About Metro Detroit Mommy

A Little About Metro Detroit Mommy:

Welcome to Metro Detroit Mommy, I’m Amber Louchart, your local guide to finding places to play and activities that are fun and safe for you and your children.

Metro Detroit Mommy was created in November of 2010.  My husband and I were looking for an indoor play place to take our daughter, Rosa.  As we were searching on our separate computers, racing to be the first to find the right place to visit, I thought to myself, “Why isn’t there a website with all this information?”  And Metro Detroit Mommy was born. 

Creating this kind of website was such a natural step for me after creating The Activity Idea Place in 1998 (a page about early childhood lesson plans), and is truly a labor of love. I have created a one-stop-shop for family activities to save you time and the frustration of always trying to come up with new experiences for your children to enjoy.  

Metro Detroit Mommy’s first review was of Jungle Java in Farmington Hills and since then I have traveled all over the Metro Detroit Area to try out bounce houses, cider mills, splash pads and so much more
Metro Detroit Mommy has evolved into a place for me to support and promote local child-centered businesses and events.  
Our Team:
Amber Louchart
Founder

Amber is the proud Homeschooling mother to four beautiful children, Damian (23), Rosaleigh (10), Carlyn (7), Naomi (4) and a wife to her loving husband, Chancellor. She enjoys reading, crafting, photography & singing, although with four children, a house to clean and two websites, she rarely finds time to engage in her hobbies. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy.

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Julie McKeeman
Writer

Julie is first and foremost a mom of two amazing kiddos, Elliott and Bennett.  She is married to her beautiful wife, Betsy, and is an elementary school librarian.

Tasneem Bhuiyan
Photographer

Tasneem is a Muslim American-Bangladeshi wife and stay at home mommy of twin girls. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. She moved to the Detroit area, more specifically Auburn Hills about a year and a half ago from Dallas, Texas and has been enjoying all that she can and all that the city has to offer. Tasneem loves spending time with her two girls, participating in various activities and fun experiences to make them well rounded Muslim American Bangladeshis! Follow her personal Instagram @tazzybe3 to catch a glimpse of the twins' daily adventures and her life with 2 sassy toddlers!

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Ayesha Malik
Photographer

Ayesha is a very talented, self-taught photographer for Metro Detroit Mommy. She is a single mom to her beautiful children. Like many moms, she wears many hats. She’s an accountant and a certified divorce coach. Ayesha is passionate about helping others through her experiences. In her limited free time she enjoys food photography which has turned into more than just a hobby for her. Check out her Instagram @holdyourforks and @risingabovedivorce

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Katie Rork
Writer

Katie is a hard workin' momma who loves to be where the people are. She has a daughter named Charlotte (almost 4 years old), a son named Silas (19 months old), and her husband's name is Jeff (married 6 years). She graduated from Madonna University with a degree in Broadcast and Cinema Arts. She shared her love and passion for journalism at 9&10 News, Northern Michigan's News Leader for 8 years as a reporter and anchor. Her family moved to Metro Detroit to be closer to family and her husband's new job. Katie is excited to write for MDM and help other mommas!

Carissa Orr
Writer and ECE Expert

Early Childhood Professional, “Music with Ms. Carissa,” Toddler Mama, and now blogger thanks to MDM! Carissa works as an Early Childhood Specialist for Michigan’s state-funded Preschool Program, the Great Start Readiness Program.  In her spare time, she entertains children and families with live music as part of her Music with Ms. Carissa.  Most importantly, she is “Jack’s Mom” and loves adventuring with her young toddler all around Metro Detroit!

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Grace Derocha
Writer & Dietitian

Grace is a wife and a mommy of two amazing children, Kahlea and Tommy. She is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and a featured blogger at A Healthier Michigan. She is a lover of food, Detroit sports, dance, music and everything Justin Timberlake. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. (Go Green!) Grace has also earned a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. Mrs. Derocha has a number of certifications to help her educate people regarding how to live a healthier lifestyle, including a weight loss management certification and experience as a group fitness instructor. Grace is very passionate about helping the world become a healthier and happier place.

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Theresa
Accounts Manager

Theresa is a wife and stay at home mother of 2 energetic boys, DJ (11) and Aiden (8).    Her hobbies include traveling, reading, running, blogging, cooking and volunteering at MI Humane Society.  She enjoys being active and is proud to have completed two marathons.  She loves to share her passion for health and fitness with others.  You can find her Facebook page at Inspired Health & Fitness, where she posts recipes, motivation, fitness tips etc.  

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Dana
Writer and CPST Expert
Dana is the lucky mother to two incredible kids (aged 10 & 6) and the happy wife of Nate. She stumbled around in her adult life for a while before finally realizing that she could get paid to pursue her passion: keeping kids safe. In 2013 she started working at Modern Natural Baby in Ferndale where she eventually became a Child Passenger Safety Technician with additional Special Needs training. Dana also runs the child passenger safety-focused Facebook page Buckle Up Detroit and works with the amazing lady bosses at Metro Detroit Doula Services offering car seat classes, consultations, and more!
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Briana Marie
Writer

Briana Marie is a yoga-obsessed Mom of 2 vibrant young girls. She has a BA in Communications and makes a living as a freelance writer, blogger, and Gymnastics coach.
When she is not typing away on the computer, she loves to spend time indulging in some of her favorite creative outlets and enjoying the great outdoors. Briana is a huge advocate for “freeing your inner child,” and encourages her fellow Moms to make stress-free FUN a priority in their lives.Briana’s blog Major League Mommy focuses on effective Parenting Made Fun. You can follow her journey on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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Korie Wilkins
Writer

Korie is a work at home mom to an energetic little boy. She loves big books, chocolate, writing and crochet. A recovering former journalist, Korie is also a wife, cook and allergy mama. Follow her on Twitter at @koriemw.

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Bernadette Manaay
Photographer

Bernadette Manaay is a proud mom of two wonderful kids, Ianna and Bernard. She has been married to her husband, Ian, for almost 11 years. Bernadette is a Physical Therapist by profession in Metro Detroit. Her family loves to travel and go camping every summer and early fall. Her desire and passion to document her family’s everyday life lead her to become a self-taught photographer. It is very fulfilling to a mom to capture and freeze as many moments as we can because time just flies so fast. See the special memories of her family on her Instagram account: @adetteskyph.

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Meet our Partners
A Healthier Michigan

Our mission is to help everyone in Michigan get healthier from the inside out. This means everything from giving you resources to help you make better decisions about diet and exercise, as well as information on creating and sustaining nurturing communities and successful businesses — everything you need to help create a healthier Michigan.

For more health tips, visit AHealthierMichigan.org.

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United Way for Southeastern Michigan

We're igniting a social movement in Greater Detroit by empowering people to unite and solve complex problems that affect us all. With our vast network of donors, volunteers and advocates, we work with community partners to focus on several key areas: basic needs, early childhood development, healthy kids and college and career pathways.
https://unitedwaysem.org/

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Vive Health

Sports injuries, medical conditions and simply getting older bring inconveniences to us all. Our life-improving products minimize those inconveniences to maximize happiness and independence.

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Wayne RESA - GSRP

Great Start Readiness Program is a Michigan state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start. Funding is allocated to Wayne RESA to administer the program locally. Research on preschool programs and specific research on GSRP indicates that children provided with a high-quality preschool experience show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program.

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