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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Keep on Swimming

Keep on Swimming, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, Metro Detroit
This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are my own.

School is back in session. If you're like me, life has gone into a hectic mode. My week is full of carting kids back to school, and the various things my kids are involved in. Not to mention my sixteen-year-old that doesn't have her license yet that we have to drive back and forth to work. Some families, when the summer ends, remove their kids from swimming lessons. 


Keep on Swimming

When kids return to school as you probably know they learn what they did before they left. Sometimes they spend most of the first semester catching up on what they forgot over the summer. It doesn't have to be this way. What a waste of time!

With that being said, don't end your child's swim lessons when summer ends. Yes, I know your schedule goes into overdrive once school is in session, but it's so good for your child. If you keep the swimming lessons going, you will notice so many excellent benefits.

By keeping the lessons going, your child will not forget what they learned during the summer. They continue to grow, get exercise, and learn a life-long skill.

Also, your child is gone long hours of the day. This time you take out of your day to take your child for lessons or parent-tot swim is a bonding experience. When my daughter was little, we would go to parent-tot swim every Saturday morning. After swim lessons, we would go for bagels. My daughter loved this time we shared together as a family. She would get so excited about it.

If you spent the summer having your child in swim well keep on swimming. If you need to sign your child up for swim lessons, now is the perfect time to join Aqua-Tots Swim School!

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
734-818-8111


Friday, September 6, 2019

Halloween Happenings 2019



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!


Halloween Happenings 2019

September

65775 Wolcott Rd, Ray, Michigan
September 8, 2019, from 10 AM to 4 PM
$5 admission
Join us at the Farm Center for good old-fashioned fun, with something for everyone! Enjoy locally grown produce and activities such as candle dipping, blacksmithing, games, crafts, horse demonstrations, dog agility, and much more. 

Fall Fun Fest
19449 25 Mile Rd, Macomb, Michigan
September 21, 2019, from 11AM-1PM
FREE
Join us for a fun day of events!
*Knocker Ball
*Inflatable Axe Throwing
*Nerf Battle Zones
*Scare Crow Contest -
*Cider & Doughnuts
*1 Mile Fun Run/Walk' (raffle prizes)
* Inflatables & Games
*Strolling Entertainment
*Music in the Park
*Duck Duck Donkey Petting Farm
*Seasonal Crafts
*Farmer's Market- Ginn Farms
& More!
Shuttle Overflow Parking will be available at Macomb Town Center Park (25 Mile - East of Macomb Corners Park, West of Broughton). Guest will be directed as needed.
Scarecrow Contest RULES:
Make a homemade scarecrow & bring it to Macomb Corners Park on Sat. Sept 21 for the 'FALL FUN FEST.' Scarecrows must be dropped off by 10:45 am, to be entered into a contest to win 1 of 4 prizes! Scarecrows must be made to withstand fall weather (wind & rain)! Scare Crow can be free-standing - or able to be zip-tied to the fence. THANKS & Good Luck !!


Fun Fest Denewth's Garden Center
16125 22 Mile Rd Macomb, Michigan
(586) 247-5533
Last week of September thru 10/31. From noon to 5.
$10 for a Wristband.
Children preschool aged thru elementary is $10 for a wrist band. You must have a group of 15 or more.  Adults are free. Pumpkin painting, spooky train ride, non-scary haunted house, corn maze, and picture scenes.

October

Harvest Day
1100 Lakeshore Rd, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
October 6, 2019, from 12-5 PM
$15 per vehicle
Get outside and kick off autumn at Harvest Day at Ford House.

There will be lots of free fun for everyone, including old-school lawn games, a petting zoo, horse and pony rides, face painting, a giant leaf pile, hands-on activities, and plenty of photo opps. The outdoors is yours to explore, plus you can take a peek inside the historic house and stroll through the first floor.

What would a fall outing be without a tasty treat of cider and donuts? Blake Farms will set up shop here, selling their seasonal best right here at Ford House. Enjoy it on site or take it home!

We will also host a mini fall market, with local farmers offering their harvest wares: pumpkins, apples, fall bouquets and more. Vendors include Detroit Abloom, Green Toe Gardens and more. For the grownups, Blake’s will have samples of their hard cider, beer and wine, which will also be available for purchase.

Plus Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers will be on hand offering burgers, hot dogs, fries and brats for the family. Bring a picnic blanket and relax on the estate lawn!

Entry to Ford House for Harvest Day is just $15 per vehicle. Purchase it in advance at www.fordhouse.org/events

The event is rain or shine. Space is limited in the historic home, and tours are available on a first come-first served basis.



TheGathering-Autumn Adventures
17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, Michigan
October 7, 2019, from 4-7 PM
$5 per person (pre-register at your favorite Salvation Army church location)
$10 at the barn door
Registration due Monday, October 1st

What you can do at Blakes (Create Your Own Schedule)
• Reserved tent area seating for TheGathering!
• Cider & donuts
• Train Rides
• Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch (you may purchase pumpkins for an extra fee)
• Haunted Village and Black Hole
• Admission to Barnyard Funland which includes:
• Cornstalk Maze
• Giant Straw Mountain
• Water Duck Race
• Barnyard 500 Tricycle Race Track
• Pumpkin Jump Balloon
• Storybook Barn

There will be items you can purchase at Blakes for an extra fee. Just a few of the items offered are: pumpkins, apples, food, market with jams & jellies! This is not included in your registration fee of $5.

Check out Blakes:
https://blakefarms.com/orchardcidermill-2/


Halloween Spooktacular & Movie Night
52700 Van Dyke Ave, Utica, Michigan
October 11, 2019, from 6 to 9 PM
FREE for residents, $10 for non-residents
Trick-or-Treat around Heritage Lake and play Halloween-themed games before watching a fun family movie at Mae Stecker Park. Local businesses, organizations, and families are invited to hand out goodies and promotional material for $10. Contact PRM at 586-731-0300 for details.

6 PM - Trick-or-Treating & games
7 PM - Movie starts, "Hotel Transylvania"

Call PRM for more info at 586-731-0300.

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INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING?

Local businesses, organizations, and families are wanted for this fun annual event to pass out treats and promotional material to costumed children. Get into the Halloween spirit and take advantage of being face-to-face with residents to get your name out there at this township event.

-Event Details:

Residents will trick-or-treat around Heritage Lake and play Halloween-themed games before watching a family-fun movie at Mae Stecker Park.


Haunted Hallways of Masonic Heights
22100 Masonic Blvd, Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
October 18, 2019, from 6-9 PM
Price unknown
There may be some screams coming from Masonic Heights Haunted Hallways on Friday night!

Students and their families are invited to attend. This event will include trick or treating in the spectacular, scream-inducing Haunted Hallways and more. You may see plastic spiders, gauzy webs, bloody fingers and spooky — though humorously named — tombstones.

We hope you can join us!

*More information, and ticket pricing to be added soon.



Halloween Hoopla
20699 Macomb St, Macomb, Michigan
October 18, 2019, from 6-8:30 PM
$5 for residents, $10 for non-residents
 A Kooky, Spooky, Delightful, Frightful, Family Friendly Costume Carnival!
Everyone is invited to dress-up and join us for the best Halloween Party in Macomb Township! A full evening of activities and attractions are planned for the entire family to experience. Families will have the opportunity to take in a magic show, walk the vendor-sponsored Trick or Treat Trail, stroll through the haunted house, dance the night away at Monster Studio 54, get your hair and nails done at the Freaky Hair Salon & Spa or make crafts at our “Boo-tique”.
Last but not least, families can commemorate the evening by stopping by the Adam’s Family Portrait Studio to have their picture taken. Concessions will be available for sale at our Caution CafĂ© throughout the evening. Coolers and outside food are not allowed inside the Macomb Township Recreation Center. Tickets for Halloween Hoopla must be purchased in advance, there will be no tickets sold at the door. Ticket sales are limited to the first 700 people registered for this event.

Trunk or Treat 
64432 Wolcott Rd., Ray, Michigan
October 19, 2019, from 5:30-9 PM
FREE
TRUNK OR TREAT 2019
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 AT THE RAY TOWNSHIP PARK.
Set up starting at 5:00 pm. All cars must be parked by 6:30 pm.
NO cars will be allowed to entry after 6:30 pm.
Trunk or treat will start at 7:00 pm.
Our DJ will be playing Halloween music from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Please be prepared to give away 250+ treats. Bring a flashlight!!!
KINDLY NOTE THAT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PRE-REGISTERED CAR FOR THIS EVENT AND YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE WE ASK THAT YOU DONATE A BAG OF CANDY TO THE LIBRARY, WHICH WILL BE HANDED OUT DURING THE EVENT. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.
Trunk or Treat is free and open to Residents outside of Ray Township. Car REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by October 16th. You can register at the Township office during business hours, call 586-749-5171, online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWI7smEDznfrdG-7HN8Z1IPAqquH6vmvHAOKOBw4fuP-bCvw/viewform?usp=sf_link or send your registration form to cdemeulenaere@raytwp.org.
Ray Township Park, 64255 Wolcott Road, Ray Township, MI 48096


Trunk or Treat
64432 Wolcott Rd, Ray, Michigan
October 19, 2019, from 5:30-9 PM
FREE
TRUNK OR TREAT 2019
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 AT THE RAY TOWNSHIP PARK.
Set up starting at 5:00 pm. All cars must be parked by 6:30 pm.
NO cars will be allowed to entry after 6:30 pm.
Trunk or treat will start at 7:00 pm.
Our DJ will be playing Halloween music from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Please be prepared to give away 250+ treats. Bring a flashlight!!!
KINDLY NOTE THAT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PRE-REGISTERED CAR FOR THIS EVENT AND YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE WE ASK THAT YOU DONATE A BAG OF CANDY TO THE LIBRARY, WHICH WILL BE HANDED OUT DURING THE EVENT. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.
Trunk or Treat is free and open to Residents outside of Ray Township. Car REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by October 16th. You can register at the Township office during business hours, call 586-749-5171, online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWI7smEDznfrdG-7HN8Z1IPAqquH6vmvHAOKOBw4fuP-bCvw/viewform?usp=sf_link or send your registration form to cdemeulenaere@raytwp.org.



Pumpkin Painting
7530 Auburn Rd, Utica, Michigan
October 21, 2019, from 4-7 PM
FREE
Join us for pumpkin painting at the Utica Library on Monday, October 21 at 4-7 pm. Children will receive one small pumpkin to paint. Children should wear clothes suitable for painting. Registration Required! Registration begins Monday, October 7 at 9 AM.

Happy Halloween
Sterling Lanes, 33200 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Heights, Michigan
October 26, 2019, from 12-4PM
FREE
Trick or treating for the kids!

Spooktacular Trick Or Treat Trail
16200 Chestnut St, Roseville, Michigan
October 26, 2019, from 6-7 PM
Members $3, Non-Members $5
Come Trick-or-Treat in a safe and secure environment! Our "Spooktacular" Trick Or Treat Trail will feature a DJ, hot cider and cocoa, doughnuts, and many service organizations, local businesses, city departments, and individuals handing out candy.

This event is for children ages 18 months-12 years old.




Did I miss a Macomb event? Please let me know in the comments so I can add it.


Find more Halloween Happenings all across Southeast Michigan: 

Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood Livingston County Halloween Events 

Metro Detroit Mommy Oakland County Halloween Events 

Ann Arbor With Kids Washtenaw County Halloween Events

Redesigning Happiness Wayne County Halloween Events







Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Little Black Dress at the City Theatre Detroit Giveaway

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

Who doesn't love a girl's night out? I know I do. Sometimes it's fun just to let loose with your girlfriends. The musical Little Black Dress is coming to the City Theatre in the Detroit District for five performances from November 7, 2019, through November 10, 2019.


Little Black Dress at the City Theatre Detroit Giveaway

This show is from the creators of Spank! The Fifty Shades of Grey Parody. The Little Black Dress is about significant life events, all while wearing a little black dress. This event uses improv, catchy songs, and a heartfelt message. You will laugh, cry and party!

 More about the show: Little Black Dress is the fearlessly funny ladies’ night out musical makes for one wild and unforgettable evening with its hilarious show-stopping musical numbers, “Magic Mike” influenced dancing and loads of improvised audience mayhem! The musical will play at the City Theatre for five performances from Thursday, November 7 through Sunday, November 10. Tickets on sale NOW: https://313pres.co/2ZmlApV

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save $10 on select tickets with code SAVE10

Enter to win 4 tickets to see Little Black Dress at the City Theatre on 11/7/2019! This contest ends 10/25/2019.


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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Summer Prepaid Card Giveaway $100

Summer Prepaid Card Giveaway $100, gift card, win, giveaway, Guardian Alarm
This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.

Summer is winding down. The days are becoming shorter and the temperatures colder. The time right before school starts is a whirlwind of buying clothing, school supplies, book & pictures. Guardian Alarm Home Security wants to make this season a little smoother for you. They're sponsoring a fantastic giveaway of an end of summer prepaid card worth $100. Seriously awesome!

Summer Prepaid Card Giveaway $100



Summer Prepaid Card Giveaway $100, gift card, win, giveaway, Guardian Alarm

Guardian Alarm has given me a wonderful summer. I can leave my home, not worrying about my teenagers being home alone. They're safer with my alarm being set than being out and about with me. I love the peace of mine that Guardian Alarm Home Security gives me when my kids don't want to go out and about with me.

It's been a summer of mini-trips for us. We have done quite a bit of traveling around Michigan here and there. It's nice knowing that my home is protected while I'm gone. Also, I can use my app to take a peek inside my house. One less thing for us to worry about as a family.

Whatever your summer plans are, Guardian is passionate about protecting YOUR home 24/7. So go ahead and enjoy your summer holidays, mini-vacations or whatever else you have planned!

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Don't forget that Guardian Alarm's military and first responders receive a discount of 50% off installation and 10% off monthly monitoring and additional devices. Love this!

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Friday, August 23, 2019

5 Things on Friday 8/23/19

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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?