I have some fantastic news about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus…..


·         iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for pre-order starting 9/12 and launching on 9/19.

·         Pricing (Device prices with a new 2-year agreement):

o    iPhone 6 (Gold, Silver, Space Gray colors):

§  $199.99 (16 GB)

§  $299.99 (64 GB)

§  $399.99 (128 GB)

o    iPhone 6 Plus (Gold, Silver, Space Gray colors):

§  $299.99 (16 GB)

§  $399.99 (64 GB)

§  $499.99 (128 GB)

·         Cases will be available starting on 9/12 in multiple colors and designs for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

 Trade-In Promotion

For a limited time, VZW will offer a $200 trade-in gift card for customers that trade-in their iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c and a $300 trade-in gift card for iPhone 5s from any carrier with the purchase a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

 iPhone 5C & 5S Price Reduction

On 9/9 at 5PM EST, Verizon Wireless reduced the prices on the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. The following table shows the pricing of iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s devices after the price reduction:


2-Year Price

Full Retail Price

Edge Monthly Payment

iPhone 5C 16GB (all colors)




iPhone 5C 32GB (all colors)




iPhone 5S 16GB (all colors)




iPhone 5S 32GB (all colors)




iPhone 5S 64GB (all colors)





DIY “Boo” Blocks

DIY Boo Blocks


I’m excited to report that I have already started to decorate for fall because I can’t wait for it to arrive already!  I can’t wait for the pretty fall leaves, boots, sweaters, crisp evening chill and soup to warm the bones.

I’ve had this “thing” for letters lately and will have a few more DIY posts coming soon that go further into my letter obsession. To  kick things off I started with these “BOO” blocks.  I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out!



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  1. Wood Blocks (2x6x6)
  2. Scrapbook Paper
  3. Black Stamp Ink
  4. Medium Grade Sandpaper
  5. Mod Podge
  6. Foam Spouncer
  7. Stencil
  8. Black Flat Spray Paint
  9. White Acrylic Paint
  1. Take your 2x6x6 wood blocks outside (because this can get messy) and sand all their rough edges.
  2. Once you are done sanding make sure all of the dust is removed and then spray paint the blocks black.
  3. Make sure to let the blocks dry between coats and that all of the wood is evenly covered.
  4. Once the black paint dries, spread a thin coat of Mod Podge on each piece of wood and attach the scrapbook paper.
  5. Let that dry for a few hours.
  6. Next, take the black ink and use the foam spouncer to rub the ink around the edges of the scrapbook paper.
  7. Let the ink dry overnight.
  8. Time to paint on the letters!
  9. Position the stencil in the center of the scrapbook paper and, using the foam spouncer, apply the white paint. Let the paint dry 1-2 hours.
  10. Finally, apply another thin coat of Mod Podge over the top of the painted scrapbook paper to give it a final seal.
  1. Great tip: I used fairly thin scrapbook paper and when I applied the Mod Podge it bubbled, but then the bubbles went away when it dried. To avoid bubbles altogether, use thicker scrapbook paper or fabric.
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Oprah The Life You Want Weekend: Ticket Giveaway


Oprah Winfrey’s “The Life You Want Weekend”  is coming to Detroit this Friday & Saturday! That’s right, Ms. Winfrey is heading to the Motor City for a 2-day event that is sure to empower and inspire you to be your best self and create the life you want! The show kicked off in Atlanta last weekend, afterward Oprah said on her facebook page “Thank you, Atlanta. My heart is full. Motor City, we’re on our way. #LifeYouWantDET“. And guess what Detroit? We’ve got two tickets to this life-changing event to giveaway to one lucky Detroit Mommie (or Daddy)!!

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Read on for more about this powerful event and enter our giveaway for your chance to win tickets to Oprah’s “The Life You Want Weekend”!

“All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to live it.”

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Oprah’s ‘The Life You Want Weekend’ at the Palace of Auburn Hills

  • Friday, September 12, 2014
    Doors Open – 5:30 PM
    Event – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
    Doors Open – 8:00 AM
    Event – 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Friday, Oprah takes the stage in a profound, moving and intimate one-woman show. She brings her story and vision to life, creating a transformative journey for every person in the audience.

Saturday, Oprah unleashes that energy, leading a day-long gathering of thousands, with hand-picked thought leaders and pop culture icons including Iyanla Vanzant, star of OWN’s hit series Iyanla Fix My Life, regular O Magazine contributor, best-selling author and spiritual life coach; best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert; and one of Time 100’s Most Influential people, Pastor Rob Bell. Additionally, world-renowned author and pioneer in mind-body medicine Deepak Chopra will take the stage in select cities. Each of these “life trailblazers” brings a unique power to connect, dig deep and open hearts and minds. From teaching to conversation to one-on-one connection, to music, laughter and breathtaking moments, this will be an unforgettable life experience.

Co-sponsoring the event are Toyota and Olay. Toyota’s Standing O-Vation will spotlight extraordinary people in communities around the country and celebrate remarkable women who are pushing the envelope, beating the odds, and inspiring others to live a bold life. Olay’s Best Beautiful invites us to share our best, beautiful moments. Post, instagram, and tweet using hashtag #OlayxLifeYouWant photos of the moments you feel beautiful being the BEST YOU!

Detroit Mommies is thrilled to be able to provide one lucky winner with two (2) tickets to this incredible event (a $600 value!!). This is going to be a quick, two-day giveaway so don’t dally, enter now for your chance at a weekend with Oprah!

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Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend Comes to the Palace this Weekend



Oprah Winfrey’s “The Life You Want Weekend” will be coming to the Palace of Auburn Hills September 12 & 13, 2014.  I’m super excited to be attending and hope to see you there! With one daughter in college and another one graduating high school soon, the timing of this tour couldn’t be more perfect since I’m finding myself at a crossroads in life.  I’m ready to define my dream and make a plan to achieve it.  What about you?

“All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to live it.”

The tour stop will span two days. On Friday night, Oprah will take the stage, bringing her personal story and insights to life in a one of a kind intimate evening. Then on Saturday, Oprah will lead a day-long gathering of thousands with handpicked thought leaders and pop culture icons including Iyanla Vanzant, star of OWN’s hit series Iyanla Fix My Life, regular O Magazine contributor, best-selling author and spiritual life coach; best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert; and one of Time 100’s Most Influential people, Pastor Rob Bell. Additionally, world-renowned author and pioneer in mind-body medicine Deepak Chopra will take the stage in select cities.

It’s not too late to get your tickets.  Just go to  Packages start at just $99 for the Friday night & all-day Saturday sessions.

What’s your dream?  I hope to see you there!

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49th Art and Apples Festival and Spotlights Market Starts Today in Rochester

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Today, September 5th, 2014 marks the beginning of the Art and Apples Festival in Rochester.  The Spotlights Market also opens this weekend –  located at 4th street and Walnut in downtown Rochester.  The Art and Apples Festival is held in the beautiful Rochester Municipal Park, which by the way has undergone some improvements in the last year.  Check out the new Performance Pavilion.

arts and apples 2014 pavilion

The hours for the festival are:

Friday – September 5th 4:00 pm until 7:00 p.m.

Saturday – September 6th 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Sunday – September 7th 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

arts and apples 2014 check-in

This year there will be over 290 artists, many of which will be new to the show.  There will also be plenty of arts and crafts for the kids and a rock climbing wall.  The Kids Art Zone will be sponsored by Meijer this year. Delicious apple pies can also be purchased, along with other delicious food!  For more information please visit the official Art and Apples website .


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The Spotlight Market will be going on at the same time in downtown Rochester.  This is a juried fine arts and gift show featuring 125 exhibitors.  The hours are pretty much the same except the start times for Saturday and Sunday are 10:00 a.m.

I took a walk through the park this morning and many tents/booths were already set up, with more in the process of being set-up.  The weather might be a little unfavorable tonight, but Saturday and Sunday look great.

Art and Apples 2014 Tents

 I have my eye on an apple pie this year!

Arts and Apples Pie 2014




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



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 ( 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



 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




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



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?




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! 


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.



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.


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:


 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.


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. 

Blueberries by the wagon full!

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


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


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

Blueberry Shake - so creamy!


1 cups frozen or fresh blueberries

1 ½ cup vanilla bean ice cream

¼ cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Blueberry Shake - Yum!


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


(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


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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