Amanda is a mom of 2 who are often described as "full of character". She lives in GPW with her partner, Mike, and doodle, Coney. When she's not teaching preschool and hanging with her fam, you can find her reading books, listening to podcasts, or binge watching a new TV show. She is a local park aficionado and is always on the lookout for fun things to do around Metro Detroit with her crew. And forever, Go Blue!
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5 Family Movie Night Essentials

Family movie night is a big deal at our house. Dubbed “Famjam Movie Night,” we like to sit down together and make a special occasion of a cozy night-in. What branched from one of...
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Dos and Don’ts for a Successful School Drop-Off

Starting school is such an exciting milestone! It's normal to be both excited and nervous, especially if it's your child's first time at school. School drop-off can feel tricky to navigate and bring up...
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End of the School Year Group Gift Ideas

The end of the school year is upon us. While it can be an overwhelming time of year with class parties, school events, and a mile long to-do list, we want to show our...

So You Want to Talk About Neurodiversity

April is Autism Acceptance Month, so you may have seen posts or campaigns highlighting what it means to be Autistic or neurodivergent. I’d like to start by saying I am not an expert on...

Making a Case for Audiobooks

March is National Reading Month. Along with that comes a campaign from schools to motivate and excite children into reading every day. The benefits and fun aren’t limited to children though, it applies to...
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3 Diversity, Inclusion, and Kindness Activities to Spark Conversations

Parenting requires a lot of tough conversations, and a lot of ongoing conversations that we will continuously return to. I think we can all agree that we want our children to be kind, inclusive...
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Minimalist Mama in a Maximalist Season

The holiday season can be complicated for us minimalist-minded folks. It is usually associated with an influx of stuff, which can lead to holiday stress. Our family LOVES Christmas, and their love language is...

Detroit Mom Welcomes Amanda, a Grosse Pointe Woods Mom

Hey mamas, happy to be back as a Contributor with Detroit Mom! Like most of you, I wear many hats. Currently, I am a part-time preschool teacher, part-time artist, and part-time stay-at-home mom. I’ve...

Mama Got Her Work Groove Back

I’m a firm believer that ALL moms are “working moms,” but let me start with a major kudos to those mamas who are workin’ it full time. Mamas who are rocking their careers, managing...

4 Unique Twists on a Typical Egg Hunt

Egg hunt season is upon us. Last year, my son would "hide" and hunt for eggs in our backyard well into summer. He loved it! Sometimes it's fun to change things up, so if...