And then we fed giraffes at the Detroit Zoo.

In May of 2015, I helped organize a fundraising event for the neighborhood. We had auction items available that were pretty badass. There was a full suite for a Tiger's game at Comerica Park, two Shinola watches, custom art, massages, a trip to Mexico and so much more. During the live auction, Ryan found himself in ...

I want to be an artist

I admire artists. I see what they create and I just think it's so cool.When I was a kid, I would watch countless episodes of "The Joy of Painting." Bob Ross would take a blank canvas and create magic.  Artists make things. That's awesome. Those things can be pretty or thought provoking or vulgar or all ...

Campus Martius: The Sand and Swings

"Are we in Florida?" Jack asked. Nope. It wasn't Florida buddy. We were in Campus Martius Park on a beautifully sunny day in Detroit. For the third year in a row, half of the park has been transformed into a "beach." There are lounge chairs, umbrellas, shovels and buckets. The only thing missing was the tiki ...

Parenting is HARD!

I woke up this morning feeling like a two year old. Worse. A three year old. I had a completely irrational need to scream combined with an overwhelming desire to cry. For three months, Ben has been waking up AT LEAST once a night. Usually, twice. I'm typically all "it's only temporary. Enjoy these moments while they ...

Spring in Detroit

Spring in Detroit! Is there any place more wonderful than Detroit in the spring? Nope. Detroit for the win. Spring in Detroit means the city comes out of a deep hibernation. We all gather together at Belle Isle or the Riverfront. We nod at one another or even strike up a conversation, usually having to do with ...

My Detroit Home Birth

I had a baby. At home. On purpose. Let me start this post out by saying that I believe all births are meaningful. Whatever way you bring your baby into this world is a beautiful triumph. You have to do what is right for you. What was right for me, was a planned home birth with a Certified Professional ...

Like mother like son

   When I was a kid I smiled. A lot. I was so busy smiling, I couldn't be bothered to close my mouth and swallow saliva like a normal person. So I would drool like a bulldog from the jowls. I would come home from preschool and my shirt would be soaked with my own ...

Come on baby

It's storming outside, I am taking a bath in my attic, while drinking red wine and listening to Carole King. This sounds like a beautiful beginning to baby number three's birth story. So, come on contractions. Come on night of labor. I'm ready for you. Let's do this. With love from Detroit, Callie

Remember me?

Hey Friends! Remember me? I'm that lady who writes the blog about raising a family in Detroit. You know? The one who has been too busy raising a family to stop and say a quick hello over on the blog. Well that's not all that's kept me away. This had a little something to do ...

A love letter to The Detroit Wallpaper Company

Dearest Detroit Wallpaper Company, Thank you for being you. You go above and beyond working with clients to create amazing custom wall coverings. Everyone you employ has been professional and a joy to work with. My home literally gets brighter and brighter every time I invite you in. You, Detroit Wallpaper Company, are the bees' knees. Thank you, ...