Look no further than the Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City , Indiana
for family fun in the Northwestern Indiana area.
We are into the middle of Summer and looking for fun stuff to do! I can’t believe that Washington Park Zoo is not one that we’ve visited before. Located in Michigan City, Indiana this zoo is small enough to get through quickly but unique enough to want to go back again and again.
Winding walkways go up and up but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t easily accessible with strollers or wheelchairs. Lots of different paths to take so that one way you can look into the bear exhibit then go another way and you are up behind it looking down. This gives a great 2nd chance to see animals that may have been in a spot that wasn’t visible before. After seeing the animals and riding the train the little petting area toward the end was not to be missed.
There are three things that I’ve never seen before that made this trip one of my families favorites.
I wish that I got a better picture of Ace in this but there were so many kids going through it that I just got this one. It was a busy place! Ace had to go back 4 separate times because he loved it so much. While the kids go in the tunnel the otters can swim over them or even sit on top of the tube. It was so cute and all the kids were enjoying it very much.
Take a little walk off the beaten path to the observation tower. Small balconies are on each level as you walk out to give a full 360 degree view from the tower.
After the trek up many, many, many steps the payoff was a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan. The open windows were very well guarded. Even the most height weary person would feel comfortable enough going up to enjoy the scenery.
Feed the Birds at the Aviary
By far my boys favorite at the zoo. Once you walk into an enclosed area there is an option to buy a stick with bird seed on it for $1. Be careful since Ace thought this was for him and promptly put it in his mouth! Lol. The employee selling the sticks assured me that it happens multiple times a day. After that it’s time to feed the birds. It was a popular spot too but big enough that everyone had lots of chances to feed any bird they liked if they were on the ladders, bird houses or even on the ground. They also got lots of chances to hold the birds on their sticks.
This zoo was about an hour from our location in Southwestern Michigan and well worth the trip. We completed the whole zoo in about 2 hours and had enough time to visit Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets for a little shopping and lunch downtown. If you live the SW Michigan/NW Indiana area I recommend putting this on your families Summer list.
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Get those grills fired up… because it’s #CookoutWeek 2017! This week, I’m joining forces with over 40 food blogger friends to bring you delicious recipes perfect for every backyard BBQ, picnic, summer party, or cookout.
We also have a fabulous giveaway featuring products from the brands who have made #CookoutWeek possible! You can enter below to win:
- From blog host The PinterTest Kitchen: $100 Amazon gift card, to use to buy all the supplies you need for your next cookout
- From our sponsor The French Farm: A gift pack of gourmet products hand-crafted by small businesses and using only the finest ingredients – La Favorita Genovese Pesto, Caprichos del Guadalquivir Cadenera Orange Marmalade, and L’Abeille Occitane Lavender Honey
- From our sponsor Smokin’-Os: A sampler pack of their “smokin’-os” wood rings, to help you add wood-fired, smokey taste to your grilled foods, even if you don’t own a smoker
- From our sponsor Primal Kitchen: $200 of Primal Kitchen goodies, including condiments made with avocado oil and bars and shakes with grass-fed collagen
- From our sponsor Langers Juice Company: Your choice of 10 bottles of Langers Juice, with flavors including traditional Apple and Grape, as well as interesting mixes such as Pineapple Orange Coconut, Cranberry Blood Orange, and Mango Peach
- From our sponsor True Made Foods: A 3-bottle sampler pack of sauces with real flavors made from real vegetables and less sugar – Ketchup, BBQ, and Veracha
This prize pack has an ARV of over $400! You have until July 1 at 11:59 PM to enter by following our sponsors and bloggers on social media:
Stay tuned… remember, throughout the week, all of the participating bloggers will be posting delicious cookout recipes. Here are all the bloggers who are part of #CookoutWeek 2017:
The PinterTest Kitchen • 2 Cookin Mamas • A Day in the Life on the Farm • A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures • Amy’s Cooking Adventures • Ashees Cookbook • Baking Sense • Body Rebooted • Bottom Left of the Mitten • Chef Sarah Elizabeth • Cook’s Hideout • Cookaholic Wife • Cooking with Sapana • Eat, Drink, Be Healthy! • Fairyburger • Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice • Family Around the Table • Fix Me a Little Lunch • For the Love of Food • Full Belly Sisters • Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks • Home Sweet Homestead • Join Us, Pull up a Chair • Kate’s Recipe Box • Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats • Little House Big Alaska • My Southern Sweet Tooth • Our Good Life • Oven Tales By Syama • Palatable Pastime • Rants From My Crazy Kitchen • Savory Moments • Seduction in the Kitchen • Sidewalk Shoes • That Recipe • The Freshman Cook • The Mad Scientists Kitchen • The Pajama Chef • The Redhead Baker • The Saucy Southerner • The Spiffy Cookie • The Weekday Gourmet • Tramplingrose • Turnips 2 Tangerines • Uncle Jerry’s Kitchen
As one of the bonus entries in the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post… what is your favorite dish to eat at a cookout?
March is National Craft Month! I want to show how easy it is to find a craft that you can start today. One of my favorites, and actually the first one that I tried, is embroidery. When I started out I used patterns that I purchased but once I got a little better at it I wanted to make my own patterns. It was a little difficult to find directions that had every step. After a lot of research, I put together a few different steps that ended up making a perfect transfer for my embroidery.
Since I had such a hard time finding the right directions I figured this would be a perfect post for Bottom Left of the Mitten. So let’s get started.
You will need to have 3 programs open and available to create the image you are going to print:
- PowerPoint or Word
- Snipping Tool
I set up my image in PowerPoint but you could use a Word Document as well.
Next you’re going to open up your ‘Snipping’ Tool
Once you snip the image it will open up in a window like this
Right click on the image and select ‘Copy’
Now you will take that image and paste it into your Paint Program
It will look like this
Now you have to flip the image so that when you iron it on it will be correct
It will now look like this
Now you will copy this image
And then paste back into your PowerPoint or Word document. I usually delete what was on there after I am done clipping the image I’m going to use so I have a clean sheet.
Once that is done you can now just print this document out. Now gather your final supplies.
You will need:
- a piece of fabric
- your printed image
- transfer pen
- embroidery needle
- embroidery thread
These are pens that I have used for my projects
Take your transfer pen and trace your image.
Cut the excess paper away from the image. You will want to iron the fabric you are using before you apply the transfer.
Flip the paper so that it is ink side down then cover with the iron. *Tip: If you have a large image make sure that you do not rub the iron back and forth since this may leave ‘streaks’ on the fabric. Just simply pick the iron up and place back down on alternating sections.
And here you are…..
Time to emboider!
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
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