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Aug 27, 2015

#LowCarb #NonGMO #SugarFree Amazing No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe


So, it was my birthday last week and for the weeks before all my kids could talk about was my birthday cake.  So, I knew I had to make one for my family but I wanted to be able to eat some, too.

To my surprise, every one of them LOVED this cheesecake and it was absolutely fantastic.

Let's get to non-baking ;)

You will need:

1c of heavy whipping cream
1c of sour cream
1/2c of swerve powdered sugar substitute
1 box of cream cheese
1tbsp of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of blueberries (adds 8 carbs to the whole cake.  Omit if you don't want the higher carb count)
1.5c of raw pecan halves or almonds/walnuts
1/4c of ghee or butter
4tbsp of almond flour

Sidenote: I am so glad I found swerve!  It's a safe, non-gmo sugar substitute that actually tastes like sugar without the usual bitter aftertaste.  It also doesn't cause any GI-distress.  Even if you're not low-carb, I suggest trying it out!

Here's what to do:

Ground up your nuts and mix with the almond flour and ghee.  Press firmly into a pie dish or spring-form pan and put in refrigerator until crust is hardened.  Meanwhile, prepare the cheesecake.

Pour heavy whipping cream and swerve in a ninja/mixer and blend until you have whipped cream. Then add sour cream, cream cheese and vanilla and mix again. Use a spatula to remove the mix into the pie dish. Leave about 1/4c of mix in the ninja and add the bluberries, blend again.  Rub this mix all over the top of the cheesecake.  Put the completed cake in the fridge for 6 hours.

Cut, serve and indulge in this guilt-free blend of awesome.

Cheers!

Robin




Aug 26, 2015

My Accidental Essential Oil Journey- Recipe #4 Face Wash

My Accidental Essential Oil Journey

By: Alexia Mancilla-Jackson - Young Living Essential Oils Independent Distributor

It was a random Wednesday, in December, when I stumbled upon the world of essential oils. I was supposed to be preparing for tomorrow’s lesson, but instead I was procrastinating and I was hoping to find someone who wanted to join me. I went to visit a co-worker and once I entered her room, I smelled something incredible. It smelled like cinnamon, cloves and a little bit of lemon; instantly I was hooked! She was diffusing an oil blend called Thieves…and the rest in history!


Over the next five weeks I will be sharing with you my top five favorite recipes.

{These links will work AFTER date of publication}
1. After Sun Spray 8/5/15
2. Bug Off! Lotion Bar 8/12/15
3. Owie Sticks 8/19/15
4. Face Wash 8/26/15
5. Foot Soak 9/2/15

DIY Face Wash: 



I absolutely love this face wash! It’s super foamy and makes my skin squeaky clean. If I wanted to use a scrub for that day, I’ll add a pinch of raw sugar. This is perfect for my combination skin.

In a glass measuring cup add:
¾ cup Dr. Bronner's unscented baby-mild pure-castile soap
2 tbsp. Vitamin E Oil
1/2 cup Purified water (I used filtered water)

Pour into your dispenser and then add:
15 drops of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
15 drops of Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil
15 drops of Young Living Tea Tree Essential Oil

And shake! I love this no chemical recipe!

About the author:

Alexia is a mama, a high school special education teacher, and a “mompreneur”. Since she has the summers free, she keeps herself busy by spending time with her husband, Jeremy, their two children, Francesca (3), and Stone (3 mths), maintaining her Etsy site and most recently diving into the world of Young Living Essential Oils. She feels very fortunate to be able to spend a good portion of the summer visiting her family on the west side of the state. One of her proudest accomplishments was completing her Ed. Specialist degree in Special Education Administration at Wayne State University.

These days Alexia is often reading material in which she can learn about Young Living Essential Oils. Her current text book is the 6th Edition Essential Oils Desk Reference, by Life Science Publishing. She continues to learn, so that she can share her love for health and wellness with others. If you have any questions regarding the recipes or Young Living essential oils, visit her online or email: alexiasunday@yahoo.com.  She hopes she can share more recipes and continue to teach the benefits of Young Living essential oils to friends, family and Metro Detroit Mommy Fans.

Aug 25, 2015

Creating Family Memories: Summer Drive In - Plymouth #giveaway {ends 8/30}

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Each year summer quickly arrives and goes.  If you are like me,  most of your childhood memories are from my experiences in the summertime.  Camping, going up north, playing outside in the sun, visiting the beach and Summer Drive-In's. 



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Aug 21, 2015

Fitbit Surge Review

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger  Theresa Walker- Beach Body Coach

Sponsored Post: Metro Detroit Mommy was loaned the Fitbit Surge from Verizon in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Your experience may differ.



For the last several weeks I have had a chance to wear the Fitbit Surge, the "ultimate fitness watch".  Since fitness is important to me and I'm also a big fan of tracking devices; I was very excited to get the Fitbit Surge and check out everything that it can do!  Even after this short time frame, I have to admit, I am a bit addicted to counting my steps and "floors" each day, trying to hit a certain goal each day, or beat a previous goal!

Ok, so this watch can do a lot, but it is also very simple to use!  So even if you aren't familiar with Fitbit or any GPS watch, you should have no issues navigating this simple design.   Toggling through the functions is straight forward.  Here are the main functions of the watch:
  • Step Counter
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Calories Burned
  • GPS Tracker
  • Sleep monitor
  • Multi-Sport recorder function (biking, running, hiking, yoga, elliptical, and general workout)
  • Wireless Syncing
 The watch comes with a charging cable that plugs into your computer or device and a wireless sync dongle that also plugs in to a device.  Battery life if you are using it all day, along with once a day to track a 30-60 minute workout, will last you about 4-5 days.  Setting up and charging are easy, just plug into a device and go to www.fitbit.com/setup and follow the instructions.  It only takes about 10 minutes.  Charging it fully I leave it on over-night.  

Once I had my watch set-up, it was time to test out its functions.  I learned that if you wear it as instructed on your non-dominant wrist, it is pretty accurate with steps taken.  I'd say as with any device, you have a small margin of error, but by checking it occasionally I could ensure it was working the majority of the time as it should be.  There were times I had to adjust the band as I was working out to get my heart rate to register, but that was usually if I was doing something active with my arms like planks or crunches.  I really liked that it has the option to calculate multi-sports, not just running.  The calories burned seemed pretty close to my Garmin monitor.  

The GPS tracker worked very well for me.  It had a faster rate of connecting than my Garmin watch which was nice to be able to start my run sooner.  However, if you are a runner, this watch is missing a few options that Garmin offers such as the ability to break down your pace by mile; Fitbit just gives you an average pace.  So at the end of your run it averages all of your miles/pace to give you one figure vs. breaking down by mile which is significant for most runners.  I also wish it would display while running once you finish each mile, the pace for that particular mile.  If you are not a runner though, this wouldn't be of much concern to you.

The sleep tracker is a neat feature!  Very cool to see the quality of sleep I am getting which can be very important to not only weight loss but health. It displays how long you sleep, how many times you were restless or awake at night.  You can also view your sleep stats by the week to compare.  This information is available through the app, not on the watch itself.   



One of the best features of this watch, is that you can see on your wrist in real time your stats.  You don't need to connect to see your steps, heart rate or calories etc.  Through-out the day the watch also syncs automatically to the app. Very easy and user friendly, worked perfectly each time.  The watch is a bit bulky, but it was comfortable to wear all day long. 

Overall I'd say this is a great watch if you are trying to get healthier and need/want something to track your daily steps and to motivate you to reach goals.  It certainly motivated me and reminded me each day to get in my steps.  It also can be eye-opening to see what your activity level is each day and calories burned, so you can set your own goals and work towards meeting them. 

You can view the specifics on Fitbit Surge here: Fitbit Surge: http://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/fitbit-surge-fitness-watch-black-large/

Theresa Walker 
Theresa is a wife and stay at home mother of 2 energetic boys, DJ (8) and Aiden (5). She has a bachelors in Communications and prior to being a mother she worked at Better Investing magazine in advertising and as a Corporate Account Manager. These days she is fortunate enough to spend time with her boys checking out all of the local fun there is to be had. She and her family love to travel. She is also active in a large online mom's group through Facebook that she started called 
Planet Mom. She enjoys being active and one of her proudest accomplishments was running the Detroit Half Marathon as well as the Romeo to Richmond Half. In her free time you can find her running or biking through Stony Creek. Or curled up on a couch with a good book and her cat in her lap. She recently became a BeachBody Coach, so that she could share her love for health and fitness with others to help them reach their personal goals. You can find her Facebook page at Inspired Health & Fitness. She considers herself a "Fit Foodie" and loves trying new recipes, experimenting and new restaurants around town. She hopes she can share some of her tips for healthy eating and exercise for busy moms and Metro Detroit Mommy Fans.
 

Creating Your Best Year Yet: How to Navigate Special Education Sanely

Guest Blogger: Charmaine Fuller - Fuller Potentials

The special education world is it’s own unique space in the educational system that requires for parents to have a certain skill set in order not to go crazy. This posting won’t make you an expert but it will give you some necessary tips and resources so that you can build on your arsenal of knowledge and skill.  

When we first began our journey in the Michigan special education system it was overwhelming to say the least.  I found that many administrators and educators knew as much or less than I did, so I had to learn. This means as a parent you have got to be your child’s number one advocate, and being an advocate means that there is a certain skillset, toolset and mindset that you must develop in order to be effective.


In this posting I will share the four ways that you can increase your mindset, skillset and toolset and create the best school year yet. Remember, this is not an overnight process, take your time and don’t rush it. Rushing will leave you overwhelmed and frustrated.

  1. Get Educated -
    1. Take some time this year to get educated on Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s), Special Education Law (IDEA, No Child Left Behind, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act), how the bureaucracy in your district works. Also, grab a book on personalities, knowing how to work with various personalities effectively is an helpful skill.
    2. Connect with you local Parent Advisory Committee and the Michigan Alliance for Families for workshops and other educational opportunities.
    3. Be sure to get on the mailing list for Wright’s Law, as a matter of fact look into attending a Wright’s Law Emotions to Advocacy conference or boot camp, it will be well worth your time and money. Connect with the website Understood and The Friendship Circle. All have weekly newsletters packed with information to help you advocate for your child and help them to live their best life possible.
    4. Learn as much as you can about your child’s condition, the more you know the more you are able to effectively advocate for what they need.
  2. Self Care - Make sure that your life is not consumed with special education. Creating time away from it all will actually increase your absorption of information and your ability to advocate for you child.  If you’re a stay at home mom like me, set up a ‘mommy fund’ this is where you put aside a little each month to be able to treat yourself. Start off small and do something for yourself each week, it could be as simple as a hot bath or as extravagant as a full spa day. Self-care is not a luxury, it’s a divine responsibility.
  3. Get Support - As I mentioned above, look for your local Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), check on your district's website or simply ask other parents of children with special needs at your child’s school. Many hospitals, therapy sites and external groups, offer support groups for parents. There are support groups on social media that are very specific to whatever condition you’re working with. Beware of groups and sites where a bulk of the time is spent lamenting over the pain and heartache of special needs or what the school isn’t doing. Support groups should be about helping you find solutions, not magnifying the problem. If you find a group or site that is constantly showing the negative or has a bunch of whiners, leave quickly.
  4. Effective & Quality Communication - Notice I used the words effective and quality. You are going to have to get beyond surface talk and being afraid to ask for what you need and what your child needs.  Make sure that you are effectively and clearly communicating with your child’s teacher and other staff about what your child needs. NEVER leave meaning up to school staff. Some things to help ensure that you are effectively communicating:
    1. Repeat when necessary
    2. Put it in writing
    3. Ask questions
Doing those things will help to make sure that all parties understand what was said, and are just not agreeing to terms and conditions to keep the meeting moving.


These four steps are things that you will need to do continuously in order to create harmony not only with school administration but in your life.  Notice, that how you show up in your personal life will be the way that you show up at IEP meetings and other encounters with your child’s school.

Make this school year your best and most stress free one yet.

Thank you for connecting with me!  My goal is to inspire, educate and even entertain you just a bit.
I am a Mom Mentor, that means I help moms to discover or re-discover their bad-assery all over again, beyond being a mom. Helping them to define what balance looks and feels like for them and guiding them to create their life with passion all while living their purpose.
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Aug 20, 2015

Alvin and The Chipmunks: Live On Stage! coming to the Fox Theatre 10/30 #giveaway {Ends 9/13}

Alvin and The Chipmunks: Live On Stage!, a brand new, music-filled interactive live show, will take the stage at the Fox Theatre on Friday, October 30 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The world’s most famous chipmunk trio – accompanied by the Chipettes – will delight fans of all ages with live performances that will feature world-class production, music, special effects and immersive interactivity to encourage audience participation.



 Tickets are normally ($19, $25 and $40) and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611. Group discounts on select seats are available for groups of 10 or more. Call 313-471-3099 for details.


Get a special discount just for being a fan!!!  

Discount Ticket Prices
$19 tickets are $14 and $25 tickets are $20

Contact Erica (group sales) at 313.471.3390 or Erica.gunaca@olyent.com to get your tickets. Just ask her for the Metro Detroit Mommy Discount!  

Or Purchase your discount tickets online:

 Based on the characters from the hit Twentieth Century Fox movies, the show will bring the music and excitement of a live rock concert to life as the Chipmunks perform hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Christine Aguilera, Elvis Presley and more! Join Alvin, Simon and Theodore as they sing and dance their way across America en route to their big charity concert. From an “old school” breakdancing competition in Chicago, to a no- holds-barred food fight in New York City, and with the Chipettes along for the wild ride, Chipmunk fans from coast to coast will experience it all –LIVE on stage! Produced by Iconic Entertainment Studios, the show’s world-class team includes Tony Award- winning Lion King costume designer Michael Curry, and the production team that won a Billboard Touring Creative Content award for its show Yo Gabba Gabba. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit, www.alvinlive.com

Enter below for your chance to win 4 tickets to the 2pm performance:

  Alvin

Container Geek - review

Container Geek provided free services in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions posted are my own and genuine, your experience may differ.

With the birth of my fourth child, things have been a little hectic.  My pregnancy was a bit rough and I was seriously depressed on top of other things, and having a c-section required several weeks to recuperate.  So you can imagine what weeks of piled up laundry looks like, or the dishes in the sink and the bathroom... OI!  Okay, it wasn't that bad at all, because I have an awesome hubby who was able to take off a couple of weeks of work and keep up on the chores.. but organization is not my strong suit.

I live in a house where somebody stores empty boxes back in the cupboard and milk cartons with just 1/2 teaspoon of milk left are carefully preserved in the fridge.  Our pantry needed some serious help. I decided to take this opportunity to try out Container Geek's professional organizational services.

This is our food pantry:


HOT MESS! Right?  This is the product of about one year of chaotic food storage.  Instead of "where does this belong?" Often the question is "Where will this fit?"  It appears we do not have any room for anything in there.

Where's the ____?  Do we have any ____?  Oh, wow, I found ____.  Seriously, these questions waste time and money.

So Angie from Container Geek came to my rescue.  She asked a ton of questions, like "What is working?"  "What isn't working?" "How often do you use this?" "Does this work for you?"

Angie came up with a logical organization for our pantry that now works for our family.  And we can see everything... just check it out:


We also have room to spare for when we buy more groceries.  Simply amazing!  Angie is a quick, efficient and logical organizer who gives a lot of though and care to meeting her customers needs.  I am very impressed with the pantry and would highly recommend her services to anyone who needs help getting things in order.


A special offer for our MDM fans: 
- free one hour in home assessment &
- 20% off the first hands on organization session
- for the first 20 people to book an appointment and mention the post(s)

- offer expires on 9/4/2015
Container Geek will travel up to 40 miles from Dearborn, Mi.to help you organize your space. 
- Call Angie today to book your in-home assessment: (313) 757-1944

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