Last Minute Summer Plans

Summer is coming to a quick close. I am sure many of us can’t believe time has gone so fast. Looking to take advantage of the last few weeks of the summer weather? Here is a few ideas on just how to do that. Go to an outside ice cream shop! These do not stay open in the colder months, so take advantage of that opportunity now. Go to the beach and sun bathe one last time. Of course you can still visit beaches during the fall and winter season, but soak up the last few hot beach days and go for a swim. Plan a “One Last Hoorah” summer cookout. Spend time with friends and family grilling outside and playing yard games. Go on a picnic! While you still have time to do this bundled up in the fall,

Brenton Village - Grand Rapids

The Brenton Village condo development is located off of Brenton Rd. SE on Inverness Rd. SE. This location offers you to be within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, and grocery. Some stores within walking distance include Fresh Thyme and all of the Brenton Village Shopping center stores, including Lululemon Athletica and Anthropologie. This two-building, nine-unit complex has a contemporary finish to it. The typical floor plan for the units is around 1,309 sq. ft. and two beds and 2.5 baths. On the first floor, you will find a two stall garage, a bedroom with a walk-in closet, a full bathroom, and a laundry unit. The second floor has a master bedroom with attached full bath and walk-

Back to School is Different this Year

Fall is usually a time of excitement as students and teachers prepare to go back to school. This year, is a whole new ballgame. It can be nerve wracking as a parent or guardian, or as a family member/friend of a teacher to watch them go back to school during this pandemic. It is important to work together to make these transitions as smooth and safe as possible. Some schools are doing a hybrid approach, where students will be in the classroom for two days, and online two days. The districts doing this will split each graduating class into two groups (Group A and Group B) determined by last name. Public schools are also offering a remote learning option, as no school wants to put any student

Grand Rapids is One of the Top Places for Millennial Home Buyers

“Grand Rapids has the highest millennial homeownership rate in the U.S.,” according to the article Grand Rapids is No. 1 City got Millennial Homeowners by Ehren Wynder. ( The Grand Rapids-Wyoming area is where 56.8% of millennials own a home according to a report by Porch. While it is less common for millennials to own a home, the “Midwest claims the highest rates of millennial homeownership." Here is some data from the Grand Rapids is No. 1 City got Millennial Homeowners article: Summary of data for the Grand Rapids-Wyoming metro: Millennial homeownership rate: 56.8% (39.5% nationally) Median home price

COVID-19 Michigan Update

This year has been full of situations none of us have ever experienced before. During this pandemic, it has been crucial to stay updated about what is happening in your county, state and country. According to the article Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s What You Need to Know by Click on Detroit, the number of cases in Michigan as of Wednesday, August 12 is 89,271. There have been 6,273 deaths. There are 515 new cases as of Wednesday, with nine deaths. New cases have seen a decrease this past two weeks. Click on Detroit states, “Testing has remained steady, with an average of more than 25,000 per day, with the positive rate between 3 and 4 percent. Hospitalizations have increased slightly, but

National Relaxation Day

National Relaxation Day is this Saturday, August 15. This has been one wild year full of unknowns, transitions, life-altering events and changes. It is important as humans to set aside time for yourself to relax and unwind. We often times feel the need to constantly stay busy in order to feel productive. When in reality, a face-paced life with no breaks can cause stress and exhaustion, which can be detrimental to our emotional and physical health. Here are some activities to take advantage of National Relaxation Day: Read a book Watch a movie Go shopping – treat yourself! Go on a walk – whether it is a park, beach, or just in your neighborhood, put in your headphones and listen to some of yo

Beach and Park Etiquette and Social Distancing: How You Can Feel Safe

COVID-19 has changed the way people live everyday life, and it has changed summer. Most summer activities and events have been canceled. However, going to parks and beaches are still allowed. Here is a list of ways to uphold etiquette while going to parks and beaches this summer, so you are able to feel comfortable and safe. For the Beach: Staying 6ft away from everyone you do not live with is one of the best ways to keep yourself safe, both in and out of the water Before you leave, check for any COVID-19 symptoms such as: fever, chills, dry cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat or body aches. Check the CDC guideline for more information. Bring hand sanitizer with y

3 Wineries to visit in Traverse City

Are you headed to Traverse City for a long weekend? Here are three wineries you should visit while in Traverse City! First, you should stop at Chateau Chantal. This winery is in the old mission peninsula, just about twelve miles north of Traverse City. They offer wine tastings, wine dinners, and have a bed and breakfast. They have two patios with a beautiful view of the Grand Traverse Bay! Currently, due to COVID-19, they have changed some of their policies. They are still open daily, Sunday through Wednesday from 11 am-5 pm and Thursday through Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm. They require you to make a reservation for everything, and they are running at fifty percent capacity. Current wine res

Outdoor Date Night Ideas

Mix up your typical date night and get outside! It is fun to do something new, so let’s change up the scenery! Here is a list of ideas for a unique date night. Drive-In Movie: Bring blankets, pillows and snacks to enjoy an outside movie! Campfire: Nothing beats a campfire with s’mores and sparked conversation. Local Farmer’s Market: Pick out a recipe you want to make together (such as salsa) and then go find the ingredients at a local farmer’s market. Picnic: Go to your favorite park or just in your backyard to switch up the usual dinner scene. Bike Ride: Go on a bike ride through town, on a trail, etc. Go to the Beach: Spend time together on the lake! Watch the sunrise/sunset: If you are wa

5 Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

If you are looking to get some extra storage around the house and want to clean out all your junk, don’t just throw it away. You never know what someone else might need. You can surprisingly make money off of anything. Here are some tips for when you want to make that extra cash! Tip #1 Good Advertising You don’t want all that work to be for nothing. Advertise your garage sale a week prior with flyers and signs around your town, people will come flooding in! Tip #2 Organization Its easier to stay organized when you separate your things into piles (the go-to rule: “Keep, Sell and Trash”). Tip #3 Price Accurately It’s common to think something is worth a lot more than it is. Once used, the pri

National Root Beer Float Day

Today, August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day! The root beer float was initially called the black cow after Frank j. Wisner, the owner of a mining mountain in Colorado called Cripple Creek Cow Mountain. Let's celebrate a beautiful summer day with a refreshing root beer float; here are the steps to follow for a perfect root beer float. Step One: Grab a nice, tall glass. For a little extra coldness, stick the glass in the freezer for 10-20 minutes. Step Two: Pick out your favorite root beer and pour it into whatever glass you choose! Step Three: Pick out your favorite vanilla or vanilla bean ice cream and put one to two scoops on top of the root beer! Step Four: Put as much whipped cream a

Top 5 Real Estate Must-Reads For Beginners

Interested in real estate but don’t know where to start? We’ve gathered these top 5 must-reads for beginners. All will give you insightful knowledge about the world of real estate and investment. Especially since getting your foot in the door can be scary, we know that with appropriate guidance and a few tips, you’ll become a pro! These are a few of the great building blocks for success. #1 Rich Dad Poor Dad Author: Robert Kiyosaki & Sharon Lechter Find it here #2 The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down Author: Brandon Turner Find it here #3 Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant: Guide to Financial Freedom Author: Robert Kiyosaki Find it here #4 The ABC’S of Real Estate Inve

Belknap Bluffs - Grand Rapids

The Belknap Bluffs are beautifully built by copperock construction right in Grand Rapids overlooking the downtown skyline and grand river. The lot consists of twelve buildings and thirty-six luxurious, modern units. Located off of Fairview avenue, you're surrounded by parks, tree-lined sidewalks, and bike paths! You're in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids close to some of the best dining, shopping, and entertainment. The Belknap Bluffs offer one, two, and three-bedroom options. You will fall in love with the features within these condos like the private balcony, hardwood floors, tons of natural light, soft close cabinets, and quartz countertops. They spared no expense while creating the mas

Summer Routine Idea for Kids

Summer means no school for the kids, which means now they are always on your watch! It can be a struggle to keep them busy all day. Here is a schedule idea for kids who stay home over the summer. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent, nanny, or some form of guardian for children, this schedule could help you out! 8:00 a.m. – Wake up 8:15 a.m. – Eat breakfast. Depending on age, have them help take care of their dishes 9:00 a.m. – Get dressed, brush teeth and make beds 9:30 a.m. – Play time 10:00 a.m. – Activity outside: This could mean a yard game, going on a walk, bike-ride, pool time, or going to a park 11:30 a.m. – Lunch time. Depending on age, have them help take care of their dishes Noon

Grand Rapids Outdoor Fitness Classes: August 2020

Missing the feeling of community togetherness and relaxation? Some outdoor fitness classes are being offered for you to attend. A bonus, they’re free for the public! See what the schedule is for Grand Rapids’ outdoor fitness classes below. Make sure to follow specific guidelines due to COVID: Stay home if you are feeling ill Maintain a 6-foot distance from each other BYO exercise materials (yoga matt, water, towel). This will not be provided. Yoga at Coit Park Upcoming Classes: (Every Monday) Aug 3: 12:15 - 1:00pm Aug 10th: 12:15 - 1:00pm Aug 17th: 12:15 - 1:00pm Aug 24th: 12:15 - 1:00pm Zumba at Rosa Parks Circle Upcoming Classes: (Every Monday) July 27th: 6:30 - 7:15pm August 3rd: 6:30 -

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