Bookstock Used Book and Media Sale #BookstockMI

Bookstock’s back at Livonia’s Laurel Park Place, offering incredible deals on used books and media. Bargains abound at Bookstock, metro Detroit’s biggest and best used book and media sale where all proceeds benefit literacy and education projects in metropolitan Detroit.

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As much as I love movies, I also enjoy reading. It’s something I share with my entire family. Sometimes, there is just nothing more relaxing than curling up with a good book, and getting lost in then story. Yet, books don’t also come cheap. So, I’m super excited to share about Bookstock! A local event to help families enjoy books, and other media at awesome bargain prices.

WHAT IS BOOKSTOCK?
Bookstock is an annual, non-profit used book and media sale. It is a highly visible event with thousands of shoppers. All merchandise sold comes from donations and all workers and organizers are volunteers. Proceeds from the sale, after deducting expenses, are donated to non-profit organizations. Merchandise remaining after the sale is donated to area non-profit organizations and schools.

Thousands of Pre-sorted books and merchandise!

  • Current fiction
  • Non Fiction
  • Books on tape
  • Children’s books
  • Cookbooks
  • CD’s
  • DVD’s

WHEN AND WHERE DOES BOOKSTOCK TAKE PLACE?
Bookstock takes place April 27-May 4, 2014 at Laurel Park Place in Livonia, Michigan.
On Sunday, April 27, 8:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m., there is a Pre-Sale for which there is a $20 entrance fee. After that, admission is free.
Hours are 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on both Sundays.

WHAT BENEFITS DOES BOOKSTOCK GENERATE?
Bookstock benefits the entire community by recycling gently used books and media and then offering them for sale at value prices. Most books and media range in price from $1-$4, although there are “special selections” (more valuable books) at various price points.

In 12 years, Bookstock has donated just shy of $1,000,000 to non-profit organizations in Detroit and the metro area, including those comprising its coalition. Additionally, Bookstock donates large quantities of unsold books to other non-profit organizations and schools. For example, the Salvation Army receives the bulk of the remaining books and media. Bookstock also underwrites a scholarship at the Wayne State University School of Library Science and supports the Bookstock Fund, a literacy fund that provides micro-grants to enhance literacy and learning in Detroit and the metro area.

WHAT ADDITIONAL SPECIAL EVENTS DOES BOOKSTOCK OFFER?

  • Bookstock’s Monday Madness, Monday, April 28, all day: Each purchaser receives an envelope with varying prizes. Prizes are randomly varied in each envelope but a single envelope could include gift cards, coupons and/or a giveaway.
  • Teacher Appreciation Night, Tuesday, April 29, 3:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.: Teachers with valid i.d.’s receive a 50% discount.
  • Bookstock B.E.S.T. Award, Tuesday, April 29, 5:00 p.m.: The B.E.S.T. Award is given to the winners of a contest open to fourth grade students in the Detroit Public Schools based on submission of a one page essay about their favorite books. Five students, their teachers, and their schools all receive monetary awards.
  • Booksbuster Sale, Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1, 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.: For every three items purchased, a fourth one may be gotten for free (it must be the least expensive of the four chosen).
  • Half-Price Sale, Sunday, May 4, all day: All books and media are half price.

This is an incredible event for the entire community!

For more information about Bookstook, call the Bookstock hotline (248) 645-7840, ext. 365 or visit www.bookstock.info. You can also follow along on Facebook. Laurel Park Place is located on 6 Mile Road east of I-275 in Livonia.

I was selected for this sponsored post by Hay There Social Media. All opinions expressed are my own.

Deal Alert! Movies & Music Gift Cards

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Stop in your local Rite-Aid location for a couple of great entertainment gift card deals!

AMC Theatres Gift Card $25
Get $5 +Up Reward (limit 2 offers)
Final Cost $20!

iTunes Gift Card $30
Use the $5/1 In-Ad Coupon
Final Cost $25!

Offers are valid through 4/12/14.

Target Pharmacy Makes My Life Easier #TargetSponsored

I’m a Target shopper, have been for years. It’s my go to store to purchase household items, gifts, and even groceries. I’m happy to share that Target is now my family pharmacy. Being a working mom, my time is often limited, so I appreciate being able to cross so many things of my to-do list with one stop at Target.

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Here are some examples of how Target Pharmacy makes my life easier:

Flip the Script
You can transfer to a Target Pharmacy in-store, online or from your phone.

Text Alerts
Get a text as soon as your prescription is ready.

$4 Generics

Brand-name equivalent prescriptions are available for less.

Prevention/Vaccines
No appointments required to get the shots you need.

PetRx
Target Pharmacy stocks many pet prescriptions!

Pharmacy Rewards
Enjoy 5% off a day of Target shopping after filling five eligible prescriptions. Access online tools to track your progress and view rewards. You can even add other people to your account to accrue rewards faster.

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I recently transferred and filled our daughter’s monthly prescription to our local Target Pharmacy. I did it using my cell phone, and it was super easy! The script was ready for me in less than thirty minutes. Which was plenty of time for me to walk through the store and shop for the things on my list. The pharmacy tech was pleasant, efficient, and took the time to ask me if I had any questions. I didn’t this time, but it’s sure nice to know that in the future, I have someone willing to take the time if and when I do have questions.

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Are you a Target shopper?

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All opinions expressed and photos used are honest and my own.

New Blu-ray & DVD Coupons

Something for everyone on your list, adults, kids and babies.

$5.00 off MAD MEN Season 1-6 on DVD or Blu-Ray $5.00 off any Nurse Jackie DVD or Blu-Ray

$2.00 off When you purchase The Sandlot On Blu-Ray $2.00 off Diary Of A Wimpy Kid On Blu-Ray

$3.00 off any Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party dvd $2.00 off LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures Movie

Retail Coupon Round Up!

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Aeropostale – $10 off $40 Expires 2/23/14

Carter’s – Facebook coupon 15% – 20% off purchase Expires 2/24/14

Children’s Place – 20% off purchase Expires 2/24/14

Lane Bryant – Text LBTXT to 23705 for $10 off purchase !

P.S. from Aeropostale – $10 off $50 Expires 2/23/14

Party City – $10 off $50 Expires 2/28/14

Sherwin-Williams – $10 off $50 Expires 2/28/14

Yankee Candle – B2-G1 Free Candle Expires 2/23/14

Deal Alert! Highly Rated Star Trek Two-Disc Edition Only $3.79

Attention Star Trek fans! Right now on Amazon, you can score Star Trek (Two-Disc Edition) for only $3.79 (regularly $34.98)!

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Staring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Leonard Nimoy, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Bruce Greenwood, and more…

The greatest adventure of all time begins with Star Trek, the incredible story of a young crew’s maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind.

J.J. Abrams’ 2009 feature film was billed as “not your father’s Star Trek,” but your father will probably love it anyway. Making this one a great gift for any trekkie!

Flowers: A Timeless Gift for Timeless Relationships

It’s not every day that you find a relationship that stands the test of time. Whether you just met the love of your life or are celebrating a gold anniversary, this person is the one you have chosen for a lifetime and they should feel your love and devotion. One of the most significant ways you can show this affection is by sending the gift of flowers. You can choose from a solitary rose or a full floral bouquet with all the bells and whistles and either one will be of significant value to your partner. The mere thought you put into the flowers speaks volumes for how you feel about that person and the desire you have to please them; moreover, flowers don’t cost a fortune, plus there are lots of flowers coupons available that can save you some money that you can use to buy some kind of gift to go along with that bouquet.

Types of Flowers convey a Variety of Meanings
Have you ever been given a certain color of roses and looked up their meaning? Most people have wondered about the various meanings behind flowers and this timeless gift can convey a lifetime of words with only a simple petal or color. From red roses meaning passionate love to the Gerbera daisy meaning patience and loyal love, each flower chosen in a bouquet can be the symbol for something deeper.
Here are some of the most common flowers and their meanings:

  • Orchids: symbols of a rare beauty to make a lasting impression on the recipient
  • Tulips: trust in the relationship or even in a friendship
  • Yellow roses: a valued friendship
  • White roses: purity in love
  • Hydrangeas: compassion and sympathy
  • Carnations: fascination and playfulness

After reading the list, can you notice where you’ve seen these various flowers in the past? For example, if you have attended a wedding recently, you may have seen arrangements of white roses with bright carnations or daisies to symbolize the gift of pure love with fun and innocence. Or maybe you’ve attended a funeral in the past and saw hydrangeas on display around the memorial site and didn’t understand exactly why they were chosen, but now you do. They are the universal flower for grief and sympathy. Now that you know some of the meanings of these flowers, your next bouquet could be the perfect symbol for a timeless relationship.
If you are looking to make an occasion extra special and instead of gifting a single bouquet, you would rather wish to send across a whole bunch of different kinds of flowers to your loved one, you can make use of the very same flower coupons that we talked about at the beginning and buy double the flowers with the same kind of money; considering the money that you are going to save on your purchase.

Flowers make People Smile
Giving the gift of a flower to anyone in your life shows your desire to make them smile. Not only will a flower brighten their day but it can bring life to a dull situation. In the past, flowers may have been given to significant others and while it is always a gift sure to please your partner, are there others in your life that would enjoy knowing your feelings for them? From a co-worker who picked up your slack during a difficult time to your sister-in-law who helped organize a family holiday gathering, these are timeless relationships in your life that should be acknowledged. Who doesn’t appreciate being noticed and recognized for their work and dedication? Now that you know the timeless symbols that flowers can represent, you may want to send that best friend of yours a dozen yellow roses to say thanks for being a great pal through all these years.

The Surprise Effect
Imagine opening your front door or walking to your office cubicle and seeing a stunning bouquet of fresh flowers waiting for you. The mere surprise would be enough to make you smile and even laugh in delight but when you stop to look at the flowers and the thought behind them, your heart will be touched. Timeless relationships deserve the thought and care represented by a unique bouquet of the timeless gift of flowers. They are the perfect way to show just how much you care, even when you’re hundreds of miles away.

Family Dollar Holidazzles with Home Décor

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More than 65 percent of consumers aim to spend $50 or less when shopping for holiday decorations, according to a national survey conducted by Family Dollar. From trees and lights, to wreathes, wrapping paper and bows, Family Dollar offers seasonal décor at an affordable price every single day this holiday season.

Family Dollar can help you spread holiday cheer without breaking the bank with artificial Christmas trees for less than $35 and holiday décor and wrapping materials for under $15.

In addition to low prices every day, Family Dollar is offering Daily Deals on a variety of items throughout the holidays. Shoppers can view these deals on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit www.familydollar.com/DailyDeals.

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Of course I can’t share all of the deals currently found at Family Dollar, but check-out these holiday prices that are sure to make your decorating more affordable!

Trim the Tree

  • 6’ White or Green Artificial Tree, $25
  • 4’ Green Artificial Tree, $12
  • 10-piece Shatterproof Ball Ornaments, $3

Several color combinations available

  • Angel and Star Shatterproof Tree Ornaments, $3/each

Variety of holiday-themed shapes and colors

  • 6-piece set of Handcrafted Glass Tree Ornaments, $5

Several color combinations available

  • 14-piece set of Shatterproof Glitter Tree Ornaments, $3

Several color combinations available

Top Your Tables

  • Interior by Design Candle Votives,$5
  • 6 ft. Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree, $35
  • Glade Holiday Candles, $3

   Variety of scents

  • Family Dollar Holiday Candles, $5

Variety of scents

  • Nutcracker, $6

Deck the Halls and Line the Lawn

  • Decorative White Tree Branches with Clear Lights, $10

4-pack; for outdoor use

  • LED Color Changing Metal Lawn Lanterns, $10

3-pack; Tree and star metal cut-outs

  • Strand of Clear White Light, $8

18-ft. strand with 200 count lights; for indoor/outdoor use

  •   Strand of Multi-Color Lights, $10

28-ft. strand with 105 motion-sensor lights; for indoor/outdoor use

  •   LED Holiday Solar Light Stakes, $3

2-pack; includes rechargeable batteries

  •   15-ft.-wide Curly Tinsel Garland, $3
  •     Large Glitter Bows, $1 each

Family Dollar has more than 8,000 stores across 46 states. To find a store near you, please visit http://www.familydollar.com/pages/store-locator.aspx.

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About Family Dollar
For more than 50 years, Family Dollar has been providing value and convenience to customers in easy-to-shop, neighborhood locations. Family Dollar’s mix of name brands, and quality, private brand merchandise appeals to shoppers in more than 8,000 stores in rural and urban settings across 46 states. Helping families save on the items they need with everyday low prices creates a strong bond with customers who refer to their neighborhood store as “my Family Dollar.” Headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte, Family Dollar is a Fortune 300, publicly held company with common stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FDO.

FTC Disclosure: Free product is being received for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions are still honest and my own. This blog post contains no affiliate links.

Find&Save Black Friday Shopping

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Find&Save is your window to local savings. Find&Save makes discovery shopping engaging, fun and social for you, wherever you are and however you shop – mobile, web or tablet.

Attention shoppers! Black Friday is just around the corner!

If you are like me, the best place to shop Black Friday deals, is at home! I love shopping after hours, in the comfort of my home, and not dealing with crowds.

Looks like I’m not alone -

The 2013 Find&Save Black Friday Shopping Survey shows how, when and why people shop. Click the below Infographic and compare Night Owl vs. Early Bird Shoppers!

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Night Owl vs. Early Bird Black Friday Shoppers

The Find&Save survey compared the results of two different types of Black Friday shoppers: the “Night Owls” – Black Friday shoppers leaving their house before 5:00 AM, and the “Early Birds” – Black Friday shoppers leaving their house after 5:00 AM.

  • The Night Owl shoppers are likely to get most of their holiday shopping completed – 63 percent typically complete more than half of their shopping on Black Friday, compared to 42 percent among the Early Bird shoppers leaving after 5 AM.
  • Overall, 53 percent of the Night Owls and 38 percent of the Early Birds said they “love it” when asked how they felt about Black Friday sales starting early on Thursday evening and extending through Sunday.
  • About 75 percent of Night Owls are shopping for electronics, compared to 60 percent of the Early Bird shoppers.
  • While both sets of shoppers are primarily interested in finding a great deal, 40 percent of the Night Owls said they enjoy the competition, vs. 24 percent of the Early Bird shoppers.

Which one you are you? A Night Owl, or Early Bird shopper? Or, Not a Black Friday Shopper at all?

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Movie Review – Escape from Planet Earth

Escape from Planet Earth is the animated tale of the hero Scorch Supernova who enjoys exploring neighboring planets and makes discoveries for his people, a blue alien race from the planet Baab. After he had rescued several kidnapped children, he was widely regarded throughout the planet. Scorch then decides to venture to the ‘Dark Planet’, planet Earth, on yet another exciting exploration in response to an apparent call for help. Unfortunately, he finds himself caught up in the trap of an evil and vengeful General Shanker after his arrival and finds himself in Area 51 with other captured aliens. It is then up to Scorch’s nerdy, rule loving brother Gary to come to his rescue. Now Available on DirecTV On Demand. If you haven’t signed up for DirecTV visit http://www.SaveOnTVDirect.com for special deals on packages and signing up.

Characters

The Canadian flick starred several famous actors and actresses.

Scorch Supernova, the adventurous hero who finds himself trapped on Earth, was the voice of Brenden Fraser.
Gary Supernova, the nerdy brother who is forced to go on a rescue mission for his brother was played by Rob Corddry.
Kip Supernova, the son of Gary Supernova, was played by the young Jonathan Morgan Heit.
Kira Supernova, the wife of Gary Supernova, was played by Sarah Jessica Parker.
Lena, the head of the organization Scorch works for, known as BASA, was played by Jessica Alba.
General Shanker, the evil and vengeful captor of Scorch, was played by William Shatner.

**SPOILER ALERT**

When the Supernova family back on Baab realizes that Scorch has been captured, Gary’s young son Kip becomes determined to and rescue his uncle, Gary discourages him and the boy leaves very upset. When Gary goes to try and talk to his son he finds that Kip has snuck out to try and launch a rescue mission. Gary manages to stop him just in time, but realizes that he needs to go in his place to rescue his brother.

After arriving on Earth, Gary finds himself face to face with General Shanker. He discovers that Shanker is so evil because when he was younger three aliens had accidently killed his father. For his revenge, he is determined to destroy all the alien planets with a laser built by the other captured aliens.

It is also revealed that Lena, the head of Scorch’s organization of BASA, is in fact an ally of Shanker and believes herself to be in love with him. She is sending him blutonium, a power source. Scorch works to rig the blutonium to destroy the laser the aliens had built. Back on BASA, Kip and Kira manage to subdue Lena. Scorch and Gary escape from Area 51 and find Scorch’s ship and make their way back home.

Reviews

The movie did not fare too well with critics, who were mostly disappointed with the script but noted that the acting was relatively strong. Reviewers did note a few laughs that were thrown in, but said that most adults would find the movie too drawn out. Some did find the movie mildly entertaining, especially for the younger audience that the movie was intended.

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