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}