Monthly Favorites: June 2018

Monthly Favorites: June 2018

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! 

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A Weekend Stay at Graduate Ann Arbor

A Weekend Stay at Graduate Ann Arbor

This weekend my husband and I were invited to stay as guests at the Graduate in Ann Arbor, MI. Although we didn't go to the University of Michigan, we still root for the maize and blue, so getting an invitation to check out the hotel and spend some time in the heart of Ann Arbor was something that we couldn't pass up. My husband had visited Ann Arbor with his friends a lot while he was in college, so he was more familiar with the city when we visited than I was, which proved to be helpful as we walked around and explored. He pointed out all the hot spots that he and his friends used to visit and we discovered some new places along the way as we spent the afternoon downtown. Read on to learn more about Ann Arbor and why you need to stay at Graduate when you visit! 

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Enjoying Summertime with Cool Cocktails and Fresh Foods

Enjoying Summertime with Cool Cocktails and Fresh Foods

One of my favorite parts about summer - aside from the warm weather and sunny days - is trying new foods and drinks. Whether they’re seasonal or not, my husband and I are big fans of picking up new products at the grocery store and having our very own at-home taste tests. Although we can't get enough of our favorite summer staples like watermelon, corn on the cob and salad (everything from pasta salad and potato salad to fresh garden salads), we’re always open to trying new things.

On warm summer nights we love to eat dinner on our patio in the backyard after work. It's a great way for us to spend some time outside and catch up with each other after a long day. It’s great to sit at our table, enjoy the warm breeze and enjoy a delicious meal together.

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The H Hotel: Modern Luxury in Midland, Michigan

The H Hotel: Modern Luxury in Midland, Michigan

During the last weekend in April my husband and I were invited to stay at The H Hotel in downtown Midland, Michigan. The H Hotel is part of Dolce Hotels and Resorts, which is a part of the Wyndham Hotel Group. As a travel blogger, I love to explore new places and check out different hotels, so I knew this was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

Prior to visiting The H Hotel for our overnight stay, I had been to Midland a few times, but I had never visited the downtown area, so I was excited to spend a little bit of time in this quaint town and see everything it had to offer. Midland is part of the Great Lakes Bay Region – a region in Michigan that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Flint, Birch Run, Chesaning and Frankenmuth. The area offers plenty of things to do such as outdoor activities, shopping and farmer’s markets.

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The Perfect Candles for any Gift-Giving Occasion

The Perfect Candles for any Gift-Giving Occasion

If you had to pick your favorite scent, what would it be? When you stop and think about it, that’s a pretty tough question to answer. For me, so many scents are tied to memories so it’s hard to narrow it down and pick just one.

Personally, I love the smell of Lily of the Valley flowers (if you haven’t seen or heard of Lily of the Valley, they’re little white bell-shaped flowers). I remember picking these in my grandparent’s backyard. My grandpa loved gardening, so he would always tell me about his different flowers and plants.

Since I enjoy fresh floral scents, I gravitate toward those types of smells when I’m picking out perfumes and candles. Before I go to work each day, I spritz on a little perfume before I walk out the door. It’s always such a compliment when my coworkers tell me that I smell good or when they ask what type of perfume I’m wearing. Whenever I’m home, I love to have a candle burning while I’m relaxing or working on blog-related tasks. There’s something so soothing about burning a candle and letting the aroma fill the air.

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Getting Ready for the New Year in PinkBlush's Navy Floral Chiffon Fitted Dress

Getting Ready for the New Year in PinkBlush's Navy Floral Chiffon Fitted Dress

Merry Christmas, everyone! Wishing you all a fantastic holiday filled with lots of love and laughter. I'm spending the day with my husband's side of the family. We'll be eating a delicious Christmas brunch (featuring my husband's delicious homemade cinnamon rolls), opening gifts and then relaxing a bit before dinner. I love this time of year because it allows me to get dressed up for so many fun occasions. From holiday parties at work to Christmas eve church service and then New Year's Eve on the 31st, there's always something to look forward to during the last few weeks of December. 

As I've gotten older, I've become more selective when it comes to asking for gifts and presents. Since I'm almost always on my phone or my computer, I've definitely been converted to an online shopper. I bought more than 95% of my gifts for others this year online. It's just so convenient to browse around and find the perfect thing - whether it be a piece of clothing, a new gadget or something for your home - without ever having to step foot in a mall or department store. 

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6 Must-Have Winter Home Essentials

6 Must-Have Winter Home Essentials

Brrrrr! Winter weather is officially here! Living in the Midwest, I'm used to having all four seasons throughout the year and I'm no stranger to cold and snowy winters. As much as I love the snow and the pretty scenery this time of year, I wish I could go into hibernation mode and just wake up during the Spring. If only, right?!  With snow, ice and cold temps in the forecast for the next few months, I wanted to round up my favorite products and put together a post containing all the winter essentials you need for your home to stay comfortable and cozy this upcoming winter. Read on to see my picks!

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Tasty Treats from Chewy.com

Tasty Treats from Chewy.com

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a huge dog lover. Big dogs, small dogs, young dogs and old dogs - I love them all! Dogs have been a part of my family ever since I was a baby and over the years I've had several different furry friends. Having a loyal companion to spend time with and come home to everyday is honestly the best. I'm definitely the type of person who likes to spoil their pets and make sure that they're happy and well taken care of. 

Back when my husband and I were dating he got a white Labrador Retriever puppy. I remember driving with him to pick up the pup and as soon as we saw him (along with all of his brothers and sisters) we instantly fell in love with him. We decided to name him Oakley and we've been spoiling him ever since.

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