Friday, August 23, 2019

5 Things on Friday 8/23/19

This post contains affiliate links. I make a small commission, and there is no extra cost to you.

Can you believe summer is winding down? Neither can I! My oldest starts school this Tuesday! This year she will be a junior, and K will be in her last year of middle school. Crazy! It's been a while! Let's catch up!

1. The construction on our addition is in full swing. I think I'm past the point of being excited. The crew has been working on air conditioning all week. It's not an easy job because we have boiler heating and the air conditioning is being installed in the attic. 

I've been trying to spend a few hours a day sanding at the ranch. All of the moldings are an orange color so I've been sanding the bedrooms so Matt can paint them white. I really don't see our fall move date happening. At the rate we're getting the bedrooms done I think it will be more a winter move. Which I'm perfectly fine with.

2. My youngest became a teenager a few days ago. My poor kid was sick with a stomach bug on her birthday. Thankfully, her real celebration happens this weekend. We're going to Michigan Adventure and to see her FAVORITE boy band Why Don't We. I'm looking forward to my last two trips of the summer.

3. I'm burned out from cleaning my beach house. Last summer it rented for more extended periods. I had one person stay a month. It made things so much easier. Some weeks I've been up north to clean three times a week. I will be hiring someone next year if this schedule keeps up. We have done really well this year with it. 

I had my mom come up with me earlier this week. She helped me clean and then we did some shopping and went out to lunch. It was a beautiful day!

4. I joined a book club earlier this summer. All of my book clubs seem to end, so I decided to join someone else's. This summer I've read Where the Crawdads Sing, The Clockmaker's Daughter, and Little Fire's Everywhere. I liked them all and would give all three probably 3-4 stars, but my favorite would have to be Where the Crawdads Sing. If you haven't read it, check it out! Plus there is a rumor that it will be a movie soon.

5. I was asked to spend the night for the blog at the GMRENCEN. You can read about it here. The girls and I had a blast. The view from one of the top rooms at the hotel was more than stunning. If you've never stayed there, I highly recommend it.

What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Creating Safe Swimmers

Creating Safe Swimmers, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, Metro Detroit, swimming, safety, learning, growing, for kids, kids
This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.

Creating safe swimmers is the single most crucial factor in learning to swim. If your not a safe swimmer than so many safety risks skyrocket. What makes a safe swimmer? Well, let's dive into the subject a little bit!

Creating Safe Swimmers

The first and foremost is having your swimmer feel comfortable in the water. If your child freaks out the chances of drowning increase. Since I was a terrible swimmer even with years of swim lessons as soon as my babies were old enough, I had them in parent-tot swim lessons. I did not want my girls like me. I wanted the water to be a natural part of their lives. The more exposure to water, the better. 

Set rules for your kid right away when they're around the water. Right now, we've been boating with our kids quite a bit, and they know as soon as we get into the boat that I require lifejackets. You can never be too safe when it comes to being in and around water.

Take the time to teach your child to float, rollover, breathing techniques, sidestroke, and how to tread water. I highly recommend checking out Aqua-Tots Swim Schools. All classes include water safety skills, and it's a HUGE focus at the swim school! Sign up today!

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

Aqua-Tots Woodhaven 
21621 Allen Road. 
Woodhaven MI, 48183

Monday, August 19, 2019

Family-Friendly Night in Detroit

The GMRENCEN partnered with me for this post. All opinions expressed in this piece are my own.

My husband was away for the weekend, so my girls and I decided to go on a family-friendly night in Detroit.  We had a blast, and I'm going to fill you in for when you plan your next adventure!

Family-Friendly Night in Detroit

I've stayed at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center once before. I went home knowing that I would love to visit again and bring my family. Since hubby was away at karate, my oldest brought her friend. We loaded up in the mini-van, and we were off. 

I knew my girls would FLIP out when they saw the view of Detroit from the GMRENCEN. It's something spectacular to behold. When we were advised we were on the 62nd floor, you should have seen the smiles on their faces. I made them count to three before they took in the view!

I guess here they're pretending to act out the scene from Titanic. So silly!

The GMRENCEN reminds me of a big mall. I was so thankful they were with me. 

The first thing on the agenda was dinner inside the GMRENCEN at Granite City. My girls had never experienced this restaurant before, and one of them is super picky when it comes to food, so I figured it would be an excellent place to visit since they have something for everyone.

We had a pleasant dining experience at Granite City. We all enjoyed our food, and the service was excellent. Our waiter was prompt and attentive!

My family LOVES music. I believe we have been to seven concerts this summer. Since 2006 the GMRENCEN has been hosting the Chevrolet Rockin' On the Riverfront. Each summer these concerts are FREE to the public. Close to one million people have enjoyed warm summer nights on the riverfront plaza and by boat!

We heard three bands play. The first was the "My Kid Rocks!" winners Austin Kucken, Nik Kaljaj, Mat Kaljaj, and Austin Hart. They're from the ages of 13-15 years old. By far they were my favorite of the evening. They felt like superstars! They also played some excellent music! When they walked off the stage, they had their family waiting for them. It was a proud parenting moment, and I loved it!

Next up was Mob Opera. Mob Opera is a local band that has been together for over 12 years. It was a HUGE deal for them to be playing at the Chevrolet Rockin' On the Riverfront. Their excitement was contagious.

The main act of the night was Little River Band. Little River Band has lots of hits, but this Australian band was known for the song Lady!

On the way back to our room from the concert, we decided to take a peek at GM World. Detroit has been the home to General Motors for 93 years. I bet you know someone that has worked for General Motors or Chevrolet. My dad is retired from the company, so I grew up knowing about cars.

At GM World there are tons of cars on display. I thought the LEGO truck was super cute. They even had a polka-dot car, which I loved. Detroit definitely is the Motor City! 

My favorite part of our family-friendly night in Detroit was the nighttime view from our room in the GMRENCEN. The picture doesn't do it justice. It was breathtaking, seeing the city all lit up and alive. I sat in the dark and admired Detroit in its glory for hours. My kids wanted to sleep with the curtains open, so they could take it in. So beautiful!

I would HIGHLY recommend planning a family-friendly night at the GMRENCEN with your family. I felt safe in Detroit with my kids. We had a blast. The GMRENCEN is something you need to do at least once. I would, without a doubt, get a Riverview room again. I'm even thinking of planning a romantic getaway with my husband. 

Our family-friendly night in Detroit was a blast!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

bd's Mongolian Grill Royal Oak

bd's Mongolian Grill Royal Oak, Metro Detroit, reviews, food, foodie, cocktails, stir-fry, Royal Oak
This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.
I've been visiting bd's Mongolian Grill for at least 24 years. In fact, thinking about it made me look up what year they opened. Okay, they opened a few years before my first visit in 1992. In my 20's I remember going on dates to the Royal Oak location, and when I graduated from college, where did I have my graduation lunch? You guessed it bd's Mongolian Grill Royal Oak!

bd's Mongolian Grill Royal Oak

bd's Mongolian Grill Royal Oak, Metro Detroit, reviews, food, foodie, cocktails, stir-fry, Royal Oak

Bd's Mongolian Grill is known for stir-fry, but over the years it has become so much more than that. It's a place where you might grab a strawberry margarita like that one pictured above. Or, swing by for an appetizer or dessert!

My husband and I were invited out to check out the menu. It had been a while since we've had a date night and I was so excited! My favorite thing on the planet is eating out. 

We started with an appetizer, which was Crab Rangoon. I've had it before it's actually one of my favorites. Crab Rangoon is cream cheese and seafood fried in a wonton. It comes out golden and crispy. I also love the sweet dipping sauce that comes with it.

bd's Mongolian Grill Royal Oak, Metro Detroit, reviews, food, foodie, cocktails, stir-fry, Royal Oak

Then my husband and I were off to make our fun creations. I love winging it while my husband usually grabs a recipe card. 

bd's Mongolian Grill Royal Oak, Metro Detroit, reviews, food, foodie, cocktails, stir-fry, Royal Oak

One of the reasons I love bd's Mongolian Grill is because I can stay on my eating plan if I want. If I need to go low carb, it's a wonderland of different meats and veggies all cooked to perfection. This wasn't one of those visits. I was diving right into delicious foods.

bd's Mongolian Grill Royal Oak, Metro Detroit, reviews, food, foodie, cocktails, stir-fry, Royal Oak
Oh, I don't want to forget to mention bd's has yum yum sauce. I LOVE yum yum sauce. I dipped everything in it!

bd's Mongolian Grill Royal Oak, Metro Detroit, reviews, food, foodie, cocktails, stir-fry, Royal Oak
I'm not embarrassed to tell you I shoveled my chocolate cake into my mouth before I could get a picture. It was good. Here is Matt's cheesecake. He obviously had more restraint with his dessert than I did. LOL.

After all of these years, bd's Mongolian Grill Royal Oak is still a staple in this community. If you grew up going, it's time to introduce the next generation to this tasty restaurant. I was just thinking I've never taken my girls to this restaurant. I think they would enjoy it.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Angry Birds 2 Review

This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own. Angry Birds 2 Review
Those crazy cute birds are back again for round two in Angry Birds 2. Is this film worth seeing? I'm going to give you my 100% honest opinion. Yes, Mom Among Chaos is going to fill you in.

Angry Birds 2 Review

To be honest, I didn't love the first Angry Birds movie, so my expectations were not set high. Let's just say I was pleasantly surprised with Angry Birds 2!

In Angry Birds 2, the flightless birds and the green pigs must work together to battle a bigger evil when both of their islands are put at risk. Will the pigs and birds be able to put their differences aside to save their homes? You will just have to see the movie to find out. 

This movie is loaded with an all-star cast! Including Jason Sudekis as Red and Rachel Bloom as Silver. I dare you to listen to voices and see if you can guess who the celebrities are.

I was so surprised by this movie. It held my attention the whole entire time and had me laughing also marveling in the vibrancy of the film. The colors were gorgeous, and I wanted to reach out and cuddle the birds and piggies. Also, the water is stunning. It made me feel like I was on a tropical island.

The characters were larger than life. They had prominent personalities each and every one of them. I think my two favorites were Bomb and Silver. Oh wait, let's not forget the babies. They're so cute, and I loved their little voices. 

I laughed, my heart was touched, and my creative senses were filled from the magic on the screen. 

My husband and I both gave this film a four. I thought it was well done. My teens weren't as impressed. I think this film is perfect for eleven and under. Don't worry parents this is a film that will also entertain you as well. So, go to see it with your children. This is the BEST children's film that I've seen this summer. Yes, better than Lion King and Aladdin.