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Rochester Fire & Ice, The Big Bright Light Show


The Rochester ‘Fire & Ice’ Festival brought out individuals of all ages. A festival that took advantage of the cold temps and showcased winter favorites. Ice carving demos, food trucks, fire pits, bands, fireworks, and even an ice skating rink were just some of the features for this weekend festival.

After the fireworks The Big Bright Light show was still shining for all festival goers to enjoy.


Mainstreet was covered in over a million lights and if that wasn’t enough the local business displays were just as breathtaking.

If you’re looking for a new tradition to share with your family in Southeast Michigan I highly recommend you follow the bright lights of Rochester Michigan during the holiday season.

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Michigan Science Center


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.


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.


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.


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.


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



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.


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.






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.



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


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


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.


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.


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.


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)


Happy Kids & Happy Halloween.

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Lochaven Haunted Halloween House Review


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.


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.


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.

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‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Hot Chocolate Bar.


Colder temps mean hotter drinks or perhaps stronger drinks but that is for a different blog post entirely. We have had some cool mornings and in an effort to warm the kiddos up I put together a hot chocolate bar.


I found a free printable online. I then printed, and framed. I gathered coffee mugs from the dollar tree and found sticker labels that I put on them to personalize for each child. Next I bought glass containers and filled them with chocolate kisses, marshmallows, and peppermint. I made stir sticks out of peppermint sticks, over-sized marshmallows, and a Hershey Bar. Next i gathered a tray and sequin tulle that I used as a table runner. All from you guessed it! The Dollar Tree!



The kids loved picking and choosing their toppings and fun was had by all.