Raising Dick and Jane

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SNOWFEST 2015 - Frankenmuth, MI

Pictures of SNOWFEST 2015 Frankenmuth, MI

If there is one thing people in Michigan know, it's snow. After spending over half of our year covered in the white nasty stuff, we have come to terms with how to drive in it, how to dress for it and even how to play with it. In fact, here in Michigan we laugh when our neighbors to the south and west call off school and close the city when even a drop of snow starts to fall, while we can still get to where we're going in piles of snow that sometimes even completely cover our cars. Yes, we have incredible skills.

While most everyone you talk to in the north will say how much they hate the snow, most of us secretly like it. If we didn't, would we have celebrations such as SNOWFEST in Frankenmuth, MI? Ok, ok. . so the snow sucks most of the time, except when it is beautiful.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Visiting the Sea Life Aquarium - Southeast Michigan's Newest Aquatic Experience

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So by now I bet you've been hearing all kinds of buzz about the new Sea Life aquarium scheduled to open it's gates on January 29th in Auburn Hills, MI. Many of you have contacted me with questions about what it is really like and if it is worth the drive, the costs and the time spent to go. Today I would like to share with you some of the features and photos of the new aquarium to help you make your own decision. 

Where is it located?

First, let's start with the details. The Sea Life Michigan aquarium is located in the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills, MI. The newly designed aquarium is the new next door neighbor to the Rainforest Cafe, a long time favorite of my family's. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Retro Themed Valentines Day Party for My Daughter #RedVelvetLove

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Apparently, my daughter loves Valentines Day. In fact, she proceeded to remind me of this the other day as she confidently stated that Valentines day was coming up and she was really hoping that I would leave another box of  M&M's® for her on the counter like I did last year. She is such a sweetheart. 

I am not, however, a really big fan of Valentines Day. Maybe it's because of the year I didn't get a carnation in school when they sold them for $1 in the lunch room cafeteria, so I had to buy myself one and pretend to everyone that it was from a secret admirer. Maybe it was the year in college when I thought that this really cute guy I liked was going to ask me out, but instead he was just stopping by my room to get my advice on a good place to take someone else. I could go on, but you get the idea and bringing up all of these memories is really starting to bum me out, so I'll stop. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sweet Potato Tacos : A Meat Free Meal Option {RECIPE}

Sweet Potato Tacos Recipe

A few months ago I had my first experience eating out of a taco themed food truck. The experience was amazing and I haven't been able to get the sweet potato taco's that I had out of my mind ever since. Because food trucks aren't a common thing here in Michigan and I can't just go out and have this meal again whenever I want, I decided to recreate the sweet potato tacos that I had from this food truck at home.  

This is also a great option for a meat free meal, which my family is trying to incorporate a few times per week. To make this meat free taco, I used the following ingredients: 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

29 Different Non-Sappy Valentines Day ADVENTURES to have in Michigan for Couples

My husband and I are not sappy romantics, so with Valentines Day coming up, I started to think about what we could to to celebrate that didn't involve a box of chocolates (since we are trying to eat healthier), a teddy bear or really a gift of any kind. Seriously, the last thing we need is more stuff.

So what is it that we both enjoy? Adventure! We love to go out and try new things, drive to new places and see new things. It has been awhile since we've gone anywhere just the two of us, so I started to look at fun places we could go together to "celebrate" the upcoming "holiday".

As I made a list, I quickly started to realize that there are many places we could go for an overnight adventure right here in the state of Michigan. Without having to drive a super long way, we could getaway and still be back the next day to relieve the babysitter.

Sounds fun right? Below you'll find my list of places and things to do in Michigan for Valentines Day, categorized by city. So if you live in one of these cities or want to take a little road trip to visit them, check it out.