Farewell Summer

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So, Autumn is right around the corner, September 23rd to be exact!

Although I am extremely excited for fall blog posting,

The season also marks the one year anniversary of DomesticatedDiva.net

I am very thankful I was able to spend the last bit of the summer weather up north.

Top five things I LOVED about this trip


1: Catching the sunrise every morning (This was also helpful for having the campsite bathroom to myself, win!)
2: Saw my FIRST shooting star..AT 11:11!! I know, I was just as surprised when I noticed the time (my wish better come true;P)


3: The ferry Boat ride under the bridge (I guess there are only two day times that they go under the bridge) It was amazing!


4: Biking Mackinac Island, for the second time. -8.2 Miles

The M-185 is an eight mile state highway that loops around Mackinac Island’s shoreline. We rented two bikes, one with a tag-a-long attachment. With the attachment Baylor had the option to peddle or relax.


5: Farmers Market -Support local <3


Our first night we stayed at WM Mitchell State Park, in Cadillac. The park is a popular park in northern lower Michigan. The park is on the water and located between lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac. I highly recommend this campground! We chose to stay by the water at every campsite we choose. This made for cold nights but beautiful sunrises, so worth it!


 The next day we headed up north to Mackinaw City. We stayed at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campgrounds. This, my friends, has to be the Hilton of campgrounds. Heated pool, mini golf, a camp store, bike rentals, and lakeside camping, just to name a few reasons why we stayed here two nights! The campgrounds in Mackinaw City provide shuttle buses to and from the fairy, SO SO helpful! Staying on the Island can be over $300 a night and most places require a two night minimum. If you want to live luxuriously and get a little boozy staying on the Island is worth all that money! I have had the experience of staying on the island and it felt like paradise, so I do believe both ways can be enjoyable. The trip can be expensive or it can be inexpensive.

Cheaper Route: The island is okay with you bringing your own food, so if you decide to camp off the island to save money, you can also pack a picnic and enjoy it by the water on the island. Purchase your tickets for the Island at your campsite, its usually just a few doll hairs cheaper, but hey, every penny counts right?

Expensive Route: Staying on the Island. The grand Hotel is a site to see, but I would recommend a bed and breakfast spot on the island any day! We stayed at Harbor view Inn last year, and I was very pleased!, the hotel staff picks up your luggage right from the ferry and takes it to your hotel, so you can explore right when your feet hit the ground! During the summer season the island accommodates nearly 15,000 visitors per day. So make sure to make your reservations before, because finding a room the day of, is nearly impossible.

 

You will find these Rock Cairns at three different spots on the Island. Rock Cairns are small mounds of stones and pebbles built to mark biking and hiking trails as a memorial to having been somewhere or as a simple art form. It is traditional for each person passing by a Cairn to add a stone as a small bit of maintenance to counteract the effects of wind and weather.  I purchased a few glow sticks for the trip. I broke one open and placed it in a water bottle, and we had glow in the dark ring toss!, so fun!
  The greatest S’more combo I have ever had and not because Fudge Stripes are my favorite cookie;)

Thank you for reading, & feel free to share any thoughts on MI travel! 

Much love & Happy Sunday!

Let’s talk about Groupon..

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TGIF Guys!!
I wanted to share with you, my experience with Groupon. I have recently met people who have never used it, or they’re just skeptical of the site..don’t be!
I myself have purchased 44 Groupons and counting! I have taken trips, purchased clothes, and used plenty of the beauty services..there really is no reason to pay full price for a massage now! I love this app!
Groupon also has great customer service. With that said, if you don’t love your purchase, Groupon and its participating sellers are pretty great about returns and refunds. I have only had to return one item, it was easy and I was reimbursed within two days..So why not try it? 
Groupon launched in Chicago in 2008.
Groupon offers activities, travels, goods, and services, at discounted prices. I really enjoy the local section; gives me a reason to get out and experience this lovely city!
Soon I will be traveling up North to Traverse City, Michigan. Though I make it UP there every year, I used Groupon this year for something new. 

I love Traverse City and could probably spend an entire blog post talking about it!.OH wait! I did!  🙂 Check out Michigan Travel section for the previous visits. 

I booked a hotel on the water, a happy hour cruise with NAUTI CAT CRUISES, and a five hour chauffeured winery tour with Gand Traverse Tours. I can not explain how excited I am to share with you guys our vacation outfits and fun so stay tuned!

Happy Weekend!

Save it for a rainy day..

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Hey guys!! I am sharing tonight a throwback for you:)! Have a great weekend!   

Baylor and I will be taking our 12 hour voyage to the south this Wednesday!! I’ve started thinking of easy portable ways to entertain our toddler for that time.

A simple portable indoor outdoor sandbox:))

With all the rain were having today, why not?

You can use rice, sand, or beans. When finished, simply sweep up and return to the storage bin. (I used a 24 L one)

  

Peanut Butter Strawberry Smoothie

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I have shared on the blog how much I love our Magic Bullet Blender, and my smoothie talent would not be nearly as great with out this appliance. Today I have discovered an app that I can use to show you just how easy it is to use the blender and create a healthy, quick, snack, in just under TWO MINUTES!! The app I downloaded is called Videoshop. I found this app just by simply searching online for the Top Free Video Editing Apps. There were a few to choose from, but out of the six that I had tried this one was my favorite. It let me use my entire two minute video, unlike some apps that make you cut the video’s length. I could add text and music, just by following them on a social media site, it enables the options for you to do so. I am looking forward to using this app more for some recipes or fitness posts I may try out for the site:) Like always I’ll keep ya posted!!

 

  • 6 Strawberries
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/3 cup Of PB
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/3 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 cubes of ice

Blend & Enjoy!

 

All Fools’ Day

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Happy April 1st!! Instantly thought of April fools day…Where does this day stem from? 🤓☝🏽️👀 I #Googled ||On this day in 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other. Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery. 

Trisha’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Nothing to bring to the table for The Big Game?! Here is a simple 5 ingredient buffalo chicken dip, for the fans that like a little kick in their food! ENJOY!

  
Ingredients

One large can of chicken, drained
One block cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ranch
1/2 cup hot sauce (I add a little more)
1 cup of mozzarella Cheese

Add all ingredients together in a bowl and mix

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I sometimes use a little more chicken too.
Or double the recipe!

Maybe some bleu cheese crumbles on top? Ohhh the possibilities!

*You can bake it in the oven at 350 til desired eating temp
{{If cooked in the microwave just remember to stir occasionally! I usually do 45 second increments}}
HAPPY DIPPING!

Travel Journal Chicago IL

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Chicago, Illinois

January 15-17, 2016

 

My birthday week has officially arrived!!

This is my second time celebrating a birthday in Chicago,

and I have never been disappointed with the feeling of adventure

I get when exploring this large city. There is just so much to see and do.

We spent our first night becoming brew-masters at Goose Island

 

Skinny French Toast

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Ingredients
2 slices whole wheat bread
1/4 cup milk (nonfat)
1/2 cup egg beaters
tsp cinnamon
tsp vanilla extract
tsp splenda

Directions
Mix together all ingredients in a bowl (except bread)

Dip each slice of bread on each side into mixture.

Coat pan with non-stick spray & turn stove on med/low heat.

Place in pan (sautee or frying pan) for approximately 3-4 mins on each side.

Serve and enjoy! This is only enough for two slices – plenty filling for one person.

May top with powdered sugar, margarine, sugar free preserves or sugar free syrup.