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My Quest for Good Coffee and I Need your Help

I remember my first coffee pot in my little duplex apartment while attending college.  It probably cost me $10 at Walmart and I bought the cheapest coffee I could find.  Keep in mind, I didn't even drink coffee, and when I made a pot...it was nothing to boast about.  I had no clue on how to portion the water to the grounds so it was common to be watered down. 

Then came the day that I suffered through a cup of black coffee to make a long drive to the city.  By the time I made my way through that strong cup of coffee, I was wide awake!  And as you can imagine...I went back for more the next time I had to make that long drive and before I knew it, I was a black coffee lover!

I've traveled many different paths along my coffee loving journey.  There were the days when I visited the Tim Hortons drive through daily on my way to work and then came the days when K-cups were a thing.  No more slow drip drop coffee! The Keurig made a single cup of coffee in seconds. It wasn't long until that got expensive and my love for the planet convinced me I needed to stop.  Now if I see a Starbucks drive through, I may cut you off to get in line! 

Currently we grind our coffee beans, pack the grounds in a reusable K-cup adapter, and through our Cuisinart Keurig it goes.  But the truth be told...it's not really good coffee and I want GOOD coffee.  Plus I must mention...this process is messy!  All that grinding and packing has my counter covered in coffee grounds! Something has to change and I don't even mind if it means going back to the drip drop method of using a simple coffee pot if it means I'm sipping on good coffee. 

It is time for me to find a new method for making coffee. No more mediocre coffee!  I need your help.

  What do you use to brew coffee?  

Please comment below and share.  

Pinkalicious The Musical at City Theatre Saturday, February 16th {Giveaway}

313 Presents is pleased to announce Vital Theatre Company’s long-running hit, Pinkalicious The Musical, will return to the City Theatre for three performances on Saturday, February 16 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The one-hour musical is based on the best-selling children's book “Pinkalicious” by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and features music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor. The musical adaptation is directed by Teresa K. Pond based on the original direction of Suzu McConnell-Wood.


Tickets ($29.50 general admission) 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. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (313) 471-3099. The musical is appropriate for children ages 2 to 7.

 The Story

In Pinkalicious The Musical, Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

Pinkalicious The Musical debuted at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre in New York on January 13, 2007, in a Vital Theatre Company production directed by Suzu McConnell-Wood. The musical immediately moved to a larger space Off-Broadway and has played at a number of venues in Manhattan since then. It is currently performing at Theater at Blessed Sacrament.  In 2008, Teresa K. Pond took over the helm as director as the production moved into Canada and continued to tour extensively around the United States, bringing joy to children and their families across the country.  Some of the states visited include Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Sam Viverito currently maintains the production.
John Gregor (Music, Lyrics and Orchestrations) wrote the book, music and lyrics for With Glee, which premiered off-Broadway at the Kirk Theater. John's adaptation of Gogol's The Overcoat has been presented in London at the Bridewell Theatre, Barrington Stage Company and The NY International Fringe Festival. Vital Theatre credits include The Changeling and The Bully. 

Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann (Book and Lyrics), co-authors of the New York Times best-selling children’s picture books Pinkalicious (HarperCollins, 2006) and Purplicious (HarperCollins, 2007), which Victoria also illustrated, are sisters who grew up in Brooklyn.

Victoria’s award-winning artwork has graced the covers and pages of magazines, newspapers and books. She is also the author-artist of four #1 New York Times bestselling books, Aqualicious, Emeraldalicious, Silverlicious, and Goldilicious. On May 2, 2017, she will release her newest book, Peterrific, in which Pinkalicious’s brother, Peter, decides to build a tower that will reach the moon. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Victoria teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

Elizabeth’s writing has appeared in a variety of newspaper and print publications. She is also a doctor with degrees from Vassar, Columbia and Albany Medical College.

The #1 New York Times-bestselling Pinkalicious picture book series has sold more than 22 million copies in all formats. It has been translated into 8 languages and is sold in 9 countries. Apart from the stage musical, the series has inspired lines of party goods, toys, bicycles, furniture, and dolls. Visit www.thinkpinkalicious.com.


Pinkalicious is a favorite in many homes.  Comment and share below who you would like to take to see this cute musical.  

The winner will receive 3 tickets to the 1:00 performance in Detroit at the City Theatre. 
The contest will end February 2nd and the winner will be announced on Suburbia Mom's Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter.  Be sure to follow along.  

Good Luck!

FREE Things to do in Detroit with Kids

Happy New Year!  2019 has arrived and we have had some very mild temps here in the Detroit area.  Today we got out for a nice walk in the woods and over this past weekend I actually ate my lunch outside! While this is great, I must say, a good layer of snow makes for a pretty picture and a fun day sledding.

It dawned on me today that it won't be long and my son will be gone to kindergarten and I won't have those few precious days during the week to do fun things together. It has also been decided that my daughter will attend Pre-K 4 days a week next school year and that means 1 less day a week with her also.  Makes me sad to think I don't have babies anymore. With that being said, I want to make the  most of the days we do have together. 

As I approach my bucket list for 2019, I am searching for FREE things to do within Detroit. As I do my research, I am sharing what I find.  Below is a list of free things to do in Detroit that are kid friendly.  Have fun!
  1. Belle Isle Aquarium (Free) Open Fridays - Sundays 10:00-4:00
  2. Dossin Great Lake Museum (Free) Open Fridays-Sundays 10:00-4:00 
  3. Detroit Public Library (Free to visit) Hours vary check website.
  4. Detroit Historical Museum (Free)
  5. Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) (Free to Wayne and Oakland County Residents.  Must show ID)
  6. Detroit Winter Blast (Free) Begins January 19th, 2019
  7. Cranbrook Institute of Science (Free First Friday of Each Month)
*Belle Isle Aquarium and the Dossin Museum can be combined on the same day since they both are on Belle Isle. 

Disney on Ice is Back at Little Caesars Arena March 21-24 {Giveaway}

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party is bringing guests closer to the magic than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats. This participatory adventure delivering compelling storytelling through multi-leveled production numbers visits Detroit from Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24 for nine performances at Little Caesars Arena. 

Tickets (start at $15) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, DisneyOnIce.com, Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices 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.

The Show 
Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic. Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney●Pixar’s Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons atop sway poles dancing over the audience in a beautiful cultural celebration of family. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle and sing along with Elsa as video projection creates a kaleidoscope of crystals to help build her ice palace. Witness Belle lift into the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life high over the ice for onlookers seated above and below. Demonstrate the power of teamwork when Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie recruit the Green Army Men and the audience for a daring rescue in Andy’s room. Board the Jolly Roger and laugh hysterically as the hilarious pirates flip, tumble, and twist on air tracks, stilts and more in an effort to showcase their talents for Captain Hook. Sail away with Moana on her daring voyage across the ocean and bravely encounter the fiery wrath of Te Ka. And make memories with your whole family during Aladdin and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out celebration.

Join this magical search and help unlock an epic journey when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party delivers an unforgettable experience in your hometown!

Stay current on the latest developments through social media:

Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #MickeysSearchParty
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, March 21         7 p.m.
Friday, March 22               11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 23         11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 24            11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Giveaway (Ends March 1st)
Suburbia Mom has partnered with 313Presents and Disney on Ice to give away 4 tickets to any week day performance at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.  Winner must exchange vouchers at any box office location for the date they wish to attend.  Contest will run through Friday, March 1st. The winner will be announced by March 3rd on all Suburbia Mom's Social Media feeds so be sure to follow Suburbia Mom on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

To enter comment below on your favorite Disney character and why.  Also, have you been to Disney on Ice?  If so, what is your favorite memory or what excites you about attending?

We wish you good luck and hope to see you at one of the performances in March. Thank you for entering!

Sesame Street Live is coming to the Fox Theatre January 24-February 2 {Giveaway}

The new year has begun and we are all busy setting goals and creating our wish lists for 2019.  I am always writing my desires down and one of my favorite lists to write for the new year is our family's " List of Fun Things to Do".  On this list is always a theatre experience.  In my opinion there is nothing better than dressing up and taking my family to visit the Fox Theatre to see Sesame Street Live. 

Last year my daughter was 2 years old when we went and it was so cute seeing her eyes glued to the stage when Elmo made his appearance. She was all smiles.  This year is sure to be just as great!


Everyone’s invited on an amazing journey with Elmo to discover the “power of yet” in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic. Building on a successful tour with Feld Entertainment’s inaugural Sesame Street Live! show last season in partnership with the non-profit educational organization Sesame Workshop, this production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new, magical adventure live on stage. Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic visits Detroit from 16 performances at the Fox Theatre from Thursday, January 24 to Saturday, February 2.

Show Dates & Times

·         Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m.
·         Friday, January 25 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
·         Saturday, January 26 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
·         Sunday, January 27 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
·         Wednesday, January 30 at 11 a.m.
·         Thursday, January 31 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
·         Friday, February 1 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
·         Saturday, February 2 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

How to Purchase Tickets

Tickets (starting at $15) 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 group rates and information, reach out to Group sales at (313) 471‑3099.

About the Show

Elmo is inspired to learn a magic trick when he meets magician extraordinaire Justin, who has come to Sesame Street to perform a magic show. But there’s one problem…Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic!  Through Justin’s encouragement to practice, work hard and never give up, Elmo embarks on an extraordinary journey.  He learns that it’s okay to make mistakes and that magic can be found anywhere when you believe in yourself and the power of what’s yet to be. Cookie Monster and Gonger uncover the science and fun of baking while Abby Cadabby experiences the transformative abilities of caterpillars. Big Bird learns about the magnifying magic of shadow puppetry while Rosita orchestrates a rhythmic beat using everyday objects around her. And artist Grover mixes up the pigment power of the three primary colors. With high-energy dance numbers and a soundtrack that’s sure to get everyone out of their seats, Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is an inspirational introduction to live theater and the art of illusion that the entire family will enjoy.

Giveaway Time!

Now it's your turn to add seeing Sesame Street Live to your "List of Fun Things to Do". We have partnered with 313Presents to give one family 4 ticket vouchers to see Sesame Street Live at the Fox Theatre.  To enter all you need to do is comment below on your favorite character from Sesame Street Live. Giveaway will end January 16th and the winner will be announced on Suburbia Mom's Facebook Page, Instagram, and Twitter.  

Be sure to follow Suburbia Mom and 313Presents for more upcoming events.    

Good luck and thank you for entering!

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