Detroit Enterprise Academy Hosts Free Family Fair Saturday via @DEnterprise_NHA @KelliBrooke_S


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Detroit Enterprise Academy Offers Free Family Fun Fair


Detroit Enterprise Academy invites the community and students to a Free Family Fun Fair offering a great opportunity to enjoy a day outside in the summer.

The event is scheduled for 4 p.m.July 21, at Milliken State Park. Families will be able to hear about the school’s personalized instruction, moral focus in the curriculum and the extracurricular programs.

In addition, interested families will be able to sign up for tours of the school and apply for admission.

Detroit Enterprise Academy is a free public charter school that serves students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.


                         WHO:             Detroit Enterprise Academy

WHAT:           Free Family Fun Fair

WHEN:          4 p.m.July 21, 2017

         WHERE:        Milliken State Park

         Contact:       Kelli B. Smith
616-464-2235 (office), 616-295-4241 (cell)



Detroit Enterprise





Summer Coding class offered at @Microsoft office in #Southfield, sign up today! @MavinGlobal

Teachers, parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts,


If you have a student, child, niece or nephew who is interested in learning how to code, or may want a career in technology, sign them up for this program today.


Seating is limited.

Register now


Jillian Blackwell

Territory Channel Manager

Microsoft Great Lakes Area

#MotownMom: Home security on a budget: Awesome #Blink for less than $250 on @Amazon

Living in Detroit, you have to do what you can to protect yourself without breaking the bank. Having security is one of the number one ways I’ve found to keep people I don’t want out of my home and stealing my things. There’s also the barbed wire, vicious dog, floor traps, moats of alligators and the labyrinth home with designed as well. (That’s a whole ‘nother post).

I’d also like to note at no time is Blink paying me to say anything. I found this system and I liked it. I really liked it and I wanted others to know about it.

In one year of living in Detroit, I had been robbed over five times. It was crazy and depressing, but I knew I had to get on top of securing my house or find a better way to catch the crooks who were robbing me blind.

First, I got the ADT signs., until I could afford the service. (I pay about $40 a month without the camera system.)

I did want to have camera’s but using ADT is about $60 a month.Yet it’s only for three cameras and cost goes up if you want more cameras. How do you find a way not to pay?

The Beau discovered this Blink system because he just has this ability to stumble across tech that’s awesome.

You get three cameras and a box. Additional cameras can be added without any cost. You hook it up the box to your Internet, download the Blink app and then sync the cameras to the system.

That easy. It took the Beau to install the cameras that come with a light and microphone (so it records in the dark and captures sound) about thirty minutes. We talked about the vulnerable places in the house we needed to see. the basement window, by the side and the hallway inside of the house. And we wanted to be able to control these without having to rely on ADT.

WAh-Lah! That was it.

Clear digital pictures house in 30-second increments on the system and there’s no monthly fee!

Yes! No monthly fee. Once you buy the system, you are using the app for life. That’s it!

For two hundred and fifty dollars that’s not bad at all!

I added an additional back up battery to our Internet so if our power goes out, the Internet will work for about 16 hours. ADT gives you a backup battery system too for a couple of days.

Our next step is to add a generator to the house… a very quiet generator!

All in all, we’re happy with the Blink system. It’s easy to install, cost effective and gives you that added security of “I got you on camera!” #MotownMoms, you should definitely look into it.

How important is security to you? What security system are you thinking about trying? Have tried?

Buy your Blink now!

#MotownMom: Did you know @mieducation provides FREE meals for children under 18 throughout the summer?

Find a meal site here:

Meet up and Eat up

Share Info on Free Summer Meals With Your Friends

Our goal is to feed as many hungry children across the state of Michigan as possible, and you can help. Governor Snyder has declared July 16-22 Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Service Program Awareness Week.

Help us get the word out by sharing info about Meet Up and Eat Up via social media. Your friends and family will appreciate the information and meals for their children.

Share this with Friends!


#MotownMom PR: @UDMDetroit’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship helped prepare new business owners for success #Detroit

On June 27, University of Detroit Mercy’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration partnered with the Michigan Women’s Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fund to present the EmpowerHER summit on the University’s McNichols Campus.

The event was established to support women (and a few good men) who want to start or grow their own social venture startups that will ultimately help to address and solve issues that exist in the community.

“Advancing social entrepreneurship is what we are all about,” said Derrin J. Leppek, co-director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship. “Partnering with the Michigan Women’s Foundation and the Ford Fund to put on this event is a great opportunity for each of us to scale our impact and collectively reach a broader audience.”

The summit kicked off the yearlong EmpowerHER competition that will provide participants with technical assistance, educational opportunities, financial resources and networking to support the cultivation of local social venture enterprises that serve the community. For more than 30 years, the Michigan Women’s Foundation has been an important resource for local women entrepreneurs by helping to eradicate social inequality and economic barriers that many women face. The Foundation does this through various programs and the microloan fund, the largest in Michigan. Carolyn Cassin, CEO of the Michigan Women’s Foundation, believes MWF’s partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund for the EmpowerHER Summit and competition is another way for the organization to fulfill this mission.

At the summit, TED talk-like presentations and keynote addresses from successful social entrepreneurs, including Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder, gave attendees an inside look at what it takes to create social change while making a profit.

“Women are transforming the world we live in and are a force for economic change,” Snyder said.  “Women are certainly doing their part in taking advantage of Michigan’s growing economy. Currently, there are more than 33,000 establishments run by women in Michigan that employ over 230,000 people in our state. This may seem like a lot, but this only accounts for 7 percent of businesses in Michigan. Ladies, we can do better! I believe women can and should be at the forefront of creating an even better business environment here in Michigan. We have the ideas, the passion and the drive to make it happen, and thanks to programs like EmpowerHER, these dreams are becoming a reality. Each person in this room has a unique and innovative idea that is valuable to the economic diversity and strength of our state,” Snyder added.

The Detroit Mercy Center for Social Entrepreneurship was established to improve Detroit livelihoods by addressing the educational needs of social entrepreneurs. The primary offering is the Boost program, an advanced course offered twice a year to social entrepreneurs throughout the region that aims to strengthen and scale their enterprise. For more information, visit or call Derrin Leppek at 313-993-1189.


About University of Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest and most comprehensive Catholic university, sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Today’s University boasts the heritage of two founding institutions: the University of Detroit, founded in 1877 by the Jesuits, and Mercy College of Detroit, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1941.  The two consolidated as University of Detroit Mercy in 1990. Detroit Mercy offers more than 100 academic degrees and programs through seven schools and colleges. For more information, please visit

Registration for the 21st Annual Sphinx Competition Now Open #motownmom

Apply now for the chance to win up to $50,000,

Apply now for the chance to win up to $50,000, solo appearances with major orchestras, a performance with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, and a custom-made gold bow by Berg Bows International! The complete repertoire list, eligibility requirements and application guidelines for the upcoming national Sphinx Competition are available online. The registration fee is $35.
Apply now!

#MotownMom: #PicturesOnGold Custom Key Chain Makes a Great Father’s Day Gift! #Giveaway

Gift giving is an art.|

It’s not always easy to find a gift that comes from the heart, will be appreciated by the recipient and is affordable.  PicturesOnGold hits the nail on th head with it’s Stainless Steel Keychain.  It’s the perfect gift for Father’s Day but would also be great for a number of other occasions including graduation, bridal showers and anniversaries to name a few.

This quality keychain can be engraved on both sides with a picture, message, monogram or date.  It measures 1″ wide by 1 3/4″ tall and comes beautifully boxed and ready for gifting.

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Belleville Library Speaks to Local Students About Summer Reading Program #michlit #motownmom

Keystone Academy students will hear from representatives from the Belleville Library on Friday, June 2. Library representatives will speak to students about the summer reading program. Each year the library offers a free program to help students continue reading over the summer break. The presentation begins at 8 a.m.

Keystone Academy, operated by National Heritage Academies, is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

WHO:             Keystone Academy

WHAT:           Belleville Library Visit

WHEN:          8 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017

WHERE:        Keystone Academy
47925 Bemis Road
Belleville, MI 48111

CONTACT:   Katie Baker
616-929-1103 (office); 517- 282-7579 (cell)

A Good Wife

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This made me feel like a good wife, even though half the time, Al would not be home in time for dinner. He might unexpectedly work late. Or the gym had been very crowded. Perhaps Hall Road was a parking lot due to construction work. Even if Al was home, he’d rarely come to the table when the meal was ready. He was “just finishing” something on the computer or in the garage. Often…

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Southfield Human Services partners with Tone Up for Tune Ups to help families in need of car repairs May 20 via @Southfield_Gov

There are countless families struggling with something that many people take for granted each day: transportation. Major car repairs seem to pop up at the wrong time and the associated costs can be a fatal blow to a family already struggling financially. To help families in need, the Southfield Human Services Department is co-sponsoring the 6th annual Tone Up for Tune Ups (TUTU) run/walk Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 21575 W. Ten Mile Road.
TUTU is a 5k run/walk or a 1 mile walk for all ages. The 2017 5k run/walk is a USA Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned event. Registration is $25 for adults and $20 for youth (13 and under). All donations are tax deductible. The funds raised by Tone Up for Tune Ups go directly to qualified families screened by the Southfield Human Services Department who need financial support to repair their vehicles. Southfield Human Services supports Tone Up for Tune Ups by managing the people that are beneficiaries of the event, filtering the money to needy families that have gone through an intensive qualification process.