Raising Dick and Jane

Friday, April 24, 2015

Can I Call Myself a Traveler: My Fear of Flying Became My Stepping Stone

Guess what? Travel can be scary. It can be exhausting. It can fall apart in the blink of an eye and leave you standing alone and confused. This last weekend, on my flight home from Florida, I had one of those experiences. I am not particularly an experienced flyer, my background is in road tripping. I enjoy the open road and seeing all of the weird roadside attractions along the way. But for this trip, since I was traveling without my family, I decided to fly. It is always good to grow as a traveler right?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Couples Weekend in Southwest Michigan : WINE TOUR

Disclosure: This trip was taken in collaboration with #SWMIsipstroll tour and we were hosted at all of the locations mentioned in this article. 
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Being a Michigan native, our family has always kept with tradition and gone north for the summer. Traverse City, Mackinac Island, these have always been our summer vacation destinations. How many of you remember spending your summers at "the cabin up north"? Seriously, my mom even begins her childhood memories that way. It is just what we Michigander's do! Over my lifetime I have spent quite a bit of time touring around my hometown state of Michigan but for some reason this entire time I have neglected one important part of the state: Southwest Michigan.

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.