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Fun for the Whole Family at a U-Pick Fresh Cut Flower Farm

Fun for the Whole Family at a U-Pick Fresh Cut Flower Farm

One of the toughest things about living in northern Michigan during the summer is deciding what to do. It’s not because there’s nothing to do. Just the opposite, in fact. There’s such a bounty of options, events, places and activities, that it’s hard to pick and choose. It’s easy to fall victim to “FOMO,” or “Fear of Missing Out.”

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Adventure Awaits: Introducing a New Summer Series of Family-Friendly Activities

We like our summers to have balance. Downtime and go-time. Work and play. Some days happen at a fast pace while exploring the beaches, trails, festivals and towns in northern Michigan. Others unwind slowly and deliberately at home, with the kids running through the sprinkler in the yard and enjoying popsicles on the porch. But one thing that most days have in common is intentionality. Summer days in northern Michigan are precious, and whether we’re at home or out and about we hate to waste a
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The Indomitable Spirit of a Child in the Forest: A Recap of Fairy Fest 2017

Fairy Fest 2017, which marked the official start of fairy house hunting season on the Traverse City Fairy Trails, took place this past Saturday. In a day of many memories, one stood out: Witnessing the kinetic and infectious energy of hundreds of children romping, exploring and discovering in the forest. Kids entered the trails clean, tidy and with eager anticipation. Most emerged dirty and tousled – smiles beaming and eyes gleaming. When we created the Fairy Trails a little over a year
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A Chapter Ends, and Another Begins: Life and Whim’s New Website Has Launched!

We are thrilled to announce that Life and Whim's new website and online shop are now live! This journey began a little over six months ago, and we’ve had fun documenting many of the high and low moments along the way through our Traverse City Startup Series posts. There have been lots of struggles – in many ways this has been the hardest thing we’ve ever taken on as entrepreneurs. But there’s no doubt that it’s also been the most exhilarating and satisfying business challenge that
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Bringing Susie Q Home

The plan from the start was to drive down to Arkansas on Friday, pick up “Susie Q,” and drive back to Traverse City Saturday. According to Google Maps, it’s a 13 hour drive each way. That didn’t sound that bad, especially considering my expectation was that driving from Northern Michigan to the Deep South would take much longer. So at 5:15 a.m. last Friday morning, my friend Steve – who graciously agreed to join me on the journey – and I piled into my car and set off for
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