My Homeownership Journey

My Homeownership Journey

Owning a home and having a place of your own to take care of is one of the best feelings. A house doesn’t have to just be a roof over your head – it can be so much more than that. It can be a place where you make memories with family and friends, a place you put your own decorative spin on to reflect your personal style and a place that feels more comfortable than anywhere else. When you have all those things, that is, in my opinion, when a house is truly a home.

Growing up, I moved around a lot due to my parents’ jobs. They both worked in the automotive industry and were often transferred to different areas within the U.S. and even in Canada. It seems like we bounced around a lot since we moved back and forth to Michigan several times. In between our moves to and from the Great Lakes State, my family and I lived in Missouri for four years and in Ontario, Canada for one year.

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The Best Laptop for Back to School

The Best Laptop for Back to School

It's hard to believe that back to school season is right around the corner. When I was heading into my freshman year of college, one of the biggest decisions that I had to make was the type of laptop that I was going to get. There are so many things to consider when purchasing a laptop – performance, size, battery life, the display, the operating system and more. I recently came across the HP Envy x360 Laptop and I couldn’t believe how many cool features it includes.

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Making Summer Memories with the Mitsubishi Outlander LE S-AWC

Making Summer Memories with the Mitsubishi Outlander  LE S-AWC

Over the week of the Fourth of July, my husband and I headed up to Northern Michigan for a week of fun in the sun. My parents have a house on a large lake, so we couldn’t wait to get to their place so we could go swimming, ride jetskis and just relax. We ended up taking the whole week off of work to celebrate the Fourth and my husband’s birthday, so it was really nice to get away and spend time with family.

There is so much to do and see in Northern Michigan, so I knew that we were going to be on the go a lot during our week-long vacation. Between the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City (which takes place during the week of the Fourth) and visiting wineries on Old Mission peninsula, our family had a jam-packed itinerary with lots of activities planned each day.

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What I Carry in My Purse to Keep My Health on Track

What I Carry in My Purse to Keep My Health on Track

I'm generally a pretty healthy person and I'm lucky enough to only get sick a few times a year, if that. I try to eat a healthy diet, exercise multiple times per week and drink water. Although I have a good routine down when it comes to health and fitness, I can quickly go from feeling normal and healthy to sick and tired if I end up catching something like the common cold or even when my period rolls around each month.   

When I'm at home, I can just reach into my medicine cabinet and pull out whatever I need to take to alleviate my symptoms, but when I'm at work, traveling or just on the go, I have to rely on the pill box that I keep in my purse. It’s not like I’m a walking pharmacy, but I do like to have any type of medication that I might need on me if something happens while I’m away from home. Read on to see what medications I always carry in my purse! 

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My Must Haves for a Day at the Lake

My Must Haves for a Day at the Lake

Living in Michigan, I grew up around water. There are lakes all over the place in my home state, so spending time near the water is something my family and I enjoy. My parents have a house on a lake and we always spend time there during long summer weekends or holidays. It's so much fun to go swimming, jet skiing, boating and to just watch the waves crash into the shore. If the weather is nice, you can usually find us down by the water having some fun in the sun. 

Since we spend so much time by the lake, I thought I'd write a blog post that rounds up my must haves for a day at the lake. Read on to see what I recommend to have on hand when you're by the water. 

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Monthly Favorites: June 2018

Monthly Favorites: June 2018

What a month June was! This summer is off to a nice start and I've been enjoying all of the warm weather we've been having lately. It's been such a great summer season already - the flowers are blooming like crazy, the days are full of sunshine and warms temps...there's really not much to complain about! 

Although June was great, I'm excited to see what July has in store. My husband and I have plans to spend the 4th of July up in Northern Michigan with my family, so we're really looking forward to that. It's nice to disconnect a little bit over long holiday weekends and catch up with the people who matter most! 

In today's blog post, I'm covering a few of my favorite things from this past June. Read on to see my picks! 

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Enjoying Summertime with Cool Cocktails and Fresh Foods

Enjoying Summertime with Cool Cocktails and Fresh Foods

One of my favorite parts about summer - aside from the warm weather and sunny days - is trying new foods and drinks. Whether they’re seasonal or not, my husband and I are big fans of picking up new products at the grocery store and having our very own at-home taste tests. Although we can't get enough of our favorite summer staples like watermelon, corn on the cob and salad (everything from pasta salad and potato salad to fresh garden salads), we’re always open to trying new things.

On warm summer nights we love to eat dinner on our patio in the backyard after work. It's a great way for us to spend some time outside and catch up with each other after a long day. It’s great to sit at our table, enjoy the warm breeze and enjoy a delicious meal together.

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A Guide to Affordable Housing for Millennials

A Guide to Affordable Housing for Millennials

As you begin to read this blog post, I want you to think of a few things. Where do you live? What decisions did you make when you signed your lease or bought your house? Or, do you still live at home with your parents?

After high school and college, we’re faced with a big decision: deciding where to live and work after graduating. No matter what your living situation is like right now, it’s important to know about affordable housing and the options that are available to you. So, what is affordable housing? I’m going to break it down for you in today’s post.

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