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Shop Local – Featuring Yellow Dog Marketplace

More and more people are shopping online.  Often I hear it is out of convenience.  The big question is does that convenience have a negative effect on our local economy?

The simple answer is YES. For every hundred dollars you spend in your local independently-owned stores and restaurants $68.00 will remain in the community.        That is huge!

Why shop local?

  • Strengthen your local economy
  • Invest in your community
  • Conserves energy and resources – less fuel for transportation
  • Creates jobs
  • Know the people behind the product or service – personalized service
  • More money stays in the community
  • You invest in creativity and entrepreneurship
  • You make your community count and thrive

In the past 17 years, 65% of new jobs created are from small businesses.  We are talking about 77 million jobs.  As individuals, we make a much larger impact in our communities than most people are aware of when we choose to shop local.

Our Featured Local Business – Yellow Dog Marketplace

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Michigan Health Events in November

Michigan Health Events in November

It happens every year, the colors change and the temperatures drop. The trees are a magnificent explosion of color. Before the holidays are in full swing lets connect and embrace with the local health-conscious community and set our selves up for success.


With the cooler weather, we tend to stay inside more often. Grab a friend or come as you are to meet new connections and improve your health.

From cooking classes to exercise, meditation and everything in between, choose an event in the area that meets your needs!

Organic Stepping Stones is regularly updating the best health-related events that Michigan has to offer. This November’s list has a variety of options. Which one is calling you?

Hands-On Asian Cooking Class | $45 (tickets)

Sat, Nov 9, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Culinary Kisses – Auburn Hills
A hands-on Asian cooking class. Menu: smoked salmon sushi, vegetable sushi, potstickers, and miso soup. Asian cuisine is heavily centered around heritage and family. The simplicity of the food mirrors the ease of the lifestyle. The complete experience includes food and music.

Ballroom Sensation Dance Party | Free (tickets)

Sat, Nov 9, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Ballroom Sensation Ballroom Dance Studio – Troy
Come and join us for a fun-filled evening of dancing to contemporary and ballroom dance favorites at the First United Methodist Church of Troy in the gymnasium!

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Fall Harvest

Once autumn is upon us it’s time to embrace the fall harvest by crunching into a sweet/tart juicy apple. Maybe it is time to bake up some apple crisp or traditional apple pie.  Just writing this post has me imagining the scent of apple drifting through the house, now my mouth is watering too.

Whether you grow your own crops or shop your favorite farmers the choices are vast.  Continue reading Fall Harvest

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Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan

Recently I had the honor of meeting Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO of Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center and Salon.  The team she has created has made a difference in over 4000 children’s lives.  WOW, that is huge!  All these children were helped by receiving a custom made wig at no cost to the child or family.  Adult wigs don’t fit kids and are not styled for children.

It is unfortunate that health insurance companies will not help cover any of the cost for these children to receive a wig (but here is how you can help change that).  Most of the children Maggie works with have cancer and other patients that have lost their hair and are battling for their health.  By receiving a wig, it is one less obstacle they have to deal with. Hair loss can be devastating for anyone and for a child it is one more social and emotional issue to deal with daily. Continue reading Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan

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What is Happiness?

When is the last time you actually thought about what happiness is?  Recently I have given some serious thought to it.

When you really ponder the idea of happiness, it can represent so many things.  Ask anyone you encounter and you will be surprised by the variety of different answers you will receive.

Happiness could mean………………..

  • Security
  • Family
  • Spirituality
  • Relationship
  • Career
  • Health
  • Food to eat
  • Shelter
  • Friends
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • Painting
  • Being accepted
  • Sharing
  • Teaching
  • Being able to walk
  • A bed to sleep in
  • A hand to hold
  • Sunshine

This list just scratches the surface. We have all been raised in different environments, different ways, and in different parts of the world.  We are all unique, let’s celebrate that.

Together we are a powerful force.  We need to make the time to celebrate ourselves and each other.  Imagine the joy, laughter, and happiness we could create and share. Continue reading What is Happiness?

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16 Uses for Herbal-Infused Vinegar & How to Make Your Own

Add a fancy vinegar with tantalizing flavors adorned with sprigs of fresh herbs to your kitchen collection.

Make your vinegar bottles extra elegant by adding a bow out of ribbon or twine.


Take your vinegar to the next level.  Infuse it with herbs and spices!

Super Simple Instructions

  1. Use 3 or 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  2. Rinse sprigs, pat them dry
  3. Peel one large clove of garlic, cut in half
  4. Place fresh thyme and garlic in a glass jar
  5. Fill with white wine vinegar
  6. Cap tightly – If the cap is metal first put a piece of wax paper then cap
  7. Store in a cool dark place
  8. Shake every few days
  9. Label
  10. Wait at least two weeks,  the more extended the period the stronger the flavor (I prefer 3-4 weeks)

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How do I sign up for Young Living?

Sign up for young living with organic stepping stones

Getting registered for Young Living is easy! When you are ready, click sign up for Young Living to get started.

Once you click the link, the top of your screen will show a progress bar that looks similar to the picture below.

The process of signing up for Young Living Essential oils and rewards

Step 1: Choose Your Membership

To save 24% on every order, sign-up as a member, which should be auto-checked versus a retail customer.

When it asks you what type of membership you want, this screen will appear:

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Are you feeling lost in life? Create a Vision

Have you carved out a moment in time to ponder the idea of your vision?  Some of you say, “I’m already working on it” while others might be so busy with daily life and might ask, “What are you talking about?”


The last couple of years I have been seriously kicking this idea around.   You could call it your vision, dream, goal, mission or anything relevant for you.  We all have gifts and talents; the beautiful thing is that we are all uniquely different.


Young Living continually promotes the idea of finding your “why” or dream in life, which I have embraced and want to share with you.  After going to Diamond Bound (an event put on by Young Living Entrepreneurs) many of the speakers urged us all to step outside of the box to create our unique vision.  They all share how and why they built their dream and the positive impact it has had for so many people.  Attending this event inspired me to help me achieve my dream while empowering you.


  Why Should You Have a Vision?

  • To share your gifts and talents
  • Create a purpose for yourself
  • To help others help themselves
  • The responsibility of your vision is your own

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