Jul 22, 2017

Groupon Coupons - An Easy Way to Save

Do you shop online?  Do you like coupons?  Do you like online coupons?  Did you know that Groupon offers many coupon deals online to your favorite stores like Target, Amazon, Walmart, Babies R Us and so much more?  It is so easy, just visit Groupon Coupons, find your favorite store and check out all the great deals.  Click the deal and find out how to save.

There are typically two ways the coupons are delivered. The first is automatically, click the link and Groupon will automatically apply the savings to your purchase.  The second way to save is via a coupon code you will use at checkout.  It is that easy!

Target has become one of my favorite stores lately.  I love how clean the store is and the quality of merchandise they are selling.

I dropped by Target to do some back to school clothes shopping and was so pleasantly surprised with their new line of clothing, Cat & Jack.

I love how the line has great messaging for both genders, especially love all the science themed shirts available for girls:

And while a majority of their shorts are still a little "short" for my taste, they do offer a better selection of longer short options for girls:

And, an added bonus is that the clothing is guaranteed for one year at Target.  I know my kids are really rough on their clothing, so it is nice to know that they back their quality with a warranty.

Currently, Target is offering FREE shipping and $5 off your order of $50 or more online with this great Groupon code. {expires 7/31/17}

Happy Shopping!!

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Savings on Groupon for Summer Fun in Metro Detroit

If you are looking for a great list of fun things to do this summer on a budget with your family, check out all the fun deals on Groupon Local.  I have found a lot of great places that I have not thought to visit when checking out their current deals.

Currently, they are running a lot of great specials on activities in the Metro Detroit Area.

If you are looking for summer fun on the lake check out this awesome lake water park deal in Holly.  Jump Island is on Groupon and you can get a VIP pass for four people for just $55 which is a great deal for this experience.   GET THE DEAL!!  I have been wanting to check this out for a while now.  Doesn't it look like a lot of fun?

If it is raining or too hot to play outside, check out this great deal on Groupon for Bounce it Up in Livonia.  Visiting an inflatable play space is a great way to have the kids burn off some extra energy.  Add this to your summer to do list when the kids just need to let off some steam.

Or maybe you are looking to reconnect with your spouse or want to have a fun night out, check out this great deal for Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Royal Oak. I have always wanted to take dance classes with my husband.. what about you?  What would be your ideal date night?  Have you checked on Groupon?

Buying deals on Groupon is so easy and it is a great way to save money on your summer fun in Metro Detroit.

What great deals have you found on Groupon?  We would love to hear in the comments below.

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Jul 20, 2017

Counselor's Corner: Playing Nice as a Mom

"One kid? Just one kid?" "Your child is going to be lonely." "I think that your son will need a playmate." "Why would you just have one kid that is not good for your kid's social skills." These are comments that I receive often once I admit that our family only desires one child in it. Once I became a mom to a beautiful little adventurer I learned quite quickly that my counseling degree was no barrier for those who felt like they knew what was better for my family.

Have you encountered that as a mom? Do you feel like your family has a way of doing things that work for your unit that may not be on par with someone else's tradition?

You are not alone. I hope to encourage you today. No two families are exactly the same which usually makes them not only unique but amazing. The mental impact of hearing judgment day in and day out as a mom can take a toll on our wellness and self-esteem as parents. I gave one of my examples but let us look at a few other situations that may cause undue stress to parents. Diet is a big topic and we know that food is a gateway to health and the only way to continue to grow and (live) is to be fed. There are many choices as parents but it is easy to get bombarded with convictions of others concerning GMO's, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten free, fast food, slow food, baby led weaning and most of this begins with breast feeding and bottle feeding. That is right...we typically face judgment from others as soon as we plan our baby's first meal. Think about that for a minute.

My counseling corner here at Metro Detroit Mommy is dedicated to bringing a wellness aspect to the publication from a clinician point of view as well as from a practical point of view as a mom. We began our first entry here talking about diversity, inclusion, understanding, and anti-bullying.

Parents, we have to set the stage for our children to be understanding, accepting and caring. In no way am I saying that we should change the beliefs that are dear to us but in the same way we should be careful of pressuring others to adopt our beliefs. The words that we use are valuable. We hear them but more importantly, our kids hear them too. What are they taking in? What are they learning from the way that we tolerate others in our own lives? Let's embrace expectation management.

When it comes to others households as long as they are safe we really don't get to force our own expectations on others. When exploring the concept of the best mom ever...we can lighten the pressure by being the best mom our children could ever have. That might mean the laundry may not always be done on time or that we may feed our kids eggs and toast for dinner every once in a while. Our best is simply our best and this will vary day to day.

Give yourself a break and a bit of compassion and do your very best to show that same empathy to those around you. This is what truly matters and this is what fits well in every family.        

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Jul 19, 2017

How to Determine Your Child’s Learning Style

If your child has difficulty in school it may not be anything more than a case of his or her learning style matching up with the way the subject is being taught. Children, as well as adults, have different styles of learning. What is easy for one child may be difficult for another.

Three Basic Learning Styles 

There are three basic learning styles; visual, auditory and kinesthetic. People with a visual style of learning may find it easier to understand pictures, diagrams or slides. Auditory learners may understand most easily when instructions are spoken to them in a step-by-step manner or by listening to someone discuss the process. Kinesthetic learners use the sense of touch and feeling when learning. These are the people who usually prefer hands on experience. Before you jump to conclusions about your very young child being a kinesthetic learning, keep in mind that most children under the age of five are, by nature, kinesthetic learners, because their brains have not yet developed to the stage of active learning using other senses.

Most people learn through a combination of these learning styles although one style of learning may be stronger and therefore easier for them to learn in that particular manner since it is the dominant style of the individual. You can help your child to learn quicker and more effectively if you pay close attention to his or her learning style. It's not terribly difficult to do.

How to Determine Your Child’s Learning Style

Is he drawn to visual aids such as pictures and posters? Is he imaginative? Does he look directly at you when speaking? Does he remember faces or places easily? If the answer to these questions is yes then he is more than likely a visual learner.

Is your child distracted by noise? Is it difficult for him to concentrate with others around? Is he a good listener? Does he like to talk on the phone? If this sounds like your child his style of learning is probably auditory.

Is your child a hands on type of person? Is he among the first to jump right in and try something new? Does he prefer to figure things out on his own? More than likely his style of learning is kinesthetic.

If you’ve ever noticed, you’d see that schools and other learning institutions use a variety of teaching methods that incorporate all the learning styles. One teacher that has a classroom full of students is unable to cater to the individual needs of each child’s unique learning style and so the best way of assuring that each child will learn is to utilize each learning style.

Adapting to Your Child's Learning Style

But some children do require individualized attention to their particular learning styles and as a parent, you are in a better position to see that those needs are met. Once you have determined your child’s particular learning style, homework and studying will become less of a chore for your child and for you. For example, if your child’s learning style is visual you can help him by drawing pictures. Get him to draw along with you. Don’t worry if drawing is not your strong point. It is the visual act that aids your child in learning and helps to stimulate his active imagination.

By helping your child to understand how he learns and by teaching him to use a variety of methods that relate to his personal learning style, learning will become easier and less stressful. His grades will improve and he may even enjoy doing his homework. Well, a parent can dream, can’t she?

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Fast Track Program at Aqua-Tots: Sponsored Post

Brought to you by Aqua-Tots Swim Schools of Michigan

With Six Metro Detroit Locations to serve you in Canton, Novi, Sterling Heights, Troy, Auburn Hills (coming soon) and Farmington Hills.

Summer is in full swing and you are headed out to pool parties, the beach, and the lake with your family. Whether you are looking to brush up your child's swimming skills or introduce them to formal swimming instruction for the first time, Fast Track at Aqua-Tots Swim Schools of Michigan is a great program to get your child ready for Summer Swimming.

Fast Track is a series of eight 30 minute classes over the course of two weeks. The times and dates are catered to mesh with the family's calendar and are available for swimming levels one through eight. The program offers an intense swimming schedule to establish water safety and enhances the child's ability to swim. It also can boost a child's confidence around water so vacations, a day trip to the beach or a pool party can be more enjoyable for everyone.

The Fast Track Program is independent of the monthly swimming lessons, so there is no need to sign up for a commitment after the eight classes conclude, however, you will likely want to once you experience the program at Aqua-Tots. The Fast Track program is designed as a quick full immersion into the weekly lesson program for children who are new to swimming or afraid of the water, but it can also be used to brush up on swimming skills after not being in the water for months.  Children can get over their fears more quickly because they attend classes four times a week for two weeks. This allows them the opportunity to quickly build their new skills because they have less time to regress between classes. They will get over their fears more quickly because the intense schedule allows for less time to fall back into that fear.  For children with anxiety over swimming, the Fast Track Program provides less time in between classes to stress about the next class. Children can quickly learn the routine of classes so they know what to expect sooner than if they only went once or twice a week.

Fast track classes are only offered in a group setting (max ratio is one instructor per four students). Most often Fast Track is scheduled with multiple instructors over the course of the two weeks so to allow for such condensed scheduling. This also provides the swimmer to become comfortable swimming with different instructors. However, for children that do not adjust quickly to new people, families can sign up for the Aqua-Tots lesson program two or three days a week so that they can have the same coach or coaches each time. 

Fast Track is a great way to get your family ready for Summer Swimming, with an intense program that will enhance your child's awareness of safe swimming rules and skills.  

More About Aqua-Tots

Teaching kids to swim has been the foundation of Aqua-Tots since they began. And today they still take special care to make sure their swim schools are a welcoming, comfortable and inviting place for kids of all ages at our Detroit area locations including Canton, Novi, Sterling Heights, Troy, Auburn Hills (coming soon) and Farmington Hills. Aqua-Tots Swim Schools of Michigan offers swim classes for babies, toddlers, infants, kids, swim team, adults, and children with special needs at over 70 locations worldwide. With never more than 4 students per swim class, this intimate setting provides a great environment for children learning to swim. Call to schedule your COMPLIMENTARY in water evaluation and tour today.
Troy 248-845-4545
Sterling Heights 586-844-3633
Novi 248-845-4544
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Farmington Hills 248-537-4004
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Moonlight yoga along the Detroit Riverfront July through August

What:                  Individuals and families are invited to enjoy free yoga classes along the Detroit Riverfront courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. The event is an extension of the fourth-annual Live the Riverfront program, offering free and low-cost fitness opportunities throughout summer.
In a unique twist on traditional yoga, Moonlight Yoga participants wear glow jewelry and incorporate 16-inch glow batons into various poses. Space is limited to 150 attendees per session, so advance registration at detroitriverfront.org is required. The sessions are free, but participants are asked to consider making a five-dollar donation to the Conservancy to cover the accessories cost.
When:                  Wednesday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
                              Wednesday, August 9 at 8 p.m.
                              Wednesday, August 23 at 8 p.m.
                              *Media to arrive at 7:45 p.m.

Where:                West Riverfront Park
1801 W. Jefferson (at Rosa Parks Blvd.)
Detroit, Mich. 48207

Who:                    The following representatives will be available throughout different points of the program for media interviews:
·         Jessica Iloff, manager of Community Responsibility at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
·         Grace Derocha, registered dietitian and health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan  

Why:                    Whether in the car, at a desk or on the couch, the majority of adults spend more time sitting than sleeping, putting them at risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other health issues. Live the Riverfront is a multi-year partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy to help Michigan residents and employees stay active. Now in its fourth year, thousands of individuals have participated in Live the Riverfront’s fitness programming. For more information visit detroitriverfront.org/livetheriverfront.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM provides and administers health benefits to more than 4.5 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com and MiBluesPerspectives.com.

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Detroit's Newest Public Space: Beacon Park

DTE Energy hosts free four-day festival to celebrate the opening of Beacon Park
The grand opening of Detroit’s newest public space features music, markets, games … and giant illuminated seesaws
Photo Credit: Mark Houston, DTE Energy

The corner of Grand River and Cass Avenue transforms into a place of light, energy, and motion when Beacon Park opens to the public on Thurs., July 20, 2017.  Downtown Detroit’s newest public space debuts with a weekend festival of music, art, dance, and games.  The festivities begin with the park’s official ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on Thurs. and run throughout the weekend.

“We are excited to bring a vibrant and engaging park to this part of the city,” said Gerry Anderson, DTE Energy chairman and CEO. “The music, art, food, and games offered at Beacon Park are projected to attract a million visitors a year and serve as a catalyst for development in west central downtown.”

Beacon Park highlights include:
  • ·         Lumen, a Belgian brasserie, featuring rooftop seating with panoramic views of the cityscape and park events. The restaurant is scheduled to open in spring 2018.
  • ·         Recreational leagues, operated by Come Play Detroit, that range from volleyball to whiffle ball.
  • ·         130 small luminaires will be mounted at various heights throughout the garden spaces that respond to a variety of triggers: weather events, movement, sound or music, or to specific pre-programmed ‘dances’ by twinkling, changing colors, dimming, etc.
  • ·         Synthetic grass to ensure that the park could host a variety of events year-round, including recreational sports leagues and concerts.

One of the opening weekend’s premier events will be Impulse: An Interactive Art Exhibit. The work is comprised of giant illuminated seesaws that light up when ridden by visitors. Detroit is only the third city in the country to host the playful exhibit, which has primarily toured in Europe. According to the artists who created the exhibit, the seesaws are fitted with LED lights and speakers that produce a sequence of lights and sounds resulting in ever changing composition.
The park will host nearly 50 other activities and performances throughout the grand opening weekend. The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), supported by a grant from the DTE Energy Foundation, operates the park and produces events and programs both for the grand opening and throughout the year.

National musical acts performing during Beacon Park’s grand opening weekend include American indie sensation Lord Huron, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Plena Libre. The park will host grand opening after-work parties on Thursday and Friday. Saturday will be filled with family-friendly entertainment in addition to a night market featuring 25 unique boutiques. Visitors are invited to a gospel brunch followed by classical music on Sunday. On Sunday evening, visitors can watch the movie Back to the Future on a giant screen while enjoying popcorn, snacks, a hover board demonstration, and giveaways.

“We’ve planned a weekend that has something for everybody because that is what Beacon Park is all about,” said Anderson. 

Grand Opening Highlights:
Thursday, July 20
·         Ribbon Cutting — DTE Chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson, Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones will officially open the park at the 11 a.m. celebration.
·         Grand Opening Park opens to the public at noon with food trucks, live music, games and an interactive exhibit from IMPULSE from Quartier des Spectacles.
·         After Work Party Kicks off at 5 p.m. with Happy Hour drink specials
·         Headline entertainment – Robert Randolph & the Family Band will blend funk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll featuring pedal steel guitar with Thornetta Davis opening at 8 p.m.

Friday, July 21
·         Downtown Games – Come Play Detroit will pit rival DTE Energy and other downtown employers against each other in fun active competitions, which are open to the public to watch, Noon-5 p.m. 
·         Beer Garden – Griffin Claw craft and specialty beer, live music and lawn games, 5-8 p.m.
·         Musical entertainment – American indie rock band Lord Huron headlines, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 22
·         Fitness – To christen the new space and build community, a Yoga Mala, which consists of 108 sun salutations, will start the morning. Everyone welcome! Plus, Detroit’s first outdoor spinning experience featuring a LIVE DJ and a cardio workout, 9-11 a.m.
·         Family Day – Fun for all with games, inflatables, make and takes, and face painting, plus a GVSU Charter school art fair, performances by Matrix Theatre Company, Ballet Folklorico, Moyocayani Izel, Detroit Youth Volume, Nadanta, Mosaic Youth Theatre and Detroit Windsor Dance Academy, Noon-6 p.m.
·         Night Market – Detroit’s first ever Night Market will showcase the best of local indie music, food trucks, drinks, lawn games, and shopping from up-and-coming local makers and entrepreneurs. Noon until 11 p.m.
·         Salsa, Tacos & Tequila – Food, drinks and entertainment, featuring headliners Plena Libre with their distinctive musical style of Puerto Rico, Bomba and Plena with Puerto Rican performing artists and cultural group, Bombarica, 8-11 p.m.

Sunday, July 23
  • Fitness – A morning full of energy with Detroit’s first outdoor spinning experience featuring a LIVE DJ, plus yoga and a cardio workout, 9-11 a.m.
  • Gospel Brunch – Michigan’s own award-winning Gospel Singer Bishop Marvin L. Sapp will be joined by local choirs, including Gospel Truth, and dance ensembles, Noon-3 p.m.
·         Classical Concerts – Nationally-recognized, Detroit-based chamber orchestra Sphinx Nonet presents an ensemble performance, 3-6 p.m.
  • Movie Music Spectacular – A performance by Michigan Philharmonic leads up to a special screening of “Back to the Future” with a car display for guests to sit in. Travel through time in a “Back to the Future” DeLorean with Doc and Marty McFly, 6-8:30 p.m.

All Weekend
·         IMPULSE from Quartier des Spectacles – Interactive, illuminated see-saws offer a publicly activated light and sound experience. Put into motion by its users, the see-saws are augmented by LED lights and speakers, which increase in light intensity and emit a randomized sound sequence.
·         Mindfield Lighting Activations – Historic facades around the park will illuminate after dark.

Visit the DTE Energy blog, EmpoweringMichigan.com, for the full schedule of nearly 50 weekend events.

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