5 Tips to Make the Most of Outside Summer Time

2018-06-05T18:31:56+00:00June 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Inspirational, Parenting|

By Ginny Yurich  Outside provides multi-faceted physical, social, mental, emotional, relational, and developmental benefits. In our busy world with all sorts of development-enhancing activities available for kids, it’s often easy to forget that one of the cheapest and easiest ways to help our children grow is simply to let them be outside. At 1000 Hours Outside, we are intentional about scheduling outside time into our week just as we would schedule in other activities. In a typical summer week, we try and schedule at least three extended days of outside play and then aim to get the family outside for some shorter chunks [...]

Maria Sylveter | Following Curiosity to Career

2018-06-01T14:10:46+00:00June 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

by Kristen Domingue I started my coaching practice the same way I’ve done just about everything in my life — taking one inspired step after the next. I navigate these steps never quite knowing exactly where they will lead, but confident that if I trust myself, honoring my heart, intuition and inner wisdom, I’ll land it right! And I must say, establishing my coaching practice and founding the Life Empowerment Coaching & Healing Arts Center here in Ann Arbor has been one of my best landings thus far.   Even as a very young child, I was fascinated by people. Questions like, “Why was she [...]

Gather Your Friends Together, We’re Having a BBQ!

2018-06-01T14:11:51+00:00June 1st, 2018|Recipes|

By Lisa Nogueira   My favorite part of summer — besides the sunshine, the beach, swimming pools, and the attitude of leisure — is getting my friends together and having a backyard grill-out. With these recipes and a few tips, you can throw one together quickly and easily without compromising on flavor or health.    A good grill-out needs a few things: a killer dip, a signature mocktail/cocktail, a crowd-pleasing side dish, good music and friends . . . and the rest you leave to the grill!  Here’s your appetizer.  Layered Greek Hummus Dip  Ingredients:  Plain Hummus – 2 cups  Cucumber, diced – ½ cup  Red pepper, finely diced – ¼ cup  Kalamata olives, chopped – 1/3 cup  Mint, finely chopped – 2 tsp  Basil, finely chopped – 2 tsp  Feta cheese, crumbled – 1/3 cup  [...]

Kids Are More Alive Outside

2018-06-01T14:11:28+00:00June 1st, 2018|Parenting|

by Randi Rubenstein  This spring, we went on a family ski vacation in Colorado, where the days were sunny, the snow was fluffy, and the smell of marijuana was plentiful. Oh Colorado — why have you made being the parent of a teenager even harder? And more importantly, why didn’t you pass this law thirty years ago? I’m sort of just kidding.  In our regular life, my family lives in the concrete jungle of Houston Texas. Houston earned the title of the fattest city in America title a few years back. Impressive, right?  No, Houston doesn’t have a multimillion-dollar ad campaign (that I know of) attracting the couch potatoes of the world. It can be difficult to be active in [...]

Your Minimalist Lifestyle “Make-Under” 

2018-06-21T17:39:26+00:00June 1st, 2018|Home, Inspirational|

by Bridget Baker  Life changes. You may have experienced a breakup, a new baby, a marriage, a job loss. Something big has changed, and your current surroundings, wardrobe, and environment may not reflect who you are now. As you envision a new you, you may be thinking, “It’s time for a makeover!” Well, what about a different approach? How about a make-UNDER?   Often when we try to improve our lives, we think we need to add more, but what if the key to making over our lives was in having less, in doing less? Start with the foundation of not only decluttering, but in finding the peace created by letting go of [...]

Don’t let the bugs bug you!

2018-06-01T14:11:58+00:00June 1st, 2018|Health|

By Lisa Profera  Summer is here! It is time to guard yourself and your loved ones from insect bites and the diseases they may cause. One nice thing about Michigan winter is that we get a reprieve from biting insects; but now, the bugs are back. Bug bites are not only annoying and itchy, but they can sometimes cause serious diseases or allergic reactions.   The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) website is a good resource for information on local concerns regarding biting/stinging insects. There is also excellent information on what to expect when travelling to other areas in the US and around the world (www.cdc.gov/travel). Their basic information on [...]

The Simple Pleasures Make All The Difference

2018-06-01T14:10:39+00:00June 1st, 2018|Home, Inspirational, Parenting|

by Alycia M. Huston | Leadership Accelerator  There was a time where you couldn't even pay me to come inside of the house. I was born in the ‘70s and playing outside was absolutely the norm. From playing tag, to hide-and-seek, to climbing up trees and throwing little tree fruits at the cars passing by (of course, our parents did not know that part). I learned how to light campfires, tell ghost stories, appreciate bugs, and so much more. I even remember co-founding a clubhouse where we received weekly dues; those dues allowed us to ride our bikes to the local candy shop or get ice cream during the hot summers. [...]

Woman on the Street | How to Be Sweetly Unreasonable

2018-06-25T15:13:01+00:00June 1st, 2018|Inspirational, Uncategorized|

by Stephanie Saline In a recent moment of exasperation, my spouse — let’s call him the Philosopher — asked me for something. Side bar: my partner in life really is a philosopher. He teaches at a small liberal arts college in Upstate New York. Anyway, he asked if we could play what the philosopher Wilifrid Sellars calls “the game of giving and asking for reasons.”  At first, I scoffed. It sounded like a game for nerds. But a few days later, and to my surprise, I began to give my reasons.  The game goes something like this:   Player One says something.    Player Two says, “Why’s that?”  Player One gives a [...]

Summer Style: The Latest in Trends

2018-06-01T14:12:05+00:00June 1st, 2018|Fashion|

By Angela Harrison It’s time for summer trends, y’all! This season is packed with a lot of fun garments and accessories; summer is a great time to bring the color and camp. You’ll be seeing this season’s Pantone color trend report in all walks of fashion life, be it prints, shoes, handbags, jewelry, etc. I keep my wardrobe pretty neutral and incorporate trend colors I like with a layering piece or fun accessory. You don’t need to stock up on trendy clothing items, since the chances of them being around next summer, in the same way, are slim. So, I’m breaking down all [...]

Head to the Woods for Renewal & Rejuvenation

2018-06-05T19:31:41+00:00June 1st, 2018|Health, Inspirational|

by Maria Sylvester   Head to the woods — or at least head outside — if you want to experience yourself in new ways!   The great outdoors is filled with special energies. Nature has the power to quickly renew heart and spirit. This renewal can happen with ease and without involving complex plans or activities. It can be as simple as a walk in the neighborhood, resting on a log in the woods, or enjoying tea while sitting in your backyard garden. Bare feet touching the ground furthers this glorious experience of rejuvenation!   I love the sense of peace and purity I experience amid the vibrant wildness of [...]


2018-06-01T14:11:19+00:00June 1st, 2018|Inspirational, Spirituality|

by Sharon Lawlor   Have you ever felt that your life or the world around you is going too fast and wished you could find a pause button? Perhaps you need a little reprieve to get yourself sorted, to recalibrate, and clear the mental chaos to finally be able to focus? Perhaps you need the time to catch your breath or gain a new perspective, because life has you too boxed-in and feeling uncomfortable?   Maybe you are experiencing growing pains — the discomfort of the skin of the “old” you, and no room to expand into your full potential?  What if life could be filled with more ease? No more push-and-pull tug-of-war with your mind, body, [...]