Tag: animals

Perfect book for history and horse lovers

I’ve been addicted to fiction books lately, as it’s sometimes nice to escape to new worlds and other ‘people’s’ stories. But when I was walking through the library the other day, a nonfiction book cover caught my eye and made me pause in the aisle. Many of you know that I’m a major horse lover

Penguins, butterflies and giraffes, oh my!

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Sorry, but I couldn’t help it. Every time I enter the gates of the Detroit Zoo, I think of that scene in Wizard of Oz. Although my recent visit to the zoo should have included a chant of ‘penguins, butterflies and giraffes, oh yes!’ 2 It was a beautiful,

7 reasons to take a hike in the woods

2 2 Mother Nature is finally starting to love us in southeast Michigan. The weather has been mild to warm temps, the sun shining and the breeze blowing just right. The birds are chirping, ducks and geese are having babies all around me, and even the deer are making appearances (considering I live in the

7 tips for finding a great volunteer activity

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week so I want to thank all of you who volunteer in your community! Volunteering is an incredible way of helping others and supporting your community and neighbors. 2 I love to volunteer for many reasons – I feel so fortunate to be alive, healthy, financially stable, educated and

Exploring local kid-friendly trails and nature center

I love being outside and am so happy that my nieces and nephew share the feeling. I’ve taken the two oldest nieces camping and hiking in the past so decided it was time to take the next two on the trails. I picked Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township because it’s one of my favorite

Volunteers needed for great charities

For most of my career, I have worked in the nonprofit sector, focusing on missions, fundraising, volunteers and getting the best bang for always low budgets. I loved knowing my work was making a difference in the lives of people in our communities. So it’s a little strange to be in the for-profit world, not

Touring Kentucky’s horse racing farms

I’ve been obsessed with horses since I was a child. I started riding horses when I was nine, evolving into a hunter/jumper rider and then dressage. I exercised racehorses in college and had visions of becoming a horse veterinarian. I followed horse racing, getting a subscription to The Blood Horse magazine and watching races on

A memorable return to Kentucky Horse Park

If you are a horse lover, you most likely have been to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where this four-legged, beautiful creature is on full display for visitors to learn about and fall more in love with. Horses were my first love and filled my life for years. When my husband suggested we stop at

Fun family activities during winter break

The winter blahs seem to be upon many of us. Despite spring still being several weeks away, there is plenty to do in these colder months. And with school breaks starting to approach, it dawned on me that there are many fun activities to do as a family while waiting for the warmer temps and trees

Being a responsible bride (or at least trying)

It’s been an interesting adventure planning our wedding. Many laughs, a few frustrations and lots of new ideas and respect for creativity. I’ve learned many ways to turn our ideas into cost effective and manageable realities without sacrificing elegance, ambiance and other factors important to us. 2 As I’ve been researching various details, such as