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

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 security to our family. Details on how we are able to capture the best internet speed on all three floors of our home. This has not been an easy task in the past.

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I hope you’ll be following along here on my blog, on Twitter and Facebook, as I share all of the details, trouble shooting and tips, and the highs and lows of our Xfinity X1 journey, including their huge On-demand system. Did you know you can actually purchase and download movies through Comcast?

First I’d like to share our experience of making the switch. I love that Comcast works around our schedule so there was no need to rush home from the office, worried we might miss the appointment. Our cable installer called to give us a reminder an hour before our scheduled appointment. When his previous appointment ran a few minutes over, he called again with an update and an apology. When he arrived he could not have been nicer. Very polite, and without even asking wore booties over his shoes – which was nice because we just had our carpets cleaned. After seeing that our previous cable company had split our cable lines several times, our Comcast installer was outside in the cold for well over an hour replacing them to give us the best possible signal. No complaints out of him! He then took all the time needed to hook up, and test our main box with DVR in the living room, a secondary box in our bedroom, and our phone service. Since the X1 system is different than anything we’ve had before, he took his time and went over every feature and detail, and then some. This made the switch really easy, and a lot of fun!

Watch for more Xfinity X1 blogging soon. I’m just getting started!

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FTC Disclosure: I am an Xfinity Reviewer. I receive information and free service as part of this relationship. I’m not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

New Year, New Budget! Save money with Mitsubishi

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.

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I recently had the pleasure of driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage for a week to review. A week that included five days of driving to and from the office (23 miles each way), several trips to the store, driving our teenage daughter and her friends around, and a weekend trip to Ohio, from Michigan to experience some awesome Halloween themed fun at Cedar Point. And, I did most of this on ONE tank of gas. Amazing!

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The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is a sporty little car. It’s really fun to drive. I was able to zip through my errands in no time. I love that this car fit’s into smaller parking spots, yet offers plenty of cargo space for shopping bags. It might not look like it, but that little back hatch holds a lot.

I’m a big fan of the Mitsubishi Multi Entertainment System (MMES) with navigation. This system features a 7-inch touchscreen that allows control of the navigation feature and the many entertainment options, as well as several vehicle functions, such as the handy rearview camera. All of which helps to keep my eyes on the road, and my ride much safer.

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The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is a great value without much sacrifice. It’s loaded with the same Mitsubishi style and quality that you’ll find in a higher priced vehicle.

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A few of my favorite features:

37/44 MPG combined* City/Hwy
Advanced climate control system
6-way adjustable driver’s seat
One touch start/stop, and FAST-Key system
MMES Navigation system with rearview camera
Bluetooth® hands free phone system
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Power side-view mirrors
7 standard airbags including drivers knee airbag

Getting the most for your money! Check out these avaible warranties.
10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable New Vehicle Basic Limited Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty on the restraint system, a 7-year/100,000-mile Anti-Corrosion/Perforation Limited Warranty, and 5-years/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance

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I really enjoyed driving this car. It’s a very fun ride. Priced low with excellent gas mileage, it’s a great way to save money as we move into the new year. The front seats are very comfortable and offer a lot more leg room than it appears from the outside. But, I would not recommend it for a family larger than three. I noticed a big change in the car’s power, and gas mileage when I drove with two adults in the front, and three teens in the back. It was also a bit noise at times when full.

Learn more about The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage by visiting www.mitsubishicars.com/mirage

Disclosure: I was delivered a 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage to drive for seven days. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. The opinions express are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced in any way to write a positive review. I am disclosing this information as part of the legal FTC blogger regulations.

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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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, Devereaux drags a relief worker (Olga Kurylenko) along on his mission to settle the score.

My thoughts:

I feel the need to first share that in my opinion Pierce Brosnan still has it. He’s the man! Yet, this movie, as action packed as it is, just didn’t do it for me. The storyline is pretty good, and it seems in the beginning to have all the makings of a great spy movie, until it becomes a bit too ridiculous for me. I found myself focusing more on Luke Brancey’s hair, and lack of messiness, and less on the storyline. I’m not sure where this film went wrong, directing, producing, editing, but I was glad to not have seen it in theaters. Which is disappointment for me because I really wanted to like this movie.

As always these are just my thoughts.

The November Man is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD.

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

VTech InnoTab MAX , Review & Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

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We recently received a VTech InnoTab MAX and VTech’s Learning Lodge® app store gift card for review. The tablet comes preloaded, ready to use and is quite impressive right out of the box.

 

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Built to grow with a child for years of learning fun, InnoTab® MAX, VTech®’s newest tablet with Android™ learning content, uniquely combines VTech’s expert-supported library of cartridges and apps with carefully selected educational Android apps – offering the best of both learning worlds and the widest variety of curricula to provide a superior children’s tablet.

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  •  VTech’s 4th generation kids’ learning tablet features its fastest processor yet with up to six times the processing power of previous generation and a 7” high-resolution multi-touch screen display
  •  InnoTab MAX features an enhanced 2nd generation version of Premium VTech Kid Connect™, at no additional charge, allowing children and parents to exchange voice and text messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers in real time between the tablet and a smartphone
  •  InnoTab MAX offers the best of both learning worlds with access to more than 650 educator-endorsed, age and stage appropriate learning titles as well as carefully cultivated educational Android apps that can be purchased and downloaded through VTech’s Learning Lodge® app store
  •  The tablet comes with 15 onboard apps including Premium VTech® Kid Connect, My Magic Beanstalk, Movie Maker, Art Studio, Wonder Cam Max, E-Reader with Story Dictionary and more
  •  InnoTab MAX also comes with one free Toca Boca app and two additional free apps that can be downloaded from the Learning Lodge
  •  Other InnoTab MAX features include a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery and kid-safe Wi-Fi so kids can explore appropriate online games, videos and websites that have been pre-selected by VTech
  •  Parental controls allow parents to manage their child’s apps, web access and tablet time, as well as view a progress log

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Our seven year old granddaughter loves the VTech InnoTab MAX because she can chat with family members, she can shop for games and fun ebooks, and she likes to plug it in next to her bed to use as an alarm clock on school days. Most of all she loves it because it’s hers, a real tablet of her own. We love the VTech InnoTab MAX because it encourages reading, the games are all educational, and her parents have complete control. Most of all VTech is a name we trust and have counted on through the years for fun education toys that last. VTech InnoTab MAX is by far the best VTech product we’ve experienced as of yet. That is why it makes the 2014 Five Dollar Shake Holiday Gift Guide!

Recommended for ages 3-9 years, with a MSRP: $109.99 you can purchase a VTech InnoTab MAX online or at locations where VTech toys are sold. You also have the chance to win one here on Five Dollar Shake!

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Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have any issue with the widget or would prefer to enter by email, you can contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. Winner must be 18+ and live within the U.S. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on December 3rd.

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

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 award winning films, Hollywood blockbusters, Original Short Films, and Hallmark Hall of Fame® movies. Feeln is available online; on stream-to-TV devices including Roku and Xbox; and on mobile phones and tablets.”

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I recently received a Feeln subscription to review with my family. New to the app, I was pretty excited to check it out. The app was super easy to find and add to our channels on Roku. I was surprised by the variety of movies, and impressed by some of the classics, including several what I would consider hidden jems.

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Since lowering our cable package we’re streaming movies and television a lot more often than before. Not always being able to stay on-top of what the kids are watching, it’s nice to have another app to add to their “already approved” list.

We enjoyed watching several Hollywood hits with our teenager during our Feeln review, like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, October Sky, and Dances With Wolves. I’ve always been a fan of Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, so there is always something for me to watch on Feeln. The app played perfectly. No sticking our rebooting. My only complaint is that there seems to be a quick turn over on some selections.

I would recommend this app to any movie lover, or family that enjoys streaming.

All movies on Feeln are available on apps for Xbox 360, Roku 2 & 3, Apple TV, iPhone 4, 4s and 5, iPads 2, 3, 4 and mini, Android tablets & phones, GoogleTV devices, Nook HD & HD+, Kindle Fire 2nd Gen, HD, HDX and through the Feeln.com website on desktop computers.

A subscription is required at just $3.99/mo.

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Five lucky Five Dollar Shake readers will win a Free 1- year Subscriptions to Feeln.com! Three readers will win Feeln swag items! Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. Winners must be 18+ and live within the U.S. All winners will be chosen and contacted by email on December 4th.

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Free use of the Feeln app was provided for this blog post. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. Sponsor to handle all winners.

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

I recently received a Discount Window Cat Perch with Cradle to review for our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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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 often.

Features:

  • Overall Size: 21″ L x 16″ W x 31″ H
  • Covering: Plush Carpet
  • Board: Plywood.
  • Base size: 21” x 16”
  • Cozy cat bed: 16″ inside diameter
  • Cat cradle on top: 17″ L x 11” W
  • Made without glue or any toxic materials.
  • Ships fully assembled.
  • USA Handmade Cat Perch.

Shopping on www.cozycatfurniture.com is a lot of fun. Their website is super easy to maneuver, and full of products and great gift ideas for any feline family member. The check-out was quick, and easy, as was the delivery. They ship orders within 1-3 business days via UPS Ground! Which I love.

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The Discount Window Cat Perch with Cradle was delivered already assembled and ready for our cats to enjoy. It’s funny because they sure knew what was inside the box was for them. They were like a couple of kids on Christmas morning!

Retailing for under $100, the Discount Window Cat Perch with Cradle makes our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide as the purrrfect gift for any cat owner.

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 mine own and honest. This blog post contains no affiliate links.