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Backpack Giveaway for Families this Saturday in Grand Rapids!

It's also a celebration for the kids with a bounce house and ice cream.

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City of Grand Rapids Throwing Opening Day Pool Parties on Monday!

The city's pools and splash pads are officially open for the season.

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Get Free Swim Lessons in Grand Rapids on Thursday!

No need to pool your resources, learn to swim for free ;-)

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Life Hit Me With Reality… in the Form of “Showers” [Video]

No, not that type of shower to clean yourself. I'm talking about the other kind of shower. The shower where you "shower" someone else in love and presents while pretending to be happy for them...

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Downtown Market is Turning into a Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree this Weekend

Can you believe Halloween is only two weeks away?! The Downtown Market is having a pumpkin celebration this weekend, October 22nd and 23rd.

They will be transforming the market into a Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree which will feature pumpkin-themed everything...

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Walks for Warmth Help Keep Michigan Families Warm [Sponsored]

Consumers Energy is encouraging the public this winter to take part in Walks for Warmth, which help raise money to keep Michigan families warm.

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Two Girls, Happy Family!

The happiest families in the world have two girls -- to be exact!

According to new research about happy v. unhappy families that is based on a combination of kids ... mine was a third of the way down the list!  I have two sisters.

Of course, I'm gonna go on a limb and say that happiness is based on the condition of your heart both emotionally and spiritually, but this study focused on whether your kids are male or female, and how many you're raising. 

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