What's On This Weekend *Memorial Day Edition*: May 26-29

It's Memorial Day weekend and chances are good that there is a parade in your town or a neighboring one. Apart from a sideline viewing of your local procession, it's easy to tie in a poignant history lesson to the weekend festivities -- just check out this great post from Care.com for some ideas. My grandfather was taken captive in World War II and two uncles were killed in Vietnam, so it's important that my kids understand the meaning of the holiday as they grow older. I remember visiting the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall with my family when I was little, etching out my uncles' names on a small piece of white paper. I remember sitting in my uncle's living room in Missouri and reading the

What's On This Weekend: May 19-21

If these things were up to me, my family would finally be making its way up to Great Lakes Kite Festival in Grand Haven this weekend. Or maybe watching the lambs run out to pasture for the very first time at the Critter Barn, because how ridiculously cute would that be? My kids would no doubt have front row seats to the Wild Kratts hijinks in GR. Instead, we will be hunkering down on an airplane for 14 hours -- wheeeeee! So please clutter my Instagram feed with lovely pics of all these fun things while I throw back an in-flight cocktail and hope that the Kindle Fire batteries hold out. Have a lovely weekend, friends! FRIDAY Catch more than 20 larger-than-life fish dotting the streets of down

*Mothers Day Edition*: What's On This Weekend: May 12-14

We checked out the tulips in Holland earlier this week to beat the crowds and enjoy the rare shot of sunshine. I hadn't been since I was little, and it was jaw-droppingly gorgeous. We wandered around downtown for hours, then on a whim stopped by one of the parks for a little more floral enjoyment. So that's my recommendation for the weekend. Tulips. They're awesome. FRIDAY Try your hand at such early farm chores as churning butter, grinding corn and dipping candles at the Michigan Flywheelers Museum in South Haven Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with free admission to the Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles (must present coupon) Learn about nature through crafts, activities, games, book

5 Easy Ways to Nail Teacher Appreciation Week

Yes, the cutesy crafts are super adorable and teachers very well may delight in wonderful yet time-consuming creations, but really you can't go wrong by sticking with simplicity here. And it's much less stressful. Read the list below and pick whatever speaks to you, make it pretty with paper or a bag, and promptly pass it off to your kid to hand over with a big smile and a thanks. Because this celebration is not about finding the most spectacularly creative, punny gift idea or spending hours tracking down supplies and making said gift -- it's about showing that you recognize the magnanimity of their contribution to your child's life. And nothing says thank you like donuts. 1. Donuts Bring i

What's On This Weekend: May 5-7

We checked out the tulips in Holland earlier this week to beat the crowds and enjoy the rare shot of sunshine. I hadn't been since I was little, and it was jaw-droppingly gorgeous. We wandered around downtown for hours, then on a whim stopped by one of the parks for a little more floral enjoyment. So that's my recommendation for the weekend. Tulips. They're awesome. FRIDAY Savor tasty food, live music and entertainment for the whole family at the Laup Fiesta in Holland (through Saturday) Take a spin on the dance floor, play games and do crafts at the free Mother's Day Dance in Niles Head to the Forever Curious Children's Museum in Fennville for an evening dose of fun during its First Fridays

6 Ways To Celebrate May Day

Happy May Day, friends! Typically observed on May 1, this whimsical European holiday celebrates the return of spring with dancing, ribbons and flowers. Even if you can't find a May Day pole to wrap your ribbons around, there are plenty of other ways to mark the holiday. 1. Leave flowers hanging from your neighbors' front doors. Real or fake, a couple of buds wrapped inside pretty paper and tied with a ribbon are sure to brighten somebody's day. 2. Make a colorful ribbon wand and dance around outside. All you need is some wooden dowels (or old skewers/chopsticks, as long as they aren't too pointy) and ribbon. Cut various lengths of ribbon and knot it on the end of the dowel. Easy peasy. 3. Ha

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