Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Enjoying the Daily Grind

Recently I've been on a reading kick, and I've discovered Jennifer L. Scott's two books about Madame Chic. I have a lot of respect for the advice she gives and have started applying it immediately! It has made such a difference these past two weeks.

I donated 4 bags of old, outworn, or ill-fitted clothing, created a better household budget with my husband, got rid of clutter around the house, and have started sitting down at the table to thoroughly enjoy my meals with music and no distractions. I have also been trying to live a bit slower, really taking my time with my daily activities, even mundane tasks like emptying the dishwasher can become more enjoyable when you live with purpose, contentment, and thankfulness. 

So often I hear of people hating their daily activities, waiting for the weekend. I've realized this is not the attitude that I want to have! It is so important to choose to make the majority of your days enjoyable, not just two days out of the week! It reminds me of my old post about not saving your beautiful clothes for only special occasions. It's so important to live now! Your daily life IS the event and we could all use a little reminder of that sometimes :)

I can't recommend her books to you enough. They were easy reads, enjoyable, and practical.

Hope everyone is having a great week! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Beauty Inspiration

Fall Beauty Inspiration

It's really beginning to feel like fall now and I wanted to share some of my recent beauty inspirations. It's always fun to switch things up with the seasons and these are the products and looks I've been loving.

1. smoked out navy liner
2. Essie polish in Bahama Mama - the most gorgeous deep plum
3. half up messy buns
4. Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana. not your typical fall fragrance. this is light, exuberant, with a dash of warmth
5. the perfect 90's lip combo - Rimmel lip liner in eastend snob with Kate lipstick in 08. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Prep for a Fake Tan: Update! My New Self-Tanning How To

My original self tanning post can be found HERE and it's actually still super useful, so don't think its not relevant! But I wanted to share a few new products and tips with you to ensure your self-tanning goes perfectly without the common mistakes/giveaways. You want to look sun-kissed, not orange with funky hands and wrists!

Read more after the jump!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Inspired Lately

Inspired Lately
Peachy paint tones, disconnecting from technology, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Boxwood, waking up early, Canadian tuxedos forever, fawns, silky underthings, black&tan, and this song.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bee Swarm

My bees have swarmed.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't very bummed out about it. I wish I had caught them in the act so I could have done something. If you don't know what a swarm is, it essentially means that my hive got too crowded and 50-60% decided to pack up, along with the queen and find a new home. This usually happens in Spring or early Summer, but my bees decided to very late in the game.

My bees are currently raising a new queen, so hopefully everything works out and they can get their numbers and strength back up before fall. Just cross your fingers for me that she comes back to the hive after her first mating flight! I feel that the chances of them making it through winter are pretty low, which isn't easy to type on here. I will be hoping for the best while preparing for the worst by giving them lots of help and making some changes with the ventilation in my hive.

This hobby involves a lot of learning from mistakes and experience. Sometimes it can be very difficult to read the hive for a newbie and sometimes things can simply be out of your hands. That's mother nature I suppose.
I still absolutely love it and will continue with learning.

Wish my ladies luck!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Date Night: The Sardine Room

Last night Nathan and I decided to check out The Sardine Room. Not sure why we haven't been before since it's right down the street and definitely our style of dining, but what better way to brighten up a Monday? We strolled into town and had a wonderful meal and plentiful cocktails!
(sorry about the photo quality - super low lighting)
We kicked it off with drinks - Nathan had a "Rosemary's Baby" made with hangar one vodka, lime, rosemary infused simple syrup, and sparkling water. I got the Tarragon Lemonade or two -  plymouth gin, st. germaine, a generous bit of lemon, simple syrup, and tarragon soda. We both decided we liked mine best, and will definitely be recreating it soon! 
 Then we selected two items off the "raw" portion of the menu. Of course, the shrimp is cooked! but it was in that category. We got a half dozen west coast oysters and the B.A. shrimp cocktail served with extra spicy atomic cocktail sauce. It has actual grated horseradish on the top - soooo good. I'm excited to try east coast oysters next round ;) they're known for being a bit brinier and less sweet. 
For the main meal we shared three small plates. Crawfish hushpuppies with red hot honey and coleslaw, to die for pan-seared scallops atop pork belly confit with hollandaise and pickled onion - majorly decadent. and my absolutely favorite item, seriously considering getting just this as my meal next time - roasted bone marrow with salsa verde on toasted baguette. If there's one thing I can say about Fiamma, Comparis, and now The Sardine Room - they all know how to cook a damn fine scallop. 

Definitely going back! Especially since they offer happy hour on drinks and oysters if you sit at the bar. What could be more fun than drinking PBR, shucking oysters, and stumbling home with friends? Nothing. that's what! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Midsummer Regroup

Summer has seemed to pass me by completely without any documentation of it's events!
So now that we're a little past midsummer (not technically, but summers are a bit shorter here), I'm regrouping and trying live in a more focused and purposeful manner. So far we've had visits with the bees, we've attended Bonnaroo, had many family gatherings, game nights with friends, and every bit of it has gone almost completely undocumented. I suppose with the hustle and bustle of last summer I needed a break from the camera! 

Here's what we will be up to the rest of the summer and I hope to clue you all in a bit more!

We're lucky enough to be attending two weddings this summer, a much slower pace than last year, and I'll be sure to take lots of pictures at each!

More visits with the bees which I hope to make some videos of using the Go-Pro

Trips Upnorth with family and friends - boat rides, wake boarding, toasty marshmallows, ice cold beer, book reading, and relaxing

Walks into downtown for dinner, ice cream, people watching

Attending Church more often

A trip to Traverse City - for one of the weddings, but also to celebrate our 1 year anniversary! We're hoping to visit some wineries, spend time with friends, have a few romantic dinners, and just chill for a long weekend. 

and I'm sure much more! 
I'll keep ya posted ;)

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Visit with the Bees

 The Bees have been busy!
As you can see there is lots of action happening. Funny comb formations (they'll get the hang of it ;)), capped combs and lots of babies! It was a perfect spontaneous visit with them. I didn't get a picture of the queen but I will be sure to next time. 
What are you up to this weekend? Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have fun!
We are headed up north after work so we should be getting everything ready for summer, making fires, boating and getting tan! Should be a good time, as always.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Morning Installation

"I dreamt - marvelous error! that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures." - Antonio Machado
This past Saturday evening, Nathan and I drove to Holland, Michigan to pick up my bee box. I purchased a 3 lb package with a marked queen, meaning they put a dot of color on her to make her more easily visible when you inspect the hive. Don Lam offers a great price if you're in the market - $98.00. Off we went with 12,000-15,000 bees! 

They stayed warm in the garage overnight and on Sunday morning we went to install them.
This year, I opted to keep them at a family friend's home instead of the pumpkin patch. It will be easier to visit on my own hours, instead of worrying about whether I'll be bothering pumpkin pickers come fall. 

Here's a video of the morning, if you'd like to see


Thursday, April 24, 2014

St. Kitt's Vacation and Travel Guide

St. Kitt's was a wonderful and relaxing place to visit!
Most people I talked to had never heard of the island, but it's actually the first to be discovered by Christopher Columbus, in case you wanted a little history fact 

Here are some ideas of what to do once you arrive, which are all from a handy power point that the condo owner had for us! & a video of our trip :)


This was a little bar/restaurant on "the strip" 
They had awesome rum punch, topped with nutmeg - which is very common here and I wish they did this everywhere!
I had the jerk ribs and shrimp and they were both awesome. 
Very very casual - as are all restaurants along the strip. We sat at a picnic table right along the water.

Sunset Cafe at Timothy Beach
Also on the strip - I recommend this place for breakfast. The coconut pancakes were really good and the bacon was prime. We sat underneath the roof to avoid the sun, which is very strong in St. Kitts. 

Sprat Net
This is considered a can't miss, according to many people. I didn't have the chance to go on our trip, due to our schedule, but people love this little spot! Nothing fancy on the menu but you get mountains of food.

Ship Wreck Bar and Grill
This place had live music, tons and tons of monkeys, and a great atmosphere!

Mr. X's Shiggidy Shack
If you're on the island, you'll be asked a million times if you're going to this place for Thursday!
It had great jerk chicken and a fire dancer! It was a can't miss spot for sure :) 

Spice Mill
This is one of the more upscale places we went to for our trip. This is one place where I'd dress up a bit more! The atmosphere was really lovely and relaxing, with great views. It's a bit pricey but good food. Be ready for a very leisurely pace, they don't rush things at this restaurant. 

This is St. Kitts' equivalent to Starbucks. 
We went here most mornings to get our iced coffee and bagel sandwich fix!
They were often out of ingredients to make their menu items, which we found odd. But hey, I never had a problem finding an alternative and I need my coffee! :)


The Lion Rock at Cockleshell Bay
This was by far my favorite beach spot.
Very authentic and nothing fancy, but you get right up to the water, it's not crowded, and they have awesome prices. Try the rum punch and watch some people play dominos! The food was also abundant and delicious and I got a complimentary aloe rub, haha.

If an upscale beach setting is more your thing, try this place!
Very beautiful with an extensive wine list. Very nice beach chairs and umbrellas. We didn't personally go here, but were told it can be crowded so get there early. 

Things to do

Excursions through The Marriott
We set up two different activities through The Marriott, which I'd recommend doing since they make it so easy! We didn't stay at the Marriott, but they were a short walk for us and very helpful.

Full day catamaran tour: This is a must in my opinion!
It was from 9-5 and we got unlimited drinks, went snorkeling, had a delicious lunch, got to see Nevis and lay on the beach there, and had a wonderful ride home and got to see whales! This actually saved us money for the day - it was such a bargain! The rum punch and Carib made it well worth it!

Zip lining: We opted for the half-day zip line, which ended up being a bit of a disappointment. Keep in mind they count your first "practice" line as an actual line! Still had a nice time but I think I'd say do the full-day tour or just don't bother and go zip lining on a different tropical vacation! 

Scenic Railway Tour: It's a bit expensive - $90 per person. This did sound really great though and I wish we had the time to do it! Plan ahead because cruisers like to do this. 


- Pack wayyyyyy to much sunscreen. Once you're here, they know you don't have a choice and it's insanely pricey. $18 USD for 8 ounces of No-Ad. I mean it's legit insane.

- Pack hats. The UV index has this place off the charts for sun strength. I got burned on my scalp and had to quickly buy a hat to protect myself. This has never really happened to me anywhere else I've been! 

- Enjoy! This place is so relaxing. Kick back and enjoy yourself and eat lots of ribs for me! ;)