Autumn Trails Condos - Rockford

The Autumn trails community is a beautiful complex by Eastbrook Homes, that offers attached and detached condominiums, beautiful scenery, and low maintenance living. Autumn trails community provides two styles of detached condos, The Aspen and The Willow ll. These detached condos range from 1,364 Sq. Ft. to 1,552 Sq. Ft. The Channing is their attached style condo, which is about 1,357 Sq. Ft. The location provides beautiful wooded surroundings and is near the white pine trail yet, also near downtown Rockford. The small town of Rockford offers you great amenities like The Corner Bar, which is known for its hall of fame hotdog and the Custard by the dam ice cream shop. With all of its small-t

Home Decor Guides and Tips

Are you moving into a new home? Ready for a change? If you said yes to any of those questions, you may be ready to add or change up some of your home decor! Home decor is a way to express yourself. Scrolling through Pinterest and other websites is a fun way to get some tips and ideas. However, for some people (like me), it can feel overwhelming. There are so many different styles to choose from, and it can be difficult to keep all of the ideas organized. It can also be overwhelming for us humans that have a hard time picturing what different ideas would look like in the house we are in. Luckily, there are many websites and books that assist with interior design and home decor. The two lists

Hiking around West Michigan!

This summer looks a lot different then the ones many of us are used to. The events, vacations, and community activities have all been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19. That being said, you may be in search of fun activities to keep yourself and your family busy. If you are unaware of all of the great trails and parks that West Michigan provides for hiking, you're missing out! Listed below are some of our favorite hikes for great exercise and stunning views. Hiking is a great way to get out of the house while still responsibly social distancing, something we are all yearning for this summer! Provin Trails Park (Grand Rapids, MI): Known as a great place to run or walk your dog, its 46-ac

5 Campfire Recipes Under 5 Ingredients

Tired of being cooped up in your home? Go off the grid and unplug for a while. Visit some of the best camping sites in your area. Sometimes you need a break from the busy life of technology and fluorescent lighting. So, grab your camping buddies and unwind. Go enjoy the cool Summer breeze and the sound of crickets chirping. While you're at it, get creative with some scrumptious campfire creations! 5 Campfire Recipes Under 5 Ingredients: Farmers Omelet Eggs (Scrambled) Potatoes Peppers Onions Directions: Dice peppers, onions and potatoes and add to cast iron skillet over campfire flame until fully cooked. Scramble eggs and pour over ingredients - stir immediately. Cook for 2 - 4 minutes until

Increase Home Value with DIY Projects

There are many ways you can increase the value of your home. One way is to do DIY (do it yourself) projects. Here are a few ideas: Take time to deep clean the entire house. By cleaning and decluttering, the aesthetic will be more attractive for potential buyers. Do some yard work/landscaping Paint the interior Update/refresh exterior pant Deep clean your carpet Update your kitchen – don't worry, this does not mean redo the whole kitchen Brighten up your home by adding lights or lamps Replace old light switches Update door handles If your basement is unfinished – begin the process of finishing it Fix/Skim coat dry wall The opportunities that DIY projects hold are endless. Increasing your home

3 Healthy Restaurant Options - Grand Rapids

Looking for some healthier food options to kick off the summer? Here are three restaurants you need to try! First stop in at the Noble Restaurant located on 44th St. SW in Wyoming, MI. They are open from 6 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and 8 am - 2:30 pm on Sundays. They pride themselves on their menu being over 75% gluten-free. Their entire menu contains no artificial colors, flavors (excluding hot beverages), MSG, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial nitrates. They use organic eggs, milk, bread, maple syrup, chicken, carrots. Whenever possible, they use fresh bought products rather than frozen or canned products. They are continually re-evaluating their menu to offer healthier,

5 Michigan Summer Must Do's

Are you planning a trip this summer for the family? Some of Michigan’s most beautiful sites are just a few hours away. So, pack your bags and the family and go out to explore this magnificent state. Most of the spots below are inexpensive and very memorable ones. Visit the Waterfalls of the U.P Head up north this Summer and visit the enchanted waterfalls! Check out at least a few of the 300 falls located in the Upper Peninsula. Top Favorites: Tahquamenon Falls Munising Falls Bond Falls Miners Falls Visit Mackinac Island Take a ferry ride across the breezy, beautiful Lake Huron to Mackinac Island. This is the perfect place for a day trip or even a long weekend with the family. Top Favorites:

Summer Fitness Tips

Are you trying to whip yourself into shape this summer? Or just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle? There are many ways to do so. First, it is important to make a schedule. When there is a plan in place, it is easier to adapt to a routine. Set aside time for exercise, but be realistic about it! It is okay to set small goals and when the time is right, expand them. Prepare and plan for healthy meals throughout the week. There are many times people need a “grab and go” option, so fast food is the resorting decision. Be ready for meals by meal prepping. Use a reusable water bottle! Not only is this beneficial to the Earth, but also saves you money and time. Keep refilling that water bottle

10 First Day of Summer Activities

Today at 5:43pm, begins the 2020 Summer Solstice. The sun will reach its highest point in the sky. This will leave us with the longest day of the year, and the first day of Summer. Below are some fun things you can do to celebrate this special day. Also support some local Grand Rapids area businesses while your at it! 1. Go Berry Picking Versluis Orchards Moelker Orchards & Farm Market 2. Pack Your Bag and Go Swimming Grand Haven State Park Beach Zwemer Beach Buchanan St. Beach 3. Get Some Ice Cream Scooper's Ice Cream Shoppe Ice Cream Garage Pinkie's Ice Cream and Desserts 4. Take Your Workout Outside 5. Take the Boat Out Indian Channel Boat Launch Fruitport Boat Launch Harbor Island Boat L

Moving Tips

Moving out of your home? Here are some tips to help you through the tedious process! Before you move: A beneficial and space-saving thing to do before you begin the moving process is to go through all of your clothes. Start a pile for donation and a pile you would like to keep. This not only pushes you to donate clothes you don’t wear anymore, but also saves a lot of time and space. If possible, clean the house you are moving into. This will save the stress of trying to deep clean while trying to reorganize all of your belongings. The moving process: If you do not have enough boxes or travel bags, there is always the option of asking local stores and businesses for boxes they no longer need.

3 Golf Courses You Need To Play This Summer in Ada!

Looking for an excellent way to kick off the beautiful Michigan summer days? We've got three golf courses that will make for the perfect day! First off, we have the Egypt Valley Country Clubs two Championship courses. These two courses are located right in Ada off of Knapp St. NE. The two courses, Valley and Ridge, were constructed by Arthur Hills, a renowned golf course architect. Egypt Valley courses combine a unique and stunning layout of thirty-six holes that include a challenging wooded landscape. You will want to look into playing a round of golf at the Egypt Valley Golf Courses. Next, we have the Quail Ridge Golf Club. This stunning course opened in 1998 and is located on 36th St, SE,

Perfect Parks for Picnics: Grand Rapids Edition

If you're looking to spend some time outdoors this Summer to enjoy the sunshine, while it's here, a picnic is a perfect activity for you! Grab a basket of food, a blanket, and your family and head to a nice park in your area for a beautiful day outside. There are tons of local parks near the Grand Rapids area. Here are some that would be perfect for this occasion: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Ah-Nab-Awen Park Millennium Park Hillcrest Dog Park Comstock Riverside Park Cascade Township Park *As of now, these parks remain open to the public. What to Bring in Your Picnic Basket Croissant Sandwiches Pasta Salad Cheese & Crackers Fruit & Veggies W/ Dip Yogurt Parfait Potato Salad Hummu

The Riverlands - Condo Development

The Riverlands is a beautiful new condo development that will be right along the grand river off of Grand River Dr. NE. This location allows you to be within the Northview school district and is near nature trails, river walks, and a kayak launch! These twenty-six cottage style units come in three different floor plans: Red Cedar Exterior, Rouge, and Thornapple. These floor plans are offered in different colors and range from 2,631 Sq. Ft. to 2,847 Sq. Ft. These beautiful detached condos have high-end finishes, including custom trim detail, stainless steel appliances, wide plank floors in main living spaces, and floor to ceiling windows. Along with all that, there is an attached two stall ga

Real Estate Market Stabilizes

When COVID-19 hit the United States, real estate witnessed a decline in sales. The pandemic slowed real estate down, as most who were planning on buying/selling a home before COVID-19, decided to wait to get a feel for the economy. Open houses were prohibited, resulting in many real estate companies going virtual. However, when people are looking to buy a place to call home, virtual tours don’t always do the home justice. When the state lockdowns were lifted, people were ready and eager to buy a home. An article from Housing Wire, titled New-home sales rise as Americans freed from lockdowns go house-huntingmentions, “Economists has expected sales would drop for a third consecutive month in A

How to Educate Yourself on the BLM Movement

In the midst of protests, social media blackouts, and petitions, it can be difficult to fully grasp just what the Black Lives Matter movement is. One of the most important ways to show your support and acknowledge your privilege is by educating yourself on the history of systemic racism. What is systemic racism? Systemic racism is a form of racism that is expressed through social and political institutions, infecting the nature of our society. This implies that a number of issues such as wealth, employment, education, criminal justice, housing, surveillance, and healthcare are infected with racism, singling out black lives and making tasks such as finding a job or buying a home significantly

Father's Day Gift Ideas

With Father’s Day coming up right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about what to get him! Make your dad feel appreciated with a homemade or store bought gift you think he’ll love. For some of us, when the time comes for gift giving, our mind tends to go blank of everything we know about that person. So, here are some fun ideas that might help spark your memory and be the perfect gift for them! The Essentials A new wallet Some funky socks New T-Shirts A new belt A book A speaker or sound system Is he Active? Gym Bag Stainless steel water bottle Fishing Pole Hiking Gear Camping Supplies Is he Always Cooking? A cast iron skillet A new Grill or some supplies for the one he ha

How to Start a Brand from Scratch:

If you are thinking about starting your own brand/business from scratch, here are a few tips: First, choose your target audience and then conduct research. Research your competitors as well. Get a feel for your target market. Think about the personality of the brand/business. What will you focus on? How will you make your brand relatable? How will you portray your business? How will you make your brand unique? A good way to identify your brand is to think of it as a “person”. Would your brand have a gender? Age? What would the wardrobe be like? – Think of questions you would have for a person you do not know, then answer them from the perspective of your brand. Choose your business name. Be

DIY - Outdoor Murphy Bar

Don’t have enough room for a full outdoor bar on your deck? A DIY Murphy bar is a perfect substitution for an outdoor bar area. A Murphy bar is a cabinet and table all in one. With this Murphy bar, you will be able to make a wine rack and shelves that will hang on the wall! With all that storage, you will also get to pull down the table to enjoy a perfect summer evening. Take advantage of the space you have and check out the video for the perfect outdoor bar and seating area! Check out the video above or follow step-by-step plans at:

Downtown Ada Welcomes Mudpenny!

Downtown Ada is constantly growing, with new businesses, restaurants, and residents! Most recently, a coffee and bistro called Mudpenny. Mudpenny was founded by Matthew Fuller in 2012, originally a coffee cart called ‘Grace Coffee’. He opened the first Mudpenny location in Grandville, MI with a small crew working a coffee bar and dining services. Since then, his business has expanded into a community that serves breakfast, sandwiches, snacks, and coffee around west Michigan. Mudpenny does a great job of catering to your personal needs, with meals that are vegetarian, vegan, or keto. A few of Mudpennys top rated menu items are as follows: The O.G Breakfast Sandwich: fried eggs, smoked cheddar

10 Inexpensive Outdoor Activities for June

Getting Active Again Now that it has warmed up in Michigan these last few weeks and the stay-at-home order has been lifted this past week, it's time to kick off your outdoor activities! Although some beaches, restaurants and campgrounds will still be closed for an undetermined amount of time, we will have to improvise and get innovative. So let's get out and get some sun! #1 Catch Some Rays and Get a Tan Check out what beaches are open in your area or lay out on your own deck. Don’t forget the sunscreen! #2 Camp in your Backyard Most campgrounds aren't opening back up until the end of June, due to the amount of prep time needed. So pitch a tent in your backyard and hang some twinkle lights f

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