Bohemian Summer

Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy first day of summer! What a great thing to finally say. I LIVE for Michigan summers. The older I get the more it becomes abundantly clear- I'm a summer gal, no doubt. The rest of the seasons have their perks, but give me all the summer things! Lately it feels more like August than June around here. Upper 80's and hot, hot, hot. I'm loving it. I've been dying to take Winston to the beach or a water park. He's already a water-bug, just like his mommy. He loves his bath time and when we took him to Florida this past January he was all about the pool, at only 6 months!

We have a one year birthday trip planned for him this July and I can't wait for that. We're camping right on Lake Michigan and it'll be so great. Ps- can you believe Winston will be ONE next month? Growing so fast but so, so fun. This age is great.

These pictures were taken last Friday for a girl's night out event at Birch & Elm. I had such a great time meeting new people and helping with styling. I wore this bohemian dress from the boutique and got so many compliments on it. It's incredibly lightweight but opaque- the perfect combo for summer. I can't do heavy dresses in the dog days of summer, I'll melt!

I paired the dress with my favorite pair of leather Eddie Bauer slip ons and some gold accessories. Perfect. Also, I was super proud of this hair job. Ha. I did it all myself! I love braids. I hope they stay 'in' for the foreseeable future.

Tonight is our monthly girl's cooking club! Yay. This is one of my favorite nights of the month. Can't wait to share more on that later this week. The menu is looking crazy good so I'm basically saving all the calories for tonight. ;)

Dress: Birch & Elm
Slip ons: Eddie Bauer
Necklace: H&M
Bracelet: Charming Charlie

Diederich's Berry Farm

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Last night our little tribe made the trip out to Diederich's Berry Farm to pick some fresh strawberries! I haven't done this since I was a little girl and it was so fun. When we arrived a very nice gentleman took us on a golf cart ride back to the strawberry patch and directed us to the perfect spot that hadn't been picked over. On our short ride back to the patch I noticed something immediately- it smelled heavenly! That sweet smell of fresh strawberries was everywhere, and it really added to the experience of picking my own.

There's something so rewarding about picking your own fruit, and produce in general. If you've never done it you should give it a try. It's a fun thing to do with family.

I'm living in this cotton maxi dress I got from Old Navy a few years ago. I've worn it pregnant, not pregnant, post-baby, etc. It's great anytime and keeps me pretty cool in the hot summer months.  

Even Winston 'helped' pick berries. ;)
So darn cute.

Our berry haul!

What are you doing to celebrate the summer months and long days? Any favorite activities? Let me hear them!

As I mentioned in the previous post, I'm looking forward to a girl's night out event at Birch & Elm this Friday from 5-8. If you live in Owosso or the surrounding area, come! I'll be hanging out and wearing a fun boho look from the boutique. I'd love to see you there.

I'm also excited to spend this weekend celebrating Ben as a father. It's been so awesome to see him flourish in this new role throughout the past year. He's more than Winston and I could ask for and we love him so much. I hope you all have a great time celebrating with your fathers, too.

Dress: Old Navy (Similar, here)
Vest: Kohls (Similar)
Purse: Charming Charlie

Boyne City Marina

Monday, June 13, 2016

Is there anything better than summer day trips? I live for this season. Michigan is unique because it's virtually surrounded by water, so it's never a far drive to get to one of the Great Lakes and take in the views. I was invited up to Lavender Hill Farm's season opening event in Boyne City yesterday and so naturally I took my sister with me who's (obsessed) in love with anything lavender. We had the best time! Perfect weather, delicious foods, champagne, lavender, sightseeing, and girl time. It was a hike to get up there but all those hours in the car with your sister/best friend equals hours of laughing at stupid jokes and catching up on ALL of life's things.

I'm going to be working more with Lavender Hill Farm this summer when all the lavender is in bloom, so you'll hear more about that in July. ;) I can't wait. 

Boyne City Marina is a gem. We sort of 'accidentally' stumbled upon it on our way up to the farm and I'm so glad we did. The water was crystal clear and we spotted several ginormous fish. I love looking at all the beautiful sailboats and pretending they're mine.

I couldn't post this without sharing a picture of my babe sister- and impromptu photographer. What a champ for helping me out. Love her.

I hope you all have a great week ahead. We're finally in the season of summer produce here in Michigan so the strawberries, asparagus, and other goodies are starting to come in full swing! So nice to enjoy local foods. This week we're heading out to a farm to u-pick some strawberries. Small, sweet, and delicious- nothing like them! I also have a fun girl's night out event that I'll be attending this Friday at Birch & Elm and I'm looking forward to that.

Have a great week!

Tunic dress: Target
Sandals: Steve Madden
Purse: Charming Charlie
Ring: Premier Designs
Necklace: Tiffany & Co.

Mama's Night Out

Monday, June 6, 2016

Heyyo!! Sorry for the week-long hiatus. I'm just REALLY, really enjoying my summer already. ;) And yes, I know it's not 'technically' summer yet, but according to Michigan standards, Memorial Day kicks off the sunny season- so there you have it. Our small town hosted its annual festival last weekend and it was great! If you follow on Instagram then you saw that Winston had his first merry-go-round ride 'and' he even tried a nibble of elephant ear. Don't judge.

The weather has been perfect here. 80's and sunny for the most part and I couldn't be more grateful. The sunshine feels heavenly. I'm a summer gal for sure. Last weekend we picked up a new bike trailer for Winston. He loves it. It's adorable to watch him cruising around in it, and it frees up Ben and me to ride our bikes together as a little family.

Since I'm a little behind in posting, all of these pictures were taken at Mama's Night Out at Pottery Barn Kids in the Somerset Mall. My sister came with me and we had a great time. It was a refreshing evening for me and great to hear from several talented mama panelists. They had refreshments, the cutest dessert bar, and swag bags for each mama who attended. What a blast! I hope they do more events like this in the future. I came home with a new bumper pad for Winston's crib. He was bumping his little noggin all the time- not anymore! And naturally, I was having so much fun that I didn't snap a single picture of the actual event. Ugh. Oh well. Here's what I wore...   

I'm practically living in these overalls lately. Serious. I'm so glad I found these at Gap. I paired them with a plain black tee, bandana, and my new pink lace-ups.

Hope your Monday is going well. I'm ready for another cup of coffee! See you back here soon.

Overalls: Gap (Similar)
Tee: Everlane (Exact)
Bag: GH Bass
Sandals: Zara (Exact)

Bread & Wine Cooking Club // Part 3

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Last Monday was the 3rd installment of our gals Bread & Wine cooking club, based on the book 'Bread & Wine' by Shauna Niequist. And no, you didn't miss something- there was no 'part 2' post because I was unable to make last month's meeting. So this is the latest. ;)

I think I mentioned this in my last post, but the thing I look forward to MOST at cooking club is not the food, dessert, or even the wine... It's the laughter. I told Lindsay (our host) last week that I never laugh harder than when I'm with the cooking club gals. I'm not saying I never laugh, it's just that these women are hilarious. Maybe it's because we're all just a 'tiny' bit off-our-rockers-crazy with kids, owning our own businesses, etc. But whatever the case, I love these girls. They reassure me that I'm not crazy. They tell me their stories and I feel better. It's a beautiful, safe little community we're creating and I love it.

Our menu for the night:
-Magical white bean soup served with avocado, lime, cilatro, & cheese
-Corn bread
-Summer salad

So delicious! I loved the chili and all the toppings.

I haven't always had this kind of community so I'm extra grateful for the opportunity to share life with girls in my own town. And the beauty of it is that we're all from different situations and backgrounds. Some of us have lived all over the world, others have lived in Michigan our whole lives. I love the stories and culture that is brought to the table each time we meet. For example, my friend Tracy who lived in Hawaii for a season just informed us at our last meeting that if you want to lower the acidity in pineapple, just soak it (peeled & cored) in salt water for a while before you eat it. The salt will help neutralize the acidity. WHO KNEW? Thanks Tracy. ;)

If you're looking for ways to build solid relationships within your gal-pal community, I highly recommend starting a cooking club. You won't regret it!

I'll be back with you this Friday to share an 'amazing' beach wave product that I'm hooked on. I've searched for years to find the perfect beach spray and I finally found it.

*Buy Bread & Wine here

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