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May 4, 2016

Maker Faire Detroit Ticket Info and #giveaway

Maker Faire Detroit

Maker Faire Detroit returns to The Henry Ford on July 30-31, 2016 in collaboration with their partners at Maker Media. This will be the place to visit when Maker Faire Detroit returns to The Henry Ford for two days of unconventional ingenuity, unbridled creativity and a whole lot of forward thinking. Inventors, tinkerers, hackers and do-it-yourselfers looking to participate in this year’s faire can now apply at until the June 1, 2016 closing date.

We had such a great time in 2014, read all about it in our blog post.

Hundreds of makers will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to this two-day festival offering everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds. Go to The Henry Ford, roll up your sleeves, and make something.

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."

Venue & Ticket Info

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.

Ticket Prices for Maker Faire 2016:

Get your tickets online

The Giveaway

Enter below for a chance to win four tickets to Maker Faire for either of the dates in Detroit.

Maker Faire

Olga's Kitchen Opens for Sunday Brunch & Giveaway

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger Theresa Walker - BeachBody Coach

Theresa received a complimentary brunch in order to write this review.  The opinions expressed are completely her own, your experience may differ. 

Olga's Kitchen will begin serving Sunday brunch at all locations starting Sunday May 8th, opening at 10am and serving until 2pm.  

I had the chance to visit Olga's this week and sample some of what they will be offering guests.  Currently, since they are testing out the market the menu is limited until they gauge response.  There are two side dish choices- Greek Donuts and Cinnamon Toast Snackers.  I tried the donuts which are bite-sized puffs (similar to a donut hole) fried, drizzled with honey and topped with candied pecans, with a side of honey to dip.  

They were a delicious sweet treat!  They were sweet enough I didn't feel the need to add more honey.  They were not quite very moist, but not dense either.  You get a side of four donuts for only $1.99.

For my entree I ordered The A.M. Olga.  

It had seasoned beef & lamb, eggs, spinach, feta cheese and Olga sauce wrapped inside traditional Olga bread and included a small side (about the size of if you order a side of salad dressing) parfait topped with blueberries and strawberries on the side.  The sandwich was very filling as it was good size.  It had great flavor; in each bite it had a taste of each ingredient.  I liked that it was real eggs and fresh spinach.  It was also reasonably priced at $6.99.  I'd definitely go back and order it again!

In addition to The A.M. Olga, two other entree choices are available, a Bacon, Egg & Cheddar wrap and Chicken & Olga-Laffle which is Olga's version of chicken and waffles with Olga bread topped with crispy chicken tenders and syrup.  

One great thing I've always loved about Olga's is that it is kid friendly!  Many Olga's also feature Curb-side service.  Olga's got it's start in Birmingham, MI and to date has 24 MI locations and 1 in Illinois.  

I think this new brunch menu is a great start to Olga's opening up for brunch on Sunday's.  I'd love to see more choices as it continues, perhaps more choices like an Olga version of a pancake or crepes and a variety of sides including sausage & bacon.  One other thing I'd like to note is that they feature Organic hot tea, something that not all restaurants offer and something as a tea drinker I appreciate!

Olga's will open for brunch starting this Mother's Day, Sunday May 8th and will be available at all 24 locations from 10am-2pm.  It would be a nice treat for any mother, a kid friendly and reasonably priced brunch!  

Theresa is a wife and stay at home mother of 2 energetic boys, DJ (9) and Aiden (6) and 2 cats, Calvin (14) and Chance (1).   Her hobbies include traveling, reading, running, blogging, yoga and cooking.   She considers herself a "Fit Foodie" and loves experimenting with new recipes and trying new restaurants around town.  She enjoys being active and in her free time you can find her running; she's currently training for the Bayshore Marathon.  She is also a BeachBody Coach, she loves to share her passion for health and fitness with others to help them reach their personal goals. You can find her Facebook page at Inspired Health & Fitness, where daily she posts recipes, motivation, fitness tips etc.  She hopes she can share some of her tips for healthy eating and exercise for busy moms and Metro Detroit Mommy Fans. 

$25 Gift Certificate Giveaway:

Enter below for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Olga's Kitchen. 

Olga's Kitchen Sunday Brunch

Valravn World Premiere Weekend at Cedar Point

The time has come for guests to face their fears face first when the new Valravn dive coaster opens to the public on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8 for Valravn World Premiere Weekend.

Cedar Point’s 18th roller coaster stands an impressive 223 feet above the midway featuring one of the most unique elements on any roller coaster – the hold and dive. As guests crest the massive lift hill, they’ll be treated to a breathtaking view of Lake Erie and the world-famous Cedar Point skyline. Then, the train pauses before dropping, holding its passengers for four seconds as they stare down at the journey before them. Once released from Valravn’s grasp, riders will reach a top speed of 75 mph as they’re flipped head-over-heels through three inversions and will also plummet in a second dive toward the ground.

Valravn is the signature 100th roller coaster designed by the world-renowned, creative masters at Bolliger & Mabillard (B & M) in Monthey, Switzerland. Valravn’s mere presence at Cedar Point shatters an impressive 10 world records, including:

  1. Tallest Dive Coaster (223 feet)
  2. Fastest Dive Coaster (75 mph)
  3. Longest Dive Coaster (3,415 feet)
  4. Most Inversions on a Dive Coaster (3)
  5. Longest Drop on a Dive Coaster (214 feet)
  6. Highest Inversion on a Dive Coaster (165 feet)
  7. Most Roller Coasters Taller Than 200 Feet at One Amusement Park (5)
  8. Most Rides at One Amusement Park (71)
  9. Most Steel Roller Coaster Track at One Amusement Park (52,125 feet/9.9 miles)
  10. Most Roller Coaster Track at One Amusement Park (60,110/11.4 miles)

“Valravn continues our legacy of world-class roller coasters at Cedar Point,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “The riding experience has exceeded our expectations, and we cannot wait for our guests to get their first rides on the king of all dive coasters this summer.”

On May 7 and 8, guests have that chance to take flight during Valravn World Premiere Weekend, an event fit for Hollywood. The red carpet will be rolled out, spotlights aimed into the sky will signify that it’s time to ride and even the paparazzi will be on hand to capture images of those guests brave enough to #Dare2Dive. The entire park will be open, including favorites like Millennium Force, GateKeeper, Maverick, Planet Snoopy, maXair, Power Tower and more.

Guests visiting this weekend will also be among the first to taste all-new Valravn-themed food items, like Dippin’ Dots Cookie Crown Crunch ice cream, FlavaRavn Fizz, a Coca-Cola freestyle beverage, The Brew Kettle’s Valravn Red/Black IPA and Toft’s Valravn Salty Caramel Fudge Truffle ice cream.

Valravn-themed food doesn’t stop inside the park. Select Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown, Ohio, will feature the new Valravn donut, available for a limited time through May 29.

Also, the Cedar Point Street Team will be in the park surprising guests with VIP upgrades and giveaways, including opportunities to “eat like a king,” “shop like a king” and “game like a king.”

Cedar Point is open for Valravn World Premiere Weekend on May 7 and 8. The park is then closed May 9 – 12 and reopens for daily operation on Friday, May 13. More information on Valravn World Premiere Weekend can be found online at

May 3, 2016

Canton Township Children's Library

The children's area at the Canton Township Public Library underwent a major renovation recently. It reopened in early April with a celebration of the opening on April 24.  As a tutor, I spend lots of time in the children's library with my students. 

It is an amazing place to learn, play, make friends, and more! 

Beyond the rows and rows of books, there is an early literacy area with skill focused games/toys and puppets for creative play and socialization. 

When it comes to electronics for the little ones, the children's library offers both computers and IPads with a wide range of educational applications and games. Children are also able to safely surf the web and compose and print documents. 

One of the newest sections in the library is the storytime kits area. Children are able to use the storytime kits in the library or they can check them out to take home. Each kit as a book, CD, and puppets. 

One of the things I like best about the children's library is the wide assortment of seating areas. There are areas for reading, studying, and socializing.

I also enjoy all the extra little touches like the skylights for natural lighting, plenty of windows, artificial tree in the middle of the library, and the beautiful courtyard with statues of children reading.   

If you are looking for a library that is bright, beautiful, child-friendly, and full of educational resources, I high suggest visiting the Canton Township Children's Library. There are plenty of bright welcoming faces ready to greet you and assist you. 

Library location:  
Canton Public Library
1200 S. Canton Center Rd
Canton, MI 48188

Library Hours: 
Monday-Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
Friday-Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm
Sunday: noon-6 pm

Metro Detroit Blogger:  Rachel Dean - Redesigning Happiness
Rachel is the owner of Redesigning Happiness. She is a mother to three adorable Yorkshire Terrier dogs. On her blog she shares ways to design a happy life along with great reviews, giveaways, travel and adventure ideas, recipes, money savers, and so much more. 

May 2, 2016

Happy Mother's Day, My Grandma's Gift to me, I Give to You

Over five years ago my father called to tell me my grandmother had passed. At the moment, stricken with grief, I hadn't realized that for our family this was to be a life altering event. This experience would reach far beyond the normal grieving process.  Our lives were about to completely change.

We were living in New York.  Chancellor, Damian, Rosa (an infant) and I.  We had just gotten home from a vacation to visit family in Michigan (a 14 hour drive for us).  I had seen my grandmother the day before we left. She had recently moved into a community home and she was not happy about it. The last conversation we had went something like this:
Her: "They sold my car."
Me: Jokingly "Maybe it was for the best."
To which she responded to by punching me in the arm... (not jokingly)
"I love you grandma"
"I love you too. "

Grandma Naomi with Rosa

I immediately booked a ticket to go back to Michigan via plane.  Rosa and I rushed to the airport.  We got to Kennedy and hurried to the gate to find out that the flight had been delayed, and delayed again, and delayed a third time.  While waiting at the airport, a woman sat next to me.  She opened the conversation about how she already missed her son.  She was travelling on business and had left her son at home with his father.

We talked for hours waiting for the plane.  This conversion, specifically was the life changing moment I referenced earlier.  We talked about how I missed my family in Michigan.  She told me to move back.  I explained how our debt on our house was more than what we could sell it for, she told me to just walk away.

When I got home, that is exactly what my husband and I decided to do.  Chancellor got a job in Michigan, and we moved in July after the school year had ended.

I was a stay at home mom.  It didn't take long for me to create Metro Detroit Mommy.  See the story here:

I learned a lot from that woman at the airport.  Where there's a will, there's a way, set your goals and reach them any way you can if it is important, we always have a choice.  But I think the biggest lesson I learned was "Don't wait for someone to give you permission or tell you how to reach out and grab your goals."

I can't imagine where I would be now if I had just let go of everything and followed my heart before my grandmother had passed away.  How much happier we would have been.

But I am here now, Metro Detroit Mommy.  Our family is happier, and I am happier than I could have ever imagined.

Happy Mother's Day!

Apr 30, 2016

"Mighty Miggy", Baseball and Kids Day Make Comerica Park a Great Mother's Day Destination for Families & Giveaway

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8th and the Detroit Tigers want to make this a special day for moms and families by offering some great promotions when they take on the Rangers.

Families can participate in “Pink Out the Park!” and show their support of the Tigers, while honoring breast cancer survivors and supporting breast health awareness. Pink Out The Park Visors will be given to the first 10,000 moms courtesy of Delta Air Lines. 

The May 8th game is also Chevy Youth Baseball Sunday Kids Days.  Children can participate in free face painting, run the bases after the game presented by Aquafina and there will be Free Rides for kids on the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel and Carousel, presented by Kroger.

As a special treat for families, each child under the age of 14 will get a copy of "Mighty Miggy", a children's book about (fill in here) presented by the Michigan State Police. 

The Detroit Tigers have a lot of fun in store for families each Sunday home game. With fun giveaways, rides and other fun activities, going to a Tiger's game is great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the D with your family. Check out the upcoming special promotions this season: 

* All promotions and event dates are subject to change *

Sunday, May 22, 1:10 pm against the Rays: 
Chevy Youth Baseball Sunday Kids Days - Presented By Chevy Youth Baseball
Jordan Zimmermann Growth Chart - All kids 14 and under

Sunday, June 5, 1:10 pm against the White Sox:      
African American Legacy Award Ceremony, honoring Chet Lemon
Cameron Maybin Poster Presented By Meijer | All kids 14 and under
Chevy Youth Baseball Sunday Kids Days - Presented By Chevy Youth Baseball
Negro Leagues Weekend - Presented By Comerica Bank

Sunday, June 26, 1:10 pm against the Indians          
Chevy Youth Baseball Sunday Kids Days - Presented By Chevy Youth Baseball
Justin Verlander Poster - Presented By Meijer | All kids 14 and under
On-Field Photo Day  - Presented By Ball Park

Sunday, July 17, 1:10 pm against the Royals 
Chevy Youth Baseball Sunday Kids Days - Presented By Chevy Youth Baseball
Jose Iglesias Bobblehead  - Presented By Belle Tire | All kids 14 and under

Sunday, July 31, 1:10 pm against the Astros  
Chevy Youth Baseball Sunday Kids Days - Presented By Chevy Youth Baseball
Francisco Rodriguez Poster - Presented By Meijer | All kids 14 and under

Sunday,  August 7, 1:10 pm against the Mets           
Chevy Youth Baseball Sunday Kids Days - Presented By Chevy Youth Baseball
Miguel Cabrera "Miggy Bank" Piggy Bank - Presented By Comerica Bank | All kids 14 and under

Sunday,  August 21, 1:10 pm against the Red Sox    
Chevy Youth Baseball Sunday Kids Days - Presented By Chevy Youth Baseball
Nick Castellanos Poster - Presented By Meijer | All kids 14 and under

Sunday, August 28, 1:10 pm against the Angels       
Anibal Sanchez School Supplies Case - Presented By DMC | All kids 14 and under
Chevy Youth Baseball Sunday Kids Days - Presented By Chevy Youth Baseball

Sunday, September 11, 1:10 pm against the Orioles           
Chevy Youth Baseball Sunday Kids Days - Presented By Chevy Youth Baseball
First Responders Recognition - Presented By Belfor Restoration
Justin Upton Hat - All kids 14 and under

Sunday, September 25, 1:10 pm against the Royals
Chevy Youth Baseball Sunday Kids Days - Presented By Chevy Youth Baseball
Fan Appreciation Weekend - Presented By Comerica Bank
Victor Martinez Pencil Set - Presented By Kroger | All kids 14 and under

Enter below for a chance to win a "Mighty Miggy" book and a Detroit Tiger's Kids Club Membership:

Mighty Miggy Book and Detroit Tiger's Kids Club Membership

"I share because I care" Moms helping Moms - Saving Babies! #becauseicare

Disclosure:  If you have any questions about your child and their car seat please consult with a Licensed Car Seat Technician, you can find one here: 

Most of us can relate to being in the position where you see something that frightens you, but you are afraid to speak up.  This especially rings true in Motherhood.  It is SO HARD to be a Mom.  We feel like we are constantly in the light of others judgement.  For the most part, it's true.  But there is one subject that none of us should overlook: Car Seat Safety.

When we are browsing social media sites, it's so common to come across a picture of a baby that is improperly installed in a car seat.  It is so unfortunate that no one goes out of their way to teach new parents how to safely secure their child in a seat.  So, this leaves us to do what we think is right; and sometimes it's not the safest way.  

Here at Metro Detroit Mommy we are on a mission to start something powerful - a single image that says it all.  Something you can message to someone, or post as a photo comment - that should explain the reasoning and intention all it itself.  Chest clip and strap tightness is a key component to a child being safe and is one of the most improperly used elements of a seat!

We encourage everyone, save this image on your phone or computer and keep it handy.  Share because you care!  Before you think twice because you're too worried about offending another parent, think about how you would feel if something terrible happened and you could have said something to prevent it.  It's powerful, and it's needed.