My Town. I Love.

ArtPrize Grand Rapids 9-23-09 12

photo credit: stevendepolo


I wasn’t always a fan of the town I live in.

Well, technically it’s a city. And I guess I don’t technically live in the city, but outside of it.

In highschool I was doing everything I could to get out, checking out colleges out of state, or at the very least a few hours away. I was claustrophobic, looking to spread my wings. And as soon as those wings began to fly, I fell in love and settled down. We’ve officially only crossed state lines maybe three times in the ten years since we’ve been married.

I’ve often dreamed of leaving this place behind, starting new somewhere more….exciting. Somewhere where the grass was greener. My roots weren’t yet planted, and even in the beginning years of my life as a mom, I felt like my life in the area was just temporary. I couldn’t seem to find my “place”.

But as my circle of friends gets larger, I find myself craving what Grand Rapids has to offer. I’m lucky to live in an area so in-tuned to how I want to live my life, and while it’s not perfect, I’m beginning to find my way around, businesses and farms seem to come out of the woodwork when I talk to the right people.

While this blog is meant to have a national audience, I’ve also put a bit of local flavor into it as well, adding in local resources and events that you as moms would be interested in.

Take this next week for example, we’ve got everything from a local Nourishing Ways meeting (our local Weston A Price chapter) where Dan Corrigan is going to talk about nourishing children on the Autism spectrum, to a week full of events at Hopscotch Children’s Store to celebrate National “Screen-Free Week”. And not only do we have some wonderful local businesses that cater to the “natural” folk, we have awesome support groups for moms; active Le Leche Leagues, ICAN (helping support moms after c-section), and natural parenting and babywearing meetings. Looking for birth support? We’ve got plenty of midwives, doulas, and birth coach instructors to choose from.

We are lucky.

If you live in the area, please take a look at our list of growing resources! (and if you want to be one of them, please contact me and let me know) I also hope to see you at some of the local events coming up – many of which are listed on the event page.

I’m big on supporting local.


Local Food . Local Business . Local Groups . Local Blogs


And in the spirit of sharing what we have going on locally, I’d love to share the stage with our local bloggers this week. Some blog specifically to the area, some you already know, but by finding new blogs to love that are based out of our own area, you’ll be supporting local families.

So, to all my fellow local bloggers (the general West Michigan/Grand Rapids area) my roots are growing deeper, join me in telling folks that yours are too.

Link up your blog name, short description, and URL in the linky below.

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About donielle

Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.


  1. Love the post. I too, love GR. That’s why I am investing all that I have and all that I am into making my mark on it. <3

    I also wrote a blog post about GR a few months back – check it out –

    Keep up the good work!!

  2. Oh, I wish I felt this way about where I live. We definitely feel very settled here, but there is still a lot that I feel like I am missing as far as the kids of things you are talking about – farms and farmers, businesses, and support groups. I do think that much of what I am looking for is here, I really have just yet to find it. I am only beginning to start looking and digging deeper, but this post has inspired me to start looking harder and to really find the great things about living here, South Bend, IN in case any one is wondering.

    And we are almost close enough to GR and West Michigan to take advantage of all the great stuff there, but just not quite. šŸ™‚

  3. Now if we could just get a Trader Joes or Whole Foods we’d be all set šŸ˜‰

  4. Hi Donielle,

    What a fun idea and cute new blog, too! šŸ™‚

    I love GR more and more the longer we live here (youza, we’ve lived here 21 years now, that makes me sound OLD), and we also love our ‘small’ town of Rockford, only 10 minutes from the city. Things like Art Prize and the gazillion fun things to do around town make it the best place to live for sure.

    One of these days I’ll make it to another local bloggers get-together!


  5. I’m also a transplant and it took a few years for GR to grown on me, too. But every year that I am here I get a little bit prouder to be a Grand Rapidian.

    Kudos on the new blog, it is a keeper!

  6. Wow! there are a lot more west michigan/grand rapids blogs than I knew about! yay!

    I live in Holland, but work in the GR area as a teacher (in Wyoming).

    • @Katie, I’ve found quite a few new ones too! Lots to add to my google reader for sure. šŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up!


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