Marcus and I aren’t big on the whole theme park thing (except if you are referencing Wally World), but I couldn’t pass up a free trip to our local amusement park with my sis and bro-in-law this past weekend.
I went into it with low expectations considering Ev is still too small to ride most of the rollercoasters and water rides (RIP Log Ride). But I was shocked at how awesome he was while being strapped into the stroller for half a day, only getting out to get on a few kiddie rides. Homeboy loved it!
[round and around he goes: just watching the video makes me want to puke]
[keep your arms and hands inside the ride at all times…]
Adventureland has been around since we were kids and I definitely remember some of my trips there as a child. Since then, they’ve even added a water park portion (which we did not get to because of nap time) that I think we’ll check out in a couple of years. Definitely fun for the whole family.
My daily beauty routine is pretty simple. I mean, sign me up for anything to make this mom’s life easier. So I tend to lean heavily on tried-and-true products. These are my faves:
The Wet Brush: Post-Everett my hair seems to tangle a lot easier and this brush is the only thing that’ll get through it without me going bald.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser: Under eye puffiness/darkness is something that comes with the ‘having a kid’ territory. After reading this review I had to give it a try myself. Definitely a winner in my book.
John Frieda Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray: After noticing some outgrowth in my hair color and realizing I had zero time to make it to the salon, I grabbed this (along with the shampoo and conditioner) in a rush. I’m pleasantly surprised how well it worked and plan to keep it on hand for touch ups in the future when I’m in a bind.
Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream: New addition to my makeup bag. I first read about this miracle product here and am a convert after trying it once. I love the coverage and how light it feels on my face.
CoverGirl Mink Eyeshadow: I’ve been using this color on the reg since I first started to wear makeup and I still haven’t found anything I like better for my daily look.
Maybelline Lash Sensational: I’m constantly changing mascaras, but my recent find withstands a day full of running around, workouts and bath time splashing. It is a little hard to get off at night, but I think it has staying power.
The title of my blog is a reference to the opening song of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical ‘State Fair’ that is based on our very own Iowa State Fair.
Every year over one million people from around the globe crowd into the grand concourse to be delighted by the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. And let’s not forget all the food on a stick!
It’s truly not to be missed, but even more so this year since we are heading into a presidential election. Candidates storm Iowa in the months leading up to the caucuses and one of their big (and heavily publicized) stops is our great state fair. Fairgoers are sure to have astonishing access and front row seats for any and all photo ops and soapbox moments.
This past weekend we made our annual pilgrimage to the fair and it did not disappoint. Having a toddler (and stroller) in tow makes for an interesting trek around the fairgrounds, but seeing it all anew through his eyes was the BEST!
[Ev meet elk] [zzzzz…what a boar] [how Evie does lemonade] [a cold, creamy scoop from the Dairy Barn] [the day was complete after this as far as I’m concerned] [two feet of golden fried goodness] [a little warm, but all smiles at the Governor’s Charity Steer Show]
New to the fair? Be sure to check out my tried and true Iowa State Fair to-do list.
While Ev still has a while before he officially starts school, I can’t help but get excited when I see all the colorful notebooks and rows of fresh supplies at our local Target. Going back to school was always such an exciting time for me growing up. Those first day jitters, the new outfits and the endless chatter with friends. Such happy memories.
In honor of the back to school shopping that I’m sure some of you are doing right now, I thought I’d put together some cute outfits that I would put together for Ev if he was heading out the doors for the schoolyard.
top // Wal-Mart
bottom // H&M
notebook // Mead
shoes // Gap Kids
backpack // Crewcuts
socks // Old Navy
top // Wal-Mart
bottom // H&M
cap // Stan’s Sports World
socks // Gap Kids
shoes // Target
top // Carter’s
jeans // H&M
vest // H&M
bag // Duluth Pack
crayons // Crayola
shoes // Target
book // Home by Carson Ellis
coat // H&M
shoes // Converse
top // Raygun
bottom // Zara
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Tagged back to school, boys, Carson Ellis, Converse, Crayola, Duluth Pack, Gap kids, J. Crew, Old Navy, Raygun, Target, toddler, Wal-Mart, Zara