New Macy’s Promo: Get $10 Off at Macy’s When You Support Children’s Literacy

Macys Be Book Smart

Hey Detroit Mommies and Daddies!  Macy’s is offering a $10 discount to shoppers who support children’s literacy as part of its annual Be Book Smart promotion with Reading Is Fundamental. 

From June 18 – July 31, shoppers at any Macy’s store can give $3 in store to help provide a book for a child, and in return they will get $10 off a purchase of $30 or more. Macy’s will donate 100 percent of every $3 to RIF. 

“TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION” Heads Back to Detroit This Weekend!


WHAT:          To celebrate the release of its upcoming film, “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION,” the fourth film in Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise, Paramount Pictures is proud to announce that the film’s iconic robots will be appearing at the GM Wintergarden in the GM Renaissance Center. Fans will be able to experience the magnitude of one of the most anticipated movie events of the summer before it hits theaters June 27th.


Fans will have the chance to win prizes and take photos with Optimus PrimeBumblebee and the 2014 Bumblebee Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette Stingray. Fans can then watch their favorite Autobots on the big screen for FREE when Ren Cen 4 Theater shows the three previous TRANSFORMERS films back to back on Saturday, June 21st. All events are free to the public.


WHEN:          Optimus PrimeBumblebee and the 2014 Bumblebee Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette Stingray will be on display:

Friday, June 20 – 11am-11pm

                        Saturday, June 21 – 11am-11pm

                        Sunday, June 22 – 11am-10pm


Ren Cen 4 Theater will be showing the following films in the TRANSFORMERS franchise for FREE, on Saturday, June 21st.

                        3:00PM – TRANSFORMERS (2007) / Rated PG-13


8:15PM – TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (2011) / Rated PG-13

**No purchase necessary. While supplies last.  Seating is first-come, first-served and limited to theater capacity.


WHERE:       GM Renaissance Center

                       100 Renaissance Center

                       Detroit, MI 48243


                        GM Wintergarden is located on Level A inside of the Renaissance Center


                        Ren Cen 4 Theater is located on Leven 2 in Tower 200 of the Renaissance Center.


Outdoor Fun at Greenfield Village

navy-chevron Last weekend, I celebrated National Get Outdoors Day at Greenfield Village.  Get Outdoors Day offers activities for every age and comfort level, from campouts to hiking and everything in between.  This day I enjoyed perfectly clear skies, a warm, shining sun and plenty of cooling shade when I needed to get out of the sun. National Get Outdoors Day I had never been to Greenfield Village; I can’t believe I’ve missed out on all the fun, family friendly activities available at this Detroit landmark. I started the day by visiting the OFF!® booth. OFF was in attendance to help spread the word about how important it is to  protect yourself and your family from bugs when you visit Greenfield.  It was a  day filled with activities for the whole family!  I checked out some OFF!® products, grabbed an OFF!® towelette sample and took a fun photo in their outdoor photo booth.  Then I headed into the park with a good friend and her family. Greenfield Village Entrance Greenfield Village is a world frozen in time.  The park holds 83 authentic, historic structures, from Noah Webster’s home (where he wrote the first American dictionary) to Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, to the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Greenfield-Village-Horse-Buggy sheep red house historic-house We even had the opportunity to watch a historic 1867 baseball game between the Lah-De-Dahs and the Wyandotte Stars. Families filled the sidelines of the baseball field ready for some outdoor fun.  No one used baseball mitts…ouch! Historic-Baseball   It was such a wonderful day to enjoy being outside. There were some really fun activities planned in addition to the historic baseball game like an environmental program in the Village Pavilion, and presentations by a historic forest ranger on horseback. Plus, we got the opportunity  to take a tour of the usually-closed William Ford Horse Barn. Walking on the lush grass, breathing in the fresh air, birds sang all around us. windmill  If you get the chance to get out and visit Greenfield Village, go now and remember to take proactive measures against mosquito bites by using OFF!® at Greenfield Village or where you may be this summer!

The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village

20900 Oakwood Boulevard

Dearborn, MI 48124

Disclosure: This post was written to help promote National Get Outdoors Day and my partnership with OFF!® All opinions are my own and true. 

Michigan ElvisFest Returns


Riverside Park, Ypsilanti, MI will be transported back in time to pay tribute to one of America’s most recognized figures –Elvis® Presley®. The 15th Anniversary of the Michigan Elvis®Fest is one of a handful of events that is sanctioned by Elvis® Presley Enterprises, Inc. The local charities that we are supporting this year are Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, (YMOW) and the S.O.S. Shelter 

For two special days, July 11 & 12th, 2014 there will be award winning Elvis Tribute Artists that will perform the songs from the hip-gyrating 50’s to the Jumpsuit/ Concert years of Elvis’ life. We are thrilled to bring back to the stage Leo Days, and Robert Washington, as well as your other favorite ETAs, including 3 new to Ypsilanti ETA’s, as well as other Tributes to Legends of the past. All backed by Chicago’s amazing Change of Habit Tribute Band, and Ronny Craig, a great performer in his own right, and the most sought after emcee will be there to take you  on this journey.


Saturday only: Our kids korner will have 4 different bouncers, a balloon making magician, crafts to make & take, face painting and much more.  Kids 12 & under are free to enter, and all kids activities are free. AND America’s Most Wanted Car Club will be bringing their classic cars, and fans can vote on their favorites.


YMOW will be selling tickets $5.00 each (in advance and at the show) for their fundraiser.  The drawing for 3 fantastic prizes will be held on Saturday during the show.  

Rock ‘n’ Roll your way over to & check out all the artists and other info… 

Tickets: Advance tickets on our website up to June 30thFriday: $13.00 Saturday $22.50, or our best deal $30.00 for the two day ticket, (plus shipping fees of $1.50) Gate Prices for Friday $15.00, Saturday $25.00 (no two day ticket available at the gate.
What: 15th Anniversary Michigan Elvis Concert. 2014

When: Friday, July 11th 4pm to Midnight/ Saturday, July 12th, noon to midnight 
Where: Riverside Park, Ypsilanti (5 E. Cross St)   I-94 to Exit 183

National Eat Your Vegetables Day is Today


Today, June 17, is National Eat Your Vegetables Day, presented by Agrilicious, ( Agrilicious is at the heart of the food movement providing an exciting way to participate in the local food experience while expanding the family-and-farmer connection, as the go-to source for all things local food.  Agrilicious features over 100,000 local farms, food hubs, farmers markets and restaurants across the USA.

We are big farmer’s market shoppers.  Every Saturday, we had to the farmer’s market and leave with bags full of local produce for the week.

 “National Eat Your Vegetables Day 2014 is a perfect opportunity for all of us to reconnect with all that is good about dirt candy, AKA veggies!” said Duane Dahl, Co-Founder of Agrilicious. “The one day out of the year we celebrate the fact that Mother did know best. The one day where we must eat our vegetables!”

Make the Most Out of Every Bite
A recent study released by The Center for Disease Control, (CDC), defines “Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables”. PFVs are attributed with preventing diseases and broadly defined as “green leafy, yellow/orange, citrus and cruciferous items.” The study, conducted by Jennifer Di Noia of William Paterson University, looked at 17 important nutrients naturally occurring in food (fiber, protein, potassium, Vitamin A, B12, D) and calculated how much of those nutrients were found in a 100-calorie serving. Here’s the top and bottom 5 results from the study:

Top 5 (Nutrient Density Score)
Watercress, (100)
Chinese Cabbage, 91.99
Chard, 89.27
Beet Green, 87.08
Spinach, 86.43

Bottom 5 (But still better than Fruit Gushers!)
Sweet Potato, 10.51
Leek, 10.69
Turnip, 11.43
Rutabaga, 11.58
Winter Squash, 13.89

So push away the Cheetos flavored…set aside the Fruit Gushers for the day – today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day! Presented by Agrilicious! To find your favorite local or organic veggie go to and then share your vegetable du jour on Twitter at #EatYourVeggies. To review the report in its entirety please visit the Press Center on

Van Hoosen Museum Summer Programs

Wet and Wild Wednesdays

Little House by the Creek Day Camp 
$35 Per Session | $30 Museum Members 
Ages 7-11: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 
June 26, July 17, July 31

This day camp is repeated 3 times during the summer. Each session ends with campers exploring the “shimmering” creek of Bertha Van Hoosen’s childhood after a day of doing some of her favorite chores, attending the schoolhouse that she loved, harvesting fruits and vegetables and visiting the final resting place of the Taylor-Van Hoosen family. 


Little House in the Village Writer’s Camp 
$135 Public | $120 Museum Members 
Ages 9-12: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 18 – August 21 

Enjoy four days of fun on our 16 acres and throughout our historic buildings and Stony Creek. The sites/sights, sounds, smell, tastes, and feeling are fodder for any budding young writer. The focus is on process not product, but does align with the Common Core Curriculum. Space is limited. 


Terrific Tuesdays in the Garden (Parent-Child Program) 

$5 Public | $3 Museum Members (Adults are free!) 
Ages 3-5: 10:00 am to 11:00 am 
Ages 6-10: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm 
June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5 

Get Growing! in the Children’s Garden every Tuesday. The morning programs are parent-child programs for ages 3-5 and include a story, snack, activity in the garden and craft. 

Young gardeners, ages 6-10, will enjoy planting, harvesting, making, taking, cooking, and crafting with activities designed to cultivate a love of gardening. 


Wet and Wild Wednesdays 
No registration required 
$3 Public | Museum Members Free
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm 
Performers, giant water slides, fire truck and children’s garden 
July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30


For more information and to sign up for these activities:



Post-Natal Workout Created by Detroit Native

 Post Baby Workout Having a baby can totally change your body to where you barely recognize your hips, thighs, butt and tummy as your own.  If you are looking for a post natal workout in the Rochester Hills, MI area this new workout might be the answer you are looking for. Xtend Barre Rochester Hills (XBRH) ( is proud to announce the arrival of its new class “Xtend Barre Babies on Board” with classes beginning Tues., July 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. as an 8-week group fitness class. Mom and baby will enjoy a free introductory first class with light refreshments and a special gift bag for all participants on that day. Pre-registration is required. Created by master trainers (and moms) Xtend Barre founder Andrea Rogers and Xtend Barre International Director of Business, Rockell Williamson-Rudder and a team of instructors, Xtend Barre Babies on Board is a 55-minute post-natal fitness class designed to give moms a dynamic workout at the ballet barre and the Pilates mat that they can do with their babies safely nestled in carriers. Now moms and babies in Rochester Hills and the surrounding areas can workout together! Developed with careful consideration of the physiology of a new mom’s body, Xtend Barre Babies on Board is a post-natal fitness program focused on restoring core strength, conditioning embattled muscles, strengthening back and arms for carrying and nursing, and giving moms the fun, challenging cardio-conditioning class they are seeking–while providing a safe, engaging environment for their little ones in tow. For more information, visit; @Xtend_Barre on instagram and Twitter.  

Festival of the Hills


The annual Festival of the Hills fireworks show at Borden Park takes place on June 25, 2014. This event has become a huge tradition in our community – the summer’s best “stay-cation”. 

This year’s family friendly event begins at 6:00 pm with family games and live entertainment. The star of the show is Michigan’s 2nd largest fireworks show beginning at 10:06 pm.

Arrive early, avoid the rush, and bring an umbrella. This event goes off Rain-or-Shine. 

In the past, it has been through the generosity of area business owners that this event has been possible. This year, they are asking that you consider making a donation to help them continue this community tradition. Please use this donation form to support this annual event.

Please remember the following rules and regulations:

  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No open fires
  • No pets are allowed
  • No sparklers or other fireworks
  • Only gas-type barbecue grills are allowed


  • Handicap parking is available at the Hamlin Road entrance
  • Motor home parking space is limited and canopies / overhangs cannot take up a second parking spot
  • No over-night parking


Borden Park
1400 E. Hamlin Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI

PBS Summer Program Schedule

PBS Summer Schedule

If you are a parent, every summer you worry about summer brain drain.  It’s a term people use to describe a loss of knowledge due to a lack of education. PBS has changed up their summer programing schedule  to provide more of the key educational PBS KIDS programs kids love – more Wild Kratts, more Curious George, more Dinosaur Train, and more! 

Throughout the summer, you’ll see multi-platform content, local partnerships and activities to help kids and parents learn and explore together and prevent learning loss all summer long.  We’re collaborating with libraries, educators and others to offer educational resources and events for teachers, caregivers and families.  To learn more about Detroit Public TV’s “Be Summer Smart” initiative, click here.

PBS Summer Program Schedule

Double episodes of Wild Kratts from 7-8am.

Curious George episodes air back-to-back from 8-9am.

Peg + CatDinosaur Train, and Sesame Street will air from 9-11am

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood—two episodes will air at 11am

Dinosaur Train double- episode follows at noon, followed by single episodes of Super Why!Thomas & FriendsPeg + Cat, and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That from 1-3pm.

The weekday children’s schedule will conclude with two episodes of Curious George at 3pm, two episodes of Arthur at4pm, and Wild Kratts at 5pm.


For more details on the new schedule, visit

4 Gardening Smart Phone Apps


gardening apps

I am clueless when it comes to gardening and love my roses because they are very low maintenance.  I do not know what to plant, when to plant, how much to water, etc, etc, etc. I love plants and gardens and long for a beautiful, lush garden that I can spend the evening summer hours enjoying while sipping on a glass of wine.

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AT&T took the legwork out for all of us and put together a list of smart phone gardening apps that are sure to help those of us that need a little help in the gardening department.


1.       Food Gardening Guide  (iOS) – If you’re interested in venturing into organic food gardening, this free app from MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine provides expert gardening techniques, information on top crops, and access to the magazine’s blog feeds covering “Do It Yourself” projects, natural health, green homes and more.

2.       Garden Insects Guide (iOS) – Not all insects are bad for your garden, but you don’t want to let the ones that are bug your plants to death!  This free guide from the editors of MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine will help you identify the bad bugs from the good bugs. It provides advice on how you can prevent damage from the pest insects and attract the beneficial ones. The app has a “Pest Control” section that tells you how to get rid of insect pests organically and naturally.

3.       Garden Squared (Android) – This app assists in planning and tracking square foot gardens—ranging from 1’ by 1’ to 4’ by 8’—and even patio containers, seedlings and raised garden beds. Details of every plot can be saved along with a journal entry/task tracker. Great for beginners!

4.       Garden Manager: Plant Alarm (Android) – This app reminds you exactly when to water, fertilize, spray pesticide and more. Custom tasks are also available so you will be reminded to tend to specific plants. You can take a photo log of how your plants grow, and then brag about your success on social media.

I think the Garden Manager: Plant Alarm will be the best app for me!  Which one would you choose?