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.

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....
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...