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!

ten things.

{blog every day in may}

“ten things that make you really happy”.

[I don’t know about you ..but the things that make me happy change. frequently].

and today, it goes something like this ..

moscow mules.

moscow mules //


sunsets //

moscow mules + sunsets. on our balcony.

moscow mules + sunsets //

brats + sauerkraut. on the grill.

brats + sauerkraut //

my [fun] new shorts. [$14 a pair, from banana republic outlet].

banana republic shorts //

this beautiful painting [J]’s late great-grandmother painted. that will soon be hanging on our bedroom wall, in a brand new frame.

vintage painting //

temperatures in the 90’s. [perfect day for our 1st pool visit].

may 14 weather in iowa //

this blog.

the blog, LLinaBC //

my amazing family. who is always there for me, regardless.

from L to R: my parents, [J]’s parents, [J]’s youngest sister, and [J] & I. 

missing quite a few key people.

my family //

and [J]. who I cannot look at without smiling.

the boyfriend, [J] //

I have a lot to be happy about today.

I hope you do too.

have a grrrrreat tuesday!


where [the heck] I’ve been.

the truth: taking a mind break. finding myself. and creating goals to make my life in des moines, IA everything I want it to be.

I, again, apologize for the disappearing act I pulled last week. but on a positive note, the content of LLinaBC should benefit from my break. I’ve collected my thoughts, organized them, and have a plan to make this baby better.

besides that, I haven’t done anything too “blog-worthy”. no recent BTS* moments

[blog that shit*].

snow storm QI did survive snow storm Q. frankly, it was overrated where I live. we only got approx. 6″. how’d I survive alllllllll that snow?

moscow mulesI credit the moscow mules [J] mixed up for us, the couch, & nowhere to be! these may be my all-time favorite cocktails. they’re scrumptious, refreshing ..& dangerous.

flowers from [J]

[J] took off on friday for a business trip. he’s gone for seven days. comes home for one. and   leaves again for five more. so he generously surprised me with a bouquet of flowers. they’re absolutely beautiful. and help bridge the distance gap a little.


the next book club read is: The Night Circus. by erin morgenstern.

the night circusthe book club has been a bit chaotic this month. {The Thread Affect} is climbing mount everest, seriously [wonder woman? yes]. & I moved to a different state. so in the midst of all of that, we decided on The Night Circus. and we’ll be posting our reviews together on Thursday, March 7th.

if you’re thinking, this is too short of notice to start & finish a book might be right. but I’m going to prove you wrong [I hope], because I started TODAY. and I’m on page 55. [there’s approx 500]. be crazy with me! get your copy {here}.

I must go. [I hate talking about this. I may be a little superstitious. but ..] I have an interview this morning. wish me luck.

then I have big plans: organize the pantry. to rival those on pinterest.

happy monday.