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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.

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Summer Vibes

I’m really loving this super-summery weather here in Michigan lately!  We did have one day of melt-your-face-off 95 degree heat, but other than that it has been perfect outside.  Nothing is better than being able to throw open all of the windows in the house, make an Arnie Palmer, and spend the day outside.


We’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks ripping out all of the front/side landscaping to start from scratch.  So far we have:


Endless Summer Hydrangeas
Japanese Maple
Creeping Sedum
Front BA

It looks a million times better, no?  Plus I love being able to cut fresh flowers for the house.  Peonies + Hydrangeas = gorgeous.  I just wish peonies bloomed longer, they’re a lot like avocados: not ready, not ready, not ready, not ready, not ready, n-READY!  Too late.


We also took on a little side project with my nephew, he’s been asking forever if we can plant sunflowers at the house.  Of course I can never say no to that sweet little face.   So I spent a week sprouting the seeds, and then he and my niece came over to plant the seeds in their own containers – how cute is their little handwriting?!


These days I’ve been trying to find ways to give the house a summery feel.  I took off the bow and garland from my St. Patrick’s Day Burlap Wreath, and made a simple little navy/white bunting for the front door.

wreathWe also set out some of Jeremy’s summer beer coasters – how cute manly are these?  I’m considering putting up a tutorial on how to make these – if you’re interested, let me know in the comments!

DSC_1375I also whipped up this new chalkboard – inspired by a current pregnancy craving of mine 🙂  Watermelon is the BEST in summer, pregnant or not.


How are you enjoying this beautiful summer weather?

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