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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Another great #NoBoxXmas Deal: Henry Ford Museum Memberships 20% off and Holiday Nights, Plus a #Giveaway

The Henry Ford {and Greenfield Village} is offering a 20% discount on all new-membership purchases on site only (valid through December 31st). This is a great #NoBoxXmas gift idea for your own family or another Metro Detroit Family.  To obtain the discount you will need to buy the membership onsite.  If you are buying a gift membership, be sure to bring along the name, address and phone number of the recipient.

Find other great #NoBoxXmas ideas here:

The BEST Santa Experience in Metro Detroit is at the Henry Ford.
But why wait to enjoy The Henry Ford?  There is so much going on right now to celebrate the holiday season.  You can enjoy the museum and the holiday decorations (including model trains, holiday stories in a real train, the best Santa in town (bring your camera), The Polar Express at the IMAX and so much more.

You can also enjoy Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village.
December 5-7, 12-14, 18-23 and 26-27, 2014 (6:30pm - 10pm)

Take a lantern-lit journey into a living snow globe filled with live music, skating, fireworks and tons of winter wonder during America’s premier celebration of the season.

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village is like stepping into a Christmas card from the past — the golden glow from candlelit windows, the scent of roasting chestnuts, the sound of carolers in the distance, the jangle of sleigh bells. This is how the holidays are supposed to be. No wonder Holiday Nights has become the most popular holiday event in the region. Where else will you find lantern-lit paths, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagons and Model T rides, plus Santa with live reindeer. It’s perfect, right down to the spectacular fireworks display that provides a dazzling finale to each and every evening. Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village is America’s premier holiday celebration!

So here is the fun part... enter below for a chance to win 4 tickets to the Henry Ford Museum.

Friday, November 21, 2014

DIY Mason Jar Project for Christmas

This mason jar project was a lot of fun for Rosa. She really enjoyed cutting and painting the Mod Podge glue.  I am really happy with the results, festive jars for a really low price.

For this project you will need one clean mason jar. I used Miracle Whip jars since they don't have any embossing, which would make things difficult. Also, colored tissue paper, Mod Podge, glue, a paint brush and any embellishments that you might want to add.

I let Rosa make a decoupage jar (the one all the way to the right). First I cut red, white and green tissue paper into a variety of different sized squares (older children can do this with supervision). I placed a couple of fingers inside the jar to hold it, then Rosa applied the Mod Podge glue to the outside of the jar with a paint brush, then she applied the tissue paper. It is okay if the squares overlap. After she finished, she went over the jar and filled in the gaps and around the edges of the top and bottom of jar. We created a smooth edge by applying the tissue paper, then applying a layer of glue over the paper, up to the edge, the paper will tear easily at the (top or bottom) edge.

After all of the paper is applied, go over the whole jar again with another layer of glue. Let that dry and apply another layer of glue.

You can place Christmas lights, a real tea light candle or a battery operated tea light in the jar for display.

I was inspired by a combination of two blogs to create this Santa Jar. I saw these awesome Halloween Jars on Not So Idle Hands Blog. Then on Crafts by Amanda's blog she posted some creative Glittery Santa Belly Jars.

I applied strips of red tissue paper, with a black ribbon and a piece of gold pipe cleaner. I had to use a glue gun to attach the pipe cleaner.

I used white tissue paper for the last jar. I applied silver glitter and snowflake stickers.

If you make this with your family, please be sure to share a link or your image on our social media.  We would love to see it.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Turkey Day Feast With All the Trimmings on the Food Network 11/22

Bobby Flay hosts all-star special Thanksgiving at Bobby's this holiday season, complete with favorite recipes, delicious tips and expert culinary advice to help viewers prepare for their own upcoming feast. Along with co-host Katie Lee, Bobby welcomes his friends Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Symon to the party to share their favorite Turkey Day dishes, traditions and personal family memories. Thanksgiving at Bobby's premieres on Saturday, November 22nd at 12pm ET/PT.

"Thanksgiving is Bobby's favorite day of the year and it shows - he's opened up his table to our audience for a personal look at how his family and friends celebrate," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "The dishes, tips and tricks that Bobby and his friends share will inspire everyone planning their own holiday meal."

Bobby always makes the turkey for Thanksgiving and this year he's preparing Roasted Turkey with Mustard Maple Glaze. Katie uses a little inspiration from the South to make her grandmother's Cornbread Stuffing with Herb Butter, while Sunny's Sage and Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole is an ode to her mother's sweet potatoes with melted marshmallows. Alex offers the unexpected and delicious vegetable dish Broiled Cauliflower Steaks with Parsley and Lemon and Michael finishes off the meal with a Chocolate Pumpkin Pie.   Other dishes on the menu include Holiday Sangria, Mashed Potatoes with Buttermilk, Black Pepper and Green Onion, along with Katie's take on a classic Deviled Eggs appetizer.

At, viewers can find all-new Thanksgiving recipes, behind-the-scenes photos and more. During the show, get your Thanksgiving questions answered live on Food Network's Facebook page and on Twitter, with hashtag #ThanksgivingFeast.

Thanksgiving at Bobby's is produced by Rock Shrimp Productions.

Tinker.Hack the Holidays inside Henry Ford Museum

Get hands-on this holiday season during Holidays in Henry Ford Museum, November 28, 2014 - January 4, 2015. Featuring new activities for kids, new buildings inside the LEGO ® train display in Depot Town and the return of Santa and a 25-foot Christmas tree, there is plenty to see and do to get into the holiday spirit.

Each Saturday from November 29 – January 3, 2015, Tinker. Hack. Invent will offer activities for kids to take part in including make your own paper circuit holiday cards, activities from the U.S. Forest Service and a visit from community maker, the 501st Legion, a Star War’s Costuming Group on December 27th. Tinker.Hack.Invent activities are free and located inside the Museum Plaza.

Also located in the museum plaza, is the not-to-be-missed 25-foot Christmas tree, beautifully decorated with over 500 ornaments including planes, trains, and cars highlighting the spirit of innovation. Guests can follow the spirit of the season down the Silver and Pewter aisle where Santa will be waiting to hear everyone’s Christmas wishes.  This is a perfect opportunity to get a couple of holiday photos.  Santa is here Monday-Friday 10 am-4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am-5 pm.  Guests can also leave a wish list or thank-you letter for Santa in our LEGO® mailbox.

Over in Depot Town next to the Allegheny Locomotive, guests can sit inside the Bangor and Aroostook train to hear classic holiday stories, including Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express.  Celebrating its 10th anniversary, guests can also see the tale on Michigan’s biggest screen at the Henry Ford IMAX Theatre beginning Dec.1, 2014.  For train enthusiasts, the LEGO® and Lionel train displays will be back with new buildings decorated for the winter season including Old Mackinac Point LightHouse and historic buildings found in Greenfield Village.

Guests will also have the chance to step inside Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition before it leaves on January 4, 2015.  During its only stop to Michigan, football fans will have the chance to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy and items provided by hometown heroes, the Detroit Lions. 

Admission to Henry Ford Museum is free for members, $18 adults (age 13-61), $16 seniors (age 62 & up) and $13.50 for youth (age 5-12).  Children four and under are free.  For more information on Holidays in Henry Ford Museum visit or call (313) 982-6001. 

10k Facebook Fan $100 PayPal Cash Giveaway

To celebrate 10,000 Facebook Fans Metro Detroit Mommy is giving away $100 PayPal Cash.

Plus a second winner will receive two tickets to Sea Life, scheduled to open in 2015 at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills Michigan.

Please note that you must be a resident of Michigan to win either prize!  

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And a big thank you to our Bloggy Friends who will be promoting the giveaway: 

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Please note that you must be a resident of Michigan to win either prize!  Use the form below to enter for your chance to win. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

First Look at the Live Action #Cinderella Trailer

Cinderella is the ultimate fairy tale. It was one of those Disney movies I grew up with, and the girls love to watch it, dress up and pretend they are Cinderella going to the Royal Ball. The story is one most children can relate too, after all no one likes their parents ALL THE TIME. ;) Especially when you have to do your chores.

I simply love the TV show "Once Upon a Time" and hope this new movie will bleed into the series... (HINT HINT Disney if you aren't already working on it). They have done such a fantastic job turning their classics into live action, I am sure this will be another winner. 

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

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Absopure America’s Thanksgiving Parade Sweepstakes #giveaway

The post below is sponsored by Absopure. All opinions expressed are my own.

I am so thrilled to team up with Absopure and Mrs. Weber's Neighborhood for this awesome giveaway.

When I think of Thanksgiving Traditions in Detroit, the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is at the top of my list.

It's been years since we have attended, but now that I have little ones (again) it is surely something I look forward to doing with my kids. Most of the time we opt to enjoy a pancake breakfast in front of the TV and enjoy the parade from the comfort of our warm living room.

Absopure {yes, the water people} is a Michigan-based company that also has deep roots with this beloved tradition. For nearly 20 years, they have provided water to parade marchers, volunteers, Turkey Trotters and event staff.

While you watch the parade, be sure to keep your eye out for the company’s classic Model T delivery truck. It will be leading the way during the Model T section of the parade, and is driven by third-generation owner, William Patrick Young. The vintage Ford Model T was the first automobile used to deliver Absopure bottled water the year it was founded in 1908. How cool is that?


Because Absopure knows firsthand how much fun it is to attend this exciting event, they have partnered with me to give away a Thanksgiving Day Parade VIP experience to a family of four so they can create new memories this holiday season. The details are outlined below.

Win a VIP Experience for 4 to the Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Here’s your chance to win the best seats in the house for Detroit’s largest Thanksgiving Day event!

Absopure is giving away tickets to a family of four to enjoy a VIP experience at the 88th Annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van Furniture on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.

The VIP experience will include a family four pack of tickets to the Sponsor Breakfast at Compuware and Grandstand Seat TV-Zone tickets.

With your TV-Zone tickets {between Grand and Woodward}, you’ll see all the celebrities, performances and interviews of The Parade and enjoy WDIV-TV Local 4’s one-hour pre-show starting at 9 a.m. Get there early, and you may be on TV too!

The contest ends on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at noon. Good luck!

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Have you ever attended the big parade? What’s your favorite part?