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Banishing the Bush: A Personal Journey

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 13:53
Ah, summer—my favorite season since I was a kid! I love nothing more than heading to one of West Michigan's beaches, or drinking mojitos by the pool with a friend. But the one thing I don't look forward to is the extra chore of mowing the lawn, trimming the hedge ... If you haven't already caught on with where I'm going, I'm not talking vegetation here people. Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, during my weekly Meijer visit, I'd just finished loading up the bags when I turned back to the screen and saw the total staring at me: $236.17. Wait: Didn't I just spend that exact amount less than a week ago? I didn't even buy any wine this week! Suddenly, those cinnamon sugar pita chips in my cart didn't look as tempting as they did in aisle 11. Ugh. Read more...

City Girl Attempts Gardening

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:00
Late last summer, out on a power-walk, I passed the most charming yard. Bounded by fruit trees, branches loaded with apples and pears, there were rows of raspberry brambles and sunflowers, patches of bright dahlias, pole bean tipis, and tomato plants, staked to support their bright red fruit. Morning glories climbed everywhere. I just stopped and stared. Amidst it all was a craggy birdhouse, with bluebirds perched on top. It was so beautiful; a perfect mix of practical gardening and floral whimsy. A few weeks later, as my husband and I walked by this same yard, we hatched a plan… Read more...

Not Your Grandma’s Festival

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:01
I admit it. I love Tulip Time. And I’m a little shocked when local people say they’ve never been, or that they haven’t been since they were seven years old and went with their grandparents. WHAT? I just don’t understand. This isn’t your grandma’s festival anymore. Read more...
I clearly remember after landing my first job out of college asking my manager, “So when’s our spring break?” You can imagine what kind of response that got, especially since I hadn’t even earned any vacation time yet. OK, OK; I admit that was pretty pathetic. But both of my parents worked in education, so I was used to adults getting a weeklong break in the spring. Read more...

Swim Dress Here I Come!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 08:59
Never! How many “nevers” have come back to bite you, to prove you wrong? They seem to almost seek you out! I have had several—Birkenstock sandals, Ugg boots, Facebook, giving birth without drugs, and getting my nose pierced. As I sat at the beach in my twenties and watched the middle-aged moms sunbathing, I recall having a conversation with myself that I would never wear a swim dress or swim skirt. I felt like it was waving the white flag of surrender, of ultimately admitting your body wasn’t what it used to be and never would be. However, on the… Read more...

Gunning for a Date Night

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:26
From the first moment I started dating my now husband, I knew the outdoorsman in him was as much a part of him as his DNA. He hunts, fishes, and loves everything gun-related. Today, our garage is filled with caribou, elk, and mounts of all of the deer he’s ever shot. We both firmly believe we need to be a part of each other’s interests. So when a unique date night experience arose, shooting guns was a natural fit for us. Read more...
It may only be February, but believe it or not, it’s not too early to sign your kids up for summer camp. Many camps fill up quickly, so now’s the time to explore your options, discuss them with your kids, and make some plans. Read more...

Date Night is Brewing

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 05:44
When WZZM first approached us about doing the series on unique dating experiences, I was excited about the opportunity to do something fun and different with my husband, George. With a household of two working parents and three boys between the ages of six and nine, date nights are few and far between. We know it’s something we should do more often, but honestly? Sometimes it feels like too much effort. Read more...

Infuse Your Dates With Cooking Class

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:57
With two kids, two dogs, two jobs, and four schedules, finding time for “date nights” can sometimes seem impossible. By the time the thought does cross your mind, well, let’s just say … the opportunity has passed. Setting aside time for each other is so important and such a treasure that we thought, “Why not make it memorable and do something DIFFERENT?” Chad and I both love to cook. We love to experiment with different techniques and flavors and both watch a lot—and I mean a lot—of The Food Network Channel. It seemed only fitting for us to try our… Read more...

 

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