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2014 11/04

Fall in love with Traverse City all over again!

Born and raised in Northern Michigan, it always does my  heart good when I get the chance to return north for a visit. There is just something about Northern Michigan. Highways are replaced with long, twisting roads through the countryside and the chain restaurants and stores are grossly outnumbered by unique, personally owned businesses and restaurants. All with a story. A history.

So, imagine my delight when I was invited last month to spend a weekend in Traverse City and Old Mission Peninsula, visiting and learning about some of these amazing places!


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2014 10/29

the chickens and the kids, one in the same

They often say that a dog and their owner will begin to resemble each other. While I don’t see that happening in our house (hello, Boxer underbite!), I will say that it’s happening with our chickens!

No, our kids and chickens are not starting to look like each other but we’re definitely seeing the chickens take on the personalities of our kids!

This became so clear one day when we let the chickens out of their run to do some free ranging.  Read the rest of this entry…

2014 10/28

building healthy tooth habits

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE.
I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

I was joking with the kids the other day that if I squished the three of them into one kid, they would shave the best dental care routine ever! The funny thing is that it’s totally true!

After buckling down and really getting the kids to remember to brush in the moorings, I determined that they will each have the one thing they each will do well and I just have to hope that it will make up for their lack of effort on the other parts. Read the rest of this entry…

2014 10/23

Quick & Easy Halloween Craft

Four years later and this is still one of my kids’ favorite Halloween crafts! Takes very little materials and time and easy enough for the kids to help/do. And a great way to repurpose those baby food or jelly jars!

Jack-o-Lanterns and Ghosts

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2014 10/17

Michigan Apple Secrets Revealed

I’ll admit it, when it comes to fresh produce, we are pretty spoiled here in Michigan. Every season brings a new bounty of amazing fresh fruits and vegetables. And, where in more places you have to buy those local fruits & vegetables at a farmers’ market or roadside stand, we can actually find many locally grown goodies right in our grocery store! I totally take that for granted!

But I never realized how much “work” is put in to making those apples magically appear in the produce section of our grocery store. Or the fact that the apples always look good at the grocery store. Or the fact that I can still buy delicious Michigan grown apples in February or March (way past the harvest season) and they still taste amazing.

Well, get ready to have those Michigan apple secrets revealed! Read the rest of this entry…

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