Life Lately

Life lately has been moving quickly. All too quickly, if you ask me. I’ve been trying frantically to hold on to the last days of summer, even though part of this nanny is ready for school to start. But the end of season encourages a sense of urgency within me to partake in as many summer activities as humanly possible. This season of summer will soon be taken over by many months of relentless winter, and the only way to maintain a satisfied mind will be knowing that I lived up summer while it was here. So I’m trying hard, friends. I really am.room with candlegreen beans cookingt plant picture line blue chairI spent Saturday at the beach with my old running turned amazing friend who has given me a surprising friendship I have really come to rely on an trust. Summer has delivered me a fun new friend I hope to see live on throughout the storms and cold winter will bring.

One of my oldest college friends and her new beau came over on Saturday night. We spread a red table cloth on a picnic table in our back yard, brought out a bowl of cashews and a growler of local beer, and talked late into the evening. This friend of mine has always been so loyal to me. In my times of confusion she has been a sounding board I can rely on. As I watch her grow in her new relationship, I feel so happy that someone who has always been such a great friend has found someone so perfectly matched for her. It’s fun to watch your friends fall in love, especially when the person they’re falling in love with is so awesome.  Summer has brought strengthened a relationship and reminded us all of the flitting feeling of  love.

As we sat talking into the night, I admired the growth our tomatoes plants have had this past week. Their branches are hanging low; heavy with tomatoes and touching the ground. The weather has been changing, but despite cold nights and some dying leaves, these plants are still producing vegetables for our dinner table. So we keep watering, and weeding, and picking, enjoying them as long as we can. Summer has brought us fresh food to satisfy our taste buds and stomachs each night.

As the night came to end, we packed our picnic basket and went back into our apartment, smacking mosquitoes from our arms as we went. Walking into our apartment, I was comforted by this feeling of home, of “being home”, of knowing that this place is our place. Sean and I have put in the necessary efforts to create this and buy that, working hard to afford this home of ours. Summer has brought us one year of our lives in this first home of ours.
I wonder what the next year will bring to this place, too? I’m so blessed to have these full-filling end of summer days.

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My Favorite Things// Michigan Wine Apparel

This weekend I stopped over to help a friend with her local company Michigan Wine Apparel.  The owner and creator behind this fun company is the mom of one of my greatest friends. She’s the kind of person everyone loves– always welcoming us ladies into her home, sharing stories with her husband and leaving us all laughing and saying, “your mom is the coolest!” It’s exciting to watch someone so deserving and creative develop a business with such funky, yet classy products. As the summer ends, she is shifting products, adding new Craft Beer designs, resort wear, and updating logos and designs to her line-up. Already I’m planning a cute purchase to wear on our wedding day and rallying my girlfriends to get some gear for a friend’s upcoming bachelorette party.

wine 2I   think part of the lure of her products is that they represent this amazing, strong culture of Michigan by bringing attention to our farmers and wine producers; spreading the good word of Michigan on what we wear to encourage more people to visit us Up North. We live in such an amazing place that it’s hard not to feel a sense of pride and want to share it wherever we go. me wine posingsue wine 3

Have you been wine tasting in Michigan before? It’s worth a trip out here to experience it, that’s for sure.

**Michigan Wine Apparel is in the process of adding an on-line market place. I will be sure to include you once it’s up and running!

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