Sunday, July 27, 2014

GiVEAWAY: Saving Money on Gas is easy with the Shell #FuelRewards Network - ENDS 8/2

This post and giveaway are sponsored by the Shell Fuel Rewards Network. All opinions are my own because I love saving money...

My Shell Fuel Rewards Card helps me stretch my gas budget to the max ...

If you have been following my blog since June, then you know that I have been trying out the Shell Fuel Rewards Network, which is a FREE loyalty program that helps you spend less on gas.

Just for being a member, I save at least 3 cents per gallon on my gasoline purchases at Shell participating locations, including the Shell station right by my home. All I have to do is insert my Shell Fuel Rewards Network card at the pump and price of my gas is lowered automatically - HOLLA!!!


And Shell Fuel Rewards Network members get some very nice one-time bonus savings like a 25 cent off per gallon on your second fill up (when using the Shell Fuel Savings card) and additional savings per gallon when you link your Shall Fuel Savings card to your credit/debit card for dining out and online purchases.

Being that I love to save money, my Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card is the one card that I like to keep front and center in my wallet. After all no one wants to pay more for gas than they need to - right?

The new money saving card in my wallet...
So what are you waiting for?

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GIVEAWAY:
WIN a $25 Shell Gas Gift Card!!!

One FREEISMYLIFE reader will win a $25 Shell Fuel Rewards Network Gift Card to help save money on your gas bill during your next fill up  - HOLLA to the FREE!!!

To Enter -

- Fill out the information in the form below.

- One entry per person please. Duplicate entries will be removed.

- USA addresses only.

- The contest ends on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11:59am EST.

- The winner will be selected by random number generation.

- Prize will be mailed to the winner via USPS.


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FREE Admission to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 8/10 1-5pm

Bust of museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright.
Charter One Free Family Second Sunday at The Wright Museum
Sunday, August 10, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bring the whole family to Rejoice, Relive & Reconnect at The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of Charter One Bank! Enjoy the many exhibits on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON AUGUST'S FREE FAMILY SECOND SUNDAY AT THE WRIGHT MUSEUM



This event is FREE and open to the public. 

The event excludes guide group tours. For more information please call (313) 494-5800.

Check out my recent review of the Charles Wright Museum during my "Day in the D" tour

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
The Wright Museum™ | TheWright.org

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FREE Cooking Classes at Williams-Sonoma on Sundays in August - 8/3 8/10 8/17 8/24 8/30 - RSVP

Williams-Sonoma Complimentary Technique Classes

Become a better cook with Williams-Sonoma Technique Classes and be inspired! Learn fresh menu ideas, healthy recipes for family dinners, and both classic and new cooking techniques. Their complimentary Technique Classes are each dedicated to a specific culinary topic, such as cookware, tools or the best way to work with seasonal produce.

- Hour-long technique classes are FREE and include tastings of prepared dishes.
- Participants enjoy 10% savings on select same-day store purchases.
- Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.

- Class size is limited – call your local store to register

AUGUST TECHNIQUE CLASSES INCLUDE -

August 3rd - Risotto
Risotto has earned a place as a legendary Italian dish and is now a favorite outside its homeland as well. Risotto can be embellished with savory ingredients, including cheeses, vegetables, meats and seafood, as well with as sweet additions like dried fruit and chocolate. As you’ll discover in this class, risotto will quickly become one of the most versatile and well-loved dishes in your repertoire.

August 10th - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
We’re highlighting our extensive collection of extra-virgin olive oils certified by the California Olive Oil Council by educating cooks and shoppers on the difference between olive oils, how to taste for quality, and how best to use these fresh, flavorful oils.

August 17th - Celebrating the Harvest: Apples
Usher in the bounty of a brand new season with crisp apples! Learn how to make the most of this year’s apple harvest. This class will teach you which apples are ideal for cooking, baking or simply enjoying raw as well as teach you how to make delicious apple inspired dishes from homemade applesauce and apple cake to fresh-pressed cider.

August 24 - Celebrating the Harvest: Artichokes
Celebrate the second harvest of this spiky seasonal vegetable - the artichoke. In this class, we will teach you how to prep artichokes for both cooking whole as well as using the rich artichoke heart.

August 31st - Homemade Pizza Primer
Focus on making the best pizza possible by mixing and matching seasonal ingredients for custom-made pies every time.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON FREE WILLIAMS-SONOMA TECHNIQUE CLASSES

Williams-Sonoma locations in Michigan include -

SOMERSET COLLECTION
2801 West Big Beaver Road
Troy , MI 48084
(248) 637-0672

TWELVE OAKS MALL
27710B Novi Rd
Novi , MI 48377
(248) 596-1036

VILLAGE OF ROCHESTER HILLS
352 North Adams Road
Rochester Hills , MI 48309
(248) 375-5891


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

FREE Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma on Saturdays in August - 8/2 8/9 8/16 8/23 8/30- RSVP

Williams-Sonoma Complimentary Junior Chef Classes

My son is one picky eater who refuses to try new foods.  So I wish when he was younger that I had signed him up for a cooking class like these FREE ones being offered weekly by Williams-Sonoma.

- Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
- Class size is limited – call your local store to register


AUGUST 2014 WILLIAMS-SONOMA JUNIOR CHEF CLASSES -
Saturdays at 10 AM

August 2nd - I love Zoku
This class was such a hit – we’re doing it again! If you love slushies, popsicles and ice cream, then you will love Zoku. Join us and learn how to make these tasty treats. We will be taking pre-sale orders so kids can work with their very own Zoku unit and take it home with them after class. Suitable for ages 5-13.

August 9th - Fruits and Veggies Here and Now
Do you know why it’s better to eat fruits and vegetables in season? Join us for this class on understanding the seasons and your food. We’ll even teach you how to make a delicious seasonal sweet treat! Suitable for ages 9-13.

August 16th - Apple Snacks 
Get ready for back-to-school and learn how to make some great apple snacks. Why settle for simple sliced apples – when you can enjoy apple sandwiches and other tasty apple treats. Join us and learn how! Suitable for ages 9-13.

August 23rd - Build a Better Panini 
There’s a sandwich and then there’s a warm, melty and cheesy Panini. Learn how to make delicious panini sandwiches – even a sweet favorite with melted chocolate. Suitable for ages 9-13.

August 30th - Pizza Dough from Scratch
Skip the carry-out pizza and have a pizza party for the whole family. Learn how to make delicious pizza dough – the start of a great pizza. Suitable for ages 9-13.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON FREE WILLIAMS-SONOMA JUNIOR CHEF CLASSES

Williams-Sonoma locations in Michigan include -

SOMERSET COLLECTION
2801 West Big Beaver Road
Troy , MI 48084
(248) 637-0672

TWELVE OAKS MALL
27710B Novi Rd
Novi , MI 48377
(248) 596-1036

VILLAGE OF ROCHESTER HILLS
352 North Adams Road
Rochester Hills , MI 48309
(248) 375-5891


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FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 8/2- Build a Mini-Crate Pencil Holder

Build a Mini-Crate Pencil Holder on Saturday August 2nd at the Home Depot

Build. Learn. Create. Have fun with fun Kids Workshops at the Home Depot designed for children ages 5 - 12. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

Build a Mini-Crate Pencil Holder
Saturday, August 2, 2014
9am - Noon

On August 2nd, take the kids to your local Home Depot store to build a Build a Mini-Crate Pencil Holder for Back-to-School. FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 - 12.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS HOME DEPOT KIDS WORKSHOP


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FREE Scott Shuptrine Interiors Design Class: Lux Bedrooms with Ann Gish, Royal Oak 8/7 6:30pm

Luxury Bedding Designer Ann Gish will share Tips and Trends with Guests at Scott Shuptrine Royal Oak ...

Scott Shuptrine Interiors welcomes internationally acclaimed designer Ann Gish to its Royal Oak gallery for a special event and book signing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014. Gish will give guests her expert advice on how to create the bedroom of their dreams. Her high-end bedding, linens, children’s bedding and home d├ęcor collection are now available at Scott Shuptrine Interiors.

Guests will receive a complimentary copy of Gish’s book, which she will sign before and after her 7:00 p.m. presentation. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, entertainment by Jason Wagner, save 25-percent on all Ann Gish items and receive a beautiful Ann Gish jewelry box free with purchase. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Prior to the event, Gish will be available at the Royal Oak Scott Shuptrine Interiors gallery during the afternoon giving one-on-one bedroom consultations. To schedule a private appointment, please contact Lindsey at ltucson@scottshuptrine.com.

Ann Gish is best known for her exquisite detailing and construction, along with the use of luxurious and innovative fabrics and designs. Gish is considered by many to be the consummate leader in the creation of contemporary silk bedding, decorative pillows and tabletops. The practical elegance of her design has affected the way beds and bed accessories are presented in the marketplace today.

Gish relies on elegance that is easy and pleasurable to live with, achieved through a marriage of form and function. Luxury created for the senses - the feel, color, texture, shape and scale, and even the sound fabric makes as it is moved or touched.

In the past Gish has worked as an interior designer, a television and radio producer, and as a chef, but throughout her life she has always been a creator. Ann Gish, Inc. was established twenty-three years ago in order to offer her work to the finest stores, designers and hotels worldwide. Gish has designed for numerous celebrities, she has also created Ready-to-Bed, a more affordable bedding, as well as architectural-style steel beds, benches and tables.

To attend the Ann Gish special event, please RSVP at www.scottshuptrine.eventbrite.com

Scott Shuptrine Interiors
32301 Woodward Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48073
248-549-9105



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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Save Your Skin & Your Wallet with the Black Friday in July Sale on Spa Sonic at @Target starting 7/25

Black Friday may be a few months away, but that doesn't mean you can’t start scoping out those holiday deals today...

Head on over to Target.com on Friday, July 25th and Saturday, 26th for their Black Friday in July sale, which ensures shoppers save both money and face with a great deal on the Spa Sonic’s Skin Care System.

Designed for individuals who want a full spa experience at home or while traveling, Spa Sonic offers beauty devices that outperform competitors without the hefty price tag.

Spa Sonic Skin Care System is regularly priced  at $64.99. But for the Black Friday in July sale at Target.com  starting on Friday, July 25th, the price will be only $37.99 - HOLLA!

Specially designed by dermatologists utilizing gentle, rotating bristles to offer a deeper clean without irritation, the Spa Sonic Skin Care System removes impurities, exfoliates, tightens and minimizes pores. This waterproof device operates with four attachments: a small brush for the face, a large brush for the body, a pumice pad for rough areas, and a facial sponge for microdermabrasion and reduction of fine lines; all of which are included.

The Spa Sonic Skin Care System is available in white, lavender, pink, orchid, optic yellow and tangerine.

And remember that if you have a Target Red Card, you get an extra 5% off all purchases plus FREE shipping on Target.com on all your purchases.

So mark your calendar for July 25th...


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Monday, July 21, 2014

EDUCATION: FREE Summer Art Classes at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on 7/24 8/14 8/21

Learn to create clay masks, acrylic paintings, and prints for FREE from professional artists...

Indulge your creative side at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) by taking FREE art-making classes taught by professional artists. The DIA is offering three FREE classes in different media—clay, acrylic and prints—for ages five and older (under age 12 must be with an adult) for all experience levels.

Clay Masks - Thursday, July 24, 1–2:30 p.m.
Explore the expressive possibilities of making a mask out of clay. Projects will be fired and ready for pick-up at a later date. Instructors: Byron Nemela & Soh Suzuki


Acrylic Painting- Thursday, August 14, 10:30 a.m. –noon
Use acrylic paints to explore color mixing and expressive brushwork techniques, then create your own painting. Projects will require drying time and can be picked up later. Instructors: Kathleen Rashid & Vito Valdez


Printmaking – Relief Prints- Thursday, August 21, 1–2:30 p.m.
Using a simple relief-printing method, plan and create an image, then print it on paper to make multiple copies. Instructors: Soh Suzuki & Byron Nemela


Registration is on-site the day of the class on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes begin promptly at the scheduled times.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission to the DIA (excluding ticketed exhibitions) is FREE for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. 

For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17.

For more information visit www.dia.org or call 313-833-4005.

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI


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EDUCATION: Metro Detroit's Circuit Math uses Fun, Games and Cows to Teach Kids useful Math Skills

Disclosure: I attended a FREE 1-hour introductory Circuit Math session with my son. I was chosen for this sponsored opportunity by Hay There Social Media...

Circuit Math brings Math Skills to life for Metro Detroit kids Grades 3rd thru 9th ...

My son just graduated from middle school a few weeks ago. As I sat waiting for the graduation ceremony to start, I hoped my son would receive at least one award since he had worked very hard during the school year and had especially excelled in Math.

So I was super excited and chapping with joy when my son received the last and biggest award of the graduation ceremony -  a special President's Award (signed by President Barack Obama) in recognition for my son's high MAT score and achieving a 4.0 grade point average - HOLLA!!!

Me, my son with the Presidents's Award for his Math score, and his former teacher...
My son has always been good at Math - especially with memorizing and applying formulas. But I have always wondered if he is as good at applying math skills to real life situations.  After all, what good is it to great at advanced math  if you cannot balance a checkbook or figure out if you have enough gas in your car's tank to make it to your final destination.

That is why this summer, I took my son to open his own bank account so he can learn first hand about compound interest and delayed gratifcation  (i.e. leaving his money in the bank to grow instead of spending it all on video games).

And I took him to try out a FREE introductory math tutoring class taught by a new local metro Detroit business called Circuit Math.

My son and Circuit Math owner Maggie Durant...
How does Circuit Math work?

Circuit Math is an innovative way to do Math Tutoring that is based on the same concept of circuit training that is used to make physical exercise less repetitive and bring about results in less time than traditional methods.

With Circuit Math, children spend a 1 hour session going through different math stations involving playing sports, creating businesses, and working with design and architecture so that kids can apply math skills in the areas that are interesting to them.

A student's sweet spots and areas of improvement are identified during a pre-assesment known as a COW - Competency Of the Week. (COW is definnitely a much more fun term than test, don't you think?) COW's are tracked on each student's "Dashboard" showing red, yellow, or green.

The 1st circuit station involves math instruction using iPads and laptops. Kids get to pick if they want to sit at the table or use a beanbag and this circuit is 20 minutes long with the instruction being individualized to each student based on their "COW" dashboard color.

Sports and Math do go together....
Kids then move on to the other circuit stations.  One of the stations is a store front where students can learn math by running the store which involves buying inventory and setting item prices. Another circuit station is a room where the kids work together as a group to design the room using their math skills. And another station is all about sports and how math plays into baseball, basketball, darts, ring toss, golf, and bean bag toss.  So if a student is working on factions, they may be figuring out the faction of shots that hit the rim to the the shots that went in the basket. Other kids could figure out how to calculate a baseball player's ERA.

The last part of the circuit is the "COW" ceremony and recognition. When a student scores 75% or higher on the area that a student is focusing on that day, then they get a COW (the moo kind) sticker for their dashboard that can be traded in for prizes.

Circuit Math owner Maggie Durant with the Dashboards and COW rewards...
Not all kids will get a COW - they have to earn them...

"Some days they get them and some days you don't," says Circuit Math owner Maggie Durant on students and COW stickers. "And so it really starts to mean stuff to the kids because they have to work for them.. and they want their COW."  COW's can be traded for something as simple as a pencil or saved up for great prizes like full size footballs and soccer balls.

"The whole goal is to bring math to life, see how it's used day to day and really make it fun to be here" says Circuit Math owner Maggie Durant..

While my son worked one-on-one with one of the Circuit Math instructors, I had a chance to speak one-on-one with Circuit Math owner, Maggie Durant.

FIML: How long have you been in business?
Maggie: This is our first space.  We have been partnering with schools mainly in the city of Detroit to work with 1st thru 9th graders on math and reading for the last 14 months. But this space is dedicated to math.

FIML: Why did you open this space?
Maggie: It's all been the same concept of helping the kids make progress, measuring it with data, focusing on the basics and application.  We are able to do a lot of more fun application here in our own space than we can when we go into someone else's classroom.

FIML: Is each session 10 weeks long?
Maggie: You buy a 10 pack which is ten 1 hour long sessions and parents get to pick and choose the days and times to use them based on your schedule.  For the summer, there are only morning sessions. But in the fall, Circuit Math will be shifting into an after school and weekend schedule.


My Perspective on Circuit Math...

Overall, I really love Maggie's Circuit Math idea.  Since my son and I stopped by Maggie's Bingham Farms location in the evening after I got off of work, there were no kids there for my son to interact with. But he still had fun working with the instructor and we had a hard time getting him out of the building because he wanted to finish the math sheet that he had been working on for an hour.

Since my son is highly competitive, I can see him loving the whole "COW reward" system and working hard to earn a COW sticker so he could earn prizes.   I also really love the concept of teaching math skills by having the kids run a business store front.

If classes were offered in the evenings over the summer, I would see this as a way for my son to spend time working on his math skills - and having fun at the same time.  Also I would love to see the classes offered in 4 pack for $100, which I think is a much more affordable introductory option, in addition to the 10 pack for $250.

You can find out more about Circuit Math, and signup to attend a FREE 1-hour introductory session, over on their website at www.circuitlearning.com and on their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/circuitlearning.

Circuit Math
30300 Telegraph, Suite #230, South of 13 Mile Road
North entrance of the building, 2nd floor
Bingham Farms, MI


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Friday, July 18, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center - July 18, 2014

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!!

Program Assistant, Mentoring to Access Corps AmeriCorps Program (Lansing)
Position Responsibilities:

Support the dissemination of recruitment materials to potential AmeriCorps members and host sites.
Schedule and contribute to regular conference calls and webinars with site supervisors and AmeriCorps members.
Collect information from AmeriCorps members and host sites for mandatory reporting.
Coordinate and communicate logistics for AmeriCorps member and site supervisor training events and host site visits.
Maintain member files and other documentation.
Provide resources and technical assistance to AmeriCorps members and site supervisors.
Coordinate member enrollment and exiting.
Ensure member timesheets are submitted on time and are in compliance with program policies
Assist with regular program communications, including weekly member e-newsletter and social media posts.
Contribute to the overall missions of program partners, Mentor Michigan and Michigan Campus Compact, to support mentoring and college access initiatives in Michigan.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree required
At least 1 year of office or administrative work experience
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and social media platforms
Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
Attention to detail
Experience working with databases, editing and entering information, pulling reports, etc.
Prior experience working with national service programs, mentoring, and/or colleges/universities preferred
This is a grant-funded, part-time position.
How to apply: Submit resume and cover letter to Kelley Kuhn, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at kkuhn@mnaonline.org.

Full job description available at http://www.mnaonline.org/CMDocs/MNA/MAC Program Assistant Job Description.pdf


Technology Support Analyst - HighwayT
Position Responsibilities:

Answering / Monitoring support calls, email support requests and logging customer incidents
Provide on-site technical support when needed, for Highway T’s clients.
Monitoring of existing support tickets and escalation of tickets in various queues
Keep Highway T management apprised of critical issues, and customer incidents
Communicate / Email out tech alerts to Highway T clients, as necessary
Provide end user support in various technical matters
Assist in various activities of the Highway T virtual helpdesk
Documentation of client hardware inventory into helpdesk management system database
Documentation of Highway T tech support policies, procedures, and service level agreements
Assist with the administration and maintenance of end user accounts, permissions, and access rights
Serve as technical support for MNA.
Additional operational activities as assigned
Qualifications:
Education & Experience

2-3 years of help desk/technology support related experience
Prior customer service experience and computer lab support experience a plus
College (2 year or 4 year degree in a technology or engineering related field)
Experience in a office setting
Prior small business technology, server/networking support experience a plus
Knowledge & Skills

Awareness of PC hardware components; a fundamental understanding of computer networking.
Strong critical thinking and troubleshooting skills
General knowledge of Microsoft Windows
General knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)
Must have strong work ethic, organization skills, professionalism, and the desire to learn • Self starter; Excellent Time Management & Multi-tasking skills
Ability to work independently yet know when to raise issues / asks questions to senior team members
Excellent customer service skills
Good verbal and written communication skills
Ability to communicate technical issues to non-technical users
Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment
Good problem-solving skills
How to apply:
Submit resume and cover letter to Kelley Kuhn, Chief Strategy Officer at kkuhn@mnaonline.org

Full job description available at http://www.mnaonline.org/CMDocs/MNA/Technology Support Analyst Job Description.pdf


Bookkeeper/Administrator (Detroit)
Assist the Executive Director in managing Midtown Montessori: a unique, well-established, non-profit Montessori child care center located in Midtown, Detroit, for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. Prepare and manage budgets and financial reports in a timely manner, coordinating with key staff as required. Help guide financial decisions by establishing, monitoring and enforcing accounting policies and procedures. Manage income and expenses. Assist with fund development including grant research and writing, and corporate donations. Provide administrative support to MM staff, families, and children. Answer office phone, take and retrieve messages, direct calls. Maintain, update and secure confidential children and faculty files per internal and State licensing rules. Manage and maintain student enrollment database. Maintain parent electronic mailing list and assist Executive Director with communications. Requirements: At least 18 years old. Associate degree in accounting or finance with a minimum of two (2) years accounting-related experience required. Computer knowledge and experience required. At least one year experience as office manager or office assistant. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, QuickBooks, EZ Care. Experience working with a diverse group of individuals. Must possess strong organizational skills. Full job description can be found at http://www.midtownmontessori.org/#!jobs. This position is 40 hours a week. To apply: Email a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to info@midtownmontessori.net.


Program Director (Lansing)
Ele's Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens. Three branch locations support families throughout the Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Lansing areas and beyond. Each week, peer support group programs help hundreds of children, ages 3-18, learn how to cope and begin to heal after the death of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend.

Ele’s Place is seeking a full time Program Director for the Lansing, MI branch.

The Program Director develops, implements and oversees programming; supervises staff and volunteers. Provides guidance and information to grieving families and others; oversees support group sessions and ensures consistency and quality of programming. Speaks to community groups and professionals who work with children.

Requirements:

Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work or a related human services field including, Sociology, Counseling, or Psychology.
Knowledge of grief issues
Minimum 5 years departmental management experience
Minimum 2 years program coordination experience
Experience with support groups for adults and children
Experience working with volunteers
Send cover letter & resume to:
Elizabeth Webb,
Director of Operations
Ele’s Place
1145 W. Oakland Avenue
Lansing, MI 48915
Or email this information to: ewebb@elesplace.org

Ele’s Place is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Foreclosure Intake Specialist - AmeriCorps Position (Statewide)
The Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps (MFPC) recruiting 20 AmeriCorps members for service statewide. Members fill a critical gap in services at state and federally certified housing counseling agencies by working with homeowners who are on the verge of or in foreclosure. The member's service is focused around foreclosure prevention and intervention activities including; foreclosure intake and triage, marketing and outreach, education and tracking and mitigating neighborhood impacts of foreclosure. Each member is responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers, participating actively in building the capacity of the host agency and for ensuring that each client they interact with has a better understanding of the foreclosure process. All positions will begin on October 3, 2014.

AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance, health benefits, child care benefits (if eligible), extensive training opportunities, federal student loan forbearance and interest repayment and a $5,625 education award upon completion of service. For more information on AmeriCorps, please visit www.AmeriCorps.gov. To find out more about MFPC positions in particular, please visit http://foreclosure.cedam.info/mfpc/members/. The application deadline is September 10, but positions will be filled on a rolling basis.


Financial Analyst (Troy)

Analyze financial information and prepare financial and compliance reports to determine or maintain record of revenue and expenses, grant/contract compliance, or other financial activities within the organization.
This is a full-time position requiring expertise in administrative and accounting functions.
Responsibilities include coordination of the accounts payable, accounts receivable, and utility/rent billing/invoicing and general ledger accounting, with emphasis on compliance accounting.
Responsible for maintaining the integrity of the accounting data which requires preparation and examination of accounting records, financial statements, and other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting, compliance and procedural standards.
Managing budget vs actual expenses for programs/grants and effective communication with program directors to ensure adherence to grant, state and federal guidelines
Prepare and maintain timely work paper files and report processing (internal and external) monthly for funding agencies
Monitor cash balances and prepare as needed daily transfers within accounts
Preparation of quarterly Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA)
Research of grants to understand all terms and ensure CHN accounting adherence to contracts
Assistance in coordinating the annual audit and lead funding agency audits
Ability to review current work process and determine areas for improvement and increased internal controls
QUALIFICATIONS:

A combination of a degree in accounting/finance (a bachelor’s degree preferred) with minimum 5 years of experience with GAAP for not-for-profits and/or grant accounting
Experience with HUD grants is a plus
Proficiency in Blackbaud/Financial Edge preferred
To apply for this position please Click Here: https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=10079301


Program Director - Tri-Community Coalition (Oak Park)
The Tri-Community Coalition of Berkley, Huntington Woods and Oak Park is hiring! We are a 501©3 non-profit organization that is looking for a Program Director. The position is grant funded for 30 hours per week with the possibility of additional hours as funding allows. The salary range is competitive and includes paid time off and paid holidays. No health benefits are currently offered for this position. The schedule includes weekdays as well as some evenings and weekends. The ideal candidate will have experience working with substance abuse prevention programming, community organizing, working with adult and youth volunteers, supervising paid staff and interns, as well as proficient in grant and budget management. The candidate should be highly organized and be able to interact with a variety of interest and cultural groups. If this sounds like you, please forward a cover letter and resume to: Judy Rubin, Executive Director, Tri-Community Coalition, 14700 W. Lincoln, Oak Park, MI 48237 or by email at jsrtricom@tricommunitycoalition.org No phone calls please. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, July 23,2014. The Tri-Community Coalition is an equal opportunity employer.


Administrative Assistant (East Lansing)
Administrative Assistant
College of Communication Arts and Sciences Michigan State University

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University seeks applicants for an administrative assistant position with experience in spreadsheet, database, presentation software, and office procedures. The ideal candidate will be flexible, creative, a self-starter, a team player, proactive, a quick learner, enthusiastic and an excellent communicator.

For job requirements and additional information, please refer to posting #9805 and complete an online application at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website https://jobs.msu.edu. Application deadline is July 31, 2014.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


emPower Heat and Energy Division Director (Fremont)
TrueNorth Community Services seeks a dynamic experienced leader to manage our 63 county Michigan rural emPower Heat and Energy Division. Responsible to implement a highly effective heat and energy program delivery system designed to ensure client safety during the harsh Michigan winters, reduce energy consumption, provide energy optimization, move clients toward self-sufficiency, and advocate to ensure equitable service for rural areas. Masters degree preferred plus relevant experience required. Interested applicants can submit a resume by August 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. to TrueNorth, Attn: Bev Cassidy, PO Box 149, Fremont, MI 49412 or bcassidy@truenorthservices.org. EOE.


Vice President of Human Resources (Grand Rapids)
The Catholic Charities of West Michigan is looking for a Vice President of Human Resources ($75,000 - $85,000).

The Vice President of Human Resources in responsible for the management of the agency’s entire Human Resources function including staffing & EEOC, performance management processes, agency-wide employee recognition, workers compensation, training & employee development, Human Resource policies, compensation, benefits, safety and health, and employee relations & services.

Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Master’s degree preferred.
Eight to ten years of experience gained through increasing responsible management positions within Human Resources.
Background in an educational setting, volunteer, social service or health agency preferred.
To Apply Visit: http://hiringsolutionsllc.com/openings/VP_HR_CCWMI


Member Aide (Troy)
On My Own of Michigan, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization established in 1997 serving adults with mild intellectual developmental disabilities. Our mission is to help our members live independently, maintain employment, build positive social relationships and give back to their community by volunteering. For more organizational information, visit www.onmyownofmi.org.

We are seeking a Member Aide to work 25 to 30 hours per week assisting our members with daily living activities; supervising outings and trips; transporting members to local appointments; etc. The Member Aide must be able to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings and weekends.

An Associates degree (or nearing completion) in Human Services or a related field is desirable. Direct work experience with developmentally disabled individuals is also desirable and may be substituted for educational experience. Must have clean driving history with proof of insurability. Must be able to operate a multi-passenger vehicle in a safe manner. Must also undergo a pre-employment background check. Starting wage is $10/hour.

To apply, send cover letter, resume with three references to admin@onmyownofmi.org or fax to (248) 688-9107 by July 24, 2014. No phone calls please.


Chief Financial Officer (Pontiac)
Lighthouse of Oakland County is searching for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to oversee its finance, budget and accounting operations. Lighthouse is one of the leading nonprofit human service agencies in Southeast Michigan. The Chief Financial Officer reports to the Lighthouse CEO and is supported by a fully engaged Board of Directors. This position will lead in developing the agency’s financial policy and direction while also being an active participant in Lighthouse’s senior management team. The CFO will oversee all financial administration, business planning, and budgeting. The position includes management of the agency’s senior accountant and accounting assistant.
We are seeking candidates that have the following: Bachelor's degree in business, management or finance is required and a MBA degree and/or CPA are strongly preferred. Fifteen or more years of progressively advancing experience with day-to-day financial operations are required. Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting are desired. Excellent people skills, with experience collaborating in a diverse environment and with a dynamic team. Strong, demonstrated administrative, leadership and managerial skills. A hands-on manager with integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic, mission-driven environment.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements no later than July 31, 2014 to:
Connie Williams
Lighthouse of Oakland County
46156 Woodward
Pontiac, MI 48342
cwilliams@lighthouseoakland.org
248-920-6000 ext. 2111


Executive Director, Greater Lansing Housing Coalition (Lansing)
Non-Profit, Community Development Agency serving the Tri-County area of Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties is seeking an experienced leader in residential and commercial community development.

Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in community Development, Planning, Urban Studies or related relevant major and 5 years experience in a leadership role of a Non-Profit Community Housing Development Agency.

For complete job description please visit our website: www.glhc.org


Development Manager (Detroit)
Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that improves school climate, reduces bullying and increases student engagement in school through play and physical activity. We help transform recess into a safe, fun and inclusive time that gets students active and engaged so they can return to the classroom focused and ready to learn. For more information, please visit www.playworks.org.

Playworks is seeking a Development Manager to plan, coordinate and implement annual fund development plans in order to meet fund development and budgetary goals. This is a full-time exempt position which reports to an Executive Director. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Design, manage and execute the organization’s development activities including developing foundation relationships, corporate sponsorship, and individual donor solicitation activities, including special events and site visits.
Qualifications:

Minimum of 5 years of development experience preferred
Strong knowledge of effective fundraising strategies including grant seeking, individual donor cultivation, corporate employee volunteer programs and event production
Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Business, Non-Profit Management, Marketing or related field preferred
Experience with Benevon fundraising model is a plus
Ability to travel in a geographic area and work flexible hours
Compensation:

Competitive nonprofit salary based on geographic area
Employer-paid health coverage
Applying:
Please send cover letter and resume to jgant@playworks.org
Please no phone calls; Deadline to apply is August 10th


Director of Development (Detroit)
buildOn's mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. As Development Director, Detroit you will apply your expertise in development and donor stewardship to strategically execute the Detroit development plan. You will work to build relationships in metro Detroit leading to a strong and strategic mid-level giving program. You will help to create buildOn’s corporate and foundation relationships, therefore growing buildOn’s base and enhancing our reputation.

The Development Director must have marketing and communication strategies that will increase annual revenues through campaign outreach initiatives, event fundraising and 3rd party events. You must possess the ability to articulate buildOn's mission to new and current donors. Reporting to the Vice President of Development, Midwest, you will engage strategic partnerships that will help achieve buildOn's goals. You must be based in metro Detroit and have an established network of connections in the market

Minimum Qualifications

BA/BS in a related field, continued education or CFRE preferred
3-5 years of fundraising and/or sales experience closing gifts and building relationships – managing a new or growing program
A successful track record in cultivating new relationships with donors and private foundations
High-level experience working with fundraising and young professional boards
Knowledge of the Detroit philanthropic community and ability to engage new prospects
Ability to track all activity in a (CRM) program, specifically Salesforce
To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and salary history to MIjobs@buildon.org. buildOn is an equal opportunity employer. www.buildOn.org


Director of Information Technology (Royal Oak)
The Director of Information Technology (IT) at Judson Center is expected to drive the integration of information across Judson’s multiple service regions and programs and to provide outstanding service to staff and consumers. Working in collaboration with Program and Business Service leaders, the Director of Information Technology will support the development of highly impactful and cost effective programs serving the needs of children, adults and families within Judson’s four Centers of Excellence. The IT Director must be able to think strategically and execute operationally. To be successful, he/she will need keen project management and interpersonal skills and an ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds to come to solutions that add value for everyone involved. The IT Director will ensure that Judson’s technology department is aligned with its business initiatives and goals, instill a strong sense of customer service within the IT department, and provide strategic vision/a long range IT Master Plan to enable the future growth of Judson Center. For more information about this position and how to apply, please visit our career page at www.judsoncenter.org.


Director of Financial Services - Full time (Ann Arbor)
The ICC is a student owned and operated housing cooperative. As part of the ICC team, the Director of Financial Services (DFS) is responsible for all aspects of financial management and record-keeping for the ICC. The DFS leads the ICC’s corporate accounting as well as house accounting, including training and oversight of treasurers at the 18 cooperative houses owned and operated by the ICC. The DFS closes both the corporate books (annually) and the house books (biannually). The DFS works with the Board-approved auditor to complete the annual audit.

Job Requirements (partial list)

Bachelors in Finance or Accounting required; Masters desired
Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles
Two (2) or more years’ experience accounting preferred
A demonstrated commitment to the cooperative movement (strongly desired) and experience with cooperatives or in community living, especially student housing co-ops (preferred)
Strong skills in general ledger software and Excel
Experience in the field of property management preferred
Excellent communication, teaching and problem-solving skills
Pay rate: Salary range from $45,000 to $55,000 – commensurate with experience. Very competitive benefits package including 8% retirement match, a supplemental health expenses allocation, provisions for paid leave, medical/dental insurance with minimal employee contribution (12%), 22 paid vacation days, 9 observed holidays, and 12 paid sick days. Please see full job description at www.icc.coop.

Please submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to Nick Coquillard, General Manager, at coquill@umich.edu. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


Principal/Teacher (Benton Harbor)
The Benton Harbor Girls Academy is seeking a Teacher / Academy Mistress for grades four through eight. The Academy is a non-graded, individualized learning environment, with a maximum of fifteen girls per classroom. The Academy serves students of Benton Harbor, Michigan, an area challenged economically. The teacher will have the professional skills and empathy to work with middle-school age girls needing a strong, sound, growth-focused learning environment to meet life’s challenges with competence and dignity. In addition to teaching one classroom of girls, the candidate of choice will have the professional skill and experience to also serve as Academy Mistress or Principal. The small school setting and dual responsibility are ideal for a creative, organized, and dedicated educator who wants to make a difference in the lives of girls. Interested individuals please send a resume, including education, experience, and references, to Dr. Patricia Ann Quattrin Ph.D., Executive Director, Benton Harbor Girls Academy, P. O. Box 840, Benton Harbor, MI 49023 or to paquattrin@alumni.nd.edu by 5:00pm on July 31, 2014.


Fund Development/Community Relations/Experience Director - Full Time (Grand Rapids)
Become part of a growing nonprofit organization empowering people with disabilities through interactive experiences, both artistic and cultural, while providing opportunities for personal growth and learning. We need a new team member to plan and execute a comprehensive, mission-driven, advancement program to grow resources and programs. Has the operational responsibility for fundraising, public relations, and relationship building activities and unique events of Artists Creating Together (ACT). Looking for a creative story teller and relationship builder for program outreach.

Please go to www.artistscreatingtogether.org to view the full posting and submission information.
Submit applications with cover letters via email to director@artistscreatingtogether.org by 7/21/14 by 5:00 pm.


HR Director (Chelsea)
Responsible for administration of personnel policies, recordkeeping and compliance with state and federal laws; scheduling of staff, payroll, and benefits.

Requires bachelors degree and minimum 4yrs experience in HR related activities. Excellent communication skills and ability to maintain effective work relationship with others.

Respond with cover letter, resume and list of professional references to St. Louis Center, HR Position; 16195 Old US 12, Chelsea, MI 48118. Materials may be submitted electronically to barbl@stlouiscenter.org.


Administrative Assistant (Lansing)
The Michigan Humanities Council has an open position for an Administrative Assistant in Lansing Michigan.

Summary:
The Administrative Assistant reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the management of the physical office, supplies, mail, deliveries, equipment, storage areas and phones. The Administrative Assistant provides orientation to the office environment and office routines for new staff. This position provides administrative support for the Executive Director and other staff. As the Board Liaison, the Administrative Assistant coordinates the logistics and materials for board meetings and board orientation meetings, ensures timely reimbursement of directors’ expenses and provides support for board members. This position is the staff liaison for the Executive Committee and the Board Development Committee, providing support and recording minutes for their meetings.

You can view the full job description and additional details at http://michiganhumanities.org/about/documents/MHCAdminAsstAdvert.pdf

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter outlining specific qualifications for this position, a current resume, and a list of three professional references to:

Karen Rhodes, Grants and IT Manager
Michigan Humanities Council
119 Pere Marquette Drive, Suite 3B
Lansing, MI 48912-1270
Tel: 517-372-7770
Fax: 517-372-0027

Electronic submission is encouraged to krhodes@mihumanities.org. Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2014 and the position will remain open until filled.


Director of Finance (Auburn Hills)
Director of Finance

New Horizons Rehabilitation Services, an award-winning regional not-for-profit agency serving people with disabilities, is seeking a well-qualified candidate for the Director of Finance. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Business related field and 5 years financial management experience required; Master’s Degree preferred. Responsible for all agency business and financial reporting including budgets, monthly reports, cash flow analysis/management and annual audit preparations. Reports directly to President/CEO.
Forward resume with salary requirements to:

Director of Human Resources
1814 Pond Run
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Fax: 248-724-1446
E-mail jkaszubski@newhorizonsrehab.org


Executive Director (Jackson)
Job Summary
Seeking applications for Executive Director of the Fitness Council of Jackson, a non-profit organization promoting health through physical activity. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in related field (Nonprofit Administration, Urban Planning, Public Health, etc.), excellent written and oral communications skills, leadership and fundraising experience in a nonprofit setting, and familiarity with concepts of active living community environments.

Responsibilities:

Manage financial resources
Raise funds to support organization
Recommend and oversee the implementation of the annual work plan
Direct publicity and marketing efforts
Support Fitness Council Board of Directors
Maintain strong community partnerships
Human resources management
General Expectations:
Candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills and competent computer skills. Should be able to manage multiple tasks with flexibility, prioritization, and follow-through. Fundraising and grant writing experience is a plus.

Hiring Process:
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing their experience with active living promotion and policy, nonprofit leadership, and fundraising. Please include at least two references.

Submit application materials by email or mail to info@fitnesscouncil.org, or
Fitness Council of Jackson
225 N. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201

This position is open until filled. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.


Administrative Assistant (Okemos)
Job Title: Administrative Assistant

Nonprofit organization in Okemos, Michigan is seeking a full time Administrative Assistant. Applicant must demonstrate proficiency in internal and external customer relations, be versatile, adept at multitasking and comfortable in handling multiple interruptions on a continual basis. Grant writing experience preferred. Requirements include proficiency with technology and a high aptitude with computers and computer applications. Excellent written and verbal skills are a must. Please send a resume with a cover letter & salary expectations via email to Sherry@cfsm.org EOE. No phone calls please.

Administrative Assistant for Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc., State Office
Okemos, Michigan

Applicant must demonstrate proficiency in internal and external customer relations, be versatile, adept at multitasking and comfortable in handling multiple interruptions on a continual basis.
Experience working with nonprofit organizations a plus also a minimum of two years administrative experience and accounting knowledge preferred. Fund development & grant writing experience is highly desired. Requirements include proficiency with technology and a high aptitude with computers and computer applications. Excellent written and verbal skills are a must. Qualified applicants only: Submit cover letter with salary requirements and resume to Sherry@cfsm.org.

Deadline: July 25, 2014

Child and Family Services of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls please.


Acting Executive Director (Warren)
Acting Executive Director, Macomb Childrens Healthcare Access Program (MCHAP)

A CHAP seeks to improve health outcomes for Medicaid children by working with families, pediatricians, and health systems to increase access to care, improve physician practices, and promote the efficient use of resources. MCHAP focuses on the lower-income southern tier communities of Macomb County. The office location is in Warren.

MCHAP will contract with an acting director who will work on an hourly basis to
- continue the good beginning already made; and
- seek resources needed for future staffing and activities.

Key Responsibilities:
Grant-writing and fund-raising;
Development of policies and procedures;
Formation and maintenance of relationships with professional groups; Recruiting and cultivating pediatric practices; Recruiting and cultivating health systems; Forming and maintaining relationships with clients and client families; Implementing activities to reduce access and quality gaps and health outcome disparities; Document and report all activities; Be the public voice and public face of MCHAP.

Key Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree required/Master's degree preferred in nursing, public health, public administration, social work, or a related field; At least three years community experience at the upper-management or administrative level; Demonstrated success in grant-writing and fund-raising; Demonstrated success in networking and building community partnerships

Interested individuals should send a cover letter expressing their interest in the position, a resume including references, and a writing sample (for example, an example of your grant-writing) to

Steven C. Gold, MPH, Director
Macomb County Department of Health & Community Services One South Main, 8th Floor Mt. Clemens, MI 48043


Director of Development (Detroit)
The Director of Development will be responsible for providing leadership for the major giving and donor stewardship and recognition programs. The Director will also serve as the liaison to volunteers associated with fundraising campaigns.

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with 5-7 years of progressively responsible development experience. Grant writing experience is a prerequisite. PC proficiency, including MS Office Suite and database manipulation required. Donor database software experience is also required. A valid driver’s license and access to a private vehicle for job performance is required.

Job Purpose:
To oversee and coordinate major gift fundraising, including implementation of key strategic initiatives in support of the Southwest Solutions mission. The Director of Development will work closely with the Senior Vice President for Development & Public Affairs to help ensure the organization successfully carries out its fundraising program.

Compensation
$70,000 to $80,000 per year with comprehensive benefits

How To Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to hrresume@swsol.org or send via fax to 313-481-3131.


Part-time Bookkeeper (Lansing)
The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) seeks a qualified individual to serve as a part-time Bookkeeper (15-20 hrs/wk).

This position, under supervision of HSM’s contract Accountant and the Executive Director, is for a Full Charge Bookkeeper or Degreed Staff Accountant with recent non-profit experience. The ideal candidate for this part time role must have at least 2+ years of recent experience in full cycle Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Bank Reconciliations, Month End Close, Payroll data entry, Audit Preparation, Cash Flow Management and Financial Statement Preparation. A degree in Accounting is not necessary but the above listed experience is required.

Reports to: Executive Director

Pay: $15-18 per hour

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum of two years experience in full cycle Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Bank Reconciliations, Month End Close, Payroll data entry, Audit Preparation, Cash Flow Management and Financial Statement Preparation
Ability to handle and manage confidential information
Minimum of three years experience using Quickbooks
Work experience with non-profit bookkeeping desirable
Ability to apply generally accepted bookkeeping principals and practices in performing duties.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail in all areas of work
Ability to follow through on tasks and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. The full position description is available at www.hsmichigan.org/about/job-opportunities. To apply email a cover letter and resume to resume@hsmichigan.org.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

GIVEAWAY: McDonald's has a new "Happy" Meal Ambassador and a Low-Fat Yogurt Side - ENDS 7/24 (CLOSED)

Special thanks to McDonald's for providing me with complementary FREE food coupons for Happy Meals to facilitate this review. McDonalds is sponsoring this giveaway. All opinions are my own...


McDonald's has added a new character named ‘Happy’ and Go-GURT® Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt to the menu...

If you have not seen the new McDonald’s commercials or the new smiling face signs in the restaurants or while going through the drive thru lane, then you might not be one of the millions who know about the changes that McDonald's has made to their Happy Meal menu.

In addition to a new healthy Happy Meal yogurt side,  McDonlad's has introduced the USA to its Happy Meal brand ambassador, simply called "Happy."

“Happy” is a new animated Happy Meal character that brings a big smile to kids’ meals while also serving as an ambassador for balanced and wholesome eating. Happy was introduced nationwide on May 23rd of this year to encourage kids to enjoy fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and wholesome beverages such as water or juice.


While fast food is not something that kids should eat often, it is nice to see McDonald's offering more healthy options on the Happy Meal menu like the new Go-GURT® Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt.

This is some good yogurt...
The new Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt option in Happy Meals is made exclusively for McDonald’s, contains 50 calories and is made with natural flavor.  And it tastes good.

So is is good to know that parents now have more options for sides in McDonald's Happy Meals now that we can choose either Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt or apple slices, or choose both together as sides in place of a kid-size fry.


GIVEAWAY
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- G. Brewster of Clinton Twp, MI
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- J.Montgomery of Detroit, MI
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