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Friday, December 19, 2014

Talk about an amazing adventure! Our beautiful escape to Boyne Mountain!

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger: Robin Slawnyk - CrunchyGoddess.com 

My family and I had the amazing opportunity and experience to travel to Boyne Mountain this past weekend and spent 3 days at the beautiful Mountain Grand Lodge Resort and Spa.  We went into this trip knowing absolutely nothing about skiing or any winter sports, and having never visited a four-seasons resort before.  We were somewhat worried about how the trip would go with our two small children, 2.5 and 4 would go.  Well, here is our adventure, and it's worth the read - I promise :)


I kept a little diary of the trip to share with you!

Day 1: Friday

We arrived at the Resort this evening and I am amazed at the beauty of this place.  I mean ahh-mazed.  Everything about this place is so charming, whimsical and wooden.  Yes, wooden.  The most beautiful wood furniture and details, everywhere.  Love.  It immediately feels like home, but not your own home - a home you dream of and wish you lived in.  That home.  And you feel that you really are in a dream home until you get a subtle reminder such as seeing the fire escape route plastered on "your" front door.  Then you come back to reality for a minute.  Our home for the weekend is room #312, a beautiful 1,300+ square foot suite with a full kitchen, living room w/ fireplace, 2 full bathrooms and 3 bedrooms including a 4-bed children's room designed like a castle! The kids are loving the castle and are currently pretending to be the Prince and Princess of some far-away land and enjoying every bit of that room.  Our suite is called the Salzburg Suite and if you stay here with your little ones, I highly recommend booking one of these incredible suites.  Well, off I go now - to enjoy some amazing Riesling with this breath-taking view of the mountain.  I can't wait for tomorrow!



Day 2: Saturday

I'm pretty sure the kids woke up before the sun came out.  I only say pretty sure because I was too comfortable in this amazing bed to open my eyes and look around.  Luckily, they were so thrilled to be in their castle that they continued playing long enough for me to sleep a little longer :) We cooked a delicious breakfast of gluten free waffles with honey butter and fresh fruit in our full kitchen, complete with a dishwasher!  This room is perfect for us, because we have chosen an organic lifestyle so we we can't enjoy the amazing food served here.  Though very tempting to eat in one of the restaurants, we cooked our meals for the whole trip!  After breakfast we were off for Skiing lessons.  I remind you, none of us have ever been within a foot of a real ski slope, we had never seen skis in person and had no idea what we were getting into.  Complete beginners.  Despite this, the friendly staff helped us through the whole process and since we did an advance reservation, they already had the right size equipment out and ready for us to wear.  It was a fast process and we were on the slopes in no time.  Well, lots of time actually.  Does anyone know how long it takes to actually learn to walk in ski boots?? :)

So, all four of us had a class at SnowSports Academy.  My Son Isaac, who is 2.5 had a private lesson with Todd and it was amazing.  Todd assured me from the beginning that he was not going to pressure my little guy and wanted him to have a positive experience.  When Todd determined that Isaac needed a little break, he took him inside - offered him a drink of water and rocked him in a rocking chair while reading him a story!  Isaac fell asleep in Todd's arms where he continued to rock him while he took a power nap.  When he woke up, they went back out to the slopes and Isaac did incredible!  His balance and skill level were so impressive!  Todd took time to teach Isaac and help him to feel confident enough to try.  He let him ski on his own but stayed in front of him to keep him safe and gently grabbed his hand and guided him if he was having trouble turning.  I was blown away by this.  Truly.  Todd went above and beyond and if we lived close enough, I would undoubtedly continue lessons with him and the kids.  Isaac enjoyed it so much and I can't wait to see him ski again!

My Daughter Bella who just turned 4 was a student in a group lesson, where she had two great instructors and a few classmates that were the same age and also beginners.  These instructors were so patient and loving toward the kids and really made the lesson fun!  Bella had a hard time being separated from us to go to the class and her instructor stayed nearby, patiently waiting for her to be ready - and when she was, she had a great time!  It was so awesome to watch her learn to ski and see how quickly she learned and grasped the concepts.  This really is the perfect age to begin!  She recited what she was taught this evening when she was re-capping the experience with us.  She told us all about it with a big smile on her face and she was so proud of herself.

The kids lessons were the hi-lite of our entire trip.  Watching them learn to ski when I had went into this vacation thinking there would not be much for them to do was awesome in itself.  But to see how carefully and gently they were taught and instructed with such positive energy and excitement, how quickly they learned, how much they enjoyed themselves and how proud they were of themselves - it immediately became a priceless experience that I would love for them to re-live again and again.  As for my Husbands lesson and my own, that was a different story - haha :)


So, my Husband decided to try his hand at snowboarding.  Can we just take a moment and laugh about that? bahahaha. Ok, back to business.  It was so cute to see him all geared up in his winterwear and big clunky boots.  It was even more cute to see him try this sport.  He had 2 instructors teaching him and he was doing great at first... until the falls came.  Again and again.  He took it like a champ but spent more time on the ground than on the board.  Despite this, he did awesome and had a great time!  I think he will try skiing next ;)


My lesson was likely the least successful but the most fun and funny.  (It went a little somethin' like this) All of our lessons were going on at the same time so I was a little distracted because I was trying to watch the other 3 in their groups too.  My instructors were great, of course - because they all were.  Debbie is the one that didn't let me quit when I really. really wanted to.  So I learned the basics, getting in and out of the skis, moving forward, stopping and starting.  So we went up the magic carpet to begin our lesson.  Wait, did I say I learned how to stop?  Well, I totally lied.  Because apparently I didn't.  It became evident when I went up the magic carpet and immediately down the slope - very quickly and out-of-control-like.  Oops!  I tried to stop, I really did - but I totally didn't and took my first of many big falls.  It didn't really hurt to fall but I was embarrassed, especially because my instructor was racing after me yelling the directions at me for how to stop my skis. "Push out with your heels! Make a wedge!"  As he was pulling me up from the ground in a very encouraging manner, making sure I was ok, etc, he told me what I did wrong. He said "As soon as you started going, you leaned back (instead of forward) which caused you to pick up speed and then all of a sudden you began flailing your arms and wiped out"  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Ok so I am not so good at this.  Well, I still tried again.  A couple of times and kept getting the same result.  So, like a toddler mid-hill I un-snapped my boots from the boards and told Debbie I was done skiing, that I quit.  She reminded me how well Bella was doing and that I wanted a new family sport and encouraged me to try again.  I reluctantly agreed after she went through all of the steps again and told me that I was falling because I was too tense and nervous.  She was right.  When I tried again, I made it down the hill with no falls, I completed turns, slowing myself down and stopping.  I felt so successful until I saw my little ones doing it with no sweat ;).  I am so glad Debbie didn't let me quit because she ignited a whole new passion in me and I would absolutely LOVE to perfect this sport and go out skiing with my family.  She's a new instructor there at SnowSports Academy and I am proud to be one of the first of many success stories she's going to have.


So, believe it or not - we all made it through our lessons.  Afterward, we had a visit with Santa and then headed to Avalanche Bay - the Indoor Water Park.  I have never worn a snow-suit and swim-suit in the same day before today!


This park is the best waterpark we have ever been to - indoor or outdoor, hands down.  I looked at this park from many different perspectives.  I considered every situation that could bring us there.  There was something fun for every age group to enjoy.  There was a slide for every age group and thrill level.  Unlike any water park I have ever been to, they had a "big" slide that they allow you to ride down with your young child on your lap!  There were a total of 6 slides including a small children's slides in the child splash area with a padded landing that broke their fall.  I could not get my kids off this slide, that is until we discovered the big purple one - then we really couldn't peel them away!  We also enjoyed the lazy river, the pool and the bigger slides.  My favorite was the Vortex.  I was totally too chicken to try out the new thrill slide, The Big Couloir, with a steep drop!  You stand in an enclosed case-like thing and the floor DROPS away! Like gone! Then you shoot through a dark tunnel that goes outside the building and around!  I totally wanted to be the trooper that gives you an awesome review on this slide but I couldn't do it - so someone that is brave enough will have to report back and let us know how it is!  So this is the largest indoor waterpark in Michigan and I would vote it the absolute BEST, too!  There are lots of great features, like this Rip Zone Surf Simulator, We had a great time in there, and us adults had just as much fun - if not more! than the kids.  Until now I had been really excited to check out Great Wolf Lodge, but for our next indoor water park adventure we will absolutely come back to Avalanche Bay!

So as if we had not had enough adventure today, we came back for dinner and decided to venture out onto the grounds to check out shops and ride the horse drawn wagon.  We then went to the "Family Movie" that the resort was showing downstairs.  There was an option to roast s'mores over a roaring fire in the courtyard but we were all partied out and came back to our cozy beds.  It has been an amazing day and there is so much excitement running through my head that I am sure I have somehow forgotten some amazing detail of the day.  But, we have another fun-filled day planned for tomorrow so I'd better get my snooze on.


Day 3: Sunday

Well, I'm writing this from home.  We are home.  I am so happy that we are home safe but soo sooooo sad that we are home.  I nearly cried when we left because I did not want to leave.  I didn't want to leave our castle room, and the new friends we made.  I didn't want to leave the cozy and relaxing environment and all of the amazing beauty.  I did not want to leave all of the fun.  Before I walked out of our room, I stood there and closed my eyes - trying to store every second of our trip into my memory  bank.  I hope I never forget a moment of it.

Anyway, back to our day.  So this morning after breakfast we went down to the Solace Spa and got relaxing and indulgent pedicures.  Hubby and I had 50 minute seasonal pedi's where we received the royal treatment by the amazing staff.  Out littles received a mini-pedi and polish (with natural and vegan polish, of course!) we sipped refreshing cucumber water and enjoyed great conversation and relaxation.  We decided to spend the rest of the day enjoying the grounds, shops, and to spend our time sight seeing.  It was a blissful day and totally worth the drive.

So, the next time we come we definitely want to check out the golf course, zip-line adventures, snow-tubing and go back to the slopes and avalanche bay.  We also want to be sure we get to swim in the indoor/heated outdoor pool and hot tubs!  We will need a little bit more time so we will probably stay another night.  I had absolutely NO IDEA how MUCH there was to do there beyond skiing!  I was pleasantly surprised.  It is a true four-seasons resort with so much beauty, so much adventure and so many activities to choose from.  There is absolutely something for everyone and it was such a GREAT time!  I am so glad and thankful that we went on this trip.  It's hard to imagine that even though there is no snow in your own back yard, that there would be enough snow there to have an amazing winter adventure but there IS!  I would encourage every one of you to give this incredible place a shot because there is something for every member of your family to enjoy - and who knows, you might leave with a new passion for a new sport, just like we did.


Oh suite, spa, mountain, shops, grounds, courtyard, pool, waterpark.... how I miss you already.  I am back to reality and couldn't even wait to unpack my suitcase before I updated my last blog of the trip.  I cannot wait to be back there, and will be counting down the days!  I can't believe I went into this trip thinking there would not be a lot for my littles to do and wondering if we would enjoy it as much as we did.  This was the best getaway we have had yet!

Here are some photos to enjoy from our trip!  I will likely blog again with some of the history of the Boyne Resorts that I found intriguing and interesting.  Michigan sure is lucky to have this gem and I am so glad we discovered it, and so eager for you to as well.
















Here's to hoping I never forget ours! Cheers!

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger: Robin Slawnyk 
Robin is a busy Wife and Mom of 4 and owner of CrunchyGoddess.com . She considers herself a stay-at-home Mom even though she is a Photographer and Holistic Practitioner working in her community. Robin homeschools her children and leads a very natural and organic lifestyle. You might consider her the "crunchy" one of the group, as her focus will be on the natural products and services available to us and like-minded families. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Flip 2 B Fit Game Night Review

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger - Jennifer Wooley - www.anyagefitness4u.com

Jennifer received a complimentary game in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions are her own.  Your experience may differ.


Saturday night and instead of watching Netflix or playing video games, we opened a new game called Flip 2 B Fit.   It's very rare we have an opportunity to all play a game together, especially a board game, because of the age range in my kids.  I have 4 kids, ages 3-13  and we have yet to find a game we can all play together.  Flip 2 B Fit is a family fitness game, and as a health and fitness coach, I couldn't wait to push the coffee table out of the way and get moving.

When I opened the box, 2 games were included.  The first game was a board game for 2-4 players.  The object of the game is to get your game piece to the center of the game first.  To move your game piece, you spin the spinner and it lands on either cardio, strength, stretch or yoga and you draw the card that correlates with activity.  Each card has a move or stretch or pose for you to do and directions on how many spaces to move.  There are also other cards mixed in like the Fact or Fiction cards or the Healthy Choice cards or the Bad Food cards.  Making a good choice moves you up 2 spaces but picking a bad food choice could move you back 3.

My 3 year old was able to spin the spinner and pick the card that correlates with her spin choice because they were color coded.  One of the older kids read her the card and she could do the moves.  She was too young to understand the Fact or Fiction cards, but again the older kids just helped out with that.  All of the kids were engaged and there was lots of laughing as they posed and stretched their way to the winning circle.


After we played the board game, the kids wanted to try out the other game as well.  The game, Bakari, is a memory game.  It is a 1-4 person player game therefore all of my kids were able to give it a try together.  After shuffling the deck of 52 cards we placed them face down on the Flip 2 B Fit Memory Mat.  Each card has a cardio move, stretch, strengthening exercise or yoga pose on it.  The object is to match up two of the same cards and once you do you perform the exercise on the card.  Each card has a score on it and each successful match earns you points.  First player to reach 500 wins.

Playing this game had us smiling and laughing and out of breath.  There were Frog Hops and Windmills, and Chair Pose and Push-ups.  It didn't feel like we were exercising because it was so much fun.  Both games would be perfect for raining days and long winter nights and  Bakari will be traveling with us on our next vacation.



For more information on Flip 2 B Fit you can visit the website at www.Flip2BFit.com or email at Heather@Flip2BFit.com



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.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Daddy's Amazing Egg Nog!!!


Every holiday season my dad whips up a batch of his homemade egg nog.  Just thinking about it right now makes my mouth water.  Over Thanksgiving weekend, I learned his not-so-precise combination of recipes that he uses to concoct this alcohol enriched creamy delight.  His original vintage recipe said to beat until "tick".  So, that is what we do!

First of all, my parents are proud owners of the, mother of all mothers, Kitchen Aid mixer.  This is ironic because my mother and I used to make fun of people who would buy this $250 mixer on black Friday.  Well, she is not laughing any more...I still am though.  I have to admit, it works pretty slick for this recipe.  I still think that there is probably something out there that is a lot cheaper that can do the same job????

Ingredients
  • 12 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 qt milk
  • 1 qt liquor  (any combination of whiskey, rum and brandy will do depending on individual taste)
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 qt heavy whipping cream
  • 1.5 tsp nutmeg
He began by separating the egg yolks from the egg whites.

Use the mixer to blend the egg yolks with 1.5 cups sugar until tick and pale.  Add milk, liquor, salt and vanilla to mixture until blended.  Refrigerate.

I set the bowl and beater in the snow to chill.  Then using the mixer, Dad whipped the cream until soft peaks formed and set aside.  Then he whipped the egg whites with 0.5 cup of sugar until soft peaks formed.  Then he combined the egg white mixture with the cream.  Lastly, he folded the yolk/alcohol mixture with the cream/egg white mixture and sprinkled the top with nutmeg.   And cheers!

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit hosts fourth annual Paint the City Red Day

Quicken Loans leaders compete for red kettle donations

The city of Detroit is turning red to help raise awareness of the final days of The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit’s 2014 Red Kettle Campaign. Kettles will be accessible at hundreds of storefronts across metro Detroit through Christmas Eve.

The fourth annual Paint the City Red celebration kicked off at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 when the General Motors Renaissance Center began beaming The Salvation Army’s iconic red shield from its main display on the center’s tallest tower. The bands around all the towers will glow red throughout the week.

Events happening this week include:

  • Christmas Toy Shops will be held at The Salvation Army’s 13 corps community centers and families who pre-registered for Christmas assistance will have the opportunity to choose toys and clothing to put under the tree for their children on Christmas morning. Each family will also receive a Bountiful Box provided by Bank of America, along with a grocery store gift card to purchase fresh food, for a holiday meal.

  • Ford Motor Company’s fourth annual Ford Coat & Jacket Drive, which began on Nov. 24, culminates today. Donated coats, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves will be delivered via 2015 Ford Transit Connect Vans to The Salvation Army and distributed to metro Detroiters in need through corps community centers during the holidays. 

Festivities slated for Wednesday, Dec. 17, include:

·         Two of Detroit’s most beloved churches - Mariner’s Church of Detroit and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish - will simultaneously ring their bells for one minute at 9:50 a.m.
  • WWJ Newsradio 950 will feature interviews with Salvation Army officers and supporters throughout the entire day and will broadcast live interviews and reports mid-day from downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius Park. 

  • Quicken Loans will host a lunchtime celebration in Campus Martius Park to raise funds for The Salvation Army. The festivities will include:

·         Music by The Salvation Army Brass Band from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

·         Metal in the Kettle, a zany bell-ringing competition for red kettle fundraising bragging rights among Quicken Loans Family of Companies top leaders, including Bill Emerson, CEO; Mike Lyon, vice president of operations; Joel Gurman, vice president of mortgage banking and Jeff Eisenshtadt, president of Title Source. The leaders will be decked out in spirited costumes from noon to 1 p.m. for the fundraising competition.
·         Appearances by Detroit Tigers’ mascot Paws and Detroit Lions’ mascot Roary.
To make a tax deductible contribution to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign:
·         Drop a donation into one of hundreds of red kettles at storefronts across metro Detroit through December 24.
·         Visit www.salmich.org
·         Call 877-SAL-MICH
·         Text “SALMICH” to 71777 to donate via mobile phone

·         Send a check or money order, made payable to The Salvation Army, to:  16130 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075

Mona Shand #MomsWhoShine

#MomsWhoShine is a series about moms who have some kind of talent.  The series was inspired by Dad of Divas Dads in the Limelight.  

This week we are featuring Mona Shand.  She is a lovable gal with a great personality.  I met her during one of my appearances on the Mom Panel on Channel 4 with Karen Drew.  Her talent and passion shines through in her writing and speaking.  (And I can't deny it is AWESOME to know someone who was on Sesame Street.)  


Tell me about yourself. (For our fans, please share what makes you shine)


My name is Mona Shand, and my family and I live in Brighton. I am a journalist and have worked in television, radio, print, and online. As much as I love the news business, it isn’t the most family friendly career, but I’m very fortunate to have found a way to balance my passion for news with my family life. Today I am the Michigan correspondent and producer for Public News Service (www.publicnewsservice.org), a nationwide agency devoted to covering social justice, economic, and environmental issues. We try to raise up the voices that are often overlooked and marginalized, and provide news segments for radio stations, tv stations, print, and online publications across the country. Basically, I am a one-woman newsroom operating 24-7 from my home (or my local coffee shop or anywhere else with wifi!). I’m also a freelance writer, and I have a blog on family life (www.monashand.blogspot.com) and issues that I consider my free therapy. While I write mainly to keep myself sane, my posts have been featured in a number of different parenting publications, including Mamapedia, BabyCenter, and Huffington Post. I’m also a frequent panelist on WDIV’s Live in the D “Mom Talk” segment, where we share views and opinions on a variety of trending topics.

My heritage is a big piece of who I am. My parents came to this country from Egypt in the late 1960s, looking for the freedom to worship that Christians have not always enjoyed in the Middle East. If you’ve seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” then you have an idea what my extended family looks like. We are big, loud, overly emotional, and unquestionably loving. I’m even the lone vegetarian married to the tall, skinny, Caucasian guy.

Along with family and faith, health and fitness are my passion. I spent much of my childhood and youth overweight, but made a commitment to take control of my health about 20 years ago. Since then, I’ve successfully lost and kept off about 60 pounds, crossed the finish lines of countless races, and even become a Beachbody health and fitness coach. I exercise almost every day, have a passion for healthy cooking, and hope to be a good example for my kids of how to respect and treat the body God blessed us with.




Tell me about your family.

After graduating from high school in 1990, I moved away from Michigan with no plans to return to live, taking up residence in places like Monterey, CA, Paris, France, and Kauai, HI. In 2002 I was between jobs and came home to get my bearings, and ended up meeting the love of my life. We were married in 2003 and have been blessed with three kids: Noah (age 7), Cecilia (5), and Eli (3), and two cats. Though I’m a wanderlust at heart, we’re content to call Michigan home for the moment, mainly because our kids are blessed to be surrounded by all 4 of their grandparents, and a large number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives. 



What is a normal day in your home like?

People often ask how it is possible to exercise every day while working with 3 kids... well, the answer is you have to get up early. VERY early. I’m typically up by 5am, and I either go out for a run or workout in the basement. That still gives me time for myself (translation: a shower) before the chaos of the day begins (translation: the kids wake up). Because I work from home, I’m able to drop the kids off to school and be here when they return. The times in between (and my youngest is only in preschool, so it’s only about 3 hours!) are crammed with phone calls to potential sources, interviews, writing, recording and editing audio, and other work-related tasks.

Because healthy eating is a high priority, I try to plan out our meals a week in advance, and do as much of the shopping and prep work ahead of time. We’ve made it 7 years without ever resorting to fast food (believe it or not, the kids have never even been!) so it’s paying off. Aside from the occasional night where activities overlap, we eat dinner together every night- it’s my favorite time of the day.

Once the kids get home it’s a flurry of homework, dance classes, swim practice, gymnastics, and the like, so organization is the key to keeping it all in place. When the kids go to bed around 8:30 my husband and I attempt to keep our eyes open long enough to spend some time together (translation: Netflix) but my eyelids are just so, so heavy by then...

What is the most rewarding thing about being a mom?

It’s so amazing to look at your children and see pieces of yourself (the good and the bad) reflected back. It’s incredibly humbling to know you have so much influence over the people they will become. And it’s comforting to see them carry on traditions from generations past.

What is your biggest challenge of being a parent?

While I try to constantly tell myself “I’m doing the best I can,” I still struggle with Mom Guilt on a daily basis. As a card-carrying member of the Sandwich Generation, I find myself battling Daughter Guilt as well. It can feel overwhelming to be pulled in so many different directions, but I try to remember to let everything I do come from a place of love. When that happens, it ceases to feel like a burden, but rather a privilege.

How do you find balance between being a mom, working and having time for yourself?

I’m a pretty disciplined person, and for me, that’s what works. I can’t just hope that I’ll find time to work out, I must create it. I can’t just hope I’ll get my work done- I have to buckle down and do it in the time that’s available. That often means saying “no” to things like “Girls’ Night Out” or other social activities. I have really limited free time and have to make choices. Sure, I wish I had more time for just me, but to everything there is a season. Right now, it’s my turn to work hard and to be with my family.

What are some of the lessons you’ve learned since becoming a Mom?

I think that there are things we are called by God to do (raise loving children, be a devoted wife, do good in the world) and there are things we are asked to do. Motherhood has taught me that in order to say YES to my calling, I must often say NO to other things. So while I’m not always able to chaperone a field trip, or bring cookies for the bake sale, I am able to show my family love and to use my God-given talents in my career. I don’t apologize for those choices- I embrace them.

What is the best advice about being a parent you have received and who gave it to you?

Remember those childbirth preparation classes where they teach you to just BREATHE? Turns out, that’s often the key. When I feel overwhelmed, when I feel overjoyed, or even when I feel like I’m so exhausted I’m about to crash, there’s nothing quite like a deep breath.

What advice would you give to other moms?

Trust your instincts- they’re really in there! Sometimes you have to turn down the noise of the Facebook feed, the blogs, and the throngs of well-meaning but potentially misguided people who give you unsolicited parenting advice and just listen to yourself.

Have a question for Mona?  Please leave a comment below and I will make sure I forward it to her!
  
Thank you Mona for taking the time to answer our questions:)  Are you a Mom Who Shines or know a mom who would be great for this series?  Email me their contact info at owner@123child.com

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New AirTime Trampoline & Game Park in Canton/Westland


AirTime Trampoline & Game Park in Canton/ Westland is now open. AirTime’s third indoor trampoline park, opening in the Detroit metro area is the largest indoor trampoline park in Michigan.  This extreme park will provide fun and excitement where teens, kids and adults can experience AirTime while jumping on wall-to-wall trampoline playing structures.

 AirTime has selected a 32,000 facility in the city of Westland in the former Value City near Westland Mall.  The indoor park includes trampoline areas divided by age groups, trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk basketball and a foam pit for maximum airtime. This pulsating trampoline experience will be powered by music including live DJ performances.  AirTime will provide jumpers an exhilarating way to bounce to great music, test their tumbling skills and have fun with family and friends.  With private party areas able to accommodate up to 120 party guests,AirTime will be a unique destination for birthday parties, school fundraisers, and corporate events.

“We are so excited to bring this indoor trampoline phenomenon to Westland with state of the art facilities unlike any other."

AirTime Trampoline & Game Park is a Detroit-based business with parks in Troy, Mich. and Sterling Heights, Mich. AirTime Trampoline & Game Park is celebrating the grand opening on December 13th. Westland/Canton.with plans to open a fourth location in Novi in 2015.   AirTime is dedicated to supporting local music while offering a family-friendly, safe and exciting place to jump and experience airtime.

You can find AirTime: online | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook |



Friday, December 12, 2014

New Regulations Regarding Immunizations in Michigan



The Michigan Department of Community Health has updated the immunization waiver requirements.  They hope to get parents more information before they opting out of getting their children vaccinated by adding a few requirements aimed to get more children vaccinated.  

The new rules will take effect Jan. 1, 2015 and will require Michigan parents that wish  to refuse the required shots for their children to consult with a local health worker about vaccines and sign the universal state form.  

You can read more on the M.Live website.

So what do you think?  (please remember to be kind and supportive to others)