Reading: French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billion
This book was an impulse purchase made during a 2am nursing session during Wilder's first few sleepless weeks of newborn life. I'm only 1/3 of the way through, but I'm really enjoying the story and subsequent "Food Rules" Le Billion has laid out thus far. I have not actually reached the part where one learns how to make your own child eat everything though, so will reserve final praise until I've finished.
Wanting: An entire new closet (I'm just being honest here). In all seriousness, I'm working on slowly transitioning my closet into a capsule wardrobe. It's a great concept - a small amount of clothing you mix and match to create a larger number of outfits (think those chic 'how to pack for Europe in a carry-on suitcase' pins you see on Pinterest, only using that as your full-time closet for the season).
Fantastic Capsule Wardrobe Example courtesy Color Me Courtney
The hard thing about paring down to the essentials in your closet is realizing how many pieces you own that you'd like to swap for more useful items when your shopping budget is $0. Pulling a Tim Gunn here and "making it work". More on this later.
Needing: To not want to buy new clothes. The kids to both sleep through the night more than once every 6 weeks. To finally create a good house cleaning schedule.
Buying: I was a good mom and put all of my birthday money towards Waverly's new school uniforms (hello, cutest toddler saddle shoes on the planet!), but did splurge on a neon pink messy bow head wrap for Waverly from Ruby Blue.
I discovered the brand after seeing my blog friend Fancy Ashley's daughter rocking some amazing messy bows on Instagram over the past month. It turns out that they're water/pool safe too, so I decided to get myself an adult sized head wrap to hold back my hair when I wash my face. So fun.
Listening To: Jamie Cullum Pandora station. Wilder crying through the baby monitor because he's refusing to go down for an afternoon nap (for the 4th time this week).
Planning: Waverly's first day of school next week. Setting up my own printed weekly calendar/planning binder, as my Whitney English Day Designer finished in July. While I loved (looooved) my Day Designer, I need something smaller/lighter to tote around in my purse/diaper bag for 2 still in diapers. Also, I'm trying to spend money more responsibly (aka not buying something just because I want it). I already have a printer, paper, and access to the Internet (all wonderful things I'm trying not to take for granted), so will just go with a pretty, free printable until I come up with a better solution.
So far, this free printable from The Handmade Home takes the cake.
Googling: Recipes for easy to make party hors d'oeuvres made with ingredients that are supposed to be "good for your skin". I'm hosting a little cocktail hour and fundraiser this weekend with some sorority sisters to celebrate the launch of my Rodan + Fields business. The idea of skin-friendly apps to go along with the skincare party theme could either be really adorable, or really dumb. The jury's still out. I'll keep you posted.
Cooking: I've been working on some simple, delicious rotisserie chicken crock pot projects that I hope to blog about soon.
Experimenting: With making my own chicken stock from scratch. Trying to blog every day.
Dreaming: Life in London. This Phoenix heat is really starting to cramp my style, so I find myself mentally relocating my family to a rainy, drizzly fall afternoon in England at least 10 times a day. Loving the idea of moving back to Cambridge and walking the banks of the River Cam with my wellie-clad littles. Bliss.
What has been on your radar this week? I'd love to hear from you! xo