Summer Fridays, Vol. 8.
Today is a real life summer friday for me as we head on vacation! Sparkle water, here we come.
To my most favorite place ever right now! Eeeep! We’re going on our annual vacation to Northern Michigan and we’re all so excited. Max has been counting down the days… or, uh, let’s be real – the seconds. I can’t wait for the kids (Max, Emilia and my niece Evelyn) to have this time together all week. They have a blast together and I can already envision the cuteness.
Every year on vacation I make a huge version of the howsweeteats house salad. I’m also make this summer chickpea salad and sticking it in the fridge thanks to a few of your suggestions last week!
All the rosé, probably some fruity beer, and one of the first stops is going to get ingredients to make the orange crush. Is it wrong that I tried to pack my smeg juicer just for that reason? Ha. I’m also going to find some of my favorite canned rosé once we’re in our place!
Here’s a run down of what I made/packed for our 8 hour road trip: I used whole grain croissants from my local grocery store and made smoked turkey, havarti and honey mustard sandwiches for all of us. This is tradition! Leftover blueberries and apples from the fridge. The kids fave Stonyfield yogurt pouches, some RX bars for Eddie and I, some sabra snackers with the pretzel crisps and then… some junk for the kids so we can survive. They LOVE Fruit Loops and rarely have them, so I packed them containers of that. I packed tons of pretzel twists and also store-bought mini muffins that probably taste like cake. I also have some of those tubes of mini m&ms in case things get really dicey. Say a prayer.
Our long road trip with some of these must haves for the kids: this Melissa and Doug latches board, multiple water wow books, sticker puzzles, color wonder travel board, magnetic scenes, a boogie board, doodle board and these amazing books. You can see more of the things like this in my amazon shop! It’s full of all my favorites.
To the best boat drinks playlist. I’m obsessed.
I’m still working through Drawing Home!! I missed a few nights of reading this week. Since I didn’t end up reading The Friend Zone a few weeks ago, I grabbed that and The Unhoneymooners for my trip!
A new video over of my chocolate zucchini cupcakes with avocado fudge frosting!! Oooooh baby those things are good.
I’m embarrassed to say that I’m still checking out the Nordstrom sale daily – have you see the daily deals? I also wanted another Barefoot Dreams blanket (they make amazing gifts FYI) and my order was cancelled, so I keep checking back every day. I still think this crossbody bag in black is my favorite thing from the sale. You can find all my updated faves here.
I’m probably going to be super cliche and dress our family in matching Lilly. Emilia and Evelyn have the same little Lilly shift. My mom got the same pattern in another dress. I have this dress which I ADORE. If you can’t do it on vacation, where else can you?!
Up allll our time this week with the kids on vacation. When Max was first born my mom told me that “it’s never a vacation but at least it’s a change of scenery!” and that is so true. The kids are exhausting but I’m so obsessed with them at this stage and know we are going to have so.much.fun. this week. I can’t even wait to see Emilia in the sand… if she will even sit still for a second. She’s a wild woman who loves to run run run!
Ready to enjoy all the things!
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Have so much fun!!
thank you ashlyn! xo
I hope you have a great vacation, Here’s to good food and wonderful weather. Your mom was so right about vacationing with kids, I am wishing you all the luck.Let’s hope for easily entertained children and maybe a nap. I just bought PB M&M’s for my road trip this weekend and I am not traveling with kids this this time around. .We are a very pro car snack family. I always like to pack trail mix balls too if I get to make them before I go too, And somehow no matter how much you ate in the car you are always hungry when you get to where your going. :-)
we are also very pro car snacks! hahah!
have the best trip!
Michigan sound beautiful! My good friend has a Lace Museum near Ann Arbor.
We always mess it up when we’re near lakes resorts, it makes you think of great Seafood…………
have an amazing time . I can’t wait to see the photo post later. as for kids and vacation – your mom is spot on. it’s not the same kind of relaxing, but it’s amazing memories and worth all the work
thank you so much phaedra!!
I miss Michigan. Lake Leelanau….*swoon*. Have a fab time!
it’s the absolute best, isn’t it?!
The inland sea! someday I’ll go back. It’s such beautiful country.
Hello :) I just found your blog and love it. You have some great recipes and it looks like you’re off to a wonderful vacation. Just wanted to drop a line and say hello!
thank you! xo
Have so much fun in Boyne! I finally tried Cafe Santé this year- they had a seasonal strawberry menu and it was AMAZING. Can’t wait to see your pics!
i always miss their strawberry menu and it kills me! i’d much rather have that over their blueberry one. :)
Have a great time! The Unhoneymooners is a fun read! Can’t wait to see your pictures!
thanks ladonna!! xo
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Which canned rose is your favorite that you pick up in Boyne? MI resident here, just wondering what the tourists love to get :)
you know what, when we got there i was so disappointed that they didn’t have any! we always just walk to the provisions store in boyne and they only had rose all day or something like that in a can. we ended up just doing bottles!
i’d have to say though right now my favorite canned is probably underwood – the regular and the bubbly!
Just read The Unhoneymooners last night (in one sitting – I went to bed at 2am!) and I LOVED it! I love books that make me laugh out loud for their rom-com feel and I just thought it was cute. And also loved how it highlighted how our perceptions of people can be totally wrong and assuming is the worst (and I’m the worst at assuming). This is a favorite summer read of mine!
it was so good!! xo