JEN’S ZEN ~ Your Best Gift

By: Jen Wainwright   My kids and I were snuggled on the couch, talking about our upcoming holiday plans. It’s all so exciting to me, really! We’ll make cookies with close family friends, a tradition my best friend and I began the year our oldest daughters were born. And we’ll get into our van and […]


By: Jen Wainwright Discover something you might not know…about a local place or face you might just love! Colorful Character: Santa’s Village at The North Pole U.S.A Location: 11350 W. Peet Rd., Chesaning, 989.845.2143, www.santas-village.org Open weekends in 2014 from November 29/30 through December 20/21, Santa’s Village at The North Pole U.S.A is a 25,000 […]

Giving Back for the Holidays

By: Jessica D. Wright The holidays are here and there is no better time to teach your kids about the importance of giving back! Throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region, there are many, many opportunities for giving back to the community. Here are some of our favorites.   American Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org The Red […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ That and This

By: Jen Wainwright         In the blink of an eye – he was there, and I found myself staring into the face of That. It was Saturday. With my partner out of town helping a friend build a pole barn, the kids and I had spent the day around the house. Kind […]

How To: Spooky Sensory Spider Web

By: Jessica Wright   Halloween is jam-packed full of hands-on projects and crafts for kids of all ages. Unfortunately, many of these projects only entertain them for the half hour it takes to make them. This spider web allows kids to not only create something, but also play with it when it’s done. This project […]

21 days, 1500 miles, 3 boys, 1 insane Momma

By: Lisa Brown Over the past 19 days I have been on the road with my three little boys traveling the Midwest. We have been to 5 different states and had many days of adventure. Some of our adventure was where we stayed the night or a few days. We have stayed at campgrounds in […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ Days Like This

By: Jen Wainwright I officially got my ass handed to me this morning in the game of Life we all play in once school begins. You see, well what had happened was… The alarm went off, and I pushed snooze. Twice. (Alright, thrice.) It was Wednesday, and the kids were readying for school. The clock […]