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Directions Not Included: Parenting Podcast

The Legacy Center presents: Directions Not Included: Parenting Podcast Directions Not Included is a local monthly podcast that features candid conversations for a stronger community. So many of life lessons do not include instructions. It’s a live and learn situation, especially when it comes to raising strong families and creating healthy communities. Together, we discuss […]

Christmas in July Party at G’s Pizzeria: Benefiting The Salvation Army 

The Christmas spirit typically brings to mind white glistening snow, sparkling lights and joy in our hearts. However, the celebration of miracles, hope, family and community happens every day in our community, not just during the Christmas season. Need Knows No Season! That is why The Salvation Army is inviting the community to show their […]

School at Home – The Bangor Township Virtual School (BTVS)

The Bangor Township Virtual School (BTVS) The Bangor Township Virtual School (BTVS) is a 100% free K-12 online school located in Bay City, Michigan. We are proud to serve Bay, Arenac, Saginaw, Midland, Tuscola and Gladwin counties providing the flexibility and freedom for students and families to choose their educational paths to success. We service […]

STEM Pipeline: Prevent the Summer Slide with BEDTIME MATH

The STEM Pipeline’s mission is “to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the Great Lakes Bay Region.”  STEM Pipeline: Prevent the Summer Slide with BEDTIME MATH The 2018-2019 school year has come to an end and my kids are ready for the time off!  We have planned a summer of fun, including trips to […]

Trusted Internet Resources for Children – Approved by a Local Media Teacher

Scott is a father and teacher here in the Great Lakes Bay Region. As a media teacher and librarian he enjoys expanding his students minds with new on-line technology and through the wonders of book. Trusted Internet Resources for Children Approved by a Local Media Teacher When I was asked to write a blog about […]

Chowdown Kids Crew Review – The Playground Midland

Angela Hayes is a co-founder of Chowdown Great Lakes and the mom of two young children. Chowdown Kids Crew Review – The Playground Midland   Have you ever wondered who serves up the best Mexican, Middle Eastern or American food in town? Or what about family events and the places to host a party for […]

Our Special Needs Journey

This is the story of a Great Lakes Bay family’s journey navigating parenting a child in our community with special needs. To protect the privacy of this family, we have changed their child’s name and some minor details. Our Special Needs Journey Like any mother, when my oldest child, Alison, was a baby I worried […]

PostPartum Depression – Here Is My Story!

Dani lives in Bay City with her husband, daughter, and crazy collection of pets. She found her dream job working as a Children’s Librarian, where she feels she has a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact on the community, and is continually inspired by awesome parents. Postpartum Depression Postpartum depression is real! If you […]

Poop Goes in the Potty

“POOP IN POTTY!” my 2-year-old son shouts, in reply to my question, “Where does poop go?”  This summer we start the adventure of potty training, and I am trying to get us in the right frame of mind.  My son is ready to make this step toward being a big boy; he can pull his […]

My Sweet Girl – The Biter!

CHOMP! I heard it all too clearly, right before my 1-year old son burst out in heart-wrenching sobs. Oh no, I thought, immediately turning my attention back to the floor, where my children were happily playing together just moments earlier, that didn’t sound good at all. Upon inspecting the situation, it became apparent that my […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ Shadow Work

By: Jen Wainwright Many moons ago, I worked in a restaurant with a manager who … noticed. If you were stocking salads, or prepping silverware or doing some little, behind-the-scenes job, he’d yell out across the back of the restaurant, “I see your work! I’m seein’ what your doin’! I see your work!” These days, […]

Ick! Are You Storing Your Toothbrushes Incorrectly?

Jen is a freelance writer, parent to three, and she’s been a stepparent for over 15 years. She is well-equipped to discuss and write about the great, and the not-so-great, details of all-things-parenting. Along with spending quality time with her family, Jen enjoys music, chocolate, camping and relaxing. And laughing!  Learn more about Jen at […]


By: Claire Clark The following could be classified as “I couldn’t make this up if I tried.” If you have a weak stomach, you should probably stop reading. Girl moms take note. This is pure boy living at its finest. Boy #2 had no interest in potty training. None whatsoever. At the age of 3 […]

Are 5k races right for me?

Lisa B. is a stay at home mom of three little boys and one of our fabulous Great Lakes Bay Moms Members.  When they are not pretending to be super heroes, all 4 can be found in the kitchen making creations for the freezer.  For more information on Lisa, look her up at If […]

Quick and Inexpensive Thanksgiving Projects: For Kids and Mom too!!

Traci Jaime married her high school sweetheart and currently stays at home, to care for their two young children, in the Great Lakes Bay Region. She is an aspiring children’s book author, who writes her own blog, about her experiences as a mother. She is an avid crafter and has recently created a new […]