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

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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.