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5 Reasons to Visit Muskegon

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:32
I grew up along West Michigan's lakeshore—less than an hour from Muskegon—yet the only time I ever laid eyes on the city and its surrounding county was when my family made the trek to Michigan's Adventure. Twenty-five years in West Michigan, and I knew Muskegon for three things: one of the raddest wooden roller coasters in the country, a sliver of blue Muskegon Lake out a car window, and an industrial smokestack. Read more...

Things My Dad Taught Me

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:44
I am my father's daughter. My mother tells me this all the time. She tells me I inherited his calm, quiet demeanor and rare stubborn temper (when warranted, of course, like the time he got mad because I kept bugging him for a hamster, and I got mad because he kept saying "no"). I have his freakishly long fingers, shy smile, brown eyes and plain hair. I don't mind. Except he's had a growing bald spot on his scalp for as long as I can remember, and that makes me nervous. Read more...

5 Ways to Be a #Badass Mom This Summer

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:56
It's the week before school gets out. End of year concerts and parties at school, making sure you didn't forget to sign your kid up for camp blah blah blah, and hoping like hell your babysitter doesn't find a better gig in the next two weeks. Read more...

Forced Couple Fun: Luna GR

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:04
Or, An Agenda for Date Night. Wait. What? The whole purpose of "forced couple fun" is to connect. Like many of you, Jason and I live busy lives. Yet connecting through the good, the bad and the ugly ignites the chemistry and reminds us why we're together. Read more...

6 Best Words for Stressed Moms

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:50
I’ve had this blog idea floating around in my head for quite some time, and it seems fitting that I’m finally writing it with Mother’s Day just around the corner. My life is not dissimilar from other women I know who have small children. With three kids in school and sports, a husband who runs his own business, and working full time myself, the word “busy” is an understatement. At times, it feels downright chaotic. Read more...

To the Moms in the Cafeteria

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 06:34
A few weeks ago, my son's elementary school held its annual "Muffins with Mom" event in the school cafeteria. It was my fifth, I think—not including that one year I missed because of a business trip. (How could I forget that guilt?) On my ride to work afterward, I started thinking about motherhood and cafeterias. When you think about it, there are a lot of similarities. Both can feel lonely—and both can lead to new friendships. Both can be loud—and both can exude laughter. Both can be messy—and both can be fulfilling. Read more...

I Am Intersex and I Am Here

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:17
"I am one of the two percent."

Welkom to Tulip Time

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:02
I'm a Zeeland native—and while it may not be Holland, I was still raised on the tulips, elephant ears and wooden shoes of Tulip Time. Not to boast, but I even got half days of school because half of the student body was performing in the festivities anyway. (That's probably why we all spell "welkom" with a "k.") Read more...

5 Reasons My Heart Belongs in Cannonsburg

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 09:02
Cannonsburg, Michigan. Have you heard of it? It's OK if you haven't. It's a small community northeast of Grand Rapids. Some may say, "If you blink, you'll miss it." It really is that small. Sure, you can drive through it quickly, but what you see out your window will probably pique your interest. Spend more than a year in Cannonbsburg, and I promise you'll never forget it. Read more...

Entrepreneurship Is a Way of Life

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:06
If you're outside the business world, you may never have pondered entrepreneurship. If you're inside the business world, you may never have considered it as a philosophy of value to daily living. Read more...