Oct 16, 2017

The Comeback Cooler Now In Stores: #HudsonvilleHappy

I was selected as a Hudsonville Ice Cream brand ambassador and was compensated in exchange for writing this post. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this article are my own.

With much anticipation, we eagerly waited for the release of Hudsonville's newest flavor, the Comeback Cooler.  Earlier this year the Michigan-based company hosted a contest and asked customers to submit their ideas for a Detroit-inspired flavor.

In June. Hudsonville Ice Cream announced the winning flavor, the Comeback Cooler.  Tracy Heureux of Plymouth was selected as the winner of the contest with her submission titled Comeback Cooler.  In her entry, she reminisced that while living in Philadelphia, she missed the traditional Detroit styled "Boston Cooler" which is made with Vernors and vanilla ice cream.

From Hudsonville: "Named for the town you can’t keep down; we’ve captured the iconic flavor of a Boston Cooler you can serve on a cone. French Vanilla ice cream is richly swirled with sweet, ginger ale ribbon to form the nostalgic flavor of a Vernors Ginger Ale Float."

The Comeback Coler is the perfect blend of creamy, smooth vanilla ice cream with a ginger soda inspired flavor ribbon.  If you enjoy a Boston Cooler, the Comeback Cooler may become your new favorite Hudsonville Ice Cream flavor.

The Comeback Cooler is now available at select stores, you can use their handy scoop locator to find a retailer near you: https://www.hudsonvilleicecream.com/scoop-locator

Hudsonville Ice Cream is  Michigan, family-owned creamery with a rich history of making smooth, creamy, tantalizing ice cream.  The newest flavor, The Comeback Cooler, will join other Michigan-based flavors like Mackinac Island Fudge, Grand Traverse Bay Cherry Fudge, and Michigan Deer Traxx. 

More About Hudsonville

Did you know that Hudsonville is a Michigan Company?  The Hudsonville Creamery is situated in the pasturelands of West Michigan. They have been perfecting the art of ice cream making since 1926 and have introduced consumers to a variety of flavors that have become beloved favorites, both in Michigan and throughout the Midwest.   Hudsonville combines locally- sourced ingredients with their time-tested, 90-year recipe to craft premium ice cream you are sure to enjoy.   

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Oct 14, 2017

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1% of all pregnancies are stillborn, and each year about 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States. Even more prevalent is miscarriage. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates 10-25% of pregnancies will end in miscarriage, usually in the first semester.

Given the statistics, it is more than likely that you or someone you love has been impacted by miscarriage, yet it is rarely talked about.

Luckily, with the internet, families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss can feel connected. When we lost our first baby in a second-trimester miscarriage, we had been blogging the entire pregnancy and TTC process. Friends I knew only from online, surrounded us with love, sent comforting gifts and messages, and comforted both of us way more than the "bereavement folder" the hospital gave us with the paperwork to cremate our baby.

Besides our blogging community, we were also able to find a local Metro Detroit group called Angel Kisses. It is a group started by three local women who had late-term pregnancy losses. Their original goal was to raise money for Beaumont's "A Child Remembered" program, and after their first fundraiser, they raised almost $6,000. Since 2009, the group has grown to operate as a not-for-profit organization and has raised over $70,000 to support perinatal bereavement programs at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI and St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, MI

Because we told our story and didn't let the anyone dictate who or where we shared our loss, we have been comforted all these years. Our children know about their brother who died "in mama's belly" before they were born. We acknowledge our loss date, our due date, and October 15th. We are grateful for the families who have come before us to share their stories and for this special day of the year where it is not taboo to talk about this sensitive topic.

Have you or someone you know experienced pregnancy or infant loss? If so, I invite you to light a candle with me at 7pm on October 15th. Families around the world will light candles in memory of all the babies who have been lost during pregnancy or in infancy. No one has to grieve in silence.

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Oct 13, 2017

DTW Ambassador Program

I don't travel far very often so it's easy for me to get lost in the bustle of airports. Even especially DTW, even though that airport is by far the one I have visited most often in my life. So I can imagine how out-of-town or even out-of-country travelers could feel coming to such an unknown airport.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) welcomed more than 34 million passengers in 2016 and is one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs.   With service from 13 scheduled passenger airlines, Michigan’s largest airport offers more than 1,100 flights per day to and from more than 140 non-stop destinations on four continents. With two award-winning passenger terminals, six jet runways, and an onsite AAA Four-Diamond Westin Hotel, DTW is among the world’s most efficient, customer friendly and operationally capable airports in North America.  DTW is operated by Wayne County Airport Authority, which also operates nearby Willow Run Airport – an important corporate, cargo and general aviation facility.  The Airport Authority is entirely self-sustaining and does not receive tax dollars to support airport operations.   Visit metroairport.com for more information.

Add in the fact that DTW has 2 separate terminals that are quite a distance apart & also much construction building right now (which I got lost in on my way into my airport visit).

Enter the DTW Ambassadors. The team launched in 2008 with one booth in the North Terminal. As the time has passed, the now 80-person-volunteer-staffed team has 7 information booths scattered throughout the airport & other mobile volunteers that walk through the busy traffic areas. 

Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) Ambassadors are a dedicated team of volunteers whose mission is to provide a helping hand to travelers along their journey and enhance their experience while visiting the airport.
There are many stories of the ambassadors helping with a wide range of requests, merely from the nearest restroom, all the way to coordinating a way travel to traveler-unknown "nearby" Traverse City & Mackinac Island.

Bonnie answers a traveler's question about her baggage
The volunteers I spoke to all agreed that the best rewards of being an ambassador is the satisfaction of helping, having a variety of tasks every day, meeting new people from all over the world, & always keeping on learning. Volunteers also spend 5 weeks in training to really learn the ins & outs of the airport, free parking always, & discounts at shops & airport restaurants.

Even though the group has grown to 80 now, the ambassador program has a goal to reach 250 to be able to run most efficiently. The booths are staffed from 8 A.M.-8 P.M. every single day of the year. There is especially a need for evening & weekend volunteers, since those are prime traveling times with more passengers needing assistance.

The ambassador program is a wonderful opportunity for people who are curious to learn, eager to assist, & able to problem solve & evaluate quickly. I could imagine the volunteering being a great opportunity for retirees, frequent travelers, job-searchers, students needing to have community service, & even stay-at-home parents that are looking for a fun activity for themselves. Volunteers can work as little as 4 hours per week, so it is very flexible timing for everyone.

If you are curious to learn more, you can visit the DTW Ambassador site here or email airportambassador@wcaa.us

DTW created interactive & still information displays based on FAQ data gathered from the ambassadors

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