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Nurtured By Mother Nature: Time to Try Aromatherapy

We can all agree that getting sick or feeling weak is the worst. Whether it’s a cold or sore muscles, it’s just not pleasant. The first thing we tend to run for is the ibuprofen or the cold medicine, but…

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If You Miss the Man, You Owe it to Yourself to See ‘Ernie’

Admit it. You miss him. You miss his enthusiasm, his grace, his stories, his voice. You miss the phrases that rolled off his tongue for four decades of summers – “Looooong gone!” and “He stood there like the house by…

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10 Upcoming Festivals that Celebrate Michigan Food

July’s National Cherry Festival in Traverse City has come and gone, but don’t overlook these other fine food-focused state celebrations taking place yet this summer, two starting today! Marquette’s Blueberry Festival, July 31: This daylong event runs from 10 a.m….



5 Things You Didn’t Know Michigan Grows Better than Most States

If anyone tries to tell you that Michigan is only known for its industrial history, tell them to think again! Aside from automotive and advanced manufacturing, agriculture happens to be one of Michigan’s biggest industries. Agriculture alone contributes $101.2 billion…


Michigan Cherry Recipe Round-Up

Did you know, Traverse City, Mich. holds the nickname of Cherry Capital of the World? According to the Michigan Agriculture Council, the mitten state ranks No. 1 for production of tart cherries in the nation. Cherries are delicious and also very…

Take it Outside: 5 Tips to Step Up Your Outdoor Workout

Hiding out in a gym to get your sweat session in? Break free from treadmill drudgery and gather inspiration from your natural surroundings! Cari Draft owns EcoTrek Fitness, which offers outdoor fitness classes throughout West Michigan. “Anything you can do…



Nature Called: Why One West Michigan Personal Trainer Took Her Business Outside

As a 15-year personal training veteran, Cari Draft is no stranger to gyms. Still, a chance continuing education class about outdoor fitness in 2006 took her business to new places: beaches, playgrounds, bleachers, and trails for starters. “I don’t ever…


A S.A.F.E. Guide to Eating Michigan Fish

With more than 11, 000 lakes, rivers and streams across the state, it’s no surprise that Michigan has a huge amount of fish swimming around. While Michigan is widely known for its cherry harvesting and beautiful scenery, fishing is one more thing that makes…


Don’t Bug Me: Herbal Spray and Bite Remedies

A “Pure Michigan” summertime is made up of camping trips, picnics, and summers by the lakeshore surrounded by family and friends. But usually unwelcome visitors to the festivities include the pesky mosquitos, ticks and spiders – unavoidable in our forests…

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