life // lawn ornaments.

and the greatest lawn ornament award goes to ..

a larger than life statue of grant wood’s painting American Gothic. in the middle of a city, no less.

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life // lawn ornaments c/o LLinaBC.com

I must know more; who built this? why? and how?

I’ll get to the bottom of it, even if I have to knock on their door. and I’ll report back.

in the meantime, we all need to step our lawn ornament game :)

happy wednesday.

miscellaneous four.

happy flippin’ friday. it’s here. and came awfully quickly.

my highlights of the week.

1 // I thought I pinned a lot of wedding-related pins before I was engaged. now that I’m actually planning a wedding, it is out of control. last night I spent hours drinking wine + planning my wedding via photos on the internet. #LLinaBCGetsHitched on pinterest. now I need to organize it into smaller categories. but I’ll save that for the next snowy day.

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2 // inspirational quote of the week.

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3 // when [J] & I made the decision to move from the chicagoland to des moines, IA ..we were frequently asked “why”. now we can say because it’s “America’s Wealthiest City” according to the Today Show. which means it has to be true. [I start every day with matt, al, savannah, & natalie. and want hoda & KLG’s job].

des moines, where regular folks can live the rich life.

4 // go to bridal shows. they’re overwhelming & remind you just how big a task planning a wedding is. but it’s a one-stop shop for vendors. and you can win great items! [J] & I won a one-hour swedish massage, which will absolutely come in handy. and we won an iPod shuffle from a local printing company we plan to use! when I went to pick it up, they took my photo for their FB page ..

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[just a bit frazzled looking; it was early & I had just spent the previous two hours shopping for bridesmaid dresses].

have the best weekend.

see you monday.

a spotlight we can all enjoy.

there’s something about shopping local. eating local. & sipping at a local coffee shop. you feel appreciated. among friends. and like you’re being let in on a secret. and as much as I love kohl’s, starbucks, & the cheesecake factory ..there’s no secret there. no mystery. very consistent, wherever you happen to be. which can be comforting. but you find the gems when you walk through new doors.

there is a quaint, locally-owned shop, called {spotlight style boutique}. just off a lively main street. in cedar falls, iowa. I was immediately drawn in by the bright, fun colors of the store. owned by a local family. who made me feel at home the second I walked in the door. pointing out new arrivals. grabbing my sizes. starting my dressing room. and helping me accessorize.

I went in to get my shop on. and I came out a verrrry happy camper.

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shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

shop at spotlight // LLinaBC.com

I adored everything I tried on, but guess what I ended up with ..

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drrrrrum rollllll please ..

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the moment I put it on, I didn’t want to take it off.

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the shop is now online!

& the ladies of {spotlight style boutique} are so generously offering 20% off to all LLinaBC readers! [with a $20 min purchase]. just use the code: littlelessons at checkout. [exp 7/31/13].

go get your shopping on!

disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. the opinions shared – as always – are my own.

and just for fun ..look what [J] made.

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happy tuesday.

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