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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 @kelsy_b_fitness on Instagram? Kelsy is a local mom of two little ones and a personal trainer that helps local moms meet their health + fitness goals at The Lean Body Studio in Royal Oak. Check out one of her mom-focused, kick butt classes either virtually or in-person!
My name is Kelsy Benacquisto and I’m mama to two crazy active boys – Bode (age 3) and Luca (age 2). I’m a pre/postnatal certified Personal Trainer that works at The Lean Body Studio in Royal Oak, MI. Before kids I worked in Marketing which required lots of travel so I shifted my focus to my family for a bit before moving into my passion industry of health and fitness. I love helping mamas feel their best during pregnancy (and so many benefits for baby too!) and postpartum. We all need an outlet and working out is the best mood booster! I work one on one with clients as well as small group classes at LBS. You can find my personal page at @kelsy_b_fitness and the studio page at @lbs_metrodetroit for group class schedules.
Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:
- Riding our bikes to downtown Birmingham for brunch or ice cream
- Cuddling up with popcorn for a movie night
- Exploring new places – we just got back from Hilton Head, South Carolina!
Favorite Places To Go:
- Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak)
- The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (Dearborn)
- Franklin Cider Mill (Bloomfield Hills)
Favorite Bedtime Stories:
- Shh! We Have A Plan by Chris Haughton
- The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant by Jean De Brunhoff
- Little Blue Truck Series by Alice Schertle
Favorite Family-Friendly Restaurants:
Best Park/Playground: Pembroke Park (Birmingham)
We live next to Pembroke Park so we are ALWAYS there. We love this park because there are a lot of different areas for the kids including a baseball diamond and tennis courts. I’m partial to it as a mom because it is covered with trees which means lots of shade in those hot summer months!
Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village (Dearborn)
Our favorite family-friendly event to attend each year is by far the Halloween Nights at Greenfield village. They put on an amazing show – spooky performers, haunted train and carousel, yummy treats, and more. My boys are SO into it. Halloween is by far their favorite holiday!
Your Mom Must-Have: Books!
Whether it be for the kids or myself, I find it so important to read everyday. For myself, it is an opportunity to unplug from mommy mode for a moment and take my mind somewhere else. We have built reading into our daily routine for the kids which I hope will continue throughout their lives as well!
Best Summer Destination or Event: Boyne City, MI
Our favorite summer destination is Boyne City on Lake Charlevoix. We are lucky enough to have family who have a place up there so we enjoy spending summer nights on the boat and beach. Boyne City is a great place for the kids – awesome park, fun 4th of July parade, and good restaurants.
“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: Work-Life Balance
I’m proud of the work-life balance we have created at home. I feel so blessed to be able to pursue my passion part-time while still being home with my kids part-time. I feel like I get to enjoy the best of both worlds!
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.