Pure Michigan #LakeEffect Wall Art Giveaway

Monday, July 18, 2016


Hi guys! I'm so excited to be partnering with Pure Michigan to bring you an awesome giveaway. They've recently launched a beautiful new line of 'Lake Effect' wall art and to celebrate they're offering one of my readers the chance to win one too! Yay! There's nothing better than summers spent on the Great Lakes. Some of my fondest memories include HOURS spent 'on' or 'in' the lakes. I love the white sand, waves, lighthouses, clean water, etc. And bonus- no sharks! Ha..

Each sign in Pure Michigan's wood wall art collection is lovingly hand painted by Michigan artist Redeemed and Renewed. The sign I chose is made from birch wood. I love it! These are beautiful, high quality signs and they even come with hanging hardware installed. 

There are 5 awesome sign options to choose from, you can view them here: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

All you have to do is enter the giveaway below in three easy steps. Simple!
Good luck!




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*This post is sponsored by Pure Michigan. All opinions are my own.

Summer Florals

Friday, July 1, 2016


I have been living in this floral top from Birch & Elm lately. I know it's long sleeve, but it's super light and airy. We always have a few days here & there that drop into the low 70's and this top is perfect for that. I love the way it gathers and ties in the front. You can tie it high or low. The higher you tie it, the more of a crop top it becomes.

Can you believe it's July already? Ben has some time off work coming up and we're 'really' looking forward to that. We plan on taking Winston to the water park to play in the kiddie area. I know he'll love it! And then we have our trip coming up mid-July to celebrate his first birthday! Hooray! We'll be staying right on Lake Michigan, perfection.


I've had these sandals from Hush Puppies for three years now and they still look brand new! And they're as comfortable as the day I got them. I just can't bring myself to retire these sandals, I love them too much. Do yourself a favor and invest in a pair of Hush Puppies!

I'm looking forward to blueberry picking in a few weeks. I usually store tons of them- they last forever in the freezer and we enjoy fresh blueberry treats, smoothies, etc. year round.

So, any plans for the long weekend?! It's hard to watch fireworks when you're raising a wee one, but maybe something will pan out. ;) Any ideas for 4th of July fun with little ones? I'm open for suggestions.

Outfit:
Top: c/o Birch & Elm
Shorts: Gap Boyfriend (Similar HERE, and on sale!)
Shoes: c/o Hush Puppies (Similar HERE and so cute)
Bag: GH Bass
Sunnies: c/o Firmoo



Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Summer is officially here and that means LOTS of popsicles are about to be consumed in our home.

Don't settle for high fructose store junk- make your own! These popsicles are crazy simple and really yummy. Even Winston likes them. ;) It's also a great way to use up some of those fresh strawberries you picked this year! These popsicles are healthy 'and' delicious. They would make the perfect addition to your 4th of July menu & festivities. Yay summer!


Ingredients:
-Two cups of cubed watermelon
-Two cups of strawberries
-1/2 cup (full fat) canned coconut milk
-1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
-2-3 Tbsp. honey

Method:
Blend everything together until pureed and then pour into popsicle molds to freeze.
That's it!


I found these whimsical Jelly Belly popsicle molds at Kroger. 


Eat your heart out! Enjoy. 
And happy summer!

Detroit // Eastern Market

Monday, June 27, 2016


This weekend I whisked Ben away for a belated Father's Day overnight trip to Detroit. We've been wanting to go for a while and see all the new improvements to 'America's Comeback City' and to visit Belle Isle. My parents were gracious to watch Winston for us and we had the best time. We started our trip by exploring Belle Isle. We grabbed some mediterranean cuisine to-go (YUM) from Hamtramck and enjoyed it picnic-style on the island. It was about 85 and sunny both days of our trip- perfect! Once we finished our picnic lunch we explored the Belle Isle aquarium and the Anna Whitcomb conservatory. Both were even better than we expected and we loved it! The conservatory was my favorite. So many unique plants and trees. They had a cactus room with all kinds of cool cacti and succulents. We also saw orange, banana, and fig trees, all bearing fruit!

The rest of our time in Detroit was spent exploring various downtown places. We loved midtown and especially Shinola. I've been wanting to visit their flagship store for a while now, so that was a treat. Now I just have to convince Ben to buy me a watch. ;) My favorite is the Birdie! A beautiful double wrap band and rose gold finish.

Saturday morning we wrapped up our trip by spending several hours at the Eastern Market, one of the largest and oldest year-round markets in the United States. SO INSPIRING. I'm a farmers market kind of gal, so this was one of my favorite parts of Detroit. It is mind blowing how huge this market is. And murals?- Murals galore! Last September the Eastern Market hosted a 'Murals in the Market' festival which transformed the area into a public display of art! It's fun to explore the side streets and see which murals you can find. One of my favorites was Kashink & Thor, located at the corner of Riopelle & Winder. I was fascinated by all the colors!


This dress is from Black Swan. It's so dreamy! It's also extremely lightweight which makes it perfect for summer. I love the stitching details and scalloped bottom. It was perfect for exploring the market.



I'll be back this Wednesday to share more about our time in Detroit. Have a great week!

Outfit:
Dress: c/o Black Swan
Sandals: Eddie Bauer
Bracelet: Charming Charlie

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. ;)

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

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