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  • 9 best travel snacks from trader joe's | little lessons by chelsea

    the best travel snacks from trader joe’s

    whether we’re driving two hours or flying 13 hours to china, snacks are a very important part of our travels. I thoroughly enjoy a good snack, but with a toddler in tow.. snacks become…

    August 1, 2019
  • where to eat, sleep + go in galena, il

    where to eat, sleep + go in galena, il

    I’ve been traveling to galena since I was little. it was a favorite destination of my parents. later, when I was in college, I’d meet my mom there for the day. we’d have lunch…

    June 12, 2018
  • breckenridge brewery | denver, CO.

    breckenridge brewery | denver, CO.

    my little brother surprised us + showed up in town last week, to celebrate jackson’s first birthday. it was so good to see him! but.. apparently vacations don’t last forever? because on monday night,…

    May 1, 2018
  • christmas in colorado.

    christmas in colorado.

    our little family headed west for the holidays! we were gone a total of ten days. (two of which were spent in the car, driving 8+ hours, with a baby + a dog). we…

    February 1, 2018
  • christmas in new york city.

    christmas in new york city.

    the husband + I lived in new york when we were fresh out of college. well, he moved there and I followed. (basically inviting myself). we’ve been living back in the midwest for nearly…

    December 18, 2017
  • day trip | decorah, IA.

    day trip | decorah, IA.

    it is now very rare the husband asks me: “what do you want to do today?” the last time he asked, we ended up driving three hours across the state for a spontaneous day…

    August 2, 2017
  • covered bridges | winterset, IA.

    covered bridges | winterset, IA.

    we had a very mild winter in iowa! it was unseasonably warm. (if that sounded like a complaint, it was not. maybe a little fear we’ll get payback later). we’re talking the occasional 60º…

    April 11, 2017
  • fall in the amana colonies.

    fall in the amana colonies.

    on sunday, the husband + I made a last-second decision to take a road trip. only 100 miles east to the amana colonies. it’s typically our mother’s day destination, but why wait until may…

    October 18, 2016
  • 10 camping essentials.

    what to pack for your next camping trip.

    three years ago, the husband + I ventured out on a sixteen day road trip. ten of those were spent camping, in various places across the country. we planned our route + packing list…

    July 14, 2016
  • camping | honey creek state park.

    camping | honey creek state park.

    over the fourth of july weekend, the husband + I made a few last minute plans. (we’re talking reservations made on tuesday, left on saturday). we were going to pack up our car with…

    July 13, 2016