HoneyBaked Ham & Turkey, It’s Whats for Easter! #HoneyBakedEaster #Giveaway @biz2blogger #Spon

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

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I recently received a HoneyBaked Ham gift card to shop with, and bring home dinner to review with my family. Okay – we like ham! Well, HoneyBaked Ham is so much more than ham. I walked into our local HoneyBaked Ham store in Taylor, Mi and was instantly overwhelmed with choices. For example, the below photos is what I now refer to as the wonder wall of goodness…filled with delicious side dishes, and tasty desserts.

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Speaking of goodness, I LOVE seeing how companies give back. HoneyBaked works with Feeding America – I like that!

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I also like how incredibly helpful the store associates were. After looking around and reading all of the awesome meal deals posted, I let the woman behind the counter know how much I had to spend and how many people I needed to feed. She could not have been more helpful, hooking me up with a nice variety of turkey, ham and four side-dishes that she was very enthusiastic about. All within pennies of my designated budget. I swear that took talent, because I could have been there mixing it up all day.

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Let me tell you the associates enthusiasm was not wasted! This meal, which took very little effort to heat up, was amazing! My family enjoyed every bit of it. The turkey coated in sweet crunchy glaze (yes, that is real real brown sugar) was by far my and my teenage daughter’s favorite. My husband and older daughter enjoyed the ham and the green beans. Also, a big hit was the stuffing and sweet potato souffle! OMG! Heaven.

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I have spent my share of holidays working in the kitchen. This Easter I’m letting HoneyBaked Ham do all the work. Not only because the food is delicious, but I would much rather spend my time enjoying the day with my family, and have my kitchen look like this..

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Than work all day in the kitchen and have it look like this…

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Check out these HoneyBaked deals!

In-Store Specials:

  • $54.99 Easter Ham & Turkey Combo – Pair a Turkey Breast (approx. 3 lbs.) with your choice of a Boneless Ham (approx. 3.5 lbs.) or Quarter Ham (approx. 4.5 lbs.)
  • $22.99 Turkey Breast (with any Half or Whole Ham purchase)
  • $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle – Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake and Honey-Spice Bacon
  • Heat & Share Sides: Two for $13.99, three for $19.99

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Share Joy with Starbucks Holiday Blend #ShareJoy

Just because the kids have finished unwrapping their gifts doesn’t mean the holiday season has to come to an end. In-fact it’s the perfect time to sit back, relax and share a little joy as adults. Take the time to bask in another year of togetherness and to create new moments we wont soon forget. Sharing Starbucks’ smooth, yet hearty Holiday Blend adds a nice warm touch to those moments.

 

I recently received the above gift box from Starbucks to review here on my blog. The new Holiday Blend is a delicious mix of a Latin herbal blend, with tasty sweet maple notes. Perfect for this holiday season. I would expect nothing less from Starbucks.

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Sharing the joy of Starbucks Holiday Blend is just as sweet as tasting it. That is just what I did. Mr Clause (my husband) and I were up late Christmas Eve putting the finishing touches on gifts for the kids and preparing for the big morning when we first enjoyed a cup of Holiday Blend. It was a nice way to sit back, relax and celebrate our efforts.

I also shared the joy of a bag of Starbucks Holiday Blend with my sister. A major coffee lover!

Starbucks Holiday Blend pairs nicely with everything this time of year brings, and sharing it has been a nice way to share joy with-in my family. I highly recommend it to you and yours.

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.

Where have I been ??

I was hacked! A few days ago my main email address was hacked. Some of you may have gotten an email from me stating that I was stranded out of the country and needed money to return home. Rest assured – I”m fine, home in Michigan, safe and sound! Though, I am confident to now have all my accounts safe and secure, the processes unfortunately cost me a month of emails and email contacts. Oh, did I mention this happened the same day my computer crashed and took two days to recover? Just one of these issues is a huge inconvenience for any blogger, dealing with both, and preparing for the holiday has been a real challenge. I may have missed a deadline or two, and will be spending a few days playing catch up, but will first take the time to enjoy a very Merry Christmas with my family.

Thank you for your patients and for being a Five Dollar Shake reader.

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– from my family to yours!

Be A Smart Shopper and #GiveBetter with Gift Cards

If I do one thing this holiday season, I’m going to give better. Become a smart shopper. If you are like me, it’s those last minute gift ideas that get you in trouble.

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This year there will be no last minute running around, or trying to guess what might not be returned by those hard to shop for friends on my list. Because there is nothing more awkward then watching someone open a gift, and know that don’t like it. This year is all about gift cards. Buying gift cards is always a safe bet, and Gift Card Mall makes it easy.

GiftCardMall.com offers a large variety of gift card options. Something for everyone, from hundreds of retailers, all at your finger tips.

About Giftcardmall.com:

GiftCardMall.com, owned by Blackhawk Network, offers a broad range of gift cards with standard and customized card creative from premium brand partners. The cards can be used online or on location at the issuing retailer.

On GiftCardMall.com, shoppers can:

  • Customize the card by uploading photos and images (when available)
  • Purchase through a checkout page, where then the order is sealed, addressed, and sent to the gift giver or recipient(s) by GiftCardMall.com

This is definitively the way to #GiveBetter, and avoid those awkward gifting moments!

This post is brought to you by GiftCardMall.com. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own.

7 Things on Sunday

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

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1. Enjoyed a little thrift store shopping with my teenage daughter.
2. Caught up on Mike & Molly, and laughed out-loud by my self the entire time. Best season yet!
3. Bought our first Christmas present of the year on eBay. A 7″ tablet for my granddaughter.
4. Fell behind on blogging. Look out, I have some awesome stuff coming this week!
5. Baked two batches of Peanut Butter Blossoms cookies.
6. Drove in the middle of a snow storm to deliver a plate of cookies to my pregnant daughter.
7. Watched my husband put up our Christmas tree.

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village #Detroit #Review

Happy Holidays! My name is Toni from My Book Addiction and I am thrilled to be posting on Five Dollar Shake today. Thank you so much for the invitation, Jenn!

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I’ve always wanted to take my family to Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village. Every year we hear the fireworks from our living room and have always wondered what it would be like to go. Well, this year was a dream come true. It was a magical experience that none of us will forget. I was a little nervous because I have never been much of a winter person. You’d think living in Michigan for so long I would be used to it by now, but I am not a fan of cold weather, and it was only twelve degrees the night we went. Let me tell you, though.. it was beyond worth it. There were houses and other buildings along the way with different types of entertainment and demonstrations, so it was perfect. Whenever I got cold I would just pop into one and enjoy the show, then pop back out and continue along on our adventure.

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Holiday Nights has carolers on nearly every corner, horse-drawn sleigh rides with a guitar-playing entertainer on each one, an outdoor ice rink, fantastic food, delicious hot chocolate. It was like being in a Christmas movie. My favorite part, and I know it was the highlight of my little girls’ nights as well, was seeing Santa Claus on Maple Lane. Not only did we get to see the big man up on that shining balcony, surrounded by Christmas lights, but Santa also called out to each of the children. When he said, “Oh, look, there’s Libby and Gabby! Merry Christmas to you both!” the look on their faces was nothing I’ve ever seen before. Gabby had asked me as we were approaching if he was the real Santa, and I said, “I don’t know.. let me get closer and see.” After he called out to them she turned to me with wide eyes and said, “It is the real Santa! He knows our names!!” If it hadn’t been so cold outside a tear may have escaped my eye. I’m sad to report that I didn’t get a good picture of Santa because my camera was frozen by that point, but there’s no way any of us will ever forget the experience.

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Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village is the most enchanting way to celebrate the holidays. We will definitely be going again next year. I’m going to be sure to ask Santa for thermal underwear for the whole family, too!

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village, Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 and 26-28. Starting at 6:30 PM.

FTC Disclosure: Free tickets were received in exchange for this and a previous blog post. All photos used, and opinions expressed are honest and belong to the reviewer. This post contains no affiliate links.

Very Berry Holiday Tree featuring Driscoll’s Berries #3pmSnack

If you are looking for a fun family activity and eye-catching centerpiece? Check out this Very Berry Holiday Tree!

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Special equipment: one floral foam or green Styrofoam cone measuring 4-5 inches in diameter at the base and 12 inches high; one box of toothpicks
Four 1-kb containers of fresh Driscoll strawberries
1 bunch fresh mint
1 slice from a carambola fruit (also known as star fruit)*
*Note: If you can’t find a carambola, you can use a 1-inch star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a star shape from a mango slice instead.

1. Wash the strawberries and blot them dry with paper towels. Pull off the green stem from each strawberry. Reserve a perfect strawberry for the top of the ‘tree’.

2. Push a toothpick halfway into the side of the cone, about 1/2 inch from the bottom edge. Secure a strawberry to the toothpick, piercing it through the stem end. Secure another strawberry right next to the first one. Continue securing strawberries to the cone in circular rows up to its top, covering the cone completely. Secure the reserved strawberry to the top of the tree.

3. Remove some mint leaves from the bunch of mint and tuck them between the berries, placing them at about 3-inch intervals.

4. Secure the star-shaped carambola or mango slice to the top of the cone using a toothpicks

Easy, yet impressive! I’m planning to have two of these on my table this Christmas morning during our annual family breakfast.

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Join Driscoll’s New Year campaign highlighting the #3pmSnack! In an effort to encourage one small change for a better you – healthy snacking with delicious and healthy, blueberry snacks!

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

NEW Stacy’s Bake Shop Bakery Crisps Review & Giveaway #StacysBakeShop

Stacy’s Snacks recently introduced NEW Stacy’s Bake Shop Bakery Crisps, a line-up of artisan bakery bread crisps perfect for anytime snacking or served during the holidays.

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These tasty crisps are made from real bakery breads, which are sliced thin and twice-baked to give them the crunch you’re looking for. All four flavors can be enjoyed on their own or you can get creative in the kitchen as they pair well with fresh fruit or dips and spreads. They also make great gift ideas for a host or hostess of an upcoming holiday party. Packaged in pretty colorful boxes, Stacy’s Bake Shop Bakery Crisps would make a nice addition in any food gift basket.

I recently received a full size box of each Stacy’s Bake Shop Bakery Crisps variety for my family to review.

Banana Nut Bakery Crisps, Herbed Baguette Bakery Crisps, Pretzel Bread Bakery Crisps, and Vanilla Pound Cake Bakery Crisps.

Our thoughts

These have quick become one of my favorite movie night snacks. There is just something about the crunch, it’s addicting. Though each variety are unique and tasty, the Banana Nut is my favorite. My husband really enjoyed the Herbed Baguette Crisp topped with cheddar cheese, and my teenage daughter says she loves the Vanilla Pound Cake. Topped with fruit, I have to agree with her, it’s a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Enter to Win!

One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win a Stacy’s Bake Shop Bakery Crisps prize pack containing one full size box of each variety. That’s four boxes total!

Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have any issue with the widget or would prefer to enter by email please contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on January 7th.

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Celebrate Traditions New & Old @ Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village #Detroit

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Create new traditions this holiday season by experiencing the traditions of seasons’ past during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village, Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 and 26-28 from 6:30 .

Voted a top ten family holiday destination by USA Today, Holiday Nights is an authentic and immersive Christmas spectacle! In addition to seeing Santa and his reindeer, guests are able to go inside many of the Village homes decorated for the holidays, ice skate on the Village rink and enjoy live performances by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, the 1st Michigan Colonial Fife & Drum Corps, and Victorian-era carolers.

Step into a Christmas card from the past. Don’t miss the most popular holiday event in the area, complete with candlelit paths, live entertainment, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagon and Model T rides, delightful holiday shops, Santa and live reindeer, ice skating, a spectacular fireworks display and more. It’s America’s premier holiday celebration!

New this year, gather around the bonfire outside the Adams Family House to hear a special reading of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol or stop inside the Smiths Creek Depot to watch presenters package relief boxes for soldiers, similar to what they would have done during the Civil War-era. For the end of the evening, purchase an official Holiday Nights lantern and join the procession from Martha-Mary Chapel to Town Hall for a Fireworks finale accompanied by a sing-along of familiar holiday tunes.

Smell and taste the historically-inspired treats of the season. Food stations are planted along the paths featuring freshly-roasted chestnuts, hot apple cider and new this year, individual plum pudding, similar to the one made at Henry Ford’s birthplace.

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village is sponsored by Charter One/ RBS Citizens. Ticket prices are $18.75 for adult members and $13.50 for youth members, $22 for adult non-members and $16 for youth non-members. Children four and under are free. To purchase tickets, call (313) 982-6001 or visit www.thehenryford.org.

Hurry! Select nights already sold out. Purchase your tickets today!
Download a coupon for $2 off admission on select nights.

FTC Disclosure: Free tickets were received in exchange for this and a future blog post. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. The post contains no affiliate links. Photo credit Michigan.org

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.