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Published June 7, 2017

METRO DETROIT — You know what pairs perfectly with just about any summertime meal? A side of fresh air.

It’s picnic season, and whether you’re looking to change up the family’s nightly dinner routine or plan a romantic afternoon lunch date, a blanket in the grass is always the best table in the house.

But not all picnic foods are created equal; some fare better in a wicker basket than others. 

For Royal Oak resident Nicole Hudson, the first rule of picnicking is keeping things easy. 

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Published May 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Spring cleaning.

It’s a fairly broad term that means everything from a little dusting and window washing to sore backs and blistered hands as years of junk is hauled out to the curb.

Clutter is a problem for many, and paring down our things is easier said than done. When garage sales don’t seem like an option, it’s time to look at other ways to shoo out the stuff.

When your clutter can make you a bit of cash, that’s always good news. 

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Published May 24, 2017

METRO DETROIT — In December, Bloomfield Township resident Virginia Lee Smith will be 100 years old.

Closing in on such an impressive milestone means Smith moves a little slower than she used to, though she’s still moving just fine with a little help from a walker. And she’s not working full time at the library that employed her for decades and that she even helped to found, but she’s still there several times a week to help out as a volunteer.

Smith said she just can’t seem to let go of the things she’s passionate about.

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Published May 17, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — With the frost finally gone and the return of mild temperatures, many Michiganders participate in the annual ritual of “spring cleaning.” Heavy snow boots and jackets are stashed away, while items like pool toys, lawn furniture and golf clubs see the light of day for the first time in months.

With drivers, irons and putters in tow, many will head to their favorite local links. While some will play a weekend round with friends, others will enter leagues, an offering featured at many local courses.

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Published May 10, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Ask any mother, and she’ll be happy to tell you why her 10-year-old macaroni necklace is just as valuable to her as her diamond pendant.

The sentiment that comes along with a gift crafted with love isn’t lost on any parent. These days, though, with online retailers just a click away, many of us opt instead to buy a present and have it delivered to Mom’s doorstep. 

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Published May 3, 2017

METRO DETROIT — For so many, spring represents a season of renewal: budding flowers, the return of warm air and longer days.

As April the giraffe was more than happy to demonstrate, spring is also the season when many farms welcome new arrivals from expectant mamas.

“(Visitors) stop out (this time of year), often to see which newborns have arrived,” said Jennifer Hollenbeck, interpretive services manager for Huron-Clinton Metroparks. “Many babies have been born right before our visitors’ eyes.”

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Published April 26, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Um, how do we say this delicately?

Keep those darn flushable wipes away from your delicates and out of your toilet.

It might seem harsh, but local water commissioners are cracking down on the use of the flushable wipes that are clogging up local sewage pipes and racking up big money in cleanup costs for counties.

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Published April 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — If you’re over the age of 40, you’ve probably heard some nasty stereotypes about millennials. The cohort born between 1980 and 2000 is often pegged as being lazy, narcissistic and entitled.

But there’s a good chance they’re also better at handling money than you.

That’s according to several financial experts who say that growing up during the Great Recession, which yielded a weak job market and a high-debt culture, has actually served millennials well when it comes to learning good spending and saving habits.

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Published April 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When was the last time you took a good look at the Milky Way?

If you’re reading this article in your newspaper at home, that means you likely live in Wayne, Macomb or Oakland counties, and the answer to the above question is: not recently.

That’s because southeast Michigan is bustling with people and commerce. Where there’s life, there’s light. The stars in the night sky get washed away by the glow of city life most evenings.

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Published April 5, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Theresa May, owner of Santosha Yoga in Chesterfield Township, tells her clients that stress impacts the body the same way frigid temperatures do. 

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Published March 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — There’s something to be said for planning the perfect vacation for your family from start to finish: finding the cheapest flights, spending hours searching for a hotel that has a pool for the kids and a gym for Mom, and making sure the dates don’t overlap with pressing engagements back at home.

But after you’ve worked out every detail and wiped your brow from weeks of effort, can you even call it a vacation? There’s also something to be said for planning your holiday in a one-stop, all-inclusive format.

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Published March 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The first Friday of the Lenten season is always a fun excuse to go out and share some greasy fried fish with friends.

The second Friday in Lent is usually the same.

By the third Friday in Lent, many Christians get queasy at the mere sight of battered fish and french fries.

There’s got to be a better way to abstain from meat on Fridays without resorting to that heavy fish fry week after week. And plenty of chefs around metro Detroit are more than willing to accept the challenge to prepare new, out-of-the-Styrofoam-box entrees.

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Published March 15, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Sleep-away camp is a great chance for kids to learn some important problem-solving skills and build a little bit of independence.

And that’s a lesson that’s even more valuable to today’s kids, according to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital child therapist Ashton Taylor.

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Published March 8, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Walking by yourself is exercise. Walking with a friend is catching up.

Your body doesn’t know the difference, but your mind probably does. The American Heart Association says walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity, and the low-impact exercise is a great way to get fit for just about anyone, including those with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions or obesity. 

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Published March 1, 2017

METRO DETROIT — If you’ve got Wolfgang Puck dreams but just a Chef Boyardee skill set, you’re not alone.

In this major foodie town of ours, it can be daunting to think about where one can go to learn the cooking tricks highlighted online and on our favorite culinary shows. But if you look closely enough, there are plenty of free and easy ways to brush up on kitchen education all around metro Detroit.

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Published February 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — If your dog’s breath is stinky, you can’t quite toss Toto a Trident. 

The care of your pet’s teeth is important — so much so that February has been dubbed National Pet Dental Health Month.

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Published February 15, 2017

METRO DETROIT — With studies showing that keeping your brain active prevents the onset of dementia, more and more people are looking to find ways to do just that.

The answer might be in your own neighborhood.

Aging populations have led to a proliferation of senior centers, with one in almost every community offering card groups, book clubs, knitting circles and more.

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Published February 8, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When Merissa Hudnall, of Ferndale, met her future husband for the first time, she already knew a lot about him. He liked Tom Hanks and the restaurant National Coney Island — and so did she. There wasn’t an awkward getting-to-know-you period. 

She met Jason Hudnall, originally of Clawson, on the online dating website OKCupid. She had been perusing the site for a few months before her beau reached out to her.

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Published February 1, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Once the vows have been said and the rice has been thrown, the excitement of a wedding day still isn’t over for the new bride and groom.

Opening gifts is a fun and useful way for newlyweds to start their new life together. But are all gifts created equal? Many couples say some presents have more presence in their daily lives than others.

Francesca Gonzalez, of Bloomfield Hills, said her favorite wedding gift was probably the homemade quilt she received from her neighbor. But the most useful?

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Published January 25, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — It’s a new year and a new administration. 

But will either of those have much of an impact on southeast Michigan’s economy in 2017? Experts say it’s too early to tell — but they’ve got some predictions.

During an annual economic forecast hosted by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, investment strategist Daniel Haines, of Greenleaf Trust in Birmingham, discussed a mixed bag of outcomes that could be tied to the policies proposed by President-elect Donald Trump. 

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