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

HEALTH & WELLNESS, LIFE

How to Find Time for Fitness

Most of us have a lot on our plate, probably too much if we’re being honest with ourselves. Between work, family life, relationships, appointments, and other commitments, it’s no surprise that many of us struggle to find time for exercise. How can you possibly find the time to squeeze a workout into an already packed schedule? I struggle with this myself from time to time, but I can honestly say that on the days when I do make time for exercise, I am a million times better for it. It clears my mind, improves my mood, and makes me more productive, all amazing benefits for someone with a busy life!

It’s always worth it to take time for your own personal health. But if you already have no time, where do you even begin? Try out these five simple methods for squeezing more exercise into your everyday life.   Continue Reading

BUDGET, CAMPING & TRAVEL, LIFE

How to Save for a Vacation When Money is Tight

Don’t we all wish we could travel more? There are so many places in the world and even here in the U.S. that I would love to see. My husband and I try to travel as much as we can, even if it’s just a short weekend trip with our camper. We love exploring new places. Of course, we both have jobs and a budget, so it’s not like we can just pack up and leave whenever we feel like it. When you’re short on time and money, seeing the world isn’t quite so easy.

I think it’s important to take vacations. It’s good for our minds, bodies, and even our relationships. Going on a vacation gives us a chance to recharge, which allows us to be even better when we get back. If you never give yourself the chance to take a vacation, it’s easy to get burned out on life. When my husband and I went through premarital counseling, our counselor suggested setting aside an hour each day, a weekend each month, and a week each year for just the two of us.

Can you imagine how much better life would be if we all followed that rule? A weekend away each month and a week vacation every year with my husband sounds amazing! It’s easy to say you’ll do it, but actually following through can be difficult, especially when life gets busy and money is tight.
Now, this post isn’t going to be about finding the time for a vacation – I will save that for a later post. Today I want to talk about what you can do to afford a vacation, even when money is tight.

Sometimes we don’t feel like we have the money to go on a trip, so we don’t even bother trying to plan one. Right now you may feel like you don’t have any extra money to save, let alone spend on a vacation. How on earth could you possibly come up with enough money to travel? I’ve been there too, and today I’m going to share my simple trick that always works for us.

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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

HEALTH & WELLNESS, LIFE

4.2.17 Self Care Sunday – 5 Self Care Ideas

Happy Sunday! It’s been a very busy couple of weeks around here, so I’m really looking forward to taking some time for myself today. The warm weather we’ve been having has really lifted my spirits and sparked that motivation inside of me. I’m ready to get outside and clean up the yard, open the windows, and freshen up the house. My husband and I are getting more anxious each day to begin building our deck as well as work on a few other projects around the house.

But for now, it’s time to focus on self care. Sunday is my day to relax and forget about the chores for a little while. For this Self Care Sunday post, I thought I’d share a few self care ideas that I’ve been loving lately. This should give you some ideas to enjoy today and throughout the week.

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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