Author: Julie McKeeman

I Only Buy 4 Gifts for Christmas

One of the best decisions I have made as a mom is to limit the amount of gifts I purchase for my children.  When my daughter was a baby, my wife and I decided to look up some holiday traditions to start for her first Christmas in 2011. We asked...

Recess is Important-No Matter the Weather!

When you ask an elementary aged student what their favorite subject in school is, inevitably the majority will say “recess” or “lunch.”  Occasionally you may hear “gym” or another special class. I know at the school where I teach (Library and Technology), there has been a shift to valuing recess...

The Hip Hop Nutcracker @ The Masonic Temple

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a holiday mash-up for the whole family and is currently celebrating its 5th anniversary. The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. Performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s...

McDonald’s Holiday Pies are Back…But Where?

Social media was all a buzz this week when McDonald’s announced the return of their elusive Holiday Pie. According to the McDonald’s website, the pies are “Creamy smooth, vanilla custard nestled in a flaky, buttery crust glazed with sugar and topped with rainbow sprinkles.” I’m not one to yuck anyone...

Paper Bag Snowflake Tutorial

These giant snowflake is so easy to make and would be a great project to do with kids. Materials 8 patterned or colored bags (I used a pack from the Dollar Tree) Some sort of glue or adhesive.  Double sided tape, staples, or glue would all work. Step one.  Glue...

MOD Pizza is Spreading MODness and Feeding the Hungry

The holiday season is a time for serving others—and at 11 Michigan MOD Pizza restaurants, they make pizza to serve people through a campaign called “Spreading MODness.”  MOD has partnered with Generosity Feeds to help make a positive and lasting impact in the Metro Detroit community. They’re looking forward to...

Star Wars Day @ Imagination Station

Star Wars Day Saturday, November 10 10am – 4pm A galaxy far, far away is closer than you think! Fly your spaceship to Imagination Station to meet your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away! The Star Wars universe is one of the greatest inspirations for fans of science...

Troy Public Library

  The Troy Public Library is located in the city complex, near the Troy Family Aquatic Center. The Children’s Department is one of the largest I have visited in the area with many special and unique areas. We walked around to explore a little bit and admired the big colorful...

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