Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Walking with Dinosaurs #giveaway A second chance to win!!!!

Dinosaurs once again roam the earth when the spectacular production, Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series, comes to The Palace of Auburn Hills for an eight-show engagement from August 6-10, 2014.

Tickets at $59.50, $49.50, $39.50, $19.50 reserved go on sale at 10 a.m., April 4 at Palacenet.com, The Palace Ticket Store and all Ticketmaster locations and online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets may be also charged by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard by calling 800.745.3000.

Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. The show has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators. 

This updated production will showcase changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species. Worldwide, more than eight million people have seen this show in 243 cities and over 2,000 performances.

Enter below for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Walking With Dinosaurs on August 6th, 2014

The Super Run Ann Arbor - #Giveaway #TheSuperRunA2

The Super Run is coming to Ann Arbor Michigan on September 6th, 2014 and will take place at Glaaup Park.  Dress up as your favorite super-hero (costume/cape optional) and use your super powers to zip along a 1k or 5k course. The Super Run is a great event for children and adults alike.  Each participant will receive their very own super cape and Super Run Swag.  Use the code SUPERDETROITMOMMY5 to save $5 off the adult registration.  

The Super Run in Ann Arbor will benefit the Lutheran Social Services of Michgian whose mission focuses on children and families, persons with disabilities and seniors, reaching across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to focus on adoption, foster care, refugee services, home care, senior housing, group homes and more.

Local businesses, charities or artists can attend the event for free if you provide a family friendly activity or giveaway and share about your attendance at the event on social media. For more info please email Service@TheSuperRun.com with Vendor as they subject.  

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Monday, July 28, 2014

A Letter to My Arguing Neighbors

Dear Neighbors:

Maybe I am way out there, I know I'm not perfect, but my hubby and I have only a few times had a discussion that led to raised voices.  So it happens, I know but it is a regular occurrence in your home. I hear you yelling, swearing, calling each other names, crying.  You slam doors,  you yell at the top of your lungs inside, you tell at the top of your lungs outside.  Yes, it is disturbing us, you wake our kids at night, during their afternoon naps and my daughters are afraid of you because of all the yelling.

But this isn't about us, it's about you and your family.  Maybe you hadn't thought about it, but the fighting is having a huge effect on your children.  They see and hear you argue and they think it is normal.  So, here are some things to consider:

1. Respect - I read on a blog somewhere (wish I remember where) that the house rules were to treat the people in your home as well or better than you do your guests.  I think this is a great rule to live by.  It is hard, but showing your significant other and children respect is a great goal and standard.  Showing respect for those you love strengthens relationships and encourages honesty and thoughtfulness.

2.  You are setting the example - your children look to you to set the standard of how relationships are supposed to work.  If you are constantly screaming at your significant other, your children are going to not only think that is acceptable, but that it is normal.  They are more likely to accept a relationship with the same terms, or even worse impact your child's ability to handle their own anger.

3. Your fighting has a negative impact on your child's emotional well being - from a Parents.com article " 'frequent, unresolved fighting chips away at that confidence, triggering sadness, anxiety, and fear in children of all ages,' Dr. Cummings explains." These feelings can grow and affect other aspects of your child's life including relationships with others.  From The Telegraph:  "Those who had experienced family discord in their formative years had a smaller volume of grey matter in the brain, particularly the cerebellum (which has been linked to problems such as impaired learning, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression and bipolar)."

I can clearly see the negative impact your fighting is having on your children.  Please get help!  Find someone to talk to, work out your issues in a calm manner and show your children how adults resolve their differences in a respectful manner.

Respectfully, your neighbor!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

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Maker Faire at the Henry Ford #MakerFaireDetroit

My family and I had the pleasure of attending Maker Faire yesterday as Media guests courtesy of the Henry Ford in Dearborn.  What a fantastic experience.  

The Henry Ford is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd in Dearborn, close to Southfield Road, I-75 and I-94. {Directions available on the Maker Faire website}.  Be sure to check out the Henry Ford website for information about parking.  It seemed that the best spots were at the Ford Motor Company, directly across from the Henry Ford on Oakwood Blvd.  

So what is Maker Faire?  From the website
"Maker Faire is an award winning, family friendly event celebrating technology, education, science, arts, crafts, engineering, food, sustainability, and more. Maker Faire has become part of pop-culture, a place for experiential marketing, debuting new technologies and inventions, and celebrating geekdom. Maker Media produces two annual flagship Maker Faires, partners with museums to produce Featured Maker Faires, and works with communities to license Mini Maker Faires around the world."
A giant Operation game... how fun!!!
Maker Faire Detroit features over 400 makers who bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions.  They display everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds. We found some amazing exhibits.  
A bridge with no nails, screws or glue.... wow!
 One tip I can share is to walk up and talk to as many presenters as you can.  (This is hard with little ones in tow) They had a ton of fun with all the hands on activities, being able to tinker, create, watch demos and more, but there is so much more available than what I got a chance to experience just because we were limited by the attention span of the two year old:)  With that said, it was worth it to bring the kids, they got a lot out of the experience.

A giant cupcake motorized vehicle?  Why? Because you can!!!

Much of the Faire is outdoors, so if you go today, bring the sunscreen.  If you need a break from the heat you can visit some of the indoor exhibits in the Henry Ford Museum.    It is overwhelming the number of Makers at this event.  There is so much to do and see.

Ben's Encore  Music Exhibit - Love it
There are plenty of places to get food and drinks.  There was pizza, barbecue, mexican food, popcorn, ice cream, fudge and so much more.  Food tickets are 5 for $10, and much of the food is 2 or 3 tickets.

Today is the last day for this fantastic event.  You can get tickets online or at the door.  There is also a free app you can download to get the most of your visit.

Find Maker Faire online, on Facebook or on Twitter.  See more images in our gallery.

The Metro Detroit Mommy family received free admission to this event in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions are my own, your experience may differ.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Tickets Are On Sale Now

Based on the popular children’s book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, Pinkalicious The Musical will perform six shows at the City Theatre on Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 23.

Tickets ($22 general admission and $15 opening night) are on sale now and may be purchased online at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and at the City Theatre box office, located inside Hockeytown Cafe. To charge tickets by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount by calling 313-471-3099.

In Pinkalicious The Musical, Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

The one hour musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor, is based on the popular children's book Pinkalicious by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. The musical adaptation is directed by Teresa K. Pond with musical direction by Jad Bernardo and original direction by Suzu McConnell-Wood.
Performance schedule:
Friday, November 21                6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 22        11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 23        11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Grand Opening in Ferndale {7/24/14} #DickeysonWoodward

Yesterday my family was able to attend the soft opening of Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Ferndale.  This location is situated on Woodward, just a few blocks north of 9 Mile in Downtown Ferndale.  Parking behind the location is FREE!  Isn't that awesome!

Their Grand Opening is today {7/24/14}starting at 11 am and they are running some great special over the weekend.  Be sure to drop by and check them out.

Thursday opens with the first 50 guests receiving gift cards worth up to $50. On Friday, the new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will offer all day merchandise giveaways which includes t-shirts, magnets and more! Stop by on Saturday when radio station 100.3 WNIC is onsite from noon to 2 p.m. when the location is serving $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. Also, one lucky winner will be chosen for a $500 gift card and three winners will receive free barbecue for an entire year.

From their website:
"In 1941, Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Dallas, Texas.... Every location smokes all of their meats on-site at the restaurant the same way it was done in 1941. Dickey's serves up beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, polish sausage, turkey breast and chicken, with an extensive array of home-style sides from jalapeño beans to macaroni and cheese. Buttery rolls are served with every meal along with the complimentary ice cream and dill pickles. And just like always, kids eat free on Sunday."

Dickey's is fast casual restaurant where customers order their food at the counter, then proceed to check out, pick up their food and sit down to eat.

There are a lot of great options to choose from.  Meat plates, pork ribs, sandwiches, YUM.  They also have a menu just for kids:

I chose the two meat plate, below is picture the Spicy Cheddar Sausage {bursting with jalapeño}, Beef Brisket {hickory "smoked to perfection" brisket}, Barbecue Beans, Fried Onion Tanglers, and their legendary Buttery Roll.

Everything was tasty.  I really enjoyed... well everything.

Each drink is served in a big yellow cup which you are encouraged to take with you and use again at home.  Dickey's offers Coke products.  I had the light lemonade, which was a nice option, since I no longer drink soda.

Dickey's offers three tasty barbecue sauces to add to your meal, original, spicy, and sweet.  My favorite is the sweet.  

Not only do they have a kids menu, every Sunday kids eat FREE!  AWESOME!  

Owners Jason Irvine and Craig Southerland are both former employees of JP Morgan Chase.  They frequently enjoyed lunch at a nearby Dickies with their co-workers, so when their office closed Irvine and Southerland decided to open their own location. We are so very glad they did!!

You can connect with Dickey's in Ferndale online and on Facebook.