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5 Tips to Help High School Students Prepare for College

When should teens start thinking about life after high school? Now! It’s never too early to have a conversation with your teen about preparing for a career and college. I started talking to Elijah and Michala about college and jobs once they started high school. It has been an ongoing conversation over the years. I… Read More 5 Tips to Help High School Students Prepare for College

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Thankful for a Beautiful Mother’s Day Weekend

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you had a good weekend and a blessed Mother’s Day celebration. Did you do anything special for Mother’s Day? Travis actually planned our Mother’s Day festivities and it was a very nice surprise. I’m usually the one who does all of the planning for our family events so it was nice… Read More Thankful for a Beautiful Mother’s Day Weekend

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The Cold, Icy Weekend Was Perfect for a Trip to the Bookstore

How was your weekend?  Our weekend plans were canceled because of the cold, icy weather. I had wanted to go to Eastern Market on Saturday to do some of our grocery shopping there and hang out for lunch, but it was too cold and rainy for the baby and the toddlers. We had an ice storm on… Read More The Cold, Icy Weekend Was Perfect for a Trip to the Bookstore

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Apply for a Metro Detroit Youth Day Scholarship by April 27th!

The Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation invites graduating high school students to apply for an educational scholarship in connection with Michigan’s largest youth-centric event, Metro Detroit Youth Day (MDYD). Students can submit an application and essay prior to the April 27 deadline. Students graduating from a public, parochial, private, or charter school who have been accepted into a… Read More Apply for a Metro Detroit Youth Day Scholarship by April 27th!

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An Easter TV Segment on WXYZ Detroit & Easter Family Photos

How was your holiday weekend? Did you do celebrate Easter or do anything fun with your family? We celebrate Holy Week and Easter, but unfortunately, we didn’t make it to church yesterday. We did have plans to attend Easter service. I even woke up early to prepare for it. I had the kids’ outfits ready… Read More An Easter TV Segment on WXYZ Detroit & Easter Family Photos

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Sweet 16

Today is a very special day. It is Michala’s 16th birthday! SIXTEEN! I can’t believe my sweet girl is sixteen-years-old now. Seriously, slow down time. Elijah turns 18 next month and Zephaniah is almost crawling. Being a parent is such a joy and makes you a little sad at the same time because it’s hard… Read More Sweet 16

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Dr. Drew Pinsky Talks Mental Health and Gun Violence in America

By Allison Kugel   Dr. Drew Pinsky’s long-running call-in show Loveline, with Adam Carolla, aired on MTV for 32 years and pioneered a pop culture adaptation of relationship and safe sex education. The show, featuring an assortment of celebrity guest hosts, served as a lifeline to multiple generations. Dr. Drew’s Teen Mom franchise, also an… Read More Dr. Drew Pinsky Talks Mental Health and Gun Violence in America

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Do Your Kids Like to Play Dress Up?

Dress-up is one of Zhen and Zechariah’s favorite games to play at home. We have two storage boxes full of dress-up clothes for the toddlers. Zhen has at least two Frozen costumes and Zechariah has a kid-size policeman uniform and a ninja costume. The toddlers are also really into superheroes like Batman and PJ Masks.… Read More Do Your Kids Like to Play Dress Up?

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An Entire Day for Just the Kids and I (with NO Social Media!)

Friday is the busiest day of the week for us. Our Fridays are always busy because we have homeschool group at a church in our area. Right now, Elijah and Zhen are taking a class at our homeschool group. While they’re at class, Zechariah and Zephaniah play in the playroom at the church. Michala hangs… Read More An Entire Day for Just the Kids and I (with NO Social Media!)

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Celebrating Love with Family (and Our First Michigan Snow Storm)

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend? We had a snow storm on Friday so our homeschool group was canceled. The kids and I ended up taking a snow day from school and we watched some movies and relaxed. Well, the kids relaxed more than I did because I had some writing I had to finish… Read More Celebrating Love with Family (and Our First Michigan Snow Storm)

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Turn Your Baby’s Photographs into Canvas Wall Art

You know what I wish? I wish that time could slow down for just a little bit so my sweet baby boy doesn’t grow up so fast! Zephaniah will be SIX-MONTHS-OLD next week! Where did the time go? I was talking to my mom about this the other day and I told her I feel… Read More Turn Your Baby’s Photographs into Canvas Wall Art

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All the Feels for Valentine’s Day: Cards, Decor, and Gift Ideas

“I know of one duty and that is to love.” — Albert Camus Have you put up any Valentine decorations in your house or office? We’re definitely feeling the love over here. For the first time, I decided to decorate our home for Valentine’s Day. The kids and I are loving it and it has… Read More All the Feels for Valentine’s Day: Cards, Decor, and Gift Ideas