Melody V

Melody V

About Melody V

INFJ. Mom of three. Idea chaser. People believer. Inspiration seeker. Together, we make this city amazing. Let's go!

Where to Take Mom for Mother’s Day Brunch. Reservations Recommended!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2017
I’ve been thinking about how I’d like to spend my Mother’s Day this year, and it definitely involves not spending the afternoon doing dishes. Thankfully, my husband is skilled at all things domestic (sometimes more than I am!) so I can trust him to run the show on Mother’s […]

By |April 27th, 2017|Categories: Spring, THINGS TO DO|0 Comments

How I Stopped Being a Short Order Cook for My Kids – and a $50 Fresh Thyme Giveaway

It’s back! We loved this idea so much last fall that we brought it back again for you – just in time for summer!
Always Hungry, Never Happy Kids
Somehow, when summer roles around, I turn into a short-order cook and snack matron. It drives me crazy! So when I read about Carrie Pauly’s food experiment, I […]

By |April 25th, 2017|Categories: Real Life, WIN|Tags: , |98 Comments

Day on Mackinac Island with Kids

Mackinac Island With Kids in One Day
Mackinac Island is a world unto itself. Many people do not realize that over 80% of Mackinac Island is a Michigan State Park. In fact, it is Michigan’s oldest state park, established in 1895. That means if you venture further than main street, you are apt to find yourself […]

By |April 16th, 2017|Categories: Travel, Travel Michigan|4 Comments

Want a New Weekend Away Idea? Try Fort Wayne with Kids!

Pack Up and Head to Fort Wayne
I recently found myself in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is not a place I’d ever visited before, and it really wasn’t on my radar. Other than driving by on my way to Indianapolis, Fort Wayne hadn’t crossed my mind.

Now, though, after spending a weekend exploring this new-to-me town, I’m […]

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: Guides- travel, Travel, Travel Across the US|0 Comments

MASCOT MANIA Night at the Griffins: Spring Break Deal

Spring Break MASCOT MANIA Night at the Griffins

$5 off Per Ticket, Plus No Service Fees and the Grand Rapids Griffins have teamed up to offer out a special discount for all the families for Mascot Mania on Saturday, April 8th!  Through this special offer, families can save $5 off the day of game […]

By |April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Event, Spring Break, THINGS TO DO|1 Comment

How Does She Do That?

But She’s Got It All Together…
When you hear about somebody doing something that you think is amazing or beyond what you regularly do, like juggle a big house or workout faithfully or having multiple kids in lots of sports or look amazing all of the time or bake beautiful cupcakes or homeschool her children or […]

By |March 30th, 2017|Categories: Real Life|2 Comments

Best Things to Do in Traverse City with Kids for Summer

I grew up in Traverse City. And I never get tired of going back to visit in the summer.

Summer is the time when Traverse City is ripe with things to do with kids. Beaches, fruit, festivals, you name it, it’s probably happening in Traverse City in the summer.

With endless options […]

By |March 30th, 2017|Categories: General, Guides- travel, Summer, Travel, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , |7 Comments

Kid-Friendly Trip to Niagara Falls Includes Boat Rides, Butterflies and Gorge Hiking

Why Niagara Falls with Kids
If you’ve been to Niagara Falls before, its easy to understand why you’d want to take your kids to see this sight. Mountains of water endlessly crashing over a cliff is not only mesmerizing, it’s captivating and beautiful. It’s one of those things that you just have to see to believe. Plus, […]

By |March 26th, 2017|Categories: Guides- travel, Travel|5 Comments

Amazing Dinosaurs Crash Into the GRCM this Spring!

Amazing Dinosaurs! Exhibit Now Open at the GRCM!
Head in for Roaring Fun at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum!

This spring (and spring break!) families can touch real fossils and come face-to-face with your favorite dinosaurs at the new AMAZING DINOSAURS! exhibit downtown. The GR Children’s Museum is hosting the Dino-themed play area through June 25, 2017.

Stegosaurus in the House
With […]

How to Put On the Easiest, Fairest, Most Fun Easter Egg Hunt in the Neighborhood

Easy-On-You DIY Easter Egg Hunt
Have you ever been to an Easter Egg Hunt that was a free-for-all? Where little kids are stampeded by big kids and someone ended up in tears because they didn’t get a single egg? It’s happened to us and it’s no fun at all.

That’s why, when we started having a neighborhood […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Easter Things to Do, Elementary, Preschool, Spring, Toddler (12-36 months)|1 Comment

WIN! A Nothing Bundt Cakes Birthday Package!

This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner Willow!
Nothing Bundt Cakes is Now Open in Grand Rapids
This bakery specializes in… you guessed it… bundt cakes!

The freshly-baked-in-the-back bundt cakes come in a variety of sizes and flavors and many can be customized while you wait.

Balloons and Candles and Cute Stuff, too!
The store is really your one-stop […]

By |March 15th, 2017|Categories: WIN|103 Comments

Parent’s Guide to Schools of Choice in Greater Grand Rapids

What is Schools of Choice?
The Schools of Choice program, established by the Michigan Department of Education, allows a student to attend a school outside of his or her residential public school option. Individual districts decide the extent of their participation, and a district may opt out of the program completely if desired.

By |March 13th, 2017|Categories: Education, Elementary, General, Teens|Tags: |10 Comments

Easter Brunch Around Grand Rapids 2017

Where to Find Easter Brunch Around Grand Rapids & Lakeshore
Easter will be here soon, and it’s time to make your Easter Brunch reservations if you’re planning to dine out in Grand Rapids on April 16, 2017. Getting  spot at the table can be tough if you wait til last minute, because, apart from Easter lilies, frilly dresses, and […]

By |March 10th, 2017|Categories: Easter Things to Do, Spring, THINGS TO DO|0 Comments

MVP Work-Space: What Every Work-From-Home Mom or Dad Needs to Know

Working From Home With Kids?
If you’ve ever tried to work from home with your kids around, you know it’s tough. Every job has its challenges; working from home comes with a unique set of obstacles.

While some parts of a kid’s day may follow a schedule, chances are your kids have meltdowns, want extra snuggles (who […]

By |March 8th, 2017|Categories: East (East GR, Forest Hills, Ada, Cascade), Parenting Resources|Tags: |1 Comment

FREE KID FUN at the Forest Hills Community Expo

 Come on Down to the Expo at Ada Christian School
The annual Forest Hills Community Expo returns for another year of free family fun on Saturday, March 18, 2017. My kids ask about when this will return… it’s become a yearly tradition to go play at the Forest Hills Expo (and eat samples!).

It’s held at Ada […]

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: East (East GR, Forest Hills, Ada, Cascade), Free, Spring|0 Comments