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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Upcoming Shows for the Michigan Theater and State Theater #familyseries #AnnArbor @MichiganTheater

Saturday, October 25 at 1:30 PM at the State Theatre
Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series. With support from Gretchen’s House. FREE FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER! In Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki and legendary filmmaker John Lasseter’s animated retelling of The Little Mermaid, a young boy rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery. 1989. 102 minutes. Rated G. Dubbed in English.
Saturday, November 8 at 1:30 PM at the State Theatre
Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series. FREE FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER! In this Oscar-nominated classic (with a screenplay by Roald Dahl), a hapless inventor (Dick Van Dyke) finally finds success with a flying car, which a dictator from a foreign government sets out to take for himself. 1968. 144 minutes. Rated G.

Sunday, November 30 at 1:30 PM at the State Theatre
Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series. FREE FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER! Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s animated tale follows two young girls (Elle and Dakota Fanning) who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of strange creatures called Totoros. 1988. 86 minutes. Rated G. Dubbed in English.

Saturday, December 6 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan Theater
Part of the Benard L. Mass Not Just For Kids live theater series, presented by Toyota. The incomparable Junie B. Jones is back! Featuring new tales from her books First Grader (at Last!), Boss of Lunch, and One-Man Band, Junie B. meets new friends, helps the cafeteria lady, and puts on a half-time show. She says, “This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It's got loads of funny songs about the things I do in first grade.” (Best for grades K to 5.) Tickets $12 ($10 for Michigan Theater members) at or Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.

Sunday, December 14 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan Theater
Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series. FREE FOR EVERYONE! When Buddy (Will Ferrell), a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf, learns that he’s actually a human, he decides to head back to his New York City birthplace to find his biological family. Also starring Ed Asner, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, and Bob Newhart. 2003. 97 minutes. Rated PG.

Sunday, January 25 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan Theater
Part of the Benard L. Mass Not Just For Kids live theater series, presented by Toyota. Skippyjon Jones is a kitten whose alter ego is Skippito Friskito, the greatest chihuahua sword fighter in old Mexico! But when the local pack of puppies is terrorized by a gigantic bee, will Skippyjon be a ‘fraidy-cat or the top dog? Based on the beloved kids’ book series, this enchanting musical teaches the power of imagination and following your dreams. (Best for grades K to 4.) Tickets $12 ($10 for Michigan Theater members) at or Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.

CLICK, CLACK, MOO at the Michigan Theater
Sunday, March 15 at 1:30 PM
Part of the Benard L. Mass Not Just For Kids live theater series, presented by Toyota. When Farmer Brown declares his farm a “tech-free zone,” the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No laptop means no milk and no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Find out in this hilariously "mooooo-ving" new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book. (Best for grades K to 4.) Tickets $12 ($10 for Michigan Theater members) at or Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.

FLY GUY AND OTHER STORIES at the Michigan Theater
Saturday, May 9 at 1:30 PM
Part of the Benard L. Mass Not Just For Kids live theater series, presented by Toyota. A chock-full musical revue featuring a wide variety of contemporary and classic children’s book favorites, including Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl, Diary of a Worm, Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores, Kitten’s First Full Moon, Lilly’s Big Day, and Paper Bag Princess. (Best for grades K to 4.) Tickets $12 ($10 for Michigan Theater members) at or Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.

State Theater at 233 S. State in Ann Arbor
Michigan Theater 603 E. Liberty St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Worry Woo to the Rescue @WorryWooMonster

Disclosure: I have received free product in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions are genuine and my own.  Your experience may differ.

Three children, three very different personalities.  My middle child, Rosa, and my oldest, Damian, are very strong willed children.  My youngest, Carlyn, is much more easy going.  I could ask Rosa, "Do you want to wear a sweater or coat outside?" and the decision becomes an issue, the answer might be, "I don't want to go outside."  Whereas Carlyn would just say, "okay" or she will pick one.

Decisions are not easy for Rosa.  So when I got the opportunity to review the Worry Woo Monsters, Fuddle was the obvious choice for us.  We received a Fuddle Plushie, the flighty Monster of Confusion can never make up her mind, "The Monster Who Couldn't Decide" book and the Parent Guide "Helping Young Worriers Beat the Worrybug."

Fuddle - The Monster Who Couldn't Decide
Just a few of our books. 
The girls both love the plushie.  They take turns sleeping with Fuddle each night and quite often the plushie goes out for our daily adventures with us.

The book is chosen at bedtime a few times a week.  (We let each girl pick out three books to read each evening before bed.)  Which is impressive, since there is a lot of competition.

From the Worry Woo Website:
Fuddle, the flighty Monster of Confusion can never make up her mind. It’s as though you can see her thinking aloud; Do...Don’t... Up... Down ...Yes…No. She’s so confused about making decisions. All she needs is a pat on the back and a few positive words. Wouldn’t you like to whisper in her ear “Go for it"?

The book is beautifully illustrated and the story is fantastic.  Fuddle is faced with decision upon decision.  She gets anxious about choosing, and decides not to decide at all (hmm, sound familiar?).  But by the end of the book she realizes that she will have time to make many choices and will have more fun if she just relaxes and picks an option.

Fuddle is just one of the many great Monsters who can help your children with their WorryBugs, there is: 
Wince, The Monster of Worry 
Nola, The Monster of Loneliness 
Rue, The Monster of Insecurity
Squeek, The Monster of Innocence 
Fuddle, The Monster of Confusion 
Twitch, The Monster of Frustration 
& The WorryBug 

I love the whole series and will probably put a few of these on our Christmas Wish list for the girls this year.  

Which Worry Woo Would you like for your child?

You can buy Worry Woos online or at
23024 Greater Mack
St Clair Shores MI 48080

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Disney On Ice: Frozen is coming to the Palace of Auburn Hills March 12-15, 2015

Disney On Ice presents Frozen March 12-15, 2015 at the The Palace of Auburn Hills

Disney On Ice presents Frozen is the much anticipated, family experience that transports the entire family to the fantastical winter wonderland of Arendelle.  Thrill to astonishing skating, amazing special effects, and sing along to the inspiring songs from the heartwarming Academy Award©-winning tale.  Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and mystical Trolls for a breathtaking, epic journey that proves true love is the most magical power of all.

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse with special guest appearances by some of your most beloved Disney Princesses and favorites like Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King.

Get your Tickets Today:
Promo code: DOI34A
(the letter ‘I’, not the number ‘1’)
Code is valid today through Oct. 24 at 9:59am. Public on sale starts at 10am on Friday, Oct.24.

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Walt Disney Announces new film "Moana" #Moana

Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed plans today for “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest. In theaters in late 2016, the film is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Frog," "Aladdin”).

“John and I have partnered on so many films—from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Aladdin’ to ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” said Clements. “Creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania."

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She's the kind of character we all root for, and we can't wait to introduce her to audiences.”

Ongoing Series #MomsWhoShine Tara Michener

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

This week we are featuring Tara Michener, a Metro Detroit Author, who founded "Professionals Against Bullying" & "Students against Bullying".  She is also owns Michener Associates Counseling Center and so much more.  

Tell me about yourself. (For our fans, please share what makes you shine)
I am a mom of 1 boy who happens to be one, an author and I am a counselor who operates a private practice. Professionally I speak a lot at conferences, seminars and I go to schools on a regular basis and present author presentations. Personally I  love to spend time with people. I am that lady who is always at a coffee shop fitting in special time with those I care about. Recently I began making time to focus on my gratitude journal. It has been eye-opening to see how many great things are wrapped in to an ordinary day. Some of my findings are a peek of sunshine on an otherwise cold day, a person who stops to open the door for me, even my child saying a new word that he won't repeat when prompted.  
Tell me about your family
My little boy is one. His name is Cannon. He is an energetic little guy who seems to love his new found mobility. He loves to smile and he enjoys giving people hi-fives. My husband (my hubistrator) is a full-time mechanical engineer and he loves me a lot so in his "spare" time he illustrates my books for me (hence the title, hubistrator). 

What is a normal day in your home like? 
My home is not so normal but we are building the best routine we can with what our lives allow. Typically my husband will get Cannon up and have some fun time with him (which varies from play to reading to a quick view of Daniel Tigers Neighborhood), Husband feeds him breakfast/gets him ready and he either takes him to daycare or he spends the day with me if I am having a work from home day. Cannon and I make sure that we pack the day with activities like autumn nature walks, library visits, bookstore story times, and we are beginning toddler art.  I just bought egg shaped crayons and learned how to make finger paint (for those times when I am feeling brave). On work from home days I have a baby sitter spend a few hours with Cannon and sometimes I get work done during his naps as well. 
What is the most rewarding thing about being a mom? baby hugs and kisses are the best. When my little guy smiles at me or calls me mommy (which he just started doing) I feel very blessed. 

What is your biggest challenge of being a parent? 
Balancing work and home. My job is flexible so at times I might be with clients at night and/or on the weekend and miss a milestone or two. Another big challenge is keeping things tidy and organized. My home is less than pristine. 
How do you find balance between being a mom, working and having time for yourself? 
I invite friends over to my (less than pristine) home all of the time for tv times with girlfriends, coffee and dessert nights, etc. I love any excuse to entertain and I have let go of obsessing about everything not being in tip top shape. I also schedule exercise time for myself daily. I have been doing this since March and I have been consistent with my fitness goals and luckily I have lost 60 lbs. I also schedule coffee dates at Barnes & Noble because they have a child friendly environment that works for adults too.   
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned since becoming a Mom? 
I get to learn new things every day. I know a lot about children as a counselor and author that focuses on kids but my own kid is my greatest teacher and his lessons can not always be found in a textbook. I am a life-long student at the University of Cannon Michener. 
What is the best advice about being a parent you have received and who gave it to you? 
I love mommy blogs, groups  and articles. Pinterest has been a great giver of advice in terms of activities & recipes.  

What advice would you give to other moms? 
 This is a hard one. I feel like every mom needs something different because our kids are so unique to our own families. I guess if I would say something across the board for a mom I would say, even if it is for a few seconds think about something funny that your child has done to make you laugh. It softens our hearts and brings us into the reality that we have a guaranteed person in our life to make us smile even when we are trying to be serious.

Follow Tara and some of her great organizations: 
Tara Michener (Taramichener) | Twitter
Tara Michener (erase_bullying) | Twitter
Facebook: Teen books by Tara Michener
Facebook: Professionals Against Bullying

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

Thank you Tara 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

Hard Rock Cafe - New Fun for Kids @HardRock #ThisIsHardRock, #HRRoxtars #giveaway ends 11/7

The Hard Rock is revamping their children's menu and the experience children will have when visiting their hotels and restaurants.  We already LOVE Hard Rock, so this is icing on the cake.  Check out all the cool changes:

Meet the Hard Rock Roxtars:
·         The Hard Rock Roxtars are each unapologetically original and designed to inspire kids of all ages to rock an inimitable brand of cool, allowing their originality to shine
·         Band members include:
o   Razzi™, “the motherly type” who is famous for squishy hugs and keyboard skills
o   Sir Kingston™, a British-invasion inspired rock-and-roller on lead guitar
o   Styler™, a free-spirited and accompanying guitar player
o   Buddy Jr™, a wild man who loves nothing more than a good drum solo

o   Skiddley™, the lead singer and “Mr. Cool” of the group
·         Hard Rock Roxtars website:

Dress Like a Hard Rock Rock Star -Sunday October 26th at the Detroit Location
·         To launch the Hard Rock Roxtars, Hard Rock Cafe is hosting “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?”  Contest to encourage guest interaction with the new Hard Rock Roxtars characters, kids menu, and merchandise
·         For one night, during the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, kids eat free* at Hard Rock Cafe with a paying adult 
·         Guests can bring their favorite pint-sized rock star dressed in their best costume to the cafe for a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift card or a 2015 birthday party* for eight of the rock star’s closest band members and entourage
·         For additional information about the Hard Rock Cafe “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, contact your local cafe for contest details (The Detroit event will be held on 10/26

Hard Rock website:

Eat Like a Hard Rock Roxtar:
·         Children who dine at Hard Rock Cafes worldwide are greeted with their own Hard Rock Roxtars activity book, themed menus, guitar-shaped plates and photo opportunities
·         As part of The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining, a mission and online resource that helps parents and children alike select healthy menu options when dining out, Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will offer healthier food options, such as Skiddley’s “Not-so-diddley” chicken breast and “Twisted ‘n tasty” cavatappi pasta

Hard Rock website:

Stay Like a Hard Rock Roxtar:
·         The brand also has plans to globally expand the program to engage families traveling to select Hard Rock Hotels®, with the Roxity Kids Clubs®
·         Children who stay at Hard Rock Hotel locations with their families will receive a special Hard Rock Roxtars Activity Book at check-in and unlimited entertainment at Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club, a family-friendly, music-inspired haven, where kids can rock to their own rhythm, catch a live Hard Rock Roxtars performance or take part in experiential, engaging and music-infused learning activities

Hard Rock website:

*Restrictions may apply

Get the scoop from 
·         Hard Rock website:
·         Hard Rock Roxtars website:
·         Hard Rock Twitter:
·         Hashtag: #ThisIsHardRock, #HRRoxtars

One winner will receive a gift pack that will include a themed guitar-shaped plate, a 6” plush Hard Rock Roxtars character, a Hard Rock adult t-shirt, an activity book, and a $50 Hard Rock gift card!  (U.S. residents only, no P.O. boxes).

Disclosure: The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International.

Disney's #Feast Sneak Peak; short to show before #BigHero6

Who doesn't love a cute little puppy.  Isn't Winston adorable?  Just another great reason I am looking forward to Big Hero 6 opening on 11/7.  Enjoy the sneak peak.

“Feast,” a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, “Paperman”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. The short opens on Nov. 7, 2014, in front of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6.” For more information, like Disney on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter: