Friday Favorites + We Bought a House!


Heeey, yoooou, guu-uys!

(Name that movie.)

What’s up? Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy week around here and it’s about to get even crazier because…we bought a house!


The “special project” Ben and I have been working on since oh gosh, February? was getting our home listed and sold, then finding a new home ourselves. Because we didn’t think having a baby was life-changing enough so we thought we’d throw a move into the mix, too. ;) Honestly, we love our little home, the one we moved into straight from our honeymoon 5 years ago, but were just ready to find something with a little more room to grow into.

The house sold in a little over a month but we must have looked at 50+ homes in the 3 months following before finding “the one.” Our Realtor kept telling us it would happen but we were about a week away from looking at short-term rental options before poof, dream home! Space, privacy, an outdoor kitchen (!), a big back yard, and…a chandelier in the bathroom. I know. Plus it’s only 10 minutes away from our current home so we can stay in an area we really love. I can’t wait to give you a mini tour!

We move in later next month (23 days to be exact but who’s counting?) and could not be more excited…nor anxious to get the little man’s room ready. The timing may not be ideal for some, but I’m so glad we did this now vs after the baby. As hard as it was to have a house on the market (decluttering, painting, staging, cleaning ALL. THE. TIME.) I can’t imagine doing it with an infant. I bow down to anyone who does this with kids or pets. You are wizards!

And don’t worry, I will not be lifting a box on moving day, rather, I will be directing traffic. Actually worked out kinda perfect… ;)

Anyway, just wanted to share our good news with you! Although we did a lot of de-cluttering and donating when we listed, there’s still a lot to pack, which I hope to get started on this weekend – in between stops at the farmers’ market and my first baby shower, that is! Should be a full, but fun next couple of days.

Wherever you are, and whatever you do, have an absolutely wonderful weekend and in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Click the blue links to be taken to the original source.

Favorite mmm: Lemon Velvet Cream Cake. I pretty much want to swim in a giant vat of this thick and luscious frosting. MMM!


Favorite furball. This picture makes me all kinds of happy. What a sweetie! (And, uh, can I get in on some of that ice cream?)


Favorite sip: Homemade Lemonade. Leave it to the Pioneer Woman to give us an awesome, thirst-quenching recipe for homemade lemonade concentrate. Great for this hot and sticky weather.


Favorite fresh: Farmer’s Red Potato Salad. This is one of the loveliest recipes I’ve seen in a long time, from an equally as lovely blogger, Sandy, whom I got to meet in Monterrey earlier this month. No mayo to be found in this unique take on potato salad.


Favorite decor: DIY Moss Letter. I loooove this homemade moss letter. Looks shabby-chic, not shabby. An important distinction, no? (BTW: Just found this design blog this week and am next level obsessed.)


Favorite indulge: Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake. I can’t even imagine how mouthwatering this moist and fluffy cake is, topped with crunchy crumbs and sweet chocolate chips. I would devour a loaf of this!


Favorite bite: Tomato and Fresh Corn Quiche. A fresh and summery bite for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


Favorite decor: Will Bryant Sure, I Like Fun Print. Soo, cough, I saw this print on The Real World this week, cough, and immediately hopped on the interwebs to find it. How fun, right?


Favorite refresh: Simplest Red Fruit Salad. Watermelon, pomegranate, mint, and lime. YUM. Perfect to have in the fridge all summer long.


Favorite view: Château de Chenonceau. I’ve seen many pictures of this French chateau, built on the site of an old mill in the 1500s, but never from this angle, which appears to be from a hot air balloon. Stunning!


Favorite app: Salmon Cucumber Bites. Definitely need to remember to make this yummy party app when I’m able to eat smoked salmon again. Flavor-packed, fresh, and easy.


Favorite fashion. I’ve been wearing my jean jacket like a crazy person this spring since my regular spring jacket no longer fits, and like to “class it up” a bit with fancy/sparkly necklaces. Love the mix of rugged and refined.


Favorite fakeout: Krispie Ice Cream Dessert. Using buttery Rice Krispie Treats and ice cream to mimic fried ice cream?? Brilliant! :)


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Have a great weekend! BTW, the movie was, of course, The Goonies.

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  1. congrats on your new house!!!

  2. Becky 05.31.2013

    Yay! Congratulations on the new house! Enjoy directing traffic…it’s the only way to go ;)

  3. Aisling 05.31.2013

    Huge congratulations, that’s such exciting news. Can’t wait to see some pics. My only piece of advice… label your boxes really well, you think you’ll remember what’s in them but… :-)

  4. AmyE 05.31.2013

    Congratulations! What fun a new house is! enjoy!

  5. Kristi 05.31.2013

    1) Goonies?
    2) Congrats on your new house!! I cannot wait to see pictures! It sounds fabulous enough that I have not met you, but am thinking about asking if me and my daughter could move in?
    3) I wait for Fridays to read your Friday favorite posts!

  6. Nikki 05.31.2013

    Hehehe love the Goonies! Congratulations on your house! It sounds amazing…can’t wait to see it! :)

  7. Amy O 05.31.2013

    Congrats! An outdoor kitchen?!?! How awesome is that! We moved last weekend after being in our first married place for 5 years and it is amazing to me how much we had accumulated (and got rid of)! So glad its over! Your new place sounds fantastic!

  8. Mallory 05.31.2013

    Congrats on the new house! You’re smart to move before the baby comes. I’ve moved 2 times with little ones and it sure makes it a lot harder!

  9. Emily 05.31.2013

    Congratulations on the new home! Must be such a good feeling to have things fall in line.

    The potato salad you shared looks great, it has been bookmarked for next week – thanks!

  10. woo hoo on the house!! I’m due the same day as you (yay!!) and we just bought a house a month ago. Craziness, I tell ya. But it did help that I was able to direct traffic while moving… :)

  11. Congrats on the new house! How exciting :). You are accomplishing SO much in one year!

  12. Erica 05.31.2013

    Congratulations on the house! My husband and I just moved out of our current house. I think you had the right idea doing it before the baby arrives. We have a 5 month old and a dog and it was a lot of work, but worth it in the end. I look forward to your “Friday Favorites” each week.

  13. Sally 05.31.2013

    Congratulations on your new house! That is very exciting!! Hope you will do a house tour post soon! Have a great weekend :)

  14. So excited about your new house!! Can’t wait to see pictures. And cheers to directing traffic. ;)

    Such a great roundup today. Have a great weekend!

  15. How exciting, congratulations!!

  16. Tieghan 05.31.2013

    Congrats on buying a house! I have you have lots of fun with it!
    Have a great weekend!

  17. Congrats on the new house! Definitely exciting things happening for you guys!

  18. Congrats, that’s so exciting! Have fun with it!! Great round-up, Happy Friday!

  19. Gabby Bladdick 05.31.2013

    THE GOONIES!! And congrats! So many exciting things happening all at once! Cannot WAIT to see pics of the outdoor kitchen (and chandelier!)

  20. P Rex Coble 05.31.2013

    Congratulations Kristen & Ben on all the exciting events in your life right now. And a good realtor to boot- this is SUCH a small town! Rex

  21. Congratulations!!! That is so exciting :) I can’t wait to see a tour!

  22. Shelley 05.31.2013

    Congrats on the house. I hope it has a great indoor kitchen, too. Also, I hope your new neighborhood is close to the trail system since the DSM area has some of the the best bike/walk/run trails!

  23. Nora 05.31.2013

    Congratulations on the house! Can’t wait to see pictures. You look AMAZING – so glowy and cute.
    I LOVE the Friday Favorites – you find us the most amazing and delicious sites.

  24. jad18 05.31.2013

    Congratulations! I think you are smart to move before the baby comes, but I am too much of a worrier to cut it that close. I know too many people who have had their babies a few weeks earlier, so I would be freaked that I would have the baby before being settled at all in the new place.

  25. Kathleen Welch 05.31.2013

    Congratulations !

  26. congratulations! what an exciting summer for the two of you! as always, this post has made me happy and hungry.

  27. Congrats on your new house! I love how in the photo Ben is holding a smallish piece of paper. It looks like he is holding the “receipt” of purchase. Haha.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.31.2013

      Hahaha it totally does! I have no idea what that is actually, now I’m curious! :)

  28. So excited for you! I can’t wait for the virtual tour! Everything in this post is making me hungry and I’m truly obsessed with watermelon right now. ;)

  29. Brynn Guster 05.31.2013

    Great movie, great news and as always, great FF!! I look forward to this post every week. Please spill where the necklaces are from.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.31.2013

      Hey Brynn! If you click the blue link above the picture that says “Favorite Fashion” the blogger notes where the necklaces are from. Wish the picture was mine! :)

  30. Sara B. 05.31.2013

    Congrats on selling your house! I will be excited to go on a virtual tour of the new house sometime! Sounds like it is everything you could ask for!

  31. Lauren 05.31.2013

    Kristin! Congrats on selling your home and finding one you love! I just had to write you because our timing is totally in synch. Tim and I just did the same thing this week! At the end of June, we are: moving back to Chicago, starting new jobs, and getting married (Aug.)! I totally hear ya on the hectic schedule, but I figure that’s how life goes…sometimes things get a little crazy and you just have to ride it out. :) So excited for you and Ben!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.31.2013

      Oh my gosh, so many exciting things going on for you guys too! Congrats on the move AND the marriage!!

  32. Huge congrats on the new house!! Such an exciting new chapter for you to share with your growing family! Can’t wait to see it!

    That lemon cake and the quiche look to die for!

  33. Trisha 05.31.2013

    Woohooo! So much excitement! We bought our first house during a pretty crazy time too, but I tend to think it’s best to get all the big things out of the way at once. Then you can really sit back and enjoy it all when the chaos is over. Congratulations!

  34. Krista 05.31.2013

    So this may sound very weird….but it is just too ironic not to mention. You and I are both about 32 weeks pregnant…..with boys! Not to mention it is the first baby for both of us. And we sold our house about a month ago and have been looking like crazy. Good luck with everything!! I feel like it’s been a lot of craziness crammed into a short time but it’s all very exciting!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.31.2013

      Ahh – crazy coincidence!! You guys will totally find something. It only takes one! :) Congrats on baby, too!

  35. I’m SO excited for your new house. Can’t wait to see the baby’s room, too. Thanks for the link-love today, Kristin. Love and HUGS to you, my friend!

  36. Congrats! I can’t wait to see this outdoor kitchen!

  37. Oh my gosh, CONGRATS on the new house!! I cannot wait to see photos of the chandelier and the outdoor kitchen. I’m only slightly jealous ;)

  38. Ed 05.31.2013

    Congrats on the new home!!!

  39. Congrats on the house! I made my daughter watch the Goonies with me the day school let out for summer! My husband freaked out when the statues goodies got broken off at the beginning of the movie. But she just got through with “growing and changing” aka sex ed so I thought she could deal with it ;) Great list by the way!

  40. Congrats on the house, can’t wait to see that outdoor kitchen! What a find!

  41. Cynthia 05.31.2013

    Congratulations!! God Bless and Good Luck :) xo

  42. Crystal 05.31.2013

    How exciting! Congratulations!!

  43. Mandy 05.31.2013

    Congratulations on the new house! We sold our previous house and bought a new one/moved about a month before my due date with my second son. It also happened to be a week before Christmas and a few weeks before my first son’s birthday.

    It’s nice to have it all accomplished at once though and I’m not going to lie, nice to not have to do any heavy lifting ;)

  44. Kayla 05.31.2013

    Congrats on the house!

    My hubby and I too are working on buying our first home. We should be closing in mid-June, aka 29 weeks into my pregnancy with twins…and should be moving shortly thereafter, aka during panic time!

    I can’t wait, though. And now I know that if you and Ben can do it, we can, too. :)

    Woo hoo!

  45. Tracy 05.31.2013

    Huge congratulations to you both!! Exciting times in your family for sure!

    You always have a favorite furball in FF. Do you think you guys will ever get a dog?

  46. young c 05.31.2013

    Congrats! Hope the move in goes well!

  47. Yay for finding a house! I’m glad that you are able to get everything settled before baby gets here. Good luck!

  48. Anne [A Squared] 05.31.2013

    Love the folks at Iowa Realty. And congrats on the house!

  49. Christine 05.31.2013

    That is a stunning photo of Château de Chenonceau! I have actually been, and the area that is on the river is a big PARTY room, long with black and white checker flooring and completely open. It is a stunning place, and it is a beautiful forested area as well. Hopefully one day you will see it!!

  50. Outdoor kitchen? Jeeealous. Good luck with the move!

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