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STAR leggings + MOOSE jammies.

Having some fun in the snow before I’m off to work!

Rockin’ my star leggings, my Hayden Harnett bag ( a gift from Miss Emilie Cooke <3) and my oversized BCBGMAXAZRIA Sweater….and my new favorite sunglasses from aimee!

Now you’re all wondering about the MOOSE jammies right?

Well…here they are… a special feature on my gorgeous fiance, rockin his MOOSE jammies that he loves (thanks aunt Linda : )).

{ Moose jammies, Heartland Coop Fleece, Princess Hat from Target. }

{ And his IZOD slippers I got him for Christmas }

P.S. These photos were taken on Saturday before we got ALL the other snow!


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Sunday hike.


Yesterday, was so gorgeous that my mom and I (and the dogs of course) decided to go for an afternoon hike on my parents land. It was the perfect afternoon….feels like a private retreat when you’re out there! I can’t believe how much inspiration and peace I get when im out there….





{ We made a bridge to cross the creek! }






{  A gray owl that we spotted. }




{ Serenity. }



Blessed and more blessed everyday. Thank you God.

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tour en bicicleta.

Yesterday Donovan and I took our bikes out in hopes to do some more exploring of our neighborhood. Well, we accomplished that, but we also accomplished a lot more! About 1 1/2 miles from our house we stumbled upon a nice paved trail and decided to see where it would take us…20 miles later we made it home! BUT, before we did we got an absolutely beautiful tour of some of the Des Moines trails, as well as Gray’s lake. The other highlight of our bike tour was that we stumbled upon a super awesome market and cafe. The market was located on MLK Pkwy and is called Gateway Market. If you are looking for a good meal, good food, gelato, coffee, gourmet cheeses or desserts….this is the place to go! Even better than Whole Foods in my opinion, actually WAY better.  Here are some photos of our day!

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creme de la creme – the downtown des moines farmers market.

After many years of attending the many different Farmer’s Markets in Los Angeles, I was really excited to wake up early Saturday morning and go check out the local Downtown Des Moines Market. Apparently, there are about 20,000 people who attend this farmers market, so getting their early definitely benefits you. We got there at 7am! We were a little tired considering the night before was the first “severe thunderstorm” that Donovan has experienced so we sat in the living room until 1am watching the lightening show. It was pretty intense (to us) and majestic. Once we arrived, we stopped for a cup of jo from Java’s Joes…(a super cute coffee shop off of Court Ave) and soon enough we were wide awake and ready to boogie! Let the fun begin!

The Farmer’s Market in Des Moines is located on Court Avenue and is open every Saturday from 7-12pm through October 29th. We took our time checking everything out and I’m glad we did : )

Here are some photos of all the yummy things that were offered!

Chocolate covered beef sticks?? Only in the Midwest!

This bread is very tasty! Highly recommended. We purchased the wheat/sourdough blend.

We experienced some amazing things on Saturday, but my favorite was the Panna Cotta(I don’t even know what panna cotta is?!), but it was a creamy custard type of texture, almost like a pudding, that was covered in berries and almonds and drizzled with honey! This is the first time I’ve had it, but will definitely need to get it every time I go. YUM! Maybe I can get my friends Rachel and Maya who have a fabulous food blog to figure it out what panna cotta is!

My mom might have found a great basket made in Africa of elephant grass, BUT I found some amazing Rasberry/Jalapeno jam that I have been eating on almost everything. You name it, I’ve tried it!

We were all pretty happy….. and the weather was PERFECT. Thats my aunt Diane on the left, Donovan and my mama on the right!

Then, we ran into my mom’s friend Kris, and my mom was so excited to show her the basket she found….

Next stop, INDIAN FOOD!

But that wasn’t satisfying enough my Mom and Donovan…they had shots of wheatgrass and then went for some El Salvadorian food…PUPUSAS!

And for desert, Home made ice cream.

And cookies…

Can’t forget the fresh cut flowers!

Here are couple of my favorite shots from the day….

(I picked these shorts out for him and I think he looks so handsome in them, also the basket matches his outfit….awe. I heart him.)

Lastly, here’s what we came home with!

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A Sculpture Park – Downtown Des Moines

While we were exploring Downtown Des Moines last week, we stumbled upon this urban sculpture park. The sculptures caught both our eyes when we drove by and we stopped to check it out! I am so glad we did. It is truly a great attraction for Downtown Des Moines. The park was opened in 2009 and houses an estimated 40 million in sculpture art. The art was dedicated by John and Mary Pappajohn (a Des Moines adventure capitalist and his wife) who donated it through the Des Moines Art Center. We spent a good hour at the park and another hour admiring some of the early 1900 buildings that have been renovated into apartments. They are gorgeous. Check it out.

Here are some shots of Downtown Des Moines.

You got to love the rental bikes! Good job Des Moines on being eco-friendly!

And here are the sculptures that are featured at the John and Mary Pappajohn sculpture park.

This white tree was my favorite. Reminds me of a white sleepy hollow.

And I don’t want to forget those historical apartment buildings that I just can’t get enough of! Hallett Flatts and Arlington Apartments. (Donovan really liked the Hallett Flatts). I also read that the Arlington has murphy beds!

This is Locust Street, across the street from both Hallett and Arlington apartments. I would sure love to have an apartment here. I love this neighborhood! We even got saluted by a homeless man with a radio as a microphone. (You know you’re in a city when that happens!).

If you would like more information on the John and Mary Pappajohn sculpture park. Here is a great article I found from the NY times on the sculpture park and its artists.  I highly recommend checking it out if you live in Iowa or are visiting Des Moines.  The park is located on Grand Ave in between 12th and 15th streets.


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A taste of home.

I love being a tourist in my own home state… I look at things in a much different way now. Things I never noticed before are suddenly catching my eye and everything is so peaceful and beautiful here…its quite wonderful actually. Appreciating my surroundings and loving every minute of it.

Yesterday, we took our first trip to Downtown Des Moines. Let me tell you… it completely surpassed my expectations! The city is crisp, clean, cultured, influenced, well layed out, historical, urban and lined with tons of brilliant restaurants, breweries and bars. Every place we passed, we wanted to go to! BUT….there was one place that really stuck out. A place that we used to eat at with our best couple friends Erin and Rodney. (you can call them E-rod, we do :))

(This photo was taken on a hike with them in Mandeville Canyon (Malibu, CA))

The place was Legends, on Court Avenue. We used to eat at Legends in Long Beach, CA with them.  E-rod this one is for you! We miss you so much, to our family on the west coast!

Legend’s has tv’s all around the perimeter and at each of the booths. Perfect for watching sports or preparing for a fantasy football draft. Ahem…. see below, Donovan’s eyes were peeled to the screens. He has been preparing for his fantasy football drafts all week.

Me, I was just happy to be somewhere that felt familiar!

The food was great, some would call it comfort food… (most everything was fried), but to us… it was a taste of home. We started with these sweet potato rounds. They were very yummy, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – dipped in ranch….we ate the whole plate.

I had the Buffalo Shrimp Salad, very good… a little too heavy for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

He got the spicy chicken wings. (And loved them)

We shared the waffle fries.

We left Legend’s feeling FULL and HAPPY.

Two happy belly’s.

We will definitely be going there again to watch a football game. Go Hawks!!

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time for a refresh.

Moving home to Iowa has proven to be busy and interesting already! My parents have kept my boyfriend and I busy doing many projects in the house and on the farm (some of which I have volunteered to do of course!). There are many things about the house I grew up in that I love… but there are also a lot of things that need REFRESHED! >> that’s where I come in. My passion has always been in interior design and decorating, and after years of working in a fast paced, design driven creative environment in Los Angeles, I am just the person for the job!

My name is Meagan, I have just relocated back to Iowa (where I was raised) from the sunny and smoggy Los Angeles, California — after 10 years in a city that houses millions and a thriving career that could have made me millions (ok…maybe not quite..but I was well on my way) in the fashion industry, I woke up one day and questioned who I was and who I actually wanted to be. Well, the answer was right in front of me, there he was my handsome man who I love more than anything, telling me that he would move to Iowa with me tomorrow  (he is a city slicker, born and raised in Echo Park, CA, but a total country boy at heart). I knew that if I was ever going to be the wife, lover, mother and best friend that he deserved… it was time for a refresh, time to start a life where I wasn’t attached to my blackberry and stressed out all the time.

We had always planned on moving – it was just a matter of where we were going to move. Denver? Dallas? Seattle? Chicago? So many great options, but nothing pushing us there. We both decided that being close to family is better than starting fresh on our own, alone with no family. After a rough couple of years with his family as well it was time for a refresh for both of us.

In this blog, I will document all the fun things we are experiencing (and wearing) in our new rural life as well as the beginning of our new chapter and where it takes us. I will also be posting about all the home improvements and redecorating I will be doing on my parents house. There are many many exciting things ahead… stay tuned!

p.s. we also have a pug and a bugg, and they will be featured too.

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