Sesame Street Live’s “Make A New Friend” Now LIVE in Detroit Through 2/16/15 {Review + Tips!}

Sesame Street Live Sign

I received complimentary tickets to Sesame Street Live in exchange for promoting the show. All opinions expressed are my own.

The team behind Sesame Street Live has done it again — they have created a show that not only brings out the beautiful joy of childhood wonder, but they’ve added some stuff for us adults, too.

Each year I patiently await the arrival of Sesame Street Live at The Fox Theatre in Detroit. It has been a tradition of ours since my oldest was born and it has yet to disappoint. I was extra excited to take my 2-year-old this year since I figured she may get into it quite a bit. I was right — she went nuts when Elmo made an appearance and danced and clapped like crazy during many of the scenes.

Sesame Street Live - ABCs

The show incorporates letters and numbers, in true Sesame Street fashion


No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies. Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family!

Sesame Street Live - Cookie

Chamki sharing Biskuts from India with Cookie Monster

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Tips for Visiting SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium #SEALIFEMI

Tips for visiting SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium

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I am a SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Parent Ambassador and have received an exclusive first look at events and complimentary tickets. All opinions expressed are my own.

If you’re wondering about what SEA LIFE Michigan is like, I have the scoop for you.

We were lucky to attend a media sneak preview yesterday, and I have to say, I was blown away. This is such an amazing destination for Michigan families! Because we were among one of the first families to go through the interactive aquarium, I wanted to share some tips for those of you eager to make plans to visit. {The aquarium opens to the public on January 29, 2015 at noon.}

First, a general overview:

SEA LIFE Michigan is in Auburn Hills, Michigan, in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets. Once you arrive in the plaza, just follow the Rainforest Cafe signs since that is where you will need to walk in to enter the aquarium. Just look for the bright blue building!


From there, you will check in at a front desk and get a time assigned to you. This is so it won’t be crowded. Each area is narrow at spots {yet stroller friendly}, so this is crucial for crowd control, so each child can have the best views of the fish.

There are nine different zones in the 35,000 sq. ft. aquarium, full of just about all the popular species you can imagine — stingrays, fish, octopi, sharks, seahorses, turtles and more. My kids {2 and 4 years old} ran off the second we got inside — they were so eager to see what was next and find the Nemo and Dory look-a-likes inside.

I immediately noticed the touch screens on the wall and had to test them out. Such a cool, interactive feature for older kids and adults to learn about the many species of fish we were seeing.

SEA LIFE Michigan Touchscreens

After going through a few areas, we came to a touch pool where we could handle some Decorator Crabs and touch a starfish. The guide assured me that none of the creatures inside would bite ;)

SEA LIFE Michigan Decorator Crab

From there, we explored tanks filled with sharks, stingrays, jellyfish and more.

One of my favorite spots was a room strictly dedicated to turtles. Additionally, a shoal of fish and a walk-through tunnel were visually stunning.

SEA LIFE Michigan Tunnel

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Books and Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers To Make Mealtime FUN

Books and Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers To Make Mealtime FUN

Winter can be dreadful as a parent. My kids love playing outside, and it’s just not always possible with three kiddos, especially when it’s close to mealtime and layers of clothing are needed to go out. Like most parents, our worst time of day is the hours between 4-6 p.m. when I am preparing dinner and the […]

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Castaway Play: Indoor Fun in Southeast Michigan {+ Giveaway ENDS 1/30}

Castaway Play Giveaway

I received free admission to Castaway Play in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are my own. I’m hearing it in all the mom circles: Those of us with little ones are starting to get stir crazy. So what to do when temps are dipping, and your kid has endless energy? Enter Castaway Play, […]

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Share Why #MichiganIsAuto on Social Media and Earn A Chance To Win $500

Michigan Is Auto

I was selected for this sponsored post by  All opinions expressed are my own. Do you have a great reason why #MichiganIsAuto? Time to share it! Every year, one of my favorite things to do on social media is to watch the buzz surrounding the North American International Auto Show {#NAIAS} in Detroit. When I worked downtown, […]

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SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Grand Opening January 29 + Family Fun Giveaway {ENDS 1/24} #SEALIFEMI

SEA LIFE Michigan Giveaway

I am a SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Parent Ambassador and will be receiving an exclusive first look at events leading up to the attraction’s grand opening and complimentary tickets. All opinions expressed are my own. Really exciting news, ya’ll: the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium grand opening is opening January 29, 2015 at noon, and I have […]

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20 Things I’ve Realized As A Third Time Mom

Things I've Realized as a Third Time Mom

I could shout it from the rooftops: Being a third time mom rocks. It’s amazing how adding a baby to the mix can make you feel much more fulfilled despite absolute chaos happening daily. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on this, and believe I know why: 1. Having three means one kid always has […]

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Get Whiter Teeth in 2015 with a SmileBrilliant Teeth Whitening System {+Giveaway!}

Win A SmileBrilliant Teeth Whitening System

The post below is sponsored by SmileBrilliant. I received a kit for review. All opinions expressed are my own {and my husbands}! We all have our goals for 2015, right? One of mine is to eat less processed foods and shake this post-baby jiggle once and for all. Also, I’d like to incorporate more self-care […]

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Things To Do In Southeast Michigan In January 2015 {Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Lansing Areas}

Things To Do In Southeast Michigan In January 2015

Looking for something fun to do this month? There are LOTS of great icy fun and snow-centric events happening across Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Lansing…and also LOTS of shows inside where it’s warm! I can’t wait to check out a few of these events out with my family RE-PIN HERE. Things To Do in […]

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5 Questions With SEA LIFE Michigan’s Curator {+ Auburn Hills Grand Opening Date!}

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I know many of you are just as excited as I am for the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium to open to the public. We’re in the final countdown with less than a month to go! The attraction will open to the public on January 29, 2015 in Great Lakes Crossings in Auburn Hills, Michigan. My […]

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My Daughter’s Room Makeover With Repurposed Items

Little Girl Room Make-Over With Re-Purposed Items

There’s quite a few areas of my life where my taste doesn’t always line up with my budget. One area is the home. I love unique furniture and decor, but not having a gazillion tools, time, and money to shop at Pottery Barn Kids seem to hold me back from getting what I want. So […]

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Christmas Tree Cork Painting

Christmas Tree Cork Painting

I’ll admit – I love doing crafts with my kids. It allows me to get creative, but more importantly, they LOVE it. Seriously, my girls could create for hours if given enough supplies! In fact, most of their Christmas gifts are craft supplies. Bonus since our little projects tend to keep them messy busy while […]

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