What I’m Lovin’ in April

Late again – oops! But read on because I’ve got loads of goodies to share.

 1. This essay that any parent or caregiver will find all-too-relatable

I thought of a handful of women I know throughout reading it and found many bits and pieces to be true in my own life. Not only does Anne give a research-backed overview of care (with some shockingly sad statistics), she also explains coercive care (something you didn’t know had a name) and even gives a roadmap as to how we can take steps to fix our very broken system of care.

(PS: The essay is from Anne Helen Petersen’s newsletter Culture Study which I recently subscribed to and highly recommend.)

 2. Finding purposeful places for clutter

Has the spring cleaning bug bitten you yet? Because donated your goods doesn’t ensure they avoid becoming trash, this is a really great resource to help you find the best way to donate or recycle your unwanted clothes, electronics and more (from The Washington Post).

Related: Here’s a genius way to repurpose all those sheets and garments you can’t [or shouldn’t] donate (or even those you aren’t ready to part with for good!).

 3. Gen Z’s activism is the push we need

Representation is so important – in the books we read, the shows we watch, and the communities and spaces in which we find ourselves. At just 13-years-old, Marley Dias understood that and took action! Through her initiative to find 1,000 books featuring Black girls, she launched a searchable database to make these books easier for educators (and others!) to locate.

 4. JUSTICE Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Ketanji Brown Jackson made history earlier this month when she was confirmed as the first Black woman ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court!

 5. Shopping Sustainably

With less time to sew (I blame the tiny human), I’m trying to be more intentional with the brands I support through the purchases I make. Some of the 11 sustainable fashion brands in this list were new to me.

 6. Body Gratitude

I loved reading this article titled My Wedding Dress Doesn’t Fit Me Anymore And I Don’t Care – a beautiful tribute of appreciation for a body that serves its owner well.

7. Patchwork & Poodles’ 9 ideas for how to use fabric scraps

She’s got a great list of ideas – most are quilting-related. Eliane also has a great mini quilted zipper pouch tutorial that is super cute! Oh – and these tips for zero waste quilting and how cool is this quilt made with thrifted materials?! Clearly I’m enjoying Eliane’s newsletter – you can sign up too.

8. It’s gardening season

My garden is planted thanks to the local technical schools hosting their spring plant sales recently! I got tons of great plants – including basil that we also gifted for Teacher Appreciation Week. This article from The Spruce about how to prune basil is incredibly informative if you’ve got the herb in your garden as well.

9. These tips on how to stop book bans

The article linked is from my local library and is full of great tips and resources to help navigate the rise of book bans and get involved with preventing the rise from continuing.

Sewing Patterns I’m Lovin’ Right Now:

Liz Haywood: Free Hat Pattern

I’m heavily considering making Andy & I matching bucket hats for summer.

 Podcast Episodes I’m Lovin’ Right Now:

The Man Enough Podcast: Alok Vaid-Menon: The Urgent Need for Compassion

[open in iTunes]

Next Question with Katie Couric: Reshma Saujani on why there’s no better time to redesign the workplace for women

[open in iTunes]

  • Reshma’s energy is contagious. She blew my mind when she explained that the pay gap exists between Moms and Dads – the gap between childless women and men is nearly nonexistent.

Thank you for reading along & being a part of my community. ❤

{Catch up on all of my monthly What I’m Lovin’ posts here.}

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Author: Jordan Slice-Metcalfe

My name is Jordan. I'm a full-time working mom whose coffee cup is always half full (and probably still in the microwave). I've got a weak spot for rescuing old dogs, pretending pizza is a vegetable, negotiating dessert with every meal, propagating more plants than any home needs, dreaming of sewing projects while my husband is talking to me, and loving my tribe too deep.

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