Jun 28, 2017

Paws for Life: Adoption Special

In honor of our nation's independence in 1776, PAWS FOR LIFE is lowering their adoption fees for all adult dogs and cats to just $17.76 July 1-4. 

Apply online at www.pawsforliferescue.org between July 1-4 to take advantage of this adoption special.

Meet wonderful cats and kittens in person at Petco, 29335 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, Michigan, 48334, on Saturday, July 1 between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. All of the adult cats at the event will be available for just $17.76.

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Jun 27, 2017

Come Out & Play - Clarkston

Oakland County Parks hosts full day of play at 
Independence Oaks County Park

Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host a full day of play with inflatables, zip line, climbing tower, games and Get Outdoors! adventures Tuesday, July 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston.

The Come Out & Play event is free and open to the public. For the zip line, children must be between 45 and 250 pounds and 42 inches tall. A waiver form, available at the park, must be signed by a parent or guardian. The non-water inflatables require socks.

In addition, there will be face painting, an interactive nature touch table and a treat for each child. The Get Outdoors adventures will include GO! Fish and Go! Cache.
Independence Oaks County Park is located at 9501 Sashabaw, in Clarkston.

For more information, contact John Haney, 248-858-1486, HaneyJ@oakgov.com.
For details on upcoming events and activities, visit OaklandCountyParks.comGet social with Oakland County Parks and Recreation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Jun 26, 2017

Playgrounds in Metro Detroit Round Up

Here is a round-up of all the parks we have visited and featured over the years on Metro Detroit Mommy.  Of coarse there are so many more that we haven't visited, so drop me a line if there is one I simply must feature in an upcoming article.

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Summer Fun for Families in Metro Detroit 2017

Looking for something to do this summer with your family in Metro Detroit?  We have a ton of fantastic ideas.  Places to visit, things to do and so much more.  Here are a few of our great family activities in Metro Detroit.

Summer Bucket List Ideas In Michigan


Southeast Michigan Summer Concert Series

Southeast Michigan Summer Concert Series

Park It Family Fun Nights 2017 Schedule


Metro Detroit Michigan 
Outdoor Splash Pads & Parks

Maker Faire - Special Event
at The Henry Ford 

Fun Free or Low Cost Summer Ideas for Families in Metro Detroit


Your Library Card: A Ticket to Michigan Adventure and Savings



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Jun 25, 2017

Summer Flavors Return to Noodles & Company {Giveaway Ends 7/10/17}

Summer is here along with some great flavors at Noodles & Company.  Light, fresh, cool flavors are blended in new and traditional dishes, perfect for a lunch in the cool air conditioned restaurant, or dinner alfresco.

To me,, nothing says summer flavors more than a salad full of flavors.  The Chicken Veracurz Salad is a Noodles & Company favorite that blends mixed greens, Roma tomato, red onion, chili-lime chicken, naturally raised bacon crumbles, fresh-cut corn, jalapeño ranch dressing, crispy jalapeños, fresh California avocados, and cilantro together for this Latin-inspired dish that is crisp and spicy.

Noodles & Company brought back the popular Pasta Fresca, which is very flavorful and light, perfect for summer.  It is made with penne noodles, balsamic, olive oil, roasted garlic, red onion, tomato, spinach, and parmesan. We sampled ours with shrimp.

Another newer dish is the Spicy Chipotle Adobo, which features slow-braised pork with cavatappi noodles in a smoky adobo sauce, cream, red onion, mushrooms, sour cream, lime, and cilantro.  You can also choose to have this bowl with grilled chicken.  This is one of my new favorites.  I love the combination of spice and tang in this hearty dish.

Saving my favorite for last, the Thai Green Curry with Shrimp is a delectable combination of shrimp, rice noodles, pineapple, broccoli, red onion, snap peas, lime, black sesame seeds and cilantro all tossed in a sweet coconut green curry sauce.  I love all the fresh veggies, Thai-inspired flavor and kick.

 Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company started in 1995 and was one of the very first fast-casual restaurants.  Everything is made fresh, made to order with fresh ingredients.  With a diverse menu and great flavors, there is something for everyone.  Whether you are looking for something classic or adventurous, healthy or hearty, you will find something to match your tastes and if not, they will gladly modify any item on the menu by adding or subtracting their ingredients to meet your desire. 

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Jun 23, 2017

Peace Dragon Books {Giveaway ends 7/7/17}

According to data from the National Education Association, the more students read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores. These titles from award-winning author Linda Ragsdale are sure to engage young readers and keep them reading away all summer long!   

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Peace Dragon Books for Children

According to data from the National Education Association, the more students read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores. These titles from award-winning author Linda Ragsdale are sure to engage young readers and keep them reading away all summer long!   

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         If your answer to, “I’m bored” has ever been to go read the dictionary, this hysterical “fabularictionary” is just for your littles! As children’s language skills develop, rhymes and new words are always a fun way to play. Linda Ragsdale’s Alphabetter will inspire readers of any age to play with their words and exercise their creativity!  I have to share that my favorite “word” from this book is “stelliant= stellar + brilliant.” 

         For any child struggling with letter recognition or the often dreaded handwriting, this is a library must have!  Linda Ragsdale tells a tale of determination using easy-to-read verbiage coupled with engaging illustrations by Anoosha Syed.  Letter and wordplay are sprinkled throughout this clever example of adventuring through adversity with a curious spirit and an open mind.  Letter recognition, vocabulary and a powerful message make this a triple threat for any preschool through elementary age reader. 

         This just may be the perfect combination of playfulness and teaching all bound into one beautifully illustrated piece of work.  Linda Ragsdale outdoes herself with this one, sharing the power of words and those who use them.  Perfect for children in Kindergarten through third grade who need some friendly reminders about the super power of the spoken word!

            The only way to make this book more perfect would be to own it in a board book so my toddler can excitedly turn the pages without ripping!  This piece by author Linda Ragsdale has just the recipe for a great children's' book: repetition, readability, and relativeness.  Children can relate to many of this book’s characters, with the diverse and engaging illustrations.  The repetition and some pages having just one word, empower early readers to confidently “read” along.  This book is a must have for children ages 1-6 years and for any preschool childhood classroom.

Linda Ragsdale wants everyone to be a dragon, a Peace Dragon that is! As an author, illustrator, international speaker, and peace teacher, Linda has developed her Peace Dragon series to teach us how to harness our fiery energy into a peaceful and productive outlet by owning our human powers of view, voice, and choice. Linda invites you to be a peace dragon ambassador and join the 30,000 students she has taught around the world!

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