Obsessed: Fall wish list

The official start of fall was last week and I’m hopeful our recent heat wave is on its way out. I’m ready to sip warm PSLs and be basic! Mo has already shared a few of her faves, but here is what is on my fall wish list. These pieces are perfect for ushering the new season in with style.


hi-lo striped tee // camo pants // sweater // plaid flats // boots


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Life lately: I keep on fallin’

[Ev cheering on the Hawkeyes and ushering in the season]img_3992
[picked our last crop of apples]img_3993
[raspberries are ripening]img_4001
[enjoying that new baby scent up close in my Happy wrap]img_4011
[the cutest bedtime sessions with these two]img_4047
[sneak peek/taste of the Hurts Donuts Co.]img_4050
[Fitz’s first Beaverdale Fall Fest parade]img_4057
[grandpa snuggles are the best]img_4074[mama bakes an apple pie to die for]

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Mo’s fall faves 2016

While on maternity leave, one would think I have an abundance of time to spare each day. False! So while I feed Fitz every three hours and manage to keep up with laundry and errand running, I’ve enlisted my sister Morgan to do her annual fall faves post. Enjoy!

Fall is finally here whether this 85+ degree weather wants it to be or not. It’s here. And it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. At least, I hope not.
Round 2 of: Something You Want, Something You Need, Something to Wear, Something to Read
Something you want…
  • More scarves, duh. Mine are currently packed away in my parents’ basement so I figure a few more won’t hurt, right? Love this one from Target.
Something you “need”…
  • Cowboy boots! Luckily, my bestie Sara & I snagged some – BOGO style – at Famous Footwear a couple weeks ago. We rocked them to see the Dixie Chicks last Thursday. We acted like giddy little school girls the whole time and loved every darn second of it.
Something to wear…
  • I recently got this sweatshirt as a birthday gift and I can already tell I’m going to be living in it this fall. Gotta rep my hometown, weird name & all.
Something to read…
  • I have a loooong list of books I can’t wait to read but here’s a small sampling:
    • Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick (out November 15th)
    • When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
    • A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
    • Dark Matter – Blake Crouch (read in 2 nights – highly recommend)
    • Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman – Lindy West
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Family of four

A little over a week after Fitz was born we welcomed our favorite photographer, Rachael Hall, over for a newborn shoot at our house. She did Everett’s newborn photos as well as our family photos over the years (2014 // 2015) and is the absolute best!

Here are a few of my absolute favorites from our session:


So the big question everyone is still trying to figure out: does Fitz look like Everett?

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Download: Labor Day Weekend 2016

[a new kind of camouflage: pants + blanket from June & January]img_3923
[game day donuts with the cousins]img_3925
[always asking for grandpa wagon rides to the park]img_3927
[Branstad grandkids annual hammock photo]img_3937
[this is what it is all about people]img_3938[waffles with grandpa]

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Hello from the outside

Here are a few of Fitzie’s favorite things now that he is on the other side:

sleeping long stretches during the night
trips to Target
hearing his big bro call him “baby bitz”

holding his head up*
passing audible gas*

*exact same as Evie

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Life lately: first days and slow afternoons

A whole lot and yet nothing has been going on around these parts lately. Just last week Everett started preschool and Fitz and I settled into our maternity leave rhythm.

[so glad Rocky made it into the photo]IMG_3791
[I did my best to keep it together]IMG_3826
[our apples were ready for pickin’ this past weekend]IMG_3837
[Ev’s first time bowling was a success]IMG_3846
[working on our first homework]IMG_3854[And all is right in the world]

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