Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hop & Vine Inn Bed and Breakfast

I received a free stay in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are 100% my own.

The moment you arrive at Hop & Vine Inn bed & breakfast be prepared to be spoiled! Amber & Dan will warmly greet you and offer you something to drink. My friend, Rachel and I had a glass of red wine! We then got a little tour of the inn and let me tell you the picture above doesn't show just how large this one of a kind bed & breakfast is!

Hop & Vine Inn Bed and Breakfast

Hop & Vine Inn has 18 unique units that can sleep 2-7 people depending on the unit you rent. Or, you can rent the whole thing and have up to 59 guests which would be perfect for a reunion or a wedding.

The grounds are beautiful and scenic, and there is something to do for all ages. Did I mention that kids are allowed at this bed & breakfast? Yes, kids are more than welcome, and there is a vast playscape, sand volleyball court, games, along with an indoor pool to keep the kiddies entertained just to mention a few things! Oh but don't forget there is so much to do in the area. You are close to Michigan's most beautiful beaches, sand dunes, shopping and so much more. Hop & Vine Inn Bed and Breakfast is close to Saugatuck, or you could even take a little day trip to Holland or Grand Haven.

Are you longing for a quiet weekend away from it all with your significant other? Well, Hop & Vine Inn is also perfect for a romantic getaway. They have jacuzzi suites and fireplace rooms available for rent.

My friend Rachel and I stayed in a townhouse. I was so surprised because I didn't expect such large accommodations from a bed and breakfast.

There are two townhouses available for rent. They're perfect for a girl's weekend or if you have a family. The above is the living room. The living room has a gorgeous fireplace and flat screen TV. Also included in your stay you will receive free Wi-Fi, Netflix, and Hulu which includes your local channels. 

This charming townhouse is updated with a full kitchen. So, if you're looking to save money or you have picky children like I do you can cook your own food. Best yet, there is coffee waiting for you to brew the moment you get out of bed.

Don't forget you're on vacation! You don't even have to make your own coffee. The breakfast at Hop & Vine Inn bed and breakfast is divine. I'm not a big breakfast person, but I promise there is something for everyone. I loved the Pecan Waffles. They were light and airy. Everything I tasted was bursting with flavor!

The townhouse we stayed in had a full bathroom and a half bathroom! There was even a skylight in the upstairs bathroom which was wonderful for applying makeup. We are a family of four. I have a tween and a teenager. Even though we have three bathrooms, we are always fighting over the same one. I loved that this townhouse offers 1.5 bathrooms. Hopefully, if you bring the whole family less fighting over the restroom. This is essential for us as a family, LOL.

The townhouse had two bedrooms. Which I adored because if my kids were with me, we wouldn't have to share a bedroom. Yay for a little bit of privacy!

Would I recommend Hop & Vine Inn bed and breakfast? Most definitely! Hop & Vine Inn has thought of EVERYTHING! You will find the details are what makes this Inn a 5-star experience. This bed & breakfast is just waiting for you to discover it. There are so many nooks and crannies from outside lightning to little sitting areas outside. Book your trip today!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Detroit Zoo Membership & Summer Concerts

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I received a free membership to giveaway away in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Detroit Zoo Membership & Summer Concerts

Some of my favorite memories when my kids were little were the days we spent at the Detroit Zoo. I would meet my friends every Wednesday during the summer for the concerts. We would load up the mini-van with a wagon, blankets and of course all of my kid's favorite snacks. 

The music would play gently and happily while the sun was setting gloriously. My kids would smile a mile wide with Oreo's hanging off their precious little faces while they were totally rocking out to the band. Check out the video below from when they were small.

Detroit Zoo Membership & Summer Concerts

There are so many fabulous benefits to owning a Detroit Zoo membership. My personal favorite is attending the summer concerts. Here are a few benefits that might appeal to you and your family;
  • Free daytime admission and parking for one year to the Detroit Zoo
  • Advance tickets to special events
  • Discounted admission to select zoo and aquariums nationwide
  • Exclusive seasonal Members-only entrance which saves time
  • Subscriptions to Habitat and Zmail
  • Memberships start at just $63.00!
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On Wednesday nights starting July 11 and running through August 29, the Detroit Zoo comes alive with Wild Summer Nights! The concerts take place in the Main Picnic Grove from 6:30-8PM (weather permitting) featuring a variety of live music that is family-friendly! So pack a picnic and blanket and get ready to have some fun!

Just a friendly reminder that alcohol or glass isn't allowed on the property and items will be inspected upon entrance. If you don't feel like packing a picnic, no worries. There is food available to purchase at the Detroit Zoo!

Wild Summer Nights concert lineup:
Summer is around the corner! Grab your Detroit Zoo membership and make special memories with your kids. I know mine will never forget the special times we had!

Enter to win a family membership to the Detroit Zoo! You must live in the Metro Detroit area to win! Ends 6/10/18.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Daphne & Velma Blu-ray Giveaway

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own. #daphnevelma

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Starting today, you can pick up Daphne & Velma on digital, DVD and Blu-Ray. Your favorite Scooby-Doo characters are back in action and need YOUR help solving a mystery.
Jinkies! Your favorite mystery-solving teenagers are back in an all-new, live-action feature-length movie!
State of the art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights at Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including new transfer student, the bright & optimistic Daphne Blake (Sarah Jeffery) who is excited to finally go to school with her online bestie, the whip-smart & analytical Velma Dinkley (Sarah Gilman). But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious disappearances begin to plague the top-performing students on campus. Once cheery and full of life, kids now appear in a “zombified” state - lifeless and shells of themselves. Can Daphne and Velma learn to work together and save the students or will they become the next victims? Get ready for thrills and laughs as we follow the first adventures of Mystery Inc.’s fierce female duo. 
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Daphne & Velma on Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD on May 22, 2018.
The film stars Sarah Jeffery (Disney's "Descendants: Wicked World") and Sarah Gilman (ABC's “Last Man Standing”) and is produced by Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions. Daphne & Velma will carry a suggested retail price of $19.98 for the DVD and $24.98 for the Blu-ray.

Make sure to download the mystery video decryptor by clicking the above. You can help Daphne & Velma solve their latest case! Dial the knobs and meters to just the right place to unlock footage and move to the next challenge!

Enter to win a Blu-ray copy of Daphne & Velma! This contest ends 6/10/18. USA and Canada entries only.
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Southeast Michigan Summer Concert Series

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I'm teaming up with some of my favorite bloggers in the Metro Detroit Area to bring you the Southeast Michigan Summer Concert Series. So, dig out those lawn chairs and get ready to relax and enjoy the fantastic tunes from the Motor City area!

Macomb County

Chesterfield Township

50050 Jefferson Ave., New Baltimore
Fridays in July, 6-27th
7:00 PM

Clinton Township

Clinton Township Gazebo (Civic Center) 40700 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township
July 6th Fireworks

Wednesdays July 12 to August 2
6:30 to 9:00 pm (movie starts at 8:20)

The Mall at Partridge Creek at center court
Various Dates Thursday's-Monday
Saturday, May 26 - Monday, September 3


EASTPOINTE'S "MUSIC IN THE PLAZA." (not updated yet)
The plaza behind City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Eastpointe
Wednesdays May 24 to Aug. 2
6:30-8 p.m.

Harrison Township

Sunday Night Concerts At Lake St. Clair (Metro Park)
Lake St. Clair Metropark 31300 Metro Pkwy Harrison Twp, MI 48045

Thomas Welsh Activity Center
Sundays May 27 to Sept 2
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Free with Park Admission


19449 25 Mile Rd, Macomb, MI 48042
Thursdays June 28th to August 2nd 7:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Mount Clemens

Downtown Mount Clemens
June 9, 2017

New Baltimore

50050 Jefferson Ave., New Baltimore
June 8, 2018
7:00 PM


2017 Concerts in the Park
Location varies
Sunday's from 6/3 until 7/29

Shelby Charter Township

52700 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Charter Township
Wednesday, June 27, 7/11, 7/25, and 8/15
7:00 PM

St Clair Shores

2018 Michelob Ultra "Music on the Lake" Concert Series
St. Clair Shores.
32400 Jefferson Ave
Wednesday nights 6/13-8/15
7:00 PM


Concerts at the Square
Warren City Square. Van Dyke, north of 12 Mile Rd
July 15-August 19th
7 PM

Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood Livingston County Summer Concert Series

Metro Detroit Mommy Oakland County Summer Concert Series

Ann Arbor With Kids Washtenaw County Summer Concert Series

Redesigning Happiness Wayne County Summer Concert Series

Monday, May 21, 2018

8 Home Improvements That Must Be Done Before Moving In

Homeowners, especially first-timers, have a list of things they’d like to improve at their newly purchased property. Although the improvements can be done after the move, some are better done weeks before the move. Some of them are as follows:

Some flooring just needs a good thorough cleaning to make it look great again. Some might require total replacement, especially for old houses. So before moving in, it’s best to check the flooring and what must be done for it to look new again. Aside from the stubborn dirt, you should also be wary of its smell as well.

It’s best to apply a fresh coat of paint on the wall while the house is empty. Aside from making the job easier and faster, homeowners can also easily spot any wall defects or damage that needs immediate repairs.

Old homes usually have popcorn ceilings. These ceilings might contain asbestos and other irritants that must be taken care of first and foremost. It’s best to call a professional to the ceiling job for better results. Improving the ceiling is a messy job so it’s best to do it while the house is still empty.

If the property has a big backyard and you want the pets or your kids to roam around it freely, installing a reliable fence is a must. Know your city or local laws about fencing and secure a permit for it. While this task can be done after the move, it’s best to do it before the whole family moves in. If the fence is already in place, the pets and kids can simply play in the backyard while you unpack and organize your stuff inside the house.

For security reasons, all locks must be changed right after buying the property. No matter how nice and trustworthy the previous owner is, you’ll never know if a duplicate key was made and given to other people. Don’t take the risk and change the locks as soon as possible.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors must be checked and inspected before moving in. Change the batteries to make sure it will work to its fullest capacity.

Check the heating and cooling filters to see if they are still in good condition. Better yet, install a new one just to make sure that everything will work perfect and smooth.

Any kind of leak must be taken care of before settling down at the new home. No matter how small it is, it must be fixed immediately before it can cause serious trouble.

Remember, doing these home improvement projects ahead of time will save you a great amount of time and money in the long run.

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 this blog for more information.

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