Family Science Night

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– Anonymous

Any Science/Nature friends reading this?!?! In celebrating International Women in Science Day (2/11) and Darwin Day (2/12). The Hastings Public Library, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, and many other local organizations will be gathering together with amazing hands-on science activities and demonstrations. These fun activities will be geared towards those who are preschool age through 5th grade. This is for the whole family so moms and dads come too!

According to their Facebook event page. There will be science projects, electrical experiments, animals, and reptiles. Sounds like a GREAT time to me!

Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 6-8 pm
Where: Hastings Public Library
Cost: FREE
Register: https://www.cedarcreekinstitute.com/forms/view.php?id=276490&fbclid=IwAR09WJYzmF1lPoou2b18tD2Qzfql8OertoaIEv1IDcWgFPBjudxjbCiyCWo OR WALK INS WELCOME!

** Please feel free to comment with your experience!

Warm Memories,

Nikkie

Kalamazoo Baby & Family Expo

“Families are like fudge – mostly sweet, with a few nuts.”

– Les Dawson

Did someone say FREEEEEEEE?!?!?! Yes!! Go and enjoy the 2020 Kalamazoo Baby and Family Expo for FREE! This event takes place on February 16, 2020 from 10am to 3pm. The expo will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center.

Part of this event will include some AMAZING performers. Some of these performers include Princess Story Time, Benjammin Educational Music (I have heard and is GREAT!), The Magic of Alan Kazam, and more! WOTV4 Maranda will even be making an appearance. What’s a party without that AWESOME lady!! I remember her from when I was a kid and always enjoyed events she attended.

Moreover, the FUN activities that will be there for the families look wonderful. You can expect face painting, bounce house/games, Sparky the fire dog, and more! I know my kids would shoot right for the bounce houses. What do you think will be a big hit for your kiddos?

The expo will be having MANY giveaways as well. Be sure to check out what you could win here https://www.kzoofamilyexpo.com/updates—giveaways.html. Also, there is a chance to win a prize before the expo even starts! Info included with the link just posted.

Lastly, check out the exhibits. Some of these great businesses include $5 Bling, Binder Park Zoo, YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, Matt’s Firehouse Family Vacations, and many more. It’s always fun to see what is out there in our communities and ways we can support local businesses.

**Please feel free to leave a comment with your 2020 Kalamazoo Baby and Family Expo experience. Thanks!

Warm Memories,

Nikkie

A Weekend to Remember

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”

-Mignon McLaughlin

Sometimes after being married for years. You forget to take care of the love you had to begin with. The hustle bustle of life, especially when kids are in the picture, can push the care within a marriage aside. But after letting it go so long. It can dwindle and love can be lost.

Our next and FIRST couples ONLY event is a Weekend to Remember. I listen to WCSG alot and hear so much good about this couples event. If you are looking to rekindle the fire you once had for each other. And want to see what God had in store for both of you when he first called you to marriage. This is the event for you! It doesn’t matter if you are newly married or have been married 60+ years. ALL are welcome!

During this time away together, you will be hearing from many inspirational speakers. From the good, the bad, and everything in between. Saturday night you also have a chance to make a date night. Whether you want to try out some of the tasty restaurants nearby or enjoy a relaxing evening at the spa. There is something around for every couple! (I mean food and a spa sound pretty darn good to me!)

Date: Febuary 21 – 23, 2020
Where: Amway Grand Plaza
              Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
Cost: $175/person
          Promo Code: WEEKEND ($100 discount at checkout)
More info: https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/#

**Please comment below with your Weekend to Remember experience!

Warm Memories

Nikkie

Mommy & Me Painting Class

“Be a unicorn in a field of horses.”

– Anonymous

Let the creative juices flow! How fun and interactive would it be to do a Mommy & Me painting class with your little ones?! I think it would be SO much fun and my kids would love it. This would especially be great for kids who don’t like to talk face to face. But when doing an activity such as painting. The child will open right up.

This next family fun event will takes us south to Battle Creek, MI. The event will be hosted at Hobby Lobby from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The painting for February 21, 2020 is themed “Unicorn Love” (see picture above). Isn’t that just cute?! Unicorns seem to be a big hit with little kids these days so I’m sure they’ll be very excited.

There is a cost to participate and registration is required. Please register here: http://gallery2910.org/mommy-me-painting-class-battle-creek/?fbclid=IwAR3WUARdzHVoKJLk2-CcvRSYEpG6Vw4WkSp2q2MNpPEDk_INIAu6_b1jkac
Also, there are a couple other classes to choose from as well if you don’t want to do the unicorn painting.

What does the fee cover and how much?

  • $20 per person (child and adult)
  • 1 canvas per person
  • paint, aprons, brushes, and all other supplies
  • step by step instruction
  • 2 hour session

**This project is best for ages 3 and up**

**Please comment below with your experience!

Warm Memories

Nikkie

Lowell Chocolate Stroll

“Nothing is more romantic than chocolate.”

– Ted Allen

Did somebody say CHOCOLATE?!?!?!?! Why of course!! I’m not one to pass up chocolate very easily so somebody may have to hold me down for this event….

Check out downtown Lowell, MI this Saturday February 8, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. There will be local small businesses participating and handing out chocolates to those who join. While enjoying your piece of chocolate. Make sure to check out what each store has to offer. Who knows…. you may find something you’ve been searching for! Moreover, there will be giveaways at participating merchants. You can also check out some local places to eat as well. This to me sounds like a great date afternoon!

**Don’t forget to check back and comment on how your chocolate stroll went!

Warm Memories

Nikkie

FISH ON!!!!!

I like fishing. Not actual fishing – I like the peace and quiet of being at sea. It’s different.

-Rafael Nadal

“Fish on!” was always the shout you would hear from my dad whenever there would be a fish on one of our fishing lines. Sometimes he liked to fool us and shout it just to see us rush over to the pole and grab it out of the holder. But memories of fishing on Lake Michigan and smaller lakes like Lower Lake in Hastings, MI are so much part of my life and memories. I’m thankful for a dad that would take me out fishing even if I wasn’t always into holding the fish I caught or baiting my hook. He still would bring me and it’s something I do like to do to this day.

Now that I have kids. They enjoy going out fishing with grandpa. Still you will hear his signature “fish on” while watching videos he took of the kids reeling in a fish. The memories my dad built with me and now seeing my kids develop some of the same memories is so wonderful!

All this fish talk brings me to our next FAMILY FUN event. The Kalamazoo Nature Center in Kalamazoo, MI is hosting a Family Fun Night: Fishing Fun. Here you and your family can learn about our fish here in Michigan and how much fun you can still have fishing in the winter months! With it being FREE fishing weekend on February 15th and 16th. This would be a great event to go to so that you can brush up on your fishing knowledge and just add some extra excitement for the sport. Also, there will be games and prizes to enjoy!

When: February 7, 2020 from 6-7:30 pm
Cost: $5/person or $7/non-member
Register: http://NatureCenter.org/Register

**As always, we would love to hear about your experience. Please feel free to comment!

Warm Memories

Nikkie

TKOM at RIVERDOG TAVERN

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Looking for a date night dinner idea? Don’t want to cook after a long day at work? Look no further! Not only can you erase the dreaded “what’s for dinner” thought. You can also support your local TK Trojan students this coming Monday night. On February 3, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, the Odyssey of the Mind program will be fundraising at Riverdog Tavern. 10% of sales during this time will go directly to this awesome program! It’s a WIN WIN. You feel great either spending time with your honey and/or not having to control kid chaos while making dinner. Plus you’re helping out a great group of kids in your community!

Not sure what Odyssey of the Mind is? It’s an awesome program for kids from grades K – College. The kids are able to use their creative skills in order to solve problems with mechanical devices to presenting their own thoughts of presented issues. Later they take their solutions to competitions which are the local, state, and World levels.

For more information regarding this program go to http://www.oddysessy.com.

Also, to check out the Riverdog Tavern menu go to https://riverdogtavern.com/.

**I would love to hear your thoughts on Riverdog Tavern!

Warm Memories

Nikkie

HEART STRING ART

“Let your heart guide you…it whispers so listen closely.”

-Walt Disney

One thing I absolutely love are projects made by my kids! Especially ones that are customized with handprints, fingerprints, footprints, etc. My son tries to make me cry every Christmas with something he might have made at school. He definitely knows how to pull at my heart strings! Which brings us to our next family FUN activity…

Home Depot has a FREE kids workshop. The next one is Saturday February 1, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00 pm.  The craft they will be doing is a heart string art picture (see above for example). Isn’t that just cute!?!? It’ll be even better because you can work on it WITH them!

During this workshop your child will be developing hands-on skills such as sanding, painting, nailing, and more. In the end they get to keep their masterpiece, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin (while supplies last).

Sound fun? Please register at https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/image/877c8b20-2d19-11ea-8ce8-7169cab0959a/HeartArt.JPG

**Parent must be present with child!

***Please comment with your Home Depot workshop experience!
Warm Memories

Nikkie

Home Team

“It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.”

– Evander Holyfield

Go team go!!! One of my favorite things to do as a family. Is to go watch home sporting events. Especially ones that my kids are playing in. But to also go watch the high school teams.

Last week, my son and I went to watch the Thornapple Kellogg wrestling team. It was so fun listening to him talk and be able to discuss moves that he has learned in practice. Seeing him get excited and cheer when TK won a match was heartwarming.

You can find most sport event schedules online. Just look up your local high school!

Warm Memories,

Nikkie

REVIEW !!

Yesterday, my daughter and I attended Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Hastings Public Library. I had shared the event a couple weeks ago and thought I would share our fun!

The party was located upstairs in the big meeting hall. They had tables set up with assigned seating cards and cute little mad lib/potion making games for waiting. Also, fine china plates, silverware, and of course teacups/saucers! Don’t forget the linen napkins to place neatly upon your lap to catch any crumbs! They had milk and sugar placed in the correct serving dishes. And the hot tea was in a fancy tea server as well. It all looked amazing and made my girl feel like we were at a girly fun place!

Snacks and tea were delicious! I’m usually not a big tea drinker. But they made some that was very good! Sadly, I can’t remember what kind they told us. Sorry! If the kiddos weren’t so into the tea. They did have apple juice on hand! For snacks they had bread with a cucumber/spread on top, bread with cheese/apple slices on top, fruit kabobs, heart shaped cookies, lemon squares, and oh so good brownies! Irena took two brownies…. that’s my girl!

Lastly, they had a craft, photo op, and game. The craft was super cute and Irena was excited to make it. She made a little Mad Hatter head band…. see picture below! It was simple and super helpful with the instructions given. The photo op was a cardboard house to relive the scene of Alice growing too big for the house. Pin the smile on the Cheshire Cat was the game. In the end, one lucky person won an Alice in Wonderland book if they had a certain picture under their chair.

All in all we had a good mommy and daughter time! I recommend checking out local library fun especially during cold season months!

Warm Memories

Nikkie