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July 7, 2014

Fourth of July Weekend Adventures

Hello, hello! Hopefully by now you have embraced the fact that Monday is happening and the extra long holiday weekend has come to an end.

I know… I’m still dealing with it too.

roadie laying funny

Scott and I had a great Fourth! Friday and Saturday were both spent with friends while Sunday was left to… well… rest. Or fight off the plague that has slowly taken over my body, either way.

I’m the type of person that will deny the signs and pretend I’m not getting sick for days… until I finally have no choice but to succumb to what is happening and raise my little white flag.

Yup, today is for sure a sick day. Yesterday was too. And I hate sick days.

I can appreciate a sick morning or afternoon every now and then, but when they fully take over my functionality and workout plans, I start to have issues.

I guess all I can do is get rest and move on, right? Good thing I have these snuggle bugs by my side for inspiration.

cali sleeping

But enough about that. Lets take a step back and highlight the fun parts of the weekend shall we?


My Fourth of July started early by driving a sported out ambulance in a parade and keeping up with this nut of a mascot we call HOOPER.

Driving the HOOPER truck

With just a bit of patriotic flair, we set out in a local parade with my American Playlist (minus a few tracks) jamming.

HOOPER in 4th of july parade

parade people

Parades with the furry crazy horse are never dull, that’s for sure. We tend to get in trouble for at least one thing every time. This go around it was for throwing mini-basketballs.

As soon as I got home from the appearance, I quickly changed, got a picnic lunch and drinks together, and Scott and I headed out to meet some friends to spend the afternoon at Stoney Creek Metropark.

stoney creek park

The park is awesome and I can’t believe we haven’t taken advantage of living relatively close to it in the close to two years we’ve been here. There’s several hiking trails, camp grounds, and even a beach!

stoney creek beach

Scott, Alex, Alex and I spent the afternoon in the sun and it was the first time it actually felt like summer had arrived in Michigan.

alex and at the beach july 4th

The boys went towards the sand to throw a football while Alex and I stayed on our towels, perfectly content with our surroundings.

beach picnic 4th of july

presley on propel ad

(Oh, hey there Presley!)

All the group of us wanted for our holiday weekend was to find some sun and be by the water, even if it was for just a few hours. Our location turned out to serve us perfectly and we have plans to return in the very near future!

4th of july at the beach

alex and alex 4th of july

We wrapped up our time at the park around 5:30 p.m. and had plans to attend a get together at Alex’s friends house. That was the first time I felt a sickness trying to creep in, but I ignored it and enjoyed the rest of our holiday doing American things.

We dressed in red, white, and blue, ate pizza and patriotic desserts, and spent the majority of our time outside in the front yard.

Have you ever heard of the game KanJam? It’s an ultimate frisbee disc game that tests your aim and teamwork skills. Here are the deets.

To sum it up, Alex and I are not too great at it and left the competition spots on teams to the boys.

scott playing kan jam

We also played a few rounds of cornhole before the sunset and left with the group to watch the Lake Orion fireworks.

Going off of the past thirty years or so, there was supposed to be a great show set up to go off above the trees, right about here.

set up for fireworks

We had prime real estate… or so we thought.

watching fireworks

Before long, we started seeing a few test fireworks go off and realized the show had moved across the lake this year. We now had the absolute worst seats in the house. Literally.

fireworks fail

The people who have been attending this fireworks show for years were pretty upset! Scott and I thought it was a bummer, but more humorous than anything.

Eventually, we gave up and walked back to our ride to try to see if we could see anything from the other side of the lake. Just our luck, more trees!

watching fireworks fail

Eh, you win some you lose some.


I woke up feeling achy Saturday, so I let myself sleep in and laid low with laundry and a little bit of housework through the afternoon.

I had plenty of help and entertainment from these guys, as you might have seen via Instagram.

roadie playing with dryer sheets

I swear, they’re like toddlers. So funny!

We were invited to attend a backyard barbeque for Alex’s father’s surprise birthday that evening, so I wasn’t going to let feeling “achy” stop us. It was great to get out of the house and enjoy another summer night outdoors.

backyard barbeque

healthy barbeque dinner

(Loved the food, and especially that pasta salad!)

We finished off the night with a bon fire in the backyard, which felt amazing when the sun went down and it got chilly.

backyard bonfire

Alex and I have plans to go up north next weekend, so this little preview got me really excited for it!

Right before we were about to go back inside, we heard loud bangs coming from a few doors down. Finally, fireworks we could see!

4th of july fireworks

Three cheers for you, neighbors I’ve never met!


Sunday was pretty uneventful, considering I felt the opposite of incredible. After church, I finally gave in and let myself rest in order to fight off whatever is trying to take it over.

For the past couple of days, I have heated up a lot of soup.

vegetable soup and grilled cheese

(This one was with a small side of grilled cheese!)

And eaten a lot of fresh fruit.

fruit bowl

That’s all my body has really been wanting, and I’m okay with it.

After an entire day of lounging around, I finally started feeling a little better and decided to take Roadie out for a long walk to celebrate.

walk with roadie on the trails

(Don’t mind my bright and obnoxious attire, by the way.)

I felt bad for the guy. When we let him out before bed Saturday night, he came inside smelling awful. Think a mix between a chimney, sewer, dead bodies, and feet kind of awful. I asked Scott what the heck happened on their late night adventures outside and he said “that’s definitely skunk.”

Yup, Roadie got sprayed by a skunk.

Lucky for us, it was just a little one, because normally it can take a week of showers and several tomato baths to get a normal smell back.

We immediately gave him a long bath and sprayed him with some doggie cologne. When it was all said and done, he surprisingly smelled fine. Our carpet, on the other hand, took a beating when he came inside and rubbed a lot of it off before we noticed anything.

I feel like only Roadie would get himself in this kind of trouble.

Gotta love the crazy guy!

walk with roadie

(Also, ignore my hairstyle here. That’s what you call attempting a french braid while you’re laying down, then sleeping in it for hours. Pretty stylish.)

And that was our weekend in a nutshell. Hopefully yours included better views of fireworks and less funky smells!

Linking our weekend fun up with Katie, and off to tackle the day!

What was your favorite part of your weekend?

July 4, 2014

Friday Favorites #44: Week of 7/4

So, typing “Week of 7″ something just happened and totally freaked me out. How are we already into July?! Crazy.

Hopefully your week was filled with plenty of favorite moments or things you are dying to share at the bottom of this post. Because that’s how we do Fridays around here. I go through a list of what I’ve been loving this week and invite you all to join as well!

Let’s get right to it and kick off this holiday weekend with a party!

Friday Favorites #44: Week of 7/4

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• LUNA bars

I haven’t a clue of why I don’t buy LUNA bars more often.

Check out these flavors!

LUNA bars


Every time I have one, I’m never disappointed. I love their regular bars, but have yet to try their protein, fiber, and gluten-free versions. Putting them on the grocery list… now.

• wallflower refills

About a month ago, I mentioned wallflower scents. I’ve been plugging in wallflowers from Bath & Body Works since my college years and was excited to find out Scott is just as obsessed with them when we moved in together.

We have been in need of some refills again and Scott brought home my favorite scent along with a new one.

Bath & Body Works Wallflower refills

I have been loving them both, and just so you know, the Villa Bergamot refills along with tons of others scents are currently on sale for $5!

• milk frother

On our recent trip home, my mother gave me one of the best gifts. Who knew fancy coffee could happen in less than a minute?

milk frother for coffee

She bought a milk frother from the BonJour line for herself and then got one for me soon after. She knows how much I love my coffee!

After I get my coffee how I like it, I put a very small amount of skim milk in a microwaveable glass, froth it for about ten seconds, then heat it up in the microwave for about thirty more seconds. I used almond milk in the mug above, but regular milk definitely gets foamier.

(Similar, similar, similar.)

You can find them relatively cheap online or in department stores that sell kitchen gadgets and appliances. This barista frother looks like the fancier version of mine and comes with it’s own stand!

• glorified sports bras

It’s a funny story of how I stumbled upon these seamless “sports bras” I am now all about wearing any chance I get.

fancy sports bras from walmart

When we were in the process of moving to Michigan, most of my clothes were locked away in storage, so instead of having to do laundry every day I invested in some crossover bras from Wal-Mart.

Almost two years ago, they were only about $5 a piece and I call them “crossover” bras because they can serve as a sports bra or a regular one with the cups and back strap clip. While in Florida, I found a nude and a striped one and had to get them.

They really are my favorite bra to wear around the house, or even to run around town. I’ve even worn them under semi-sheer dress shirts and didn’t feel a need to have another “regular” supportive one under it. Great find!

• wash-n-rinse spray gun

Speaking of Wal-Mart and great finds, Scott picked up another one I have to share. Have any of you seen a garden hose nozzle made to dominate car washing?

This Bon-Aire Wash-N-Rinse wash spray gun makes cleaning basically anything you can take outside ten times easier and a lot more fun!

water hose attachment for washing cars

The long nozzle makes it incredibly easy to reach the roof of cars, but more importantly it’s been the best solution to cleaning out litter boxes.

Check out the soap dispenser!

hose head with soap dispenser

The blue knob above it controls whether you spray water or soap, and you can change it back in forth while you’re using it. So great!

• salad spinner

I’m actually shocked I have never really mentioned this one on the blog before. Seriously.

Before I even moved in, Scott had the all-mighty salad spinner in his possession.

salad spinner

I’m not sure where he found this exact one, but nowadays you can find tons of them online or anywhere you’d find the milk frother I mentioned.

fresh spinach in salad spinner

Now that I have one I can’t imagine washing greens without it. There’s really no waiting for it to dry time!

Also, I tend to make most of my big monster salads right here in the spinner, then cover it back up and put it in the refrigerator. Why dirty more dishes or containers?

• fresh fruit for the Fourth

I put this post together two years ago and thought it wouldn’t hurt for some last minute fruity inspiration for sides today.

5 fruit dishes for the 4th of july

Healthy can certainly still be yummy!

• My parents wedding anniversary

July 4th is always a special holiday in our family. Not only is it Independence Day in the United States, but it is the day my parents exchanged wedding vows many years ago!

parents of the bride

Photo by Elegant Imagery

If I had to guess, I would say this year marks their 32nd year together. Maybe even the 33rd?

I can’t ask them because they are currently on a cruise celebrating!

My mother jokes that they chose to get married on a holiday so that my father will always remember it, but I think it’s really so that there will always be fireworks!

4th of July Fireworks 2013

I’m looking forward to congratulating them on another great year of marriage when they return.

• fav posts of the week

Since I post pretty frequently, I have a feeling a lot of the weekly content can easily get lost in the shuffle.

I’ve been meaning to include at least a post or two from the week that stands out to me on my list of favorites, and finally remembered to do so this week!

30 Min. At-Home HIIT Workout

Workout: 30 Min. At-Home HIIT Workout

Blogging: Blogging FAQs: Tips for Beginners

Music: Summer 2014 Running + Workout Playlist

And last but not least… another throwback from two years ago…

Happy Fourth of July!

Roadie says happy 4th of july


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