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.

Try These Tasty Air Fryer Side Dishes

Quarantine has been the year of the kitchen gadget for our family. We recently got an Instant Pot and have found so many great recipes that we love. We’ve also had an air fryer for...
nachos - a fun weekend meal at home

Fun Weekend Meals at Home

Before the pandemic started, I had a bad habit of keeping the kitchen closed down too much once the weekend hit. By Thursday afternoon, I was already thinking about what restaurant I wanted to...

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping: Consumable Gift Ideas

Last minute shoppers: do you have some difficult gift recipients left on your list? Are you stuck on what to get them and nervous you might select something they won’t want? Or that they’ll then...

What COVID-19 taught me about simplifying my life

I spent the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 feeling really overwhelmed. By Thursday of each week I was pretty much running on fumes. I knew something had to change and I...

Recipes I Can’t Wait To Try In My New Instant Pot

On Amazon Prime Day, I finally bought my first Instant Pot. I’ve been eyeing one for years but couldn’t get myself to commit to another appliance that would take up space on the countertop. But...

Four Silver Linings of Virtual Kindergarten

  Well, I think it’s safe to say that the 2020 school year didn’t start the way anyone would have imagined. My daughter started kindergarten in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) this year, and...

Iowa’s Derecho: A Lesson in Preparedness

Like many, I wasn’t expecting the storm that hit Iowa on Monday, August 10, 2020, to be so severe. My family had taken off the week before to relax in a cabin, and I...

Adventures in Quarantine: We Got a Puppy

Sourdough starters. Vegetable gardens. Home-brewed beer. At-home dip manicures. Banana bread. Scrolling through social media the last few months I see that quarantine is getting people to take on DIY projects they wouldn’t have...

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....
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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...