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Beat the cabin fever from all this snow and see Monster Jam this weekend with this great NEW offer: 

Tickets are $15 with code ‘MJ15’

Not valid on Front Row or Gold Circle

Code expires on Friday, Jan.10

Additional Fees may apply


Hurry, get your tickets! You know the kids will love it! How about a fun coloring sheet on this cold day!?

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AT&T U-verse Santa Tracker

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With Christmas ONLY 1 week away, my 6 year old daughter is literally going crazy! All she talks about is Santa, her Elf on the Shelf – Noddy, and what she wants or who she is buying gifts for! We have many traditions in our home. Noddy, our Elf comes on Thanksgiving to report to Santa daily. We always receive new jammies on Christmas Eve so, Santa sees us all neat & clean with our new jammies on. Another tradition is watching the AT&T U-verse Santa Tracker app! The AT&T U-verse Santa Tracker App allows families to play holiday games, listen to holiday songs on “Rudolph Radio,” and track Santa’s sleigh as he travels the globe. Available on channel 98 in English and Spanish NOW. My 6 year old has been tuned in since she was 3 years old! It is so much fun to see the look on her face, at midnight, on Christmas Eve night, when the tv announces that Santa has arrived in Detroit! She freaks out in excitement, then falls asleep! 

PLEASE  watch the video below to learn more about THE SANTA TRACKER APP!!


I would highly recommend tuning in with your children of ALL ages. There are numerous activities you can participate in. On Christmas Eve, each hour, a live news report comes on. The reporters show on the map where Santa is, what is he doing, and where he will be next. I find this so fascinating, not to mention educational. The only issue my daughter and I both have is that we can not record it! Seems funny, but it is so exciting to hear your area announced!

To see my daughter’s short, but sweet interview pertaining to the Santa Tracker, please watch this video!


As a side note, I wanted to mention a few other great channels that AT&T U-verse has. 

•    Karaoke TV App – With the Karaoke TV App on channel 96, you can choose your favorite holiday song. 
•    Yule Log – Set the perfect holiday mood at home with the U-verse Yule Log. Available on SD (channel 400) and on the HD Showcase Channel (channel 1400).

I must admit, we have lots of fun with the Karaoke TV app and found the Yule Log very relaxing. My daughter, who has tons of energy was like, ‘Mommy, what are we watching??? I want to sing and see Santa!!!” KIDS!! 

We have been AT&T U-verse subscribers since 2008. We have been very pleased! So, pleased that my parents have switched their cable provider too. Not to mention, our cell phone service and wireless is through AT&T. That Santa Tracker just gives us 1 more reason why we choose to stick with them! I hope you take the time to watch! You won’t be sorry! Hope you all end up on the good list, NOT the naughty one! Merry Christmas!



Discount + Giveaway to Monster Jam 2014


That’s right, it’s almost time for Monster Jam®, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks!

The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will be back at Ford Field this coming January 11, 2014 to bring you to your feet as they race and rip up a custom-designed track full of obstacles they’ll soar over or smash through!  Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. 

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Detroit Mommies is pleased to offer our readers not only an exclusive discount on tickets, but a chance to win 4 tickets to Monster Jam! 

EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS: Save $5 on tickets to select performances with code ‘MOM5′. Valid on the $25 and $20 price levels only. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Discount NOT valid on Pit Passes. Must purchase via or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Limit 8 tickets per order.

PARTY IN THE PITS: Show up early to Ford Field and party with the drivers and monster trucks from 2-5 PM. Meet the drivers, get autographs! Pit Party tickets are $10 each and can be purchased along with your show tickets on or on the day of the event at the Ford Field Box Office.

Follow Monster Jam on Facebook and Monster Jam on Twitter for more fun and updates on the show!

Enter for your chance to win a fun-filled night of rip-roarin’ fun! Don’t forget the ear plugs! 

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Holiday Ice Cream Cake Line-Up. **Giveaway** Baskin Robbins Gift Card

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Yes it may be cold outside, but that doesn’t stop us from loving ice cream in the winter time. These adorable ice cream cakes from Baskin Robbins would be a great way to make your holiday celebration extra special! The cakes serve 6-8 people and retail from $26.99 to $29.99. There is also an individual size snowman treat.

The cakes are customizable – you select the flavor of ice cream. December’s flavor of the month is Peppermint Bark in the Dark. 

Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops announced the launch of online cake ordering for guests in the Detroit area, making it even easier to customize and order the brand’s delicious ice cream cakes. Guests can now visit to browse through Baskin-Robbins’ gallery of creative and eye-catching ice cream cakes, perfect for any party or celebration, and can create their own customizable cake by choosing their favorite ice cream and cake flavor combination. 


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Baskin Robbins Elf Ice Cream Cake

You can find more information on the Baskin Robbins Website or follow Baskin Robbins on Facebook

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Rochester’s Hometown Christmas Parade

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If you’re looking for something to get you in the mood for Christmas, this is the ticket.    This years parade is scheduled for Sunday, December 8, 2013.  The start time is 2:00.  Hopefully there will be good weather this year.  Make sure you stay till the end of the parade to catch Santa and Mrs. Claus!

The parade starts at the north end (starts at Tienken) of town and goes down Main Street.   Also remember to arrive early as most of the surrounding streets are closed to traffic. 

 For up to the minute details follow along on facebook:


Fun Local Events of the Season – 2013

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It’s that time of year where there are many fun festive events going on around the area.  Here is a list of a few of our favorites:


Light the Village – 12th annual tree lighting ceremony at the Village of Rochester Hills – November 22nd!  That’s tomorrow!!  The festivities begin at 5:30.  More information can be found on their website:



Big Bright Lights – Downtown Rochester lit up to the maximum beginning December 2nd and runs through January 5,2014. You can also plan on attending Lagniappe on the evening of December 2nd – the lights of 2013 make their debut around 7:00 pm.  For more information please visit:

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38th Annual Potters Market  -  The event is held at 876 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights, MI  48067. This location is off 13 Mile Road between John R and Stephenson Highway. Shop this huge pottery sale for one of a kind gifts or holiday pottery items.  Admission is free!  The sale dates are Friday December 6 (10:00 am until 8:00 pm), Saturday December 7th (10:00 am until 6:00 pm) and Sunday December 8th (10:00 am until 5:00 pm).  No Strollers. For more information please visit:



Santa Visit and the Old Fashioned Christmas at Van Hoosen Farms in Rochester Hills.  Santa is scheduled to visit on December 7th and tickets are priced between $4- $7 dollars. The Old Fashioned Christmas event is scheduled for December 21, 2013 – ticket prices vary ($4 to $10).  To purchase tickets please visit:


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Hometown Christmas Parade – Sunday December 8, 2013, 1:45 pm.  Come out and line the streets of downtown Rochester.  For up to the minute details follow along on facebook:



The Incredible Nutcracker presented by 2nd Street Studio of Dance on December 14th at 7:00 pm.  This event is being held at Stoney Creek High School.  Tickets run from $10-$12.  For more information email



The Historic Boston Edison Holiday Home Tour – one of my all time favorite events!  This years date is December 15th.  Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased in advance (they sell-out).  Come out and enjoy five fabulous homes in the historic Boston Edison District of Detroit all decked out for the holidays!



Story Time with Santa and his Live Reindeer at the Nature Center at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester.   The event is scheduled for December 15, 2013 and reservations are limited and required. Forms can be found on the website: or at the Nature Center Office (located at 333 North Hill Circle). The cost is $7 per child.





It’s Official! Star Wars Episode VII to Open

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Star Wars: Episode VII to Open December 18, 2015 

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolJack RyanStar Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (TintinWar of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios. All Star Wars, all the time.

LEGO® Annouces KidsFest Tour Locations for 2014

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Lego KidsFest is returning to Michigan!

Covering more than three acres of space, the traveling giant LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in an activity- and entertainment-packed event for all ages and builders of all skills. 


Five sessions – all identical and 4 ½ hours in length – are held at each tour stop. You can find more information about the LEGO KidsFest Tour or purchase Tickets  at   


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WOW! Is literally all I can say! Just when I think, Disney on Ice can’t get any better – IT DOES! On October 18, 2013, our family was lucky enough to attend the show with our Daisy troop! Not only were we there for some family fun, BUT it happened to be Scout Night at the Palace. All the girls, received a commemorative patch and memories worth a lifetime. It was adorable to see how excited these 6 year old were. The show covered so many memories, it made me want to go back to Disney! I LOVE in the picture above just watching how in awe these little girls are watching all of the princesses, characters, and effects!!!

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We saw Mickey and the gang, Finding Nemo, Mulan, small stories about ALL the princesses, Pinocchio, It’s A Small World, The Lion King – and more! It went by so quickly, I didn’t want it to end! Each parent came to me and specifically thanked me for planning this trip for our troop! I was so happy, because the adults enjoyed it too! I would highly recommend attended this show if it comes back to Detroit, or near! We even got to see Jiminy Cricket!!! LOVE HIM!

IMG_1411fix (800x466)I would honestly like to thank Feld Entertainment for hosting such an amazing show and the Palace for creating these fun events for Scouts to attend! One more thing, just a side note – can we please figure out a better container to keep the $12.00 snow cones in??!!! Of the 17 girls from our troop that attended, at least 6 or 7 spilled it, my daughter included.

Furthermore, $12.00 for a snow cone? I love Disney, but I do not love snow cones THAT much!!! I wish they could decrease some of those prices a bit…. but to see the smiles on these adorable faces during the show, rainbow – from the snow cones, makes it all worth it in the end!!!! 


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Nestlé COFFEE-MATE® Introduces Girl Scout Pick for New Ad

NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE® Introduces Star of New Commercial
Local Wisconsin Girl Scout Lands Dream Role
GLENDALE, CA (October 14, 2013) – In celebration of NESTLÉ’S special edition COFFEE-MATE® Girl Scouts® creamers, the brand conducted a nationwide “Scout the Girl Scout” casting call to find an authentic Girl Scout to be featured in its commercial.  Today, it announced that 10-year-old Abby, a Girl Scout Junior in troop number 53022 from Girl Scouts of Wisconsin and Minnesota River Valleys, will star in a nationwide television spot for the new Girl Scout Cookie™-inspired Thin Mints® and Caramel and Coconut flavored creamers, which will debut today on networks such as NBC, ABC and CBS. 
“We were thrilled with the response to our casting call and were so impressed by all of the submissions,” said Gabe Chua, COFFEE-MATE Marketing Manager.  “Abby won us over with her genuine spirit and talent because she truly personifies the values of the Girl Scouts organization.”
Abby was selected by a judging panel from among more than 600 online and in-person auditions, which then led to call-backs for subsequent rounds of auditions.  From those call-backs, the submissions were narrowed down until the judging panel landed on Abby as the star of the new COFFEE-MATE Girl Scouts commercial.
For Abby, being involved with the Girl Scouts organization is a family affair with her mother serving as her troop leader and her father as treasurer of the service unit.  When the opportunity to combine her love of acting and involvement in the organization came about, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to submit a video.  Abby has been actively involved in Girl Scouts since kindergarten and has completed several Girl Scout Journeys.  This year, her troop is pursuing the Bronze Award by raising awareness of pet homelessness and supporting the establishment of a local shelter through a pet food drive. 
After learning she landed the role and finishing her fifth grade homework, this small-town Girl Scout from River Falls, WI, was whisked away to the entertainment capital of the world.  While Abby has previously graced the stage at her local community theater, this was her first time seeing the Hollywood lights and starring in a mainstream commercial.
Donning a Girl Scout Junior uniform, Abby recently wrapped the new COFFEE-MATE commercial where she questions what an office worker did to deserve COFFEE-MATE Girl Scout Thin Mints flavored creamer, given that it is “one of the most delicious Girl Scout Cookie flavors ever.” 
In the short-term, Abby hopes to continue acting, although her career aspiration is to be a member of Congress. To view the newly released commercial and behind-the-scenes footage of Abby’s journey, please visit
About COFFEE-MATE Girl Scout Flavors
NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE® was the first non-dairy creamer to transform an ordinary cup of coffee into a rich, creamy everyday delight.  COFFEE-MATE was introduced as the world’s first powdered creamer in 1961, and soon established its position as America’s most popular choice.  Now two of the most popular Girl Scout Cookie™ flavor profiles are the latest
additions to the growing COFFEE-MATE line.  The new COFFEE-MATE Thin Mints® and Caramel & Coconut flavors (SRP $2.69/16oz bottle) can be found in the dairy aisle of your local grocer nationwide and for a limited time.  For more information please visit and
About Girl Scouts of the USA Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide.  Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development,
and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories.  Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries.  For more information on how
to join, volunteer or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-GSUSA-4-U (800-478-7248) or visit us at or on Twitter at @girlscouts.  For more information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, visit