Crock Pot Creamy Tortellini and Chicken Sausage Soup

Crock Pot  Creamy Tortellini and Chicken Sausage Soup

There is nothing quite like hot soup on a cold day. And since cold is synonymous with Michigan, we eat a heck of a lot of soup during the winter.

I am totally digging this recipe, which I’ve tweaked to our liking over time. Since we’re amid the holidays, I love that it’s red, white and green too. That means it’s festive, right?! Right.

This simple soup gets a good flavor thanks to chicken sausage. We’ve tried quite a few different varieties, but I always seem to come back to this spinach and mozzarella one made by Meijer. So flavorful, delicious, and often on sale.

Chicken Sausage - Creamy Tortellini and Sausage Soup

Just dice up these babies and brown them on the stove and voila! You’re ready to dump them in the slow cooker along with all the other ingredients except the tortellini. [Continue reading…]

Family Getaways In Michigan During Winter

Family Getaways In Michigan During Winter


It’s getting to be that time of year…We’re all starting to get antsy for some sunshine. While a vacation to California or Florida sounds wonderful, it isn’t always logistically feasible to travel that far with children, nor is it affordable.

My solution is to plan a mini weekend giveaway that’s a bit less intimidating to plan and much easier on the wallet. We are so lucky here in Michigan to be surrounded by plenty of family friendly destinations, whether it’s heading north for skiing, to a waterpark for pool time, or to Frankenmuth for a family-style chicken dinner.

Here are some ideas for family getaways in Michigan during winter:


Boyne Mountain’s Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark {Boyne Falls} — At 88,000 square feet, Avalanche Bay is Michigan’s biggest indoor water park featuring slides, rides, kids pools, climbing walls, lazy river, and even a surf simulator. Of course, there’s skiing, snowshoeing, zip-lining and more on the property, too.

Crystal Mountain {Thompsonville} – While skiing is the most popular pastime at this mountain resort, there is plenty of other things for families, including campfires, an indoor pool and outdoor hot tub, magic shows, snow castle building, dog sledding, snow biking and more. Plus, plenty of hotels, town homes and more on the property to accommodate guests.

Great Wolf Lodge {Traverse City} – An 84-degree indoor water park and more than 38,000 square feet of water excitement. What more can I say?! Slides for thrill seekers and zero-depth entry areas for little ones. Outside the water park, kids can battle a dragon in MagiQuest or get an ice cream-themed manicure in Scoops Kid Spa before gathering your family in the Grand Lobby for nightly Story Time. {Additional fun can be had a nearby snow tubing hills!}

Lake N’ Pines Lodge {Interlochen} — For bigger kids, check out this quaint lodge near the largest snow tubing on the largest snow hill in Michigan. Check out their Hills and Hops package featuring food and brews from North Peak Brewing. 

Shanty Creek {Bellaire} – With 53 ski runs on two mountains {Schuss and Summit Mountains}, 30km of cross-country skiing, a 6-lane alpine tubing park, winter sleigh rides, indoor pools and more, there’s plenty for to do here. Plus, with more than 400 lodging choices, there’s something fit for every family’s size and budget, too. {And for the adults? Short’s Brewing Company!} [Continue reading…]

Michigan Product for Families: The Green Glove Dryer {+ Giveaway ENDS 12/22}

The Green Glove Dryer Giveaway

The post below is sponsored by the Green Glove Dryer. All opinion expressed are my own. Every once in awhile a product catches my eye as something I never knew I needed until I saw it. One such product is The Green Glove Dryer, made by a Michigan mom who was searching for a greener way […]

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Getting Back on a Healthy Track in 2015 {+ New Unilever Dry Sprays Available at Meijer!}

Dry Spray

My husband and I at The Color Run a few years back. Love having a partner in crime to keep me motivated! The post below is sponsored by Meijer. All opinion expressed are my own. Almost two years ago, I was privileged to be a part of the Shaklee 180 team of blogging women from […]

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10 Children’s Books by Michigan Authors Every Kid Needs {+ Giveaway with Bucket Fillers Inc. ENDS 12/18}

10 Children's Books by Michigan Authors

Amazon affiliate links used below. When you purchase items from these links, you support my blog {and the author too!}. One super simple way to support our state is by purchasing books written by local authors. As a mama who is passionate about early literacy, I am constantly looking for fun books to read to […]

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Michigan Goodies Flash Giveaway! {Ends 12/12}

Michigan Goodies Giveaway

I am very thankful for all of you, so when I was out shopping local the other day, I thought it would be fun to shop for one of you. Thank you for reading. It means the world to my family and I! To celebrate the season, I am awarding one lucky reader a prize […]

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5 Reasons To Visit Milford, Michigan This Holiday Season

5 Reasons To Visit Milford, Michigan This Holiday Season

I posted on my Facebook last week how I had the opportunity to visit Milford for the village’s Big Reveal of holiday-inspired storefronts. Many people responded and even mentioned my photos alone made them want to visit. {P.S. You need to go check out these photos of the event. So fun!} I had baby boy […]

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Family Fun in Southeast Michigan in December 2014 {Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Lansing}

Family Fun in Southeast Michigan in December 2014

Do you hear what I hear? It’s December! A few weeks ago I shared a post about 25+ Christmas events happening around SE Michigan, so today’s post is focused on everything else that’s happening in the month of December, which of course, includes a TON more holiday-related events. So many fun things going on…Plan some fun […]

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Shop Small and Local With Erin’s Headbandz for Cute Winter Gear {+ Giveaway ENDS 12/12}

Hat Giveaway

The first place I look when shopping for presents is through my friend’s list. I am incredibly lucky and have many friends that make the coolest stuff ever! I am thankful for well-marketed days like today’s Small Business Saturday to have the opportunity to highlight a fellow momprenuer. One of my best girlfriends, Erin, is a […]

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#ShopSmall With FREE Money from American Express {$30 in Credit!}


I don’t know about you all, but I LOVE the Small Business Saturday movement, which is coming to a local street near you this Saturday, Nov. 29. American Express cardholders can register their cards TODAY for a FREE $10 credit, which can be used a total of three times {at different spots} for $30 in savings, at participating #ShopSmall retailers. There […]

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Michigan Gift Ideas for Busy Moms {+ Giveaway for Meijer Gift Cards!}

Healthy Blues Extras

The post below is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. All opinions expressed are my own. One of my favorite local corporate blogs is from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The writers and social team publish GREAT content, and I often find myself clicking on their links to learn more about the latest and greatest […]

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30 Gift Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers {That Moms Will Love Too!}

Gift Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Post contains affiliate links. When you click on these links and purchase items, you help support this blog. With three little ones, I often am asked for gift recommendations. Since my oldest is 4, my expertise pretty much ends at the preschool set. But I think I finally have it down as far as which […]

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