Raising Dick and Jane

Friday, April 10, 2015

On The Go with New Stonyfield OP

Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Stonyfield and their YoGetters Program.
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Being a mom on the go isn't always easy. Some day's it's all that I can do just to get a single meal in me. Either I am out on the road traveling or running kids around to their various places. Life is a journey, right? It definitely is, but seriously, this month has been NUTS! The crazy busyness of this month has had me dreaming of the lazy summer months ahead. Being a tired, hungry mom isn't helpful either. If mom isn't happy, nobody's happy, right? It is for this reason that I want to tell you about my favorite new smoothie and Stonyfield's lastest product. Last month I was given the opportunity to taste test the new Stonyfield OP and I simply cannot rave about it enough!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April is "Michigan Wine Month" #SWMISipStroll

Disclosure: This tour is an hosted event. All opinions are my own. 

Today I opened up my browser to find that Gov. Rick Snyder has declared April to be "Michigan Wine Month" in honor of Michigan's quickly growing wine industry and their significant contributions to the state's economy. Quickly growing is right! Did you know that according to the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, Michigan now has 117 registered wineries? Plus, 32 of those Michigan wineries brought in 230 awards in 2014 at national wine competitions! I'd say the Michigan wine industry is doing something right and consumers are taking notice. (Go Michigan!)

Monday, April 6, 2015

New Restaurant & Brewery Opening April 8th: Granite City Brewery in Northville Michigan {Plus a Giveaway}

Disclosure: We were invited to preview this opening as a guest. All opinions are our own. #GCNorthville
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Deciding whether or not to accept an invitation to check out a new restaurant & brewery this last weekend was a no brainer for me. My husband and I love craft beer and great food, I mean, we are from Michigan after all! If Michigan isn't already known as the craft beer capitol of the world, it should be because held within Michigan's mitten shaped hand are around 151 different breweries and growing! Because of the accessibility of great craft beer within our own state, my husband and I grown to enjoy the art of a well crafted brew and together have enjoyed visiting several of the breweries already on Michigan's long and ever growing list. So this weekend when we were invited to check out the brand new Granite City Brewery opening in Northville, MI we excitedly said YES!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

I Told My Husband to Get a Hobby

Ann Arbor Beard Competition

It seemed to me the other day that my husband was having a hard time with my new work schedule. As I've been throwing my heart and soul into this blog, it has meant more hours spent at my computer, more travel opportunities and more meetings taking me away from home. The other day when I told him I would be taking yet another trip to Florida soon, the look in his eyes told me that he wasn't ok. Looking back, I am not sure if this was the correct thing to say, but at the time it sounded appropriate.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

5 Tips for Having a Great Road Trip Experience

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When I tell people about our long car trips, the number one question is usually "How do you do it with two young kids?" or "How do you not lose your mind, my kids would never sit still that long". The answer really isn't a simple one and the truth be told, sometimes we do lose our minds. Trying to keep everyone happy on a long car trip, some that even last for several days, is impossible. Don't set your standards that high. However, there are a few things that we do in order to make our road trips more manageable and even mostly enjoyable.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Find the Beauty in the Mess Challenge : Plus a GIVEAWAY #SweepTheMess

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The kids woke me up early this morning. It was the weekend and we had nowhere to be, but they still wanted to get up. Silly kids. We wandered our way out into the kitchen past the toys that were left from the night before. The bright overhead lights hurt my squinting eyes. I will never understand what the rush is to be up before the sun on the weekends, but part of me know's that someday I will miss this. I looked around the house and made a mental list of all the chores that needed to be accomplished today. The dishes needed to be done, the floors needed swept, the laundry still needed to be finished from our road trip last week. Beating me into the kitchen were two bright eyed little sweetpea's who waited patiently to see what my first move was going to be so that they could make the opposite. If there is one thing my kids have learned over the years, it's how to disappear on house cleaning day. I looked around the house and then brought my attention back to them. "How about some cinnamon rolls?" I asked. They both burst into excitement. Inside I told myself that I didn't have time for this, but in reality, it was the weekend, we had nowhere to be and I did.