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Mad Hatter Bistro

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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.

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

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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.

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Alice coloring sheets available for the kids.

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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.

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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.

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Wiggles Birthday

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In case you are not hip to the Wiggles they are an Australian Music group for children and have a series TV show featuring classics such as “Fruit Salad” and “Hot Potato” as some of the favorites. You will sing these songs with your child, in your car, at work, and in the shower. They seem to NEVER leave your mind. It’s a bittersweet relationship I have with this music group but my one year old is absolutely fascinated.

When it came to planning his FIRST Birthday party there was no question it was to be a Wiggles theme. I mentioned they’re out of Australia right? Well so is most of there merchandise. Product plus shipping just didn’t seem feasible yet I had to find a way, a Wiggles way.

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Insert Pinterest ideas, Dollar Tree, and this amazing blog that produced free printables. You can find them here http://www.cakecrusadersblog.com/wiggles-happy-birthday-banner-make-free-printables/

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A little effort went a long way and I was able to give my son his Wiggles Themed Birthday party on a budget!

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Michigan Science Center

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The Michigan Science Center located in Detroit is a must do and see activity for families of all ages. It can be pricey but consider getting a membership if you have a large family as the ticket prices may pay for the membership itself in one visit. Also keep an eye out for Groupon specials. Theres always ways to save and a way to make it an affordable visit sometimes it just takes a bit of research.

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With over 250 hands on exhibits, Imax Theatre, 4D Theatre, Smithsonian Spark Lab, and traveling exhibits there is always something to do, see, and learn.

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Ok, so it may not be as great as up North but whats better than bringing a piece of the greatness that is the Mackinac bridge to Southern Detroit?

We spent a full day discovering, and learning. Many exhibits even featured the fine science that is what makes the motor city the MOTOR CITY.

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Kids Town was a highlight of our trip as it is a miniature town built for children ages 2-5. Our big world becomes kid sized and lets the children explore, mimic, pretend, and utilize their motor skills.

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The Detroit Science Center is always updating its exhibits and making learning fun. Take a day to get away from the video games, and explore. I love exploring this great city and all it has to offer. I also love being able to see it through not only my eyes but my children’s eyes.

Learning can be fun and everyday at The Detroit Science Center is just that.

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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

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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.

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Lochaven Haunted Halloween House Review

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Located in Waterford Michigan this Halloween display has been a neighborhood favorite for 24 years. Every year the home owner puts up a multitude of displays. Parking is available on the side of the road. Donations are welcome but not mandatory. There is a walk through haunted house but I was unable to go through as I had a baby with me. With that said there was still family friendly fun.

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The path included displays of a haunted forest of beheaded brides, clowns, over-sized skeleton clock, pumpkin vine overhead, a skeletal funeral procession, and a photo op in the back of a Cadillac with a friendly dressed up monster.

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All in all it was worth the 20 minute drive and will be a tradition I will continue with my family here on out in Michigan.