23 July 2021


Finally, we were blessed with a beautiful week of weather! Enjoyed a couple great day trips, reading outside, pool time and lots of long walks! While the weather doesn’t look as great this weekend and super HOT, you know we always make the most of it! Oh and Mr. Nine and I scheduled his and her colonoscopies for September, how romantic, lol. Cheers to your Friday!


1. Day in Ludington

Every time on our summer vacation, we pick a town close by to spend the day in. This time instead of going north we went an hour and a half South to Ludington. We’ve heard so many good things about this town but had only ever driven through. And while it was lovely, what we thought was going to be a quaint beach town day turned into one of the hikes of our lives! I logged like 24,000 steps that day, but it was so worth it, especially when we saw one of the most beautiful lighthouse we had ever seen.


The day started off with a Beach lighthouse track a giant pink chair and a corndog! I was craving a corndog and I swear this beach had the best concession stand ever!

We were so excited to see the Ludington State Park is there is so much to do there, and we cannot wait to bring the kids back someday. We thought it was just a walk out on appear to the lighthouse but no, it’s a hike! The path was sandy and fairly easy but thank goodness I had less dressy clothes to change into and my tennis shoes along!

We saw rain was coming in, but we were able to sit outside at the popular Jamesport Brewery for a most delightful meal! I had a hot bacon spinach salad and fabulous pineapple martini! We drove back tired in the pouring rain but thankful for a fun day trip!


2. Day in South Haven

Happy to get in a day trip with mom as week this well. We went up to South Haven, Michigan where Mr. Nine and I went in May. It’s such a great beach town. 

We did lots of our favorite things, which was to shop the cute town shops, grab a gourmet hotdog from the new hotdog stand called Chomps, which was phenomenal. We also got ice cream from Kilwins, a fresh cookie, walked it off with a long walk to the beach and finished the day relaxing watching the boats go in and out of Lake Michigan. Great Day and perfect weather.

Mom's Gingham Top HERE // Hat HERE
My Shorts HERE // Sandals HERE // Top HERE & HERE

Later in the week

We also visited with our son’s girlfriend as my mom had not seen their house yet. She happened to be babysitting two of the most precious little girlies so we got a dose of future grandma/great grandma, LOL.

3. Week's Attire
Pants HERE // Similar Top HERE // Sandals HERE

Jumpsuit HERE // Earrings HERE // Sandals HERE // Colorful Bracelets HERE

NO, I'm not wearing sweaters..BUT 2 of my favorite NSale Purchases....
Sweater HERE // Tory Burch Crossbody HERE // 
Jeans HERE

4. Cherry Sweater

I guess the Sweater is really the only reason why I called this Friday favorites cherry edition but hey, I do love cherries! (Sweater on Sale for like $22)

You knew I would have to wear a cherry sweater when I went to the cherry hut! I thought we might also make it up to the cherry festival in Traverse City but that never happened, but I sure was grateful for these photos plus the sweater happens to be one that you guys have purchased the most and one of my favorites!

Sweater HERE // Necklace HERE // Head wrap HERE // Sandals HERE // Pants HERE

5. Misc. Fun


Thought I would share with you a couple of the yummy salads I’ve made lately! Ingredients below each photo.

*Heirloom Tomato’s


*Fresh Basil 

*oven Toasted baguette slices 

*olive oil & fresh lemon

*salt and pepper 



*Mandarin oranges

*Crumbled Feta Cheese

*Diced chicken 


*2Tbsp Balsamic Vinaigrette with 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil 

Every week the nature delights. Look at my beautiful gladiolas 
from my garden I cut for a bouquet.

A Sweet Duck family on the pond path.

And finally, the Biggest Elephant Ears yes. One measured 42 inches!!


Uplifting Motivation

I can’t stop thinking about the sweet boy and the cat he found with the exact same conditions as he has. It absolutely was destiny and so precious!


Linking up with  Friday Favorites  // Metamorphosis Monday


  1. You always have the funniest memes that make me crack up!!! Oh girl! Your salads are amazing - totally better than any restaurant. Love seeing your and that precious mom of yours out and about AND loving on some babies!
    So many fun outings too - what a great week!

  2. You do find the best memes! Love those cute white shorts. What a fun trip to Ludington with Mr. Nine. I love doing those kinds of day trips. The food all looks yummers! Pineapple martini too! Those gladiolas are stunning. That photo of you and your mom with the little ones (and kitty) is so adorable! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. It looks like fun all the way around. And those salads look amazing! Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. You and your mom are so cute! It sounds like you had such a fun outing with her! Love those memes! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  5. What a wonderful trip! Love all your looks and all the fun things you did. Have a terrific weekend Andrea!

  6. STOPPP with that cat & little boy - that's so crazy!
    I always love pics of you & your momma together... love you getting that G-ma & GG-ma testing in - LOL
    Those Elephant ears... those are what I envision someone fanning Cleopatra laying on a lounger.
    Happy Friday friend!

  7. The photo of you and your mom on your day trip in front of the flowers is just too cute!! So glad the weather has turned and you're able to enjoy he outdoors again!! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  8. I love that y'all take all of these day trips! Love the cherry sweater and that Tory Burch crossbody--I did think about buying that one! Have a great weekend!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  9. I love cherries too. And the baby ducks!

  10. The tassel shirt is so cute. It would be perfect for my Mexico trips. I love cherries and that top is soo cute. Thank you for the laughs this morning!

  11. Those elephant ears look awesome. I used to love Rick Springfield. "Jessie's girl" is 1 of my all-time fave songs.

  12. What a fun week! I keep insisting we need to make Michigan one of our next vacation destinations; you make it seem like such an inviting and cute area to explore.

  13. Oh those salads look amazing... especially the first one! Yes ma'am!! And I laughed out loud at that Rick Springfield meme. That is so funny!

  14. I absolutely love lighthouses. That would be worth a hike! Have a great weekend.

  15. All of your salads look so delicious! And so does that pineapple martini! Yum! I wish I had gorgeous gladiolas! The bunnies would not leave mine alone this year. I think I need a small fence for next year. Darn bunnies!

  16. First off, I just love how you explore the areas around you. I swear that's the best part of being retired for us!!
    And your momma. She is just the sweetest thing ever.
    Then that boy and the cat? heartwarming!!

  17. You always make me laugh with your Fridays posts! Have a great Sunday!

  18. Those salads look delish! And love all your adventures especially with your sweet momma <3

    Green Fashionista

  19. I want to plan a couple of day trips this fall when it cools off. Right now I am kind of over the heat and bugs and not wanting to explore. That lighthouse would have been something my kids would have enjoyed. I should see which ones are along the coast here. We only have been to the one on Tybee Island. Love that cherry sweater and what a deal!

  20. Your trip to the lighthouse sounds wonderful and those salads look absolutely yum!


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