Fitzie is four

Birthdays during Covid just look different. But don’t you worry, we still celebrated the heck out of our little guy! Hard to believe he is already four…

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Friday faves

[Quite the rag tag bunch]

If you have been around here, you know my love for Dudley-Stephens. I just ordered another Cobble Hill turtleneck this week to add to my collection. Something new to check out is the new fit guide they have created. Definitely helps! Click here to get $25 off your first order.

It looks like online stores are starting to get ready for fall. I may or may not have been searching daily on the Target app for when items would be listed. You can take a peek at some here.

Listening to Taylor Swift’s new surprise album, Folklore, this morning. Early thoughts: I’m into it! How about you?

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Friday faves

It is always fun to refresh my computer background from time to time and some of my favorites always come from The Everygirl.

I was recently went to Trader Joe’s for the first time post-coronavirus and I picked up this dip. Obsessed!

I know I might be in the minority on this one, but is anyone else waiting for fall/Halloween decor items to hit shelves? Once that happens I enter my favorite seasons and I am desperately needing something to look forward to! Looks like on of my favorites, Pottery Barn, is getting into the spirit already! I just purchased these pillow covers on sale.

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Camp Branstad 2020

We hosted our annual overnight mid-June, and although sleep was minimal like most years, it was still great to have all of the cousins together!

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Gift Guide: Father’s Day 2020

Seems like we just got done celebrating moms during Mother’s Day and it is now time to shower our dad’s with love and maybe a gift or two.

I love to pick things up along the way to give to Marcus for Father’s Day. This year, I’ve enlisted his help to pull together an epic gift guide of a few of his favorites.

Dyna-Glo Offset Charcoal Smoker

JBL Charge 4 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Columbia PFG Terminal Tackle Hoodie

Dudley Stephens Mens Duffield Pullover

JBL Clip 3 Speaker

Beardbrand Lumber Yard Beard Oil

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Friday faves

IMG_2744[Mother’s Day done right]

Throughout this pandemic I have been mesmerized daily by photographer Jamie Beck’s #isolationcreations. Each day during her lockdown in Provence, she has created a photograph and taken us along through the process. I have been so obsessed with following, that this week on her last day, I fully felt a void. You can purchase her prints on posters and I’m currently debating which one to buy.

Earlier this week, MZ Wallace had a secret sale for their email subscribers and I finally decided to snag one of their camo totes at 40% off. I love that this size also comes with three detachable pouches too! Can’t wait for it to arrive.

On the docket for the weekend: whipping up this tried and true recipe for a Lemon Buttermilk Rhubarb Bundt Cake.


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TTD home: spring refresh

After spending so much time inside our house, I felt like things needed a little refresh. After we took down our Easter decor, everything just seemed so drab and dull. So I ordered a few things to start and liven up the place – both indoors and out. It is very easy for a log home to seem wintery, so I added lighter and brighter touches here and there and it is definitely helping!


Threshold x Studio McGee Artificial Fern
Opalhouse Floral doormat
Juniper Print Shop tulips
Aiking Home (2-Pack) checkered pillow covers
Better Homes & Gardens Citronella & Lemongrass Candle
Better Homes & Gardens Outdoor Pillow
HOST Margarita Freeze Cooling Cups
Threshold x Studio McGee Artificial Hydrangea & Clematis

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Gift guide: Mother’s Day 2020

If ever there was a year where our mama’s needed to be showered with love, affection and maybe a gift or two – this would be it! I’ve pulled together a few of my favorites to share with you. I hope you are all staying healthy and safe.


Threshold x Studio McGee Ceramic Jar Candles
Yeti 14oz Rambler Mug
Smith & Hawken Gardening Tool Set
J. Crew Factory Striped pajama set
ZeroUV Retro Oversized sunglasses
Mark & Graham Fillmore leather pouch
Dudley-Stephens Cobble Hill Turtleneck in Terry Fleece
Pixi DetoxifEYE Facial Treatment
Nuxe Huile ‘Prodigieuse Or’ Multi Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer
Sarah Flint Hidden Garden Scarf

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Download: Easter 2020

Easter was quite different this year. We stayed home, ate and drank a lot and cherished the drive-by love from family. Hope yours was good too!


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Friday faves

IMG_2446[a sign of the times: love letters + a homemade mask]

What better time to round up a ton of random things I’ve been watching/reading/buying/eyeing lately…

Aerie is having a swim sale and I scooped up this black beauty and threw a neon ball cap in for good measure.

I have been keeping up my fitness routine by tuning into the Des Moines University Wellness Center noon hour workouts. They are streaming free on Facebook and you should definitely check it out.

I love Clare V. and when I saw that they are collabing with Anthropologie, I had to check it out.



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