The Perfect Gift for Mom this Mother’s Day

Shine a light on mom’s individuality this Mother’s Day by surprising her with a gift that shows her you payed attention to the details. From the Farmer’s Market loving mom to the online-shopping addict, find the perfect gift for her. Personal Creations, Shari’s Berries and FTD offer a selection of gifts that are tailored to her tastes and will celebrate the things she loves most. For the … [Read more...]

Golden Chopsticks, an East Side Favorite #ReviewCrew @Restaurant_Com #sp

Chinese food has been a favorite of mine for years. Like most favorites, I tend to play it safe and stick to my usual restaurants when eating out. While recently planning a dinner and movie date with our teenage daughter, I decided to branch out and give a new Chinese restaurant a try. We used the restaurant.com app, put in the theater address, and found a great deal for Golden Chopsticks, right … [Read more...]

Taking on winter in the 2016 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring #DrivingMatters @MazdaUSA #ad

I recently spent a week driving this 2016 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring for review. A sporty, 4- cylinder vehicle that has an impressive overview. The exterior color (SOUL RED METALLIC) and design of this car is slick and modern. Inside, the mix of fabric, and stitched leather interior is equally impressive. She’s a beauty! The 2016 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring is packed with features that not … [Read more...]

Raita Yogurt Savory Dips, Review & Giveaway

I have never been one to be very adventurous when it comes to trying new food. I have my general favorites in Chinese, Polish, Italian and American dishes. I’ve traveled to many European cities and to Jamaica and have sampled the cuisine there and enjoyed much of it, although not all. But to say that I don’t care for Indian fare is an understatement. There was many a celebration at work where a … [Read more...]

A little something for everyone @ The Next Chapter Bookstore & Bistro #ReviewCrew @Restaurant_Com #sp

Our most recent Restaurant.Com find took us to downtown Northville, Michigan. A very charming town filled with old-fashioned street lamps, out door benches, and a nice collection of restaurants, and small shops. Tucked inside a small historic building we paid "The Next Chapter Bookstore and Bistro" a visit for brunch. From the outside this bookstore/bistro doesn't really look like much. Once … [Read more...]

2016 Toyota Camry XLE Review #DriveToyota

I recently spent a week driving the 2016 Camry XLE to review. The Toyota Camry has been the bestselling car in America for 12 years. In my opinion, it is very well deserved. I was impressed while reviewing the 2015 Toyota Camry XLE, and found the 2016 to be comparable. With very little changes. The 2016 Camry is offered in five trim packages: LE, SE, XSE, XLE and SE (with special … [Read more...]

Breakfast is served, without the mess or breaking our budget thanks to @Restaurant_Com #ReviewCrew #sp

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is usually a busy one around here. The kids are home from school, and my office is typically closed for the week. So, between hosting holiday events with friends and family, we tend to over schedule our days off with as much fun as possible. That leaves very little time for cooking, and cleaning. Well, at-least that is what I strive for each year. Who … [Read more...]

Dos Hermanos Restaurant & Market, a real hidden gem #ReviewCrew @Restaurant_Com #sp

One of the things I love about using Restaurant.com is finding places to eat that we've never been to, right in our own neighborhood. Our most recent find is an awesome little Mexican restaurant, and market named Dos Hermanos. This was our first time at Dos Hermanos, so we had no idea what to expect. From the street, it's the market that really stands out. When we first arrived I thought we … [Read more...]

Coffee Beanery, Holiday Coffee Sampler Variety Pack review #HolidayGiftGuide

Looking for the perfect gift for the coffee lover on your in your life? Visit Coffee Beanery for plenty of tasteful and festive gift options. We recently received the above Coffee Sampler Variety Pack from Coffee Beanery to review. With the holiday season being the busiest time of the year, that focuses mostly on kids and family parties, Coffee Beanery's flavored coffee is the perfect … [Read more...]

My 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited review #DriveHyundai

I recently spent a week driving the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited for review. My week included daily trips to the office (23 miles each way), taking the kids to a football game, and a family trip to the cider mill. Being the grandma, I am a little out of practice when it comes to lugging around a stroller, baby gear and car seat. The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited made it easy for us to take our … [Read more...]

Our Pie Five Pizza experience #PieFive

We were recently invited to experience Pie Five Pizza, at their new Southfield, Michigan location. Pie Five Pizza is a trend-setting, fast-casual concept offering individual handcrafted pizzas with fresh ingredients made-to-order and prepared in less than five minutes. Pie Five offers a nice list of specialty pizza, as well the option to totally create your own. Each pizza or salad being made … [Read more...]

Trying something new, thanks to @Restaurant_Com #ReviewCrew #sp

These are busy times for our family. Due to our active work schedules, we eat out a lot this time of year. Most of the time we tend to frequent or order from the same local restaurants. I can be a creature of habit that way. Thanks to Restaurant.com and being a part of the Review Crew, we have been trying to break this habit, and getting out to try new restaurants and foods. It's been really fun. … [Read more...]

New Fiber One Cheesecake Bars review

Cheesecake fans no longer have to fight their instincts with this guilt-free and highly requested treat. The irresistible layers of graham cracker-y goodness and creamy cheesecake are topped with one of two flavors – Strawberry or Salted Caramel. Best of all, each individually packaged bar contains only 150 calories and 20 percent of your daily value of fiber. I recently received the New Fiber … [Read more...]

Our Mother, Daughter lunch @ Lakeshore Grill (Macy’s) @Restaurant_Com #ReviewCrew #sp

Back to school time is a busy time of year. Add together eleventh grade homework, drivers training, and our sixteen year old daughter getting her first part-time job, and it becomes just plum crazy. Yet, as crazy as it has been, we still managed to fit in a nice mother/daughter shopping day at the mall that included a fancy lunch at Lakeshore Grill inside of Macy's. The perfect way to kick-off the … [Read more...]

Beat the Stains with New Stainmaster products, and save with mPerks @Meijer #spon

Having carpet and having pets (1 dog, 2 cats) in the house means we do a lot of extra cleaning. We work hard to keep our home as odor free and clean as possible. Scheduling regular carpet and furniture cleanings is nice, but it can also be costly. So, in-between cleanings, we spot clean as needed. Which is often. I recently received a bottle of New Stainmaster, Carpet Pet Stain Remover … [Read more...]

Lightspeed Outdoors Tent and Air Bed Review, plus 30% discount code

We did a lot of camping so far this year. Because our teenage daughter enjoys it as much as we do, it's really become our favorite way of spending time together as a family. There is just something about being productive, and being in the outdoors that we really enjoy. So, when we receive a delivery of boxes from Lightspeed Outdoors, the whole family gets excited. “At LightSpeed Outdoors we are … [Read more...]

Going the extra mile with the 2015 Mazda-3, Zoom! Zoom! #DriveMazda @MazdaUSA #Review

I recently spent a week driving this beauty! The 2015 Mazda-3 i Touring is a small, sporty, yet efficient 4-door vehicle that is full of surprises. My favorite, the MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment system on a 7" screen, standing up on the dash. My first impression was that it was going to be in the way or annoy me, but I was wrong on both counts. It is very easy to use, and it helped keep my eyes on … [Read more...]

Wet Ones, one of our must have products while camping #WetOnes #ad

Must have camping gear comes in big and small sizes, each equally important. When it comes to keeping our food and drinks cool, coolers are a must have. That's a give-in. When it comes to tackling messes, our must have is Wet Ones. Perfect for cleaning faces, and hands while on the campground! We also found that Wet Ones have the cleaning power to handle pretty much any of our camping surprises. … [Read more...]

Keeping snacks & drinks cold while on the go, our Igloo Maxcold Max Pack review

Igloo introduces the MaxCold® MaxPack, a backpack-style cooler with 25% more insulation, to its line of soft-sided options. Drinks and food inside stay cooler longer, while padded straps ensure comfortable carrying no matter where you go. MaxCold – 25% more foam – stays cooler longer Crushproof EVA molded top zipper compartment – fully insulated Expandable front drop pocket with mesh … [Read more...]

My Friend Cayla, a new interactive doll review & giveaway

Our granddaughter recently turned eight. She is now at that age that when she comes to visit she needs to keep busy. Becca still being a fan of dolls really helps, as does her love for technology. We recently received "My Friend Cayla" for Becca to review. Cayla is the world's first interactive doll. She thinks, reacts and plays with kids using a downloadable app. Even though the package … [Read more...]

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T , brings comfort & safety to our family camping trip

We recently put the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T to the test of a four day family camping trip. Our trip included, two adults, two teenagers, two tents, four days of clothes, and a whole lot of camping gear. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport hatch did not disappoint, as you can see, we left nothing behind. We even used the Under-Rear-Cargo-Floor Storage Compartment for smaller items. Our campground is … [Read more...]

Let the good times roll with Igloo’s Quantum 28 Quart Roller Cooler

Camping has become one of our favorite summer activities. In-fact over the past few years, I'd say we've become quit the advert campers. We go as often as possible. We now have an excellent routine for putting up and tearing down our tent, for organizing our gear, and our packing priorities are spot on. When it comes to camping, I'm all about the food, the drinks and the relaxation. But, … [Read more...]

Baby’s Got Soul creative baby clothes review & giveaway

Free product was received for the purpose of this blog post. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. All photos used are copyrighted to Fivedollarshake.net. Looking for a fun and funky gift that will stand out at any party or baby shower? Something well made, and unique, yet classy enough to not offend. Sounds hard to find, … [Read more...]

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