Our The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 review #FandangoFamily #Mockingjay2

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I wasn’t always a big fan of The Hunger Games, until our teenage daughter asked me to watch the first movie with her. Which of-course led to us watching the second, and then we were hooked. Recently seeing the fourth, and final installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 in the theater was bitter sweet for me. I enjoyed a fun evening out with my daughter, but was sad to see the series come to … [Read more...]

My Friend Teddy, interactive bear review & giveaway

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My Friend Teddy is the bear that really knows you! Teddy is a cuddly, huggable bear that talks, laughs and is designed equally as a personalized plush toy companion and a development tool for preschoolers. Teddy fosters caring, sharing and learning through his personalization feature. Parents bring Teddy to life by downloading the free app to an iOS or Android smart device and customizing child … [Read more...]

Ultron is everywhere, our Disney Movies Anywhere review

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Disney Movies Anywhere let's you enjoy your Disney, Disney • Pixar, and Marvel movies anywhere you go. Build your Digital Collection, discover exclusive videos, watch bonus features, and earn rewards. I recently received a code to add Avengers: Age of Ultron to our digital collection by using Disney Movies Anywhere. The movie is fantastic! Action-packed from the beginning, it's no surprise to … [Read more...]

Finding Noah, in select theaters 10/8/15 @flybypromotions #FINDINGNOAH #FLYBY

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For over 2,000 years, man has been searching for the final resting place of Noah's Ark. Though there have been many attempts, few have been able to fully explore the one place specifically noted in the Bible: Mount Ararat. Located in Eastern Turkey, Agri Dagh or "The Painful Mountain" is the tallest mountain in the region and lies in the very center of a centuries old, geo-politically unstable … [Read more...]

Going the extra mile with the 2015 Mazda-3, Zoom! Zoom! #DriveMazda @MazdaUSA #Review

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I recently spent a week driving this beauty! The 2015 Mazda-3 i Touring is a small, sporty, yet efficient 4-door vehicle that is full of surprises. My favorite, the MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment system on a 7" screen, standing up on the dash. My first impression was that it was going to be in the way or annoy me, but I was wrong on both counts. It is very easy to use, and it helped keep my eyes on … [Read more...]

Baby’s Got Soul creative baby clothes review & giveaway

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Free product was received for the purpose of this blog post. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. All photos used are copyrighted to Fivedollarshake.net. Looking for a fun and funky gift that will stand out at any party or baby shower? Something well made, and unique, yet classy enough to not offend. Sounds hard to find, … [Read more...]

VO5 Celebrates 60! Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime & Hot Oil Treatment #Giveaway #VO5is60

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In 1955 Culver City, creator Alberto, developed VO5 hair conditioning treatment to keep Hollywood starlets’ hair looking healthy and beautiful under the bright Hollywood lights, as depicted here in this vintage TV commercial. Since then, the brand has created a number of other innovative products using its five essential vitamins including their original Hot Oil treatment to the new Shine, Glow … [Read more...]

Five facts about America’s four legged heroes & #Max movie review #FandangoFamily

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Max, is a film about a dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan, returned to the U.S. and was adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience. Max is a reminder that it's not just two-legged members of the military who suffer the devastating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — military dogs are susceptible as well. The cast is lead by Josh Wiggins, … [Read more...]

Putting a #Saucesome spin on Weeknight Skillet Lasagna with @RaguSauce #Spon

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Ragú® is recognizing and celebrating everything that makes family mealtime Saucesome. From unique recipes to silly moments to crazy weeknights…it's all Saucesome with the delicious help of Ragú® Sauce. I have been cooking with Ragú® for years. Ragú® has the Authentic Italian taste American family’s like mine love and a variety of great tasting, quick and easy to make family favorite … [Read more...]

Black or White, Blu-ray review

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Available NOW on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD, Black or White: Oscar® winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer co-star in this touching comedy-drama based on real events. When two grandparents, Elliott (Costner) and Rowena (Spencer), engage in a heated custody dispute over their beloved granddaughter, the ensuing legal battle forces them to confront their true feelings on race and forgiveness. Can … [Read more...]

2015 Mazda Mazda5 Grand Touring Review

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I recently spent a week driving the above 2015 Mazda5 Grand Touring. It's a nice looking car, and a pretty nice ride too. Most of the vehicles I’ve reviewed over the past few years have been matched up with a family vacation or road trip of some kind. Not this time. This one I put to the test with my daily routine and my family’s busy schedule. The 2015 Mazda5 offers a high level of … [Read more...]

Madonna’s Rebel Heart #RebelHeart #O2O

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Madonna’s 13th studio album Rebel Heart will be released March 10th on Interscope Records. I was given the opportunity to download the full cd a week early in exchange for sharing a review here on my blog. Though I must warn you, I don't think I've met a bigger Madonna fan than myself, so it took a lot for me to review this CD without being biases. In my eyes, she can do very little … [Read more...]

Stay hydrated with DripDrop #drinkdripdrop @SheSpeaksUp #spon #review

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The importance of staying hydrated is nothing new in our family. Our teenage daughter struggles with Vasovagal syncope, and a major side effect of this condition is that her body has trouble absorbing sodium. Which she corrects on a daily basis with a larger in-take of salt, and by drinking a LOT of water, with electrolytes. This also makes it much easier for her to become dehydrated than most … [Read more...]

My secret to a fresh-smelling car & $25 Walmart Gift Card giveaway #FebrezeCar @SheSpeaksUp

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I drive an older car, a 99 Grand Prix, and I love it. Though, I can admit that it's been a decade since my car had that nice new car smell. So, to help battle the odors that come along with age, everyday use and countless camping trips, I have secret weapon... Febreze Car Vent Clips. Don't let the size fool you - they may look small, but when it comes to eliminating odors, they sure are … [Read more...]

Xfinity X1 Platform, getting lost within the guide & On Demand features #XfinityReviewer

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We recently upgraded to the new Xfinity X1 Platform. While most cable companies offer premium HD entertainment packages, it would appear they are not all created equal. The Xfinity X1 interface is impressive right from the start up. Stunning picture quality (full HD 1080p even with On demand), and up to date features that have greatly improved our home entertainment experience. The Xfinity … [Read more...]

We made the switch and upgraded to the Xfinity X1 Platform #XfinityReviewer

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We recently upgraded to the new Xfinity X1 Platform, and I can't wait to share all of the details with you! Not just details on how we view home entertainment (though that has greatly improved), but how several features effect our budget, like adding an Xfinity house phone (yes, I said house phone) with Voice2Go has made it possible for us to cut our mobile data plan, while also adding some great … [Read more...]

New Year, New Budget! Save money with Mitsubishi

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Most of us include improving our budget when listing our new years resolutions, but what if you're in the market for a new car? Well, you might want to consider the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage. The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most gas efficient non hybrid car on the market today, as well as the most affordable at around $12,995. I recently had the pleasure of driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage … [Read more...]

New Spray Antiperspirant Deodorants @ Meijer

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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

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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...]

The November Man Blu-ray Review

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Five years into his retirement, CIA veteran Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is pulled back into service to help retrieve a Russian agent -- also his former lover -- who has incriminating evidence on Federov, a corrupt Russian leader. When a different CIA team, led by Devereaux's former protege (Luke Bracey), shows up, the mission goes south and Devereaux's ex-lover is killed. Now a rogue agent, … [Read more...]

Streaming family-friendly entertainment with Feeln, App Review & Giveaway

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Feeln is a new destination for great films that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Feeln is available online, in the living room and on the go. "Founded in 2007 by Academy Award winning Producer Rob Fried, Feeln (previously SpiritClips) is a movie subscription service showing films that move, inspire and delight audiences of all ages. Subscribers enjoy a wide variety of content, including … [Read more...]

Cozy Cat Furniture review, A purrrfect gift for any cat owner

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I recently received a Discount Window Cat Perch with Cradle to review for our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. The perch sits 31 inches high to give cats a nice view out most windows. If you have cats, you already know this is as good as it gets in the way of entertainment for these playful pets. Our two cats, Harley and Raphael love this perch and sit, sleep and play on it … [Read more...]

5 Good Reasons to visit @Outback Steakhouse #Detroit #OutbackZooNight

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My husband and I recently enjoyed a nice evening out that included dinner at Outback Steakhouse. It was a perfect evening, and if you haven't been in a while, I highly recommend a visit to your local Outback. The food, the service and even the drinks were wonderful. Could not have been better. Here are my five reason why I recommend Outback Steakhouse. 1. The menu. Outback has something … [Read more...]