Travel Documenting: Tips for Creating an Album You Love {with Simply Alexandra}

When we took our trip to Minneapolis this summer I wanted a photo album to memorialize our trip. I’m notoriously bad at printing photos, but I felt like creating an album for this short, specific period of time would be doable, even for me. After seeing a few posts on Simply Alexandra about her experience with Project Life, I knew I wanted to do something similar for our trip album. Alexandra and I got to meet up in person this summer, and we thought it would be fun to collaborate on a post about documenting travel.

$10 at Target: Cozy Fall

Just like Violet makes a beeline for tiny legos, dog food, or any other small, forbidden objects, I similarly headed straight to Target's dollar spot this month and couldn't tear myself away. Lucky for me, no one rushed over and took the precious goodies out of my cart. I can't say the same for Violet and her squirreled-away stash.

Despite the impressive amounts of Halloween decor, I couldn't bring myself to purchase any of that just yet. However, I found a few things that would help me get in a cozy mood for fall and that's what I decided to go for.

In My Library Tote: Top 5 Books of Summer

What makes a book stand out as excellent to you? There are a lot of factors, but to me, I know I've found a great book when I want to talk about it all the time. Typically I encounter a book like that about once a month. This summer, I went on a great book streak, finding several that I couldn't shut up about. Here are a few of my summer favorites.

{top 5 books of summer}

The Perfect Blouse for Early Fall

Kansas weather is about as fickle as Jona's tastebuds. One day I break out a sweater and fuzzy slippers, the next day I put on shorts. I'm not ready to commit to replace my sandals with ankle boots, but I can't escape that feeling in the air that makes me want to pick out all new clothes for back to school (despite the fact that I'm not actually going back to school).

I find that lightweight long sleeved blouses, like this yellow Loft one from ThredUp, suit this time of year perfectly. The longer length is perfect for tucking into a skirt, but it also works untucked with jeans. I also like how the mustard yellow color pairs well with bright summery prints, like this drawstring-waist skirt, yet at the same time it's a color that makes me think of fall, especially when paired with warm gold.

Here are two ways I've recently worn this blouse: dressed up a little for church, and more casually for weekend errands.

Goals for September and August Recap

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: September

We had a lot going on in August, so I'm looking forward to September bringing a little bit of calm to the crazy. As always, I'm linking up with Anne and this month's co-host, Lowanda, to share what I'm currently up to this month.

August Clothing Budget and September Wishlist

This month I kicked off a personal shopping challenge to only shop secondhand for the next 6 months. I hope it will not only help me to get out of a style rut, but also help refresh my idea of what it means to blog about style.

Here is what I bought this month. You may recognize these items from the ThredUp haul I recently posted.

{August Purchases}

Print Blouse for Weekend or Work and Thoughts on Style Blogging

When I started blogging, I shared a lot more style posts than I do now. Of course, I had a lot more time back then, but lately I've been thinking about style blogging and why I haven't been feeling it as much. I still love exploring personal style and getting creative with the clothes in my closet, but recently I've noticed that I've been more hesitant to share an outfit post if I'm not wearing anything new.

Now listen, I use affiliate links myself and I know a lot of bloggers who make pretty good money linking to the clothes they're wearing. I see nothing wrong with this, and I find that a lot of these blogs are providing both inspiration and a kind of service--I like seeing a store's clothes on a real person before I decide to purchase them. However, at some point I felt I had to keep up with that, and if I couldn't, I shouldn't bother with style posts.

For me, sharing outfits each week featuring new clothing just isn't a reality. It's not in my budget, for one, and what's more it's not really my style. While I do enjoy shopping, I tend to wear the things I love over and over again and I don't really think about whether or not they're currently available to buy. (You know this about me--you've seen me wearing the same jacket, vest, and earrings for years!) I tend to be an under-buyer, so I typically add to my closet strategically and sometimes slowly.

Therefore, when I do share style posts, they will likely feature lots of items you've already seen. My goal is to remix them creatively and often include new (or new to me) items as well, but if you're looking for a blog to give you specific items to go buy now, you won't find that here. However, if what you do want is inspiration for how to style what you already have, or ideas for building your wardrobe thoughtfully and on a budget, I hope that I can provide some inspiration.

I'd love to hear from you regarding your thoughts on style blogging and why you read style blogs or style posts. What would you like to see here? 

Thanks for reading all that! I do have a couple of outfits to share today, featuring this pretty print blouse I got from a recent ThredUp order. I love how it can easily be dressed up or dressed down. I wore both of these looks this past Sunday: the dressier one to church and the casual one for a solo Target run (can you hear the hallelujahs?) while the kids were napping.

Jona Lee at 4 Years

Jona turned 4 last week, something he likes to frequently remind me. "I'm 4 now, so I don't need you to help me brush my teeth/get dressed/get water/etc." I love that he's so proud of what a big kid he's become, especially since it doesn't seem like much time has passed since he wanted my help doing everything.

Watching him grow up is always bittersweet, but I've been looking forward to this age. Honestly, because 4 means "no longer 3". This past year has been the most challenging in my life as a parent, but at the same time the best. I don't think I fully understood just how much change we'd be bringing into Jona's life (new sister, new school, no more in-home daycare, etc.) and how much, in turn, that change would really rock his little world. That, combined with all the typical challenges that come with the 3-year-old territory, made me question both my sanity and my parenting abilities on multiple occasions.

Thankfully things have been getting better and better, and I wanted to give a little update on all things Jona right now.

Violet Lennon at 10 Months

This past month has sped by, and it seems like Violet is changing so quickly! Here's an update on life at 10 months for Miss Violet.

$10 at Target: Journaling Goodies

Although I no longer teach, nor am I a student, back to school time still feels like a fresh start in the year. Jona goes to preschool year-round, but they still make a big deal out of the start of the school year; they host a back to school night and even have a school-supply list that they require. Shopping for his supplies made me want to do a little "school supply" shopping of my own.

I didn't need pencils and glue, however, so I decided to buy a few things for my bullet journal. I found some pretty washi tape and these Day Designer magnetic bookmarks (I'd link but I can't find them online). I hoped to find some fun stickers but my Target didn't have much to choose from, so I bought this pretty little notebook instead. I'm not yet sure what I'll fill it with, but I have a couple of ideas in mind.

Washi tape: $2.99 + bookmarks: $3.99 + notebook: $3.99 = $10.97 (a little over, but not bad)

 Have you found any good "back to school" buys lately?

Linking with $10 at Target

In My Library Tote: Preschool Books with a Bit of Everything

In Wednesday's round-up of my recent reads, I covered a little bit of everything. I do think that variety is the spice of (reading) life, so I try to choose a wide range of subjects when getting books for Jona as well.

Of course preschoolers don't have the same views on variety, so he often wants to read the same book over and over and over... (case in point: it's all superheroes, all the time right now). I at least try to have a mix of books available so that I can choose something different, even if I have to give the excuse that "mommy wants to know what this book is about". Here are a few we've been enjoying lately, covering a range of kid-approved topics.

{preschooler picks: a little bit of everything}

In My Library Tote: Books with a Little Bit of Everything in August

I always get a lot of books read in the summer, but this summer has been my best reading summer yet. I attribute this bookish success to two things: pump breaks and library due dates. I often work through these breaks, but when I'm home and the kids are sleeping I take advantage of the opportunity to sit down and read. 

With the library, I used to just check out one book (for me) at a time, and make sure I had something waiting for me when I got close to finishing. However, this summer, I put a lot of books on hold at once because they all had pretty long queues. As a result, I would have 2-3 books come in at the same time so if I wanted to read them all I had to get them all read in 3 weeks. Having that little challenge really motivated me to read as much as possible. 

The downside of all this reading is that I can't keep up on blogging my books--these I read in June and July. So if my memory of the details is hazy, forgive me. I will eventually figure out a good system for blogging my books!

{recent reads: a little bit of everything}

A Secondhand Shopping Challenge and ThredUp Haul

I mentioned in my last style post that I've been in a bit of a style rut, and that I'd been thinking about embarking on a challenge of some sort. Since I've also been wanting to shop more ethically, I decided that for the next 6 months, I'm going to challenge myself to only shop secondhand for clothing, shoes, and accessories.

I started my challenge at the beginning of the month, and since I had a little credit to ThredUp (plus a 20% off promotion going on), I decided to kick it off with a little secondhand haul. I love a good shopping review post, and even though you can't necessarily buy these exact items, I still thought it would be fun to share my ThredUp box with you. 

My Experience Using a Bullet Journal

Since discovering the Franklin Covey planning system as a college student, I've always been slightly obsessed with having a paper planner. Starting a new year with a fresh planner (or fresh refill pages, in the case of my beloved purple compact FC binder) is something that I still look forward to each year.

Over the past several years I've tried different kinds of planners (Plum Paper, Erin Condren Life Planner, Day Designer) but never felt like I had one that was perfect for me. Last year I started hearing a lot of buzz about bullet journals and wanted to give it a try.

Since January, I've been using a bullet journal and it's been working well for me. Inspired by Alexandra's reviews of the Erin Condren Life Planner, I thought I'd share my thoughts on bullet journaling. I'll share how I use my bullet journal: what I record, what tools I use, and what I like and dislike about it. This is far from a comprehensive guide, so if you'd like to know how to get started I recommend this post on the Lazy Genius Collective if you want to dive right in, or this post on Modern Mrs. Darcy if you just want to dip your toes.

Day in the Life of a Working Mom: Work from Home Day

The last time I shared a "day in the life" post was over a year ago (March of 2016), and my life has changed quite a bit since then. I now have two little ones to keep me busy, and I'm also working from home two days a week. I decided to do a photo an hour on a Thursday to share a look into my life on a day I work from home. On this day, Aaron was home in the afternoon, so the crazy was dialed back a notch. Starting this week it will be all mom all the time on Thursdays and Fridays until evening... oh boy.

{5:20am} I am up and reading my book (at the time it was The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand) while I pump. I am down to four pump sessions a day, starting when I get up, which is between 5 and 5:15am most days. While I don't necessarily enjoy pumping, I do like starting my day with some reading.

Goals for August and a July Goal Recap

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: August

I'm thrilled to be joining one of my favorite bloggers and long-time blog buddies Anne to co-host this month's Currently Linkup. August is always a time of transition, at least at our house, with Aaron going back to work, Jona celebrating a birthday, and summer winding to a close. Here are a few things that I'm currently up to so far this month. I hope you'll join the linkup and share a little bit of your August as well.

{currently: August 2017}

Summer Print Skirt and Thoughts on a Style Rut

Remember when I used to have regular style posts? It wasn't my intention to let those disappear. I find myself blogging in the little pockets of time that I can grab throughout the day, but taking outfit photos requires a bit more forethought than that. That's partly to blame, but also, I've been in a bit of a style rut. I look at my closet and I like what's in there, but I don't feel very excited about it.

I've been contemplating how to break out of this rut. Maybe a challenge of some kind? How do you get out of a style rut? One thing I've been thinking about lately is how to shop smarter. I'd like to shop more ethically, but often ethically-made items are significantly more expensive than their "fast fashion" counterparts. I get the reason why, I do, but the reality is that I have a very tight budget right now. I'm thinking that maybe I could shop more ethically by shopping second-hand. With sites like ThredUp, it's easy to find stylish used clothes in excellent condition.

I'm considering challenging myself to only shop second hand for a set amount of time--6 months maybe? Obviously there would be exceptions (Second hand underwear? I'll pass.), but I think a challenge like this might help me get out of my rut, ethically and on-budget. What do you think?

Blush pink cardigan: Old Navy (similar) | navy tee: J.Crew Factory (similar) | print skirt: Loft | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: Mama and Little | sandals: Target

Blush pink cardigan: Old Navy (similar) | navy tee: J.Crew Factory (similar) | print skirt: Loft | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: Mama and Little

Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. 

How We're Doing Baby Led Weaning: 7 Things I've Learned

I learned about baby-led weaning when Jona, now almost 4, was a baby. It sounded appealing at the time, but I didn't know enough about it to merit changing what I was already doing, which was feeding him traditional baby-food purees.

I think feeding went okay with Jona, but there were two issues that I hoped would go better the second time around. One was the transition from smooth to textured food; that was a challenge for Jona, and he gagged every time we gave him anything with a chunky texture there for a while. He still has issues with food texture (which is likely due to his highly sensitive nature, not our feeding choices). Also, he is SO picky. So, so picky. I know that is normal for a lot of kids his age, but if there were something I could try to make a kid less picky, sign me up.

After seeing this article on Still Being Molly, I decided that with Violet, I would give baby-led weaning a try. Before she turned 6 months old, I read the book Baby Led Weaning, Pinned a few articles, and prepared to get started in this non-traditional feeding method.

Violet is now 9 months old and we've been doing baby-led weaning for the past 3 months, and it has gone extremely well. I wanted to share a few things I've learned along the way to encourage others who are interested in trying it as well.

In My Library Tote: July Preschool Books

I've been making a lot of library trips this summer, and I never come home without bringing at least one book for Jona too, even if I was just picking up some of my holds. Bringing home new library books is like bringing home presents--he gets so excited. We have read some fun ones lately too. Here are a few that we've enjoyed together.

{preschool book picks for July}

Violet Lennon at 9 Months

Guys, my baby is 9 months old!! How is this possible?! It's so bittersweet. This age is so fun, and I love seeing her grow and change. But on the other hand, I want to hold on to her baby-ness as long as I can. Is this not the dilemma of moms everywhere?

In My Library Tote: July Book Picks

If this month's books had a theme, it would be "big feelings". While a couple of these were just lighthearted, fun reads, the rest inspired a wide range of emotions, reminding me why reading is my most-beloved hobby.

{recent reads: july}

$10 at Target: Kids Snack Baskets

It's Thursday at 8:00am at my house. Jona is sitting on the couch, Violet is on the floor, playing with some toys (likely ones that aren't hers, or not actual toys). They both just finished breakfast, and I turned some cartoons on, hoping that they're both occupied enough that I can get a little work done. 5 minutes in: "Mom, can I have a snack?" Me: "You just ate breakfast!" Jona: "Yeah, but can I have a snack?" "No, not yet. It's not snack time yet." I swear, I could have just given him a 3 course breakfast (#nothappening) and he'd still be begging for a snack 20 minutes later.

To Jona, snacks are the best thing ever. To me, they're about the most annoying. (Giving him snacks at least... I love a good snack myself.) While I want to have control over when he's allowed to have a snack, the idea of him getting the actual snack himself is appealing. So I cleared out a drawer in our pantry and made it just for Jona. I spent my $10 at Target this month on two baskets to corral snack options and special treat options. (The baskets were on sale for $3.99 each and I also picked up a box of animal crackers that was less than $2. Those got eaten before photos were taken.)

Summer Trip to Minneapolis: Packing List

I always love seeing other people's packing lists, so I thought I'd share what clothes I packed for our recent trip to Minneapolis. I started with a current favorite color combination - blush pink and olive - and I based my outfits off of that. We went in late June, but the weather there was pretty mild; if your destination is warmer I'd recommend swapping out the jeans for shorts.

{summer trip to Minneapolis: packing list}

Currently: July

Happy July and happy summer! Between our recent vacation and the 4th of July holiday, work weeks have been nice and short, and life has been good. As always, I'm joining Anne and her co-host this month, Stephanie, to share what I'm currently...

Goals for July and a June Goal Recap

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. 

June Clothing Budget

My shopping goal lately has been to stick to my "wardrobe holes" list, which I did a pretty good job of this month. The only things that were impulse purchases were the gingham sneakers and the foil print tee shirt. Considering all the sale emails I get, as well as the number of trips to Target I make, I'd say that's pretty good.

{june clothing budget}

Family Vacation to Minneapolis: Our Favorite Places to Visit

After we had Jona, Aaron and I decided that we'd like to visit at least one baseball stadium (other than our local Kauffman) every year. We went to St. Louis to see the Cardinals for Jona's first vacation, but until this year we haven't had a chance to visit any others. This year though we decided to make Violet's first vacation one to Minneapolis, to see the Twins play (and more of course).

We had a wonderful time, and everyone concluded that Minneapolis is a place we'd very much like to return to when we get a chance. Here are some of the highlights of our trip.

{kid-friendly destinations}

Minnesota Children's Museum - Recently renovated, this huge, interactive children's museum has so much to offer to kids of all ages. A few of Jona's favorite areas were "Our World", an interactive mini city, the "Backyard", an outdoor exhibit, the car wash area, and the seed-filled sensory tables. There's even a place for the baby/young toddler crowd, although since Violet was content to observe from the stroller, we didn't have a chance to check it out. If you have kids, this museum is a must-see in Minneapolis!

In My Library Tote: Preschool Book Picks for June

Our library started putting a little basket of staff favorites next to the check-out kiosk, and I think it's such a great idea. I'm in my library pretty regularly, but it's mostly just to pick up my holds; I don't do a lot of browsing. It's nice to have a few hand-picked favorites right in front of me that I may not find otherwise. I've come across a few that Jona has really enjoyed that way.

Here are a few recent favorites from various sources, including the library basket.

Violet Lennon at 8 Months

Violet turned 8 months old during our recent trip to Minneapolis, and I have to say I'm loving this age so far. Here's a little update on what Miss Violet has been up to lately.

{Violet at eight months}

In My Library Tote: Book Picks for June

Somehow the month of May came and went, and I forgot to do a blog post about what I read. Better late than never though I guess, so here are a few recent books from my library tote.

{What I Read}

Drawstring-Waist Skirt with Sneakers (and more from #LYBLforLess week 7)

I tend to live in denim, but when it starts to get hot outside I like having other options. I love finding skirts that work just as well dressed up as they do styled casually, and I think I found a winner here with this drawstring-waist one from Loft.

Paired with a tee shirt and slip on sneakers, this skirt is the "fancy" (although barely so) element for my fancy + casual prompt for this week's #LYBLforLess.

{fancy + casual}

Tee: J.Crew Factory (similar) | drawstring waist skirt: Loft | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: Mama and Little | slip on sneakers: Loft (similar)

Live Your Best Life (for less) Week 7

I hope you're having a good weekend! Ours has been busy, but fun. I wanted to pop in and quickly share this week's prompts for my June Live Your Best Life (for less) calendar. I hope you join me!

Currently: June

I think June is pretty great. The days are long, it's (usually) warm but not sweltering, all the good produce is in season (peaches! corn! cherries!), and there's baseball on just about every night.

As always, I'm joining Anne and her co-host this month, Erin, to share what I'm currently...

{veggie photo via unsplash}

Gingham Sneakers and an Embroidered Top (and more from #LYBLforLess week 6)

Do you know how to set yourself up for failure? Go to the shoe section at Target, just to browse, while there to buy household essentials. I mean, I wouldn't do that at an ice cream shop, right? So naturally I came home with some shoes on my last Target run - this cute little $17 gingham pair. I've been pretty good lately about only buying what I need, but every now and then, shoes happen.

Since one of my prompts for this week's LYBL calendar is "gingham love", I'm sharing how I styled these new gingham sneakers this weekend. I love how the little details keep this simple look--jeans, a white top, and sneakers--from being boring.

{gingham love}

Embroidered top: Alison Andrews, Target | jeans: Loft | earrings: Nickel and Suede | gingham sneakers: Target

Live Your Best Life (for less) Week 6

Over the weekend I learned something. A frozen banana may have the same texture as ice cream, but it still tastes like a banana. Whomp whomp. Jona and I made smoothies yesterday, of the peanut butter and chocolate variety. I poured them into our cups, getting pretty excited since it looked just like a milkshake. Jona tried his, made a face, and said "I don't like this." I wasn't too surprised, because he likes about 5 things right now. Then I tried it, made a face, and said "I don't like it either." It tasted like banana. I don't like banana (unless it's in banana bread). You'd think that I'd be smart enough to NOT make a smoothie out of frozen banana, but I really thought the other stuff would mask the banana flavor. Not so. Live and learn (and stick with milkshakes).

Anyway, here are the prompts for this week's Live Your Best Life (for less) June calendar. Just like last month's calendar prompts, these are also aimed at fostering more creativity, style, and contentment in your life.

Goals for June and May Goal Recap

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. 

Three Staples for Spring - 9 Looks

When I made the prompts for this week's outfits on my #LYBLforLess calendar, I unknowingly included three things that have been on my "spring staples" list for a long time: a jean jacket, chambray, and a vest. In fact, the pieces that I'm featuring in the below looks have all been in my closet for years, and they're still among my closet favorites. Trends are fun, but you can't go wrong with the classics. Here are a few ways I've previously styled this week's prompts.

{layer with chambray}

Chambray is right up there with stripes on my "things I'm addicted to" list. It's so wearable and versatile, and is perfect in any season. My chambray button-up is one of the most-worn items in my closet. It's great on its own, but also works well as a layering piece. 

Live Your Best Life (for Less) Week 5

It's (already!) the last week of May, which makes it week 5 of my #LYBLforLess challenge. I've been having so much fun doing this that I decided to make a calendar for June as well. Thanks to all of you who have been participating--I've seen some fun, creative outfits on Instagram (looking at you Alexandra and Mica!).

Here are this week's prompts for the end of May and the beginning of June. I'd love for you to join me in any or all of these ideas, aimed at fostering more creativity, style, and contentment in your life.

A Stubborn Perfectionist's Struggle with Breastfeeding: My Exclusive Pumping Story

My family still teases me about something I said in the hospital when I found out that I was going to have to have a c-section with my first-born, Jona. After the initial panic and disappointment faded, I said to Aaron and the nurses in the room, "But I didn't read that chapter [in the pregnancy books]!" Clearly, I like to be prepared.

I thought I had prepared myself for breastfeeding. I did read the chapters, as well as attend a class at the hospital. Just as many fellow moms warned me, however, the reality was something I couldn't prepare for. My milk took several days to come in, Jona couldn't and wouldn't latch, and on top of everything else my supply was inadequate. After weeks of agony, I gave up breastfeeding and pumped and supplemented with formula. After three months I quit pumping entirely, because the amount I was making wasn't enough to justify the time and effort I was putting in to feeling like a dairy cow.

Favorite Floral for Spring (and more from #LYBLforLess Week 4)

As I was assessing my closet needs yesterday (prompted by my LYBL Calendar), I was thinking about how my style has changed over the last few years. Before I started my current job, I was a teacher (for a short time) and my wardrobe was mostly business casual. For the first couple of years with the company I work for, I pretty much wore the same type of thing I wore to teach. However, since becoming a mom, I've noticed my wardrobe shift much closer to the casual end of business casual. The office where I work has a very laid-back dress code, and now that I work from home two days a week there just aren't that many days when I need to dress up. Mom life just doesn't jive with the colorful pencil skirts I used to love so much.

I find myself creating simple outfits with jeans, paired with basics like tee shirts, more than anything else. I love it when I find tops that work equally well for both mom-days and work-days, and I feel like this floral tee from loft does just that. It's definitely my "favorite floral" right now.

Has your style changed recently? 

This week's #LYBLforLess prompts:

{favorite floral}

Floral tee: Loft (similar) | distressed jeans: Mossimo, Target | earrings: Nickel and Suede | striped espadrilles: Loft (similar)

Live Your Best Life (for Less) Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of my Live Your Best Life for Less challenge. And what a week it's been! Jona's preschool had to close on Monday because so many teachers were out with a stomach bug, so I was home with him. Then Tuesday Violet's babysitter was off so I was home with her all day. Thursday and Friday are my usual days to work from home, and those happened to be days that Aaron had evening commitments so they felt extra long, and extra challenging because work was extremely busy as well. To top things off, both kids caught some sort of virus and Jona's been running a fever since Friday night. And I've been running on coffee, wine, and ice cream. (Sorry, Violet.)

Anyway, here are the prompts for week 4. I'd love for you to join me in any or all of these ideas, aimed at fostering more creativity, style, and contentment in your life.

Violet Lennon at 7 Months

Babies grow and change all the time, but it seems like the past month has brought so many changes for our sweet Violet. She's no longer content to just observe her surroundings; she has to be part of everything now. Also, more and more I see that despite the fact that their baby photos look nearly identical (other than eye color), Violet is so much different than Jona was at this age.

Olive and Blush (and More from #LYBLforLess Week 3)

As part of my Live Your Best Life for Less challenge this month, I'm trying to shop my closet and come up with more creative outfits using weekly outfit idea prompts. My goal is to get more wear out of what I have, as well as discover a few things I would like to add to my wardrobe. This week's prompts are olive and blush, graphic tee at work, and leopard with spring brights.

While I tend to be pretty classic as far as style goes, I also like to experiment with unique color combinations. I paired this olive peplum tee with blush accessories the other day, and I really liked how it turned out. I've been drawn to both of those colors lately, and I think they go surprisingly well together.

Olive peplum tee: Mossimo, Target (similar) | jeans: Loft (similar) | earrings: Nickel and Suede | teething necklace: Mama and Little | jeweled sandals: Target (similar)

$10 at Target: Cocktail Time

On my long list of things I love about spring, one that's at the top is eating outside. We have a covered patio in our back yard, so we've been taking advantage of outdoor dining pretty much every day the weather has allowed. Also, since Violet is just getting started with solids, outdoor dining means we don't have to worry about what she drops on the ground. (As you can imagine, Ellie, our dog, is ecstatic about this whole solid foods adventure.)

And what goes better with outdoor dining than a glass of wine, a beer, or a cocktail? This month I wanted to spend my $10 at Target on something I could use for outdoor eating or drinking. I saw this cute plastic stemless wine glass set for $9.99 and knew it would be perfect. They're meant for wine (and believe me, they'll get used for that plenty) but I thought it would also be fun to fill them with a fresh, light cocktail. 

Live Your Best Life {for Less} Week 3

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there! I hope you're having a wonderful day and getting pampered. Or at least getting some peace and quiet, which I think may be every mom's dream. It's mine anyway! Anyway, I'm back with the third week of my Live Your Best Life for Less May Calendar. I'd love for you to join me in any or all of these ideas, aimed at fostering more creativity, style, and contentment in your life.