Maintaining Social Distance: Michigan Opening Its Doors Again

Once the U.S reopens and Michigan is without any restrictions we should continue to be vigilant of keeping the infectious virus, COVID-19, at bay. When we begin going back to work, visiting businesses that were closed and taking advantage of the summer heat at our beaches and public venues we need to know how to best refrain from spreading our germs. Wear a Mask All of us have experienced what it’s like to maintain a social distance to stay healthy and prevent others from becoming ill. It has been concluded, over the last few months, that wearing a mask definitely reduces the risk of spreading the disease. Wearing a mask or face covering reduces the risk of spreading your germs to other peop

Stay Active During Quarantine

COVID-19 has kept most people from getting out of the house. During a time of isolation, it is important to stay active. Some exercises you could do at home: Yoga Weight lifting Exercise videos Pilates Aerobics Step work-outs Wash-cloth/paper towel work-outs Outside Exercises: Jogging Walking Cycling Bootcamp work-outs Jump rope Trampoline Sports: such as basketball, football, volleyball, swimming, soccer, etc. There are many options when it comes to maintaining physical activity during the stay-at-home order. It is important to keep the blood pumping and to raise the heart rate. Taking care of your psychical health can boost your immune system and moods. Start small, and then work your way

3 Qualities to look for in a Community!

Are you looking at moving into a new neighborhood? Here are three qualities you should look for when moving into a new community! Schools are so important whether you have kids or not. Living in a neighborhood with a good school system will allow your children to have a good education. However, living within a good school system can raise the resale value of your home. Websites like niche.com can give useful information about school systems within the neighborhood you’re interested in. Safety and emergency services, communities should have a police and fire station equipped with ambulances available closer to your neighborhood in case of emergency. Having an urgent care/doctors office access

10 Ways To Stay Productive At Home During COVID

Since Michigan's stay-at-home order has been extended until June 12th, it has been hard for many to stay productive during these times. Especially when ones routine gets interrupted people tend to let the days pass without realizing how much of their time can be used for doing something great. We tend to have the intention of wanted to get things done, but find ourselves aimlessly scrolling through our phones. ​Here are 10 ways you can stay productive at home! Maintain a routine with a steady sleep schedule Give yourself something to look forward to every week e.g. scheduling a cocktail hour with family or friends online Organize meals for the day to avoid snacking at home Learn to cook/make

West Bluffs Condos - Cascade Twp.

The West Bluffs Condos are a beautiful new build within the Cascade Township. The location is right off of Thornhills Ave SE, which allows you to be the perfect distance from amenities like restaurants and groceries and more! The West Bluffs Condos include a lot of 9 units, two of which are still available. These Modern Farmhouse style Condos, that range from 2,677 sq. ft. to 2,891 sq. ft., allow an open floor plan throughout the main floor and attached garages. These condos have options of 4 or 3 bedrooms and along with those features, West Bluffs Condos also includes a patio and deck! This pristine location also allows you to be within the Forest Hills School District, ranked the number on

Memorial Day

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” – Jeff Miller Memorial Day is dedicated to honoring and mourning the people who died while serving in the U.S. Military. There is no "thank you" that could truly encompass the gratitude and gratefulness we have towards the people who have risked their lives to protect this country. Today we mourn and remember the soldiers who were brave and selfless. The soldiers who gave up their lives for others. The soldiers who didn't come home. There are a few ways to pay respects today, such as: - Flying the U.S. flag at half staff until noon - Take a moment of silence at 3 p.m. - Set flowers and

Alternative Options for Businesses During COVID-19

Many workers for small local businesses are worried that their workplace may not recover from the “Shelter in Place” order. After months of no customers and empty streets, most will struggle to get back on their feet. With the help from local communities, financial aid and other resources, hopefully they can make it out financially stable. During these times, businesses have to become flexible if they want to make profit. Below are some creative ways that they can do just that. Offer virtual classes - fitness, yoga, painting, cooking Engage with people online - let people know how your services are available Encourage online ordering, pick-up and delivery Utilize delivery services such as D

Mental Health Awareness Month During COVID-19 Pandemic

Around 450 million people all over the world suffer from a mental illness according to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America). The ADAA also states, “…yet nearly two thirds of people with a known mental illness never seek treatment.” May is Mental Health Awareness month, dedicated to reducing the stigma that surrounds having a mental illness. An article from The Washington Post called "The Coronavirus Pandemic is Pushing America into a Mental Health Crisis" addresses the increased number of mental health cases, and how “nearly half of Americans report the coronavirus is harming their mental health according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll.” The article also mentions the

Northern Michigan - Moving onto Governor Whitmer's next phase!

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that parts of northern Michigan would begin opening up. According to Whitmer's six-phase, MI Safe Start Plan, the entire state is in phase three, the flattening phase. Since then, the upper peninsula and the northernmost part of the lower peninsula have seen a steady decrease in positive cases and a low number of deaths each day (compared to the states average). Gov. Whitmer has announced that these two regions will begin the next phase of her Safe Start Plan, the improving stage. This phase will include the reopening of certain businesses Friday, May 22nd. Businesses that will be allowed to reopen with regulations include: Restaurants Bars Retail Business

5 Ways You Can Help Local Communities Stay Afloat

Local businesses around the world are shutting down due to lack of funds from the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance with rent and utility payments are needed for most to stay afloat since businesses aren't getting as much service as they used to. Although we are required to distance ourselves as much as possible, we want to still keep in mind the ones that have supported us before all of this happened. Let's support them from afar! What can you do to help? Organize virtual fundraisers for small businesses in your local community. Make some phone calls and research who could use the help in your area. Continue to purchase your supplies Just be aware of guidelines before entering the store. This m

Condos in Forest Hills School District!

Riverpoint of Ada Condos are crafted by architecture J Visser Design and built by New Urban Home Builders. They won the Best in America Living Award from the National Association of Homebuilders in 2018. From single-family homes to townhomes with over 1,000 acres of public lands and parks, this little neighborhood is more than you could ask for. Riverpoint of Ada offers two styles of townhomes, ranging from 2,036 Sq. Ft. to 2,163 Sq. Ft. Within that square footage, you get state of the art appliances and features that include; hardwood flooring, Whirlpool appliances, and quartz countertops. You are nestled right near the Thornapple River and a perfect distance to the restaurant and shops in

Things to Do in Grand Rapids for Spring Season During COVID-19

Things to Do in Grand Rapids for the Spring Season During COVID-19 COVID-19 has put the state of Michigan in quarantine, requesting nobody leaves their home unless needed to ensure everyone's safety. Fortunately, spring season is here, which allows for many family-friendly activities that will get everyone out of the house while remaining safe. The Holland Tulip Time Festival has been cancelled in order to avoid large gatherings. However, just because the festival cannot be held, doesn’t mean you can’t go see the tulips on your own! There are still lots of gorgeous tulips around this time of May. Take a walk outside, or simply drive by to enjoy the colorful view. Need to stay active? Grand R

Real Estate: Adapting to New Circumstances

Now that real estate can open its doors again we are excited to get back into the swing of things. We know that during the buying and selling process touring a property is something that is fun and exciting for many. This helps you get a feel for a house, especially if you want to make that house your home. Although we have to follow health and safety guidelines, we want to make you feel as comfortable as possible during this process. By working together to follow these guidelines we can make it happen because your health and safety is our #1 priority. The procedures that we will take in order to maintain a safe space, are as follows: Reassuring all parties are not showing any signs or sympt

Fun Activity To Do During Quarantine

A fun and creative way to keep yourself busy during the coronavirus stay-at-home order is bullet journaling. Bullet journaling is a way to stay in tune with yourself, organized and healthy. Bullet journals are a way to plan for the future, set goals and write down emotions. You can get a bullet journal online for around $9, or you can use an old notebook you have laying around at home. Grab any kind of writing utensil to get started. Most people use color, but you don’t have to. Many bullet journal creators start the month by designing a page designated to that specific month. So if you started with the month of May, an idea could be to make the theme “flowers and rain” for the start of spri

Are you and the kids bored in quarantine? Here are three VIRTUAL events that are fun for everyone!

Let's Roam is offering a Virtual Game Night that occurs from 7 am to 11 pm, daily till July 31, 2020. The virtual game night package includes games like trivia, impersonations, sing-alongs, charades, and more. You can purchase a monthly subscription or one-time payment that allows you to play with up to 16 people. You can also play with your friends that are quarantined in a different household! Let's Roam is also offering a Virtual Scavenger Hunt that occurs from 7 am to 11 pm daily till July 31, 2020. The Scavenger Hunt provides themes of scavenger hunts that will allow your child to have an interactive adventure. You can purchase a monthly subscription to the scavenger hunts or a one-time

Ada, MI - Condo Developments!

You cannot beat the location of the Bronson Street Residences that are located right off of Headley St. SE on Ada Depot Drive. Bronson St. Residences currently has a property with twenty-five units, four of which are now available. They currently offer three floor plans that range from 1265 Sq Ft to 1900 Sq Ft. Bronson also provides the option to pick a move-in ready unit, or you can make customized changes to your unit. Custom modifications include a spacious sunroom or deck for two of the floor plans or adding a half bath in the third floor plan. The location of Bronson Street Residences offers you a variety of downtown Adas finest dining and shopping, including Schnitz Ada Grill and the A

Mother's Day: A Special Thanks

Celebrate your mother from the comfort of your homes! Whether you are looking to surprise her with a homemade card, a painting, or helping her plant her garden it's a day to let her know she is appreciated. Although, this Mother’s Day will be a bit different than the last, given the circumstances, we can still make them feel loved. Local businesses in the surrounding Ada & Forest Hills area can help you make this day special for them! Support your local businesses by purchasing take-out, flowers or gifts. Happy Mother’s Day! Take-out & Delivery: Mother’s Day Specials MudPenny Phone: (616) 259-5353 Location: 570 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Nonna’s: The Trattoria Phone: (616) 920

Back in Business: Updates on COVID re-openings

As mentioned by the state of Michigan’s, Governor Whitmer, some businesses will be deemed essential across the state and will begin to reopen on May 7th. This is great news for a lot of businesses. When beginning to serve their communities, the health and safety of people is the greatest priority. Limits are to be taken into consideration, and businesses are to maintain health and safety practices when providing their services. It has been stated that should these health and safety practices not be followed another outbreak of the Coronavirus will be imminent. Who is Opening? As confirmed in the executive order, certain businesses are able to make available their services. These services inc

DIY of the Week - Home Office

Has being stuck at home made you want to make your own personal office space? This DIY home office and desk will give you the perfect space to work from home! No longer will you be distracted or unmotivated in your own home office. After the COVID-19 outbreak ends, who knows, you may be allowed to work from home more often! Check out our DIY video of the week to be able to transform one of your own spaces and create your very own home office!

Veggie Friendly Dinner Recipes!

Have you noticed any of the great chances happening in the environment since pretty much the whole world has slowed down and stayed at home? There is decreased pollution, an increase in wildlife throughout nature and overall great improvements happening in the environment. Speaking of great improvements to the environment, one great way to keep up these changes is to incorporate less meat into your diet. Have you watched “The Game Changers”, “Forks over Knives” or “What the Health” on Netflix during your time at home? All of these great documentaries show some of the incredible benefits for not only the environment, but your body too when reducing or completely eliminating meat consumption a

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