We LOVE murals in the market.  The unique street art you see in Eastern Market definitely adds to the overall experience.  Each mural is unique and tells a story, and we want to share some of our favorite murals and artists with you.  We hope that you are able to get out and see many of these beautiful pieces for yourself.  

Below is some really interesting information about the positive effects the murals have had on the city of Detroit and some additional ways you can get involved.  

Over the past 5 years 1xRUN and the company's fine art gallery Inner State, have curated and produced over 75 murals in Eastern Market alone, with more than 100 murals throughout the City of Detroit.

With the creation of these murals, each area has seen a significant visual impact on the surrounding neighborhood as well as increased traffic, additional economic development and increased safety. In addition to creating new murals, the market will also host a series ofevents includingdiscussion panels with culturally significant photographers & artists, a cultural tour with Detroit’s famous Slow Roll bike tour, art exhibitions, an Eastern Market block party, as well as nighttime activities coinciding the neighborhood's yearly Eastern Market After Dark on September 22nd.

After an overwhelming show of public support last year -- and similar to many public placemaking projects -- Murals In The Market will again back their “Adopt A Mural” program. Local businesses and arts supporters will have a chance to sponsor an individual mural from their favorite artist and be commemorated with a special plaque. More information on the “Adopt A Mural” program is available here.

*This information was taken from www.muralsinthemarket.com


This week I want to feature art created by Yok & Sheryo.  They are a couple that travels around the world creating amazing murals wherever they go. How awesome is it that we get to enjoy some of their art in the city of Detroit?!  I was immediately drawn to the creativity and colors in this mural.  As you look closer you can see their attention to detail as well.  You can find more art created by Yok & Sheryo on their blog at http://yokandsheryo.tumblr.com/.

Check out this video for art created by Yok & Sheryo, Daek, Fecks, and 1xRun during their time in Detroit....I'm sure you'll see quite a few places you recognize.

ART - we love it!  Hopefully you are able to get out there and find some amazing street art this week.  

Collect Moments Not Things.

Kristin and my two tiny birds



Johnny Noodle King

We finally tried Johnny Noodle King and we had such a great time.  Let's be honest, who doesn't love noodles and broth?!  The Asian inspired dishes were a delight to try for adults and children.  The atmosphere was very relaxed and comfortable.  I do want to mention that there is not a lot of seating, so if you are planning on taking a large group or a large family I would plan on going on a week night or before the dinner rush.  Below are some additional pictures of our meal, table, interior of Johnny Noodle King, and my two tiny birds enjoying their food. 



  • 2601 West Fort Street Detroit, MI 48216
  • 313-309-7946


  • Monday - Wednesday 11am - 10pm
  • Thursday - Saturday 11am - Midnight
  • Sunday Noon - 10pm


  • There is a parking lot on the side of the restaurant and street parking as well. 
  • The parking lot was well lit. 

Kid Friendly:

  • YES
  • Although there are a couple of things I wanted to mention...The waiting area is tiny and seating is limited.  So just keep that in mind if planning a night out at Johnny Noodle King with your littles. 
  • My girls love the food and they loved trying to eat noodles with chopsticks too.

We have finally completed our dining trifecta!  We have been to Green Dot Stables, the Huron Room, and now Johnny Noodle King.  The same owners and chef have created a very unique menu and atmosphere at each of these Detroit restaurants, and we are looking forward to coming back.  You can check out the search bar below for pictures and some more info on the Huron Room and Green Dot Stables.  We highly recommend checking them out as well.  Our only question now is...WHAT'S NEXT?!  We are looking forward to seeing what kind of unique inspirations they are going to create next. 


Let us know about your visit to Johnny Noodle King!   We are always looking for a delicious new restaurant to check out too, so feel free to send us any recommendations. 

MICHIGAN FALL WEATHER IS HERE...and it is truly a delight.  Enjoy this beautiful weekend.

Collect Moments Not Things.

Kristin and my two tiny birds



With sadness we said GOODBYE to summer...beautiful weather, lazy beach days, camping adventures, flexible schedules, you get the picture...basically we said goodbye to perfection and started our very first school year this week.  I don't know if it was me or the girls that were more nervous about the school year starting, but we made it through the first week.  I'm not gonna lie, it hasn't been easy, but we are pressing on.  Before I start I want to give a shout out to single moms, because I am a single mom and I know just how much work this can be.  The school schedule, working all day, preparing meals, prepping lunches, homework, trying to have as much fun as possible with the little time you have left...it can be overwhelminging.  You are not alone!  

I just wanted to share some 'back to school' worries that I'm sure you can relate to.  I would love any feedback or advice from the parent 'pros' who have been here before...really anything that would make life a little easier or free up some more time would be amazing.  But for now this is what I struggled with over the past couple of weeks:

  • How in the world are we going to make it to school on time?  I for one am NOT a morning person, and I am about to be forced into being a morning person which freaks me out.  Chloe has to be at school by 7:50 am which is insanity for me to even imagine.  So we set our alarm clocks for 6:30 am...actually 3 alarm clocks are set and one of them is out of reach so I have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.  I have been getting everything prepped as much as possible the night before so we basically wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed, brush our teeth, and go.  We are totally going to make this happen and we are getting to school on time (well at least for the first week) and I may even be transformed into a 'morning person'...which is craziness.  Only time will tell.  
  • What to pack for lunch? School lunch is kind of a big deal.  You want your kids to have awesome snacks, healthy lunches, food they like, but you don't want to spend a million dollars doing so.  I also would LOVE to be a Pinterest mom that creates little animals out of peanut butter and raisins but that is absolutely not going to happen.  Who in the world has time for that?!  Anyhow, I'm really fortunate that Chloe only likes peanut butter sandwiches (no jelly just peanut butter) and thankfully there are no peanut allergies in her class or we would be in some serious sandwich trouble.  I also worry about whether or not she will be able to open the food that I sent her so we had a couple of practice runs with snacks before school started.  Once school started last week I found out they eat both a late morning breakfast and lunch which means I have to pack food for both.  AHHHHHH this confused my lunch plans.  So I have a a couple of choices and some staples and every night she gets to pick out of some of her favorite things to add to her lunch/breakfast.  My mom told me about this really awesome (and simple) Pinterest idea to organize school lunches and I had to share...
  • What a LONG day...will she be ok?  Will my little bird get too tired? Will she drink enough water? Who will watch over her on the playground and make sure she's safe? Will the other children be kind to her?  She has been doing an AMAZING job at school and she is making so many friends, it's just the 'mom' in me that makes me think about these things.  As a parent you want your child to be successful in life, to be loved, to make lasting friendships, and to be safe...it's OK to be a little bit nervous for your tiny little treasure.  But remember...we all had a first day of school, we all have a mom that was worried about us, we all made it through, and our children are going to blossom and grow during this time in ways that we cannot even imagine.  
  • Uniforms.  I actually LOVE the uniforms because it makes school shopping very simple.  There are really no options other than 'what color polo shirt do you love?' or 'what color bow would you like to wear in your hair?'.  So this was not so much as a worry for me but rather a concern.  It was difficult to imagine having to purchase all new school clothes and supplies this year but we found some awesome sales at Childrens Place and Old Navy.  
  • Lastly is not a worry but rather my thoughts the night before school.  As I watched my tiny birds sleep the night before school started I just thought about what an awesome blessing it is to be a mom.  I wouldn't trade the worry, stress, joy, happiness, laughter, tears, snuggles, kisses, or hugs for anything in this world.  To watch these two awesome little ladies grow, and learn, and laugh, and live life is so much fun.  They are both growing up way too fast and I cannot believe I even have the first day of school to even worry about already.  Cherishing these precious moments is so important...the first days of school, lazy days at home, vacations, camping, game nights, homework, evening bike rides, looking for frogs, playing at the park, really EVERYTHING.  

My teeny bird is growing up!  

So with reluctant anticipation we welcome the 2016 School Year and we can all honestly say we are excited about it.  We are excited to learn new things, excited to make new friends, excited about a new schedule, and excited to start something new.  Although we are exhausted I think we can totally do this! 


Have a wonderful school year!   

Collect moments not things! 

Kristin and my two tiny birds