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Friday, October 24, 2014

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron - Teaser Trailer #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

I have never been really into super hero stuff.  I have never been into the comic book thing, nor movies about the heroes and villains in them, well until now.

My husband has gotten me interested in "Agents of Shield", which is a pretty awesome series.  So, I
am pretty excited about the new Marvel movie coming out in May, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

When Tony Stark {oh Tony Stark... whoot whoot, that means Robert Downy Jr. is going to be in this film} jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow {love Scarlet Johansson too} and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron {played by James Spades... WHAT? Oh this is going to be crazy good!}.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon {am I a nerd, cause I know who this is and LOVE his work?} Avengers: Age of Ultron will tie into Agents of Shield with appearances made by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill.





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 Marvel's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters everywhere on May 1st, 2015! 

Little Free Libraries

There is a cute little park near our house where the kids like to play.  The park is really not much to write about, hence you won't see a review here about it (actually it is quite sad).

But, one day this little box appeared:


 The kids ran up to the box to check it out and I read the top of the box:


Awesome.  A little library. So basically, you can find a Little Free Library near you, or you can put one up in your front yard.  It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!  Rosa and Carlyn were so excited to try it out.  


Is there a Little Free Library near you? Have you used it? I would love to read about your experience!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Salvation Army Harvest Sale offers half-off clothing

The Salvation Army Harvest Sale offers half-off clothing
50 percent off sale valid at all 34 locations in metro Detroit, Nov. 1

Winter is around the corner! Gear up for the cooler weather and prepare for the holiday season during The Salvation Army’s annual Harvest Sale. All 34 metro Detroit Salvation Army thrift store locations will offer 50 percent off clothing from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. 

“As the community prepares for the winter weather, we’re pleased to offer savings on the cold weather essentials families will need to stay warm this year,” said Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC).

Enjoy great deals on coats, scarves, gloves and hats among other winter essentials. In addition to the clothing sale, hourly bonus deals will be announced in various departments throughout the day, giving guests even more value.

Proceeds from all stores benefit The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Centers, independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults.

All thrift store merchandise is donated by community members. Help the ARC continue its work by dropping off gently used clothing, accessories, housewares, furniture and toys to the nearest Salvation Army thrift store donation center. For specific hours of a Salvation Army thrift store and donation center near you, visit www.salarmythrift.com.


Founded by William Booth in London, England, in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. The ARC is an integral part of TSA’s mission, and offers substance-abusing adults the opportunity to rebuild their lives through a voluntary, short-term residential self-help program designed to establish a sense of dignity, self-esteem and personal strength that will allow them to resist the desire to abuse a substance and regain their rightful place as contributing members of society. Completely self-funded, the ARC draws its entire operating budget from the revenue of the 34 Salvation Army Thrift Stores located in Southeast Michigan. For more information visit www.salarmythrift.com or call 313.965.7760.

Brick It Up Review - Clarkston

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger: Jennifer Wooley  Any Age Fitness

Disclosure: Jennifer and her family received free admission in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions are genuine and her own.  Your experience may differ.

Imagination, creativity, teamwork and fun.  This was our experience on Friday night at Brick It Up in Clarkston. (948 S Baldwin Rd, Clarkston) From my three to my thirteen year old, there was something for them all. 


I watched my kids eyes go wide as we opened the door to Brick It Up.   Shelves lined with Lego creations and cubbies filled with bins of bricks.   We were met by Julie (the owner’s mother-in-law) who gave us a quick tour of the facility which is clean, neat and organized, giving me some great ideas on how to manage our own Lego situation at home!.  I’m a bit of a germophobe when it comes to kid play places, so I was also relieved to see hand sanitizer available throughout the building.  


My daughter was drawn immediately to the Lego Friends area.  There were bins of pink Lego Bricks and small tables where she could sit and start to create.  Just behind the Lego Friends area was the Lego Duplo area where we saw some kids stacking large bricks to make a house.  There were also trains and tracks filled with Duplo animals.  The Lego Duplo area was a carpeted area unlike the rest of the building which is decked in wood floors so it was great place for the little ones to be able to get down on their hands and knees to explore.


My older boys were drawn to a large trough of Lego Bricks (which I learned was a converted salad bar from an area restaurant) with everything you need to create a Lego soap box derby car.   My three boys worked together to each make a car and took turns racing each other at the large, sloped track. 

In addition to the areas I already mentioned, there was also featured, “The Lego Build of the Day” which was situated in the middle of a table, near the building’s fireplace.  There were trays set out at each seat at the table with the pieces needed to recreate the design.

One of my favorite areas, was the Lego spin table.   Paper plates sat atop spinning legos.  Placing a marker on top of the spinning plate, you create spin art.  It is safe to say that my three-year-old was mesmerized by the circular designs. 

Some of the other fun things we discovered while being at Brick it Up was the Lego book area, Lego board games and Lego bingo!  My kids enjoyed a few rounds of bingo winning Lego stickers at the end. 

When our time was up, my kids were making plans to come back.  Brick it Up offers the chance for kids of all ages to have birthday parties and even offer child drop off and care services, so both parents and kids can enjoy a carefree date night.  Brick it Up is a sure fire way to make any creative kid explore their imaginative side.  My kids left with lego brick candy and a smile on their faces. Brick it Up is a place I am sure we will visit again-soon!

For more information on classes, parties or camps at Brick It Up, you can visit http://www.brickitup.net

Jennifer (Jenny) is the founder of Any Age Fitness. She's an Independent Beachbody Coach, nurse, wife, and mom of 4. Jenny is passionate about health, nutrition and exercise and helping others achieve their fitness goals regardless of how old they are or how old they might feel. In her spare time she enjoys reading.

Terry Fator is returning to the Fox Theatre 12/13

Singer, comedian and celebrity impressionist, Terry Fator will return to the Fox Theatre for a side-splitting performance on Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.


As a successful headliner on the Las Vegas Strip, Terry Fator captures the hearts and funny bones of audiences from around the world with Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment. In 2013, Terry Fator celebrated his 1,000th show at The Mirage and was voted the “Best Show,” “Best All-Around Performer” and “Best Impersonator” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s prestigious “Best of Las Vegas” poll. Backed by a live band, Fator wows audiences nightly with singing, comedy and unparalleled celebrity impressions. The America’s Got Talent winner brings to life a hilarious range of characters including Winston, the impersonating turtle, Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice, and lounge singer Monty Carlo. With comedic banter and amazing vocal impressions of musical superstars such as Garth Brooks, Dean Martin, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga and more, Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment is a one-of-a-kind experience.

We attended last time he was here and it was a blast.  Terry is just so entertaining... it is sure to be an wonderful evening.  

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 at the LOWEST price available (as low as $35.50)
You can also send her an email: anna.dravland@olyent.com
Or order tickets online: www.olympiaentertainment.com/MetroMommy (promo code Metro Detroit Mommy)


Great Lakes Crossing Play Area in Auburn Hills

Our last trip up to Great Lakes Crossing was a fantastic experience.  We participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for Sea Life, the kids got to burn some energy in the Play area and we ate lunch at The Rainforest Cafe.

Just in case you are unfamiliar, Great Lakes Crossing is located on Baldwin Road, just off of I-75 in Auburn Hills.  The outlets hosts hundred of outlet stores, a food court, movie theater and more.  It is a great place to spend the day.

Usually when we visit this play area is crazy busy.  But if you get there when the mall doors open (we got there at 9am) I have been told it is nice and relaxing.


There are lots of foods for the children to climb, jump and slide on.


Rosa, Enzo and Carlyn had a grand time playing.


The one thing I didn't like is the two unobstructed entrances (exits) on opposite sides of the play area.  Since we were the only ones here for quite some time, it wasn't even an issue, but in the past it made it difficult for one person to monitor more than one child.  


For an extra treat, children can ride the Carousel.  We passed on this experience, and instead splurged for lunch at The Rainforest Cafe.  (Review coming soon.)


Buddy’s Pizza opens today in Novi during National Pizza Month @buddyspizza

Buddy’s Pizza, the home of Detroit’s original square Sicilian-style pizza has become more accessible than ever for Oakland County residents – just in time for National Pizza Month.


The 68-year-old family-owned restaurant business originated in Detroit, kick-started an expansion last fall and it continues as Buddy’s Pizza’s 11th location opens to the public at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at 44224 Twelve Mile Road, inside Novi’s Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk entertainment district. Business hours can be found on the webiste. For more information, visit www.buddyspizza.com.

What’s more, patrons who visit the new location on its first day can feel good about contributing to breast cancer research during breast cancer awareness month as $2 from every pizza sold at the Novi Buddy’s Pizza location on Oct. 23 will be donated to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

This initiative comes in addition to Buddy’s Pizza’s ongoing October partnership. Company-wide during October, Buddy’s Pizza donates a portion of proceeds from Leon & Lulu pizza sales to Karmanos and Buddy’s staff have the option to wear a special t-shirt and to donate to the cause, earning jeans casual days.

“We are so excited to open our newest location here in Novi,” said Robert Jacobs, Buddy’s Pizza president. “It means so much to us to do so during National Pizza Month and a time when we can enhance our commitment to the Karmanos Cancer Institute.

“I believe Buddy’s Pizza fans and friends will find that our new, Fountain Walk location maintains the same look and feel they have come to expect. From our proud Detroit roots to our dedication to quality products and personal service, we can’t wait to share a slice of Sicilian-style square pizza with our new neighbors here in Novi.”

Wesley Pikula, Buddy’s Pizza vice president of operations, could hardly wait to show the newest location to the public. The new location’s public opening followed private events and a community ribbon cutting ceremony. “This restaurant sets a higher bar,” he said. “The architectural elements will impress our regular visitors and our new fans. The party room is amazing.”

The Novi location caters to Buddy’s Pizza’s family-focused environment, while remaining easily accessible to visitors. “Our newest location is conveniently situated near freeways M-5, I-275, I-696 and I-96, and will provide guests from across the metro Detroit area easy access to the Buddy’s Pizza flavors they have come to know and love,” said Pikula. “That was important to us as a family-owned and operated company. We have such a long history in the metro Detroit area and our customers have become just as much a part of our Buddy’s family as our own employees are.”

“We look forward to adding on to our family in Novi and to introducing newcomers to our signature square pizzas, homemade soups and antipasto salads.”

General Manager Matt Heckert has been responsible for opening the Novi location over the past year. Heckert has worked with Buddy’s Pizza to develop new menu items, train and hire staff members, and has managed locations in Warren, Livonia, Dearborn, Auburn Hills and Shelby Township. “We began hiring for the Novi location during the summer months and are ready to bring the best of Buddy’s Pizza to Novi,” Heckert said.

Similar in style to the Shelby Township location that opened last fall, Buddy’s Pizza in Novi is an 8,000 square foot, full-service restaurant location. It will seat 200 patrons in a main dining room and feature an urban, retro-styled interior and exterior, a main lobby, an outdoor dining area, main bar, banquet room, carry-out area, modern restrooms and kitchen.

The Novi location was designed by Northville-based Martone Design Studio, and pays tribute to Buddy’s Detroit heritage with vintage Industrial deco design elements, reminiscent of the original Buddy’s Pizza on the corner of Six Mile Road and Conant Street in Detroit.

About Buddy’s Pizza
Sixty-eight years since the introduction of the first square pizza, Buddy’s Pizza thrives in metro Detroit with 11 locations that serve the loyal clientele who have consistently made the brand a favorite nationwide. Buddy’s has been recognized as one 50 States, 50 Pizzas and Destination Pizza and 10 pies worth a trip by Zagat; one of the Nation’s Five Best Pizza Places by the Food Network; dubbed the Hottest Independent Pizzeria in the Nation by Pizza Today; one of the best 25 Pizzas in America by GQ and one of the 25 best pizza spots in the US by Food & Wine Magazine. For more information, visit www.buddyspizza.com. Follow Buddy’s Pizza on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow Buddy’s Pizza on Facebook and Twitter