In My Library Tote: Preschool Books on Favorite Subjects

I love to bring home a variety of books to read with Jona. I'm often surprised by the ones he loves, and the variety ensures that there are several that I love as well. However, books on certain subjects are guaranteed to please. Today's round-up features books about dinosaurs, construction vehicles, and robots, all of which are favorite subjects for my four-year-old boy.

{preschool books: favorite subjects}


Floral Swing Dress for Fall

I love dresses. Any season, they are one of my favorite things to wear. However, in the year after having Violet, most of my dresses sat in my closet, unworn, because they were not nursing or pumping-friendly. Now that my body is no longer being used to feed a child, I'm saying hello again to all my dresses.

Recently eShakti reached out to me about collaborating, and the first thing that came to mind was "Ooh, I know they have some great dresses!" I got a dress from eShakti in the past and was very happy with it. I did a little research and learned that eShakti is committed to providing a safe working environment for all employees, and at its factories in India they have a minimum age requirement of 18 and they exceed the minimum wage by 70%. Shopping more ethically has been one of my more recent goals, and one of the reasons I've been shopping secondhand for the past few months. (My secondhand challenge is still going strong--I just can't say no to a gorgeous, ethically-made, FREE dress!)

Anyway, what I love about eShakti is that they have seemingly limitless options for customization. I was drawn to this pretty print dress because of the gorgeous fall colors and swingy shape. I opted for full-length sleeves instead of the original three-quarter sleeves, because I prefer that style (cold wrists and forearms, no thank you). I also changed the neckline from a jewel neck to a scoop neck, because I think it's more flattering with the swingy shape. I absolutely love this dress and I'm happy with the customizations that I selected; it really does feel like the perfect fall dress for me.

Here are two ways to wear a floral swing dress in cool fall weather.

Live Your Best (Holiday) Life: Week 3

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week? That just blows my mind. For all my talk of getting started on Christmas early, I've hardly done anything. Maybe this week I'll get it in gear. In the meantime, let's talk about this week's Live Your Best (Holiday) Life prompts, shall we?


{What is #LYBHolidayL?}


Alexandra, of Simply Alexandra, and I created a challenge for the month of November to help us focus on self-care, contentment, and gratitude this holiday season. Each day we have a prompt to inspire creativity, organization, and a sense of peace during this often crazy month. 

Every Monday we'll each share the week's prompts on our blogs, with ideas for ways to incorporate them into your life. We'd love for you to join in! You can find the full list of prompts on Instagram, and also at the bottom of this post. Be sure to tag your posts with #LYBHolidayL so we can see them.

In My Library Tote: New Perspectives

I read for a number of reasons, but one such reason is to expand my worldview. I love opening a book and jumping into a world that is completely unlike my own. It's not necessarily to escape, although from time to time that is appealing, but instead I read primarily to learn. While lately I have been trying to embrace non-fiction, at the end of the day I learn best through story.

Here are five recent reads that have, for better or worse, helped me see the world through a perspective much different from my own.


{recent reads: new perspectives} 



Live Your Best (Holiday) Life: Week 2

It's Monday and it's the second week of our Live Your Best (Holiday) Life for Less challenge! Thanks to everyone who has been participating so far; I've loved seeing your posts on Instagram.


{What is #LYBHolidayL?}


Alexandra, of Simply Alexandra, and I created a challenge for the month of November to help us focus on self-care, contentment, and gratitude this holiday season. Each day we have a prompt to inspire creativity, organization, and a sense of peace during this often crazy month. 

Every Monday we'll each share the week's prompts on our blogs, with ideas for ways to incorporate them into your life. We'd love for you to join in! You can find the full list of prompts on Instagram, and also at the bottom of this post. Be sure to tag your posts with #LYBHolidayL so we can see them. 

November Goals and October Wins

Each month I share my goals as a way to motivate myself to get things done and stay accountable. 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 the previous month's goals, I'm sharing only the accomplishments to focus on the positive. 


Currently: November

November, I am SO ready for you. October thoroughly kicked my butt. So I am happily turning that calendar page and welcoming the fresh start of a new month.

As always, I'm joining Anne and this month's co-host Julie for the monthly currently linkup to share a few things I've been up to lately.


{currently: november}