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.




LEGOLAND® Discovery Center


We started our tour with a green screen photo op. The photographer had us do multiple poses and gave us a card to review our photos later in the tour. We did smiling faces, silly faces, showed off our muscles, and a surprised look. Lights! Camera! Action!

We then began our adventure with a fun interactive factory tour. Families were divided per an assigned color and then prompted to play along. It was both informative, and fun.

From there we lined up for the Kingdom Quest. Orcs were invading the castle and we had to use our lasers to shoot them. The reward was that of finding the princess and releasing her from the trolls prison. Next the Dwarf King was kidnapped from the evil skeletons our mission was to stop the evil skeletons from stealing our treasure and last but not least we were to save the dragons eggs by shooting the bad guys. The line was long but worth it. It reminded me of the Buzz Lightyear ride at Disney World. Also it was open to all ages as long as your youngest could be seated and walk. My one year old was able to sit right there with us. Five individuals per cart made this interactive ride one that the whole family could enjoy together.

Next up we were able to review the photos that we took earlier in the tour and had the option for purchase. From there we were dropped into a spectacular Detroit display made entirely of LEGO® bricks. Detroit city favorites such as Ford Field, Comerica Park, and Fox Theater were in attendance. Also on site were interactive buttons to move the LEGO® bricks and furthermore bring to life such a lively display. The display was available to see “during the day” and then for a brief period the lights were dimmed and it was lit up in addition to fireworks projected onto the wall.

For the final leg of the visit we were immersed into a LEGOLAND® Discovery Center play land. A play land in which you can put together LEGO® bricks, and race them. An area for toddlers that had bigger, and soft LEGO® bricks pits in addition to a small playground feature with a slide. An imagination classroom, and a 4D Theater. There was another carousel like ride but it was shut down upon our visit.

At the end of the tour we were of course let out into the gift shop. Some sets are very pricey but

we were able to find an affordable set for $30.

Days later I had picked up my older son from school and out of nowhere he says to me “Im really glad we got that LEGO® bricks set that I’m going to build with dad this weekend” THAT is what LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is all about. It’s about opening your mind and creating whatever you deem possible all while making memories doing so. Thank you LEGOLAND® Discovery Center for the tour!


Oak Park Winterfest

Oak Park Winterfest featured free fun for the whole family. Festivities took place at the community center. Outside activities included ice carving demos, reindeer (with feed available), horse carriage rides, and fire pits with smore kits.

Inside there was ice skating, make your own pin, hot chocolate, cookie decorating, face painting, snow globe stations, and chili available.

Oak Park produced an enjoyable event for families. We will be back next year and you should too!


Valentines Day Bath

Once my oldest was past the bath stage it was a bit bittersweet for this mama. It’s such a special time with your little ones and on holidays I like to do theme baths. Ending your day of celebration with a celebration all while getting clean!

This Valentines Day I ordered Valentine rubber ducks from amazon and picked up red/pink paint soap from the dollar tree. It was the perfect ending to our day.


Valentines Day Breakfast

Valentines Day is a big deal at my house. I grew up waking up with anticipation to see what my mommy valentine had left for me and I knew I wanted to do the same for my kids.

Every year I grab items here and there and over time have come to have a huge Valentines box. Items I’ve picked up at the Dollar Tree, Target, even thrift stores. I have heart shaped plates, bowels, foam hearts, love light up sign, and red containers to fill with treats.

No matter how old my oldest gets his eyes light up with excitement and as my youngest is a toddler he’s sensory satisfied. Not sure quite what’s going on but it’s different and he likes it.

Everyday should be celebrated but special occasions or dare I call Valentines Day a holiday gives us an excuse to do just a little more which is so hard to do when everyday life can sometimes challenge us just doing the bare minimums.

From my family to yours,

Happy Valentines Day


Civic Center Park Sledding Hill

Civic Center Park located in Madison Heights may be fun in the summer but it’s a blast in the winter.

I love finding free fun things to do especially when the kids can enjoy NATURE. Civic Center Park has one of the best sledding hills in the local area. It’s HUGE.

When Elsa says “let it snow” Civic Center is the hill to go. Did I mention it’s HUGE? The walk up is a bit challenging and it may make you question every cheeseburger, french fry, and coke you have had this winter season but the ride down is exhilarating.

Be sure to keep an extra eye on personal items, including the children. It can be a bit overwhelming but worth the adventure.

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Mad Hatter Bistro


Any Alice in Wonderland fans out there? I truly believe Disney World/Disney Land is Heaven on earth. It feels as if you step into a magical portal in an alternate universe anytime you are on Disney property and if Heaven had a price I’m sure it would be comparable to those of Disney Parks and Resorts.

For those of us who can’t always afford Heaven and live in Michigan I highly suggest visiting Birmingham’s ‘Mad Hatter Bistro.’ That portal I was speaking of exists on Old Woodward Avenue. Don’t be late for a very important date and make sure you make reservations! As they are highly recommended.


A small space with HUGE character. Every detail down to the doorknobs are magical.


There is dining available on the first level and downstairs or shall we say the rabbit hole. Tea parties, brunch/dinner with the family, or drinks at the bar make this a one stop shop for people of all ages.


Alice coloring sheets available for the kids.


The Alice themed menu produces fresh drinks, and entrees. The portions aren’t necessarily generous but the quality exceeded such. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for from the menu to the atmosphere. Still, cheaper than Disney World itself.



I couldn’t help but to feel happy and that wasn’t just from the freshly squeezed mimosa I was sipping on either. The Bistro’s food and decor captivates every customer to walk through the doors. As they say in ‘Alice In Wonderland’ “it would be so nice if something made sense for a change.” Mad Hatter Bistro makes sense. Make your dreams a reality and see where they’ll take you at The Mad Hatter Bistro in Birmingham Michigan.