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Published December 7, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Whether Mother Nature cooperates or not, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is determined to offer its guests a “Winter Wonderland” for the holidays.

From tours of the historic estate — decked in tasteful splendor — to the relatively new nighttime walks known as Winter Wonderland, there’s plenty of seasonal fun to enjoy.

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Published November 30, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Patrick Riley, of Madison Heights, is a recent graduate at 67 years old.

But his commencement ceremony didn’t involve a cap, a gown or a diploma. 

Instead, there was a fur-trimmed hat, shiny black boots and a scroll filled with names — some naughty, some nice.

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Published November 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Just as surely as holiday revelers can expect to see evergreen wreaths and sparkling strings of lights, they can count on being surrounded by a barrage of baked goods, made with love — and plenty of sugar.

Holiday treats — particularly Christmas cookies — are a tradition as old as the celebration itself. Whether you’re raiding  a stash of cookies left by the office coffee pot or toiling over an oven to bake gifts for family and friends, metro Detroiters are ready for a taste of the season.

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Published November 16, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Don’t be fooled by those warm temperatures and the sunshine we’ve enjoyed well into November. The holidays are sneaking up on us.

And if you’re ready to get into your Santa Claus gear and set out for some holiday shopping, there’s really only one place to start: the great independent stores right next door.

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Published November 9, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — The goal of the inaugural Hat Trick for Heroes to raise money for Michigan’s disabled vets.

Held in honor of Veterans Day, it’s also a win-win for those who also love standup comedy, classic cars and nostalgic hockey. 

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Published November 2, 2016

METRO DETROIT — With just a few days until the presidential election, many of us are ready to be done with what’s been referred to as the most contentious race in our nation’s history.

And plenty of others are just ready to drown out the hysteria with a strong cocktail. 

But looking back in history, it turns out this election isn’t all that different from other votes in the past — booze included.

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Published October 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Every morning at 6:30 a.m. during the week, a group of Warren senior citizens meets at the Fitzgerald High School indoor track in Warren.

Their mission is to stay as fit as possible and enjoy each other’s company.

They casually call themselves “The Fitz Walkers,” and they walk the indoor track for about an hour, warding off pounds, weight issues, health concerns and other ailments that can surface as people age. 

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Nothing frightens some people more than wearing used clothing. 

But for metro Detroiters like Holly Evenson, 32, of Novi, retail clothing Halloween costume prices give her the chills — so she buys secondhand.

From giraffe baby costumes to toddler-sized fairy outfits, the mom of 2-year-old Natalie and 5-year-old Melanie learned early on that it’s smart to go secondhand.

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Published October 12, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Forget about what the kiddos are wearing this Halloween — trick-or-treating fashion is going to the dogs. And cats.

The pet supply industry is a big business, with more than $62 billion in annual spending. From food and treats to shampoos and even apparel, pet owners are throwing down big bucks on items that make their furry friend feel more like part of the family. 

And that, of course, includes holidays. 

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Published October 5, 2016

METRO DETROIT — From buying a car to getting that dream job, our credit scores play a larger role in our lives than we may think — or maybe want to admit.

The ratings that credit bureaus give us all to indicate our reliability in repaying our debts can decide how much we pay for financed purchases, whether we’re eligible for certain housing and so much more. But how we can build good credit seems more like a secret code that many customers have yet to crack.

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Published September 28, 2016

METRO DETROIT — It’s officially fall, and the campaigns for all things pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon are nearly as aggressive as the ongoing presidential election.

If you’ve been daydreaming about pecan pie, cider mill doughnuts and s’mores for weeks, you’re not alone. There are plenty of Michiganders who can’t wait to dive into the sugar-and-spice flavors of fall. But where there are treats there are calories, fat and shocking amounts of sugar.

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Published September 21, 2016

METRO DETROIT — When 17-year-old Jake Stewart looked in the mirror, he didn’t like the person looking back at him.

“I wanted to start losing weight, but just working out in the past didn’t seem to do it,” the Richmond resident said.

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Published September 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Homecoming is right around the corner, which means another pricey outfit will likely be in order for teens across metro Detroit.

With homecoming dresses reaching upward of $500 at some stores, more and more students are heading out of the malls and into resale shops to find a look that will impress without breaking the bank.

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Published August 31, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Hey there, parents. How’s that back-to-school shopping going? Got all those shiny new sneakers and fresh pairs of jeans ready to roll?

Well, unfortunately, you’ve only nailed down one of many steps to getting your kids classroom ready — and it’s not even the most important item on the to-do list.

Ask teachers what they really need parents to do before the bell rings each fall and you’ll be surprised at what they suggest.

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Published August 24, 2016

NOVI — Matt Scramlin doesn’t take vacations. 

The 39-year-old second-generation farmer — who raises sheep on his Holly farm — unwinds by putting his livestock in shows like the Fifth-Third Bank Michigan State Fair.  

There, Scramlin is in his element — reconnecting with family and longtime friends, showing fairgoers a peek into his life. That is what the State Fair means to him. 

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Published August 17, 2016

HOLLYGROVE — Michaela Laabs, of Bloomfield Hills, is a mother of two, with another one on the way. With her due date just around the corner, her little ones are anxious about their new sibling’s arrival — for a very specific reason.

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Published August 10, 2016

METRO DETROIT — For many students, the stress of college goes beyond all-night study sessions, dizzying textbooks and high-stakes exams.

Lots of students also have to worry about how they’ll pay for it all.

It can be tough to think about getting a full-time job to supplement college costs when school is designed to itself be a full-time job. But Kate Hendershot, senior academic advisor at Oakland University, knows many students don’t have a choice.

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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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