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Family Food Traditions: Dutch Banket Yule Treat

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 04:50
My mother's cousin, Martin Waalkes, recently said, "For Grandma, sugar and butter were spices." (Referring to my great-grandmother, Sarah Ritzema Waalkes.) Read more...

Five Local Gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 06:13
I've got two men in my life who approach shopping the same way: They research like crazy, find exactly what they want and—seemingly unconcerned with the price—buy it. Upon receiving the item, they take care of it like a newborn child, keeping it in perfect condition for years and years. Much unlike my own shotgun purchase approach: Is it on sale? Well, I sorta like it. I can wash something "dry clean only," right? Read more...

Matt Lauer Had to Go. Here's Why.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 04:30
For as long as I can remember, my mornings started with Matt Lauer on the screen. One morning, when my boys were young, one looked at the screen and thought Matt was my husband. (They have the same haircut. We giggled for days over that one.) For years, Matt was a staple in our home bringing us news and events. Read more...

Traveling ... #ForcedCoupleFun Style!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 11:00
When Jason and I first started dating, we made sure to travel together at least once or twice a year. We still travel as a family, but the mommy/daddy trips have certainly tapered off. So, for my birthday this year—the third week of October—we decided it was time! Fall is an extremely busy season for us both, so a weekend relaxing was top of the list. Rather than being adventurous and trying something new, we decided to go to our favorite vacation destination: The Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada, Florida. Read more...

A West Michigan Thanksgiving

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:54
Happy Thanksgiving. We hope it's full of good food, good conversations and time with family and friends, near and far. Read more...

Everyone Has Been That Green Girl

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 06:01
This Broadway season, Wicked debuted in West Michigan for the first time since the show's 2003 premier. The musical—following the tale of the Witches of Oz, rather than the Wizard and Dorothy—has garnered worldwide attention and accolades for its storyline, music, set and costume design. Read more...
West Michigan was unseasonably warm last month. I was beginning to think sweating was my new way of life. The weather certainly seems to be symbolic of where we are as a country right now—chaotic, confused and heated. Read more...

Family Food Traditions: Polish Pierogis

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:05
A little while ago, my friends and I were gathered around a few bottles of wine as I was explaining how my mother-in-law, who's lived in the Upper Peninsula for 40 years, had spent an entire day teaching my husband and kids how to make pasties (pass-tees) from scratch. The topic quickly turned to other family food traditions, and one in particular—pierogis—had my Polish friends all a flutter. Read more...

Top Tips for Holistic Happiness

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:51
Did you know your level of happiness is entirely up to you? When I discovered that my happiness is my personal choice, I began researching ways I could continue to boost my own joy. Read more...

Forced Couple Fun: Mazzo Cucina D’Italia

Thursday, 14 September 2017 05:27
Sometimes, when you find it difficult to schedule date night, you multitask and bring some friends with you! Read more...
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