LG OLED @ BestBuy #HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy #HolidayGiftGuide

Disclosure: 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.

When it comes to gift giving, some women appreciate expensive jewelry and fancy clothes. Myself, I’m not one of those women. If Santa is going to spend money on me, I’d much rather find a new tech toy under my tree, or to be honest hanging on my wall. With my love of watching movies at home, it’s really not a surprise to anyone that a new LG OLED Television from Best Buy makes the top of my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

What is OLED TV?

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here: LGOLEDatBestbuy.com.

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Just like the first time I discovered the magic of movies, the power to take my thoughts on a journey. The overwhelming rush of emotion when it comes together perfectly.
Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

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LG 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV

  •  Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
  • 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
  •  Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
  •  Find content faster with webOS
  • Access premium content from all the best apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and more through your LG Smart TV

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I’ve already established Best Buy as the Holiday Shopping Destination for my gifts this year. I just hope Santa is listening!


Join the party!

Do you love Twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST. Feel free to join in for a chance to win Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gift ideas this Holiday from Best Buy. Also be sure to follow @5_dollarshake & @BestBuy!

Little Big Town, The Pain Killer Tour @ The Masonic Temple #Detroit Ticket Giveaway

Hot on the heels of their wildly successful album Tornado, Little Big Town’s prescription for continued success and creative drive is in their sixth album, Pain Killer.
The award winning band just hit the road running and will be bringing The Pain Killer Tour with special guest Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne to The Masonic Temple Detroit on December 4, 2014.

Talk about a fun night out. I know a few fans that are going to need a pain killer after this show. Maybe myself induced..

Tickets range from $35-$55 and are on sale NOW at TicketMaster.com.

The band is also offering their fans a unique VIP experience on The Pain Killer Tour. Choose from two limited packages including meet and greets, pre-show soundcheck, exclusive merchandise, and more. For more information and to purchase your Little Big Town VIP visit www.littlebigtown.com.

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Three big facts about Little Big Town

Over 13 tracks, the Grammy-winning quartet deliver proof that country music can still be a mature affair. Not boring, mind you — mature … In short, the members of Little Big Town — all of them in their forties — are not rollin’ up, slidin’ in or leanin’ back. While other artists are adding hip-hop and rap elements to their brand of country music, LBT has eschewed trends and dug deeper, exploring reggae on the album’s title track, Celtic folk on “Live Forever” and hard rock on “Save Your Sin,” Schlapman’s coming-out moment.

Little Big Town assists Blake Shelton on this season of The Voice, especially in preparation for the show’s battle rounds, where contestants are pinned against each other in singing battles in order to narrow down the singers before the knock-out rounds. The group are close with Shelton. They even let him hear their latest album before it’s release and Shelton was very impressed.

Little Big Town was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Friday night. Opry members Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens were on hand to welcome the group into the Opry fold. The quartet started their performance singing “Bring It on Home” with just an acoustic guitar. They then performed their breakthrough hit, “Boondocks,” and closed out their set singing Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me.

Enter to win

Are you Detroit’s biggest Little Big Town fan? Want to attend the concert for free? One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win a pair of tickets! Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. Winner must be 18+ and live within driving distance of Detroit’s Masonic Temple. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on November 26th.

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Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition, Free activity sheets & #Giveaway

Just in Time for the Holidays, Rio 2 is Back with a Limited Edition Sing-Along!

With it’s vibrant colors, and fun music, we’re excited to have Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition on our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. We’re also pretty fond of the Rio characters!

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Now you can sing-along with your favorite characters to songs What is Love, I Will Survive, Rio Rio & more! Come take a walk on the wild side with Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez and an incredible flock of all-star talent in this soaring sequel to the animated hit comedy Rio!

Blu-ray™ Special Features

Rio 1 Refresher
Birds & Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
I Will Survive multi-language music video

Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition is available NOW Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD!

In celebration of this fun release I have free activity sheets to share with my readers. Simply click on each image below to enlarge, print and enjoy!

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One Five Dollar Shake readers will win a free Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition Blu-ray Combo pack! Enter win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. Winner must be 18+ and live within the Continental U.S or Canada. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on November 26th.

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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 no affiliate links.

Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD 11/4 #FHEInsiders

Just in Time for the Holidays, Rio 2 is Back with a Limited Edition Sing-Along!

Sing-along with your favorites including: Billboards Rising Star Award® Winner Janelle Monae, Tony Award® Winner Kristin Chenoweth, Anne Hathaway, Grammy Award® Winners Bruno Mars & Jamie Fox & More!

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Now you can sing-along with your favorite characters to songs What is Love, I Will Survive, Rio Rio & more! Come take a walk on the wild side with Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez and an incredible flock of all-star talent in this soaring sequel to the animated hit comedy Rio!

Blu-ray™ Special Features

  • Rio 1 Refresher
  • Birds & Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
  • I Will Survive multi-language music video

Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD on November 14, 2014!

Watch for more Rio 2 Sing-a-long fun, including free activity sheets and a Blu-ray copy giveaway to be posted soon.

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 no affiliate links.

Trailer Park Tuesday, The Best of Me – Special Trailer feat. Lady Antebellum #TheBestofme

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Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

Director: Michael Hoffman

Cast: Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey, Gerald McRaney, Caroline Goodall, Rob Mello, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney.

In theaters October 17th!

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I had the honor of visiting the set of “The Best of Me” during their last day of filming in New Orleans. It was a great experience! I can’t wait to share all the details of my visit as we get closer to the release date, such as interviews with James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey, and Nicholas Sparks.

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You can see a few more of my set visit photos on Instagram.

Set visit aside, I absolutely loved this book, and am really looking forward to seeing it play out on screen.

How about you? Did you read “The Best Of Me” by Nicholas Sparks? Are you planning to see the movie?

Wild Summer Nights @ The Detroit Zoo #DZWildSummerNights

Join Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers tomorrow (8/20) at The Detroit Zoo!

The Detroit Zoo gets even wilder on Wednesday nights with its annual Wild Summer Nights concert series. Concerts take place in the Zoo’s Main Picnic Grove from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Wild Summer Nights features a variety of live music from local bands, including children’s, jazz, pop, folk and blues. Concert-goers are invited to bring a blanket and pack a picnic. Food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase from Zoo concessions. The concerts are free with Zoo admission, which is $6 after 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in July and August. For the first 100 non-member car or vans that arrive at the Zoo for the Wild Summer Nights, Ford Motor Company will be paying for your parking of $6 (Members receive free parking). Plus, the Zoo remains open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays during the concert series.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Valvoline Instant Oil Change will have a booth at the event handing out candy, coupons and prizes from their spin-to-win wheel. Ford is paying for the first 100 non-member cars that come after 6 p.m. every Wednesday night.

Woo-hoo! We love companies that give back to families in our community.

Also, Five Dollar Shake readers can print the below exclusive coupon to score 15% off their next Valvoline Instant Oil Change!

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This coupon will be accepted without Zoo Membership.
Learn more about Valvoline and to find the location nearest you visit http://www.vioc.com/.

Visit http://detroitzoo.org/events/wildsummernights for complete concert details.

FTC Disclosure: This information is being shared as part of an on going relationship with the Detroit Zoo in which free event passes or products will be received. All opinions expressed remain my own and honest. This post contains no affiliate links.

7 Things on Sunday

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

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1. Spent a nice evening visiting with my Aunt and her dog, Jasmine
2. Shopped with gift cards and bought a new camping table and inflatable mattress.
3. Watched Rob the Mob and really liked it.
4. Enjoyed birthday cake with our granddaughter. She turned seven.
5. Had six teenagers sleepover the night before driving them to and from Van’s Warped Tour.
6. Had three of them sleepover after the concert.
7. Had two of them sleepover the next night. It’s been a full house for three days.

Backyard Camping & Rio 2 Digital Download Review #RIO2Insiders

When our recent road trip to up north had to be canceled we decided to celebrate the release of Rio 2 with a fun backyard camp out.

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Our back yard is a far cry from the amazon, but with a tent, some Rio 2 activities, campfire and Rio 2 Digital Download, it was a fun adventure for the whole family. One we wont soon forget.

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We kicked off the day with a fun scavenger hunt that led Becca to finding her Rio 2 goody-bag. The bag was filled with activities, travel essentials, Rio bracelets and fun tattoos! After a campfire lunch and just like any other camping trip, my husband and hound took their afternoon nap in the tent. Becca and I spent that time enjoying our Rio 2 activity sheets. Our favorite 3D Ball Soccer. We laughed so hard, I don’t know how anyone could have been napping.

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After dinner we downloaded Rio 2 using iTunes. Downloading was easy, and faster than I expected, and by using iTunes we scored a whole flock of fun movie extras! The best part of digital download is that we now have access to the movie anytime, anywhere by using our phone or tablet. This will come in real handy the next time we do make it up north! It’s along car ride for the girls.

Our thoughts on the movie;
If you enjoyed the first Rio movie, you’re going to enjoy this one. Even though there are some jokes that older kids and adults are more likely to catch, the movie is fun for the whole family. Becca who is about to turn seven and our teenage daughter who just turned fifteen both really enjoyed the movie and have watched it a second time already. The animation is stunning, filled with emotion and colorful characters. Then of course there is the music. Just like the first installment Rio 2 has a great uplifting soundtrack. I’m not always a fan of animated films, but this one I’m happy to have in our home library.

Rio 2 is available to purchase on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray combo on July 15th, or you can visit the iTunes store NOW to purchase Rio 2 on HD Digital Download!

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 no affiliate links.