2015 02/07

5 Must-Have’s for your Summer adventures

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One of my favorite things about our summers is our impromptu road trips. Some days it’s just down the road to the park for some quick “run off that energy” time, while other days it’s an afternoon at the zoo.

It’s fun to see the kids be surprised when they discover we’re headed for one of those adventures. But sometimes we don’t even know we’re headed toward an adventure until last minute. I’d hate to say “no” to those adventures {and memories} because we weren’t prepared to be out in the sun!

My trick is to make sure my purse is stocked with a few summer essentials! Read the rest of this entry…

2015 30/06

Join Walmart & Pampers in supporting CMN Hospitals :: giveaway

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One of my most rewarding experiences in college was an event called Dance Marathon — a 24 hour event where students basically stayed awake, on their feet, dancing for 24 hours in an effort to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network at DeVos Children’s Hospital.

It was so exciting to be part of that first year of Dance Marathon at Hope College. We raised 5X what was expected of us and it’s continued to be a yearly event ever since, raising more and more money each year. Read the rest of this entry…

2015 29/06

Keeping your bathroom guest-friendly this summer

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I always thought I’d want a big house. Formal dining room. Everyone with their own bedroom. And extra bathrooms to spare.

Then we found this place.



A cozy little home placed on our ideal setting. And, while I’ve gotten used to the smaller space {and even grown to love having less space to clean and maintain}, I do have one gripe — the lack of bathrooms! Read the rest of this entry…

2015 15/06

Camping Tip :: What to pack for your dogs

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Summer and camping. They go hand-in-hand for our family. My kids have been counting down the days until Summer Vacation for the past month because they knew that our very first “It’s Summer Vacation” Act would be heading out on a camping trip!

Nine years into camping with kids, I pretty much have packing up the camper down to a science. I’ve gotten good at packing for all the unpredictables of camping {i.e. the three days of ran and cooler weather on this recent trip = always pack rain boots!}. But we’re still learning when it comes to camping with dogs. Especially two dogs at two different stages in their dog lives and a whole different set of needs! Read the rest of this entry…

2015 03/06

Tackle your summer projects with BernzOmatic

With the Summer season here, it’s time to get those yards ready for backyard BBQs, pool parties, and hours and hours of play! Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? Until you realize you’re totally not prepared and your sidewalk is crawling with weeds! Yikes! 😉

Ok, so totally not a deal-breaker when it comes to Summer fun but if we’re spending hours and hours enjoying the Summer sun, we want to make sure our yard, sidewalks, home and driveway are looking nice through the Summer months.

Whether you’re planning a big outdoor project or just need to take care of some pesky weeds, here are two of our favorite outdoor tools for the Summer:


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