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May 25, 2014

Sparrow Fashion Show

As you may know, I am not that into clothing, shoes, makeup, or any of the 'pretty little things' that most girls my age are into. Although I would love to be, and appreciate fashion and all the glamorous things in life, I can never get myself to spend the money on those kinds of things. BUT after my friend, Laura (a fashion blogger from Relatively Offbeat) invited me to a fashion show in downtown Grand Rapids, I thought I should go out with her and try something new.

I though I fit in that night with all the swanky girls and fashion bloggers in the crowd. I showered that day and did my hair, make up, and even dressed the part! (Success!!) The show was a blast, and very well done. I loved feeling like I was a part of the 'fashion world' and being a part of something new.

A shout out to Sparrow Fashion for a job well done!

Here are some of my photos from the adventure:

May 17, 2014

Girls Trip - Chicago

Two weeks ago, my girlfriend Genna and I jumped on the MegaBus and headed south to Chicago for the weekend. We were meeting up with our friend Cali who has become a local of the windy city, to enjoy a weekend together of dining, shopping, site seeing, and other adventures.  
We had a great time together exploring the city, trying new restaurants, sharing stories and laughter together over cocktails, and strolling the streets and enjoying the beautiful spring weather. 

Scroll down to see a few of our photos from our weekend together!

 Little shopping models for AKIRA and H&M - Aren't they lovely! 

May 15, 2014

Making Museli

I fell in love with the healthy, hearty breakfast of museli while in Puerto Rico and when I came back home I looked everywhere to find this in stores. I was able to find a few stores who sold museli by the bag, but a small bag could cost up at $8 and only last a week. Kellogg's makes a version of this called Mueslix, but you can tell it is processed. For this reason, I decided to start making my own.

So, what is museli? The root of the word comes from Swiss German meaning 'puree' or 'mash-up'. Traditionally served in hospitals for ill patients to help them recover, this dish did not become popular in Western Countries until around the '60's. I am surprised that with how health conscious we have become, more people are not doing this.

While in Puerto Rico, the oats and seeds had been soaked in yogurt and in turn was very soft and mushy. The most common way to eat / serve this dish is to soak the oats overnight in water and lemon juice and  mix into yogurt. Delicious of course, but since I have since cut all dairy from my diet so I now prefer to eat this with almond milk poured in.

Below is the ingredients I use to make mine the way I like it, but please note; you can add or remove anything to make it the way you want it.

  • Rolled Oats
  • Raisins
  • Halved or Sliced Almonds
  • Pumpkin Seeds (buy them unsalted)
  • Sunflower Seeds (buy them unsalted)
  • Coconut Flakes (buy these unsweetened)
Once you have all the ingredients and a container to hold the museli, pour the ingredients (alternating a bit of each ingredient at a time) until your container is full. Then shake, shake, shake to mix the ingredients together. 
You can't mess this up, and can switch in different ingredients if you wish to make it the way you want it. Add dried cherries, flax seeds, craisins or anything else you want to add to make it to your liking.

This breakfast is very filling, and should hold you over for hours. This keeps me full longer and reduces my snack in-take, which is great!


May 14, 2014

Vintage Street Market

The second Sunday of the month (May through September), the Downtown Grand Rapids Market opens up their pavilion to antique vendors to showcase their collections from jewelry, clothing, furniture, home goods, trinkets and more. 

This past Sunday, I ventured downtown to check out the first Vintage Street Market and had a great time looking at the different goods that each vendor brought to the market. Personally, I am not an antique collector (besides cameras) but still enjoy looking around at the history and timeless pieces that are around. One of my favorite vendors I stopped at was a Schwinn Bicycle collector / restorer who had the most beautiful collection of Schwinn bikes in mint condition. How beautiful! 

See photos below from my first Vintage Street Market!

May 13, 2014

Tulip Time

If you have spent any time in Michigan, you have probably heard of Tulip Time. This is a week long celebration in Holland, Michigan that celebrates the Dutch Heritage and culture of those who settled in the community. There are many parades and traditional Dutch celebrations that take place throughout the week that all revolve around tulips and wooden shoes.

With my parents coming into town this past weekend, Ken and I decided to take them to Tulip Time to see the beautiful, blooming tulips around the city. Tulip and tourists were everywhere! This event brings in visitors from around the country to take part in the history of this event. It was absolutely gorgeous with the colors and blooms everywhere.

See images below for our journey to tulip time this year!