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Friday, October 24, 2014

My Weekend Uniform - Fall Fashion for the Stylish Mom

My casual weekend style for fall 2014 is all about skinnies, boots/booties, layers, and scarves.  Check out my latest weekender obsessions below followed by links to affordable pieces.
  1. Black denim skinnies are a current weekend staple in my wardrobe. I love the casual booties with the cable knit sweater and blanket scarf shown here.
  2. Flannels are perfect for casual attire and this looks adorable with a quilted vest and tall cognac boots.
  3. A tweed blazer adds a touch of class to another cozy cable knit sweater, and solid colored scarf.
  4. These rubber boots would get a lot of use on the weekends for me! And this sweater poncho would be like wearing a blanket, which I love. Notice the chambray/denim shirt underneath which is falls premiere layering essential.
  5. Love the layering of the flannel with the varsity cardigan and booties.
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Looking at these awesome styles on Pinterest is one thing.  Shopping for them at affordable prices is not as easy.  Here is what I found.
Cable Knit Sweaters:  Jackpot at Kohl's
  1. ELLE™ Cable-Knit Turtleneck Sweater $36.99
  2. Croft & Barrow® Cable-Knit Dolman Sweater $24.99
  3. LC Lauren Conrad Cable-Knit Crop Sweater $39.99

Leather Booties/Boots & Rubber Boots
  1. Vince Camuto "Baldwin"  $169.90
  2. Chinese Laundry South Coast $59.97
  3. Clarks Alpine Melt $71.99
  4. Chooka Top Solid Rain Boot $64.95
  1. Fashion Elegant Plaid Splicing Long Women's Scarves    $7.99
  2. Manhattan Accessories Co. Reversible Plaid Ruana $33.60
  3.  & 4  New In Ladies Warm Comfortable Plaid Scarves For Women $10.99
Tweed Jacket & Sweater Poncho
  1. Olive Double-Breasted Blazer $150
  2. Chaps Herringbone Wool Blend Jacket $90.30
  3. Dolman Sleeve Poncho $69.95
  4. Croft & Barrow® Houndstooth Quilted Vest $29.99

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron - Teaser Trailer #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

I have never been really into super hero stuff.  I have never been into the comic book thing, nor movies about the heroes and villains in them, well until now.

My husband has gotten me interested in "Agents of Shield", which is a pretty awesome series.  So, I
am pretty excited about the new Marvel movie coming out in May, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

When Tony Stark {oh Tony Stark... whoot whoot, that means Robert Downy Jr. is going to be in this film} jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow {love Scarlet Johansson too} and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron {played by James Spader... WHAT? Oh this is going to be crazy good!}.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon {am I a nerd, cause I know who this is and LOVE his work?} Avengers: Age of Ultron will tie into Agents of Shield with appearances made by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill.

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 Marvel's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters everywhere on May 1st, 2015! 

Little Free Libraries

There is a cute little park near our house where the kids like to play.  The park is really not much to write about, hence you won't see a review here about it (actually it is quite sad).

But, one day this little box appeared:

 The kids ran up to the box to check it out and I read the top of the box:

Awesome.  A little library. So basically, you can find a Little Free Library near you, or you can put one up in your front yard.  It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!  Rosa and Carlyn were so excited to try it out.  

Is there a Little Free Library near you? Have you used it? I would love to read about your experience!

Sea Life Aquarium Fills 120,000 Gallon Ocean Tank - @SeaLifeMi


SEA LIFE Michigan, the 35,000-square-foot aquarium set to open in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in early 2015, has reached a major construction milestone: filling the attraction’s 120,000 gallon ocean tank with water! 

The filling of the ocean tank is a key landmark in our construction process and brings us another step closer to welcoming our array of awe-inspiring creatures. Our artists have worked tirelessly to create an exciting themed environment in the tank, including rock and coral formations, and a sculpture of Neptune’s head. All of this comes together to create a dazzling experience for our visitors that is unique to our location.

To celebrate the water fill milestone, SEA LIFE Michigan hosted a brief ceremony on Friday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. featuring SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Kid Reporter Nina Groll and other local children.

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium will house more than 5,000 amazing creatures, including sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, sea horses, a giant Pacific octopus and much more. Guests will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get nose-to-nose with the creatures in the aquarium’s unique 180-degree ocean tunnel, interactive touch pools and engaging, educational exhibits that focus on conservation and inspiring guests to take an active role in protecting the world’s oceans and sea creatures. 

Advance tickets will be on sale on the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium website beginning in November. Check for more updates. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Salvation Army Harvest Sale offers half-off clothing

The Salvation Army Harvest Sale offers half-off clothing
50 percent off sale valid at all 34 locations in metro Detroit, Nov. 1

Winter is around the corner! Gear up for the cooler weather and prepare for the holiday season during The Salvation Army’s annual Harvest Sale. All 34 metro Detroit Salvation Army thrift store locations will offer 50 percent off clothing from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. 

“As the community prepares for the winter weather, we’re pleased to offer savings on the cold weather essentials families will need to stay warm this year,” said Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC).

Enjoy great deals on coats, scarves, gloves and hats among other winter essentials. In addition to the clothing sale, hourly bonus deals will be announced in various departments throughout the day, giving guests even more value.

Proceeds from all stores benefit The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Centers, independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults.

All thrift store merchandise is donated by community members. Help the ARC continue its work by dropping off gently used clothing, accessories, housewares, furniture and toys to the nearest Salvation Army thrift store donation center. For specific hours of a Salvation Army thrift store and donation center near you, visit

Founded by William Booth in London, England, in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. The ARC is an integral part of TSA’s mission, and offers substance-abusing adults the opportunity to rebuild their lives through a voluntary, short-term residential self-help program designed to establish a sense of dignity, self-esteem and personal strength that will allow them to resist the desire to abuse a substance and regain their rightful place as contributing members of society. Completely self-funded, the ARC draws its entire operating budget from the revenue of the 34 Salvation Army Thrift Stores located in Southeast Michigan. For more information visit or call 313.965.7760.

Brick It Up Review - Clarkston

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger: Jennifer Wooley  Any Age Fitness

Disclosure: Jennifer and her family received free admission in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions are genuine and her own.  Your experience may differ.

Imagination, creativity, teamwork and fun.  This was our experience on Friday night at Brick It Up in Clarkston. (948 S Baldwin Rd, Clarkston) From my three to my thirteen year old, there was something for them all. 

I watched my kids eyes go wide as we opened the door to Brick It Up.   Shelves lined with Lego creations and cubbies filled with bins of bricks.   We were met by Julie (the owner’s mother-in-law) who gave us a quick tour of the facility which is clean, neat and organized, giving me some great ideas on how to manage our own Lego situation at home!.  I’m a bit of a germophobe when it comes to kid play places, so I was also relieved to see hand sanitizer available throughout the building.  

My daughter was drawn immediately to the Lego Friends area.  There were bins of pink Lego Bricks and small tables where she could sit and start to create.  Just behind the Lego Friends area was the Lego Duplo area where we saw some kids stacking large bricks to make a house.  There were also trains and tracks filled with Duplo animals.  The Lego Duplo area was a carpeted area unlike the rest of the building which is decked in wood floors so it was great place for the little ones to be able to get down on their hands and knees to explore.

My older boys were drawn to a large trough of Lego Bricks (which I learned was a converted salad bar from an area restaurant) with everything you need to create a Lego soap box derby car.   My three boys worked together to each make a car and took turns racing each other at the large, sloped track. 

In addition to the areas I already mentioned, there was also featured, “The Lego Build of the Day” which was situated in the middle of a table, near the building’s fireplace.  There were trays set out at each seat at the table with the pieces needed to recreate the design.

One of my favorite areas, was the Lego spin table.   Paper plates sat atop spinning legos.  Placing a marker on top of the spinning plate, you create spin art.  It is safe to say that my three-year-old was mesmerized by the circular designs. 

Some of the other fun things we discovered while being at Brick it Up was the Lego book area, Lego board games and Lego bingo!  My kids enjoyed a few rounds of bingo winning Lego stickers at the end. 

When our time was up, my kids were making plans to come back.  Brick it Up offers the chance for kids of all ages to have birthday parties and even offer child drop off and care services, so both parents and kids can enjoy a carefree date night.  Brick it Up is a sure fire way to make any creative kid explore their imaginative side.  My kids left with lego brick candy and a smile on their faces. Brick it Up is a place I am sure we will visit again-soon!

For more information on classes, parties or camps at Brick It Up, you can visit

Jennifer (Jenny) is the founder of Any Age Fitness. She's an Independent Beachbody Coach, nurse, wife, and mom of 4. Jenny is passionate about health, nutrition and exercise and helping others achieve their fitness goals regardless of how old they are or how old they might feel. In her spare time she enjoys reading.

Terry Fator is returning to the Fox Theatre 12/13

Singer, comedian and celebrity impressionist, Terry Fator will return to the Fox Theatre for a side-splitting performance on Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.

As a successful headliner on the Las Vegas Strip, Terry Fator captures the hearts and funny bones of audiences from around the world with Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment. In 2013, Terry Fator celebrated his 1,000th show at The Mirage and was voted the “Best Show,” “Best All-Around Performer” and “Best Impersonator” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s prestigious “Best of Las Vegas” poll. Backed by a live band, Fator wows audiences nightly with singing, comedy and unparalleled celebrity impressions. The America’s Got Talent winner brings to life a hilarious range of characters including Winston, the impersonating turtle, Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice, and lounge singer Monty Carlo. With comedic banter and amazing vocal impressions of musical superstars such as Garth Brooks, Dean Martin, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga and more, Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment is a one-of-a-kind experience.

We attended last time he was here and it was a blast.  Terry is just so entertaining... it is sure to be an wonderful evening.  

How about a discount?  
Call Anna at Olympia Entertainment: 313-471-3095 and tell her you saw this ad on Metro Detroit Mommy and get your tickets at the LOWEST price available (as low as $35.50)
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