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As a mom, you want nothing more for your kids than for them to live a long and healthy life (and for them to behave most of the time…). So, when your child is sick, your mom instinct kicks in. A couple months ago, my son started coughing strangely in the middle of the night. During the day he was perfectly fine, but every night, the cough returned, irritating him, and worrying me. Despite no symptoms of a cold, it continued to progress to the point of an episode that lasted about an hour. After a few sleepless nights, it… Read more...

Baking: My Trials and Errors

Thursday, 16 February 2012 09:36
There I was, running to the fuse box in my strawberry apron, and all for the sake of cheesecake. As an adult, I can count on one hand the times I have baked, and every time, something has gone wrong. When I cook, I throw things together, and work relying on my taste buds, not measurements and temperatures. Perhaps my most recent, nearly disastrous, experience was due to lack of attention to detail. Maybe it's just bad luck. I wanted to make a cheesecake, heart-shaped, for Valentine's Day. My first mistake was the $4 hand mixer I bought, and tried… Read more...
With Valentine’s Day this week, I’ve been thinking about a love/hate relationship I have…with my bangs. Come on…you know you’ve been in this same relationship at some point in your life. For me, it started back in the 70s, when as a young girl I absolutely HAD to have the same hair as Toni Tennille. For those who don’t know, she sang Muskrat Love, Google it. I begged my mother to take me to her beauty shop, because that’s what we called them back then, and spend the money to give me the most glorious, beautiful haircut, with bangs, that… Read more...

Who Moved my Gouda?

Thursday, 09 February 2012 10:34
If you’ve ever read the book “Who Moved My Cheese?” then you know what I’m communicating. The book is all about change, and how important it is to adapt to it. Change is inevitable in life. Some people can handle it better than others, but not many people welcome it with open arms. In our office over the past six months, we’ve gone through some major changes–some of it could be considered growing pains–but ultimately, it was all for the good. We’ve moved offices, hired several new people, launched a new website, and will soon launch the print publication. Amidst all… Read more...

A Small World and My New Car

Monday, 06 February 2012 16:28
I love a good wine, and I won't soon forget the complimentary bottle that led to the recent purchase of my new car. Last year on my wedding anniversary, my husband, Jason, and I went to the 1913 room for dinner. Prior to the meal, we went for a drink at Reserve. We got to talking with the bartender about Jason and my hometown, Traverse City, where strangely enough he is also from. But just when I thought it was a small world, the person sitting next to us turned and said he had a house in Traverse City. In… Read more...

Flying Toward Potential

Thursday, 02 February 2012 08:54
Typically I tune out any conversation about birds. Frankly, I find them disgusting. But in yoga, a recent obsession of mine, names of birds are often used to describe different poses. For this practice alone, I give birds pardon, in fact, the poses with bird names are surprisingly my favorites. There's the hip-opener–half pigeon–and the twisted, bendy eagle pose. And then there is bird of paradise, or bird of pain as I referred to it, until last week. Bird of paradise starts out as something simple, extended side angle, but then, just like a bird, it takes flight into a… Read more...

How Do You Do It All?

Wednesday, 25 January 2012 16:07
"How do you do it all?" I used to hear this question all the time. My reaction was to shrug it off with a smile and think that I was indeed doing it all. I was a successful business owner, wife, and mother of four. However, what I didn’t understand at the time was that you really can’t do it “all.” Something always gives. You make daily choices and those choices ultimately show where your heart is and where you are building your future. As we all look to a new year, I challenge you to look through your life… Read more...

Preparing for Motherhood

Monday, 23 January 2012 11:45
Modern day society tells women my age, it's ok to wait to start a family. Women, including myself, are pushing the thought of child bearing into their thirties. Yet, there is still something in my biological clock that hasn't evolved out yet, and it is telling me I should be caring for something small  and helpless. Without the means to have a red-headed child of my own, how am I to answer this genetic request? I know, a kitten. In October I adopted a kitten from the West Michigan Humane Society. His name is Sufjan, and since bringing him home,… Read more...

It Gets Better (And Worse)

Thursday, 19 January 2012 09:00
Anyone who knew me before I had children knows that I wasn’t the most…flexible person in the world. I like to have a plan, know what’s happening, and be prepared. Anyone who has children—and particularly twin boys—knows that it’s next to impossible to be totally prepared for anything. My husband and I had hoped for a relaxing Christmas holiday, but when both of our boys came down with pink eye the week before Christmas, it was a little tough. We powered through—even when one of our boys had an awful reaction to his antibiotics during Christmas dinner. I won’t get… Read more...

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...