Save on Trendy Sunglasses with Meijer mPerks


When summer comes to Michigan, we Michiganders put on our sunglasses and head west and north to our beautiful Great Lakes. If you need new sunglasses, now’s a great time to pick up a pair from Meijer. You can get 20 percent off one pair of trendy styles from Massini and Emergency Exit with a […]

Pop Up Camping Checklist for Packing


We’re about ready to leave for our Epic camping trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I can’t wait! We’re stopping at St. Ignace first where we’ll watch Fourth of July fireworks over the Mackinac Bridge. Then we’re visiting Mackinac Island and Sault Ste. Marie. Next we’re headed over to Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. After that, […]

A Life’s Work


I’m starting to suspect raising David and Wade will be my life’s greatest accomplishment. I’m OK with that. I grew up watching re-runs of That Girl, Mary Tyler Moore, Donna Reed and Leave It to Beaver. Talk about a mixed message. Glamorous, single career girls in the city vs. stay-at-home moms cooking dinner in high […]

Red Licorice Sparklers for The Fourth of July


School finally gets out here tomorrow, and summer officially begins. After such a long winter and extra days tacked on to make up for snow days, it felt like summer was never coming. But the ice and snow is finally all gone. Now it’s just a little more than three weeks until the Fourth of […]

You can Remove the Screaming Kid from Target, but You can’t Make Him Stop Screaming or Why I’m Glad Toddlers have Bad Aim


It was early evening. The sun hung low and bright in the sky leaving a trail due west across Lake Michigan. Small waves lapped the shore. The beach was quiet. Most of the day’s visitors were gone. A few people lingered, probably hoping to catch one those spectacular coastline sunsets. I walked just near the […]

Dollar Store Finds for Camping


When we took our new-to-us pop-up camper out on our first trip a couple of weeks ago there were a lot of things we needed to stock it with for the weekend. The whole point of purchasing the camper was to ultimately stretch our family travel budget, so I didn’t want to break the bank […]

Stout’s Adventure Camp for Unruly Boys


Blessings come in all shapes and sizes. Mine looks like a pop-up camper. All four of us enjoy exploring new places and revisiting our familiar favorites, but we don’t have a lot of room for travel in our family budget. So in February when tax return money was left over after making some necessary expenditures, […]