Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Find out where to pick up supplies for a retreat into the world of gardening.
The greatest escape of all for many gardeners can be found by simply walking out the back door and into the yard. The feel of cool, moist soil in their hands and warm sunshine on their faces can be just the salve green thumbs need to let the cares of the world slip away. If you're one of those who loves to fuss over shoots and buds or gets joy out of green grass, there are plenty of opportunities nearby to pick up the supplies you need or connect with kindred spirits. In Berkley, stop by Garden Central, which offers landscaping design and installation, along with a selection of plants for your yard. If it's equipment you're need, pop in over at Ace Hardware, which has all the gloves, shovels and fertilizer you could need to keep your yard …
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Hop on your bike or take a walk to one of these nearby parlors.
I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream! Last weekend's warm weather sent residents out in search of cool, sweet treats and, accordingly, lines grew at local ice cream shops. As the spring gives way to summer and the temperature goes up, what better way to cap the day than with a walk and some meditative licks of an ice cream cone? (Why not? You'll have walked off the calories!) In Berkley, there are two ice cream favorites: Clark's Ice Cream & Yogurt and Frosty Freeze. Clark's has new flavors including Thin Mint Cookie, Turtle Pecan and Pomeberry (a mixture of pomegranate, blueberry and chocolate chips). Frosty Freeze is serving up Spiderman and Dora popsicles for the kid in all of us (in addition to its usual offerings). Check …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Warmer weather brings new opportunities to get out and enjoy yourself.
As warmer temperatures settle in and we begin to see more sunny, spring days, spending time outdoors will become more desirable. If you're into lounging outside on a blanket and reading a book or even having a picnic with your significant other, area parks are the perfect place to enjoy those luxuries. So, why not take a stroll down to Alligator Park in Huntington Woods, where you can snag a bench under the trees and spend an afternoon with your favorite page-turner? Or, pack you picnic basket and a blanket and sprawl out on the grass at Jaycee Park in Berkley. Neither park has rest room facilities, so go before you go. Click here to check out more parks in Berkley and Huntington Woods. In Clawson, City Park, at the corner of Elmwood and …
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Buy materials and put your creativity to work at nearby venues.
A shared craft project can be the perfect excuse to bring a group of friends together and blow off steam with a little conversation and creativity. Say, for example, that you and your girlfriends love to sit around and gab about diamond rings and strands of pearls. Have you ever thought about making your own baubles? At family-owned Munro Craft Supply in Berkley, you can. The shop offers supplies for a variety of crafts, including beads and crystals, as well as classes such as jewelry design. Or, you and your circle of friends can form your own quilting bee. Just swing by Guildcrafters Quilt Shop in Berkley to pick up the fabrics, patterns and other supplies you'll need. What's that? You have no idea how to quilt and find it challenging to…
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Whether it's enjoying art or creating it, there are plenty of nearby places where you can let your imagination run wild.
A piece of artwork can transport you to another time, place or state of mind and – for harried parents – experiencing art can provide a much-needed respite from workaday life. Luckily, our region is rich in cultural resources such as art galleries, music venues and shops where you can create your own artwork. Here are a few ideas to plan your escape into the world of creativity:
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Places to go for drinks, food, karaoke or just a grand ole' time with your gal pals.
We've given you suggestions for places to get a massage, a hair color change, sweet treats and good reads — now it's time for a girls night out. Take a break from family time and reconnect with your girlfriends. As the temperatures start to warm up, meeting up for dinner, tea, margaritas or even karaoke may be ideal for a hard-working mom who needs to blow off some steam. Clawson's Royal Kubo offers lively nights of karaoke on Friday and Saturdays. Dare to be different and stop in the downtown bar/restaurant and taste some authentic Filipino food, have a drink and land front and center singing karaoke before the crowd. The bar has a large catalog of karaoke songs and a TV that displays the lyrics for performers who don't quite know all the…
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
A trip to Princess Nails in Berkley includes personal pampering.
You've been running yourself weary all week, schlepping the children to school, picking up the dry cleaning, walking the dog and wearing your stilettos on date night. Whew! After all of that, your feet need a break. What could be better than dipping them into a warm bubble bath in the comfort of a cozy chair at your favorite salon? Not much that we can think of! At Princess Nails in Berkley, you will get more than just a pedicure, you will get a little pampering for yourself. "When you come here, you're treated like royalty," said owner Mai Nguyen (pronounced Nwing). "My customers say it's just like coming home to mom." Perhaps that's because Nguyen thinks of everything, offering a hot cup of tea during the chilly months or preparing a …
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Sometimes you just need to give in, so this week we explore several ways to cure a sugar craving.
You try hard to keep your family eating healthy but, every once in a while, you just need to indulge your sweet tooth. Luckily, with so many tasty treats nearby, you can plan an entire month's worth of quick, local indulgences that likely won't cost you more than $5. To start with, try Cup.Cake and Astoria Pastry Shop of Royal Oak, Doc Sweets Candy Company of Clawson, and Sugar Kisses bakery of Berkley – known for its gluten-free and vegan baked goods. Coffee shops are also a favorite. Starbucks on 12 Mile Road in Madison Heights offers a friendly atmosphere and a convenient drive-through for moms on the move. Order up your favorite soothing sipper and enjoy the rest of your ride. In Ferndale, Pinwheel Bakery on Nine Mile Road and Treat …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Exercise is an excellent way to work out stress and aggression — and swimsuit season is only a few short months away.
As difficult as it can be to pry yourself away from the coziness of your couch, now is the perfect time to do so. With spring hopefully on its way in the next month or so, prepare to pack away your laziness and lethargy away and get moving. For those who prefer organized, group exercise activities, why not give yoga a try? Berkley's House of Yoga is a great place to get started. The 5-year-old downtown studio offers a calming candlelight yoga class accompanied by live music each month. The cost is just right for moms on a budget: Practitioners are simply urged to leave a donation that fits within their budget. Myrrisa Hopkinson, co-owner and instructor at Everyday Yoga in Clawson, has been teaching for 1 1/2 years and said yoga has many …