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If there’s one thing I value, it’s variety. Routine bores me and the commonplace disinterests me. The same is true for my eating habits. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy a traditional burger and beer joint as much as the next person, but I just prefer my burger to have a unique combination of toppings and my beer to be craft. Maybe that sounds snobbish, but I can’t help I have an innate desire to constantly try new foods and explore new places. Can you relate? If so, you’re probably a fellow foodie and will appreciate these restaurants in Greater Lansing that serve up delicious and unique dishes:

Summer’s not over quite yet. Grab your girls, your best friends or the fam and plan on a great getaway to Greater Lansing. Festivals, great patio dining, great one of a kind attractions and outdoor adventure awaits.

Common Ground Music Festival 2016 has come and gone and while festival headliner, Dierks Bentley, is probably back on a beach somewhere; you might be back on the hunt for more great music. Fortunately, great tunes abound during the summer months in Greater Lansing and you can find a concert series taking place almost every day. But what happens when summer is over and you need your entertainment fix? Well, you high-tail it to one of these seven venues that offer live music year-round. 

The next time you attend an event, look around. Those napkins fanned out in a perfect display on the catering table? Someone spent the morning twisting them with a practiced spin of the wrist. The organized map that shows where all of the 400 exhibitors are to set up? Someone has been planning that for a month. That RSVP list that is being scanned for your name? Someone spent months painstakingly updating it so the name tag about to be handed to you could be cross-checked and alphabetized at midnight the night before.

Event planning is not rocket science, but it requires an acute organization and constant attention to detail. If everything goes off without a hitch, it often goes without notice, but if something goes awry, it’s a public display of failure.

Here are ten tips to help you manage planning and execution process of an event – large or small:

Summer in Michigan is a special time for a lot of reasons but if you happen to be a golfer, it’s pretty much paradise. Warm sunny days and cool nights make for premium conditions on the 30 or so courses within the Greater Lansing area and depending on the type of course you like and the amount of money in your pocket, you can be playing a round of golf with your friends in no time flat.

Heads up to all you Pokémon Go folks. No seriously. Heads up from your screens. Lansing is teaming with Pokémon, Pokéballs, gyms, Pokéstops and everything that every young Pokémon Go player needs or wants. We’re pretty sure you could spend a few hours [ahem!] a few days capturing, training, and building up your team. Whether you’re on the red, blue or yellow team, Greater Lansing has a big river, tons of parks, monuments and public spaces.

I’m having a little trouble focusing today, but I doubt I’m the only one. Summer just seems to cast a spell that makes minds wander and attention spans diminish. In my defense, it doesn’t help that Lansing’s Common Ground Music Festival has set up practically right outside my office building and that visions of Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley keep dancing in my head. 

In the world of an event planning professional there are many negotiations to be made. Negotiating with event facilities for the best deal, negotiating with your board on the destination of your next event, negotiating with your boss about your event budget, and on and on and on. Yes, negotiating is part of doing business, but negotiating well is more – it’s an art. Being a good negotiator is critical to your success so here are some winning tips on negotiating like a pro. These tips work for anything, whether you're negotiating with a tough-minded colleague over a big deal or with your husband over getting ice cream after dinner.