Family adventures + simple fashion + other lovely things

Finch, 17 months

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  • Weight: 28 lbs 6 oz
  • Height: 31.5"
  • Clothing size: 18 months
  • Shoe size: 6
  • Diaper size: 4
  • Teeth: 11


  •  Hayrack ride



  • Books
  • His belly button
  • Apples + applesauce
  • Blowing raspberries
  • Puppies
  • Stairs
  • Animal sounds
  • Being chased
  • Pretending to drive the car


  • Getting in his car seat
  • Getting dropped off at the church nursery


Finch continues to make us laugh, even when he's not trying. We caught him walking around the house wearing my bra around one of his shoulders, and climbing onto shelves at daycare:



I love this age --- he is learning so many new things every week.

  • He knows which shoes belong to who, and likes to bring them to you
  • He picks out his own shoes every day - usually his Nikes
  • Shakes and nods his head to tell us "yes" and "no"
  • Waves goodbye
  • Interested in learning body parts, although he can only say "eye"


We are still nursing! Usually once a day, sometimes two, sometimes five. We are taking the "Don't Offer, Don't Refuse" approach to weaning. I don't offer, but if he asks for it (by pointing to the couch or bed where we nurse), I will nurse him. He always asks when he wakes up in the morning and after nap, and sometimes at night if he's overtired. I find our morning feeds help us both ease into our day. If I am not there when he wakes up, though, he does fine without me. Eric puts him to bed most nights and has taken more of a role in comforting him, which has been wonderful and definitely a reason I feel like I can continue on. It has been less demanding and it is rare if he needs me during the night.


I actually feel like he's become even more attached to nursing in the past month, compared to last month, or maybe it's just that his communication is improving and I notice him asking more. I don't see him weaning anytime soon, ...I think we will go through the winter for sure...but I find myself wondering how and when it will end. We are both still enjoying it, but I think Finch likes it a little more than I do. :-) I am especially thankful for nursing during times of sickness or crankiness. I did have some pain this month (blanching/vasospasms), but luckily it cleared up in a couple days.

Of course, there are times when I do have to refuse (if we are about to leave for school, mostly). I also do not wear a nursing bra unless I'm home with him, so that has limited us a bit. While he nurses he often "talks" to me in grunts and is definitely our special language and time together.


He is sleeping 12 hours a night! He goes to bed around 6:00 pm and gets up around 6:00 am. He takes one nap a day for about 1-1.5 hours. I am very thankful that he has turned into a good sleeper.


  • He goes to the chiropractor once a month
  • Had a yeast infection in his diaper area  
  • Had a fever
  • Had a viral rash


  • Nom nom
  • Nigh nigh
  • Mama
  • Dada
  • Sss (sister)
  • Eye
  • Cracker
  • Oh
  • Whassat? 
  • Uh oh
  • Hi
  • Dog
  • Book
  • Bubble
  • Bye
  • Duh (water)


  • Please
  • More


  • Christmas!

my outfit: autumn hues

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I'm absolutely thrilled that we've had two months of fall in Iowa. Usually we get about two weeks in October and then it's time to pull out the coats, yesterday it was a pleasant 68 degrees when I got off work (never mind it was 37 today when I got off work...). It's mid-November and I have yet to see any snow, and that is A-OK with me.


  • Sweater - This is my new favorite sweater...I've been wearing it weekly since I got it. During my latest closet clean-out I realized all my favorite sweaters are either H&M or Madewell, so I went hunting for a few more. I love this color, but it also comes in white and gray. Size up for a comfier fit!
  • Pants (c/o)- Burgundy is basically a neutral in my book because it goes with (almost) everything! Colored pants jazz up an otherwise simple outfit, and these are so easy to style.
  • Shoes - I've been wearing these ankle boots for a few years now and have got to find a way to clean them, but highly highly recommend.

P.S. Finch shimmied his way into these photos and I could not be happier about it! I hope he will always loves having his picture taken as much as he does right now. The photos were all taken within a few minutes but he needed a shirt change in that short span ;-)

fall family photos

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It's mid-November ... time to order Christmas cards! We had our annual fall family photos taken a few weeks ago, and there were so many great ones that we had a hard time choosing which one to use for our card this year. They were taken downtown Des Moines for an urban feel. I wanted to show you a few of the runners-up, because I really love them all! (Psst - there's a giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

P.S. Would you guess that Rooney cried for 20 minutes right before these were taken? She wasn't loving her outfit. I bribed her with donuts and gummy worms, and she forgot all about it. :-) I wish my skin recovered that quickly!

I just love that little family of mine. We have used Minted for our Christmas cards for almost 10 years now, so it was a dream come true when they reached out this year to see if we wanted to team up. We typically use an infographic, year-in-review type card. Here are a few of my favorite designs - including a few we have used in past years (click image to view on

This year we went a slightly more simple route and used a foil-pressed card, and added a "year in review" section on the back side. They are due to arrive tomorrow and I can't wait to see them in person. After we get them sent out, I'll be sure to show you the finished product!


Minted is graciously giving away TWO $125 gift cards to use on their site (holiday cards, art prints, home decor - whatever you want)! To enter, just enter your name and email address here (U.S. residents only). Giveaway ends Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 11:59 pm PDT. Good luck!

And, if you are thinking about using Minted for your cards this year, be sure to sign up using this link to get $25 off your first Minted purchase of $100 or more.


*All photos by Shandy Mikkelsen.
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grocery chic

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This post is sponsored by Hy-Vee. Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for a giveaway!


I was so excited when I heard that Hy-Vee (our favorite grocery store) was going to start carrying clothes, and even more excited when they emailed me to see if I'd want to try it out, and then even more excited once I got there and saw it in person. My honest opinion: I think it's REALLY good. F&F is a European-inspired fashion brand - it reminds me of H&M and Zara brands, which we don't have in Iowa, so it definitely fills a gap. They have men's, women's and children's clothing, including purses, shoes, socks, pajamas, underwear and coats. Lots of good stuff at reasonable prices!


  • T-shirt w/patches: $23
  • Satin bomber jacket: $47
  • Printed trousers: $25

I tried on several items (yes, they have dressing rooms!) and walked away with five things, all of which I love! Here are a few of the photos I took while shopping (does anyone else take tons of pictures while they're shopping? I can't be the only one!):

Currently, there are 6 Hy-Vee stores that carry F&F clothing (2 in the Des Moines area):

And now for the best part! I'm so excited to give one of you a $100 gift card to Hy-Vee to pick up some cute new clothes (and why not a pint of ice cream too? :)). Enter below:

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