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Friday, September 23, 2022

The Benefits of a Dinosaur Museum to Enthusiasts


Whether you are a dinosaur enthusiast or just a curious bystander, going to a museum has many benefits. From the fun of seeing real dinosaur bones up close to the excitement of seeing them in action, a visit to a dinosaur museum will satisfy your interests.


If you love dinosaurs, you'll love the Museum of Natural History's exhibits. The exhibits are organized to help you understand dinosaur evolution. Walking through the exhibition halls is like walking along an evolutionary tree. The thick black line on the floor represents the trunk of the evolutionary tree.

Visitors can also get an up-close look at some dinosaur fossils at the museum's Cretaceous Garden and Preparation Lab. Visit the Dan Avidan dinosaur website, a dinosaur enthusiast who has been to the museum. They can even participate in a mini-dig with museum staff to unearth fossil replicas using simple tools and paleontological techniques.

Monday, September 19, 2022

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Coming to Detroit Music Hall October 28-29!




R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is the ultimate tribute to the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The elevated concert experience brings a community together with timeless music that speaks to the complicated human condition, honoring the impassioned and transcendent music of one of America’s most beloved singer-songwriter.
Rejoice while you are taken on an intimate musical odyssey guaranteed to get you up and out of your seat and dancing! The production journeys through Aretha Franklin’s courageous life of love, tragedy and triumph starring a live band, supreme vocalists and a night full of music by one of the greatest artists of all time.
"Natural Woman,” “Think,” “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me,” “Chain of Fools,” “Respect” — all your favorite hits in one evening celebrating the iconic songstress!

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is coming to Music Hall October 28-29, 2022. Tickets start at $35 (includes facility fee) and will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 22 online at and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office or Music Hall Box Office.

Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot verify tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.
All ticket purchasers will receive a Broadway In Detroit Health & Safety Guide via email in the days prior to their performance. This guide will also be posted on the company’s website ( and available at the Fisher Theatre box office. It will have the latest information on the company’s health and safety protocols as well as information on what to expect when you arrive at the theatre.
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Friday, September 2, 2022

5 Toys your Son & Daughter can Enjoy!

Let’s face it: toys are typically gendered. While the toy industry has become more inclusive in recent years, an abundance of gendered toy categories still leaves parents feeling uneasy. It’s also not uncommon for a parent to feel conflicted about whether they should give their child a particular toy.  


However, despite the gendered labels that most toys possess, there are plenty of toys that both boys and girls can enjoy playing with. Here are five toys for both. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

21 Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes for Fall!

  1.  Pumpkin Dump Cake - Slow Cooker Pumpkin Dump Cake is one of the easiest dump cake recipes there is. You have a pumpkin dump cake that uses a boxed spice cake to help give it that incredible pumpkin spice flavor. 
  2. Butterfinger Cheesecake - Slow Cooker Butterfinger Cheesecake is the creamiest, most delicious cheesecake you'll ever eat! The Butterfinger cheesecake combo is amazing!
  3. Gingerbread Pudding Cake - An easy make ahead dessert perfect for the holidays! This spiced Gingerbread Pudding Cake cooks in the slow cooker and keeps your oven free.
  4. Dulce De Leche Rice Krispie Bars - Your slow cooker, a can of condensed milk, rice krispies and white chocolate is all you need to make these irresistible Rice Krispie Bars. 5 minutes of active effort – the hardest part is patience while these set in the fridge!
  5. Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread - This is without a doubt the BEST pumpkin bread recipe! This pumpkin cream cheese bread tastes like it has cheesecake baked into the middle. You’ll definitely want a second slice! 
  6. Pumpkin Spice Dump Cake - The Pumpkin flavor is just a hint and not to powerful, the warmth paired with the melting vanilla ice cream is just pure perfection and then the caramel just puts everything over the top!
  7. Apple Cranberry Crisp - Sweet apples & tart cranberries are combined in this easy dessert recipe for Crock-Pot Apple Cranberry Crisp. A dessert that the whole family will enjoy!
  8. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - This Slow Cooker Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is going to change your life! Free up the oven and get the moistest carrot cake you’ve ever had – right from your slow cooker! Made without oil or butter and loaded with coconut, pineapple and pecans!
  9. Apple Dump Cake - Learn how to make apple dump cake in your crockpot for the easiest dessert ever! A crockpot cake is a low-fuss and easy-clean-up recipe that you will want to make all fall when apples are in season. You only need a handful of ingredients to make this cake – so get apple season going with one of my favorite fall desserts.
  10. Hot Fudge Chocolate Cake - Crockpot Lava Cake — This is an easy, no-mixer cake that’s super soft, gooey, moist, rich, and fudgy. As the cake cooks, it creates its own hot fudge sauce! For the full experience, serve with ice cream or whipped cream. 
  11. Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread - Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is made in the crockpot. Which makes this an easy recipe that will please many!
  12. Caramel Blondies - These Gooey Slow Cooker Caramel Blondies are soft, rich blondies that are slow cooked, creating a gooey caramel sauce for a killer dessert with minimal effort.
  13. Chocolate Lava Cake - This Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake is a game-changer: Warm, gooey chocolate cake (made from scratch!) nestled in a river of thick fudge sauce. Make this easy, luscious dessert right in your crockpot. Top with ice cream, whipped cream, or both for an extra special treat.
  14. Pumpkin Praline Bread Pudding - Amazing Crock-Pot Pumpkin Praline Bread Pudding is the perfect fall dessert! Warm pumpkin spiced bread pudding is drizzled with a gooey pecan praline sauce.
  15. Pumpkin Caramel Cake - Rich, moist spiced pumpkin cake and gooey sweet caramel come together in this Crockpot Pumpkin Caramel Cake to make a decadent and festive Fall dessert!
  16. Caramel Apple Pudding Cake - This Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Pudding Cake is SO simple, loaded with apples and makes its own hot caramel sauce as it cooks. Our new favorite dessert! 
  17. Maple Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix - Pumpkin Spice Crock-Pot Chex Mix — This Crock-Pot Chex Mix is LOADED with pumpkin spice flavor! It’s so easy to make and can easily be adapted to suit the ingredients you have on hand.
  18. Pumpkin White Chocolate Lava Cake - It doesn't get anymore decadent this with a moist Pumpkin Spice Cake and smooth, warm white chocolate filling.
  19. Caramel Apple Crisp - This recipe for Crock-Pot Caramel Apple Crisp is the perfect warm autumn dessert! Filled with juicy apples, topped with a oatmeal crisp topping and drizzled with a warm caramel sauce…how could you go wrong?
  20. Caramel Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake - Ooey Gooey Deliciousness. Caramel, Peanut Butter, Hot Fudge, you can't go wrong with this one!
  21. Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Sauce - Soft, tender CrockPot banana bread with a caramel-y, brown sugar sauce that develops while the bread cooks!! If you’ve never made a Crock-Pot dessert, start with this easy recipe!!
Which one(s) are you going to make?

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Ways a Whirlpool Dishwasher Can Make your Family’s Life Easier

 Have you been thinking about buying a Whirlpool dishwasher but aren’t sure whether you should take the leap? Well, there are a whole lot of reasons that this decision could make your family’s life much easier. Washing dishes by hand is very few people’s favorite chore, but if it’s the only thing you’ve ever known, you might wonder whether a Whirlpool dishwasher is even worth it. After all, how often does your sink break? What if your dishwasher malfunctions? The good news is, that this isn’t likely to happen, but if it does, parts to fix your Whirlpool dishwasher are readily available, so you don’t need to worry.