$10 at Target: Happy Halloween!

I've never been a big Halloween person, but Jona's growing excitement makes me want to get in the spirit. Over the last couple of years I've been slowly amassing a few Halloween decorations for my house, but because they're so short-lived I don't want to spend a ton of money. Enter the Target $1 Spot.

They nailed it again this year, and last time I was there I picked up a few fun Halloween goodies for my house. For just $10, I found some jack-o-lantern string lights ($3), a spiderweb cup/vase thing ($3), and a trick-or-treat/out of candy door sign ($3).

Do you do a lot of decorating for Halloween? 

In My Library Tote: Preschool Books Featuring Animals

For a kid who is mostly indifferent about real-life animals, Jona sure loves books that feature animals in the story. Maybe because he knows that the book won't spontaneously start barking, or because horses in a story are far less large and intimidating than the real deal. Either way, we do read lots of books with animals around here, and here are a few we've enjoyed lately.

{preschool book picks: books with animals}

In My Library Tote: Books with Secrets

What kind of book are you drawn to? For me, I've mentioned before that fast-paced thrillers with a big plot twist tend to suck me in, but typically leave me disappointed. However, a story that involves a secret or a hidden past, with plenty of drama but not necessarily a big twist, that's more my speed. Here are a few recent reads that all involve secrets, both kept and discovered.

{recent reads: secrets} 

Wine Colored Pants 2 Ways for Fall

While I own plenty of neutrals, wearing color makes me happy in a way that no amount of navy blue, gray, or black can. Most of my color comes in the form of tops and accessories, but I also love the statement that a boldly-colored pair of pants or skirt can make. When I found this wine-colored (berry? plum? hooray for hard-to-describe colors!) pair of pants from Gap on ThredUp last month I quickly added them to my cart.

I think sometimes people are intimidated by wearing color on bottom, but I think it can be just as easy as on the top half--similarly, it's just all about balance. Here are two ways to wear this surprisingly versatile closet staple. One for the still-mostly-warm days we've had lately, and one for the cooler weather to come.

October Goals and September Wins

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. 

Also, I decided to change up how I share my previous month's goals. Inspired by Rising Shining, the blog written by Kelsey of The Girl Next Door podcast (a favorite of mine), instead of sharing how well I did on each stated goal, I'm sharing accomplishments for the prior month to focus on the positive. 

While it wasn't a goal last month to take a picture with the Weiner-mobile, I'll count it as a win!

Currently: October

This time last year I was impatiently awaiting the arrival of Violet, and this year I can hardly believe she's almost 1. This year really has flown by. October is a month that's bursting at the seams, with lots of birthdays, fall events, and crazy work schedules. With everything that's going on, I hope to make space for some calm, quiet moments in the midst of all the fun (and chaos).

As always, I'm linking with Anne and her co-host this month, Dana, to share what I'm currently up to.

Favorite Mom Style Item: the Dressy Tee

Since becoming a mom, and especially now that I work from home two days a week, my style has become increasingly casual. Pencil skirts and pumps just don't make a lot of sense anymore when I spend most days in an office with people wearing jeans, or at home on the floor trying to keep Violet out of Jona's tiny legos. However, I love finding pieces that make me feel a little more dressed up, yet are still comfortable and appropriate for my lifestyle.

Lately, my favorite such piece is the "dressy tee", which is just as it sounds--a top with the cut and comfort of a tee shirt, but with details that make it a bit more special. In my most recent ThredUp haul, I found two more of these tees to add to my wardrobe. One with lace details and another with sequin embellishments, both are as comfortable as a tee shirt, but make me feel a little bit more put-together.