‘kiss me I’m Irish’ week: green beer.

its here – kiss me I’m irish week.

and oh my, did it begin with a bang. yesterday I drove back to des moines from my hometown. & so did my brother, except he was heading to denver, CO. ten miles from my apartment the consistent rain turned into heavy snow. thank god I was almost home. my brother on the other hand, not so lucky. let’s just say they closed I-80 & he was stuck in des moines, overnight.

I, selfishly, enjoyed the extra time I got to spend with him. the snow has finally stopped. and he’s back on the road.

me, on the other hand, I’m getting excited for the upcoming holiday. and what better way to build excitement than 24oz of green beer. [in a {not-so-dainty beer mug}]. I have had many times before, but only in bars. why not make at home? it’s simple. and a perfect way to jazz up your standard miller/bud/coors light.

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all you need is:

a {not-so-dainty} beer mug.

green food coloring.

and the light beer that tickles your fancy.

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tomorrow: the perfect appetizer for your st. patrick’s day festivities.

happy monday!

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the week in photos.

the weekend is upon us.

there’s wine. relaxation. and a lot of reading ahead of me. and while I’m reading, I’m going to pretend I’m laying on a beach, with a strawberry daiquiri in hand. much like the life [J] is living this weekend. why didn’t I sneak into his suitcase?

the week in photos.

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  1. every time you turn on the news, all you hear about is the flu. so I made sure [J] was stocked up on {airborne} before boarding the plane. [free samples comin’ in handy].
  2. my “style” can be pretty plain jane. but that just makes it easier for me to accessorize. love this chunky, gold chain from {charming charlie}.
  3. I’m a fan. of kind bars.
  4. my fave part of [J] & I’s {TwoCoins Etsy Shop} is the not-so-dainty stemware collection. & it’s now on {facebook}. woot woot!
  5. while I was at Trader Joe’s satisfying my wine craving, I found this gem of pasta salad: noodles, chickpeas, lemon oregano dressing, & feta cheese. I recommend.
  6. I sure did eat a giraffe cookie.
  7. last week {LaurenConrad.com} liked one of my photos on instagram. as soon as I saw it, I screamed. pretty cool, right? well today .. Lauren Conrad herself [her personal instagram] liked a different photo. DAY MADE!! it’s the little things in life. thanks LC ;)

have the absolute best, most relaxing weekend.

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manic monday.

I hope you all had an amazing weekend.

[J] & I took a road trip to des moines, IA. the trip was planned on a whim. and a nice little escape. until our drive back to chicago on saturday night ..5 hours in a “wintery mix” [aka: freezing rain & snow]. watching cars drive right into the ditch does nothing for my heart rate ..but thanks to [J]’s driving, we arrived safely.

on sunday, [J]’s brother gifted us round two of our christmas present – the installation of our remote start. [if you live in cold temps, these are invaluable!]. I can now start the car from the comfort of my nice warm bed. if I wanted to. while his brother was hard at work, we were enjoying #SundayFunday. someone’s gotta do it.

scenes from the weekend ..

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beer glassI chose to drink beer from our {not-so-dainty} wine glass. what can I say ..I like stemware!

yay giveaway!you like them too? I’m giving away a pair on {TheDailyTay}’s blog. [BONUS: there are 15 other bloggers giving away some serious goods]. what are you waiting for? go! enter!

SONY DSC[I learned how to multi-task: playing with dog & baby simultaneously. boooom!].

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and last but not least, a quick shout out to kirsten @ {objets d’envy}. the first piece of jewlery [J] ever got me was from her. and I’ve been in love since. so, I got my mom’s christmas present from her. when I received the sparkle in the mail, I contemplated keeping one of the two pieces. but guilt set in. so she got both!

necklace earringsnow off to the land of productivity. at least, I hope. my to do list could stretch to the moon, wrap around 8x’s, and come all the way back. impressive. especially for someone without a paying job.

happy manic monday.

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