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Jul 29, 2015

Meet Shaun the Sheep with Giggle Gang at Oakland Mall: TONIGHT at 5pm!

Come join us to meet Shaun the Sheep
with Giggle Gang, tonight at Oakland Mall!
Wednesday, July 29th | 5PM
Oakland Mall Center Court
Our favorite little sheep is coming to Oakland Mall to celebrate his big movie adventure. Come meet Shaun and take a photo with him. Then, go on an epic adventure with him when his movie opens in theaters on August 5th!

#Recipe: Blueberry Banana Bread! Low-Carb, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Allergy friendly!

My family l-o-v-e-s banana bread and I used to feel like I was offering them such a healthy snack when I whipped it up - despite the fact it had 3/4 cups of total sugar and other not-so-fantastic ingredients in it.  So, after several tried-and-thrown away attempts at the perfect new banana bread - I finally have a delicious recipe to share.

This blueberry banana bread is: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Low-Carb and Sugar-Free!


2 very ripe bananas
3 eggs
2 tbsp oil (coconut works well!)
1.5c of room temperature water
1/2 cup of raw stevia powder
2c of almond flour
1tsp of aluminum-free baking powder
Pinch of salt
*Do not include in blender: Optional: 1/2c of blueberries or walnuts (or a mix of both)

Add all ingredients (except for optional blueberries/walnuts) to a blender and mix on low for 1-2 minutes until smooth.  Fold in walnuts/blueberries and pour into a baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Nutrition Info if prepared without blueberries/walnuts:
6g net carbs per slice (2 grams of fiber already subtracted), 6g protein and approx 150 calories (give or take depending on the oil you choose).  Add 8g carbs per loaf for the blueberries and 2g per loaf for the walnuts.  Each loaf should yield 9 slices.


xoxox, Robin

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger: Robin Slawnyk HarmonyND
Robin is a busy Wife and Mom of 4 and owner of  Harmony Naturopathic. 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. 

Jul 28, 2015

Buy One, Get One on a ticket to Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo From Valvoline

Valvoline Instant Oil Change has partnered with the Detroit Zoo to offer their customers a Buy One, Get One voucher for a ticket to Dinosauria.  Visitors to local Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations will receive a voucher for a Buy One, Get One on a ticket to Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo with the purchase of a regular or synthetic oil change.  This program lasts the remainder of Dinosauria which runs till September 7th.

Dinosauria offers guest the chance to walk among forty lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that snarl and move – and some that spit!. 

Enter a veritable “Zoorassic Park” as you travel back in time along a lush, winding, 5-acre DinoTrail recreating prehistoric life. Enormous primeval creatures lurk at every turn, including adult dinosaurs, youngsters and even a nest with eggs and hatchlings.

·         Dinosauria is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August). Tickets are $5 with Zoo admission for visitors ages 2 and older and are available at main admissions, or the Dinosauria ticket booth

Jul 27, 2015

Give and Get Fit Recap

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger  Theresa Walker- Beach Body Coach 
Sponsored Post: Metro Detroit Mommy was reimbursed for the Give and Get Fit event registration fee and was loaned the Fitbit Surge from Verizon in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Your experience may differ.
Sunday July 26th, 2015 marked the 5th Annual Give and Get Fit Health & Wellness event which took place on the scenic Detroit River Walk.  The event was created by Detroit TV and news personality Rhonda Walker through her non-profit Foundation.  
Give and Get Fit started in 2011 as a way to focus on health and wellness through exercise. The first year featured Yoga and Pilates, and in subsequent years a 5K/10K run-walk  was added.  The Rhonda Walker Foundation partners with dozens of vendors and fitness minded organizations to bring to life this health event.  

Excited for this event, I chose to participate in the Yoga, pilates and kickboxing classes, each 20 minutes long, which took place over-looking the river.  It was a beautiful and serene view on a warm sunny morning.  
There were 3 different specialized instructors who brought their expertise and taught each segment.  I really enjoyed each!  I thought it was very creative to include those in addition to the 5k/10k run/walk.  Normally I participate in a couple of runs a year so having an opportunity to do something different was exciting.  

I wore the new Fitbit Surge that I received to test out courtesy of Verizon wireless.  It was useful to have something that fit nicely on my wrist to check number of steps, heart rate and calories burned.  The heart rate lost connection a few times while doing the Yoga though.  After two weeks of wearing this device, I will do a more comprehensive review of the Fitbit Surge and share my thoughts on it. 

Overall my friend and I agreed that this is a great event and I'm already thinking of doing it again next year.  Everything was run smoothly and everyone was friendly.  Everyone also received a tech shirt as a part of their registration fee.  Since this was a smaller event parking was very close and easy.  And free!  What I liked most about this event other than the perfect location was that the cause the RWF supports.  Their mission is to empower inner city teen girls towards becoming strong, confident, successful and moral future leaders.  Their motto:
R: Respect myself and others
W: Walk with confidence
F: Fearless and Faithful

You can find more information on the Rhonda Walker Foundation here:
The Give and Get Fit Event page:
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.

Heritage Park in Canton - Splash Pad and Playground

Recently I took the girls out to Heritage Park in Canton to enjoy their beautiful playground and splash pad.  

Find over 30 more Metro Detroit Splash Pads on our Metro Detroit Michigan Outdoor Splash Pads & Parks page.

Heritage Park is located at the northwest corner of Canton Center Road S. and Summit Parkway.  The park features  athletic fields, baseball / softball diamonds, convenient parking, pavilions, picnic tables, a couple playgrounds, a pond, three restroom facilities, sand volleyball, splash playground, walking track and a woodland area.

We spend our time at the south side of the park at the Heritage Hideout and Splash Playground.   

The girls had a great time at the park.  Rosa (age 6) and Carlyn (almost 3) were able to easily navigate most of the climbing features on their own.  Carlyn needed assistance on a couple of the elements.

The Heritage Hideout is rather large, so kids can easily slip away from view, but there is only one side where the kids can leave and enter the play area, which made things much easier.  

 There were three covered pavilions nearby with picnic tables which would make this a great place for a family gathering, birthday party, mom's group meetup or just lunch or dinner at the park.

Not too far from the play area we found the restrooms and a water fountain.  Very important when you have young ones.

The splash pad opened at 11am and the girls were so excited to get into the water.  There were already a large group of children in the water when it opened.  Most of the kids didn't seem to mind, but my girls said the water was really cold, despite the weather being it the high 80's.   

There are plenty of water elements on the splash pad for the children to enjoy. There are a few benches and picnic tables about the splay pad along with a section off to the side for picnicking.  There is also plenty of green grass to spread out a blanket and enjoy a warm sunny day while the children play in the water.

The splash pad is made of cement, so I would recommend this for children that are at least walking age.

Overall the park was super clean and lots of fun.  We only explored a small portion of what this park has to offer on our visit, and the girls had a lot of fun.  

Jul 26, 2015

Getting my health on: The low-carb slimdown


Good Morning!

Today is the day!  Here are the goals:  I will stay under 20 net carbs per day and my family (husband, 4 children) will be in the 40-60 carb range per day because the goal for them is not weight loss.

What is a net carb?  When you are following a low-carb diet, fiber does not count toward your carbohydrate content.  So when you look at a label, you take the total carbs, subtract the fiber (and 'sugar alcohol' if your product contains that, because that doesn't count either) and the number that comes after the subtraction is called the 'net carb'.  That is the number that you would reduce from your daily goal to know how many more carbs you can consume.  Take a look at these food labels - now, this is from a product that you would likely not consume as a low-carb dieter, but they offer the info that I need for this educational piece:
The label on the left has 37g of carbs and 4 fiber per serving.  So, for 2/3 cup of this product, there is 33g of carbs.  Figuring out the total is as easy as that!

For the label on the right, you will see that there is 'no added sugar'.  Do not let this throw you.  Just because there are no added sugars doesn't mean the product doesn't contain natural sugar of its own.  You still pay attention to the carb minus the fiber to get your total number.  

Our Menu today:

Breakfast - Organic chicken sausage links and a side of banana bread Check back on Wednesday for the recipe!

For lunch we are making egg salad and for dinner, grilled chicken breast with steamed broccoli.

Up next: Making sure you are getting the proper nutritional supplementation

What are you eating today? 

xoxox, Robin


Join me on a three month journey to better health!  This will be my journal, updated every 1-2 weeks with  new photos, recipes, tips & information. I am taking myself and my family on a healthy new eating plan.

The person:::: Me

I am a Mom of 4 and waytoobusy is my middle name.  I have found myself surrendering to eating granola bars and dry cereal most days just to eat.  My family has lots of food allergies and dietary demands, and sometimes I spend so much time cooking different variations of every meal and don't make time to make one for myself.  My whole family is in better health when we are low-carb and it's one of the few food plans that meets all of the kids' allergy restrictions.

The plan::::: Low Carb Lifestyle

I have always known that low-carb lifestyles are very healthy, especially for people that struggle with weight loss, and even people that have certain medical conditions that require sugar-free diets.  My whole family and I will be on this journey together, but for me- weight loss will be a major goal.  For them, it's just to optimize their health.

So, starting tomorrow: June 27th - this journey begins.

In the coming weeks, I will share:

-Insider Scoop

Join me for the journey!  Add this post to your favorites and check back here for updates!

Cheers!  Robin

Disclaimer: MDM and/or Robin do not offer medical advice through these posts. You should consult with your physician before beginning any diet plan.

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger: Robin Slawnyk HarmonyND
Robin is a busy Wife and Mom of 4 and owner of  Harmony Naturopathic. 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. 

Park It Family Fun Nights

Park It evenings consist of a FREE Outdoor Concert, kid's activities, sponsor giveaways, followed by a family-rated movie under the Stars on our giant LED Video Screen!

You can find out more about individual Park It Events: on their website or Facebook.

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Here is their 2015 schedule:  

Monday, July 27
Grant Park
Tuesday, July 28
Bloomer Park
Wednesday, July 29
Sterling Heights
Freedom Hill County Park
Thursday, July 30
Chesterfield Twp.
Brandenburg Park
Friday, July 31
East Pointe
Kennedy Park
Tuesday, August 4
Market Center Park
Wednesday, August 5
Clinton Township.
Civic Center Park
Thursday, August 6
Beebe Street Park
Friday, August 7
Lake Orion
Friendship Park
Tuesday, August 11
Heritage Park
Wednesday, August 12
St. Clair Shores
Veterans Memorial Park
Thursday, August 13
Livonia Ford Field
Tuesday, August 18
Boulan Park
Wednesday, August 19
New Baltimore
Walter and Mary Burke Park
Thursday, August 20
Royal Oak
Memorial Park
Monday, August 24
Farmington Hills
Heritage Park
Tuesday, August 25
Tattan Park
Wednesday, August 26
Sterling Heights
Freedom Hill County Park
Thursday, August 27
Harrison Township
Waterfront Park
Tuesday, September 1
Elizabeth Park
Wednesday, September 2
Inglenook Park