Detroit at Christmastime

 
Detroit, you’re the cutest. A lot of you probably have a negative impression of Detroit, and I’ll be honest with you – it was rough for a while, but now it’s the place to be. Enjoy the Christmas tree while you skate around Campus Martius. Head across the street and enjoy the adorable shops and the cutest place to warm up (it will have you dreaming of winter days in a log cabin up north). Also in that area you’ll find swings, an ice maze and so much more. If you haven’t already checked out downtown I highly recommend going. It’s a great place for date night or the whole family.






Lately

 
December is filled with plenty of plaid, Hallmark movies, and of course Christmas lights galore.  This past week I have been soaking up all the cliché events, and even managed to get my Christmas cards ordered (I think this is the earliest I have ever ordered them). Hope you have a great weekend and here is what I have been up to.

Saw An American in Paris at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. The show was absolutely amazing and combines a musical and ballet, which makes it super unique and different.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze always a good show to see at the holidays and than wonder why you’re not that flexible – ha.
Driving around looking at Christmas lights, probably one of my favorite things to do this time of year.
Detroit you look so chic at Christmas time. If you haven’t been I highly recommend checking out ice skating, the Christmas tree, holiday shops and more right in the heart of Detroit.
Daddy’s Home 2 is light hearted and will definitely make you laugh.
Broke out my Kate Spade ornament clutch for holiday adventures.






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Christmas Activity List


To ensure that I get the most out of the holiday season I like to make a list of things I really want to see and do. Here is my list for 2017:

Cut down a Christmas Tree
Decorate a gingerbread house
Drive around and look at Christmas lights
Go ice skating
Grab some hot chocolate
Donate to toys for tots
Roast chestnuts in a fireplace
Go see a Christmas show
Watch Hallmark Christmas movies
Run a holiday themed race

Christmas Tradition: Popcorn


Holiday traditions are my favorite and my family definitely has a few of them.  One of my favorites is getting the tin of cheese, caramel and butter divided popcorn and curling up watching Christmas movies. While the popcorn tradition is still there, I broke the mold a little when I brought Grand Rapids Popcorn into the house for Christmas two years ago – let me tell you no one was disappointed. Grand Rapids Popcorn is so much better than anything you will ever find in one of those cheap Kmart tins, and has more of a flavor variety to select from. With my love for popcorn, you can imagine a popcorn bar is a must-have for me. During the holidays it seems the only fitting place to gather around is the fireplace, so instead of my normal popcorn bar (I usually place popcorn in apothecary jars on the counter), I decided to fill a train with popcorn for guests to enjoy while sitting by a roaring fire. Instead of the traditional butter, caramel and cheddar popcorn I went with red (cherry), green (apple) and white (vanilla - taste like marshmallow and my FAVORITE). I thought it added a whimsical touch to the fireplace. Do you have a holiday popcorn bar in your home? 






City Sidewalks Busy Sidewalks

 
Downtown Rochester during the holiday season is like a scene out of Hallmark movie. The sidewalk is filled with people, the buildings are draped in Christmas lights, horse drawn carriages venture around town and Sanders has the best hot chocolate to warm you up while you’re enjoying the lights. While you are checking out the lights in downtown Rochester, don’t forget to head to Royal Park Hotel and take a look at a life-size gingerbread train.





Lately


Royal Park Hotel - Rochester, Michigan
Can you believe it's already December 1st? The year has flown by, and I am already thinking about how I can make 2018 the best year ever. In the meantime I am appreciating the little moments, and enjoying the holidays to the fullest (even though I am not a fan of Christmas). While Instagram keeps you updated on some of my life happenings I thought I would get back to sharing with you what I have been up to lately you can find a new "Lately" post each Friday bright and early.

 Hot cider and donuts by the fire at Blake's Orchard
 Ice cream dates at Cold Stone Creamery

 Checking out Christmas lights around town in the Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring
  Spending time along the Paint Creek Trail

Homemade dinners - cherry + pineapple sausage, baked beans and peas + onions