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1000 DEGREES NEAPOLITAN PIZZA

1000 DEGREES neapolitan pizza

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a fast-casual American spin on authentic, hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza, is coming to Plymouth Township with a grand opening on Thursday, August 25. The new restaurant is located at 41576 Ann Arbor Road, just west of Haggerty Road.

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To celebrate the new restaurant, all guests who visit the grand opening on August 25 between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. will receive a free 10” pizza of their choice.

1000 Degrees serves wine and a wide variety of craft beers in addition to personalized, made-to-order authentic Neapolitan pizza, including a gluten-free option. Each pizza starts with fresh, never frozen, hand-tossed dough, created with authentic Neapolitan “00” flour and available in both a personal 10” and 14” sizes. Guests then choose to create their own pizza or order one of the 1000 Degrees Favorites.

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A friend and I had the opportunity to try 1000 Degrees today. Both of us customized our own 10″ pizzas. My pizza was loaded with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella and Asiago cheese, pepperoni, bacon, Italian sausage, fresh mushrooms, and banana peppers.

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My friend’s pizza had marinara sauce, mozzarella and Asiago cheese, bacon, Canadian bacon, onions, and pineapple. We both enjoyed our pizzas so much that the leftover containers remained on the shelf!

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The neat thing about 1000 Degrees is you pay one price to top your pizza with as many toppings as you’d like. You walk through a line just like Subway, pay for your food, and then have a seat and wait for your pizza to be delivered to your table (within 5 minutes). The pizzas are baked quickly due to  the extremely hot (and shiny) oven!

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If you are ready to try 1000 Degrees Pizza, head to Ann Arbor Road just west of Haggerty. As said above, this Thursday, August 25 is FREE pizza day! Stop in for pizza and top it off with one of six flavors of sorbet or gelato. Sounds like a great day to me!

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1000 Degrees Plymouth

41576 Ann Arbor Rd.
Plymouth Twp, Michigan

Hours: 

Monday – Thursday 10:30 am – 10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday 10:30 am – 11:00 pm

Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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10 Ways to Stay Mentally Sharp

10 WAYS TO STAY MENTALLY SHARP

As we age, our mental sharpness ages right along with our physical bodies. Therefore, it’s important we exercise both our bodies and our brains. For some people, their bodies and minds see a gradual decline after retirement. This is because they aren’t using both in the same way. To keep healthy physically and mentally, we must keep active. Below I’ve included 10 ways to help keep mentally sharp as we age.

10 ways to stay mentally sharp: 

  1. Stimulate your brain – Learn new skills, play puzzle games, complete word searches, engage your mind by challenging yourself in some way.
  2. Manage stress – Stress is one of the leading causes of memory loss. Be aware of what triggers your stress and find ways to manage it or avoid it.
  3. Exercise – Be involved in physical activity on a regular basis.
  4. Sleep – Recharge your brain through sleep. Research has found that when we don’t get enough sleep proteins build up on synapses – which can make it hard to think and learn new things.
  5. Take vitamins – Get the recommended doses of magnesium, folate, and Vitamins B-12, B-6, and D-3.
  6. Use your hands – Use your hands to keep your brain active. Hand/eye coordination is both visual and tactile.
  7. Be with friends – Find friends that enrich your life. Friends keep you active, motivated, engaged, and they help you cope with problems.
  8. Eat a healthy diet – Eat lots of fruits and veggies and avoid foods high in cholesterol. Research as shown that those who eat healthy may reduce their risk of declining cognitively.
  9. Stay away from bad habits – If it doesn’t add value to your life, then don’t let it steal your time. Avoid things such as smoking, excessive drinking, watching television too much, etc.
  10. Seek help – Don’t be afraid to seek professional help if you or a loved one notices your sharpness declining.

How about you? Have you witnessed someone decline in mental sharpness with age? What would you add to this list?

Make Your Own Detox Water

Make Your Own Detox Water

Make Your Own Detox Water

If you are looking for the right detox water for you, don’t go out trying to find it. All you need to do is buy some organic ingredients to make your own detox water. Healthier and richer in nutrients than any other you can find in the marketplace.

This is what you need to have for 2 liters of homemade detox water:

  1. 10 mint leaves;
  2. 1 lemon;
  3. 1 teaspoon grated ginger;
  4. 1 cucumber;
  5. And of course, 2 liters of fresh water.

Maybe the greatest problem you will face is finding the organic ingredients and the fresh and natural unpolluted water. But once you find the right place to acquire these ingredients, making your own detox water is a breeze.

Don’t peel the fruits, because many of the healthier ingredients can be found in the peel. Instead, wash them good with warm water for a couple of minutes to get rid of the bacteria that can make your life miserable. Here is why you need as many healthy ingredients as you can have:

  1. Vitamin C can be a great antioxidant and a great preventer of viruses. It can also help you maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. So throwing out the peel from, let’s say the lemon, will significantly reduce the vitamin C in your homemade detox water.
  1. Cucumber has an important role in detoxifying your body. Its water stimulates the substances that provide a toxin-free environment so use it wisely.
  1. The ingredients in the mint leaves can help you in your weight loss goal and they are also efficient in treating abdominal cramps and pain.
  1. Ginger can help you fight against body aches and in maintaining the glycemic index.

After you find the ingredients and you know how to preserve them right, here is the right way to prepare your homemade detox water:

Slice the cucumber and lemon and put them in a wide-mouthed glass jar with an airtight screw top. Pour in around 1-liter of water and stir for a while. After a while, add the rest of the ingredients and stir again. Put the mixture in the freezer for at least 8 hours. But don’t forget to stir once in a while. Two liters of homemade detox water should be enough for one day, so make sure you have the organic fruits reserves for the next day!

About the Author

HealthyFood365 is available to guide you in caring for your body and mind. Their website provides nutritional advice, fitness advice, weight loss information and more topics of importance to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Wahlburgers Detroit

 

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The highly anticipated Wahlburgers of Detroit officially opened its door on Monday, August 15. Wahlburgers Detroit is situated in Greektown where you can find the hustle and bustle of casino goers and those visiting downtown for special events such as Lions games, Tigers games, concerts, and more.

The first Wahlburgers restaurant opened in Hingham, Massachusetts in 2011. It was Donnie Wahlberg (brother of actor Mark Wahlberg) and chef Paul Wahlberg who opened the first restaurant. Since then restaurants have opened in Florida, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Canada (and the newest location -DETROIT).

Their menu is simple and consists of burgers, sandwiches, and salads. They also have a full bar including seasonal specials. As far as sweets, they have frappes, floats, grilled banana fluffanutta (peanut butter, fresh banana, fluff & Nutella), and locally baked cupcakes.

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Three friends and I ventured downtown today to visit Michigan’s first Wahlburgers. We arrived just before the restaurant opened at 11 am and there was already about 30 people in line. The line moved very quickly as they started seating people either upstairs or downstairs in the restaurant. Yes, it’s two stories just as many restaurants in Greektown.

The first thing I noticed when walking into the restaurant was that there wasn’t much seating. The restaurant is very narrow so seating both upstairs and downstairs is limited and cramped. Not only were the tables cramped but the sound of voices echoed through the building, which made it difficult to have a conversation.

My friends and I decided we would start our meal by trying all four sides – thin crispy onion rings, tater tots, sweet potato tots, and Yukon gold fries. We all liked the sweet potato tots the best with the Yukon gold fries placing second. We were not fond of the onion rings and the tater tots were comparable to those you buy and bake.

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For our main dish, we each chose a burger…Wahlburgers specialty! I choose the Dad’s Basic Burger which is a 1/3 lb. burger topped with onions (none for me), Paul’s signature wahl sauce & housemade pickles. It was a delicious burger. VERY tender and juicy!  I devoured every bite of it. It is what I’d come back for!

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As far as prices, the burgers run between $7-10 and the sides are $3 each. The mixed drinks are pricey – the two at our table were $9 and $11 each! Check out their online menu for more pricing options.  My bill for lunch was about $20 which I consider a bit expensive.

When we left Wahlburgers at about 12:30, the line was very long. Expect to wait, especially if you go during peak hours or over the weekend. Things will calm down after they get through the first few weeks. If you decide to visit Wahlburgers anytime soon, you can expect a wait time, a yummy burger, and hopefully really good company! Enjoy!

Location and hours:

569 Monroe Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Sun-Thursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri-Saturday 11:00 am – 12:30 am

Cedar Point Shores Water Park

Goodbye Soak City…Hello, Cedar Point Shores Water Park! 

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Image from Cedar Point website

When Cedar Point opens in the Spring of 2017, a new and improved water park will make a splash!

The new park will feature 18 acres of splish-splashing family fun, featuring three completely new water attractions, upgrades to food and merchandise locations, new cabanas and so much more.

Three new water attractions:

  • Point Plummet is a six-story-tall aqua-drop body slide that will simultaneously send four riders on a nearly vertical free fall when the floor drops out from under them.
  • Starboard Surge & Portside Plunge will be located on the same structure as Point Plummet. These two, five-story tube slides can accommodate single riders or pairs and sends them through an enclosed tunnel before shooting them out into the sun through intense drops and turns.
  • Lakeslide Landing will be a family splash ground with 12, kid-sized water slides that line the perimeter of a zero-depth-entry pool, giving kids their own mini water thrills while parents can relax under shade structures and enjoy an oversized lounge and sun deck area.

The new Crystal Rock Cafe will cook up delicious food items including: 

  • Fresh-baked flat breads (Caprese, buffalo mac & cheese and more)
  • Farm salad options (crispy chicken BLT, Asian chicken, and chicken Caesar)
  • Pesto-glazed grilled chicken sandwiches
  • Fresh-breaded chicken tenders
  • Waffle fries
  • Tater tots
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Bratwurst
  • Loaded potato wedges

Other Upgrades:

Cedar Point Shores will also get a new main entrance, a new poolside bar, new family changing/showering areas, more lounge chairs, additional shade, improved landscaping and unobstructed views of Lake Erie.

Join the wave now: 

Cedar Point Shores opens in 2017 and the best way to enjoy the super-soaking fun AND The Roller Coaster Capital of the World is with a 2017 Platinum Pass! Enjoy unlimited admission to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores, Early Entry, FREE parking, exclusive ride nights, in-park discounts and so much more. Platinum Passes for 2017 will be going on sale soon!

 

Take a Book, Leave a Book

Take a Book, leave a book

Sometimes it looks like a birdhouse or a mailbox, but peek inside these little “houses” and you’ll find books…free books!

Little Free Library is a movement that began in 2009 in Wisconsin. Todd Bol built a model of a one-room schoolhouse in honor of his mother who was a teacher. little free library

He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it so much that he built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. This was just the beginning of the movement which began to gain national attention in 2011. It was during that year that nearly 400 little libraries stretched across the United States.

Today there are more than 40,000 little libraries found across the United States and 70 other countries. Their popularity grew so quickly because of the simple concept of “Take a book, leave a book!” 

“To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”

Recently I discovered that my hometown of Canton, MI has two little libraries. One is located in Flodin Park and the other is located on private property within a subdivision called Cherry Hill Village. Use the mapping system on the Little Free Library website to find libraries near you. It’s easy to use, just type in your zip code or click  on the “near me” button and the map will show all libraries in your area.

Starting a little free library takes 5 easy steps:

  1. Identify a location and a caretaker
  2. Build or buy a library
  3. Register your library on the website
  4. Build support within your community
  5. Add your library to the world map

To find out more about Little Free Libraries, please visit their website. There is so much more to learn!

How about you? Have you seen a Litte Free Library in your community? Have you taken a book and left a book?

5 Budget Friendly Bathroom Decorating Ideas That You Should Know About

5 Budget Friendly Bathroom Decorating Ideas That you should know about

5 Budget Friendly Bathroom Decorating Ideas That You Should Know About

When it comes to interior design and decor, one of the most often overlooked part of the house is the bathroom. Some homeowners tend to forget that this area needs the same attention they give to their kitchen and living room. Little did they know that any interior design project won’t be complete and won’t succeed if they don’t include the bathroom.

Some say that the reason why they didn’t bother to decorate their bathroom is the “cost”. The truth is, it’s not that really expensive to design a bathroom. You don’t have to spend a fortune or break your budget to do so.

Below are some of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to improve your bathroom design and décor:

Display or use colored and scented candles.

There are lots of colored and scented candles available nowadays. They come in different sizes, shapes, and fragrances as well. If you have the time, you can even create your own colored scented candle at home. Scented colored candles are probably the cheapest and most useful décor you can place in your bathroom.

Let your artistic self and creativity work by using a mosaic kit.

Buy a cheap mosaic kit and design it the way you want. You can place your artwork on top of your damaged tiles or walls in your bathroom. You can find hundreds of ways and ideas on how to use a mosaic kit to redecorate your bathroom on Pinterest and YouTube. Don’t limit yourself with this and let your creativity flow! You can even ask your kids or housemates to help you create a pretty unique bathroom décor.

Use multi-tiered trays and candle holders to organize your bathroom essentials and decor.

If you have multi-tiered trays at home that you seldom use, you can repurpose it to become a good bathroom décor. Same thing goes with candle holders that are probably stocked and forgotten at the corner of your garage. Repaint them with a color you like and strategically place them at your bathroom. Aside from giving your bathroom a new design and unique look, multi-tiered trays and candle holders can also give you extra storage space.

Use a bathroom wall organizer that you proudly created.

If you are a fan of DIY projects with recycled items this advice will surely serve you well. You can artistically organize your cotton, flosses, brushes and other essentials using your homemade wall organizer. This will also give your bathroom wall a new look and fresh design that you surely want. If your bathroom lacks floor space, a wall organizer will surely work wonders.

Make or buy a unique bathroom rug or mat.

Want a new design and feel at your bathroom without changing anything at all? Place a new rug or mat! You can instantly add a new color and look by strategically placing mats in different sizes or colors on your bathroom floor. Try it and see how they can instantly give your bathroom a boost.

These tips and ideas are so easy to follow. Most important of all, they won’t cost you an arm and leg.

About the Author

Ron is the webmaster of Apartments-For-Rent-In-Michigan.Com. He often writes tips and advice for homeowners, tenants, and landlords. You can visit this blog for more information.

 

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY – NEW TRAILER

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY - NEW TRAILER

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY – NEW TRAILER…

Lucasfilm’s ROGUE ONE, which takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, tells the story of unlikely heroes who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. 

The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker. ROGUE ONE is directed by Gareth Edwards, produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, executive produced by John Knoll and Jason McGatlin, and co-produced by John Swartz and Kiri Hart.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY arrives in theaters everywhere on December 16th!

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Disney’s Pete’s Dragon Review

Disney's Pete's Dragon Review

Disclosure: I received a free viewing of this movie in return for my honest review.

Official Synopsis: 

For years, old wood-carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

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My Review: 

As a child, I watched the 1977 version of Pete’s Dragon. Although the details are few, one thing is for sure…the thought of the movie brings a smile to my face and gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.  As I watched Disney’s reimaging of Pete’s Dragon I found myself reliving the same feelings all over again.

There is something remarkable about the relationship between Pete and Elliot. Pete is left alone in the woods only to find a gentle giant to take him under his wings. Even though their relationship is unusual, it is heartwarming and almost believable thanks to our relationships with our pets. To many of us, pets are family just like Elliot and Pete were family. As I watched this movie, I felt drawn to the tiny family of two and part of me wanted it to remain the same.

As far as characters, I was delighted to see Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic Park 2015), and some other familiar faces. Oakes Fegley (Pete) makes his starring role debut in this movie and I predict that this is just the beginning for this adorable actor.

Compared to the recent Disney films, The Jungle Books and Zootopia, this movie isn’t as action packed. I can see young children becoming restless or inattentive, and possibly a little frightened by some of Elliot’s moves. For these reasons, my recommendation for this movie is 8 years and up

Pete’s Dragon is rated PG with a running time of 1 hour and 43 minutes. The movie launches into theaters on Friday, August 12.

Family Christian Buy One, Get One 50% Off Sale (and Giveaway)

Family Christian Buy One, Get One 50% Sale (and Giveaway)

Disclosure: I received a gift certificate to Family Christian to facilitate this post. #familychristian #flyby

Family Christian buy one, get one 50% off sale is going on through August 25! Shop online or at your nearest store for the incredible deals. Included in the deal are all books, movies, music and more. Mix and match deals to shop each department. Just look for the bright colored sunflower!

I visited our Canton Family Christian the other day and was blown away by everything included in this sale. Now is the time to stock up on greeting cards, books, devotionals, music, and more.

Family Christian Buy One, Get One 50% Off Sale (and Giveaway)

Starting a bible study in the Fall? Contact your bible study leader and grab up enough books for your entire group!

Family Christian Buy One, Get One 50% Off Sale (and Giveaway)

Need a devotional book for the special child in your life….they are on sale! It’s never too early to buy Christmas gifts!

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Speaking of Christmas gifts, all jewelry is included in this sale. Buy one for you and one for a friend! Remember this sale is mix and match, so your two items can come from different departments.

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I was excited to see that the greeting cards are included in this sale. Although I have a calendar with all important dates on my fridge, I still seem to be last-minute about sending cards. Therefore, it’s important for me to have greeting cards on hand. I bought two boxes while at the store the other day.

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I was also excited to find the adult coloring books on sale. Coloring is a form of relaxation for many people. Grab a book and a package of colored pencils and you’ve got a great gift for a friend!

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Check out the movie selection as they are included in the sale. Even new releases like Heaven is For Real and War Room. Children’s movies too!

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As I’ve mentioned, this sale is huge and it’s one you don’t want to miss. Take advantage of these deals before August 25 . Sweeten the deal even more by entering below to win $25 to Family Christian.

 

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