Artichoke and Feta Hummus (without Tahini)

The girls’ new activities are in full swing. Maddie is on her way to become a world-renowned violinist, and both girls are on their journey to be celebrated dancers. Okay, maybe not. Still, our schedule is full of lessons and practices. And we haven’t even added Riley’s harp lessons yet! (more…)

Strong, Smart, and Bold

As a single mom, co-owner of two businesses, full-time tech writer, CASA, sister, daughter, and friend, when I was given an opportunity to apply to be on the board of Girls Inc. of Monroe County, the decision should have been easy. And it was. I jumped right in. Yes, I am taking a bit of time away from my loved ones and responsibilities — and I do feel bad about that — but it is a cause that calls to my soul: “Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.” (more…)

A Family-Friendly Guide to Traverse City, MI

Midwesterners may think of Michigan as just another lackluster Midwestern state. Perhaps I shouldn’t say most, but I certainly did. That is, until we took our family vacation there this summer. What we found was an absolutely gorgeous landscape with a ton of outdoor adventures and a culture all its own. Not only do Traverse City and Sleeping Bear National Dunes offer a wide variety of activities for adults, but we found it filled to the brim with options for the kids. At the end, none of us wanted to leave! (more…)

7th Birthday Preparation

As parents we suffer through many labors of love: parent participation classes, over-priced kid attractions like Jump-n-Joey’s or arcade games, standing in line for 40 minutes only because you had promised to do so, and so many more. This next weekend is yet another one of these labors. Riley is hosting her 7th birthday party at our house. You read that right. At our house. (more…)