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Lake Michigan Beach Weekend Getaway

Last weekend we decided to get out of town and head to my husband’s hometown of St. Joseph, Michigan for a quick getaway.  There are so many great memories in this little town, and we couldn’t wait to take our little lady there for her first dip in the lake!

We got into town Friday night, and crashed – we were all tired from a long week.  Saturday morning Isla had us up bright and early at 7AM, so I decided to go for a run while Jeremy grabbed donuts & coffee and had some daddy + daughter time on the bluff.  It was such a nice way to start the day!



The temps were reaching 90 degrees that afternoon, so we headed to a friend’s pool to cool off .  Isla was styling in her babiators and swimsuit, we seriously could not get over how cute she looked.

We were really curious to see how she would do in the pool, since most babies scream the first time they go swimming.  As it turns out, Isla is a total water baby and LOVED it from the first second her toes touched the water.  She was smiling so big, and just kept kicking her little legs!  I think my face broke from smiling so hard at her having fun.

The next morning, we decided to head out for a walk on the bluff, and then to the beach.  We were excited for Isla to see the sand and put her feet in the water – Lake Michigan was pretty cold so I was a little concerned she would get upset, but that wasn’t the case at all.  Once she had her feet in, she sort of looked at us like “is this okay?”, but as soon as she saw our smiles, she was jumping and kicking away.

It was a sweet moment in a special place, because this was the beach we walked on when we were dating, where we had our wedding ceremony, and where we took our pregnancy announcement photo.

All-in-all, it was a nice weekend away – we left sunkissed and happy to have shared this time as a family.

DIY Decor

Porch Updates + New Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Happy June!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.

Our little baby monster recently decided that she doesn’t need sleep to survive, and sleep training has been difficult.  This combined with changes at daycare, and Jeremy starting a new job left us all feeling pretty tired.  So I decided to put the blog on hold for a month, and just survive.

Now we’re adjusting to our new routines, and getting back into the swing of things…mostly.  The long holiday weekend was so needed.  I took an extra day off on Friday to spend with Isla, she had her 6 month checkup and shots which are never fun – but she was a trooper!

On Saturday, we had a cookout with family and friends.  Now that it’s warming up outside, we’ve been spending more time on our three season porch.

It’s one of my favorite “rooms” in the house, a relaxing little window-lined space to hangout.  Last year, Jeremy and I painted the walls, and added some seating by refurbishing Jeremy’s grandma’s old wicker furniture.  We also refinished my grandpa’s canoe paddles and hung those on the wall.

This summer, we wanted to make it an even more inviting space.  One of our neighbors gave us an old mini fridge last year, so Jeremy cleaned it up and found a place for it.  Now when we have friends over, we have a convenient little spot for drinks, no running back and forth to the kitchen.

He also hung this oversized marquee letter that he made for our wedding 5 years ago.  It adds a lot of curb appeal in such a special, meaningful way.

Marquee letter S lit up at night

Finally, I found the perfect rug!  The Marina Rug from Ballard Designs.

Ballard Designs Marina Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Source: Ballard Designs

Smiling baby girl

Isla (and her two little teeth) approves!

Ballard Designs Marina Rug

Source: Ballard Designs

We purchased their Chevron Stripe rug a few years ago for our dining room, and it has held up SO well.  I knew that the Marina rug was made from the same indoor/outdoor material, so it was a safe bet for the porch.

It makes the space so cozy, but I also know that if we spill something on it (or the baby/murphy gets something on it), we can just take it outside and hose it off.  That’s a SERIOUS win.  I learned the hard way with one of my jute rugs last year that if you plan on living around a rug, it needs to be easily cleaned.

Ballard Designs Marina Rug

Ballard Designs Marina Rug on Porch

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee

Ballard Designs Marina Rug on porchI’m hoping sometime soon we’ll be able to redo the bead board ceiling, and add an outdoor ceiling fan.  This porch is what sold me on the house when we were hunting, so I’m really excited to see it start coming together as the space I was hoping for.

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend, and thanks for sticking with me while I took a little break!

Favorites Holidays

Easter + Spring Decor Favorites

Oh hey, April.  It’s almost Easter, and it’s my birthday month!  7 years ago last week, this happened:

Our Proposal: March 2010 | Sunset Celebration, Key West

I can’t believe it’s been that long since we got engaged in Mallory Square, it doesn’t feel like it was that long ago.  I’m ready to go back to Key West, get some sunshine, and celebrate again – this time with our little lady!  People watching on Duval Street is THE BEST.

Speaking of warmer weather, I’m so excited to say that it has been consistently around 50 degrees for over a week now.

We’ll just skip over the fact that we’re supposed to get snow tonight.  It’s fine.

That means we throw the windows open, put on some jams, do some Spring cleaning, and my favorite part: DECORATE!  At least while the baby naps.  We’re right in the trenches of the 4 month sleep regression, and we are so tired – but still trying to be festive!  Does anyone remember that Toys R Us commercial from years ago, with all of the singing bunnies?  I always pull that up this time of year and watch it just to laugh.  Seriously, it’s adorable – here’s a link.  You’re welcome.

For decor, think bunnies, eggs, tulips, and pastels all over the place. So cheerful and warm after a long, gray winter season.  I’ve been scouring my favorite stores for some deals on great Spring decor, and came up with a list of my favorites to share with you.




1.  Antique Sign from Sugarboo & Co.
Super cute, not over-the-top cheesy Easter sign.  I love the simple colors and cute message.  But then again, I’m pretty obsessed with anything Sugarboo.  Her items are a splurge, but also timeless and so unique.

2.  Forsythia Wreath
I found this artificial wreath at Target – their Smith & Hawken line has the best seasonal wreaths.  I love the little pops of yellow, and the fact that it doesn’t *look* artificial.

3.  Rae Dunn Easter Serving Tray
So, I knew that Rae Dunn had the sweetest little line of coffee mugs, but it wasn’t until recently that I found out she also makes serving trays, dinnerware, cookie jars, you name it!  Her work is simple, and charming, but also really hard to find.  You can usually get lucky with Rae Dunn finds at HomeGoods, TJMaxx, and Amazon/Ebay – but not always.  So if you find something of hers you like, snatch it up!

4.  Wire Farmhouse Basket
Don’t you love everything at World Market?  This basket reminds me of those antique egg collecting baskets that you’d see on old farms – it would be perfect to store your own eggs in your kitchen.  Or if you’re just using it for decorative use for Easter, you could fill it with these wooden Easter eggs, also from World Market.

Source: Cost Plus World Market


5.  Woolie Ball Garland

Let’s face it: I am addicted to garland + bunting.  Whether they be pennants, flag bunting, or ball garlands, I love them and want them all over my house, all of the time.  Hooray Everyday makes THE cutest felt woolie ball garlands, for every season/holiday/occasion imaginable.  This Hello Spring // Woolie Ball Garland is so appropriate for the season, and would look adorable hung just about anywhere.  If you’re looking for something a little more neutral, this pottery barn ivory garland looks like little bunny tails.

6.  Green Plaid Easter Bunny Doormat
Another World Market find.  The green plaid looks like a green gingham, which I love.  Plus, BUNNIES.  It’s also made from coconut husk, which means it’s super durable and will last for many seasons.

Source: A Bowl Full of Lemons Blog

Finally, if you’re in the mood for some serious organizing on top of your Spring cleaning, you need this book. Toni is one of my all-time favorite organizational bloggers out there – and her book is a must have.

Happy Spring!

Family Holidays

March Comes in Like a Lion (+ Free Printable!)

Happy March!  It’s been a while, readers!  A whole month, to be exact.  I’ve had my hands full with a sick little baby for the last few weeks.  Daycare with other babies leads to germs and viruses being spread like wildfire.  Isla had her first cold  over 3 weeks ago, which lasted a week, turned into another week of coughing, and then ramped up again week 3 as baby bronchitis and double ear infections.  It’s been a month of runny noses, scary coughs, fevers, sleepless nights, and an extremely fussy baby.  We’ve just been trying to keep up – which is why projects and blogging have been mostly on hold.

Luckily, she’s on the mend now and getting back to being herself.

Baby in March St. Patrick's Day Onesie lying on faux-sheepskin rug.

Isla-doodle. Happy Go Lucky.

This week we hit a major milestone: she slept in her crib for the first time!  It was a big deal for all of us, and she did great!  She was outgrowing her bassinet in our room, so it was time.  We have a very talkative little lady who lost her voice from all of the coughing last week, but tries using her voice almost every minute she’s awake, which makes her now sound like a growling cat.  She thinks it’s pretty hilarious (we do, too.).

Can you believe it’s almost SPRING!?  We got a few inches of snow dropped on us this week as a final “see you next year!” from winter.  It really hasn’t been that bad of a winter so far, so I can deal.

(Almost) Spring = St. Patty’s Day!  In honor of that, I’ve created a free printable of my Green Beer chalkboard sign.  I loved creating this sign last year and hope you love it, too!

Paper straws are the cutest.

March Printable – Click on the PDF to download:
Green Beer Chalkboard Sign

I formatted this print to fit a 8″ x 10″ frame – just print + hang + enjoy.  Maybe have a beer while you’re at it.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!