Coronavirus Quarantine Life

Hi Friends!

How are you doing during this Coronavirus quarantine?  We are doing well, staying HOME, and trying to do all that we can to avoid exposure to this crazy virus.

I am usually VERY strict about lighting seasonal candles only during the appropriate season.  This quarantine has thrown all of those rules out the window!  Loving going through all of my candles with zero regard as to which season they correspond to!  Burning my all time favorite Bath and Body Works Winter Candle Apple as we speak 🙂

Last week my husband took my kids on a bike ride and my son fell asleep in the bike trailer.  Every time!!!  I was waiting inside (DAMN BROKEN TOE 3 MONTHS LATER) with open arms and an open book! My daughter took this picture, I love it.  He slept on me for over an hour like this!  FYI…the book I’m reading in this photo is Wake of the Sadico By Jo Sparkes (affiliate)!  I’m still reading but plan to finish this weekend (hopefully today).  I’ll have a full review and GIVEAWAY for you next week!  Stay tuned…

Reading side by side with my daughter one night last week.  The best!  I really, really hope that she will always and forever love books as much as her mama does…

My precious vintage Marshall Field’s teddy bear in our window (Marshall Field’s I MISS YOU) is hopefully providing smiles for people out walking during this quarantine.

Happy Passover to those celebrating!  We had such a lovely virtual seder with my family!

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My Life: Our Perfect Getaway

My husband and I recently returned from the most relaxing, most beautiful, and most lovely 4 day getaway in Michigan.  No kids, no plans, no schedule.  Just us. We filled our days with delicious food, great shopping, and endless relaxing.

It was glorious.

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Our hotel was stunning.  It had an actual “drawing room” where him and I sat on couches and read books.  Fire in the fireplace, rain on the windowsills, coffee in hand.  Pure heaven.

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(The book I’m currently reading.  It’s adorable so far, I’m about halfway through.  Thank you, Francie Arenson Dickman, for sending this to me to read and review for the blog! It provided me with the perfect reading material for my trip!  Readers: I’ll have a full review and a book GIVEAWAY for you once I finish reading…Stay tuned)!

View from our hotel room:

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We visited a total of 6 beach towns (Saugatuck, South Haven, Grand Haven, Holland, Muskegon, and New Buffalo) on this trip and loved seeing the local sights.

Tiny, independently owned bookstore.

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Local coffee shop with a tucked away window seat. LOVE.

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Cutest stores I have ever seen.  Each individual store was approximately 64-120 sq ft.  We LOVED walking through these (and I bought a beautiful handmade wool and cashmere scarf which I already plan on living in all winter long).

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Antique Store:


Farmers Market:

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On our last morning, I woke up before my husband and enjoyed a beautiful sunrise over the marina with my book and our hotel’s DELICIOUS coffee.  Perfection.

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And just for fun…a story 🙂

7 years ago, my husband and I took our very first trip to Michigan (we have since been back 3 times).  I was pregnant with my daughter at the time and we had bought our house about a year and a half prior to our trip.  We arrived in Saugatuck (my favorite town in Michigan) and came across a beautiful art gallery.  There were signs posted in the windows that the gallery was going out of business and everything was 70% off.  70% off for beautiful, one of a kind gallery oil paintings?!  We were so lucky!  The walls of our new home were still bare and this was a perfect opportunity!  We immediately went inside and spent a VERY long time looking through all of the paintings to find the perfect one.  We couldn’t believe our good luck and how fortunate we were to randomly be in town on the VERY weekend they were going out of business.  Amazing.  We finally chose a beautiful painting of a vase of flowers and because the frames were also 70% off, of course we had to choose a custom frame.  We left the store while they framed our one of a kind piece of art feeling fantastic.  What a deal we just got!  We couldn’t wait to return a few hours later to pick up our treasure.  While we waited, we walked across the street.  We entered a store and couldn’t believe our eyes…they had the EXACT same pieces of one of a kind art we had just seen.  How could this be?!  We walked back across the street to our gallery and stopped to carefully read the signs all over the windows.  They in fact did NOT say they were going out of business…they said they were going out FOR business.  And nowhere did anything say the pieces were one of a kind.  We couldn’t stop laughing!  They totally got us. #suckers

7 years later and of course we had to visit our favorite gallery and their genius marketing.  Exact same crooked signs.  Still there.  Still going out FOR business.  Brilliant.


And here’s our NOT one of a kind, must buy it TODAY while this amazing deal is still going on super fancy piece of custom framed art which has been proudly hanging in our dining room for the past 7 years:


And to be quite honest, it’s one of my favorite things in our home because I smile whenever I think about it’s story. 🙂

Thank you, Michigan, for another amazing getaway and for giving us such beautiful memories.  Until next time… 



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