Friday faves


[“Excuse me, but this is an emergency. What city is it out there? It’s New York, sir.”]

As a kid I loved painting and was mesmerized by Bob Ross. He made painting look so easy! I came across this video by the New York Times and am truly fascinated.

Slow day at the office and you want to binge watch a show? Check out Netflix Hangouts.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens up to the public today at 11:30 CST and there are still many items from my faves lists (mamas + boys) that haven’t sold out yet!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019: faves for boys

The annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing and I am always sure to check out what they have for my boys.

It is always a great time to stock up on higher priced items, like coats and shoes. And this year they have some darling items. Here are a few of my faves for the little dudes in your life.

The North Face Faux Fur Trim Down Parka // Freshly Picked Diaper Bag
Converse Chuck Taylor Mid Top Sneaker // Tucker + Tate Hooded Plush Robe
Tucker + Tate Morning Dip Fleece Jacket // Bogs Insulated Waterproof Boot
Tucker + Tate 5-Pack Trunks // Little Giraffe Luxe Baby Blanket

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019: faves for mama

If you have been on social media within the last few days, you are well aware that today officially kicks off the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you are a cardholder, you are in luck, because you can shop the sale NOW. All items will be open to the general public starting July 19.

As in years past, things sell out FAST – so I thought I would pull together the items that are currently sitting in my cart.


Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Island Cardigan // Halogen Turtleneck Sweater
Chelsea28 Side Slit Sweater // Zella Live In High Waist Leggings
Barbour Oakland Quilted Jacket // Madewell 10-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans
Gibson Cozy Twist Front Pullover // Sam Edelman Welles Bootie
adidas Gazelle Sneaker // Madewell Small Transport Leather Crossbody Tote

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Friday faves

[potty training has begun]

Such a random mix of faves today 🙂 Hope you all have a great weekend – it’s gonna be a hot one here in central Iowa so I think a trip to the pool is in our near future!

I’m always on the lookout for cool stamps and I love these just released featuring Ellsworth Kelly’s art.

A few years ago, Marcus and I got sucked into the first (and only) season of a show called Pan Am. The costumes and sets were insane. If that is your bag, then you might like the new remodeled JFK’s TWA Flight Center Hotel, set inside Saarinen’s iconic midcentury terminal. Swoon.

I was home with the boys earlier this week coming off of a weekend at the lake and no fresh groceries in sight when I remember my sister left this bag of Trader Joe’s riced cauliflower stir fry in the freezer. Holy moly, I’m obsessed. I tossed it in a pan on the stove and also threw in some frozen meatballs. Add a little feta and sriracha ranch, and you are set!

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Download: Fourth of July 2019

It takes longer and longer each year to recover from Fourth of July festivities. As I write this, I still feel like I’m on a boat in the middle of the lake switching kids out of the tube. Our festive days were filled with fireworks, matching patriotic jammies and lots of laughter.



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Friday faves

CampBranstad2019_45[lookin’ like a teenager and lovin’ lake life]

I swear I don’t need another pair of sneakers, but I am really digging these.

Has anyone else been swept up in the World Cup madness like me? I can’t wait to cheer on Team USA on Sunday. Local and interested in watching it on a big screen with a crowd, then head to The Hall!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog is here. Have you checked it out yet?

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Camp Branstad 2019

This past weekend we held our 5th annual Camp Branstad. Temps were hot and I’m pretty sure the campers all had a blast! I know I am still recovering – that’s for sure – but the time we all get to spend together is something I hope they never forget.



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