S.H.E.: Suggestions for the eccentric reader

When people ask me what I am currently reading, I often struggle to answer. Do I give them the solid answer of the latest non-fiction historical book? Or should I mention something a little less safe, more trashy and much more fun?

Taking some time off from "adulting," S.H.E. columnist Emilee Nielsen expresses her unhappiness about having to leave the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida's Universal Studios during her vacation earlier this summer.

S.H.E.: Struggling against adulthood

My best friend, Steph, is getting married today.

She is getting married, I’m married and my other best friends are married. I have friends my age that have kids — on purpose. I look around at my life and can’t help but wonder…whose idea was it to put us in charge?
It feels like it was only a month ago that I had to depend on direction and care from adults.

Mike Andrews and Emilee Nielsen on her wedding day in June 2015.

COLUMN: Mother’s Day is a bit different for me

The first time I remember thinking that the way I was growing up was a little different than how other kids were growing up was in elementary school.

We were making a gift to bring home for Mother’s Day. I think it was a clay apple necklace that we had to form and then give to the teacher to be fired in a kiln. I asked the teacher who I should make my necklace for, because I couldn’t make it for my dad and I didn’t have a mom.

Enjoying the 2014 Mom Prom were, from left, Nicki Benn of Stanton, Tasha Benn of  Sheridan, Ashley Kellams of Gowen, and Samantha Fickle of Sheridan. (Courtesy photo)

S.H.E.: April 23 Mom Prom is a good time for a good cause

Being crowned prom queen may seem like a distant dream, but by attending the 2016 Mom Prom on April 23, it is a dream that can still be realized. In its fifth year, Montcalm Mom Prom offers a good time for a good cause. Each year, Mom Prom raises funds for various charitable causes. This year, the monies will be donated to the VanAndel Research Institute for Parkinson’s research.

Donna Harrington, left, handed down her 35-year-old Gucci watch to her granddaughter, Heather Harrington, “to remember her by,” according to Heather Harrington. The watch has interchangeable faces. (Courtesy photos)

S.H.E.: Heirlooms passed down to family members

Traits, money and property are three things that are passed down through generations every day. Sometimes, the things passed through families are treasures that tell a story, making them special in their own unique ways.

If there were any issues with a property a home buyer is buying, it may prove to be a difficult process for resolution, whereas with title insurance, a claim can be filed with the issuing insurance company.  (Courtesy photo)

HOME: The importance of title insurance

Buying and selling property is a large financial undertaking. Buyers purchasing title insurance protect their investment and can do so independently through a title company or through the assistance of a real estate agent.

According to George Clark, field manager for West Michigan Glass Block, a Wyoming-based company that handles a great deal of remodeling jobs locally, remodels can be a big money saver over new construction. (Courtesy photos)

HOME: Build or remodel?

Whether to build or remodel, that is the question that homeowners (and potential homeowners) have faced since mankind first moved out of the caves and began creating homes of wood, brick and stone. In all that time, much has changed and much has stayed the same. It still comes down to the individual and his or her personal needs, desires and financial wherewithal. Good cases may be made for both options.


S.H.E.: Surviving the holidays and winter

Going from house to house and family to family can do numbers on the body and mind — from sore feet all the way up to pressure behind the eyes from one too many cocktails or overindulging in holiday feasts. Thus, keeping up a good look during the holiday can be quite the challenge.

Scrapbooking is one indoor hobby that the entire family can get into during the winter months. (Courtesy photo)

S.H.E.: Picking up a new hobby can pass the time of winter’s doldrums

The word “hobbies” may bring to mind passive (and maybe a little dull) time-passers like puzzles, games on your cell phone or pointless card games of Solitaire, things one tends to do when there’s nothing better going on. But hobbies also can include group activities that not only pass the time, but foster creativity and interpersonal relationships.

Steel Toes to Stillettos

S.H.E.: Self-care is especially important during Michigan winters

Sure, I love looking outside at the beautiful snow, but I don’t really want to be out in it. That eliminates the fun activities of my youth, like building snow people and snow forts, having snowball fights, sledding and snowboarding. Those activities usually unwound my stress and picked me out of any winter funk I was going through. Now, however, I’m finding other outlets to relieve stress and depression.