Friday faves


[a must see: Drawing in Space at the Des Moines Art Center]

I’m a huge Grinch fan (especially the Jim Carey version) and when I received an email from my sister this week with a link to these Hanna Andersson pajamas I about lost it. You know I love matching family pajamas, and these just might be a winner for this year!

As a mom I’m always multi-tasking. Changing diapers while singing Wheels on the Bus and defusing a toddler meltdown? All in a days work. So when I need to unwind at night, but am torn between getting in a uninterrupted shower or enjoying a nice glass of wine, it should come as no surprise that I’d want to multi-task this too! Enter this little gadget.

At the annual HighEdWeb conference I attended last week, we had a few keynote speakers, one of which was Tatjana Dzambazova. During her presentation she spoke about 3-D printing and I was amazed at how much the technology had advanced over the past few years. Of particular interest to me was her mention of The Next Rembrandt project. So fascinating!


Posted in Lifestyle | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Download: a free weekend

This past weekend we were in recovery mode from what seems like a very busy past few months. Our days were filled with the following:

[practicing our chopstick skills at H’s Pho for our upcoming trip to China]MidOctober2017_02
[catching up with my sister while sippin’ rosé at The Cheese Shop]MidOctober2017_03
[doing homework: painting our family tree for school]MidOctober2017_04
[staying in our pajamas all day; sans pants for Ev]MidOctober2017_winepsd
[cataloging wine in our humble cellar]MidOctober2017_05
[having charcuterie for dinner]MidOctober2017_06
[admiring my grandpa’s handiwork]MidOctober2017_09
[taking mid-day ottoman naps]MidOctober2017_10[checking our list twice while perusing the holiday aisles at Costco]MidOctober2017_11
[keeping restraint in the alcohol aisle – how COOL IS THIS?!]MidOctober2017_12
[brisk four-wheeler rides to the mailbox]MidOctober2017_13[succumbing to “I don’t need a nap” naps]

Posted in Family, Lifestyle | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Check it out

DISCLAIMER: This post really shouldn’t be a surprise for most of you who know me.

Hello, my name is Nicole and I have an unhealthy obsession with buffalo plaid.

I have this Instagram photo saved permanently on my phone. I dream of remodeling my master bath one day with this tile. And I can’t get enough of this amazing peel & stick wallpaper.

Basically what I’m saying is that this rustic-lovin’ mama adores this geometric pattern and I want to share all of my favorites with you so you can become obsessed too!

robe // mugs // lamp shade // throw // bed
dog bed // bean bag // pillow // napkins

Posted in Decor, Home | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday faves

I spent the first half of this week at the HighEdWeb conference in Hartford, Connecticut. While there I enjoyed great discussions about higher education, insight into digital marketing advances and uninterrupted showers. It was glorious.

Oh, and I also got a new fancy headshot.


Now, on to my Friday faves…

Snagged the perfect sweatshirt (ON SALE!) from Madewell earlier this week. It was just what I needed to keep me cozy on my post-conference flights home.

The level of excitement that I had upon reviewing the Chip and Jo Gaines + Target collab (Hearth & Hand) lookbook is kind of scary. I can’t wait until November 5 to get ahold of some of that rustic farmhouse goodness. And don’t even get me started on those matching plaid pajamas. Consider those already ‘carted’.

Posted in Lifestyle | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Free Hocus Pocus Halloween printable

“Come Little Children, I’ll Take Thee Away, Into a Land of Enchantment…”

What is October without a little HOCUS POCUS?! Easily my favorite Halloween movie of all time, the Sanderson sisters are near and dear to my heart.

So it is fitting that I concocted this free 8×10 printable for you based upon my love for all things magical and Halloween-y with just a touch of movie geekdom. ENJOY!

[download free printable]

(I also recently found this mom’s take on the film (complete with GIFs) to be spot on.)

Posted in Decor, Holidays, Home | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

My fall wishlist

Pumpkin everything. Colorful leaves. Burning wood.

Thank goodness fall is here! Don’t get me wrong. I love me some summer, but when flannels and boots start showing up on store shelves, my insides rejoice!

Fresh off of Mo’s annual fall faves post, I am sharing a few items that are on my fall wishlist.


moto leggings // hat // booties // camo backpack // oversized turtleneck // duster cardi

Posted in Accessories, Fashion | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday faves

TheLocust[the most delicious cocktail from The Republic on Grand]

While we were in Chicago this past weekend I got to slip into Crate&Barrel for literally five minutes to grab the cutest Halloween plates and tumblers for the boys. If I would’ve had more time I would have tracked down this darling Christmas dish towel and these perfect little snowmen hot cocoa mugs.

Yes, I am already doing my Christmas shopping. It definitely makes things easier come December! Having said that, one of my local faves, Bannor Toys, just released their stocking stuffers at the beginning of this week and they are perfect! Act quick, because they won’t last long.

So, I have a dream. This dream is to renovate our master bathroom and replace the flooring with tile in a pattern: black, white and gray buffalo plaid. Just take a look at the inspo post. I’m in love.

Also, I’m traveling to Hartford, Connecticut soon and would love any/all recommendations that you have! Especially food and drink related 🙂

Posted in Lifestyle | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment