June Clothing Budget

Thanks to a big sale at Old Navy, June turned out to be a pretty big shopping month for me. It worked out, because I needed some maternity staples, and I got them all for a steal. I also found a couple of necklaces, and quite a few things for Jona as well. Here's what I got.

{my clothing budget: June 2016}


Sharing what I bought this month - quite a big Old Navy Maternity haul and a few necklaces too. Click through for details.

Striped Dress 2 Ways for Summer Heat

When it’s a million degrees outside (in June, mind you!) I look at my closet and want to throw about half of it out. I don’t want to layer, I don’t want anything thick, and don’t even want to think about putting on pants. So that leaves skirts, dresses, and lightweight tops, all three of which I’ve been living in lately. 

One of my favorite dresses right now is this striped one from Old Navy that I got in my recent maternity haul. The stretchy knit is so comfortable, and the neutral color makes it perfect for styling multiple ways for multiple occasions. Just by swapping out a few accessories, this dress can go from dressy to casual in a flash.  


In hot weather the last thing you want is lots of layers. Here's how I style one versatile striped dress two ways for summer heat.

Have a Good Weekend!

I'm taking the day off from blogging today, but I will be back on Monday with a style post all about my favorite dress. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I plan to spend mine enjoying summer and this cute kiddo of mine.


6 Strategies for Finding More Time to Read

I’ve always been a daydreamer, but age and motherhood have altered those daydreams significantly. Where I used to daydream about flitting off to France to eat all the cheese, nowadays I find myself looking out my office window and imagining a day spent on the couch with a stack of library books and an embarrassingly large bowl of ice cream. 

It’s safe to say that I don’t get in as much reading time as I’d like in my busy life as a working mom and blogger. However, because reading is about as necessary as air in my life, I find ways to make time for it, whenever I can. 


Do you love to read but struggle to find the time? I know, life is busy, but here are 6 strategies for fitting more reading time in your life.
{photo via unsplash}

Mom and Toddler Summer Style: White Dress and Cut-off Shorts

When it starts to feel like summer, do you always feel like there’s some item or accessory you have to have to complete your summer wardrobe? For me this year, there have been two things: a white dress and a white cotton (preferably with some eyelet) top. I’ve been striking out left and right with the top, but luckily I did find a pretty white dress. 

I know I will wear it a lot this summer, especially if this early heat wave continues. Not surprisingly I had several items on Jona’s must-have summer list, but among them was a short-sleeved button-up shirt and some cut-off jean shorts. And thanks to that 40% off sale at Gap and Old Navy, done and done.  


In My Library Tote: June Book Picks for Mom and Toddler

If you asked about my favorite things right now I’d have a pretty short list: ice cream, because duh, and books. Just about all I want to do right now is read, and the other day I made a list of all the books I wanted to read this summer and it’s ridiculously long. I likely won’t get through that whole list, but I may as well try. #dreambig 

Anyway, here are a few things that Jona and I have been reading semi-lately. (Somehow I’m about a month behind on sharing our reads, so these are all from a month or so ago.) 


{recent reads: for mom}


Looking for something to read? Here are a few I read in June--click through to read my reviews and see if any sound good to you.

Pregnancy Update: 21 Weeks and Second Trimester Wardrobe Staples

At 21 weeks, I’m well into my second trimester and thought I would share an update on how this pregnancy is progressing. In my last pregnancy post at 16 weeks, my belly was just starting to show and I was still able to squeeze myself into many of my regular clothes, and that first trimester exhaustion had just started to dissipate.


{my pregnancy at 21 weeks}




Maternity Style: How to Wear a Graphic Tee

Graphic tees are fun all year, but there’s something about their laid-back, fun style that makes them perfect for summer. I always love following along with Anne and Jenn’s #momstyleremix linkups, and this month it’s all about the graphic tee.


I have a few graphic tees in my wardrobe, but unfortunately none of them are maternity. Therefore, I had to get a little creative with how to make my existing tees work with a growing belly. Here are two ways I’m styling my regular graphic tees at 21 weeks pregnant.


2 outfit ideas for styling a graphic tee - these looks will work for both maternity and non-maternity looks. Click through for the details.


Summer Snack: Lightened Up Corn Dip + Dish Tailgator Giveaway

Summer is the time for barbecues, pool parties, and get-togethers with friends. For me at least, an essential part of any of these social gatherings is the food. You know I'm far from being a health nut (my ice cream-filled Instagram feed quickly proves that wrong), but sometimes I want something a little lighter to snack on.

Lighened up corn dip - a healthy summer snack | www.shealennon.com

Weekend Trip to Nashville: Favorite Eats, Sights, and Sounds

Over the weekend Aaron and I took a trip to Nashville with a few friends. I've never been there before, and although it was a very quick trip it was a blast. It was the longest time we've been away from Jona too, but he had too much fun at his grandma and papa's to miss us much.



Old Navy Maternity Clothing Review

Recently Old Navy was having a 40% off everything sale, so I placed a pretty good-sized order for maternity clothes. I've never done a clothing review before, but I always like reading them on other blogs. One thing I never realized is how hard it is to take quality photos inside, in front of a mirror, with my iPhone. So I hope you'll forgive the sub-par photo quality here--it's a learning experience for sure!


Maternity Full Panel Dark Wash Boyfriend Jeans, size 6: $10 (all prices are the sale price I paid, minus tax)

I was hesitant about these at first because I don't love where they hit me on my calf, and they're a little tighter there than I'd like them to be (despite being roomy in the thigh area). However, I really need a casual pair of jeans to wear on the weekend, and for $10 I can live with these despite their imperfections. If they were regular jeans I'd be pickier, but for maternity jeans I'll only wear on the weekend, I'm willing to settle because of the awesome price tag. 

Goals for June and May Goal Review

Each month I share my goals as a way to motivate myself to get things done and stay accountable. Here's this month's recap and the next month's set of goals for my home, my blog, and my family and personal life. 


May Goal Recap

{home} 

1. Hang crown molding in our living room. While we did go to Home Depot and price crown molding (or is it moulding... at the Depot I saw it spelled that way), we haven't moved beyond that yet. However, Aaron said he would enlist a friend's help to do this, so I may be off the hook for this un-fun home decor task. 

2. Transition Jona to a big kid bed. YES. It's been a bit of a roller coaster, but Jona is sleeping on his "big kid bed," which is just a full sized mattress on the floor of his room (we'll raise it when he's a little older). The first week went surprisingly well, but about the time we started wondering what we were so worried about, the multiple middle-of-the-night wake-ups began. Luckily, he's back to sleeping all night, but I'm not ready to say he's completely comfortable. I'll have to share a full update post soon. 

{blog}

1. Improve blog content and promote posts. I'd say this one is a work in progress. I'm working on both, but I haven't had as much time to devote as I'd like. 

2. Change up my photo backgrounds. Yes, I'm thankful that Aaron has been willing to venture beyond our yard and experiment with different locations (as seen here, here, and here). 




{family / fun}

1. Plan a girls' night. It's terrible that I still haven't made this happen! I've spent a lot of time with friends this month, but haven't yet had a true girls' night. 

2. Make at least one salad on my Salads and Sandwiches Pinterest board. Yes, I made the Caprese Pasta Salad that I posted about last Friday

3. Plan a stay-in date night. It wasn't the most creative, but Aaron and I did watch a movie together, which we don't do often. We watched Silver Linings Playbook, something neither of us had seen but we both really liked. Also, we got a real date night in as well! We went to Frida's Mexican restaurant and then, because we're really romantic, went to Home Depot to price crown molding. #marriedlife

June Goals

{home}

1. Hang crown molding and buy a rug for our living room. I know this is two goals in one, but since I may not be actively involved in the crown molding portion, I want to at least do something for our living room this month. 

2. Start making plans for the nursery. Luckily we won't need to buy much furniture for the nursery, we're just going to shift around some things we already have. Other than those plans, I don't have a lot of ideas for paint and decor, so I hope to find some inspiration this month. 

{blog}

1. Start using checklist for posts and promotion. I made myself a little checklist to help me remember little things I need to do for each blog post I write, such as create alt text for my images (which I never remember to do) and schedule twitter posts. I'm hoping that having a list to refer to will help me remember these small, but significant, steps in creating a post. 

2. Try out Snapchat. So, I created a Snapchat (I'm @shealennonblog). I haven't used it. I don't know why.  All you Snap-chatters let me know so we can be friends (and I can actually get started!). 

{family / fun}

1. Make ice cream. No explanation needed, this just needs to happen.

2. Do a fun summer activity with Jona. I don't have anything specific in mind, but even though I work full time even in the summer, I still want to make summer feel a bit more fun than the rest of the year. Do you do that too? 

3. Plan a potty training weekend. I have no idea what I'm doing, but I think I'm going to try to just take a couple of days and kick off this whole potty training thing. I don't have high hopes that it will magically happen in a two-day span, but I'm hoping it will at least be a good start. Pray for me. 

What are your goals this month? 

Linking with Writes Like a Girl. 

Currently: June

May was a great month, and like most of them, it went by way too fast. However, I think this year it was April flowers that brought May showers, because boy did we get a lot of rain in May! I'm hoping that June brings more sunshine (or our poor swamp of a backyard may not make it). As always, I'm linking up with Anne and Jenna to share what I'm currently up to.



{planning} my mode of attack for potty training Jona this summer. I'll be honest, I'm dreading it. However, I don't want to be dealing with two sets of diapers come October, and plus, I think Jona is ready, or very close. If you've been down that road, I'd appreciate your words of wisdom, especially since I can't have any wine right now! ;)

{enjoying} weekend baking. Lately my sweet tooth has been making its desires quite clear, so naptime (and sometimes lack thereof) has turned into baking time. Over the past few weeks I've made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, congo bars (thanks to Anne's recent post), and other sweet treats. 

{buying} everything at Old Navy. Recently Old Navy had a 40% off everything sale, and I had a little bit of fun taking advantage of that sale. I bought some maternity clothes (which I'll do a review post on next week) as well as a few things for Jona. I think we're pretty set for summer clothes. 

{craving} all the ice cream. I know this comes as a total shock to you, but that is still my number one craving. There's a frozen custard place dangerously close to my work, and last week I couldn't resist escaping for a few minutes to grab an Oreo and peanut butter cup "concrete," my favorite. 

{pinning} essential oil tips and DIYs. I've been curious about essential oils for the past few months, and I had a few samples that my sister in law sent me. I decided to bite the bullet and buy a starter kit with a diffuser, and so I created an Essential Oils Pinterest board to help me keep track of ways to use them. 

What have you been up to lately?