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// Hello October


Holy October! This year has flown by. I'm definitely enjoying the cooler temps in the morning, and the changing foliage outside our windows. I've been getting really excited about Halloween this year. Last year was such a bust since there were really really bad storms when the kids were supposed to go Trick or Treating. We even took Toby to the next town over the next night to try and do a little something but again, it was a bust. Nothing beats walking around the local neighborhoods and watching Toby knock on the same doors I knocked on at his age. Toby is pretty set on being a Power Ranger for Halloween this year, and I can't help but scour the internet for ideas for Linden. A kid only gets one first Halloween! (Here's Toby's "Halfway Homemade" costume from last year!) Part of me wishes Toby would be game to let me do another halfway homemade costume, but he's got hearts in his eyes for a straight-from-the-pack costume haha Whatever makes him happy! Let's all cross our fingers for good weather. I know it's a full four weeks away, but I can't help but get excited.

This outfit is pretty standard for me during the Autumn months. I wear this jacket on the daily. I haven't worn this dress since last Summer (seen here!) but if I hadn't been pregnant this Spring/Summer then I would've worn the daylights out of it. I seriously love this dress so much. The only downside to it is that it's a polyester dress so it does not breathe at all! Since I wear Linden almost all day, it wasn't exactly the best choice. It totally felt like we were stuck together haha I changed into a cotton dress after we got home and all was well. (I bet my neighbors think my grey cotton dress is the only dress I own because it's my "pajama" dress and I walk to the mailbox in it every morning... Yikes! haha) Anyway, you'll probably see a lot of this jacket on the blog since I wear it so often. I tend to gravitate to sage, rust, and saffron a lot this time of year (Who doesn't?!) Hopefully it'll help me make a lot of my Summer dresses Fall-appropriate.  

Linden has been surprisingly chill so far this week and I'm reallllly hoping he'll stay that way. He's started being awake a bit more during the day now, and he's usually really content to sit in his rockaRoo for a little bit following a feed. Then he likes to be held for a while and then he plays on his little activity mat. I should be using all of that hands-free time to get some actual work done, but I usually find myself sitting right beside him starting at him haha I just can't help it. The "newborn" is starting to wear off and he's starting to become an engaging little infant. I can't wait to hear him giggle!

I've been doing a lot of sign paintings lately and they've been so fun. I took a little break from blog designs for a few weeks to give myself some breathing room, but I'm about to dive back in head first. I'm also gearing up for the holiday rush for signs. It always seems to hit me mid-October so I'm trying to be prepared! Gonna paint my little hands off!

JCPenney dress (Isabel + Nina)
Zara jacket
Target flats

// Instagram Favorites: September

Here is my fourth installation of my monthly Instagram favorites. Each month I choose 5 accounts to highlight and I share a few of their most recent snaps that I've enjoyed. Some are highly curated, some include more "real" moments, and some are just really nice to look at. Hopefully you find a few new favorites to follow! As always, you're welcome to share your favorite accounts, or even links to your own, in the comments below! xo
 
Shauna's feed is SO dreamy. Not only does she have the cutest family (with baby boy #2 on the way!!!), but she has an incredible sense of style. The photos she posts of her home always have me drooling. She's one-half of the team behind Forage Haberdashery, Seed House Stationers, and Something's Hiding In Here. Crazy talented, right? But even better, she's one of the kindest and most supportive people I've ever had the privilege of knowing. Seriously, y'all. This gal is SUCH a gem. We adore her!


Marlyn's feed is just really really sweet. She's a total doll and she's expecting her first little one, too! (You'll notice a trend in my favorites, I'm sure. I'm a sucker for a Mom-stagrammer!) I really love the photos she shares of the California coast.


Beca and Doug post on the Tumbleweeds Instagram and if you don't know them already, you're probably living under a rock. They were the creators of the original wooden veneer sunglasses. They are such hard workers and so so kind. Beca made all of the delicious desserts for our wedding (!!!) and I don't think we could ever possibly thank her enough. There's little this girl can't do!


Honey and Fizz is a new account I've recently started following. I just love all of the "happiness" that is shared on her account! There's so much color and vibrancy. I really, really want that flamingo pool float! I know it's the last day of September and all, but seriously... it's awesome.


Alexis' feed is so cute. She's adorable and I love the photos she shares of her little family. I really dig all of the cool rope wall hangings that she creates! I really want to try my hand at one sometime. I think it'd be super cute in our bedroom! And those pipe vases?! Genius!

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And those are my September favorites! I'll be back next month to share another round of lovely Instagrammers. Feel like sharing your own or tossing your hat into the ring? Leave your links below! xo 

See other monthly favorites HERE!

// Tea Box Express

 
For the past couple of months I've been working behind the scenes on something super fun. It's neither my brainchild, nor my venture, but I've been lucky enough to play a small role in someone else's dream. At the very beginning of the Summer I had an interesting email in my inbox. It was from a gal named Andrea who was hoping to launch her own tea subscription box. She was the author of a tea-centric blog and website, and since she and her husband owned a shipping store she thought it would be a great way to marry the two. She was looking for someone to help with the PR and marketing side of things. You know, the social stuff. I was so flattered by her invitation to join. And excited, too! I was totally on board with everything she was dreaming up. I spent several weeks before Linden arrived getting things ready for the launch. We both knew that once I had a baby at home I'd be a bit strapped for time. Luckily everything has worked out wonderfully because the time has come to launch Tea Box Express!

Being part of the action from the very beginning has been so fun! The name, the logo, the box inclusions! I love getting a little sneak peek at the action, and being able to put my small little stamp where invited. Tea Box Express' first box will ship in mid-October, but in order to get your hands on the pilot collection, you'll have to order by the end of the day on October 1st! 
Each month there will be a new theme, and that's where the contents come in. October's theme is "Bee Happy" and includes a bevy of bee-themed goodies like the best tasting honey I've ever had, a honey dipper, a bright yellow tea bag rest, and some delicious black tea. Oh and I can't forget the gourmet bee shaped sugar cookie! There's also a little quote print with space on the back for you to fill out your own 'Happy List." October's box is all about positivity and trying to see the bright side of things. I'm so tickled with how it came out!

If you're a tea or subscription box fan, this box is perfect for you. But even better than that, it makes an incredible gift! It's thoughtful and useful without being "too much" or pointless. Whether it's for your mom, grandma, favorite teacher, or next door neighbor, they're sure to love it! And if you think October's theme is a good one, just wait until November! Let's just say it'll spice up your morning cup!
If you're interested in ordering your own box or giving one as a gift, pop over to the Tea Box Express website to learn more. You can keep up with the silly things I share on behalf of TBE by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. (The TBE Facebook page is seriously overflowing with AMAZING tea-inspired awesomeness! I'm totally biased, but it's true!) And just as a token of our excitement, here's a 20% off coupon, too! Use the code CLUELESSGIRL20 and let me know what you think if you order! I'm excited to share the future boxes with y'all!

// BAGGAGE: v.1 - Mike's Backpack

I'm a sucker for "What's in my bag" posts because I'm a naturally nosy person. I love seeing what people find important enough to carry around with them on a daily basis. I thought a fun new feature for the blog would be a "What's in my bag" feature that y'all could participate in! I didn't want it to be limited to just purses though, because that's pretty boring. I want to see what you have in your laptop bag, diaper bag, makeup bag, whatever! What do you consider an essential when traveling or going to school? I think the contents of someone's bag can tell a whole lot about them. Our first feature is Mike and his school bag!


Everlane backpack (c/o) // pharmacology + med/surg books // iPhone 5c // pen light // bandage scissors // student nurse ID // jolly rancher candies // flash cards // stethescope // Acer Iconica Tab 8 tablet (c/o Intel Tablets) // Vitapens highlighters // various pens // Denik notebook

Hey, I’m Mike. I’m a nursing student by day, and a father, business co-owner, wannabe musician by night. My backpack is a staple throughout my week. As I start my clinical rotations it will see less day to day use but will still be with me on classroom days, and will still be home to my always important study tools. Important because there is always studying. Always

My backpack is made by Everlane. I really like it because the thick canvas it’s made from can definitely take a beating which is important since I often sling my bag into the bed of my truck before heading out in the mornings. Aside from durability I also love the look of the bag. I think it’s a bit more stylish than a typical Jansport or whatever. It fits the “super smart nursing student that plays guitar on the tailgate of his truck between classes” look I’m going for. 

MIKE'S BACKPACK ESSENTIALS

Flash Cards - No nursing student's backpack would be complete without flash cards. They are one of the most effective ways to study for me. The combination of writing the cards, reading them and saying them out loud with Kaelah really drives in the information.

Stethoscope - I mean what could be more important for a nurse than a stethoscope? It’s one of the most valuable tools for assessing a patient, and let’s be honest, nothing feels more nursey than tossing a stethoscope around your neck. 

Tablet - I love carrying our Acer tablet (c/o Intel Tablets) in my backpack. It’s really convenient for studying on the go since all of my text books are available in PDF format online. It’s also great for looking up new terminology I may come across really quickly. Probably the most useful thing about the tablet is the apps available for studying or for quick reference. There's an app called Epocrates that is my favorite. You can find any drug information you need. Don’t know how much Fluconazole to give your pediatric patient? The answer is just a click away. 

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BAGGAGE is a new feature on The Clueless Girl's Guide where I invite folks to share the contents of their bags. We all like a little sneak peek at what others are carrying around, right? If you'd like to share what you tote around in your purse/backpack/makeup bag, feel free to get in touch! I'd love to have you!


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content, product, access or other forms of payment. (Acer table c/o Intel - no other compensation was provided)

// Things I Love Thursday v.201

♥ this sounds like my kind of party ♥
this miiiight be my new favorite gif ♥
this new tea subscription box (!!!) ♥
these jackets! ♥
this. i love seeing peeks of people's workspaces ♥
this rad tattoo ♥
♥ this gorgeous photo (source?) ♥
♥ this! ♥

// Get your first and fifth Graze boxes for FREE by clicking here!

// Roxy shared a post on what you can find in her conference bag!




// Get stylish clothing delivered straight to your door... skip the long lines and fussy fitting rooms!

// This nightstand makeover is fantastic!


// My sister in law is a flight attendant and I would hate to be working any of these flights! What's the most inappropriate thing you've ever seen on a plane? (I don't have any juicy stories... but the NYC subway? That's a whole different ballgame...)

// Wishlist Wears: this dress would look amazing with any color cardigan // the mesh panels on these heels are fun // i love the fuschia on this little number // the pattern on this skirt is everything // clear galoshes! (do y'all call them galoshes? wellies? rain boots?) // this mauve scarf! // and this chunky knit one!


What are you loving this week?