Top 12 Moments of 2012

You know it’s been an incredible year when you have more than 12 things to highlight! But I’ve done my best and lumped some things together to come up with my cumulative list of my favorite parts of 2012 (in no particular order)!

Participating in the Pigman and Okoboji Triathlons. I honestly love these races, I can’t wait to do some more this coming year!


Chicago marathon. I’ve talked about this enough…but it’s worth mentioning as a highlight for sure. Training from April through October and still suffering the lost toenail to date. It was a huge part of my year!


Family Rocks! I had so many awesome family gatherings this year, I’m very blessed to be surrounded by such a kind, thoughtful, caring and FUN people!


My dad and his aunt playing badminton!


My cousin’s wedding in Michigan.


My lovely in-laws!


Family photo for my parents!

Starting a new job. It started off as a challenging year professionally but since May I have found an 8-5 home with a great company with a job I truly enjoy!

Diving in to owning a boat. A ‘before we turn 30’ dreamed turned to reality late this summer, I can’t wait for 2013 and a full summer of fun with this toy!!

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Here comes the bride. The hubs and I attended, and participated in, a few weddings this year for some dear friends and as always had a fabulous time. I have to say though, my most favorite moment was sitting with my lovely friend before she walked down the isle to her groom, who was seeing her for the first time. That tradition is often lost these days and it was so special seeing, and being a small part of, it.


Wasting Away Again in Margaritaville, twice. Oh Jimmy Buffett, you sing to my soul. He visited the great state of Iowa this Spring, so of course we had to go! Then we hit him up again in the great Alpine Valley. Our theory is to keep on going as long as he does!!


Hostess with the Mostest. I love hosting friends and family, nothing beats filling your house with love and laughter! We did a lot of that this year, mostly due to the wonderful cooking of my stellar husband.




Iowa vs. Nebraska Thanksgiving with sisters and spouses! 

Class of 2002. Wow, attending my 10 year class reunion! It.was.excellent.


Crusin’ the loop back home!

Anything on a stick. I hit up the annual Iowa State Fair this summer with some friends and we caught Boyz II Men on the ‘free’ stage. Honestly, it was an outstanding concert. And the food was good too!

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Major Girl Crush. Idina Menzel. I have nothing more to add. Okay, maybe just that I love her tremendously!


Volunteering. It was a goal of mine in 2012 and I have to say it went pretty well. My husband and I spent a week in January chaperoning a Winter Weekend Getaway for the Children’s Cancer Connection. I was the chairperson for a charity bike ride for Gems of Hope in May. And the hubs and I served the free meal at Thanksgiving organized by community members. Also, since April I’ve been in the committee in town working on planning our Centennial celebration.

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The years honestly move so fast, but it’s been fun to take a moment to reflect back to remember the good times, the lessons learned and the laughs that were had.

Cheers to a fabulous 2013!!


Favorite Looks of 2012

Here are my Top Ten looks of 2012. It’s no surprise that 90% of them are from warmer weathered days. What can I say, sweaters don’t bring excitement to my life. 😉 Looking forward to some more fashion fun in 2013! (Click the photos for original post.)

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12 Moments of Christmas

As the actual day of Christmas comes to an end, I feel as though it’s just getting started for me in a way. My family will be celebrating Christmas this coming weekend, so I still have many more moments to look forward to, lucky me! That said, I’ve had some excellent celebrations with my in-laws and we all know pictures say it best. So here are my 12 pictures of Christmas (so far).


That’s a Triple A Lagneaux photo, right there.


The best in-law’s a girl could ask for.




Sister-in-law. She’s the coolest!


Feeling festive with my sassy red lips! 😉


Cliche ‘picture by the tree’ shot.


The man responsible for bringing in to this crazy family. Thank you!


Just because we get older, doesn’t mean we have to grow up. This is my Mother-In-Law’s snowman she built outside her sliding glass door! How cute!


You know, drinking, talking, laughing….playing on phones…






Merry Christmas to you all…from one crazy gang to another!


As we move past the holidays (even though I still have more to come!), it comes the time of year where we find ourselves reflecting over the last 12 months. What did I accomplish? What can I do to be better? Did I give enough? Did I give too much!? It’s time to take a good hard look back and sum up what was certainly another great year. I hope you do the same!


Sweater: Express, Turtleneck: Gordman’s, Necklace: Cookie Lee, Camera: Cannon Ti3

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

You know how people say you should marry someone who will keep you laughing until your dying days? I think it’s pretty safe to say, I found that person. And I honestly couldn’t be more thankful for that, or him.

My husband and I had a lovely date night to see the festive play, Meet Me in Saint Louis. We both really enjoy shows, but this was a little old-school for our taste. Although I’m certain his grandmother will be quiet impressed that we saw this when we tell her over the holidays! If anything, it was fun to watch where the song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas originated from.

So yes, the comical husband you ask? Well, you can see it clearly here when I tried to capture a head-shot of us to remember our night.

Take 1: (Notice how I have no idea he’s doing this yet…)


Take 2: (this is my saying….BABBBBE, be normal!)

Take 3: There we go. Love this man. He’s pretty stellar.

As for my date night outfit, I spiced it up with a fun shirt (SPARKLES) and OHMYGOD, my new, absolutely fabulous, shoes.


Blazer: Forever 21, Shirt: Kohls (JLo’s line), Pants: Old Navy, Shoes: Nine West via Younkers, Jewelry: Cookie Lee



They are the trifecta people: satin, sparkle and suede.


They are totally impracticable for an Iowa winter.


And I couldn’t love them more.

It’s Time to Get Festive!

Oh my goodness. Time is a flying. And although I’ve been engaging in many festive holiday activities, I’m still just not really ‘feeling the mood.’ Am I alone out there!? I’m one of those Midwesterns that needs snow for it to feel Christmasy (even though it sounds like that’s coming!). So, I’ll blame it on spending my time outside of shopping and festive fun, being bogged down by studying! 😉

So what’s been going on you ask? Here are some highlights!

3rd Annual Cookie Exchange. YUMMY!

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Waffle cookies, sugar cookies, toffee, chocolate covered pretzels, peppermint chocolate cookies, no-bake gooey oatmeal cookies, and gingersnaps!

Driving around to look at Christmas lights. This is THE.WINNER. here in town!

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It’s like a life-style ginger bread house!!!! Source here.

And of course shopping and decorating! Here is my tree and some favorite ornaments!IMG_4495

Better here…


…Or here!? 🙂


A new ornament handmade by my co-workers Mom. I love personalized ones!


This came from the trip my husband and I took to Key West. My mission is life is to get back there sooner than later. It was the coldest week in January Florida had ever seen when we were there. Honestly, that is just the kind of luck I have sometimes!


A Precious Moment ornament that I’ve had since I was little. So, well, precious!

How is your holiday season going?!

Polar Bear Sweater

Brrr, we’ve had some chilly days here, but still no snow. I’m personally okay with that! I busted out my warmest and fuzziest sweater this week. I left like a polar bear, and it was lovely!

Sweater: Old Navy, Jeans: Old Navy, Socks: Gordman’s, Boots: Bandolino via Von Maur

Sooooo cozy!!

Here is me studying away…! Ugh!

But I mean if you have to study, might as well do it with some Caroling, right!?

Tis’ the season!!