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October Goals


As predicted, September was a full month, but such a good one. Charlie had a wonderful third birthday (complete with an Amtrak train ride and outer space-themed cupcakes), and just two days later, we found out that baby Kirk is a girl!! Finding out the gender of our babies makes the whole experience so much more real to me. We’re already loving calling baby girl by name and dreaming of how our lives will change with a daughter in our family. My heart melts in a puddle envisioning Charlie with a little sister! Spending the last weekend of the month in Virginia Beach with our dear friends was the cherry on top, especially since they have a toddler boy and a baby girl. This was our second annual trip for our two families, and if we keep up the tradition next year, we’ll have added an additional child each year. This season of life sure is fun :)

September Favorites:

1. Within a few hours of finding out baby Kirk was a girl, I moved a few Solly Baby items from my secret Pinterest board to my cart! I love Solly’s products and mission—if you’re a mama, be sure to follow them on Instagram for lots of encouragement (plus the sweetest photos). This gorgeous floral wrap, this matching sleeper set (her coming home outfit!), and this sleep gown are on their way.
2. I haven’t been too interested in many parenting books, but this one was fascinating to me. I was encouraged to read that we’re already using a handful of Montessori principles in our home, and found lots of new ideas to complement and reinforce those things. I borrowed the book from the library, but plan to buy a copy to underline and reference often.
3. I’ve been so excited about Margaux for Gal Meets Glam Collection, which launched earlier this week! All four shoe styles are gorgeous, high-quality, super comfortable, and limited-edition, so don’t miss out if you have your eye on a pair. I wear my Margaux flats (seen here) ALL the time and can’t recommend them enough. I got The Boot from the GMGC collection and cannot wait to take them for a spin this weekend (since the temperature will finally fall below 80!).
4. Blessed Is She launched their 2019 Advent and Christmas journal yesterday! I’ve been using their journals every year since 2015 and they have become such an important part of my Advent season. I know it still feels far away, but go ahead and grab one here before they sell out so you’ll be totally ready come December 1.
5. Dave and I have been trying to get better about using our real camera to capture everyday moments. A few weeks ago, we binge-watched a bunch of videos on this YouTube channel and picked up some great tips that have been incredibly easy to implement.

September Goals:

1. Finish The Heart of Perfection and pray through 33 Days to Merciful Love. (The latter is ongoing and wonderful so far!)
2. Plan ahead for the many October feast days that are special to our family.
3. Redo our laundry closet.
4. Work out with the Studio Tone It Up app pregnancy routines three times a week.
5. Finish curating 2017 photos and design album.
6. Gracefully enter into life as a school family.

October Goals:

1. Complete 33 Days to Merciful Love, and then add reading St. Faustina’s diary back into my daily prayer routine.
2. Carry out our October feast day celebrations!
3. Join in with the Ashley Brooke book club for the month—I’ve enjoyed every book she has recommended so far!
4. Redo our laundry closet.
5. For real…three workouts a week! I looked through my bump photos from my pregnancy with Charlie the other day and realized that even though I feel like it’s already been a long time, I have a looong way to go with this pregnancy. I know I will really regret it in a few months if I don’t start building up my strength now.
6. Spend an hour this week mapping out some upcoming blog/social media content. This is my favorite time of year for blogging and I don’t want it to get away from me!
7. Finish curating 2017 photos and design album.
8. Plan our babymoon! We’re headed to Asheville at the very beginning of November, so let me know any favorite spots we should check out while we’re there. (And if you’re Asheville-bound this fall, take a look at this recap from our trip there last year, friends and toddlers in tow!)






  1. Angie says:

    We loved visiting the Biltmore! The house and grounds were beautiful and they have a beautiful garden area. I can’t remember exactly when we went but it was sometime in November and they were beginning to put up Christmas decorations.

    • Lisa says:

      We are actually staying at The Inn on the Biltmore Estate and bought a package that includes the Christmas Candelight Tour…so all of the above are at the top of our list! :)

  2. Allison says:

    I am swept away by your daintiness every time I visit your blog and Instagram. You feel so whispful and delicate. It is a daydream of my to live more like you. :)

    • Lisa says:

      That is very, very kind–thank you! Rest assured though that just because I don’t share the times when I lose my patience or am in a bad mood doesn’t mean that those things don’t happen often!

  3. Viktorija says:

    I lived in Asheville for ten years before moving to Durham. :) Favorites places include Nine Mile and Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company (there are two locations—the one on Merrimon has a movie theatre—so fun! The other location is downtown). For drinks, hubs and I absolutely loved Waterbird on Charlotte Street (discovered on our most recent trip back). Have fun!

  4. Em says:

    I was a little out of the loop and didn’t realize that Solly had clothing – so cute!! Love her little coming home outfit :)

    • Lisa says:

      I think it’s pretty new…maybe as of last year? I just got the order in the mail today and everything is so sweet and magically soft!!

  5. Emma says:

    Thanks for sharing the YouTube channel for photography tips! I am excited to check that out! I know you say that you’re usually bad at guessing baby genders, but did you kind of have a feeling baby would be a girl?? (asking because I thought baby would be a girl and I am only observing and feeling through a screen, haha!) Either way, congratulations!!
    PS: I agree with Allison above that your content has a very dreamy curation; I am looking forward to the fall content you’ll be crafting soon! :D

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks so much, Emma–I really appreciate that encouragement!! And that is a good question, haha! I was suspicious I was having a girl because my pregnancy has been SO different from my pregnancy with Charlie and I did have a dream it was a girl. Since I am literally almost always wrong though, I really didn’t want to try to convince myself either way!

  6. Dana says:

    Any tasteful fall decor posts coming up? Trying to reign Ian in by refusing to buy anything until we go to a pumpkin patch, but I puts tons of candles from my wedding on my mantle for a spooky and not ugly look. Happy October!


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