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Winter Family Photos and Ideas

We live in blistery cold Michigan and on any given winter day temperatures can range from being in the negatives to 50's. So when we scheduled to have our family pictures taken mid December I knew it was a gamble.  On this particular day, we had snow and it was cold!  I believe in the low 20's.  Brr!

Instead of coordinating matching outfits I had a different mindset when planning for our family pictures. I had to think gloves, hats, winter coats, and boots.  While I did put a little thought in the under layer, I knew it would be hard to challenge us to get unbundled.  With a 2 and 4 year old, getting dressed up for outside is time consuming so taking off our jackets was a stretch.

The Setting

Having family pictures comes with a lot of decisions.  We need to choose our photographer, decide on a location, time of day, what to wear, and then we have to cross our fingers and hope the weather is on our side.   

The natural beauty the forest brings for photography is always consistent and it's easy to focus on the subject.  We've had many pictures taken in the natural setting but this time I wanted more than a family picture...I wanted the setting to resemble something more, something special, a place that represented us and where we are from.  I love the energy of  urban areas and Eastern Market in Detroit was our final decision on pictures.  Urban settings come with many uncertainties.  In this particular situation a car pulled up during our photo shoot.  Thanks to editing, Melody was able to wipe the car away.   There is action everywhere in an Urban setting so you need to be ok with the randomness which makes editing crucial but also makes photography exiting! 

Think Outside the Box!

When choosing a location for your family pictures think about the photo opportunities available within the setting.  Can you easily change into different outfits?  If not, what different backgrounds are available for you?  We visited Eastern Market in Detroit.  Eastern Market is known for its history as a market and graffiti walls.  I knew the graffiti walls would definitely provide us with fun backdrops. 

More than a Family Photo

I like to decorate my home with family pictures and local art.  It really provides me with a sense of community of where I live.  It connects me to local artist and always has a meaningful story.  As much as I love pictures of our family, we are forever changing and photos quickly become dated.  When we choose a location that becomes the subject, we become a small figure within the photo.  For example in the picture below you will find the building stands out more than us.  This was exactly what I was looking for.  A family photo with a sense of community. 

If doing Outdoor Winter Photos come Prepared

We have little kids so we knew we were pressing our luck when taking them out in the dead of winter for family photos... but they did great!  Some of the things I would suggest bringing is hand warmers, dress with a base layer, and if you have little kids, consider bringing something to tow them around in. We decided to decorate our wagon as a prop and inside the wagon we were able to have a blanket for the kids to stay warm and best of all some hot chocolate!

Finding a Photographer and Ideas

Finding a good photographer just got easier if you are in the Detroit area. I highly recommend Melody.  Instagram is also a wonderful resource to use because you can see their work and a little of their personality shines through.  I also recommend using Pinterest to gather tips on what to wear and where to have your family pictures taken.  The internet provides a creative outlook for many so turn to blogs and photographers for ideas.  Mellody has written a great blog post on what to wear the day of the pictures.  You can check it out here.  

I'd love to hear from you.  How do you decorate using pictures of your family?  Do you have a family picture wall?  We'd love for you to share below. 

Harlem Globetrotters come to Little Caesars Arena February 3rd and Giveaway (Ends 1.28.18)

Tickets are on sale now.

The Harlem Globetrotters, known for their one-of-a-kind family entertainment, will bring their “Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour” to Little Caesars Arena on Saturday, February 3 at 1 p.m. to take on their long-time adversaries the Washington Generals. 

Little Caesars Arena


Tickets starting at $26.50 are on sale now and can be purchased at 313Presents.comharlemglobetrotters.com, the Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and Ticketmaster.com

To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For group rates and information, reach out to Group sales at (313) 471-3099.

Game Day

The Harlem Globetrotters will face a revamped Washington Generals team which recently launched a
more competitive profile over the summer, making an appearance at The Basketball Tournament. The
new tournament-tested team is looking to snap a 47-year losing streak against their world famous rivals during their 2018 season.

With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister, Ace Jackson and Hoops Green – the Globetrotters’ show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Their game at Little Caesars Arena will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters' official Website: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.


We are giving away 4 tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters on February 3rd.  This is sure to be a fun time!  Enter below.  Good luck!  Contest ends Sunday, January 28th. 

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Sesame Street Live! Let's Party comes to the Fox and Giveaway (Giveaway Ends 1.19.18)

This is a sponsored post.  Suburbia Mom has received tickets in exchange for this article. 

Sesame Street Live! Let's Party is coming to the Fox!  

Everyone’s invited to take part in the sunniest and funniest street celebration in Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! The inaugural production under Feld Entertainment’s new partnership with the non-profit educational organization, Sesame Workshop features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new sensory adventure live on stage. Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! visits Detroit for 16 performances at the Fox Theatre from Thursday, January 25 through Saturday, February 3.

Party guests will sing along to new and familiar songs, like “I Love Trash” and “C is for Cookie,” with Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster; dance to the beat with Elmo; explore a wintry wonderland when Abby Cadabby’s magic goes awry; take flight with Big Bird to learn about some of his fabulous feathered friends; and discover new cultures in an interactive Spanish lesson with Rosita.

From the moment the curtain rises, parents and children alike will be on their feet dancing along to a
pop-infused soundtrack with new Sesame Street friends and live emcees Casey and Caleb. Planning a
party isn’t easy when everybody has a different idea of fun, but with some help from the audience, it
becomes the ultimate reflection of what friendship plus teamwork can accomplish.

Showtimes for Sesame Street Live! Let's Party 

Thursday, January 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, January 26 at 11 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.*
Saturday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 28 at 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, February 1 at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Friday, February 2 at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
*The Jan 26th 7 p.m. show is not available to the public.

Ticket Information

Tickets 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. For group rates and information, reach out to Group sales at (313) 471-3099.

Stay Connected

Stay current on the latest developments through social media:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SesameStreetLive
Twitter: @SesameStLive #SesameStreetLive
YouTube: www.youtube.com/SesameSteetLive
Instagram: @SesameStreetLive

Giveaway Time!

One lucky winner will receive 4 tickets to any weekday performance.  To enter, please comment below on your child's favorite character and share why.  One random winner will be chosen on Friday, January 19th at 9:00 PM EST.  Good Luck and thank you for entering!

Thoughts of Detroit to Leave in the Past

I met a traveling musician from the South and the one thing I'll never forget him saying was how much pride Detroiters have.  Of all the cities he's adventured off to, Detroit in his eyes, has the most pride and loyalty.  If you ask me that's the best compliment ever!

As a college graduate of Wayne State University my loyalty is rooted.  I remember those days traveling into the city before Smart Phones and Google Maps.  After attending a few years at WSU the city became my playground. Everything from the architecture, history, and arts pumped energy through my bloodstream.  It was clear to me...the city awakened me!

But Detroiters, let's be real.  While we may have been loyal to Detroit, it hasn't always been as loyal back.  I remember days when the sidewalks and streets were not plowed or shoveled in the dead of winter.  I would have to truck through snow up to my calves while trying to get to a restaurant.

One summer we went to a party on Gratiot Avenue.  I remember hanging out and not one street light worked on Gratiot.  Imagine that! The city was dark!  While I felt safe at the party, I remember the host telling me to not walk off alone.

I recall back when Kwame Kilpatrick was mayor.  It was a complete shit show for Detroit.  The entire nation got wind of the news. Sad times!

Those were some low times but look at us now!

It's time to leave the "dark" Detroit in the past!

The lights are on!  Detroit is brighter than ever! Yes Gratiot has new street lights and it looks great!  It's time to leave the "dark" detroit in the past!

Detroit has captivated its own style.  I call it the modern rustic recycled look! Everything has yesterday's charm with today's swing.

Looking for Good Food...go to Detroit!

Recently a friend came in town from San Francisco and it was a no brainer to head downtown for dinner. Many new restaurants are locally sourcing their food.   With the urban gardens and Eastern Market readily available, it's great to see collaboration between our local farmers and restaurants.

Below are a few recommendations and all three have the ture "Detroit Pride" I've mentioned earlier.  They source locally and that's what I call loyalty!

1. Gather
2. The Lady of the House
3. The Apparatus Room 

Entertainment Galore in The District Detroit

With the new Little Caesars Arena, we now have the Pistons playing in Detroit.  It is so nice to have  the Lions, Tigers, Pistons, and The Red Wings all together.

Have you been wanting to go to a Pistons Game or see The Red Wings?  I can't think of a better time than now!  Game Day in the D is where it is at!

Harlem Globetrotters will be at Little Caesars Arena on February 3rd!  Tickets can be purchased here.

Harlem Globetrotters Tickets

 The District Detroit is where world class sports and entertainment meet within 5 neighborhoods.  The Fox Theatre is located within the Columbia Street Corner.

While attending a recent show at The Fox Theatre the band lead took a moment to comment on how beautifully distracting the theatre is.  He went on to elaborate on how The Fox Theatre is the most beautiful place he's ever performed at and continued to say how proud we should be.

If you haven't made your way to The Fox, consider attending one of the many great shows performing in 2018.  

Sesame Street Live is coming to the Fox Theatre January 25th-February 3rd.  Tickets can be purchased here

Now that 2018 has arrived and times are changing for Detroit it's time to shift our mindset.  The next time you are looking for good entertainment and food, head to Detroit!

Please comment on your suggestions of things to do in the city.  I love hearing about new places to check out. 

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!

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