After last year, we are full-fledged U-cut Christmas tree folks. As much as I love the little lot right down the street from our house, there is something about walking around a Christmas tree farm that sets our festive hearts aflutter.

We went to Blue Star last ye...

The longest night of the year -- and the return of the sun -- is worthy of a simple but significant celebration. Hygge and all that. It also provides a respite from the holiday frenzy, an opportunity to pause and reflect on the wonderful world around us.


Luckily, it r...

One thing a Midwestern winter will teach you: to embrace it, for otherwise you will be in for a dreadfully long, horribly un-fun season. We found a little sledding hill near our house last winter and made use out of it almost every day that there was snow on the ground...

Today is the first day of November, and we've decided to spend the month focusing on kindness and gratitude. An ongoing gratitude journal can be a great thing for older kids and adults, but for the little ones we're keeping it nice and simple. 


Spend a few moments at b...

Summer has finally (almost) arrived! Make the most of the glorious weather by checking off these fun-filled activities with the kiddos.

  1. Pick blueberries

  2. Visit a flower field

  3. Go on a dune ride

  4. Make smores

  5. Go camping

  6. Take a road trip up north

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There have already been myriad egg hunts and other Easter festivities, but the best are maybe yet to come this weekend. So set aside a bit of time this weekend to check out some of our favorite Easter traditions, compiled right here. Rabbit ears are optional.
 


1. Chec...

Inside the observatory at the Frederik Meijer Gardens is about as close to a tropical paradise as West Michigan is ever going to get. It's also one of the best antidotes to the long winter, especially if the butterflies are "in bloom." 


From early...

I've never been a big journaling person, but I was flicking through the pages of a parenting magazine that inexplicably show up in my mailbox every month and came across an article that caught my interest. It basically amounts to writing down one memorable moment...