Conference cold

I swear it is the goal of every workplace or conference to freeze you out. Most days I’m wrapped up in a cardigan or scarf at my desk, and on occasion I’ve been known to use a plaid sherpa-lined fleece blanket when times get tough. Based on some recent research that has come out, there seems to be a method to the icy madness. Ugh, men!

This weekend I am off to Milwaukee to attend the HighEdWeb conference (Bill Nye the Science Guy is our keynote!) and I plan on packing a few layers to fend off the arctic blast A/C that I know will be turned up.

Cold in your cube? Here are a few perfect fall layering pieces that can be found in stores and online right now:


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Mo’s fall faves 2015

Fall is officially here and my little sister is back with her annual round up of what all the cool kids are into.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am fall’s #1 fan. Is there a magical faraway land where it’s fall year-round? SIGN ME UP. I’m the quintessential “basic girl” when it comes to fall: plaid shirt, puffer vest, TGL (toasted graham latte – the new PSL) and finding any opportunity to get the perfect fall insta shot.

I could talk about fall and how much I love it all day but…on to the good stuff! Changing it up this year to a gift-giving philosophy (because sometimes you need to #treatyoself): something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read.


Something you want…
A new pair of glasses. Ever since I got prescription sunglasses this summer, I’ve been wearing my glasses almost exclusively during the week. While I own two pairs of well-loved Warby Parker frames, why not add a third?

Something you need…
According to my father, I never really need anything but for the sake of this blog post, I chose something that I think I “need”: a big ol’ pot (my sis loves this one) to make some delicious soup in.

Something to wear…
on your nails! I have an obsession with nail polishes and I think I’ve found my new favorite fall color.

Something to read…
I read multiple books at a time – usually something funny, something not so funny, short stories/poetry and a memoir. This month I’m reading:

Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy Judd Apatow
Cherry Mary Karr

Now get out there and soak up every second of FALL! I’ll see you next year :)

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My new word after this weekend’s whirlwind events. One because it’s fall and I can’t seem to stop buying pumpkins and two because I feel like I could collapse after the past few days.

I singlehandedly tamed Saturday morning with Evie by my side, hitting up the following locations all before the noon hour: Starbucks (duh), Lowe’s, Shear Madness (ugh, haircuts are the worst), Goodwill, Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart and Plato’s Closet. Out with the old and in with the new this fall.

HairDo2015[before and after the tear soaked haircut meltdown – thank God for this pumpkin]

I got to slow down for a little bit to enjoy watching my youngest niece, Brooklyn, celebrate turning 1 – smash cake and all.

Brookie turns 1[my brown-eyed Brookie baby is the cutest]

Evie slept through pretty much the entire party, so when he woke up we ventured out for a few more stops, Old Navy and Target. I snagged an awesome, acorn-hued sweater for a steal and played the part of goofy mom while hanging out in the Halloween costume section.

IMG_1285 IMG_1286[I think I might have been delirious at this point]

I crashed promptly by 8:30 p.m. #thatmomlife. But don’t worry, I was up and at em on Sunday morning so that I could be the first person to file into Target’s doors because I needed to get my hands on some Adam Lippes x Target plaid goodness for my log home. I picked up a buffalo check pillow, set of kitchen towels and coordinating dog treat holder – because Karl is super fancy and I am super anal about seeing his treat box out on our countertop every morning.

A Family that Targets together...[a family that Targets together…]

After a quick trip to Wal-Mart to pick up (more!) pumpkins and a few of my favorite fall candles, I headed home to play outside with the boys the rest of the day. While Everett was napping, I set up all of my festive fall stuff and even had time to whip up a batch of my Grandma’s snickerdoodle cookies.

Fall frontsteps 2015

As we sat on the front steps last night, surrounded by pumpkins and mums, enjoying cookies and milk (well deserved wine for me), I knew my weekend of running around had paid off. Look how happy this kid is!!!

Everett Fall 2015

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Obsessed: fall favorites

I’m still very much obsessed with the same things as last year, you know me and my love for plaid, but this year’s fall faves have been infused with a sort of edge-y coolness.


Slim joggers: I have been afraid of this silhouette for over a year, but my impending flight to France was just the nudge I needed to wade into the jogger waters. I stuck with a laid back sweatpants style with some cool quilted knee patches.

Vintage & Made Fair: Since our move last year, I’m taking the time to find pieces to add to our interior with a used/rustic/already been loved feel. I have a hunch this could be a gold mine for me.

Military-inspired jacket: I love a good transitional jacket and on a recent trip to H&M I found this army green version with faux leather sleeves and I can’t wait to wear it!

Grey nail polish: Darker nail polish starts to make an appearance during this time of year on my nails, but I usually tend to stick with the wine or burgundy color. Think I’ll give grey a spin this go round.

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Download: Beaverdale Fall Festival

Growing up and attending grade school in a smaller community neighborhood made a strong impression on me. That feeling returns every year when residents come together for their annual Fall Festival. As Evie gets older, I hope he looks forward to it as much as I do.

IMG_1219[we found our family brick along the newly redone streetscape]

IMG_1221[Beaverdash: another 5k in the books] IMG_1223[Ev waiting patiently for the parade to start]IMG_1230[mid-parade: the only time he sat still all day]IMG_1229[watching them made me want to puke, but they had a blast]IMG_1233 [tuckered out from a day of fall fun]IMG_1237      [peace out to another great weekend with the fam]

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The force

I have to be honest, before I met my husband I had never seen any of the Star Wars movies. Gasp! The horror!

Growing up in a house with two sisters, the “force” was never very strong with us. Fast-forward to present day living in a house full of boys (dog included) and it’s hard to not get caught up in all the hype.

With a new movie due out this holiday season, it’s hard to miss the onslaught of Star Wars themed stuff in the stores. I mean, who are the crazy parents spending $4,ooo on a Millennium Falcon bed? Not me, sorry Evie.

But don’t worry Chewie, you’re in luck because I’ve pulled together some more pocket friendly options for your little Luke or Leia.

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Taste the world in Iowa

WorldFoodandMusicFest2015I know it may be hard to believe, but Iowa has quite the diverse culinary scene. The best way to see (and taste!) all that this great state has to offer is to head down to the Walnut Street Bridge on September 18-20 to partake in the World Food & Music Festival.

It has been a couple of years since I’ve made it to the fest, but I’m looking forward to sampling this year’s 53 international food vendors, representing cuisine from over 20 different countries.

Not sure which one to try? Have a taste of them all. You can sample specific dishes at each of the stops around the globe for just $1! Oh yeah, and did I mention that admission is FREE too. And let’s not forget about the live entertainment.

There is definitely something for everyone, so grab the kiddies (hello chocolate adventure) and make plans to get there early as lines can form at many of the fan favorites.

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