Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend: A Trip To Mackinaw

WOW! Where in the world did this three day weekend go? We had been looking forward to this weekend for months. I hadn't been to Mackinaw in about 5 years and I was so excited to finally go back. We had a long list of things we wanted to see and do, As the weekend approached and the weather forecast got worse by the day, it was debateable if we would be doing anything other than sitting in my in-laws camper playing cards. Luckily, this wasn't the case. 

We arrived in Mackinaw late Friday night, just in time for the rain to start. It was early to bed for us since we were tired from the drive and a camp fire was not an option. When we woke up Saturday, the rain had still not let up. It proceeded to rain alllll morning. When the rain finally cleared early afternoon, it was so hot and humid I decided it was time for a swim in the lake. That night, we went in to Mackinaw City to do some shopping. We took Lucy and were pleasantly surprised at how many shops she was allowed in. After all of our shopping, we walked down to the bridge to see it all lit up once it got dark.

Sunday morning, we woke up and headed to the island. If I only did one thing the entire weekend, I had my mind set on riding a tandem bike around the island with my husband. And that is just what I did. We also had lunch, walked through the shops, and of course bought fudge while we were there.

When we got back from the island, we went to check out the campgrounds putt-putt course. It was the first time I had seen a course that was just cement. It screwed us both up, but it was a lot of fun.

We made sure to get back in time to watch the sunset. As it turns out, we couldn't actually see the sun, but the color of the sky near the bridge was amazing anyways.

Sunday night, we also finally got our first good night for a camp fire.

Monday morning came very early. By 7am we were on our way to St. Ignace to walk the Mackinaw Bridge. If you have never heard of the Labor Day Mackinaw Bridge Walk, it is the one day a year anyone is allowed to walk on the bridge. They close down one entire side of the bridge for walkers to make the 5 mile trek from the upper peninsula to the lower peninsula. This year, there was an estimated 40,000 people who walked across.

  After crossing the finish line, we headed back to camp to pack up and head home.
The rest of our day consisted of driving in thunderstorms, bathing the dog, and doing laundry. Sounds fun, doesn't it?

Our trip to Mackinaw was action packed and it sure flew by, but it was such a fun trip! If you have never been to Mackinaw City or Mackinaw Island, I highly recommend planning a trip next summer (and inviting me). It is such a fun place to visit!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!
Anyone else do anything fun? I'd love to hear about it!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Tour Through Blogland

Happy September, and Happy Labor Day friends!

Normally I wouldn't post today since it's a holiday and everything, but the wonderful Tara from My Anything and Everything nominated me to participate in the Tour Through Blogland and today is my day! If you have never visited Tara's blog before, you are in for a real treat. My favorite of her most recent projects is her Fall mason jar vases (here). She also turned a wood crate into a fabulous wine rack (here). If you haven't heard of the Tour Through Blogland yet, it is where you get nominated by a fellow blogger, answer a few questions to allow readers to get to know you better, and then nominate three other bloggers to do the same. You will be getting a behind the scenes look at my blogging process (or lack of) and learning a little bit more about my "home life."

First and foremost, I am the wife of a wonderful man Adam, and fur-mom to a crazy dog, Lucy. 
By day, I am earning my Master's in occupational therapy and work as a childcare provider for sweet babies. By night, I run this little blog of mine. A typical evening in our home consists of eating dinner together, taking Lucy for a walk, relaxing on the hammock, and/or binge-watching netflix. 

1. What am I working on?
I am always in the middle of about ten thousand projects. Adam just doesn't understand why I can't finish one project before moving on to the next and if I'm being honest, I don't know why either. I did just finished my Wood Plank Coffee Table that I absolutely love (here). There has been talk of making some end tables to match, but we will see. Other than that I've got big ideas in my head: makeover the guest bedroom, stencil the master bedroom wall, add a shelf in our laundry room, paint the front door. Realistically though, I will probably just dive right in to some fall decor. I feel like now that it is September, that is allowed. I also got the itch to start crocheting again last night. I guess what I am trying to say is, you'll just have to check back to find out :)

2. How does my work differ from other's of its genre?
I don't really know how to answer this, because I feel like I don't really have one genre. I like to dip my toes in a little bit of everything, but maybe that's what makes me unique. Maybe I'm different because I am still trying to find my style.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
In the midst of wedding planning, I wanted to keep our friends and family up to date on plans. I loved sharing wedding DIY projects, and I just wasn't ready to give that up when the wedding was over. I love making projects for our home, so I figure why not share them with the world.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
This is something I have really been trying to work on in the last few weeks, because I do not have a process at all! If I don't have a post written or anything to say I just don't post anything. If I don't have time for a project, the supplies just sit in the basement waiting for me to get to them. I get all these ideas in my head, but never write them down. With school starting back up, I am worried that this space will be forgotten once again, and I want to try really hard to make sure that doesn't happen. I started planning out posts ahead of time and scheduling them, so I know I will always have something to share. I started jotting down ideas so I don't forget them. Hopefully I can keep this up. I might even write a post about how I am trying to stay organized, what things work, and what things don't!

Now that I've shared a bit about myself, I am nominating the following wonderful ladies to do the same!

Samantha @ The Samantha Life

Amanda @ Happily Ever After

Mary Leigh @ Thrift for Today

Christ follower. Wife. Daughter Sister. Friend.
Thrift for Today is about all things thrifty, DIY, crafts, home, marriage, family, and friendship. Blogging about a little of this and a little of that.

I can't wait to read your posts, ladies!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Button Swap

I love finding new blogs to read, and usually spend a lot of time scanning blogger's side bars for some of the blogs they enjoy reading. I would love to swap buttons with you to share your blog  and mine with new readers. Sounds fun, right? 

If you're interested, shoot me an email at melaniegetsmarried@gmail.com. 

Here is what I will need from you:
-your button with a width of 300 pixels
-link to your blog
-button size you will need from me

You may also use one of these buttons I have already created if you'd like!

<center><a href="http://melaniegetsmarried.blogspot.com/"target=_blank"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-O30ixJKJNEs/U-fgvh8-pcI/AAAAAAAAFio/BUD5KCyuJu4/s800/button4.png"title="Melanie Gets Married" /></a></center>

<center><a href="http://melaniegetsmarried.blogspot.com/"target=_blank"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-90SRCGQQfhs/U-fgvsvJvnI/AAAAAAAAFik/aS0CEj0Nz-M/s800/button5.jpg"title="Melanie Gets Married" /></a></center>

Can't wait to hear from you!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wood Plank Coffee Table

I had been wanting to switch out our coffee table for a while. There was nothing wrong with the coffee table we had, I was just ready for a change and envisioned something that matched both our entertainment center and our bench.

Since I am always terrified of ruining our furniture when doing a makeover. I always try to makeover our older pieces, or pieces people have given us (usually those hanging around in the basement). So when I decided to do a coffee table makeover, it's no surprise that I used the basement's coffee table and put the other one in its place.

This coffee table was still in pretty good shape as well, it just wasn't really my style. While plain and do-able for a basement, I wanted to create something amazing for the living room. 

what you will need:
paint of your choice
wood stain and poyurethane
wood glue

Our first step was to lightly sanded the top of the coffee table to ensure the wood glue would stick properly and then I painted the bottom. I used Folk Art's Chalk Paint in White Adirondack, as well as their Clear Wax. I ended up needing two coats of the chalk paint before waxing. 

While I was painting, I enlisted my husband to cut the 1x4's to a length that just fit over the coffee table. He sanded all the edges and curved them a little bit for me as well. Once he was down, I stained all the wood. 

Once everything was dry, we used very generous amounts of wood glue to put the planks in place. We also used my school books and some weights to hold all the planks down while the glue dried. We waited to put the polyurethane on until the glue had dried and we could remove the books and weights without shifting the planks. Another 24 hours for the polyurethane to dry, and our wood plank coffee table was complete!

I think that it really does tie in well to the rest of the living room, it matches the TV stand and bench nicely as well. Now that I've made the coffee table, I want to make some end tables to match! In fact, the matching end tables for the coffee table are in my basement too!

Now if I could just figure out that funky corner where the shelf is, we'd be all set!

Happy Hump Day, friends!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day to our Lucy Lou!

"A dog is the only being on earth that loves you more than he loves himself"

Lucy Lou,
You put a smile on my face each and every day. 
I look forward to your cuddles each morning and your excitement each afternoon when I walk through the door. 
I love your floppy ears and your fluffy tail.  
You are the best first dog I could ever ask for.
Thank you for making our house a home.
Your daddy and I love you very much!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Celebrating Two Years

Yesterday, we celebrated our two year wedding anniversary! When we woke up, Adam made me my favorite breakfast, chocolate chip waffles. The morning and afternoon were pretty typical weekend days for us. Adam mowed the lawn while I worked on a coffee table redo (hoping to have this done by wednesday to show off). We noticed a few branches in our large tree out front that had cracked, so we attempted to get those down as well. One out of three isn't too bad, right?

Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for our big night out. We exchanged gifts before leaving the house. I made Adam a t-shirt that says "Need S'more Camping." 

And he got me a....


...just kidding. Inside the box was a beautiful bracelet I have been wanting for a while. Somebody was very good at picking up on some obvious hints. 

The bracelet is from Vintage Stamp Jewels. It is the Sterling Silver Infinity and Heart Bracelet. Did my man do good or what?

Next on the agenda was attempting a few photos of us before heading out on our big date. We even tried to get Lucy in on a few. She was less than thrilled.

We went to Olive Garden for dinner and had a fabulous meal. With full bellies, we headed over to the putt-putt golf course in our town. Adam ended up winning, but I gave him a run for his money. AND I even got a hole in one on the last hole! When we left he said "You did good. I didn't beat you nearly as bad as I usually do!" Thanks babe. I don't remember my putt-putt skills being that bad.

On our way home, I was informed that I had two chapters of reading and nine worksheets to finish for the first day of class on Tuesday. Summer was so good while it lasted!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Two Year Anniversary!

twenty-four months.
one hundred and four weeks.
seven hundred and thirty days.
seventeen thousand, five hundred, and thirty-two hours.
one million, fifty-one thousand, and two hundred minutes.
sixty-three million, one hundred and thirteen thousand, and nine hundred seconds

Two years ago today, I married the love of my life. 
I am such a lucky lady to have this wonderful man by my side. 

Happy Anniversary Adam! 
Thanks for putting up with me and all my crazy projects.
 I love you MORE.

Last year, I wrote an anniversary series for the week leading up to our big one year. Read all about

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chocolate Chip Stuffed Raspberries- A Simple Snack

Say hello to my new favorite snack...

The past few weeks, Meijer has had their raspberries on sale for a dollar. One dollar people, how could I turn that down? The answer: I couldn't. I stocked up on one of my favorite fruits and started eating them by the handful. But what's better than a bowl full of raspberries? A bowl full of raspberries and chocolate!
If you have not tried these yet, you must! All you have to do is wash your raspberries and stick a chocolate chip inside each one. They are to.die.for

I realize that this is something that we have all seen on pinterest so I know I didn't just create some groundbreaking new snack. All I am saying is if you haven't tried it yet, DO IT! Especially if your grocery store is selling raspberries for a dollar! And hey, it's fruit, so it's at least somewhat healthy right?

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