kitchen // warm weather staples.

after the winter we’ve endured, 50° feels like a dang heatwave. [thankfully the temperatures have surpassed that. and today the high is 75°].

the first day of the year I am able to sit on my patio & enjoy the weather is the day, I go straight to the grocery store & stock up on my patio favorites.

vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, chips, and salsa.

that is the grocery list to a happy summer. at least for me.

kitchen // warm weather staples c/o

what are your  warm weather staples?

I must note it seems it has taken my entire life to find a canned salsa I enjoy as much as the fresh, restaurant stuff ..but I am loving frontera salsa. and for chips, it is always the quinoa & black bean infused tortilla chips from trader joe’s. just saying.

now you know what my plans are for tonight :)

happy wednesday!

blueberry moscow mule.

this may seem like a desperate attempt to hold on to summer ..and I’m ok with that. 

we’re talking cocktails today.

taking {blueberry-infused vodka} & happily uniting it with a moscow mule. I absolutely love the simple ginger beer, vodka, & lime concoction. it’s perfect for summer, or whenever the heck you feel like it. but it gets that much better when you add blueberry vodka. especially when you made it yourself.

blueberry moscow mule //

the ingredients: {blueberry-infused vodka}. ginger beer. lime juice.

blueberry moscow mule //

blueberry moscow mule //

two parts blueberry-infused vodka.

blueberry moscow mule //

add a couple blueberries. the cocktail will rank higher in the “looks department”.

blueberry moscow mule //

one part lime juice.

blueberry moscow mule //

three parts ginger beer.


blueberry moscow mule //

your blueberry moscow mule is ready to be enjoyed.

blueberry moscow mule //

as long as the temperatures continue to hang out in the 80’s & 90’s ..I will continue to call it summer. and drink like it too. 

have a halfway to the weekend cocktail.



the week in photos.

when you’re in the air conditioning, packing for a weekend of college football & drinking pumpkin beer ..your brain screams “FALL!!!“. then you open the door and 100° temps slap that crazy idea right out of your mind. oh well. nothing can bring me down – football is here!!  and fall will come soon enough.

[J] & I are headed to our college town of iowa city, IA to join in on the festivities.

it has been so long since I’ve been back. I’m excited to spend the weekend wandering our old stomping grounds. and cheering on the football team, of course.

[we’re also going to dinner tonight at the spot of our very first date. almost 6 years later].

before I leave town, let’s do ..

the week in photos.

week in photos, Aug 30 //

while [J] was away on business, I took myself to the downtown des moines farmer’s market. 

week in photos, Aug 30 //

I was on a mission for fresh flowers. perfectly placed in my {thursday friday} tote.

week in photos, Aug 30 //

and I couldn’t leave without my standard iced coffee + breakfast burrito, which I got in “bowl” form. to switch it up a bit.

week in photos, Aug 30 //

I also picked up some fresh blueberries. to vodka infuseI’ll be sharing a recipe using blueberry-infused vodka next week.

week in photos, Aug 30 //

and this is what happens when your fiance’s golden birthday rolls around & you get the bright idea to DIY. thankfully the majority of the glitter is either so deep into our carpet we’ll never see it again or sucked up by the vaccum. but those gold confetti stars are haunting me, wherever I go.

and with that .. it’s time to get this weekend started!

if you don’t already, follow me on {instagram} + {twitter}. I’m sure to be an unpredictable, pretending to be twenty-one again, ball of fun. maybe!

one more thing.

in “honor” of my birthday, I’m offering ..

ad space promo code //

have the best weekend.