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!

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,...

Milk Means More: Busting Common Myths about Dairy

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When you first learned you were going to become a mother, you probably started reading and researching almost immediately. It's only natural — you'd never been pregnant before and you wanted to understand what...

Celebrating Black History Month In + Around Detroit

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There's no doubt Detroit has a rich Black history and culture. With so many virtual events and special in-person activities happening, Black History Month is an amazing opportunity to continue educating ourselves about the...

Gift Ideas: Detroit Moms’ Favorite Beauty + Self Care Items

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Looking for some gift ideas for a special lady in your life? (Ahem, husbands and significant others, we are speaking to you!) We know it's challenging to get out into the stores and shop...