Brigette lives in North Liberty with her husband Brian, energetic daughter Kate (October 2014) and their two cats, Penny and Olive. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Brigette came to Iowa City to attend the journalism school at the University of Iowa, fell in love with the area, and decided she couldn’t leave. After meeting Brian while working at the same Iowa City restaurant in college, they got married in August 2015 in the heart of downtown. She works full time in project management and as an employee of the Core Fitness Kids Club while finishing her MBA at Upper Iowa University. In her free time, she drags Kate out garage sale-ing, tries to keep up with her reading list and runs, lives for Hawkeye football season, enjoys a good meal on a patio, runs her Bachelor/Bachelorette bracket with her family and friends, and of course, chases her daughter around the pool and the park.

I Feel Bad: My Only Child is Lonely During Quarantine

As I write this, it’s the middle of April and we’re about one month into social distancing. My husband and I have been working from home and my daughter has been home from school....
An image of a woman shopping at a spring craft fair

Guide to Spring Markets and Craft Shows in the Iowa City Area

Soon enough, the cold will be clearing and spring will finally be (hopefully) here to stay! After a long, cold, snowy winter I know I’m excited for some sunnier days. I’m also eager for...
Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities for Families in Iowa City

20+ Indoor and Outdoor Activities for the Cold Winter Months

It’s that time of year. No, not the most wonderful time of the year. For me, it’s the opposite. This is the un-festive part of winter, when all the cheerful December activities have been...
Small Business Saturday: Local downtown store

Ways to Celebrate Small Business Saturday!

Small Business Saturday will be celebrating its TENTH anniversary this year on November 30. Of course, there are many ways in the area to participate and support our local retailers! Local Small Business Saturday Events Downtown...

5 Unexpected Lessons I Learned in My First 5 Years of Motherhood

My daughter just turned five which means I’ve officially been parenting for half a decade. Before I had Kate, I wanted all the advice I could get my hands on from more seasoned mothers....

Local Fall Flea Markets and Antique Shows

Every mom deserves a “me day" every once in a while, right?! One of my favorite ways to spend a solo weekend afternoon is by taking a trip to a vintage market or craft...

The Kids Are Growing Up: When Vacation Becomes Vacation Again

When our daughter was 18 months old, my husband and I took her on a long road trip with his family to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and downtown Deadwood....

Shop Local: Downtown Iowa City Father’s Day Gift Guide

Do you also have a partner that you think is the best dad ever but you are stumped on a gift idea for Father’s Day? Look below for some ideas you can snag from...
Garage Sales in the Iowa City area

Citywide Garage Sale Days in the Iowa City Area

It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year in Eastern Iowa: the start of garage sale season! Below is your list of citywide garage sales across Johnson, Linn, Cedar, Muscatine, Washington, Iowa,...

The Two Biggest Reasons My Non-Mom Friends Are So Important

Once you become a mom, having other mom friends is NECESSARY. When you have young kids at home, you need a trusted group that you can turn to for advice or commiserate with. However,...