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The Cutest (and almost free!) Acorn Necklaces

The Cutest (and almost free!) Acorn Necklaces

Last week I volunteered to host a party for my daughter’s fourth grade class. Sometimes I say these things without thinking them through. Well, that’s not true. I have big ideas, say them out loud (and with gusto!) and then sigh when I have to […]

Our Guide to Sleeping Bear Dunes & Glen Arbor, MI

Our Guide to Sleeping Bear Dunes & Glen Arbor, MI

We love up north. That’s true for most Michiganders. There’s a million places to explore, and Glen Arbor is one of the very best. My family has been going up north my entire life. Like many families, we had a cottage on a small inland […]

National Park Service Junior Ranger Program

National Park Service Junior Ranger Program

Did you know that almost all national parks have a Junior Ranger program? Anyone from the ages of 4 – 110 (my kids think that’s so funny) can participate, and it’s totally free. Junior Rangers are charged with the mission to “Explore, Learn, and Protect!” […]

DIY Neighborhood Day Camp

DIY Neighborhood Day Camp

I don’t know about you, but I’m full of ideas. They swim around in my head day and night. Some see the light of day, some don’t. Some are good, most are not. And some live a long, healthy, fun life. Like Alger Heights Day […]

Travel: Family Fun at Michigan State

Travel: Family Fun at Michigan State

We’re home for spring break this year, living our very best staycation life. And while we’re a bunch of homebodies, we do love a good day trip. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to find something new to do, especially something kid-friendly and budget-friendly, but with […]

Travel: Our Favorite Souvenir

Travel: Our Favorite Souvenir

What if I told you our favorite travel souvenir was small, inexpensive, and kid-friendly? Sounds pretty great, right? Well, our favorite travel souvenir is pins. Easy, $4 pins available at most airports, souvenir shops, museums and more. We don’t pick one out at every single […]

Crafts: Ten Minute, Ten Cent Bookmarks

Crafts: Ten Minute, Ten Cent Bookmarks

Guys. You won’t believe this, but I did the math and these super-cute bookmarks are less than TEN CENTS EACH to make. And yes, just ten minutes. (Okay, maybe a smidge more if you get picky with things, but still. They’re so fast to make. […]

Home: My Top Three Snow Day Activities

Home: My Top Three Snow Day Activities

Are you Team Yay or Team Nay when it comes to snow days? We’re Team Yay around here, which shouldn’t be a surprise since we’re the biggest bunch of homebodies ever. It’s also not lost on me that I have the luxury of being a […]

Travel: Capsule Wardrobes for Families

Travel: Capsule Wardrobes for Families

Have you heard of capsule wardrobes? They’re kind of hard to ignore these days. In a way, I’ve kind of had a capsule wardrobe for most of my adult life because I prefer quality over quantity, and because I usually have the smallest closets in […]

Home: Big Kid Bookshelves

Home: Big Kid Bookshelves

About 100 years ago, my husband and I installed bookshelves in a lonely upstairs hallway. Uneven plaster walls were not our friend, and I think we blew a dozen crater-sized holes in our wall before we found the best process for anchoring the shelves to […]