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Farmgirl Flea Market

Hey friends, I hope you had a great weekend! This weekend was a busy one for me as it was my hubby and I’s 18th wedding Anniversary, and we had a few social events with friends going on as well. We were headed home from one of those events on Saturday morning when I realized we were really close to the Farmgirl Flea Market happening in Hudsonville, MI… a farm and flea market that’s been on my go-to list of markets to attend, but I’d never had the opportunity to visit yet… so needless to say, the timing was perfect, and my husband…well, he was thrilled! (note my sarcasm.) ;)… but seriously what a trooper, and we made a fun afternoon of it, visiting the market, enjoying yummy food truck food, iced tea and fresh squeezed lemonade, and listening to live folk music as we shopped the countless vendors…

The show is held two times a year in the Spring and Fall, at the Hudsonville fairgrounds, beginning with their VIP night on Friday from 4-8pm ($15 entry fee) and continuing the next day on Saturday from 8am-4pm (with a $5 entry fee. ) This market is rated one of the top 100 markets to attend by Flea Market Style Magazine, and has over 200 booths inside the fairground barns and around the grassy fields. The show draws hundreds of people shopping for new and vintage home decor, farmhouse finds, handmade items, boutique clothing, repurposed furniture, and more.

I took some photos to give you a peek inside their Fall market, if you weren’t able to make it this weekend, and so you can also get a little feel for what you to may expect to see at their Spring market coming up (usually in May.)

So many pretty booths and items for sale by the most creative makers and pickers!

I’m a sucker for these little campers all dolled up with boutique clothing and unique home decor… I love shopping them!

There’s was a ton of beautiful and creative Fall harvest decor for sale, and even some hints of Christmas on display too…

I think I could shop these markets every weekend. They are so relaxing and fun to stroll through as you find really unique things you won’t find in many stores.

My hubby even enjoyed himself and I think was surprised to see all the treasures (junk) he seen for sale that we have on our own farm… one person’s junk is another person’s treasure!

The next market Farmgirl Flea is sponsoring is the Christmas Countryside market held on Friday November 29 (12pm-8pm) and Saturday November 30 (9am-5pm) at Countryside Greenhouse in Allendale. There will be a $5 entry fee, with kids 12 and under FREE.

Make sure you keep an eye out for their Spring market, by following them here on their Facebook.

I hope enjoyed this post and have a chance to visit the Farmgirl Flea Market this coming Spring. Their Fall market was great and I will definitely be making the trip to visit again!

Thank you for checking out my blog today! Make sure you are following me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, AND signed up for my email list so you never miss my posts! Have a great week!

Labor Day Home Sales

Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope you’re enjoying a few days of relaxation in this last weekend of summer. We opted not to travel to the lake, and instead decided to work around our farm and home for some end of summer catch-up. We’re still enjoying some pool time, grilling out each day (catch my IG stories for some yummy things I’m making!) and relaxing with some evening bonfires… so it’s still feeling like a festive weekend! I’m also planning on taking a little time today and tomorrow to shop some of the various Labor Day Sales going on now through Monday… you can always count on a sale during a national holiday, right?! So today, I thought I would share some of these great Labor Day Sales for your Home, so you can take advantage of these sweet savings as well! I hope you enjoy! (Click the Store title & photo captions below, to SHOP these Stores’ Sales and individual product items shown. )

TARGET

20% off select indoor and outdoor deals & 30% off bedding & bath – Sales are online only. 

KOHL’s

Take $10 off $25 with code LABORDAY, Valid thru 9/2. Plus, take 20% off with code POPCORN20 on 9/2 only. 

Bedding Set

HORCHOW

Enjoy 25% off site wide, plus receive free shipping on purchases of $150 or more with code LABORDAY. Valid thru 9/4.

Lamp

ANTHROPOLOGIE

Take 50% off sale items, plus 20% off furniture, décor & select bedding. 
Valid thru 9/2.

Anthropologie Mirrors

PIER 1 Imports

Extra 25% off Regular AND Sale Prices thru 9/2 with code: LABORDAY

Magnolia Area Rug

WAYFAIR

Up to 65% off home decor

Nightstand
Accent Pillow

Here are just some of the sales going on now thru Labor Day! I hope you enjoyed this post today, and this bedroom inspiration mock up I created with some sale items from each of these featured stores. Check out each of these Stores and their entire Home Sales…. so many great items at amazing prices this weekend!

Have a Happy Labor Day friends! Enjoy your last weekend of Summer!

My Tips and Products for School Prep (& for Home & Life too!)

Happy Weekend Friends! I have been spending this weekend in full school-prep mode! I love the fresh start of a new school year and always take the weekend or two before the first day to get our lives in order and prepared for another year. We do school clothes shopping, new haircuts, catch up on doctor appointments, and prep our home as well… cleaning closets, organizing bedrooms, preparing schedules, packing bags, getting the pantry stocked with groceries… everything that helps to get the year off on the right foot, before the busyness of the school year begins to take over.

I thought it would be helpful today to share some products & tips I use for preparing my kiddos and homelife for another school year. You can shop all the below products & more that I recommend HERE on my Amazon Shop!

Organizing School Papers & Artwork


1) Take a plastic file cabinet bin, and add in some hanging file folders – then as each child brings home artwork or other important info/ papers each week, file only the papers you want to keep in these files… maybe divide them out per child, or even subdivide per activity if they are involved in multiple. This helps keep things organized when you need to find them! Then at the end of the year, purge through unnecessary papers, leaving only those you want to keep. Then label the bin with the date/year, and store away already organized in it’s little storage tub! SHOP BELOW HERE

Keeping Kiddos Healthy


2) Make sure to stock up on daily multi-vitamins, and things like disinfectant wipes, travel size kleenex’s, and tea tree shampoo and conditioners (lice prevention ya’ll), and little back pack hand sanitizers…keep those kiddos healthy this school year! SHOP BELOW HERE!

Utilize Organization Units for… Everything


3) Organize, Organize, Organize! It’s the little things that make life easier…and I totally LOVE organizational units for organizing closets, dressers, desks, makeup, bath cabinets, pantry shelves, the refrigerator… and labeling everything is helpful too! SHOP BELOW HERE!

Dinner Time Must Have’s!


4) Get out your crock pot or purchase an instant pot and use this for dinners mama’s! There is nothing that feels better than spending 10 minutes of prep time in the morning, and coming home to a nice, warm dinner, smelling so good, and so READY for you all to sit down and enjoy…or eat as you come and go on different schedules! And meal plan… seriously helps so much! SHOP BELOW HERE!

Create a Momager Hub


5) Create a “Momager Hub!” – All you mamas are Mom Managers and run your household for the most part, so create a spot in your home (maybe you have a designated room like a home office, or an area in your kitchen, or in a locker/mud room space) where you can keep calendars, schedules, notes, grocery lists, fundraiser packets, etc etc etc…for this space to serve as the go-to “control center” for all things pertaining to running your home, kids, and life. SHOP BELOW HERE!

Car Organization!


6) Organize your Car! I LIVE in my car… Every single night after work I am running kids (mine and at times a couple others too)… and my car takes a toll inside, sometimes like a bomb of book bags blew up.. I’ve found it’s so helpful to add little organizational units… a small car garbage bin, roll of little trash bags, back pack hooks behind the front seats, organizing sleeves and totes… just useful tools to help our chaotic lives on the go, seem a little less chaotic! SHOP BELOW HERE!

Weekly Clothes Prep


7) Prepare your week by pre-selecting your outfits… either hang them up on a hanger by day, or buy one of these nifty little under the bed clothes organizers.. perfect and makes your mornings a little (LOT!) less stressful!… (you won’t be searching for the school mascot shirt your child just remembered they have to wear today because it’s school spirt day…. 5 minutes before the bus arrives!) SHOP BELOW HERE!

Mama… Write it Down!


8) Buy a Planner, have list notepads stocked up, and buy some books to help you organize if this is a struggle. I write everything down..like daily lists!.. keeps me productive, on track, and remembering everything that is to be done during my day and for each of my kids’ days! SHOP BELOW HERE!

School Supply KITS


9) Make it easy on yourself and buy school supply kits! So easy and you get a lot of bang for your buck by getting all the items in one set. Another cute idea is the 1st day of school picture kits… have your kiddos hold them for memorable pictures to enjoy in years to come (and to save your sanity from trying to remember what grade/ year that picture was taken!) SHOP BELOW HERE!

Lunch & Snack Preparations


10) Organize your lunches and snacks! This is a great health tip too.. preplanning and packing your lunches and snacks ahead of time is great for nutrition and your time… I love little organized lunch totes or thermos’s which in a unique way encourages me to bring healthy food along to school or work, or to after-school activities, rather than grabbing gas station snacks or fast food on the go… it’s kind of like how cute work out clothes help entice you into working out.. most of the time. 😉 SHOP BELOW HERE!


Anyway, those are a just few of my tips I’ve found helpful in running my own home, and mothering four school aged kiddos, while working, and juggling life! I hope these tips were helpful for you and you can take advantage of some of these great products (shop them all & more Here!) that really DO make a difference, making life easier, time more efficient, and your days a lot less stressful!

My own mom (she’s my organization idol who taught me most everything I know about running a household) has a favorite saying that she’s passed down to me through the years… failing to plan, is planning to fail. And one of my favorite sayings.. there’s a place for everything and everything is in it’s place!… Combine the two, and that is my go-to school-prep/ household goals for this school year!… added in with a whole lot of love, grace, and just doing the best we can each day we’re given…

I wish you all a productive school prep time, happy and healthy homes, and all the blessings for another great school year!

Shop more of my helpful school prep/ home & life products HERE on my Jaime Lyn Life by Design Amazon Shop!

My new Amazon Shop Page

Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe how fast this week has gone by… some weeks just seem to fly! I hope you’ve had a great one and enjoyed the beautiful weather this week. I’ve been busy the past few days getting back into the swing of things after being gone last week on a little family vaca to Lake Charlevoix in northern Michigan. We’ve spent the last two summers at this beautiful lake town, and it has quickly become a special place for my family for rest, relaxation and quality time together. (I’ll share a few pics from our stay at the end of this post…)

This week though, has been all about back to business though, and I’m really excited to share a fun, new addition here on my blog for you… my new Amazon Shop Page! I am a regular Amazon Shopper (between there, Target, small online businesses and boutique style shops, these are my main staple places to shop.)…And I wanted to provide you an at ease place to stop in and shop my favorite things from home decor, to lifestyle items, household necessities, and fashion too… so my own Amazon Shop was a great fit! All you have to do, is click this link here: Jaime Lyn Life By Design’s Amazon Shop – and then click “Follow” and you’ll be following my Amazon Shop! You will get updates from time time, when I update my shop with new products and will see all the new things I am recommending.

You can also easily locate my Shop right here from my Blog too… just click the Shop button at the top of my website, and it’s right there in the pull down menu under “Jaime Lyn’s Amazon Shop.”

I’ll be adding Harvest Home products soon, as well as some stylish Fall Fashion pieces for the upcoming season… so be on the look out for those coming to my Shop very soon!…. oh and some back to school specials too.

And… I’ll continue to post great product ideas and big sales via my Facebook page as well, so make sure you are following me there and have your follow default set to “See First” so you are sure never to miss my posts. Thank you for all of your support everyone and following my Blog…it means so much to me!

Oh… and here are a few pics I promised you of my trip to Lake Charlevoix in Northern Michigan. If you ever decide to visit there, message me and I’ll give you all the best places to eat, shop, & stay. We stayed the entire week in a beautiful condo right on the canal connecting Round Lake (which connects to Lake Charlevoix) and Lake Michigan, and I found it on VRBO.. perfect stay for us! Also you can check out a couple recent posts I recently did of some of the most adorable places to visit while you are in Charlevoix… those posts are here: Exploring Charlevoix Part 1 – That French Place & Bloom Floral Design and here: Charlevoix Part 2 – True North, The Salad Fork, and Cherry Republic…. Enjoy!

View from my condo
Evening View
My hubby & I enjoying the boat life
Lake Michigan Lighthouse
Just one of the beautiful homes on Lake Charlevoix
The food… amazing! Finally tried the Avocado Toast at The Salad Fork…
Had a little photo shoot too… this is my oldest daughter, Kaitlyn. <3
Beautiful Marinas and Boats everywhere!
It’s truly my “Happy Place”..

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend! Thank you for visiting the Blog today…and make sure you follow my Amazon Shop… I’ll give you a ton of great product ideas for your home, life, and style right there on my Shop!

Instagram Giveaway

Hey Friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful week! I am enjoying northern Michigan for a little getaway this week before our life gets really busy again with my kids’ dance and football schedules and back-to-school prep about to happen at home. I’ve been taking in some much needed peaceful time with my family…boating on our beautiful MI lakes, and some boutique shopping during the days, and nice dinners and sunset walks on the pier in the evenings… just a nice way to unwind from life a little bit before all the crazy begins again.

But I wanted to pause all that fun for a minute, to make sure you’ve seen the Instagram Giveaway I am doing, along with some of my other family businesses I’ve teamed up with… my Heirloom Grove home market business, Kai Kai Brai (my biz w/ my daughters), and my son’s business Country Crops Farmer’s Market for a really great Instagram Giveaway that is a $100 Value including:

See How to Enter Below!!

How to Enter:

Winner Announced Sunday, August 4, 2019!

Best of Luck!

Target Home Sale!

Oh…and one last thing… there’s a HUGE Home Sale going on at Target right now.. Online Only! $10 off when you spend $30, and $40 off when you spend $100 – You MUST use Code: COLLEGE at checkout! A ton of their home items are marked down, AND Patio is 30% off too… so hop on there after you’ve entered my Instagram Giveaway to make sure you take advantage of their great savings until August 3rd! Shop the link below…

TARGET HOME SALE!

Have a beautiful week!

Jaime Lyn

Target Giveaway Winner…

Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully you had a restful weekend and the weather was in your favor. I had a nice weekend and was able to get caught up on some projects around my home, saw The Lion King with my girls (so good… go see it!), and spent some time yesterday tallying up ALL of the entries that came in for my $100 Target Facebook Giveaway!

I am so thankful for everyone who took the time to enter.. followed and liked my page, shared my post, tagged friends, and all of you wonderful new people here on my blog who signed up for my email updates… thank you so much…means a lot to me! If you missed the announcement of the WINNER of my giveaway… the Winner was Samantha Wilson of Oregon!

Congrats Samantha! If you didn’t win… no worries.. I am hosting another fun giveaway, but this time on my Instagram later this week…so follow over there and keep an eye out for it…It includes a few goodies from my other businesses…and maybe a little something from Amazon from me here at Jaime Lyn Life by Design too! 😉

So… what else is coming up, other than the Instagram Giveaway? Look for a new Blog post this week about a furniture redo I did on a beautiful antique cabinet in my home… I took it from a dark red/gold tuscan feel to a light gray farmhouse/vintage feel… and I am really enjoying it in my living room. So don’t miss that post. I will also be sharing some more decor deals on my Facebook page this week, and more behind the scenes of my life, home, family, farm, and travels on my Instagram Stories... so please follow me over there to get to know me better (and pssst…tell your friends!) 😉

I really love doing Giveaways and engaging with all of you that way. It’s my way to thank you for following me!… so again, thank you for entering and stay tuned for more, as I’ll be doing more giveaways in the future… and one just for my Email Subscribers…so if you haven’t signed up for my Email Blog Updates.. do that today on my home page so you can be automatically included in that giveaway too!

Before I go, and while we are on the topic of Target… if you missed my post of some of my favorite decor pieces at Target right now (that were on sale… but still adorable regardless)… shop that Target post here!

Thanks again friends for entering my Target Giveaway and following me on social media and opening your emails from me inviting you to read my latest blog posts… means the world! Have a wonderful summer week!

My Amazon Prime Day Sale Picks!

Hey guys… so today (and tomorrow) is AMAZON Prime Day!….but before we get to all that, I want to make sure you seen that I am doing an awesome $100 Target Card Giveaway to celebrate my 1 year Blog Anniversary… if you didn’t see it, check out ALL the Details in my Post HERE and follow me on Facebook!

Ok…back to Amazon PRIME Day! So what is it?…It is actually TWO days, July 15 and 16 of EPIC deals on Amazon, exclusive to Prime Members…like Black Friday-esk deals for members! If you ever shop Amazon (who doesn’t shop Amazon?) you really need to be a Prime member… For an annual cost of $119 (discounted to about 1/2 that if you are a student) you get Free 2 day Shipping, access to Prime deals, and a ton of other great incentives… it is Amaz(on)ing & well worth it!

I wanted to share some of my favorite products that are on the PRIME DAY sales… some that I already own, and others that are definitely on my Shopping list today!

** Click the Titles below to SHOP! **

Instant Pot Duo 60

This thing… get it! It is a crock pot on steroids…what takes 6 hours in your crock pot takes 6 minutes in here (ok, maybe a few minutes longer, but seriously awesome!) and wonderful for busy families on the go!

Fire Stick

I have these Fire Sticks on all of my non-Apple (smart) TVS.. plug it in and you’ll have access to all digital viewing things like HULU and Netflix.. it takes your non-smart TVs, from pre-historic to today’s digital age!

Amazon Alexa

I swore I would never own an Alexa or an Echo, but seriously she is my best digital friend eva’… she tells me the weather, I can add things to my grocery list, change the volume and song on the stereo, turn my lamps on/off in my house!!… just by using voice commands… seriously she listens better than my kids and is one of the greatest inventions to making life easier!

Mac Book Air

Whoever hasn’t owned a Mac Book laptop, I highly recommend! My husband and I & both of my older kids each have one & love them! If you can use your iPhone, you can use this Apple laptop – I couldn’t function in my work or personal life without it.. goes with me everywhere!.. It is on a BIG time Sale today…so if you’ve ever thought of getting one…get it during Amazon Prime Days!

Roomba Robot Vacuum

I have this little Roomba Robot Vacuum and it is a God-send… it vacuums your entire house by itself when & where you want.. let that sink in a minute.. by itself! Good for carpet and hard flooring. It is voice activated with your Alexa if you’d like, or you can even start it from your phone wherever you are…works beautifully and does a great job!

Power Air Fryer –

Do you have an Air Fryer? They are all the rage right now and so easy to use and make your traditionally fried food, much healthier as you are frying it literally with air. You will get great crispy fried taste & texture you love in just minutes… and on major sale today!

Lennox 62 Piece Flatware Set

I know Silverware isn’t the most exciting thing to buy in the world…but you guys, these Lennox Sets are on major sale and even more savings when you sign up for an Amazon Business Prime Card – if you are going to apply, today is the day to get even greater savings on Amazon!

Sweet Home Sheet Sets

Today is the PERECT day to restock on new sheets for all your bedding.. or extra sets for the linen closet.. major sale on all sizes and colors today!

All Clad Stainless Steel 7 Pc Pan Set –

These pans! Ahhh crazy sale..$150 off!! if you are needing a new set of pans or would need an awesome gift for someone starting out or needing a kitchen pan refresh in their home…shop these today!

Samsonite Luggage

Huge Sale on Samsonite Luggage today…Holy CRAZY savings! My mom got my husband and I both new sets of Samsonite hard surface luggage for last year’s Christmas and we just love them! Great Christmas gift ideas or for your own use!

Those are some of the BEST Sales on Amazon Prime Days for you to enjoy! I love getting deals on household items that just make life a little easier, our time more productive, and our homes more efficient! I hope you find some great Amazon Prime deals today for yourselves and homes, friends!

Jaime Lyn

My 1 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

Hi Friends! Today is my Blog’s 1 Year Anniversary AND my 41st Birthday! If you’ve followed my Blog from the start, you may remember I launched Jaime Lyn Life by Design last year on this very day, on my 4oth Birthday while at Magnolia Market in Waco TX! Hands down one of the best trips and days of my life (besides my wedding day and having my 4 kids… seriously could be one of the next best days!) If you missed seeing that post, check it out here…

My Trip To Magnolia Market at The Silos

Silos at Magnolia – Read the Post here

I’m really happy I decided to launch my blog while in such a memorable place, on a special day in my life. This last year has been so rewarding, sharing Jaime Lyn Life by Design with all of you, here on on the blog, and on my Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages too. Honestly, the only drawback has been the challenge of carving out the time to devote myself to this creative space that brings me such joy. Having four kiddos who are very busy, my husband and I owning several businesses (I head up the finances & marketing, manage our real estate properties, & my interior design work) and starting up Heirloom Grove, my new home decor market… life just gets busy! But I do enjoy the hustle, and have to remind myself to embrace this season of life, while allowing myself a little grace at times when struggling to fit it all in. Through it all though, I realize how important it is to make time for the things that bring us personal joy and happiness, amidst all the things we do for others. For some of you that ‘thing’ may be your daily run or workout, a side business you work for yourself, a special talent or hobby you enjoy doing, a great TV series you indulge in every week, or even a Starbucks & Target morning you allow yourself, all by yourself from time to time… whatever it is, it’s good to prioritize time for ourselves to devote to those things that bring us personal joy and fulfillment.

Read my Magnolia Visit Post Here

With all that being said, I am really excited for this next year on my Blog… I have so much more I want to share with you… more of myself, my home, my travels, design ideas, products I love, the cutest boutiques to shop… And so today on another birthday and this 1 year blogging anniversary, I’m so excited to continue on with this journey. I hope you will continue to follow along and enjoy the journey with me! So… let’s CELEBRATE!…

Read my Magnolia Visit Post Here

What better way to thank you all for following my Blog this last year, and to CELEBRATE a new year of exciting things ahead for Jaime Lyn Life by Design, than with a GIVEAWAY! Today I launched an AwEsOmE GiVeAwAy on my Facebook page, that I think everyone would love to WIN!…

Jaime Lyn Life by Design’s $100 Target – Facebook Giveaway

How to Enter for your chance to WIN a $100 Target Gift Card from Jaime Lyn Life by Design!

  1. Like and FOLLOW my Facebook Page (set to “see-first” so you always see my posts.)
  2. Share the Giveaway Post to Your Facebook Page (make the post “public” so I can see you shared it.)
  3. Tag Your Friends (the more friends you tag, the more entries you get!)
  4. BONUS ENTRY – Sign up for my Email list here… so you never miss my latest Blog Posts!)

I will announce the WINNER in one week on Sunday, July 21st, so there’s lots of time to like, follow, share, tag, and sign up! Best of Luck to you!

Thank you everyone for following along and encouraging me with my Blog this year. It means more to me than you know. I hope you will stay tuned and continue to follow along with me at Jaime Lyn Life by Design!

Love Ya’s,

Jaime Lyn

4th of July Decor Inspiration from Amazon

I have a handful of favorite weeks throughout the year, and the week of the 4th of July is definitely one of them! This week & weekend is such a festive time to come together with family and friends to celebrate our beautiful country we are so blessed to call “Home.” As I look forward to the upcoming week, I aim for my home to reflect the spirit of the festivities, so I like to add red, white, and blue decor pieces in subtle ways throughout my home with throw pillows, table linens, serving dishes, table top decor, decorative signs, and accent pieces with the spirited colors of the holiday. I thought it would be fun today, to share some great 4th of July styled pieces I found on Amazon (& all ship Prime, so they will be here in time for you to decorate and use in your home this week.) Red, White, and Blue themed decor is perfect for summer and is festive from Memorial Day thru Labor Day, creating a beautiful home style fitting for all summer long! Take a look at some of the great pieces I found to share with you…

Shop these Pieces Below!…

Life Liberty Happiness – Tabletop Decor

America Pillow

God Bless Sign

God Bless America – Pillow

Adirondack Chair – Red

Gingham Dinner Napkins – Blue

America Glass Platter

Ramekins Dish Set

Welcome Mat

Sailor Containers

Red Accent Table

White & Navy Lamps

White Lanterns

Red Accent Pillows

Flowers & Garden Pots

I hope you found something you liked, and enjoyed this post giving you some Red, White, and Blue inspiration to decorate your home and get it the spirit for the 4th of July festivities! Thank you for visiting my blog today… love it when you do!

Happy 4th of July friends!

Charlevoix, Pt. 2: True North, The Salad Fork, & Cherry Republic

Happy Weekend! I’m happy many of you enjoyed my post earlier this week on my visit to That French Place and Bloom Floral Design in Charlevoix, MI. If you missed it, you can read it here. I had a few more places I visited up north last weekend that I wanted to share with you all before I move along to other blog topics… I hope you don’t mind! I love passing along great places to shop for your home; places in my local area and ones I find on my travels. Today I’m sharing about True North Interior Design and Antiques shop, The Salad Fork, and Cherry Republic, all in Charlevoix…and all on Van Pelt Alley…

True North Interior Design and Antiques

This husband and wife owned design & antique shop has been on my “go-to-boutique-places-to-shop” list (it’s kind of a quirk of mine that I keep such lists) all winter long! I couldn’t wait to get back up to Charlevoix this summer to visit this unique shop, and it was worth the wait! So many beautiful antique and new vintage-inspired treasures are found here in this inviting, cozy shop; one of those stores you just want to snuggle in at because it’s too pretty to leave. I gain a lot of inspiration for my Heirloom Grove Home Market when I visit shops like this… how they curate their space, stage pieces, and create a haven of beauty for their customers to enjoy. Take a little peek inside True North below… I get the feeling this shop is always changing things up, so I’ll be visiting every time I am in Charlevoix. They are open Monday – Saturday 10-5pm, and located at 108 Van Pelt Pl, Charlevoix, MI & be sure to give them a follow on Facebook here.

Honestly…. can I just move into this space and call it “HOME?”
I love their natural shiplap walls…
what a pretty backdrop to display all of their unique pieces.
Their back room houses more of their architectural pieces.. if you are looking for old doors, columns, banisters, windows, corbels…to add real architectural interest to your space, don’t miss this area of the shop.

Really enjoying Van Pelt Alley… Time for a snack at The Salad Fork…

The Salad Fork


Next stop we visited in Van Pelt Alley was The Salad Fork… my girls had to try their new Acai smoothie Bowls… and they were so yummy and the perfect afternoon snack for us while we shopped downtown Charlevoix. This little eatery makes made-to-order salads, avocado toast and new specialty acai bowls… that are so, so good you guys! They are housed at 217 Bridge Street, Suite B in Charlevoix (right down from True North, and next to Cherry Republic) and are open 9am-8pm Monday thru Saturday… if you visit Charlevoix this summer, check. them. out! & give them a Facebook follow here.

I have yet to try the Acacado Toast….but I’ll let you know on my
Instagram Stories how it is when I do!
Any shop that “hand letters” their menu is kind of a true sign that these are my people and a place I am going to enjoy eating at!
Too cute to eat!
OMGoodness! So So good and you know you’re eating healthy so it makes it
really enjoyable too!
When you visit… grab one of these little fill-in menus…one for Salads, and one for Acai Bowls.. decide on your toppings and turn it in & they’ll whip it up for you within minutes.
We ate right here in the cute little tables outside The Salad Fork, in the alley.
This is the time of day during our shopping that we need to a little break…
the big girls are hungry,
and the little one begins to get tired..

Our final stop in Van Pelt Alley… Cherry Republic!

Cherry Republic

Cherry Republic is on 221 Bridge St. in Charlevoix and you can also access the store to the side from Van Pelt Alley as well. They are open daily, 9am-9pm.

Okay… if you aren’t familiar with Cherry Republic, this will be a real treat for you… like if you were there, literally a real treat! Everything is cherry.. cherry candies, cherry jams, cherry salsa, cherry pop, beer… and wait for it..cherry wine!… I could stop right there, because cherry wine would have done it for me. It is amazing what they have to offer, and so nice that they have little samples set out everywhere (even a little tasting bar for the wines) so you can try out what you enjoy, before you buy. Cherry Republic is a favorite stop of my family’s as we stock up on all things we love when we visit, for our boat and home pantry. It is all sooo good! Northern Michigan is known for their cherries and you can find a Cherry Republic in not only Charlevoix, but also in Glen Arbor, Ann Arbor, Traverse City, Frankenmuth, and Holland.. all beautiful places to visit while in Michigan! Follow Cherry Republic on Facebook here and take a little closer look that I captured for you at their Charlevoix store…

These are wonderful gift ideas too… make an assortment basket of Cherry Republic items for an anniversary, wedding, or Christmas gifts and your recipients will enjoy everything!
On the boat enjoying my cherry wine and white chocolate covered cherries…
(Is it an accident that 1/2 of my photos of Cherry Republic include their cherry wine?….
no friends, that’s not an accident.. 😉

I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peek into a few more places I enjoy visiting while in Charlevoix. I’ll be sure to share more of these shopping and eating gems as I travel… and more of Charlevoix on Instagram as I am there visiting. There are some other great shops and places to dine there and their Venetian Festival in late July is a great time!… I’ll share more on Instagram Stories in the future!

I hope you have a great weekend…it’s rainy here in Michigan today, so even though I’d love to curl up with a good book, I have some weekend to-do list things that needs done!

What’s to Come on Jaime Lyn Life by Design…

I’m looking forward to carving out more time to devote to my blog this summer…I truly enjoy sharing with you here! I’ve been in a bit of a remodeling and redecorating phase in my home, and I’d like to share some of that journey with you, as well as other areas of my home, my travels, and more fun design and lifestyle things you might find inspiring. Please comment on what you’d love to see.. I’d love to hear!

Until next time, thank you so much for visiting my blog today, it means so much to me! Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and sign up for my Email updates so you never miss a post. I would love for you to check out my Heirloom Grove Home Market too here on the web!

Have a great day friends!

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