lovely, little announcement!!

firstly, welcome to all you {mish lovin’ life} readers. thank you for visiting me.

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[the announcement]

drumrollllllllllll, please.




[J] & I have opened our very own etsy store!!!


[emphasis on [J]. he’s the creator. I’m the assistant-ish].

it all started with a custom wedding gift we created for our friends. I am more appreciative of personal/meaningful gift giving. so we put our brains together & [J] concocted a gorgeous, custom made print. I died when I saw the finished product. it even received a few happy tears from the bride. mission accomplished.

custom first dance print page[the custom first dance print we made for our friends, Jen & Reid for their big day. song: “big green tractor” by jason aldean].

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head on over to {mish lovin life}’s blog to enter the GIVEAWAY I’m hosting.

comprised of TWO of our shop’s products.

eat, drink, & be merry giveaway“eat. drink. & be merry” 8×10 framed print.

and ..

SONY DSCtwo hillbilly wine glasses.

after you enter the giveaway ..visit our brand spankin’ new shop!

{twocoins on etsy}

we hope you enjoy.

maybe you can even find some holiday gifts while you’re there :)

woo hoo” for new opportunities. we never thought we’d have an etsy shop ..which makes it all the more exciting.


the week in photos.

yesterday I indulged in a full-blown MTV “awkward” marathon. and by full-blown, I mean basically every episode in season 2. [including the finale]. I am not proud of this and without a doubt questioning my age. I was hooked ..I had to know who she [jenna] chose in her quintessential high school love triangle [matty or jake]. in case you were wondering, I was backing team matty.


[she looks confused – but to me there is no confusion …I go with mr. shirtless]

is there a point to this rambling? well in fact, there is. jenna [the star of awkward] is a blogger. she blogs about everything. partially because she doesn’t think a single person [that knows her] reads it. then her love triangle explodes at school, and everyone goes straight to her blog to uncover hints of who she would choose. my lesson ..she didn’t give a flying effffff what a single person thought. everyone had an opinion [which will always happen]. but her life was hers, her opinion was the only one that mattered, & she just kept chuggin’ along no matter the obstacle. thank you jenna [fictional character]. you have inspired me to give less of a F.

  • is my life picture perfect? nope.
  • have I been sharing less lately? yes.
  • does a single person live a perfect life? if so, I’m unaware!
  • is this blog about life’s lesson? it’s suppose to be. so from now on ..I will be sharing much more. regardless of my reluctance. so brace yourselves …

in the meantime, it’s friday. and that means, the week in photos. so the above was a warning about what next week will bring. but for today, let’s keep it light ..

I was craving sweets, so I picked up two of [J] & I’s favorite indulgences ..mixed them together in snack bags. & viola!

my mom always stops in Galena, IL on her way to visit me. and I always benefit. love the wines at Galena Cellars ..and she always picks me up a few of my favorites :)

[J] is the king of practical gifts. [which I love]. like him replacing my broken car remote last week. or this week …replacing the dead battery in my watch. it’s the little things that mean the most!!

on the subject of [J], he’s coaching a high school soccer team. and I finally got the chance to see a game. what happens when I get there …downpour. that I tried to wait out in the car. thankfully it lightened up a bit just before half and I got to see a good chunk of the game.

he’s a pretty attractive soccer coach if you ask me. and the kids look up to him so much!

still on the subject of him ..we were at Target the other day, going through the $1 aisle at the front of the store, when I found this “grow your own chinese forget-me-not flower kit“. it was a dollar and [J] “highly doubted” I could grow it & keep it alive. so I was going to prove him wrong.

the photo on the left I took 5 days ago. on the right is my plant today. take that mr. skeptic …my plant is growing like a champ.

morning iced coffee & a very berry parfait. courtesy of caribou.

after the toast to a cure event, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on re-purposing the centerpieces – aka the mason jars. we had three 1 gallon jars that I immediately used to cold-brew coffee in.

and the medium-sized jars, perfect size for my morning coffee.

the weekend is upon us - enjoy!!!!

see you on monday :)

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!