Friday faves

TerraceHillReturn[celebrating 150 years of the peoples’ house]

I enjoyed reading this piece from the Washington Post about the beloved Iowa State Fair.

It’s almost tailgating time and I was recently browsing for some updated Iowa gear. Enter Tailgate – completely obsessed with all of their Hawkeye items.

You know I love me some Chip and Jo Gaines, and am so glad we can get some of their goodies at our local Targets. The new fall stuff is hitting shelves right now, and it is SO GOOD.


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Friday faves

Fitz_FoxCreek[Fox Creek Splash Pad is back open and we finally got to check it out!]

Can you believe it? College football season is almost here and this Hawkeye lovin’ family is HERE. FOR. IT. Tomorrow, the University of Iowa football team will hold its annual Kids at Kinnick Day. Meet Herky, get autographs and visit the Kids Zone for inflatable games, face painting, temporary tattoos.

As summertime winds down we are trying to squeeze in all of the items on our bucket list and the last two are: miniature golf and watch a movie outside. I’m hoping to check out the Jester Park Mini Golf course with the boys soon. Have you ever been there?

Goosebumps I tell you, goosebumps. That is what I have upon watching this clip. Details are just coming out about what will be an amazing event, and I have a feeling tickets are going to be HARD to snag though…


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Little looks: back to school 2019

It’s that time of year again, except this year is different – my oldest is starting kindergarten and I am feeling ALL THE FEELS. Everett will be starting soon, as will most other kiddos if they haven’t already, and I am looking forward to this next transition for our family.

With a new school year comes new cute clothes to look forward to. I’ve pulled together a few of my faves for both boys and girls. So much good stuff out there right now.

J.Crew everyday long-sleeve T-shirt // Oversized Hand-Tied Bow Clip
STATE Bags Mini Kane Jungle Cats Backpack // Childhoods Clothing suspender skirt
Flora and the Flamingo // Vans Sk8-Hi Zip Sneaker
Wonder Nation Tee Shirt // J.Crew sueded half-zip popover sweatshirt
Fjallraven Kanken Backpack // Cat & Jack Medium Wash Skinny Fit Denim
Trashy Town // Stance Kids Probability socks
Vans Old Skool Skate Sneaker
H&M Patterned Jersey Dress // H&M Denim Jacket
J.Crew satin bow scrunchie // J.Crew grosgrain bow knee-highs
Art Class Girls’ Kacy Laser Cut Sneakers // Metallic pencil case
J.Crew Summit fleece vest // Gap Kids Henley
Bentgo Kids Lunch Box // Pottery Barn Kids Pencil Case
Nike Air Max Oketo Sneakers // Cotton On Roller Chino

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Wild and three

This past weekend we celebrated our little Fitzie turning three. I’m not exactly sure how that is even possible. We had friends and family gathered for a Wild & Three party filled with a donut wall, breakfast pizza and bottomless mimosas (for the adults).


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Friday faves

BigBoy[this crew loved seeing Big Boy]

Oh. Em. Gee! Target just announced that it will be celebrating 20 years of collaborations with an epic reboot of 20 past designers! Who are you excited to see again?

I just finally got these Golden Goose dupe sneakers from Vici Collection in the mail and I love them! You will see me in these pretty much every weekend from here on out.

I am jumping ahead quite a bit and am thinking about all things FALL. How about you?! On my list of things to purchase: this welcome doormat and wooden pumpkins.



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Friday faves

CampDodge[this crew loved a visit to the tanks at Camp Dodge]

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see the new cast of Netflix’s The Crown! And one of the actors let it slip that new episodes will be released in November. Add that to the September release of the Downton Abbey movie, and my period-piece lovin’ heart might just explode!

I didn’t go crazy during Amazon Prime Day, but I did pull the trigger on finally getting a pair of blue light blocking glasses for use at the office.

Local and looking for something fun to do with the kiddos next week? Then head to Court Avenue on Thursday when Union Pacific brings Big Boy to town in commemoration of the transcontinental railroad’s 150th anniversary.


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TTD travels: Washington, D.C.

Last week, Everett and I had the chance to visit our nation’s capitol on behalf of Prevent Blindness Iowa. This year, Everett is serving as the Youth Ambassador, and as such, has been advocating for the organization. This trip coincided with Prevent Blindness’s  national summit on vision and eye health, and was definitely a great experience for both of us!

[again, Delta for the win!]WashingtonDC2019_24
[we stayed at the absolutely beautiful Willard Hotel]WashingtonDC2019_25WashingtonDC2019_26WashingtonDC2019_28
[Everett loved earning Duck Bucks from the Kids Concierge]WashingtonDC2019_29WashingtonDC2019_30WashingtonDC2019_01
[he loved riding in cabs!]WashingtonDC2019_31
[a welcome treat for our little advocate]WashingtonDC2019_32
[bellied up at The Hamilton bar]WashingtonDC2019_33WashingtonDC2019_35WashingtonDC2019_36WashingtonDC2019_37
[ready for a day of meetings]WashingtonDC2019_38
[Congressman Dave Loebsack] 66715720_10157370306568996_8953171233332002816_n.jpg
[Max Ernst from Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer’s office]WashingtonDC2019_39
[waiting is tough]WashingtonDC2019_41WashingtonDC2019_43WashingtonDC2019_45WashingtonDC2019_46
[loved chatting with the DC Police]WashingtonDC2019_47WashingtonDC2019_48
[got a surprise when we were taken on the Capitol underground subway train]WashingtonDC2019_07WashingtonDC2019_09
[meeting Senator Charles Grassley]WashingtonDC2019_11WashingtonDC2019_13
[sharing vision stories with Senator Joni Ernst]WashingtonDC2019_15WashingtonDC2019_19WashingtonDC2019_49
[worn. out.]WashingtonDC2019_50
[dinner at Ted’s Bulletin]WashingtonDC2019_52
[a much deserved milkshake]WashingtonDC2019_51WashingtonDC2019_05
[meeting the nicest officer after dinner]WashingtonDC2019_53
[took these back to the hotel for dessert]WashingtonDC2019_55
[Marcus ventured out to see this]WashingtonDC2019_58WashingtonDC2019_59WashingtonDC2019_60
[a quick visit to the National Air & Space Museum]WashingtonDC2019_61WashingtonDC2019_63WashingtonDC2019_64
[last lunch at Cafe du Parc]WashingtonDC2019_03[canceled and delayed flights couldn’t keep him from smiling]

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