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Throwback Thursday camping at michigan holland state park

Throwback Thursday camping at Michigan Holland state park

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Good morning Campers!

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

If you’ve read some of my early posts you know I’m not a big fan of the great outdoors. Oh, I love to be in my garden and a walk on the beach is one of my all time favorite things. But at night give me my nice king size bed and electric blanket if I need it and that’s my idea of comfort! Since I’ve moved to America 8 years ago I have spent exactly 2 nights in a tent. And that was one night too many! The first night was quite nice but on the second one, I froze! That was several years ago and I’m just now starting to feel my toes again! So when we went to Holland, Michigan to visit their annual Tulip Festival I was a bit nervous because we were going to try camping again! But my step-daughter has come to my rescue. She just bought a huge camping trailer and invited us to stay with her and her fiancé. This thing is pretty much a house on wheels! It has moving walls to make it bigger when you’re parked for the night. There’s a bathroom with a shower, a nice kitchen, air conditioning and a big heater! It even has a fireplace! OK, it’s an electric one but still, now you’re talking about my kind of camping.

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

So with that problem solved all I had to do was enjoy myself. I’m VERY experienced for that! There are all kinds of campgrounds to choose from. We wanted to be near the festival area and as luck would have it there is a Michigan State Park right next to Holland. This city is right next to Lake Michigan and the park is too. In fact the park is also just across the road from the much smaller Lake Macatawa. So we got 2 lakes for the price of 1! We were only staying one night because I was still nervous about the whole camping thing so after we went to the Tulip Festival on Saturday afternoon we drove back to the park to have dinner and relax. Holland State Park is actually 2 parks; one near each lake. So after dinner we went to the other park to watch the sunset. OMG! I wish I had gone there earlier! What a great beach! It was wide with powdery white sand. Of course in early May no one was swimming yet. It hadn’t been too long ago that the lake was covered in ice! But the weather was summery and there were lots of people relaxing and playing on the beach and watching the sun set over Lake Michigan.

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

We went back to the camper and got ready for bed. That night a strange and unexpected thing happened, I slept! I was expecting to have a big problem but actually woke up Sunday feeling pretty good. And I wasn’t cold at all! So maybe I could go camping again! We had a delicious breakfast and then went to explore the park. There was a long trail that started near the entrance and went through the trees and up and down and up the hills again until you got to a high overlook. From the top we could see both lakes, the beach and the old lighthouse. This was great! I love walking and when you can do it with a view it’s even better. We walked back to the campsite and then got in the car for the drive home. I couldn’t believe how much better this camping experience was than the last one!

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

So why would anyone go camping? I wondered this too. But I think I have some answers. Well one of the big draws is cost. Not so much for the motor home or trailer but for the night’s charge. A night at a hotel in this area during the Tulip Festival would easily top $100 to $150 and that’s if you could find a room. The campground charged only $35 each night. Another plus is you know what you’re getting. When you carry your bed and kitchen with you, there aren’t any surprises about how well you’ll sleep and eat. But I think the biggest plus is probably the people. They just seem friendlier! I mean if you see someone at your motel you might say hi or excuse me as you’re trying to pass each other in the hall. But when you’re camping it’s not uncommon to be invited to have a seat at the next door neighbor’s campfire. There are downsides too of course. I already mentioned the lack of temperature control in your tent! There’s also bugs, dirt and having a long walk to the bathroom if you don’t have a camper with it’s own facilities! But all in all, it’s hard to beat sitting under a sky full of stars, listening to the night sounds from the woods and poking the logs in the fire to get it to burn a bit better. Hmmm, where to go next?

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

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Grace

graded by grace my arm charms review

Graded by grace my arm charms review

stacking up bracelets
stacking up bracelets

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you probably already noticed that I LOVE My Arm Charms bracelets! You can see me wearing them in almost every post. And recently I am in the boho mood so I love stacking up bracelets with those arm charms.

These are the arm charms I own from My Arm Charms:

So why do I like them; I mean beyond the obvious that they look great on my arms? One key feature I really appreciate is that they are well made. I don’t think I’m alone in getting frustrated in buying a new piece of shiny, jingly bling and the first time out something falls off or the clasp opens up. Not so with these pieces. I’ve already worn them for more than 3 months, and I’m not easy on my accessories. These bracelets even worked their charms out of the country when I took some of them to Mexico on my vacation. That means water, sun, piña coladas, sand, sunscreen, packing and unpacking and oh, did I mention piña coladas? But after that and more, they are all still in very good shape. No color fading, none have broken, no missing parts or malfunctions. All that and shopping from the comfort of your own home AND great prices? I mean this isn’t a difficult call.

stacking up bracelets
stacking up bracelets

This watch is never lonely, it comes in a combo package with these cute bracelets. 🙂

stacking up bracelets
stacking up bracelets

They are perfect for accompanying your favorite wristwatch. I mean when you look this fabulous there’s always somewhere you have to be:

stacking up bracelets
stacking up bracelets
stacking up bracelets
stacking up bracelets

Or just pair up with other bracelets, and it’s true, more is better!

stacking up bracelets
stacking up bracelets
stacking up bracelets
stacking up bracelets

Remember I mentioned that they are also very reasonable priced. Hey, don’t just take my word for it; I did some research for you! For example, this is a classic bracelet from David Yurman and it is only $1650.

Bracelet with Hematine and Diamonds
Bracelet with Hematine and Diamonds

But you can find a very similar one here at My Arm Charms for only $24.99! Now I don’t know about you, but that definitely fits my budget a bit better.

Davina
Davina

Oh, you thought that was the only one? Wrong! Here is another example:

Cable Buckle Bracelet with Diamonds
Cable Buckle Bracelet with Diamonds

Above is from David Yurman too. Beautiful? Yes but at $2600 I don’t think it’ll find it’s way into my jewelry cabinet anytime soon. But you can find a similar one at My Arm Charms. Beautiful? Yes again! And this time it’s especially attractive at just $19.99.

Basketweave
Basketweave

Another plus is the materials used. I have pretty sensitive skin but so far I haven’t found any problem with any of my bracelets.

Overall this is another brand that I trust and recommend. MyArmCharms.com will get a solid A from me! 🙂

Below is my new look for today, enjoy!

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SHOP MY LOOKS:

White hat @Meijer
Yellow Sunglasses @Dior
Denim shirt @JC Penney
Blush necklace @New York & Co
Blush lace skirt @Free people
Gold bag @Valentino
White flats @DSW
Bracelets @My Arm Charms @Rocksbox @The shopping bag

Cheers!

Grace

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