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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 @just.one.crafty.mama on Instagram? Local mom Michelle is the face behind Just One Crafty Mama where she shares all her fun DIY tips and sells the most adorable custom cookies, sensory kits, and more! And just in time for Halloween – Michelle has the cutest Halloween goodies!
My name is Michelle Schmidberger and I have three children, Luke (5), Paige (4), and Claire (2). This past December I started the company, Just One Crafty Mama. I sell custom cookies, sensory kits, and specialty signs. I love DIY and making things homemade for my family and yours.
Shortly after having my first little one, I felt like I lost “me”. I went from working a stressful job outside the home to being home alone for long hours with a baby. I loved being home with him but missed the adult interaction and having time for myself. Then when he was only 8-weeks-old I was expecting again! That first year with both babies was pure survival and I lost my whole self. I started to do some crafting and it sparked some joy and realized I need to start “filling my cup, so I can take care of my family”.
Thereafter I would do projects around the house, baking for friends and family’s parties, and creating fun activities for my little ones. I decided last winter to put myself out there and try to make this into a business. So that is when Just One Crafty Mama was born!
Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:
- Family bike/walks
- Snuggled up on the couch, sharing blankets
- Cooking together
Favorite Places To Go:
- Rochester Play (Rochester)
- Pump It Up (Auburn Hills/Shelby Twp/Wixom)
- Stony Creek Metropark (Shelby Twp.)
Favorite Bedtime Stories:
- “That’s not my….” series
- In my heart: a book of feelings by Jo Witek
- Melissa and Doug Poke a Dot series
Favorite Family Friendly Restaurants:
- Shogun (St. Clair Shores)
- BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (Taylor)
- Art and Jake’s Sports Bar (Shelby Twp.)
Best Park/Playground: Stony Creek Metropark (Shelby Twp.)
Stoney Creek is our favorite, but a bit of a hike now that we moved to Macomb. There are two very interactive areas for different age groups/capabilities.
Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak)
The kids love the Detroit zoo Christmas lights. They really go all out with their displays and it really shows. The kids are bundled up and get fresh air and get to experience the magic of Christmas!
Your Mom Must-Have: Snacks!!!
Early days, my Maya wrap so I had my hands free for the kids. But now that they are a bit older, snacks, snacks, and snacks! Generally, anytime my kids are fussy or upset, it’s because they are hungry.
Best FALL Destination or Event: Westview Orchards (Washington)
We love all the events held by Westview Orchards! They have the best pumpkins, and the kid’s play area is so cool. The goats and other animals are there to greet and feed. We even go there in the summer to let them run around.
“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: Learning a New Skill
When I learn a new skill and master it, this gives me such fulfillment. Recently I just finished redoing my children’s swing set from manufacture to my little farmhouse-inspired kid paradise and am so proud of how it all came together.
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.