How My State is Working to End Homelessness

How My State is Working to End Homelessness

If you’ve been following along with my blog for a while, you know that I moved around a lot growing up and that I’ve lived in different places, but Michigan has always been the place that I call home. I might be biased, but I am a huge fan of this state and I love everything that it has to offer. As a Michigander, I get to experience all four seasons, enjoy great local foods and drinks from small businesses and restaurants in my area and explore all the natural beauty across the lower and upper peninsulas.

I feel so lucky to live and work in this state and to have a roof over my head every night. Being a young millennial homeowner in Michigan is empowering and exciting. Over the past few years, I have learned a lot about homeownership and what it takes to turn a house into a home. Owning a home is an exciting journey – it not only keeps you on your toes and presents new challenges, but it offers you a space to gather with loved ones and celebrate life’s special moments.

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Monthly Favorites: August 2018

Monthly Favorites: August 2018

How is it already the end of August?! Summer is my favorite season and it went by in the blink of an eye. I know that a lot of people are fans of fall and can't wait for it to get here (I totally get it - cooler temperatures, pumpkin spice-flavored everything, boots and flannels, etc.), but I'm a summer girl so I'm sad to see this season come to an end. I wish that summer would hang around for a few more weeks, but there are so many things for me to look forward to this fall, so I guess I'm okay with embracing the start of September! 

Knowing that August is coming to a close, I wanted to round up my favorite products from this past month. I love sharing these with you all and I'd love to hear if you've used or heard of any of these brands/products. Read on to see my picks for this month! 

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Discovering Local Michigan-Made Products with Kroger

Discovering Local Michigan-Made Products with Kroger

Living in Michigan, I have the opportunity to enjoy lots of local products that are made right here in the Mitten State. Michigan is home to the Cherry Capital of the World (Traverse City), plenty of popular breweries like Founders Brewing Co., and Dearborn Sausage Co. No matter what types of food you like, you can find great products - ranging from locally grown fruits and vegetables to snacks like potato chips and pickles -  from every corner of Michigan.  

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Go Boston Card: The Best Way to Experience Boston

Go Boston Card: The Best Way to Experience Boston

I’ve been lucky enough to travel within the U.S. and outside of the U.S., but there are still several cities and states that I haven’t visited yet. I find inspiration on places to visit by talking to family and friends, researching online, browsing on social media and by reading about destinations in magazines and books. One of my favorite things to do each year is to create a list of cities that I want to visit. Since getting married, I’ve included in husband in this yearly ritual and we work together to figure out which destinations we want to visit together.

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4 Must-Have Bags for Traveling

4 Must-Have Bags for Traveling

If there's one thing you should know about me it's that I love to travel and be on the go! Going on vacation and exploring new places is so exciting for me. Whether I'm gearing up for a relaxing and laid back beach vacation or jetting off to explore a new city, I have my tried and true packing process and I always have my necessities on hand so that I'm never caught in a new place without my essentials.

Since I grew up traveling, I can pack a suitcase faster than you could imagine. I've been able to get a good grip on what types of bags to pack all my belongings in whether I'm heading somewhere for a day trip or an extended two-week vacay. Since I do a lot of packing (and unpacking) when I go on trips, I thought it would be a good idea to round up four of my favorite bags to travel with. I own all of these products and I can't wait to tell you all about them!

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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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