DOWT Flint

Day Out With Thomas at Crossroads Village in Flint {+ Giveaway ENDS 7/31}

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad Logo

The post and giveaway below is sponsored by Genesee County Parks and Recreation. I am receiving tickets to DOWT in exchange for promoting the event.

Do you have a Thomas fan in your house? If so, you aren’t going to want to miss his arrival to Day Out With Thomas at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad in Flint, Michigan. The event takes place over two weekends; August 21-23 and 28-30, 2015.

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ABOUT THE EVENT

Day Out With Thomas™: The Celebration Tour 2015 returns to Crossroads Village for six big days of family fun!

Ticket prices are $22 for adults and children age 2 and up, and include a 40-minute ride on the historic narrow-gauge train pulled by Thomas himself. Other activities include storytelling, live music and Thomas videos. Additionally, Thomas’s friend, Bob the Builder, will be at Crossroads Village, too, along with the exciting Imagination Station. And, kids of all ages will have a grand time playing with Mega Bloks®.

Plan to spend the whole day — visitors can pack a picnic or enjoy food at one of the three dining options right in the Village, ride the carousel {$1.25 each ride or 4 rides for $4}, check out the historic buildings, and more. The gates open at 9 a.m. with FREE parking.

DOWT tickets usually SELL OUT. Purchase tickets in advance –> HERE. {Note: Events happen rain or shine!} [Read more…]

Grilling Tips from LongHorn Steakhouse

Grilling Tips from LongHorn Steakhouse {+ Gift Card Giveaway} ENDS 7/14

This post is sponsored by LongHorn Steakhouse. All opinions expressed are my own.

You guys. When people email me about food, I listen intently. Mention pizza, steak or ribs, and you will really have my attention, which is why I am excited to share some fun tips from LongHorn Steakhouse and offer the chance for one of you to win some fun swag!

Grilling Tips from LongHorn Steakhouse

First the tips, a few of which are totally new to me. I can’t wait to put these to work this summer.

5 Summer Grilling Tips from LongHorn Steakhouse’s Executive Chefs 

  • Boldly season. Don’t be shy when seasoning your steak! Go bold, like we do at LongHorn. For an at-home rub, try “The Big 4” – salt, pepper, granulated onion powder and granulated garlic powder.
  • Sear-in diamond marks. Searing locks in flavor, as well as creates those great grill marks synonymous with summer. Grill your steak for 2-3 minutes on one side, then give it a quarter turn. Flip and repeat.
  • Test for doneness. You can test for doneness two ways. First, with a meat thermometer. Steaks should be at minimum 120-130 degrees if you like it rare, and up to 170 degrees, if you prefer your steak well-done. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can estimate doneness with your hand. Start with an open, relaxed palm. Using your other hand, touch the smooth area directly under your thumb. That’s how a rare steak should feel when you touch it with your tongs. Touch your thumb and forefinger; that’s medium. Thumb and middle finger is medium-well and thumb and pinky is well-done.
  • Handle with tongs. Only use tongs to touch your meat. Poking with a fork to rotate or pull it from the grill will let the juices and flavor out.
  • Give it a rest. Make sure you let your steaks and other proteins rest for 2-3 minutes before serving. This will allow the juices to settle back into the meat, resulting in optimal flavor.

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Into the Wild LIVE with Jack Hanna at The Whiting

Into the Wild LIVE with Jack Hanna at The Whiting in Flint on 5/1 {+ Giveaway} ENDS 4/28

Have you ever caught animal expert Jack Hanna on TV? We love him here! Excited to share about a fun coming to Flint in a few weeks!

America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the live stage with Into the Wild Live! at The Whiting in Flint on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m; locally presented by HAP.

In this live show, prepare to be fascinated as Jungle Jack takes you into the wild with a spectacular array of incredible animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing footage from his adventures all around the world from Africa, to the Amazon, to Antarctica and beyond. He will also inspire with his passion and dedication to wildlife conservation.

Audiences can expect to see approximately fifteen animals in the live experience. The exact animals to appear aren’t confirmed until soon before the show since each animal must receive medical clearance, however, fans can expect to see animals such as a baby cheetah, kangaroo, baby tiger, two-toed sloth, penguin and much more.

TICKETS

Tickets range from $19-$45 and are available at www.thewhiting.com by phone at (810) 237-7333 or by walk-up at The Whiting Ticket Center and at the new Flint Farmers’ Market.

The Whiting is located at 1241 E. Kearsley Street in Flint, just off I-475 between the University of Michigan-Flint and Mott Community College on the beautiful Flint Cultural Center campus.

BUY TICKETS HERE: http://thewhiting.com/tickets/production.aspx?performanceNumber=5956

Into the Wild LIVE with Jack Hanna at The Whiting

GIVEAWAY

I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away, thanks to The Whiting. Ends on April 28, 2015 at midnight. Good luck!

Jack Hanna at The Whiting

What are your child’s favorite animals to see?

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Wild Kratts LIVE! in Detroit 5/28 {+ Family 4-Pack Giveaway} ENDS 5/2

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Wild wild wild Kratts wild wild wild Kratts…Does that theme song get stuck in anyone else’s head nearly every day? It sure does stick over here! I love the Wild Kratts because we are a PBS-loving family, and it’s a show I don’t feel an ounce of guilt for my kiddos to watch in the morning since it’s so educational. So I’m pretty stoked that Wild Kratts LIVE! is coming to the Detroit Opera House on May 28, and I have the chance for one of you to take your family!

ABOUT THE SHOW

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story.  Off “To the Creature Rescue!” the Emmy nominated Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

Wild Kratts LIVE! is created for the stage by the imaginative minds of Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt from  Zooboomafoo, Kratt’s Creatures and Be the Creature. The Kratt Brothers’ national tours draw tens of thousands of creature-crazy kids and their families and the not-for-profit Kratt Brothers Creature Hero Society, together with kids, has successfully protected critical wildlife habitats through the creation of nature reserves.

Wild Kratts LIVE! will be at Detroit Opera House on Thursday, May 28, 2015 for a 7 p.m. show.

TICKETS

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com800-745-3000 and the Detroit Opera House Box Office. Ticket prices start at $35.

GIVEAWAY

I have a family 4-pack of tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader to attend the show on May 28, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Detroit Opera House. Ends on May 2, 2015 at midnight. Good luck!

Wild Kratts

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13 Spring Races To Do in Southeast Michigan

13 Spring Races To Do in Southeast Michigan + Giveaway to Hightail to Ale 5K in Detroit {Ends 4/30}

As a company that’s committed to helping others lead healthy lifestyles, Michigan-based Absopure is actively involved in the local running community and supports races throughout the state. As the official water sponsor of Running Fit, Absopure has provided me with two registrations to the upcoming Hightail to Ale 5K—the first stop in the brand new Thirsty 3 series.

I am super excited to share that my husband and I are down a combined total of 50 pounds since the beginning of the year!!! The question we keep getting: “What’s your secret?”

Friends, there are no secrets. No fad diets. No crazy painful workout routine. Just better foods, portion control and exercise. Who knew?! 😉

Our preferred form of exercise is running. I know it sounds crazy to many people, but honestly, it’s the best. We love the endorphins it releases, and it’s convenient for us as parents to little ones since we can do it outside in our neighborhood after putting kids to bed. Additionally, it’s the perfect excuse for a guilt-free date!

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We recently got up at the crack of dawn to run the 5K and 10K with the Ann Arbor Marathon. It was super fun, and an awesome excuse to spend some time together.

With spring and summer on the horizon, we are starting to look at some races to keep us motivated to meet our goals {mine is another 10K, his is a half marathon}. I am excited to check out some of these races my friends from Absopure has sent me as part of their partnership with Running Fit.

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If You Give A Mouse A Cookie in Detroit

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie in Detroit June 6-7, 2015 {+ 4-pack Giveaway} ENDS 4/27

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie - Detroit

Today I am sharing about one of my favorite children’s books being brought to life on stage in Detroit. Check out the information to get tickets or enter to win a family 4-pack to go! I love this show for introducing the world of theatre to smaller children.

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Olympia Entertainment and Etico Productions once again present the children’s favorite, If You Give A MouseA Cookiea family production that explores the tasty chain reaction set in motion when a little boy offers acookie to a visiting mouse. This heartwarming stage adaptation, produced by Performance Network Theatre, returns for another run at the City Theatre {inside Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit} on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

Tickets are $19 and are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy {without service charge} at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Groups of 10+ receive a discount by calling (313) 471-3099 for more information.

Created and directed by Etico Productions founder John Manfredi, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie is a madcap messy ride through Laura Joffe Numeroff’s best-selling children’s book. Don’t miss this funny heartwarming story about a boy and his energetic, demanding and inquisitive visitor. Michigan’s Etico Productions has been aleader in providing live family entertainment since 2007, including creating the Michigan Premieres of Alexander and the Terrible No Good Very Bad Day and Good Night Moon. Etico has also adapted other If You-stories including; If You Take a Mouse to School and If You Give Pig a Pancake.

The production is produced by the Performance Network, Ann Arbor’s premier professional theater. The theatre is home to award-winning theatre, music and concert events, making it one of Michigan’s most renowned cultural destinations.

Performance schedule:
Saturday, June 6: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 7: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Purchase tickets –> http://www.olympiaentertainment.com/events/detail/if-you-give-a-mouse-a-cookie-1

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Additional tips:

  • There is parking directly behind City Theatre in the Fox garage on Montcalm. The cost is $15 and is cash only. There are some $10 lots as well, but you will need to walk a few blocks. Here’s a map for parking. {There is no Tigers game this weekend, so parking shouldn’t be too crazy!}
  • The first 100 kids at each performance get a free bag of cookies, compliments of Little Caesars.
  • City Theatre is a small venue, so great for a child’s first show. Seats are not assigned, so for the best seats, arrive early.
  • Hockeytown Cafe has a kid’s menu and is a fun place to eat before/after the show.
  • City Theatre is also across from Comerica Park. If the weather is nice, go check it out! My kids love the big tiger in front. Bring a camera :)

GIVEAWAY

The kind people of Olympia Entertainment have teamed up with me to give one lucky winner a family 4-pack of tickets for one of the performances. Follow the instructions below to enter. Must be a U.S. resident over the age of 18 and willing to drive to Detroit for the show. A winner will be chosen and notified after April 27, 2015.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie in Detroit

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

Good luck!

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Katie's Vinyl Decor Giveaway

Wall Decal Fun with Katie’s Vinyl Decor {+ Giveaway for $30 Credit! Ends 4/3}

I received my own wall decals exchange for my post. All opinions expressed are my own.

One of my favorite parts of blogging is learning about the amazing businesses out there…and meeting new people! I don’t want to brag, but I think I have the greatest readers ever 😉 I was thrilled when a local gal named Katie reached out to me, and I’m excited to share about her great business today — Katie’s Vinyl Decor, which is based in Roseville, Michigan.

What started out as a hobby last spring has become a real business for Katie and her husband, Carl.  A piece of my heart smiles because Carl is a financial analyst and she is an accountant. {My husband is a CPA and I am truly impressed that both Katie and Carl have the creative side of their brain since I often tease my husband about missing that gene!}

Katie's Vinyl Decor Team

How cute are they?

As Katie told me, “We work with numbers all day and then during the evenings and weekends we get to do the fun creative work.” Love it! Somehow they also raise 3 boys, too. I’m impressed!

Katie’s Vinyl Decor offers wall decals, car decals, etched bakeware and custom clothing. I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to order — there were so many fun things. I love how decals can replace traditional artwork, which can get very expensive. These are a great alternative for filling up some wall space in a beautiful, personalized way. Here are a few of my favorite designs they have, but they have more than 100+ items available:

Katie's Vinyl Decor Examples

The decals are SO simple to install, too. Believe me, if I can do it while taking photos and caring for 3 needy little kids, you can too!

The process was super simple. Let me just say this is one more reason why a library card is the best card in your wallet! I used mine to get the decal to adhere to the wall. I should also note that while the backing is sticky, it’s super easy to move around until you get it in the perfect spot. I loved that I could see what it would look like before I made it stick for good.

Katie's Vinyl Wall Decor Image

Ta-Da! The final product. I love the look of it!

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I also received a welcome door decal, which I am loving as well. I love that it adds a little pizzaz to our door and makes our home more welcoming.

Welcome Wall Decal

Be sure to check out and support Katie’s Vinyl Decor on Etsy, Instagram and Facebook!

DISCOUNT CODE

Carl and Katie have also been kind enough to offer a 10% off discount code through April 15, 2015. Upon checking out at their Etsy shop, enter the code WEBER10.

GIVEAWAY

I am so excited to give one lucky reader the chance to win a $30 credit to Katie’s Vinyl Decor shop! Must be a U.S. resident, age 18+ to enter. Follow the prompts below! Contest ends on 4/3/15 at midnight.

Katie's Vinyl Decor Giveaway

Katie’s Vinyl Decor

Good luck!

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Chuggington Live in Detroit April 12

CHUGGINGTON LIVE In Detroit April 12 {+ Giveaway ENDS 3/24}

Chuggington Live in Detroit April 12, 2015

The North American premiere tour of CHUGGINGTON LIVE! The Great Rescue Adventure, produced by Life Like Touring and Ludorum, rolls into the Fox Theatre in Detroit on April 12 with performances at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; locally presented by AT&T. The live-action, musical children’s show, based on the popular TV series, gives young fans and their families the opportunity to experience the train-tastic adventures of the Chuggington trainees, Wilson, Brewster and Koko. How cute does this show look?!

TICKETS

Tickets {$20.50, $29.50, $38.50 and $58.50 for VIP}  are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy {without service charge} at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Discounts are available on select seats for groups of 10 or more by calling 313-471-3099. The VIP ticket offers the best seats in the house and a Chuggington Live! goody bag. The goody bag includes: a postergram, 2’x3’ imprinted play mat, cardboard sheet of die-cut trains, sheet of temporary tattoos, paint-with-water coloring page and stickers all contained in a poly bag. These contents are subject to change.

VISIT HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS –> www.olympiaentertainment.com/events/detail/chuggington-live-the-great-rescue-adventure [Read more…]

KIND Snacks

KIND Snacks in Metro Detroit for Random Acts of Kindness Day 2/17 {+Giveaway}

The post below is sponsored by KIND Snacks. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood possible. All opinions expressed are my own.

Random Acts of Kindness Day - KIND Snacks

As a blogger, I have a list of brands I would love to work with one day. Lucky for me, sometimes they reach out to me with information I know you all will love and it’s a big win all-around.

One of those dream brands on my list is KIND Snacks. I adore them and here’s why: They make delicious products with ingredients I can pronounce and they care about social causes. Their KIND name has a deeper meaning — they are actually a kind company!

I was ecstatic to hear that their team will be visiting metro Detroit on Tuesday, Feb. 17 to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, and will be doing good deeds and passing out bars at some of my favorite organizations.

To celebrate, they will be doing kind acts for 24 hours around the area. Here’s the listing of where they will be. Be on the lookout for some goodies near you!

24 KIND Acts:

  • 8-10 a.m. Give away winter hats and gloves to people waiting in line for the bus, as well as pay for bus fares for commuters at Rosa Parks Transit Station in Detroit
  • 10-11:30 a.m. Buy coffee for everyone in line at Starbucks in Royal Oak and Birmingham and Biggby Coffee in Berkley and Ferndale
  • 11:30 a.m. Drop off KIND bars to the Department of Public Works for the snow plow drivers in Royal Oak
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Brush snow off of cars in parking lots in Royal Oak. Put a KIND bar or note under the wiper.
  • 12-1:30 p.m. Hand out hand warmers to people in Campus Martius during lunch
  • 1:45 p.m. Bring Flowers and balloons to the Detroit Children’s Hospital
  • 2:15 p.m. Drop off KIND bars to the Soup Kitchen at the Muslim Center of Detroit
  • 2:30 p.m. Drop off KIND bars to Detroit Fire Department
  • 2:45 p.m. Make a donation of gently used clothing from the KIND team to Goodwill
  • 3 p.m. Drop off dog and cat toys to the Michigan Humane Society
  • 3:30 p.m. Drop off dodge balls and nerf balls to the Boys and Girls Club in Royal Oak
  • 4 p.m. Drop off personal toiletries to the South Oakland Woman’s Shelter in Lathrup Village
  • 5 p.m. Drop off flowers to the American House Senior Center in Hazel Park               ~~~~~~~~ {other ideas}
  • Leave a huge tip at lunch with a kind note
  • Put away grocery carts at random retail location
  • Give a KIND bar/flower to a bus driver
  • Leave KIND sticky note on the dressing room mirror at a clothing store
  • Tell the manager of the waiter or barista that served you what an awesome job they did
  • Pick up the tab for a random table at lunch
  • Put inspiring notes on car windows
  • Hold open the door for people coming into coffee shop/grocery store
  • Tweet an inspiring message to everyone you know {make sure to add the hashtag #KINDawesome too!}
  • Thank the cross walk attendants for helping keep our kids safe
  • Leave some change in the laundry mat coin wash machine

Looking for more ideas? Check out this post of 26 ideas from my archives. I’m looking forward to performing some acts myself and encourage you all to chip in, too!

GIVEAWAY

The folks at KIND snacks have been kind enough to offer up a KIND cube {shown below}, which contains 20 of the Nuts & Spices flavor varieties. Must be a U.S. resident to win. Contest ends on 2/28/15 at midnight. Best of luck!

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KIND Cube {Nuts & Spices Variety Pack}

What good deeds will you perform on Random Acts of Kindness Day?

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Win A SmileBrilliant Teeth Whitening System

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

The post below is sponsored by SmileBrilliant. I received a kit for review. All opinions expressed are my own {and my husbands}!

Win A SmileBrilliant Teeth Whitening System

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 such as relaxing baths on occasion. It’s the little things that can make a big difference in our lives.

Additionally, my husband and I are trying to get healthier with better food choices and more exercise. I begged him to start running with me a few years ago, and not only did he complete a half marathon within a year’s timeframe, but he’s on track to do another one this spring. Nothing sexier than a man who takes care of himself!

So when I received the opportunity from SmileBrilliant to review their teeth whitening system, I let him have a shot at it. I’ve whitened my teeth in the past, so was curious to see about his experience.

SmileBrilliant Kit

SmileBrilliant makes it SO simple, and best of all — affordable! It’s the exact process I went through at the dentist, but a fraction of the cost {$119.95 versus the $500 I spent}.

The process begins by creating a custom fitted tray — all from the comfort of your own home. My husband followed the exact directions and thought it was a very simple process.

He took an impression of his teeth and then sent it back to the company in an envelope they provided. A week later, his whitening trays arrived. Easy peasy! I was amazed at how quick it was. Sure beats carving out time to go to the dentist!

SmileBrilliant Impressions

From there, he was able to whiten his teeth and follow it up with the desensitizing paste. He wore the trays for about 30 minutes at a time, several times, until he achieved the shade he wanted. Since his teeth were coffee-stained, it took a few times, but he still has whitening gel leftover, so maintenance moving forward should be relatively easy. He wore them about 8-10 times {unfortunately not right in a row as suggested since things kept popping up}, until he received the perfect shade. [Read more…]

Michigan Goodies Giveaway

Michigan Goodies Flash Giveaway! {Ends 12/12}

I am very thankful for all of you, so when I was out shopping local the other day, I thought it would be fun to shop for one of you. Thank you for reading. It means the world to my family and I!

To celebrate the season, I am awarding one lucky reader a prize pack full of goodies from some of my favorite businesses, all purchased from Heart of Michigan, one of my favorite local shops in Howell, Michigan.

Michigan Goodies Giveaway

Here’s what’s inside:

  • A bag of Better Made Barbecue Chips
  • Williams Cheddar & Smokey Bacon Dip
  • Sanders Hot Fudge
  • Sayklly’s Fudge and salt water taffy
  • Heart of Michigan Toasted Coconut coffee
  • Fireside Coffee Coconut Creme instant coffee
  • I {heart} Michigan magnet
  • Finnish Family Bath Products – black cherry lip balm and mini Michigan goat soap in lavender

Either keep it for yourself or send to a friend in need of some Michigan loving!

Must be a Michigan resident to win. Ages 18+ only. Contest ends Dec. 12 at midnight.

Good luck!

P.S. I am testing the new giveaway tool below. It may need a second to load. Please let me know if you have any troubles or if you like it!

Michigan Goodies Giveaway

What are your favorite Michigan made items? Tell me in the comments and I will try to work with them for a future giveaway!

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Hat Giveaway

Shop Small and Local With Erin’s Headbandz for Cute Winter Gear {+ Giveaway ENDS 12/12}

The first place I look when shopping for presents is through my friend’s list. I am incredibly lucky and have many friends that make the coolest stuff ever! I am thankful for well-marketed days like today’s Small Business Saturday to have the opportunity to highlight a fellow momprenuer.

One of my best girlfriends, Erin, is a crafty knitting mama and makes a ton of adorable hats and headbands with her side business Erin’s Headbandz. As a mom to four little ones and a labor and delivery nurse, I have no clue where she finds the time, but she has always love creating things.

She has made me a ton of cute things through the years. Most recently, she made Kinley {below} a Monsters Inc. Mike Wazowski hat and Kin is obsessed with it. She always gets a ton of compliments when wearing it out in public. Check out some of her other adorable creations:

Erin's Headbandz

Erin can make everything from flowery headbands to Elsa and Anna {or other Disney-inspired princesses}, Spiderman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Just message her on her Facebook page to place an order. Headbands are just $15 and hats are $20. Super affordable and perfect for all on your Christmas list! [Read more…]

Absopure Giveaway

Win A VIP Experience at America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit from Absopure {Giveaway ENDS 11/24} #DetroitParade

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There are few traditions as deeply rooted in Michigan as America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit.

As a little girl, I have fond memories of waking up each Thanksgiving morning to watch the parade, getting excited as I saw a floating Elmo or Big Bird go by, and anxiously awaiting the arrival of the big man in red.

As a teenager, I attended the parade on a few occasions and always had a blast watching the floats, interacting with the fun clowns, and nabbing breakfast at a downtown restaurant after.

As a parent, I look forward to the day I can take my kids down to the parade so they too can be mesmerized by the lights and beautiful floats.

Absopure {yes, the water people} is a Michigan-based company that also has deep roots with this beloved tradition. For nearly 20 years, they have provided water to parade marchers, volunteers, Turkey Trotters and event staff.

While you watch the parade, be sure to keep your eye out for the company’s classic Model T delivery truck. It will be leading the way during the Model T section of the parade, and is driven by third-generation owner, William Patrick Young. The vintage Ford Model T was the first automobile used to deliver Absopure bottled water the year it was founded in 1908. How cool is that?

GIVEAWAY

Because Absopure knows firsthand how much fun it is to attend this exciting event, they have partnered with me and Metro Detroit Mommy to give away a Thanksgiving Day Parade VIP experience to a family of four so they can create new memories this holiday season. The details are outlined below. [Read more…]

Sesame Street Live in Detroit Jan. 23- Feb. 16

Sesame Street Live in Detroit Jan. 23 – Feb. 16, 2015 {+ Giveaway ENDS 12/1}

Sesame Street Live in Detroit Jan. 23- Feb. 16

Sesame Street Live is heading into The Fox Theatre in Detroit January 23 through February 16, 2015 and I have the scoop and a chance for you to win a family 4-pack! Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie…and more. As I have mentioned before, Sesame Street Live is one of our absolute favorite kid shows — my girls LOVE them, and there usually is some adult humor sprinkled in to give us a laugh, too.

I wanted to make sure this information was shared now since tickets to the show would be a GREAT gift for children. {I’m all about giving experiences versus another toy!}

ABOUT THE SHOW

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!

Each performance is 90 minutes of singing, dancing and audience participation, including a 15-minute intermission. The perfect length for very young children!

TICKETS

Ticket prices: $15, $25, $35 {Gold Circle} and $65 {Sunny Seats}

Opening Night {Friday, January 23 at 7 p.m.} — All seats are $10 {excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats}. Additionally, group savings are available. Groups 10+ call 313-471-3282.

Get the ultimate fan experience with Sunny Seats! The Sunny Seats Package includes a VIP Seat and a pre-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live friends. Additional fees/surcharges may apply. To charge by phone, call 800-745-3000.

To purchase tickets, visit this link: http://www.olympiaentertainment.com/events/detail/sesame-street-live-3

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Cirque Dream Holidaze - Giveaway

Cirque Dreams Holidaze in Detroit Dec. 16-20, 2014 {+Giveaway ENDS 11/17}

Cirque Dream Holidaze - Giveaway

I have a partnership with Olympia Entertainment and will be receiving complimentary tickets to the show in exchange for promoting. All opinions expressed are my own.

With more than 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is sure to light up the holiday season when it returns to the Fox Theatre in Detroit Dec. 16-20. After sold out performances in 2009, 2011 and 2013, I can’t wait! I have yet to attend a Cirque show, so I have a feeling I’m in for a real treat.

From the press materials:

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an original musical extravaganza of ornaments that re-imagines the holiday season and showcases an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief. The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers. Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering trees and soldiers creating a wonderland of amazement.

Sounds great, right?

Cirque Dreams Holidaze - Detroit

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Harvest Snaps Flavors

Snack Review: Harvest Snaps #HarvestSnapsFan {+Giveaway ENDS 11/13}


This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated with product for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


I am a snacking queen. I love trying new, healthy snacks and being the first among my friends to build buzz with new products.

Therefore, I jumped at the chance to try Harvest Snaps when I was contacted by the company. I had seen them at Costco and Meijer, and always wondered what they tasted like. After checking out their fun social media presence too, I knew I had to give them a shot!

But dried peas and lentils as a snack? Would they even taste good?

I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I’m pretty sure they tricked my brain into thinking I was eating a chip, which was awesome. The snacks are baked, gluten-free, high in fiber and protein and low in sodium and fat — all things I was very happy to read as I try to get my family back on the healthy track.

Harvest Snaps Flavors

The six flavors include: Caesar {Snapea Crisps}, Tomato Basil {Lentil Snaps}, Onion Thyme {Lentil}, Lightly Salted {Snapea}, Black Pepper {Snapea}, and Wasabi Ranch {Snapea}.

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LET'S DANCE LOGO

Sesame Street Live in Grand Rapids: Let’s Dance, Nov. 18-19 {+Giveaway}

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Sesame Street Live is dancing into Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids November 18-19, 2014 and I have the scoop and a chance for you to win a family 4-pack! Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie…and more.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live’s “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the Robot,’ Cookie teaches all ‘feets’ to dance, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite “Shake Your Head One Time.” Favorite friends join the audience on the floor – dancing with fans, not just for them. It’s Sesame Street Live like you’ve never experienced it before!

Each performance is 90 minutes of singing, dancing and audience participation, including a 15-minute intermission. The perfect length for very young children!

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TICKETS

Ticket prices: $16, $20, $25 (Gold Circle) & $48 (Sunny Seats). Group savings available. Groups 10+ call 616-742-6185.

Get the ultimate fan experience with Sunny Seats! The Sunny Seats Package includes a VIP Seat and a pre-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live friends. Additional fees/surcharges may apply.

Tickets are available at the Van Andel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations and online. To charge by phone, call 800-745-3000.
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Lara Douglas Photography

Win A Free Photo Session with Lara Douglas Photography {Livingston County, Michigan Photographer}

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As I have mentioned, I have very talented friends. One of the most talented gals I know is Lara Douglas. Her and I went to school together and I have loved watching her grow into a fabulous photographer. In fact, my head shot and family photos on here are all by her! She is a master of her craft and I love her beautiful work and sweet personality.

Her business, Lara Douglas Photography, focuses on weddings and creative portraitures, and is located in Howell, Michigan. She specializes in on-location and natural light photography.

View samples of her gorgeous work by visiting www.laradouglasphotography.com or friending her business page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/laradouglasphotography. She can be reached at (801) 472-1774 or via email at laradouglasphotography {at} gmail {dot} com.

Now for the fun…a GIVEAWAY!

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Her and I have teamed up to give away a FREE photo session to one of you! The session will include a 30 minute shoot, an 11×14 print and 2-8×10 prints.

How great would this be to win with Christmas just around the corner? Sounds like the perfect present for grandparents to me!

To win, you must be a resident or willing to drive to Livingston County, Michigan, and age 18 years or older.

Good luck!

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Shell and Kroger Fuel Rewards

Shell and Kroger Fuel Rewards {+ $100 Gas Card Giveaway!}

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The post and giveaway below is sponsored by Shell Fuel Rewards with Kroger. All opinions expressed belong to me.

There is one line item that irks me each month in our budget: GAS. No matter what we do, we seem to spend a small fortune on it each month, despite having a very fuel-efficient car for our longer {kidless} trips and my husband’s commute.

But there is a few ways to save! This is how we roll:

1. GROUP ERRANDS. This can be tricky, but if you find yourself going across town for one thing, get all.the.things. you need on that same end of town.

2. USE CREDIT CARD REWARDS. With our credit card, there are months where we can easily accrue 5% cash back from getting gas. Pay close attention those months and don’t stray from the card that is giving you the most bang for your buck.

3. USE GAS REWARDS. Many stations have a rewards system — use it! It’s like free money in my mind 😉

Shell and Kroger are partners and a great example of how you can stretch your dollar. For every 100 points earned at Kroger, save 10¢ per gallon at participating Shell locations. {Maximum of 35 gallons of fuel per purchase.}

That 10¢ can add up to some BIG savings over time! And with gas prices not-too-shabby now and lots of reasons to grocery shop with the upcoming holidays, it’s a good time to save some green!

Here’s how Shell has partnered with Kroger

Use your Kroger Plus Card to earn points every time you shop at Kroger. Don’t have one? Just go to Kroger and fill out a simple application. It’s FREE and easy! You can earn 100 points for every $100 in eligible purchases.

Points earned in the current month are available for use through the end of the next month. For example, if you earn 300 points in a month, you save 10¢ per gallon on your next three visits, redeemable through the end of the following month. For more details, visit your local Kroger store or visit www.kroger.com/fuel .
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Halloween at Meijer

Celebrate Halloween At Meijer + Giveaway {ENDS 10/21}

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The post and giveaway below is sponsored by Meijer. All opinions expressed belong to me.

Halloween is one of the best holidays ever when you are a kid. You get to dress-up in costume {a daily occurrence for my girls}, attend lots of fun events {be sure to check out my list}, and have a fun excuse to eat candy. Let me tell you — this is every kid’s dream!

We recently had a Halloween and Monsters University-themed family party for Kinley’s 4th birthday with the help of Meijer. She hit the jackpot when she was born in October, because Halloween is so fitting for her personality: She loves to dress-up, play pretend, and of course, eat candy.

We had fun setting up for her party, which blended together Halloween’s theme colors black and orange, along with her favorite color — blue.

Halloween at Meijer

We played Pin the Smile on the Skeleton, and enjoyed decorating our home with fall items from Meijer.

Celebrate Halloween at Meijer by shopping for plenty of party decorations, indoor décor, animated accessories and costumes. We wanted to spice up our home with some Halloween-inspired touches before our guests arrived, so we picked up pumpkins, gourds, a spooky ghost sign and more.
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