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″

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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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Trailer Park Tuesday, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out #InsideOut

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

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Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Inside out opens in theaters everywhere on June 19, 2015!

Oh, this looks really good. We’re big Disney and Disney/Pixar fans in our house. I’m sure we’ll be seeing this one in theaters.

How about you? Are you a Disney/Pixar fan? What are your thoughts on the Inside Out trailer?

Stay up to date on this release on like Pixar’s Inside Out on Facebook!

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.

Paddington Brownie Brittle Prize Pack Giveaway #PaddingtonMovie

A few weeks ago I shared the official Paddington movie trailer and a few Paddington themed coloring and activities sheets with my readers. Today I have a new fun Paddington movie poster,Brownie Brittle recipe links and a great giveaway to share!

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From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter
Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman.

Paddington arrives in theaters January 16!

Paddington Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle

Brownie Brittle has become everyone’s favorite snack. The award-winning product has received praise from Fitness Magazine and WeightWatchers.com because it’s a rich and indulgent snack at only 120 calories/ounce. To help with packing those lunches and portion control, Brownie Brittle has created a package of 6 of their 1-ounce snack bags. No guess work!

The limited-edition Paddington box comes with the story of the brand’s support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and the oh-so-cute Paddington Bear to celebrate The Weinstein Company’s new film hitting theaters this January! Available for purchase here . Visit http://shop.browniebrittle.com and be sure to visit Brownie Brittle on Facebook !

Want to make delicious desserts with your favorite treat? Check out Brownie Brittle’s Paddington’s favorite recipes and Holiday recipes.

Enter to Win

One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win a Paddington Brownie Brittle Prize Pack, courtesy of The Weinstein Company and Brownie Brittle. Prize pack includes Brownie Brittle (1 box, 6 individual 1oz bags) and a $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters!

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Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have issue with the widget or would prefer to enter by email, please contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on January 6th. Winner must be 18+. Open to US mailing addresses only. No PO boxes please.

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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!

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, New TV spot, Free activities & Prize Pack giveaway #NightAtTheMuseum

Last week I shared the official movie poster, and movie trailer for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. This week I have a fun new TV spot, free activities and an exciting prize pack giveaway to share!

This movie is sure to be fun for the whole family!

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Check out the fun Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb TV spot – “Save the Magic”.

About the film
Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dick Van Dyke, Dan Stevens, Ricky Gervais, Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Mickey Rooney, and Rami Malek

Stay social with #NightAtTheMuseum

Like ‘Night at the Museum’ on Facebook
Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Google+
Subscribe on YouTube

Enjoy FREE games and activities on NightAtTheMuseumMovie.com!

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Help Larry collect artifacts scattered throughout the museum in KNIGHT FLIGHT or try your hand at THE HALL OF MIX-UPS where you can select different features at the museum and make them your own!

Just in-time for Christmas, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb will be in theaters December 19, 2014!

Enter to Win!

One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win a Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb prize pack. Courtesy of 20th Century Fox!

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Prize pack includes:
(1) $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
(1) 4D Triceratops Skeleton Fossil

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Biggest movie flops of 2014

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Sometimes the trailer is the best thing about a movie. What this means for the audience is, unfortunately, in some cases the trailer might be writing cheques the film can’t cash. Here is a list of the biggest, most anti-climactic build-ups and subsequent let-downs of 2014’s cinema releases:

1.Transformers: Age of Extinction
The loud, flashy robots were back, creaking and thrusting through a futuristic dystopia where new enemies emerged to eradicate the Autobots. The film staggered at a relentless pace, looking for every opportunity to fire up the screen with car chases, intricately detailed CGI or the requisite string of explosions. The flashy fare extended for 166 minutes of high-speed plot development and action, leaving movie-goers exhausted and desensitized.

2.Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For
Following the success of Robert Rodriguez’s cult adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel in 2005, the sequel did not quite live up to the hype with 2014 audiences. The film brought back some characters from the original film and intertwined them with the stories of a handful of new ones, all the while drifting through its trademark gloomy, film-noir atmosphere. The new characters were one of the few redeeming factors in the movie, notably Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a wily gambler who would undoubtedly play online casino slots at Euro Palace with enthusiastic ardour. While in the first film it was a welcome, dark treat to peer into the black heart and characters of the thoroughly depraved city, the next installment feels too caught up in its own style and played it safe in terms of story development.

3.RoboCop
The robot-human peacekeeper franchise rose from the 1980s in this messily put-together reboot. The incorruptible Alex Murphy is the well-known hybrid enforcer, an experiment made possible by a collaboration between the police and a devious technologies corporation with barely-concealed ulterior motives. In a saturated market of sci-fi-action blockbusters the audience found the film wanting: humourless, cold and uninspiring. In this case, ironically, being robotic doesn’t help RoboCop in any sense.

4.Transcendence
In Johnny Depp’s next highly anticipated sci-fi vehicle, he played a character who uploaded himself into a computer just before his physical body died, from where his forlorn wife can chat with him and – to some extent – improve the world with his newly-gained omniscience. The tried-and-tested themes (respect nature, absolute power corrupts absolutely) are barely stretched, explored or refreshed as the audience would expect. Instead the film collapses into a shapeless shadow of a good movie, something that goes beyond disappointment into the territory of sad, missed potential. Also, for a Johnny Depp movie, there’s not a lot of Johnny Depp.

5.Need for Speed
Fresh from the success of AMC’s Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul returned to a slightly bigger screen to show a wider audience his ability to carry an action blockbuster. And what could be better than a film based on the high-octane thrills of a video game bearing the same name? The answer is pretty much anything else. How unbearably disappointing to see a truly talented and beloved actor thrown into the utter mundanity of Hollywood along with other similarly talented cast members. Especially in a film so ill-conceived and incomprehensibly threaded together.

We can only hope that 2015, with so many anticipated films including Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars Episode VII, does not disappoint. Fingers and toes crossed.