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The Story of Holland’s Historic DeZwaan Windmill

The DeZwaan windmill at Windmill Island Gardens has been a symbol of Dutch pride and heritage in Holland, Mich., for 50 years. If the iconic windmill could talk, its stories would fill a book. Luckily, Alisa Crawford, the first Dutch-certified…

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Ride On: Grand Rapids is Working to Make Bicyclists Feel at Home

Bike sharing, repair stations, and miles of dedicated street lanes are just a few signs that Grand Rapids is ready to embrace cyclists downtown. A proposed GR Forward plan aims to “create the most bicycle friendly downtown in the Midwest.” In the…

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Making Sure Back-to-School Lunches Keep Their Cool

  Back-to-school season is here, which means a return to packing lunches in the morning for your kids to take with them. It’s a smart idea: Packing their lunches is good for your budget and you have more control over how…

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ArtPrize 2015: GR Residents Open Homes to Artists

What do previous ArtPrize winners Beili Liu, Mia Tavonatti, Adonna Khare, Young Kim, and Anila Quayyum all have in common, besides winning? During their respective stays in Grand Rapids, they were all given shelter by local families in their homes….

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DIY: How to Grow a Window Garden for Kids

  Creating a window garden with kids can be a fun project to help get them involved in healthy eating habits. The joy of watching a seed grow into something delicious can also help encourage children to try new foods. If you’re…

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Aloe ‘Bout Aloe Vera: 15 Uses for this Miracle Plant

Half of my family is from the deep south. When I say deep south, I’m talking about Carbon Hill, a small rural city in Alabama, where everybody knows each other, and it’s as quiet as a mouse. There’s one grocery…

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Spinach and Feta Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast casseroles are a great make-ahead dish that can be kept refrigerated overnight, making breakfast a breeze the next morning. It can be easy to fall into the same old scramble when it comes to preparing breakfast. This recipe, adapted from Weight…

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An ALS Caregiver’s Story: Husband’s Legacy Lives On at GR Clinic

Before his ALS diagnosis, John “JJ” Bouma was a “perfectly healthy guy.” “He was probably one of the healthiest guys you’ve ever seen,” said Pam Bouma-Miller, his widow. “It was something that took us all by great surprise.” The businessman…

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Back to School: 7 Steps to a Better Bedtime Routine

Your kids are either already back in school or heading there soon, which means that everyone is your family is trying to get back into a proper sleep schedule. It’s easier said than done. Over the summer, kids usually stay…

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