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3 Steps to Creating New Healthy Habits
Let’s talk about forming new habits. We all have times in our lives where we intentionally want to change our behavior for the better and create new habits for ourselves. This could be getting in the habit of eating healthier and drinking more water. Or it could be moving more and taking the dog for a daily walk. Or...
5 International Travel Tips to Save Money & Stay Safe
In just a few short days, I’ll be on an airplane headed to Germany. I will spend several days in Germany, then fly to Dublin, and explore Ireland. I’ve done a lot of research on international travel and consulted several friends and experts. I’ve learned a lot about travel safety and how to avoid foreign transaction fees and unwanted...
How to Make the Most of Your Road Trip with Teens
Growing up, I was not lucky enough to go on family vacations. We were dirt poor. My mother was a teen mom and the only time I was lucky enough to go on a “trip” was to go up north to my aunt and uncles trailer in Oscoda. They owned a canoe and putt-putt golf course and sold ice...
Unfortunately, if you own a home, have driven down a road, or have simply walked down a street -- then you've most likely seen some type of garbage that was tossed onto the ground. Litter is costly, damaging, and expensive, and it's a much bigger problem than most people believe. Each year, up to $11 billion is spent to clean...
Cars pollute the environment. Smoke from cars covers the house a
  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in early April that the agency has completed a midterm evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light duty trucks for the new upcoming model years 2022 through 2025. These changes are being discussed because the data is not sufficient to support the standards as currently written from the time when Obama...
If you think about how much water you use on a regular basis to shower, cook, clean, drink, etc., the numbers really add up. And if you're using that much water, you want to make sure that water is as clean and healthy as can be. Unfortunately, there are roughly 2.5 billion people throughout the world who do not...
Huntington State Park in South Carolina for Sea Shell Hunting
This spring we took a road trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I have traveled so much for work; I wanted to go somewhere new. I had never been to South Carolina and thought it would be warmer than Northern Michigan. I was wrong about it being much warmer. When we were there, it was in the 40’s and...
itamin E for Nail Cuticles and Dry Lips
Vitamin E is like liquid gold. Growing up, my great grandmother Gertrude would break open a vitamin E capsule for dry patches, hangnails, scars and so much more. The little gold capsules were her go-to miracle cure. Vitamin E is a known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. A little goes a long ways with this thick golden oil. It’s often found in...
Making the Most of Family Vacations with Teens
When my children were little, the days would sometimes feel so slow. You know the ones. The ones where there was no sleep. The ones where I’d pray for sleep and a shower. Now my children are 11 and 13 and I’d love to stop time. It’s flying by. Did you know there are only 940 Saturdays between your child’s...
Five Simple and Meaningful Easter Basket Gifts
My kids do not believe in the “Easter Bunny” anymore but of course, they are expecting an Easter Basket on Sunday. It is a tradition and we all enjoy the hiding and hunting for the baskets.  What I do not enjoy is how Easter has become all about “stuff”. They are expecting big things, not just stuffed eggs. For my...
6 Eco-Friendly Wedding Registry Ideas
Let’s talk weddings. I LOVED my wedding. I loved planning it and seeing it all come together. In fact, when we had to leave…I cried. All my work, effort and the emotions from the big day that were celebrated by my friends and loved ones…it was over…in the blink of an eye. I often wonder what it would be...
Beat the College Admission Stress
In 1995, my high school had a college day, local, state colleges came to the school with tables set up, and you could ask questions, get information and even apply to some of the colleges. At the time, I wanted to be a teacher and had my mindset on two colleges. I applied to Western Michigan University and was...
Around the world, consumers, corporations, local governments, and nonprofits are joining together to reduce plastic use. In the United Kingdom, the popular grocery store chain Aldi has announced plans to make all of its packaging recyclable, compostable, and reusable by 2022. It's an ambitious deadline, but one that could have major implications for plastic waste in the United Kingdom. According...
In the 1800's, immigrants from Ireland and Scotland brought the beloved holiday of Halloween to the United States. But they also brought another widely-celebrated tradition: St. Patrick's Day. Each year, millions of people around the United States get dressed up, go out, and celebrate their Irish heritage (or pretend they're Irish). There are tons of St. Patrick's Day traditions....
Peppermint Lip Scrub Recipe
Back in October, I shared the beginning of my Invisalign® journey with you. I am currently on set number 11 and have 14 sets. There is the possibility I will need more than 14 sets for further adjustment. I am hoping this is not the case. I have seen a great deal of progress so far. The last four months...
7 Tips for Booking with Airbnb Abroad
For my upcoming trip to Germany and Ireland, we are primarily staying at Airbnb’s. I have not booked international home rentals but I do have experience with other home rental services and I have learned a thing or two over the years about what makes all the difference when booking and being happy. Utilize Search Filters. This seems obvious but...
Smart Travel Tips for Traveling Abroad- Visiting Cork, Ireland and More
For almost two weeks this spring, my two sisters, my dad and I will take a trip to Europe. My dad was in the army, stationed in Germany, and has always wanted to go back. We decided to pack in as much as possible on this father/daughter trip abroad so we added Ireland to our agenda.  Our itinerary is...
No one likes getting sick, but some bugs are more serious than others. While cold symptoms last anywhere from 48 hours to 14 days, the common cold is rarely responsible for serious hospitalizations or even fatalities. The flu, on the other hand, can have major consequences if not prevented or treated quickly. While American options for flu treatment aren't...
Easy to Make Smoothie Bowls
One of my favorite things to make the kiddos and myself for breakfast is a smoothie. Lately I have been into making smoothie bowls. They are easy to make, taste great and their prettier. Smoothie bowls take a little more time but on the weekend, it is a special treat. Here is one of my favorite combos. Enjoy! (Printable...
The average household in the United States contains approximately 300,000 things. If you're a parent, you might know far too well -- perhaps from stepping on a rogue plastic brick and subsequently writhing in pain -- that your child's Lego collection encompasses a significant portion of those 300,000 things. Lego is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month, proving that...

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