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To commemorate the Fourth of July, families, friends, and neighbors will come together to celebrate over patriotic displays of fireworks. While many know the potential dangers of fireworks, it's easy to overlook safety measures when you're busy having fun. In 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) conducted a study of fireworks injuries and found that an average of 5,200 people end up in the emergency room around the Fourth of July holiday due to fireworks-related injuries, and of those injuries, twelve percent were to the eyes. Those injured are not necessarily handling the explosives themselves. In fact, nearly… Read more...
"No more classrooms, no more books, no more ..." Waaaait a minute. No more books? Let's try that again: "No more classrooms, but take a look! All summer long, I'll be reading my books!" That's better. If that little ditty didn't scream "elementary teacher," I don't know what would! Read more...
If your dad is anything like mine, he buys himself what he wants. There are no Father's Day or Christmas wish lists, because he's purchased it already (other than that monster tractor with a plow that my mother will just not agree to). Finding a gift that truly expresses how much I appreciate him is hard to come by. Read more...
A springtime bucket list your whole family will enjoy. What’s stopping you and your family from getting outside and enjoying some much needed sunshine and warmer temperatures? Take time over the next couple of months to go though this bucket list and get back to the roots of enjoying all that Michigan nature has to offer. Read more...
Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014In case Mother's Day has a tendency to sneak up on you, here's fair warning: It's May 11, which isn't too far away! What to get Mom this year? Flowers? Brunch? While those options may seem cliché, there are reasons for them: 1. They’re tried and true favorites. 2. They don’t add to your mom’s growing collection of things she doesn’t need, taking up space in her home. But if you’re looking to branch out—without adding clutter—here are a few ideas to provide Mom with a great Mother’s Day experience: Read more...

5 Tips for Planning College Visits

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 03:46
Like the dad in the Disney movie College Road Trip, I am not ready to send my daughter off to college—let alone think about it. But I can’t bury my head in the sand any longer: It’s spring of her junior year, and it’s the recommended time to plan. Thanks to the Holland High School counseling team and to all of the moms who’ve been there and responded to my cry for help on Facebook, I have five tips that will help make this process a little easier. Read more...

Spring Break Staycation: West Michigan-Style

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 09:40
This is the first year in a long time that we’ve decided to not go anywhere over spring break. Maybe this wasn’t the best year to miss out on a warm getaway—but even so, I’m just not a big fan of the crowds and jaw-dropping airfares that are inevitable this time of year. Alas, we’ll be sticking close to home, in Northeast Grand Rapids. Although I’m comfortable with our decision, the other day I started to panic: What the heck are the kids going to do with an entire week off? [Insert snow-day flashbacks here.] Read more...

Spring Break Road Trip

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 09:35
When it’s a blustery winter wonderland outside, our kids collectively cross their fingers and hope for a snow day. But before we know it, they won’t be thinking about just one day off from school: They’ll be anticipating an entire week off, and asking, “Mooommm, where are we going for spring break?”  Read more...

At Home With Avenues by Porter Hills

Thursday, 02 January 2014 09:22
  We all want peace of mind for ourselves and our loved ones as we continue to age. Barb Rohwer and her husband Milt have found that peace through an innovative program called Avenues by Porter Hills.  “What we like about Avenues is the focus the program has on wellness, and also knowing that if our health changes we will be able to stay at home rather than move to seek long-term care services,” Barb said.   Some time after retiring from her position with IBM, Barb personally experienced the reality of the need for advocacy and long-term care services… Read more...
Unless you grew up under the watchful eye of Captain von Trapp, the whistle-blowing patriarch of Sound of Music fame, organization might not come naturally. But it does have its place, and even if you haven’t been particularly organized yourself, it’s not too late. If you’ve been organizationally challenged up until now, sit with your child and talk to him or her honestly about your own struggles with organization. Talk to him or her about solutions they think might work for both of you. You may be surprised by their own creative solutions, and they may be more likely to… Read more...

 

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