Shopping and Baseball and Car Rides, Oh My!

Hey everyone! It was nice to have one last hurrah before school starts – a trip to Detroit! This post will be a recap of the trip, and Wednesday’s post will be the eats 😀

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Mom and I headed out right after my cross country meet where I got 4th place! My time was 21:08. It was so. hot. Which figures since we ran at 12:30!

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Mackinac Bridge

After what seemed like forever, we finally made it to our hotel. We were so tired, we just went straight to bed!

The next morning we woke up ready to shop.

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We went to Great Lakes Crossing, Michigan’s largest outlet mall! I’m telling you, it has the largest Forever 21 you will ever go to. It’s the size of a department store. Oddly, I couldn’t find a single thing there. Crazy. Normally I’m head over heels in that store! I really didn’t get too many clothes. I don’t need any! I did get…

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an anchor shirt! I’ve been looking so long for one and I finally found one! It’s from Windsor Store. I’m thinking first day of school outfit! Some more purchases:

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Victoria’s Secret actually had good deals. Running shorts for $8, tshirt and capris each $10, sports bra for $5!

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White jeans at American Eagle for $12!

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I didn’t even run that day. Walking around the mall was workout enough!

After shopping we headed to the heart of Detroit – Comerica Park!

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Go Tigers!

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The Tigers were ahead 5-2 when we decided to leave in the bottom of the seventh. Good thing we left, because literally the minute we were on the road it started POURING! Pouring like couldn’t see the car in front of you and going 45 on the freeway. Luckily we made it to our hotel safe in about a half hour!

On the way home we stopped at the Mystery Spot to say hi to my cousins – they own it! We also stopped to find a Geocache.

I finished two books during this road trip – “The Michigan Murders” and “Almost Anorexic”. They were both amazing books. Highly recommended reads.

Now I’ll just be enjoying my last day of summer – I start high school on Tuesday! Wish me luck 😀

Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day August

Last month I participated in the amazing program called Foodie Pen Pals! If you haven’t participated yet, go on over and register. Seriously. It’s so much fun! Lindsay does such a great job!

I received my package from Mickie, who doesn’t have a blog. She is from Idaho, where my cousins live! In my package…

Huckleberry Brownie Mix. Um yes please. So excited to make them.

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Wild Huckleberry Apple Jelly. Delish on toast.

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Huckleberry WHITE CHOCOLATE cocoa mix. Yes.

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And last but not least…

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Butter Toffee almonds. Immediately torn open when I got the package. So. Yummy.

I could not have asked for a better pen pal this month. Mickie was amazing! Thanks again, girl!

WIAW – A Day at the Market

It’s Wednesday, yet again, and that means it’s WIAW!

Breakfast

I had a piece of toast with half pb&banana half avocado.

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I had the exact same thing when I got home from cross country. One piece of toast isn’t enough for breakfast!

Lunch 

Since it was like 90 degrees out I wanted something cold and refreshing. Which means green smoothie. It was NOT as good as normal though, since I only had kale, no spinach 😦 I really don’t like kale in smoothies. It never mixes well.

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I knew I needed something more so I had, you guessed it, an avocado turkey sandwich. It will never get old.

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Then I headed to the Farmer’s Market to set up my stand! I sold my green beans and tomatoes. My cousin sold her wine racks and homemade purses, and my mom sold Tastefully Simple! It’s only $5 to set up a stand, so I figured why not? I made $12 😀

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Dinner

I don’t even know what dinner was. A whole bunch of randoms thrown together. I wish I was creative with meals, but I’m not. I eat the same things everyday.

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Green beans, broccoli & hummus, tomatoes, guac, chips & salsa. I really wasn’t even hungry that much. The weather was all groggy and humid which makes me not hungry!

Dessert

I had big plans. I actually felt like baking something! I had so many recipes. But that’s the problem. I get overwhelmed and can’t pick something! So, dessert ended up being ice cream. Moose Tracks and Vanilla. With horrrrible quality.

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So… not my best day of eats, but not my worst. But check out these amazing (and simple) treats!

Sunnie’s Healthified Reese’s

Kathryn’s Oatmeal Bites

Aurora’s Banana Custard

Have a happy Hump Day! 😀

8th Grade Recognition

I wrote most of this post back in June and never got around to posting it. Oops! I figure I probably should share before I start high school next month!

Woohooo I’m officially a high schooler! No more middle school!! I can’t even explain how ecstatic I am to be out of that prison. See ya never!

Graduation was on Monday and the last day was on Tuesday. My school has a whole ceremony and banquet- the whole shabang.

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My dress is one that I bought at TJ Maxx about 5 years ago – for $3! It was always too big, but when I tried it on this time it fit perfect!

We took lots of pictures and had a dinner. I seriously ate so. much. pizza. My belly had no feeling.

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I gave a speech. This is something I never imagined I would do. It was actually more of a poem since it rhymed. It talked about the memories of middle school and what to expect in high school. Everyone told me I did great, and it was really fun writing it!

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Then we had a dance for a few hours. No one really danced, but we took lots of pictures. And you know what? I had fun!

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I really hope I have a good time in high school and enjoy it. It’s my last 4 years of living at home and not having to worry about things. Let’s just hope I remember that!

Do you remember your middle school graduation? What about high school?

Fashion Friday {Fair Week}

It looks like Fashion Friday is making an appearance! It’s been quite awhile since I shared any outfits (mostly because I wear running clothes everyday) but I did dress up last week for the fair!

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shirt: TJ Maxx

shorts: American Eagle

shoes: a store in Florida that I forgot 😉

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shirt: Aeropostale

shorts: American Eagle

please look at how alien my feet look lol 😉

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shirt: COMO

shorts: So

shoes: Claires

bracelets: Charlotte Russe

I’m thinking about maybe doing a back to school Fashion Friday next week. Yes? No? Let me know! Have a great weekend everybody!

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Yesterday I took a trip with a group from church to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It was so nice to get away for the day and hang out with nature!

I had some toast then squeezed in a quick 3 mile run before we left knowing I wouldn’t want to run when I got home. When I got to church they had doughnuts… and chocolate milk… and I couldn’t resist 😉

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After some brief problems finding the trail, we were finally on our way! The hike lasted a little over an hour and covered just over 3 miles.

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I was starving when we finally made it to the beach and eagerly devoured my lunch – PB&J, broccoli & carrots, and an apple.

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I wasn’t planning on going swimming but people looked like they were having fun so I caved 😀 Lake Superior was pretty cold, but really refreshing!

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Frisbee was played and rocks were picked

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We hiked back and within 10 minutes of leaving we were caught in a torrential downpour. God blessed us with a beautiful day hiking though, so I’m not complaining! We stopped at Hardee’s on the way home. I didn’t want anything because a) I don’t like fast food and b) I had this waiting for me at home!

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I watched the Tigers, pinned, and was more than ready for bed at 9:00. I’m a grandma 😉

WIAW – Dad’s for Dinner

Hey everyone! It’s a great day because it’s WIAW! i.e. my favorite day of the week. These are Monday’s eats!

Breakfast

I came home from cross country and I couldn’t even do 8 minute abs because I was so. hungry. I didn’t eat breakfast before practice which wasn’t one of my best ideas… I barely made it home. So I had toast, then did 8 minute abs, then had a green smoothie. It was a big deal that I changed my routine and ate before 8 minute abs! And since I was so rushed I didn’t take a picture… so here’s yesterday’s breakfast, the exact same thing, just eaten at once 😉

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Lunch

I ate lunch around 3 (due to my lake breakfast). Then I found out we were going to my dad’s for dinner, and I started getting stressed. What if I don’t like what’s for dinner? What if I’m not hungry? I felt so bad. I hated the feeling I had.

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I now get cheese.. and mayo on my sub! 😀

Eventually it went away and I wanted dinner. We went over there to have chicken and pork chops on the grill. Nothing I really wanted, but I made a compromise. I’d take a chicken breast and make a salad!

Dinner

I had a nice time at dinner and enjoyed my time there! I made this salad, and it was so good. Also we had some steamed garden fresh broccoli on the side 😀

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It was that good, I made it again for dinner last night 😉

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It was fun hanging out at Dad’s, especially since I got to drive the dune buggy!

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Today I’m off to go hiking at Pictured Rocks with the altar servers from church! See ya later! 😀

MIMM – A Bit of Everything

I can’t believe I go back to school in two weeks. Where did the summer go?! I have quite a few marvelous happenings that I want to share, so let’s get started!

Marvelous… All of last week was spent at the fair. My cross country team had to clean up after all the concerts so we got in free everyday! I will admit, after a few days I was pretty sick of the fair food. I didn’t think it was possible to get sick of elephant ears!

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Marvelous… My garden is doing amazing. I have so much produce I don’t know what to do with! I think I’ll do a more detailed post of the garden… coming soon! This is yesterdays haul, and I still have to go back today!

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Marvelous…2 new magazines to read 😀

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Marvelous… the little cafe we went to last week! Oh my goodness it was so cute. And their menu was fantastic! It was hard, but I finally decided on the chicken pesto panini. 

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Marvelous… finding my FAVORITE ice cream flavor at the stand. Peanut Butter Mackinac Island Fudge. It’s a rarity to find, so if you do you MUST get it. So. Yummy.

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Marvelous…eating another hamburger!

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Marvelous…being in a fashion show! I was asked last minute to model some dresses for a local boutique and of course I said yes! It was my first time ever modeling, and it was so much fun!

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Not so marvelous… bird in the house! Yesterday Cleo brought the poor little guy in.

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So that was a bit all over the place but that’s okay! I have so many post ideas but I need to get writing first, lol 😀 Hope everyone’s Monday was as good as a Monday can be!

Currently

Hey everyone, long time no see! I’ve been tagged by Miranda to do this little survey floating around, and I thought now would be the perfect time! But first I’m gonna talk a little about what I’ve been up to. I’ve been at “the cabins” with my dad’s family for the past couple of days. I’m supposed to stay for the week, but I had to come home early since cross country officially started!

I had a lot of fun there. I didn’t have any plans so I just took each day as it came. Every morning I ran the 5 (hilly) miles around the lake. Breakfasts were usually toast and cereal, lunches were sandwiches, and dinner was whatever was made. I actually ate all of the dinners, not worrying about time or what they were! I hardly took any pictures, which is why this post is looking a little wordy 😉 Anyway, I had a really nice time catching up with my family and just relaxing. I mean, look at this view we had everyday!

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So now the survey! Let’s go 😀

Current book:

The Michigan Murders. I’m about halfway through, and it is really good. Crime lover right here!

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Current music:

Whatever is on the radio. I like everything but country!

Current guilty pleasure:

Mom made scones and let’s just say I’ve eaten my fair share 😉

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Current nail color:

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Current drink:

Water. All day every day. With an occasional glass of milk thrown in.

Current food:

The past two days have been toast. One with peanut butter and banana, one with avocado.

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Current TV show:

MLB Baseball. Go Tigers!

Current wish list:

An iPod shuffle! I want to get one so I can listen to music while I run without having to wear an arm band. Anyone want to get rid of one?! 😉

Current needs:

There’s nothing that I really need right now. Oh wait – a haircut would be nice! It’s split end central over here!

Currents indulgence:

Elephant ears and funnel cakes and caramel apples and french fries. Okay, fair food! It’s fair week!

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Current blessing:

Just enjoying the rest of my summer and being happy! 😀

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Current excitement:

My first cross country meet next Friday!

Now I want to hear these answers from Brittany, Liz, Sunnie, Molly, Allie, and Katherine! If you want to do it please feel free!

Have a great weekend everyone 😀