I’ve been lucky enough to travel within the U.S. and outside of the U.S., but there are still several cities and states that I haven’t visited yet. I find inspiration on places to visit by talking to family and friends, researching online, browsing on social media and by reading about destinations in magazines and books. One of my favorite things to do each year is to create a list of cities that I want to visit. Since getting married, I’ve included in husband in this yearly ritual and we work together to figure out which destinations we want to visit together.Read More
If there's one thing you should know about me it's that I love to travel and be on the go! Going on vacation and exploring new places is so exciting for me. Whether I'm gearing up for a relaxing and laid back beach vacation or jetting off to explore a new city, I have my tried and true packing process and I always have my necessities on hand so that I'm never caught in a new place without my essentials.
Since I grew up traveling, I can pack a suitcase faster than you could imagine. I've been able to get a good grip on what types of bags to pack all my belongings in whether I'm heading somewhere for a day trip or an extended two-week vacay. Since I do a lot of packing (and unpacking) when I go on trips, I thought it would be a good idea to round up four of my favorite bags to travel with. I own all of these products and I can't wait to tell you all about them!Read More
Owning a home and having a place of your own to take care of is one of the best feelings. A house doesn’t have to just be a roof over your head – it can be so much more than that. It can be a place where you make memories with family and friends, a place you put your own decorative spin on to reflect your personal style and a place that feels more comfortable than anywhere else. When you have all those things, that is, in my opinion, when a house is truly a home.
Growing up, I moved around a lot due to my parents’ jobs. They both worked in the automotive industry and were often transferred to different areas within the U.S. and even in Canada. It seems like we bounced around a lot since we moved back and forth to Michigan several times. In between our moves to and from the Great Lakes State, my family and I lived in Missouri for four years and in Ontario, Canada for one year.Read More
It's hard to believe that back to school season is right around the corner. When I was heading into my freshman year of college, one of the biggest decisions that I had to make was the type of laptop that I was going to get. There are so many things to consider when purchasing a laptop – performance, size, battery life, the display, the operating system and more. I recently came across the HP Envy x360 Laptop and I couldn’t believe how many cool features it includes.Read More
Over the week of the Fourth of July, my husband and I headed up to Northern Michigan for a week of fun in the sun. My parents have a house on a large lake, so we couldn’t wait to get to their place so we could go swimming, ride jetskis and just relax. We ended up taking the whole week off of work to celebrate the Fourth and my husband’s birthday, so it was really nice to get away and spend time with family.
There is so much to do and see in Northern Michigan, so I knew that we were going to be on the go a lot during our week-long vacation. Between the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City (which takes place during the week of the Fourth) and visiting wineries on Old Mission peninsula, our family had a jam-packed itinerary with lots of activities planned each day.Read More
I'm generally a pretty healthy person and I'm lucky enough to only get sick a few times a year, if that. I try to eat a healthy diet, exercise multiple times per week and drink water. Although I have a good routine down when it comes to health and fitness, I can quickly go from feeling normal and healthy to sick and tired if I end up catching something like the common cold or even when my period rolls around each month.
When I'm at home, I can just reach into my medicine cabinet and pull out whatever I need to take to alleviate my symptoms, but when I'm at work, traveling or just on the go, I have to rely on the pill box that I keep in my purse. It’s not like I’m a walking pharmacy, but I do like to have any type of medication that I might need on me if something happens while I’m away from home. Read on to see what medications I always carry in my purse!Read More
Living in Michigan, I grew up around water. There are lakes all over the place in my home state, so spending time near the water is something my family and I enjoy. My parents have a house on a lake and we always spend time there during long summer weekends or holidays. It's so much fun to go swimming, jet skiing, boating and to just watch the waves crash into the shore. If the weather is nice, you can usually find us down by the water having some fun in the sun.
Since we spend so much time by the lake, I thought I'd write a blog post that rounds up my must haves for a day at the lake. Read on to see what I recommend to have on hand when you're by the water.Read More
What a month June was! This summer is off to a nice start and I've been enjoying all of the warm weather we've been having lately. It's been such a great summer season already - the flowers are blooming like crazy, the days are full of sunshine and warms temps...there's really not much to complain about!
Although June was great, I'm excited to see what July has in store. My husband and I have plans to spend the 4th of July up in Northern Michigan with my family, so we're really looking forward to that. It's nice to disconnect a little bit over long holiday weekends and catch up with the people who matter most!
In today's blog post, I'm covering a few of my favorite things from this past June. Read on to see my picks!Read More