All About Metro Detroit Mommy - Meet the Bloggers

A Little About Metro Detroit Mommy: 

Welcome to Metro Detroit Mommy, I'm Amber Louchart, your local guide to finding places to play and activities that are fun and safe for you and your children. 

Metro Detroit Mommy was created in November of 2010.  My husband and I were looking for an indoor play place to take our daughter, Rosa.  As we were searching on our separate computers, racing to be the first to find the right place to visit, I thought to myself, "Why isn't there a website with all this information?"  And Metro Detroit Mommy was born. 

Creating this kind of website was such a natural step for me after creating The Activity Idea Place in 1998 (a page about early childhood lesson plans), and is truly a labor of love. I have created a one-stop-shop for family activities to save you time and the frustration of always trying to come up with new experiences for your children to enjoy.  

Metro Detroit Mommy's first review was of Jungle Java in Farmington Hills and since then I have traveled all over the Metro Detroit Area to try out bounce houses, cider mills, gymnastic centers, indoor play centers, splash pads and so much more

Metro Detroit Mommy has evolved into a place for me to support and promote local child centered businesses and events.  We feature Metro Detroit area hand made clothing designers, local resale shops, toy companies, mom to mom sales, family concerts, photography opportunities, etc. on our Facebook page and other companies of interest.  

About Amber:

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I am the proud Homeschooling mother to four beautiful children, Damian (20), Rosaleigh (7), Carlyn (4), Naomi (1) and a wife to my husband, Chancellor.  I enjoy reading, crafting, photography & singing, although with four children, a house to clean and two websites, I rarely find time to engage in my hobbies.  

I love being a stay-at-home mom and  I feel so blessed to be able to care for my children full-time. I'm also finding out that I actually enjoy cooking!  

Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, I was a teacher in the New York City schools for five years.  Keeping things short, I will just say that it wasn't a good fit for me, and, even though this was the job I had dreamed about for as long as I could remember, I found myself unfulfilled.  So, after Rosa was born, my family packed up and we moved back home to the Metro Detroit area, where we are all much happier.

Our Blogging Team: 

Julie McKeeman

Julie is first and foremost a mom of two amazing kiddos, Elliott and Bennett. She is married to her beautiful wife, Betsy, and is an elementary school librarian

Tara Michener 

Tara is a mom, therapist, author of “The Who I Am Series” and Teen Books By Tara, wife, and lover of all things caffeinated. When she is not working at her practice or signing her children's book collection she is running after a giggly, sweet and self-determined three year old who is dedicated to challenging mom to be her best.
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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!

Jackie Morgan

Jackie is a stay at home mom to two adventure-loving boys; a wife to a husband who is very tolerant of her reading addiction; and the owner of Literary Escapism where she has actively promoted books since 2006. She has worked with hundreds of authors, from all of the major publishing houses, and has taken her love to the next level by organizing the Rust City Book Convention.

Since introducing her boys to the world of superheroes and Doctor Who, she has realized that she is a bigger geek than she knew. She loves exploring and finding new adventures to take her boys on, and it turns out they love checking out the unknown as well.

She can be found on Facebook (a lot), Google+ (occasionally) and Twitter (not as much) talking books, her family, & anything else that might come up.

Erica Bretz

Erica is mom to two fantastic little people, Lila (7) and JP (3), and wife to her husband, Patrick. After 10 years as an automotive career girl, she spent 3 years as a Stay at Home Mom before opening her own small business. Currently, Erica splits her time between taking care of her family and offering natural health services like reflexology, craniosacral therapy, and Reiki in her office, Nature's Wisdom ( When she's not working, Erica and her family love to spend time exploring all that our area has to offer!

Dana Lange

Dana Lange is the lucky mother to two incredible kids (Hannah, 8 and Nathan, 4) and the happy wife of Nate.  She stumbled around in her adult life for a while before finally realizing that she could get paid to pursue her passion: keeping kids safe. When Nathan was less than a year old she started working part-time at Modern Natural Baby in Ferndale where she eventually became a Child Passenger Safety Technician with additional Special Needs training. An equal opportunity Netflix and book lover, she adores all things Joss Whedon and has been known to fight people for disrespecting her all-time favorite TV characters.  Please feel free to email her regarding car seat safety and/or the BBC TV series Sherlock.

When the Lange family can find spare time you will likely find them crowded around their backyard telescope having a group existential crisis about outer space and all of its infinite awesomeness. 

Amanda Stein

Amanda Stein is a mother of three who has been married for over a decade. She earned her Masters of Social Work from The University of Michigan and has worked as a clinical social worker in the past. Currently, a stay-at-home-mom Amanda has a passion for writing, rediscovered a love of running, and loves cooking and baking. Amanda writes for other blogs on a variety of topics and runs a small Facebook page called Vigilant Co-Op through which small, local good deeds are organized. Amanda also volunteers as a Rosie the Riveter and enjoys working with local organizations for good causes.

Carissa Orr
Early Childhood Professional, "Music with Ms. Carissa," Toddler Mama, and now blogger thanks to MDM! Carissa works as an Early Childhood Specialist for Michigan's state-funded Preschool Program, the Great Start Readiness Program. In her spare time, she entertains children and families with live music as part of her Music with Ms. Carissa. Most importantly, she is "Jack's Mom" and loves adventuring with her young toddler all around Metro Detroit!

I'm so glad that you took the time to stop by and learn a little bit more about us.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me:  

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