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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 @the_momprenuer on Instagram? Samantha is an entrepreneur, event stylist and mom to two adorable little guys.
Hi, I’m Samantha Grace and I’m a stay-at-home mom to two amazing little boys, Aydin (3) and Kayden (2). I’ve been married for over five years and enjoy spending quality time with my family. I’m the owner and event stylist of Samantha Grace Events and co-owner of Chisome Designs. I help my clients with planning, coordinating, and decorating luxury events like weddings, bridal showers, birthday and holiday parties.
Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:
- Having movie night in our backyard or bed
- Having a picnic in the park, front yard, or living room
- Taking a daily stroll in our neighborhood
Favorite Places To Go:
Favorite Bedtime Stories:
- God’s very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell
- Brown Boy Joy by Thomishia Booker
- There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
Favorite Family Friendly Restaurants:
Best Park/Playground: Tattan Park (Westland)
We love going to Tattan park in Westland. They have a large playscape, a splash pad, and a concession stand. It’s just minutes from my house and I love that they have enough variety to keep my boys happy and entertained.
Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Outdoor Movie Night (Westland)
Our favorite family-friendly annual event is free Movie Night in the Park in Westland. The boys can play at the park, have fun at the splash pad, eat and then relax and watch a movie on a big screen in the park. Sometimes there’s firefighters and police officers who will let the kids tour their emergency vehicles. It’s a great way to spend time with my family and it’s free!
Your Mom Must-Have: Grandma + Educational apps
My go-to mom must have is grandma (my mom), and the hooked on phonics app on my phone. My mom is such a big help with the boys, I love having an extra set of hands and eyes when we’re out. The hooked-on phonics app is really fun but also educational, whenever the boys get antsy it helps to entertain them, while teaching them to read at the same time.
Best FALL Destination or Event: Blake’s Farm (Armada)
Our favorite fall destination is going to all of the local Apple orchards and cider mills. We go to four or more a year. Our favorite is Blake’s Cider Mill; they have a petting farm, corn maze, apple orchard, train rides and even restaurants. We always make a full day out of our visit because it’s always so much to do and my little ones hate to leave.
“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: Juggling my business + motherhood
One personal accomplishment that makes me proud is being able to manage a business and stay at home with my boys. Being a Momprenuer is not an easy task but each day I feel so fulfilled to know that I’m chasing my dreams, building generational wealth and doing it all with babies alongside me.
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.