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With Lake Michigan so close to us now, my summer goal has been to spend as much time at the beach as possible. The beach is my happy place. I’m one of those people that can just sit and watch...
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Do you get overwhelmed when packing for a trip away? I do. There are so many things to get ready at home and to pack for myself, the two kids and my husband. I find that packing for the kids is...
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My husband and I decided long ago that we wanted to pay for our children’s college education. Or, at least as much of it as we could pay for. We decided this even before we had children. My husband realizes...
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