Birthday weekend in Caseville and 4th of July celebrations

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Our tent set up. We borrowed and used cheap tents for a while but finally invested in a good one last year!

Is it just me, or does the 4th of July seem like it happened weeks ago? It hasn’t even been a full week! We went camping at the end of June to celebrate my birthday, and it feels like it never happened. Once we come back and get into a routine, it’s like we never left. I feel that way about summer in general–we wait so long for it to return, but once it’s here, it’s like it’s always been summer. Then it flies by, and we’re back to waiting ;).

One nice thing about blogging is having a record of things I’ve done. Let’s try to remember the past couple weeks, shall we?

I was actually in New Orleans on a work trip toward the end of the month. Once I came back, I had a couple days at home, then we were off again–so that’s why I didn’t really get back into my usual routine.

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Coffee is a priority, even while camping!

We took off on a Thursday night and camped for three nights at Sleeper State Park in Caseville (Michigan). We stayed there last year and really liked it, plus it was one of the few places with any availability when I was booking. The State Parks really filled up fast this year!

We got there kind of late on Thursday. I hate setting up in the dark, but it was nice waking up there on Friday. We spent some time checking out the shops in Caseville before hitting the beach.

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Used book scores!
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Shortly before I got one of the worst sunburns I’ve had in a long time.

Caseville is a small town, but they have a really nice beach. They also have a brewery! My husband isn’t a huge beer guy, but since it was my birthday, he couldn’t say no ;).

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Thumb Brewery in Caseville. I tried their IPA, gose, and a lavender lemon ale that was super refreshing.
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Honestly, most of the weekend was spent eating chips.

We had a fire later at night (my favorite part about camping!), although it was mostly so we could cook dinner. It was in the 90s all weekend! I’m not trying to go too far into “glamping” territory, but thank goodness we had a couple of small fans for our tent or we would have roasted.

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Repping my favorite podcast.

On Saturday, we drove over to Port Austin and spent some time at their Farmer’s Market. We bought incredibly delicious homemade pickles and potato chips (honestly, probably the best salt and vinegar chips I’ve ever had!). The pickles did not last long. After the market, we grabbed a couple of drinks to cool off before heading back to the beach.

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Hers and his (mango habanero margarita and electric lemonade).

On Sunday, we headed home, with a brief detour at a flea market and stop at one of my favorite restaurants, D’Angelo’s. It’s a pizza place with a vegan menu, and their burgers are delicious.

The fun didn’t stop there, though! We took off a couple extra days to recoup, plus we had the 4th of July holiday, so we spent a few more days eating all the things and getting all the sun.

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Belle Isle beach in Detroit.
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I wasn’t ready to quit the bonfires!

On Wednesday, my sister and brother-in-law had us all over for the 4th of July.

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I wish I got a better picture of my husband’s awesome shirt.

It was also a belated birthday celebration.

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I have to share the cute wrapping paper on the present from my parents! I love it.

My mom got me the best gift! Everything was Golden Girls themed. I couldn’t stop laughing.

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Golden Girls Funko Pops, hot sauce, umbrella, and Mad Libs!

I actually tried to buy those Pops recently, but my husband told me not to. He said we had too many, which is honestly a valid reason, hah! Still, I kept stalking them on Amazon and almost threw them into my cart multiple times. Little did I know, he was in on it and was trying to keep me from buying them!

To continue the festivities, my sister also got me the most amazing vegan cake! It was a funfetti-style cake topped with vanilla and birthday cake flavored macarons. It was SO GOOD. My terrible picture doesn’t do it justice!

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Amazing vegan cake from For the Love of Sugar in Detroit.

Whew! We packed a lot into a few days. It was a great trip and birthday, and I’m looking forward to camping more this summer. Hope you had a great 4th of July, too!

Tell me: How did you celebrate the 4th? Do you like camping?

PS: Want more Golden Girls? Revisit this Saturday Six post: Thank You for Being a Friend.

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Saturday Six: More Things I’m Loving Lately!

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. Some links may be referral/curator links.

Hi everyone! I am SO happy it’s the weekend! More importantly, a three-day weekend. I have a lot I want to do this weekend, so hopefully we get to most of it! It’s supposed to be in the 90s, so I think a beach trip is in order! I’ve also been wanting to go shopping, so we talked about heading out to the outlet malls. My sister and I are going out to brunch and getting our auras read today, so I’m pretty excited about that, and I need to see Solo at some point! So, I’ll definitely stay busy this weekend, but I think it’ll be relaxing, too.

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Me hanging with the Solo crew. Yes, I basically wear my pajamas to the movies.

Anyway! I wanted to share six more random things I’m loving lately. Hope you’ll share yours, too.

barry
Did you guys watch Barry on HBO? I loved it. I should probably have a picture of Bill Hader here, who is excellent, but Anthony Carrigan as Chechen mobster Noho Hank is just so wonderful. The season recently wrapped, so if you missed it, I highly recommend checking it out. (Image via HBO)

 

pacifica
I recently started double cleansing and tried using coconut oil as the first step to remove my makeup. Disaster. My face broke out terribly, but that has not been the case with this Coconut Dissolve Cleansing Oil by Pacifica. I love Pacifica because all of their products are vegan and cruelty-free. This oil not only removes my makeup without causing acne, but it smells like CAKE! Available from the Pacifica site; this link gets you 10% off your first order!

 

jamesbay
I’m a James Bay fan and am very much enjoying his newest release, Electric Light. It’s a bit different from his debut album, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s the perfect soundtrack to ease into your day. I particularly love the song Wanderlust. Listen to the album on Spotify.

 

camping
It’s camping season!! We just booked our first trip and are going to plan out some more this weekend. I love camping (if you can’t tell by my face in this picture). It’s just nice to be outdoors and disconnect for a few days!

 

brumi
I bought this Full Circle “Brumi” pour over mug a while back, and I absolutely love it. The best part is that it is suited to making hot OR cold brew! You insert the filter into the mug, add your water and grounds, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, you remove the filter and have delicious, cold brew coffee, without having to worry about all of the sifting. You can purchase on Amazon or the Full Circle site. I actually found mine on clearance at Target for half the price, so keep an eye out for deals!

 

beach
It kind of goes along with camping, but I’m so happy that it’s finally beach weather!! I love going to the beach. Give me a beer and a book and place me by the water and I’m going to have a great day. Maybe I’ll do a round-up of beach-themed items soon?

Tell me: What are you loving lately? Songs, albums, tv shows, skin care–tell me all about it!