Fun family memories with our Kayak Pool #PowerofThePool

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Thinking back to my childhood there are some fun memories that really stand out. Having a Kayak pool in our yard is definitely one of them. Enjoyed by all of our friends and family, our house was the place to be. I don't know how my sister and I didn't grow gills, we swam so much. Our parents never had to worry about where we were, because we were always in our back yard. I have great … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

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Seven things I've done over the past seven days. 01. Added another camping trip to our summer calender. 02. Found cat poop in our tub! 03. Enjoyed a fun Marvel Avengers Movie Night as a family. 04. Tried a new bran muffin recipe that turned out horrible. 05. Slept in until 10 am. This never happens. 06. Shopped for spring and summer clothes. 07. Spent a few much needed hours with one … [Read more...]

Marvel Avengers Movie Night, Meijer sponsored #giveaway

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Avengers: Age of Ultron will be assembling in theaters on May 1st. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron (James … [Read more...]

Extremely comfortable, and luxurious, my Hyundai Sonata review

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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...]

Monkey Kingdom movie review #MonkeyKingdom

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Set in the storied jungles of South Asia, “Monkey Kingdom” showcases the adventures of new mom Maya, a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey who’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South … [Read more...]

My Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens experience in celebration of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom #MonkeyKingdom

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Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure swings into theaters this Friday, April 17, 2015. Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated … [Read more...]

When you give to the March for Dimes, you help save lives

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The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to nearly half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday #XFINITYreviewer

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This week I'm listing seven ways my Xfinity X1 service made my recent trip to LA more enjoyable. 01. The Xfinity TV GO app! I had a 90 minute wait at the airport. I was able to pass the time by watching recent episodes of two of my favorite shows (Nashville, Grey's Anatomy). 02. XFINITY On Demand app (Purchases) I was able to purchase a movie on my tablet, and watch it during my … [Read more...]

Bring-Your-Own-Cup Slurpee® Day @ 7-Eleven Stores

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Bring your carafes ... beakers ... goblets ... jars ... or anything else that could even remotely be considered a cup to a 7-Eleven® store this Saturday. Then fill it up with ... Slurpee® deliciousness for only $1.49! 7-Eleven is kicking off Slurpee season on April 11 with BYO Cup Day. Slurpee-lovers are invited to bring their own cups – or containers that can be used as cups – to their … [Read more...]

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie ticket giveaway #Detroit

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Olympia Entertainment and Etico Productions once again present the children’s favorite, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, a family production that explores the tasty chain reaction set in motion when a little boy offers a cookie to a visiting mouse. This heartwarming stage adaptation, produced by Performance Network Theatre, returns for another delicious run at the City Theatre on Saturday, June … [Read more...]

Enter to Win – True Meaning of Smekday, the book that inspired HOME, & Smek for President #Smekday #Home

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The book that inspired HOME, now a major motion picture! ABOUT TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY It all starts with a school essay. When twelve-year-old Gratuity (“Tip”) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on “The True Meaning of Smekday” for the National Time Capsule contest, she’s not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

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Seven things I've done over the past seven days. 01. Filled two Easter baskets for our granddaughters. 02. Drove a new car for review. (post coming soon) 03. Felt heartbroken over the loss of two of my husband's family members. 04. Shopped for a Marvel T-shirt to wear while in LA. 05. Decided to have a quiet Easter at home just the three of us. 06. Enjoyed a day at the salon with my … [Read more...]

Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Digital Family Movie Night Giveaway #VPMovieNight

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Our recent Family Movie Night included dinner, arts & crafts and a digital copy of Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb. It was actually the second time that we've watched this movie. Only this time we had a house full of kids. It was so much fun. We all really enjoyed Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. It's one we're happy to have added to our collection. Filled with fun … [Read more...]

Bucket list with a twist charity raffle @ Pretty Lady Salon #Detroit

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I have been a customer at Pretty Lady Salon for several years. I can always count on the talented staff at Pretty Lady to take great care of my hair, and to meet all of my beauty needs. Though to be honest, the true allure of being a Pretty Lady Salon client is not just great hair and nails - it's so much more. It's knowing the salon owners Alice Barra and Tammy Pilat and their incredibly friendly … [Read more...]

Easter shopping @ Twelve Oaks Mall & A $100 Gift Card Giveaway #MyTwelveOaks

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I recently took my daughter to Twelve Oaks Mall to do our Easter shopping, and to visit their adorable Bunnyville. We had a great time! It was nice to create some fun mother/daughter memories, and be able to cross off my entire shopping list at the same time, while visiting only one location. We came home with everything we need to make this Easter, a fun and memorable holiday for the entire … [Read more...]

2015 Mazda Mazda5 Grand Touring Review

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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...]

Our favorite girl power movies & a $100 Fandango Gift card Giveaway #FandangoFamily

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Have a teenager, looking to trade the traditional princess movie for some real "girl power". Check out our list of favorites, you wont find a damsels in distress here. 01. The Hunger Games (2012) PG-13 Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

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Seven things I've done over the past seven days. 01. Blew a tire on the freeway on my way home from work. 02. Had no choice but to hit a front end after it blew off of a car in front of me, again, on the freeway. 03. Started considering a new route home that does not involve the freeway. 04. Received my travel itinerary, hotel confirmation and e-tickets to LA next month. 05. Started … [Read more...]

Buddy’s Pizza offers all-you-can eat pizza to benefit Capuchin Soup Kitchen #Detroit #Slice4Life

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What's better than all-you-can-eat pizza? All-you-can-eat-pizza for a cause! Join Buddy’s Pizza on Monday, Apr. 13 as the family-owned Detroit original celebrates its 39th annual 'Slice for Life' benefit meal in partnership with the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. all 11 Buddy's Pizza locations, will host an all-you-can-eat two-topping pizza and salad meal for patrons who … [Read more...]

Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom – New Featurette & Free Activities #MonkeyKingdom

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Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give … [Read more...]