des moines // summer is half over.

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

I cannot stress enough: summer is half over. [and wonder ..how the heck did that happen?]. the season to “squeeze it all in” tends to go by at a much more rapid pace, than say ..winter. but with the wedding mere months away, it’s going by even faster.

we have officially entered “summer bucket list crunch time”.

sadly, below is my updated list. I need to get busy. [and to be fair, I went to the farmer’s market, just didn’t walk away with a breakfast burrito ..so I’m not counting it. I want a breakfast burrito!!].

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

• drink with wild animals. [go to zoo brew].

• go cheer on the iowa cubs. // complete!

dine al fresco at malo. // complete [and so delicious!].

• 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.

• 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 [see #3].

• 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.

how are you doing on your bucket list? do you have any tips to maximize your summertime?

happy monday.

travels // galena, IL.

I have a love affair with the small town of galena, IL. it is a place my parents would take me as a kid. but I’ve only become fonder of as an adult. any chance to stop, I do.

thankfully, [J] & I had to take the “long way home” on sunday [coming back from chicago], and galena was conveniently in our path. I somehow convinced [J] that I was absolutely starving & we needed to stop for dinner just about the time we approaching galena. and I got my wish, we dined at the galena brewing company. and took a brief walk down the main street. [even pulled off the highway for a quick landscape snapshot].

it is literally magical.

if you have not been to galena, IL ..it is time to start planning your trip. there are great restaurants, wineries, breweries, amazing shopping, historical landmarks galore, beautiful scenery. even better, it’s great during all seasons.

[especially in the fall, when the leaves are changing].

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

happy wednesday.

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!