There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Now that the holidays are inching closer and closer, I’ve been doing everything I can to prep for this festive season. I’ve been wrapping presents like crazy (my wrapping paper, scissors, tape and gift labels never leave my side during the month of December), tying up end-of-year tasks at my day job and decorating my house so it reflects a little Christmas cheer.

I love this time of year. It’s such a special time and for me, the magic of the holidays hasn’t been lost. I know a lot of people that are indifferent about all the festivities that occur during December, but it’s always been a season that I look forward to.

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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa: The Best Place for a Fall Getaway in Northern Michigan

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa: The Best Place for a Fall Getaway in Northern Michigan

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and the holidays are right around the corner, it’s time for me to reflect on all of the fun that I’ve had this past fall. In my opinion there’s nothing more beautiful than seeing the leaves change colors each fall in Michigan. It’s one of my favorite parts of being a Michigander. I’m so lucky to live in a state that experiences all four seasons. The Mitten State has warm summers, crisp falls, cold winters and mild springs, so there are plenty of things to look forward as each season changes.

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How I Set My Thanksgiving Table with Santa Margherita

How I Set My Thanksgiving Table with Santa Margherita

Fall is in full swing and Thanksgiving has come and gone! This past holiday, my husband and I celebrated with his side of the family. Everyone in his family is spread out across the U.S., so it was nice to be together and spend quality time with one another. One of my favorite things about holiday gatherings is picking out the place settings and table décor. Leading up to Thanksgiving, I was brainstorming ways to decorate the table for this year’s Thanksgiving and I have some great ideas to share with you for your next Thanksgiving. Aside from setting the table with autumn-inspired décor, one of the most important things I decide on each year is the type of wine that my family and I will toast with. Before the Thanksgiving meal is served, it’s always great to have a toast, say “cheers” and clink glasses with those around the table.

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Taking in the Fall Colors with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC

Taking in the Fall Colors with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC

As much as I hate saying goodbye to summer, I do look forward to watching the leaves change colors every autumn. In Michigan, we have several different shades of red, orange and yellow leaves. Some trees are more vibrant than others, but when you look at the fallen leaves on the ground or a cluster of trees next to each other, the colors are so pretty that you’d think that they were straight from a painting.

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Five No Fuss Foods To Try This Fall

Five No Fuss Foods To Try This Fall

I used to be a pretty picky eater, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself branching out and trying more new foods. I don’t like to eat the same things over and over, so having a variety of food on hand in my refrigerator and in my pantry definitely helps to mix things up and ensure that my husband and I are enjoying different meals each week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

My friends at Babbleboxx recently sent me an assortment of no fuss foods to try out this fall. Each product in this blog post is bold, flavorful and made with ingredients that are good for you. From RAGÚ® Simply Chunky Marinara Pasta Sauce to Red Diamond Medium Roast Classic Blend Coffee, you’re bound to find something in this blog post that will delight your taste buds.

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My Favorite Fall Drink Recipes + Capresso MT900 Coffee Maker and froth TEC Automatic Milk Frother Review

My Favorite Fall Drink Recipes + Capresso MT900 Coffee Maker and froth TEC Automatic Milk Frother Review

Happy National Coffee Day! As a way to celebrate, I thought it would be fitting to have a blog post dedicated to coffee today. My husband and I love to experiment with different coffee-inspired drinks and we’re always looking for opportunities to try new blends and recipes. As much as we like to sip on coffee, we’re not afraid to switch things up and add in different flavors like chocolate, vanilla, caramel or frothed milk.

My friends from Capresso sent me their MT900 coffee maker and the froth TEC Automatic Milk Frother. Both of these are must-have products for any coffee lover (the Holidays are coming up, so make sure to keep these in mind for any coffee fans on your list). From a design standpoint, they’re very sleek and modern (both the MT900 and the froth TEC have stainless steel exteriors) and they don’t take up too much counter space. I’m going to highlight the features on both of these products and then I’ll share some great drink recipes that you can make with them later on in this blog post.

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The Perfect Headphones for Any Music or Entertainment Lover

The Perfect Headphones for Any Music or Entertainment Lover

Studying, traveling, commuting, working, watching a TV show or movie - theses are all times when someone might wear headphones, right? For me, I wear headphones most often when I’m traveling. If I’m going to sit on a long flight, I like to watch a movie or a TV show to help pass the time. Earlier this month, my husband and I went on a trip to Germany (full recap and travel guide coming to the blog soon). In total, we traveled for just over 16 hours round trip. For the majority of the flight we had headphones on and the entire time I kept thinking of how I needed to get headphones that were more comfortable and provided better sound quality.

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How My State is Working to End Homelessness

How My State is Working to End Homelessness

If you’ve been following along with my blog for a while, you know that I moved around a lot growing up and that I’ve lived in different places, but Michigan has always been the place that I call home. I might be biased, but I am a huge fan of this state and I love everything that it has to offer. As a Michigander, I get to experience all four seasons, enjoy great local foods and drinks from small businesses and restaurants in my area and explore all the natural beauty across the lower and upper peninsulas.

I feel so lucky to live and work in this state and to have a roof over my head every night. Being a young millennial homeowner in Michigan is empowering and exciting. Over the past few years, I have learned a lot about homeownership and what it takes to turn a house into a home. Owning a home is an exciting journey – it not only keeps you on your toes and presents new challenges, but it offers you a space to gather with loved ones and celebrate life’s special moments.

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