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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! Every week LittleGuide Detroit spotlights a local Mom in our #MomLife series.
Are you following @daniellesmithmirealtor on Instagram? The local “scrunchy” mama loves motherhood, real estate, learning and is one of the moms behind LittleGuide!
Hello, I’m Danielle, mom of 4 kiddos and two crazy dogs, student at Madonna for business marketing and visual communications,“work-at-home-mom” for my FAVORITE metro Detroit resource – LGD and your local realtor. I have two boys and two girls named Drayden (9), Kameron (7), Stella (2) and Lennon (3 Months) that are my absolute world. Our rescue dogs are Stormi (pitbull) and Tito (chihuahua) – they are quite the pair but wouldn’t want it any other way. Life is never boring when your house is always full of beautiful chaos!
Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:
- Family Boardgame / Movie Night
- Exploring metro Detroit
- Bonfires In The Backyard
Favorite Places To Go:
Favorite Bedtime Stories
- What The Road Said by Cleo Wade
- B Is For Bedtime by Margaret Hamilton
- I Love You Night and Day by Smriti Prasadam-Halls
Best Park/Playground: Heritage Park (Farmington Hills)
It checks all the boxes with a fun playground, nature trails and splash pad! Plus it has easy access to bathrooms, tables for picnics and concessions.
Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Blake’s Farm
They have something fun for us to do every season.
Your Mom Must-Have: Podcasts, Sarkara and Instacart
Need I say more? Balancing 4 kids and work – there’s nothing I like more than convenience and listening to conversation about my interests.
Best Spring Destination or Event: Farmers Markets
We love to support local shops. I like to remind my kids to have gratitude for the foods we eat and local products we use. I think it’s important that they know how many working hands and long hours it takes to create a product or to get fresh foods on our plates. Plus you can’t leave without some beautiful flowers.
“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment:
Honestly, my biggest accomplishment outside of being a mom is just staying strong, focused and continuing putting in the work needed to be able to hold space for myself and others. A lot of the time, I would judge my accomplishments off of income or completing one of my many “to-do” lists I have accumulated but when it comes to what really matters to me, it’s being able to show up for my family as my brightest and truest self.
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.