The Art of the Twenty-Four Hour Vacation

The Art of the Twenty-Four Hour Vacation

Health and Wellness, Life & Community, Lifestyle
  My husband and I have atypical days off from most folks- I’m off on Wednesday and Friday, he’s off Fridays and Saturdays.  While I’m glad to have a full day to myself, it does make it a bit hard to do any sort of travel.  Last year however, we started a new tradition:  The 24 Hour Vacation. We are so lucky here in Michigan, there are terrific places to go for any amount of time.  Especially in summer and fall, there are so many getaway towns and beaches.  It’s really quite amazing.  As much as I hate to give away my favorite secret spots, I’ll share my favorite vacation. Step one:  Be willing to spend at least three hours in car.  I always pack fruit, cheese, nuts and a…
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Nine Steps to a Healthy “You Can” Lifestyle Attitude

Health and Wellness, Life & Community, Lifestyle
Changing your lifestyle seems like a difficult thing.  You may have tried it countless times and seem destined for failure.  Be encouraged, because that’s good news in regards to successful behavior changes.  A growing body of research shows that people who achieve a healthier lifestyle do so only after a few unsuccessful attempts.  Developing and maintaining new habits takes time.  If you reflect upon your past attempts, you will find there have been small changes along the way.  Small changes that become established repetitious patterns will develop into a successful healthy lifestyle. Here are nine easy steps to help you make positive lifestyle changes. 1.     Develop your own lifestyle plan. People who devise their own plan or adapt an expert’s plan to their lifestyle seem to be more successful.  A…
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Mixing Colors and Styles in Home Décor

Life & Community, Lifestyle
For a while, the buzzword in design has been “eclectic,” but what does that really mean?  And how do you get the look without making a haphazard mess?  What it all comes down to is how to use contrast to show off unique pieces, and really create a space that reflects your personality. One of the most important elements in design is the idea of contrast.  An obvious use of contrasting colors is to create emphasis and drama, but shapes and styles are another, subtle way to shift focus and make things interesting. Color Tips Contrast can be as bold as a red wall or painting, or as soft as a gray sofa on a darker grey wall.  The trick is to pick an item or architectural element to be…
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Take it Outside

Life & Community, Lifestyle
Ahh...Summer has arrived!  We drive with our car windows down; lounge on our porches after work, and look forward to the sunshine and the outdoor air.  We have emerged from our winter dens, and are eager to engage with family and friends. We want to enjoy our 3 to 4 months of summer weather and pack in enough fun and memories to carry us through winter den moments until we can do it all again. Though the thought of entertaining can be a bit daunting it doesn’t have to be at all. Planning a successful and enjoyable party (for guests AND hosts) doesn’t demand anything extravagant.  Simple food, hospitable setting, and good company make for a great time. Here are a few tips that will help guarantee pleasurable entertaining: 1.…
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Homemade Beauty Products for Natural Beauty

Health and Wellness, Life & Community, Lifestyle
Instead of the usual articles about Detroit’s resurgence, the City’s cultural scene, or urban farming and gardening, I want broach a different kind of “green” subject: natural skin- and hair-care products. Nowadays with people being so health- and green-conscious, natural and organic cosmetics and beauty products are increasing in demand and popularity. In the malls there are stores that claim to have “natural” beauty products, but beware. The moniker “natural” can have a wide range of meanings, from giving you a “natural look,” to containing one or two natural substances, to being made completely of all-natural ingredients.  It’s kind of like when a food product is labeled “light”—you’d better check the list of ingredients. Another thing about store-bought organic beauty products is the price is usually high, much higher than…
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