Shannon

Home Sweet Home: My heart lives in Lansing

We’ve all had that moment. You know what we’re talking about…that moment where you suddenly come to the realization that Lansing is your “home sweet home.” We here at the Lansing Collective want to know what makes our capitol city your “home sweet home” and when you realized it- so we are embarking upon a series where Lansingites share their aha moment with us! Submit your stories to HomeSweetHome@lansingcollective.com and we may just publish it on the blog! Read on to learn about this week’s featured story.

For those of you that do not know, my sister moved to Chicago this summer. She gave in to the alluring lights and sounds of the big city and left mid-Michigan to start her life in a bustling and hip neighborhood of Chi-town. (Along with countless other friends, there was a mass exodus from Lansing to Chicago, I swear…)

My sister and I in Chicago

Naturally, I have ventured into the city on a few occasions this summer to spend long weekends with my sis and her roommate (who just so happens to be one of my best friends) and fell for the appeal of the hipster parts of the cute little neighborhoods- the vegan bakeries, bike friendly streets, locally owned pubs, boutiques and restaurants lining every street, the fashion of the passersby as I dove into my pitcher of brunch margaritas- needless to say I felt I knew exactly why so many of my friends and acquaintances have left the small streets of Lansing to start fresh in a bigger Midwest town. That is until I hit the road to reluctantly return to my home in Lansing. That’s when it happened. Continue reading

Shannon

Spring has sprung in Lansing!

So many places to go in Old Town!

It has been more than awhile since my last post, but I am pleased to say that I have not had time to write because I have been so busy enjoying all that Lansing has to offer now that the nice weather has arrived! I would like to meet the person who says there is nothing to do in Lansing… just this weekend alone brought “Be a tourist in your own town”, a chili cookoff, Meridian Township and Old Town Farmer’s Markets, art exhibit openings, Lansing Lugnuts, the Hawk Island Triathalon and more to our great city! While I was out of town for part of the weekend, I decided to take Sunday to explore the capitol city on two wheels. I want to share what a spring weekend in Lansing looks like with you all!

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Shannon

Responsible Eating: A #lovelansing Guide to Cruelty-free and Sustainable Consumption

I know what many of you are thinking after reading this title- “Here we go, Shannon is going to spread her opinion on a vegetarian lifestyle with her beloved city…”, however you, dear reader, would only be partially right.

While I choose to live a vegetarian lifestyle (and will share why), there are plenty of other ways to consume cruelty-free food, while supporting sustainability- particularly buying local, “Meatless Mondays” and becoming an “ethical omnivore”, not to mention vegetarianism/veganism.  In this post, I plan to take a few minutes to detail these options for you, and share ways to purchase local, cruelty-free products in Lansing, so I encourage you to take some time to read on!

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Shannon

Opinion Piece: Hey Lansing, are you pissed off yet?!

I know I sure am. Being that we live right in the midst of all the state-wide action, politically that is, I am sure you have all had the chance to witness, or at least hear about, one of the many rallies that have been taking place on the steps of our capitol. You may be asking yourself, “Why is there suddenly so much commotion around our capitol city?”. Well, I am going to take the opportunity to break it down for you all in the hopes that if you are not yet pissed off about the direction our state is taking, you will be by the end of this post. Continue reading

Shannon

It’s that time of year again, folks- V-Day hits Lansing (…and I don’t mean Valentine’s Day!)

February is one of my favorite times of year. I know that for most people, there is not much to look forward to in February; there is an abundance of dirty, slushy snow lining the streets, we reach such frigid temperatures, we should be encouraged to stay in bed rather than venturing out to make it to work or school. However, there are a few good things about this second month of the year to look forward to, and for me, the biggest is V-day… and no, I am not talking about Valentine’s day. Continue reading