des moines // summer musts.

des moines // summer musts c/o LLinaBC.com

visit the downtown farmer’s market. don’t leave without out fresh flowers, a breakfast burrito, and a large iced coffee. // complete.

drink with wild animals. [go to zoo brew]. // complete.

go cheer on the iowa cubs. // complete!

dine al fresco at malo. // not al fresco, but I went twice ..complete!

• go to jasper winery for a summer concert series nights.

• have a picnic at saylorville lake.

• take a 20-mile bike ride.

have our engagement photos taken. // complete [& completely covered in mosquito bites, but so worth it].

• go to the iowa state fair. [maybe for a concert?].

• visit 5 4 3 [new to me] des moines restaurants. // 2 down: mullet’s. malo.

• sample beers at a local brewery.

spend the fourth of july out of town. with friends + fireworks. // complete.

• go tent camping. [at least 1 night. and s’mores must be involved].

• attend an art festival.

• read 3 books. preferably poolside. accepting recommendations.

what are your summer plans?

hard to believe it is already June 17th. time to take advantage of summer while we still have it.

happy tuesday!

7 thoughts on “des moines // summer musts.”

  1. I love this idea! I might do it for my blog too because I already have a list of things Ive been thinking about anyways but it’d be great to get it down somewhere! I attend a street festival almost every weekend! I really want to do a picnic by the lakefront also! I would love to do a day trip somewhere!

    1. thank you justine! If I have my bucket list written down, I am much more likely to stick to it. so I definitely encourage you – blog about yours! living in chicago, you have so many amazing summer activities happening constantly. street festivals galore. [take a day trip to galena, IL!!!!!].

      1. You’re right theres something so much more permanent about a physical list over a mental one. There is too much to do in Chicago sometimes lol. I saw you posted about Galena I’ll have to check it out!

    1. summer goes by entirely too fast. and there is always something I didn’t do, but wish I had. so I make lists! [I print multiple copies and scatter them around]. if you ever make it to the great state of iowa, you’d be sure to have a great time. [but do not come during the winter #notsofun].

  2. Love this! The art festival is fun:). I always like light hearted books by the pool. Have you read bitter is the new black?

    1. I did not make it to the DSM art festival last year, but hope to this year! I have not read that book. I will be putting it on my summer reading list – thanks you kristin! :)

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