Bon Jovi’s New Single #BecauseWeCan

I’ve been a Bon Jovi fan since high school. I remember hearing Runaway, and literally running to the record store excited to hear what else was on the album (7800° Fahrenheit). The eighties were a fun time for music and Bon Jovi was a huge part of that. With their talent for story telling and great sounding rock and roll, my friends and I just couldn’t get enough. Then came the nineties. When most of the popular music turned dark, and grungy, Bon Jovi’s release of “Keep the Faith” was like a breath of fresh air to me. A great reminder that rock and roll does not have to be dark, depressing or violent to be great. I can honestly say that Bon Jovi has continued to put out some of my favorite music through the years. “Have a Nice Day”, and “Lost Highway” are a couple of my go-to cd’s, especially while driving.


Just when I thought I couldn’t love Bon Jovi any more, they go and write a great song like this! These days with so many people facing hard times, Bon Jovi’s new single “Because We Can,” is like another breath of fresh air. Embracing optimism and reminding us all to do what we can – because we can.

Below is a lyric video of Because We Can, please take a few minutes to watch it.

I love this song! It lifts me up, and puts me in a great mood every time I hear it. For me, it’s not just another awesome Bon Jovi song (which it totally is), it’s a great reminder of what is important. After experiencing some pretty hard times over the past five years, my husband and I work hard at staying positive, at staying strong, and to keep moving forward together. At enjoying life. Why – because we can!


Are you a Bon Jovi fan? If so, and you live in the area of Columbus, OH, I have an AWESOME ticket giveaway coming later in the week that you wont want to miss.

Michigan Bloggers, Sign Up for The 2nd Annual Giveaway Hop

Michigan Bloggers! It’s that time again! Signs ups are now open for the Second Annual Made in Michigan Blog Hop, sponsored by Detroit Mom & Her Views. A Regional Specific Blog Hop. Designed to Showcase the Best Made in Michigan Companies with the rest of the Blogosphere. Hop dates are 10/24 – 11/4.

This is a FREE Event to join. All prizes (you may have multiple prizes) but all must be valued at $25 or more.

To join sign up here

Deadline to join is September 5, 2012 We also have a Facebook Group you are encouraged to join for a list of Made in Michigan Companies as well as to provide any support you may need.

The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Now On DVD & Blu-Ray! #Giveaway

The newly restored and remastered movie Yellow Submarine staring The Beatles was just released on Blu-Ray and DVD on June 5th.

“Once upon a time… or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all that was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army led by a menacing Flying Glove to destroy all that was good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with little more than their humour, songs, and of course, their yellow submarine, The Beatles tackle the rough seas ahead in an effort to bring down the evil forces of bluedom.”

My thoughts:
What feels like a series of trippy shorts, is more a product of its time. The 60′s! Yellow Submarine mixes photographs with animation in a highly unconventional way. If you haven’t seen it, it is something to see. Very different than anything I’ve seen. At one point, The Beatles are transformed into little kids and then old men. Sounds crazy? it is, but somehow it works.
Though I don’t consider myself a Beatles Fan, the music and some of the visuals sure took me back to my childhood. I found myself humming along and enjoying songs I didn’t even know I knew. I really enjoyed the special features.

Special features include: Behind-the-scenes photos, a nice documentary, the Original theatrical trailer and more including several interviews.

If you’re looking to capture some of the 60′s or to purchase a gift for any Beatles Fan, then this is definitely a purchase to consider.

I also have the pleasure to giveaway one DVD copy of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine to one lucky Five Dollar Shake reader. Simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!

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ACT OF VALOR Blog Post & #Giveaway

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The only easy day was yesterday. In the Bandito Brothers’ ACT OF VALOR, an elite military force, portrayed by active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs, carries out an impossible mission with insane courage and incredible teamwork in one of the most gripping and emotionally charged movies of the year. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operation, ACT OF VALOR features a riveting story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey.

When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all.

In ACT OF VALOR we are able to see a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs lead its troops to victory. In this feature we will take a look back at other military leaders in film who have led their men courageously, including Sergeant First Class William James (Jeremy Renner) in The Hurt Locker and Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) in Top Gun, all while giving the audience some eye-candy.


In Red Tails, Terrence Howard plays Colonel A.J. Bullard, one of the fearless leaders of the Tuskegee training program who has to fight for his pilots to be treated as equals against their White counterparts in the midst of World War II. Through the guidance of Colonel Bullard, his men are able to participate in several successful operations, including escorting bomber crews without any major casualties. The triumph of his men in their missions allowed Colonel Bullard to negotiate for his team to receive new planes instead of flying the worn-out aircrafts they were previously provided with.


Sergeant First Class William James, played by Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker, is a war veteran who arrives as the new team lealer is the US Army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit during the war in Iraq. His main responsibilities lie in detonating bombs and disarming improvised explosive devices, otherwise known as IEDs. Though his maverick methods and attitude clashes with those of his team members, James never leaves his team behind, including when one of them gets captured by the enemies.


In one of his more famous roles in his career, Tom Cruise plays Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun, a young Naval aviator who gets sent to an elite US flying school, called Top Gun, for advanced fighter pilots but his reckless attitude annoys and impresses his instructors, one of whom he starts a relationship with. When one of Maverick’s friend dies during a flight, Maverick becomes affected by it and he decides to return back to Top Gun after completing his program to become an instructor.


Directed by Michael Bay, Pearl Harbor stars Ben Affleck as Captain Rafe McCawley who along with his best friend, Danny Walker (played by Josh Hartnett) joins the US Army Air Corps. In the midst of the second World War, McCawley volunteers to serve with the Royal Air Force’s Eagle Squadroms in England where his plane eventually gets shot down and his team presumes he is killed in action. McCawley’s unexpected return forces him to realize that everything has changed while he was away – his best friend Danny is now dating his once-girlfriend and Japan has just bombed Pearl Harbor – bringing the US directly into the war.


Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford’s best selling autobiographical book, Jarhead tells the story of Swofford’s pre-Desert Storm experience. Swofford enlisted with the Marines in the late 1980s, going through boot camp where he was trained to become a sniper. Swofford and his peers gets sent to Saudi Arabia in the front lines of battle under the heat of the blazing sun where their enemy can’t always be seen and combat only happens every so often against hours of sheer boredom.

Two Five Dollar Shake readers will win a copy of Act Of Valor on DVD! Enter to win by simply using the widget below. Winners will be chosen and contacted by email on May 30, 2012. Plenty of time for Father’s Day!

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Wainy Days Seasons 1-4 on DVD Giveaway

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WAINY DAYS SEASONS 1-4 on DVD, XBOX and Playstation 2/14!

Bonus Material (featuring never before seen material):

  • Outtakes
  • Makeout Megamix
  • Season 4 promo
  • WD Live script reading
  • Garfunkel & Oates Sing ‘David Wain Is Sexy’
  • Audio commentaries
  • DW shorts-

Aisle Six
Real World (Citibank)


From the creative mind that brought you Role Models, Wanderlust, The State and Wet Hot American Summer comes Wainy Days, the award winning series about David Wain’s (slightly) fictionalized adventures looking for love in New York City. Each episode follows the rise and fall of another almost relationship, with absurd twists and turns and a slew of guest stars, including: Elizabeth Banks, Lake Bell, Julie Bowen, Saffron Burrows, Rob Corddry, Rashida Jones, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Amanda Peet, Elizabeth Reaser, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis.

All of this funny available on DVD February 14th!

You can pre-order Wainy Days Seasons 1-4 on Amazon now. You can also enter to win it here on my blog! Simply use the widget below.

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SpongeBob Surf & Skate Roadtrip Giveaway “Hint” Image

Just in time for holiday gift-giving, SpongeBob’s Surf & Skate Roadtrip is now available for XBox Kinect ($49.95) & Nintendo DS ($29.95).

Just a reminder that one Five Dollar Shake reader will win a free copy of SpongeBob Surf & Skate Roadtrip for the Nintendo DS !!

Enter by viewing the SpongeBob Surf & Skate Roadtrip game trailer (posted on giveaway entry) and submitting the number of times you spot a SpongeBob silhouette during the entire trailer.

As an added bonus, I’m providing a “hint” image identifying one location complete with time-code to start you out!

Think you can you find them all? Visit the giveaway post here and give it your best shot! Hurry, this giveaway ends December 10Th !