Kids

Back to school season is finally upon us and most Northern Michigan kiddos officially head back to school next week. I can't believe it's going to be fall already. I swear summer's go by quicker and quicker every year! I don't know about you but I'm ready for school to start. We've already shopped...
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Categories:  General

Summer vacation is finally here and the kids are staying up later. Whether you are out camping this summer or sitting around a campfire, staying up late becomes second nature. If your kiddos are anything like mine they may go to bed later but they're still waking up at 6am. Mornings aside though, su...
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Categories:  General, Michigan Love

Although it doesn't feel like it, Summer is fast approaching and will be here before we know it. School is out in June and many parents I know struggle with what to do with the kids during the summer months and most parents I know are always on the look out early on for summer activities for their k...
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Categories:  Michigan Love, Petoskey

Gratitude. What do you think when you hear that word. I know I think of what I am grateful for: my family, my children, my friends, my home, my job, the list goes on. I really do have a lot to be thankful for. I look around my community and see how great it is and there is also a need to help others...
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Categories:  Parenting

Summer is right around the corner and if you have kids, you've probably already started thinking ahead for summer activities to keep them busy. I love our down time but there are days when we just need to get out of the house. Last year on the blog, I did a post regarding Northern Michigan Summer C...
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Categories:  Petoskey, Travel

With the snow still flying here in the Northern Michigan and the kids being home on spring break for the last week, I've been trying to hold my own. Being that I work from home, I had to find some creative ways to spend spring break and took advantage of our Spring Break Staycation Ideas here on the...
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Categories:  Recipes

Hello, friends! Spring break is approaching quickly approaching here in Northern Michigan and some of you might be staying around the area this year. As I wrote in a previous post, here on the Grandpa Shorter's blog, we just did a big a big family vacation back in February so we are planning on st...
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Categories:  Recipes, Shopping

Hi everyone, and welcome back! Are you ready for spring? I know I am! Getting back from vacation with the entire family last week had my head spinning and I was struggling to get back into the swing of things. I'm not sure what was going on, I had a fever and chills the last few days of vacation b...
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Categories:  Recipes

Hello, everyone! Spring break is only a month away for us here in Petoskey and if you're needing a break but planning on a local staycation here in Northern Michigan, this post is for you! My family and I just got back from a Disney cruise vacation, along with several days at Disney World in Orla...
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Categories:  Petoskey

Now that we have snow here in Northern Michigan, I put together a list of 8 outdoor winter activities for kids to do outside. If you would prefer to stay inside, I don't blame you. Simply bundle them up and send them on their way! We've gotten over a foot of snow over the last few weeks and the kid...
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Categories:  Parenting, Uncategorized