Don’t Let Work Get in the Way of Summer!


Summer

The summer has arrived and this year, I have no intention of spending it how I usually do…working. (says the “Recovering Workaholic”). Like most working Moms, the only way I know that it’s summer is the increased cost of the grocery bill. Other than that, it’s more proposals, presentations, and other marketing tasks for me.

This year, my eldest daughter is having none of it. “Can we do something fun this summer, Mommy?” So, here we are, scouring the Internet for events. Luckily, I don’t think the kiddos will disappointed. There are tons of events happening around Metro Detroit and I am determined that the family to going to have fun!

Here are a few spots that our family will visit over the summer:

  • Head to the Park-There are many great parks in the metro Detroit area that have plenty of things to do for the kiddos. Our favorite parks are:
  • Go Zoo Crazy! The Detroit Zoo is perfect for our family, if only we could ride the train throughout the whole park! The best event offered at the Zoo during the summer is the Wild Summer Nights, which offers concerts and activities on Wednesday nights during July and August from 6:30pm to 8pm.
  • Take a Trip to the Library – A visit to the library during the summer is perfect for the kids because it encourages them to continue to use those thinking-caps! Southfield Public Library has the Ticket to Read program, which includes activities and a reading program for all ages — from the smallest readers to adults!
  • Visit the Festival of Hope! Every year Hope United Methodist Church hosts the Festival of Hope. The event, which returns to the metro Detroit area July 13-16, 2017,  is free and provides carnival style food and games and live entertainment. Visit this link to learn more about how to save money on all-day ride wristbands and ride tickets!
  • Venture to the Outdoors – The Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit, offers to educate families about the great outdoors through insightful exhibits and air conditioning. Events of interest to my family include the WOW – Wild Over Wednesday , which occurs the last Wednesday of each month.  For a whopping $0, from 6 to 8 p.m., visitors can take part in the special programs, fun and games around a specific topic each month, plus enjoy all the exhibits. In addition, the Center offers story time for the kiddos, hands-on experiences, games and informational sessions for interested visitors.
  • Get Cooking! The Eastern Market is one of the oldest and coolest marketplaces in the country. During the summer, they offer Kids Summer Cooking Classes. According to their site, these lessons are targeted at ages 6 – 12, and each class is $10. Classes will be held in the Eastern Market Community Kitchen in Shed 5 from 9:00am – 10:30am.

Enjoy the summer and don’t work too hard!

Ditch the Cable or the Satellite! Join the Cut the Cord Community!


Scissors cutting through a TV shaped coaxial cable -- cord cutting conceptRecently my family decided to break away from DirecTV. There wasn’t anything wrong with the service, in fact it was top notch. But the bill that came every month took more out of our budget than we could bear. Through some quick internet research, I found some options and I decided to try them out. Immediately a wave of relief washed over me and before long, I was hooked!

In order to successfully cut the cord, here’s what you need:

indoor_antennaPurchase an Indoor or Outdoor HDTV Antenna – Depending on where you live, you might have to buy an outdoor antenna. The best way to find out is to head over to AntennaWeb. They’ll give you an idea of the signal strength in your area and the stations available.

Bump Up Your WiFi Speed – Streaming requires a hefty bandwidth so make sure your router can handle it. Contact your internet provider to up your package.

Roku_PremiereGet a Streaming Media Player – There are different options available. We’ve opted to use our Xbox One in the living room and the Roku Premiere for the bedroom. The Roku Premiere is cost effective and has some pretty exciting features, including the ability to download the remote app. Comes in handy when the remote (which is very small) gets lost under the bed.

Sign-Up for Streaming Services – Again, there are many different options available. We have chosen Sling, Hulu, and Netflix. These services are awesome in their own right, but we are still missing certain channels including OWN. I can’t wait until Oprah opens the floodgates and allows streaming of her shows.

We’ve saved a few bucks cutting the cord, how about you? What are your tips for kicking the cable or satellite companies to the curb?