Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Traverse City State Park

This is part one in a three part series of Beard and I's trip to Traverse City over my birthday weekend. You can read the other two installments here: two & three
After Beard and I went to the Third Eye Blind concert we packed up the camper for our inaugural camping trip as a married couple! It was also the first time we've taken out the camper since we bought it. Setting it up was a little stressful, simply because it was the first time - but once we got the hang of it, it was smooth sailing.

The awesome thing about this camp ground is that it's right next store to the beach. We walked across the street to throw a frisbee around, but ended up watching the sunset, too.

Our camper isn't anything to write home about, but man do I love it. I grew up camping in tents and the family pop up so I love being in ours. It really takes me back, you know? Now we just need to get some bikes so we can tool around the campground like all the cool kids.

On our way out of town we stopped by Old Mission Point, which is where we got engaged, to check it out. The was a lot more water this time than the last time (you can see those photos here) and it was a little odd. Still beautiful, though!

Bottom line? We love Traverse City and will probably go there every year. It's fun that this is where we got engaged, and we really enjoy the city in general.
Photos by: Margeaux Cotton | Photos edited by: Margeaux Cotton

June Mixtape

1. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
2. Have You Forgotten - Red House Painters
3. Human Race - Three Days Grace
4. Your Love Is A Song - Switchfoot
5. The Best I Ever Had - The Swellers
6. Walking On Sunshine - Katrina And The Waves
7. Via Salutis - Mosquito Fleet
8. Simple Desire - All Mankind
9. A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black And White - Underoath
This month I noticed myself being a little all over the board - from The Smiths to Underoath, I really enjoyed this different assortment of songs. What were you listening to?

Monday, June 29, 2015

4th Of July MagicCool Firework Favors

It get's hot in Michigan during the summer, but we don't like to let that slow us down! That's where MagicCool comes in. It's perfect for staying cool on hot days - so I thought it would be great for a 4th Of July project!

You Will Need:
Red, White & Blue tissue paper
Happy 4th Of July Printable

Print out the 4th Of July graphic and cut out how ever many you need. Stay one layer of year color tissue paper on top of each other, roll the MagicCool up and secure the ends with twine. I cut the ends of mine to make it look more like a firework. Tape on the graphic and BOOM! It's a "cool" firework!

These are perfect to have in a basket ready and waiting for all of your guests at your next party!

MagicCool is perfect for any situation where you know you're going to be warm. Perfect for just a normal day outside or when you run a marathon. It is machine washable and anti-microbial. It comes in 8 different colors and 2 different styles.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

4th Of July Host(ess) Gifts – 3 Ways

The older I get the more I like to host parties at my house. I love having groups of friends and family over for a good cookout or game night. But if I'm not the Hostess of the gathering, I've been trying to get into the habit of bringing a gift to whoever is. I only have 2 rules that I use when I'm picking out a gift of this kind; 1) make it practical & 2) wrap it up nice. I have chosen 3 different practical gifts to give to the Host(ess) at your 4th Of July party this year.

You will need:
Aldi's Mango Moscato (seasonal)
Kitchen Towel
Americana Graphic (you can find this on Canva for free!)
1. Kitchen Towel
This gift is perfect because it doesn't take up a lot of space and it's always helpful. I bought Americana inspired ones at our local dollar store, Keegstras. For such a low cost, you could buy several! Then I rolled them up and added a tag and bow. Boom, 5 minutes and you're done!

2. Beer/Cider
I know a lot of people bring wine as gifts to parties, but can we just give a quick shout out to wine's less classy brother? K, good. Class up your gift by bringing a local beer, or go even more over the top with a mead or a cider. If you don't want to bring something local, just maybe steer clear of a 30 case of Labatt Light. ;) I grabbed this 6 pack at Aldi, added a tag and served up a delicious gift!

3. Wine
Ah yes, the tried and true Host(ess) staple. It's hard for me to know what kind of wine is the best gift. I mean, people like so many different things! I stuck with something I loved, that way if they asked about it I could talk about what made it delicious. Seems like a safe route, right? I wrapped the wine 2 different ways.
# 1; add a tag and a bow. Done.

# 2; wrap the kitchen towel around the bottle and secure with twine and add a tag!

What's your favorite of these 3 ideas? I think I'm partial to the kitchen towel, only because I'M ALWAYS IN NEED OF NEW KITCHEN TOWELS!

What about you guys? Do you bring gifts for the Host(ess)? I would love to know what your staple is!

Friday, June 26, 2015

5 Things

I'm loving these 5 things this week...

1. A great article about working mothers!
2. I'm finally getting around to organizing pictures from our roadtrip last year in one place.
3. I would love to install this in our future studio.
4. I want this bathroom, but most of all I want those plants I can't kill.
5. Still need to read this book!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Simple Shrimp Pasta

This simple shrimp and pasta dish is perfect for summer! I can whip it up in about 20 minutes and since it's a cold pasta dish, leftovers taste wonderful! This recipe is extremely low maintenance and is a "season to taste" for almost all of the ingredients.
You'll need:
Olive Oil - 2 Tbsp
Angle Hair Pasta (uncooked) - 4 oz
Cooked Shrimp (thawed)
Garlic Powder or Flakes
Salt & Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes

Cook and drain pasta. Let cool while you prep your shrimp. Mix pasta, shrimp, oil and spices together in bowl. Serves 2.
I know, I know... it really is TOO EASY! But that's what I love about cooking. It doesn't have to be this crazy meal that you slaved hours over. Don't you want to enjoy eating dinner AND still have your sanity? Me too. Enjoy!

Friday, June 19, 2015

5 Things

Time for another round of 5 Things I Love...

1. Of course, Regina is once again being awesome.
2. This Nifty Earth will be in a new retail space at Not So Shabby in Holland, MI. We're so excited!
3. I want to make a million of these little guys.
4. I can't wait till I have a garden that produces enough food to can.
5. The best way to make your leggings into an outfit.

Friday, June 12, 2015

5 Things

1. I love Elise's instagram feed.
2. I can't wait to make this salad sometime soon.
3. Love finding new women that are excelling in their fields!
4. We have a Hot Air Balloon Festival next month!
5. I've had this book for a while, but I'm excited to start really adding more pictures to our home.

First Tigers Game of the Season!

Beard works at an engineering company in Zeeland, and this year they decided to forego several family events throughout the year and replace it with one big trip. Employees families were all invited to an overnight stay in Detroit that included a tour of the Ford Rouge manufacturing plant and a Detroit Tigers game. We took buses across the state on Saturday, toured the plant, caught a afternoon Tigers game and took the buses back on Sunday. I'm sure I don't have to say it, but it was a total blast! Beard took some awesome photos while we were there that I wanted to share with you!

I was really excited to get some pictures of our favorite players AND it was a bonus that this happened to be JV's first game of the season. We lost, but we made some fun memories and got some awesome photos that will go nicely in one of our albums when I get around to printing them. :)