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My Little Lane

Let's see, my kids & I kicked it for about two months without their dad/my husband as he moved across the country to start a sah-weet new job and find us some equally sah-weet new digs, my oldest son graduated preschool, I packed up our house, we partied it up with our Idaho pals, visited family & good friends in Utah, survived a hospital stay for my little son, and a hop, skip and a jump across the country to our new home. Not to mention unpack, organize our house and fill the refrigerator with food right in time to see our first derecho and enjoy a few balmy 100 degree days without power!

Driving around a city I am unfamiliar with, I'm remembering quite clearly why I originally named my GPS navigation program Dirty Rhonda. She plays dirty tricks on me; like instead of taking me to WalMart, she takes me to a rough looking section of town and announces proudly that I have arrived at my destination. A Beautiful Mess. Hey, friends! I'm here to share my new favorite happy hour recipe! It's fresh, herbal-y, and citrus-y. Mojitos were my first favorite cocktail, and I still love them, but finding new combinations is my current obsession. I'm thinking about planting an herb garden on my porch this weekend.

Have any of you done this? Needed: White rum, club soda, fresh basil, fresh mint, fresh raspberries, two limes, basil raspberry simple syrup (recipe below). Raspberry Basil Simple Syrup, makes two cups. 1 cup sugar 1 cup water5-10 raspberries 3-6 basil leaves In a small pot, combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer. Allow your syrup to cool completely in the pot, then strain it into a glass or jar. You can keep this syrup covered for two weeks or longer in the refrigerator. Raspberry Basil Mojito, serves one. 2 ounces white rum1 ounce simple syrupjuice of one lime5 fresh mint leaves, chopped5 fresh basil leaves, choppedfresh raspberries club soda Cheers!

Ducks in a Row. Design, Craft & Inspiration. A Lemon Squeezy Home. Just me My Soldier and our 4 little chicks. Source So I've been mulling over this post in my head for a while.

Just me My Soldier and our 4 little chicks

And today I want to finally type it out and put it out there. I'm sure I'll get flak for it. Goodbye City Life. A girl and a glue gun. What Happens Next. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for details on our giveaway!!

What Happens Next

I grew up in a family where St. Patrick's Day was loved and celebrated. Suffice it to say that "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and "Oh, Danny Boy" were frequently playing in our house near the middle of March. And we were known to have a old-fashioned singalong of Irish tunes in grammar school, as well...

As a result, for me there is still something stirring and special about this day. This year, a slender, glittery Leprechaun Wand seemed a fitting token, diminutive in size but big on sparkle and celebration. So simple... Here is what you will need to make your own Leprechaun Wand: Heart dies and die-cutting machine. I used Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Hearts, the same ones used for the Valentine's Day Heart Wand Tutorial. Approximately 3" x 5" piece of chipboard. Small amount green glitter of choice. 8" piece of heavy floral wire, very small round dowel, or even a wooden meat skewer.

Rhinestone button. Hot glue gun.