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Mom Stories to Warm Your Heart

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00
MY BABY-TO-BE "When are you guys having kids?" Over and over we were asked. Let's face it: together 18 years, married seven, seems like the next step. Little did people know, we were not "not trying"; it just wasn't happening. We took an "if it happens, it happens" approach to the whole parenting thing, loving life as free spirits. If it wasn't meant to be, it just wasn't; we'd get another pet or something. June of 2015, at the age of 38, I was diagnosed with adenomyosis, basically like endometriosis but contained to the uterus. Long story short, I was… Read more...

Earth Day 2016: Trees for the Earth

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:00
Twenty million Americans took to streets, parks and auditoriums on April 22, 1970, in an effort to ensure our planet's heath and sustainability. The day marked a rare moment of political alignment as Republicans and Democrats stood together in defense of our environment. On April 22, 2016, the 46th year of this important day will be celebrated. Read more...

Old-Fashioned Winter Fun

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:00
The breathtaking colors of autumn in West Michigan rival any town, anywhere, and lure both residents and visitors outside to bask in their beauty. But one short season later, winter ushers in colder temps that send us scurrying into the cozy cocoon of our homes. Read more...

Black History Month Events: West Michigan

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 04:40
The month of February is devoted to celebrating the many contributions of black Americans throughout our nation's history. West Michiganders can honor these contributions by attending the many educational and celebratory events in our area. There are also online resources that can help you learn more about the significant role these individuals played. We hope you and your family enjoy these events. Read more...

February Wine Down: Caring for Aging Parents

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00
When we were young, our parents made us feel safe, confident and protected. Now, it's our turn to reciprocate. Fifty percent of West Michigan Woman readers have questions relating to assisting aging parents. According to FindLaw, "One in four adults is primarily responsible for caring for their elderly parent, and the number is expected to increase in the future." Read more...

Help for Family Caregivers

Monday, 21 December 2015 10:17
Family caregiving is more complex and stressful than ever before. That's why Spectrum Health offers Private Duty Care, an at-home nursing and assisted living service, to provide a break to family members who serve as caregivers by shifting the day-to-day care and activities to the private duty caregiver. Read more...
You guys, this is my best idea ever. I take pride in knowing that when I thought of this about eight years ago, I couldn't find much else about it on the Internet. I like to call myself the Santa Bag pioneer. I'm probably not, but it makes me feel good. Just roll with it. Read more...

Managing Extracurriculars

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00
It can be a tough call to know how involved your child should be in extracurricular activities—and to know how hard you should push your child to tough out a rough season or continue with lessons they aren't enthusiastic about. Read more...

Getting Into the Spirit of Giving

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:00
Sometimes the holidays can feel like it's more about getting than giving. As you prepare for this festive season, here are a few tips to get your family, especially the younger members, to get into the spirit of giving. Read more...

Quality Screen Time for Kids

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00
How much time are your kids spending in front of a screen? Read more...