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.

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Now that I'm officially a Mrs. and I've had a few weeks to process it all, it's a good time to reflect.

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Tomorrow we are officially two weeks away from the big day. Everyone keeps asking me if I'm getting nervous and the truth is, no. We've been together for nearly six years and have been living together for two and a half. There aren't a whole lot of surprises to come. I'm just ready for the p…