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Give the Gift of Swim Lessons this Holiday Season and Giveaway

Suburbia Mom is honored to work with Goldfish Fish School to share our experience during swim lessons. While this is a sponsored post, all content and ideas are my own.

All I want for Christmas is my two little ones swimming! As a parent with a pool in our backyard, I can't tell you how important it is for our children to learn to swim.  I've spent many restless nights worrying about pool safety and ways to prevent an accident.  No matter how many layers of security I put in place, I know that the most valuable lesson I can give my children about pool safety is swim lessons. 

Every year our family asks what our children would like for Christmas.  While toys are fun and exciting, truth be told, they lose their value quickly and end up lonely on a closet shelf or bottom of a toy box.  After learning the hard way we now always suggest the gift of an experience or items.  Goldfish Swim School is the perfect place to give the gift of swim lessons. 

It's believed that experiential gifts are also more effective in building relationships and connecting socially with others than with material items. Each week my children are excited to attend their lesson and it's the perfect way to add excitement to a long winter day and get some exercise. Did you know their pools are heated to 90 degrees! It's so nice swimming in a warm pool!  During lessons children learn to connect with other children and develop relationships.  These are key skills for our young children to develop. Swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School are truly the gift that keeps giving.

Are you looking for the perfect gift?  Call or stop by your local Goldfish Swim School to learn more about gifting swim lessons.

Some locations are offering Holiday Gift Packages which includes a gift bag of goodies along with two months of swim lessons. Click here for more information.  

The exciting news is participating Goldfish Swim Schools in Southeastern Michigan are giving away a Holiday Gift Package to one lucky winner at each location.  Details on how to enter are below. 


Holiday Package Giveaway
    • 2 Months of swim lessons
    • Waived registration fee
    • Family swim passes
    • Various retail (could include Bubbles story book, goggles, water bottle, etc)
Use this link below to enter to win a holiday package. It's quick and easy to complete. Good Luck!

Detroit Holiday Must-Dos

Detroit Holiday Must-Dos

The holidays are approaching fast and so is all the fun to be had!  Detroit is my favorite place to visit during the holidays.  I love the lights at Campus Martius, the cheer and laughter found in restaurants, and the energy the city brings during this joyous time of year. 

Here are a few of my favorite places to visit in Detroit during the holidays.  Detroit is sure to bring you joy as there's so much to explore and do.  Be sure to download this Detroit Holiday Guide which lists all the upcoming events.  We hope you and your family have a festive holiday season!

The Fox Theatre 

The amount of beauty this building possess is indisputable. No matter how many times I visit, I am always taken back by the amount of detail and the intricate design of this building. It is extra special to visit during the holidays.  The decorations and entertainment bring so much holiday cheer.  A must see in December is The Christmas Carol.  

The Christmas Carol is playing at The Fox Theatre on Thursday, December 20th.  You can purchase tickets at 313Presents

Campus Martius 

There's a lot to do at Campus Martius and visiting at night when it is dark is always special. Be sure to bring your ice skates or you can rent skates. The entire family can enjoy some hot cocoa outdoors while skating in the heart of the city.  Festive adult beverages are also available to enjoy as you mingle with friends and family. 

November 16th- Rink Opening Party  9 PM- Midnight 

Cadillac Square 

Cadillac Square is a must visit. It is adjacent to Campus Martius so it's easy to skate and then walk over to Cadillac Square. You will find everything from a little outdoor market to the most elaborately decorated tent for you to relax and get cozy. 

Eastern Market 

Eastern Market is your go to place for wreaths, Winter Grave Blankets, Christmas trees, poinsettias, baked goods, and entertainment. Every Saturday the market is open and the Holiday Market begins Tuesday, November 20th from 9-3 and will continue on Sundays throughout November and December.  While you are there, be sure to cross the street to the meat market.  You will find all kinds of meat for entertaining guests during the holidays.    Some of my favorites is Dearborn Ham and fresh Amish turkeys. 

What are your favorite things to do in Detroit for the holidays?  Please share!

Social Media Stole a Piece of Me and I'm Claiming it Back

With mental health and self wellness being a top focus lately in the workforce and schools, I think we need to take a good look at our use of technology.     

I wake up and the first thing I do is grab my phone and check Instagram, Facebook, and my email.  Then I find my way to the coffee.  The phone gets placed back on the charger and I will randomly scan it for recent activity as I pass by.

There's three typical uses of our Smartphones.  We use them for business, socially, and to seek information fast!  Everything we need is at the tips of our fingers.  It's no wonder we are constantly face down in our devices.

Most jobs function at some level using a device.  Whether it be a text, email, or conference call...a lot of business is handle from our devices.  My husband and I have an e commerce site (check it out here!) and I can't tell you how often we are contacted with questions.  Those that own an online business know its 24/7.  At any given moment you are contacted by customers. Since owning a business is like having a baby, we tend to it regardless of the day.  Then there's the social media aspect of having a business.  Many businesses are driven solely by social media which means...more screen time!

I think we can all agree...if we post something on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram we find ourselves more glued to our devices. Whether it be our dog cuddled up with us or our children doing something extra cute...posting on our feed is like attending a social event and you're actively there!  I enjoy interacting with anyone who leaves a comment and I love seeing those likes. 

Recently, I've been observing this digital world we live in. In elementary schools children are assigned ipads, toddlers maneuver touch screen devices with ease, and even the baby boomers don't leave the house without their devices.  Technology is rapidly changing at lightning speed and it's hard to keep up. Just think...the instant you purchase a new phone or ipad it is old technology.

I pull my phone out when I'm going for a walk, bored, sitting in the doctors office, waiting in line at the grocery store, hanging out with my kids, and even when I am with my friends and family.  It dawned on me one day that I am constantly in my phone and it just may be affecting my mood and my children's mood.  In fact, I know it is!

To best describe my symptoms, at any given time, I can feel anxious, distracted, at a loss for time, and irritable. As I reflect on my busy and demanding lifestyle, I've come to realize that I haven't always felt this way.  I remember when I didn't have a phone.  I recall my first pager and half the time I forgot it.  How about those days when you took quarters with you so you could use a payphone to check in with your parents.  Do payphones even exist anymore!?!  What about writing notes in school?  Now just send a text.  Times have changed and they've changed so rapidly...no wonder I feel so anxious.  Everything is at lightning speed!

Interesting Facts

  • World Wide Web created in 1989
  • First Website launched in 1991
  • Smartphones became popular beginning in 2010
  • Pinterest March 2010
  • Facebook went public in May of 2012.
  • Instagram hit 800 Million users in September 2017
  • 51% of internet traffic is "non-human" and 31% is made of hacking programs
Don't get me wrong, I love technology and it's pretty useful, but I think we need to have some type of balance.  There are many things we can do to bring our attention back to what is happening physically around us rather than our virtual world. Below I compiled a list of ideas to claim our freedom back.  To get back to the basics. To unwind from being distracted.  Even if we just picked one of these and stuck with it, over time we will have improved our presence in the moment. 

Claim Back our Present Moment

  1. Don't sleep with your phone.  Leave it on a charger in another room. 
  2. Turn your notifications off.  
  3. Read a physical book rather than an ebook.
  4. Take social media apps such as Facebook off your phone.  
  5. Have a charging station for phones and keep them there.
  6. Have scheduled times to check email 
  7. Limit Social Media to evenings such after the kids are put to bed.
  8. Never text and drive
  9. Turn internet off of phone and unplug
  10. Do a 30 day technology detox 
  11. Honor your weekends. Take a small break.
  12. When visiting with family and friends keep your phone out of reach.
  13. Use Moments on your iPhone or iPad to track your usage spent on your device and set limits. 
  14. Designate a family night where no devices are present.
  15. Claim back your time by establishing business hours 
I can't tell you how many times I've looked up from my phone to find my kids into something they shouldn't be because I'm distracted by one of my many devices.  I wonder where my anxiety comes from.  I have good reason to believe it comes from times when I go on Instagram and find my friend is enjoying a beautiful day outside while I struggle to get dressed.  Or I get a business email that I feel I need to answer right away but I'm in the middle of family time. It's constant and it's catching up to me.  It's time to claim back that part of me that didn't know about Smartphones.  That woman that didn't look for a text, or didn't work on weekends because my email was not on my phone.  It's time to enjoy my present moment and stop looking at my digital world for socializing.  There's plenty to be done right in front of me. 

Help me add to this list.  What other things can we do to claim back our presence in the moment?

Disney on Ice Presents FROZEN at Little Caesars Arena, October 19-21


Feld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in producing live touring family entertainment, announces it will bring the Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, to a hometown near you.  Disney On Ice presents Frozen visits Detroit from Thursday, October 18 to Sunday, October 21 for nine performances at Little Caesars Arena.

Tickets (starting at $15) go on sale Tuesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Group discounts are available by calling (313) 471-3099.

The complete adventure of the Academy Award® winning tale will be told live in this production, capturing the dynamic of two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.”

“In our many years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like this,” says producer Nicole Feld. “While it might seem obvious that Frozen is well suited for the ice, this Disney On Ice production will touch audiences emotionally through innovative show elements and world-class skating.”

Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee add, “Seeing audiences around the world embrace Frozen has been the experience of a lifetime. And to now have the chance to consult with the talented team at Feld Entertainment and watch their creation come to life on ice, is thrilling.”

In Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all. Director Patty Vincent says, “Our goal is to showcase these heartwarming characters in a way that allows the audience to cheer and sing along throughout this emotional journey.”

To create a completely immersive experience for the audience, the set design will encompass the space from the ice surface up through the air, drawing everyone into the story and closer to the characters. Families will feel that they are trekking up to the North Mountains with Anna, Kristoff and Sven, and they will tangibly experience the storm inside Elsa. Elsa’s magic will be enhanced by state-of-the art special effects while her emotions will be conveyed through powerful skating. 

Stay connected:
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #FrozenOnIce
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, October 18     7 p.m. (Canceled)
Friday, October 19           11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 20      11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 21         11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.


Marvel Universe LIVE at Little Caesars Arena November 15-18

Marvel fans, assemble for this live, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands in this all-new, spectacular arena stunt show. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! is performing at Little Caesars Arena from Thursday, November 15 to Sunday, November 18 for 8 performances.

Fall is a great time to take the family to a show and Marvel fans are going to love this performance! Don't wait to get your tickets!


Tickets (starting at $20) are on sale now. and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box office and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call 800-745-3000. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount by calling 313-471-3099.

Performance Schedule

Thursday, November 15 7 p.m.
Friday, November 16 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 17 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 18 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.
for City Theatre.


Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Drax make their live production debut bringing their courage and misfit wit to Marvel Universe LIVE! Alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, Black Widow, Wasp and Iron Fist, the Guardians of the Galaxy help fight the scheming, menacing and loathsome villains Loki, Yondu and Green Goblin. Audiences will join in the quest that sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother.
Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial maneuvers, pyrotechnics, martial arts, motorcycle stunts and vast 3D video projection mapping in this completely new thrilling adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family…LIVE!

Stay Connected

To discover more about Marvel Universe LIVE!, go to www.marveluniverselive.com, or visit our social media channels:
Twitter: @MarvelOnTour
Instagram: @MarvelOnTour


Suburbia Mom has partnered with 313Presents to giveaway 4 tickets to the November 15th performance at Little Caesars Arena at 7:00 PM. Winner will be randomly selected on October 15th. 

How to enter...

1.  Comment on this article and share who your favorite Marvel character is and why.

 Stay connected by following Marvel on Tour and Suburbia Mom on Facebook and Instagram. 

Good Luck!  

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