Looking for daily inspiration and ideas for things to do with kids this week? From at-home family fun, to festivities…
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 @michiganmontessorimama on Instagram? Hannah is a local mom and Montessori educator who loves to share all of her family’s favorite local places to explore along with easy, educational activities over @michiganmontessorimama.
My name is Hannah and I’m a mother of two; our son, Emmet, is 5 and our daughter Lyla is 2. They definitely keep my husband Jeff and me very busy! We also have our sweet, goofy energetic 8-year-old labradoodle, Bentley. I am a Montessori educator in Birmingham, and I also have an Instagram account that documents many of the fun adventures our family does in Michigan! We just bought a home in Lake Orion as well, and we’re continuing to explore our new surroundings and see everything this great area has to offer.
Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:
- Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak)
- Hiking/nature walks
- Cooking/baking together
Favorite Places To Go:
- Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak)
- Legoland Discovery Center (Auburn Hills)
- Any of the Michigan State Parks, Metroparks, or Oakland County Parks
Favorite Bedtime Stories:
- Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- Press Here by Herve Tullet
- On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
Favorite Family Friendly Restaurants:
Best Park/Playground: Friendship Park (Lake Orion)
Our favorite park is Friendship Park in Lake Orion. Not only does it have an amazing playground, but the little pond is a great place to refuel with a snack!
Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Eastern Market (Detroit)
We love Detroit and being able to go into the city to get fresh fruit, veggies, eggs, and flowers are so special for our family. We want our children to know how important it is to support local and shop small. The pride they feel after picking out the food they’re going to eat, or helping count out the money to pay for the vendors is wonderful.
Your Mom Must-Have: Backpack Diaper Bag
Honestly a backpack diaper bag! It may seem like a silly must-have, but after being a mom for over 5 years it’s the best choice I’ve made, you can be hands-free and hold basically anything that Mary Poppins could fit in her bag for all emergencies! Change of clothes, baby wipes, water bottles, snacks, cell phone charger…
Best Winter Destination or Event: Santa’s Reindeer Farm (Frankenmuth)
One of our favorite Winter Events is Santa’s Reindeer Farm in Frankenmuth! You get to meet Santa and feed his reindeers! It is such a magical experience for the whole family.
“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: Getting Through the Day!
Sometimes just making it through the day, am I right? Life can throw you so many curve balls that sometimes just making it to bedtime feels like I won the World Series.
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.