travels // red, white, and on the go.

I hope all of you had an amazing holiday weekend. surrounded by friends + family. celebrating with food brats on the grill + budweiser american flag cans. or maybe that was just me.

[J] + I traveled three hours east, to spend the weekend with our friends. this is truly a classic case of time flies too quickly. they came to visit us in des moines last summer, and we’ve been talking about our return visit to see them since. we’ve stopped for dinners [on our trips home from chicago], but that’s not the same. we finally got there. and it was so much fun.

there was a tad lot of flooding as you got closer to the river, but that didn’t stop the baseball stadium from opening it’s doors on the fourth of july. it truly felt like we were on an island. thank goodness for extremely strong flood barriers.

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o

travels // red, white, and on the go.   travels // red, white, and on the go c/o

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o

is it ok that [J] + I’s only independence day tradition is to drink budweiser because of it’s festive holiday cans? I’ll never understand our rhyme or reason, but a tradition is a tradition. and it held strong this year.

what are your fourth of july traditions?

happy tuesday.

stay tuned: a peek at my bridesmaids attire tomorrow!

life // holiday weekend mishap.

life // holiday weekend mishap c/o

I had a “you’ve got to be kidding me” moment this morning.

I had a leisurely morning planned. I’d get up at 6:30, get the coffee brewing. take my time getting to the gym. get in a good workout. and get ready for work. all was going according to plan until I received a sweet snapchat from my friend, it said “it’s tuesday – YAY!”. and I thought “oh shhhhhoot”.

see.. I go into work at different times throughout the week. for example, I go in at 10AM on Monday’s and 9AM on Tuesday’s.

well, I received this snapchat at 8:15AM while fresh out of the shower, rocking wet hair & a robe. thinking uh oh, if it’s not monday I don’t go to work at 10AM. I go in at 9AM!!

I was completely thrown off by our extended weekend. I got ready in 15 minutes and made it to work at 9:01AM.

I am now back on track. and could not be happier it is tuesday.

has a holiday weekend ever thrown you off that much? should I invest in a larger wall calendar?

happy TUESDAY, my friends.

I hope all of you had an amazing memorial day weekend. [I will be sharing mine tomorrow].

thank you to all those men & women who have & do fight for our freedom. your sacrifices are not small, and are greatly appreciated.

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.

life // pool day essentials c/o

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.