DECOR, DIY, HOME

DIY Picture Frame Tray

Hello everyone! It’s been a busy past few weeks here lately. Between a couple of unexpected trips out of town, trying to build our deck, and simply keeping up with everyday life, it’s safe to say we haven’t had much down time lately. But I did manage to sneak in a simple little DIY that I’m here to share with you today.

Recently I decided to spruce up our guest bedroom a little bit. For the past year our guest bedroom has doubled as our storage room/catch all place for anything that we basically just don’t feel like dealing with right now. If I’m being honest, it probably hasn’t been the comfiest of places for our guests to spend the night. Between the stacks of cardboard boxes, the Goodwill donation pile in the corner, and the pink & orange bedding that once belonged to my 17-year-old self, it wasn’t exactly giving off the peaceful and welcoming vibe I was going for. Continue Reading

BREAKFAST, DESSERTS, FOOD

Red, White, & Blue Mason Jar Parfaits

Can you believe the fourth of July is next week? I’m pretty sure I say this every year, but summer is going by way too fast! The fourth of July is definitely the ultimate summer celebration for me. We’re usually at the lake, grilling outside, playing in the water, soaking up the sun, and watching fireworks. It’s basically everything summer should be squeezed into one day.

In honor of Independence Day, I decided to create these red, white, and blue mason jar parfaits. I’ve been eating lots and lots of chia seeds lately in the form of chia pudding and strawberry chia jam. Finally I decided to incorporate both into one recipe by creating a chia pudding parfait. These parfaits are layered with strawberry chia jam, Greek yogurt, and coconut chia pudding. Top them with fresh blueberries and you’ve got yourself a perfectly patriotic treat for serving up on the fourth! Continue Reading

FOOD, LUNCH, MAIN COURSE, SIDE DISHES

Hummus Greek Salad

Here in Michigan we have an abundance of Coney Island restaurants. Each one is a little different, but they all serve pretty similar food. They’ll have coney dogs of course, which is a hot dog with chili, mustard, and diced onions. They’ll also have lots of Greek inspired foods like gyros, Greek salads, saganaki, and more. No matter where you go in the metro Detroit area, you won’t be far from a Coney restaurant.

There are a few that my husband and I eat at on a regular basis. Our go-to meal is usually a Greek or Caesar salad with chicken. Last year we discovered a new twist on a salad we love from a place called Greek Islands – the Hummus Greek Salad. It’s basically a warm piece of pita bread spread with hummus, then piled high with a Greek salad and topped off with grilled chicken. And yes, it is just as amazing as it sounds.

Naturally, we had to try our hand at making these ourselves, and I’m happy to share that they came out perfectly! It’s super easy to throw together, and an interesting twist on a regular grilled chicken salad. The great thing about this kind of food is that it’s also super easy to make vegetarian. Just swap out the chicken for some garbanzo beans and you’ve got an incredibly filling and flavorful meatless dinner. Perfect for a light and fresh summertime meal! Continue Reading

CAMPING & TRAVEL, LIFE

Weekend Getaway – Pentwater, Michigan

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and a relaxing Mother’s Day! We just got back from a camping trip, so now I’m feeling super refreshed and ready for the week. Sometimes you just need a little weekend getaway to recharge and give you a fresh perspective on life.

I wanted to check in and share with you all our camping trip to Pentwater, Michigan. We love camping because it gives us the chance to explore our state and take a little vacation here and there without spending a ton of money. I hope to continue doing these trip reviews as time goes on. I’ll review the campgrounds we stay at and also the towns we visit and the activities they have to offer. If you are also in Michigan and are looking for your next weekend getaway spot, hopefully I can help you with that!

Michigan has so much to offer. We are surrounded by natural beauty – the Great Lakes, forests, wildlife, sand dunes, and more. There is so much to see in our state. I’ve lived here my whole life, and there is still so much I haven’t seen yet! Whether you want to lie out on the beach, explore a busy city, eat amazing food, or get lost in the woods somewhere, you can pretty much find it all here in Michigan.

This weekend we stayed at Charles Mears State Park in Pentwater. First of all, I have to confess that I am not the best picture taker when we go on vacation. I’m one of those people who just likes to take everything in as it’s happening instead of fumbling with my phone/camera to try to capture it. I guess that’s a good thing, but later on I always regret not having more pictures. So for this post I am relying on a lot of my husband’s photos, who is much better about capturing these moments! 🙂 Continue Reading

BUDGET, CLEANING TIPS, HOME, ORGANIZATION

How to Freshen Up Your Wardrobe on Any Budget

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week and are having a relaxing Sunday so far. I know many of you have been busy working on your spring cleaning. My post How to Declutter Your Entire House in One Week has quickly become my post popular post so far! I hope it has proven to be as helpful for you as it has for me when tackling that huge chore!

In that post, I broke down the process of decluttering into seven steps, one for each day. Not everyone has the time to devote an entire week to cleaning, so I also mentioned that you could spread it out over a couple of months and work on one step each week if that works better for you. However you chose to do it, I’m sure your home is already starting to feel much more organized!

In that seven day project, we started by working on our wardrobes. I know that this time of the year, many of us (including myself) get the urge not only to deep clean our homes, but also to freshen up our wardrobes, so I thought it would be the perfect time to go into a little more detail about that. If you haven’t started working on my decluttering plan just yet, or if your wardrobe still needs some work, keep reading!

It’s usually around this time each year that I start to feel like my wardrobe just isn’t working for me anymore. I don’t know how this happens, but as soon as the weather starts to get warmer, I start to wonder what the heck I wore this time last year! I know I had plenty of clothes and I know I didn’t get rid of any of them, but suddenly it’s like I can’t find anything to wear. Continue Reading

CAMPING & TRAVEL, LIFE

Tour of Our Vintage Camper

April is finally here, and one thing I have been looking forward to all winter long is finally getting to open up our camper. I haven’t talked much about camping on this blog yet, but I hope to change that this summer because it’s one of our favorite things to do.

My husband and I both love being outdoors, and we have been going camping for several years now. We started in a tiny two person tent, which worked just fine for a few years, but I have to admit we were both starting to feel a bit cramped. It wasn’t the fact that we didn’t have running water or electricity. That didn’t matter much to us. We don’t mind roughing it a little bit. After all, that’s what camping is all about, right? I don’t mind using the campground bathrooms and cooking over a fire. The hardest part for me was just the lack of space, and not being able to stand up straight when I was trying to move around inside the tent. After a few years of camping, it was starting to get old.

We didn’t want a big camper with all the bells and whistles. We still wanted to feel like we were camping, we just wanted something a little bit more spacious. When we found this 13 ft 1965 Holiday Rambler for sale just down the road from our house, already painted in my favorite shade of blue, we knew it would be perfect for us. Continue Reading

DESSERTS, FOOD

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Spring is finally here! I know it technically started last month, but this week I’ve really started to notice the first signs. This morning the birds were chirping when I woke up, and I’ve heard the spring peepers twice now. My mom used to tell me that when you’ve heard them three times, it’s officially spring. We’re starting to see more nature walks, bike rides, and kayaking in our near future, which totally beats working out inside the gym. All of these things indicate the beginning of spring, but in my mind, spring hasn’t officially started until we’ve celebrated Easter.

Growing up, Easter Sunday always consisted of a special church service, pretty spring dresses, Reese’s eggs, and a family dinner at my mema and grandpa’s house. The dinner table was usually filled with ham, deviled eggs, my mom’s homemade rolls, potato salad, baked beans, mac and cheese, and plenty of dessert. I remember my aunt used to make those bunny shaped cakes with coconut flakes, which us kids loved. One year we had a pineapple cake with coconut cream cheese frosting, another year we had lemon cake. Every dessert I can remember has been incredible, but my favorite dessert at Easter will always be a classic carrot cake, with plenty of pecans and cream cheese frosting, of course! Continue Reading

CLEANING TIPS, DIY, HOME

Lemon, Rosemary & Vanilla Stove Top Potpourri

So I feel like I’m a little late on a couple things. Okay, maybe really late.

First of all, stove top potpourri. Why have I never tried this until now? I’ve heard about it, seen it all over Pinterest, but never thought much of it until now. It just never seemed like something I needed in my life. Boy was I wrong! I finally got around to trying it, and now this may be one of my favorite things ever.

So in case you don’t already know, the idea behind stove top potpourri is basically just to combine things like fruits, herbs, and spices in a pot, cover them with water, and then let all of that simmer and fill your house with whatever scent combination you’ve come up with. You can let it simmer all day or as long as you’re home, refilling the water as needed. It’s such an easy and inexpensive way to freshen up your home using all natural ingredients. Continue Reading

HEALTH & WELLNESS, LIFE

DIY Passion Herbal Tea Sugar Scrub

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week, and hopefully you got the chance to take some time for yourself. If not, why not take a break today and pamper yourself a little bit?

One of my favorite drinks to enjoy during spring and summer is the Iced Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. It’s so refreshing and summery, the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. I often make it myself at home using the Tazo Passion Herbal Tea.

Tazo Passion Herbal Tea contains a blend of hibiscus, orange peel, rose hip, and passion fruit. As I’m sure you can imagine, this lovely blend of floral and citrus smells pretty amazing. Once brewed, the tea becomes a beautiful shade of dark pink.

I love the smell of this tea so much that I decided I would use it to try out a homemade sugar scrub recipe. Have you ever made your own sugar scrub before? It’s incredibly easy and so much cheaper than buying them from the store. There’s no need for artificial dyes, fragrances, or plastic beads. You can easily make a homemade sugar scrub using all natural (and edible!) ingredients. Continue Reading

CLEANING TIPS, HOME, ORGANIZATION

How to Declutter Your Entire House in One Week

Last week I shared with you some tips to make cleaning your house a breeze. Have you had the chance to implement any of those into your cleaning routine yet? If so, let me know how it’s working for you so far!

So you know how to make your regular cleaning routine a little more manageable, but this time of the year many of us are looking to go a step further. This is the time of year for deep cleaning, for finally getting to the deepest, darkest corners of your home that have been neglected for months, or maybe even years. It’s time to get a fresh start. One sure way to do this is by purging your home of clutter.

Even if you’ve cleaned your entire house from top to bottom, it doesn’t feel very clean if you’ve got junk piled up in every room. Not to mention it’s so much easier to clean your house when you don’t have all that junk getting in your way. A good clutter purge can be therapeutic and totally freeing. Continue Reading

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