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The Gift of Swim Lessons at Goldfish Swim School and Holiday Package Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Goldfish Swim School.  Thank you so much for supporting Detroit local businesses and establishments.  Goldfish Swim School is a family favorite!




I think we all know the feeling we get after Christmas when those toys Santa imagined being a huge hit just didn't have the "wow" factor that the jolly old man wished for.  It happens every year.  Santa had what he thought to be the perfect gift and there it sits, new, and lonely with a pile of other unloved toys.

Well this year we're getting smart and asking for swim lessons for Christmas!  It's the perfect gift from Grandma and Grandpa! The kids are so excited to go to Goldfish Swim School! They even added a swimsuit to their wish list! We will be able to burn energy and get the sillies out each week all while continuing  to learn to swim!  A bonus is you will even find Grandma and Grandpa coming to watch us swim!



Or how about those days when the kids are bouncing off the walls because they are going stir crazy from being locked indoors?  In Michigan we get a lot of those days! Those are the days you wish you had an outlet. Something to do to help burn all that energy bottled up.  Not this year!  We have a plan.

Goldfish Swim School has the perfect gift package available for the holidays. These packages are available at all locations throughout the Metro Detroit area. It truly is the perfect the gift! I am thankful each week that we have the opportunity to learn to swim while having fun.  The kids absolutely love it and yours will too!


Locations around Metro Detroit

  • Goldfish Swim School- Ann Arbor
  • Goldfish Swim School- Birmingahm
  • Goldfish Swim School-Canton
  • Goldfish Swim School-Clarkston
  • Goldfish Swim School-Farmington Hills
  • Goldfish Swim School- Macomb
  • Goldfish Swim School- Rochester

The Holiday Package Includes

  1. Two months of swim lessons
  2. Waived registration fees
  3. Family swim passes
  4. Winter Hat
  5. Water bottle

The best part is one lucky fish will win a Holiday Gift Package!

How to Enter

  1. Comment on this blog post below and tell me who you would love to win this package for. Why would they love swim lessons as a gift?
  2. Once you have placed a comment click on the Rafflecopter giveaway and check that you have made a comment.  
  3. Once you unlock your entry, there are other ways to boost your entries. 
  4. Good Luck!
Enter Here


A winner will be randomly chosen on December 10th.  Contest winner must be able to pick up the package at the Rochester location in Michigan. Good Luck!


Top Reasons to be a Goldfish at Goldfish Swim School


I love to share things with my readers that I love! Thank you to Goldfish Swim School for sponsoring this post.  While this post is sponsored, all opinions, thoughts, and content are my own.


Olga's Kitchen and the Story of One Strong Woman! Plus Enter Giveaway for $25 Gift Card. Ends 10.31.17

Thank you to Olga's Kitchen for the lovely Moms Night Off dining experience in exchange for this post. All opinions and thoughts are my own and be sure to enter to win a $25 gift card to Olga's Kitchen so you can have your own "Olga Original" experience.






A Special Story

Olga's Kitchen is well known in the Detroit area but did you know it originated in Birmingham, Michigan?  How cool is that!   I've heard of Olga's Kitchen many times and even stopped in for lunch a few years back, but to be honest, I didn't know it had Detroit roots! If you ask me...this makes Olga's super cool...but the story keeps getting better.

Olga Loizon is a mom of three with a love for her Greek heritage who is now in her  90's!  Back in the 1960's she wanted to share Greek cuisine with America.  Entrepreneurship was in her heart along with her love for delicious food.  To make this happen she knew she needed an authentic vertical rotisserie to prepare the meat but ran into a big problem because she was a woman and that meant she was denied the opportunity to purchase the machine.  I can't even imagine!  Anyways... the strong woman in her, which she is still proving to be today,  did not let that stop her. She simply had her uncle make the purchase for her and got to work perfecting the Original Olga!

As you can imagine, she was a woman with determination and a dream.  She had a vision and made it happen.  I find that so inspiring!

The story of Olga's Kitchen is well worth the quick read.  You can read all about Olga's Story here .

To celebrate this grand story and in honor of Detroit rooted restaurants I am giving away a $25 gift card on Suburbia Mom Facebook.  Be sure to enter so you can have your own "Original Olga" experience. Good Luck!








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.







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