Spring is here and March was a great month! I went to North Carolina for a long weekend to celebrate Grandpa’s 105th birthday, and then spent a week in Italy to ring in my 40th. Little man turned 8 and well, spring in the air!
Here is what I have been loving this month:
Stuff I Love: March 2017
I have studied Italian for years. In Middle school, high school, and in college! I even have taken evening classes as an adult, in addition to having LIVED in Rome for six months! You would think I’d be super great at Italian.
Sadly, I am not.
Now with all the access to foreign media the Internet brings, I should do more to keep up. Before our trip to Italy, my sister introduced me to the app, Duolingo (you can also use the website). She speaks really well, but like me, wanted to brush up on our language before our trip.
This app is free, and I have not seen any in-app purchases. When you download it, you can do a pre-test to assess your level so you can start at an appropriately challenging place. Then you work through each lesson, which takes about 5-10 minutes. You are asked to translate, speak, and answer multiple-choice questions. You can set the app to remind you to practice each day, and you can create a CLUB where you compete against friends.
Even though I am back from Italy, I would like to continue to keep up with my language skills via this app. Any other hints for practicing your foreign language skills?
Big Little Lies
It’s funny because I really don’t watch a ton of TV, but when I get into a series, I get so immersed. Last summer, I read the book, Big Little Lies, as it was a book club selection that became one of my favorites. I had also enjoyed What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity so I kinda had a feeling I would like this book. When I saw Big Little Lies was being turned into an HBO Limited Series, I knew I had to watch!
Big Little Lies is about a group of families, all of who have first graders in the same class at a ritzy Monterey, California public school. The book was set in Australia but the TV location change seemed appropriate, and they follow the book’s story pretty closely otherwise. I love the actresses, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman who play the main characters. I also love the houses the show is filmed in and the scenic California coast. The music has also been so spot-on!
Sadly, on April 2 the finale is airing (and I know how it ends, since I read the book) but you can catch up on HBO on Demand, or HBO Go. If you haven’t I highly recommend reading the book, then watching the series.
I tend to shy away from mixing Facebook with shopping, but I was so intrigued by LuLaRoe because people seem to be gaga over them! So this month I decided to join a LulaRoe party and start shopping!
And the leggings do live up to the hype! They are awesome! I wear them all the time. They really are super soft and comfortable.
I then joined another pop-up and purchased some leggings as a gift, leggings for my 5 year old daughter, a dress for her as well (Mae), and a T-shirt for me (Classic). All the stuff is really great and baby girl especially LOVES her LuLaRoe. The kids’ leggings costs $23, which is more than I usually spend on her clothes but they are size 2-8 so I suspect she will wear them for a few seasons.
One thing I did learn the hard way was to check the fine print for each consultant. The prices of the items seem to be the same, but the shipping and return policies might differ. I received free shipping on my first pair of leggings- they were $25 and that was the promotion the consultant was having. I then paid over $7 for shipping on my larger order, which friends later told me was way too much, especially for the amount I was buying. So be sure to read each consultant’s policies, usually in a pinned post in their group.
I do have my eye on a maxi for summer and maybe another T. It is fun to peruse the albums on Facebook and it is so easy to just claim SOLD on an item. I will warn you, you might get Lula addicted!
I am so glad April is here, and I am looking forward to my kids’ spring break. We have an overnight planned and will take a bit of a stay-cation, exploring our area. What have you been loving this March? Are you addicted to LuLaRoe? And what is the best way to keep up with my Italian?
PS THIS MONTH MOMMATOGO TURNS 6 MONTHS OLD. HERE IS A LOOK BACK AT MY FIRST SIX STUFF I LOVE POSTS! THANKS FOR READING AND SHARING THIS FUN ADVENTURE!
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