One of the things that draws people to travel is the change of scenery. There are so many equally beautiful yet completely different places in this world that stir that sense of amazement and newness in all of us. While there are a select few who travel the world and are constantly experiencing new surroundings, there are also those of us who travel less frequently and are grounded for longer stretches in between our trips. As such, it is always inspiring to try to bring newness and change into everyday living as well. Continue reading How to Choose Paint for Projects
Happy New Year! I’m so thankful for this past year and grateful to all of you who have followed along on this travel blogging journey! Here are the TOP 5 posts from 2017. When I look at all of the statistics, it looks like Michigan and some home decor are the more popular posts (the recipe posts- not so much- ha!). Is this true for you? What would you like to see more in 2018? Leave a comment below!
#5 Where to Eat in Traverse City. Traverse City is an ever popular city and the bays remain its most beautiful draw. However, we always look forward to frequenting our favorite restaurants when there as well as trying a few new ones.
#4 What to Do in Leland, Michigan. Check out this delightful Northern town. I hadn’t been in years and it exceeded my expectations (which were already quite high considering it’s location in Northern Michigan).
#3 What to Do in Charlevoix, Michigan. Always a favorite, this charming town in Northern Michigan never disappoints. From water sports on the smaller lakes to sunset cruising on the big lake (and shopping the darling storefronts in between), this is a town not to be missed.
#2 Inexpensive Flooring: How to Stencil Concrete Floors. A 6-week project that ended up taking 6 months (with plenty of travel breaks in between), this project was well-worth the time and the perfect solution for uneven floors and a small renovation budget. (Read more about the entire room makeover here.)
Snow days and travel difficulties signal that winter has officially settled into the Midwest. People working on the Beach Cabin had trouble getting up the hill and even had to shovel their way in. (But just looks at this beautiful progress!) Continue reading Midwest Christmas Tour
My brother has always been the adventurous one- in fact, at one point, he accused me (the definite homebody) for not preparing our parents at all for what was to come. So, it shouldn’t have been a surprised when he headed west to Montana after college. Just his packed car, his dog, Georgie, and hit the open road. Now that was brave in my book. He quickly settled into life in the small town of Philipsburg, working during the week and camping and fishing on the weekends. Aside from the somewhat regular June text that it was snowing, he seemed to enjoy being out west. I tagged along with my parents one June (thankfully, it wasn’t snowing) and could see why he liked it. Just look at these photos…Continue reading Philipsburg, Montana, Philipsburg Blue, and How They are Related
Happy Friday (again)! I have to admit that I really do look forward to these Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road days. I hope you do too!
I also have to admit that almost all of these finds happened two weeks ago, but there was just so much to share around the Thanksgiving holiday that I decided to save it for this week.
Christmas is right around the corner and I’m already nervous I am going to forget someone’s gift. Luckily, the parents are taken care of with tickets to shows and sporting events and I have most of the other gifts too. I was visiting a friend to pick up a cake she made for my mom’s birthday (it was nothing short of amazing!!!). Her house had so many of my favorite things including lots and lots of books and travel relics tastefully placed throughout. This particular personalized wall art captured my attention… How perfect is this for the travelers in your life? Now, since my entire family travels…Continue reading Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road, Take 10: Vintage Travel Magazines, Chatbooks, and a Travel-Related Gift
It’s that time of year– let the holiday family, fun, cooking, and traveling begin! I always look forward to the holidays for several reasons, one of which is time spent with family. Another is time spent with friends. Every holiday break, my college girlfriends and I meet for brunch to catch up. It is particularly special as it is one of the few times of the year that we are able to see a friend who grew up in Michigan and is currently living in England with her husband and children. She also spent three years in Norway. She and her family typically come home at Christmastime and in the summer for a few weeks. Meet Katie. I’m embarrassed that this is my first time asking these questions but am excited that she agreed to let me share her insights with you…Continue reading Thanksgiving: At Home and Abroad
“Food matters because it’s one of the things that forces us to live in this world– this tactile, physical, messy and beautiful world– no matter how hard we try to escape into our minds and our ideals. Food is a reminder of our humanity, our fragility, our createdness.” Shauna Niequest, Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes.
Again, this may be a stretch… But I’m going to go ahead and write this post anyway. Just a little backstory… My kids are like puppies. They love to be wild and then snuggle, snuggle, snuggle. “Alone time” just really isn’t a thing with them, and my introverted self is amazed by and loves them for it.
So, while they are young and think that sharing a room is fun and special, I’m more than happy to oblige. As I’m sure you have been able to gather from reading Mackinaw Road or following along on Instagram, most of our travels take us lake/oceanside. I tried to incorporate this “feel” without being to nautical or coastal. Continue reading Travel-Inspired Shared Bedroom