Capture Life’s Memories, Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i @ Best Buy! #CanonatBestBuy #HintingSeason

Capturing memories of our life together, with our children and grandchildren, is a way of life for our family. It’s not just for those special occasions. Life moves fast, and children grow up quick. There’s just no time to be playing around with a cell phone, and leaving the quality of our photos to chance.

This year I have one word for Santa – Canon!

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Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.

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  •   Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
  •   Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
  •   Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
  •   The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or looking for a gift, you can’t go wrong with Cannon.

“Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20″

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Holiday shopping @ Twelve Oaks Mall & A $100 Gift Card Giveaway #TwelveOaksHoliday

I recently took my daughters to Twelve Oaks Mall for an afternoon of holiday shopping. Having so many stores to choose from we were able to cross off almost every gift on our shopping list. Even those hard to shop for friends. And, with so many great sale prices, we were also able to purchase a few things for ourselves. Like new outfits for Christmas day.

I was able to score a great deal on a new holiday look for myself and one for my teenage daughter at JCPenny, leaving us enough money for a little fun and indulgence shopping before heading home.

Toys, clothes, local flare, even tickets to see Wicked at the Detroit Opera House – if it’s on your list, you can buy it at Twelve Oaks Mall!

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Hurry, and experience the wonder Twelve Oaks has to offer this holiday season, including the famous Frozen display! A must for any Frozen fan this year.

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Twelve Oaks is a major regional shopping center located in Novi, Michigan featuring nearly 200 distinctive specialty stores and restaurants. Taubman is the owner, manager and/or leaser of regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman centers like Twelve Oaks make holiday shopping fun and easy for the whole family!

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One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win a $100.00 gift card redeemable at any of the Taubman centers nationwide! Please check their list of locations before entering.

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 January 2, 2015. Winner must be 18+ and live within driving distance of a Taubman shopping center.

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Poinsettia Lane Collection from ProFlowers

Did you know that more than 40% of people prefer to decorate with live flowers and plants for the holidays? I’ve found that having them in our living room not only adds a festive look, but gives the room a nice warm feel, and scent. Puts me a in a good mood every time!

Whether you’re planning to decorate your own home, or give them as a gift, ProFlowers has a beautiful Christmas Collection this year, and they even offer same day delivery for those last minute shoppers.

Making ProFlowers a great addition to the 2014 Five Dollar Shake Holiday Gift Guide!

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A few reasons to use ProFlowers:

  • ProFlowers offers more than 200 fresh cut flower bouquets and potted plants.
  • ProFlowers has delivered more than 50 million bouquets since inception, Valentine’s Day 1998.
  • All bouquets are backed by a 7-day freshness guarantee and world-class customer service.
  • ProFlowers sends an email confirmation, shipment and delivery notice after an order is placed so customers always know their order status.
  • In 2013, ProFlowers received the highest ranking for customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power and Associates Online Flower Retailer Satisfaction Report(SM).
  • Each year, ProFlowers supports more than 400 charities and charitable events every year with flower and cash donations.

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ProFlowers recently sent my family two pieces from the Poinsettia Lane Collection to review. Both pieces are stunning. My photos do not do them justice at all! They are full of life, vibrant colors, and they both fill the room with a nice holiday scent. They really make our decorations come alive!

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 photos used and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

7 Things on Sunday

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

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1. Shopped for Christmas gifts online. Free shipping is the bomb!

2. Watched the season finale of Gracepoint, and found it very anticlimactic when the killer was my very first guess.

3. Enjoyed an evening of dinner, and board games with my parents.

4. Had to turn my head while my grandbaby had her ears pierced.

5. Spent an afternoon at the mall, shopping for myself.

6. Watched Wedding Crashers for what could be the millionth time, and still laughed out loud.

7. Woke up and felt wide awake at 5am on a Sunday. And was not happy about it.

New Spray Antiperspirant Deodorants @ Meijer

The holidays are such a busy time. The shopping lists and the to-do lists seem to go over for miles. Let’s not forget the parties. I know our calender is pretty much full of events now, through the new year. We all like to look nice while celebrating with family and friends during the holiday season. The one thing we don’t have time to think about is our deodorant failing. That can sure ruin a good outfit. Meijer recently sent my family the below pack of new Spray Antiperspirant Deodorants to review here on Five Dollar Shake.

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Having three women and two men in the house, all five of these sprays have been put to the test!

Dove Dry Spray
Being a fan of Dove products, I was eager to try this one out myself. I should point out that I have never been a fan of spray deodorant in the past. The Dove spray goes on cold, but feels dry. It has a very nice scent, and it kept me feeling clean and dry- for just over half my day. Sadly, it just didn’t give me the protection I need to last from morning to night.

Degree MotionSense Dry Spray
My daughter and I both tried this one. We both agree that this spray went on wet, and stayed wet for too long. The scent (fresh energy) was also a bit strong in our opinion. I think we both used it twice, and decided it’s just not for us. Having a desk job, I don’t feel I was able to put this product to a real test. This spray might be better suited for an athlete.


Men Degreee Motionsense Dry Spray, Dove Men + Care Dry Spray, AXE White Label Dry Spray

Even though I believe both men used all three of these, I was given a pretty general review on them. They all three work. Though the Degreee Motionsense Dry Spray did not offer as much protection as the other two. I was also told that the AXE White Label Dry Spray has a great scent, but it was bit over powering at times. Clearly Dove Men + Care Dry Spray is the winner here!

Learn more about these innovative new anti-perspirant sprays at www.Meijer.com/dryspray and shop for new Dove, Degree, and Axe® Dry Sprays in the deodorant and antiperspirant aisle at your local Meijer store.

FTC Disclosure: Free products and compensation was received for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions expressed are honest.

Eli’s Cheesecake Sampler Review & Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

I recently received an Original Favorites Cheesecake Sampler from Eli’s Cheesecake to share with my family and friends. Let me start by saying, if and when you see this box being delivered to your home – you know you’re in for a special treat. That is why we’re happy to add Eli’s Cheesecake to our 2014 Five Dollar Shake Holiday Gift Guide!

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Cheesecake is a favorite dessert around here! Since we don’t have it very often, our standards can be a little high. I’m happy to say that Eli’s did not disappoint. Made of the highest quality ingredients, and care. I swear each bite taste like a little bit of heaven. Just the right blend of creamy and sweetness. Each topping that we sampled, was better than the last. I’m not sure I could pick a favorite. Oh heck, yes I can – I LOVE the Original Plain cheesecake. No frills, no fuss. Just classic goodness. With impressiveness like this, it’s no surprise Eli’s Cheesecakes have been around and loved for over 30 years.

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The Original Favorites Sampler includes : Four slices each of our all-time favorite cheesecakes: Original Plain, Chocolate Chip, Strawberry, and Candy Bar made with Heath® Toffee Bars. 9″ Cheesecake 3lb., 8OZ Serves 16 (Pre-sliced).

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Stay social with Eli’s and follow Eli’s Cheesecakes on Twitter, and on Facebook. Visit the Eli’s Cheesecake website for a variety of delicious dessert options. Perfect for entertaining or gift giving!

You also have the chance to win an Eli’s Cheesecake Sampler here on Five Dollar Shake!
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 December 29th. Winner must 18+ and live within the continental U.S. No PO boxes.

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Our Jingle All The Way 2 viewing party #JingleInsiders #JingleAllTheWay2

Jingle All The Way 2 is available NOW on Blu-ray Combo, DVD and Digital HD.

Comedy superstar Larry the Cable Guy and WWE Superstar Santino Marella bring laughs and holiday spirit to this second installment of the successful film franchise.

Two desperate dads compete in a no-holds-barred battle to be the best father and make this the best Christmas ever! Fun-loving, laid-back dad Larry (Larry the Cable Guy; Cars, Tooth Fairy 2) is having a bear of a time finding the perfect Christmas gift for his eight-year-old daughter, Noel. The season’s hottest toy, The Harrison Bear, is all sold out, and Noel’s new stepfather wants to keep it that way — so he can be the one to make her holiday wish come true. When Larry learns all Noel wants for Christmas is the bear, he’ll stop at nothing to make his little girl happy and get her the toy of her dreams…Co-starring WWE Superstar Santino Marella, Jingle All The Way 2 is heartwarming and hilarious fun for the whole family!

Jingle All The Way 2 is directed by Alex Zamm (Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, The Tooth Fairy 2) and produced by Michael Luisi (Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, Christmas Bounty, The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown) and Vicki Sotheran (The Sandlot 2, The Sandlot: Heading Home).

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Fox Home Entertainment recently sent me a Blu-ray copy of Jingle All The Way 2, along with a big box of holiday goodies to share with my family. So, of course we created a fun viewing party for our granddaughter and nieces. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick-start the holiday season than a fun afternoon with our girls.

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Our viewing party included festive treats, letters to Santa, Jingle All The Way 2 themed activity sheets, decorating Santa hats, decorating cookies, coloring tree ornaments, and buckets of popcorn while we watched the movie. We had so much fun!

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If you’re like me and a fan of Jingle All The Way (1996), then you’re likely to enjoy Jingle All The Way 2. All I have to say after sending my dad on several searches for “sold out” toys over the years is – the struggle is real. Filled with laugh out loud moments, and plenty of heart Jingle All The Way 2 did not disappoint this family. We all love a good under-dog story, especially when it’s led by funnyman Larry The Cable Guy. Though I might be a little basis when it comes to Larry after having the chance to meet and spend time with him on a movie set a couple of years ago. He’s just a real nice guy. All three girls enjoyed watching the movie. Making it a hit and one that we’re happy to have in our home collection. Though, two out of the three have since asked if I could buy them a Harrison Bear that talks..yikes!

Don’t forget you can download and print your own Jingle All The Way 2 activity sheets here on my previous blog post.

Jingle All the Way 2 is available now to purchase or rent!

FTC Disclosure: I am a Fox Home Entertainment Insider. I receive free products and other benefits as part of this partnership. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own. This post contains one affiliate link.

Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise, the secret to great-tasting leftovers #LeftOverFriday @Hellmanns

Not sure what to do with your holiday leftovers? Thanksgiving Turkey is delicious but it can quickly dry out in the days following. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise is my secret to making turkey moist and delicious.

The key to great-tasting leftovers is using quality ingredients that complement each other. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise helps bring flavors together to keep every bite satisfying.

For more than 100 years, Hellmann’s has been committed to quality and authenticity in the making of their real, delicious mayonnaise. It sure shows! We wont use anything else.

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My family’s favorite way to enjoy leftovers is a Turkey & Cranberry Sandwich

Ingredients (for two)
1/2 lb. leftover cooked turkey, sliced
8 slices country white bread
4 lettuce leaves
4 Tbsp. Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise
1/2 cup cranberry sauce

Directions
Spread Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise onto bread slices.
Top with lettuce, turkey, and cranberry sauce, then remaining bread.

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This is by far my favorite way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers! The bread coated with Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise blends perfectly with the turkey, and the cranberry sauce adds that perfect festive flavor. Paired with yummy sweet potato chips, it makes the perfect #LeftOverFriday meal.

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Create and/or share your favorite Thanksgiving leftover-themed recipe using Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. You can find this one and plenty more at http://www.hellmanns.com.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Modern Mom Insider for Hellmann’s. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.