In My Library Tote: July Children's Book Recommendations

Between my children's lit class and the kids being home all summer, we visited the library a lot in July. You just can't beat the library for free, air conditioned entertainment on a hot summer day. I found that taking even just 30 minutes out of my work-from-home day to get them out of the house for a bit paid off; they were usually more content to play on their own the rest of the day. Life saver! Thanks to the frequent visits, we read a lot in July.

{what we read in July}

Casual Summer Look: Black, White, and Blush

I may be cutting back a bit on blog posts right now, but I want to continue to make style posts a regular thing. Style is still one of my favorite things to read about, find inspiration for, and share about. Yet (as I shared in my last style post) I find a lot of my summer looks to be, well, kind of boring. Or at least pretty formulaic and repetitive.

In an effort to keep it real around here, I'll share a recent less-than-exciting summer look. I wore this to help in Jona's classroom at church over the weekend, although I've worn some combination of this look pretty often all summer. I love skirts and dresses, but sometimes (especially during kid-centered activities) only pants will do. These white jeans have been on repeat since spring, I just swap out one printed top for another, and another.

For me what makes this look a little more interesting is the shoes. I just love the color combination of black and white with a pop of blush pink. Violet, my budding fashionista, chose the necklace when rummaging around (yay!) in my closet. "Necklace, mama!" I have to admit, the girl has good taste--she picked one that really does work. It's possible that it was one on her eye level and a familiar one that I let her wear/play with, but I'll choose to believe that she just has an eye for style. ;)

What's one of your go-to outfit formulas this summer? 

Black striped tank: Target (fun twist-hem option) | white jeans: Old Navy | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: Mama and Little | blush sneakers: Target

August Goals and July Wins

This year, inspired by Gretchen Rubin's book, I've been doing a Happiness Project, focusing on one important aspect of my life every month. Last month my goals were all about money, and August's focus is spirituality. The idea is that the months should build on one another and the habits formed in one month should continue into the next and so on. Each month I share my wins from the previous month, as well as goals that fit the theme of the current month.

Photo by Denisse Leon on Unsplash

July Favorites and Currently

July has been a whirlwind! I know that there is still plenty of summer left in August, but for us July feels like the last summer month. Aaron starts work on August 1, and the kids start daycare and school pretty soon afterwards. Here are a few favorites from the month of July.