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Making a List

Monday, 16 January 2012 09:26
The year is still (relatively) new and while I am not a big fan of resolutions, I have decided that 2012 will be the year of the Life List. Maggie from Mighty Girl came up with this idea and I just love it. It’s simple – just make a list of things you want to do in your life and make it happen. You can check out her list for inspiration, from the mundane to the utterly delightful. I won’t bore you with my entire list, but here are a few things I hope to make happen in 2012: •  … Read more...

Running: A Necessary Fact of Life

Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:02
Some may scoff at running outdoors in the wintertime, but for me, it is a necessary fact of life that helps me decompress. I prefer it to running in the heat, actually, even when the temperature drops. There is no therapy like a run around Reeds Lake, especially the stretch along the East Beltline. The area is serene enough that I go without ear buds, and allow the peacefulness to remove any anxiety. Reeds Lake is where I got my start. I challenged myself to make it all the way around. I'll never forget the first time I did. A… Read more...

My Daughter: The Teenager, The Driver

Monday, 09 January 2012 09:25
In her lifetime, my daughter has gone by many titles. All too soon, the little bundle of pink who was my baby turned into the young woman I affectionately call The Teenager. But now, with license in hand, and me in the passenger seat, we have entered a new stage of life. She is now officially The Driver. Being a mother of a teenager gives me enough to worry about, and initially getting used to the fact that she is legally allowed behind the wheel made me nervous. I knew she would probably be alright on the road, we spent… Read more...

Welcome to West Michigan Woman!

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:23
The New Year is the perfect time to start something new, don’t you think? That’s why we are so excited to launch WestMichiganWoman.com! Since we opened Serendipity Media, LLC in 2002, we have desired a local product that would be unique, and that is exactly what we hope West Michigan Woman will be. We wanted to show local support and be involved with the community that our company has been a part of for the past nine years. WestMichiganWoman.com is one of few online lifestyle sources focused on the West Michigan area and that is dedicated to professional and influential… Read more...

Slow Down, Focus, Enjoy Your Rice Krispies

Thursday, 29 December 2011 11:39
My dish to pass at a recent family gathering was Rice Krispies, and although my pan was nearly licked clean, this cooking project did not start out so promising. In my family, we have a tradition of peanut butter rice crispy treats. As such, the recipe calls for different ingredients than are stamped on the side of the cereal box. Apparently, the night I chose to make the treats was one in which my attention to detail was lacking. As a first time Rice Krispies maker, I thought instead of using corn syrup, I could use a cup of canola… Read more...

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Thursday, 29 December 2011 11:33
When I hear the cliché “Keeping up the Joneses,” I picture the 1950s - white picket fences, perfectly manicured lawns, beautifully dressed housewives, and a shiny new Chevy parked in the driveway. Call it “Leave It to Beaver.” Comparisons in the 1950s equated to your house, your car, your children, and your job. Has anything changed? I actually would say yes. Keeping up with the Joneses 21st century style has gotten to be slightly out of control, in my opinion. Our list has grown substantially larger. With the dawning of the digital age, we are able to see into people’s… Read more...

Deck the Halls

Friday, 23 December 2011 10:13
I think I may be in the minority, but I’m not really experiencing much holiday stress. I know, I know—don’t throw anything at me just yet. The truth is while I have plenty of stress in my daily life, I have a very non-traditional approach to Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. First and foremost, I am a single and childless woman so I don’t have a significant other or kidlet to worry about. Nor do I have to have the “whose parents are we disappointing this year?” conversation. And to make it even easier, my immediately family has adopted a truly lovely… Read more...
As the mother of two-year-old, twin boys, there are certain realities I accept. My house won’t be really clean for a long time, and I will have daily conversations about who has a peepee, and who doesn’t. I accept these realities, because they come along with my boys greeting me at the door at the end of each day. And that’s such a joyful thing—you can’t even begin to imagine that kind of joy before you have children. But just when I think I’ve achieved balance and maybe (just maybe!) worked out a system with my husband and our nanny… Read more...
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