Michigan’s Top 5 Fall Foliage Scenic Drives

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Fall has officially arrived and Michigan has the perfect scenery for it. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you have to cross day trips off the calendar. It’s still the best way to enjoy an adventurous weekend while maintaining social distance and keeping your family safe. We have come up with the top five […]

Livonia: Detroit Moms’ Favorite Metro Area Cities

I always call Livonia the biggest little town in the world. With around 100,000 people, it still manages to have a small town feel. Whether a quick run to the grocery store or a night out at our local watering hole, we always see people we know. My husband and I were both raised in […]

Journal Options for a Beautifully (and Therapeutically) Organized Life

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I journal, but not like your childhood “Dear Diary” journal. I don’t pour my heart out about my deepest secrets or my newest celebrity crush. It’s not a recap of my entire day or about a fight with a friend. It’s much more than that. This is part of the “me time” that I strive […]

21 Reasons Why to Become a Lunch Lady

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Author’s note: I finalized this piece of writing on March 1, 2020. Two weeks later, our world erupted. My job as a lunch lady came to an abrupt halt, and now I have no idea what my duties will look like when my kids return to school after their virtual start to the year. Now […]

COVID Shaming: The Truth About What Happens When Rumors Fly

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By Betsy Pollard Rau, Guest Contributor Nearly 30 years ago, I remember listening in shock when Magic Johnson announced he was retiring from basketball after testing positive for HIV. The AIDs scare was the first time in my life I worried about catching something and dying. Because we knew very little about AIDs back then, […]

Optimizing Your Optical Health in This Digital Time

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For a girl who has worn glasses all her life, my optical health is important to me. By the end of a work day, my eyes have had it! The change over from our old way of life to our new digitally-conscious one has my eyes ready to pop out of my head. When evening […]

Intermittent Fasting: Breaking the Cycle of Overeating

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DISCLAIMER: The following post outlines the writer’s personal experience with intermittent fasting. It is not intended to act as medical advice. As always, please consult your doctor before considering any new diet plans.  I am an over eater. I grew up sneaking sweets at night from the kitchen and eating until my emotional cravings for […]

8 Hard Lessons I Learned That Strengthened My Marriage

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I’ve been married to my husband for over half of my life. In those 20 years, there are 8 hard lessons I’ve learned that have strengthened my marriage. These hard lessons have proven to not only tighten our bond, but have also allowed us to cling to each other through the ups and downs of raising […]

Rochester: Detroit Moms’ Favorite Metro Area Cities

Until 2012, Rochester was basically a foreign land to me, tucked away on the edge of Oakland County. I fell in love with a man and my move to the area followed shortly thereafter. The Rochester area has so much to offer, especially for families, and the location couldn’t be better. There aren’t many other […]

A Mom’s Perspective on Life Insurance and Common Misconceptions

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Prior to losing both of my parents, I had no idea how important life insurance was. I am that person who goes through life thinking nothing’s going to happen to me. I also felt like it equaled something happening—and, if I’m being completely honest—the thought of it scared me. Then, I lost my mom unexpectedly. […]

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Livonia: Detroit Moms’ Favorite Metro Area Cities

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I always call Livonia the biggest little town in the world. With around 100,000 people, it still manages to have a small town feel....