the week

By August 13, 2014 Life

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This past week has sort of been a doozie. Last week marked one year since losing my dad, and it was a hard one to get through. So many memories bubble back up every time I think of my dad, but knowing it’s been one full year felt like some sort of hurtful confirmation of reality. While there’s so many happy memories to look back on, I have a hard time thinking about the future, and all the things – big and little – that he isn’t and won’t ever be here for.

If there was anything positive about last week it was the outpouring of love that really comes out during the toughest of times. From kind notes arriving in my mailbox, to friends stopping by just to give me a hug, to booking a trip to California as something fun to look forward to - those closest to me really know how to make me smile, and for that I am lucky.

Another fun thing from this past week – shooting for a project called Make Des Moines, which we shot inside my apartment. Sharing a couple pics from what we shot here on the blog, but you can read the full post here.

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best summer dessert

By August 6, 2014 Home

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Going out for ice cream is a classic summer ritual – but after a long run or extra sweaty yoga class the last thing I want to do is throw all that work out the door with an extra sugary dessert. (Not that I don’t give in at least once a week to indulge my raving sweet tooth!) To get my ice cream fix lately I’ve been making lots of banana ‘ice cream’ at home. While frozen bananas and a food processor are all you really need, it’s easy to dress it up to look even more like your regular ice cream shop go-to. I made the batch pictured below with just bananas on the left, and a little cocoa powder + sea salt on the right. *Helpful hint: peel and chop the bananas before you freeze them. If you are able to peel a whole frozen banana, you are far more clever than me!

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24 hour trip

By August 2, 2014 Life

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Earlier this week I took a quick 24 hour trip to Boston – it was the kickoff for an upcoming project with Marshalls and I was excited to have even one hot minute back in a city I hadn’t been to in years. Between meetings I had a bit of free time to explore and I racked up as many miles on foot as I could pack in. A sprinkled cone from a Boston Frosty truck, a walk through Boston Common, a stroll by the original Cheers bar, and a late night cocktail (a cucumber mojito!) at the Top of the Hub to take in the best skyline view of the city. Looking forward to sharing more about the upcoming project, but until then, a few snapshots from the too-short of visit!

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recent gems

By July 28, 2014 Life

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This past week was a fun, whirlwind, packed one. A few snapshots from life lately…

Wink & Winn allowed me to test out their customized handbag service and it was SO MUCH FUN! While there were all sorts of colors, patterns, textures and shapes to choose from – I decided to keep it simple and do everything in just one color. (It would be easy to get carried away though because of all the options!) I went with a fun poppy pink colored leather because I don’t have anything like it, and thought keeping it all a single color would help it to work with all sorts of outfits.

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Avocado

I can never get enough avocado in my life – and my go-to summer appetizer to make at home is the perfect mix of avocado, black beans, tomatoes, corn, and red onion. Toss with olive oil, lime juice, and sea salt…and try not to eat the entire batch.

Nikes

I picked up some new running kicks a couple weeks ago as I’ve been hitting the pavement a lot lately. I was planning to run a half marathon in October, but after some encouragement and convincing…I’ve decided to run the full! It will be my first (and maybe last? Or not? Am I crazy?) and I’m terrified, anxious, and giddy all at the same time. If you have any recs on the best running shoes or gear that I must know about – please please share!

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Finally, this was the peaceful serene view I woke up to last Thursday morning. I spent Wednesday riding my bike all day (ok all day is sort of an overstatement…we stopped for drinks + food approximately every 4 miles and got here to the lake by early afternoon!) - regardless, I took part in my first ever day of RAGBRAI. The annual bike ride across the state of Iowa was one unreal sight to be seen. Being surrounded by tens of thousands of super happy people on bicycles is one great way to spend a day. And ending the day / starting the next morning with this view made it that much nicer.

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