Tag: Shopping

Shop local on Small Business Saturday

2 There is always much hoopla surrounding Black Friday, especially lately as retailers creep their sales into Thanksgiving or even start “pre-Black Friday” sales as I saw last week. There’s nothing wrong with shopping on Black Friday – my mom, sisters and I have done our fair share of shopping and lunch outings on the

Girls’ getaway to Michigan’s west side

My mom, sisters and I have talked a lot about taking an adult girls only trip, yet no plans have ever been made. So I decided to make the plans. I wanted to take my mom away and invited my two sisters to join us. Unfortunately, my older sister couldn’t get the time away from

Craft shows offer great gift and home decorating ideas

A favorite fall tradition for me is wandering through local craft shows. Something about craft shows in the fall puts me in the mood for the upcoming holidays (which are coming whether we’re ready or not!). I’ve purchased some great handmade items for the house and as gifts over the years. 2 Part of the

Our small town getaway to Saugatuck

When Justin suggested a few weeks ago that we get out of town to relax, I didn’t hesitate to agree (he’s learned that it doesn’t take much convincing for me to toss clothes into a bag and head out of town). We tossed around some ideas –Traverse City, Caseville, Grand Rapids. Then he suggested Saugatuck, located on

A woman walks into a car dealership….

I’m not a car person. Yes, I drive one. Yes, I live in the Motor City. Yes, I can appreciate a nice-looking vehicle. But don’t ask me about engines, horsepower or much related to how a car actually works. Please. I just don’t care much. It’s my way of keeping mechanics employed. And I can

A mitten full of good stuff

I’m a fan of supporting the local and state economies, especially as the great state of Michigan struggles to recover from an economic beating. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel throughout the state during my lifetime. For many years, my family takes our annual trip to a location in Michigan. We love Traverse City, returning