Aldi vs. Grocery Store

Hi, my name is Workin’ Mama and I admit I used to think terribly of Aldi’s. I used to think so poorly of the store because a friend of ours gave us some chicken from there and needless to say it didn’t go too well.

So I decided that I wouldn’t shop at Aldi because they offered cheap products.  What a mistake that was. It’s funny how this recession has caused me to change my mind about a lot of things in order to put food on the table or offer entertainment for my family.

Convenience finally convinced me to take the chance. It was the youth department’s turn to cook in the kitchen at our church and I forgot to get the items I needed to prepare creamy chicken soup. My husband and I pick up a young person every Sunday and the only store close to him was Aldi’s. Nervously, I encouraged my husband to take me there so that I could get what I needed.

Instead of spending $20…I spent  $10 on chicken, onions, celery, chicken broth, half and half and noodles.  I was impressed. I was glad that I was able to save a few dollars in my pocket, err gas. Though I am still uneasy about purchasing meat there, I am thinking about using Aldi’s for all of my Super Bowl shopping…can we say potato skins, snacks and nachos on a budget?!


Gasp! A trip to the museum is educational and F-U-N!

On Friday night, the youth group at my church visited the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) as part of their “GET Honored” Weekend. The purpose of the trip was to congratulate the recent graduates and have a fun cultural experience. On Friday evenings, the DIA is open for free to Detroit residents, which made the trip even better. The only thing they had to pay for their meal at the Café DIA.

To make the night educational, I borrowed a scavenger hunt idea from my friend (Thanks Mike Odom!). It was simple really, but it encouraged them to visit all areas of the museum and really look at the art. Some of the pieces of art they had to find include:

  • A dancing girl
  • A silver necklace
  • An African drum
  • A knight in shining armor
  • An Egyptian coin
  • Factory workers

I added on to the hunt by asking them to indicate the author of the painting/piece of art, title and provide an observation of what they thought. The results were amazing. Not only did each of the participants find the objects, but they came up with keen observations. And most importantly, they want to go back and visit the DIA again…and soon.

Picnic Success!

Who said that summers are supposed to be lazy? Last weekend, I had the opportunity to don my event coordinator hat and plan my church’s annual church picnic. The congregation voted on Shepherd’s Park in Oak Park and what a great choice! We had a nice time. It was a little rough for my husband and I at the beginning with the picking of the site, getting everything set up, all while taking care of the little one, but all in all it turned out to be a great day.

Even though the shelters were already booked, the trees made the park area tolerable and the children enjoyed the going to the play areas.  The food and fellowship was great, but it was the entertainment took the cake.

We employed Face Painting by Chantel to provide some excitement for the kids and the kids at heart. Chantel Christ provides face painting at parties, picnics and family reunions. Chantel didn’t just do some small face painting on the face, she provided transformations. With a quick flip of the wrist with the help of paint, glitter and a brush, she turned children into animals, rainbows and action heroes.

Although she was only able to stay an hour and a half, her prices were reasonable and she made the day a little brighter and colorful. Even my daughter, who at the tender age of one refuses to sit still for longer than 10 seconds at a time, got a small rainbow above the eye complete with glitter. To book Face Painting by Chantel, contact her at (586) 948-1033 or visit her website.

Tell her that Sherice Snead from Greater Ecclesia Temple sent you!