Are you preserving your memories?

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ So, tell me, how often do you take photos of your family?   I know exactly what you’re going to say, “Pretty much every day.  I have a smart phone. I take pictures of my kids every day, probably several times a day.” You’re going to say, “I take way more pictures of my…

Navigating the digital world

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ If you’re like me, trying to figure out how to navigate this new digital world that our kids are exposed to is one of the most challenging and stressful things about parenting kids today.  Especially as they get older and come home from school saying “Johnny so and so has an iPhone…

Getting to Know Lenawee Great Start

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ I’m sure by now most of you have had a chance to see either Sarah or myself out and about at different events throughout the year, but events aren’t all we do. Lately we’ve been talking a lot about how to get more parents involved in our vision of making sure every…

Celebrating Lenawee’s Children

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ I started working at Lenawee Great Start back in December 2015 and our first big event was the Preschool Fair that we hosted at the Adrian Mall.  I’d never been to this event myself, but I was really excited when I heard about it!  What a great way for parents to get…

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

By:Vanessa Armstrong/   Do you have a child that is under the age of 5 in your home?  If the answer is yes, you have to check out Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!   I had no idea this program had been around for over 20 years, according to her website “In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an…

Free Book Baskets

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ Have you seen these book baskets out in the community? One of our ongoing projects here at Lenawee Great Start is the Free Book Baskets within Lenawee County for families. We have a wonderful partnership with Goodwill in which they allow us to come once a month and sort through their children’s…

Surviving the Elf on the Shelf

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ Has the Elf on the Shelf made his way into your home yet?  If you’re not a seasoned veteran yet in the elf department, I’m here to give you a few ideas and tips to keep you sane during the month of December!   If you haven’t heard of the Elf on…

Holiday Bucket List

Are you looking for festive events and activities for your family’s Holiday Bucket List?  I thought it would be nice to share a list of some of the awesome things we can do, right here in Lenawee County! The Second Annual City of Adrian/County Christmas Tree Lighting in front of the Lenawee County Courthouse will be…

Halloween Traditions

By Vanessa Armstrong/ Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so when I was a new mom, back in 2005 before Pinterest, and the whole social media craze, I looked all over the internet, magazines, whatever I could get my hands on to find traditions that I could start with my family. Over the past…

Have Fun and Make Memories

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, so I thought I’d share a little bit of my daughter’s story and what it was like dealing with her cancer diagnosis. My daughter, Keira was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor one month and 8 days before her 5th birthday, to say we were shocked was…