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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cirque Amongus in Livonia

Last week we ventured out to Livonia to check out Cirque Amongus and their drop in workshop.  (Our admission was covered in exchange for this post, all opinions are genuine and my own, your experience may differ.)  Let me just say, we had a most fantastic time.  

Cirque Amongus is located on Five Mile Road just East of Middlebelt.   It is on the south side of the road and pretty easy to miss, so keep your eyes peeled.  

Check out the video below of all the fun things the girls did while we were there: 

They offer many drop in classes including the workshop we participated in, adult hooping, yoga, parent/tot classes and more.  They will also host your birthday party, which I can imagine would be absolutely fabulous.

Cirque Amongus offers hands-on programs designed to build self-esteem, develop motor skills, and promote teamwork.

The staff were all super friendly and helpful, making sure the children were safe and having a grand time.  All the equipment was in great shape and the facility was spotless.

The girls had the chance to walk a tight rope, walk on stilts, try out the trapeze, do magic, ride a variety of cycles, balance on a ball and so much more.  

One thing I have to mention, good fitting tennis shoes are a must... you should not wear your boots, LOL.

You can find Cirque Amongus online | on Facebook

March out of winter with The Salvation Army Thrift Stores - 50% off clothing

March out of winter with The Salvation Army Thrift Stores
50 percent off clothing sale offers exclusive savings, Mar. 7

Bust out of the wintertime blues with The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) family thrift stores during an exclusive 50 percent off clothing sale on Saturday, March 7. Doors will be open at the nonprofit’s 32 metro Detroit thrift stores from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its two dollar stores in Pontiac and Detroit.

“Spring is around the corner, but with Michigan’s ever-changing weather, it’s difficult to predict the type of clothing you’ll need for outdoor conditions,” said Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center. “At The Salvation Army thrift stores, we’re pleased to provide affordable, high-quality clothing, so families around the metro area can stay comfortable each and every season.”

In addition to 50 percent savings on clothing, shoppers will have opportunities to pick up great deals on shoes, accessories, home goods, furniture and more during bonus sales announced throughout the day.

All proceeds from the 34 metro Detroit thrift stores benefit The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Centers, independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults.

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.

Free Workshop: Special Education: Your Child Has Rights in Detroit

Michigan Alliance-PTI is offering a free workshop

Special Education: Your Child Has Rights
with Sandee Koski - Michigan Alliance for Families
Laura Taylor - Michigan's Integrated Technology Services

Saturday, March 21 , 2015 
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
(sign-in opens at 9:30 pm. Lunch provided)
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law 651 E. Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI
(Free parking is available on Larned Street, across from the building entrance.)

This workshop will help you better understand the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for children and youth who receive special education services.           
Our goal is to help you understand the basic IEP components and how they work together, specifically: The present level of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP statement); Writing measurable goals and objectives; Support services; and Plan implementation.

We will also take a closer look at a specific part of the IEP - Assistive Technology. Consideration of assistive technology should take place in every IEP, for every student. As part of the IEP team, parents and students should be a vital part of the "consideration process".

Parents and school staff must communicate often and well to effectively plan for students with disabilities.

For more information, see the flyer at

Register by 3-13-15 with Barbara Wright at 313.557.8780, online or

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Anti-Bullying Saturday Support Groups in Novi

Are you okay with that?
We aren’t.

Anger. Frustration. Intimidation. Harassment. Gossip.
We Can help.


Upper Teen (high school)

Middle School

Elementary Age

Novi Location

Bullying is rampant in our communities & with one in four children being a victim, by-stander or considered the bully help is needed. Professionals Against Bullying sponsors an open group at Michener Associates Counseling Center to educate, empower & esteem build.

REGISTER TODAY: 734-968-4458 or

Friday, February 27, 2015

Win Tickets to the Detroit Pistons 4/8/15 #giveaway

How does a night at the Palace of Auburn Hills sound?  Watching the Pistons/Celtics game on April 8th, 2015.  One Metro Detroit Mommy fan will win four tickets to the game, courtesy of The Palace.  Whoot Whoot.

Enter below for your chance to win:

Elmo Calls App for IPhone

I just wanted to take a moment to share this really cute app with you.  It is for the IPhone or IPad, and if you have an Elmo fan, it is sure to please.

Elmo Calls is an app full of fun phone calls, which will help teach your child about life skills and milestones.

Can you imagine the look on your child's face when you tell them it's Elmo’s calling! You can receive video calls, audio calls, and voice mail from Sesame Street’s own furry, red monster.

Elmo can help with a bedtime story, brushing your teeth, potty training and more.  You can schedule a call just for fun, laugh and play with Elmo and so much more.

I have to tell you I am very bummed.. we have an Andriod:(  I would love this app for my kinds.

Do you have this app?  What do you think?  What is your favorite app for kids?  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Listen To Your Mother Comes to Detroit 4/26/15 #giveaway

Introducing the 2015 
Listen To Your Mother Show 
Metro Detroit

Photo Credit: Jarrad Henderson
LTYM is half live-stage event and half social media project, and the project serves as a bridge that connects local writers with our local community and with the world.

Listen to Your Mother Show started with one performance in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 and has now become a nation-wide movement creating a new way to celebrate Mother's Day by giving a voice to motherhood --giving Motherhood a microphone in 39 cities across the country.

Angela Amman and Angela Youngblood are thrilled to bring this amazing project to Metro Detroit for the second year. They’re auditioning and producing a show featuring humorous and heartwarming works to gather the community at Saint Andrew’s Hall on April 26, 2015.

Photo Credit: Jarrad Henderson
Metro Detroit is being publicized nationally as part of the LTYM project, and videos of each and every performance will be shared globally on You Tube this summer. See over 1000 videos from past seasons on the LTYMShow channel — with around 400 more videos coming this summer from the 2015 shows!

While LTYM has featured best selling authors and professional actors, every day people with a story to tell make up the heart of LTYM, and the audience comes from all over the Metro Detroit community. Mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons have all taken the stage to tell their stories, and the LTYM Metro Detroit team would love to see you at the event this April. 

A Listen To Your Mother Show is a fabulous event to attend with your girlfriends, with your mom, or with anyone who appreciates storytelling. The show promises to entertain, to make you laugh, and maybe even make you cry.

Coming April 7th from Putnam & Sons (a division of Penguin): "Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now,” a book of some of the powerful voices that have taken the Listen To Your Mother stage.

Photo Credit: Jarrad Henderson
Every LTYM show donates a portion of ticket proceeds to charity. The Metro Detroit team is excited to work with Cass Community Social Services as their charitable partner. The project has raised over $50,000 for local non-profits to date.

Enter below for your chance to win two tix to LTYM on 4/26