Friday faves

[mingling some amazing ladies at the Inspiring Women of Iowa event this week]

Not a day goes by that I don’t step on one of Everett’s stupid plastic Paw Patrol characters. Rocky, Marshall and Chase are constantly referred to in our home and if that resonates with you, that must mean you are living #thattoddlerlife right now. I recently came across this wood peg version of the crew and am obsessed. Wish I would’ve known about these before I purchased all of the others… and the Paw Patroller.

Pretty sure after the past few weeks of no sun to be seen, we could all use a little Joy on Demand. I came across this short article about Google veteran, Chade-Meng Tan, and how he is urging us to find thin slices of joy. Something I think we could all use right now!

My favorite online retailer for children’s clothing, June and January, is having their big spring/summer drop tonight starting at 8PM CST and I can’t wait to score some killer basic for the boys. I’m eyeing some varsity shorts to show off Fitzie’s leg rolls and racerback tanks to keep Ev cool during the hot summer months ahead. My favorite colors for them: avocado and cobalt! New to the brand? Use this link to receive $15 off of your first order over $50.


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Goodies from the bunny

It’s hard to believe that Easter is right around the corner. I swear I was just listening to my coveted Amy Grant Christmas album on the record player yesterday. Time is definitely flying by and I’m working on pulling together the boys’ special treats from the bunny.

Here are a few things our furry friend is bringing us this year, plus others that are perfect for your little ones.


Finn + Emma bunny rattle
Pottery Barn Kids bunny pull-toy
Ooly rainy dayz gel crayons
Cat & Jack pajamas
Sleepy King x June & January plush bunny
RePlay divided plates
Native glow in the dark Jefferson sneaker


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Life lately: ice cream shakes + play dates

This past weekend was a whirlwind, like most, but we managed to find time to catch up with our families and even a short trip to Target. #lifegoals

[celebrating #nationalstripesday]WishIWasTaller_Ev
[such a little cheeser these days: sweatshirt // pants // bootsSnookiesHands
[opening day at the local ice cream shop is a big dealWaitingIsTheHardestPart
[patiently waiting…this never happens]SnookiesShakeDoNotTouch
[Fitz doesn’t give a rip]SnookiesBenSchuh
[cool art on the walls from local artist Ben Schuh]CousinsOnTheCouch
[cousins = built in besties]TwistedBean
[one of my local faves, Twisted Bean, has the best breakfast sammie]GrandpaB+Fitz_BW[Sunday night snuggles with Grandpa]

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Fitz // eight months

Fitz_8monthsFitz’s faves:

gnawing on washcloths – teeth have to be coming soon?
rolling as a mode of transportation
armpit tickles

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Friday faves

EvSheds[latest finds: Ev has become quite the shed hunter this spring]

One of my favorite local joints, Snookies Malt Shop, opens for the summer tomorrow. During my younger years I always dreamed of camping out in front of the shop overnight to be the first person to get a cone when it officially opened for the year. In my head, I thought that person received free ice cream for the summer. That’s not quite how it works though. They actually just get their picture taken and it hangs in the window for the entire summer. I like my idea better…

I pulled the trigger during my trip to KC last weekend and purchased a pair of jean overalls. I’ve been dying to wear them and am literally counting down the hours until tomorrow morning when I will get to take them for a test run! Pretty sure Marcus will think they are ridiculous.

Everett has been having some serious “threenager” tendencies lately. I was trying to brush up on my parenting skills and ran across this article from The Washington Post. If you are in the throes like me, it’s worth a read.

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Little looks: Easter 2017

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but Easter is a little over two weeks away. Even with a later date than last year, it has definitely snuck up on me. With the addition of Fitzgerald, I now get to dress two little gents for the occasion and I am already pulling together their options. HA! #seersuckerFTW

While looking for the perfect combo between the two, I came across a bunch of adorable looks that I thought I’d share with you! Can you tell that I love a strong gingham?!


one // two // three // four
five // six // seven // eight // nine

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Life lately: mom got away

Yep, you read that right. I had my first overnight away from the boys. Well, since becoming a mom of two. And it went like this…

First, a trip to IKEA to pick up a few “essentials” 😉 I went in with a plan and I’m pretty happy to report that only a few things made it in that weren’t on the list. Seriously though, if I didn’t go in with a plan I would fall down the rabbit hole of Swedish gear I don’t need.

Somewhere between Oak Park Mall and Von Maur, I decided to check up on the boys. Here was the photo I was sent. From it I deduce that Karl is in charge and also knows how to work a remote. So advanced for his breed.KC2
We made one more pit stop at a few stores in Town Center Plaza and then headed to The Roasterie for a pick-me-up. Now that the shopping portion of our trip was complete, it was time to head down to the Sprint Center for the main event. When we got down to the Power & Light district, streets were blocked off and packed with anxious KU fans. I knew that my favorite local restaurant, Webster House, wasn’t too far away, so we decided to walk over and grab a pre-game cocktail.IMG_5602IMG_5606
Another quick check in with Marcus via FaceTime yielded this awesome screenshot that I just had to share. #thatdadlife

We made it back to the Sprint Center and really the rest is just still too fresh to talk about. The Jayhawks looked awful from the very beginning and definitely did not deserve to move on based on their performance. Guess there’s always next year…IMG_5607
After the game, we hit the road and made our way to Excelsior Springs for an overnight stay at The Elms. I have been wanting to stay here forever so after they announced it was going to be a late game, I decided to pull the trigger. Just a word to the wise though, driving from KC to The Elms when it is dark is quite a white-knuckle experience. After arriving frazzled, we figured it might not be a good idea to participate in the last ghost tour of the evening and instead, retreated to our upgraded room.IMG_5614
In the light of day, the storied hotel is quite breathtaking. My parents hailed from western Kansas so I have a deep appreciation for limestone, and the remodeled bathrooms are definitely #tilegoals (if that’s even a thing).IMG_5608I’m already imaging my return visit. On my to-do list: a trip to the spa and grotto and sipping cocktails poolside.

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