Searching for the sweetest little pea….

My holiday visit to Sweet Pea Baby Boutique in Traverse City, Michigan, was filled with fun items including baby clothes, Melissa & Doug toys, Piggy Paint, and MY board books! As many of you know, I have four board books that make great gifts for little ones! See why this sweet store is Merry & Bright this Christmas… Sweet Pea is located at 205 E. Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684




In search of the Perfect Christmas Tree…

We are going on a tree hunt! Last weekend my family and I went in search of the best Christmas tree in Northern Michigan. Our adventure lead us to find some adorable animals (see pictures below.)  we ended up finding our dream tree at the Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm in Traverse City. my family all agreed, we found the best family Christmas tree in all of Michigan! You can pick from pre-chopped trees or cut down your own. They will help you strap it to your car roof, and hand your kids a cookie. So, if you are looking to find a festive tree farm look no further than the Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm: 6777 Herkner Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685

Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm: 6777 Herkner Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685




WORTH A VISIT: SHOP WESTBAY HANDMADE on Front Street in Traverse City, Michigan for locally made goods all in one place! 

I found these great leather earrings for under $10 and LOTS of other fun surprises at one of my favorite shops in Traverse City- Westbay Handmade. The store carries goods from over 100 Michigan artists and makers at Westbay Handmade- located next to The Goodbowl Eatery and Yen Yoga on Front Street. One of my TOP PICKS from this store is a set of my board books! Find all four titles in their children’s section. They also have great home items, men’s gifts, beauty, yoga mat bags, handmade face masks and feature talented local artists work- You won’t find some of these artists anywhere else!!!  Take a tour of the store and watch the owner, Kat, on her YouTube channel- Here she shows off some of her creative DIY projects and cool products at the store. The inventory is constantly changing and once the pandemic is over they also offer classes! Thanks for  shopping small #supportlocal

West Bay Handmade, LLC
326 E. Front St. Traverse City, MI  231-252-8482

Find hip leather earrings for under $10 at Westbay Handmade Shop on Front Street in Traverse City, Mi. 

The huge selection changes every week!  

<- Find Kristy’s baby board books at Westbay Handmade Shop! Pick up all 4 for your next baby shower! Each book is priced at only $7.95 – What a great gift!

Men’s gifts too! 


Shop: West Bay Handmade 

West Bay Handmade, LLC
326 E. Front St. Traverse City, MI 49684 

Discover Recycled Nautical Charm at Sea Bags: A New Boutique on Front Street in Traverse City, Michigan

As I was walking down Front Street in Traverse City the other day I stumbled upon a new store filled with straight-up “Nautical Charm.” Walk inside Sea Bags and you will find hundreds of one-of-a-kind vintage bags and accessories made out of recycled sailing sheets! These bags are so cool… I just loved looking at each one, they are ALL unique and ALL absolutely fabulous! These bags are sturdy enough to last for seasons. Nautically inspired, the motifs include lobsters, dogs, mermaid, and sailing stripes and number. Pick a handmade tote bag to pack for the beach, or a choose a smaller cosmetic bag to carry in another purse. They also have home decor, candles, accessories, dog items, and more. Sea Bags is one of the newest boutiques to pop up on Front Street in downtown Traverse City, Michigan this summer. Originally based out of Maine, the handmade items are made in the USA. Each bag is a little different than the next, so the joy is stopping by and checking out each one in person!

Sea Bags in Traverse City
223 East Front Street (See map below!) 
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: 231.421.3185

Each bag is unique and made from recycled sailing sheets!

Wear a mask to keep safe inside the store.

Sea Bags has other items like candles and cheese trays!

They have mermaid and lobster bags too!

Sea Bags in Traverse City
223 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: 231.421.3185
Find them online at:

Sea Bags Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
    Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm



The streets are painted RAINBOW in downtown Traverse City– And it is super fun! Yesterday I was blessed with a child free hour to walk around, so I popped in a couple store (with my mask) and it made me remember why our town is so special. We have so many small businesses, shops, restaurants, and multiple places to take Instagram worthy pictures! And now, TC’s main avenue, Front Street is a wider place to visit because between Park Street and Union Street is now closed to cars and open to pedestrians. This innovative change began Monday, June 22nd and is intended to give more room to enjoy downtown while social distancing. In addition, State Street (between Park Street and Union Street ) has transformed from a one-way street to a two-way street. Side note, Front Street is a great spot to take a colorful Summer 2020 Selfie with your mask, because who knows if they will do this again next year… but hopefully the city will decide to make it a permanent feature! To everyone who visits, please stay safe and healthy during this unique and ever-changing summer of 2020. Many stores are selling unique face masks that are locally made and locally made hand sanitizer, so don’t forget to support local while you stay safe! To find out more about downtown changes and policies during the summer of 2020 visit:



Don Orr Ski N’ Beach Haus

Did you know you can find loads of summer fun at Don Orr Sk N’ Beach Haus in TC? It has way more than just snow skis…

Those of us who spend our winters in Northern Michigan know Don Orr as a great place to purchase ski apparel and equipment, but it is way more than just a winter destination…During summer months Don Orr turns into a tiki bar boutique filled with beach gear, apparel, swimsuits floats, sandals, sunglasses, and so much more! The locally owned store has a good selection of life jackets and sunglasses (see pictures below) and sell my favorite brand of sunscreen: Sun Bum! They have a great selection of local apparel brands including M-22, Love, My Michigan Roots and 45th Parallel. Visiting from out of town? You can rent a huge yellow lily pad for hours of fun to play on the water! Take it to a beach or show it on the back of a boat for floating fun in the middle of the lake. Head to their website and sign up for their emails for 10% off a shopping trip Or visit in person —> Don Orr Ski N’ Beach Haus:  890 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686 (see map below)

Visit Don Orr

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Don Orr Ski N’ Beach Haus

890 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686

 (231) 946-8810               






Where to pick stunning local Flowers!

There is a gorgeous flower field found out on Old Mission Peninsula, just north of Traverse City where there are hundreds of varieties of flowers and you are allowed to cut your own bouquet. Old Mission Flowers’ self-serve cutting garden is open May through October from dawn until dusk (weather permitting). With endlessly changing options throughout the season, you will have to make more than one visit! The little shed is adorable and stocked with scissors, recycled vases for your choosing, flower cutting suggestions, and flower food to keep the buds in their best shape.
Here are some special details directly from their website How to get to the garden: The address for Old Mission Flowers is 16550 Center Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686 (14 miles north of Traverse City), however, the driveway is off Ladd Rd. If you are headed out the peninsula on Center Rd. (M-37)…after passing Chateau Chantal you will go up a big hill, pass the Ogdensburg Church and cemetery – you will be to Ladd Rd. Watch for the sign on the corner, turn right onto Ladd. The garden is on the corner, you will see the driveway on the left and the garden shed. Feel free to park on the grass. There are no foods, drinks, knick-knacks or bathrooms, just beds of flowers for cutting, a table with pre-cut flowers, and some stellar views. Bring sensible shoes and your camera. Cash, checks, and PayPal are accepted; if you are using cash bring some small bills. 

Old Mission Flowers operates on the honor system, so guests pick flowers and put money or a check in a pay pipe. Here is their most recent flower pricing as of June 2020:

Peonies: $3.00 each, 4 for $10.00, 6 for $15.00, 10 for $20.00

Other Large Flowers: $2.00 each (Lupines, Alliums, Iris, Mullein, Lilacs)

Smaller Flowers: $1.00 each (Perennial Bachelor Buttons)

Very Small Flowers (fillers): 50 cents each (hosta leaves, Lily of the Valley)


Share Some Local Love
for #upnorth #traversecity #northernmichigan

With all that is going on in the world and in our local communities, the push to support local is more needed than ever! I am a huge advocate for shopping small and local. The good news is that there are SO MANY great ways to support local right now: Consider buying your groceries from a local store instead of a big box grocer or online supply. The same goes for household supplies. 


For those that want to splurge, order take-out food once a week from a local restaurant that is providing curbside service. Bagels from the NEW Bubbies Bagels @bubbiesbagels , Soup from 9 Bean Rows in Suttons Bay @9beanrows , Vietnamese Dinner from The Good Bowl Eatery @goodbowleatery , dinner deliciousness from The Cooks House @cookshouse or Alliance  @foodforalliance Looking for more casual take-out option? Try the mouth-watering burgers from Slabtown Burgers @slabtownburgers They are one of my favorites and have the option of a low carb bun, which actually tastes good! #eatlocal #traversecitytakeout 


Mother’s Day is just around the corner! So why not buy a Mother’s Day gift from a local boutique– A cute bag from Cherry Hill Boutique @cherryhillboutiquetc or The Exchange @theexchangeboutiquemi , a necklace from @beckythatcherdesigns  or Silver Fox Jewelry @silverfoxjewelrytc or give her your favorite book from @brilliantbookstc . West Bay Handmade @westbayhandmade in #TraverseCity carries ALL local artisans and is all about #supportinglocalmakers They have curbside pick-up! A few of their local makers include: @creativebabybook @lakesoapco @herbnmeds @3moonknits @foxnbun @venturingheadbandco @sugarnsnailstoys @kehrerberrycrafts  I also LOVE Northern Nail Polish @northernnailpollish its local, non-toxic, and has bright colors for spring!


You can send a care package full of yummy kitchen goodness and oils from Fustini’s @fustinis and throw in some wine from any of our great area wineries! Here are a few: Bonobo Winery @bonobowinery , Mari Vineyards @marivineyards , and Bowers Harbor Vineyards @bowersharborvineyards Another idea is to purchase gift certificates to give for future use when Stay-at-Home orders are removed!  


For those that are looking to do, even more, consider donating to local support efforts.Here are a few: The Traverse City Downtown Development Authority (DDA) @downtown_tc “Buy Local, Give Local Fund,” The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, and The Good Bowl’s Hospitality Relief Fund. And there are many more…


But, even more important is the fact that you can support locals without spending a dime…. Follow and support your favorite local businesses on social media- no purchase necessary! Comment and share their posts- this means a lot to small local businesses and organizations!  Here are a few more local social media tags that are fun to follow: The State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay @stateandbijou , Sweet Pea Baby Boutique @sweetpeatc , Crooked Tree Arts Center @Crookedtreetraversecity , The National Writers Series @National_writers_series , Modus45 @modus45 and just about a million more. On yes, and me, on Instagram @StylishUpNorth – I ALWAY appreciate your shares, comments, and love! As always, thanks for supporting local in Northern Michigan!  #upnorthlove

Kristy on
9 & 10 News

I just finished a zoom interview with 9&10 New of Northern Michigan@9and10news about my four board books- (Find them on Instagram @creativebabybook) Click here for the link to the digital interview. See below for links to find all four books! I am honored to be included in their local author initiative. Thank you for sharing the love of early reading with your viewers! Watch tonight for the full interview- eek! #supportlocal#localauthor #traversecity#upnorthmichigan #thankyou#readearly 📚💗#booklove


Here is the direct link to a digital version on 9 & 10 News!