Friday faves

IMG_5372.jpg[Fitzie celebrated his 100th day of preschool this week]

This week has been awfully cold here in the midwest and I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use a dose of SPRING. And what better way to do that than to head to the Des Moines Home + Garden Show that kicks off next week! Even better, I have four tickets to giveaway. Leave a comment on this post (or comment on my Instagram post) to be entered. I’ll draw a winner on Monday, February 4. 

In need of a cute Galentine idea? My sister sent over a link to these Valentine cozy socks this week and I think they would be perfect paired with a nail polish to gift to your friends.

A couple of weeks ago I posted about a few Target swimsuits that I ordered. Well, I’m back to tell you that I loved one of them and can’t wait for warmer weather to be here so I can wear it. Definitely flattering of my mom bod!



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Thailand // part four

In my last post I mentioned our amazing Airbnb, but I didn’t really share too many photos of it. It had multiple levels, a koi pond with stepping stones, two pools and the most amazing staff. thailand4_2018_00007thailand4_2018_00008thailand4_2018_00009thailand4_2018_00010thailand4_2018_00013From the house we were about a 5-10 minute drive from one of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches, Nai Harn. We loaded up towels and lots of sunscreen and headed out. As you will see below, Fitz and Ev had a love/hate relationship with sand on this trip.
thailand4_2018_00001thailand4_2018_00002thailand4_2018_00003thailand4_2018_00004thailand4_2018_00005Christmas Eve was here and the kids were getting so excited. We made ornaments for our tree and hung the stockings with care. Marcus even got new beard hair!

[always being served delicious + fresh food]thailand4_2018_00016
We got dressed up in our nice clothes to head to church, only to find out that we got the time wrong. There were a few people at the church preparing for the later Mass, so we were able to go in and say a few prayers. thailand4_2018_00017thailand4_2018_00018thailand4_2018_00019thailand4_2018_00020
[what family photos really look like]thailand4_2018_00021thailand4_2018_00022thailand4_2018_00023thailand4_2018_00024
After we got home the kids put on their matching jammies and decorated cupcakes to leave out for Santa.thailand4_2018_00025thailand4_2018_00026thailand4_2018_00028
Then the adults feasted on a fresh seafood dinner.thailand4_2018_00029thailand4_2018_00030thailand4_2018_00031
And the last thing we did on Christmas Eve was listen to Grandpa read The Night Before Christmas out loud.thailand4_2018_00032

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Thailand // part three

Keeping the kids happy and entertained let us to our next excursion spot: Splash Jungle Water Park. It ended up being such a hot day, so a park full of water slides was perfect!thailand3_2018_00001thailand3_2018_00002thailand3_2018_00003
[standard ‘trying to get everyone in the shot’ photo]

Fitz had a little too much fun and passed out mid bite at the lunch table. I may be a terrible mom for taking these following photos, but I just couldn’t not document it.thailand3_2018_00005thailand3_2018_00006thailand3_2018_00007
Don’t worry. He bounced back upon waking with more water slides and some ice cream.thailand3_2018_00008
We spent our last day at the hotel playing in the bath tub and the pool, then we were off to stay at our Airbnbthailand3_2018_00009thailand3_2018_00011
Upon arrival, we immediately bellied up to the pool bar.thailand3_2018_00013
They next day, we put on long pants and got ready to sweat it out during our trek to see the Big Buddha.thailand3_2018_00014thailand3_2018_00016
[he couldn’t not take a photo by the trash cans]thailand3_2018_00018thailand3_2018_00021thailand3_2018_00020
[a sweet message from my niece]thailand3_2018_00017thailand3_2018_00019

Built over 12 years, the Big Buddha sits on top of a hill and is the third-tallest statue in Thailand. It is 148 feet tall and built with concrete and covered with Burmese white marble.

thailand3_2018_00004Ok, I’m sure you are thinking, “are we done yet?” And the answer to that is NOPE. Still more Phuket posts ahead 😉 Including Christmas and a catamaran trip to Phi Phi Islands.

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Friday faves

img_5311[we are confused about the weather over here]

With a sick kid + snow days combined, I feel like I’ve been cooped up in my house for far too long. I am hoping to get out this weekend and finally check out Teddy Maroon’s here in Des Moines. What should I have for brunch? Other than a mimosa, obviously.

Speaking of cooped up, the kids were climbing the walls earlier this weekend when I came across an Instagram story series from Amy Lou Hawthorne of The Ever Co. She was sharing all sorts of cool ideas for indoor play when the weather isn’t cooperating. After viewing I immediately added kinetic sand and water beads to my Amazon cart.

For some reason after the holidays I start to crave podcasts during my commute to/from work. This year is no exception and I’ve been loving these two: Dirty John and Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert.


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Little looks: Valentine’s Day 2019

It’s hard to believe we are already over half way through the month of January. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner now, and I’m seeing heart-laden goodies everywhere these days.

So now is as good as time as any to round up a few of my favorites for the littles so that they can spread the love.

Pippa & Julie Heart Print Skirt // Peek Kind Heart Baseball T-Shirt
Meri Meri Glitter Heart Bag // Old Navy Heart “XO” Sleep Set
Hanna Andersson Swedish Slipper Moccasins
Annie & Pretzel Bow
J.Crew Kids’ x Girls Inc. strong heart T-shirt
H&M Jersey Hat and Tube Scarf // J.Crew cable-heart sweater
H&M skirt with straps

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Thailand // part two

We last left you with photos of the best Pad See Ew I’ve ever had in my life and our adventures in the sea.

Well(ish) rested and coordinated (thanks to some amazing gear from Mott 50) we got ready for our next excursion to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.

Once we got there, by way of open air trucks (EEK!), we prepared supplements for the older elephants and got to work by feeding them.thailand2_2018_00013thailand2_2018_00014thailand2_2018_00015thailand2_2018_00017fitzieelephantthailand2_2018_00018Then it was onto the next portion of the day, bathing and washing the elephants!

thailand2_2018_00019thailand2_2018_00003Such an amazing experience for everyone. Seeing these beautiful creatures up close and personal is something I’ll never forget.

After we got back to the hotel we got ready to head down the beach for a nice dinner. Little did we know what kind of an adventure we were in for! So glad we have before and after family photos for this one…

After finishing our meal (complete with a beautiful sunset view) we started our trek back to the hotel. However, we did not take into consideration how much the tide would come in over this time period. Needless to say, we got more than a little wet and we lost two phones to the water…thailand2_2018_00024

There is still more Phuket fun in store. The next post with feature a water park and a change of scenery.


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Friday faves

SnowDay.JPG[we finally got snow]

Heading into a long weekend and looking for something to do here in Iowa? Be sure to check out the Science Center of Iowa on Monday for their annual free day.

On a recent trip to Target I noticed they already had their swimwear out in full force! I know, I know, it’s hard to get excited when there is snow on the ground. While I was casually browsing I noticed that they had a new line, Kona Sol, and it looked amazing in person. Fast-forward to later that night at home when proceeded to order two black suits (this and this) online!

With an impending winter storm hitting near us this weekend, I’m looking forward to spending some time at home with a roaring fire and a good bottle (or two) of wine. Maybe I’ll even get some Marie Kondo-esqe organizing done?

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