Michelle Vander Ark

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Felt Bat Halloween Brooch {with free template}

Nancy is sharing her cute “Felt Bat Halloween Brooch” {with free template} with us and we thank her. Nancy Hosts “Small Things with Love” where she …

Puff the magic pancakes

I could tell you I love them because they're so easy to make — who doesn't love a dish that comes together in less than half an hour? Or I could say it's because of their delicate texture and flavor — light and airy, but rich and almost nutty to the taste, it's like biting into a delicious …

A BARN TURNED HOME IN THE NETHERLANDS | THE STYLE FILES

This lovely old farmhouse the Dutch village of Spannum belongs to textile designer Claudy Jongstra. It is in this home and studio where Claudy works …

Creating an Escape at Home: Splash Pads

At first glance, splash pads might seem like an iffy choice for the backyard; public splash pads tend heavily towards a palm tree and primary colors …

Small Spaces

5 Reasons to Go to Detroit Right Now

"Detroit just needs a little love," said the waitress chatting with my husband and me at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge on 8 Mile in Detroit. The …

American League (MLB)

5 Summer Travel Destinations with Kids

When I plan travel with my three children, I look for destinations that will keep them active and satisfied. Here, I've gathered five of my favorite summer getaways that offer the best in healthy traveling. My kids and I absolutely love them!<p><b>1. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.</b> Named one of the best …

Vacation Home Purchase vs. Timeshare Ownership

Sales of vacation homes were up 10 percent last year -- accounting for 11 percent of all home sales -- according to the latest figures from the National Association of Realtors. But while vacation home sales are on the rise, Fitch Ratings reported that U.S. timeshare purchases dropped again last …

Barefoot Freedom: Summertime in Northern Michigan

I grew up on Old Mission Peninsula, one mile north of Gray Road, nestled in the back of a subdivision that my grandparents developed when they moved north from a Detroit suburb in the 70s. Perched up on a hill, my bedroom overlooked West Grand Traverse Bay. My brother's room overlooked an expanse …

5 Incredibly True Things You Must Know Before You Buy Another Airplane Ticket (Video)

Before August 31st, more than 200 million Americans will fly on a plane. Unless their name is Edward Snowden. The airline trade group, Airlines For America, predicts 2013 will be the busiest summer for air travel since 2008. Passengers can expect higher prices, longer lines at check in and …

Summer 2013 Guide to Chicago

<i>We have updated this list for 2014. Read Summer 2014 Guide to Chicago</i><p>Chicago in the summer is a beach town—a crazy thought to the uninitiated who …

Festivals

Anaheim considers ambitious streetcar connecting Disneyland to town

Anaheim’s vision of a streetcar trundling from near Angel Stadium to the gates of Disneyland and beyond won a crucial vote Monday, despite concerns …

On your bike: the ultimate travel toolkit for cyclists

We love bikes: there’s a certain sense of freedom to be had from jumping onto a saddle and moving by the sheer strength of your own two feet. There’s also a certain romance in settling into the rhythm of pedalling, the drive train propelling you along the road ahead. Aside from the bike, there's a …

Unique Bed-and-Breakfasts Across America

For some travelers, a quiet hideaway with a cozy bed and luxurious amenities offers the perfect formula for a relaxing escape. But for those seeking a more unique experience, a bed-and-breakfast may just fit the bill. After all, many of America's standout B&Bs offer personalized service, memorable …

Cape Cod