Weekend Recap: Hiking, Flea Markets, and Outdoor Movie Night!

Hi! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I feel like it’s weird that I sometimes recap my weekends on Tuesdays, but since Monday’s posts are for meal plans, Tuesday it is. Plus, it always takes me a day to adjust and accept that the weekend is over ;).

This weekend was a fun one! Saturday we were busy the entire day, which is very unlike us (ha!). We made up for it on Sunday by watching the new season of Iron Fist. I already talked about but I loved this season and thought it was better than the first–so if you weren’t sold on the first season, give it a chance. Somehow Ward has become my favorite character–he’s the worst but the best.

Anyway! Let’s get back to Saturday. We started the day by heading out to a Halloween Garage Sale at a skate rink. There was so much good stuff! I only ended up buying a couple of pins and a couple of vintage pop-up books, but it was fun to look at everything.

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From there, we stopped at a thrift store nearby. We found a few good shirts as well as some items for the porch Halloween display we’re working on. I’ll definitely post pics when we’re done…. hoping to have it up soon.

After shopping, we moved on to our next destination: Maybury State Park for a hike.

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How creepy is this tree? It looks like eyes!

On our hike, we talked about how fun it would be to have a haunted hike. I love hiking in the woods, but it always creeps me out a bit, even during the day. Can you imagine going at night? We won’t do jump scares but just have people running around through the trees so that you see strange shapes and noises. Maybury actually used to be the site of a tuberculosis sanitorium from 1919 to 1969. It was eventually torn down and converted to the park. They still have the sign; I’ll have to grab a picture next time. It’s the perfect site for a haunted hike. Who’s in!? 😉

After our hike, we grabbed food and headed over to my sister-in-law’s house to celebrate my nephew’s birthday. He turned 11! I can’t believe it. It feels like he was just a toddler trying to steal sips of our Slurpees. To keep the party going, we had them over to watch a movie in our new backyard set up!!!

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Don’t look at our grass, please.
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We didn’t watch Spiderman 3, I just clicked on a movie to test the sound. Don’t worry.

I’ve been wanting to do this for such a long time, and this year, we finally made it happen!! I’m so excited to watch movies in our backyard, especially with fall and Halloween approaching. I might do another post on our set up, if anyone is interested? We did this pretty cheaply.

We watched Little Shop of Horrors, which I’d actually never seen. I saw it live on a 7th grade trip to Washington D.C., but I’d never gotten around to seeing the movie.

It was fun, and I hope he had a good time!

Next morning, we woke up bright and early(ish) to head out to Greenmead Flea Market. They do the market twice a year, and I always think of it as the unofficial “beginning” and “end” to summer. (You can see what I found at the first one here.)

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Flea market scores–can you tell we were born in the ’80s?

We’re pretty cheap when it comes to flea market shopping and mostly end up grabbing knick knacks and nostalgic items (AKA, things we don’t need). I was super stoked to find some more Halloween McNuggets to add to my collection. My husband got Super Mario World and a Mario toy and was happy to add another Earthworm Jim figure to his collection. I was excited about the Krumm figure (Aaahh! Real Monsters, anyone?), and we got that Bob’s Burgers Funko for $! There are also some window bobbleheads, a brass bat key holder, flying bat Halloween decoration, a couple of patches (really love the Michigan State Park Camper one), Barlow’s Guide to Extra-Terrestrials, some cassettes, and a Harley koozie.

It was cold and drizzly, so after we left the flea, we grabbed some coffees and headed home to sweatpants and the couch. It was the perfect balance of busy and relaxed all weekend.

Now we’re almost halfway through the week! How about that. Have a good one!

Tell me: How was your weekend? Do you like flea markets? Are you down for a haunted hike!?

 

Saturday Six: Thrifted

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. All items are linked in the caption. Some links may be referral/curator links.

Hello and happy weekend! Is it just me, or do the short weeks somehow always feel the longest? Oh well–we made it, and I’m proud of us.

We’re planning to do some thrifting this weekend–we’re going to a Halloween rummage sale event today and our favorite flea market tomorrow (you can see what I bought last time here!). Since I decided to extend that to this week’s Saturday Six and do a roundup of some recent vintage tee finds on Etsy.

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THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! I would freak out if I found this Highlander shirt at the thrift. Available from VintageRockNRollShop on Etsy.

 

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I stumbled upon this while trying to find a vintage Elvira tee. Those are all ridiculously expensive, but this one is cool (and more affordable!). Available from sideburns on Etsy.

 

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I just finally purchased the Tales from the Crypt box set, and I can’t wait to binge watch them all this fall! Tee available from robineggsurprise on Etsy.

 

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How cute is this Pilsbury Doughboy tee!? Available from TickiesTreasures on Etsy.

 

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Love this rad ’80s skateboarding tee! THRASHIN. Available from ElevatedWeirdo.

 

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Everyone needs at least one vintage ringer tee in their closet. I like this “Beach Bash ’85” one! Available from TCWonline on Etsy.

 

PS: Did you know my husband and I sell vintage clothing? We’re working on getting our shop revamped and have an event coming up later this month. Check us out at Sofa King Awesome Vintage.

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Tell me: Do you like thrifting? Do you ever go to flea markets?

Weekend Recap: Hiking, Vegan Soft Serve, and Flea Market Finds

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday. I always find that I hit my groove on Tuesdays. On Mondays, my primary goal is just to make it through the day, but on Tuesday, I’m ready to tackle other things.

How was your weekend? I hope you haven’t forgotten it already. Mine was a pretty good one, with lots of time spent outside! I’ve been feeling in desperate need of a vacation lately. Now that the weather is nice, I can’t wait to go camping. We couldn’t get away this weekend, but spending time outdoors helped me recharge.

Now, onto–err, back to?–the weekend!

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Had to kick off Friday with a beverage. This is delicious! You can really taste the raspberry. This might be a new go-to for summer.

On Saturday, we woke up and went to breakfast before driving out to Indian Springs Metropark for a hike. We actually got married there, and we haven’t been back since the wedding.

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Wedding venue at Indian Springs

I was immediately flooded with happy memories when we saw the ceremony and reception sites. We had such a fun wedding. Our anniversary is this month–maybe I’ll do a wedding post?

My husband has been wanting to go hike some of the trails ever since the wedding, so we finally made it back. The weather was perfect for hiking–the sun came out later in the day, but it started out cloudy and cool.

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Woodland Trail
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The only problem was that I forgot to bring bug spray. The mosquitos were out in full force!
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Greenery

Indian Springs is a nature preserve, and they work to maintain the natural habitats of the area. Even the venue is eco-friendly, with natural heating and cooling systems (read: no air conditioning). The park is actually known to be home to the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake–the only poisonous snake in Michigan–but luckily, we did not encounter any.

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Timberland Lake

We hiked out to this little lake at back, which was around 3.5 miles. We walked around a bit more and came across this maze.

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Adventure Maze

Sure, why not? We split up to see who was the better of the two. We kept ending up on the same path, so it sort of defeated the purpose. It was fun though.

By then the sun was beating down, so we got ready to leave. On the way home, we made a detour for a mythical creature I’d only heard rumors about: vegan soft serve.

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Vegan twist!

I’d heard about Dairy Twist Cafe and its vegan offerings, but it’s a bit of a drive from where we live. Since we were in the area, I had to stop.

I worked at a local ice cream shop for several (probably too many) summers. We could eat while on shift, and I never, ever got sick of it. Ice cream is my kryptonite, and I didn’t think I’d get to enjoy soft serve once I went vegan! Their soft serve is soy-based, and it was SO good! They also offer several flavors of hard ice cream, and some of the flurry (aka blizzard) mix ins are vegan, as well.

(Side note: they were promoting a cone rolled in Cheeto dust and Cheeto flurries. No joke. Why!?)

After a few more stops, we finally made it home to revisit the couch.

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We watched the Discovery series Manhunt: Unabomber on Netflix over the weekend, and it was so good. I’ll include it in another Couch Life series soon.

We weren’t ready to be done outside, though. To keep cultivating a camping feel, we had a fire in the backyard.

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Don’t mind all those sticks in the background… yard work is a work in progress.

A couple more hours, and then we were ready to head inside. We had plans in the morning!

My unofficial start to summer each year is the Greenmead Flea Market, a local flea market that hosts two annual events (summer and fall). We always find at least a few good items, and it’s fun to walk around and look at everything.

We usually try to get there early so we’re one of the first ones in, but the forecast looked like rain. Sure enough, it started pouring about an hour before the start. It looked like it was going to let up after noon, so we opted for an early showing of Solo.

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Solo

I’ll plan to discuss this more too, but overall I enjoyed it.

After the movie, the rain had mostly cleared, so we made our way to the flea.

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Flea market haul

It looked like a lot of vendors didn’t set up due to the weather, but we still had some decent finds: Rock the House vinyl, some 90s Red Wings tees, vintage tarot cards, pins, and a vintage bar sign. We have a few other similar signs that we’ve found at flea markets–maybe now I’ll finally hang them up ;).

Whew. We spent the rest of the day watching TV and relaxing. All in all, it was a great weekend!

Tell me: How was your weekend? Do you like going to flea markets? Have you seen Solo?

Saturday Six: Alien

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

In honor of Alien day this past week (April 26), I thought I’d put together a list of Alien- or extraterrestial-themed items.

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Not movie related, but I love this retro-style print! “They’re Coming” by Daniela Ruiz de E on Society6.

 

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I need this Ripley and Jonesy pin! By WeirdoWeapons on Etsy.

 

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Another absolute need: this amazing Extrapurrestrial mug by stupidanimals on Society6. Her other designs are awesome, too!

 

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Show your subtle love for the Alien series with these Nostromo and Weyland-Yutani patches by PegasusLV on Etsy.

 

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This custom chestburster Lego minifig set is just too good (and affordable!). By TheBlockingDead on Etsy.

 

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If I found this at the thrift store, I would LOSE MY MIND. Vintage Alien tee for sale by keeperswinnipeg on Etsy.

Hope your weekend is out of this world! (I couldn’t help myself.)

Tell me: Do you believe??

Easter Weekend Recap

Hi everyone! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Mine was very nice. My husband had a half day on Friday, so I decided to take the afternoon off as well. We went out to lunch and to see Ready Player One. Having read the book, I have some thoughts, but ultimately I enjoyed it. I’ll recap in an upcoming Couch Life post.

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Veggie Bahn Mi Bowl at California Pizza Kitchen

On Saturday, I woke up for my morning workout class, and my mom surprised me with a little Easter basket! It made my day.

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Yay!

After I got home, my husband and I opted to stay in for the day. It was gloomy out and the couch was calling. We ended up watching all of season two of Santa Clarita Diet (whoops). I also made some cauliflower wings and chips in the air fryer–they turned out pretty good! I used this recipe; I think I’d cook for a bit longer next time, but they tasted really good.

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Cauliflower wings

I also baked my cake for Easter Sunday. I made Joy the Baker’s Strawberry Upside-Down Cardamom Cake with a few substitutions to make it vegan. I haven’t done a lot of experimentation with baking, so I was really happy with how this turned out! To Joy’s original recipe, I used Miyoko’s Creamery cultured vegan butter and subbed equal parts coconut cream for the sour cream and three tablespoons of aquafaba (the liquid in a can of chickpeas) for the egg.

If I made it again, I’d bake it slightly longer to compensate. It sunk a bit in the middle, so I’m not sure if that was purely due to the substitutions or if it was just a little underdone. To be honest, the middle tasted really good, ha–and no raw eggs to worry about! When serving, I just threw some coconut cream in the middle to hide the sunken center and called it good.

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I finally used the cake dish we received at our wedding shower almost four years ago, haha.

On Sunday, I finished making my other dishes (vegan scalloped potatoes and my Tofurkey ham) and we headed over to my sister’s house.

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Vegan scalloped potatoes

I have a vintage dress that I love that I never really wear, and I decided it’d be perfect for Easter.

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Marcia Brady vibes

I originally bought it to sell, but much to my surprise, it ended up fitting me perfectly. I’ve worn it once for Halloween, but I love it too much to just keep it as a costume! I’m hoping to find more 60/70s mod dresses.

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My husband and I… don’t tell him I posted a picture of him on the Internet.

We ate and were entertained by my niece for a couple hours (she’s 16 months and adorable as can be) before heading home.

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Easter dinner

Back home, we watched The Magnificent Seven (somehow we hadn’t got around to that one yet). I should say “watched” because I struggled to keep my eyes open… after a big meal, I’m dunzo.

All in all, it was a relaxing and food-centric weekend. Hope yours was great!

Tell me: How was your weekend? Did you eat anything delicious? Play any epic April Fool’s pranks?