Protecting Tech Devices in Summer Heat

 Courtney Velasquez

Many people may not realize it’s important to protect your devices from both the harsh heat and the bitter cold.  And that there some cool apps out there to help you beat the heat and be properly dressed for it as well. Here are some suggestions from AT&T.

App possibilities: Drinking Water and Water Your Body remind you to stay hydrated and keep track of how much water you’re drinking. And also Cloth, which tells you what to wear, depending on the temperatures. Other useful apps in hot weather are Weather Channel (focus on UV Index, humidity, etc.) and AccuWeather.

 Here’s a link to our AT&T website that includes info on getting tech ready for summer.

Hot weather tips for devices include below:

·         Seek the shade. Direct, intense sunlight can wear down your battery and cause temporary loss of the screen display. Instead, seek an umbrella or any shade to stash away your device while enjoying the sunshine. (Make sure there’s someone to keep an eye on it!)

·         Don’t stack. Don’t stack your smartphone on your tablet on top of your laptop. It’s important to give your devices some breathing room – inside and especially outside. Leaving them stacked in the sun is only going to conduct heat and cause your battery to burn out.

·         Keep it clean. Chances are in the hot weather you’re going to be outside at some point near a pool, beach or lake with sand, suntan lotion and water present.  A waterproof case will keep the dirt, grime and water off your phone.  Here are some possibilities (show). Check your pockets – it’s very common to jump into a pool without realizing your phone’s in your swim trunks!

·         Don’t leave in the car. Keep your phone and tablet in a cool place – don’t leave your phone in a hot car or trunk. Mobile phones can retain heat very quickly. Extreme heat can damage a wireless device. Keep your smartphone and/or tablet with you, either in a purse, briefcase or backpack. And while driving, don’t place it on the dashboard in direct sunlight.

·         Don’t handle when hot. Never handle a phone when it’s too hot to touch. Bring it to a cool place and leave it alone until it’s safe to touch. Certain mobile devices may actually warn you from using the device until it cools down.

 This is very helpful information for all of us. I know I sometimes forget! You always think this can’t happen to me…unfortunately it can!

Thank You AT&T!!! 

Prepare for the Outdoors with OFF!®



When I was a kid, summer meant waking up in the morning, throwing on my swimsuit, flip-flops and a pair of shorts and heading outside for the entire day.  It meant hours at the neighborhood pool, searching out and capturing frogs, climbing trees, and heading home tired and hungry from a long day outdoors.  

Two-thirds of Americans don’t think they get enough time outside.  It seems like kids these days would rather play video games than explore the outdoors, but our family doesn’t let bugs, the sun or the heat get in our way of enjoying quality family time outside.  Summertime means we prepare to spend many hours outside.  

This year we bought a few items to get the kids excited to spend time outside.  We purchased a new trampoline for the backyard, a Slip ‘N Slide and a basketball hoop so the kids could easily step outside and stay active.  Before stepping outside, we protect their  skin with a strong sunscreen and OFF!® Familycare Insect Repellent. We also fill their water bottles up so they stay hydrated.

Jumping on Trampoline

Last weekend was pretty hot, so we set up the slip n’ slide.  The kids went from slip n’ slide, to trampoline, to play structure and then repeated over and over.  We had a full day of outdoor fun!


Many different OFF!® Products will help you prepare for just about any outdoor activity!

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 Disclosure: This post was written to help promote #TheOutdoorsMissesYou and my partnership with OFF!® All opinions are my own and true. 

Disney On Ice – Presale Code (Yes, FROZEN Characters Are In It)

Here’s the special pre-sale code for the Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes show coming Oct.16-19 to The Palace.  Hot off the presses, this show now features our beloved characters from FROZEN!  Disney on Ice Frozen

Independence Day Pancakes


Happy 4th of July!  I hope you and your family have a safe and festive weekend!  If you get a chance and have these ingredients, I recommend you make fresh strawberry and blueberry pancakes.  They are delicious and festive for Independence Day weekend!


Thinly sliced strawberries


Pancake Mix



Lincoln MKC 2015 VIP Event in Detroit – Ticket Giveaway!!




LIncoln Event


How would you like to test drive the beautiful all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC?  Then, once you’ve finished your test drive you can return to the Shinola Detroit store for a custom-created cocktail from celebrated mixologists of the Sugar House Bar, along with a special selection of hor d’oeuvres.

Ten lucky Detroit Mommy’s readers will get to do just that! Read on for the details.


Shinola Event

What a fun chance to experience this beautiful new vehicle and do a little socializing in the city of Detroit!

 This event is scheduled for July 9th.  There are just ten tickets available – which with be given out on a first come first serve basis.  You must reserve a spot by clicking this link:

I’m really excited about taking the MKC out for a spin!  Good Luck!


First Life Time Athletic in Michigan is Now Open

Life Time Athletic, the first in Michigan is now open in Bloomfield Township.  The beautiful three-story structure with nearly 74,000 square feet is open from 4:00 a.m. until midnight seven days a week.  They are located at 4106 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Township, Michigan.  Pricing for singles, couples and families is available.

 Lifetime Grand Opening

Amenities include: 

Indoor Lap Pool

Whirlpool Spas and Saunas

Group Fitness Studios

Studio Cycle Theaters

LifePower Yoga Studio

Pilates Studio

Cardiovascular Equipment

Free Weight Equipment

Resistance Equipment

LifeTime Kids Academy



 Lifetime Athletic Cafe

Services include:

Health and Fitness Assessments

Metabolic Testing

Personal Training

T.E.A.M. Training

Weight Loss Programs

Nutrition Coaching

Endurance Coaching

Complimentary Towel Service

Men’s And Women’s Dressing Rooms

Family Dressing Rooms

Experience Life Magazine and Other Online Services

Member Advantage


Activities and Events include:

Group Fitness Classes

Studio Cycling Classes

Yoga and Pilates

Sports Training Camps

Run, Cycle and Other

Interest-Driven Clubs

Athletic Leagues and  Events

Social Events

Swimming Lessons

Kids’ Birthday Parties

Summer and Vacation Camps


Some of the other neat features offered at this location are:

  • KIDS ACADEMY: More than 70 classes offered weekly including karate, yoga, music, Spanish immersion, tumbling and sports skills for children 3 months to 11 years old.
  • GROUP FITNESS:  More than 85 classes taught weekly including eight signature formats offered exclusively at Life Time.
  • LIFEPOWER YOGA: Led by Jonny Kest, one of the world’s foremost yoga practitioners based in Bloomfield Township, our LifePower Yoga offers SlowBurn, Vinyasa Flow and a variety of other yoga classes for all levels.
  • LIFECAFE an on-site, full-service, chef-driven restaurant features fresh and healthy food items – free of trans fats, bleached flours, and artificial flavors, colors, preservatives and sweeteners.
  • LIFESPA: Full-service salon and spa services – hair, nail, massage, skin care, body care and more – open to members and non-members.


Fourth of July Candy Bracelet

Fourth of July Candy Bracelet


A few weeks ago I was hunting around on Pinterest for fun ideas for a birthday party.  I came across these cute candy bracelets over at and decided to make them to give to the kids when they left the party.  They were a huge hit – we used wrapped gum, tootsie rolls, jolly ranchers and some smarties. 


I found this bag of very patriotic dubba bubba gum in the bulk candy section at Meijer the other day and thought about making a bracelet just for the 4th of July Holiday.  So we put a patriotic spin on it!

 Fourth of July Candy Bracelet - Dubba Bubba

These are easy to make but they do take a little time tying all those knots.

You can find the instructions for making the bracelet on the website.


We didn’t use the jelly bracelets because we couldn’t find them. Instead we used multi-colored elastic cord from the craft store.  I think elastic hair holders would work too – and you could use them for hair holders when the candy is gone.

Traveling with Toddlers – Tips You Can Use!

Summer voyage with children - accessories for vocations and toddler girl

Any parent of toddlers knows that even just going to the store with a 2-year old in tow can be difficult.  With summer upon us, you may be anxious about traveling with your toddler.  Never fear!  Take a deep breathe.  We’ve got you covered with these 10 tips for traveling with toddlers.

1. Choose a family-friendly destination. Skip the crowded tourist destinations and opt instead for a locale that is accustomed to having kids around.

2. Safety first! Always make sure your child’s car seat is properly secured. Also, use a removable window shade to help block the sun.

3. Pack entertainment. “Best bets for entertaining your child in the car and hotel room include favorite books, games and toys,” says Nancy Wolpert of Nickelodeon Home Entertainment. For all-inclusive entertainment, she recommends two new DVDs that feature a collection of kids’ favorite TV shows. “The Nick Picks and Nick Jr. Favorites DVDs will keep them entertained for hours,” Wolpert promises.

4. Plan rest stops. If you’re driving, break up the monotony by stopping every couple of hours (or more frequently if necessary). Kids need to stretch out after being cooped up in a car for a while. Consider bringing along a ball to kick or throw around during these breaks.

5. Be flexible. Set realistic expectations and let your child soak up the experience at his or her own pace. You might want to limit your activities to one a day. Otherwise, you could wind up with an over-stimulated toddler.

6. Bring water and plenty of snacks. Fruit, granola bars, mini juice cartons and small boxes of cereal make for great, healthy snacks.

7. Bring a beloved item. A blankie or cuddly toy will help your toddler feel safe and secure. Be sure to have a replacement on hand, too. It will save you some heartache should the original get lost.

8. Start and end your day early. Kids are at their best in the morning, so plan accordingly.

9. Stick to your routine. Eating, napping and playing at the same time each day may be all your child needs to feel comfortable in a new environment.

10. Take lots of pictures. Ok, so this one’s for you, not your toddler, but hey – they’re only young once, so enjoy every moment! 

5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Romance Your Partner


It’s doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, everyone likes to be romanced by their special someone.  Likewise, nobody really enjoys paying too much for anything.  The good news is that there are plenty of ways to keep the romance alive and still stay within your budget.

Just about everyone agrees that a nice dinner and a good bottle of wine at a quiet, intimate restaurant will set the mood for romance, but have you seen the price tag? Not everyone can afford to spend big money on romance ever time, but a bit of creativity can get the same results without breaking the bank.

While most people know about ‘his and hers’ items like bathrobes and towels, there are a number of other items that can be enjoyed together as ‘couples’ items. Try getting matching T-shirts with cute sayings on them. Have matching his and hers overnight bags, coffee mugs, bicycles, cell phones, cars, holiday ornaments, tennis rackets, rocking chairs and even matching carved pumpkins on Halloween.

Surprise your partner by making the ordinary a little more special. If he or she is enjoying a good book, remove the bookmark and replace it with a note that says, “I bet you’ll never guess where I’ve hidden your bookmark.” If they always turn the TV on when they come home from work, tape a note on the television that says, “Wouldn’t you rather turn me on?” instead.

Making important memories is one way to be romantic on a budget. Challenge your partner to remember the most romantic kiss that you’ve seen in a movie. This will lead to some discussion about romantic kisses and should enhance the mood. As a surprise, buy that movie one day and try to recreate that special romantic kiss! Keep it in a special place and re-watch it whenever the mood strikes. If you can’t agree on the single most romantic kiss, go ahead and create a top five list. This tip works for anything. The top five most romantic songs. The top five most romantic movies. The top five most romantic books. You see the pattern. Make sure to go ahead and buy the books, songs, movies or whatever so you can use them in the future.

If you want to plan the ultimate romantic evening but funds are low or you simply don’t want to have to leave the house, shut down the electricity and imitate a power outage (it’s up to you whether or not you tell him or her!). You won’t have any distractions or heat, so it is up to both of you to keep the other warm and entertain each other.

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t enjoy an Oreo cookie. Take an Oreo (or generic version of one), scratch the top of the cookie until smooth and then scratch a heart and your initials into the smooth surface. You can also make your own cookies and create personal messages. Another version is to make your own cupcakes and frost them with special messages in red icing. You can also give your spouse a true treat and track down a box of his or her favorite Girl Scout cookie.

These 5 simple ideas are sure to warm up any relationship. Don’t be afraid to try simple tips and changes to “routines” to spice things up without having it cost a fortune!

Kayem’s Artisan Sausage is Perfect for Grilling – Review and Giveaway!


Who doesn’t love grilling during the summer month? The food tastes so good!  This year on Father’s Day we fired up the grill and cooked up five varieties of the new line of Kayem Artisan Sausage. 

Kayem Sausage

What a treat!  We loved how flavorful they were. 

Kayem Artisian Sausage


kayem sausages on the grill

They would go great with potato salad, baked beans, pasta salad – just about anything.  One lucky reader will win a grilling package that includes all five flavors!  Details on the giveaway can be found at the bottom of this post.

Everyone had their favorite but the Sweet Sausage and Fire-roasted Pepper Jack were the leaders at our get together.  The fact that these sausages are full cooked is a huge plus to me – they are so much quicker to put on the table.  They are all natural and the bacon in the Pineapple Bacon flavor is uncured – extra bonus.

 Kayem’s newest line of all-natural Artisan Sausage puts a unique spin on the classic sausage with its five flavors: Pineapple Bacon, Andouille, Fire-roasted Pepper Jack, Sweet Pepper Provolone and Sweet Sausage. This exclusive New England sausage line is available at only at local Meijer markets in the cooked sausage section.  Each package includes four sausages and is priced just over $4.00 per pack.

Kayem at Meijer

The sausages are made by Kayem, New England’s oldest hot dog company and the maker of Fenway Franks. They are made with premium cuts of pork sirloin and are packed with flavor.  You can find out more about their products on the Kayem Website.


Now for the Giveaway!


One lucky Detroit Mommies reader will win a Kayem Grilling Package, which includes all five flavors of Kayem Artisan Sausages, an apron, a pasta scoop and a dish towel.


Enter the giveaway:

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