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  • a fall weekend in winterset | little lessons by chelsea

    5 places to visit for a fall weekend in winterset

    autumn is such a cherished season, especially in the midwest. the temperatures drop to ideal sweatshirt weather. the leaves change brilliant shades of red, orange + yellow. pumpkins, apples + cinnamon fill the air.…

  • a lunch date at dumpling darling | little lessons by chelsea

    a lunch date at dumpling darling

    it is so important to carve out time to date your other half. especially, once you have kids! as entertaining + fun as our toddler is to be around, the husband + I realize…

  • the hall | des moines, IA.

    the hall | des moines, IA.

    in early fall 2017, the hall opened it’s doors. right here in des moines, IA. the building was home to an iron foundry + railcar barn in the late 1800’s. and then, nothing! after…

  • farmers market | des moines, IA.

    farmers market | des moines, IA.

    everything in life becomes a brand new + exciting adventure when you have a child. like sleeping + time management. just kidding, those tend to go out the window. but really, what you’ve done…

  • hurts donut | des moines, IA.

    hurts donut | des moines, IA.

    occasionally a business will do such an amazing job creating buzz around the opening of their new store, that even one month after opening guests are willing to wait in 20 minutes lines to…

  • best breakfast sandwiches in des moines.

    best breakfast sandwiches in des moines.

    the husband + I consider ourselves breakfast bagel sandwich connoisseurs. we rarely mess around with breakfast. we have our go to spots + we frequent them. there are few things more satisfying than lazily…

  • when the state fair comes to town.

    when the state fair comes to town.

    it is the opening day of the iowa state fair!!! as I slept last night, images of fried food + brett eldredge danced in my head. I’m so excited! for the next ten days, the…

  • saylorville lake | des moines, IA.

    saylorville lake | des moines, IA.

    it always seems that just as I’m starting to enjoy summer, it’s august. already. do I really need june + july as a warm up? it probably does not help, we have had action-packed…

  • firetrucker brewery | des moines, IA.

    firetrucker brewery | des moines, IA.

    occasionally you have those days that you want to replay over + over. whether they were momentous or just a typical day that starts out with no plans + ends up being unassumingly great.…

  • rosati's | des moines, IA.

    rosati’s | des moines, IA.

    the husband is from chicago. the land of pizza toppings hidden under the sauce. which is a concept I, as an iowan, do not understand + have a hard time appreciating. I know pizza…