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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 @luv_luluuu on Instagram? Meet local mom Lu who juggles motherhood, being an engineer, photographer, and baker and captures it all in the most beautiful way on her social media accounts. Her sweet treats will make your mouth water and her photography skills will blow you away!
Hi! My name is Lu Huang. I am an engineer, a PhD, a photographer, a hobbyist baker, and most importantly, a mother. I have a 4-year old boy who keeps me on my toes and makes me proud every day. My little warrior fought his way out of prematurity, survived and thrived after a two-month long stay in the NICU. He has been my Muse ever since, motivating and inspiring me to create, for him, for myself, and for our family.
As an engineer, I mostly use my left brain for problem solving at work. And outside of work, I enjoy jogging my right brain a bit more to create with my little one. I love capturing the fleeting and precious moments of his childhood through my own lenses. And we sometimes sprinkle some Photoshop magic to the images to make his dreams come true. We also enjoy baking together, and turning our baked goods into his favorite things, like a superhero cake, Pokemon cookies or a sweet advent calendar.
Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:
- Board games
- Movie night
Favorite Places To Go:
- Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills)
- Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill (Armada)
- Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak)
Favorite Bedtime Stories:
- Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
- Dragon Post by Emma Yarlett
- Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up by Robert Sabuda
Favorite Family-Friendly Restaurants:
Best Park/Playground: Stony Creek Metropark (Shelby Township)
This park has so much to offer, and our favorite spot has to be the Shelden Trails. The staff members and volunteers there make great efforts to keep it beautiful and fun. You may also find seasonal surprise decorations here and there along the trails, like Charlie Brown’s Christmas Trees, Easter eggs, just to name a few.
Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak)
Because strolling through the zoo is always fun! And this event is to raise funds for the veterinary care for the animals at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center. We have been participating for the past years and collecting finisher medals that highlight different animals.
Your Mom Must-Have: Switch Ring Fit Adventure
The Ring Fit makes working out at home with a busy schedule so much easier and so much fun. My son loves following along and it is especially helpful in winters and during this pandemic.
Best Summer Destination or Event: U-Pick Farms
We absolutely love visiting local farms for their flower fields and U-pick experience during summertime. Fresh cut flowers and hand-picked fruits are the best.
“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: Being accepted as a ClickPro Master
Saying that last year has been challenging would be an understatement for all moms. While juggling so many different things all at once, I was able to push myself a bit harder to put together my photography portfolio and was accepted as a ClickPro Master. I was excited and honored that my work was recognized by such a renowned organization that amplifies the voices of female photographers.
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.