Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fall Favorites

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I'm going to say this, and it's not something that I usually say, I'm so glad it's fall. Metro Detroit has had a steamy summer. A summer where I haven't wanted to go outside and work in my garden or yard (well that and soon as I touch anything outside I start itching). Fall brings cool, crisp temperatures and colorful leaves. So, I decided to share with you, my fall favorites. No, this list will not include pumpkin spiced anything. Yes, I know I'm like the only Michigan gal that doesn't like pumpkin spice, lol.

The trees are like beautiful gems in Metro Detroit during the fall. Every year the leaves are so different in color which is a beautiful sight. I've heard different stories about how the weather affects the leaf colors. The leaves eventually fall to the ground. Who doesn't love jumping in a crunchy pile of leaves? My point, everything alive must shed and renew. Fall is a perfect time for reflection. Take a journal and make a list of things that you need to drop. Consider discarding things that make you unhappy. It could be a job, friendship, or something sucking your time.

I love checking out cider mills. I love the taste of hot cider and warm donuts. I put together a list of the best cider mills in Metro Detroit on my family blog. Check it out.

Fall brings warmer clothing and boots. I love wearing boots. I love pairing a cotton shirt and cardigan with a pair of skinny jeans and tall boots. Take a peek at some fabulous boot styles from Amazon. They have fantastic prices.

Another favorite is decorating for fall. I adore Halloween decorations. I'm planning on making our new home extra spooky. I have tons of Halloween decorations. I might even start decorating today. My husband made a shooter that shoots out Halloween candy. Our new neighbors are going to love us, lol.

I also love coming up with new fall crafts. Stephanie and I made these cute DIY candy corn bottles a few years ago. Also, check out our fall wreaths

What are your fall favorites?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

$150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Welcome to the Dropprice $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! Enter to win from Mom Among Chaos

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms Amazon Gift Card 
In today’s promotion for the GUND Animated Peek-A-Boo Bear, it started out at $40.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates. Amazon Gift Card You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price,” or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out, and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!   Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.   Giveaway: Win a $150 Amazon Gift Card All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Peek-A-Boo Bear, and you will be entered to win a $150 Amazon gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!   This giveaway ends on 10/2/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The HandleBar Detroit Review

Disclosure: I attended this event for free to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own. 
A couple weeks ago I was invited to a blogger event to try out The HandleBar Detroit. Previously, I had noticed it pedaling around downtown Detroit and I was intrigued. 
I would recommend it as a fun, unique alternative to other group get-togethers. If you and your friends like biking, exercising, or outdoor activities then this is right up your alley. Although, everyone should enjoy experiencing this group pedal bike at least once. If you have enough people join in then you all don't have to pedal. There are 4 non-pedaling seats.
We had a group of 12 riders, plus our driver, with 10 of us pedaling. Even so in our 2-hour ride, we only made it to 2 bars and a photo opportunity stopping by Comerica Park. Some of the local bars offer drink specials if you say you are on a pedal pub. 
Make sure to bring snacks along or eat before you go because you will not have enough time to order food at the bar. Another tip is to only bring with you a clutch, crossbody bag, or small purse since you will be hopping off and back on at each stop. Finally, make sure you have a few tall friends along because only a few of the seats are adjustable for shorties, like me.
The HandleBar is Detroit’s first and only 16-person pedal powered pub on wheels! Grab 15 of your friends and let our company's designated driver navigate as you pedal your way around downtown Detroit, stopping at areas of interest (bars, restaurants, etc) along the way. Bring your own food and drink, crank up the music and enjoy a great time with friends! We do birthdays, bachelorette/bachelor parties, corporate outings and we’re happy to be any excuse you have to get together and have fun!
Credit goes to Squad member Ben Franco for creating this video. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/N3EAVe2Bp9c

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Southeast Michigan Halloween Happenings

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Mom Among Chaos has worked with local area bloggers to bring you the best family-friendly Halloween happenings in Southeast, Michigan! Make sure to share with all of your friends!

MACOMB


September


16125 22 Mile Rd Macomb, Michigan
(586) 247-5533
September 24, 2016, from 12PM-5PM
Children preschool aged thru third grade $10. Adults are free. Pumpkin painting, spooky train ride, non-scary haunted house, corn maze, and picture scenes.

October

October 8

228 N. Main Street, Suite H, Romeo, Michigan 48065
(989) 325-8285
October 8, 2016, 10 AM - 4 PM
Nominal fee to participate in a few activities
A family fun-filled day in Downtown Romeo! From face painting and pumpkin bowling to a magician and more! Plus, the Romeo Farmers Market.


123 S. Main St, Mt Clemens, Michigan
(586) 954-4994
October 8th and 9th 2016 from 11-5 
Free for all ages.
Stroll through a covered outdoor area where you will find 1,000's of hand-blown pumpkins and gourds. There is also demonstrations of glass blowing.

HavestFEST
47747 Romeo Plank Rd. Macomb, Michigan
(586) 286-3655
October 8th from 11-5 PM
Price Varies
As the season begins to change, where will you find yourself this autumn? Join us at Ray Wiegand’s for our annual Harvest Fest. This year, there are more opportunities to enjoy autumn inspired activities the whole family will enjoy. Most of our activities are inside or are protected from inclement weather.
ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
• Farm Animal Petting Area
• Farmer for the Day Play Area
• Straw Maze
• Straw Tractor
• Treasure Hunt
• Photo Opportunities
• 55′ Caterpillar Maze
• Bounce House
• Bug Bus
• Airbrush Face Painting
• Sand Art
• Pumpkin Decoration Station
• Fairy Garden Creation Station

KID’S WRISTBAND – $10
The Kid’s Wristband includes admission into ALL activities, will save you over $5 per child. Limit to (1) face painting, (1) bug bus, (1) sand art and (1) decoration station.

FARM ANIMAL PETTING AREA – FREE
Pet Goats, Sheep, Bunnies, Alpacas and a Miniature Horse. Feed Cones available for $1 to feed the animals.

FARMER FOR THE DAY PLAY AREA – FREE
Pick apples off our wooden miniature apple trees, collect artificial eggs, dig for potatoes in a straw pile and milk our pretend cow, plus photo opportunities.

STRAW MAZE – FREE
Enter our old town straw maze. As you make your way through the maze, be sure to stop and look out the windows to see if you ended up in the general store, jail, hotel, blacksmith shop or saloon. Makes a great photo opportunity for those waiting on the outside for you.

STRAW TRACTOR – FREE
This tractor is made out of huge straw bales. Climb and pretend you’re a farmer driving your tractor for the day.

TREASURE HUNT – FREE
It’s a “Who Done It.” Hunt for all the clues through our display gardens, then use the clues to help you solve the mystery. When you know who did it, report back to the ticket booth to claim your prize from the treasure chest!

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES – FREE
Take a ride with Dora in her car or jump in Scooby Doo’s van. Pose in front of our Old Town or go into the straw maze to look through the cut-outs.

55′ CATERPILLAR MAZE – $1
Enter the caterpillar's mouth, go up the slide and make your way through the obstacle course before exiting. For kids under 100 pounds.

BOUNCE HOUSE – $1
Spend 5 minutes in the bounce house showing off your acrobatic skills.

BUG BUS – $3
Take a ride in a small Bumble Bee or Lady Bug car.

AIRBRUSH FACE PAINTING – $3
Pick from an assortment of stencils to have airbrushed on your face, hand or arm.

SAND ART – $3
Choose from assorted glass bottles to create your very own masterpiece.

PUMPKIN DECORATION STATION – $5
Let your imagination run wild decorating a pie pumpkin. Use felt pieces, pom pom, buttons, yarn, and googly eyes to make your pumpkin come to life.

FAIRY GARDEN CREATION STATION– $20
Pick your fairy, pick your plants and create your very own fairy garden to take home with you. All supplies will be provided.

Be sure to stop by our kitchen for a fresh Wiegand-made donut and a cup of cider.

October 15

5700 22 Mile Rd, Shelby Charter Township, Michigan
(586) 731-0300
October 15, 2016, from 12PM-2PM.
Free
Each family will decorate their trunks and pass out candy. There will be tons of fun games, hayrides, and awards.


One City Square, Warren, Michigan
(586) 574-4500
October 15, from 6-7 PM
Some items may have a small fee.
Trick or Treating in the parking structure. Includes, Free pumpkin, professional pumpkin carvers, moonwalk, mechanical bull, pumpkin photos (4-6 PM), Wagon Rides.

October 21

20699 Macomb St, Macomb, Michigan
(586) 992-2900
October 21, 2016, from 6PM-8:30 PM
$5 for residents, $10 for non-residents
Dress up, dance, get your nails done, hit a haunted house, all in good fun. Limited to the first 700 tickets.


October 23

32050 Harper, St. Clair Shores, Michigan
(586) 285-2222
October 23 from 2 PM - 4 PM

Trick-or-treating for kids, and a best-decorated car contest for grownups at the St. Clair Shores store parking lot along with Billy's Blends Coffee House, Jimmy John's, Jet's Pizza - St. Clair Shores, Sanders. There will be games, craft, and a fall photo backdrop as well. Cash prizes will be awarded for the three best-decorated vehicles. Remember to load the car with goodies, too! To enter your car in the contest, contact Elizabeth P. as soon as possible.

October 28

21537 Harper Ave, St Clair Shores, Michigan
October 28, 2016, from 6-9PM.
$30 per person. Tickets available on the website.
Dress up in your favorite costume and join us for a PARTY! We will be building some FUN Halloween models including motorized bats! We'll have a pizza dinner, fun games, candy prizes and more! 




57880 Van Dyke, Washington Twp, Michigan
(586) 752-6543
October 28, 2016, from 11AM-1P
Resident $6, Non-Resident $7
Enter to win the best costume includes food, music, and prizes.


Go with the Spirits - Haunted History Tour with a Twist!
MI Trolley Tours, Inc
122 W Washington St, Romeo, Michigan
(586) 894-0077
Oct 28, 29, & 30 5PM-6:30 PM 1 1/2 hour tour. 
$20 per person.
We do not recommend children under 7. Up to 20 seats available and they are going fast. Our tour is composed of history and ghost stories about Victorian homes in the Romeo Village. We tell tales that may seem spooky or give you a chill. Are they all true? It's up to YOU to decide. THAT'S TRANSPORTAINMENT! We encourage you to wear your best SPIRITual Costume and bring along your favorite "Spirits."


October 29

47120 Romeo Plank Rd, Macomb, Michigan
(586) 286-4231
October 29, 2016, from 4-5:30 PM.
Free
Bring your kids to the annual trunk or treat. Includes games, pumpkin carving, dunk decoration contest, and face painting.


Veterans Memorial Park, 16200 Chestnut, Roseville, Michigan
(586) 445-5480
October 29, 2016, from 6-7 PM
Kids ages 18 months-12-years-old
Member $3, Non-Member $5
Includes music and businesses handing out candy. You must purchase a wristband ahead of time. Only 500 wristbands will be sold.


Little Goblins' Night Out 2016
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
1100 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
(313) 884-4222
Saturday, October 29 from 4 PM - 6 PM
$10 per person with timed tickets every half-hour. Tickets sold in advance only.

Bring your little goblins to Ford House for an evening of Halloween entertainment! We’ll supply the bags to collect your Halloween treats and surprises, just bring your little ones in their fantastic Halloween costumes!

October 30

31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township, Michigan
(586) 850-6611
October 30, 2016, at 9:15 AM.
All ages.
All prices vary depending on the day of registration.
This race includes face painting, massage, DJ, medals for 5K and 8K finishers, and long sleeve shirt. This race is dog-friendly.

One City Square, Warren, Michigan
(586) 574-4500
October 30, 2016, from 9AM-2PM
Trick or Treating at the farmer's market. Feel free to dress up!


18377 Hall Rd, Suite 1, Macomb, Michigan
(248) 596-1914
October 30, 2016, from 6:30PM-8:00 PM
Open to all. $5 per person or $15 per family. Free admission for those kids that wear costumes. Pre-register at above phone number.
Includes swimming, crafts and snack.

Halloween Fun Fest in the Park 
32400 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores, Michigan
(586) 445-5350
October 30, 2016, from 1-5PM
Non-Residents $3, SCS Residents $2
Tractor hay rides, donuts, hot dogs, kiddie rides, candy, petting zoo and more.

October 31

CandyTown
33801 Van Dyke Rd, Sterling Heights, Michigan
(586) 258-4390
October 31, 2016, from 6:30-8:30 PM
Free
A safe alternative to Trick or Treating. This event is setup for ages 0-Fifth grade. Your child will receive candy, and there will be games.

All Halloween Season

28405 26 Mile Rd, Lenox, Michigan
(586) 203-7222
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9/16/16-10/30/16
Prices from $12-25 based on age and attraction.
Haunted House and Hayrides.


The Deadland Haunted House
20900 Dequindre Rd, Warren, Michigan
(586) 252-4375
9/16/16-10/31/16
Prices starting at $10.
Ages 16 and up.
One of the scariest haunted houses in the area.

65075 Van Dyke, Washington Twp., Michigan
(586) 752-3123
Now thru 10/31/16. 
Family Fun Hours 10AM-5PM
Free for kids 30 inches and under. $9.50 per person over 30 inches.

The event includes three black holes, indoor maze, 40-foot slide, wagon rides, and six-acre corn maze.


71845 North Avenue, Armada, Michigan
(586)784-9710
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9/23-10/30
7pm-11pm
Prices from $9.95-19.95 depending on the event selected.
Blake's offers Zombie Paintball Safari, SpookyLand 3-D Maze, 3-Story Haunted Barn and a Haunted Hayride. Live DJ every Friday & Saturday Night. Enjoy outdoor movies & bonfires under the stars every night.


MI TROLLEY HAUNTED HISTORY TOUR With a Twist
228 N. Main Street, Suite H, Romeo, Michigan 48065 
(586)752-2682
Every Saturday in October, 3 PM Tour or 5PM-6:30 PM Tour. 

$20 per person.
Not recommend for children under 7. The tour covers many of Romeo's Haunted tales, legends, and fantasies. Are they true? It's up to you to decide.


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Find more Halloween Happenings all across Southeast Michigan:
Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood Livingston County Halloween Events
Mom Among Chaos Macomb County Halloween Events
Metro Detroit Mommy Oakland County Halloween Events
Ann Arbor With Kids Washtenaw County Halloween Events
Redesigning Happiness Wayne County Halloween Events

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tailgating Recipe Linkup with Meijer Mperks

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This post is sponsored thanks to Meijer! All opinions are 100% my own.
It is getting to be that time of year again, yes, football season. Even though I'm not into football, I'm all in for tailgating. This girl loves food and loves to have fun. So, I came up with a list of the most popular tailgating recipes. Make sure you head on over to Meijer because they have everything you need for tailgating at incredible prices. 
Are you signed up Meijer Mperks? I've saved over $531 this year alone!


Here are nine popular recipes for tailgating. Check them out!
Baked Potato Soup
Hearty Fall Chili - courtesy of Wagon Pilot
Grilled Spicy Chicken Wings - courtesy of A Gouda Life
Pizza Biscuits - courtesy of Ann Arbor with Kids
Fresh Salsa - courtesy of Redesigning Happiness


Head on over to Meijer for everything you need for an incredible tailgating party. Don't forget to clip mPerks and make your grocery list! Did you catch how much I've saved this year with mPerks? I can take my family away for the weekend with all of my savings. You can do the same when you shop at Meijer!

There are mPerks digital coupons to help you save on tailgate snacks, drinks, and more.
Which recipe would you like to try?

Monday, September 5, 2016

Stitch Fix #16

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This blog post contains affiliate links so I can continue my love for Stitch Fix.

Stitch Fix #16 was my birthday fix. Of course, I had to have a box sent for my 41st birthday. I will never tire of new clothing. My stylist this month was Bailey. Was it a keeper? Keep on reading to find out what I thought.

What is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a styling service. When you request a box, the stylist will look at your Pinterest board, that you will set up, to find out your personal style. The stylist picks out five pieces to send you. The five pieces are to update your wardrobe and get you to step out of your "regular" style box. The cool part is you can try on the clothing in the comfort of your home and keep them for up to three days. If you end up purchasing nothing, you only pay a $20 styling credit. If you buy any of the items, the $20 styling credit is applied to your purchase. If you buy the entire box, you receive a 25% discount. The best deal is when you keep the whole box.

Skies are Blue Benko Scallop Hem Blouse
I was interested in trying on this top because I liked the color. This top before the discount was $54. I didn't love it enough to pay that much, so I sent it back.

Just Black Arabella Pocket Skinny Jean
When I saw that these were coming, I was excited. I love Just Black, but I also remembered that this is a brand where you need to go up a size. As you can see, I could barely breathe in these jeans because they were so tight. I had to put my size four jeans on afterward to make me feel better that these size 6 Just Black jeans ran way too small. At $88, I was not interested in ordering a larger size. They were sent back.
Gilli Orson Knit Dress
My favorite Stitch Fix brand for dresses is Gilli. The material is super soft and the dresses hug curves nicely. I felt I needed my Spanx on with this dress to suck everything in, but I didn't feel like digging through my drawers. My husband LOVED this dress. I sure didn't need another dress, but I'm a sucker for dresses. I ended up keeping this one.

Dolce Vita Jones Bootie
I loved the pop of color from these booties. I also found out that I'm a big fan of Dolce Vita shoes due to a previous purchase. These shoes cost $130. I think that's a ridiculous price. The shoes didn't even look in perfect condition. So, being the frugal girl that I am, I found the same type of boot on Amazon for $23. Also, they're almost five stars. I returned this pair!
Market & Spruce Nina Asymmetrical Sweater Tunic
I'm super picky about materials. I have allergies and certain fabrics cause rashes. This sweater didn't have any materials I was allergic to, but it still felt itchy so I sent it back.

I was bummed with this Stitch Fix because my price point is supposed to be cheaper, which means my fix is usually right around $200. This one with the discount was closer to $300. I sometimes feel that I'm not listened to nor does Stitch Fix check my Pinterest board. I think I will be taking a break for awhile and visiting Golden Tote.

Please feel free to join my clothing deals group where I post Stitch Fix brands at reasonable prices. Because I feel stylish clothing should be affordable.



Which item did you like best?

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Healthy Blueberry Crisp & Paypal Giveaway

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This blog post contains affiliate links. This recipe has been modified from a Food Network recipe. 
My family sometimes gets so mad at me because I take ingredients from a recipe and change them all around to make them healthier. Occasionally my recipes are complete flops but other times the ingredients all work and I have a healthy masterpiece. I made over this blueberry crisp using healthier ingredients. It was a big hit in my household. So, to celebrate my 41st birthday I'm sharing a recipe and giving away $25.00 in Paypal cash.
Ingredients
6 cups of blueberries, washed and dried
One tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup of Trim Healthy Mama Super Sweet Blend 
Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt

Topping
1/2 cup of Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend (which is a mix of almond flour, oat flour, and coconut flour)
1/2 cup of quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup of Trim Healthy Mama Super Sweet Blend (you may use less, taste test for your perfect sweetness)
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature, cubed
Redi-Whip fat-free whipped topping to garnish

Combine blueberries, cornstarch, sugar, and salt in a bowl. 

In another bowl combine flour, oats, sweet blend, cinnamon, and nutmeg for the topping. Add butter in chunks. Mix until crumbly. 

Add blueberries to a baking dish. Top with crumb mixture. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes. Top with fat-free Redi whip.

Enter to win $25 Paypal cash from Mom Among Chaos in the form below. Ends 9/30/16.
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The winner must live in the USA. The winner is subject to verification. The winner will have 24 hours to respond before another winner is selected.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Making Sure All Kids Have School Supplies

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It's a sad fact that some kids start the school year with no school supplies, due to poverty. You may find that people live in poverty in your own neighborhood. Sometimes you never even know that a family is struggling. CLASSROOM direct has a big heart and sent a backpack loaded with back to school supplies for me to donate.
I made the decision to send the back to school supplies to my sponsor child in Guatemala. The little girl I'm sending them to is starting Kindergarten this year and could use all of these fabulous goodies. She will not receive her goodies until Christmas time. I feel the supplies will be a good gift, because little girls love drawing. The town she lives in is destitute. On a happy note, in September her family will be receiving their first home that is not a hut. Yay!

CLASSROOM direct has a rocking deals page where you can find the latest price drops to save you and your family money. I just found the markers my daughter wanted for $5 off the original price! I adore saving money!

If you're a teacher or homeschool your child, you will find a fantastic ideas & resources area on CLASSROOM direct. This section is an excellent way to get inspired with free downloads and lesson plans, a great way to start off the school year.

So head on over to CLASSROOM direct for all of your back to school needs! CLASSROOM direct touched me by doing something kind for so many needy children.

Are you ready for back to school?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review + Ticket Giveaway


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Disclosure: To facilitate this review I saw a free preview. All opinions are 100% my own.
#KuboMovie 

My family and I were invited to an early screening of Kubo and the Two Strings. We saw it in 3D at the AMC Forum 30 in Sterling Heights, MI. My whole family enjoyed this animated movie. My teen son said he liked how magic is casual, or normal, in Kubo's world. I really liked the family theme, artistry, scenery, storytelling, and the adventure. There are a few surprises which reminded me of Anime movies. We had a discussion afterward about what the title is referring to. My youngest is 9, soon to be 10, and she thought that some parts were a bit scary so take that into consideration if you have children younger than 9 or they are sensitive.
Katelyn, my 13.5-year-old daughter
Me wearing the paper Kubo hairdo and 3D glasses
My 18-year-old son and his friend Amber


Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/7oAxrNEt5I4 
From animation studio LAIKA, makers of the Academy Award-nominated “Coraline,” comes an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny. 
This film is rated PG.
In theaters now!
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These lanterns were one of my favorite scenes.
Mom Among Chaos readers enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to see Kubo and the Two Strings at any Metro Detroit area AMC theater. Ends 8/25/16.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
The winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner must reply within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is open to local Metro Detroit area residents only. Prize supplied by Allied. 
What is your favorite movie about a quest?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back to School Shopping for Less at Meijer

This post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% our own.

When I think about back to school, early mornings and spending money on new school supplies comes to my mind. We all hate dragging our booties out of bed when the alarm goes off way too early. Along with the dreaded, "I don't want to go" from your screaming child. Well, when you buy school supplies that your child loves it makes things a little easier because they can't wait to get to school to use them. Plus, when you shop Meijer for your back to school supplies you not only will be buying the "cool supplies" you will be paying less, as well.
Folder and notebook specials 
I like getting my daughter's school list and starting on it early. I buy a few supplies each week. Last week Meijer had $1 Kleenex, so I stocked up for her class. That's the great thing about Meijer when you see a good deal you can stock up!
Shh, don't tell on me! I added a pair of back to school shoes to the shopping cart for myself!
Giant pencil $5 and Oops! Eraser only $1!
My daughter loves this Rock, paper, scissors supply pack
Unique and funny backpacks
Backpack deals, the starry one even lights up!
Creative art supplies
On top of Meijer's fantastic back to school deals, you can save even more money using mPerks. Read all about how to get started with mPerks. So, for the coolest gear and the best savings download mPerks and head on over to Meijer.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Punch Bowl Social Detroit Review and Giveaway

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Disclosure: I was invited to a special event at Punch Bowl Social to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own. 
Last week I was invited to check out Punch Bowl Social in Detroit, MI. I had walked by several times before but this was my first time going inside. I was very impressed with the space and the variety of activities. The decor is a mix of old-fashioned, rustic, industrial, and modern. I enjoyed the view of the street out the big picture windows. We were given a tour including the upstairs which was reserved that night for a private party.
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Punch, Cheesecake, & Chocolate Cake at Punch Bowl Social
At first, we had the Truffle Kettle chips and dip "bar bites" appetizer. I loved them. I would go back again just for those. Then we tried two of their popular punch bowl drinks. The Bachelor's Bowl included bourbon and the “You must bring us. . .A shrubbery” punch included vodka and red wine. Both punches had unique flavors but I'm not sure about those combos. I definitely plan to choose one of their other drinks next time I visit.

Next, we sampled several appetizers, share plates, and diner menu items. My favorites were the cauliflower nachos and the Chicken and Waffles. The nachos were so tasty and cheesy that you couldn't even tell they had cauliflower. The waffles were sweet with strawberries, maple syrup, and candied walnuts.

Finally, it was time for my favorite course, dessert! We tried the chocolate cake, cheesecake, and carrot cake. I loved the chocolate cake and carrot cake. The cheesecake was a bit salty tasting. I hope they have the key lime cheesecake the next time I visit.
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Arcade, bowling, several bar areas, karaoke, private party rooms, and more at Punch Bowl Social. 
Speaking of the next time I visit, I think it would be so much fun to plan an event at Punch Bowl Social this fall, like a Mom's night out, couples night, or family night. Their current special is kids bowl free on Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays. Plus they offer birthday parties. My daughter will be 14 in December and I think she would love a fun karaoke and gaming party with her teen friends. They even serve kids punch bowls made with sprite.

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