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Are you following @yohanaisabella on Instagram? If you’re not you should! Bella and her littles are the cutest. Not only do they go on great adventures around metro Detroit, her food pictures will leave you both hungry and inspired. Bella and her husband are taking their love for food to a new level and launching MI Meal Time – a local food delivery service for folks in the Ann Arbor, Novi, Northville & Livonia area.
Hi, I’m mom to Charlie and Eleanor. I was born and raised in Indonesia. We currently live in Canton. We love all about what Pure Michigan offers from nature, food, culture and cool places to explore. I am a stay at home mom who loves to explore fun things to do with kids and delicious food to eat. Follow my journey as a mom, foodie and baker with my little Charlie here. Here are some of my favorite things and places.
Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:
- Family hikes
- Outdoor time – going to the local beach, pool, water table, splash pad and family picnic on our backyard
- Homemade moon sand sensory play
- Homemade soap foam bubbles sensory play
Favorite Places To Go:
- Kensington Metropark (Milford)
- Maybury State Park (Northville)
- Farmington Nature Center
- McClumpha Park Splash Pad (Plymouth)
- Clement Circle Pool (Livonia)
Favorite Bedtime Stories:
- If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul and David Walker
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
- On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
- Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Best Park/Playground: Canton’s Heritage Park
Charlie enjoys the indoor pool (membership required or pay per visit available), outdoor splash pad and playgrounds. At the park, Charlie loves running up and down the hill. There is a big lake in the center of the park surrounded by multiple walking trails. It is perfect for a morning or afternoon stroll, also family picnic. We also love to borrow books and enjoy baby/ toddler story time from the Canton Public Library that is in the same vicinity.
Best Annual Event: Pumpkin Patch at Three Cedars Farm
This place has a lot to offer for kids. Charlie enjoys taking cute pictures at the pumpkin patch. They have small outdoor petting farms, train rides, hay rides, outdoor playground, corn box and corn maze. We usually end our fun day with huge servings of cider donuts and apple cider.
Best Summer Destination: Sleeping Bear Dunes & Traverse City
We love going Up North in summer. We love spending days with Charlie at the beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes, eating Moomers ice cream (voted as America’s best), shopping, dining out and strolling around the cute downtown of Traverse City.
Photo credit: Instagram @Yohanaisabella
About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..