Pinterest Nursery Decor: An Easy Pom Pom Garland

One of my goals this month was to tackle a Pinterest DIY,  and I had this pom pom garland in mind for Violet's nursery. I had hopes that when I completed it, I would be able to show it to you in her actual nursery. One out of two isn't bad--I managed to make the garland (so easy!) but the poor girl's nursery is pretty far from being complete. With less than 3 weeks to go I really need to get on it.

I'm not the craftiest person on the planet, so any project that only involves 2 materials (in this case, scissors and yarn), sounds appealing to me. All I had to do was make the pom poms and tie them to a long string of yarn.

I like projects that allow for multi-tasking. I made the pom poms while sitting on the couch hanging out or listening to podcasts. There was no mess and the chances of me screwing it up were pretty minimal... a win-win I'd say!

Have you tackled any Pinterest projects lately? 

A super easy and fun DIY - a yarn pom pom garland |

{original DIY from The Effortless Chic}

September Clothing Budget

This month I had some fun shopping for fall, which I've really been looking forward to. I'm definitely ready for cooler weather, and wearing layers that will work just as well with a bump as without. I'm happy to report that all my purchases this month will work both now and later, which makes both me and my wallet happy.

{my clothing budget: September 2016}

What I added to my fall wardrobe - September |

Mom and Toddler Style: Fall Stripes

I’ve never been a big fan of the hot weather, but I’m especially ready to say goodbye to it being 36 years, I mean weeks, pregnant. Luckily this weekend we got a cool front and I was able to pull out a few new (to me) fall pieces I got from a recent ThredUp order.

I’m thrilled that, other than the tee, none of these pieces are maternity, so I don’t have to say goodbye to them after next month. The stretchy knit maxi skirt sits comfortably under my bump, but will be just as comfy as a postpartum option (which is always a tricky time for getting dressed!). And the blazer, well, as long as I don’t try to button it, can be worn any time. Ideally I’d pair this with my taupe ankle boots, but I’ve already mentioned that they’re no match for the current swollen state of my feet.

I scored some new fall duds for Jona too, including this striped tee from (yet another) Old Navy sale. Poor kid, his mother’s stripe addiction carries right over into his closet as well. In fact, he may have more stripes in his wardrobe than I do.

So, have you started wearing any fall clothes yet?

Fall outfit idea - classic blazer + tee shirt + striped maxi skirt |

Blazer: J.Crew via ThredUp | gray tee: Old Navy Maternity (similar) | striped maxi skirt: J.Crew via ThredUp (similar) | flats: Target (similar)

Pregnancy Update: 35 Weeks

I'm in the home stretch! 4 weeks to go and I'm experiencing so many emotions. Of course I'm so excited for our little girl to get here, but I'm also nervous about being a mom of two, and anxious about getting everything done before she arrives. Here's my latest (and probably last) pregnancy update, for 35 weeks.

{I'm actually only 34 weeks in this photo, but I didn't get a picture taken this week.}

$10 at Target: Hints of Fall

I know I said I was taking a break, but sometimes just a day is all I need to feel refreshed. I love the $10 at Target linkup that BeckyRachel, and Tif put together every month, and since I did indeed find a couple of fun things at Target this month, I wanted to share them.

While I can’t get behind the Pumpkin Spice Latte, there are many other fall things that I’m ready to embrace. I love making my home feel a bit cozier with yummy scented candles, like this caramel latte flavored one. Also, I’m excited to add more fall colors, like burgundy and olive green, to my wardrobe and makeup stash. I figure that painting my nails a lovely dark burgundy can help me welcome fall even when it’s 90 degrees outside.

The candle was $5.99 and the nail polish was $3.99, so I managed to keep my total right around $10. Win!

With $10 "fun money" to Target I decided to go for a couple of things that would add hints of fall to my life. Click through for details on what I bought.


I wanted to pop in and let you know that I'm taking a little break for the next few days. Life has been especially busy lately, and sometimes I am guilty of putting blog life before real life (especially when it comes to the not-so-fun things on my to do list). However, it's starting to catch up to me, so I'm taking some time to rest and focus on some of the things I need to do at home.

I hope you have a great week and I'll be back next Monday, if not before. Thanks for being my readers and friends!

In My Library Tote: September Books for Mom and Toddler

I'm excited to share our reads this month, because there were so many good ones! I love months like that. Here's what I've been reading, both to myself and to Jona, lately.

{recent reads for mom}

Here are a few books worth adding to your to-read list. To see my reviews and favorites, click through.

Date Night Idea: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater {Review}

One of my goals this year has been to make carving out quality time with Aaron a priority. We are very lucky to have family in town who are willing (and eager!) to watch Jona for us so that we can have regular date nights. Some months are busier than others, but we try to get out of the house and do something together once a month.

We both love to eat and try new restaurants, but often our date night ideas stop there. So I’m always on the lookout for fun date night options that are a little different from the traditional dinner and a movie (because these days, dinner and a movie would turn into dinner and a nap for this tired pregnant lady!). When the folks at The Murder Mystery Co. contacted me to see if I’d be interested in checking out one of their local shows, I jumped at the chance.

Chambray and Sneakers for the Weekend

I'm reaching a point where I'm really, really tired of my maternity wardrobe. For one, it's been really functional for summer, but as the weather cools down my options grow more and more limited. Also, seeing fall looks everywhere makes me miss the rest of my neglected wardrobe.

I'm trying to combat wardrobe boredom by adding a few new pieces to add some excitement to those that are tried and true. For example, jeans, a tee shirt, and my chambray shirt worn as a jacket is a look I've worn multiple times. However, adding a new cross-body bag and fun sneakers makes the outfit feel fresh and fitting for the new season.

How are you finding ways to freshen up your closet right now? 

Fall transition outfit idea - chambray shirt worn as jacket with simple tee and sneakers |

Chambray shirt: Madewell (similar) | gray tee: Old Navy Maternity (similar) | jeans: Old Navy Maternity | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: Target (similar) | cross-body bag: Old Navy | sneakers: New Balance via 6pm

6 Pinterest Dinner Favorites

I'm often guilty of "Pinning and forgetting" a lot of the ideas I see online, but when it comes to food, especially dinner, I do a decent job of trying out new recipes regularly. My "What's for Dinner?" Pinterest board is filled with recipes for easy, weeknight-friendly meals, so I thought I'd share a few that we've tried and liked.

Here are 6 of our Pinterest dinner favorites.

Need some dinner inspiration? Here are 6 tried and true recipes that are easy to make and family-friendly. |

Currently: September

August was one of the busiest months of the summer, so I'm not surprised that it flew by. I'm happy to welcome September and all it brings. As always I'm joining Anne and her co-host this month Beth to share what I'm currently...

White Jeans with Olive Green for Fall

Happy Monday! And because today is Labor Day and I'm not yet back at work, I do actually mean that. I just wanted to share a quick post from an outfit I wore over the long weekend. I always try to stretch my wardrobe, but right now I'm feeling especially stretched with my limited maternity selection.

Luckily no one follows that whole "no white after Labor Day" rule, because these white jeans will no doubt be on heavy rotation for the next several weeks. Pairing them with this olive cardigan (a recent ThredUp score) makes them feel more fitting for the upcoming season.

What summer piece are you looking forward to wearing into the fall? 

Don't put your white jeans away even though it's almost fall - just add a fall-friendly cardigan or jacket and keep rocking those white jeans! Click through for more details.

Olive cardigan: Loft via ThredUp (similar) | black tank: Old Navy Maternity (similar) | white jeans: Loft Maternity (non-maternity version) | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: BaubleBar (similar) | sandals: Target (similar)

September Goals and August 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. 

Writing down and sharing my goals each month helps me stay on top of them. Here are my goals for September (plus how I did in August). What goals are you setting this month?