Welcome to my BLOG! Made by a Michigan Mommy for Michigan Mommies!

I am a mom yes but my name other than MOM is Michelle. I have two boys. An 8 year old and 7 month old. My family and I recently relocated to Michigan from Cleveland Ohio and I can’t help but feel that this is where my heart has always been. Cleveland Ohio however will always be my home. Its where I grew up, its where I met my husband, and where I had my beautiful boys. I truly believe that every community is special but making the most of it is up to you. There are so many resources out there and I am EXCITED to be one for YOU! I am absolutely ecstatic to share my experiences with you all in addition to helping you find and make your own.
This summer we have visited The Rainforest Café, Oakland County Parks Events, Downtown Detroit Riverwalk, Wet & Wild Wednesdays at Van Hoosen Farm, Stage Nature Center, The Detroit Zoo, Booth Park, Troy Library, Thomas G Spencer Park, Cinema on the Street in Clawson, Michigan Kickboxing, MJR Grand Cinema, Troy Aquatic Center, Troy Lanes, and Oakland BMX Track just to name a few. I will be reviewing and blogging our experiences. Southeast Michigan is a great community and I am thrilled to be a part of it. Please be a part of my community and follow me on this journey.

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‘Family Night Out’ Troy Community Center

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On select Saturday nights each month Troy Community Center hosts a family night out. Discounted prices are given $3 Resident/$4 Nonresident and activities run 5-745pm. Activities include open gym, bounce house, and pool. It’s great affordable fun for the whole family!

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One side of the gym is open for basketball while the other has the bounce house, scooter cars, balls, and more.

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The pool has two big slides, a toddler slide, lilly pads, water features, lap lanes, and in water basketball.

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A Frankenmuth Christmas

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Once upon a time an enchanted Bavarian Village was born in Frankenmuth Michigan and twas dusted with Christmas cheer. Christmas and Frankenmuth often go hand in hand as they house Bronners which is not only the “biggest Christmas store in the world” but open year round.

We set out to this magical Bavarian Village on Black Friday. It was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and made Black Friday shopping enjoyable. The outdoor shopping plaza had shops for everyone to enjoy. Boutiques, bakery, toys, jewelry, clothes, and more. Many one of a kind shops with one of a kind items. The Village transforms you into another country with breathtaking architecture. The sounds and sights of Frankenmuth are both atypical and exceptional.

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The entire plaza was decorated with cardboard cutouts, 8 foot nutcrackers, and Christmas decor in every direction. Trees were trimmed and lights shined bright.

After exploring and shopping we decided to have lunch at the Bavarian Inn. The Bavarian Inn transforms you into a German like style cabin. This lodge not only has two restaurants but an arcade, pool, hot tub, and mini golf.

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We opted for the downstairs cafe which was a bit more kid friendly than the upstairs dining. As downstairs had Nonstop kid activities such as the pool (lodge guests only), arcade, mini golf, and cafe. The cafe was ever so conveniently located next to a bar which had many options to quench the adults thirst.

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We ordered a pizza and the kids played on stage. Yes that’s right a stage! The stage was equipped with a piano, hula hoops, even a tv. Our starving children ate but only a few bites of pizza as they were having too much. On our way out we even ran into a Santa that was visiting guests at the lodge. Santa being Santa stopped and spoke with our children, gave them a candy cane each, and took pictures!

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After our late lunch we headed back to the river shops. A beautiful bridge takes you directly back to the shops. Of course we stopped and admired the beautiful sunset as the backdrop of the Inn before crossing.

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There was a live band at the shops, free hot chcocolate, and cookies all in preparation of the tree lighting!

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We couldn’t go to Frankenmuth without stopping at Bronners. Before we headed home we stopped at the shop. Anything and everything Christmas! What a sight! The store is sectioned off as it makes it easier to find specific items. There were plenty of cashiers available on all ends of the store.

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Santa was there as well! Two encounters with Santa in one day? Oh my! We were able to sign up at the entrance and visitors were sectioned into groups with names such as Rudolph, holly etc. Once you received your name tag you were free to look around the store until your group was called. Once your group was called it was little to no time before we saw the big man himself.

The line to Santa was complete with decor and a tv playing a Christmas movie en route. Santa not only did free pictures but took his time with each child. At the end of the visit complimentary ornaments saying “Jesus loves you” we’re given to the children.

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Frankenmuth was a bit of a drive for us but worth every mile.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Tree

A tradition that I brought from Cleveland and a tradition that can be a great staple in any home is a Thanksgiving Tree. I used miniature trees that I had leftover from my baby shower, hung some lights, and used a beautiful Thanksgiving ribbon from the Dollar Tree. I then ordered a package of leaves from amazon and we were able to write all the things we were thankful for. Sometimes writing things down and SEEING all that we have to be thankful for is exactly what we need every holiday season.

Detroit’s 91st Thanksgiving Parade

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Detroit’s 91st Annual Thanksgiving Parade has become an annual tradition for Detroit and it’s surrounding cities community. This was our first Thanksgiving in Detroit and our first time to experience all that Art Van had to present. It’s one of the biggest Thanksgiving parades in America second only to New York’s. If you didn’t have a chance to line up along Woodward Avenue you were able to experience all that it had to offer via live television on local news station 4. Hundreds of floats, balloons, dance companies, and band performances created memories to last a lifetime. From Captain Underpants, Rainbow Fish, clowns, Wizard of Oz, live horses, and dance/band performances the parade had something that individuals of all ages could enjoy. Detroit’s tradition will now be a tradition for my family.

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Elf On The Shelf Ideas

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Ive rounded up some of my Elf On The Shelf ideas over the years as a one stop shop if you need some extra inspiration. Disclaimer all of these ideas are not my ideas but simply how I recreated them in addition to original. I am a fan of finding free printables online, using toys as props, or bringing gifts courtesy of the Dollar Tree! Enjoy!

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Dr. Seuss ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Review

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Dr. Seuss’ ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ is a story that has been around for decades. It is one that I enjoyed as a little girl and I can now enjoy with my kids! How special is that? The Big League Productions, Inc. and Running Subway presented the musical that rolled into Detroit’s Fox Theatre November 19th, 2017.

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It was my first time attending a production at Fox Theatre. The theatre itself is rich in not only history but rich with Chinese and Hindu inspired décor. Seeing that décor dressed up with the holidays is something every Detroiter should see and experience. Such a beautiful place became even more beautiful for the holidays.

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As beautiful as the theatre was the production taking place inside was equally stunning. A projection screen brought many backgrounds and backdrops to life making the audience feel that much more transformed to another world, Dr. Seuss’ world.

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It was Philip Bryans second year starring as ‘The Grinch’. I can see why he was invited for a second year and surely expect him to return for many more. We’ve all seen the movie with Jim Carey and being able to emulate such a talent is not an easy task however I felt he brought the Grinch to life and did Jim Carey justice.

Cindy Lou was played by an alternating cast of Delilah Rose Pellow and Avery Sell. Little kids with big voices and huge hearts to convey the true spirit of Christmas just like Cindy Lou herself.

The dog (Old Max) played by Bob Lauder brought the entire story together and performed “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” rendition so good that I guarantee there weren’t many who left the show without singing that tune in their heads.

Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical! made me feel like I was a kid again. The story of one being born with a heart two times too small and having it grow three times too big because of love and holiday cheer is something that every family should take away with them this year.

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze Giveaway!

Family Four Pack available for Friday, December 1st. It is a critically acclaimed Broadway spectacle and it is coming to Fox Theater this holiday season. Like and Follow my page ‘Southeast Michigan Mommies.’ Sharing my giveaway post is HIGHLY appreciated tag 4 friends for an entry. Good Luck! 23435778_10211102761181071_63421156_n

Halloween 2017

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Halloween Morning can be like Christmas morning but better because well its HALLOWEEN!

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I bought my boys PJ Pals Matching Halloween Pajamas from the Disney Store and placed them in matching pumpkin containers from the Dollar Tree and used leftover decorations from Halloween parties in the past to set the table.

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For my 9 month old I drew a pumpkin design on his sweet potatoes, and bought him glow in the dark Halloween puffs from Gerber.

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I then made the kids pancakes topped with whip cream and kisses for ghost eyes. I also used the kisses as ghost eyes when placed on half bananas.

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When it was time for pickup I made hotdog Mummies. Simply take crescent triangles and cut into strips then wrap dogs accordingly.  Bake according to package directions. Add eyes (Can be found in cake section at Walmart)

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Happy Kids & Happy Halloween.