I answered several of the questions from the prompt below, so read on to see what's been going on around here this month.
What I'm eating this week:
I'm so redundant with meals. I posted about this salad mix and some of my other Trader Joe's favorites back in June, and I still use this stuff almost every day for lunch. Instead of using the mix-ins that come in the bag, I add my own chicken, dried cranberries, goat cheese and wontons and toss it with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar (Trader Joe's Gold Balsamic is my favorite).
What I'm loving:
On the fashion front, I'm loving choker necklaces and I posted a few of my personal favorites and wishlist pieces here. Aside from fashion, I'm loving family life! October was packed with a lot of family fun from pumpkin patches to fall festivals to Halloween parties and I enjoyed every minute.
What I've been up to:
Aside from the obvious blogging and mom life stuff, I'm still training in Tae Kwon Do (I attend classes with my kids) and slowly moving up the belt ranks. And of course, I still love to take dance classes and consider that my "girl's night out" one night a week.
What I'm working on:
I spent a little time last week cleaning out my closet and switching out some of my summer sandals for boots and booties. I have a few things I feel like I should sell rather than donate, but as always I am indecisive about the best way to do that. (Poshmark? Instagram Story? Instagram Closet?) If you have a preference for buying or selling let me know in the comments!
What I'm watching:
I'm still tuning in to Dancing with the Stars every week! So far none of my favorites have been eliminated, and I am predicting that the finals will come down to Val/Laurie and Sharna/James. (And coincidentally those happen to be my top two favorites!)
What I'm reading:
Last month I finished two books, so here's my quick review on each of those:
I shared my initial thoughts on Pledged when I was about 20% into this book last month and my opinion didn't change by the time I finished. It was an interesting look at Sorority life, but it wasn't a smooth read. There were so many girls and characters and story lines it was hard to follow. On top of that, the author kept interrupting the girls' stories to share documentary-style facts and studies about Greek Life. That just made it even more difficult to keep track of what was going on. I did learn a lot and find it fascinating, it just wasn't a page-turner and I felt like it needed to be two separate books, not one.
Swept Away: Sacha recommended this book on her Snapchat and it was a fun, easy read. As I put this post together I noticed that the original title of this book was "Runaway Mistress," and that actually fits the story better. At first I was put off by the main character's lifestyle of "professional mistress." But things changed quickly for her and I enjoyed the character's evolution and her change in perspective on what things really matter in life.
I just purchased November 9 to read next but am only about 4 pages in so not much to say about it yet. However I already decided I need to finish it by November 9. It just makes sense.
What I'm listening to:
I've been listening to the entire Halsey album "Badlands" lately, and if you need something to get you in a spooky, creepy mood for Halloween, it's perfect. Haunting and Control are especially perfect for this time of year!
What I'm wearing:
Every month I recap my top four most-liked Instagram outfits of the month. This month I'm sharing the top four that still have exact options available for key pieces. Most people prefer shopping for exact vs. similar items so I try to give those more blog space when possible.
Express (Similar Option w/ more Sizes) | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Bag: c/o Fossil | Watch: c/o Fossil | Bracelets: Express | Booties: Target | Ring: Nordstrom
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BB Dakota | Cami: Express | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Short Necklace: Kendra Scott | Long Necklace: Express | Shoes: Amazon (Similar) | Bag: Amazon | Ring: Nordstrom
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Express | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Amazon | Necklace: J Crew (Similar) | Nails: Essie "Model Clicks"
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Nordstrom | Cami: Express (Current) | Jeans: Express | Bag: Amazon | Shoes: Amazon | Necklace: Amazon | Ring: Nordstrom | (Front view of this outfit here)
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What I'm looking forward to next month:
I'm ready for the election to be over next month. Enough said!
Bonus Question: Favorite Halloween memory or tradition?
Last year my husband helped make Halloween very memorable for a lot of people in the neighborhood with his costume (below). Some of our friends in the neighborhood secretly let him into their house to hide in their garage and then come scare family members (just adults! not kids). He had some really funny stories to tell afterwardds. Mind you, I am sure that if I were one of the adults he scared I don't think I would find it nearly as funny! So I'm fully prepared for karma to come and get me this year (and beyond) for laughing at the expense of everyone who went running out of their homes after seeing my husband dressed up!
Thanks for catching up with me today and I'll see back on Friday!