Jessica Lukenbill

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As Managing Editor for Detroit Mom, I am surrounded by an awesome community of women who have helped me find a place where I feel I truly belong. I’m a proud foodie who keeps crazy busy with cooking and canning, gardening, decorating, craft projects, and more. My husband of 18 years is Jason, and we have Gwenna, 10, and Larson, 6, as well as a young silver Lab named Indy. We have lived in New Hudson for a few years now. Mid Michigan is home for me, but after my husband graduated college, we spent 16 years moving around his home state of Indiana. Just prior to moving back to Michigan, we lived in Southern California for three years, exploring and extreme-adventuring with our kids to every beautiful outdoor location we could find. We are the family that spends more weekends away than at home, and our kids are master-level road-trippers. Most of our summers are spent at the lake, where I'm convinced it's not a proper summer without a dip in the water every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Reach out and say hi sometime!

South Lyon: Detroit Moms’ Favorite Metro Area Cities

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When we moved back to Michigan after being out of state for 19 years, we found a house in the South Lyon area and have since totally fallen in love! We actually live in...

Where to Find Pumpkins In + Around Detroit

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Nothing says fall and Halloween quite like pumpkins. Whether you're carving with the kids, decorating your front porch, or looking to cook something delicious with them, pumpkins are an absolute must this season. We...

21 Reasons Why to Become a Lunch Lady

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Author's note: Now more than ever, our schools need us. Lunch hours look a little different than they used to. Some of our kids may be eating in a classroom instead of a cafeteria....

What to do With an Abundance of Garden Tomatoes

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It's the middle of the summer and many of us are looking at a thriving garden right about now. My tomatoes have taken off like crazy once again this year! I can't keep a...
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Provide Lifelong Memories for Kids Just by Getting Your Michigan Fishing License

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When I was growing up, I can’t tell you how many hours we spent fishing as a family. My parents were so into it that, every Memorial Day weekend, they went on a fishing...
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Build Up Michigan: Free Preschool Developmental & Educational Services

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First words. First foods. First steps. When we are raising little ones, we are hyper-aware of every milestone and every "first." We jot down every proud parenting moment in the baby book or share on social...
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Road Trip! 3 Areas Under 90 Minutes to Check Out This Weekend

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If you're staying close to home this weekend, but want something new to fill a day, there are some great day trip choices right here in southern lower Michigan. And, May 28 is National...
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Memorial Day Weekend Cookout Recipes to Feed a Crowd

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Memorial Day weekend is upon us, the weather forecast in Michigan looks decent, and the probability of heading to or hosting a holiday cookout is pretty high. I wanted to share a few delicious...
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Amazon Shopping Guide: Themed Easter Basket Ideas from A to Z

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If you're still in need of items to fill the Easter basket this year, think about what your child loves...maybe it's bugs or llamas or cooking or science. We are here to help with...

So you want to paint your kitchen cabinets (or a dresser)? Start here!

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My husband and I bought our first house in 2003. It was a complete gut job — top to bottom, inside and out. We saw an opportunity to purchase a modestly-priced lakefront home, and,...