Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI | Travel

Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI

Ace and Kingston had an amazing time at the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan this summer with Auntie Mern, Uncle Cleve, CJ and Grandma & Grandpa Ernest. They were able to help Ace celebrate his 5th Birthday!

As usual Auntie Mern turned it into a spectacular learning lesson and activity. Prior to going on the trip she read with Ace about the sleeping bear folklore so he could understand the Legend of the sleeping bear dunes and then when they arrived he had a completely different and unique attachment to what he witnessed.


Ace and Kingston, Sleeping Bear Dunes
Ace and Kingston, Sleeping Bear Dunes sbd sleepingbeardunes 4 sleepingbeardunes 5

Summer Fun 2015 024 sbd1





Recommended Reads

#kiddiebookclub #kbc #childrensbooksofculture
#kiddiebookclub #kbc #childrensbooksofculture


Michigan is famous for it’s Cherries..
Here is a great cherry tarts recipe from sleepingbeardunes 6




Crazy Horse, Sioux Falls, South Dakota | Travel Spotlight -Crazy Horse

Souix Falls was part of an unforgettable trip out west that I took years back with my late grandfather and family that still serves as one of my best ever!! White water rafting, horseback riding and Mt. Rushmore were several highlights. By far the one thing that left the best lasting impression was the monument of Crazy Horse and the story behind the Korscak Family who set out to pay tribute to this legendary Indian Chief. Their story of love and determination is awe-inspiring and evident in the visitors center. I remember going when I was younger and writing in the guest back that I would be sure to return. Now I definitely plan on keeping that promise with Colin, Ace and Kingston!!

Sioux Falls see you soon!

Recommended Reads on the Subject: Crazy --sf-books -sf---

Legendary Indian Chief Crazy Horse
Legendary Indian Chief Crazy Horse
Here is a great article from the splendid table about Chef Sean Sherman grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. recipe

San Juan, Puerto Rico | Family Travel

San Juan Puerto Rico, Travel Spotlight! Puerto Rico--

Puerto Rico--


While I was pregnant with Kingston we took an amazing family vacation on a cruise to the Southern Caribbean. We we fortunate to be able to stay a couple of extra nights in San Juan. Our time in  San Juan Puerto Rico was phenomenal. We toured the Famous cobblestone streets, shopped, Gambled in the casino, and really enjoyed our trip to one of the famous forts. It was affordable yet fantastic. I can’t wait to return to see the rest of this beautiful Island. puerto rico

San Juan Fun Facts:

San Juan is the capital of the island of Puerto Rico, the fourth largest island of the Caribbean.

It is located on the north side of Puerto Rico. Its coastal borders are the Atlantic Ocean and the San Juan Bay.

San Juan suffered many attacks from English and Dutch forces during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Spanish-American war took place in 1898. After this war Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the United States under the terms of the Treaty of Paris, which was signed later that year. From that moment to the present day Puerto Rico has been a territory of the United States of America and San Juan continues being the capital.

San Juan Culture


  • Puerto Ricans are a mixture of native Taíno Indians, Spanish Conquistadores and African slaves.
  • Happiest people in the world! – as indicated by The University of Michigan’s World Values Surveys (WVS).
  • Very festive and warm.

Language: Spanish, English and Spanglish!

Food: Typical Puerto Rican food is very similar to Cuban food. It has Spanish/European, Taíno, African and American influence. Locals call this blend comida criolla. Main dishes are elaborated with grains, plantains, meats and poultry, vegetables, root vegetables, etc. Some of the most common dishes are the traditional arroz con habichuelas (rice and beans), arroz con pollo (rice and chicken), arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas), pasteles, alcapurrias, mofongo, etc


San Juan National Historic Site
The San Juan National Historic Site (World Heritage Site) is comprised of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristobal, most of the city walls, the San Juan Gate and Fort San Juan de la Cruz just across the entrance to the bay. The Spanish spent over 250 years fortifying the prized location of Puerto Rico, since through it, Spain controlled all access in and out of the Caribbean.


Puerto Rican dishes

Puerto Rican Red Beans and Rice

puerto rico dish

Empanadas (Puerto Rican Style) empanadas

Great Books for the Kiddie club with Puerto Rican influence

Juan Bobo and the Pig Mondo Folktales


Family pics..

IMG_20130715_171517  IMG_20130715_162114 IMG_20130715_161010  IMG_20130715_171731

IMG_20130715_164743  IMG_20130715_160250IMG_20130713_202011  IMG_20130715_170158


3 Fall Camping Tips You Must Know | Camping

3 Fall Camping Tips You Must Know fall camping tips-


  1. Make sure to arrive at your campsite early. You don’t want to get caught racing the sun for light and warmth. Also Don’t unravel your sleeping bags until it is time to jump in at night because they could gather moisture and get super chilly. (We learned this the hard way)
  2. Make sure to pack extra warm clothes jackets and toilet items. Yes even in the woods. You experienced campers know how to set up an effective and environmentally friendly potty!
  3. Make sure to get your fire started early. There’s nothing like warming toasty hands and making s’mores. If you have a toddler make sure to keep them bundled up and occupied with a bag full of books and gadgets keeping them busy inside the tent before bedtime.

Happy camping!



Travel Spotlight | Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. (Learning Family Vacation)

Travel Spotlight

As I mentioned before Ace & Kingston were fortunate enough to travel with the Stepters’ last summer. This weeks spotlighted location will be on Washington D.C. where they had a blast!
Ace and Kingston had a ball hanging with his cousins Cortney(CJ) and Michael (Cheeks) as well as Aunty Mern and Uncle Cleve and loved touring the monuments, especially the Space Museum.

loftandlearn bf- D.C. bf D.C. -bf-D.C... --bf--D.C. D.C.

Fun Facts about Washington D.C.

Washington, DC is located in the mid-Atlantic region, about 90 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, south of Maryland, north of Virginia and 233 miles south of New York City. The city is separated from Virginia to the south by the Potomac River

The city was founded in 1791. Georgetown, which is one of the city’s most famous neighborhoods, was founded before Washington, DC, in 1751. It was incorporated as part of the city of Washington, DC in 1791. Before Washington, DC became the capital of the United States, other cities that served as capital include New York City, Philadelphia and Annapolis.

Washington, DC is not a city or state, nor is it part of any other state. It is a unique “federal district,” created specifically to be the seat of government.

Washington takes its name from our first president, George Washington. The “Columbia” in “District of Columbia” stands for Christopher Columbus.


CJ was fortunate to return to D.C. for the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man march. She was so Excited and inspired to see so many people there to support from All races and backgrounds. --BF MM

Recipe with Local Flare (Excellent recipe I picked up from All recipes)

Crab Cake Recipe crabcake