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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Volunteerism: Opportunities May be Closer Than They Appear #SimplyHealthy

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The other day my daughter came home from school upset. The snack that I had been sending her to school with kept disappearing from her cubby and she was frustrated with what could be happening to it. At first thought I was mad. I wanted to march into that school and get to the bottom of it myself. Why would someone be taking her food? I grabbed my phone in my hand and immediately dialed up my mother to tell her my frustrations. I was hoping to get her advice on the matter before I started to over react. This was something I always did when I had a problem, call her AND over react . My mother always somehow has the best reasoning skills. When my mom answered the phone I began to tell her about how I thought someone might be stealing her snack at school and asked her what she thought I could do about it. This time however, her good reasoning stopped me right in my tracks and could you believe that she did it with only three little words. "Maybe he's hungry". Geesh, I hadn't thought of that. I broke down into tears. How foolish of me to jump right into the assumption that whoever was doing this was just being spiteful. This time of year everyone is talking about volunteerism and my kids and I are always happy to drop a few bucks in kettle as we walked by or donate our time to organizations in need of help, but now I was faced with a need right in front of me and I couldn't believe that I was absolutely oblivious to it until now.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Small Village, Big Traditions #MeetMeInMilford

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Last night my family and I attended the Big Reveal event in Downtown Milford. Tonight, I wanted to share with you the photos that I snapped at this event. I wanted to share these photos with you because something funny happened to me while I was there. It was sort of hard to explain, but while I was at this window reveal, in a pretty small village in Michigan, I felt the holiday spirit greater than I had ever felt before.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A New Reason to Gather Around the Television as a Family #LeapTV

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Yep, it's cold outside. I mean REALLY cold. So I ask you, what is a mom supposed to do with kids indoors that can burn energy, is fun, and is most importantly educational? Well, unfortunately for us, our television set no longer streams shows, unless you count what we can get to come in with our rabbit ears. <-- We cancelled our service a long time ago (and I've never looked back). However, even though we rarely use our television to watch T.V., we still held on to our television set. Why? For family movie nights and fun products such as these. Check out this new kid centered gaming system and a new reason to gather around your television as a family. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Celebrating Another Year Older with a Throwback Movie Night #MovieNight4Less

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Well, here it is again, my birthday. You know, it seems to me like birthday's should be celebrated even MORE as you gain in age instead of being celebrated heavily as a child and then taper off as we get older. I mean, wow, you made it another year! That's pretty awesome! So this year, for my birthday, I decided to invite a few of  my friends and family over for a retro themed movie night to celebrate. Why a movie night? Well for starters, it is REALLY cold outside in November and being snuggled up on the couch just seemed like a pretty good option. Reason #2, Walmart has a great deal right now on movie night supplies such as Orville Redenbacher's popcornM&M's® and Warner Bro's so this little party wasn't going to break the bank and I could just enjoy the time spent with friends.

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