October Clothing Budget

Happy Halloween! Don't you hate it when it falls on a Monday? Violet and I will be staying in and passing out candy, but Aaron is taking Jona around the neighborhood to trick or treat. Last year all Jona cared about was the candy, but this year he's pretty enthused about the whole ordeal. I'll be sharing the kids' costumes (nothing fancy!) on Instagram and Snapchat (@shealennonblog) later today.

Before the month is over I wanted to share my October budget. I didn't do a lot of shopping this month but I did pick up a few fun things.

{my clothing budget: October 2016}

October clothing budget | www.shealennon.com

Introducing Violet Lennon

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for all the sweet comments I've already received here and on Instagram about Violet's arrival. I promised everyone an update, so without further ado I'll introduce our newest family member.

Guest Post: Beth from The Beth Next Door and Cowboy Cookies

I'm so thankful to feature a few of my favorite bloggers as guest posters while I'm enjoying some time with my family and our new baby girl. I promise to update you all soon with details about her arrival!

Today I'm welcoming Beth from The Beth Next Door, who despite never having met in real life, feels like a true friend to me. Her adorable son Ollie is just a few months younger than Jona, so I love hearing her life updates about him and their family. She also shares her fun, colorful style, local adventures in Minnesota, and posts about home brewing, something that she and her husband love to do (which is so awesome, right?). Thanks so much for being here Beth!

Hi everyone! I’m Beth and I blog over at The Beth Next Door. I’m so happy to be here while Shea is cuddling her new little girl! I have a little boy named Oliver who is just a little bit younger than Shea’s Jona. Now that it’s finally Fall I am super excited to get back into an activity that I loved sharing with Oliver toward the end of last winter – baking!  Today I’m going to share one of my favorite cookie recipes with all of you – Cowboy Cookies.

Guest Post: Becky from byBMG Shares a Cute, Cozy Fall Look

I'm so thankful to feature a few of my favorite bloggers as guest posters while I'm enjoying some time with my family and our new baby girl. I promise to update you all soon with details about her arrival!

Today's post is from Becky at byBMG, who is a blogger I'm happy to have gotten to know over the past year or so. She shares posts about style, food, and life as a teacher and mom of three adorable boys. She also co-hosts one of my favorite linkups, $10 at Target, which is always so fun. I love Becky's style, so I'm so glad that she shared this cute fall outfit with you all today. Thanks so much Becky! 

Hi there! I'm Becky and I blog over at ByBMG! I'm thrilled to be here guest posting today for Shea!I'm totally outnumbered in my house with my husband, Russ, and our three boys. I try to stay fashionable and creative while keeping up with them and teaching at our local middle school.

5 Favorite Fall Looks

We welcomed our little girl on Wednesday and I'll share an update and pictures soon! In the meantime, forgive me for being slow to respond to comments and visit blogs. 

Fall is one of my favorite seasons for getting dressed, and I'm always on the lookout for outfit inspiration. I usually turn to my favorite blogs, but it's also fun to go back and see outfits I've worn in the past as well. Here are a few favorite looks from the fall of last year.

{original post here}

$10 at Target: Halloween Goodies

I've never been great about decorating for the holidays. Other than Christmas, my collection of holiday decor is typically sad. Target Dollar Spot to the rescue! For just $10 I was able to add a little Halloween spirit to my house, as well as some stickers for Jona.

$10 at Target - what I got (lots of Halloween goodies!) | www.shealennon.com

Fall Plaid for Mom and Toddler

Plaid is such a classic print, and while I think there are plaids for every season, I don’t think you can beat plaid for fall. I recently found a fun plaid blazer from ThredUp, and I think it’s a great way to add a little pattern to any look.

I can’t resist a plaid button-up for Jona either, so he has about a million in his closet. In fact, several of the ones I have for him also come from ThredUp or other second-hand stores. I don’t have quite as much luck shopping used clothing at his age now, but items that are considered more “dressy” than just pants and tees I can often find in near perfect condition.

I'm pretty devoted to my stripes, but for fall plaid is definitely up there as a favorite print. What's your favorite pattern to wear right now? 

Fall plaid outfit ideas for mom and toddler boy | www.shealennon.com

On me: plaid blazer: Merona via ThredUp (similar) | gray tee: Old Navy Maternity (similar) | jeans: Old Navy Maternity | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: BaubleBar (similar) | flats: Target (similar)
On Jona: plaid shirt: OshKosh via ThredUp (similar) | jeans: OshKosh Genuine Kids (similar) | shoes: Sperry 

In My Library Tote: October Reads for Mom and Toddler

As you know (and are probably tired of hearing by now!), the countdown is on for baby Violet's arrival. Obviously I'm beyond excited, but I also know that with a new baby comes less reading time. I think I knew that and subconsciously decided to read ALL THE BOOKS over the last several months. I always prioritize reading time, but I feel like I've been in book-overdrive since the summer, and I'm not sad about that. Here are my (fairly) recent reads.

{recent reads for mom}

Maternity Wardrobe on a Budget on the Kansas City Moms Blog

Last month I shared a post on building a maternity wardrobe over on the Kansas City Moms Blog. To read my budget-friendly tips, head here.

Moto Jacket and Striped Dress for Fall

I’ve had a leather or faux leather jacket on my wishlist for awhile now, and I finally found one at a price I couldn’t pass up at H&M. I love how it adds a perfect cool-weather layer, and just a little bit of edge to any look.

This striped dress has been my go-to this whole pregnancy, and adding a jacket is an easy way to take it into fall. Ideally I’d go with ankle boots as my shoe choice, but unfortunately my real-life options that currently fit are far more limited. At least the top half of my outfit says fall!

Adding layers, like jackets and cardigans, is one of my favorite things about fall. What layers are you wearing lately? 

Fall outfit idea - suede moto jacket and striped dress | www.shealennon.com

Jacket: H&M | dress: Old Navy Maternity (similar, non-maternity)  | earrings: Nickel and Suede | flats: Target (similar)

October Goals and September 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. 

Currently: October

I can't believe October is here! This is the month I've been waiting for, and while I'm so excited for it, I'm feeling more and more anxious as well. In just 2 short weeks Violet will be getting her womb-eviction notice and we will be meeting her for the first time. So, unsurprisingly, my list of all the things I'm currently up to is pretty baby-heavy.

I'm linking with Anne and Jacqui to share what I'm currently...

Currently - October 2016 {cheers-ing, organizing, dreaming, buying, and listening}

Dress as Kimono and a Fall Hat

In August, local blogger and stylist (and new mommy!) Caitlin of Sophisticaited, hosted a shopping event at Savers for their #igiveashirt campaign. I had to miss the event because Jona was sick, but the nice people at Savers still sent me a gift card for a shopping spree, which I finally got around to using over the weekend.

It's a little challenging to shop now, as I don't want to buy maternity clothes but not a lot else fits. However, I found this floral dress that can do double duty as a kimono now and a shirt dress later. I found lots of other fun things as well, like a chunky gray cardigan that will be great for winter, a couple of cute onesies for Violet, and a plaid button-up shirt for Jona.

I also picked up this hat during a Target trip, and after admiring hats on others for quite some time now, I'm excited to finally have my own. This look, which is a little on the boho side, is out of my usual outfit "comfort zone", but it turns out I really like it.

Do you like to shop thrift stores? Have you found any good deals lately? 

Fall outfit idea - dark floral kimono with a fun hat and jeans. No kimono? Do what I did and wear a shirt dress, unbuttoned. Click through for details.

Dress (worn as kimono): Merona c/o Savers (similar) | tank: Old Navy Maternity | jeans: Old Navy Maternity | hat: Target | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: Etsy | flats: Target (similar)