Why Lansing, Michigan Might Surprise You

Are you looking for a place to unwind with friends, take in some history, dine on exquisite food and enjoy a weekend of fun with family oriented activities? Well if so then I have a secret to share – Lansing, Michigan has more to offer guests than one might expect. Just take a look at how I experienced all of these things and more during my recent trip to the State Capital of Michigan. 

Disclosure: This trip was sponsored by the Lansing Tourism Bureau. All opinions are my own.   
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Lansing, Michigan

When you tell people that you are taking a trip to Lansing, Michigan they may ask you two questions: Are you visiting someone at the university or going on business? However, on a recent tourism trip to the area, I found Lansing to be so much more than just a collegiate town or center for business meetings – I found Lansing to be a place I would want to take my family, a place to hang out with friends and a place to spend the weekend to have some good ol’ fashioned fun.

Old Town Lansing

The first place I checked out during my stay was Old Town Lansing – a historic shopping district (of course). As I walked down the streets past the obviously retro buildings, the buzz of pedestrians and chatter from people sharing a street-side bench surrounded me. I could tell right away that there was a community here and that the people enjoyed coming together in it. In one of the nearby parking lots people gathered to observe an outdoor junk art exhibit, one of the many different community exhibits this city puts together each year. 

Art exhibit in Lansing, Michigan #hosted

As I walked along further, following the sound of one of the communities outdoor public piano’s, I came across a gourmet popcorn shop called Cravings. I loved the retro feeling of the outside sign so I proceeded inward to find that I was able to taste test several different exotic and unconventional popcorn flavors right in the lobby – such as dill pickle, salt and pepper and BBQ. To tell you the truth, the dill pickle was my favorite and I liked it much better than traditional buttered popcorn. Who would have guessed? 

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Cravings Popcorn Flavors in Lansing Michigan #hosted

My final stop in old town Lansing was a carnivorous restaurant appropriately named MEAT. Here patrons are welcome to dine on fabulously BBQ’d brisket, turkey, pork and other types of meats -while those searching for a vegetarian option are ironically handed a drink menu. They do, however, serve a pretty kickin’ mac-n-cheese. Just an FYI. ­čÖé 

MEAT review in Lansing Michigan #hosted

State Capitol Tour

Not far from Old Town Lansing, I could see the State Capitol building standing tall. I could remember taking a tour of this Capitol building as a middle school student, but back then I don’t think I appreciated it to it’s fullest – as I am sure my kids wouldn’t appreciate it today. However, during this trip as an adult I found myself mesmerized by the intricate carvings and designs in the architecture, the history behind the Capitol buildings beginnings and the way the government system still worked here today. The best part about this tour – its completely free! Just show up any Monday – Friday , 9 a.m to 4 p.m. and follow along with a guided tour through the hallways and offices of the Michigan State Capitol building.

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Michigan Historical Museum

After finding out how Lansing came to be the State Capitol of Michigan, I next headed to the Michigan Historical Museum to browse some of the vintage cars and artifacts from the area’s past. Walking in to this museum was like walking in to the streets and homes of era’s from the prehistoric through the 1950’s and today. In one room I was guided through a dark copper mine where I could hear the clank of the pick axes. Next I was walking through Motown and checking out a retro kitchen. Being a museum lover – I must say that is museum is one of the better ones. Its very well put together and not very busy. 

Tip: If you plan to go on a Sunday it is free admission for everyone!

Dine at Red Haven

With the farm to table craze sweeping the area, I was excited to visit Red Haven, a gourmet, small plate restaurant of this sorts located within the greater Lansing area. This place came highly recommended and I must say that I found the recommendation to be spot on. The menu was short and the plate sizes were small, but that was the idea. This restaurant encourages guests to try more than one item from the menu, share with friends and dine in a way that encourages socialization. While I was there I tried the zucchini blossom, the buffalo burger and for dessert a chocolate anglaise. Even though I was a little confused with the tomato foam on the stuffed zucchini blossom, everything was spectacular and I cannot go back again and try more menu items. 

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Watch a Baseball Game

Lansing, Michigan also happens to be home to the Lansing Lugnuts – the area’s professional baseball team. After dinner we found our seats at the Cooley Law Stadium and got ready for the game. I had forgotten how much I liked to watch baseball – in person that is. I was quickly caught up in the moment of singing the national anthem, drinking beer and watching people drive around the field shooting hot dogs into the stands. Everyone at the game was excited and that vibe rippled through the entire audience. They were here to have a good time and it made the experience just that much better. After the game ended (we lost, boo) the stadium put on one of the most spectacular fireworks displays. I hate to admit it, but they were better than my city’s fourth of July ones. I wont say that too loud. 

Going to a Lugnuts Game in Lansing Michigan

Take a River Boat Tour with River Town Adventures

To end the weekend in style, we jumped in a riverboat and floated happily along the Grand River which runs through the city. Stepping on to that boat was like stepping into a canoe in the early settler days. The river banks were grown with natural flowers and brush, the fallen logs along the river allowed us to view turtles sunning themselves in the warm morning sun and with every turn of the river bend we were welcomed with more lush and calming views. It was a beautiful sight, not at all what I expected to see when visiting the State Capital of Michigan. 

Taking a tour with River Town Adventures in Lansing Michigan

In the beginning as I headed on a road trip in to the city of Lansing, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. However after diving in to all of the amazing adventures greater Lansing had to offer all I can say that Lansing will surprise you and leave you wanting to come back time and time again. After all, during this trip I only touched on the surface of what the area has to offer. To find out more about the adventures you can have, visit the Lansing Tourism page

Want to watch a quick two minute re-cap of my weekend? Here it is!

Where to Stay

For this trip I stayed at the Radisson downtown. Excellent hotel, close to all of the area attractions. Plus, it has a Starbucks in the lobby. Win/Win.

Have you visited Lansing, Michigan on vacation? What was your favorite thing to see or do in the area? Share your comments with us in the section below. 

Chocolate Chunk Frozen Yogurt – Made While We Played

Trying to figure out what to do with your kids during the hottest days of summer – without cooping them up inside in the air conditioning all day? Well, this my friends, is the “coolest” new thing since sliced bread. Check out what we made today with the Ice Cream Ball from YayLabs and a pint of Stonyfield Vanilla Yogurt!

Disclosure: This product was provided to us free of charge to play with from YayLabs! – all opinions are my own. Post includes affiliate links. #Stonyfieldblogger
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Yesterday I took my kids to the zoo and we barely made it all the way through before succumbing to the summer heat. We didn’t even see any animals because they were all hiding in the shade – because they are smart and here we were pulling our bodies along like zombies desperately looking for anything to cool us down. It’s hot out there! While most day’s in the summer I like to wake up bright eyed and head out on an adventure, after yesterday’s adventure we decided that today would would stick at home and create a little cool treat while we played in the shade. Good plan mom!

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Check out this new ball from YayLabs! that actually makes ice cream while you play with it. Seriously? How cool is this?! This was actually just as exciting as a day trip to the zoo for my kids. In fact, they cheered when I mentioned maybe we’d stay home today and try it out – then begged for me to get it going every five seconds from the moment our feet hit the floor. So guess what? We made “ice cream” at 9 am. Why not. It’s summer. Besides, it not really ice cream – it’s frozen Stonyfield Yogurt with a couple of chocolate chunks in it. People eat yogurt for breakfast. . . don’t judge.

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It was easy – after a quick hand-wash of the ball, we filled it up within about an inch of the top with Stonyfield Vanilla yogurt and some chocolate chunks. Then we flipped the ball over and added ice and salt into the outside chamber. That’s it! The ball was now ready to go outside and play with (for 20 minutes).

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When we brought the ball back inside and opened it up – this is what we found. Creamy vanilla chocolate chunk frozen yogurt! It tasted really sweet and just like ice cream.

However, here’s a simple tip. When the frozen yogurt is ready it might be very hard and stuck to the sides – at least ours was. To cure this, I emptied out the ice and salt from the ice chamber and allowed the frozen yogurt to soften slightly before serving. So much easier than trying to scrape it out of the ball. Yes, this ball really does freeze it that well – that fast!

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Vanilla Chunk Frozen Yogurt


1 pint Stonyfield Vanilla LowFat Yogurt
Chocolate Pieces
Rock Salt


Fill the YayLabs! ice cream ball with ice and salt per directions included with the product.
Fill the ice cream chamber with vanilla yogurt and chocolate.
Follow the directions on the product to create your frozen yogurt and enjoy!

What type of frozen yogurt is your favorite? What flavor should we try next? 

How To Prepare in Advance for Summer Travel Spontaneity with Kids

Summer is all about spare of the moment fun and spontaneity – not planning and list making. Most day’s in the summer we don’t even know what we are going to do until we wake up and start moving. That’s the beauty of summer! This spirit of spontaneity naturally also trickles down into our summer travel. Today I am going to share with you how we prepare in advance to be spontaneous with summer travel – so we can go when ever and where ever, making the most of our summer freedom and long weekends. 

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by TravelingMom and Staybridge Suites. All opinions are my own. 
#ad #StaybridgeSuitesWeekends How to Prepare in Advance for Summer Travel Spontaneity with Kids

Hey mom, what are we going to do today? This simple phrase spoken by my seven year old makes my heart smile. During the summer months the days are ours to do with as we please. Sometimes this means jumping in the car and taking off on a long weekend getaway. Why not?

However, even though we love the freedom of just going places in retro road trip fashion, I have a little secret. Being the mother to two young children – I am always secretly prepared for travel ahead of time. By pre-setting the grounds for spontaneous summer travel with these three little tricks, we are free to just jump in the car and go – where ever and when ever.

Deciding Where to Go

Today seems like a good day to just get up and go somewhere! But, where? There are just so many options – let me just start looking into some places. . . ALERT! STOP! It’s easy to get pulled into the black hole of planning and loose interest completely or decide that after all of that planning there just isn’t time to go anymore. This is where having a travel list prepared ahead of time helps out. This can be as simple as creating a list of places you want to travel to, writing each destination on a stick and then drawing a stick out when the freedom to travel strikes. Whatever stick you draw – that’s where you go.

Tip: During pre-planning, look for destinations around your favorite hotel brands so you know that you have a comfortable and reliable place to stay once you get there.

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Be Ready

While we do still need to prepare a little bit before we hit the road, such as packing a bag, maybe calling ahead to a hotel if you know exactly where you want to go, ect – I make sure to save time by having the following tasks already done.

1. Keep toiletries packed – I started doing this a few months ago and it has saved me so much time in packing! I simply have a gallon plastic bag which I filled with travel ready toiletries (extra toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, ect). This bag always stays packed and can be tossed in a suitcase, along with some clothes, for quick turn around packing.

2. Find your favorite apps – I have a ton of apps on my phone that help me be spontaneous with travel plans, but they can’t do their job if you have to wait for them to download or don’t know how to use them. This is why I research and get comfortable with my travel apps ahead of time.

3. Create a busy bag – With young children, having something for them to do in the car can either make a break a trip. So what I do is keep a “busy bag” under the seats of the car. When he hit the road for a long distance trip they can pull it out and find things to keep them busy such as coloring books, word puzzles, ect.

Tip: Buy items to go into the “busy bag” during after holiday sales. Especially holidays such as Halloween or Christmas when small stuffer items are sold.

Enjoy the Ride

In our lifestyle of retro traveling, the trip is more important than the destination. We are constant wanderers and love to be spontaneous. Here are a few ways we stay spontaneous while on the road.

1. Use a travel app to find roadside attractions, recommended stops and fun places to eat.

2. Ask a local. We often seek the advice of our hotel staff or waitress if they know of any great local attractions we should stop at before heading back on the road. We’ve found some pretty cool “off the radar” places this way.

3. Watch for billboards. Watching for fun billboard signs is a great way to be spontaneous while traveling and offers a chance to get off the highway and search out a new area if a place looks cool and worth visiting.

4. Take the back roads. When we travel we try to remain off the highway as much as possible. The back roads of America contain so many hidden gems, roadside attractions and beautiful views that so many people just fly right by.

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With all travel, safety is of the utmost importance. Especially with spontaneous travel. This is why we like to seek out a familiar face on the road and stay with a hotel that we know is reliable. With Staybridge Suites we have found a home-like environment that is welcoming to our kids. Plus, with over 200 locations, finding a place to stay is usually easy within our route.

Have you heard that the Staybridge Suites brand has recently launched a Family Weekend Getaway contest to give vacation-starved families a spontaneous getaway? That’s right! Enter today and your family could be chosen to receive a three night stay at one of the family friendly Staybridge Suite locations along with a $250 MasterCard prepaid card, Kindle Fire HD7 8GB Tablet and $50 Amazon.com gift card.

How to enter: Follow this link to TravelingMom.com and tell them WHY you believe you deserve a last-minute, spontaneous Family Weekend Getaway in 1500 Characters or less. Who knows, you could be on your way to a weekend full of fun faster than you’d think.

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What was the last spontaneous travel decision you made? Where did you go? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Finding Myself in Chicago with #SoFabUOTR

This last weekend I headed back into Chicago for a chance to meet with and learn from the folks at Social Fabric at the SoFabUOTR conference. The single day conference turned out to be a great opportunity for gaining new knowledge, making new friends and even sightseeing Chicago. But it was what I learned about myself during this trip that really surprised me. 

This grant was  provided to me by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #SoFabUOTR #CollectiveBias
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Lately I’ve started to feel like a Chicago transplant – two trips back and forth from there in the last three weeks and I’ve started to become comfortable in the city and have even come to adore it. However, this last trip I took completely solo. That’s right – driving, train, taxi, meals, hotel stay – all by myself. This was actually my very first long distance, solo adventure and I would be lying if I didn’t say that I loved it!

As my train bumped along down the tracks into the city, I felt empowered – here I am all by myself and I didn’t even feel scared. I am woman – hear me roar! After a few hours of watching the scenery fly past me in a state of calm chaos, we entered the underground platform. It was dark, with only a couple of dim orange lights here and there. The train squealed to a stop. I could smell the weird, unfamiliar smell of the tracks. This was it? This is where we stop? This place didn’t look at all like the nice platform I got on to enter the train. This was dark, unfamiliar and dirty. As I peered uncomfortably out the window the entire inside of the train went dark. I felt my stomach take a quick jump up into my chest to hide. This is what I wanted – I kept telling myself. This doesn’t scare me. This doesn’t scare me. . . This doesn’t. . .

I stood up and grabbed my suitcase from the overhead bin – almost crushing under it’s weight. Still, with all of my travels under my belt, I have yet learned how to pack lightly. Some day I might know better. As I made my way to the light filled doors I saw a nice looking man standing there. Can I help you with your bags, mam? – he said reach his hand out towards me. I smiled, grabbed my bag in my hand and said “No thank you, I’ve got this”.

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The first thing I did after getting into the city was grab a bite to eat. Eating comfortably by ones self is the first step you need to accomplish in order to be a solo traveler. As a mom that normally ends up eating while standing up as I refill drink glasses, get a towel to clean up spilled drink and subsequently refilling the drink – this meal was a welcomed break.

At the end of my meal at a cute little street side diner, I stood up and confidently stepped out to the side of the street, lifted my arm and hailed a cab to take me to my hotel. I bent down to peer inside the window. The man driving the cab looked nice – he smiled as I opened the door to get in. Within moments of taking off from the sidewalk, however, he placed a small earbud into his ear and began speaking very softly to someone on the other end. As I watched him in his rear view mirror I would see him peer up at me- squinting as if to study my appearance. He continued to speak softly into his phone. I began to look around me to verify with myself that I had actually entered a real cab. After all, I wasn’t paying that much attention in the first place. I was just so excited that I had hailed my own cab. How could I be so stupid? I really should have paid more attention. I began to plan my exit plan just in case the cab took a turn down a road I didn’t recognize. I held on to my luggage a little tighter and prayed.

Either I wasn’t what the cab driver was looking for or I was just being way to overly paranoid, but moments later we pulled up in front of my hotel – he stopped the car and once again smiled. I paid my fare and pulled my bag out of the cab with a big thump as it hit the sidewalk. For a moment I just stood there, looked up, took a deep breath and sighed. I had made it. I rule the world.

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After getting into my room, part of me wanted to hibernate and call it a night. It was only 1pm and I had nowhere I needed to be until morning when I was scheduled to meet up with the other SoFabUOTR conference attendees. But I wasn’t about to let myself waste away my day because I felt uncomfortable. I was going to get out there and do something. I had to. So I booked a boat tour of the city and pushed myself out the door. The boat tour was really cool, BTW. If you’re ever in the area, definitely check it out.

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When morning arrived I made my way upstairs and into the conference room full of other women and a couple of men. Breakfast was being served, so I grabbed a plate and walked into the room full of tables and chairs. Flash back to high school – where should I sit? Again, I took a deep breath. “Hi, is this seat taken?” The two ladies at the table looked up at me and smiled, “No, go right ahead”.

The single day of learning went like a whirl wind. Throughout the day I challenged myself, made new friends, and felt the reward of gained confidence with every added obstacle. All around me I heard similar stories of fellow writers who were also pushing themselves down an unpaved path as I was. There were uncertainties, fears and accomplishments felt as a whole. Each one of us was on our journey alone, but together this day we found camaraderie. This is what it is all about, I thought. Finding our unique place in the world and sharing it with others.

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As the day ended with a fun ride on a double decker tour bus and a happy hour at 52Eighty, I too felt happy. I felt the internal reward of challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone and open myself up to a new experience. I laughed with new friends, swapped business cards and promised to keep in touch. Then I grabbed up my bags and headed back towards to train station alone – after all, my next adventure awaited and I wasn’t about to miss it!

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Check out this fun video I made during my short time in Chicago with #SoFabUOTR. It was such a great experience. And if you want to check out SoFabUOTR writers conference for yourself – you can do so by clicking here.

Have you ever traveled alone? How did it make you feel? Tell me about it in the comments. 

Roadside Attractions : Find Historic Route 66 in Chicago, IL

It has always been in my dreams to drive along Route 66 in my seafoam green, 1950’s Bel Air – and while I can’t say that my dreams have completely come true yet, I can tell you that last weekend I got closer than I’ve ever been before! Just take a look at what I found while walking around in the windy city!

Is that the look of true happiness or what? I really can’t believe that I didn’t know that Route 66 began and ended in Chicago, Illinois! I feel like such a fraud. However – you better believe that the moment I found out I was so close, I was on a hunt for those little iconic signs and I didn’t give up until I found them.

History of Historic Route 66

Established back in 1926, Route 66 was first established to run from Chicago, Illinois all the way to Santa Monica, California. This route became “the way to the west” and subsequently businesses and homes popped up along the way. With the new and improved Interstate Highway System put in place during the  1980’s, Route 66 was officially removed from the Interstate Highway System and re-designated a National Scenic Byway.  However, you can still find some of the old famous roadside attractions along the way and two signs placed on the streets of Chicago – the beginning and the end.

Where to Find It

The beginning sign of Route 66 can be found on Adams street at Michigan Avenue. The END sign can be found at Jackson Blvd. and Lake Shore Drive.

Chicago is actually FULL of fun roadside attractions! Check out my Instagram page to explore the rest with me. 

The Weekend I Learned about Fruit Pasta Salad in Chicago

Last weekend I set out on an unique opportunity with Stonyfield Organic to learn more about food writing and photography at the Eat Write Retreat located in downtown Chicago. Here are a few highlights of the weekend – plus an awesome new recipe for fruit summer salad. Psst. It’s got yogurt in it!  

Disclosure: This trip was sponsored by Stonyfield. #stonyfieldblogger 
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As I packed my bags to head into Chicago as a Stonyfield ambassador for the Eat Write Retreat, I wasn’t sure at all what to expect. This was going to be my first food focused writers conference ever. Truly, the only thing I was really sure about was the fact that I was going to eat very well that weekend. <– I was right! The food was amazing! There were representatives from several other food companies at the conference such as Davidsons Safest Choice┬« Eggs, Prosciutto Di Parma┬«, Gourmet Garden┬« and Dreamfields┬« and they were all ready to spoil us with their best recipes to taste test over the weekend. That is where I found this unique recipe for fruit summer salad – of course though, I came home and gave it my own unique spin by adding my favorite choice of yogurt (Stonyfield vanilla) and tropical fruits such as mandarin oranges, pineapple and blueberries. You can find my version of the recipe below.

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Taste testing Dreamfields’ pasta creations at the Eat Write Retreat. 

However, before I get to the recipe, I wanted to share with you a few highlights from the weekend. Check these out. First, my view of Chicago from my hotel room at the Crown Plaza. Gorgeous, isn’t it. See that Mariano’s Fresh Market on the left? They have the best coffee served right in their entryway and freshly made pizza available by request in their prepared foods section. I had a caprese pizza that I am totally going to try and remake at home.

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I also got a chance to meet Mario Rizzotti, an Iron Chef America judge, at Mariano’s Fresh Market. He showed us how to eat Prosciutto Di Parma and gave us a brief history of how and where it is made. I wasn’t sure if I’d like prosciutto going in, but it was surprisingly good!

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We also got a chance to learn from some of the most well respected professionals from the food writing industry at the totally funky and colorful Catalyst Ranch. Seriously, just check this place out! It definitely had some retro funky vibes going on. I came home from this retreat wanting to repaint and redecorate my entire house – still need to get to that. 
[ad] Eat Write Retreat at the Catalyst Ranch in Chicago
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And on our last night in Chicago we were all treated to a beautiful dinner sponsored by Davidson Safest Choice┬« Eggs at Seven Lions restaurant. This fancy dinner consisted of all egg spotlighting recipes such as cocktails with egg whites, a Cesar salad, pasta carbonara and a fruit tart for dessert. It was a little hard to get over the fact that we could eat raw eggs – but with their pasteurized eggs we could. 

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[ad] Salad with Davidsons Safest Choice Eggs

Overall, this weekend was amazing and I am so thankful to Stonyfield Organic for sending me on this totally amazing weekend. It feels great to write for a company that is so willing to support me and put money and time behind me to help me grow as a writer. I definitely learned so many new things at this conference that I cannot wait to share with you. First being a new summer fruit salad recipe. Enjoy!

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Summer Fruit Pasta Salad

1 – 13.25 oz. box of Dreamfields┬« Penne Rigate pasta
2 cups of Stonyfield french vanilla yogurt
1 cup washed blueberries
1- 11 oz. can of mandarin oranges
1- 8 oz can of sliced pineapple
drizzle olive oil

Begin by preparing the pasta according to the directions on the box. Once cooked al dente, remove the pasta from heat, strain, drizzle with a dash of olive oil (just to keep it from sticking together) and place it in the fridge to cool completely.

Once the pasta is chilled, combine it with the yogurt and fruits. Serve chilled.

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Check out the rest of my photo’s from my trip to Chicago on my Instagram feed at http://www.instagram.com/raisingdickjane – like this one when I found the historic Route 66 sign!! Totally happy, over the moon, kind of moment.

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Have you ever been to Chicago? What was your favorite part of your trip? Tell me about it in the comments below. 

Fun in the Sun with Homemade Tropical Fruit Slushies and Neutrogena®

Now that summer is here, we need to make the most of it – and that means by soaking up as much fun in the sun as possible! Today we are going to talk about how we stay refreshed during the hot summer days with our favorite homemade fruit slushy recipe and how we stay protected with Neutrogena┬« sunscreens so we can maximize our fun in the sun. 

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Neutrogena®. I received samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #ChooseSkinHealth #ad
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Woot Woot for summer! My favorite time of the year! Since summer here in Michigan really only lasts about three months, we like to soak as much of it up as we can while we have it around. Our summer days normally consist of waking up and heading outside – either to the pool, the park, the zoo or to the bike trails. We are the type of family that just can’t sit still.

When I had my son, we were worried that our time in the sun would be cut because he had such bad eczema and sensitive skin – every time I put sunscreen on him, he would turn red in irritation. Poor kid. Since outdoor play time and his skin health were both so important to me, I searched around until I found a product that would work for him. That’s when I found Neutrogena┬« Sensitive SkinÔäó. This sunscreen is made with naturally sourced ingredients and has been awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association. We love it! He no longer experiences the red irritation and can now get back to being a little boy – playing in the yard and splashing in the pool. Since finding our first Neutrogena┬« sunscreen product, we have now added more of their products to our collection such as the pure & freeÔäó liquid for under my make-up and the pure & freeÔäó baby – which I keep in my purse for on the go face and ear touch up’s.

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Since today we are celebrating fun in the sun, I wanted to share with you our favorite summer time treat – homemade fruit slushies! But before we start, I should tell you that this refreshing little drink takes about 4-8 hours to make because it needs to be frozen, so I recommend making it the night before a day of play so it will be ready when the afternoon cool down is needed. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to make.

Tropical Fruit Slushies


1- 12 oz can frozen lemonade concentrate
1- 12 oz can frozen orange juice concentrate
1- 46 oz. can of pineapple juice
lemon-lime flavored soft drink
pineapple slices for garnish


Allow the frozen concentrates to thaw slightly – just enough so they may be mixed in with the other ingredients.

In a large bowl – combine the 12 oz can of frozen lemonade concentrate, 12 oz can of frozen orange juice concentrate and 46 oz of pineapple juice. Stir to combine.

Place the mixture into the freezer for 4-6 hours or until frozen.

Remove the mixture from the freezer and allow to thaw slightly – just until scoop-able.

Add a few scoops of the fruit mixture into a glass and top with a serving of lemon-lime flavored soft drink. Garnish with fresh pineapple slices.

Now we’re all well prepared to get back out in the sun and have a great summer break! Do you have a favorite thing to do or eat in the summer? Tell me about it in the comments.

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I’ve added my review of Neutrogena┬« sun products to their website! Do you have an experience to share? Visit their website here to tell them about it!