Flash Giveaway: Enter to Win $80 Paypal Cash

Because who couldn't use some extra cash!? Between the kids going back to school last month and the holidays just around the corner, for a lot of us, this is pinch time. To help out, and to thank you for being a Five Dollar Shake reader, I have teamed up with several other bloggers to help one lucky winner receive $80 in Paypal cash! Enter to win by using the widget below. Hurry - this giveaway … [Read more...]

An evening with Angels & flash giveaway #AngelsSing on DVD

I recently put together a nice evening among friends. We enjoyed dinner, drinks and spent time talking about the holiday season and what it means to each of us. We also enjoyed watching the holiday movie Angels Sings. It was a perfect way to end 2015. Of course topping my list of meaning is my family. With them, I am so very blessed, and they are by far the best gift of all. Spending time … [Read more...]

Breakfast is served, without the mess or breaking our budget thanks to @Restaurant_Com #ReviewCrew #sp

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is usually a busy one around here. The kids are home from school, and my office is typically closed for the week. So, between hosting holiday events with friends and family, we tend to over schedule our days off with as much fun as possible. That leaves very little time for cooking, and cleaning. Well, at-least that is what I strive for each year. Who … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. Enjoyed a very nice Christmas Day with my family. Attended a webinar that is going to lead to a lot of great content in 2016. Spent a sweet evening with our granddaughter. All snuggles and happiness. Excited to still be a part of the Fandango Family Blogger network & a Fox Home Insider moving into 2016. Hosted a fun girls movie night with … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays from The Secret Life of Pets #TheSecretLifeofPets

Having a princess of a basset hound, and two shenanigan loving cats as part of our family, we often wonder what life is like for them while we're at work, and school. We have all kinds of theories as to the trouble they likely find, only to look so innocent when we return home. I think that is why we're excited to see The Secret Life of Pets when it hit's the big screen, July 8th, 2016. For … [Read more...]

Have fun with the Home Alone: 25th Anniversary holiday keyboard #HomeAloneInsiders

Sometimes it isn't enough to simply respond back to a text message. Emojis and gifs have become quite the necessity when trying to convey our true emotions. That's why I'm so excited to share the "Home Alone: 25th Anniversary" holiday keyboard. The free app is essentially a keyboard replacement that features all sort of reaction GIFS from the "Home Alone" movies that you can weave into your … [Read more...]

Ho-ho-ho Celebrate Holiday Movies & Enter to win a $100 Fandango Gift Card #FandangoFamily

My love for movies has a big place in just about every holiday. With the big day just around the corner, I thought I would share a list of my all-time favorite Christmas movies, along with an awesome Fandango gift card giveaway. Ten of my favorite Christmas movies are: The Ref (1994) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Fred Claus (2007) The Holiday (2006) Trading Places (1983) Four Christmas’ … [Read more...]

Gift ideas for babies, toddlers and young kids #HolidayGiftGuide

The Ollie Swaddle Baby will go "gaga" over this cozy swaddling solution! Designed to decrease fussiness and assist in self-calming, the Ollie Swaddle also improves the quality and duration of sleep! Features elasticity to allow freedom of movement and an opening at the bottom for hassle-free diaper changes, as well as custom-developed moisture wicking material to reduce overheating. Also has a … [Read more...]

Shop Barnes & Noble For Creative Gift-Giving #ad #BNCreativeGifting

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Motherhood and Barnes & Noble. All opinions are my own! Barnes & Noble stores are places of creativity and discovery, with a huge selection of bestselling and classic books or kids and adults, as well as a vast selection of unique gifts, toys, games, music, home and digital products. We spend a lot of time as a family, shopping, and enjoying … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. Kicked off the holiday season by watching my favorite Christmas movie, The Family Stone. Put up our Christmas tree. Went shopping for only myself. Something that I never do. It was fun. Baking a batch of lemon cupcakes with homemade cream cheese frosting. Enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving, and weekend spending time with family. Went to the movies … [Read more...]

Very Merry Meijer Thanksgiving #MeijerGivesThanks

Just another reason to LOVE Meijer! If you are in-need of some holiday feels, make sure you watch the video in this blog post. So awesome! Meijer gave thanks in a big way this year when it once again surprised an unsuspecting customer in each of its 223 stores by “gifting” them their entire shopping cart filled with Thanksgiving groceries and gifts upon checkout. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based … [Read more...]

Love The Coopers, my thoughts on the movie

Love The Coopers follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. Rated PG-13. (CBS FILMS) Love The Coopers in in theaters NOW. … [Read more...]

Love the Coopers, movie and giveaway #LoveTheCoopers #ad

samples & prizing are provided by CBS FILMS Love The Coopers follows The Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. I have a … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. Started my Christmas shopping. Enjoyed an evening with my aunt. One of my very favorite people. Camped out in our living-room with our granddaughter on a school night. Saw the movie Burnt, and really enjoyed it. Went for a nice walk with our daughter and basset hound. Tried a new crock pot recipe and loved it. (blog post coming soon) Started … [Read more...]

Santa’s Little Helper, movie giveaway #SantasInsiders

May the best elf win! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and WWE Studios present outrageous holiday fun when SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER arrives on DVD and Digital HD™ on Tuesday, November 17. Ho-ho-hold on tight for holiday hijinks in this hilarious family comedy starring WWE® Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin®, WWE Diva Paige™ and AnnaLynne McCord. After losing his job, a slick-talking … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal! Home Alone is returning to the Big Screen

Home Alone will be back on the big screen for a two day Special Holiday Event this month (November). Fathom Events and 20th Century Fox are bringing Home Alone back to theaters for two nights only on Sunday, November 8th and Wednesday, November 11th. The movie will play at 4:30pm and 7:30pm local time on each of those days at participating theaters (though it has been noted that Cinemark … [Read more...]

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas ticket giveaway #Detroit

Families will join Nancy in a very fancy holiday celebration as Fancy Nancy: Splediferous Christmas plays at the City Theatre from Friday, November 20 to Sunday, November 22. What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles - and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh … [Read more...]

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! Best Buy is the ultimate … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. 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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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! Cheesecake is a favorite dessert around here! Since … [Read more...]

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