The Non-Housewives
Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Day in Grand Haven, Michigan

My husband and I woke up a few Sundays ago to a forecast filled with rain. Our first instinct: escape the rain. We checked the west side of Michigan and the forecast was clear, so as soon as my son woke up, we jumped in the car and headed west to Grand Haven.

It turned out being a perfect family day, and totally do-able if you can’t stay the night. We were only there for 6 hours and had a blast! Here’s what we did:
7am: Wake up, gather beach towels and snacks, and jump in the car!

9am: We ate breakfast at the Morning Star Café, a few blocks off main street. This is a popular spot, so we had to wait 20 minutes before being seated. Luckily, a darling little book store called Bookman is located right next door, and was open at 8am, so Max and I read some books in their kids section while we waited for our table.

10:30am: We grabbed coffees to go and walked around their main downtown area. We were really early, so the shops were just starting to open up. We popped in and out of a few, and then made our way to the pier and beach.

11:30am: We walked from downtown to the Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner Light lighthouse. This had to be a good 1-2 mile walk.

12:30: Beach time! We spread a beach blanket and allowed Max to splash in the water. It wasn’t warm enough to go all the way in with bathing suits, but he had a blast running in and out of the water.

1:15pm: Walked back to downtown

1:45pm: Lunch at the Grand Haven Brew House

3pm: Head home!

There’s so much to do in Grand Haven, we just did a fraction of what’s available. Here are other day trip ideas:
  • Shopping – the downtown is filled with boutique shops, including clothing, unique Michigan apparel, kids toys shops, art shops and even a boutique dog store.  If you want  ‘Michigan Love’ apparel, you will find tons of options.
  • Rent a pontoon – this is more for a nice day, but half day rentals are available!
  • Rent Kayaks
  • Beach! It wasn’t warm enough to swim when we went, but my son could have spent hours splashing his little feet in the tide.
  • There are a lot of restaurants on the main street. We ate breakfast at The Morning Star café (5 stars!) and lunch at the Grand Haven Brew House
  • Picnic on the beach – pack a lunch and picnic blanket and snack on the beach

What's your favorite Michigan day trip? I'd love to hear suggestions of cities and fun things to do while visiting! Please comment below!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Stay Protected with Neutrogena - Sunscreen Giveaway


Check out my post a few days back with tips on 'How to Make Sun Protection a Habit.' Sunscreen is a must have for the summertime!

Enter to win a sunscreen prize pack from Neutrogena so you and your family can stay safe from the sun . The prize will include the below 2 sunscreens for you, and 2 for your kids! Here's what will be included:
  • Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60+
  • Wet Skin Kids SPF 70
  • Wet Skin Sunscreen SPF 50
  • CoolDry Sport SPF 50

Neutrogena Sunscreen Giveaway
Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Container Store Opening in Novi, Mi

The greatest organization store of all, The Container Store, has opened in Novi! If you are an organization freak like me, you will be in heaven here. The grand opening is this weekend (June 4th & 5th). Stop in and check out all they have to offer - giveaways happening every hour! And even better, 10% of sales this weekend will go towards Forgotten Harvest, a non-profit providing hunger relief to the metro-Detroit area.

Here are some pictures from the blogger preview event...
My favorite hangers! 
Dream closet 
Fun filing cabinets for home offices 
"Let's talk trash"

I didn't know they sold wrapping paper and gift boxes!

I want one in every color for the summer

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Making Sun Protection a Habit

Neutrogena sent me products to review as part of their Ambassador program. All thoughts are my own.

My husband and I constantly strive to be a good example for our son, in all aspects of life. We correct each other when we forget to say 'please' or 'thank you,' my husband always opens the door for me, and we never leave without saying 'I love you.' I truly believe that kids pick up on these things very early on! Studies even show that children are more likely to adopt healthy habits if they see their parents following a healthy lifestyle.

This summer, my husband and I will be sure to set a good example for my son and protect ourselves from the sun. It will be routine in our house that we don't step foot in the sun unless we have on sunscreen. With skin cancer cases on the rise, it's not worth the risk!

In fact, skin cancer continues to be a health epidemic. Melanoma rates in my state of Michigan are on the rise and have increased 35% in the past 10 years. Let's try to help stop this upward trend and use sunscreen!

Both my facial lotion and body cream have sunscreen in them, but when I'm out in the sun, I'm sure to layer on at least an SPF 35 or more. Neutrogena has a full line of SPF products, from Sport to Beach Defense to Age Shield, they have you covered for every aspect of life in the sun, all the way up to 110 SPF. They also have a full line for kids, so you can help make sunscreen application a habit, early on.

Here are some ideas to help make this a priority in your household:
  • Make it fun! Have your kids put it on the mirror so they can watch the sunscreen go from white to clear as they rub it in. 
  • Make it a contest! Who can apply their sunscreen the fastest? But of course, make sure it's applied evenly!
  • Make it a game! Monkey see, monkey do. Have the kids mimic you putting it on, or turn it into a game of "Simon Says...put sunscreen on your nose!"
What healthy habits have you started to instill in your children? Show us by getting your kids to 'mimic mommy' applying sunscreen. Make sure to tag #ChooseSkinHealth and @Neutrogena!
Saturday, May 14, 2016

6 Must-Have Pieces to Add to Your Spring Wardrobe

It's getting to be a consistent 60-70 degrees in Michigan and all signs are pointing to summer coming soon. I'm not quite ready to wear sundresses and sandals, but it's definitely time to start transitioning.

Here are my wardrobe 'must-haves' for transitioning from Spring to Summer:

A Scarf - They are not just for Fall and Winter! A thin cotton scarf can totally transition an outfit. I'm so in love with this pastel scarf I purchased from Rosy's Boutique in downtown Brighton, I sometimes plan my entire outfit around it.

A Jean Jacket - Similar to a cardigan, it's a great transitional piece to throw over a dress at night or when in an air conditioned building. I live in my jean jacket all summer long. It's a staple at my desk and when traveling.
Me in the Rosy's Boutique dressing room during Ladies Night in Brighton
Cardigan - Similar to a jean jacket, it's nice to have a transitional cardigan to throw over a flowy tank top and jeans or a dress to stay warm when it gets cooler at night. I like sweaters that have longer sleeves and go over my hands, like this one I purchased from Rosy's Boutique. Thumb holes in sweaters may be one of the best inventions (up there with lip gloss and wedge heels). And I love that this one has pockets.
A flowy tank - I love how this can transition from day to night. I can wear a tank + jeans + a blazer for work, and then remove the blazer at night and be ready to go out for a date night.

Skinny jeans - I wear these year round, but I especially love to pair them with a tank and wedges for Spring.
Rain boots - Fun rain boots can be stylish and practical. We've had a lot of rainy days this season, and I'm loving these boots I purchased from Target a few years back. Check out the fun styles here.

What are your favorite Spring clothing or accessory items? Please share in the comments below! 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

DIY All Natural Baby Wipes

Guest post by fellow 'Non-Housewife,' Kelly!

Ingredients for Kelly's Homemade All Natural Baby Wipes:
  • 2T Dr Bronner's Pure-Castile soap (scented or unscented) 
  • 2T Witch Hazel (I use Thayers alcohol free aloe formula) 
  • 1/2 t Olive oil 
  • 10 drops or 2 capsules of Vitamin E 
  • 1 1/2 C of water 
  • 1 roll of full sheet paper towel, cut in half, width wise. I use Bounty because it's strong. I've tried other cheaper brands and they just fall apart when using. 
  • 1 Rubbermade 15 cup/ 3.5 L sealing container. You can get them at most stores, just size it up to make sure the paper towel can fit. 
  1. Heat water on the stove or in the microwave till it comes to a boil
  2. In a metal, glass, ceramic or heat safe bowl, combine Castile soap, witch hazel, olive oil and vitamin E
  3. Add boiling water & whisk together
  4. Pour over halved paper towel in container, making sure to saturate all areas of the top of the roll.
  5. Place lid on and wait for a couple minutes. The hot water mixture will melt the adhesive on the cardboard roll.
  6. Pull out cardboard roll and that should start the wipes pulling up form the inner circle.
What's awesome about buying all these ingredients? You can use them each for multiple uses!
  • Castile soup - body wash for you, baby, children, the dog, anyone! Wash fruits and veggies, use as a household cleaner.
  • Witch Hazel - Toner on face for anti-aging and even skin tone, treat insect bites, prevent ingrown hairs, sooth puffy eyes, stop ear infections from developing.
  • Vitamin E - Use on skin to heal and prevent free radical damage, heal scares, add shine to hair.
I started making these for my son when he was an infant. He has only had a diaper rash once (when we switched to solid foods.) I do not use them for travel or in my diaper bag, as you can imagine, it's just easier to use and transport store bought wipes in a travel pack. I also use these wipes on my face, hands and my own bum....they have many uses! Enjoy!

Do you make your own baby products? If so, please share below!

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Goat Cheese & Pistachio Spread Recipe

This recipe is the perfect 'bring an appetizer to pass' dish. I made this for our small Super Bowl party in February and it was a hit. It may not look pretty, but it's so delicious and easy!

1/2 cup of Pistachios, deshelled (if you buy whole pistachios, you'll need a baggie and meat tenderizer)
1 - 8oz. Goat cheese 'log'
3 tbsp of Honey
Pretzels, crackers or apple slices for serving

  1. If you buy whole pistachios, put them in a gallon baggie and use a meat tenderizer to break them up into smaller pieces. 
  2. Place the goat cheese on the plate or shallow bowl you want to serve it on
  3. Drizzle the 3 tbsp of honey over the cheese log
  4. Sprinkle the crushed pistachios over the cheese log
  5. Serve with pretzels, crackers or apple slices!

If you try this recipe, please let me know how you like it in the comments. What's your favorite, easy, appetizer recipe?

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