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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.
Hi, my name is Kristin Lenei! I am Mama to my daughter Pearl who is 5 years old and we live in Shelby Twp. I founded Team Glam Detroit in 2018. We are an On-site Hair and Make-up service that brings the luxury of a salon experience to you on your wedding day or special event. Our team consists of 12 amazing artists who are not only talented but driven and passionate about what we do.
Pearl was a couple of years old when I started the business and I was feeling the urge to challenge myself and pursue something I have thought about for a long time. Having a daughter pushed me and reminded me that if I want her to someday chase her dreams then I would need to show her the way…and here we are!
Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:
- Nan’s pool in the summer or Troy Family Aquatic Center
- Cousin sleepovers with arts & crafts
- Houghton Lake, MI
Favorite Places To Go:
- Windwalker Farms (Fenton)
- Troy Gym or Cutting Edge Athletics (Clinton Twp.)
- Parrotzville (Clinton Twp.)
Favorite Bedtime Stories:
- Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola
- Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
- Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Favorite Family Friendly Restaurants:
Best Park/Playground: Innovation Hills Park (Rochester Hills)
Great for picnics, feeding the ducks, birthday parties & family photos.
Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Michigan Renaissance Festival (Holly)
An oldie but goodie! So many fun memories made here over the years. We love making necklaces from the “pick a pearl” stand where you can shuck open an oyster and have a necklace made.
Your Mom Must-Have: My purse
Crossbody purse at all times!
Best Winter Destination or Event: Campus Martius Park (Detroit)
We love the ice skating & winter activities in Campus Martius
“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: Balancing Work + Parenting
My primary goal in being a working mother is achieving balance, it is a constant struggle and work in progress. As Pearl has grown up she now understands (after many talks) what Mommy does, and why I do it. She knows how the team works, and that people depend on us to be there months sometimes years in advance. I’ve explained everyone has a job, and I’m lucky enough to do what I love, and in doing so I hope she in turn will follow suit. She’s been a part of photo shoots, looked at our work in magazines, met clients, looked at beautiful photos of brides on their wedding days, and even watched us on Channel 4 Action News. She’s put the pieces together in each passing year and it’s gotten easier for her. We will FaceTime while I’m on the job, being it’s always women we are servicing, they understand children will always come first. I think helping children truly understand what we do as working mothers put them at ease as well as sets a great example. I always try to have something fun for us lined up when I get home after weekend bridal parties ending in the early afternoon. Balance!
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.