Birthday weekend in Caseville and 4th of July celebrations

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.

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.

Used book scores!
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 ;).

Thumb Brewery in Caseville. I tried their IPA, gose, and a lavender lemon ale that was super refreshing.
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.

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.

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.

Belle Isle beach in Detroit.
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.

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

It was also a belated birthday celebration.

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.

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!

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.


Saturday Six: MAMA

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

Hey-o! In honor of Mother’s Day tomorrow, I thought I’d do a little round-up of “Mom”-themed items. Hope that no matter what you’re doing tomorrow, you have a good one!

My mom definitely earned this mug. Design by Allyson Johnson on Society6.


Dang it! I found this card too late! Mom, pretend this is for you. Card from Perks of Aurora on Etsy.


A gift for any of the new moms in your life (or really, anyone over 30). “I’m So Tired” glitter shirt from Hello Apparel.


Don’t forget the cat moms! (Dogs too.) Celebrate them with this cute little sticker from Resilient on Society6.


Honestly, I just thought this shirt was funny. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Design by Dafne on Society6.


MAMA! Ooooo-oooooo…. Freddie Mercury card by Greet Yo Self on Etsy.


Tell me:
What are your weekend plans? Do you have any Mother’s Day traditions?

Saturday Six: Thank You for Being a Friend!

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

I think I mentioned last week that my husband and I have been rewatching Golden Girls. I’ve seen episodes in the past but never really watched it all the way through. Let me tell you–the show is still funny. It definitely holds up (although some of the references are lost on me, and others are a bit non-PC).

We’ve of course had the conversation around which Golden Girl we’re most like. I wish I were more like a Dorothy or even Sophia, but if I’m being honest with myself, I’m a Rose. This Buzzfeed quiz confirms it.

The other day I saw an article about Golden Girls-inspired hot sauces, and that sent me down the rabbit hole of related finds. It was hard to limit to just six, but here they are!

Pack of four Golden Girls hot sauces
The aforementioned hot sauce. Who wouldn’t want to offer someone “Hot Slut”? The full set is on sale now at Always Fits.


Golden Girls Granny Panties
I’ve been obsessing over Harebrained’s Period Panties line for a while but haven’t yet purchased. After I saw these pop up in my email yesterday, I think it’s finally time to pick up a few pairs! Now available at


Thank you for being a friend tote bag
It’s not quite Sophia’s purse, but you still need something to carry with you at all times–why not this tote? From GoodandEvilCreations on Etsy.


dorothy and rose lapel pins
The OGs. Wear your love for the show on your sleeve (chest, back, hat, whatever) with this pin set from Amy Blue Illustration.



Shady Pines Retirement Home key tag
If you can’t yet retire to south Florida, you can at least channel a little bit of those Miami vibes with this Shady Pines Retirement Home key tag from Towne9 on Etsy.


Golden Girls Clue board game
Who ate the last slice of cheesecake!? Have your girls over and figure it out with this Golden Girls-themed Clue set. You can even play as Sophia’s purse! Also available at Always Fits.

I wanted to include some shirts, but there were just too many to choose from. I liked this classic “Stay Golden” tee from Kohls (only $7.99!), but everyone seems to have a Golden Girls-inspired shirt for sale. With just some quick searching, you’re sure to find something to suit your style (WalMart’s is especially ridiculous).

Thanks for reading, and above all, thank you for being a friend!


Tell me:
Which Golden Girl are you? Have any related merch links to share? What’s your favorite nostalgic show?