April H

April H

About April H

April is a stay-at-home-working-mom hybrid who balances her time between managing a household and using her editor brain to find all the typos in her friends’ emails. In her occasional free time she enjoys reading, quilting, antiquing and photography. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and three children.

Midwest Water Park Getaways Within a Few Hours of Grand Rapids

Treat your kids to a day poolside. 
Today my kindergartener asked if we could swim in Grandma’s pool. It was 60 degrees outside, after all. …But it’s also February.

What do you do when your kid wants to swim in February but you don’t want to break the bank flying to Florida?

Find them an indoor water park that’s […]

Journey Academy is a Completely Refreshing Way to do School

“A Student Driven Environment Where Students Take Ownership of Their Own Education.”
Journey Academy an Acton Academy elementary school that just opened in September 2016, holding classes within Ada Christian School. Recently rated the top blended learning program in the nation by Innosight, enrollment is open for the 2017-2018 school year.

Founders Matt and Dana Roefer gave us some […]

By |February 2nd, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Moving to the Grand Rapids Area? Start Here.

Moving with your family is a challenging experience made easier with the right help.
Are you getting ready to move your family to a new home in greater Grand Rapids? Whether you’re just moving in Grand Rapids to one town over or coming in from out of state, setting up in a new neighborhood is a […]

By |February 1st, 2017|Categories: Communities, General, Guides, Moving|Tags: , |1 Comment

The GIGANTIC Grand Rapids Babies Guide

This article brought to you by Goldfish Swim School. 
Welcome to the Gigantic Grand Rapids Babies Guide
Having a baby changes everything, and

Pin this page, post this to Facebook, save the link to your home screen, or bookmark this link because you’ll use it throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

The first stop is our Grand Rapids Baby email newsletter. This email […]

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: General, Guides, Parent Info|0 Comments

Indoor Birthday Party Ideas for Kids in Grand Rapids

This article brought to you by The Mud Room. 
(Birthday) Party Time! Excellent!
Wondering where to host your child’s next Grand Rapids indoor birthday party bash? Look no further! We’ve put together a great list of places to celebrate your kid with fun and a little bit of cake. For a more extensive list, including outdoor idea, see […]

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: Birthday Parties, Guides|4 Comments

Clever Grand Rapids Birthday Gift Experiences for Preschoolers

In suburban America, most kids have enough toys to keep five families occupied. Parents are constantly purging the closets, taking toys to Goodwill as their children outgrow them. The shelf life of many toys is limited.

So when a preschooler’s birthday rolls around, many parents and aunties and uncles are looking beyond the toy aisle at Meijer […]

By |January 19th, 2017|Categories: General|2 Comments

WIN! $1500 Whole House Makeover From Kyle Visser, Keller Williams Realty

This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner Mary!

Get ready for one of our biggest giveaways yet! You won’t want to miss the chance to enter for this super powered home upgrade package. 
There are Thousands of Real Estate Agents in West Michigan
But there’s only one Kyle Visser.
And Kyle will make you feel like you’re his […]

By |January 11th, 2017|Categories: General, WIN|452 Comments

Grand Rapids Fitness Centers With Childcare

Finding Fitness With Kids in Tow
Joining a gym is all fun and games until you have kids and need childcare! How’s a parent supposed to get in the cardio with a toddler running in circles around you? (No, that whirling kid can’t get your cardio on your behalf…)

We’ve found a list of local fitness centers with childcare, so you […]

By |January 9th, 2017|Categories: General, Health|2 Comments

iCademy Global is the Virtual Answer to Today’s Student Needs

“I think when people hear the word cyber school or online school they have a vision of students working in isolation at a computer and it’s so not true with iCademy,” says Leisa Lobbezoo, teacher at the free online school located in Zeeland.

At iCademy Global, students may be able to attend class from their living room, but […]

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: General, Homeschool|0 Comments

Family Friendly Christmas Eve Church Services

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the Christmas Eve service at our church. It’s the best part of Christmas if you ask me – the celebration, the anticipation, and none of the material things that can cloud Christmas cheer. I remember when my oldest was one year old and for the first […]

By |December 21st, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General|1 Comment

Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo is a Spectacle

I had heard that Cirque du Soleil was a pretty incredible show. But when I learned that this Cirque was about bugs, I wasn’t so sure. Would this be a true offering of Cirque du Soleil? If one doesn’t like bugs, could one still enjoy the show?

Yes, you can still enjoy the show even if […]

By |December 15th, 2016|Categories: General|1 Comment

When and Where to Find Santa Around Grand Rapids 2016

Tall santas, short santas, round santas, thin santas – there’s no shortage of santa sightings in West Michigan this year! With all these options hopefully there won’t be any long lines, wherever you chose to visit this Christmas icon.

If you know of other places Santa will be making an appearance, leave us a comment or submit the […]

By |November 27th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|Tags: , , |3 Comments

80% in Savings is Waiting at the HOLIDAY Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale

*This article has been updated with current 2016 dates and information.
The Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale (Caledonia) Starts December 9, 2016
Did somebody say snowdays???

Or maybe you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or two…

Get some immense bang for your buck at the Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale in Caledonia starting December 9. Our director Melody went last year and was thrilled […]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Categories: General|45 Comments

WIN! Beneath the Wreath Shopping Prize Pack

This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner Adriane!
Beneath the Wreath is West Michigan’s Premiere Artisan Show
Beneath the Wreath is the ultimate fine craft show that not only helps you knock out your Christmas list early, but gives proceeds to charity at the same time.

Beneath the Wreath invites you to their Winter Wonderland on November 4 and 5.

“This […]

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: General, WIN|145 Comments

Free Movie Night! Bring Your Kids to See Karate Kid

Come See the Karate Kid for Free on September 28 at 6:30 PM.
HopeNetwork is all about helping people overcome, and to celebrate their friends who have championed tough obstacles, they’re offering a free viewing of Karate Kid on September 28.

You can’t really get a better “underdog” story than Karate Kid, can you?

“We have people who […]

By |September 19th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments