Sunday, September 23, 2018

5 Tips and Advice That Can Help In Finding The Perfect Rental Home

Renting Tips

Finding the perfect rental home or apartment can be quite stressful and time-consuming. Whether you are a first-time renter or just rethinking your current living situation, the process can be a bit intimidating. And to help you out with your renting journey, here are few tips and advice that can make everything quite easy. 

Determine how much you can spend

Before looking for a rental home or apartment set up a budget first and stick with it. Experts recommend spending no more than 30 percent of your income on housing budget. You must factor in all the expenses that will come when you started renting a home. The utility bills, travel expenses, and other expenditures must all be calculated on top of the rental fee.

Determine the features that you want and you need

Do you want a patio or deck, a nice cozy fireplace, an access to a spacious backyard or shared outdoor space? List down all things that you wanted and you need in a rental home. Categorize them accordingly and see what kind of features or amenities you can sacrifice or live without.

Map your day
In hunting a rental home or apartment, it’s pretty important to plan your daily routine. It’s highly advisable to hunt for the rental properties first online and list down all the properties you like. If you already have a handful of a list, you can check the place one by one in a span of day or two. This is why mapping your day is pretty important to make sure that no time will be wasted during your hunting journey.

Choose your rental type

This step will depend on your plans of stay (short or long term) and the size of the property that you’ll need. There are different types of rentals in the market nowadays so you must choose carefully and pick the one that suits your budget and needs. Quick tip: if you are looking for a short-term rental, a sublet will do. If you plan to rent for more than a year or so, looking for rental listings online that offers a variety of options will surely help you.

Be patient with your application and the approval process
After doing and following all the tips above, now is the time to start the application process. Make sure to fill out the application form completely. Read the lease carefully and don’t just sign up without fully understanding what’s written on it. The approval process won’t take that long especially if the rental property is located in a less busy neighborhood.

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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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

No Worries Summer

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This weekend the summer of 2018 will come to an end. I like to take time to reflect on all of the beautiful things in my life. I can honestly say this summer was a no worries summer thanks to the safety of Guardian Alarm

No Worries Summer

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Celebrate the end of summer by attending the Funky Ferndale festival this weekend! This festival is a great way to wrap up summer! Guardian Alarm will be there at this fun family-friendly event! Make sure to stop and visit them. I love that Guardian Alarm is getting out and about around Metro Detroit and spreading the word about neighborhood safety! I encourage you to stop by and learn more since like me I'm sure your family is your number one asset!

I had Guardian Alarm installed into my home in June right before the beginning of my no worries summer. Yes, it did take a bit of an adjustment since we hit the code wrong a few times and ended up with handsome police officers at our house bright and early. Within a few weeks, my family had the alarm down, and it became a part of our regular routine. Heck, the kids were pros. 

We traveled a ton this summer taking mini-vacations sprinkled all over my no worries summer. The best part was I knew I didn't have to worry about my home because Guardian Alarm was protecting it. It's kind of like having an armed guard standing at your door. It's comforting and lets me enjoy life more!

I adore being able to look at my alarm in the morning to check the weather and turn on the lights before I start work. I find it comforting.

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Summer my favorite season is slowly drawing to a close. The kids are back in school, and the leaves are changing colors. I love that my Guardian Alarm sends me a notification anytime my kids enter the house. It gives me the peace of mind knowing that they have arrived home safely! I also love being able to have my lamp come on even before I reach home especially with the days becoming so much shorter!

2018 was a no worries summer for us because we can relax with Guardian Alarm! Who's ready to sign up for a fantastic fall? Also, don't forget to stop by the Funky Ferndale event happening this weekend and learn how to get your home protected with Guardian Alarm!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Keeping Your Kids Active

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Back to school brings mixed feelings as parents. Some parents are joyful to have a little alone time. Others are sad because they enjoy having their kids home or just appreciate more downtime. Whatever your reason it's that time of the year again. During the summer most families are much more active. My family, for instance, boats, we swim in our backyard and spend lots of time on Lake Huron. 

Michigan winters can be long and brutal. Not just for parents but for kids as well. Seasonal depression affects kids and adults. Keeping your kids active through the fall and winter can help prevent cabin fever and lethargy.

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Keeping Your Kids Active

This fall keep your kids active by enrolling at Aqua-Tots Swim Schools. Not only will it help your child stay fit but studies show children that exercise regularly do better in school. So not only will your children excel in school but swimming helps fight off the winter blues!

Yes, I know who likes leaving your lovely warm house to battle snow and the nasty roads but when you get out and about it's great for you and for your child. Aqua-Tots Swim School pools are heated to a perfect 90 degrees.  You will feel like you entered a tropical oasis close to home. Also, hair dryers are provided so your kid can be showered and all ready for school the next day! Yay, for clean kids. My youngest hates showering.

Swimming is a life-skill! It's a must know especially living in a Great Lakes state! Swimming through the colder months allows your child to build up skills and knowledge that they can use this summer making them a stronger swimmer by the time Michigan thaws out.

So, beat the fall and winter blues with 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

Friday, September 7, 2018

Halloween Happenings 2018

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 2018



65775 Wolcott Rd, Ray, Michigan
September 9, 2017, 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. 

Don’t miss the corn eating contest! Vendors will be on site with their handmade crafts, art, and local food. Wagon rides will also be included with your admission. The cost to attend is $5 per person. For more information about this event, visit ow.ly/naRC30lkVIy.

Ray Township's Fall Celebration

Ray Township Park, 64255 Wolcott Road, Ray Township, MI
Saturday, September 15 from 3 PM – 7 PM
Free admission
Join us for a beautiful fall evening in the park and enjoy the start of the fall season!!! 

We will have live music from the amazing local band Headnodics.

Come hungry as we will have food trucks from Grillwich Tot Stop FoodtruckYaeatyet? and The French Lady. The Kona Ice truck will also be here with us. 

The Ray Library will be having a used book sale, and you will have the chance to purchase a Ray Township shirt (library renovation fundraiser). 

There will be several fall crafts for the kids (free) and pumpkin decorating as well ($1 per pumpkin).

We're jumping of happiness because we're having bounces houses. 

And it would not be a celebration without balloons, thanks to Mark Luedtke, our balloon artist. 

We will have a great group of vendors and crafters as well (interested vendors, please contact us for more information). 

Free admission event. 

Fall Fun Fest

Macomb Corners, 19449 25 Mile Rd, Macomb, Mi
Saturday, September 22 from 11AM-1PM
Join us this fall for another FREE community event! There are a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy, including
- NERF battlezone
- Music in the park
- Free cider and donuts
- Strolling entertainment
- Vintage baseball game
- 1-mile walk/run and raffle
- scavenger hunt
- Farmer John petting farm
- Farmers market
- Scarecrow contest
- Inflatables and games
- Pumpkin decorating
and much more!
& NEW IN 2018: Knockerball bubble soccer!

Want to join in on the scarecrow contest? Build your own at home and drop it off the morning of! 1st place will receive a $100 Amazon gift card, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, 4th $25. Please be sure to build your scarecrow to withstand potential fall wind & rain. You can take your scarecrow home after Fall Fest! 

There will be overflow parking available with free shuttle service.

Thank you to our 2018 Fall Fest Sponsors
PREMIER: Genisys Credit Union & MCDental Care, St. John Providence
AUXILIARY: Badalamenti-Ferlito Orthodontics, Dick's Sporting Goods, Finzel's Heating and Cooling, HealthQuest Physical Therapy, Hewell Family Dentistry, Hoffman Dental Care, Macomb County Dept. of Health and Human Services, Macomb Orthodontics, Macomb Prompt Care, Russ Milne Ford
FRIENDS: Camp Bow Wow, Halsey Allstate, Immanuel Lutheran Church&School, Night Owl Express Steam Cleaning

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.

Children preschool aged thru third grade $10. 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.


Kidding Around: Pumpkin Painting

36480 Main St, New Baltimore, MI
Wednesday, October 3rd from 5-6 PM
Kids in Grades K-2 can join us for our annual Pumpkin Painting event. The library will supply all materials. Register by calling 586-725-0273

The Gathering Autumn Adventures

17985 Armada Center Road, Armada, MI 48005
Sunday, October 7th from 4-7 PM
$5 per person or $10 at the barn door
TheGathering – Autumn Adventures @ Blakes Apple Orchard & Cider Mill

Address: 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada, MI 48005
*Use the above address in your GPS. There are 3 locations!
Phone: 586-784-5343

$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.

The Nature Center Goes to the Halloween Spooktacular

5700 22 Mile Rd, Shelby Charter Township
Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 12-2 PM
$10 per child for non-residents.
Come by and say hello and see some of your favorite Nature Center critters and staff! Photo opportunities will be available with some of our animals- we promise not to let them dress too scary! (Note: some of our critters may be unavailable due to cold weather restrictions.)


Please call the Nature Center at 586-323-2478 or Parks and Recreation at 586-731-0300 for more information.

Trunk or Treat at Ray Township
 Ray Township Park, 64255 Wolcott Road, Ray Township, MI 
Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 6-8 PM
FREE but registration is required


Ray Township is having its yearly Trunk or Treat event, to be held on Saturday, October 13. Trunk or treat will start at 7pm. All cars must be parked by 6:30pm. 

This event is free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by October 10th. You can register at the Township offices during business hours, or send your registration form to recreation@raytwp.org (the registration form will be uploaded on this page below). 

Only registered cars will be able to pass out and collect treats. Please be prepared to give away 250+ treats. 

Cider and donuts will be passed to registered families. 

7th Annual Trunk-Or-Treat

22310 E 13 Mile Rd, St Clair Shores, Michigan
Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 5-7 PM
Please join us for Triumphant Cross's 7th annual Trunk-or-Treat! Located on the South-West corner of 13 Mile Rd and Greater Mack in St. Clair Shores. Everyone is welcome! Decorate your car and bring some goodies to share with the little ghosts and goblins! Prizes are awarded to the best decorated car! We look forward to seeing you there!

Halloween Hoopla

20699 Macomb St, Macomb, Michigan
(586) 992-2900
October 19, 2018, 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.

Boo Bash

35011 23 Mile Rd, New Baltimore
Friday, October 19 from 7PM until Midnight
$15 per person
A Halloween Costume Party to raise money for Relay For Life! 
$15 per person includes finger foods, pop, & juice. Cash bar available (beer/wine/liquor). DJ, dancing, Halloween games, costume contest, Spirit Walk, and more. 18 years and older only (21 & over MUST have ID to purchase beer/wine). Contact Sue Johnstal at 810-814-1111 for ticket

One City Square, Warren, Michigan
(586) 574-4500
October 20, 2018, from 12-3 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 (1-3 PM), Wagon Rides. School-aged children only.

Warren City Hall Atrium
(586) 268-8400
October 20, 2018, 6:40-8:30 PM
$5 per person. $10 VIP advance tickets.
Includes DJ, prizes, costume contest

Veterans Memorial Park, 16200 Chestnut, Roseville, Michigan
(586) 445-5480
October 27, 2018, from 6-7 PM
Kids ages 18 months-12-years-old
Member $3, Non-Member $5
"Spooktacular" Halloween Trick or Treat Trail
Saturday, October 27th
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
We will be hosting a Trick or Treat Trail at Veteran's Memorial Park in Roseville on Saturday, October 27th for children ages 18 months - 12 years old. This event will feature DJ music, hot chocolate, petting farm, inflatables and many service clubs, businesses, city departments and individuals handing out candy in a safe and secure setting. Participant wristbands will be required for entrance into this event. WRISTBANDS ARE LIMITED IN NUMBER AND MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE!!
Location: Veteran's Memorial Park in Roseville
Event will be held at the Recreation Center if weather conditions do not allow for an outside event.

Authority Member: $3.00
Non-Member: $5.00
**Wristbands must be purchased in advance at the Recreation Center**
Maximum 500 wristbands available!!
Purchase your wristband early. This event will sell out.

If you are interested in having a space at the Trick or Treat Trail to pass out candy, please register by calling (586) 445-5480

Tots Halloween
Lake St Clair Nature Center, 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township
Saturday, October 27th at 1 PM
$4 and entry into the Metro park.
Join us to learn about pumpkins and Halloween through stories, activities, and crafts. Snacks and cider will be part of the fun. Ages 3-6. Please preregister, (586) 463-4332.

Trunk or Treat at Woodside
27300 Hoover Rd, Warren, Michigan
Saturday, October 27th from 6-8 PM
Come one, come all! Woodside Warren is hosting our second annual Trunk or Treat. We would love for you and your family to come on down to see some awesome looking trunks and stock up your candy dish. We are very excited to spend time and fellowship with you all! Hope to see you there!

Kid's Halloween Party

28404 Jefferson Ave, St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 12-2 PM
Price unknown.
Costumes encouraged! Please RSVP for planning purposes. Games, crafts, trunk or treating and prizes.

31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township, Michigan
(586) 850-6611
October 28, 2018, at 10:30 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.

Did I miss your Macomb County event? Please let me know in the comments!

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

Thursday, September 6, 2018

How to Deter Intruders

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This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own. How to Deter Intruders.

If you're anything like me your home is a sacred place. It's where my family and pets are. It's the place where we laugh, cry, and build our lives together. I become attached to my homes because they're where memories are made. 

I'm celebrating my 43 birthday, this weekend, and it just happens to be Labor Day weekend. Do I worry about not intruders? Nope, and I'm going to fill you in on the why!

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How to Deter Intruders 

I've had Guardian Alarm installed in my home for about three months now. I have my kids on board, and they're better at working the system than I am. Big surprise!

A HUGE way to deter intruders is having an alarm system installed, and not just any alarm system. I recommend Guardian Alarm. I learned the hilarious way on how quick they're to protect you. I accidentally typed the wrong code in and the police were out one morning bright and early to check on me. My husband did the exact same thing. Guardian Alarm dispatches authorities in about 15 seconds. Also, when I did that Guardian Alarm called immediately to check on me. Once the police were dispatched, they have to check on you to make sure everything is fine.

When intruders see via a sticker or a sign that you have an alarm system unless you have something precious such as a million dollar painting they aren't even going to bother with you. You will be considered high-risk and too much work.

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Also, a fabulous feature you can add to your alarm system is being able to turn on and off your lights from your mobile phone. That way someone will think you're home even if you're away. I love this feature. I teach online in the early morning, and even before my feet hit the floor in the morning, I can turn on my front room lights. Also, I love being able to check on my phone if my door is locked. It saves me a trip of getting out of my bed because I can even secure my door from my app.

Guardian Alarm is an excellent way to deter intruders! I'm so thankful, and I will be celebrating my 43rd birthday this weekend with absolutely no worries!