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The Importance of Continuing Swim Lesson Beyond the Summer Months

Summer has come to an end, and for many of us, swim lessons have come to an end also. Now we begin our fall sports such as soccer, football, and dance.  The fall weather changes our pace a bit and our weekends fill up quickly with new activities. 
I'm a clear example of someone that has stopped swim lessons for my little ones once summer was over.  I thought... well they are not swimming much anymore. In reality not at all!  Plus Michigan is frozen for months and therefore I could justify not taking swim lessons in fall and winter.  It wasn't until this year that I changed my mindset and realized that swimming should be a priority year round if I wanted my young children to master this "life skill". 

Swimming is a life skill that requires regular practice to master.  As a parent, I know that the sooner my children master basic swim skills, the sooner I can enjoy being around a pool.  If we don't provide children with the opportunity to grow as swimmers they will begin next summer a step below from where they ended this summer.  When I think of any sport, they all require practice for growth.  This also goes for swimming. In order to swim well you must swim.  

Practicing our swim skills!

I am so proud of the growth my kids experienced this summer.  They swam a lot and the regular practice really helped them grow as swimmers.  After experiencing such amazing growth, I don't want them to loose these skills that they worked so hard to gain.  I believe that continuing lessons will be critical for their growth into next summer. 

Small class sizes to work on skills.

We've experienced lessons at many different places but once attending Goldfish Swim School, we knew we found the perfect fit. Everything about Goldfish Swim School is geared toward children. The warm 90 degree pool, vibrant colors, mini showers, the colorful changing rooms, the cute hair dryers and even the live fish tank makes this place amazing!  My children absolutely love attending once a week.

As you look for a place for your children to learn to swim be sure to check out Goldfish Swim School.  They have locations within the Metro Detroit area including Clarkston, Rochester Hills, and Macomb. They even have locations in Ohio and other states within the US. Click here to find a location near you.  

Have you attended Goldfish Swim School?  If so please share in the comments below about your experience?  Readers looking for a swim school would love to hear about your positive experiences.  If you haven't attended Goldfish Swim School have you heard of them before?  If not, be sure to check them out!

Everything fun for kids and 90 degree pool!

Lots of space for changing and showering when done swimming. 

Vibrant Colors for Fun!

Equipped with hair dryers to get the perfect style!

Although this is a sponsored post by Goldfish Swim School all opinions and thoughts come directly from my own experiences at Goldfish. 

A Day at Westview Orchard and Family Pass Giveaway (Ends 9.24)

Fall Family Fun Weekends are happening now at Westview Orachards & Winery and I am giving away 4 free passes to one lucky family.   Last weekend my family had the opportunity to spend the day at the farm in exchange for this post and giveaway.  It was an amazing time and I look forward to sharing our experience.

U-Pick Apples & Pumpkins

It's fall in Michigan which means there's nothing better than spending a day at the farm! We loaded the family into the car and headed out to Westview Orchards & Winery in Washington Township where we found u-pick apples, u-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, petting barns, a 40-foot slide, Straw Mountain, and the list goes on and on.

It's truly fun for the entire family.  Regardless of your age, there's fun to be had.  You are sure to leave with a smile on your face!

Straw Mountain

Jumping Pad
Apple Cider and Donuts!

As you can see from the pictures, I personally had a blast!  I loved jumping on the gigantic jumping pad and the 40 foot slide can't be done just once...I had to go down twice!

They had a 3-acre playground that my young children loved.  If it was up to them, they would have spent hours playing on the playground.

 After working up an appetite we stopped and refueled on cider and donuts.  Cheers to fall and fresh apple cider!

Corn Maze Celebrating Selfridge's 100 Years of Service
40-Foot Slide!

Now it's your turn to enjoy a day at the farm! One lucky winner will receive 4 passes to Westview Orchards.  For ways to enter click below. Winner will randomly be selected on September 24th.  Good Luck!

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Have you visited Westview Orchard? If so, what was your favorite memory?  Please share with us.

Arts, Beats, & Eats Giveaway~Labor Day Weekend 2017~ Royal Oak

The arts, the beats, and the eats is what makes this weekend long event one of my favorite end of summer traditions.  Ever since Royal Oak started hosting Arts, Beats, & Eats I've made sure I didn't miss it!

 A few years ago I had a studio loft located at the center of Arts, Beats, & Eats. As you can imagine, it was a FUN and action packed weekend! I even recall a huge storm that literally wiped out the entire event for a few hours!  

The following year I volunteered to work a beer tent for the Royal Oak Jaycees and rode my bike to and from the event. These past few years have looked a little different as we are now in tow with two little kids. We park at the Royal Oak High school and take the free shuttle over to the event.

With so many great memories, It's no wonder why I am thrilled to be giving away two admissions passes and $40 in ticket vouchers for food and drink to one lucky winner! Enter below. 

The Arts

Michigan has some talented artist and what better way to admire their work than the festival.  You will find local photography,pottery, and, paintings.  I am always amazed at how creative these artist are.  

The Eats

Restaurants from all around Detroit show off their signature dishes as you will find everything from burgers and hot dogs for the kids to gourmet lobster bisque soup.  Sip it all down with a refreshing Michigan brew.

The Beats

Entertainment is never disappointing at Arts, Beats, and Eats.  You will find many different stages with different genre's of music.  Anywhere from alternative to jazz. They even have a kids stage with some really cool stuff! Some of the major artist you will find performing this year are Candlebox, B52's, and 311. Check out the complete line up here

How to win.

Simply comment on this blog post.  Tell me anything you love about Arts, Beats, & Eats or why you want to go.  One winner will receive two admission tickets and $40 in ticket vouchers. The winner will be chosen randomly.  Good Luck!  Ends August 28th at 9 PM. 

Below is a glimpse of Saturday nights line up.  It's sure to be a blast!

Saturday Night Michigan Lottery Stage
Half Light Music
7:30 PM
9:30 PM

Detroit Fall Bucket List

It's the peak of the crop season.  Produce is in abundance at the local farmer's market and it's a true sign that fall is near.  Leaves are beginning to fall into our pool and today my kids both wore jeans for the first time in months.

It's inevible...fall is near.  A time for apple picking, pumpkin carving, and raking leaves.  A time for hard cider and donuts.  A time to gather with friends over an outdoor fire.  Fall without doubt is my season because there are so many wonderful things to do!

In Michigan we spend fall weekends visiting cider mills and walking the colorful trails.   Full of vibrant colors as sunlight beams on red maple trees as we feel that crisp air breeze.

Clearly fall in Michigan is not to be spent indoors.  It is certainly best spent outdoors.  To prepare for these beautiful days ahead, I've created my Detroit Fall Bucket List.  Mark your calendars because fall in Michigan is sure to be the best with these fun things to do.

Ford Arts Beats & Eats

Arts, Beats, & Eats September 1-4 2017

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Arts & Apples September 8-10


TOUR DE TROIT September 16, 2017


Ferndale DIY Street Fair  September 22-24 2017

Upland Hills Farm Fall Harvest Festival October Weekends.

The Henry Ford

Halloween Weekends at Greenfield Village October 13th-October 31

MiBeer.com Home

Detroit Fall Beer Festival October 27-28 2017

Yates Cider Mill


What are your favorite things to do during the fall months?  We'd love it if you shared by commenting below.  We don't like to miss out on all the fall fun to be had!  Happy Fall!

Simple Camping- My Camping List

As I prepare to go camping this weekend I can't help but write down every single thing I need to bring. Then it dawned on me that I should share it with you so I can refer back to it and just maybe you will find something helpful.  

We all know camping can be a lot of work.  I mean we are literally hauling all the necessities we need to survive to a small lot of land and set up camp.  So simple is possibly an over statement but I am truly trying to make camping as simple as possible for our family. I want to have fun and keep it basic.  No fuss camping is what I want to experience.

Here is our plan for a two night stay at a campground with electricity.  I also know that there is no rain in the forecast.  If it looked like a wet weekend I would consider canceling but it looks like a warm beautiful weekend ahead!  Yippee!


Day 1 (Travel Day and Set up Camp)

Lunch- Fast Food 
Dinner- Hot Dogs- Pasta Salad
Snacks- Raw veggies- Chips and Salsa- Nuts- Granola Bars

Day 2 (Full Day at Camp & Beach)

Breakfast-Pop-tarts & Bloody Mary's for Mom and Dad
Lunch- Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich ( Any Left over hot dogs)
Dinner- Restaurant near by 
Snacks- Apple Sauce- Crackers-Juice Boxes-Fruit Cups

Day 3 (Pack up Camp and Travel)

Breakfast- Restaurant near by 
Lunch- Any left over snacks and fast food around 3
Dinner- Home

Beach Gear

  • Towels
  • Swim suits (2-3 for kids)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hats
  • Beach robes for kids
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach Chairs
  • Sand toys
  • Arm Floaties for kids
  • Beach Umbrella
  • Cooler/Ice
  • Snacks
  • Portable Speaker
  • Beach Shoes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Towels for Showering
  • Shower Shoes
  • Shampoo- Soap
  • Tooth Brush-Toothpaste
  • Hair Brush and hair clips
  • Bug Spray
  • Diffuser for repelling bugs
  • Clothing
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Fitted Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Air Mattresses
  • Tent
  • Dust pan & Broom
  • Extension cord
  • Flash Lights
  • Camp Chairs
  • Small Ax for wood
  • Flame to light fire
  • Trash Bags
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Plates-Napkins-Forks..etc.
  • Paper Towel
  • Hand Wipes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Pull Ups
  • Disposable cups


  • Hot Dogs ( I free ahead of time to help keep the cooler cold)
  • Hot Dog Buns
  • Ketchup and Mustard
  • Drinks
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Jelly
  • Veggies
  • Sides
  • Limes
I will continue to update this as I get better at simple camping.  Now I am off to continue packing. 
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