The 2015 @Toyota Camry XLE, is it worthy of it’s number one position? #DriveToyota #ad

I recently spent a week driving the 2015 Toyota Camry XLE for review. The Camry is America's number one selling car in it's class. I found that a little hard to believe before my review week began, but by the end of the week I was so impressed I was asking "where do I sign". Now, the point of reviewing cars is NOT to be purchasing one, but to share my honest thoughts on the vehicle's design, … [Read more...]

Say it and see it. It’s that simple, the new XFINITY X1 Voice remote #XFINITYreviewer

I can admit that I have grown into one of "those" women. I typically ask my husband to install, and set things up for me. Especially when it comes to technology. When I came home with the new XFINITY X1 voice remote I was so excited to check it out, I didn't want to wait. I pulled it out of the package and had it set up and working within minutes. It was surprisingly quick an easy. It now … [Read more...]

Celebrate Summer at Hotel Breakers Resort at Cedar Point #BloggingatCP

If your family is like ours, the summer months are made for getting outside and enjoying the sunshine. Spending time at the beach, and for taking the kids to fun places like amusement parks. For us that means planning trips to Cedar Point, located in Sandusky, Ohio. Just a two hour car ride for us. We love it! In-fact I've been going to Cedar Point (the roller coaster capital of the world) since I … [Read more...]

Going places with the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

I recently spent a week driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE. And when I say "driving", I mean driving... We drove from Detroit, Mi to Sandusky, Oh, for an overnight stay at Cedar Point, from there to Cleveland, Oh, to visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and then back home to the Detroit area. It was our roller coasters, and rocks stars road trip. It was so much fun, and we did it on only one … [Read more...]

Extremely comfortable, and luxurious, my Hyundai Sonata review

When thinking about my favorite cars, Hyundai has never been a name that comes to mind. Well, that just changed! I recently had the pleasure of driving a 2015 Hyundai Sonata for a week, and just like that - it now makes my short list of cars to consider. In-fast it not only makes my list, it just might be at the top. When it comes to vehicle reviews here on Five Dollar Shake, I pride myself on my … [Read more...]

2015 Mazda Mazda5 Grand Touring Review

I recently spent a week driving the above 2015 Mazda5 Grand Touring. It's a nice looking car, and a pretty nice ride too. Most of the vehicles I’ve reviewed over the past few years have been matched up with a family vacation or road trip of some kind. Not this time. This one I put to the test with my daily routine and my family’s busy schedule. The 2015 Mazda5 offers a high level of … [Read more...]

Stay hydrated with DripDrop #drinkdripdrop @SheSpeaksUp #spon #review

The importance of staying hydrated is nothing new in our family. Our teenage daughter struggles with Vasovagal syncope, and a major side effect of this condition is that her body has trouble absorbing sodium. Which she corrects on a daily basis with a larger in-take of salt, and by drinking a LOT of water, with electrolytes. This also makes it much easier for her to become dehydrated than most … [Read more...]

My secret to a fresh-smelling car & $25 Walmart Gift Card giveaway #FebrezeCar @SheSpeaksUp

I drive an older car, a 99 Grand Prix, and I love it. Though, I can admit that it's been a decade since my car had that nice new car smell. So, to help battle the odors that come along with age, everyday use and countless camping trips, I have secret weapon... Febreze Car Vent Clips. Don't let the size fool you - they may look small, but when it comes to eliminating odors, they sure are … [Read more...]

Movie Review – Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Heineken is, of course, a globally-known name for beer, but I didn't know before watching Kidnapping Mr. Heineken that Heineken was also an actual person. The film is based on real-life events, but unfortunately delves in to said events immediately, without giving us much backstory on either the man himself or his captors. Official synopsis: In 1983, a group of childhood friends pulled off … [Read more...]

Nerd Block, subscription box review

Nerd Block is a monthly mystery subscription box for ‘geeks’ and ‘nerds’. Each subscriber receives a box filled with toys, collectables, and a custom t-shirt every month. Cost is $13.99-$19.99 a month depending on Block preference. How it works is to visit Nerdblock.com, set up a subscription and then chose a block theme that best suits your personality and interests. There is even a … [Read more...]

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC Review

I recently spent a week driving a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC for review. The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is not only nice to look at, but a pretty nice ride too. The Outlander Sport offers a fun sporty experience, with the conveniences of a mid-size SUV. Perfect for day to day errands or small family road trips. The Outlander Sport has a 2.0-liter aluminum engine that uses … [Read more...]

We made the switch and upgraded to the Xfinity X1 Platform #XfinityReviewer

We recently upgraded to the new Xfinity X1 Platform, and I can't wait to share all of the details with you! Not just details on how we view home entertainment (though that has greatly improved), but how several features effect our budget, like adding an Xfinity house phone (yes, I said house phone) with Voice2Go has made it possible for us to cut our mobile data plan, while also adding some great … [Read more...]

New Year, New Budget! Save money with Mitsubishi

Most of us include improving our budget when listing our new years resolutions, but what if you're in the market for a new car? Well, you might want to consider the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage. The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most gas efficient non hybrid car on the market today, as well as the most affordable at around $12,995. I recently had the pleasure of driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage … [Read more...]

Poinsettia Lane Collection from ProFlowers

Did you know that more than 40% of people prefer to decorate with live flowers and plants for the holidays? I've found that having them in our living room not only adds a festive look, but gives the room a nice warm feel, and scent. Puts me a in a good mood every time! Whether you're planning to decorate your own home, or give them as a gift, ProFlowers has a beautiful Christmas Collection this … [Read more...]

Take control of your curls with the InStyler Tulip Auto Curler #Instyler #RSVPInStyler

I recently received the above three stylers from Vocalpoint to consider reviewing here on my blog. Having two daughters in the house, this was one review I had no trouble finding help with. Instyler Max 2-Way Rotating Iron With the MAX, you can create straight and sleek styles or add incredible body and volume. Wrap your hair around the rotating barrel and you can achieve beautiful soft curls … [Read more...]

New Spray Antiperspirant Deodorants @ Meijer

The holidays are such a busy time. The shopping lists and the to-do lists seem to go over for miles. Let's not forget the parties. I know our calender is pretty much full of events now, through the new year. We all like to look nice while celebrating with family and friends during the holiday season. The one thing we don't have time to think about is our deodorant failing. That can sure ruin a … [Read more...]

Winter home maintenance with Filtrete Filters #HealthierHome

Just like spring cleaning, my husband and I have a winter home maintenance routine that we like to follow every year. Things, like draining and removing our outside hose, putting our storm windows in place, swapping out our seasonal clothing, and putting in a fresh Filtrete Healthy Living furnace filter. It all helps keep our family comfortable during the cold winter months. This time of year … [Read more...]

Streaming family-friendly entertainment with Feeln, App Review & Giveaway

Feeln is a new destination for great films that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Feeln is available online, in the living room and on the go. "Founded in 2007 by Academy Award winning Producer Rob Fried, Feeln (previously SpiritClips) is a movie subscription service showing films that move, inspire and delight audiences of all ages. Subscribers enjoy a wide variety of content, including … [Read more...]

The Future of TV is here! My Xfinity™ TV GO app review #TVGO

I recently downloaded The Xfinity™ TV GO app for review. Being such a big movie and television watcher, and perfectly happy with my current watching habits (both cable and streaming online), I was curious to see if an app would enhance my viewing experience. Or would it be something I use for a minute and then disregard. XFINITY™ TV Go app: "Now you can watch live TV from on any device, … [Read more...]

Cozy Cat Furniture review, A purrrfect gift for any cat owner

I recently received a Discount Window Cat Perch with Cradle to review for our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. The perch sits 31 inches high to give cats a nice view out most windows. If you have cats, you already know this is as good as it gets in the way of entertainment for these playful pets. Our two cats, Harley and Raphael love this perch and sit, sleep and play on it … [Read more...]

Kicking off the holiday season with a Febreze inspired recipe & DIY home decor & gifts #FebrezeHoliday @SheSpeaksUp

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Walmart, SheSpeaks and Febreze. All opinions expressed and photos used are 100% honest and my own. Now that Halloween has past, I'm ready to kick off the holiday season! The holidays are my favorite time of year. Here in Michigan the winter brings a lot of sparkling white snow, and within our family - a lot of making memories. Each November I … [Read more...]

Kia Knows Power, my 2015 Kia Sorento LX V6 review

I recently spent a week with this beauty! The 2015 Kia Sorento LX V6. If you follow me on social media, you already know I have mad crazy love for Kia, but this one, wow, she stands out! Not only is this SUV a beauty to look at, offers a ton of convenient options, and amazing comfort inside - but she has the goods under the hood! Of course the 2015 Kia Sorento offers all of the … [Read more...]

French Toast Recipe, #CascadeShiningReviews #Giveaway @MyCascade #DDDivas #sponsored

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. So, last weekend I made a mess of my kitchen and I invited all of my friends over to see it! Well, not just to see the mess, but to enjoy a delicious homemade french toast brunch, along with a few Mimosas (mock … [Read more...]

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