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As the mom of three boys within three years of each other, I really do feel like I have some expertise about bringing up boys. I even wrote about it a few years ago, when I shared my favorite tips and advice for those with little ones. Read more...

When Grocery-Getting Turns Violent

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 09:05
Today I came home from getting groceries, hands shaking and heart pumping. Now, I know that grocery shopping isn't really anyone's idea of a good time, but for the past few weeks my favorite grocery store in Holland has been closed for remodeling. My shopping experiences have since approached Dante's circles of Hell, because all of us who normally are divided between two store locations have been converging in one. It is turning people who I'm sure are usually perfectly nice into monsters. Read more...

Are You a Phubber?

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 06:27
July is National Cellphone Courtesy Month. Why not all year long? We sure need it. Read more...

Bouncing My Way to Better Health

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 06:20
It was spring break this year when I first noticed just how fantastic my friend Maria was looking. Her leg and arm muscles were defined and she was quite slimmer in the mid-section. She looked ... well ... fit! Read more...
It was a diverse culinary experience. Our quest has always been to seek out good food, great drinks and a social ambiance. What quickly comes to mind are the restaurants we've tried and the restaurants that remain on our list. What didn't come to mind was Downtown Market. Oh, how wrong we were! Read more...

5 Reasons to Visit Muskegon

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:32
I grew up along West Michigan's lakeshore—less than an hour from Muskegon—yet the only time I ever laid eyes on the city and its surrounding county was when my family made the trek to Michigan's Adventure. Twenty-five years in West Michigan, and I knew Muskegon for three things: one of the raddest wooden roller coasters in the country, a sliver of blue Muskegon Lake out a car window, and an industrial smokestack. Read more...

Things My Dad Taught Me

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:44
I am my father's daughter. My mother tells me this all the time. She tells me I inherited his calm, quiet demeanor and rare stubborn temper (when warranted, of course, like the time he got mad because I kept bugging him for a hamster, and I got mad because he kept saying "no"). I have his freakishly long fingers, shy smile, brown eyes and plain hair. I don't mind. Except he's had a growing bald spot on his scalp for as long as I can remember, and that makes me nervous. Read more...

5 Ways to Be a #Badass Mom This Summer

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:56
It's the week before school gets out. End of year concerts and parties at school, making sure you didn't forget to sign your kid up for camp blah blah blah, and hoping like hell your babysitter doesn't find a better gig in the next two weeks. Read more...

Forced Couple Fun: Luna GR

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:04
Or, An Agenda for Date Night. Wait. What? The whole purpose of "forced couple fun" is to connect. Like many of you, Jason and I live busy lives. Yet connecting through the good, the bad and the ugly ignites the chemistry and reminds us why we're together. Read more...

6 Best Words for Stressed Moms

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:50
I’ve had this blog idea floating around in my head for quite some time, and it seems fitting that I’m finally writing it with Mother’s Day just around the corner. My life is not dissimilar from other women I know who have small children. With three kids in school and sports, a husband who runs his own business, and working full time myself, the word “busy” is an understatement. At times, it feels downright chaotic. Read more...
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