Ski free in Gaylord this weekend or visit the Toledo Zoo's 'Lights Before Christmas' event

Need a break from holiday shopping, cleaning, errands and parties? Spend some relaxing time with your family — and perhaps create some new holiday traditions — at these December activities: Head north of Detroit to Gaylord this weekend and take advantage of free skiing at Treetops, the four-season resort that remains  open for business after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this month. You can … Continue Reading →

Beach Challenge winner: Silver Lake Sand Dunes photo

Images of fireworks exploding over lakes, sunsets along Lake Michigan, kids playing in the surf and sand, lighthouses and just about any beach activity you could think of were among the nearly 2,000 entries in the Pure Michigan Beach Instagram Challenge. The grand prize photograph in the 10-day contest features kayakers on Lake Michigan at Silver Lake Sand … Continue Reading →

Enter giveaway for chance to win 'Soutache & Bead Embroidery' book

If you love doing small sewing projects made with tiny hand stitches, and stringing beads for jewelry making, then why not learn to combine the two for a whole new crafting skill? “Soutache & Bead Embroidery” (Kalmbach Books/$21.99) by Amee K. Sweet-McNamara, will show you how with a number of different projects that include step-by-step instructions and up-close … Continue Reading →

Get in on the bidding action as Friday's deadline for deals approaches in online travel auction

Okay, travel fans. It’s time to get in on the bidding action for travel deals and discounts on dozens of getaways and other travel-related items up for grabs in an annual online travel auction sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers. The deadline is 11:45 p.m., Friday, and,  as a longtime member of SATW, I’ve learned … Continue Reading →

How-to incorporate herbs into your table decor

I love entertaining and adding just the perfect decorative touch for the event as much as I love herbs.  Combining the two is easy and adds so much elegance to your table. Here are a few tips on how to incorporate herbs into your table décor. *Consider using pale, natural fabrics such as burlap or un-dyed linen. This allows the herbs … Continue Reading →

Kansas City unleashes 'The Beast' for Halloween

Julie Henning thought she’d be touring historic homes that were haunted when friends persuaded her to join them on a late-night, pre-Halloween excursion this month while attending a business conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Instead, she and her colleagues battled “The Beast,” one of America’s largest haunted house attractions. Located in a creaky. five-story warehouse in the city’s … Continue Reading →