the week in photos.

happy game day saturday!

I was, no doubt, thrown off by labor day monday. so today is an ‘imitation’ friday around here. which pretty much works perfectly ..

the week in photos.

last saturday, [J] & I made the trek to our old college town. sadly, our football team couldn’t pull out a win. but we still had funwin or lose, we still booze.

[today we’re going to watch the iowa hawkeyes from the comfort of our living room. hoping for a better end result].

the week in photos, sept 6th //

the week in photos, sept 6th //

we continued our birthday celebrations into the weekend.

the week in photos, sept 6th //

the week in photos, sept 6th //

my dad rocking his birthday present from [J] & I. a {RAYGUN} tee shirt. [and already managed spill beer on it, before 9AM].

the week in photos, sept 6th //

hey [J].

the week in photos, sept 6th //

the beautiful kinnick stadium.

the week in photos, sept 6th //

had so much fun with [J] + my parents.

and one last thing ..

the week in photos, sept 6th //

coconut oil. I’m newly obsessed, and maybe, late to the party. but it is amazing, for practically everything. I’ve been using it as a moisturizer on my skin! {read more}.

have the best weekend.


I’m not in college anymore.

in other words – this weekend kicked my butt.

I slept twelve hours last night – & feel like I could sleep twelve more AND STILL not be recovered. my voice has the rasp of a man’s. & my eyes are so puffy [aka: deprived of water], I can barely see out of them. true.

but it was worth it – I had the best time. we spent thursday & most of friday in my hometown, visiting family.

[grandma trying out my new kicks].
[we all ate lunch at carlos o’ kellys – home of my brother & I’s high school jobs].

and friday evening, we were off to Iowa City.. land of the hawkeyes. we celebrated our friend’s birthday with hibatchi & dancing at the towniest of towny bars [& loved it].

[the birthday girl].
[delicious sushi. & of course, sake bombs!!].

then came very little rest. and our tailgate marathon. the game started @ 7PM, we arrived to PARTY @ 10AM yes – a marathon, to say the least. jello shots, rumchata, & beeeers, OH MY!

[back in our element – Iowa City, IA].
[ANF: america needs farmers].
[jello shots].

it’s a miracle we made it to the game, standing. we had great seats [thank you parents]. and regardless of the hawkeyes terribly poor performance ..we had the best time!

[the black & gold game].
[post-game. can you tell? at Old Chicago].

sunday morning we met my grandparents in my favorite little iowa town – the amana colonies. we ate. we shopped. we wine tasted. and we drank every micro-brew the town had to offer.

[how CUTE & FESTIVE was the dessert lady at the Ox Yoke Inn?].
[the family].
[who wouldn’t want a giant pink elephant in their yard?].
[Millstream Brewery].
[drinks with the family, on the patio].

then [J] & I made our long trip back to chicagoland. and I went straight to bed.

[visit two coins photography for more of the weekend’s photos].

until tomorrow friends… :)

the week in photos.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday.

I hope you all had a frreakin’ fantastic week. can’t complain about mine. let’s reminisce…

I concocted two Iowa Girl Eats-inspired items.

moscow mules: so refreshing & oh so dangerously delicious. they’re right there near the top of [J] & I’s favorite list. {recipe here}

I was craving at-home mexican food. but I was starving. so I needed quick, easy, & scrumptious ..and thankfully Iowa Girl Eats had exactly what I needed. {taco pasta bake}. [J] told me I can put it on the “go to” list. I didn’t know we had a list, but now that I do’s on it!

the chef I raved about in my “dinner in the tree house” post ..made another spectacular dinner. of ribs. on the grill.


did I mention [J] & I are hosting our own charity event? [if you’re in the chicagoland area ..come!!! it’s guaranteed to be a grreat time]. we’ve been planning for months and to our surprise ..the day is almost upon us. {for details: toast to a cure}

we went on our final walk-through …

these are the bocce courts. we also have bowling lanes. a fire pit. italian/american feast. silent auction. plus open bar. [the venue: pinstripes. in south barrington].

let’s just say I was already excited for the event. AND THEN ..I got to play with mason jars & chalkboard paint. two things I’ve been dying to explore. thankfully the event is rustic, outdoor-sy, & fall. [aka perfect for mason jar centerpieces & a couple spray-painted chalkboards].

a one gallon mason jar.

chalkboard paint. [can’t wait to share the finished product].


have the best weekend everyone.

go hawkeye football!