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Planning a Birthday Party for your Child? Check out Goldfish Fish School!

Sponsored: This post has been sponsored by Goldfish Swim School and all thoughts and opinions are my own.  I am a proud fan of Goldfish Swim School so I am very pleased to partner with them to provide you this information. Please know that information is subject to change based on location and promotions. 

Birthday Party!

The best birthday parties are the ones without the fuss!  At least that's my opinion from a parent perspective.  When I ask my son he says "the best parties are the fun parties".  At Goldfish Swim School you get just that...a no fuss party that is a ton of FUN!

The No Fuss 

Goldfish Swim School takes care of everything from the paper products to the balloons.  Just think... no need to rush out of the house a few hours before the party to go and set up.  They do it ALL for you including the cupcakes!  This makes hosting a party so easy.  We just need to get arrive on time. 

Party Package Details

Packages start at $450 and this includes the following...

  • Two hours of private access to Goldfish Swim School 
  • 1 hour 20 minutes of pool time and 40 minutes in the party area.
  • Certified lifeguards and party coordinator on duty to oversee all activities.
  • Invitations and envelopes
  • Table coverings, plates, cups, napkins & forks
  • Balloons, tropical decorations & centerpieces
  • Cupcakes & beverages for the children
  • T-shirt for the guest of honor
Party Package Prices
1-24 children- $450
25-35 children- $550
36-46 children-$650

*An extra 1/2 hour can be purchased for $120

The Fun!

Every child loves to splash in a pool!  The pool at Goldfish Swim School is a child's dream pool!  It is warm...like 90 degrees warm and such a fun environment. 


Goldfish Swim School-Rochester
Visti online at goldfishswimschool.com 

Call or stop by the front desk for available dates at 248.5961914



Tickets are on sale now.


Join RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of The Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. The celebration begins at Fox Theatre on Sunday, April 29 at 8 p.m. as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.


Tickets ($30, $45, $55 and $70) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313presents.com, The Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611. Series subscription packages and discounts for groups of 10+ are available by calling 313-471-3099.


As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, High-Definition screens and multimedia content, RAIN will bring the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album to life in its entirety with the launch of the 2018 Tour.

Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. Let RAIN take you back with all of the songs from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band along with all of your other Beatles favorites such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude” and more. This adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends.

For more information, please visit:http://www.raintribute.com/show


JOIN the conversation with RAIN on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RainTribute, follow RAIN on Twitter @raintribute, Instagram: @RainTribute and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/RainTribute


Headquartered in the heart of The District Detroit, 313 Presents is a joint venture between Olympia Entertainment and Palace Sports & Entertainment offering fans, booking agents and tours one of the country’s largest premier entertainment destinations. 313 Presents is responsible for event bookings, event production, accounting, marketing and public relations for world-class entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions at Little Caesars Arena, Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill.


Suburbia Mom will give away 2 tickets to RAIN at The Fox Theatre on April 29th.  To enter comment below with your favorite song from The Beatles. If your comment does not post for some reason...please email detroitsuburbiamom@gmail.com with a line or two of your favorite Beatles song and we will be sure to enter you in the contest.  All entries must be complete by April 14th.  A contest winner will randomly be chosen on April 15th and contacted via email or message.  Contestant winner will have 48 hours to respond or they forfeit the tickets to the next contestant winner.  Tickets will need to be picked up at the box office at The Fox Theatre on the day of the event. Good Luck!

Disclosure:  Suburbia Mom partners with 313Presents to share fun and exciting things happening in and around Detroit.  Tickets were received in exchange for this post.  Thank you for supporting Detroit and events happening within our community. 

Building Confidence to Swim

Disclosure:  Suburbia Mom loves supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs.  Goldfish Swim School has partnered with Suburbia Mom to share information about their wonderful establishment for little swimmers.  While this post is sponsored, Suburbia Mom thanks you for supporting local businesses. 

Building Confidence to Swim

I don't know how many times I've heard the story of a child who learned to swim by their parents throwing them into a river or lake and telling them to swim or drown.  My hopes is this long told story is more like a tall tale that is far from the truth.  Recently, a movie I watched had this same scenario.  A drunk dad trying to teach their teenager (who couldn't swim) how to swim by throwing her in the deep end of a pool for her to swim for her life.  Pretty harsh...huh.  The entire scene was hard to watch and luckily it was just a movie.

Where did these stories originate from?   Did people really learn to swim by being thrown in?  My guess is no...not most.  Possibly these stories came from a fearful time in the water. The first time a person realized they could sink and couldn't swim. I can only imagine how freightful that would be.

Not every child receives swim lessons and many children may only visit a pool once or twice a year.  If you don't swim often, water can be very intimidating.  A pool or lake can be a fearful place if you don't feel comfortable and are not a confident swimmer.

Every parents wants to keep their child safe around water and help them learn to swim.  Swimming is a ton of fun and splashing around in a pool is one of my favorite childhood memories. Here are a few tips on helping your child overcome the fear of water starting at a young age.

Start Young

My oldest went underwater for the first time when he was 6 months old and my youngest had her first underwater experience when she was just 3 months old.  Prior to my oldest having swim lessons, I would never have thought to take a baby underwater but thanks to the Mini One Parent-Tot Swim Class  at Goldfish Swim School, we were able to  introduce water to our babies and help build their confidence in a pool.

Swim Often

I remember growing up  swimming a lot during the summer.  My grandparents had a pool and we spent many summer days swimming.  We also had many family friends with pools.  Being around water was common during the summer which helped gain my confidence but during the winter I didn't swim much at all.  Although swimming a lot during the summer helped me become a better swimmer I had to gain my confidence back each year since I wouldn't swim all winter long.

Our swim instructor made a good point...you can't learn to swim without practicing.  Showing up for a 30 minute lesson weekly is a great start...but practice time is important too.

Swim Lessons

As I fast forward to the childhood of my own children I am faced with the responsibility of having a pool in our backyard.  This comes with a lot of fears and responsibility.  I knew before they were born that they would need to learn to swim and feel confident around water.  Just as they were learning to walk, they are learning to swim at Goldfish Swim School.

 I can't stress enough the importance of swim lessons in building confidence.  I've seen two year olds cry for the first few lessons and then a few months later are doing a back float on their own.  It's amazing to see!

Teach Water Safety

While swimming is a ton of fun it also has potential danger.  Young children need to be reminded of being safe in and around water.  Find the time to talk about water safety with your children.  Things to discuss are...

  1. Never swim without an adult
  2. Tell an adult immediately if someone falls in.  Don't try to rescue them until you get an adult. 
  3. Don't dive in shallow areas
  4. Walk safely by pools.  No running. 
  5. If you are wearing water safety devices such as a life jacket or arm floats...DO NOT take them off.  

As the weather warms up it will be time to swim.  Hooray for good weather on it's way.  Until then be sure to look into swim lessons as it won't be long and we will be enjoying the sunshine by the lake or pool.

Goldfish Swim School 

Are you looking for the perfect place for your child to have swim lessons?  Goldfish Swim School has so much to offer.  Check them out here! 

The King and I comes to The Fox Theatre and Giveaway~Win 4 Tickets (Ends April 22nd)

Disclosure: Suburbia Mom is a proud influencer for 313Presents and The Illusionist.   This is a sponsored post and tickets have been exchanged for this giveaway. and post 


Tickets are on sale now

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announce that the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I will perform at the Fox Theatre Tuesday, May 8 through Sunday, May 13 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.

Tickets ($35, $45, $55, $65 and $75) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313presents.com, The Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611. Series subscription packages and discounts for groups of 10+ are available by calling 313-471-3099.

The King and I, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.  Hailed as “first-rate, sumptuous” (The New York Times) and "too beautiful to miss" (New York Magazine), the production played 538 performances on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. The King and I has music direction by Ted Sperling, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award® winner for The King and I), lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. The King and I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

For more information, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter. 

Performance Schedule:

Tuesday, May 8                      7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9                 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 10                   7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11                        7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12                   2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 13                      1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

About 313 Presents
Headquartered in the heart of The District Detroit, 313 Presents is a joint venture between Olympia Entertainment and Palace Sports & Entertainment offering fans, booking agents and tours one of the country’s largest premier entertainment destinations. 313 Presents is responsible for event bookings, event production, accounting, marketing and public relations for world-class entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions at Little Caesars Arena, Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill.

Giveaway Details

4 Tickets to The King and I on May 8th

Let's try something new!  We are giving away 4 tickets to see The King and I at The Fox Theatre on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:30 PM.  To enter please complete a quick and simple 4 question survey.  The link to the survey is below.  Be sure to leave your contact information.  Contest ends April 22nd.  Good Luck and Thank You for entering!

Enter Here

Contest Requirements:  Must be able to pick up tickets the day of the event at The Fox Theatre box office. Contestant winner will be notified by email and must respond no later than 48 hours after being contacted to win tickets.

Sunday Soup

         So, it’s Sunday.  And if you’re anything like me, chances are, you may have indulged a little too much in the “finer” things in life this weekend and you need to repent.  Maybe you had a few adult drinks or a rich dessert and now you think that your weekend is going to undo all of your hard work from the week.  This doesn’t have to be!  Sunday can be a lazy day, but can also be redeeming if you make a batch of Sunday Soup.  There is a little preplanning involved, but once you try it, you will find yourself consistently making sure you always have the staples on hand. 

Sunday Soup
My husband considers himself somewhat of an expert in the area of meat-- both grilling and smoking.  On any given weekend, our family is usually spoiled with some type of perfectly prepared protein, but our favorite is Beer Can Chicken.  My husband has gotten the execution down to a science and it never disappoints.  AND… we always have meat left over, along with bones, to make some tasty soup. 
Beer Can Chicken
Smoked Turkey
The Stock
The first staple of Sunday Soup is chicken stock.  I use the beautiful bones provided by my hubby from the Beer Can Chicken, but you could use bones from any prepared chicken (even a rotisserie chicken from your favorite grocery store-the easiest of all)!  I place a crock pot liner in my 6 quart slow cooker then add the bones/skin/any other scraps left over from the meal and fill with water to about an inch from the top.  I then set it on low and let it cook for as long as I want (usually overnight, but really any time is fine—the longer the better).  After my stock has come together I put a metal sieve over a large Tupperware type bowl and ladle the soup into the bowl, removing any bones etc., and then cover it.  Once I get one “batch” of stock, I usually fill up the slow cooker with water an additional time to get a second batch of stock.  I add a splash of white wine vinegar to help draw out all the residual nutrients in the bones during the second run.  After the stock has cooled, I refrigerate the stock so that I can scoop off most of the fat once it hardens, making the stock both more appealing and healthier.  I then measure the broth out into 2 and 4 cup portions and freeze them in freezer storage bags marked with the date and amount.  If I’m using the stock for soup within a couple days, I do not freeze it.  About one batch of stock is needed to make a large pot of soup.
Crock pot with bones and water filled almost to the top

Chicken stock after it's been cooking for 5-8 hours

Straining the bones/skin/etc. from the stock
Let the stock chill so the fat can separate and be removed from the stock

Visible fat removed from the stock
The Protein
The second staple of Sunday Soup is chicken.  We usually have leftover meat from Beer Can Chicken and just chop that up into small chunks.  If not being used in the next couple days, I freeze and label that as well.  Note: I do use chicken and turkey interchangeably.   I have not noticed any issues mixing and matching my poultry, and nobody in my family seems to mind. 
Chopped smoked chicken
The Starch 
The third staple for Sunday Soup is some type of carbohydrate.  I usually prefer either egg noodles or rice.  Since I am a frugal gal, I love to use up leftover rice (ex: plain white rice from Chinese takeout or leftover brown rice from weeknight dinners).  If you are “low carbing” it, you could totally skip the rice/pasta and just make a chicken and veggie soup. 
I try to have complex carbs on hand for soup
The Veggies
The fourth staple is vegetables.  I personally always have mirepoix, the fancy name for carrots/celery/onions, on hand.  I have also been known to add in any vegetables I have in the fridge, including but not limited to: peppers, fennel, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and corn. 
Chopped veggies ready for the soup
The Process
Ok, so whether you have all the ingredients fresh or frozen, the process is very similar.  First, I boil the stock, and here is where the lazy Sunday part comes in.  If I have all day to cook the soup, I start it in the slow cooker in the morning.  If I start the soup closer to dinner time, I use a large pot on the stove.  I usually make a batch that will last at least two meals, requiring at least 16 cups of liquid.  That can come from either fresh or frozen stock.  While the stock is coming to a boil, I start to chop up the veggies to add into the soup.  Vegetables take some time to cook, so you’ll want to add them near the beginning of the soup process.  Let the vegetables boil for at least 20 minutes (if using a pot), or about 4-5 hours on low (if using the slow cooker) checking them to see once they have softened.  If you have a good liquid to “stuff” ratio, meaning a lot of liquid verses veggies/meat, you can cook the noodles/uncooked rice in the soup.  I just cook it according to the cook time on the box/bag, but be aware that the noodles/rice will soak up some of the liquid, so if you are worried you won’t have enough liquid in your soup you can cook the noodles/rice separately and then add them in to the soup at the end.  The chicken and leftover cooked rice (if using in place of noodles) can be added in at the end, just to be warmed through.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and I have been known to add some chicken flavoring to add a little punch of “chicken-y” flavor, if needed.  When serving up the soup, I usually throw a couple ice cubes into my kids’ bowls and they always request some crackers to dip in their soup.  Hubby and I eat ours piping hot without crackers.  Soup is a very forgiving meal.  I find that every time I make it, it turns out a little different, which keeps it from becoming too boring.  I have entered several of my soup recipes into My Fitness Pal, and one bowl of Sunday Soup (around 1.5-2 cups) usually has around 250-350 calories depending on what all you put in it.  It has roughly 15-20 grams of protein,  20-30 grams of carbs, and 2-10 grams of fat.  All in all, a satisfying meal that you can feel good about eating.  
Finished soup, ready to eat!
Here is the list of ingredients from my most recent batch of soup

My Fitness Pal's nutritional breakdown from this batch for a 1 cup serving

Meet Annie

Me, January 2018

I’m Annie, a Reading Specialist and Reading Recovery teacher at a charter school in Pontiac, Michigan.  I am a 35 year old wife to Nathan and mommy to two beautiful children, Brennon (8) and Quinn (4).  I enjoy reading, drinking wine, cooking/baking, spending time with my friends, and dark chocolate.  I have battled with my weight for most of my life and decided to make a change in April 2016.  I have changed the way that I eat and made getting active a priority.  I have lost a lot of weight, but still have some work to do to hit my end goal. I have good days and bad, but I never give up because tomorrow is always a new day. I am a new(ish) runner and am so glad I gave it a try!  I am always looking for ways to challenge myself physically and mentally.

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