Family Visit to the Michigan Science Center

I’m all about mixing and combining and multi-tasking; what mom isn’t? The Michigan Science Center knows this — and knows that providing an interactive approach to science helps kids young and not-so-young to engage and participate. I recently had the opportunity to visit the Michigan Science Center, located on John R. Street in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center,…

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No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

  With two active kids, I need all the energy I can get. Add in training for a half marathon and working full time, and I’m desperate for energy. When another cup of coffee just doesn’t cut it, try a protein-packed (and homemade!) sugar-free energy bar. These take just a few minutes to whip up and can…

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Wordless Wednesday: Detroit’s Giant Tire

We’re used to seeing tire debris on the sides of urban freeways. But a giant tires? If you’ve driven I-94 near Detroit’s Metro Airport (DTW) you’ve probably seen this tire. It’s the eight-story-tall Uniroyal Giant Tire, which has been on the side of the road in Allen Park, Mich., near the Uniroyal headquarters, for more than…

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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary Tour

In Orlando, Fla., the flowers bloom every April and May at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. As part of a TravelingMom blogger retreat, I had the opportunity to wander the festival and was amazed by the topiaries that were both out in the open and tucked away into corners for visitors to find. Here are some…

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Yacht Club Disney World Resort

I’ve never been to a New England-style yacht club — but I imagine it to be much like Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Located on the shore of Crescent Lake and within walking distance to Epcot, the resort has an upscale nautical theme throughout — from the lobby styled with dark wood and leather furniture to rooms with…

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Roast Chicken? It’s in the Bag.

It’s funny how when the entire family gets sick, your standards suddenly plummet. Showers and baths are way too labor intensive to manage, and cooking? Forget it. But as soon as I start feeling better, I get this overwhelming need to cook for my family again. But instead of our usual semi-vegetarian, mostly organic, clean…

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Test Driving the Chevy Malibu

What comes to mind when you think “Mom car”? A station wagon, perhaps, or a big old sedan with room for a whole litter of kids and maybe even a dog or two? Probably cracker crumbs on the floor and fingerprints on the windows (inside and out) as well. Exterior of the 2013 Chevy Malibu….

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Meeting Hello Kitty Over Tea

My daughter’s six years of life are complete (at least to her) — she has met her idol. No, it’s not Barbie or any of the Disney princesses (thank goodness!), but rather a more, shall we say, furry feline? Hello, Hello Kitty (who, oddly, was wearing her bow on the wrong side of her head)….

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Half Marathon Training and Running in the Rain

Spring is not my favorite season. I can do without the severe weather and the whiplash-inducing temperature variations from day to day here in the Midwest. But I am training for my half marathon and running three times a week, thus I am subjected to whatever the weather weather conditions are on any given day. On my…

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