real life stuff. I mean, what else can I do while I stay at home? (Please stay at home, everyone, if you can!) So enjoy my newly reclusive life and what I did this month! It’s not very exciting but hey, it’s what I did!

If you haven’t caught up with what I was up to last month, check out my March wrap-up post here!

What I've Been Doing In April:

I binge-watched so many TV shows and movies! Thanks to staying at home to keep this nasty virus at bay, I’ve been doing my part by bogging down the internet and streaming sooo many TV shows and movies! I watched all three seasons of The Good Place on Netflix with my family (sooo good! But when are they adding season 4?? I neeeed to see it!), Little Fires Everywhere (which was amazing. Also, Kerry Washington is perfection), a few horror movies (including A Tale of Two Sisters, which was so well done that I can't believe I hadn't seen it before!), and some classics I had never seen before (Blade Runner, meh. The Shawshank Redemption, great.) If nothing else, all of this free time and access to lots of streaming services is not really giving me any excuse to not not watch all of these movies and TV shows I’ve had on my Netflix list for forever. Now is the time to watch!

I worked hard on my Pinterest pins! Last month I decided to really up my Pinterest game by making a new pin every single day. (I know that's easier for some bloggers, but I'm not that creative!) And my Pinterest impressions have actually grown! I went from maybe getting close to 10k impressions to now almost 100k! And I even skip some days and don’t make a pin, which I know is bad, but sometimes I need a break (am I the only one who thinks making a pin is hard? I mean, some pins are easier to make than others!). I’m not sure what the magic combination of making pins is yet (is it mostly the pin image itself? The subject matter? Is it the time you post? Is it the keywords and hashtags you use?), because I’ve worked really hard on some pins, and they get almost no action, and some of the ones I barely work on get so many impressions! (Also, I’m not using Tailwind, I’m just manually pinning at this point) I’m flummoxed, but it’s been a great way for me to experiment with pin designs, to really see what works, and to stretch my (non-existent) graphic design skills! (Thank god for Canva!)

I finally got my Google Analytics to work! Oh man, am I a bad blogger! You’d think after blogging for 5+ years (yes, I’ve been doing this for a while now!), I’d be better at it. Nope! I could not for the life of me figure out why my Google Analytics wasn’t working (though the basic stats were working on my blog…?) but I finally got it to somehow work! (I’m really not very tech-savvy. My focus is on the writing, not the coding! Coding is scary!) Yay! Now I can have a better understanding of my blog’s analytics! Sort of. Check in with me again next month, haha.

I’ve started on my minimalist journey and have been researching sustainable (and affordable) clothing lines! If you didn’t catch one of my latest blog posts, you can read it here or down below in the Blog Posts I Wrote This Month section at the end. But I’m super excited to start decluttering and documenting it here on my blog. Plus, I’ve been doing research on sustainable clothing brands for the future, and seeing what’s affordable (to me). It’s amazing how expensive sustainable clothes are, but it makes sense when you factor in safe places of work for workers, fair wages for them, and real, quality materials (not synthetic!) that goes into the clothing. It’s a whole new world and I’m loving learning all about it!

I tried to make Cauldron Cakes from Harry Potter for the blog- but they didn’t come out quite as planned! You know how sometimes you get a great idea for your blog and you’re like “yes! This will make a brilliant post!” and you get so excited and eager to do it? Because usually I struggle with what to write, what I feel passionate about talking about and if it will connect with readers, but I thought I had this idea in the bag. It wasn’t just a typical blog post, it was one of my old school DIY “let’s try to make this recipe” inspired by something that I love. In this case, Cauldron Cakes from Harry Potter! But it didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted them to. Don’t get me wrong, they tasted delicious, but my decorations skills were not Pinterest- or blog-worthy. I shudder at the thought of posting them on Pinterest and being all, “check out my recipe! I know what I’m doing!” HA. But I’m just taking this as my first attempt, and hopefully on my second attempt (let’s be honest, my third), I can post an even better (looking) version of them on here! (By the way, I made them out of a brownie mix, since I don’t like chocolate cake. Yes, I’m strange, and yes, they were really yummy. Suck it, chocolate cake!). But please don't laugh at my first attempt, because trust me, I tried! But I know what I'm going to do differently on my second (or third) attempt and will definitely explain what went wrong in my first attempt! (Because a lot did!)

They're definitely not how I wanted them to look, but they tasted quite yummy! But not good enough to serve on the trolley on the Hogwarts Express yet!
I read 11 books this month! Though sadly, none of them were quite winners. I feel very accomplished that I read so many books (because I obviously have the time!), but I didn’t really read any that really grabbed me and sucked me in. The best book I think I probably read this month was The Phantom Prince: My Life With Ted Bundy by Elizabeth Kendall, about her long (and certainly complicated) relationship with Ted Bundy. I first learned about her story from the Netflix movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile with Zac Efron and Lily Collins (which was excellent, by the way), and her account of what happened on her end was so heart-breaking. You don’t often hear about serial killers from a partner’s perspective, so it was incredibly interesting and disturbing and I really felt for Elizabeth and her daughter even more so than after I watched the movie. If you’re into true crime and want a different perspective of the pain it causes not just its victims (though I would call Elizabeth a victim of Ted), I’d give the book a read.

I found my first white hair! (On my head!) After a few years of just having a few random white eyebrow hairs (aging is weird, you guys), I finally found one. A white hair on my head, hidden amongst my own normal brown hair. I was appalled! I blame the stress of this awful and chaotic time! At least I’m still young at heart, even though my body is obviously trying to tell me otherwise! But on the plus side, my hair is growing ever longer still (I guess that’s one plus from not being able to get your hair cut) and my ponytail is almost at 5 inches! I’m looking into a hair donation program where you only need to donate 8 inches of hair, so I’m well on my way to donating my hair for a good cause! Plus, I’ve never had long hair before, really, so it’s kind of fun to be able to flip it around and put it up! (Just girly things!)

Margot the kitten update time! And now here is my favorite section of these wrap-up posts! Margot the kitten is doing very well, and she’s over 6 pounds now! 6 pounds, 10 ounces to be exact (probably more by now!). My big girl! She loves sleeping on chairs, and now that I’m not keeping her in my room at night (for fear that my sister’s cat will attack her. My sister’s cat is a bit of bully), Margot has now been sleeping on the couch, which I’m trying not to take personally (okay, I’m kind of taking it personally…). Since she’s a long haired cat, our little routine is that I brush her every night before I go to bed, which she loves, and now she’s been letting me brush her tummy, which is oh so adorable! It’s been getting a bit hot here though, and Margot is not loving the heat, and has been spending a lot of her time catnapping while it’s really warm during the day. And it seems like the only time I can get a good picture of her is when she’s sleeping and staying still! I’d just love to take a picture of her when she’s awake but she’s always moving!

The only times I can really get a good picture of her is when she's asleep. Sigh. But she's so cute when she awake and moving!

Blog Posts I Wrote This Month:

13 of the Most Rad Foods from the 90’s/2000’s!
Why I’m Trying to be a Minimalist
The Let’s Stay at Home 2020 Reading Challenge!
And this post that you’re reading now!

Of course, I didn’t manage writing five blog posts like I wanted to this month (and the month before this one, and the month before that!), but I’m blaming it on my Cauldron Cakes not being blog-worthy ready yet! That would have been my fourth post for this month, and then this blog post would have been my fifth. Oh well. Sometimes life just doesn’t work out that way! That seems to be the theme of 2020, anyway!

I hope you enjoyed my April wrap-up, and if you have any recommendations for things to watch or read, or if you know of a somewhat affordable sustainable clothing brands, please let me know in the comments! I have nothing but time on my hands and plenty of time to watch, read, and research! Thanks so much for reading and I hope you’re all staying safe and sane!

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12 comments on "April 2020 Wrap-Up!"
  1. I dread to think how many hours we've all binge watched for. Those cakes still look amazing, even if they didn't turn out right. Only thing I've made is cupcakes but with brownie mix as I ran out of cake mix aha, still tasted amazing. My eyebrows have been turning blonde for some reason lately, so strange I haven't been out in the a lot either. I love wrap up posts, hope you have a great May.

    Shelly's Passport

    1. Oh my goodness, the hours we all must have watched combined would be astonishing! Aww thank you! The cauldron cakes tasted great, they just didn't look how I want them too :( I love making brownies in cupcake form! So cute and way less crumbly! (No slicing!) How strange! At least they're turning blonde, not white, like mine are! ;) I'd settle for blonde over white anyday! Mostly because my brows are dark so you reeeeaally notice the white hairs. Aren't bodies crazy?? Aw thank you! I had a lot of fun writing this one and just put up my May one. <3 Thank you so much for reading and commenting! xoxo

  2. As someone who has the worst time decorating anything I baked, I think your Cauldron Cakes look good! It took me 3 times to make even decent looking macarons so you'll get there 😊

    I'm glad to hear you're doing well, as well as Margot ❤

    1. Hi Meagan! Aww thank you so much! I'm hoping that the Cauldron Cakes version 2 will look a tiny bit better! (Fingers crossed!) You made macarons??? I'm so impressed!! I love eating them, but I'm terrified to make them! And thank you! I hope my next Cauldron Cakes will look cute enough to post on my blog! <3

      Aww thank you! And Margot is doing QUITE well, even though she's not snuggling with me enough ;)

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! It means the world to me! xoxo

  3. Congratulations on your Pinterest views! I have been totally neglecting it and wondering if I should pick it up again. And I'm glad you got your google analytics to work. Does that mean getting your posts search-engine-optimized? By the way, if you're looking for organic cotton clothes, check out Pact! I think they have some cute dresses and are actually affordable. I practically live in a Pact hoodie haha! Thank you for thinking sustainably!
    I think your cauldron cakes look nice! It's the first time I've heard of them.
    Also Margot is so cute! She has such a unique coat!

    1. Thank you so much, Julie! I really worked hard on them, but I've kind of slacked off this month. Oops! I think it does...? I'm still not quite sure how SEO works (I'm such a hopeless blogger!) I've actually been looking into Pact!! I love how our minds think alike! :) I've been interested in trying out their bras/undies, since I need new ones. But I'm glad you approve of them so I'll definitely try them! They're pretty affordable too, compared to other sustainable brands.
      Haha, thank you! I'm hoping to do a version 2 and see if I can make the Cauldron Cakes look any prettier. Here's hoping!
      Awwww, thanks for saying that! I think she's rather cute too and possibly perfect. But that's just me. I'm a little biased ;)

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! You're the best!!! xoxo

  4. I need to do better on Pinterest (she says for the thousandth time in a row..smh). I need to figure out my Google analytics too because I'm struggling! And 11 books!? Wow that's impressive! I'm trying to just get one in lol. Great post!


    1. Hi Deandra! Well, I WAS doing well on Pinterest, but I've been so bad at it now! I need to get back to making pins again! And even though I now have Google Analytics, I still need to figure out how to understand it and USE it! Aw thanks! I really had nothing better to do ;) I hope you're reading a good book at the moment!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! I appreciate it so much! xoxo

  5. You have such an amazing March. You achieve so many things. Congratulations on your Pins and Google Analiytcs. I start new blog and I plan do that for years.

    New Post -

    1. Thank you so much for saying that! I had a really good month and I hope that another month soon can be just as productive! (This month wasn't so much, haha!) Amazing and congratulations on your new blog! I can't wait to check it out!! xoxo

  6. Mmm... I think those cauldron cakes look so good. I know they didn't turn out how you imagined but sometimes that's a good thing, cause you learn from it. They do look like they tasted good though. I can't decorate cakes and cupcakes worth anything lol. I think the thing I miss the most right now having to stay home is my parents. I am married and we live 20 min from them but aren't seeing them other then if we bump into them in town in which we keep the 6 foot rule or if we video chat. I would give anything to hug them.

    1. Hi Kristen! Why, thank you! That's exactly what I was thinking! Now I kind of have an idea of how I want my version 2 of them to look. (Or hopefully, how I hope they'll turn out looking like!) They did taste delicious, but just weren't exactly how I pictured them, haha. I'm not a great cake or cupcake decorator either, so this is a big leap for me to make and try to post on here for all to see! Oh no, I'm so sorry. I'd miss my parents so much too! I live with mine, so I'm sick of them (not really!), but to be 20 minutes away and only see each other from six feet away :( I'm so sorry! I know you'll be able to give them the biggest hug ever when it's safe! That's something to look forward to! <3

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! <3


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