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!

Welcome back…and Find Something to Do!


Welcome Back, welcome back, welcome back!

It’s been a while since my last blog. The reason why? I’ve just been too doggone busy! Too much work to do at work and home. Everyone knows that being a parent is exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. This knowledge leads me stuck on the couch when I get home. And though my double chin would love it if I continued to stay on the couch, the weather is too beautiful outside to let the exhaustion get to me. Time to get out and explore!

Eastern Market

I have been there since I was a little girl, but I heard that if you go close to closing time, you can actually get some pretty good deals. Visiting Eastern Market would be good as a family trip, Copyright Eastern Market Corporation 2009especially if it involves getting a corned beef sandwich from Russell Street Deli. YUMMY! I caught some pretty good advice on yelp.com:

You have to know how to shop at the market to actually succeed.

By that I mean you have to have a thick skin and a poker face. There are people who pay full price and then there is me who can seemingly walk off with the whole place for a fin.

As a public service, I will impart a few of my secrets to good deals.
1. Only suckers come to the market in the morning.
   Ok you got out of bed at 4am to get a good parking spot, and you think you’ll get a good deal and be done by 9? Think again. At the opening of the market its a sellers market. They have ALL DAY to watch the masses paw over all the goods. See where I’m going here?

2.  Act like you’ve seen better.
    I like to take a casual walk through to decide between what I actually need and what I cannot live without. There are some tempting things and sometimes its too much to resist, but wait, the reward is worth the wait.
3. The Golden Hour
      comes between 3 and 5 pm. You know the drill. The market has now turned into a buyer’s market. Most farmers will not like to haul all that unsold produce back to where ever they came from. This is where you swoop in and offer somewhere between half and one quarter of the list price. OK there is no use in feeling guilt here. He’s been there all day and probably has made a tidy bundle already. So, offering a price lower than the one marked will usually get you a deal. There is no magic formula, nothing special, just be dispassionate, and put your best deal forward.

One guy who didn’t get the ambiance of the market told me his prices were firm, like the supermarket. I shot back that I had seen better at Kroger. I hope he gets it now, after hauling all his produce back to the Thumb.

The Eastern Market is both an education and institution. Don’t forget the killer corned beef sandwiches if you can find them. Go forth and shop, Grasshopper.

Detroit River Days

Definitely call it a comeback because Detroit River Days are on their way back June 23-26, 2011. The three-day event includes a variety of activities for the entire family including tall ships, jet-ski demos, riverboat tours, live music, sand sculptures, bike tours, kids activities and much more! I think we want to take advantage of the MGM Grand Detroit Parade of Lights, which features decorated sailboats and powerboats beginning at 10pm.

Admission for the Detroit River Days is a cool cost efficient $3, but on Friday, June 24th, admission will be free between 11am and 5pm. And don’t forget about the Food Court, which features yummy food. And think about it , you can eat and walk it off, all at the same time!

Needless to say, there are a ton of activities that warrant leaving the couch this summer.  I wonder if I can take a nap at my desk so that I can be ready for all of this fun…

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.

Open House


Well most of you know that I have an uber super busy life. I have a very full time job during the day, motherhood all my life and I volunteer my marketing/graphics skills for my church and their nonprofit, Ecclesia Community Development Corporation (ECDC).

Our nonprofit is having an Open House for its senior citizen program tonight at 7pm. I am excited about the program because I noticed that there really isn’t much for seniors to do in the city of Detroit. So many things are closing down and so it’s really up to the “little people” to do something about it to provide a safe haven for our grandparents and our children.

ECDC is working on doing just that. The Open House will feature a tour of the facility, which includes an area for exercise and additional areas for other programming. Additionally, a panel will discuss the issues happening in the community and health issues of seniors.

The senior citizen program is open Tuesday through Friday beginning at 9am and has a variety of activities for the seniors including outings, arts and crafts, workshops on helpful topics and they maintain the community garden. Yesterday, they went on an outing to the fabric store and are now working on a community quilt. And if my young daughter doesn’t get too much in the way, I think they will get it done fairly quickly!

Another aspect of the program is that they provide lunch daily. So many seniors don’t have enough to eat, let alone have money to have a healthy meal. For a small donation, the seniors can have a well balanced meal and the opportunity to fellowship with others.

For more information about the ECDC Senior Citizen program or how you can get involved, check out our website at www.ecclesiacommunity.webs.com.

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!