Warm weather wish list & giveaway

With another chilly, gloomy weather week ahead, I’m daydreaming about spring and summer. Despite the snow in the forecast, I switched my closet over to my spring wardrobe and already know that my weekend go-to is going to be this awesome 515 hat by (code)word.


I picked it up at a fun pop up shop night for give. at The Mansion on Ingersoll a few months ago. The coolest part about the hat – aside from repping the DSM area code, of course – is that a portion of the proceeds benefit Blank Children’s hospital.

I have had so many people ask where I got my hat that I reached out to the team at (code)word and we’re doing a giveaway! Check out their site because they have hats for a bunch of states. Comment below with something on your spring/summer adventure list. I’ll pick a winner at random on April 15.

Here are a few new experiences I’m making time for this spring and summer:img_3443-1.jpg

  • Joe and I have reservations for one of the Iowa Cubs Bud Club all-you-can-eat-and-drink tables this spring. I’m typically a GA 3rd base line/supervise kids playing in the outfield fountain kind of girl, so that should be interesting!
  • I’ll experience the Principal Charity Classic this summer as part of the team. (Consider this an invitation to spend my birthday with me at Networking on the Green the morning of 6/8!)
  • PepperHarrow Farm in Madison County has the loveliest Instagram account and I’d love to stop simply stalking it and attend one of their events or a floral design class that they host.
  • The best summer days involve some time on my bike, and I’ve never taken the Summerset Trail to Summerset Winery. I used to love biking the Katy Trail from Columbia, MO to the winery in Rocheport.
  • We finally booked our flight to London/Scotland for August (and we’re going without kids!) and I’m poring over travel guides but would love your suggestions. I studied abroad in London but it’s been more than 10 years since I was there.

Don’t forget to tell me about you summer adventures to enter the (code)word hat giveaway. Thanks, (code)word!


Disclosure – I’m not being compensated for this post. I just really like my hat and wanted to spread the love. 


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14 responses to “Warm weather wish list & giveaway

  1. Nicole Lange

    Loved this post and I love this hat! We are planning trips to Branson and Lake Okoboji so far! 🙂

  2. My summer adventures include hanging out with my toddler and lots of quality time together – I see us checking out every splash park in the area and attending as many library story times as possible. ☺️

  3. Love love love this hat!! We’re looking forward to our walks around Grays Lake and the wading pools!

  4. Christine Meggison

    Continue our 99-county tour of Iowa focusing on SW and SE Iowa. Just 51 more counties to go! (Love the hat!)

  5. We are headed to Yellowstone this summer and I then just relaxing- I anticipate lots of pool days and nights on the patio!

  6. Loved catching a glimpse of all the fun things you have on the docket! I’m hoping to take our wild crew to the Grotto of Redemption in West Bend. Love the hat, too!

  7. Kirsten

    Long-time lurker (from way back to Juice days) but wanted to comment with some Scotland suggestions. I studied in Aberdeen, Scotland in college and did a fair bit of travelling around the country. I really enjoyed St. Andrews- very cute little town, and of course Edinburgh has tons of fabulous stuff to do. The Fringe Festival is held in August, and while I wasn’t there to experience it, I’ve heard that it’s pretty great. The Western Isles (especially Skye) always get good reviews and have gorgeous accents and scenery. I suggest looking into a National Trust card if you plan to go to lots of castles/historic sites, because when I was there it paid for itself within about two visits (although that may have been a student rate).

  8. Kathleen Riessen

    Great post Brianne! Just finished the summer schedule. I want to ride the trestle bridge with my boys, go to the Jimmy Buffet concert, take lots of vacations including Florida, Ozarks and New York and just relax with my boys – and some work in there too.

  9. Fun! We’re road tripping this summer to CO and out east! It’s going to be an adventure!

  10. So great – love this hat! We have summer school and some camps to look forward to (Des Moines Music Coalition’s Rock Camp is one of them) … and the zoo of course! Also, 80/35 for sure. 😉

  11. aboundingabundance

    Okay you know I love love love this hat! It’s so fun and love that it’s supports local things! Bucket list for the summer: adel sweet corn festival and catching a Nitefall on the River performance!

  12. aboundingabundance

    You already know how much I love this hat! Summer bucket list: Adel Sweet Corn Festival and taking in a Nitefall on the River performance!

  13. elizabethsmith134

    We are looking forward to the Brenton playscape again this year and inviting our neighborhood kids for a “bike wash”!

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