Born and raised in Michigan, graduate of the University of Iowa. She’s a reporter (mostly sports, with some news and features thrown in) for the Times Citizen. Follow her on Twitter @mvanwingen.

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The other day my husband and I were discussing our upcoming trip to Michigan, and it made me realize something I never really thought about before.

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve always struggled with my weight.

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When did it become regular practice for parents to complain to coaches (or teachers) and take matters into their own hands?

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Sometimes I hate the niche that I have found in my writing. Just because... it can be so hard.

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Instead of a making New Year’s resolutions I decided to do something just a little different, I made a list of things I want to do before I turn 30.

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I've been a Detroit Lions fan for as long as I can remember. When I was really little I didn't pay that much attention to what was going on, but I knew that Barry Sanders was really good and he was a lot of fun to watch as he'd weave in and out of traffic and make defenders miss at every tur…

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I’m not going to lie, it was a little weird for me to sell my car recently. I thought I was ready for it, but you never know how something like that will hit you.

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Ever since we bought my wedding dress I've debated what I should do with it once the wedding was over. There are options... I just have to make a decision.

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The last time you left us, Justin and I had just said goodbye and were going our separate ways. He to his parents and me to our house. I'm all for making our own traditions, but one thing I wanted to hold onto was not seeing each other the night before or the morning of the wedding.