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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Go Comedy in Ferndale partners with Nature’s Playhouse for a night of laughs! 11/1

Postpartum Hysteria!

Grab your mommy girlfriends and take a night off to poke fun at the hormonal roller coaster ride of emotion pregnancy and postpartum puts us on! This onetime event takes place on Saturday November 1st, doors open at 5pm, tickets are just $10.00!!

Postpartum Hysteria at Go Comedy!
Saturday, November 1st.  2014 doors at 5pm
261 E. Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

Purchase tickets online at or call 248-327-0575

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ongoing Series: #MomsWhoShine Michelle McEvoy from @naturesplayhous

#MomsWhoShine is a series about moms who have some kind of talent.  The series was inspired by Dad of Divas Dads in the Limelight.   

I know Michelle as the co-owner of Nature's Playhouse in Ferndale.  Michelle is a creative, positive, pro-child influence in our community. 

Tell me about yourself. (For our fans, please share what makes you shine.)
 My name is Michelle McEvoy and I am a co-owner of Nature’s Playhouse in Ferndale. Nature’s Playhouse is an all-natural play and wellness center for families of young children. Before having kids I completed my undergraduate degree in Anthropology at the University of Michigan, after which I travelled quite a bit and lived abroad as well as in a few different states, searching for a place to call home and a career that would fulfill my desire to work with kids while making a difference in their lives. I landed back in Michigan, where I grew up, and decided to put my energy into teaching. I taught both 5th and kindergarten before having my first child and have since balanced life between caring for my children and growing the Nature’s Playhouse community. 

Tell me about your family. 
My husband Tom and I have been married almost 4 years. We have a three and a half year old son, Zander, and a 16 month old, Zoe. We live in Ferndale and are lucky enough to have a wonderful support network of both friends and family in the area.

 What is a normal day in your home like?
Is anything in the home of young children normal? Although Tom travels quite a bit for work, when he’s in town he works mostly from home. Because of the flexibility in his schedule when he’s home, he helps quite a bit in keeping our lives in balance. We alternate getting up with the kids, who go to bed early and therefore get up early. Zander goes to the Ferndale Montessori and although they wake up early and he doesn’t have to be at school until 9, it feels as though every minute is needed in order to get them fed, clothed and ready to get out the door. On the days that I’m at Nature’s Playhouse, Zoe comes with me and on the days we are home, I try to balance housework, cooking, running errands and running Nature’s Playhouse. Zander alternates between half and full days at school. On his half days we all spend the afternoons together, on his full days by the time he gets home its nearly time to get ready for dinner. The kids eat dinner at 5, and although I have dreams of all sitting down to eat dinner together, usually I’m standing in the kitchen cutting food in to bite sized pieces for Zoe, while coaxing Zander to eat something, anything green. After dinner its bath time and after baths its story time. This is my favorite time of day. Tom usually reads to Zander and puts him to bed and I read to Zoe. Both of them love being read to and it’s the only time of day they are still and snuggly and I love every minute. They are asleep between 6:30 and 7 and the evening is time to catch up on everything that doesn’t get done during the day, and time to spend with Tom, or even just by myself 

What is the most rewarding thing about being a mom? 
Experiencing both the giving and receiving of unconditional love is the most rewarding thing about being a mom for me. There are so many different kinds of love in the world, but nothing compares to that between a mama and her babies that is pure and true and unfaltering through the worst of times and the best of times.

What is your biggest challenge of being a parent?
 For me the biggest challenge of being a parent is keeping perspective and staying present. I often get caught up in the possible long-term effects of the decisions I make as a parent instead of keeping in mind the fluctuations and constant change that children go through every day as they grow.

How do you find balance between being a mom, working and having time for yourself?
Keeping the balance is the second most challenging thing about being a parent! I’ve learned to ask for help when I need it and I’m lucky enough to have help when I need it, most of the time. Life with kids is busy and can get overwhelming so quickly when left to do it all by ourselves. A strong support network is essential and is my driving force behind the work we do at Nature’s Playhouse. Our goal is to create a community of support and make it easier for mothers to find that network that can be lifesaving amongst the craziness of parenting.

What are some of the lessons you’ve learned since becoming a Mom?
 I’ve learned to expect the unexpected, no matter how sure I am of how something is going to turn out. I’ve learned that laundry piles grow exponentially when you have kids. I’ve learned that patience is not just a virtue as we’ve been told our whole lives, it is the work of saints and I will forever be chasing after my more patient self. I’ve learned that perfection is impossible and that my kids, my home, my husband, my self are good and clean enough. Well, maybe I haven’t learned that last one yet, but I’m working on it every day.

What is the best advice about being a parent you have received and who gave it to you?
A dear friend of mine Melissa clued me in to something that I try to keep in mind through every challenge as a parent and that is that everything is a phase (at least almost everything). Eventually the thing that seems impossible to overcome passes, and even though another challenge arises, it’s a little easier to accept when I acknowledge that it won’t last forever.

What advice would you give to other moms?
Trust your instincts and make decisions for your children that make sense for you and your family. There are so many parenting “philosophies” that we can so easily get caught up in, I think we often forget to listen to our gut feelings and then get stuck in the battle between someone else’s truth and our own. You know what’s best for you and your children. Listen to your own voice first.

Have a question for Michelle?  Please leave a comment below and I will make sure I forward it to her!  

Thank you Michelle for taking the time to answer our questions:)  Are you a Mom Who Shines or know a mom who would be great for this series?  Email me their contact info at

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Children's Fall Film Festival - 2014 #FreeKidsMovies @mjrdgtlcinemas

The MJR Free Children's Fall Film Festival returns starting October 4th and runs every Saturday and Sunday through the 26th! Children 12 and under are FREE, and adults only $1 for the featured film of the weekend!

Join us at all MJR locations including the all new Troy Grand Cinema 16 at the corner of Maple and Livernois roads!

Adrian Digital Cinema 10
3150 N. Adrian Hwy.
Adrian, MI 49221

Brighton Towne Square Digital Cinema 20
8200 Murphy Dr.
Brighton, MI 48116

Chesterfield Crossing Digital Cinema 16
50675 Gratiot Ave.
Chesterfield, MI 48051

Marketplace Digital Cinema 20
35400 Van Dyke
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

Partridge Creek Digital Cinema 14
17400 Hall Rd.
Clinton Township, MI 48038

Southgate Digital Cinema 20
15651 Trenton Rd.
Southgate, MI 48195
734-284-FILM (3456)

Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16
100 East Maple Rd.
Troy, MI 48083

Waterford Digital Cinema 16
7501 Highland Rd.
Waterford Township, MI 48327

Westland Grand Cinema 16
6800 N. Wayne Rd.
Westland, MI 48185

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Children's Theatre of Michigan to Bring Beloved Goblins to Local Theatres for 'Little Monsters' This Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, little monsters of all ages can enjoy the antics of two favorite local goblins, Boogah and Hoogah, in “Boogah and Hoogah’s House” presented by Children’s Theatre of Michigan. The touring production, which is in its premiere season, will for the first time tell the story of how Boogah and Hoogah (who, with their monster pals, have been entertaining children for nearly three decades) met and became friends.

“We call this production a sing-along do-along,” said m’Archibald McCarty, artistic director for the Children’s Theatre of Michigan. “The audience is invited to help Boogah and Hoogah, our two goofy goblins, discover the hows and whys of getting along with each other in this musical celebration of friendship, sharing and home.”

Scheduled public performances of “Boogah & Hoogah’s House” include:
·         Sunday October 19, 1 p.m.  – Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids
$12 Advance Tickets, $15 General Admission, $44 for a family four-pack
·         Saturday October 25, 2 p.m. – Macomb Music Theatre, Mt. Clemens
Tickets are $11 each, $33 for a family four pack
·         Sunday November 2, 4 p.m. – Music Hall Center, Detroit
Tickets are $20 Adults, $10 Children, $30 for a family four-pack

Audience members are encouraged to come in costume.

In addition to “Boogah & Hoogah’s House,” Children’s Theatre of Michigan has a full season  of original written, produced and directed main stage touring shows planned for 2015:
·         Spring 2015: “Fairweather Meadow Tales” – A comical account of the origins of colored eggs, peeping marshmallows and chocolate bunnies.
·         Summer 2015: “Arabesque Isle” – A motley band of pirates and a graceful gaggle of ballerinas run aground on opposite shores of a deserted tropical island.
·         Autumn 2015: “Boogah and Hoogah’s Haunted House Party” – Those goofy goblins and their little monster pals return with a brand new silly, spooky celebration of tricks, treats and fun.
·         Winter 2015: “There’s a Party at Fezziwigs’s” –  A medley of enchanted and enchanting midwinter yarns lightly inspired by Dickens.

The organization also performs a number of original onsite educational assemblies and productions aimed at preschool and elementary-aged students. Please visit their website for a complete list of original productions and their descriptions.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pinkalicious The Musical is coming to the City Theatre 11/21 #discount

Based on the popular children’s book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann,Pinkalicious The Musical will perform six shows at the City Theatre on Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 23.

In Pinkalicious The Musical, Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

The one hour musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor, is based on the popular children's book Pinkalicious by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. The musical adaptation is directed by Teresa K. Pond with musical direction by Jad Bernardo and original direction by Suzu McConnell-Wood.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased at, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations and To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.

How about a discount?  
Call Anna at Olympia Entertainment: 313-471-3095 and tell her you saw this ad on Metro Detroit Mommy and get your tickets for just $15 each (normally $22) or just $13 each for opening night.
You can also send her an email:
Order online: www.olympiaentertainment/pinkmommy Promo code: MOMMY

Event Times
Friday, November 21, 2014- 6:30 PM
Saturday, November 22, 2014- 11:00 AM
Saturday, November 22, 2014- 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 22, 2014- 5:00 PM
Sunday, November 23, 2014- 11:00 AM
Sunday, November 23, 2014- 2:00 PM

School Bullying? There's Now an App for That

A new school safety initiative has launched in Michigan, encouraging students, parents, and community members to anonymously share any kind of threatening behavior through a system called "OK2SAY." Kevin Epling of East Lansing lost his 8th grade son to suicide after being bullied by upperclassmen in 2002; he is now the national co-director of Bully Police USA. For preventing bullying, Epling says students are the first line of defense, and "OK2SAY" meets them where they are.

"Making this an app, a Web form, text, hopefully we can start breaking down the barrier that they think there is of telling people, by putting it through technology means," Epling says.

"OK2SAY" allows users to submit anonymous tips about potential harm or criminal activity by phone, text, email, mobile app or on its website. The information is then reported to the school and local law enforcement. More information is at "" 

"OK2SAY" was implemented in Colorado following the Columbine school massacre, and police say they have received thousands of tips and helped prevent instances of gun violence, sexual assault, and suicide. Epling believes it's because the system gives people a voice without fear of retribution. 

"That could be a student, it could be a parent can see something at a bus stop, report that," he says. "A parent could overhear something with their children talking about something that's going to happen at school and they can report that."

Epling adds, no piece of technology alone can prevent tragedy; he says it all comes down to communication. 

"That is student-to-student, student-to-teacher, teacher-to-student, teacher-to-parent, parent-to-teacher, parent-to-administrator. That chain of communication has to be open. This is just another tool to use. It's not going to solve problems," says Epling.

3 & Up Board Game Lounge in Plymouth, MI

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger Gwendolyn Mulholland - Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life 

**I received free admission for myself and my family in order to review 3 & Up. However, all opinions in this article are 100% my own. **

Our family loves to play board games, card games, and we have been know to engage in some party games when we get a large enough group over. However, we are often distracted by our daily obligations and don't spend nearly enough time playing as we would like to. We are not alone in our problem and that is why Christopher Erwin created 3 & Up. 3 & Up is an eclectic board game lounge located in Plymouth,MI with over 1000 games for everyone to enjoy in an electronic free zone. 

3 & Up is open 7 days a week and operates based on a pay to play system. They also have 2 party rooms that can be rented for birthday parties, girl's night out, gamer nights or any special function where privacy is requested. Hours of play can leave you thirsty and hungry and 3 & Up understands that so they allow you to bring in outside snacks and beverages. You can even have a pizza delivered if you would like. If you don't want to bring your own snacks they do have a snack bar stocked with Michigan brand beverages and snacks.

We arrived to 3 & Up soon after opening on a Saturday morning and were the first guests to arrive. I was taken back by how impressive 1000 games actually look on the shelves. All the games are sorted by type of game and then alphabetically. Just like at the library, they will re-shelve them for you.
The staff is great about making recommendations for games to try based on subjects your children are working on in school (ie, addition, spelling, word recognition) or types of games you like to play as a family. We learned about a fun new game called Sleeping Queens that we will be purchasing to add to our home game library. 

There are several different areas where you can sit down and play. They have tables and chairs, couches, or 2 small gathering areas. If the weather is nice you can step outside and play some games on the oversized Jenga, Checkers, or Connect 4 games.

3 & Up is definitely a place that we will visit in the future for their extensive game selection and the atmosphere void of any distractions. It allowed us to unwind and connect without worrying about the chores that needed to be done. I highly recommend it for a fun family visit or a unique one of a kind party.  

Find out more about 3 & Up by visiting them online -->> 3 & Up 

Keep up with the latest happenings by following them on their Social Media.

3 & Up 
630 S Main St 
Plymouth, MI 48170

Gwendolyn is a homeschooling, mom of a 10 year old daughter and 15 year old son in the Metro Detroit Area. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, organizing, and traveling. She blogs over on her personal blog Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life.  She shares her travel adventures on Vacation Maybe. She juggles all of this among doctors appointments for her father-in-law and disabled husband.  

Enter below for your chance to win one of 4 family four packs of admission passes to 3 & Up in Plymouth.  Winner must be willing to travel to Plymouth, Mi. to redeem their prize.