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Thursday, 14 September 2017 05:27

Forced Couple Fun: Mazzo Cucina D’Italia

Sometimes, when you find it difficult to schedule date night, you multitask and bring some friends with you!

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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.

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 09:05

When Grocery-Getting Turns Violent

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.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 06:20

Bouncing My Way to Better Health

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!

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:08

The West Side is the Best Side

I might be a little biased in thinking the West Side of Grand Rapids is the best, considering 834 has resided there for close to six years and has watched it burgeon into what it is today. If you ask residents and business owners, the West Side has always been special. There is a sense of pride that embodies all those who work and live here.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:44

Things My Dad Taught Me

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.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:56

5 Ways to Be a #Badass Mom This Summer

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.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:04

Forced Couple Fun: Luna GR

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.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:50

6 Best Words for Stressed Moms

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.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 06:34

To the Moms in the Cafeteria

A few weeks ago, my son's elementary school held its annual "Muffins with Mom" event in the school cafeteria. It was my fifth, I think—not including that one year I missed because of a business trip. (How could I forget that guilt?)

On my ride to work afterward, I started thinking about motherhood and cafeterias. When you think about it, there are a lot of similarities. Both can feel lonely—and both can lead to new friendships. Both can be loud—and both can exude laughter. Both can be messy—and both can be fulfilling.

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