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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 @supersweetspeech on Instagram? Local mom Rachael has two boys and is a pediatric speech therapist with her own private practice and the co-host of the Let’s Taco Bout Speech podcast.
Hi there! My name is Rachael Hendzell and I’m a mom to two sweet boys, Henry (2) and Noah (3 months)! My husband Nick and I have been married for 3 years and love to spend time with family, watch a good movie, and travel! I am a Speech Language Pathologist at a local elementary school and own my own private practice, Super Sweet Speech. I also have a podcast, Let’s Taco Bout Speech podcast, with one of my best friends Claire Barbao. As part of my private practice, I run a series of language and social skills groups for children and their families with my friend and business partner Carie Vella, called Play and Say! We host classes at local venues including Stemville in Northville and the PARC in Plymouth. We help guide parents and children through a series of social play activities while providing strategies to promote social interaction, play skills, and overall language development!
Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:
- Movie night
- Outside exploring and traveling
- Music class at The Art Attic in Plymouth
Favorite Places To Go:
Favorite Bedtime Stories:
- Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
- The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle
- ANY book by Usborne Books!
Favorite Family Friendly Restaurants:
- Buddy’s Pizza
- Bigalora (Ann Arbor, Southfield, Royal Oak, Plymouth)
- Westborn Market in Plymouth for grab-and-go food!
Best Park/Playground: Kiwanis Park (Plymouth)
We love checking out as many new and local playgrounds as we can. This past summer we fell in love with the small and hidden, Kiwanis Plymouth Park. Henry loves the interactive animal sounds board.
Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Plymouth Fall Festival
We love the Plymouth Fall Fest! There is a TON for everyone to do, and amazing food including their Rotary Club Annual Chicken BBQ!
Your Mom Must-Have: Slumberpod
One of our MAJOR go-to’s is a Slumberpod! It is the perfect solution to make sleeping easier when we are on the go and traveling, especially when room sharing!
Best Fall Destination or Event: Cider Mills
We LOVE cider and donuts, so the cider mill is a must! We love Three Cedars Farm, Plymouth Orchards, and Franklin Cider Mill!
“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: Motherhood + My Business
The biggest accomplishment outside of being a mom would be owning two small businesses! I love connecting with such a wide variety of professionals with the overall goal of helping children succeed
Our #MomLife Series is Presented by Hungry Howie’s – the Official Pizza of Moms!
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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.