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Carin Vogelzang is a mom on the go. Between various athletic events, music lessons and more, dinner can become a pit stop at the kitchen table instead of sit down family time. But Carin won't sacrifice her family's health or time together. She has a secret recipe to feeding her flock cheap and healthy meals.

Kathey Batey is the author of Suddenly Single, a book about how to transition into the single life and live it successfully. Kathey shared some advice with us reflecting on her own experiences as a speaker, author, and woman.  
West Michigan Woman: Tell us about your book, Suddenly Single. What inspired you to write it?
Kathey Batey: I wrote the book Suddenly Single as a gentle  guide for people in the pain and confusion of divorce or losing a spouse to death. Having experienced a divorce sixteen years ago, I understand the trauma of this event. However, this is a transition and not a destination. It is a  scary time but it is also one of the most powerful times to reinvent  yourself. The book is an easy read, I designed it that way, using quips and  quotes on the side of the pages to encourage those who don't have the strength  to read the whole book.

Family-Address Aging Anissa ThompsonWhen the time comes, talking about aging can be difficult for parents and children. Here's how to ease into the subject with your mom or dad.

Small communities remind residents that it truly is a small world after all. As such, chances are if you have an ex living in the West Michigan vicinity, you'll run into him sooner or later. How do you break the ice when you see him for the first time? What's the best way to sound sophisticated, put together, and not at all like you're pining for the good old days? If you know, please tell us, because we don't, but we do have some tips for making that conversation as civilized as possible.

Family-EcosystemA small-scale ecosystem can have a big effect on how your family sees the environment. Sunday is Earth Day. Create the self-containing ecosystem out of recycled materials, and see a little piece of the Earth evolve right before your eyes.

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