Friday, April 18, 2014

Disneynature’s BEARS opens today in theatres everywhere!!!

Guest Blogger: Robin Slawnyk

I recently had the awesome pleasure of previewing Disney Bears at the Emagine Theater in Novi.  I took my 6 year old Daughter, Hannah, along with me.  

I don't know where to begin describing how incredible and captivating the movie was.  It was beautiful, full of crisp up-close bear encounters, bright and vibrant colors and interesting narration.  We felt like we were actually there!  The tiny bear cubs are so cute and full of so much personality.  They were entertaining and amazing!

The movie begins with the birth of the bear cubs and shows their first year of life and all of the adventures and hardships that they endured.  (Not to mention all of the silly shenanigans from little cub 'Scout').  It is absolutely a learning experience but the kids won't even know it!  Kids and adults alike were full of joy and laughter as the movie played on.  I very much enjoyed watching the resemblance between the bear families and human families.  I can say for sure that the next time someone calls me a Mama Bear, I will proudly own it :)  

The girly girl in me had to cover my eyes when the bears were hunting for and eating Salmon because it got graphic at times - but the kids didn't seem to mind!  Other than that part, I loved the movie and can't wait to take my other kids to see it. 

We can't wait to hear how much you loved this film!  Be sure to check back in with us after you embark on this wild adventure with your family!

Robin Slawnyk
Metro Detroit Mommy 


Metro Detroit Mommy was invited to attend a preview showing of Disneynature's Bears in exchange for this promotional post.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Planning for you Children’s Future with Rob Laney

Guest Post by Rob Laney

With how busy people are in today’s society it’s easy to forget the things that really matter, such as saving for your kid’s future.  One of the most important things you need to consider and not “put off until later” is saving for your children’s education.  Think about all the money that’s spent on your children from the time they are born, until they move onto college at age 18.  Toys, shoes, food, doctor visits, clothes, etc.  These are just a few of the things that we all spend countless dollars on in our children’s lives while growing up, but none of it constitutes as a long term investment.

Putting away a small amount for our children’s education might be one of the single most important things we can do for them.  I can’t stress enough the importance of starting early.  Whether that amount is $10 or $100 a month, every little bit helps to secure their financial stability down the road.

Kids, as we know, can only have so many toys.  These things add up!  A few dollars here, a few dollars there, before you know it, you have spent $50 on toys in a month.  That might benefit them now, but how much value will it really add to their future down the road?  Cutting back on one or two toys a month or one or two pieces of clothing and putting that money in an account that has the ability to grow is a huge first step to preparing for your child’s future.
What it comes down to is asking yourself these three questions below.
1)  In the next five, ten, or even fifteen years, will tuition prices continue to rise or decline?
2)  Inflation.  To make it simple, does a gallon of milk today cost you the same amount it did when you were a kid?  What does that say about the importance of saving for the future and what a dollar will actually be worth down the road?
3)  Do you like paying taxes?  My guess is you don’t.  Certain college Education Saving Plans do a great job of avoiding taxes whether your child decides to go to school or not.  Which one are you currently involved with?

Tax efficiency, working around your personal budget, and coming up with an overall plan that helps fit the needs of both you and your families future is what I specialize in.  Whether that is Life Insurance, Disability Income, Long Term Care, planning for your children’s future, my team and I come up with specific plans that help fit the needs of every individual I meet with and make sure they are on the path to a safe and sound financial future.

For more information on these topics, please feel free to contact me at the information listed below.

Rob J Laney III
Financial Representative

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Aqua-Tots in Troy

Rosa just started swimming lessons at Aqua-Tots in Troy.  The facility is located inside the shopping plaza on the south-west corner of Big Beaver and Rochester Road next to Bath and Body works.

This Aqua-Tots hosts a large heated swimming pool, plenty of seating for parents, lockers, changing rooms, bathrooms, hair dryers, a suit spinner, and much more.

There plenty of goggles, suits, snacks and more available for purchase.

Rosa was so proud of her progress chart the first day we attended.

Here are the changing rooms.  We managed to get our double stroller into one of these rooms.  Rosa, Carlyn and I still fit comfortably.

 Carlyn enjoyed playing with the toddler toys while Rosa was swimming.

 So proud of Rosa and so amazed of her abilities.  She was practically floating all by herself.  Miss Kim did a great job with her.

Overall I simply love AquaTots.  The staff members are all super helpful, the facility is clean.  The instructors are knowledgeable and the program is structured for maximized learning.

Rosa is attending AquaTots for weekly swimming lessons courtesy of Aqua-Tots in exchange for this promotional post.  Regardless of our relationship, my opinion is genuine and my own.  Your experience may differ.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Inglenook Park in Southfield

Inglenook Park is located in Southfield on 12 Mile Road, between Evergreen & Lahser roads and offers gravel Jogging/Fitness Trails, Neighborhood Ballfields, a spacious Picnic Area (no shelter), Playlot, Restrooms, Nature Area and Public Parking.

Thanks to my friend, Robyn who tipped me off to this gem!!

We spent all of our time at the play area.  Rosa and Carlyn had a fantastic time.  The main structure has a barn theme.  It was a bit big for Carlyn (20.5 months).  She did a pretty good job navigating it, though I followed her around and she did fall down a step while we were there.

There is a lot for a wide range of ages.  I love these staggered stepping stones for older children.

This spider web structure is fantastic for the older children too.

The toddler structure is much smaller than the rest of the equipment.  Carlyn spend about one minute exploring this and moved on to the bigger structure.  

There is covered seating/tables for enjoying a snack or lunch or just taking a break.  There are also a few park benches around the area for parents to sit and relax.

One huge plus were the public restrooms at this park.

 We had a grand time, the park was clean and nice.  Garbage cans were available near the tables.  There is currently construction in half of the parking lot, but other than that everything was wonderful.

See more images in our photo gallery.

So where is your favorite park?  I will be making my rounds this summer and featuring some of my favorites.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

THE END (ALMOST) Book Signing Event and #Giveaway

Local author/artist/creator Jim Benton, announces his new picture book for children 3-5 years, published by Scholastic Publishing. The book is called THE END (ALMOST) and The Huffington Post lists it as one of twenty terrific books to read with your kids this spring.

When Donut the bear is told his story is over and he has to leave, he donut want to do it. After all, he hasn't had a chance to have any fun! Will Donut's sneaky schemes and elaborate disguises be enough to keep his story from ending?

Donut's silly antics in this clever picture book from New York Times bestselling author Jim Benton are sure to delight kids who never want their favorite stories to reach The End.

Jim will be signing copies of The End (Almost) at Books-A-Million in Beverly Hills, Michigan, on Saturday, April 19th, at 2:00 PM. The store is at 31150 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48026. Store phone: 248-723-7106.

Jim is the author and artist of Dear Dumb Diary®, a New York Times Bestselling series published by Scholastic which has sold more than 8.5 million books, and is printed in 18 languages.  Jim is also the creator of many licensed properties, including It’s Happy Bunny®, the licensing hit that has generated over ¾ of a billion dollars at retail.  The It’s Happy Bunny books have been chosen three times by the American Librarians Association as their top picks for teen readers, and It’s Happy Bunny programs have taken top awards from the Licensing Industry Merchandising Association five times. Jim’s anti-drug program for middle school kids for The Partnership for a Drug-Free America has won three Addy awards and a Governor’s Award.  Jim’s series Franny K. Stein™, published by Simon & Schuster, has sold over a million books, and The National cartoonist Society (NCS) awarded Jim with a Reuben award in the Greeting Card division.

Jim Benton lives in Bloomfield, Michigan. Visit him online at www.jimbenton.com and on Twitter @JimBenton.

Enter below for a chance to win a signed copy of the book from Jim Benton and Metro Detroit Mommy.  

Metro Detroit Mommy and one lucky fan will receive a signed copy of The End (Almost) in exchange for this promotional post.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Walking With Dinosaurs at the Palace of Auburn Hills Aug 6-10 #giveaway

Dinosaurs once again roam the earth when the spectacular production, Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series, comes to The Palace of Auburn Hills for an eight-show engagement from August 6-10, 2014.

Tickets at $59.50, $49.50, $39.50, $19.50 reserved go on sale at 10 a.m., April 4 at Palacenet.com, The Palace Ticket Store and all Ticketmaster locations and online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets may be also charged by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard by calling 800.745.3000.

Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. The show has scenes of the interactions betw
een dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.

This updated production will showcase changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species. Worldwide, more than eight million people have seen this show in 243 cities and over 2,000 performances.

Enter below for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Walking With Dinosaurs (show date to be determined)

Thursday, April 10, 2014


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Date/Time Sunday, April 27, 2014 
1:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Pasant Theatre
Tickets:       $8.00 ● Plus applicable fees
Ticket Office: whartoncenter.com
517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON

Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs and the big, bad wolf who blew down their homes. But what if the wolf wasn’t so big and bad? What if all he wanted was some sugar from his neighbors to make a cake for his Granny? For the first time, Alexander T. Wolf – the convicted pig-eater in question – is telling his side of the story. THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS BY A. WOLF makes its debut at Wharton Center on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Tickets are $8, plus applicable fees, and are available online at whartoncenter.com, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.