5 Things I Love Today — Jan. 18th, 2018

Hello lovelies! It’s time for another edition of “Things I Love Today!”

Most of these things revolve around two topics: eating and staying warm, because there’s not much else to do when you’re facing frigid temperatures, ice, and snow day in and day out. Needless to say, I’m over it. I want warmth, sunshine, and green trees again.

Without further delay, here’s today’s list!

Our Electric Blanket

I’m taking credit for this one, since I suggested an electric blanket as a Christmas gift when my mother-in-law asked for ideas for her son. Honestly, it’s been a luxury neither of us take for granted, as we try and keep the heat down to save money, yet deal with freezing floors and drafty door cracks. It’s been used every single day since it’s been in our possession. I highly recommend getting one if you’re in colder climates!

My Mug Collection

There have been times I’ve wondered if I have too many mugs, but this winter I’ve proved that’s not possible. Between my husband and I, we’re using an average of one a day between the teas, cider, and cocoa we’re whipping up to help us combat our chilly apartment. I think there’s about 8-10 mugs in my cabinet, one large enough to eat soup out of, and one as tall as a tumbler! Combine it with that electric blanket I just mentioned, and well, you’re in for a cozy night.

Tim Horton’s

Depending on the area in which you live, you may not know the glory that is this Canadian eatery chain that sells delicious breakfast and lunch items. I’m not sure if they’re most famous for their Iced Caps (short for Cappuchino) or Tim Bits (their cute name for doughnut holes), but I’m partial to the bacon, egg, and cheese croissant sandwich. I eat one at least once a week, so does that count as addiction? Either way, I need the protein and calories, and it’s perfect for picking up on my way to work. The bagels are a favorite as well. I love you, Timmy Ho’s!

Kohl’s Cash

This is pretty self explanatory. Spend money at Kohl’s stores, get money back! Due to the purchase of a new bed set, I had about $40 to use, and there’s nothing quite like shopping for “free.” I had one specific thing in mind (see the next paragraph!), but didn’t realize it was going to be so inexpensive, so I was able to take my time and ponder what else was needed. After looking and debating for about an hour, I decided to go the cute route and purchase a few adorable clothing items for Hannah, my best friend’s daughter. Seriously, though, I hope Kohl’s never gets rid of this awesome perk!

My New Rice Cooker

This is what I purchased first with the Kohl’s Cash! My rice cooker was my 2nd favorite kitchen appliance (nothing beats my slow cooker), but it had died sometime between the last time I used it and when I unsuccessfully tried to use it for dinner about a week ago. I am the WORST at cooking rice, so this gadget was something I wasn’t going to go without for long. I purchased one — on sale — from Hamilton Beach, and it also has the option to steam food while the rice cooks. I plan on using it for the first time this weekend and can’t wait to test it out.

I hope you enjoyed my list! What are YOU loving right now?

—K

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Get Creative with Crayons

Guest post by Justin McKee

We’re revisiting our childhoods this post by playing around with crayons, and incorporating our privileges as adults to mess with heat to melt them.

I did this project a few years ago just for fun and I thought it’d be nice to revisit it — especially now that I can write about it.

The crayon thing is cool, but you might be asking: “how does this apply to photography?”
I’ll get to that in a moment.

First thing’s first: get some crayons!

I chose to get a big roll of paper and used painter’s tape to attach it to a wall on a slight angle. From there, I lined up the crayons, taped them together securely and then attached them to the top of the paper.

Remember, we’re going to be melting these, so make sure you have a lot of paper for the wax to drip off of.

I do NOT recommend using a hair dryer. I started out with one for this post to show how badly the effects of it can be. You’ll notice in the pictures the wax went in every direction but down when I used the hair dryer (even when I pointed the dryer straight down).

So, pro-tip: Don’t do that.

Alternatively, I tried a curling iron; that didn’t work at all. There simply isn’t enough heat.
In the end I opted to use a candle lighter (one of the long ones). I held the flame well away from the crayons to make sure that no fires broke out — you have to be smart here if you decide to use fire. It’ll take longer to melt the wax, but at least your house will still be standing at the end of the night.

From there, I simply let the crayons melt and drip down on the paper.

OK, here’s where the photography part of the post comes into play.

Look for different angles to shoot this unique subject. That’s the challenge.

I tried different angles, apertures, focal lengths and more before I was satisfied with the three shots attached to this post.

I used a number of lenses ranging from a 16-35mm f/2.8 to a 70-200mm f/2.8.

The best part of this project is that you can take your time with it. Once the wax dries in its drippy form, you’ve got all the time in the world to shoot.

I used a single source of light that was adjacent from the wall and I made sure the light was very close to the crayons so there was as much light as possible. Making sure the light is closer lets you use apertures as wide as f/2.8 and as closed down as f/14 if you want to play with depth of field.

If you decide to try this project, be sure to be safe and have fun! It’s a unique blend of crafts and photography that is simply a blast to play around with.


Justin McKee is a photographer with big ideas living in Michigan. In addition to portraits, wedding photography and video, he also enjoys wildlife photography. He always seeks to learn more about his craft.

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Using Light to Prevent Signs of Aging

I’ll be straight with you.

In my teens and early 20s, I didn’t really use sunscreen. It was trendy to be tan, so I’d forgo the protection and allow myself to burn slightly, so after it faded I was left with a subtle, yet sun-kissed glow. In my mid 20s, I typically put it on at the start of an outing at the beach or fishing excursion, but neglected to reapply it. I didn’t use it every day, until I found a tinted moisturizer with SPF in my late 20s.

Now I wish I had been wiser. After some small freckles appeared on my face and larger ones developed on my shoulder after the most severe sunburn of my life a few years ago, I worried more damage had been done underneath the superficial layer of my skin, and would appear later in life in the form of ugly age spots or sun spots.

Little did I know you could correct this problem!

It happens with a skin treatment called IPL, or Intense Pulse Light, and the procedure uses a spectrum of light that targets brown and red spots to give you a more even and brighter skin tone. The light brings those spots to the surface to the skin, (called peppering) where they eventually slough off throughout the new few days.

Individuals typically receive five treatments in total, one every five months, and they take about 30-45 minutes to complete.

Before I made the choice to undergo IPL, I had my skin analyzed using a VISIA Complexion Analysis. This machine, which is available in the office which I worked, takes a deeper look at your skin on different levels. It’ll show you pigmentation, texture, pore size, wrinkles, oily areas, and more. It’s an incredible device! In my case, it showed me I indeed had high percentages of brown and red pigmentation lying under my skin.

That’s a look at my results from the VISIA! The left side was taken in May of 2017, before I started using any type of professional skin care products or underwent any sort of micropeel, and the right side is from November 2017, right before my first IPL treatment. The higher the number, the better. Obviously you can see there was some difference from just the products and monthly micropeels, so I’m excited how much better my numbers will be for brown and red spots after my five IPL treatments are complete!

So I decided to get my face and shoulder treated, and I wanted to share my experience!

After cleansing my face, my aesthetician protected my eyes with special goggles or covers that gently adhere to my eyelids. This is VERY important! Then she applied a clear gel to my face to act as a cooling agent, tested different strengths of the light, and then chose what level worked best based on my skin’s reaction.

During the treatment she went over each area of my face and shoulder twice. While I cannot say this treatment is completely pain free, it’s very tolerable, and feels like a slight pinch whenever the light is activated. Some spots on my face were more sensitive than others, like around my eyebrows and upper lip, but on a pain scale of 1-10 I’d give this a 1 or 2, with the more sensitive areas maybe reaching a 3.

Popular areas to treat are the face, neck, chest, and hands. I obviously am focusing on my face, but I’m also treating that spot on my shoulder I mentioned earlier. Since most of the pigment is deeper on my face, I’m not seeing a big difference with my naked eye, but I can tell it’s working because of the tiny spots coming to the surface. The VISIA will confirm the difference after my final treatment. When it comes to the spot on my shoulder, I can already see a huge change. I don’t have any before and after pictures, but I can say the spots are definitely disappearing!

Is IPL something you’re interested in? Before you schedule an appointment, make sure the person performing IPL or any type of skin treatment is certified. You definitely don’t want someone messing with your skin — especially the skin on your face — who doesn’t know the proper techniques and equipment settings.

Want to learn more about skin care treatments? In April, I told you about my experience with dermaplaning, so if you haven’t read that post, go check it out!

—K

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Book Review: The Wife Between Us

Here’s to trying something new with my blog in 2018! Hopefully it’s not the only new offering you’ll see this year.

In my continuing desire to get more comfortable in front of the camera, I decided to record a book review video. It’s brief and spoiler-free, and something I’ve been wanting to try for a couple of months. I hope you’ll take a few minutes and watch it!

My trial run features the fiction novel called The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I received this book from Book of the Month, a subscription box service that I’ve been using since July, and it was the novel I chose for the month of December.

It’s also the first book I’ve completed this year, which means I’m already on my way to reading more books than I read last year — but more on that in an upcoming post!

So turn up your volume, or put on your headphones, and click on the video below to watch!

So after watching, is this a book one you’d add to your list?

Also, I’d love your feedback on this type of blog post. Do you like the review in video format? Would you rather I typed it out as a normal post? Or would you prefer not to see book reviews at all? Leave me a comment here or on one of my social media pages.

What books would you like to see me review in the future? What recommendations do you have for me?

—K

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What Winter Can Teach Us About Contentment

Guest post by Joey Cottle

Happy New Year. I want to offer you a New Year’s resolution.

Resolve to get outside. I know that seems crazy because it’s absurdly cold in Michigan right now (and in the U.S. in general), but I mean it.

But you’re an outdoorsy person, you say. Of course you’d tell us to go outside.

I’m not telling you to go camping right now or climb a mountain or anything like that. I talking simpler. Take a walk. Go sledding with your kids. Find somewhere you can go ice skating. Have you ever seen the stars on a crisp winter night? They’re brighter than any other time of the year, and you’ll have a great chance of seeing the northern lights.

But I’m cold, you say. I hate being cold.

And that’s the rub of it. So many of us who live in the great white north get frustrated and depressed during these six-ish months of the year because we’re afraid of the cold and annoyed with snowy commutes. And I get it; don’t get me wrong. It’s gray until April, and the commutes really are annoying. But, I think there’s a deeper lesson for us here, something God is trying to teach us that we might be missing.

There’s beauty to be had in all of life, whether it’s sunny and 85 or snowing and just above zero. Just yesterday I was driving through East Grand Rapids and I found myself overwhelmed at the beauty of the snow-covered neighborhoods. Yes, the roads were crap and it took us forever to get anywhere, but if you took a minute to look, it was really beautiful. This morning I woke to temperatures just above zero, but the sun had broken through the lake effect snow clouds and given the day a golden hue, the brightness magnified by the white on the ground. If I’m honest, these are some of my favorite days of the year; there’s no breath of air like the bitter cold crispness of deep winter.

I think God wants us to learn to appreciate our circumstances. The apostle Paul said to the Philippians, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Winter is a good place to start learning contentment. Try to look beyond the hood of your car on Tuesday morning to see how winter has painted the world around you. Go take a walk around the block and see the snow clinging to tree branches and cardinal bellies. Take a drive to the ski lodge and hit the slopes for a day. Throw on your boots and go sledding with your kids.

If you learnt to enjoy it, just maybe winter will be over a little too soon.


Joey Cottle is a pastor and writer from West Michigan where he lives with his wife, Abigail, and two kids, Liv and Levi. He’s passionate about theology, leadership, and a host of other things. Check out his personal blog here.

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2017: A Year of Increased Blessings

And here it is, my annual year in review post! Memory lane 2017 is a happier place for me, and I hope it’s the same for you. I feel like it went by shockingly quick! But I’m ready for a new leaf.

Most of the good of the year was drowned out by insufferable U.S. political garbage, terrifying natural disasters, and too many mass shootings. I got wrapped up in all of it myself, I admit, but I try to remember the positive aspects of 2017  as well as the blessings I’ve been given this year.

And there were quite a few! It’s almost as if 2017 was making up for what an awful year 2016 was. Let me recap:

After six months of being unable to work following my 2016 surgery, I started a new job in the early months. In addition to working with a fantastic group of individuals, I’ve learned so much, and continue to do so each day while having fun creating content for others to enjoy. I’m thankful for it every second I’m there, even when I’m exhausted or having a bad day.

I also got to spend a fabulous long weekend with my friend from Texas who came up to Michigan for a visit. I finally was able to show her the prettier part of the state and show her sites unlike any others in the nation.

My incredible grandma celebrated her 90th year of life, surrounded by more than 100 friends and family. It’s a milestone I’m thankful she was able to have and fully enjoy.

Then in the later part of the summer, I finally got to experience the thrill of being asked one of the most important questions in life. Justin put a ring on my finger in Ludington and we started a few tentative wedding plans.

Little did we realize we’d be officially married 3 months later! It was a big surprise for so many, but I’m so glad Justin and I tied the knot in an intimate ceremony, and I can’t wait to party it up with a real reception — hopefully this summer if possible!

And finally, only a few weeks before Christmas, Justin was offered an awesome position at a company in our area. It’s full-time, pays excellently, has great benefits, and is perfect for his graphic design, photography, and videography skills. We both are very excited, and are looking forward to finally feeling more stable in the upcoming year.

While 2017 is about to say goodbye, I’d like to thank all of you who continue to support my blog by reading my posts, even if they’ve become a little more spaced out than normal. I cannot tell you how much it means to me, and how happy it makes me when I see some engagement on my social media.

As 2018 approaches, I’d love if you could please share my blog and social media pages with your friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances, and anyone else you meet who may be interested in my little corner of the world!

I do plan on creating my typical survey for you to provide feedback on my blog, as well as help me cater to what you’d like to see in the future. I hope I did better with it this year. It’ll be on most of my social media pages, so make sure you follow at least one of them in order to take it! I value what you have to say and try my best to accommodate your likes without sacrificing my own. What I don’t want is for this blog to feel like work.

Here’s to an uplifting new year!

—K

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Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge: Did I Meet My Goal?

It’s nearly the end of 2017, and it’s time to give an update on the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge that I began in January!

This year I chose to challenge myself and read 20 books, which may seem like a lot to some. And I definitely made the effort! But did I meet that goal?

Yes! I read exactly 20 pieces of literature. And I’m expecting to finish one more book before the year is over. Sound the applause, I’m taking a bow!

In the early months of the year when I was still recovering from my intense health scare, I took full advantage of my local library and borrowed books from nearby friends, which definitely helped me get through the challenge rather quickly.

Then I decided to try Book of the Month, a subscription box service that will deliver books right to your doorstep, and that helped me out when I didn’t feel like a trip to the library after working all day.

I finished the challenge in early November, and I will admit I started slacking on my reading once I read the last book to complete the challenge. But I really did need a break. Times got busier with planning a wedding and the holidays, and my favorite TV shows came out with new seasons, so novels were placed on a back burner.

Here’s what I read this year:

I definitely got more into reading memoirs this year, and they didn’t disappoint. I loved learning more about Phil Collins, Sue Perkins, Lauren Graham, and Malala Yousafzai. Those books surprised me, opened my eyes to a lot of different things, and also made me laugh. I’d definitely recommend them!

I read two books series this year: The Selection and The Lunar Chronicles. The Selection books were very quick reads, enjoyable, but much more geared toward teenagers. Very cutesy. The Lunar Chronicles I really loved because of the creativity of the story and intertwining of each book. I wonder if they will ever become movies.

My least favorite was definitely The Cherry Harvest mostly due to the unlikable characters — mostly the main character, the mother. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anybody.

I definitely plan on starting the 2018 challenge as soon as possible, but I’m not sure how many books I’m going to challenge myself to read. Just thinking about reading more than 20 gives me a bit of anxiety! Maybe I’ll just stick to this number. What do you think?

Did you take part in the challenge this year? And even if you didn’t, how many did you read? Which were your favorites?

Want to connect with me on Goodreads? Click here and add me as a friend!

—K

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Blending in With the Stars

Guest post by Justin McKee

For the last post in the photo manipulation series I’ll opt to keep it short and sweet.

Have you ever wanted to be in a movie? Psh. What kind of question is that? Of course you have.

OK, probably not — but I’d love to be sometime. Or better yet, I’d love to work on one.
My job isn’t just photography — I do videography too, and a lot of the same principles apply when it comes to making things look good in both.

Color correction in video is very similar to color correction for an image in Photoshop, which is why creating the image above is possible. I looked over footage of a bunch of movies before settling on this scene in “Star Trek, Into Darkness.”

This scene is perfect for what I was trying to do. The reactions, the direction Scotty is looking in — all of those factors really helped shape this.

I stuck to using a green screen to make it easier to lay myself into the composite above. In Photoshop, if you select just the green hues in the background it makes cutting out my image much easier.

Why green?

Well, because green is very different from the color of skin. There’s a huge contrast between the two, which makes selecting just the green and not my face simple.

Here comes the hard part: I had to not only shoot myself in the right position, but I also had to make sure the lighting was even enough across the image so that I could make it match the movie’s.

I took dozens of shots before getting to this one. It involved moving lights around and trying different poses.

Once I shot the image I wanted, I took it to the computer to see how well it fit into the scene. I had to be looking in the right direction, and the placement of the paper and pen needed to be exact so Scotty was actually looking at it.

Next, I had to do A LOT of color correcting to match the movie. It took roughly 2 hours and asking my peers for help (because my eyes started to get used to seeing the same thing over and over again) before I arrived at the final image.

If you compare the image to the right and the final composite above, you can see that there are many lighting differences between the two. The shadows needed to be enhanced and I needed to change many of the highlights on my face before it looked right.

To be honest, the image still doesn’t look quite right to my eyes, but I think it’s about as far as I can go given time constraints. It also doesn’t help that my mind knows that I don’t belong in the scene — so there’s that.

Photo manipulation is a lot of fun! I hope you enjoyed this four-part series. Obviously there are many more ways to do photo manipulation.  Thanks for reading!


Justin McKee is a photographer with big ideas living in Michigan. In addition to portraits, wedding photography and video, he also enjoys wildlife photography. He always seeks to learn more about his craft.

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Stitch Fix Review — December 2017

It’s been ONE YEAR since I’ve had a Stitch Fix box! I can’t believe it! Does it seem like that long to you?

And come to find out this is my 22nd Fix! Holy crapola. That goes to show you how much I still love this company and the service it provides, and I was just as excited to get this box as I was my first box! Never fails.

Don’t know what Stitch Fix is? Check out earlier reviews located in the tab under the banner at the top of this blog to find out how this personal shopping experience works its magic.

In my opinion, Stitch Fix is the easiest gift for the holidays. Seriously, all you have to do is purchase a gift card, and no longer do you have to worry about finding the right size, color, or style for that individual. It’s a no-hassle way to gift someone a personalized shopping experience that they don’t even have to leave the house for! They use the gift card to keep what they like, send back what they don’t for free, and even can exchange an item for a different size. So. Stinkin’. Easy. Purchase a Stitch Fix Gift Card – All Types for that certain someone now!

And what’s even better? That man or woman receiving the gift card can get more bang for their buck! Through the end of January, Stitch Fix is waiving its $20 styling fee for new customers! So now those newbies can try it risk-free. Perfect! Just click that link!

So onto my Fix. Because my former stylist, Kimberley, has moved on to a position in her career field, I was paired with a stylist named Sasha. I always get nervous about having a new stylist, especially because she had large shoes to fill, because I never know how much attention they will pay to my notes and Pinterest board, but I think Sasha did a good job for her first time. More on that later.

This post contains affiliate links through which I may be compensated, but all opinions are my own!

I’m excited to show you a closer look at what I received. But first! If you’d like to see the unboxing video I filmed on Facebook Live, go here!

Lila Ryan — Liza Skinny Jean; Size 4/Petite; $98

In her note, Sasha said these jeans were an olive color, but I disagree. My eyes see more of a brown, and not exactly an attractive shade of brown, either. Upon wearing them, they are exactly like my dark wash Lila Ryan skinnies I received in my January 2016 Fix, which is a great thing. They’re comfortable beyond belief, the perfect length, and fit very well. The problem is, though, I don’t like the brown color at all, they barely work with anything I already have, and don’t like the high price tag. These are definitely going back.

Marc New York — Stellana Puffer Vest; Extra Small; $68

This vest is pretty basic, and I did like it in general. It fits well, and black goes with everything. The small details are cute, and I eventually got used to the pattern of the stitching, which my husband says reminds him of Kevlar. The zipper, however, feels poorly made and I actually have issues with it when I tried on the piece. Even though it’s a nice vest, I don’t think it’s worth the price. Back it goes.

Skies Are Blue — Maguire Elbow Patch Top; Extra Small/Petite; $58

All I need is an axe and I’m set! I’ve never worn buffalo plaid before, and I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I do. It also has the cute elbow patches I love. Unfortunately, the cut of this piece does not work for me and it makes me constantly tug on it. It just isn’t comfortable to wear, even though the fabric itself is incredibly soft. I will be returning this item.

RD Style — Moana Elbow Patch Pullover; Extra Small; $64

This sweater is actually one I had pinned, so I am very happy to see it in my box! The knit of this item requires a shirt or cami underneath, and the fabric is on the softer side. I was very unsure about this top when I pulled it out of the box due to the thick seams in the front, but once I put it on I fell in love! It’s cozy, fits well, and again has the cute elbow patches. It’s also very versatile as it can pair well with jeans, leggings, scarves, and an assortment of jewelry. I am in need of another sweater, so I’m glad to say I will be keeping this!

Kensie — Lyndsey Ruffle Detail Knit Dress; Extra Small; $68

I want to like this dress more than I do, but I can’t get over the ruffles, which I keep calling bat wings. They just sort of overtake everything else when I look in the mirror, and don’t really allow for cardigans to fit nicely over the garment which would be a necessity in these cold months. The length of the dress is in the awkward length that makes me look shorter too, and that’s a problem. As you can see, I have two pictures of this dress because I want you to see it as is, and then show a way to dress it up a little with belt and colorful scarf (that I also got from Stitch Fix as a sweet gift), which I think really makes a difference. But it’s just too problematic for me to keep.

Overall Thoughts

I’ll start off with what I liked: as I said before, I believe Sasha did a good job because I could tell she customized the box as close as possible to what I had said in my note and through what I pinned. I really appreciate that, even though most pieces didn’t work out for me. That said, I will likely ask Stitch Fix to keep her as my stylist.

I don’t have much negative things to say about this Fix. My biggest “complaint” is that I would have liked to have seen more colors or patterns. It was a bit of a bland box, and winter is so dreary here I need fun pieces to counter it.

Now it’s your turn. What do you think of this month’s box? Leave me comments or tell me on Facebook!

—K

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—Photos by Justin McKee

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Philanthropy Flippers: Pinball for a Good Cause

I’m no wizard, but I do love me some pinball.

Most of it has to do with nostalgia — playing it in the arcade of my hometown’s regional airport while waiting to greet family members or at the theater before a movie. But I’ve always loved the creativity of the tables: the ramps, figurines, and graphics, the clangs, dings, buzzers, and thunks of the ball hitting or bouncing off obstacles, and actual sound bites from whatever movie, TV show, or band featured. The game becomes hypnotizing as you focus on propelling the silver orb with a precise hit of the flipper.

There’s a semi-underground group of people in the southeast region of Michigan who are die-hard pinball fanatics — otherwise known as pinheads. So much so they know the ins and outs of the table, and how to repair them. They formed a club years ago called Vintage Flipper World (Ann Arbor Pinball Museum), and it has become the third largest dedicated pinball venue in North America. It’s currently only open to the public twice a year, and these men and women show their huge hearts on Black Friday, as they host a public-but-not-publicized event to benefit those who are less fortunate during the holidays. And if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a preview of what I’m about to write.

To attend, you must bring a new toy to benefit Toys for Tots and canned food items. And this isn’t the place to be stingy about it. Your donation should be fit for not only those who will receive the gift, but also as a way to say thank you to the dozens who allow the event to take place. The club members not only show their generosity by providing free food and drinks, but open up their doors to what I have come to believe is the Mecca of Pinball. Once inside, you can play pinball all night long, on every table, without quarters.

Inside an old VFW hall sit between 150 and 200 pristine pinball machines, dating as far back as the 50s and 60s. Four rows and a back room showcased dozens of tables alight and ready to be enjoyed. It’s an incredible sight! It definitely created an excitement in me as my eyes glittered with their reflections. Which to play first? How do I even begin to choose?

Upon walking up each row, I immediately recognized a number of tables: The Addams Family, Earthshaker, Elvira, The Simpsons, Terminator, Fun House, and Star Trek to name a handful. Others, such as Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Pirates of the Caribbean, Iron Man, Metallica, and Phantom of the Opera, I was especially drawn to and made sure to play, and the retro tables also charmed me over due to their simplicity and sound. It’s like being transferred to another era when the silver ball hits each bumper, making the bell ring.

While the experience of playing pinball for hours on end was exhilarating and extremely fun, it really felt like you were part of something special. And I give tons of props to the members of Vintage Pinball World for hosting such a night of entertainment like none other. They really showed they care about giving back and enjoy sharing their passion with others. Each club member I spoke with was kind and informative if I had questions (and I had quite a few, believe me!).

I hope to return again for the same event next year! However, I’m going to try and snag tickets for their other public event, the 2018 Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase, where two additional rooms filled with tables will be available for play. Can you imagine?

Thanks to these Michigan pinheads, you may not have to!

—K

Written with permission by Clay of Vintage Flipper World Ann Arbor Pinball Museum

—Photos by Justin McKee

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