Back-To-School Online Safety Tips From AT&T

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Some may be in session already, but school for the bulk of Michigan students kicks off on Tuesday, September 2nd.

And now that students integrate technology in their daily lives, it’s more important than ever that parents keep tabs on their kids’ activities. Below are some tips from AT&T that will help parents support their children’s use of technology safely and responsibly.

 1.       Get tech savvy. Talk to your children about what sites they’re visiting on the Internet and what kind of social media they are participating in. You should even experiment with them yourself. This will give you a better feel in evaluating the risks and potential abuses. Friend them or follow them.

2.       Check privacy settings on social media, but emphasize there is no privacy. The more private, the less likely inappropriate material will be received by your child, or sent to their circle of acquaintances. But make sure your child understands that everything sent over the Internet or smartphone is public and can be shared with the entire world, so it is important that they use good judgment in sending messages and pictures and sharing on social media.

3.       Set rules for texting. Only allow texting at specific times – no texting at school, no texting until homework’s done, and no texting after certain hours at night. Tell your child you have the right to monitor the texts that are sent and received.

4.       Research what your carrier offers that can help. For example, Smart Limits allows parents to block unwanted calls and texts from up to 30 numbers, set monthly limits on texts and mobile purchases and restrict texting, data usage and outbound calling during specified times of day.      

5.       Set boundaries. A parent’s responsibility in overseeing technology use is not much different than in other areas of daily Set clear boundaries on appropriate and inappropriate uses of technology. Makes sure these rules and consequences of breaking them are clear. And monitor use to make sure they are following the rules.

Above all, don’t be intimidated. Even if you’re less savvy about technology than your children, you have the tools to make your job simpler in an even more complicated world.

Even though I have a 7 year old, second grader, I can appreciate these tips. My daughter is extremely tech savvy. She has a mini-I-Pad. She uses apps, views  videos on YouTube, and calls friends using Facetime. My husband and I have set privacy settings with passcodes and restrictions on her mini-I-Pad. We make it a point to have her using her devices when we are present. We often check her history and listen/watch the videos she views. We have set this stuff in motion at an early age, so we are not overwhelmed down the road. 

 

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7 Signs Your Child May Have Anorexia

 

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With awkward body changes and constant pressure from the media, being around their peers could stir up fierce competition, especially in girls, says Andrea Szebeni, a registered nutritionist and dietician with the Lighthouse Recovery Institute. For some teens, the stress of going back to school can cause them to battle symptoms of anorexia nervosa, says Szebeni, who helps young women overcome eating disorders.

 

Szebeni provides these seven warning signs that parents should look out for if they suspect anorexia:

 

1. Denial of hunger. Is your child saying she is never hungry at meal times or that she already ate? This obviously may occur sporadically, but if you notice a consistent trend, be aware, Szebeni says.

2. Preoccupation with food, weight, calories and dieting.

3. Refusal to eat certain foods, progressing to restrictions against whole categories of food.

4. Dramatic weight loss.

5. Consistent excuses to avoid mealtimes or situations involving food.

6. Withdrawal from friends and family, especially events where food is involved.

7. Your daughter no longer is menstruating.

 

If a child starts to exhibit any of these anorexia warning signs, it may be time to sit down and have a serious discussion with them or to seek professional help, Szebeni says.

 

About Lighthouse Recovery Institute

Lighthouse Recovery Institute (www.lighthouserecoveryinstitute.com) is a licensed drug, alcohol and eating disorder treatment center in Delray Beach, Fla., specializing in recovery for women. At the Lighthouse Recovery Institute, our mission is to help each client attain peace, happiness and permanent sobriety. With more than 30 years of experience in the treatment of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, eating disorders and trauma, our passionate team of doctors, therapists, and specialists provide nothing but the highest quality of care for every woman who walks through our doors. The center has a staff of 15, including a clinical director, therapists, nutritionist/dietician, yoga instructor and marketing team. Twelve of the staff are in recovery themselves.

Campbell’s Labels for Education Sweepstakes-BONUS Chicken Enchilada Recipe #Labels4Edu #cbias

 

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School is back in session, or right around the corner!  It’s nice to have the routine back in place.  We had the chance to meet our son’s teacher at the school Meet & Greet a few days ago.   The tour got me thinking about how most schools today have to scramble for extra funds, anywhere they can find them, to purchase equipment and supplies for their school.   The Campbell’s Labels for Education program is one way to help out. Did you know that there are over 2,500 products that carry the Labels for Education points? Most are products that you use everyday; Campbell’s Soup, Prego, Pop Secret, Post and BIC – just to name a few.  

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 Simply clip and save the Labels for Education UPC code and turn them in at  your school. We have the neighbor save them for us too.

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The points can add up to big bucks for your school.  You can also track your schools progress on line and view their “wish list”.  

Campbell’s just announced their Campbell’s Sweepstakes where 1,000 schools will win $1,000.  That’s $1,000,000!  That would be so fun to win $1,000 for your child’s school.  You can find all the details about the contest by visiting the Campbell’s Sweepstakes website.

A few days ago we went to Meijer’s to stock up on back-to-school supplies and to pick up some groceries to make Creamy Chicken Enchiladas.  Who knew pot-holders could be so fun ??

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I found the recipe on the Campbell’s Soup website (along with many others).  If you’re looking for some new recipes that are easy and yummy you should stop over.  The recipe I selected was actually a recipe for turkey enchiladas but I switched it up a bit.   It turned out well – with an empty pan for proof.  You can also find some great coupons ($1.00 off when you buy 5 cans of soup) on the Labels for Education Website by clicking here.  

 Here is the recipe I used:

 

 Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

 

 Ingredients

 One 8 ounce container of light sour cream

One can Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup

One 4.5 ounce can of diced green chilis – undrained

8-10 flour tortillas

1 ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided)

2 cups cooked shredded chicken

Optional Toppings – sour cream, tomatoes, avocado, and jalapeno

 

 Instructions

 

Preheat over to 350º.  Spray a 9×13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.  In a medium size bowl mix the sour cream, soup, green chilis, and the chicken until well mixed.

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Place about 3 -4 tablespoons of the mixture down the middle of each tortilla, sprinkle generously with the cheese then  roll-up, and place in the baking pan.

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Cover with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the pan full of tortillas and bake for 5 more minutes.  Garnish with sour cream, avocado, tomato or jalapeno.  You can also reserve some of the filling mixture and spread this over the tortillas before baking for more “saucy” enchilada.

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 Get clipping those UPC Labels for Education for your school and make sure to enter the Sweepstakes!

 

 

 

Reflections on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Detroit 2014

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A few week’s ago, I was asked to participate in the Detroit 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Admittedly, I didn’t know much about this disease but learned so much, not only about Alzheimer’s but also about people of greater Detroit, since then.

Starting a Team

Putting together a team was the most challenging part.  Technically, it was easy to get set up on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s site.  It was a little more difficult to find participants since this walk occurred right towards the end of summer, it conflicted with many of my friend’s travel plans.  Nevertheless, I wrangled in my husband and my brother to walk with me.  They are such good sports, aren’t they?

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Fundraising

After starting a team, the next step is to set your fundraising goals and ask friends, family and colleagues to help support your fundraising efforts.  This is where I started to become surprised.  I was incredibly touched by the support of my friends and family and the personal stories attached.  Some people did donate to support me while others donated in memory of loved ones.  I set a personal goal to raise $200 and easily doubled it through the support of some amazing people.  Some donations came in small increments while others in large.  Every donation, big and small, makes a difference! 

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The Day of the Walk

This is where the most pleasant surprises begin.  On the day of the walk, we entered Ford Field for registration.  The lines went quick and the staff and volunteers were helpful and well organized.  While there were over 2,000 participants there was plenty of space for everyone to visit the displays and participate in the activities available before the walk.

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On Walk day, participants receive a wristband. Each registered walker with a wristband also picks up Promise Garden flower choosing the color that best represents their connection to the disease. 

  • Blue represents someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Purple is for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease.
  • Yellow represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
  • Orange is for everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

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Walking the Walk

I’m not exactly sure who I was expecting to see participate in the walk.  In the end the question was really “Who’s NOT participating?”  This was, by far, the most diverse group I’ve ever seen.  There were no boundaries of race, ethnicity, social class or age which made me stop and consider how Alzheimer’s really does effect everybody.

Have you ever wondered what 2,000 people, joining together for a common cause in the streets of Detroit might look like?  It looks something like this:

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 The walk took us through a scenic 2 mile loop through downtown.  Detroit residents and patrons along the route cheered on the walkers showing their support.  Our route concluded on Ford Field with activities for all ages.

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The walk was well organized and, surprisingly, fun.  When the 2015 walk comes, I’d highly recommend starting or joining a team and experience this amazing event for yourself!

Three Delicious Blueberry Recipes

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We love blueberries!  Each year we drive to the Holland area in southwest Michigan and pick tons of blueberries. 

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Most of them go in the freezer to eat through out the year.  But we have a few favorite recipes that we always make with some of the berries.  Give it a try – the shake is super easy, everyone loves the buckle and the blueberry peach trifle is a little more on the fancy side, all three are delicious.

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Blueberry Peach Trifle

Ingredients

2 cups of fresh blueberries

3 peaches – sliced or diced

1 purchased pound cake

1 package of softened cream cheese

3 packages of the 3.3 ounce size of instant white chocolate pudding mix

2 ½ cups milk – either skim or 2% ** Note – if the mixture is too stiff just add more milk until you get the consistency you want.

Blueberry Triffle Ingredients

Directions:

Peel and slice the peaches and sit aside with the cleaned blueberries.  Cut the pound cake into bite size squares and set aside.  To prepare the pudding mixture combine the cream cheese, pudding mix and milk in large mixing bowl (think splatters) and use your hand-mixer to beat until it is smooth and lump free.

Then begin by layer the 4 items (pudding mix, pound cake, peaches, blueberries – keep the pudding and cake next to each other so the cake softens.  Store covered in the refrigerator.

 

Delicious Blueberry Shake

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 Ingredients:

1 cups frozen or fresh blueberries

1 ½ cup vanilla bean ice cream

¼ cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

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 Directions

Whirl all the ingredients together in the blender until well mixed.  I do not add any sugar to this recipe but you can if you prefer.    This should make enough for two small shakes or one big one! Top with whip cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

 

Blueberry Buckle

Ingredients

(Coffee Cake)

¾ cup of sugar

¼ cup butter

2 cups of flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

½ teaspoon of salt

1 egg

½ cup milk

2 cups fresh blueberries

 (Crumb Topping)

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup flour

¼ cup butter – softened

Directions:

Cream the butter and sugar together. Mix the flour, salt and baking powder together and then slowly add to the sugar/butter mixture along with the egg and milk. The batter is kind of stiff. Once it is well mix fold the fresh blueberries into the batter.  I have made this with frozen blueberries but it takes longer to bakes and doesn’t turn out so well.

Put batter into an 8 or 9 inch greased baking pan. 

Combine the crumb topping ingredients, using a fork work the ingredients until they are well mixed but crumbly. Sprinkle on top of the batter.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes.  Use a toothpick to test for doneness.

 

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LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is coming to Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and PC this fall.

Check out the trailer! 

The new trailer for LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham reveals Brainiac’s diabolical plan to shrink the Earth and take control of his enemies using the power of the Lantern Rings. Now, the super heroes of the DC Comics universe must join forces with the Legion of Doom on a journey across the Lantern Worlds to stop the nefarious evildoer from adding Earth to his twisted collection.

 

Back to School Essentials

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Fall is creeping up on us fast! Fall is great for pumpkins, apple cider, and starting school. Every kid dreads going back to school, no matter what the age. One thing that will help them feel better about it though, is being prepared. Here’s a general list of school supplies you should get no matter what the age or grade.

 

  1. Pencils & Pens – Get a lot of them! Everyone goes through pencils and pens. It’s always great to carry extras and have some back-ups at home because we all know they get lost or run out of lead/ink.
  2. Calculator – At some point or another every kid in school has to use math. Depending on the classes your kid is taking they might need a more high-tech one, but any calculator will help nonetheless.
  3. Notebooks – This is also something you’re going to want to stock up on. Paper is probably used more than any other school supply. My suggestion to you is to find the cheapest ones and get every color they have!
  4. Folders  – These are essential for organization. Whether your kid is in kindergarten or 11th grade, finding homework later that night will be a lot easier if it’s not just shoved in a backpack!
  5. Index Cards – Great to use for studying! If your child is younger you can make fun flashcards with shapes, colors, or basic math. If your child is older they can use them for vocabulary flash cards.
  6. Book Bag – Book bags are always the best to shop for because kids can pick out their own style. It’s not essential to get one every year, but they are important to have. They need to carry all their school supplies in something!

 

Make sure you add these to your list when going back-to-school shopping. They’ll prepare you and your kids for the first day of school.

 

Regal Pediatrics

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2502 S. Rochester Rd

Rochester Hills, MI 48307

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14 Reasons to Get Your Body Moving and Keep Your Mind Active

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Exercise is the key to a healthy body and mind, but that doesn’t mean you need to turn into a gym rat.   Thirty minutes of exercise, 3 days a week, is enough to see improvement. Activities such as brisk walking for 30 minutes or three 10-minute laps around the block between meetings are just enough to get your blood pumping and help clear your mind.   Other benefits of exercise include, but are not limited to:  

  • Increases blood circulation
  • Reduces, prevents and treats anxiety and depression
  • Improves self esteem
  • Helps you have a better night of sleep
  • Increase interest in sex
  • Better endurance
  • Relieves stress
  • Increases energy levels
  • Helps you to be more alert
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness
  • Prompts new neural connections and protects against brain-cell loss
  • Possibly prevents Alzheimer’s

  I want to live a long healthy life so I can see my children raise their children and see their children get married and start their families.  The only thing I can do is keep exercising my body and my brain.   Join the Detroit Mommies in our fight against Alzheimer’s by donating to the ALZ and supporting us when we walk on Saturday, August 23 or come out and walk your self.  digital_728x90 I got all of these tips and ideas from the following articles: Exercise for Mental Health  The Exercise Effect Expert Offers Insight on Alzheimer’s Causes, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment Protect Your Brain as you Age Exercise may protect against brain-cell loss AFA Statement on ‘Prevention’ Findings  

52 Easy Fundraising Ideas

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  1. Adult Spelling Bee – Take it back to elementary school! Each participant should be sponsored and/or raise funds for their entry fee. In-between rounds, share facts about Alzheimer’s disease.
  2. Auctions – Ask for donations from local businesses and set up a live or silent auction. Auctions can be held at work, during a party or even a family reunion! Get creative – auction off the boss as your personal assistant for the day, auction off that close parking spot, auction off your centerpieces. Ask everyone to bring their favorite bottle of wine and auction them all off!
  3. Birthday Party – Instead of gifts, hold a purple themed birthday party and ask for donations for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
  4. Book Sale – Ask your team to bring in all their gently used books and reach out to local publishing houses, bookstores and libraries to donate overstocked books. Spread the word, set up a table (at a mall or in a lobby) and sell! Include a thank you bookmark with a photo of your team at last year’s Walk and include a link to your personal fundraising webpage.
  5. Change Jar – Each team member takes a jar and the first person to fill it up gets a prize. Start off with small jars and increase in size each round. Prizes get better each round.
  6. Cook off – Who makes the tastiest chili in your office? Which team member bakes the best cupcakes? Tasting judges are charged for each voting ballot. Whoever gets the most votes is crowned “Master Chef.”
  7. Dating Game – Get bachelors and bachelorettes involved with this one. The contestants are unseen and must pick their date based on the individual’s responses to questions composed by audience members. Charge admittance to this event.
  8. Dance Off – Which classmate or officemate has the best moves? Hold a dance off to find out! Each dancer pays an entry fee as well as judges. Each round has a surprise theme (disco, break dance, ballet, moonwalk, river dance, robot).
  9. Envelope at a Restaurant – Ask local restaurants to allow you to place envelopes and asking for donations at each table. Waiters will check for funds after every sitting. Also, ask if you can put up purple balloons, table tents and posters around the restaurant – include lots of photos!
  10. Errand Service – Who has time to run errands? Spend the day running errands for a fee.
  11. Face Painting – Set up a booth at a park or in conjunction with another event.
  12. Fashion Show – Put a spin on the old fashion show! Have local college students design the clothes, hold a pet fashion show, a Halloween costume show or an accessories fashion show. Be creative, charge an admission fee and include stories from those touched by Alzheimer’s disease.
  13. Game Night – Host a party and have every team members bring their favorite game. $10 to get in the door! Or hold a card tournament with a $20 entry fee – half goes to the winner and half goes to your Walk to End Alzheimer’s team. Don’t forget to set up a concessions stand for some extra fundraising.
  14. Garage Sale – Team members band together by donating items for one huge garage sale. Advertise the sale wherever you can and make sure everyone knows where their donations are going!
  15. Haunted House – Decorate a house, school, field, or forest and charge admission. Set up a couple games (bob for apples, witch hat ring toss) and organize a hayrack ride.
  16. Hot Dog Eating Contest – Substitute any food you’d like and get it donated. Instead of an entry fee, have the audience members place bets on who will win.
  17. Ice cream social – Host an office get-together by selling packaged ice cream or making sundaes. Don’t forget the toppings!
  18. Igloo Contest – Perfect for winter! Participants make snow igloos. The best one wins a prize. Igloos too difficult? How about a snowman competition?
  19. Jail-and-Bail – Kidnap a boss, principal, owner of a restaurant, and ship them off to jail. They can post their own bail or solicit bail from friends, family, and employees.
  20. Jeans Day – Have coworkers donate $5 to wear jeans for the day. Spice it up – Hat Day, Team Spirit Day, Purple Day, etc.
  21. Karaoke Night – Hold this event at a popular neighborhood spot and charge entrance OR rent a karaoke machine and hold a tournament at your house. Voting is done in dollars!
  22. Kiss the Pig – Put a photo of all the teachers or popular employees on an individual jar. Those who have the most money in their jar must kiss the animal (or a team mascot, dog, etc.)
  23. Lemonade Stand – It’s classic and effective. Let the kids help out and make the lemonade with a twist – add fresh fruit, serve as a slushy, or add an adult beverage.
  24. Lunch with the CEO/Celebrity – Auction off a special lunch with the CEO of your company or a local celebrity.
  25. Matching Gifts – Many companies already have a matching gift program. Ask your company to match what you raise. This is a simple way to double your funds!
  26. Movie Night – Host a movie night in at a local park, civic center, school auditorium, library, or a team member’s house. Sell popcorn, homemade treats, drinks, and candy.
  27. New Year’s Eve Party – Bring in the New Year with donations to your Walk to End Alzheimer’s team! Make this party one not to miss with a unique theme, raffles, and prizes.
  28. Network – Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social networking sites? Use it to let your friends and family across the country know about your fundraising efforts for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Post updates on your goal and your progress. Include links to your Walk webpage.
  29. Office Olympics – Have a fun day at work. Hold events like typing competitions, swivel chair races, staple pull contests, stress ball toss, water cooler drinking game, etc. Ask all athletes to pay an entry fee.
  30. Ornament Sale – Create holiday ornaments with your team and sell them.
  31. Pancake Breakfast – This is a perfect event to host before work or worship service. Create a mouthwatering hot breakfast menu with coffee and juice. Charge $10 a plate!
  32. Play-Off – Choose your favorite sport and put departments, grades, genders, or teachers vs. students against each other. Invite the rest of the school or company to watch and cheer. Sell tickets or charge an admission at the door.
  33. Questions-for-$1 – Set up a jar and charge one dollar (or any donation) per question you answer. Ask your boss to set one in their office too!
  34. Quiz Bowl – Hold a trivia night at a local establishment. See if the restaurant will donate a gift card to the winner and a portion of the night’s proceeds to your Walk to End Alzheimer’s team.
  35. Raffles – Raffle off prizes or split the pot with the popular 50/50 option.
  36. Rapping Contest – Showcase talent or make a fool of yourselves for fun (and charity)!
  37. Services – Team members offer a service that they perform and donate proceeds. Examples: salon/spa, photography, financial consultation, babysitting, golf lessons, landscaping, odd jobs. These services could also be used as prizes for another fundraiser.
  38. Spot the Baby Competition – Have everyone bring in a photo of when they were a baby. Have co-workers, friends, or family see who can name the most. Charge $5 for each entry.
  39. Theater Night – Ask your local theater to put on a special performance in honor of increasing Alzheimer’s awareness. A portion of the revenue from tickets sold goes to fundraising. Invite everyone you know.
  40. Tug of War – Which department or class is the strongest? Hold a tug of war tournament to find out. Teams pay an entry fee and are encouraged to create names, t-shirts and cheers. Afterwards, hold a pot luck!
  41. Ugly Sweater Contest – Get a group involved and have the audience vote by using dollars ($1 = 1 vote). Split the pot with the winner.
  42. Unwanted Gifts Sale – Get your coworkers, friends, and family to donate the unwanted Christmas gifts they received. Set up a bazaar and sell them off.
  43. Vacation Day – Ask your employer if they can offer a paid vacation day as a prize for your fundraiser.
  44. VIP Parking – Raffle off that coveted parking spot for a year!
  45. Weed – Offer to weed gardens or pull dandelions from the lawns of friends and neighbors for a donation to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
  46. Wine-tasting Party – Get the wine, cheese and chocolate donated or pull from your team members’ stashes! Invite all your friends to come and charge admission.
  47. X-mas Party – Dedicate your yearly Christmas Party to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Ask your family, friends, and coworkers for donations instead of presents. Attach pledges in honor of loved one struggling with the disease and/or their caretakers on the branches of the Christmas tree.
  48. X Marks the Spot Treasure Hunt – Sniffing out the clues, teams compete against each other to discover the donated “hidden treasure.”
  49. Yacht Race – Organize a paddle boat race, charge a competition fee and offer prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
  50. Yoga Lunch – Get your coworkers to “ummmm” away work stress in a yoga session during the lunch hour. Find a yoga instructor who will donate half or all the proceeds back to your Walk to End Alzheimer’s team. Afterwards, provide workout treats and ask for donations. Not into yoga? How about Zumba?
  51. Zany Day – Get people to pay to dress in the craziest outfits they can come up with.
  52. Zzzzzzs – Pay a fee to catch some extras Zs and come in late to work one Friday.

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The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Metro-Detroit residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Ford Field will be the site of Walk on August 23 with registration starting at 11a.m., the opening ceremony starting at 12p.m. and the walk starting immediately after.

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY For Adventure Park in West Bloomfield

 

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Our cousins from Germany came to visit us for 3 weeks during the summer. We needed something entertaining, unique, and different for them to do as a family with us. Our ages range from 7 to 50. After searching around I found something none of us had ever seen or done before….ZIP LINING at Adventure Park in West Bloomfield.

Adventure Park features 5+ acres of 10 fun-filled ropes courses and zip lines high in the trees! 

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  • Fun in the great outdoors — There’s nothing like a day at The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield! Located in the trees adjacent to the JCC you will find our amazing “aerial forest park.” This is THE Michigan Adventure Park to experience “adventure in the trees” on your own or with friends, family and parties. Ages five to adult.
  • Look up — You’ll see a series of platforms in the trees connected by cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges. Each bridge presents a different challenge of how to get to the next platform. A series of bridges form “aerial trails” throughout the forest.
  • Relax — You don’t have to be a circus acrobat or Tarzan! Choose from ten different color-coded trails, from “beginner” (easier and lower to the ground) to intermediate, to advanced (the most challenging).
  • Climb with Confidence — You will receive a complete safety orientation before your climb. Our double-connected, “always-locked-on” climbing system helps keep your climbing harness securely attached to the safety line at all times. The trails are intentionally designed for your self-discovery, making lessons unnecessary. Our Park Guides are available to assist throughout your visit. 

Each and everyone of us had an amazing, memorable time! My daughter, who is 7 surprised us! As I was listening to the orientation, I was nervous, thinking she would never understand these concepts. I was completely wrong! She understood and basically was free to go off on her own, NO we did not let her! However, she felt great about herself because she was able to do it on her own! There are some important things I think you should be aware of before planning an outing with your family or friends.   

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  • I would strongly suggest adults being prepared to be patient with their children. The kids will catch on, but sometimes they forget or get confused. I can tell you, we did call staff 1 time, and they were VERY helpful and patient with our daughter. I greatly appreciated that. 
  • Make reservations! 
  • Wear clothing & shoes  that is comfortable and appropriate for the weather. Capri/work out pants are strongly suggested for ladies & children. The harnesses are wrapped securely around you & you don’t want to be uncomfortable. 
  • Do not bring bags or cameras if you are participating. There is no way to carry it all and climb/zip.  I was lucky enough that AT&T  provided me with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to use to capture these fabulous moments. The phone not only snapped the pictures, but filmed the videos too.  It was thin enough to be hidden while climbing and zipping, but strong enough to not fail me to show off these moments! I am so thankful to AT&T for allowing me to utilize their reliable technology! MORESAMSUNGPHONEPICSVIDEO 074FIX (500x281)

Facts about Adventure Park:

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Outdoor fun in nature’s beauty
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For kids, teens and adults—ages five and up
  • Great for group events
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Challenge at your pace and level
  • Environmentally friendly – No motors, No electricity
  • Builds self-confidence
  • 
“Feel-good exercise”
  • Surprise yourself at what you can do
  • Tree-friendly—Designed to keep trees and forest healthy
  • Family/friends togetherness
  • Many trails keep it fresh for return visits

 

Now, for the awesome news! Detroit Mommy Bloggers is giving away 4 FREE tickets to try out Adventure Park –  which is  up to $176 value to one lucky winner.

To Enter: Please leave a comment below describing something you did well, that you thought you couldn’t do at all! The giveaway starts today Thursday, August 14, 2014 and will end Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 9pm est. 

Winner will be contacting by email!!

 

GOOD LUCK!

 

THE WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN FROM RANDOM.ORG!

Out of 19 total entries, lucky #13 was chosen! 

John who said, ” Biggest fear was jumping off high platform. Took a while to get the courage, but eventually conquered the fear.”

CONGRATS and PLEASE remember to tell us all about your adventures in the trees! 

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Disclosure: I received tickets to Adventure Park as an incentive to share this with Detroit Mommies readers.