Tuesday, June 30, 2009
One of our favorite shops in Sutton's Bay, we all love it! They have everything from Rugs to Baby gifts. My Mother In Law bought a beautiful Nantucket style basket filled with ivy, purple lavender and ribbons.
The shop is filled from top to bottom and their displays are so adorable it makes you want to redo every room in your home.
We loved these nesting baskets great for hauling clothes back and forth to the cottage or the beach, magazines, picnics as well as other uses.
Driving along the lakes around Northern Michigan you will notice all the address signs the owners have made and posted at the end of the driveways for friends and relatives to find their way. Some are very simple and others get very creative.
Most of the driveways are long and wind through the Michigan pine trees all the way down to the cottage nestled along the lake shore.
At last your destination!
Unload the car and get settled in for some piece and quiet.
Shopping in down town Traverse City, The Cherry Festival, watching the sunset and making somore's over the campfire ;)
Oh yes, and this trip we are heading off to wine country for some wonderful local made cheese and great wines.
Lake Leelanau, Michigan 2009
The first vacation for the summer is always exciting as we arrive at the lake.
The first thing you want to do is run down to the dock and stand over the water taking in all the fresh air and beautiful views you don't seem to find at home. Sleeping with the windows open listening to the water splash along the shoreline seems to lull you off to a much needed good nights sleep so you can dream about the first quaint little shop you will hit first thing in the morning during your shopping trip ;)
Then you wake up early!! For what ever reason, can't sleep in too excited. Make the coffee, the pot is taking too long! Sit on the edge of the porch over looking the water in the slight morning breeze listening to the birds and the wind chimes.
Could life get any better?
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Soon we will be running all over the Great Lakes of Michigan and their wonderful wine country!
I can't wait! Waking up to coffee on the deck over looking the beautiful lake Leelanau. I promise to take lots of photo's in all the quaint art and clothing shops. We can't wait to get our hands on some Sisson's fresh baked bread and their wonderful dips. Fish town has the worlds best smoke whitefish dip..... it's making me hungry thinking about it :)
Golf is in the plan, winery tours, Black Star Farms cheese... yummo! Oh yes and The Fourth Of July Fireworks on the beach.
Life can't get any better :)
Monday, June 22, 2009
A story set in the vineyards in Napa Valley
Surfing through my Blog Reads I came across this review from:
It sounded interesting so we added on Netflix that same day. We were very thrilled that it came up as an instant selection.
It is based on the true story of Napa Valley struggling to get California wines on the map. This will happen if Napa wines wines win the blind tasting against the French.
It is a great movie filled with many, many wonderful actors: Bill Pullman, Alan Rickman, Chris Pine and Rachael Taylor. If you are a wine buff you will appreciate this one!
We loved learning about Napa's history of their struggle to keep from losing the vineyards
due to the French ruling the wine market, but in 1976 on our historical Birthday things take a big turn for our country.
I highly recommend this one! Loved it :)
Friday, June 19, 2009
Two new fun summer nail polish colors that my Tween Chloe' loves:
New York Color, Long-Wearing Nail Enamel in two great shades.
Fuchsia Shock Creme #111A
Pink Promenade Creme #109A
I love them also! Looks wonderful with tan legs and the colors scream Summer Fun!
Posted by Karen at 7:53 AM
Thursday, June 18, 2009
A great product find! Minx Nail Coverings! Apparently you can forget the polish and get Minx ed. The overlay comes in tons of designs everything from Gold, Silver, Plaid, Alligator to Polka Dots.
Love it! And it lasts four to six weeks, even better. So far only available in Salon's. To find a Salon near you go to http://minxnails.com/ and check it out.
Updated their website sorry all :)
Posted by Karen at 6:57 AM
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Here is a list of things for your kids to do to make Father's Day more special:
- Make Dad breakfast in bed
- Homemade Photo Album
- Homemade Cards
- Take Dad out for breakfast
- Take Dad out to dinner
- Gift certificate for a massage
- A new shirt
- Take Dad fishing
- Cook Dad a steak on the grill
- Take Dad golfing
- Go to a baseball game
- Give lots of hugs
- Clean the garage for Dad
- Wash Dads car
- Mow the lawn for Dad
- Bake Dad a cake
- Bake cupcakes for Dad
- Take Dad to the Dairy Queen for ice cream
Make Dad feel special on his special day. Nothing is better than sharing this special day with the ones you love!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
We are currently reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. The #1 New York Times Bestseller:
About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him --
and I didn't know how dominant that part might be --
that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably
in love with him.
Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, TWILIGHT is a
love story with a bite.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
You can find super deals for your favorite fashions by shopping the over stock and close out stores!
I found this great Maxi Dress for $19.99 at TJ Max store. It is made well, very stylish and the best part it was at least 75% off the retail price.
I also picked up so long stretch tank tops at a steal. I found them in every color for just $4.00. I thought I got a deal from Nordstrom last year! Everyone needs the basics in their wardrobe. Solid color tanks are a staple and can be worn under almost anything.
So check out your Marshall's or TJ Max for great money saving deals today! Go ahead ask the Manager when the trucks come in, they will tell you. I picked out my great finds right off the rack while they were unloading them :)
"No Lice here!"
Lice hanging around your child's school? It is at ours! Yes the last couple days of school and it's going around like wildfire!
I use this product on my kids. Lice Free Zone Leave In Conditioner.
- It REPELS Lice & other insects naturally from hair.
- Infused with Tea Tree & Andiroba Oils.
- Moisturizes and De tangles
- Kid friendly Lavender scent!
You can find it online at Circle of Friends site: http://www.cofbath.com/
Check it out today! They also have other products available. I have been using this for the last three years and we have not had a case of lice yet!
Happy Summer :)
Friday, June 5, 2009
I am going to take these things in this box and transform them into Gal's Night Out Party on the patio tonight! I'm getting out the fire pit and we will even have somores! The weather is going to be sunny all day warming up to a brilliant 75 degrees by 4:00.
I will post the finished party scene and show you what you can do with some flowers, sterling cups, fun paper products and candles!
We are going to welcome Summer!
OKAY! I'm back this is what you can do:
Set up your bar area. I choose a out of the way spot to break it up a bit. By adding lighting
in the trees and candles it set the tone as the sun set.
Set your bar with only a few choice drinks, I made pitchers of White Sangria (found in my recipe box Click here for link to my site: Karen B's Cooking Made Easy! or http://karenbcookingmadeeasy.blogspot.com/ ) filled some glasses with fruit for garnish. Ice bucket and wine cooler with ice, two liqueurs for martini's and a couple mixers. Here I used one type of glass for everything. I stocked at least glasses per person.
Adding greenery, flowers and candles to the buffet adds a special touch.
My Co-Hostess Kim and our first guest of the evening Kristen.
Posted by Karen at 5:22 AM