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You May Not Believe How Much Parents Will Spend On Back-to-School Supplies This Year — Survey of the Day

For a kid, there may be nothing more depressing than the first advertisements for back-to-school sales, which remind them that their summer vacation won’t last forever.

The only thing more depressing for parents may be the cost of sending their little ones back to a new classroom.

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Ionia Free Fair Fun July 19-28th!

The Ionia Free Fair is this Thursday and will continue through Saturday, July 28th!  The Fair has been a tradition here in Michigan since 1857 and has been ranked as one of the Top 50 Fairs in the nation.

Over the years lots of big names have graced the Ionia Free Fair stage.  Some of the old timers include  Gabby Hayes, Les Paul, Buster Keaton, Sonny and Cher, and world renowned country artists Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and Willie Nelson.

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Grand Rapids Children’s Museum To Celebrate 15 Years With Secret Exhibit

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum will be celebrating their 15th anniversary with the opening of a brand new "secret" exhibit.  There will also be cake and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

They had me at cake.

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Grand Rapids Museums FREE 4 ALL Happens Again This Weekend!

It's time for another Grand Rapids FREE 4 All!  A few months ago we you about the first Free 4 All that happened in January, and I am happy to tell you that it was a GREAT success! All of Grand Rapids was invited to take advantage of FREE ADMISSION to  4 Grand Rapids museums in the month of January. The tally at the end of the the very first Free 4 All was 14,000 people.  The second one was just as successful so here comes number three for the museum Free 4 All!

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How Did Your Kids Learn To Swim? – Poll Of The Day

Two of my kids just started swimming lessons this week.

They've had group lessons in the past, with only a limited amount of success.

We're trying one-on-one lessons this time and hoping for better results.

What worked for you?  How did your kids learn to swim?

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Adult Children Living at Home Are Really Stressing Out Their Parents

In today’s world of the super-expensive everything, more kids are making the decision to stay at home with their parents well into adulthood rather than get out on their own.

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Who Rides Bigger Amusement Park Rides: You Or Your Kids? – Poll Of The Day

Last week, my family spent a lot of time at Michigan's Adventure over vacation.  I wasn't sure how my 5-year-old would do with it being the first time she was tall enough for the big rides.

She rode them...over and over and over.  She rode so many more big rides than me, I lost count!

Am I the only one?

Who rides bigger amusement park rides?  You or your kids?

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West Nile Virus Is In Michigan – How To Protect Your Family

West Nile Virus has been found in Michigan.  This is the earliest the virus has been discovered in Michigan in several years.

Learn more about where the virus has been found and how to keep your family safe.

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What Age Should Kids Start Going To Loud Fireworks Displays? – Poll Of The Day

Time to celebrate the Fourth of July!  There's the big fireworks in Grand Rapids, plus many options in other West Michigan communities.

The fireworks are a lot of fun, but they can sometimes be a little too loud and scary for young ears.

What is a good age for kids to start going to loud fireworks displays?

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Adorable Toddler Talks Giving Her Sister the Worst Haircut Ever

When NPR radio reporter Jeff Cohen’s 5-year-old daughter Sadie gave her 3-year-old sister Eva a very unauthorized haircut, he obviously wasn’t too pleased. But it didn’t take long for him to realize that Eva’s new asymmetrical do (pictured left) was actually pretty funny and that the story of how the haircut came to be was downright adorable.

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Terrible Parenting Tips– What’s the Worst You’ve Heard?

Kim Zolciak, the platinum blonde with the wigs and the "singing career" on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"  recently shared her  favorite parenting tip with Us Weekly. The mom of three (with the fourth on the way) says she keeps a wooden spoon in her purse at all times, "For my kids if they get fresh. I've never used it; I just pull it out and they know I'm serious." Wow, really?! Inspired by this, Redbook put together a list of the worst pieces of parenting advice they've ever received. 

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West Michigan Chalk Art Festival 2012 In Byron Center

When I first heard about the West Michigan Chalk Art Festival, or really any event that involves chalk, what person do you automatically think of?  If you were living in Grand Rapids in 2009, Rob Bliss, of course!  Remember Chalk Flood? It's the same thing that happens every time I hear American Pie by Don McLean on the radio, on my iPod, wherever; my mind starts streaming images of the American Pie lipdub video (almost 5 million view so far!).  It's still as brilliant as it was the first time I watched it.  It's poetry in motion.  Kind of strange how big events and good music,  have a tendency of cementing memories inside the brain.

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