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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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Goodison Good Tyme 2018

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The 16th Annual Goodison Good Tyme took place at Bear Creek Nature Park in Rochester Michigan. The beauty and tranquility of the park joined forces with family fun recreational activities for all. Sponsored by Oakland Township’s Parks and Recreation this yearly FREE event has taken place since 2003.

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Guided parking made it easy to accommodate all vehicles.

Not one, not two, but three rock climbing walls to both challenge and satisfy children of all skill levels.

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Guided archery was both fun and safe.

Food tickets were made available in order to ensure your meal when you were ready as opposed to a mad rush. Supplies were limited but we had no issues. A bake sale with gluten free options took place under one of the tents and refreshments were stationed throughout the event.

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Long lines didn’t seem as long with local live music playing.

Kids were able to use stencils, paint, and received a FREE Oakland County Parks Tshirt to design. Animal balloons, face painting, pioneer games, and a zip line were also on site.

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Make sure to join Oakland Township’s Parks and Recreation next year. This end of summer and kickoff to Fall will not disappoint.

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Marvel Universe LIVE Giveaway

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Southeast Michigan Mommies has a Marvel Universe LIVE Family Four Pack Giveaway. Four tickets are available for November 15th, opening night of Marvel Universe Live at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit Michigan. A new action-packed stunt show featuring The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange for a spectacular arena performance. Check out Southeast Michigan Mommies Facebook page for entry details. Good luck!

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Christmas In July

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As younger adults many of us associated Christmas In July with bar crawls. As parents we associate it with a reminder that we have six months to clear the Christmas debt from last year. Oh how times have changed. If you’re me or if you’re reading this then you may be looking to create new memories with the kids on the 25th of July. I’ve always loved Christmas but seeing it through my children’s eyes has become one of my greatest joys. Celebrating in July means no pressure, no gifts, just FUN in the SUN.

I have a lightbox just like the one you can get here https://amzn.to/2LXeEop I truly use this for almost every occasion. It comes with 109 letters, symbols, and numbers. The possibilities are endless. I then brought out my Nostalgia Snow Cone Maker. https://amzn.to/2NWgHd3 and added some flare from both the Dollar Tree and my Christmas box in the attic.

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You can make your own ice-cream bar or take home from Zoyo.

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The cups used for the snow cones are actually meant for icecream and come in three packs at the Dollar Tree complete with plastic spoons.

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I used Microsoft Word to create snowball labels and made sure to fill white water balloons to complete the “snowball” illusion.

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Let’s face it, its not Christmas until Santa comes. Absolutely one of my top 5 favorite Amazon purchases. Get yours here https://amzn.to/2K5UWp1 My oldest son knew it was grandpa and my youngest toddler was just beyond amazed “WOW” he kept repeating. For $15 it served its purpose. Complete with beard, hat, suit, boot covers, and belt. Dad belly or pillow not included. We laughed SO hard and my son told me “Ill never forget grandpa wearing that suit”.

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OK so maybe this is a little over the top but I really wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Lake St. Clair Metropark

If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat this summer look no further. Lake St. Clair Metropark offers fun for the entire family. Lake fishing, golf, picnic areas, splash pad, cafe, and the playground are just a few of the ways families find fun.

The squirt zone spray ground has water features such as dumping buckets, canons to shoot water, and arches spraying water. There is no additional fee to utilize such features.

Next up is a 50 Meter Swimming Pool. $5 a person will get you access to not only the pool but the slides, inflatable obstacle course, and rock climbing walls within.

If this isn’t enough to wet your appetite there’s 600 feet of a sandy beach that surely will.

Undoubtedly all of this water will work up an appetite. A beachside cafe will feed your hunger with delicious treats such as hotdogs, burgers, french fries, walking tacos, deep fried twinkies, ice cream and much more. If you decided to bring your own there’s grills available for use as well.

Golfing for all age levels and abilities is accessible. Foot golf, Par 3, and Shipwreck Lagoon’s 18 hole miniature golf are available with the stunning view of the lake in the background.

Next up is the children’s playground which has swings, slides, and climbing features for children both big and little. If chasing after the littles isn’t enough of a workout there are even aerobic machines. Court games such as basketball, tennis, pickle ball, shuffleboard, and volleyball are at Metro as well.

Be sure to check out the Metroparks web page for special events. When we were there St Clair Metropark was hosting sand soccer in addition to a live band.

Trails offer paths for biking, rollerblading, and walking. Fishing is also a favorite for lake goers.

Lake St Clair Metropark is a place where families can frequent all year round and create memories to last a lifetime.

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Jim Gaffigan Giveaway

Jim Gaffigan is coming to DTE Energy July 28th and I am giving away two free tickets. If you can’t laugh at parenthood then what can you laugh at?!? Much of Jims comedy is based on fatherhood and his unique observations on life. If you want the chance to win this awesome date night package head over to Southeast Michigan Mommies Facebook page. Like my page, giveaway post, and tag four friends in the comments. The more you share the more it’s appreciated. Winners will be announced Mid-July. Good luck!