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3 Ways to Slow Down and Soak it All In

3 Ways to Slow Down and Soak it All In

I walked into my house on Sunday, grocery bags hanging from my arms, earbuds dangling from my head. I was busy and distracted as I glanced out the back window and saw my wife, Heather, sitting on the back deck. Except it wasn’t Heather. It was my 7 year old daughter. And from the view I had, with her light brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, I mistook her for Heather.

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Get Girls Outside to Counter the “Princess Industrial Complex”

I never thought I would have three daughters. In fact, I didn’t expect to have three children, period. We got started a little late, and things didn’t happen as quickly as we expected once we decided the time was right to start a family. So I feel extremely blessed to have three beautiful, happy, healthy girls. I cherish this time with them. They are young and innocent. But the teenage years are coming, and that scares the heck out of me. The teenage years are when you start to lose
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Summer’s Most Magical Moments Happen Around the Campfire

Heather and I took the kids camping this past weekend. We didn’t travel far, just over to a campground on the eastern edge of Sleeping Bear Dunes outside of Empire. We’re starting to develop rhythms and rituals on our family camping trips. Most are of the traditional variety, and certainly one of our favorites is the evening campfire. First we gather – dry leaves, pine needles and small sticks for kindling. Then it’s s’mores with the girls, and conversation recounting the day’s
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Make Every Second Count During a Summer Day in the Sleeping Bear Dunes

The first time Jay and I had ever visited Sleeping Bear Dunes was after we moved to Traverse City two years ago. We went first to where everyone goes first visiting when Sleeping Bear: the Dune Climb. It was a hot and sticky July day, and we stood among the swarms of tourists kicking off shoes or brushing off sand at the base of the climb. We looked up. We looked at our recently-turned-two years old twins. We looked at each other. We shrugged in a “let’s give it a shot” kind of
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Collaboration, Creativity, Community: Come Join Us for Two Great Events!

When we decided to launch a new e-commerce based lifestyle brand, we knew that we didn’t want our brand (or ourselves) to exist solely in the digital world. So Heather and I also made a commitment to ourselves and each other that when we started our new business we would not lose sight of what’s really important – and that’s real connections in the real world and being able to creatively contribute to community. After all, we live in a community and region that is extremely creative,
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