Raising Dick and Jane

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Experience Childhood Wonder at the Detroit Zoo #WildLights

Disclosure: Raising Dick and Jane received free tickets to this event. 
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Do you remember driving around through neighborhood after neighborhood as a child watching out the window in awe at the vibrant displays of Christmas house lights? I do and it was magical. However, the "magic" that I remember as a child just isn't there anymore where we live. When I was younger, the neighborhoods used to be lit up like a wonderland. Now, we are lucky to find a couple of houses on the same street with lights. Do I blame these people for not providing my family with a weekend night full of entertainment? Absolutely not. Did I want to find a way to bring this magic back in a way so that my children could experience what I remember? You bet I did! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

The CHEER Project {DIY}

CHEER , noun
: a shout of praise or encouragement
: a happy feeling or attitude. 

Could you use a little more holiday cheer this season? I want you to know that I understand that the holidays can sometimes be tough. They can be stressful and sometimes even sad. I know that over the last few days a little bit of extra cheer would have gone a long way for me and I also know that there are people around me are struggling even more than I this year and could use some encouragement as well. So today, I decided to put together this large and shiny reminder for me to be someone else's encouragement and praise everyday, but especially during the holiday season.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Giulio and Sons, A Fresh Choice in Dining #EcoTravelwithadoba

Disclosure: This was a comped stay part of a blogger event in which I participated. #EcoTravelwithadoba

Today I am sharing part duo of my fabulous trip into Dearborn, Michigan with the adoba hotel. Because this trip had so many amazing features, I wanted to break it up into separate posts to make it more manageable. If you missed the first post about my exciting trip, you can view it here. This second article is going to cover the amazing food we had while staying at the adoba hotel and when I say amazing, I do mean Ah-maz-ing!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Nail Decorating Party Ideas {For Kids} #PamperedPiggies

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Can you believe it? Between my sisters kids and mine, we now have five little girls and one little boy in the family! It is so much fun to watch them all play together every Sunday at our weekly extended family dinner. They usually all play pretty well together, but sometimes they need a little bit of structure to help keep everybody on good terms. This weekend, I decided to surprise the kids with a holiday nail decorating party to stoke the holiday cheer and offer them an activity that all the kids would enjoy doing together. It was so much fun to see them all squeal with excitement as they arrived  for the day and found this little surprise party display waiting for them.

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Fresh Look at Dearborn, MI with the adoba® Hotel #EcoTravelwithadoba

Disclosure: This was a comped stay part of a blogger event in which I participated. #EcoTravelwithadoba
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Hmm. . three nights, in a hotel, all by myself? What would I do? Would it be weird to stay in a hotel room all alone? Would I be lonesome? Would I be scared? How would my family fare without me? All of these questions ran through my head as I accepted a chance to go and meet several other amazing bloggers on a trip to Dearborn, Michigan just a few short weeks ago. This was a new experience for me, to travel alone, since normally we take trips as a family. Agh, oh well, let's go for it. After all, new experiences have always been pretty exciting to me.

As I packed up my bags, my husband and kids sat on my bed with sad puppy dog faces. They wanted to come along with me, but nope, this time mommy was flying solo. I was, in fact, starting to feel really excited about taking this little trip alone. I mean, it did perfectly coincide with my birthday weekend. It was fate.