A Weekend at Crystal Mountain

A Weekend at Crystal Mountain

2020 has been a tough year. I think we can all agree on that. When friends asked us if we wanted to join them for a weekend at Crystal Mountain, we thought long and hard about it. Of course we wanted to go, but what…

A Simple, Easy Lake Michigan Beach Day

A Simple, Easy Lake Michigan Beach Day

We went out wandering the other day, traveling in our little bubble as life these days requires. We found a perfect little day trip through Saugatuck, Douglas, and nearby Lake Michigan beaches. We’re definitely going to make this trip part of our summer rotation. Here…

A Family Guide to Sleeping Bear Dunes & Glen Arbor, MI

A Family Guide to Sleeping Bear Dunes & Glen Arbor, MI

Like many Michiganders, I have been going up north my entire life. How you define “up north” is up for debate, but for me, it’s anything past Clare. We had a family cottage in Lewiston. It was a tiny thing – one bedroom, one bathroom,…

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!”…

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…

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…

Travel: Boyne Mountain Resort – Our First Ski Trip Ever!

Travel: Boyne Mountain Resort – Our First Ski Trip Ever!

True story. Somehow, someway, we’ve lived in Michigan most of our life and have never skied. It’s been on my list of things our family needs to try, so a few weekends ago we hit the road and spent a weekend at Boyne Mountain Resort.…

Travel: A Day Trip to Chicago & The Science Behind Pixar

Travel: A Day Trip to Chicago & The Science Behind Pixar

Guys. We’re home from a quick day trip to Chicago and it was just THE BEST. A few months ago I saw an ad for The Science Behind Pixar, a new exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry. Our family loves art, especially drawing. My son spends…

Travel: 10 Unexpected Items I Always Pack

Travel: 10 Unexpected Items I Always Pack

Traveling with kids comes with its own set of joys and challenges. Being prepared helps ease the tricky, painful moments immensely. Beyond the basic snacks, wipes, and spare changes of clothes, here are ten unexpected items I always pack for a trip. Extra luggage tags…