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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Great Lakes Crossing Play Area in Auburn Hills

Our last trip up to Great Lakes Crossing was a fantastic experience.  We participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for Sea Life, the kids got to burn some energy in the Play area and we ate lunch at The Rainforest Cafe.

Just in case you are unfamiliar, Great Lakes Crossing is located on Baldwin Road, just off of I-75 in Auburn Hills.  The outlets hosts hundred of outlet stores, a food court, movie theater and more.  It is a great place to spend the day.

Usually when we visit this play area is crazy busy.  But if you get there when the mall doors open (we got there at 9am) I have been told it is nice and relaxing.

There are lots of foods for the children to climb, jump and slide on.

Rosa, Enzo and Carlyn had a grand time playing.

The one thing I didn't like is the two unobstructed entrances (exits) on opposite sides of the play area.  Since we were the only ones here for quite some time, it wasn't even an issue, but in the past it made it difficult for one person to monitor more than one child.  

For an extra treat, children can ride the Carousel.  We passed on this experience, and instead splurged for lunch at The Rainforest Cafe.  (Review coming soon.)

Buddy’s Pizza opens today in Novi during National Pizza Month @buddyspizza

Buddy’s Pizza, the home of Detroit’s original square Sicilian-style pizza has become more accessible than ever for Oakland County residents – just in time for National Pizza Month.

The 68-year-old family-owned restaurant business originated in Detroit, kick-started an expansion last fall and it continues as Buddy’s Pizza’s 11th location opens to the public at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at 44224 Twelve Mile Road, inside Novi’s Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk entertainment district. Business hours can be found on the webiste. For more information, visit

What’s more, patrons who visit the new location on its first day can feel good about contributing to breast cancer research during breast cancer awareness month as $2 from every pizza sold at the Novi Buddy’s Pizza location on Oct. 23 will be donated to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

This initiative comes in addition to Buddy’s Pizza’s ongoing October partnership. Company-wide during October, Buddy’s Pizza donates a portion of proceeds from Leon & Lulu pizza sales to Karmanos and Buddy’s staff have the option to wear a special t-shirt and to donate to the cause, earning jeans casual days.

“We are so excited to open our newest location here in Novi,” said Robert Jacobs, Buddy’s Pizza president. “It means so much to us to do so during National Pizza Month and a time when we can enhance our commitment to the Karmanos Cancer Institute.

“I believe Buddy’s Pizza fans and friends will find that our new, Fountain Walk location maintains the same look and feel they have come to expect. From our proud Detroit roots to our dedication to quality products and personal service, we can’t wait to share a slice of Sicilian-style square pizza with our new neighbors here in Novi.”

Wesley Pikula, Buddy’s Pizza vice president of operations, could hardly wait to show the newest location to the public. The new location’s public opening followed private events and a community ribbon cutting ceremony. “This restaurant sets a higher bar,” he said. “The architectural elements will impress our regular visitors and our new fans. The party room is amazing.”

The Novi location caters to Buddy’s Pizza’s family-focused environment, while remaining easily accessible to visitors. “Our newest location is conveniently situated near freeways M-5, I-275, I-696 and I-96, and will provide guests from across the metro Detroit area easy access to the Buddy’s Pizza flavors they have come to know and love,” said Pikula. “That was important to us as a family-owned and operated company. We have such a long history in the metro Detroit area and our customers have become just as much a part of our Buddy’s family as our own employees are.”

“We look forward to adding on to our family in Novi and to introducing newcomers to our signature square pizzas, homemade soups and antipasto salads.”

General Manager Matt Heckert has been responsible for opening the Novi location over the past year. Heckert has worked with Buddy’s Pizza to develop new menu items, train and hire staff members, and has managed locations in Warren, Livonia, Dearborn, Auburn Hills and Shelby Township. “We began hiring for the Novi location during the summer months and are ready to bring the best of Buddy’s Pizza to Novi,” Heckert said.

Similar in style to the Shelby Township location that opened last fall, Buddy’s Pizza in Novi is an 8,000 square foot, full-service restaurant location. It will seat 200 patrons in a main dining room and feature an urban, retro-styled interior and exterior, a main lobby, an outdoor dining area, main bar, banquet room, carry-out area, modern restrooms and kitchen.

The Novi location was designed by Northville-based Martone Design Studio, and pays tribute to Buddy’s Detroit heritage with vintage Industrial deco design elements, reminiscent of the original Buddy’s Pizza on the corner of Six Mile Road and Conant Street in Detroit.

About Buddy’s Pizza
Sixty-eight years since the introduction of the first square pizza, Buddy’s Pizza thrives in metro Detroit with 11 locations that serve the loyal clientele who have consistently made the brand a favorite nationwide. Buddy’s has been recognized as one 50 States, 50 Pizzas and Destination Pizza and 10 pies worth a trip by Zagat; one of the Nation’s Five Best Pizza Places by the Food Network; dubbed the Hottest Independent Pizzeria in the Nation by Pizza Today; one of the best 25 Pizzas in America by GQ and one of the 25 best pizza spots in the US by Food & Wine Magazine. For more information, visit Follow Buddy’s Pizza on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow Buddy’s Pizza on Facebook and Twitter

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Celtic Thunder is coming to the Fox Theatre - 11/25

International singing sensation Celtic Thunder announced dates for their upcoming North American “Symphony Tour” which includes a performance at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m.; as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.

This will be the first ever “Symphony Tour” for Celtic Thunder, who will depart from their traditional and critically-acclaimed large set productions to perform songs from their 2013 chart-topping album Christmas Voices in a dynamic live music experience accentuated by the instrumentals of a full symphony orchestra. Featuring holiday favorites ranging from traditional carols “Away in A Manger” and “O Holy Night” to the more contemporary “Mary’s Boy Child” and “Fairytale of New York”. Celtic Thunder’s four male soloists Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne and Colm Keegan will also perform solo and ensemble numbers, signature Celtic Thunder hit songs “Ireland’s Call” and “Turning Away” and traditional Irish numbers such as “Dulaman” and “My Land”.
This will be a fantastic "Mom's Night Out" event.  

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 $15 each).
You can also send her an email:
Or order tickets online: (promo code Metro Detroit Mommy)

Seymour Lake Park, Kids Kingdom and Splash Pad

 Seymour Lake Park is the home of Kids Kingdom (Playground) and Splash Pad.  They are located at 2795 Seymour Lake Road (west of M-24) in Oxford and open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm. year round.  We visited in July (somehow the images got lost) and we were looking forward to featuring their Splash Pad during the summer.  

The Splash Pad was closed the day we visited.  (Even though we were there during posted hours of operation... ?).

The Splash Pad did not look too inviting without the water running.. YIKES! 

So we decided to visit the Kids Kingdom Playground.  Awesome feature number one: Restrooms.  Although the weren't the best restrooms, something is better than nothing when you got to go.  

The girls had a blast playing on the equipment.  There was so much to do.

The girls love to swing.

and balance...

 and slide...

Overall the playground was well maintained and clean.  If this park were closer, we would visit again.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Upcoming Shows for the Michigan Theater and State Theater #familyseries #AnnArbor @MichiganTheater

Saturday, October 25 at 1:30 PM at the State Theatre
Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series. With support from Gretchen’s House. FREE FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER! In Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki and legendary filmmaker John Lasseter’s animated retelling of The Little Mermaid, a young boy rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery. 1989. 102 minutes. Rated G. Dubbed in English.
Saturday, November 8 at 1:30 PM at the State Theatre
Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series. FREE FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER! In this Oscar-nominated classic (with a screenplay by Roald Dahl), a hapless inventor (Dick Van Dyke) finally finds success with a flying car, which a dictator from a foreign government sets out to take for himself. 1968. 144 minutes. Rated G.

Sunday, November 30 at 1:30 PM at the State Theatre
Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series. FREE FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER! Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s animated tale follows two young girls (Elle and Dakota Fanning) who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of strange creatures called Totoros. 1988. 86 minutes. Rated G. Dubbed in English.

Saturday, December 6 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan Theater
Part of the Benard L. Mass Not Just For Kids live theater series, presented by Toyota. The incomparable Junie B. Jones is back! Featuring new tales from her books First Grader (at Last!), Boss of Lunch, and One-Man Band, Junie B. meets new friends, helps the cafeteria lady, and puts on a half-time show. She says, “This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It's got loads of funny songs about the things I do in first grade.” (Best for grades K to 5.) Tickets $12 ($10 for Michigan Theater members) at or Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.

Sunday, December 14 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan Theater
Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series. FREE FOR EVERYONE! When Buddy (Will Ferrell), a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf, learns that he’s actually a human, he decides to head back to his New York City birthplace to find his biological family. Also starring Ed Asner, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, and Bob Newhart. 2003. 97 minutes. Rated PG.

Sunday, January 25 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan Theater
Part of the Benard L. Mass Not Just For Kids live theater series, presented by Toyota. Skippyjon Jones is a kitten whose alter ego is Skippito Friskito, the greatest chihuahua sword fighter in old Mexico! But when the local pack of puppies is terrorized by a gigantic bee, will Skippyjon be a ‘fraidy-cat or the top dog? Based on the beloved kids’ book series, this enchanting musical teaches the power of imagination and following your dreams. (Best for grades K to 4.) Tickets $12 ($10 for Michigan Theater members) at or Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.

CLICK, CLACK, MOO at the Michigan Theater
Sunday, March 15 at 1:30 PM
Part of the Benard L. Mass Not Just For Kids live theater series, presented by Toyota. When Farmer Brown declares his farm a “tech-free zone,” the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No laptop means no milk and no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Find out in this hilariously "mooooo-ving" new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book. (Best for grades K to 4.) Tickets $12 ($10 for Michigan Theater members) at or Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.

FLY GUY AND OTHER STORIES at the Michigan Theater
Saturday, May 9 at 1:30 PM
Part of the Benard L. Mass Not Just For Kids live theater series, presented by Toyota. A chock-full musical revue featuring a wide variety of contemporary and classic children’s book favorites, including Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl, Diary of a Worm, Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores, Kitten’s First Full Moon, Lilly’s Big Day, and Paper Bag Princess. (Best for grades K to 4.) Tickets $12 ($10 for Michigan Theater members) at or Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.

State Theater at 233 S. State in Ann Arbor
Michigan Theater 603 E. Liberty St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Worry Woo to the Rescue @WorryWooMonster

Disclosure: I have received free product in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions are genuine and my own.  Your experience may differ.

Three children, three very different personalities.  My middle child, Rosa, and my oldest, Damian, are very strong willed children.  My youngest, Carlyn, is much more easy going.  I could ask Rosa, "Do you want to wear a sweater or coat outside?" and the decision becomes an issue, the answer might be, "I don't want to go outside."  Whereas Carlyn would just say, "okay" or she will pick one.

Decisions are not easy for Rosa.  So when I got the opportunity to review the Worry Woo Monsters, Fuddle was the obvious choice for us.  We received a Fuddle Plushie, the flighty Monster of Confusion can never make up her mind, "The Monster Who Couldn't Decide" book and the Parent Guide "Helping Young Worriers Beat the Worrybug."

Fuddle - The Monster Who Couldn't Decide
Just a few of our books. 
The girls both love the plushie.  They take turns sleeping with Fuddle each night and quite often the plushie goes out for our daily adventures with us.

The book is chosen at bedtime a few times a week.  (We let each girl pick out three books to read each evening before bed.)  Which is impressive, since there is a lot of competition.

From the Worry Woo Website:
Fuddle, the flighty Monster of Confusion can never make up her mind. It’s as though you can see her thinking aloud; Do...Don’t... Up... Down ...Yes…No. She’s so confused about making decisions. All she needs is a pat on the back and a few positive words. Wouldn’t you like to whisper in her ear “Go for it"?

The book is beautifully illustrated and the story is fantastic.  Fuddle is faced with decision upon decision.  She gets anxious about choosing, and decides not to decide at all (hmm, sound familiar?).  But by the end of the book she realizes that she will have time to make many choices and will have more fun if she just relaxes and picks an option.

Fuddle is just one of the many great Monsters who can help your children with their WorryBugs, there is: 
Wince, The Monster of Worry 
Nola, The Monster of Loneliness 
Rue, The Monster of Insecurity
Squeek, The Monster of Innocence 
Fuddle, The Monster of Confusion 
Twitch, The Monster of Frustration 
& The WorryBug 

I love the whole series and will probably put a few of these on our Christmas Wish list for the girls this year.  

Which Worry Woo Would you like for your child?

You can buy Worry Woos online or at
23024 Greater Mack
St Clair Shores MI 48080

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Disney On Ice: Frozen is coming to the Palace of Auburn Hills March 12-15, 2015

Disney On Ice presents Frozen March 12-15, 2015 at the The Palace of Auburn Hills

Disney On Ice presents Frozen is the much anticipated, family experience that transports the entire family to the fantastical winter wonderland of Arendelle.  Thrill to astonishing skating, amazing special effects, and sing along to the inspiring songs from the heartwarming Academy Award©-winning tale.  Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and mystical Trolls for a breathtaking, epic journey that proves true love is the most magical power of all.

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse with special guest appearances by some of your most beloved Disney Princesses and favorites like Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King.

Get your Tickets Today:
Promo code: DOI34A
(the letter ‘I’, not the number ‘1’)
Code is valid today through Oct. 24 at 9:59am. Public on sale starts at 10am on Friday, Oct.24.

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.