Raising Dick and Jane

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Why Lansing, Michigan Might Surprise You

Are you looking for a place to unwind with friends, take in some history, dine on exquisite food and enjoy a weekend of fun with family oriented activities? Well if so then I have a secret to share - Lansing, Michigan has more to offer guests than one might expect. Just take a look at how I experienced all of these things and more during my recent trip to the State Capital of Michigan. 
Disclosure: This trip was sponsored by the Lansing Tourism Bureau. All opinions are my own.   
Why to Visit Lansing Michigan #hosted

Friday, July 24, 2015

Chocolate Chunk Frozen Yogurt - Made While We Played

Trying to figure out what to do with your kids during the hottest days of summer - without cooping them up inside in the air conditioning all day? Well, this my friends, is the "coolest" new thing since sliced bread. Check out what we made today with the Ice Cream Ball from YayLabs and a pint of Stonyfield Vanilla Yogurt!
Disclosure: This product was provided to us free of charge to play with from YayLabs! - all opinions are my own. Post includes affiliate links. #Stonyfieldblogger
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How To Prepare in Advance for Summer Travel Spontaneity with Kids

Summer is all about spare of the moment fun and spontaneity - not planning and list making. Most day's in the summer we don't even know what we are going to do until we wake up and start moving. That's the beauty of summer! This spirit of spontaneity naturally also trickles down into our summer travel. Today I am going to share with you how we prepare in advance to be spontaneous with summer travel - so we can go when ever and where ever, making the most of our summer freedom and long weekends. 
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by TravelingMom and Staybridge Suites. All opinions are my own. 
#ad #StaybridgeSuitesWeekends How to Prepare in Advance for Summer Travel Spontaneity with Kids

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Finding Myself in Chicago with #SoFabUOTR

This last weekend I headed back into Chicago for a chance to meet with and learn from the folks at Social Fabric at the SoFabUOTR conference. The single day conference turned out to be a great opportunity for gaining new knowledge, making new friends and even sightseeing Chicago. But it was what I learned about myself during this trip that really surprised me. 
This grant was  provided to me by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #SoFabUOTR #CollectiveBias
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Roadside Attractions : Find Historic Route 66 in Chicago, IL

It has always been in my dreams to drive along Route 66 in my seafoam green, 1950's Bel Air - and while I can't say that my dreams have completely come true yet, I can tell you that last weekend I got closer than I've ever been before! Just take a look at what I found while walking around in the windy city!

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Weekend I Learned about Fruit Pasta Salad in Chicago

Last weekend I set out on an unique opportunity with Stonyfield Organic to learn more about food writing and photography at the Eat Write Retreat located in downtown Chicago. Here are a few highlights of the weekend - plus an awesome new recipe for fruit summer salad. Psst. It's got yogurt in it!  
Disclosure: This trip was sponsored by Stonyfield. #stonyfieldblogger 
#ad #stonyfieldblogger Fruit Pasta Salad Recipe