Two Month Blogging Adventure Update

Vander Haag Museum Fun
The girls just loved these little statues located near the entrance of the Vander Haag Museum in Sanborn, Iowa.

Two months! My blogging journey as Homegrown Iowa Girl started two months ago and has already taken me on many great adventures! I am still learning how to navigate the blog world, but I am having fun along the way. Being able to have adventures with my girls, date nights with my guy, and experience all the small town fun Iowa has to offer is not a bad gig!

So far, our Girls Adventures have taken us to Jones Nursery and Garden Center, on a rainbow walk, to the Buena Vista County Fair, strawberry picking at Getting’s Garden, an afternoon of exploring Sanborn, Iowa, and a day of pottery painting fun. My girls and I have had a few other adventures I can’t wait to share with you very soon!

White House Cupcakery
We had a fabulous date night at the White House 220 Cupcakery in Alta, Iowa.

Our Date Night in Sioux City starting my blogging venture. From there, we hosted a game night group date at our home where a vintage board game created an evening we won’t soon forget! Our most recent date at the White House Cupcakery was also a one-of-a-kind evening. We hope to get back there again before summer’s end.

My family has found a lot of Small Town Iowa Fun along the way as well. From Fiesta Latina and Bully Bullhead Weekend, to meeting local law enforcement over sno cones, to getting ready for the 4th of July and RAGBRAI, we are finding all sorts of things to do in our little corner of Iowa. Many memories were also made at the rodeo in Cherokee, Iowa, the Relay for Life, a last minute stop in Elma, Iowa, and a fishing derby in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Posing with Lieutenant Cole
Lieutenant Cole from the SLPD and my girls at the Cool Down with the Cops event at Tropical Sno in Storm Lake, Iowa.

One of my goals in starting this blog was to inspire others to make every day an adventure. I hope that in following our journey you are finding fun and creative adventures of your own and enjoying all Iowa has to offer. Having fun and making memories can be infectious!

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Picking Pals
We made sweet memories on our adventure to Getting’s Garden near Sanborn.

Thank you for your support in this journey and for reading along the past two months! I’d love to hear from you. Let me know what you like or what you’d like to hear about. Your feedback is very much appreciated!

So until next time, find joy in the simple things, don’t be afraid to get a little dirty, and use your imagination to make every day an adventure!

4th of July Preparations=Star Spangled Fun

Star Spangled Spectacular Logo
Star Spangled Spectacular, Storm Lake, Iowa

Let Freedom Ring! Independence Day is just around the corner. The count down to fireworks, family, and friends has begun! In just a few days, Storm Lake, Iowa will be full of pomp and circumstance. The festivities of the Star Spangled Spectacular have become traditions for many area families, including my own.

Our favorite events include the Kiddie Parade on the 3rd, the Big Parade on the 4th, Artist’s Alley in the park, music at Sunset Park’s band shell, and of course all the yummy food! There is definitely something for everyone. For a full schedule of events check out Storm Lake United’s website or the Star Spangled Spectacular Facebook page.

4th of July Shirts
Our finished shirts will have everyone seeing red, white, and blue!

To make the holiday extra special, a friend and I recently got together to make shirts for our kiddos to wear. (We made matching ones for ourselves just for fun as well.) They were easy to make, and the kids had fun creating them. The full directions can be found on the Cutesy Crafts blog. You can also check out photos from our crafting session here.

With shirts made and and a schedule of events handy, we are ready to have a spectacular time on the 4th!


Night on the Town

Date night in Sioux City, Iowa
Date night in Sioux City, Iowa

We lucked out on this date! We rarely plan ahead, and this was no exception. We got a sitter a week in advance, knowing we needed an evening to ourselves. By the middle of the week we didn’t know what we were going to do. Ideas were thrown out in between getting supper on the table and tucking kids into bed, but no decisions were made. Then the sitter (a wonderful family friend) gave us a gift. She offered to keep our kiddos at her house overnight. What luck! We graciously accepted and started to think of what we would do with the extra time. By Friday morning, less than 12 hours to our alone time, we developed a plan. We decided to go to Sioux City, Iowa. I know this may not be considered a small town, but there is definitely some small town charm in this city.

Our date started on an hour-long drive. At that point, I honestly didn’t care where we were going or how long it took, I was just happy to be alone with my guy! After stopping at a couple of stores to pick up a few things, we headed toward the Historic 4th Street District. If you haven’t made it past the mall and shopping in Sioux City, you must head downtown! The older buildings are well-kept and have stunning architecture. We took a little stroll to check out the eateries before stopping at SoHo Kitchen and Bar. Check them out on Facebook  here. They had a variety of fun items on the menu. We shared an appetizer and the Bacon, Mac & Cheese Burger with Sweet Potato Fries (calories don’t count when you share, right?) in hopes of making it to the dessert round. Unfortunately, we didn’t have room for the giant warm chocolate chip cookie I had my eye on!

The food was great, and the company was even better. We were able to catch up and have much-needed adult conversation. We weren’t ready to call it a night yet, so we walked hand-in-hand down 4th Street as the sun started to set. I had to sneak a little romance in there somewhere! There were beautiful murals on the buildings as well as some great garden areas. Theaters, specialty shops, restaurants, and bars lined the streets. Downtown Sioux City is also the home to the Sioux City Art Center and the Sioux City Public Museum, which both offer free admission. They are definitely places I’d like to visit in the future.

After our stroll, we tried our luck at the newly built Hard Rock Casino. Truth be told, we aren’t much for gambling, but doing something different was on our agenda. We watched others win (and lose) money and checked out the music memorabilia. The energy was catching, but we decided to head home and keep our money in our pockets.

The hour drive home after a fun-packed night was well worth it. Being able to sleep in the next day without an early morning wake-up call from our kiddos was an added bonus. We picked up our girls from what they called ‘a vacation’ and went about our normal weekend activities. Our first date night of the summer was a success. I am already looking forward to the next one!



Homegrown Iowa Girl

My family and I welcome you to Homegrown Iowa Girl!
My family and I welcome you to Homegrown Iowa Girl!

Hello! Welcome to Homegrown Iowa Girl! This blog marks the start of a big adventure for me, and I hope you come along for the ride! I am excited to share with you the adventures and fun my family and I find in our corner of Northwest Iowa. Small town, rural Iowa has so much to offer. I personally think it is overlooked and under appreciated, so my goal is to highlight the amazing and out of the box ways to have fun in this beautiful state. I hope to inspire you to make every day an adventure!

Our adventures will be both big and small. They will be amazing at times, and ordinary at others. They will be in our backyard, in local parks, and in other fun places. Some adventures will require planning, and others will not. Some will be within walking distance of our home, and others will require a little time in the car. But whatever we do, I know it will be an adventure! With young children in tow I know we will have tears, fits, and those not so fun things, (I need to remember to pack plenty of snacks!) but we will also have laughter and fun. No matter what, we will be making memories and learning about the place we call home.

I am so excited for summer to be here. My list is growing with ideas for Girls Adventures, Small Town Iowa Fun, and Date Nights. I’m ready to cross things off and share those adventures with you. Get your list ready, as I’m sure you’ll find a few more things to add as you follow our fun!