it’s almost ..

seven days until st. patrick’s day makes its annual appearance. and the my world turns a hue of green.

allow me to dig through the archives, and uncover a few favorites ..

st patricks //

a tutorial on green beer, of course.

st patricks //

an irish flag-inspired manicure.

st patricks //

a cocktail recipe for the irish red.

st patricks //

step-by-step instructions + pictures for baked reuben cups; everything you love about a reuben sandwich, but in a more bite-sized package.

“May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire“

- an old irish proverb.

yes, another. they’re quite clever those irishmen.

happy monday.

‘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.


‘kiss me I’m Irish’ week: a festive manicure.

it’s fun to coordinate your nails to reflect your mood, the season, or ..the upcoming holiday. which is in fact what I did. with a little inspiration from the flag of Ireland.

st pats manicure //

[my tip: if you need a particular nail color for a special occasion and you don’t think it’ll be a frequent visitor to your nails. like orange is for me. get it in an inexpensive brand. try forever 21’s selection].

st pats manicure //

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that’s not all ..


I am [gratefully] guest posting over at {The Thread Affect} today.

finished productthe twelve steps of a beautiful DIY no-chip manicure. [& pictures for each step. the way I like it].

[the kit I use: SensatioNail].

go visit!

I’m practically obsessed.