September Clothing Budget and October Wishlist

September was month two of my 6 month Secondhand Shopping Challenge. Not surprisingly, my clothing budget went to ThredUp, just like it did last month. I'm so addicted to that site, and they have so much to choose from that so far I don't miss shopping for new clothes at all. Here's what I bought this month.

{September Purchases}

In My Library Tote: Surprise (and Not-So Surprise) Preschool Favorites

Sometimes I pick up a book for 4-year-old Jona and I know immediately that he will love it. Books about dinosaurs, construction, or anything by Mo Willems are always a safe bet. However, sometimes I bring one home thinking it might end up in the dreaded "pile of ignored books" and I'm surprised to find out that Jona loves it and wants to read it again and again. We encountered a few such surprise favorites this month.

{Surprise Preschool Favorites}

Violet Lennon at 11 Months

In just one month this sweet girl will turn one! I can't even believe it. She's growing and changing so fast and has so much personality. Being her mom is the best.

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.