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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Back Pack Essentials: Middle School Boys Edition

Wow, Summer is almost gone....My son has been staying with his dad for half the Summer in Colorado, meanwhile I have been picking up extra shifts saving for our last Summer trip. Michigan goes back later then most other US states {not complaining}, so now everyone is in full swing back to school buying. Wanted to share how my 12 year old backpacks packed for the new school year and some essentials that he loves and uses daily in his school.
Wanted to share our backpack this year, it was time to get rid of the kiddy elementary backpack from last year {solar system backpack} and get him one that was a little more grown up. I say this through tears. So I found this one here, combining his favorite brand + colors.
So I went off of what was primarily in his backpack for last year and went with it, this year he was required his first trapper keeper {I didn't even realize people still called it that}. They don't. It's called a zipper binder. Jeez I feel old. I found one on Amazon, they also carry them at Meijer's if you have one. The one I purchased was a 2" ring binder with a option too add books into a X slot on top. This will carry all his subjects, papers, pens etc.

So this is his new setup, below you will find more essentials that he loves and uses, my son is in 6th grade.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

5 Things teachers really want for gifts.

I'm lucky to know, several teachers and was itching to ask them the question. "What do you really want for teacher appreciation week?" Can't wait to share what the number one response was, as well as other popular suggestions!!

1. Most popular answer and my personal favorite, this one really warmed my heart. It shows that to appreciate your teacher, you don't have to buy something tangible. Simply have your child hand write a 'reflection' letter to your teacher, they want to hear from your child just how much that child has been impacted! After all this is the true heart of a teacher! 

2. Gift Cards, Starbucks specifically! Then you can spruce it up like this one below

3. Teacher Questionnaire, I seen this really cute idea on Pinterest that you can print out a questionnaire for your child's teacher so you can get a better idea of what exactly she likes. So there is no guessing

4. Ornaments, so they can remember your child every time they put their tree up!

5. Books, for the classroom as a whole. New or donated!

One thing that was brought up a few times, what teachers really don't want.....
No to Apple Décor. Like at all.
No more mugs, coffee cups.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Weekend snapshot

What a weekend! Friday after I picked my son up from school, we had the largest wind storm I have ever been in. So large that it up rooted a very large tree in the back of our home, just missing it by 5 feet. We were lucky it landed directly in the middle of my neighbor and I. We said a few thank you prayers, this storm also put us out of electricity for 48 hours. We had to get creative in light & entertainment, we used flashlights to play endless games of Uno once it got dark outside. Was kinda nice to see all the kids outside actually playing for the last few days, times have changed so much since I was a little girl. I lived outdoors and was the main means of my childhood. My son mainly plays video games now, last few days he got on his skateboard and caught worms. I was happy.

So funny, the minute I woke up Saturday morning I realized I had no way of making a cup of coffee. So I had to leave the house and hunt down a coffee shop. We did discover a new small locally owned one and managed a few games of chess.
Because we had lost all power, we ate out a few times over the weekend. One of those places is my favorite small business owned café, right off the river. They have it decorated so cute, with flower arrangements + stringed lights on brick walls. Very cozy.
Sunday morning, my mother, my son & I returned to a very large building indoor Garage Sale for 50% off today! Score some cool items.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Michigan travel bucket list

I moved to Michigan almost one year ago, it's a beautiful state during the Spring/Summer with many places I wish to visit. Last year was all about getting settled in, hopefully this year I can start to check more of these places off of my list! Here is my Michigan bucket list for 2018
1. Pictured Rocks National Lakes
I keep seeing all these amazing pictures, with people kayaking through these cliffs & this is one of my top things I can't wait to try!
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore hugs the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It's known for the dramatic multicolored Pictured Rocks cliffs. Unusual sandstone formations like Miners Castle and Chapel Rock define the park’s headlands.
2.  Detroit's Eastern Market
I love a good bargain!
I have heard many stories of this place and how you can't see it all in one day, can't wait to see what hidden treasures I can find here.
The market was transferred from city management in 2006, and now operates through a public-private partnership with the Eastern Market Corporation. Eastern Market is the largest historic public market district in the United States
3.  Tunnel of Trees
I had made a booking for a hotel last Fall, right smack in the center of this location. However, I was in-able to make it. I love Fall time, it's my favorite season and from what I hear, the tunnel of trees is the destination area for a tunnel of Fall colors!
Northern Michigan’s Tunnel of Trees along M-119 is one of the area’s most iconic attractions. The magical, scenic road winds from Harbor Springs, (north of Petoskey) to Cross Village. The Tunnel of Trees, ranked among the most scenic roads in the nation, is especially breathtaking in spring when trilliums carpet the forest floor that borders the road, and in autumn when the hardwoods along it are aflame in fall color.
4. Mackinac Island
Cute shops, private bike rides, no cars? On a island? Yes please!!
Mackinac Island sits in Lake Huron, between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Mackinac Island State Park, with trails, woods and the limestone Arch Rock formation, covers most of the island
5.  Detroit's Belle Isle Conservancy
I come from a state that had the most beautiful Botanical Gardens, every year my son and would visit during every season and enjoy taking photos. We are 1 hour away from this destination and I can't wait to try it out!
Belle Isle Park is a 982-acre island park located in Detroit with historic, environmental, and cultural resources that have been beloved for generations. The park is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium,  Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle Nature Center,  the James Scott Memorial Fountain, and more!
6. Sleeping Bear Dunes
My son & I love to camp and we do it every year, this would be a ideal destination.
Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history
7.  Windmill Island Gardens
windmills + tons of tulips, this seems like a fun day!
Seasonal park featuring tulip gardens, a 250-year-old windmill, a carousel & Dutch-costumed guides.
8.  Headlands International Dark Sky Park
We are Science people, my son loves everything about it. This place would be AMAZING! You can have a beautiful view of the stars and a chance to view the northern lights. They make predictions, when you can view the lights. 
9.  Turnip Rock
such a amazing sight to see,  Kayaking to this location is the only way to get to it!
Turnip Rock is a small geological formation in Michigan.
10. Ste. Anne de Detroit Church
I have a appreciation for these older beautifully built churches, they amaze me. They also make for beautiful photos.
Ste. Anne de Détroit, founded July 26, 1701, is the second oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic parish in the United States

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

my idea of “the perfect day”

Perfect, is pretty much impossible to obtain.
However my version of a perfect day happens in small motions in my life, It's just all pieced together here in one short story.

My idea of the perfect day.
Would start with plenty of sunshine, no rainy clouds no long winter. Just pure sunlight to warm my skin. Every morning I wake up and open all the blinds and curtains, to let the light in. It does something for me spiritually. It wakes me up and makes me feel alive.

This day would happen during a school vacation, so my son could help this perfect day come to life.
We go out for breakfast and have pancakes somewhere, you know the kind with a super goofy smiley face made out of cool-whip and berries? We eat till we are stuffed and leave a large tip for the waiter. This part of the morning we decide to take a ride down to the beach, when you catch it early on certain days in the Summer the fog is just breath taking here in Michigan. There is a certain calm on the waters, it's been one of the most peaceful experiences I have encountered. We would go here and just sit together and hunt for cool rocks in shapes of hearts and colorful pieces of beach glass.

So my mother would need to make it into my perfect day, she is not only my mother but also a friend when I need someone to just listen. She is also a amazing grandmother to my son and he adores his grandma. After the beach we meet up with my mom and decide to go shopping and catch a movie that we all have been wanting to see. Afterwards we stop at a local ice cream shop and each have a double stacked ice cream cone. I eat a peanut butter combo.

The day is passing and in a good way, it's not one of these days that just fly by. Time is almost like its not moving at all really, we are getting to enjoy and savor every memory that is being made.

We decide to go out and eat at one of my favorite local eateries, they have the best chunky soups and cookies. Our dinner table has flickering candles, nothing fancy but just the right amount of home. Our table has a beautiful boutique of flowers. They are all Purple Lilac's, these are my favorite flowers. The aroma is just perfect. We finish our dinners and leave. But not home.

It's dark and its a beautiful warm night, maybe Summer? Here in Michigan we get fireflies, it's the most beautiful sight watching them. We find a area on the side of road where its pushed against the lush forest and pull our car over. We get out and sit on the trunk of my car and just watch them and appreciate the moment. We stay here for hours, passing the time.

Caleb and I head home, we get ready for bed and both grab our favorite books and
curl up and read next to one another. My son and I swap lines from each others books, they are comical books and the sound of my sons laughter fills my ears...

I'm sleepy....
Loosing track of time......
In my dreams, it replays over & over again..