for the mom’s.

happy mother’s day!

I feel truly blessed to be able to spend the day with not only my mom, but my grandmother too. this is one of my favorite holidays. my family has a great tradition, that began the year I was born ..twenty-six years ago. yikes! we go to this little town, called the {amana colonies}. it’s a german settlement. and I’m in love. the food is amazing. they have the cutest shops. a brewery. and a scrumptious winery.

trader joes iowa map

thank you trader joe’s for your map.

we have a delicious meal. do a some shopping. followed by wine & beer tasting. then head to the nearby outlet mall. what’s not to like?

{blog every day in may}

“what do you miss?”

on a day like today, when my family has kept the same tradition for decades’s hard not to think about the ones who are not there.

my paternal grandparents, who are no longer with us. [but loved our trips to the amana colonies].

my brother, who is far away in colorado.

and for the rest of my extended family that I am not able to be with on this holiday.



refusing to acknowledge monday.

I cannot believe how quick & jam-packed the last seven days have been. visits from [J]’s parents + sister, and our friends [jen & reid]. a trip to my hometown. easter. & a drive back to des moines this afternoon.

I had the best time. but now ..

I need a nap.

I’m going to take today as an “extended easter break”. to eat chocolate bunnies & catch up on sleep.

be back in full swing tomorrow!


‘kiss me I’m Irish’ week: in photos.

I had so much fun this week. for so many reasons.

I did not enjoy the fact that it started off with a snow storm. until I realized it didn’t delay/cancel [J]’s flight to come home. and it prevented my brother from driving back to colorado. so I got [J] & an extra day with my brother! happy camper.

I had a blast with ‘kiss me I’m Irish’ week on LLinaBC: drinking {green beer} & {the irish red} cocktail. eating {mini baked reuben cups}. and doing a {festive manicure}. [I also guest posted on {The Thread Affect}’s blog. an at-home, no-chip manicure tutorial].

[J] & I have created a huge “must purchase” & “must do” list since moving to des moines. he’s been traveling for work quite a bit since our move. so he may have been excited to come home & relax ..but that’s not what he got. insert: projects galore! our apartment is almost complete. and finally feels like home. ahhhhh I’m loving it.

hello ‘the week in photos’.

the machine shed cinnamon rollwe took my brother to breakfast at {The Machine Shed} before he hit the road. and were intrigued by their cinnamon rolls. made my coffee look tiny.

tuesday night

have I ever mentioned ..I love tuesday nights! we got take out & watched my favorite TV shows [pretty little liars & SMASH].


my parents just got back from germany. we got the best souvenirs. beer & steins. thanks mom & dad.

drinking in the morning

[J] drank before noon on wednesday. the things that poor guy has to do. all for my blog.

DIY builders

went to home depot & got our DIY on. oh my goodness – tears came to my eyes when I saw the finished product. [I’ll be sharing the project next week. everyone should have one …I think].

jeff and froyo

when craving sweets, go across the street for frozen yogurt. this could be a problem. but oh so delicious.


I hope you all have the BEST st. patrick’s day weekend.

see you on monday.