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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Shoveling Snow Safety Tips

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This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.
Winter came early this year! Along with the snow comes shoveling. Thankfully, as I'm writing this, we haven't had to shovel yet, but living in Michigan I know it's coming. 

Something we don't usually think about when we are younger is shoveling snow safety tips, but frankly, it's so essential for all ages. So, before we get our first big snow storm of the season, I wanted to bring you some safety tips.

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Shoveling Snow Safety Tips

Before you begin shoveling, don't forget to warm-up as if you're doing a workout. I recommend doing some simple stretches, or even walking up and down the (salted) sidewalk to get your body moving.

When you're shoveling, do more pushing of the snow than lifting.  If you do lift, don't fill the shovel with snow completely. Don't strain yourself.

When you're lifting, make sure to tighten your core and use your leg muscles. Don't lift using your back. Suck the tummy and push with your legs.

If the snow is wet and heavy, make sure you're taking a break every 20-30 minutes. Pacing yourself helps you protect your body from overexertion

If you're middle-aged or have any kind of health issues always make sure to check with your Doctor before shoveling snow. Think of it as an intense workout.

Dress in layers that are easy to remove as your body warms up from shoveling. 

Finally, consider a light plastic shovel instead of the heavy metal shovels. The plastic shovel will save you time and will cause less pressure on your arms.

Once you finish shoveling come in from out of the cold and take your kids for a swim at Aqua-Tots Swim Schools. Continuing or beginning swim lessons during the winter months will have your child building confidence and life-long skills in the water, so they're ready to dive-in once Michigan thaws out.

Aqua-Tots Canton
43335 Joy Rd., Canton, MI 48187


(734) 828-2000

Aqua-Tots Novi 
44225 W. 12 Mile Road, Ste. C103, Novi, MI  48377
(248) 845-4544

Aqua-Tots Troy 
846 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI  48083
(248) 845-4545

Aqua-Tots Sterling Heights 
44891 Hayes Rd., Sterling Heights, MI  48183
(586) 884-3633

Aqua-Tots Auburn Hills 
 (248) 537-4005
750 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, MI.  48316

Aqua-Tots Farmington Hills 
31221 W. 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI.  48334
 (248) 537-4004


Give the Gift of a Detroit Zoo Membership & Giveaway

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This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own. 

I have so many memories of great times my family, and I have spent at the Detroit Zoo, thanks to our family memberships over the years. 

This holiday season skip the toys. Instead, give the gift of a Detroit Zoo membership.


Give the gift of a Detroit Zoo membership


There are so many WONDERFUL reasons to give the gift of  Detroit Zoo memberships so I thought I would list some of my favorite ideas!


  • When you visit the Detroit Zoo, it's a learning experience. Every single time I've visited I've learned something new from merely watching the animals or talking with a Detroit Zoo employee.
  • When you purchase a membership, you not only help support the animals at the Detroit Zoo but you're helping support animals at Belle Isle Nature Center as well. 
  • With an annual membership, your parking is included. Don't forget about the seasonal members-only entrance which lets you skip the long lines.
  • My favorite memory is the summer concerts at the zoo. Your family can have a weekly date full of giggles, dancing, and it's not usually crowded in the exhibits.
  • When you're a member, you can buy advanced tickets for special events. My personal favorite is the adult wine event. Grab your friends for an adult night or attend a kid-friendly event.
  • Winter is a fabulous time to visit the Detroit Zoo! Many of the animals are active in their natural habitats during the winter. So, grab your hat and gloves and visit the polar bears, camels, arctic foxes, wolverines, and red pandas. This is just a short list of the fantastic things you will find during the winter months.

What are you waiting for? Give the gift of a Detroit Zoo membership this holiday season! 

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Friday, November 23, 2018

5 Tips To Keep Your Home Warmer This Winter Season



Keeping your home or apartment warm and cozy during the colder months of the year can be a tough challenge. Yes, cranking up the heat will work wonders but this means the utility bills will go up as well. 

If you are looking for ways to warm up your home this winter season (without breaking your budget), these tips and ideas might serve you well.


Window coverings

Placing heavy curtains on your windows can help keep the warm air in and cold air out this season. There are also available window insulator kits available at your local hardware store. Layering your curtains can also do the trick if you don’t have any type of thick fabric available. You can also use some draft snakes and rubber weather stripping to make sure that the cold temperature won’t easily creep in.

Humidifier


Winter weather means drier air than usual inside your home. And when the air is dry, the temperature could drop instantly. To balance the dryness, you could use humidifiers all around your house. Run your humidifier whenever you are in your room especially if you are about to sleep at night.

Lighting

Bringing in more lights inside your house can create a warmer feeling. Keep your home well lit especially your living and dining area. Painting a bright color around your home is also one great idea. Bright colors reflect light thus giving your house a more rich and warmer ambiance.

Floor rugs and cozy blankets

Placing thick floor rugs and throw blankets around your home can give comfort and warmth. Floor rugs can cover cold floors and tiles while the throw blankets can be easily used whenever you feel colder than usual.

Change into warmer bedding

The last thing you want is waking up in the middle of the night because of the cold air inside. This is why changing your bedding into a more “winter-ready” one is highly advisable. Remove the thin sheets and replace it with extra and heavy comforters you have. Throw in some extra pillows too so you can snuggle with them anytime you want.


About the Author

Ron is the webmaster of Apartments-For-Rent-In-Michigan.Com. He often writes tips and advice for homeowners, tenants, and landlords. You can visit MichiganHousesOnline.com blog for more information.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

A Christmas Story Metro Detroit & Giveaway

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I received tickets to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own. A Christmas Story Metro Detroit & Giveaway


My family and I attended this show last year and I can tell you out of all of the holiday shows that I've seen this is by far my favorite! I don't want to tell you too much, or I will let the magic of the show slip away. You NEED to see this for yourself!

A Christmas Story Metro Detroit & Giveaway


From the songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La Land, A Christmas Story, The Musical, brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage at the Fox Theatre as part of the Fox Theatre Series.

Tickets (starting at $36) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box office and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.

Fox Theatre Series subscription packages and discounts for groups of 10+ are available by calling the Olympia Entertainment Group Sales Department at (313) 471-3099. Subscription packages include savings of up to 20 percent when purchasing three or more Fox Theatre Series titles.

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A Christmas Story, The Musical chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”).  An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, A Christmas Story, The Musical, has proudly taken its place as a perennial holiday classic for the whole family.

Hailed by The Associated Press as “a joyous Christmas miracle,” The New York Times writes “I was dazzled. You’d have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.” A Christmas Story, The Musical premiered on Broadway in 2012 and was a critical and commercial success. The musical was nominated for three TONY Awards® including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical.

A Christmas Story, The Musical features a festive and nostalgic holiday themed score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (TONY Award for Dear Evan Hansen, OSCAR for La La Land), with a book by Joseph Robinette, based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite.  The tour features direction by Matt Lenz, with casting by Alison Franck. TONY Award® winner Warren Carlyle’s Broadway choreography will be reset for the tour by Jason Sparks. A Christmas Story, The Musical features scenic design by Mike Carnahan, with costume design by Lisa Zinni and lighting design by Charlie Morrison. The hounds will play themselves. 

A Christmas Story, The Musical is produced by Big League Productions, Inc. Led by President and Executive Producer Daniel Sher, Big League is celebrating its 29th season of producing, general managing and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America and the world. For more information visit www.bigleague.org.

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, December 20                8 p.m.
Friday, December 21                    8 p.m.
Saturday, December 22               11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

 Enter to win 4 tickets to see A Christmas Story on 12/20/18 at 8 PM.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Toy Free Christmas

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Today, I spent a few hours in the basement getting rid of toys. Toys that my kids adored, ones they played with for 2 seconds, and others that were never even opened. Honestly, when you think about it, kids don't even play with 90-95% of their toys.

So, today I'm making piles to donate. Another child just might find something that he or she will fall in love with.

Most kids today live in excess. They have phones and so many toys that just sit and collect dust.


Toy Free Christmas


This will probably be our first Christmas since having kids that I'm sure will be toy free. My 12-year-old is now moving past them and ready to pass her childhood toys along to someone else.

Even if you have smaller kids, it's a good time to take into consideration what your child might need.

A fabulous idea for a toy-free Christmas is swim lessons at Aqua-Tots Swim Schools!

Aqua-Tots Swim School offers gift certificates in any domination. Also, they come with a gift of an embroidered wet swimsuit bag, which is such a cute idea!

Not only is swimming great exercise for your child, but it also helps them learn water safety, build endurance, gain confidence, and grow physically and mentally.

So, this holiday season skip the toys and go with Aqua-Tots Swim Schools because knowing how to swim is a life-long gift.

Check out Aqua-Tots Swim Schools Metro Detroit's locations!

Aqua-Tots Canton
43335 Joy Rd., Canton, MI 48187


(734) 828-2000

Aqua-Tots Novi 
44225 W. 12 Mile Road, Ste. C103, Novi, MI  48377
(248) 845-4544

Aqua-Tots Troy 
846 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI  48083
(248) 845-4545

Aqua-Tots Sterling Heights 
44891 Hayes Rd., Sterling Heights, MI  48183
(586) 884-3633

Aqua-Tots Auburn Hills 
 (248) 537-4005
750 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, MI.  48316

Aqua-Tots Farmington Hills 
31221 W. 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI.  48334
 (248) 537-4004