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Detroit Fall Bucket List

It's the peak of the crop season.  Produce is in abundance at the local farmer's market and it's a true sign that fall is near.  Leaves are beginning to fall into our pool and today my kids both wore jeans for the first time in months.

It's inedible...fall is near.  A time for apple picking, pumpkin carving, and raking leaves.  A time for hard cider and donuts.  A time to gather with friends over an outdoor fire.  Fall without doubt is my season because there are so many wonderful things to do!

In Michigan we spend fall weekends visiting cider mills and walking the colorful trails.   Full of vibrant colors as sunlight beams on red maple trees as we feel that crisp air breeze.

Clearly fall in Michigan is not to be spent indoors.  It is certainly best spent outdoors.  To prepare for these beautiful days ahead, I've created my Detroit Fall Bucket List.  Mark your calendars because fall in Michigan is sure to be the best with these fun things to do.






Ford Arts Beats & Eats

Arts, Beats, & Eats September 1-4 2017



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Arts & Apples September 8-10




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TOUR DE TROIT September 16, 2017




DIY STREET FAIR

Ferndale DIY Street Fair  September 22-24 2017



Upland Hills Farm Fall Harvest Festival October Weekends.

The Henry Ford

Halloween Weekends at Greenfield Village October 13th-October 31

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Detroit Fall Beer Festival October 27-28 2017


Yates Cider Mill

Rochester


What are your favorite things to do during the fall months?  We'd love it if you shared by commenting below.  We don't like to miss out on all the fall fun to be had!  Happy Fall!









Simple Camping- My Camping List

As I prepare to go camping this weekend I can't help but write down every single thing I need to bring. Then it dawned on me that I should share it with you so I can refer back to it and just maybe you will find something helpful.  

We all know camping can be a lot of work.  I mean we are literally hauling all the necessities we need to survive to a small lot of land and set up camp.  So simple is possibly an over statement but I am truly trying to make camping as simple as possible for our family. I want to have fun and keep it basic.  No fuss camping is what I want to experience.

Here is our plan for a two night stay at a campground with electricity.  I also know that there is no rain in the forecast.  If it looked like a wet weekend I would consider canceling but it looks like a warm beautiful weekend ahead!  Yippee!

Food

Day 1 (Travel Day and Set up Camp)

Breakfast-Home
Lunch- Fast Food 
Dinner- Hot Dogs- Pasta Salad
Snacks- Raw veggies- Chips and Salsa- Nuts- Granola Bars

Day 2 (Full Day at Camp & Beach)

Breakfast-Pop-tarts & Bloody Mary's for Mom and Dad
Lunch- Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich ( Any Left over hot dogs)
Dinner- Restaurant near by 
Snacks- Apple Sauce- Crackers-Juice Boxes-Fruit Cups

Day 3 (Pack up Camp and Travel)

Breakfast- Restaurant near by 
Lunch- Any left over snacks and fast food around 3
Dinner- Home

Beach Gear

  • Towels
  • Swim suits (2-3 for kids)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hats
  • Beach robes for kids
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach Chairs
  • Sand toys
  • Arm Floaties for kids
  • Beach Umbrella
  • Cooler/Ice
  • Snacks
  • Portable Speaker
  • Beach Shoes
Basics
  • First Aid Kit
  • Towels for Showering
  • Shower Shoes
  • Shampoo- Soap
  • Tooth Brush-Toothpaste
  • Hair Brush and hair clips
  • Bug Spray
  • Diffuser for repelling bugs
  • Clothing
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Fitted Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Air Mattresses
  • Tent
  • Dust pan & Broom
  • Extension cord
  • Flash Lights
  • Camp Chairs
  • Small Ax for wood
  • Flame to light fire
  • Trash Bags
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Plates-Napkins-Forks..etc.
  • Paper Towel
  • Hand Wipes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Pull Ups
  • Disposable cups

Coolers

  • Hot Dogs ( I free ahead of time to help keep the cooler cold)
  • Hot Dog Buns
  • Ketchup and Mustard
  • Drinks
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Jelly
  • Veggies
  • Sides
  • Limes
I will continue to update this as I get better at simple camping.  Now I am off to continue packing. 

Tent Camping with Children and My Favorite Michigan Campgrounds


Campfires, smores, beaches, hikes, and outdoor cooking is exactly why I enjoy camping with my family.  Being from the Northwest, camping is a big deal in the summer months.  Campgrounds fill with luxury motor homes, popup campers, and tents.  At night you hear laughter and enjoy the smell of outdoor BBQ's. It's the simple life and some of the best childhood memories for most of us.

The Great Lakes of Michigan offer some of the most beautiful camping experiences.  Michigan residents flock north in the summer and vacancy at campgrounds quickly fill up.  It's truly a summertime favorite.

Recently we tent camped as a family.  We were shocked at how rare it was to see tent camping.  It was as if everyone had a camper!  We truly loved the tenting experience and my young children did awesome! I highly recommend it!

As I prepare for our next tent camping experience I thought it would be helpful to share tips with my tent camping friends as I reflect on our last trip.

Let Go of Bedtime Schedules and Routines
Our children are 2 and 4 so we were a little worried about the night time experience.  Our tent is big and fits our entire family.  With little children it is important to stay in one tent.  The first night our kids were wired!  They thought it was funny to sleep in a tent and had the bedtime sillies.  Instead of our regular bedtime routine, we hung out with flashlights and had story telling time.  Eventually the entire family fell asleep.  The second night the kids crashed a little after dark and we were able to hang out by the fire.  We played hard all day without naps so when it was time to sleep, they were out in minutes. This was a win for us since we got some quiet adult time by the fire.

Bring a small space heater for tent
It cooled off to the 50's at night and I only packed sleeping bags.  Having a small heater made the tent sleeping experience comfortable.

Protect from Bed Wetting
Have younger kids that are potty trained wear pull ups just in case they have an accident.  Trust me, we learned the hard way.  Having a wet sleeping bag in the middle of night is not fun.

Bring Sheets and an air mattress
It was hilarious!  I woke up to my husband on the ground since one of our air mattresses had a leak. We headed out to the store and bought one the next day.  I found that I prefer to sleep with my sleeping bag unzipped.  I forgot to pack sheets and wished I would have.  It would have made things a little more comfortable.



Must Haves for Tent Camping

  • Space Heater
  • Air Mattress
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Fitted Sheets for Air Mattress
  • Pillows
  • Flash Lights
  • Rug for Shoes
  • Dust Pan and Broom
  • Dog Beds (if bringing pets)

Favorite Michigan Camp Grounds

Happy Camping!






The new At Last Rose and Proven Winners "At Last" Rose Giveaway

This is a sponsored post from Proven Winners Direct. I received 4 beautiful At Last Rose Bushes in exchange for this post and giveaway.  All opinions are my own and I look forward to working with Proven Winners each year.  They have amazing flowers for every garden and and their quality always impresses me.  Now I am thrilled to introduce the new and latest "At Last Rose" by Proven Winners which will be available in 2018!  Also don't forget to enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Roses are known for their symbols of love, life, and beauty.  The rose was also dedicated as the floral emblem of the United Sates in 1986.  Of all flowers, I think we all agree that the rose has significant meaning.  Anyone who has been gifted a dozen of roses for a special occasion knows the deep meaning behind them.  Roses are also the flower of choice for funeral arrangements as they represent life and the beauty one has possessed.

When we first bought our house I was thrilled to see a few rose bushes. I imagined deep red vibrant blooms all summer long as I sat and enjoyed their delicate stance.   Little did I know they are not simple bushes to maintain.  While they are still holding on, they are clearly not thriving like I'd wish.
Roses are susceptible to spider mites and diseases such as Black Spot.  This makes it harder on our green thumb. They also need at least 6 hours of sunlight and unfortunately where my bushes were originally planted, they are not getting pure sun for 6 hours.   They also need to be fertilized and pruned in the early spring and since I am in Michigan it is also important to protect them from our harsh winters.  Sounds like a lot of commitment to me!  But I have great news!  There is the new "At Last Rose".



Finally a tea rose that is disease-resistant! 


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Make your Days less Stressful with these Five Tips

Life has been a little chaotic lately.  Between raising two young children, working, launching a new business, occasional blogging, and those everyday surprises I need to be on my toes.  I love being a working mom and I love the busy life we've chosen but there are times when I just want to stop and throw in the towel.

The other day I was thinking about my days. I started asking myself a few questions.  I even asked my husband his thoughts so we could come up with a plan together.

3 Questions to Consider...


1. What would it take to make my days easier?

2.  How much of this can I control?

3. What 5 changes can I do now to eliminate stress?

Creating an Action Plan

Now it was time for me to plan.  After giving those questions much thought it was time to take action.
Of course all of our lives look different and we have different needs but here is what I found to be most useful.

#1 Shop Smarter

No more dragging kids to the store and battling temper tantrums and forgetting the milk.  Instead check into your local grocery markets for curbside pickup.  So many places will do your shopping for you and all you have to do is pick them up.  Check out Krogers Curbside Pickup.  They will bring your groceries to you curbside.  All you need to do is show up at the scheduled time. 

#2 Gym Membership with Childcare

I was so reluctant to send my children to the gym childcare center for a long time. Germs and illnesses scared me away but recently I decided to accept that we are exposed to germs everywhere! Life was busy and it was hard to find time to do yoga or swim.  In order to keep up with our busy schedules, I needed to make time. Plus getting this membership has been wonderful for managing stress.  Sometimes we need to stop and go to the gym.  

#3 Stock your Trunk

The other day I went to Bordines and they had a kid project.  It was all fun and games until I realized my kids had paint all over them and of course since we were just running down the road, I didn't grab the diaper bag.  Thanks to the mom next to me, I was able to snag a wipe from her.  My take away from this is to always be prepared by keeping an extra set of clothes, sunscreen, wipes, bottled water, and snacks in my trunk.  This way regardless of what we are doing, I am prepared for those unexpected moments. Now that summer is coming, I even packed a swim bag with our swim suits and towels.  You never know when you find a splash pad!

#4 Meal Plan

Oh I wish I could say I have this mastered but I am far from a planner, which makes this a hard one.  But meal planning can save you a ton of time and stress.  Last year I did one of those meal prepping parties and I must say it was very nice to have meals prepped and ready to cook. So many times I am scrambling for ideas for dinner.  Having a plan can save a ton of stress!

#5 Donate Items not in Use

Simplify your life by donating items you are no longer using. If you haven't used it in the last year chances are it is just taking up space and you can let it go.   Thank the item for all it has done for you and set it free.  Someone else can use it and you will no longer need to have a cluttered mind from items laying around the house.  Less stuff can mean less stress!

What else do you suggest?  I would love to hear your ideas.  I am on a mission along with many other women to make our lives less stressful.  Please help us out!





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