Finally a beautiful day in Iowa has arrived—took long enough. Now that I work from home it’s a bit easier to take a quite break and enjoy some time in the sun. We live close to a lake here in Central Iowa, I love heading to the beach or marina for an afternoon break. I seriously can’t for boating, beach days, or afternoons poolside, but that means it’s time to break out that Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™.
I love living super close to one of the biggest lakes in Central Iowa. Whether we are going there to play with the dogs or just relaxing and enjoying, mother nature, we’re usually out at the lake in the sunshine once a week. The outdoors is a big part of the Cheek family’s life, and I’m not one to hide from the sun, but as I’m getting older, I’m realizing just how important it is to protect my skin.
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. Brandon and I headed to Omaha for a 3-day weekend at my parents to celebrate the holiday and my mom’s birthday on Saturday. My parents just put in a pool, so we spent the weekend helping with landscaping and odds and ends to get ready to officially open it. I can’t wait.
Yes, it’s the longest blog title I’ve ever had, but I thought it was more than fitting. This is about to be one of my longest blog posts, too. When you retire from the corporate grind at 25, I feel like there’s bound to be a lot to say. But more on those specific details …
Yes, Meyer and I are wearing matching sweaters in today’s post. How cute, right? When it comes to our pups, Brandon and I can get a little crazy. We treat them just like their family. They sleep in bed with us, eat with us, travel with us (sometimes we wear the same clothing); they’re just like our kids. When it comes to Christmas, they can always count on their personalized stocking hanging on the mantle and presents under the tree.
It’s that time of the year for Christmas cards! Ever since I was little, I have memories of watching my mom put together our family Christmas cards. I remember thinking, wow I can’t wait to have my own family holiday cards one day. It’s my first Christmas as a wife, and I couldn’t be happier that Brandon and I are officially a little family with Meyer May and Dash Day. Blessed would be an understatement!
Happy holiday season! I’m sharing another sneak peek of our first official family Christmas card photo shoot. I can’t wait to make this a tradition. Brandon and I are super casual people, so it’s fun to have an excuse to get fancy for a change. I absolutely love this time of the year: The cheery spirits, decorations, family gatherings, and the perfect time to dress up.
The weather has officially gotten cold here in Iowa and I’m actually getting excited for the first snowfall of the year. With the cold weather brings the holiday season—something I’m also so excited for! I can’t wait to just spend 4 days this week with my family, which something we haven’t done much this busy year. This is Brandon and I’s first holiday season as a married couple.
Happy Monday! I just spent the best 2-day weekend at my parent’s house in Omaha with Brandon and the pups. They live on about 30 acres of land, which makes it so nice to escape and get away from everything. It was so relaxing and JUST what we needed. My brother and future sister-in-law, Mandi, also live in Omaha and have a Vizsla pup about 1 month older than Dash. Dash and Breck LOVE to play.
It’s Friday. TGIF! It’s been another crazy busy week. Shocking, right? Brandon and I are heading to Omaha this weekend for a bridal shower and to hang out with my family. We haven’t been back since the fourth of July, which is one of the longest periods of time I’ve spent away. I’m not a fan of that but am super excited to finally be able to go home. Yesterday was a pretty exciting one—definitely one I’ll never forget!
Happy Monday. Sorry I was so MIA last week. Brandon and I have been busy, busy! We have quite a few projects that will be wrapping up in the next 30 days so it’s crunch time. This weekend I met with clients, cleaned around the house, and ran so many errands. I have officially found my favorite errands dress from Maude, an online boutique with a brick and mortar in Fayetteville.
Turtleneck Sweater | Cape Sweater (60% off!) | Jeans (only $58!) | Over-The-Knee Boots | Bag (25% off!) | Sunglasses (25% off!) Fall’s chilly weather officially hit Iowa yesterday, which calls for lots of warm layers. It’s crazy how the temperature can just drop to the 50’s overnight. When it’s this chilly, I love the ease of …
Happy Monday. This week is a busy, busy one for. I’m booked with clients meetings, events, and working on renovating my home office. This past weekend I painted all of my walls and trim, and tonight, Brandon and I will be installing the new flooring. Wish us luck. I’m so excited for my new light fixture to arrive tomorrow. I can’t wait to show you. It’s just beautiful. Make sure to follow along me on Snapchat at @Katalina_Girl to see the progress!
Brandon and I have been incredibly busy lately. What’s new though, right? It’s actually the busiest we’ve both ever been. The next two months are going to be crazy in the Cheek household. Oakstone Homes is really starting to take off which is so exciting. I’ve been spending so many late nights in renovations with clients redesigning their spaces or in customs laying out kitchens, bathrooms, etc. I’m also currently working on redesigning my home office which is technically a bedroom.
Happy Tuesday! What? I’m posting two full days in a row? Yep, crazy I know—get use to it. Today is the last day recapping my Northern California trip, so I’m sharing some of my favorite places in Sonoma and Sausalito. After all this reminiscing, I already am itching to plan my next vacation. So far nothing plan beside North Carolina next Summer. Where should I go over the next 8 months? On my list: BANFF, Greece, Italy, Colorado, Utah, Florida, Arizona and my mom did just invite me to Mexico. I need your suggestions!
Today’s post is a bit long but it’s filled with so much information and recommendations of our favorite places we visited Napa. We ventured to as many places as we could within the short time period we were there. From wineries and restaurants to the best views in town, here is my must-do list while visiting Napa Valley.
I’m super excited to continue sharing my Northern California road trip with you guys. Check out my travel guide to Carmel, Big Sur, and Monterey here. This trip of so fun and I highly recommend taking it if you haven’t yet. After exploring south of San Francisco, we decided to head north to wine country.
Happy Thursday! Long time, no post. I know, I know. But I’m excited to share today a little more in depth on why I’ve been so busy and neglecting my little piece of internet. If you haven’t read in previous posts, my husband owns a home building and renovation company that I’ve gotten very involved in…