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Published August 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Family trips to the ice cream shop were a summer staple for many of us as children. And while a cool, chocolate cone still sounds mighty tasty, as adults we often pass for the sake of our waistline.

But surely we can excuse an indulgence in the name of cocktails with friends, right? Milkshakes and slushes with a grown-up twist are catching on around metro Detroit, giving adults the chance to enjoy favorite flavors from childhood again.

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Published July 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Summer vacations are best spent outside, right? Kids can tucker themselves out running around in the fresh air, while Mom and Dad get a reprieve from the noise inside.

It’s a good plan, until a heat wave moves through like the one last week and brings sky-high — almost dangerous — temperatures to town. There has to be a plan B for keeping kiddos active without sending them out into the sweltering heat.

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Published July 20, 2016

The idea of what makes summer fun hasn’t changed much through the generations. An ice cream cone, swim trunks and a garden hose can occupy most any kid for hours on a hot, sunny day.

As it turns out, the same goes for items in your children’s toy box. While many kids are tempted to park themselves near some kind of screen, experts say lots of families are still stocking up on low-tech toys.

You might have already heard that on Aug. 6, the American Girl doll company will open a pop-up store at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi.

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Published July 6, 2016

METRO DETROIT — It’s summertime, and sometimes it seems that when the sun is out, kids measure playtime fun in stains — rolling in the grass, digging in the dirt, spilling ice cream just about everywhere.

Naturally, we make sure the little ones wash off that layer of grime every night. But why don’t we do the same for their faithful four-legged sidekicks?

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Published June 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Ladies, you know the drill: You spend hours scouring the internet for the perfect swimsuit, coverup and beach bag.

And why? Because none of it pairs very well with limp, sweaty hair and makeup dribbling down your face.

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Published June 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — When your family heads out for a swim this summer, what will you pack in your beach bag? Swim trunks? Sunscreen? A course of antibiotics?

If the latter seems strange, you might want to think again, because in the last few weeks since temperatures have been warm enough to tempt families out to pools and lakes, doctors have noticed an uptick in common swim-related infections.

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Published June 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is almost here. Before you run out and get that annual bottle of his favorite cologne, think about what scent Dad would enjoy more than anything else.

Charcoal. Hickory. Eau de grill.

It’s a fragrance Steve Coddington knows well. The former construction worker turned pitmaster fell in love with craft barbecue 16 years ago, and he’s been cooking ever since.

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Published June 1, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You know the drill: You hop online to order tickets for the whole family to that great theme park you’ve been dying to visit.

Two adults, three kids. But there’s no option for Fluffy?

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Published May 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — For some seniors, the idea of leaving their home — the place where they raised their children and built their life — is unthinkable.

For others, the prospect of never again having to worry about shoveling snow, mowing a lawn or fixing a leaky roof is too good an opportunity to pass up.

There’s a right fit for every individual, and Dr. Mike Coury aims to help families find that right fit for their older loved one.

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Published May 18, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — In large part, the days of calling the golf course clubhouse, asking for a tee time and hoping there’s an opening have faded into the past.

For many golfers, the decision of where to go, how much to pay and what time they’re teeing off is now just a few clicks away.

GolfNow was founded in 2001 and has become the leader in discount golf. The service (www.GolfNow.com) is affiliated with the Golf Channel and is a member of the NBC Sports Group.

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Published May 11, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — The average child in the U.S. spends seven hours a day in front of a screen.

This excessive media use can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

So what can you, as a parent or caregiver, do to help minimize your child’s screen time during those school-free months? One option, local experts say, is to have them explore nature. 

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Undercooked pancakes topped with chunks of strawberries and mounds of whipped cream — with noticeable indents where little fingers dove in for a sample.  

A Mother’s Day brunch doesn’t have to be perfect for it to be Mom’s favorite entrée of the year. But a few pros around metro Detroit have their own secrets to making Mom a meal she’ll love, without a side of antacids.

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Published April 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — After spending the winter in gridlock traffic, cooped up in a stuffy car, so many Michiganders are eager to trade in four wheels for two and hop on their beloved bicycles.

And now’s the time to pull the pedals out of the garage, because May is National Bike Month, and riding enthusiasts across the country are taking to the streets and trails to promote biking as an active, environmentally friendly pastime.

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Published April 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — It’s a happy, hopeful day each year when we once again get to pull out our bright spring wardrobe.

But, alas, it’s Michigan. And when the weather doesn’t quite catch up with the calendar, it can be a challenge to make the choice between sundresses and snow boots.

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Published April 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — According to a 2013 report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, there could be about 55 million job openings by the year 2020 available to young people entering the workforce.

That sounds like good news, until you read further in that same study to see that it’s likely that our economy will fall short of filling those positions by 5 million workers by 2020.

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Published April 6, 2016

METRO DETROIT — What ales you? Local brewers are answering that question with a cold one.

Ray Sherwood, co-owner of the Utica-based Sherwood Brewing Co., started out about 25 years ago as a home brewer, and he’s still quenching parched throats with his 10-year-old brick-and-mortar business.

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Published March 30, 2016

METRO DETROIT — A while back, a patron at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham went to the reference desk to ask a few questions about what the library had to offer besides books.

She was considering canceling her costly cable package and hoped the library might have some entertainment options, like DVDs of movies or TV shows she could borrow. And she was in luck, because Head of Adult Services Maria Williams happened to be behind the desk that day.

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Published March 23, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Confucius once said that the journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step.

But taking that first step is easier said than done when you’re a person who just plain doesn’t like walking. Or jogging. Or lifting weights.

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Published March 16, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — For some, it’s a rite of passage. For others, a family tradition.

But if your child has special needs, does that mean summer camp is out of the question? 

No, according to local experts, who say summer camp has a lot to offer children who develop differently than their peers.

The Judson Center’s Autism Connections program offers summer programming for children ages 4-21 in Southfield and Royal Oak.

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Published March 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT — There’s nothing like a wreath on the front door to meet your guests with a cheerful greeting.

But for some, Christmastime is the only season the door is treated to any kind of embellishment. And that’s a shame, because there are so many options to choose from when it comes to buying — or even creating — a springtime wreath.

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