Ready. Set. Let’s Take on the Summer

Written by Tiffany Dowling. Posted in Columns, From the Publisher

Carpe diem! Sometimes it’s easy to let life stand in your way — work, family and a crazy amount of responsibilities. It isn’t easy to find a place of positivity and seize the day. That’s right, I quoted Robin Williams’ character from Dead Poet’s Society to remind you that every day is a gift. When is the last time you worked diligently to ensure your free time was productive, rewarding and satisfying? I’m definitely a goal-oriented person. In everything I do, I need to envision Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: Renovation Revelation

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Columns, With a Capital Em

I strongly dislike the smell of Bengay. And it happened to be that smell that pushed me near the brink of insanity last month as my hubby and I underwent a home improvement project. When we moved into our newly-built home two years ago, I know that a major selling point to Matt was the fact that the home was new. No stranger to home improvements, he often commented how great it would be to have a new home, and in turn, no looming home improvement projects. I wanted the house. The location Read more [...]

Goldfinger Honey Wheat Beer

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

When I was thinking about what would make a great DIY for the June issue, I thought it would be fun to have the DIY created by a man, seeing as this is who we are honoring this month. It didn’t take much persuasion to enlist the help of my husband and brother–in–law, as they have a new-found hobby of brewing home beer. Below is their latest brew. Now they just have to sit back and wait to enjoy their bounty. Happy Brewing! Supplies: Brew Pot Cooker Thermometer Funnel Fine Mesh Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: The Busy Backlash

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Columns, With a Capital Em

Busy. How many times have you asked someone how they are and they answer with that word? Raise your hand if you’re guilty of doing the same. As someone who volunteers, works more than 40 hours a week and runs a household, I have felt it is my right to answer the standard “how are you doing?” question with that response. But lately there’s been a “busy” backlash. The backlash has led to some thought-provoking questions: What are you really telling someone when you say that? Read more [...]

Mother Flippin’: I Love You Too

Written by Tashmica Torok. Posted in Columns, Mother Flippin'

By the time I open my eyes every morning, my husband is already awake and heading out of the room for his morning shower. If starting the day were a punch line, he would always beat me to it. I love my bed. More specifically, I love the quiet hour of the day between rest and running at full speed to keep up with my life. Slowly, the children trickle in for a cuddle and then off to get dressed for their day. It doesn’t help that the combination of my night owl affliction and evening commitments Read more [...]

The Men in Our Lives

Written by Taylor Kelsaw. Posted in Columns, Entertainment Alley

Some of us had wonderful fathers, who really loved us, and weren’t “donkeys” to quote “Kitchen Nightmares,” Gordon Ramsay. The men in our lives have influence over us whether we know it or not. Not always in the form of a dad, but a male figure that brought to us new adventures and exciting stories. Uncles, cousins, grand dads, brothers, best friends’ dads, husbands, best friends and teachers, i.e. the men in our lives, were and have always been our social studies life testers. Their Read more [...]

Dedicated Dads Deserve Praise

Written by Tiffany Dowling. Posted in Columns, From the Publisher

I love June for many reasons. We get warmer weather, the grass is green and flowers are blooming, it’s time for cocktails on the patio with friends and we celebrate the men in our lives, because at CAWLM … we can. All during the year I make mental notes of all the wonderful men I want to celebrate beginning with someone I don’t get to see very often. I make the trek to Arizona a couple of times per year. When I’m there I’m not visiting my favorite spa or seeing the Grand Canyon. Nope. Read more [...]

Make This the Summer of Self-Acceptance

Written by Shelley Davis Mielock. Posted in Columns, Image Focus

If you read my column regularly, you’ve heard me mention the transformation I’ve undergone over the past year. I found my body’s calling in Bikram Yoga, cleaned up my diet and lost over 30 pounds. I did this for a multitude of reasons, including a family history of high blood pressure and heart disease. I weigh the same amount as I did nine years ago when I ran the Chicago marathon. I feel strong, fit and confident. I don’t fit media standards of thinness, by any stretch of the imagination, Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Out of the Mouths of Babes

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

It has been fun watching my Grandson Dax begin to form sounds and at times, actual words. It has been even more fun watching his Mom and Dad debate why “Dad” came out of his little pie hole, I mean baby food hole, before he uttered “Mama.” After a few minutes of research, my daughter Riley will be pleased to know it is not for a lack of love for her but rather his front teeth coming in. You see, these “dental consonant” sounds are made when the tongue hits the back of the teeth. “Dada” Read more [...]

Queen of the Road

Written by Lisa Kost. Posted in Columns, Queen of the Road

I love my job, but the greatest day for me is always a travel day, and it looks like I’m not alone. More than 3.2 billion out-of-state visitors traveled to Michigan last year, and analysts predict out-of-state travel is now on the rise as “Michiganders” plan to get out and hit the open road too. The travel bug hit me at an early age. I grew up as an Army Brat, moving on average every two to three years. I lived in Japan as a child, San Francisco during middle school — where it still Read more [...]

Showcasing the Latest in Home Design

Written by Kristine Richmond. Posted in Monthly Issues

Your chance to take a peek inside 21 beautifully designed, state-of-the-art new and remodeled homes is just around the corner at the 2014 Parade of Homes, presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing. Whether you’re tech-savvy or fashion-forward, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy. View the latest design trends from high-tech home automation and energy-efficiency to gourmet kitchens, dramatic stone floor to ceiling fireplaces, functional loft spaces and more. The Read more [...]

Crafting Fun with Rubber Bands

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

I think it might finally be happening … the weather is starting to break. The last few days when I have been outside I have actually seen the sun! I always get excited this time of year. I start thinking of new additions to add to my flowerbeds, which usually get’s my husband feeling slightly anxious. I was looking at my flowerbeds the other day and noticed lots of new growth. I began to imagine all of the flowers that will soon be there and that got me to thinking about this month’s DIY project. Read more [...]


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