Archive of ‘Feel’ category



Last year Courtney and I attended this event and it was an amazing night! This year will be another wonderful evening filled with delicious food and drinks from Detroit restaurants, live music, and much more!

Most importantly, this event supports the Empowerment Plan’s incredible mission. Watch this video to learn all about it. Click HERE to purchase tickets.


I have been working out at Body Language Fitness and Yoga Center for the past 15 years and I didn’t think it was possible to love it more than I already did. But in the past year they have made some unbelievable changes to their facility and membership services. If you are in need place to workout, I HIGHLY recommend you check out Body Language!


The yoga room at Body Language is relaxing and spacious.



We have told you again and again how much we LOVE the all natural deodorant made by Rustic MAKA. Since they are celebrating their two year anniversary this month – we thought we would catch up with Kasia (CEO of Rustic MAKA) to see what the past couple years have been like and what we can expect from Rustic MAKA in the future.


Kasia and Monica – Founders of Rustic Maka



Josephine Dabish-Fermanian, also known as the Mother of Innovation, has put her heart, soul and scientific mind into the creation of a number of products that allow us to lead a “cleaner” life. Finding that she and her son had chemical sensitivity, she set out to make a pure household cleaner with organic and natural ingredients. Now here she is with a Michigan based company, Detroit Organics, offering a variety of innovative creations making the world better, one product at a time.

Detroit Organics

Detroit Organics



We were recently introduced to a local Michigan non-profit, Fleece & Thank You and to say we are inspired is an understatement. Established by Nicholas Kristock in 2015, and inspired by a little girl named Sophie who was spending her childhood in the hospital instead of playing, their mission is to provide a seed of hope for children as they arrive at the hospital by providing a fleece blanket for them. It doesn’t stop there, they connect the “blanket buddy” (a person who makes or donates a fleece blanket) to the “warrior” (child battling the life-threatening illness who is receiving the blanket) attaching a code that links to a video connecting the donor to the cause, while also allowing the child who receives the blanket to feel more connected and special because they can see the face and hands that helped make it.

At Mercy Children's Hospital

Delivery at Mercy Children’s Hospital



If you are still looking for a unique idea for your Valentine’s Day celebration – we can help you out! Body Language Fitness & Yoga is offering a partner yoga class on Friday, February 12th at 7pm, with wine and cheese event following.

Physically, this class allows you to get deeper into some postures and emotionally offers you an opportunity to really connect with your partner. The postures are simple and the flows basic so every BODY is welcome!




We took a look back at all of the amazing places in Michigan we were lucky enough to experience in 2015. All we can say is WOW – our state is PACKED with incredible places that delight our senses. So, we thought we would give you a quick snapshot of all the spots we visited in the past year.




So you know when you visit your pals in other states and they just recycle their bottles & cans and you can’t help but feel a little jealous of the fact that they don’t have to stand at that dreaded machine digging through a smelly & sticky bag for a little extra cash? Well, we have a solution to those all too pesky returnables and a way to give back to a local entrepreneur who has really earned his keep!

Meet Tyler. 

Tyler is a hardworking business owner just like anyone else who happens to enjoy returning bottles & cans. From being given a one-in-five chance of surviving to being diagnosed with cerebral palsy and autism, Tyler has had his fair share of struggles. He started Tyler’s Bottle Service after graduating from MCTI and having difficulty finding work. His mother, Rhonda, has always pushed Tyler to do his best and taught him to not allow his disability to define him, rather go out and find something he loves doing and build a business out of it. If having your bottles & cans returned for you and still getting something out of it isn’t enough to talk you into utilizing his service, Tyler’s infectious smile and upbeat attitude will.





MamaSuds, aka Michelle Smith, is a former educator and lifelong Michigander who thrives on creating products free of chemicals and toxins, not just for herself, but for her kids and your family too. With the goal of living an eco-friendly life and finding that her creations absolutely rock, Michelle now has over 40 products that are clean and good for you and we’re giving you the chance to try them out. It looks like it is time to throw out those chemical filled products and sleep easy knowing you are using the best… “because what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body”.


The Giveaway.

Your MamaSuds package will include ($58 value):

  • Foaming Hand Soap in Lemon
  • Gallon of Organic Orange Laundry Soap
  • Germs Away Blend of All Purpose Cleaner
  • Lavender Body Wash
  • Vapor Rubmama2

Enter to Win.

The winner of the giveaway will be selected in a random drawing through Rafflecopter (see below). Here’s how it works:

  • Login using your email or Facebook.
  • Simply click on the different entry options and follow the directions.
  • The more entries you complete on the Rafflecopter form, the higher your chances are of winning.
  • We will contact the winner personally and announce the lucky person on our social media sites!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ($400 value) from Rustic Maka!

Our entire mission at Chick in the Mitt is to spotlight all of the AMAZING small businesses Michigan has to offer. So when we heard about the initiative our friends at Rustic Maka launched this month, we just HAD to tell you about it. They have chosen 18 small businesses to spotlight and on November 28th, Small Business Saturday, one randomly selected person will receive a box filled with items ($400 value) from each small business!

To read about the small businesses participating and to enter the giveaway, click HERE.

Scroll down to read a heartwarming letter from Rustic Maka about the importance of supporting small businesses. 

Rustic Maka

Some of the amazing items included in the small business giveaway!

“In this season of compassion, caring and thankfulness, we have been asking ourselves: what does it take to bring a positive change in the world today?

As a small business that not too long ago started from the ground up, we have been pouring our dedication, long hours and a whole lot of sanity to make our passion for healthy living available to everyone. Not by a long shot have we ever thought that making Pachy deodorants for our families and ourselves would turn into hours of cooking, family sacrifices and arguments over the most benign things. But this is the price we are willing to pay for the best moments of having our own business and the change it can bring for all of us.

The change starts right at home. In the most unexpected way, it brings our family closer together – a soccer game on a Saturday morning, bonfire by the lake and one last bedtime story before the kids fall asleep.

And it doesn’t stop there. There are many of us joining this journey of change. The power of buying cheap junk in the name of the all mighty dollar lessened and transformed into a pride of owning a product of love, honesty and quality. When we make a purchase from a small business, we support the person behind it – our own neighbor, our kid’s baseball teammate, our best friend. According to Forbes, there are almost 28 million small businesses in the U.S. and over 50% of working population, work in small business. Purchasing from a small business means we are all working hand-in-hand to better our kid’s future and the country we live in.

Throughout this past year and a half, we have come to know so many amazing, hardworking small business owners behind the remarkable products they have created. From expos we’ve attended to casual introduction through a friend or simply by trying a product and being curious who was behind it, we have met these entrepreneurs and are continuously amazed at their business practices, the passion and hard work they put forward, every day.

This small chunk of 18 companies is here to represent not just Michigan small businesses, but small businesses all across the United States. We hope by getting to know us, everyone will be inspired to explore other up and coming brands.

Behind the brands we choose to support, there is always a person whose dreams we have helped come true, validated their hours of hard work and provided them with a boost to keep moving forward…all through a singular purchase of a product made purely with care, love and dedication.

Through supporting small business owners we are all given a chance to become part of the change, one product at a time, one person at a time.

Thank you! Rustic Maka

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