Author: Melissa Smith

The Abby Effect

Abby Stevens of Traverse City has a mission of helping others and making a connection with those in need of support.  The freshman at Traverse City Christian School started a program with care boxes she’s calling “Building Strength” that’s bringing happiness to patients at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.  It was an idea that started about a year ago…

Wellness Wednesday: Heart Health

During the holidays it’s easy to overindulge when it comes to food or drinks.  Sometimes despite the joyous occasions, it’s also easy to feel depressed or even over stressed. That’s why cardiac nurse and owner of Northern Roots Wellness, Meghan Sarna has some suggestions for people to keep their heart and overall health in mind.  From watching the sodium intake…

Talking Trash: Recycling & Repurposing with Green Island and EGLE

During our ‘Talking Trash’ series we’re hoping to teach you and your family simple ways to recycle in your everyday life, that will ultimately have a major impact in the world around us.  Part of that impact also includes the things we buy and the businesses selling those items. Green Island Earth Friendly Goods in Traverse City has been around…

Menu Monday: Planted Cuisine with Chef Loghan Call

Planted Cuisine stands firmly by its name of being rooted in health and a belief in the philosophy that food is medicine.  Creator, farmer and chef, Loghan Call started the business to teach people not only about the health benefits of certain types of food but also about the idea of what he calls, regenerative food. Planted Cuisine offers everything…

A Paws for Health: Thanksgiving Safety for Pets

Thanksgiving and the holidays in general are good time to keep a close eye on your pets, especially with different types of food being brought into the house.  Just because your dog or cat seems interested in a certain type of food like turkey or stuffing, doesn’t mean it’s safe to feed them these types of food. Dr. Jen Klabunde…

Positive Parenting: More Veggies

Most parents know their kids should eat lots of fresh veggies to stay healthy, which is easier said than done. According to one study, about one in five parents of 1-year-olds reported that their toddlers ate no vegetables at all on the days they were surveyed. Now scientists say they have a way to help kids eat more of the…

Movies with Meg: Thanksgiving Edition

You may have the kids in town for the weekend and the best way to spend some quality time is gathered together to view a new movie! We met with movie maven Meg Weichman for another Movies with Meg to learn all about three films that are sure to please everyone. Knives Out “A detective investigates the death of a…

Talking Trash: BaaBaaZuZu

On average around 26-billion pounds of textiles and clothes end up in landfills. That’s why during ‘Talking Trash” on the four, we’re focused to showcasing a northern Michigan business that’s trying to make an eco-fashion statement with their up-cycled sweaters, gloves, hats and other outerwear. BaaBaaZuZu based in Leelanau County is considered a pioneer when it comes to the up-cycled…

26 Plays in 60 Minutes with Parallel 45

If you’re looking for a fun, family outing this Thanksgiving, City Opera House and Parallel 45 Theatre in Traverse City have something that could be the perfect fit. The theatre group is presenting what they’re calling a “fresh new family show” called ‘The Alphabet Experience’ and they want the audience to be directly involved. Parallel 45 puts on micro-plays for…

Black Star Farms Presents Winter Events Preview

Thanksgiving is just around that corner and within a few short weeks, Christmas will be making an appearance.  Black Star Farms Winery in Leelanau County’s Suttons Bay, wants your family to get in the holiday and winter spirit with some spectacular upcoming events to warm up the season. Sherri Campbell Fenton with Black Star Farms say the events are planned…