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Detroit Burger Bar & Santa’s Flight Academy

Posted in Family Life, Life Lately
on December 23, 2016

This is my last Christmas Date Night post for 2016.  I can’t wait for next Christmas, so I can share even more Christmas Date ideas with you.  But, this last Christmas Date of 2016 didn’t disappoint.  We began at The Old Detroit Burger Bar, and ended up at Santa’s Flight Academy at Great Lakes Crossing.  With a trip to the aquarium, decorating gingerbread houses, making melted Crayon ornaments, and watching Christmas movies strewn in there too!

If you are looking for a last minute Santa visit that is over the top adorable, cute, and unique…or, if you’re just looking for a neat new spot to chow down on a big juicy burger…then you’ve come to the right place!

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Zoo Lights Date Night

Posted in Family Life, Life Lately
on December 19, 2016
Zoo Lights

One of our favorite Date Nights to do at Christmas time involves millions of lights, the crunch of snow beneath our boots, and the zoo  long after the animals have gone to bed.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo combines some of our favorite things..animals, hot chocolate, Santa, and every color of Christmas lights possibly imaginable.

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Christmas Date Night: Lights, Coffee Roasters, & A Giant Gingerbread Train

Posted in Life Lately
on December 7, 2016

As I was announcing my Very Rosy Christmas Giveaway LIVE on Facebook a few nights ago, I couldn’t help but share with you all some of the details of this amazing Date Night! This Christmas Date Night in Rochester, Michigan had everything!

Christmas Date Night

There were over a million Christmas light; there was Santa; there was an old fashioned Kris Kringle Market in the street; there was amazing food including a bread Pudding made from Donuts from our favorite local cider mill; there was delicious coffee; there were horses with glittered hooves pulling white carriages; and there was a completely edible life sized train made out of gingerbread!

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Christmas Tree Decorating: From Painful to Delightful

Posted in Home Sweet Home, Life Lately
on December 6, 2016
Christmas Tree

I always envision decorating the Christmas tree in a glorious, unstresful way.  I picture a crackling fire, hot cocoa in mugs overflowing with marshmallows, Christmas music playing in the background, and us joyfully reminscing about life and memories as we delicately place each ornament on the beautifully lit tree.  And, at the conclusion of this fantasy, I picture a Christmas tree that belongs in a Pottery Barn magazine or something.

Every year, I picture this heavenly decorating day as our kick off to Christmas, and plan for it, and it never quite turns out how I’d hoped.

In this post, I’ll explain what I’ve learned over the last few years caring for and decorating a pre-lit tree.  Follow these Step By step instructions to have a Christmas tree that doesn’t become a pain the neck, & somewhat resembles a designer tree at the end of the day.

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Christmas Date Day: Eastern Market, Poinsettia Room, & Whalburgers Detroit

Posted in Family Life, Life Lately
on November 29, 2016

For our first Christmas Date of the season, we combined some old traditions with some new experiences. We explored the Holiday Markets at Eastern Market in Detroit, then visited the Aquarium & the Poinsettia Room at the Conservatory on Belle Isle.  And, finally, we finished off the evening with our first burger and fries at Whalburgers in Greektown.

Come explore the “D” with us on this first Christmas Date Night of 2016…

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Bucket List: The Color Run Night

Posted in Bucket List, Life Lately
on November 15, 2016

My sister and I have done 4 different Color Runs over the last few years.  But, this fall was our first time ever trying the Glow In The Dark Color Run Night…and it was an absolute blast!  It is an epic night filled with music and disco balls, bubbles, black head lights, hot pink tutus, and a ton of laughs!  I loved it, and can’t wait to do it again next year!

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Caramel Apple Fondue Bar & Pumpkin Carving Date Night

Posted in Family Life, Life Lately, Pinterest Projects & Recipes
on October 27, 2016

There is nothing I enjoy more than a beautiful fall evening at home….cozying up on the couch for a good movie, making fall treats, and carving pumpkins for our porch.  This year I “upped the ante” a bit by making one of Adam’s favorite snacks…caramel apples!  I’ve made caramel apples before, but this by far was the simplest, fastest, & most fun way ever!!  Tonight we enjoyed them in a more romantical (yes, that’s a Stephanie-ism) way by making a Caramel Apple Fondue Bar!  

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Westview Adventure Farm, Apple Orchard, & Pumpkin Patch

Posted in Family Life, Life Lately, Pinterest Projects & Recipes
on October 25, 2016

Every fall, we have to visit an apple orchard, pumpkin patch, farm, cider mill, etc. Fall in Michigan is beyond breathtaking and by far my favorite time of the year (except for Christmas).  We can knock all of these activities off the Fall Bucket List in one “fall swoop” at Westview Orchard and Adventure Farm.

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Bucket List: Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts

Posted in Bucket List, Life Lately
on October 19, 2016

As a proud Michigander, I am thrilled to see the revitalization of Downtown Detroit.  If you live in the area, or are planning a visit, you have to visit the city.  There are so many new businesses, restaurants, and shops.  It’s a beautiful place to be. My sister and I saw that first hand during a visit to a pop up Luke’s Diner in Midtown and an afternoon spent at the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts).

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Sunsets, Sailboats, Shakes, & Swings- The End Of Summer

Posted in Life Lately
on October 1, 2016

This summer went by way too fast.  I think I wished summer away since our air conditioner wasn’t working, and in true to me fashion, it ended up being the hottest Michigan summer in history. Sigh.  It’s just the way my life goes. 😉

So, instead of bucket listing my way through the summer, I suffered…and sweat…and wished the months away.  Kinda sad.  Therefore, an “air conditioner cause I can’t deal with the heat” savings jar has begun.  So much for “we can survive the summer without air” attitude.  Nope, not happening next summer.  This girl needs it.  That’s all there is to it!


While I darted from one air conditioned business to another (I basically lived at Target & Starbucks all summer…not too shabby 😜), life around me went on.  And, before I knew it summer was ending, school was starting, and Halloween costumes and candy started flooding the Target aisles I’d grown to love so much.

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