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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Don't be Square - Try the New Buddy's Pizza Opening Today in Novi, Michigan

#buddysNovi Grand Opening of Buddy's Pizza in Novi Michigan

There are times, because of my blogging presence, that I get invited to attend ribbon cuttings, grand openings, fashion shows and other media geared events. That's what I do. I am an outspoken person, and companies like to invite outspoken people to try their products. . especially if they know that we'll love it.

So, as I was getting ready to head out the door to the ribbon cutting event, I started to feel the butterflies in my stomach come to life. There's the catch 22. You see, I adore going to all of these events, but at the same time they utterly terrify me. As I stood in front of my closet door, doing my best to pick out something nice to wear, I found that I needed to keep psyching myself up. From time to time I would catch a glimpse of myself in the mirrored side of my closet door and mentally say to myself "You just have to get in the door and then you'll be fine.".  After all, deep down I knew that I would do what I always do at these events and that is make new friends, talk to much and go home glad that I went and feeling foolish for showing any sign of doubt in the first place. It's just the getting there part that I have trouble with. So I took a deep breath, put on my striped sweater and my black boots and gave myself one last look in the mirror. "You can do this" I stammered.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BEST OF: FALL FAVORITES {FOOD}

Fall Favorite Recipes

You know the feeling, as soon as the temperature starts to change so do our eating desires. I wonder if it is inherit in us? Maybe something to make us want only what is available? Some sort of cave man like insight? Either way, I know that for me when the sun starts to set earlier, the clouds start to roll in and the air turns crisp, all I want to do is snuggle up with a warm blanket and eat some of my favorite comfort foods. <--This might also be why I tend to put on a few pounds over the season. Well, that or the fudge and cookies. One can never tell. :)

Since many of us here in Michigan are just starting to kick on the furnaces, I thought that this would be the perfect time to share my favorite fall foods with all of you. These recipes are my tried and true favorites, the ones that keep me coming back year after year. I hope you enjoy them too and if you have a favorite fall recipe to share, you can link to it in the comments. Really, linking off to other recipes is welcomed and encouraged! One can never have too many fall favorites.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village is a Must See!

#ad Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village @HenryFord

Looking for some Halloween fun that's perfect for the whole family and is close to home? Last night the kids and I took a trip to Dearborn, MI to visit Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village. This was our first time visiting Greenfield Village, during the Hallowe'en event or any other time, and we weren't quite sure what to expect. However, now that we've been, I can honestly say that "It's Amazing!".

The event took place inside an antique village setting complete with a candlelit path of pumpkins and a few stray street lights. We began our walk into the village as the sun was beginning to set and within only a few moments of passing through the gates we were in darkness, except for the dim glow of the pumpkins. As we nervously walked along the path provided we were greeted by all kinds of characters, tricks and treats.

What Ages is this Event Good For?

Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village is spooky, but also family friendly. The kids weren't too scared to continue, yet mom and dad didn't get bored with it either. It was the perfect mixture of family fun! Plus, this event is so well put together that there was no confusion on where we should be going at any given time, leaving nothing to be missed. And trust me, you wont want to miss a single thing! Take a look at some of the fun we had during our visit!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Be a Part of the Young Environmentalists Panel #Michigan

Disclosure: I am an ambassador for the Sea Life of Michigan project.
 All opinions are my own. 
#ad Sea Life of Michigan Environmentalist Panel

Calling all young environmental enthusiasts! Right now, SEA LIFE of MICHIGAN is accepting applicants from children ages 8-12 who are passionate about the sea and it's creatures to join their environmentalists panel. Twelve children from the area will be chosen and will be invited to join SEA LIFE of Michigan, opening in early 2015 at the Great Lakes Crossing Mall, in their grand opening and events. Panelists will get a first look at the exhibit before it is open to the public and will win a years pass to the exhibit!

Do you know someone who would be perfect for the position? Visit the SEA LIFE of Michigan Facebook page for more information and to register. http://bit.ly/SEALIFEMIYoungE