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I started to make a list of must-see places in The Mitten State. When I got to number 100 and wasn’t finished, I decided I better narrow it down because it was a bit overwhelming. It wasn’t easy to pick just ten, but if I have to choose these are the things that will give you a good overview of ...
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Categories:  Travel, Michigan Love

One day it just hit me like a ton of bricks.  My husband has a mistress.  He even has a second home, well, trailer, for this lusty relationship.  It really did not come out until well into the marriage that this was something that he desired. But, I have actually come to terms with it and he do...
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Categories:  West Coast Shorter Wife

Christmas is officially on the horizon and what better way to show your love for Michigan and Petoskey by giving the gift of a Petoskey Stone? The “Petoskey Stone” now the official stone of Michigan, is a fossil coral of the genus hexagonaria. This coral lived approximately 350 million years ag...
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Categories:  Shopping, Holidays

I love the Christmas Season. It is absolutely my favorite time of year. We finally have snow on the ground, the air is crisp and cold and Christmas is only weeks away but years, according to the kids. I haven't decorated yet but I'm close and I'm hoping to get our tree up thi...
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Categories:  Holidays, Events

With about 900 Christmas tree farms in the state, you don’t have look very hard to find one near you in Michigan. One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is picking out our Christmas tree together. We go to the same Christmas tree farm every year and cut one fresh. My boys love the wagon...
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Categories:  Holidays

We have all been there and attempted the Christmas card photo. Only to fail miserably - it is always so disappointing. Here are 5 tips to make sure they turn out whether you are using a professional or doing it yourself. Pick a time when the light is even - not too sunny or too dark. Everyone...
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This week marks the first major school break due to the holiday season and Thanksgiving is just days away. The school week is shortened for those needing to travel and we have the opportunity to spend some extra quality time with the kiddos. Our family doesn't usually travel for holid...
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Categories:  Holidays

It feels as if it's already Christmas here in Northern Michigan with all the cold and snow we have had over the last few weeks. But, it's finally Thanksgiving this week! One of my favorite holidays and a time to look back on our lives and think about what we are thankful for: family and fr...
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Categories:  Recipes

This week Michigan cities and towns all up and down the coast of Lake Michigan were walloped by a raging winter snow storm. We have over a foot of snow some places, wind chills below zero, schools were closed and ski resorts opened early. The thing is, it isn’t even winter yet according to the cal...
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Categories:  Travel, Michigan Love

Well Hello! My name is Alex Shorter and my sister-in-law, the queen and owner of Grandpa Shorter's Gifts, Jennifer Shorter, invited me to blog about life.  So here I am after gladly accepting. A little about me - I married Jenn's brother, Ryan, on the front porch of our Wenatchee...
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Categories:  Shopping