Spring 2024 Parade of Homes Review

By Brittany Holthof | 06/12/2024

Every year, the Grand Rapids Parade of Homes offers a captivating glimpse into the world of architectural innovation, interior design trends, and luxurious living. This showcase of homes brings together builders, designers, and enthusiasts alike to celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship of residential properties. Along with my Husband and a couple of good friends, I…

How to Create a Smart Home

By Katy Wolffis | 06/11/2024

In the age of digital innovation, transforming your home into a smart home is more accessible and rewarding than ever. A smart home integrates technology to automate and enhance the functionality, comfort, and security of your living space. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or simply looking to make life more convenient, here’s a guide to…

Best Dog Park in Northern Kent County

By Jessica Kirkwood | 06/07/2024

What makes a good dog park? One where the dogs and their owners are friendly! We have found this very thing at Wynalda Dog Park in Rockford. We have visited many other dog parks in the area and have found Wynalda to be the best by far, in our opinion! The park offers fenced-in areas…

A Definitive Guide to Flooring

By Katy Wolffis | 06/06/2024

Choosing the right flooring for your home can feel overwhelming with so many options available. Flooring choice can even depend on the space where you are installing it. What you use in a bathroom may be different than what you use in a living room. It’s essential to understand the benefits and drawbacks of each…

What is the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival?

By Mark Deering | 06/04/2024

Grand Rapids Lantern Festival…what the heck is it? I had the same question! A group of friends my wife and I hang out with said let’s go see the lanterns. I have to be honest, I was like…. Ok. It felt like one of those things you do with low expectations, and focus on the…

Community and Convenience: The Benefits of Condo Living

By Wyatt Boetsma | 05/31/2024

In an era where convenience and community are cherished commodities, condo living has emerged as a compelling lifestyle choice for many. Gone are the days when spacious suburban homes were the epitome of the American dream. Instead, a growing number of individuals and families are opting for the vibrant, connected experience that condominiums offer. We’re…

Best Breakfast Restaurants in West Michigan

By Katy Wolffis | 05/31/2024

Sizzling bacon, syrupy waffles, and some scrambled eggs, who doesn’t love a good breakfast? Breakfast is arguably one of my favorite foods to order at a restaurant. Why? I’m not 100% sure. Maybe it’s the atmosphere, or that the most popular time I go out to eat is after church on Sunday, and it just…

Make Money with Your Vacation Home-Short Term Rental Investing

By Mark Deering | 05/30/2024

Are you at the point in your life where you might want to diversify your investments? Would you enjoy owning a piece of real estate that pays for itself and a potentially sizable profit while appreciating in value? If you answered yes, you might be a good candidate for owning a short term rental home (STR).    …

Facebook Marketplace or “Waste?”

By Kevin Ahrens | 05/28/2024

Is it still available!? I use Facebook Marketplace when it comes to household items.. and maybe some nonessential items too! I have bought grills, lawn equipment, tools, furniture and even decking material. It is a convenient spot for me to seek out a deal for an item I am trying to find. Yet this can…

Raising Backyard Chickens on Less than One Acre

By Brittany Holthof | 05/24/2024

In recent years, the trend of raising backyard chickens has soared, and for good reason. Not only do these feathered friends provide a sustainable source of fresh eggs, but they also offer companionship, pest control, and plenty of entertainment. Even if you have less than an acre of land, you can still embark on this…

Easy Flowers to Grow for a Beautiful Garden!

By Jessica Kirkwood | 05/23/2024

I am not a gardener! As hard as I try, I just don’t have a green thumb. However, I love flowers, so, of course, I look for plants that are super easy to care for and are low-maintenance. Check out the list below if you are looking for easy to grow plants/flowers! If you’re new…

How to Eliminate Pet and Smoke Odors from Your Home

By Katy Wolffis | 05/22/2024

Unpleasant odors from pets or smoke can linger in your home, creating an unwelcome environment. Fortunately, there are effective cleaning methods to eliminate these smells and restore freshness to your living space. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you eliminate these persistent odors. Getting Rid of Pet Smells 1. Clean All Surfaces 2. Use Enzyme…