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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! We’re asking local Metro Detroit families to share their favorites, to help you find yours.
Are you following @gracealexandriaweiss on Instagram? Grace is a mom to three under three(!) and local health and wellness coach. Be sure to follow Grace to learn her #momtips for juggling life as a busy mom along with how to make self-care a priority.
Hi! My name is Grace Weiss! I’m a mama of three under three. I have a 3.5-year-old son Julian and 1-year-old twin girls, Beatrice & Vivienne. When I was 4 months postpartum with my son, I went back to work as a full-time special education teacher. I was exhausted, uncomfortable in my skin, and was dealing with a lot of emotions. I reached out to one of my friends who was running an accountability group. I told her whatever I needed to do sign me up, I’m ready to commit. So for the next 21 days, I went all in, I worked out for 30 minutes a day and followed a nutrition plan that created a healthy lifestyle! For the next 6 months, I committed to every program and continued this healthy lifestyle journey. By then I had lost over 50 pounds, but that’s not the best part! I found a new person within myself. One that loved herself and who was truly happy for the 1st time in a LONG time.
After finding this success, I knew that health and wellness coaching was placed on my heart and Team gracenotperfection was formed. Almost three years later & a twin pregnancy and I’ve helped hundreds of other struggling mamas from all over the US and Canada, kick that inner mean girl to curb and find inner peace. Hop over to my Instagram @gracealexandriaweiss or on Facebook (Grace Weiss) to follow my journey through motherhood, #3under3, fitness, recipes, self-love, and all the craziness that comes along!
Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:
- Checking out the local elementary school’s playgrounds
- Trying out 1 new activity from LittleGuide Detroit’s “Things To Do” each weekend, it’s a great way to get outside of our norm.
Riding our bikes around Belle Isle
Favorite Places To Go:
- Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak)
- The Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village (Dearborn)
- Booth Park (Birmingham)
Favorite Bedtime Stories:
- Instant Pot Enchilada Pasta
- Fall Salad with Pomegranate dressing
- Southwestern Steak Salad with Grilled Corn
Best Park/Playground: Maybury Farms Playground (Northville)
We love this playground because of the awesome zip line swings! The park is always clean and it has something for all ages!
Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village (Dearborn)
The setup and decorations are out of this world! You can see their hard work in every single detail from the headless horseman riding around, the singers, projections, and lights. The new train experience will be the highlight of your trip!
Your Mom Must-Have: A Good Stroller!
A great mother-in-law, seriously! JK! I think the go-to mom must-have is a good stroller! It’s the one thing that I tell all my friends not to “cheap out” on! It has to be easy to push and fold because with #3under3 you’ll always have one on your hip! My favorite is the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller with the glider board attachment.
Best Winter Destination or Event: Boyne Mountain Resort
The best winter destination is Boyne Mountain, COVID aside there is something for everyone. If you’re into winter sports you can enjoy their excellent slopes or maybe the warm indoor waterpark is more your style! Moms, you can even hit up the spa! It’s a great family weekend that can meet everyone’s desires!
“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: The Birth of My Twins
My biggest accomplishment this year has been the birth of my twins. I vowed that this pregnancy would be different than my 1st time. I was able to focus on health and fitness and this allowed me to fill my cup first before I poured it into my family every day.
#MomLife is the best life, if you’ve got more love to give, learn about becoming a foster parent at the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services website, Raise Hope & Foster Dreams.
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.