"Joy does not simply happen to us.  We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day." -Henri J.M. Nouwen

I'm a firm believe in owning your attitude and putting out good things. I want to appreciate the good people in my life. I want to cultivate the habit of being grateful. Here I'll post my Top 5 - things that have inspired me throughout the week, random life updates, Web Gems and other things that make me smile.  

July 10, 2019

I'm want to take a minute to gush about my husband.

He seriously is my favorite person in the world, and this weekend we took time to celebrate him. 

He has worked the past 5 years to earn his PhD from Iowa State University in Education Leadership. 

Babe, I don't know how you did it. 5 years, 3 career changes, 2 children, a house move, the devastating loss of your mom... Throughout both big and small life moments - you...

October 12, 2018

It's Friday and the last day of my maternity leave.  Instead of cry over this time coming to a close, I'm going to snuggle my baby and get my son early from school to visit the pumpkin patch for a fun school outing.  Have a great weekend! 

1. New Season. Not only is Fall here but I'm entering a new season of motherhood. My maternity leave is officially over and I start back to work on Monday. I continue to feel blessed to have...

October 4, 2018

This week got me thinking about "home". We were on our way to Cedar Rapids where Tim and I grew up. Tim had appointments and we were going to spend time with Kiki and PePa. When we were 20 minutes out, I told Teddy we were almost "home.”  He got confused and upset saying, “We’re not going to Kiki and PePa’s anymore?” 

Home. To my son, home is in Norwalk, Iowa. To me, it’s still my parent’s house. I’m not sure when and...

June 30, 2018

Happy Friday! 

1. Last 30 Days as #TesarPartyof3. We are down to less than 30 days until baby girl gets here.  It just hit me today how little time we have as a family of three.  While I am SO SO excited for her to get here, there are a couple of things I want to make sure we do before she gets here.  

 Things I'd love to try and get done: 

  1. Host a playdate for Teddy and friends.

  2. Go on an unexpected advent...

October 30, 2017

Tim's Stolen Bike. Carcinogens. Jorge. Lisa Frank. Weird Waiter. Collaboration. Wonderful Friends. #Blessed #Yolo #YoudoYou Thomas the Tank Engine. Sexy Dad Bod. Nagasaki. Scales. Dead Platypus Carcus. Marathon Runner. Pattywack. Dave's First Birthday. Tommy Turns 21. B Flat. Jim's Legal Pad. Reindeer Onesie. Love Couch. Ammonia Beach. Tim's Tank Top. BGM.  

So. Many. Belly. Laughs. 

Tim and I were able to ge...

October 25, 2017

This weekend made my heart happy. 

I was able to spend Friday night with my best friend and her sisters, who are like my sisters.  They are some of my favorite women; strong, beautiful, brilliant, kind, funny, and I love being around them. 

We went to our favorite band, Needtobreathe's concert.  We went last year and had so much fun, we decided to go again this year.  Their songs are beautiful and h...

October 6, 2017

Happy Friday! 

1. Jimmy - you took the words RIGHT out of my mouth.  Still having lots of thoughts about the horrific shooting in Las Vegas.  I did a little post earlier this week.  While it's hard to express thoughts and comprehend all these tragic events, I'm glad Jimmy Kimmel can use his platform to say exactly how I feel.  

2. 23 Ways to Fix a Bad Day.  This is such a great list.  I especially like #10, #12 and #22...

October 3, 2017

"I felt so much, that I started to feel nothing." 

Last night a gunman opened fire at a concert in Las Vegas, killing over 58 people and injuring over 515.  When I woke up this morning, I looked at my phone and all I saw was breaking news alerts that said, "With more than 50 dead, the Last Vegas shooting is the deadliest in modern U.S. history." 

I've gone through a lot of emotions today.  The first thing that went thr...

September 22, 2017

Fall is officially here. Every September, I like to make a to-do list for my favorite season of the year.  Here's what I hope to experience this fall.  What's on your list?    

1. Take family photos. (DONE) We got some great family photos taken a few weeks ago.  They turned out so great! I'm excited to get them printed and hung in our home.  I also want to take advantage of the beautiful fall scenery wh...

September 15, 2017

This week has absolutely flown by. We have a busy weekend planned back home.  I can't wait to cheer on one of my best friends in his upcoming theater show, Grease as well as time with family and friends.   

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend! 

1. Wall Art.  I'm starting to brainstorm ideas for our entryway when you walk in our door.  We have a bare wall and I'm not sure what I want to do with it but I loved how this...

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Hi, I'm Liz

I'm a midwestern girl who lives in Iowa with my amazing husband, Tim and our incredible son Theodore.  I love to cook, entertain family and friends, visit unknown travel destinations, and enjoy the occasional martini.  


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