Sunday, November 11, 2018

We proudly present the arrival of Finley Dianne

Finley Dianne born on October 30, 2018

Many of you may already know that we erected Ionia's first Little Free Library in honor of (my mother) Dianne who passed away of cancer a couple of years ago. Today we would like to PROUDLY introduce you to her namesake (and her fifth great-grandchild) Finley Dianne.

Finley arrived on October 30, 2018, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 20 inches long.

Don't forget to visit the Little Free Library where the books are always FREE. It is located on the corners of Welton and Railroad streets (behind the Health Department) and right across from the river trail in beautiful historic Ionia, Michigan.

To learn more about the Little Free Library Movement please visit

Ionia, Michigan's First Little Free Library


Ionia, Michigan's first Little Free Library, Charter Number 53859 is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Dianne Yurisich Laird, (7-21-1942 to 4-11-2016) and was established in July of 2017. The Little Free Library has been in operation since that date and continues to provide free books for all ages.
Dianne was a long time resident of Ionia and shared both her love of reading and her giving heart with family and friends throughout her lifetime.  

To honor Dianne's memory, her family, Elizabeth (Beth) Moore (daughter), Erin Robinson-Woods, Caitlin Robinson, Cydney Robinson (granddaughters), Jack Wickham, Seth Woods, Rozlin and Liam Vasquez (great-grandchildren), Sally Pierce, Kathleen Mitchell (sisters) as well as other family (Justin Kohler) and friends were all instrumental in making this community project happen in her memory.

To learn more about the Little Free Library Movement please visit

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gut Health and Shopping Lists: A post not just for crafters!

Still working on updates to this blog. In the meantime, I have a quick share. Recently we've discovered a new and healthful way of eating that not only promotes a healthy diet but your "gut health" as well. It's all about the probiotics!

Not that long ago I happened to be flipping through the channels and landed upon the Dr. Phil Show just as he was introducing Dr. Travis Stork. You might have already heard of him! He is an emergency physician but he is perhaps best know for appearing on The Bachelor, and as the host of the syndicated daytime talk show The Doctors. He also wrote the book, The Doctor's Diet.

At any rate, I didn't know him for any of these things but the segment on Dr. Phil got me very interested in purchasing Dr. Travis' new book, The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life to learn more about the diet and the relationship between poor gut health and weight gain.

If one of your New Year's resolution includes creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself, then I recommend picking up a copy of his book like I did! Here's more about the book from Dr. Travis himself.

At any rate, once I get this blog really up and running again, I'll post from time to the time the progress I'm having with regard to following this new healthful approach to eating!

Just to give you an idea of the great food included I'm attaching my staple shopping list. Keep in mind that there are a number of other food choices available in his food plan, but I only shop for the stuff we actually like (and eat!).

Some of our favorite recipes from the book so far include, "Any Vegetable Soup" (It's pretty much exactly like Weight Watcher's 0 point soup and so yummy too!), Quick-Fix Spinach Lasagna (this one is in his other book too!), and all of his Veggie Chow-Chow recipes.

Again, this book includes a couple of fantastic healthy diet plans for weight loss and maintenance, but the diet focus is on the association between Microbiome Balance and Weight Gain. I know it sounds like the book might be a little heavy on the science of the body, but Dr. Travis does an excellent job of writing in plain language that is easy to understand! Yay! And the meal plans make maintaining this healthy lifestyle pretty darn easy from what we can tell so far - I'll keep you posted on that too!

Here's to a healthy 2017!

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