life // pool day essentials.

it’s almost memorial day weekend. and here in iowa that means, the pool is opening!

I don’t know what I have against lounging poolside during the warm summer days, but I rarely ever do it. this year, I’m giving myself no choice. I already packed my bag. as if I was expecting a child, and must rush to the hospital at any unexpected moment. but this is my pool bag. that will remain sitting in our coat closet, ready for that unexpected day that the sun is shining & I am not busy.

my snow white skin needs to be introduced to the sun before it visits the dominican republic. basically I don’t want to be ghostly white or a lobster on my wedding day. please.

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what’s in my bag.

bikini top + bottom // the fewer the straps the better. crazy tan lines you’re not my friend.

sunscreen // an absolute must for snow white me.

insulated beverage holder // sometimes it’s for water, sometimes it’s not.

the brightest nail polish you can find // I can get quite bored sitting poolside for hours.

beach towel // make sure you remember this one.

romance novel // because this is the ultimate poolside activity.

beach bag // to carry everything for you.

am I forgetting anything? what’s in your pool/beach bag?

happy thursday.

while in south dakota.

to say [J] & I were camera-happy during our trip would be an understatement of the yearwe went a little crazy. so narrowing down the photos & stories to share has proven to be quite the process. I “intended” to show our first three stops in one post – let’s just say that’s not quite feasible. [unless I want this to become the world’s largest blog post]. so I’m just going to do a couple more recaps than I anticipated. hope that’s ok.

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the first day of our trip ..we got up bright & early. and were off to south dakota. 

our first stop the {corn palace}. the world’s only in fact, imagine that. 

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the facade of the building is decorated entirely in corn murals. and the designs change each year.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

[I am wearing a tee shirt that says: IOWA 75% vowels, 100% awesome. thank you, thank you {RAYGUN}].

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

our “thing” was to get a pressed-penny [above] & a postcard at each of our stops along the way.

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if you’re driving through south dakota [which I’ll venture to guess many of you have not] ..you’ll see signs for {WALL DRUG} every where. through the entire state. the most popular signs: “free ice water” or “5 cent coffee”. but [J] & I’s favorite: “YOLO WALL DRUG”. we knew we had to stop.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

obviously for our free ice water.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

and our pressed-penny & postcard.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

then we drove through the {badlands}. while we listened to ‘fly over states’ by jason aldean. [if you’ve never heard it, listen to it {here}].

we declared it our trip’s theme song.

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say ‘hello’ to the massive bug that flew through our open window, and made itself at home in our cup holder. I almost crashed our car when it started buzzing around. thankfully [J] was on top of his bug-catching game.

our first night we set up our tent at a campsite near mount rushmore.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

there were beers involved in the tent-pitching process.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

after our tent home for the night was set up ..we went to {mount rushmore}.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

we’re sorry mount rushmore ..we didn’t see the “stay on the trail” signs & did a little “off-roading”. only for a second. 

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or better, long enough to run into these two ..

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

I now know why you should stay on the trails. these two were fearless. and came so close.

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after snapping a picture for proof. and [J] snapping of one of me. I ran!

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just in time to see the nightly lighting ceremony.

it was amazing.

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that was only DAY ONE. only fifteen more to share!

tomorrow {the thread affect} & I are reviewing our july {book club read}.

and on friday ..I’m doing a special edition of the week in photos. 

you won’t want to miss it.

happy wednesday all.

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the week in photos.

I’m in shock.

it’s friday. and we leave in TWO DAYS!

at this point, all of my movements are motivated by a to do list. which does not include eating or sleeping, so I’ve been doing very little of that.

on a positive note: we have 5 bottles of sunscreen. & 4 cans of bug spray. also benadryl itch cream, just in case one of us comes in contact with poison ivy.  

basically .. we’re well on our way to our own outdoor survival show. 

before I have a panic attack run off to make another list, let’s do ..

the week in photos.

beautiful iowa sunset.

week in photos, july 19 // LLinaBC.com

when they think you have food ..

attack mode.

week in photos, july 19 // LLinaBC.com

when they realize you don’t ..

peace we’re out.

week in photos, july 19 // LLinaBC.com

week in photos, july 19 // LLinaBC.com

love my pretty white bib necklace. c/o {capwell + co}.

week in photos, july 19 // LLinaBC.com

and what you will find me busy doing the next two days .. vacation prep!

week in photos, july 19 // LLinaBC.com

I’m so excited I can’t sit still.

I’ll talk you all once more before I leave.

happy weekend!!

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