Friday faves

Everett[my little smizer]

If you haven’t heard about the solar eclipse by now, you may want to check your pulse. Set to hit on Monday the 21st, the totality of the eclipse will vary across the U.S. based on your location. Find out just how much of it (and when) you will see it by entering your zip code here.

Considering how much time I spend in Target on an annual basis, I’m surprised this article wasn’t about me. But alas, I never did a maternity shoot. Guess I missed that opportunity…

When we were in Hays last weekend, we went shopping uptown and of course I found all sorts of things to bring back with me. But the best purchase was definitely this stemless stainless steel tumbler from Corkcicle.

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Road trip kid must-haves

We are fresh off of a 7+ hour road trip (one way!) with both of the boys over a long weekend to celebrate with my dad’s family at a reunion.

When heading out on a long trip with little ones, there are a few things that can potentially make your ride a little smoother.

Here are a few of my go-to items:


Diono Stow N’ Go Backseat Car Organizer: Stuff always ends up everywhere in the car when you are traveling, so it’s nice to have some sort of organization going on in the backseat. This one has seven full-sized pockets and two drink holders in a washable, waterproof fabric. #teamorganized

Skip Hop Changing Station: Changing kiddos in gross gas station bathrooms and random McDonald’s is just part of the whole “experience”, so I’m glad I always have this with me to put down on changing tables or (ewwww) floors when necessary.

Kidz Gear Headphones: It’s great when we can get Ev to watch a movie with headphones on because then I don’t have to hear Josh Groban sing “If you just believe” a thousand times.

Diono Travel Pal Storage: Designed to keep books and toys neat and organized, this bin helps corral all of our random toys that end up in the back seat.

RCA Dual Screen Mobile DVD Player: For long car rides, some screen time is a must for us. We have similar DVD players in my SUV and Everett loves to watch The Polar Express (one million times) when we are on the road.

Paint by Sticker book: This book of colorful stickers was just suggested to me and I think it would be the perfect workbook for in the car/on the go.

Vtech Touch and Swipe phone: Fitzie loves all of his Vtech gear, but the handheld phone is one of his faves. This definitely helped during our long ride to Hays this past weekend…when it didn’t end up thrown down the side of seat.

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Haas family reunion 2017

This past weekend we traveled back to my parents’ hometown of Hays, Kansas to attend a family reunion for my dad’s side. 108 out of 144 of us made it (my dad is one of 14!), and the boys had such a blast!


We are back to the grind this week, and still tired from the lack of sleep and long drives, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! #haasome

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Friday faves

Corn Fields + Ev

Don’t cry me a river, but feel free to shed tears of joy at the announcement of Justin Timberlake’s lullaby album hitting shelves soon (August 18). J.Timberlake not do it for you? How about Adele, Metallica or Michael Jackson.

I’m always on the lookout for cute birthday or baby shower gifts and Bookroo is a perfect fit for both. Choose between picture or board books and prepare to fall in love with books you never knew existed. Use code BOOKROOLOVE for 15% off your 1st box!

One of my fave kid brands, June and January, is having a MASSIVE 24-hour sale starting today at 6AM CST. The coupon code will be shared on their Instagram account. Go stock up on warm weather gear. Layer it up for fall or size up for next year!

It’s time for a new license plate design for Iowa and it’s up to us to vote for which one we like best. Head over the Iowa Department of Transportation’s site to pick your favorite plate. Not feelin’ those? Then check out these proposed options from Bozz Prints.

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Fitzie’s Fair

We celebrated Fitzgerald’s first birthday this past weekend in true midwest fashion – with a state fair themed bash.

I’d be lying if I haven’t been planning this party since Fitz was first born in the month of August. I love our state fair and I knew our home was the perfect fit for an outdoor extravaganza.

Get ready for tons of photos…


P A R T Y    D E T A I L S
ring toss rings // popcorn bags // mini rubber ducks
cotton candy // mini pies // wooden spoons (similar)
sno cone machine // cups + straws
baskets // liners // giant twist pops
goldfish bowls // birthday boy badge
ticket roll // bunting (similar)
Fitz shirt // shorts
Ev shirt // shorts
cookies // cake // invitations

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Friday faves

[balloons dot the sky at the National Balloon Classic]

I recently upgraded to an iPhone 7 and needed a new case. After spotting this one on the Pure Joy Home blog, I knew it would be perfect.

Got little ones that are teething and love whimsical animals and tasty treats? (Who would say no to that?) Then this Lou Lou Lollipop unicorn donut silicone teether is made for you…I mean, your baby.

It’s true that I’m already starting to think about fall – layers, sweaters, booties and all! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finishing up (ends on August 6) and there are still a few items left on my mama list as well as my little dudes list. Act fast!


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Fitz // twelve months

My baby is one. Fitz, you complete our family and bring us so much joy.

And, my, how you have grown…


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