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Julie McKeeman

Julie is first and foremost a mom of two amazing kiddos, Elliott and Bennett. She is married to her beautiful wife, Betsy, and is an elementary school librarian.

Give the Gift of Swimming

Experience gifts are all the rage right now. I know in my house we definitely do not need any more toys or “stuff” to add to the clutter. So when friends or family ask what to give my children, I always suggest experiences, memberships, or lessons. There are so many great reasons why swimming lessons are the perfect gift! Swimming… 

Santa Maria Children’s Discovery Museum

  While vacationing along the Central Coast of California, we had the opportunity to check you the Santa Maria Children’s Discovery Museum and I am so glad we did! We arrived shortly after it opened at 10am on a Tuesday morning.  We were one of a small handful of families at the center.  The volunteer coordinator who greeted us at… 

Fostering Mindfulness in the Classroom

Beacon Elementary in Harper Woods, Michigan is refocusing students’ negative energy through a ‘focus room’ dedicated to helping students prone to outbursts. Staffed around the clock by two adults -“Mr. B” (Behavior Interventionist) and  “Miss C” (Focus Room Director) with specialized training, the focus room gives students a place to step away from the classroom to not disrupt other students, take… 

Great Wolf Lodge – Sandusky, OH

A little over 2 hours away from Metro Detroit, Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, OH makes for a nice getaway. The hotel features something for everyone in the family.  The waterpark is the main attraction, with slides of varying difficulty, splash zones, zero entry pool for babies, hot tubs (both kid and adult versions), lazy river, and a regular pool… 

Sleep Makeover with AllerEase

AllerEase provided me with (1) AllerEase Maximum mattress protector, (2) AllerEase Maximum pillow protectors, (1) pillow and (1) comforter in exchange for this promotional post. When my daughter was first diagnosed with allergies, we did a complete room makeover for her.  The rules from our allergist were easy to follow: If it’s a hard surface, WIPE If it’s a washable fabric,…