Friday, April 6, 2018

5 Things


1. I'm in Niagara Falls, ON for the weekend!
2. I just started listening to What Happened by HRC and I'm loving it so far.
3. #the100dayproject kicked off this week and I'm excited to see where this goes! You can read more about my plans here and follow my progress with #100creativehouseupdates.
4. I'm watching True Blood for the first time and having a love/hate relationship with it.
5. Last, but not least: I bought tickets this week to see The Dollop in November!

What are your 5 favorite things this week?

Shalom,

M

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Q1 Book Report



I've taken a massive chunk out of my 2018 reading goal so far this year. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks and read a lot of graphic novels and comics. Below is a brief breakdown of what I tackled in Q1 of this year.

Audiobooks:
1. Troublemaker by Leah Remini
2. If You Ask Me by Betty White
3. Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
4. We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
6. King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
7. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
8. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files, #3)
9. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files, #4)

Books:
1. Written In Red by Anne Bishop (The Others, #1)
2. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
3. The Transfer by Veronica Roth
4. The Initiate by Veronica Roth
5. The Song by Veronica Roth
6. Murder Of Crows by Anne Bishop (The Others, #2)
7. The Traitor by Veronica Roth
8. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kahling
9. Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
10. Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Comics/Graphic Novels:
1. Paper Girls (series)
2. Squirrel Girl (series)
3. Monstress (series)

My favorites so far this year are: Trouble Maker, Written In Red, Grave Peril, Why Not Me? and Monstress.

What did you read in Q1? Let me know! I'm always wanting to add new stuff to my list!

Shalom,

M

Monday, February 26, 2018

New House Tour

I haven't had time to take any photos of the new place, but thought it would be nice to show the photos from Zillow. Let's walk through the new place, shall we?

First up, the view from the road.


Living room.


Kitchen/Dining Room.


Our bedroom.


My office.


Spare bedroom.


Full bathroom.


Half bathroom.


Mancave.


Laundry and storage space.


Studio space.


Deck area.


Backyard.


There's so much we want to do to update this place and make it our own. I can't wait to share all the projects we have planned!

Shalom,

M




Saturday, February 24, 2018

We Bought A House!

After being in the townhouse for almost 5 years we bit the bullet and bought a house yesterday! Of course, there are a million updates I want to do, but for now, I'll leave you with a picture from Zillow. 


Shalom, 

Friday, August 19, 2016

5 Things

Here's a list of 5 things I'm digging this week.


2. Still lamenting that fact that I'm not on vacation in the UP anymore.
3. Simone Biles (because she's Queen).
4. Getting back into my love for Twitter.
5. Maren Morris' new jam, 80s Mercedes

Shalom,

M

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Goal: Visit All Michigan State Parks

I recently posted a list of 5 State Parks I really want to visit and that got me thinking about how cool it would be to be able to say I'd visited all of the State Parks in Michigan. While this might not be that feasible, I'm willing to try. Below is a list of all the State Parks in Michigan and next to them are the links to the blog post(s) about them.



The biggest thing I noticed when I was drafting this post is how many State Parks Michigan has. I thought I had been to quite a few, but that's simply not the case.

Upper Peninsula:


Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Twin Lakes State Park
McLain State Park
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park
Baraga State Park
Agate Falls Scenic Site
Bond Falls Scenic Site
Lake Gogebic State Park
Craig Lake State Park
Van Riper State Park
Bewabic State Park
Menominee River State Recreation Area
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park
Wagner Falls Scenic Site
Palms Book State Park
Indian Lake State Park
Fayette Historic State Park
Wells State Park
Muskallonge Lake State Park
Tahquamenon Falls State Park | 1
Brimley State Park
Lime Island State Recreation Area
Mackinac Island and Fort Mackinac Historic Park
Straits State Park
Father Marquette Memorial Scenic Site


Northern Michigan:


Colonial Michilimackinac Historic State Park
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park
Wilderness State Park
Cheboygan State Park
Aloha State Park
Petoskey State Park
Burt Lake State Park
Onaway State Park
Hoeft State Park
Fisherman's Island State Park
Leelanau State Park
Young State Park
Clear Lake State Park
Thompson's Harbor State Park
Rockport Recreation Area
Otsego Lake State Park
Negwegon State Park
Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park | 1 | 2
Hartwick Pines State Park
Sturgeon Point State Park
Harrisville State Park
Rifle River Recreation Area
Tawas Point State Park
North Higgins Lake State Park
South Higgins Lake State Park
Mitchell State Park
Tippy Dam Recreation Area
Orchard Beach State Park
Ludington State Park
Wilson State Park
Mears State Park
Silver Lake State Park
Interlochen State Park


Central/Mid Michigan:


Sleeper State Park
Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park
Port Crescent State Park
Bay City State Recreation Area
Sleepy Hollow State Park
Algonac State Park
Bald Mountain Recreation Area
Lakeport State Park
Maybury State Park


West Michigan:


Holland State Park | 1
Saugatuck Dunes State Park | 1
Grand Haven State Park | 1
Muskegon State Park
Van Buren State Park
Warren Dunes State Park
Warren Woods State Park
Grand Mere State Park
Bass River Recreation Area
Hoffmaster State Park
Newaygo State Park
Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park
Ionia State Recreation Area
Fort Custer Recreation Area
Yankee Springs Recreation Area
Duck Lake State Park
Coldwater Lake State Park


Southern Michigan:


Lake Hudson Recreation Area
Sterling State Park
Cambridge Junction Historic State Park
Hayes State Park
Meridian-Baseline State Park
Belle Isle Park
Brighton Recreation Area
Dodge #4 State Park
Highland Recreation Area
Holly Recreation Area
Island Lake Recreation Area
Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area
Ortonville Recreation Area
Pinckney Recreation Area
William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor
Waterloo Recreation Area
Seven Lakes State Park
Proud Lake Recreation Area
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area
Outdoor Adventure Center

Have any of you been to any of the parks above? What are your favorites? I need to start planning trips!

Shalom,

M

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Bathroom Inspo

When Beard and I were dating he bought a driftwood sailboat from Goodwill. Fast forward 4-ish years, and that little sailboat is sitting in the back of the toilet in our only bathroom. Sadly, I haven't done much of anything, when it comes to decorating, to the bathroom. Since we're renters, we can't paint or put holes in the walls, which rules out a lot of ideas. But I recently realized just how lame our bathroom actually is and decided a change needed to happen.

A coastal theme wouldn't be my first choice, but Beard really likes the idea (and his sailboat), so I looked into putting my spin on it.


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The most important thing to me as I started brainstorming this room was keeping it inexpensive. Beard and I are saving up for a house, so I knew I couldn't spend a lot on this room - especially if I want to do some work to other rooms, too. I settled on a basic budget of $25. 

Right now, my main concerns are getting some art up on the walls to make the room look a little more homey, so I think that's where most of the money will go. Almost everything will be a DIY of some sort except things like buying a new shower curtain (RIP the boho one I bought from World Market.) The bathroom doesn't have a window, so I want to keep things light and fresh. I'm hoping to incorporate some driftwood Beard and I have had for a long time into a simple gallery wall.

Other than that, I'm not sure what we'll do. The items above remind me of textures or colors I want to incorporate, but not necessarily items I'm planning on purchasing. I would love some greenery, possibly shells, linens and some rope/wicker textures.

As of right now, this inspo board is square #1. I'm excited to see how this room turns out!

Shalom,

M