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Celebrating The Year In Photographs: A Photo Challenge For 2018

I love goal planning and making resolutions just like you, but have you stopped and celebrated the year we just finished?  Have you paused to reflect on those days, and express gratitude for what you accomplished, experienced, and cultivated?

Today, I’m going to share with you a quick and easy photo challenge, to help you relive this past year.  Can I encourage you, sweet friend, to then print these photos or add them to a photo book?  I’ll show you how in this post.  Let’s take some time right now to celebrate 2017 & add photos of our lives into our homes, shall we?

Are you ready to celebrate?  Let’s get started!

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Luminous Nights: Chinese Lanterns Date Night At The Toledo Zoo

Posted in Life Lately
on October 16, 2017

Just the other night, my sweet hubby surprised with an amazing Date Night.  He whisked me off to the Toledo Zoo for the Luminous Nights, a Chinese Lantern extraordinaire.  Toledo Zoo is only the second zoo in the entire world to offer this beautiful spectacle of color and glowing light, and I am so thankful we got to see it.

If you live in the area, a trip to The Toledo Zoo for Luminous Nights is definitely worth the drive.  I feel so #blessed to live close enough to the Toledo Zoo. It’s an amazing place to visit for the entire family.

I can’t wait to share this awesome Date Night with you.  Let’s go…

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Life Lately: The Escape Room, Crack Fries, & Michigan’s State Fair

Posted in Life Lately
on September 28, 2017

Our Summer has been filled with many new adventures that I’ll share with you today.  We loved our quadruple date night out with friends at The Escape Room.  Did we make it out alive?  Well, you’re just going to have to continue reading to find out…or check my Instagram account!  Ha!

We also went to the Michigan State Fair this year at its new location in Novi, and tried a couple of new restaurants.

So, without further adieu, let’s dive right in to what our life’s been like lately…

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Life Lately: 4th of July, Cinema In The Street, A Baby Camel, & Nature Walks

Posted in Life Lately
on August 20, 2017

Can you believe how fast the summer is flying by?  I can hardly believe that September is around the corner.  This has been a different summer for us.  Adam’s uncle passed away in June, and it kind of rocked the whole family.  This summer we’ve tried to continue doing activities that we know and love, because we know Uncle Doug would want us too.  Even though most days I’m sure we’d rather just lay around the house and be sad.

Here’s some of our happenings over the last few weeks.  I hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as possible too!

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Life Lately: The Color Run Dream Tour, Lunch At Sidetrack, & A Giant Strawberry Shortcake

Posted in Bucket List, Life Lately
on July 4, 2017

My family & I love doing The Color Run every summer.  It’s become one of my favorite yearly traditions, and this years Dream Tour was nothing short of amazing.  The weather was perfect.  The sherbet colors of yellow, purple, blue, and coral pink were new and different.  And, the party at the finish line was extra fun.

The Color Run is the best family 5K in my opinion. Here’s why we love it so much, and why I’m sure you will too!

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The Dog Bowl, Glow Balloons, & Bubble Tea- Our Memorial Day Weekend in Frankenmuth

Posted in Life Lately
on June 29, 2017

I love going to the Dog Bowl and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn every Memorial Day weekend in Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Frankenmuth is like Michigan’s own “little bravaria”.  When you drive into town it feels as though you’ve just driven into the German hillside.  There are cheese shops, famous fried chicken, the Bavarian Belle, shops, & lots of fun activities throughout the year.

Memorial Day Weekend up in Frankenmuth is like a big giant kick-off to summer for us, & I’d love to share it with you.

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Life Lessons I Learned At The Hello Kitty Cafe

Posted in Bucket List, Life Lately
on June 8, 2017

Just this past Memorial Day weekend, my hubby and I were heading up to Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bravaria. We go up every year for their Annual Dog Bowl & Balloon Festival (which I’ll share with you in blog posts soon).  I had noticed on Instagram that the Hello Kitty Cafe was going to be at a local mall that day, and lo and behold, it just so happened to be on our route up north. So, we packed our bags, got in the car, and began our adventure up north for the weekend.

The plan was to make a quick stop at the mall, buy some macaroons from the glorious hot pink van, & be on our way.  But boy, our day turned out entirely different than our perfectly planned excursion…

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The Lantern Fest: What To Expect & What To Bring

Posted in Bucket List, Life Lately
on June 7, 2017

My nieces loved watching the Disney movie, Tangled , when they were little, and if I was being completely honest, I loved watching it too!  We’d make cupcakes and decorate pink and purple tiaras with jewels and stickers, & dance around our living room singing all the songs and reciting all the lines.  Our favorite part of the movie was the floating lantern scene, when Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder are in the canoe singing.  I thought that type of scene only existed in the movies, until I saw advertisements for The Lantern Fest on Facebook.

I knew that one day I’d have to go to The Lantern Fest to witness this spectacle in person, and so when I heard The Lantern Fest was coming to Michigan, I jumped at the chance to go.  This past May, just a few weeks ago, we experienced one of the most beautiful and unexpected nights of our lives.

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Life Lately: The March for Babies at Kensington Metropark

Posted in Family Traditions, Inspiration, Life Lately
on May 20, 2017

Every year, we do the March of Dimes March for Babies.  My youngest niece, Brianna, was born 6 weeks early.  She is a happy healthy NICU graduate, which we are extremely thankful for.  However, every year we meet families who were not able to take their babies home.

It is an emotional day that allows us to pay tribute to that scary time in our lives & be thankful once again that Bri is a feisty, smart 4th grader….

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