Hurry, get to the Point! Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends is here! #BloggingatCP #Halloweekends

I’ve been going to Cedar Point for as long as I can remember. I’ve made some great memories being in the park with my family as a kid, with friends as a teen and over the last two decades with my girls, as a mom. If you know me offline or follow my social media updates closely, this is not news to you. From birthdays, summer celebrations, even a honeymoon – Cedar Point is our family’s go-to place for fun! Over the past few years my favorite time to visit the Point is now, during HalloWeekends!

HalloWeekends is when Halloween takes over Cedar Point, this year from September 12, through Saturday November 1. The thrills of the biggest and best coasters combine with spooky chills and monstrous fun. It’s a fun, family-friendly event during the day. Kids will love the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration parade (every weekend @5PM). BUT at night, look out as scary witches, zombies, skeletons, clowns and dead cowboys take over the place.


I’m not very brave, so I usually sit out on haunted houses, but the new Hexed haunted house was calling my name. That and I had my BFF to hold my hand. It definitely scared me, but I had a lot of fun as we walked through the dark, twisted house of witches. After 10PM may be too intense for anyone under the age of 13. Or even for a scarey-cat like me! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, then you might have seen my plea for help, as I sat trapped in the wooden tavern, listening to the screams, looking out into the red lit street, too scared to come out. Even though we all know it’s scenarios like this that kill off the weak in a horror movie – rest assured that I made it out and back to the “safe zone”, Camp Snoopy all in one piece. It’s all in good scary fun!


Cedar Point goes full force when it comes to celebrating Halloween! Packed with fun coasters and rides, Halloween family fun all day, and frightfully scary at night, HalloWeekends is Cedar point in it’s prime.


Open Friday nights from 6 to 11 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to midnight; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Purchase your tickets online or at the gate.

You never know, you just might meet your new best friend. Who needs a horse with a heartbeat?


I was provided with free park tickets as part of my on going relationship with Cedar Point. I was not asked to write a positive review. All photos used and opinions expressed are my own and honest. Cedar Point is honestly one of my family’s favorite places on earth.

Summer Wedding Memories with Papyrus & Meijer #Giveaway

I love summer and fall here in Michigan. We do our best to spend it outside, making as many fun memories as we can each year. Camping, swimming, family barbeques. There is also nothing better than a wedding. Committing to a life together in-front of all of your family and friends while celebrating the beautiful seasons is an amazing experience.

We were married during the winter. But, we’ve attended several summer weddings, and post-summer weddings that really stand out in my memory. One family member was married at the lake, under beautiful tress that were full of fall colors.

Now that we are post-summer wedding season the Meijer home department has partnered with Papyrus to offer an amazing in-store deal and a fabulous giveaway for one Five Dollar Shake reader.

About Papyrus

Papyrus believes that life is a celebration!
Their fabulous selection of greeting cards, custom invitations, stationery, gift wrap & more are perfect for any occasion.

The Deal

From today through September 20, Meijer shoppers can instantly score $15 off their order when spending $10 on Papyrus and $50 in the home department!

The Giveaway

One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will this fun gift basket from Papyrus, and the Meijer home department.


Basket includes:

  • Papyrus cards
  • Yankee Candle large jar candle in Pumpkin Spice
  • Bloom or Eco dry bath towel and hand towel
  • Cooking with Calphalon nonstick Panini pan and press
  • Serrated edge turner spatula

Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. One winner will be contacted by email on October 10th. Winner must be 18+ and live within the U.S. No PO Boxes.

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FTC Disclosure: Free products and gift card were received as a thank you for this blog post. Meijer to handle all prizing.

Starbucks Fall Blend Review #FallBlend @Starbucks #coffeeathome

When I think of fall, I think of leaves changing, pumpkin picking, crisp cool weather, enjoying warm fall comfort foods,and desserts, with a cup hot flavorful coffee. Oh, and lot’s of family evenings by our little back yard fire-pit. Those are the best!


I recently received the below gift package from Starbucks to review their new limited edition Fall Blend of coffee.


This blend is layered and full-bodied, a medium roast that creates a cup that’s hearty and refined. Made of fresh spice notes, coffees from Kenya to add citrusy brightness as well as beans from Peru that offer balance and a subtle nuttiness – it’s the perfect segue into the brisk days of fall

Bringing me right back to all of the things I love about fall. Starbucks Fall Blend pairs perfectly with hearty comfort foods and fall desserts of the season – like pumpkin pie or bread! Yum!

Starbucks Fall Blend is a great way to ease into the back-to-school morning routine. Enjoying a cup of Starbucks in the midst of getting kids out the door, and to school on-time is often the closest this mom get’s to any “me time” on a weekday. It’s also a great eye opener in the morning. Helping me wake up, and bring my all, which is a great thing, because some of those unplanned moments while getting ready for school have been my favorites. I wouldn’t trade them for anything.


Starbucks Fall Blend is one of our favorites. The aroma is heaven as it brews.

Share your favorite fall moments on Twitter! Use the hashtag #FallBlend and don’t forget to follow and tag Starbucks @Starbucks!

Fall Blend is one of three limited-time only, new seasonal blends that Starbucks offers. Available exclusively at major grocery stores for $8.99 per 10 oz. package, now through the fall season.

FTC Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions and photos used are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced to write favorable review. This blog post contains no affiliate links.

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I’ve done over the past seven days.


1. Was upset to hear that A&E canceled the series Longmire.
2. Signed an excited new contract for blogging.
3. Ordered two new books from Barns & Noble.
4. Spent a fun evening shopping with my teenage daughter.
5. Had my hair done. Trying really hard to grow it out.
6. Went to opening weekend of HalloWeekends at Cedar Point. (blog post coming soon)
7. Got home from Cedar Point at 3am, and then slept in past 10.

How about you, how was your week?

Just in-time for fall, Febreze Home Harvest Collection Review @Walmart @SheSpeaksUp #FebrezeFall

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.

Fall is by far my favorite season. Here in Michigan fall brings crisp, cooler temps, and a lot of beautiful color change. Each year I look forward to celebrating the delicious rich flavors and scents associated with fall, like pumpkin, vanilla and spices – I just love them.

I recently received this scentspiration box filled with various fall activities, recipes, home décor ideas, and several products from the limited edition Febreze Home Harvest Collection.


Living in a house with kids, and several pets, I have been a regular user of Febreze products for quit some time. I love the way it works. Febreze doesn’t cover up odors, it actually eliminates them and replaces them with some of my favorite scents. Like Toasted Almonds, Vanilla Latte, and Autumn Harvest.


The Febreze NOTICEable Dual Scented Oil Warmer does a great job at eliminating pet odor. We have one plugged in near our dog’s bed, and another in the room where the cat box located. Febreze makes all the diffidence! The warmers work for such a long time, that I often forget to replace them. Until, I walk into a room and smell the unwanted odor. So, I tend to keep one or two refills on hand. I can’t wait to stock up with these limited edition fall scents.

New to me is the Febreze Car Vent Clip that was included in this box. It attached easily and acted instantly on hard to rid of pet odor in my car. Replaced it with the nice fall aroma of Toasted Almonds. I love it! Moving forward, I honestly do not see myself going without one.


I can’t wait to really dig into this fall inspirational box! It’s packed with fall recipes (Hello- Oven S’mores), fall activities for the whole family, and even crafty home décor ideas. Each a great way to celebrate my love for the season.


The limited edition Febreze Harvest Collection can be found at your local Walmart.

Be sure to follow Febreze on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks to Febreze Harvest Collection for not only eliminated odors, but for adding that fall festive touch to our home that we enjoy.

Have you ever used Febreze to add an extra festive touch to your home?

Back to School snacks & sandwiches with Boar’s Head

With the kids back to school, anytime is a great time for delicious sandwiches and snacks with Boar’s Head products.

Easy ham roll-ups (made with low sodium Boar’s Head Deli Sliced Ham), along with fresh fruit and veggies make for a perfect after school/ study snack. It not only taste great, but it gives our teenage daughter a balance of energy and brain power that she needs to get through the school week.


About Boar’s Head:
“Since 1905, Boar’s Head has been a family business. In the beginning we had a very simple idea: Make the finest cold cuts possible. Nothing less. More than a century later, we remain committed to continuously improving our time-honored processes so that we can meet the unwavering standards of quality and service that our customers have come to expect – and deserve.”

All of Boar’s Head premium products contain no fillers, no by-products, no artificial colors or flavors, no gluten, and zero grams of trans fat per serving. So, it’s no surprise to us, that Boar’s Head is our family’s first choice when it comes to sandwiches.


and we LOVE sandwiches! Knowing that sliced meats are not always made of the best ingredients, my husband and I try to stick with a healthy, lower sodium option whenever available.

Boar’s Head makes that easy by offering a nice varity. Bologna, Black forrest ham, Oven roasted beef, Oven roasted turkey to name a few of the meats. They also offer a nice selection of cheeses such as Swiss, Muenster, Lacey Swiss, American and more. See a complete list on their website.

When shopping – I always ask for Boar’s Head by name. You can really taste the difference.

One of our favorite ways to enjoy Boar’s Head in is Ovengold® Turkey Slaw Sliders!

Ovengold® Turkey Slaw Sliders!

“Enjoy the perfect combination of sweet and savory with coleslaw and Boar’s Head Fiery Chipotle Gourmaise™ deliciously layered on our Ovengold® Turkey, then crowned with a pretzel bun.”

Visit the Boar’s Head website for this, and a variety of other great recipes.

Do you have a favorite sandwich recipe? Try it next time with Boar’s Head, available at your local butcher/ deli and where perineum fine meats are sold.

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Be sure to follow Boar’s Head on Facebook, Twitter and Twitter!

FTC Disclosure: Free product/ payment was received in exchange for this blog post. I was nto asked or influenced to writ e a positive review. Photos used are my own. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Save more @ Meijer with New mPerks Personalized Rewards

Woo-hoo! Meijer just announced an even easier way to save using the new mPerks Personalized Rewards !


The new mPerks Personalized Rewards update includes:

  •  Rolling start dates which give customers four weeks to earn after they clip their reward
  •  Ability to earn towards any or all rewards at the same time
  •  No more waiting until the next month—when customers complete a reward, they can start a new one

Once a reward is earned and clipped, they will be located in a new earned rewards section of the site that will make it easy to keep track of all the great reward savings. I LOVE this! I don’t know about you, but once I’m in the store, I always have trouble remembering what I clipped.


No more waiting! Once you complete the personalized reward, you can start earning another one. This is also a great change! Faster rewards equal more savings for me.

All updates will be available at and on the Meijer mobile app. The app can be downloaded for free in the iTunes App Store and in the Google Play Android app store. If you already have the app, be sure to download the update to gain access to mPerks Rewards 2.0.

FTC Disclosure: Information was provided as part of an ongoing relationship in which free products and compensation are often received. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

The Maze Runner featurette & prize pack giveaway #MazeRunner

A couple of weeks ago I shared the trailer for The Maze Runner, in theaters September 19th. This week I have a fun featurette and giveaway to share with my readers.

Meet the Gladers

About the film:
When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

Rated: PG-13
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee
Directed By: Wes Ball
Produced By: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen

Get Social with The Maze Runner!

Visit the Official Website
Like ‘The Maze Runner’ on Facebook
Follow @MazeRunnerMovie on Twitter
Follow on Google+, Instagram, YouTube

The Maze Runner will be in theaters September 19th.

Enter to win!

One Five Dollar Shake reader will win a The Maze Runner prize pack.


Prize Pack courtesy of 20th Century Fox includes:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • Copy of the book (movie tie-in cover)
  • Money Maze

Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on October 1st. Winner must be 18+ and live within the U.S. No PO boxes please.

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FTC Disclosure: Information was provided as part of an ongoing relationship in which free products and compensation are often received. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. Sponsor to handle all prizing.

Oprah’s ‘The Life You Want’ Weekend Ticket Giveaway #Detroit

“Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend,” a transformational weekend featuring Oprah Winfrey and a team of special guests, sponsored by Olay and Toyota, is coming to The Palace of Auburn Hills THIS weekend!

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“All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to live it.”

On Friday night, Oprah will take the stage, bringing her personal story and insights to life in a one of a kind intimate evening. Then on Saturday, Oprah will lead a day-long gathering of thousands with handpicked thought leaders and pop culture icons including Iyanla Vanzant, star of OWN’s hit series Iyanla Fix My Life, regular O Magazine contributor and best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert.

Tickets start at $99 and are on sale now Your ticket includes entry to both sessions: 7-9 pm on Friday and 9 am – 5:30 pm on Saturday.

You also have the chance to win FREE tickets here on Five Dollar Shake!

Enter to win 2 tickets to Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend at The Palace of Auburn Hills, September 12-13, 2014 by leaving a positive comment on this blog post.

Want extra entries? Of course you do!
Keep commenting! You’ll receive one extra entry for every relevant comment you leave. You can leave them on any other Five Dollar Shake blog post, or Facebook update. Just remember to return here and leave a comment on this blog post saying where you commented.

Hurry! This giveaway ends Thursday September 11th!

Visit for complete tour details.

FTC Disclosure: This information and giveaway is being shared as part of an on going relationship with The Palace of Auburn Hills in which free event passes or products are received. All opinions expressed remain my own and honest. This post contains no affiliate links.

Lightspeed Outdoors Tent Review, Screen House & Outdoor Blanket Giveaway

When we go camping it’s all about family, enjoying the outdoors, and well for me, the food. There is nothing like Aunt Luann’s campfire peach cobbler. Yum! Every summer my husband’s family schedules a week of camping. Filled with swimming, canoeing, and late nights by the campfire. Some relatives stay the entire week, while others come and go. It’s a great time!


This year instead of renting a cabin across the park, we enjoyed staying on the campsite with everyone else, in our new three room Compound 8 Tent from Lightspeed Outdoors. Sent to us for review here on my blog. Before leaving for a week, we of-course did a trial run of the tent in our backyard. The Lightspeed Outdoors compression hub system really makes it easy. My husband had the tent up in no time.

“At LightSpeed Outdoors we are committed to making the outdoors easy so you can spend less time hassling with your gear and more time enjoying life.”


With the highest point being 7 ft tall, this tent is huge. The three rooms divided by zippered walls, and the covered front porch gave us all the space we needed to stay the entire week with our family. Each room features wide, zippered, screened windows and built-in storage pockets. Plenty of room for us, even for dog Roxy! A fun home, away from home.


Before settling in for the week we decided to spray the tent to repel bugs and rain. Boy did it rain! The rain flap over the tent, and double covered seems did a great job keeping us dry, but the lose design of the outside window cover aloud for some condensation over the head of our bed. Disappointing, but nothing a little Velcro wont fix for next year.


We’ve camped in the Compound 8 tent three times so far and loved it. We’re also enjoying a Lightspeed Outdoors Screen House. Whether we’re on a campground or enjoying family time in our backyard, the added bug protection of the screen house let’s us eat, talk and play board games longer into the night. It’s Lightspeed Outdoors compression hub system allows for ultra quick set up and tear down and easy to carry case let’s us take it anywhere.


To add to our camping experience the generous people at Lightspeed Outdoors also sent us one of their Outdoor Blankets.


The Lightspeed Outdoors Outdoor Blanket was designed for any family occasion. Made of 3-layers, this outdoor blanket is awesome. The first layer is a heavy yet spongy material that insulates the middle cushion layer from wet and hard ground. A top layer of soft, water repellent polyester brings it all together. This blanket has been a big hit with our family, especially Roxy.

You can purchase the Compound 8 tent, Screen House, and Outdoor Blanket, as well as a variety of other quality LightSpeed Outdoors products on their website. You can also shop LightSpeed Outdoors products at select retailers nationwide.

Follow LightSpeed Outdoors on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Enter to win!
One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win a Screen House, and an Outdoor Blanket from Lightspeed Outdoors. Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on September 26th. Winner must be 18+ and living in the U.S.

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FTC Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of social media promotion, this and future blog posts. I was not asked or influenced to share a positive review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. All photos used are my own. Lightspeed Outdoors is responsible for all prizing.