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Gift Guide: Granola Mom

Written by  Josh Veal
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The Granola Mom loves her children, nature and eating healthy — in that order. She wants to teach her kids about the wonders of the world, whether that be flora, fauna or natural formations. These gifts aren’t just for her — they’re for our future.

WEAR

Granola Mom can relate heavily to Mother Nature. They’re both just trying to keep their offspring safe, but can show quite a bit of wrath when the kids don’t play nice. Help mom send the right message with a “Respect Your Mother” graphic tee at Woosah Outfitters. The shop is full of other nature-friendly apparel, like the Mister Bear crewneck and Wander Without Reason enamel pin.

Woosah Outfitters
738 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
spreadingthewoosah.com

EAT

Terra is named after the very Earth we live on, and that deference to the natural world shows in its approach. One of the first West Michigan restaurants to commit to sustainable, local sourcing, Terra’s menu is good for both you and the planet, and it’s kid-friendly, too! Granola Mom will love the risotto, made with squash, parsnip, sweet potato, celery root, turnip, apple butter and cranberries. Bonus: the happy hour is first-class.

Terra
1429 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids
terragr.com

DRINK

Being a mom means sometimes — or maybe all the time — you could use a drink. With its European-style ciders and farmhouse taproom, Virtue Cider is the perfect watering hole for the Granola Mom. She’ll find outdoor campfires to drink by, trails to walk, games to play and animals to watch, all with a drink in hand. It’s the perfect place to ditch the kids or at least keep them entertained while she takes a load off outdoors.

Virtue Cider
2170 62nd St., Fennville
virtuecider.com

SNACK

Whether there’s no time for meals or the young’uns are complaining about being hungry, having snacks on hand is an absolute must for the Granola Mom. Get her a big pack of the Gluten Free Bar and she’ll be thinking of you whenever she tosses a Cranberry Toasted Almond or Chocolate Peanut Butter bar to the kids in the backseat.

Gluten Free Bar
Sold in stores around West Michigan
theglutenfreebar.com

WATCH

The ideal evening for the Granola Mom means bringing her kids somewhere they both can enjoy. A trip to Frederik Meijer Gardens fits the bill perfectly, and when you add on a performance from the Grand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company, it’s a home run. Better yet, this family-friendly show is all about butterflies blooming and exploring the natural world around it.

Who Am I? A Butterfly Ballet
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
meijergardens.org

DO

Blandford Nature Center is a gift to the community — the perfect place for a family to explore the great outdoors, see some cute animals and learn about the world around us. Take your kids on a fall foliage tour or visit in winter, snowshoeing through the trails.

Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
blandfordnaturecenter.org

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