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Jul 25, 2016

Baskin-Robbins Polar Pizza

Baskin-Robbins just introduced the Polar Pizza to their menu.  We just have the opportunity to try a complimentary  Peanut Butter ‘n Chocolate and REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup Polar Pizza to celebrate National Ice Cream Month (which is July) so we could share our experience with you.  All opinions expressed are genuine and my own. Your experience may differ.


So, we are ice cream fanatics in this house and love to enjoy the sweet stuff a couple times a week.  We tried the Peanut Butter ‘n Chocolate and REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup Polar Pizza and it got a big thumbs up from everyone.  I love the flavor combination of  the chocolate chip cookie crust with Peanut Butter 'n Chocolate Ice Cream, topped with REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup pieces and drizzled with REESE'S® peanut butter sauce and fudge topping.  


Each pizza serves 8, so for a family of 4, it should last through 2 servings, unless mom or dad wait until the kids go to sleep and sneak the leftover pieces.. what, who? Me?  No.. I wouldn't do that.

My only comment is that you should either: pick a very close location to home, plan to eat it in the store, or bring a cooler with you if you plan to buy a Polar Pizza, ours was slightly melted when we got it home, but it didn't affect the flavor and with temps over 90 degrees today.. I'm not surprised.  It was still super yummy.

At $15.99 per Polar Pizza, each serving is less than $2 each which is a great deal for dessert no matter how you slice it (ba da dum).

The Polar Pizza comes in four delicious flavor combinations: OREO® Cookies ‘N Cream, Peanut Butter ‘n Chocolate and REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup, Jamoca® Almond Fudge and HEATH®, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  You can also create a customized treat by selecting your favorite crust (Chocolate Chip Cookie or Double Fudge Brownie), any ice cream flavor and fun toppings.



 For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

You can enter our giveaway {ends 8/10/16} for a $20 gift certificate here: http://blog.metrodetroitmommy.com/2016/07/polar-pizza-at-baskin-robins-giveaway.html

What flavor would you like to try?

Once Upon a Time Princess Parties - Review

I love to celebrate, especially birthdays.  And all three of our girls celebrate their birthdays in July, so we threw one big party to celebrate this year.  It was a lot of fun.  Rosleigh turned 7, Carlyn will be 4 and Naomi will be 1.


Each year we do a themed birthday, but this year we had the opportunity to have Anna and Elsa from Once Upon a Time Princess Parties entertain the children.  We have been working with the company for quite some time and traded advertising (and this review) for the Enchanted Princess Package.  So, as always, my opinions are genuine and your experience may differ.

First, planning was a breeze.  Once Upon a Time Princess Parties emailed me a couple of times to figure out what our needs were then sent us over a contract to sign.

A couple days before our event the owner sent me a tips sheet email.. which I really should have read.  About 10 minutes before their arrival, Anna called and let me know they were on their way.  At this point I was supposed to stop what I was doing and make sure that I had the camera ready to catch the look on my girls' faces when Anna and Elsa came in.. that didn't happen.  I was so busy getting ready, I missed it completely.


Elsa and Anna were fantastic.  They arrived and greeted my girls and other guests, then set up the sound system.  They performed a 45 minute interactive show where all the kids (even the shy boys) were participating within about 20 minutes.



After the show Elsa and Anna allowed for parent to take pictures with them, in both a group setting and individual shots.


They led the kids into dinner and Elsa and Anna spent some time applying temporary tattoos to any of the children (and adults) that wanted them.


Elsa and Anna then led everyone as we sang Happy Birthday to the children.  Anna saved the day, as my lighter died... and she had a spare.  Thanks!


The kids did a dance with Elsa and Anna while I cut the cake and served the ice cream.

Then Elsa and Anna read a story to the kids while they enjoyed the cake and ice cream.

Finally, they led the kids in more songs and games to wrap up their time with us.

IT WAS AMAZING.

By far this was the best birthday the girls have had so far.  I am sure this will be something they will remember (at least Rosa and Carlyn) and having the ladies here to help entertain the children freed up a lot of my time.. as the hostess I actually had time to sit and visit with the guests.

Having Once Upon a Time Princess Parties there provided the party with a great structured plan for the event.  Elsa and Anna really know their stuff.  They involved each of the children and made the girls feel super special at the same time.  The songs and games were a ton of fun, they were energetic, professional, and did a great job staying in character throughout the whole event.


I highly recommend Once Upon a Time Princess Parties for your next special event.  In addition to Anna and Elsa, the company offers many different princesses, princes, royal characters, fairies, superheroes and more. 

Jul 24, 2016

Polar Pizza at Baskin-Robins #Giveaway

Baskin-Robbins just introduced the Polar Pizza to their menu.  I am really looking forward to trying one to celebrate National Ice Cream Month (which is July).


The Polar Pizza comes in four delicious flavor combinations: OREO® Cookies ‘N Cream, Peanut Butter ‘n Chocolate and REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup, Jamoca® Almond Fudge and HEATH®, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  You can also create a customized treat by selecting your favorite crust (Chocolate Chip Cookie or Double Fudge Brownie), any ice cream flavor and fun toppings.



 For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

Enter below for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to Baskin-Robbins.


Bringing back my childhood by biking

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger  Theresa Walker- Beach Body Coach

Most people probably look at me and assume I've always been small, fit.  I'm 5 feet tall, I'm naturally "small", but I wasn't always thin or fit.  With a history of family obesity including both sets of my grandparents and father, I had genetics against me, if you believe in that.  And with a mother who grew up in the 60's with traditional American/Polish cooking (meat & potatoes, corn was considered a veggie) and who raised me in the 80's where Kool-Aid was as good for me as water and no one gave a second glance at sugar...things were stacked against me, to an extent.  At least I can say the 1980's were great for getting outdoors, I was the generation who stayed outside, nearly all day or as long as my mother would let me.  Most of those days, I was riding my bike.  All over.  All day.  Even though I didn't yet have my walkman to use to play my Madonna or Bon Jovi while riding, it was still my favorite past time. 

Fast forward ten years, I hit my late 20's, I was tired of, well, being sick and tired.  Stomach aches, head aches and I didn't have much energy.  Not to mention that my size 12 clothes were getting tight.  I knew I wanted to have kids, so I wanted to get healthy.  I wanted to set a good example for my kids with eating.  I wanted to enjoy and have the stamina/energy to play soccer. I'd had enough. 

To lose the 35lbs I needed to lose, I had to make a lot of big and small changes.  Changes from cutting out the pop, to adding in more veggies and trying new foods like salmon and farro.  But diet doesn't do it all, I had to get active and I knew that in order to keep it up, it had to be something I'd enjoy doing.  First thing that came to mind, what I loved to do as a child!  Biking!  So, I got on a bike I'd gotten a few years previous and never used, and started riding.  Once again, all over the neighborhood.  Wow, it felt amazing to be outside, enjoying the fresh air and just riding.  In addition, I started pilates for strength and building a bit of muscle.  Before long, winter came, at which time I invested in a stationary exercise bike.  Oh the hours I've logged on that thing!  One of my favorite aspects is that I can read a book while riding.  As a book worm, it was the perfect excuse to read while doing something healthy and not just sitting on the couch. 

More recently after my second son was born, I took up running.  I admit running has kind of taken over my life, especially this year with marathon training which included up to 45 miles a week.  But guess what I discovered when I had a time when I had some aches in my knee? Biking was the perfect option for cross training.  I could still work my legs and keep the muscles fresh and moving, yet not make the injury worse.  I can't tell you how many runners I know who use biking for this exact purpose.

So, if you're looking for a way to be more active, maybe something you can even do with your kids, biking is a great idea.  You can do it outdoors when it's nice and indoors when it is cooler.  You can so slow or fast, it doesn't matter.  What matter is you are doing something good for you, and hopefully like me, bringing back a bit of your childhood!  Because nothing beats roaming free, listening to music and feeling your heart pumping.

This is why I'm really looking forward to checking out Troy's new CycleBar on Saturday afternoon!  It's going to be super hot out so I'll be able to do something that makes me sweat but safely indoors, with friends.  I'll be blogging later to share how the classes work.     Until then, happy riding friends!  

Theresa Walker 
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 just completed her first marathon in Traverse City.  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.

Jul 22, 2016

AMERICAN GIRL TEMPORARY STORE GRAND OPENING - Twelve Oaks Mall

Grab your girl (and her favorite doll) for a summer trip to American Girl! The family favorite is coming to Detroit on August 6, where the temporary store will be open for shopping until early 2017. The store will feature an assortment of the popular American Girl dolls, books, and accessories, along with the signature Doll Hair Salon!


In addition, during the opening weekend celebration, girls will receive a free gift and craft while supplies last, and can enter to win Lea, American Girl’s 2016 Girl of the Year.
Photo Opps will be available for Excited American Girl Fans and their dolls.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday & Sunday, August 6 and 7 American Girl, Twelve Oaks Mall
Sat 10 am - 9 pm
Sun 11 am - 6 pm

ABOUT AMERICAN GIRL
American Girl is a premium brand for girls and a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT, www.mattel.com), the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of toys and family products. Headquartered in Middleton, WI, American Girl offers an inspiring world of dolls, experiences, and entertainment to empower and unite girls of all ages. Best-selling lines include Truly Me™, Girl of the Year™, Bitty Baby™, and the classic historical character line BeForever™. The company sells products through its award-winning catalogue, on americangirl.com, in its experiential retail stores nationwide, and in specialty boutiques at select Indigo™ and Chapters™ in Canada and El Palacio de Hierro locations in Mexico City. American Girl’s mission is to fuel belonging and connection among girls, a goal that has already earned the loyalty of millions and the praise and trust of their parents and educators. To learn more about American Girl or request a free catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005 or visit www.americangirl.comwww.facebook.com/americangirl, or www.twitter.com/american_girl.

Ice Age: Collision Course – Review


Korie and her family were invited to a press event to view Ice Age Collision Course for free.  All opinions expressed here are her own.  Your experience may differ.

Not having seen any of the other Ice Age movies, I was a little worried about knowing parts about the story or characters and getting confused. However, this movie can definitely stand alone and no backstory is needed.

The movie, which I saw with my husband and 6-year-old son, starts off with Scrat in pursuit of an acorn. We saw it in 3D and it’s been a while since I saw something in 3D and let’s just say -- technology has changed! It was very cool and fun to watch and the opening sequence is funny, interesting and has really cool special effects.

My son loved the 3D glasses and special effects so if you are going to see this movie, I highly recommend seeing it in 3D.

The gist of the movie is, a giant meteor is headed toward Earth and Manny, Ellie, Sid, Diego and the rest of the gang are trying to stop it to save their lives.

The movie is thin on plot but does have some genuinely funny parts. Unfortunately, some of the humor is of the potty-mouth variety and there are some words used that I cringed at (no curse words, but some of the characters call each other stupid and such). There were also some parts of the movie that, as a mom, I’m not a huge fan of (the dinosaur dad is hard on his son, who is the black sheep of the family).

Most of it went over my son’s head, but he did mention in the car on the way home that the dinosaur dad needed to be kind to his son because he ended up being the smart one.

The special effects were neat, the animation was cool and the 3D made it a fun experience. It’s also action packed, fast-paced and my son wasn’t bored at all.

It definitely isn’t a movie we will purchase and there is no real lesson or moral takeaway, but all-in-all, it would be a decent movie to while away a few hours on a rainy summer day.


Korie Wilkins is a multi-tasking, work-at-home mom who likes coffee, chocolate, crocheting and reading as many books as possible. Connect with her on Twitter at @koriemw.



New Play-Place to Open in Sterling Heights

Play-Place for Autistic Children, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, debuts their facility for children affected by autism and other special needs on Monday August 1, at 10am in Sterling Heights.


Known colloquially as Play-Place, it is the first facility of its kind anywhere in the world. The 25,000 square foot center features a Lego Room, Computer Cafe, 29-seat Venetian Carousel, Art Room, Parent Bistro, Haircut Hut, and much more, all tailored to the needs of children and families affected by autism. A full list of features can be found on the Play-Place website.

Families are encouraged to stop in and check out the multitudes of activities and programming available. The entrance fee is an affordable $7 per person.

"In addition to the Disneyland-like effect our facility has, we also want to be affordable, so families from many backgrounds can enjoy our features," said Shell Jones, Executive Director of Play-Place.

In addition to free play, Play-Place has numerous classes similar to after-school programs. Classes include things like Lego Robotics, music, art, 4th Wall Theatre classes, drum instruction, and more.

Play-Place has in-house resources for children and parents alike, through third-party partners. Speech therapists from ABC Therapy will work to improve children's speech; autism diagnosing and ABA therapy will be done by Centria Healthcare; and The Knead To Heal has already begun taking appointments for massage therapy.

"The idea is to have many services under one roof," said Jones. "My personal experience dictates a new norm which is always changing. Play-Place wants to help simplify the challenge by offering opportunity and development through inclusion, acceptance and support for the whole family."

Ahead of their August 1 Grand Opening, Play-Place staff have fielded calls from as far away as New Jersey, Texas, and Australia. People ask about local hotels, restaurants, and other travel amenities. 

Play-Place's $1.5 million construction was made possible by over 80 construction companies and labor unions, who donated their labor, materials, and expertise. They will be honored on the Play-Place "Construction Heroes" wall, within the facility.

"As a nonprofit, we have to pinch every penny and we certainly do not have a couple million dollars lying around," said Jones. "Without the generosity of our Construction Heroes, corporate donors, business sponsors, and dedicated families, this vision could not have been possible."

You can find out more about Play-Place for Autistic Children by visiting autisticplayplace.org or by calling 586-254-6533. They are currently accepting monetary donations.


More on Play-Place for Autistic Children: autisticplayplace.org

More on Play-Place facility features: autisticplayplace.org/facility

More on Play-Place Construction Heroes: autisticplayplace.org/heroes