10 Things My Husband And I Did To Lose 60 Pounds In Less Than 6 Months

This is a blog topic I haven’t covered much yet, but OMG, my husband is looking fly these days! I love that I can tell he feels great, too. Together, since January 1, we have lost a combined total of more than 60 pounds; He is around 40 pounds lost; I am at 23 pounds.

I’ve already been through the roller coaster that is gaining and losing weight thanks to pregnancy, but this was new for him. He decided at the end of last year that he was ready for change in 2015. I was so taken with his enthusiasm, I decided to jump on board with him to shed my baby weight once and for all and commit to making our entire house healthier.

Weight Loss Before

Back in 2009, at the peak of our weight gain. I was a size 14 here, and am now a size 6/8.

Everyone has been asking us what we’ve been doing, and honestly, it’s nothing crazy. We haven’t deprived our bodies of carbs or sugar or taken on some insane workout program. All we’ve done? Tracked what we consume, get our portions under control, and move more. [Continue reading…]

10 Reasons to Visit The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village This Summer {+ Ticket Giveaway!}

10 Reasons to Visit The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village This Summer

Nothing screams summer in metro Detroit quite like a visit to The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. This place is amazing for kids, adults and history lovers alike, and always top of my list when entertaining out-of-town visitors.

I’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons to visit this summer, but believe me — I’ve left off a ton. See the entire calendar of fun here. In the meantime, here’s a few excuses to get you to make the drive to this Dearborn gem!

IMAX Theatre presentation of Secret Ocean 3D {Through Sept. 7} — Jean Michel is the son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau and has been exploring Earth’s oceans for nearly 70 years. His movie gives a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean. Spend a rainy day watching this masterpiece and teaching kids more about the mysteries of our ocean. {Tickets range from $9.75-$13.75}

National Get Outdoors Day {June 13} — Join a historic forest ranger in Greenfield Village for a day of one-of-a-kind outdoor activities, including an afternoon nature hike, presentations by our historic forest ranger on horseback, tours of the William Ford Horse Barn and other hands-on activities. {Free with GFV ticket admission}

Tinker Hack Invent

Tinker.Hack.Invent Saturdays {Weekly throughout summer} — Inspire ingenuity in your kids and join the Tinker Task Force to let them have a blast trying your hand at all sorts of things. Hands-on. How-to, DIY, science and more, with a different activities each month. {Free admission with Henry Ford ticket purchase. Some activities may have an extra fee.}

Macy’s 2nd Mondays {2nd Monday of each month} — Introduce your preschool children to the wonders of The Henry Ford — all before nap time. Storytelling, live entertainment and dozens of hands-on activities. During summer, all the events take place in the Village. Monthly themes: June 8 – Liberty Craftworks, July 13 – Summer Celebration, August 10 – All Aboard!, September 14 – Back to School. {Children under 4 are always FREE. All of the special children’s activities are included with admission.} [Continue reading…]

Coupon for Michigan Science Center! {Expires 8/31/15}


Planning some summertime adventures to amuse the kids? If so, I’m excited to share a special offer from the Michigan Science Center in Detroit just for my readers – $3 off admission. If you haven’t been, it’s a MUST! To print this coupon for Michigan Science Center, simply click on it and send it to the printer, […]

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How To Save Money at Southeast Michigan Attractions {36 Ideas Around Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Lansing Areas}

How To Save Money at Southeast Michigan Attractions

There is nothing I love more than going on an adventure to a new place. Only thing is, my sense of adventure doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with my budget. With three kids, I’m quickly learning how to be highly aware of the costs to do everything from grocery shop to vacation, which is why I […]

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KINDness Safari Coming to the Detroit Zoo May 16, 2015 #KindAwesome

Safari Kits

I am receiving zoo admission for my family in exchange for this post. Three rockin’ companies I love have partnered to bring an awesome activity to us: KIND, Zulily and the Detroit Zoo. Local families can visit the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak on Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a kindness safari, […]

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Stamp Out Hunger on May 9, 2015 and Help Families in Need {Nationwide}

Stamp Out Hunger

This Saturday, May 9 brings one of my favorite days of the year: Stamp Out Hunger! I love this program for an easy way to make a difference — without even leaving the house. All you have to do is collect and bag non-perishables you’d like to donate and place them in a bag in/near […]

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Family Fun in May 2015 in Southeast Michigan {Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint & Lansing Areas}

Family Fun in May 2015 in Southeast Michigan

Just writing the word ‘May’ makes me SO happy. It’s one of my favorite months of the year for many reasons — the flowers peeking out, the smell of fresh-cut grass, and the return of many farmer’s markets are just a few. Luckily, there is plenty to do with kids this month too! Family Fun […]

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Ways I Cheat As A Mom to 3 #GerberWinWinMoment

Gerber Graduates Grabbers

This is a sponsored post with Gerber and MomSelect. All opinions expressed are my own.  I hear it daily: “You are a superwoman!” While the sentiment is obviously flattering and appreciated, believe me ya’ll — I’m just trying to get through the trenches like everyone else. In my eyes, anyone who is raising a human […]

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Into the Wild LIVE with Jack Hanna at The Whiting in Flint on 5/1 {+ Giveaway} ENDS 4/28

Into the Wild LIVE with Jack Hanna at The Whiting

Have you ever caught animal expert Jack Hanna on TV? We love him here! Excited to share about a fun coming to Flint in a few weeks! America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the live stage with Into the Wild Live! at The Whiting in Flint on Friday, May 1 at […]

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Celebrating 4 Years of Blogging


Today marks 4 years of blogging. While this doesn’t seem like much of a feat, it is. Do you all know how much time blogging takes up? 😉 I only wish I had more time — I have SO many ideas to share! With that said, I maintain starting this blog has been the best decision […]

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Wild Kratts LIVE! in Detroit 5/28 {+ Family 4-Pack Giveaway} ENDS 5/2


Wild wild wild Kratts wild wild wild Kratts…Does that theme song get stuck in anyone else’s head nearly every day? It sure does stick over here! I love the Wild Kratts because we are a PBS-loving family, and it’s a show I don’t feel an ounce of guilt for my kiddos to watch in the […]

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Monkey Kingdom: A Must-See For Nature Lovers Young and Old

Maya and Kip - Monkey Kingdom

Wow. I don’t think I have been able to wipe the smile off my face since my Tuesday evening screening of Disneynature’s latest documentary, Monkey Kingdom. I have loved all of the movies in the nature series, but this is my favorite BY FAR. The story is compelling and surely one parents, children, and nature lovers will enjoy. […]

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