Monday, September 8, 2014

Quick Weekend Recap {+ Weekly Meal Plan}

This weekend was a great one!

Lots of time spent with people I love, doing activities I love, in the weather I love most-- the beginning of fall!

Friday night Kaydin and I spent the evening on campus where I work for their annual Run DMU 5k event.

When we got home from the race, we found a hummingbird flying around going crazy. Kaydin thought if she stuck her finger out and held really still, he might land on her finger. Turns out hummingbirds don't like to land on little girls' fingers, even if they try hard to hold still for a few seconds!

I was so excited to wake so crisp, cool air on Saturday morning! Perfect for the downtown farmers market. I was even more excited about the company was planning on spending the day with!

One of my dearest friends, Launa, was in town from Florida. It's always a good time when we all get together!

Whatcha got on your face there, Kaydin? Oh, just some powdered sugar from the best cream cheese danishes you can find. (From the La Mie booth you are you curious)  ;)

This stand had the most beautiful dahlias of all sizes and colors. The stand owner said they came straight from his backyard in Ames. Can you imagine having this as your backyard view?! #jealous

After the market we hit up our favorite lunch spot from college, La Hacienda, and sat and chatted for a few hours. Being apart for two weeks or two years, it's always like we were never apart at all. Love spending time with these three ladies! #corefour

And we can't all get together and not get a shot of all our tattoos together! It's tradition.

The rest of Saturday was spent running errands, cleaning and organizing at home and relaxing on the couch. Sunday was much of the same, minus the couch. I cleaned and organized Kaydin's room and it's almost how we want it!

Sunday evening I spent some time in the perfect weather to get some work done in the garden. Between all the rain and some soil being washed away and the naughty bunnies, my beets didn't fair too well this year. At least the nutritious tops are edible! :)

I've already been thinking ahead and making plans next year's expanded garden. Can't wait! 

After a quick and easy crockpot dinner of pork roast and veggies and getting showered, we settled in on the couch to watch a movie, The Amazing Spider Man 2. Now I'm obviously not savvy with the comic book storylines, but really how can they keep remaking the same movie showing slightly different story lines and still make millions?!? Baffles me!

And that was our weekend! Can I get a do-over, please? :)

Weekly Meal Plan
Crockpot pork roast with carrots, potatoes, and onions
Buffalo Chicken Wraps and Roasted Portabello Caps
Gazpacho and BLT's
Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
Cream of Chicken and Noodles

Linking up with Organizing Junkie.

Happy Anniversary!
And I can't post on this day without a shoutout to my parents! It's their anniversary today! 30 years and still going strong! Love you guys!

What were you up to this weekend?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Five Things Friday 9.5.14

Oh, man, it was a busy, fun summer!

And now it's over?!?! Well, that was quick!

Our busy summer led to a more relaxed and slow presence from me on the blog. Now that we're turning the corner into fall, I hope you'll be seeing me much more :)  I still have lots to catch you up on from our summer, though. Well... minus our Labor Day weekend. I planned on throwing a photo dump your way earlier this week, but my phone bit the dust on Monday.

Since it's been a little while since I've rambled, let's see if I can come up with five things to update you on.

1. Warby Parker
Thanks so much for all the kind feedback I've gotten from my last post. If you haven't checked it out yet and are in the market for some new eyeglasses, definitely check it out! Warby Parker offers affordable, fun options!

2. Run DMU
Tonight Kaydin and I are participating in a work event, Run DMU, a 5k fundraiser for the university. I ran ( /walked) last year and it was a lot of fun! Excited to have her as my running buddy this year!

3. Downtown Farmers Market 
Tomorrow I'm making a wayyyy overdue trip to the farmer's market. I haven't been for what seems like forever and I'm so excited! Plus, i'm going with a few girlfriends. Even better! We haven't all gotten together for a long time so should be a great day!! On m y list of market goodies for this week are kale, local honey, and bubble tea.

4. Garden Harvest
I've been getting lots out of the garden and Josh shared some of his bounty with me last weekend when I was home. I made some awesome gazpacho this week and homemade sauerkraut and pickles are in my near future, too. No picture to show to prove my green thumb, though, since it was one of the many casualties that was housed on my now broken phone.  :(

5. The all-time best season of all! 
Fall is officially right around the corner but of course already unofficially here! Tall boots, leg warmers, pumkin everything, crockpots soups, and appple picking! Eeeeeehh, I'm so excited!!

Linking with Clare from Fitting It All In for 5 Things Friday!

What do you always grab from your local farmers market?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Warby Parker Eyeglasses {Fall Collection 2014}

Have you heard of Warby Parker?

I hadn't until last year and I really can't even remember how I stumbled on the company. It's an eyeglass and sunglass company that offers affordable options. I had always been thinking that I need to check out their website, then recently, I saw an Instagram post highlighting a pair of their glasses. Right then I jumped online and did some browsing. 

After finding many pairs that I loved, I chose the trial option,checked out through the online process and just like that five pairs of frames were on their way to my house for me to try on and fall in love with-- for free!

Another reason I was sold on the company was their give back policy. For every pair of glasses purchased, a portion is donated to a non-profit and training efforts to bring eyewear to other parts of the world that can't afford it otherwise.

Ironically, as my trial frames were on their way to my house I was contacted by Warby Parker to see if I would in interested in helping to promote their new fall collection of frames. But a coincidence but since I'd had such a great experience so far, I was happy to help spread the word!

Fall Collection 2014

I'm loving the new colors they are offering! Here are a few of my favorites from the new Fall Collection 2014
Baxter- Sugar Maple

Crane-Striped Olive

Greenleaf-Whiskey Tortoise

Hardy- Striped Pacific

Oliver-Whiskey Tortoise

Mollie's Picks

Crane- Whiskey Tortoise
Really liked these ones. I tried the same ones in Black, too. They were just a little loose on my ears.

Wikie- Greystone
I thought these would be my favorites when I was shopping online. I did like them but not the best.

Fitz- Whiskey Tortoise
And these are my favorite ones so far!

Help me decide. Which are your favorites?

This post was sponsored by Warby Parker. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What I've Been Up To- July Edition

Alright, even though it's almost September we are going to back up and talk about what happened back in July! I'm all about memories and what better way to to secure those memories than posting to the Internet? amiright??

Enjoy our July highlights!

I took the first week in July off from work to relax, spend some time with Kaydin and do some fun things around the city. Our  first stop was the Science Center of Iowa to see all the exhibits and catch an IMAX movie.

During the summer Jordan Creek Century Theater features a kid/family friendly for only $2.00!  The movie we caught was Turbo, a cute Disney movie neither of us had seen yet. It was a fun (and cheap) outing for a summer vacation morning.

It's never too early to teach kids about finance and saving. Kaydin added counting up the money from her piggy banks to her summer bucket list. After it was all counted and she kept $11 for spending we took a trip to the bank to get it deposited into her savings account.

It was just the dogs and I on the afternoon of 4th of July. Tim was out of town so I took some time to relax on the back deck with Squeaky and Ciera with some sun tea in hand and Bob Marley playing on Pandora. The rest of the July 4th weekend was spent with my bestie, Kristyn, eating some good food, lounging, and getting in a little pool time.

Before Kaydin and I headed north to meet my dad for the annual exchange, (Kaydin spends a week with my parents around the 4th of July) we hopped on our bikes and hit the trails in our new neighborhood to explore a new part of the trail system we hadn't been on yet.

Kaydin had been requesting a visit to Sky Zone for a couple months. A week of vacation was the perfect time to finally agree. And when pairing the visit with a Groupon, it was a fairly inexpensive activity.

Some of my family traveled to Des Moines for the Color Run on July 13th. It was so fun to do it with all of them! There's already talks of participating next year! A full recap to come!

My herbs have been doing great like they do every year! Now I just need to keep cutting them to preserve them and have some herbs through the cold, dead winters. All of my other veggies have been doing fairly well, slow but steady. Since we've had such a wet summer and be pesky bunnies like to visit, I've had a few growth stunts. Oh well, this is my year to learn the area our garden is set it and make it better and expanded next spring. I'm already excited and making plans for next year!

The day after Tim left for his Colorado stay for his graduate banking degree, Kaydin and I hit up the local pool, Valley View Aquatic Center. It was a prefect heat-filled afternoon to take a dip in the water and dry by laying poolside.

Just a slow summer evening relaxing with my little miss. We need to find more of these nights year round.

We visited our Little Free Library about weekly throughout the whole summer to check on inventory and donate new books. It's been a great hit in the area and I look forward to seeing the offerings maybe expand to additional parks. If you haven't visited yet be sure to check out Ridge Point Park and take a book home! but please leave one behind to share with others! :)

One warm summer night, Kaydin and I set out down the local gravel roads with a pair of scissors in tow. When I visited my Grandma in Kansas during summer when I was a little girl, picking wildflowers was a tradition. The setting sun, warm, evening summer air, and keeping your eyes peeled for the bright, beautiful colors of the flowers was one of my favorite events of the summer every year. Ah, memories!

It isn't summer without watching my favorite show Big Brother!

Tim and I did some landscaping! That is to say, we found some big rocks, Tim picked them up and got 'em in the car, I supervised from the side, told him exactly where they should be placed, and then I bought some clearance perennials from the Hy-Vee Garden Center. I think it looks pretty good though!

A summer staple, 4th of July fireworks! Kristyn has the best view from her driveway so that's where we stayed!

Just an evening game of Headbandz to keep us occupied!

Some pretty little girl engaged in a nice little selfie session in the backseat.

While visiting the Science Center, she told me my fortune!

I met up with a couple girlfriends, Traci and Summer, near the beginning of the month for Zoo Brew. Zoo Brew is an adults only event held at Blank Park Zoo on Wednesday nights with live music, beer, wine and margaritas. It was surprisingly* relaxing strolling through the zoo sipping on tequila with no kids tagging along!


I had a fabulous weekend back home at my parent's house for the bridal shower and bachelor/bachelorette weekend! Josh and Kerstin decided to have a joint party and float down the river. I had never gone before and was a little nervous, but despite a few glitches it was a great time! It's always fun to hang out with family that I don't see near enough!

And finally, Kaydin and I hopped on a plane on my birthday to meet up with Tim to explore the Boulder, CO area. Another recap that will hopefully be coming your way soon!

Make sure to click all the links to learn more about all of the fun offerings I mentioned in this post around the Des Moines metro area.

What have you been up to this summer?