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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…)

Grilled Steak with a Cherry Port Sauce

This June, Lesley and I missed our first monthly dinner. We both had it marked in our planners, but somehow the day came and went without either of us noticing. It wasn’t until we were planning for vacation that we noticed our error. The horror! Luckily, it was vacation month, and we got plenty of together time. We also had some great food on vacation–some of which was inspired by the plentiful Michigan cherry fields. So, when it came time for dinner this month, I thought we might as well reminisce a bit and take a taste trip back to Michigan. (more…)