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Looking for inspiration + ideas for things to do with kids in Metro Detroit? Tried and true suggestions that real moms actually do? Here they are! Hungry Howie’s appreciates Moms and joins LittleGuide Detroit in spotlighting a local Mom each week in the #MomLife series. To take one thing off her plate and give her more time for fun, Hungry Howie’s is giving each week’s featured Mom a free pizza dinner for her and her family to enjoy. Thank you Hungry Howie’s for being the Official Pizza of Moms.
Are you following @chrissibrisse on Instagram? Christine is a local mom to two boys and the founder and owner of Cake Mitten bake shop in Clinton Township. Check out her delicious custom cake creations or swing through her brand new bakery next time you’re in the area!
Hey there! My name is Christine Brisse, I’m a mom to two boys, Benjamin (5) and Liam (2). My husband, Ryan, and I are approaching our 9 year wedding anniversary. Shortly after graduating from culinary school, Ryan and I moved to Chicago for 4 years which is where our journey to parenthood began. As we were approaching Benjamin’s first birthday, we made the decision to move back to Michigan to be closer to family.
When Benjamin started preschool, I decided to turn my passion for baking into a home-based, small-scale, made-to-order baking operation that I named Cake Mitten (our logo is a play on the silhouette of Michigan, hence the Mitten reference)– and in just under five years, I decided to take the plunge and follow my dreams to open my own bake shop. I offer a variety of sweets that are whimsical and fun for kids and adults alike — and most importantly, satisfying to your taste buds! My sons are my biggest inspiration (and most loyal taste-testers) and I can’t wait for them to be involved with the evolution of the business.
Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:
- Spending time at our cabin on Higgins Lake
- Making cookies and having the boys decorate them.
- Playing board games.
Favorite Places To Go:
Favorite Bedtime Stories:
- Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
- The Great Eggscape by Jory John
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Favorite Family-Friendly Restaurants:
- Boston’s Pizza Restaurant (Shelby Twp.) – their pizza is our family’s favorite
- Terry’s Terrace (Harrison Twp.) – great food + an old-school arcade!
- J.Baldwin’s Restaurant (Clinton Twp.) – despite being a high(er)-end restaurant, they have a great kid’s menu and even allow kids to have a hand in creating their own bread, which the kitchen staff will bake to their liking!
Best Park/Playground: Waldenburg Park (Macomb)
As a Macomb Township resident, my family always enjoys Waldenburg Park. Their play structures keep the boy busy for hours and there’s a great walking/bike path where my oldest son loves to search for wildlife.
Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Terror on Tillson Street (Romeo)
Around Halloween, visiting and walking Tillson Street in Romeo is a family favorite. If you’re not familiar, each year the homeowners on Tillson Street go over-the-top with their decorations and creativity and thoughtfulness is awe-inspiring. There’s no cost to tour the street and parking usually is manageable.
Your Mom Must-Have: Backpack Diaper Bag
I couldn’t live with my backpack diaper bag. My family is always on the go, so this is a must have for me! They’re much easier to tote around than your normal shoulder strap diaper bag. Also, I recently purchased an iPad holder that connects to our car’s headrests, so both boys can watch the same movie during long drives, which has been a lifesaver.
Best Summer Destination or Event: Flower Day at Eastern Market (Detroit)
We love attending Flower Day at the Eastern Market, they have the best variety and it’s important to us to support local.
“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: Opening Cake Mitten Bake Shop
Opening my own bakery has been a long term goal and dream of mine. I’m proud to say my very own bake shop opened on June 1, 2021!
Our #MomLife Series is Presented by Hungry Howie’s – the Official Pizza of Moms!
About Ashley Hubbbard-Porter
Ashley Porter is a Chicago native who now calls Birmingham home. Ashley and her husband Mike and son Jake love attending local festivals, exploring Detroit’s diverse food scene, and venturing outside of Metro Detroit to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan. With a background in Early Childhood Education, Ashley loves connecting with and supporting families in her community, which is why she is so excited to be a part of LittleGuide Detroit.