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Sedona Taphouse Date Night

Posted in Family Traditions, Life Lately
on January 23, 2017

There’s a new restaurant in town called Sedona Taphouse.  We noticed it while driving home one night, and decided to check it out.  Not only do they have Cactus Lemonade, 200+ beers on tap, award-winning clam chowder, and salted caramel cheesecake.  But, they also offer a “Steak Out For Charity” special every Monday night where you get black angus steak, for only $7 and all proceeds go to a local charity.  A delicious dinner that’s helping to support a local need, that’s also affordable…what could be better than that?!

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Best of Lattes, Lilacs, And Lullabies in 2016

Posted in Life Lately, Pinterest Projects
on January 9, 2017

I am so excited to share with you today the Best of Lattes, Lilacs, and Lullabies in 2016!  I’m so very thankful for the response that my little blog has gotten over this past year.  I’m humbled really.

This past year has been something else, and this blog has given me a creative outlet in which to express myself and share the good, the bad, and the ugly of my crazy life.  And, thankfully, you’ve embraced it!  Thank you!

In June 2016, during my “blog-cation” (as I’ve termed it), I finally “bought” my own domain name, hap-hazardly put this site together (thank you, Pinterest), and pushed “publish” on my very first post.  There’s been a lot of learning that has happened between then and now.  And a lot of posts!  62 of them to be exact.

I’d love to share with you what was most popular this year, and walk you through my first few months of blogging.  It’s been a wild wild, but a fun one!  Let’s walk down memory lane, shall we?!

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Fondue Date Night: A New Years Eve Tradition

Posted in Family Traditions, Life Lately, Pinterest Projects
on January 6, 2017

Every New Years Eve, we cuddle up on the couch in our comfy clothes with our confetti canons in hand, watch the ball drop in Times Square, and share a kiss at midnight.

To usher out the previous year, and welcome the next, we toast in our wedding champagne flutes that are brought out just for this occasion.  We reflect on the year together, and dream about what the next year may hold for us.

And, in the midst of our little romantic celebration, we make a special meal that we only indulge in on New Years Eve…Fondue!

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Family Memory Time Capsule

Posted in Family Traditions, Life Lately, Pinterest Projects
on December 31, 2016
Family Memory Time Capsule

The Family Memory Time Capsule is such a wonderful activity for your entire family.  You can Pinterest it up if you want, or “dress it down” to fit your family’s style.  The point is to capture everyone’s favorite memories, thankful thoughts, and any other creative ideas, in a Family Time Capsule.

Then, on New Years Eve, during your family celebration, pass around the Mason Jar, and take turns reading your family memories from that year.  It’s a great way to remember the year, while welcoming the next.

The possibilites for customization are endless! Here’s how I put ours together…

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How I Organized My Entire Life

Posted in Life Lately, Likes & Links
on December 31, 2016
How I Organized My Life with Erin Condren's Life Planner

This is the blog post to end all blog posts.  Here I will share with you, How I organized My Entire Life.  Not to say that there isn’t room for improvement in the organization department, but planning my days, weeks, and months…and actually writing down a plan 😉… has changed my life dramatically.

How did I organize my entire life?  Well, that’s a simple and easy answer….by become a planner addict.

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Detroit Burger Bar & Santa’s Flight Academy

Posted in Family Traditions, Life Lately
on December 23, 2016

This is my last Christmas Date Night post for 2016.  I can’t wait for next Christmas, so I can share even more Christmas Date ideas with you.  But, this last Christmas Date of 2016 didn’t disappoint.  We began at The Old Detroit Burger Bar, and ended up at Santa’s Flight Academy at Great Lakes Crossing.  With a trip to the aquarium, decorating gingerbread houses, making melted Crayon ornaments, and watching Christmas movies strewn in there too!

If you are looking for a last minute Santa visit that is over the top adorable, cute, and unique…or, if you’re just looking for a neat new spot to chow down on a big juicy burger…then you’ve come to the right place!

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Zoo Lights Date Night

Posted in Family Traditions, Life Lately
on December 19, 2016
Zoo Lights

One of our favorite Date Nights to do at Christmas time involves millions of lights, the crunch of snow beneath our boots, and the zoo  long after the animals have gone to bed.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo combines some of our favorite things..animals, hot chocolate, Santa, and every color of Christmas lights possibly imaginable.

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Christmas Date Night: Lights, Coffee Roasters, & A Giant Gingerbread Train

Posted in Life Lately
on December 7, 2016

As I was announcing my Very Rosy Christmas Giveaway LIVE on Facebook a few nights ago, I couldn’t help but share with you all some of the details of this amazing Date Night! This Christmas Date Night in Rochester, Michigan had everything!

Christmas Date Night

There were over a million Christmas light; there was Santa; there was an old fashioned Kris Kringle Market in the street; there was amazing food including a bread Pudding made from Donuts from our favorite local cider mill; there was delicious coffee; there were horses with glittered hooves pulling white carriages; and there was a completely edible life sized train made out of gingerbread!

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Christmas Tree Decorating: From Painful to Delightful

Posted in Home {Our Nest}, Life Lately
on December 6, 2016
Christmas Tree

I always envision decorating the Christmas tree in a glorious, unstresful way.  I picture a crackling fire, hot cocoa in mugs overflowing with marshmallows, Christmas music playing in the background, and us joyfully reminscing about life and memories as we delicately place each ornament on the beautifully lit tree.  And, at the conclusion of this fantasy, I picture a Christmas tree that belongs in a Pottery Barn magazine or something.

Every year, I picture this heavenly decorating day as our kick off to Christmas, and plan for it, and it never quite turns out how I’d hoped.

In this post, I’ll explain what I’ve learned over the last few years caring for and decorating a pre-lit tree.  Follow these Step By step instructions to have a Christmas tree that doesn’t become a pain the neck, & somewhat resembles a designer tree at the end of the day.

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Christmas Date Day: Eastern Market, Poinsettia Room, & Whalburgers Detroit

Posted in Family Traditions, Life Lately
on November 29, 2016

For our first Christmas Date of the season, we combined some old traditions with some new experiences. We explored the Holiday Markets at Eastern Market in Detroit, then visited the Aquarium & the Poinsettia Room at the Conservatory on Belle Isle.  And, finally, we finished off the evening with our first burger and fries at Whalburgers in Greektown.

Come explore the “D” with us on this first Christmas Date Night of 2016…

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