EZ Buy Direct, find your case online for less. Review & Giveaway

If you have a teenager with a smartphone or tablet in the house, then you already know all about the selfie! Kids will twist and turn and reach in all kinds of directions to get the photo opp. Putting their phones at risk to be dropped.

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While owning tech toys like smartphones and tablets is fun for kids, it can be of importance for us as parents. Like having the freedom to connect with our teens at anytime. But, we all know these items don’t come cheap! So, protecting them with a case, is a must in our house.

We recently received the below Soft White Case for our daughter’s iPhone 5C to review. It might not look like much, but the TPU material keeps the phone protected from scratches, and helps her keep a firm grip at any angle, like during selfies, or quick photos on the go.

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The snug fit prevents dirt and dust from getting inside the case. Side openings and bumper buttons lets her lock and unlock the phone, plug in and listen to music, charge or use a dock without having to remove the case. Unlike our experience with a much expensive case. It had to be removed every time she wanted to use her dock.

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Our daughter has been using this case for over two weeks and has no complaints. When asked, she referred to it as perfect, and just the case she had wanted.

Are you putting your device at risk by not using a case? This could change! The generous people at EZ Buys Direct would like to send one Five Dollar Shake reader the phone or tablet case of their choice.

Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have any issue with the widget or would prefer to enter by email, please contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. One winner will chosen at random and contacted by email on May 7th. Valid email address is required to enter. Must be 18+ and live with in the U.S. to win. No PO boxes please.

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FTC Disclosure: Free product was received for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions expressed and photos used are honest and my own. Except the photos I swiped from my daughter’s Facebook page.

Neater Feeder Pet Bowls Review & Giveaway

I recently received a Neater Feeder feeding system for Roxy to review. Neater Feeder is the first on the market that manages mess by containing and separating spilled food from spilled water.

Roxy was more than willing to help me open the box, and set up her new feeding system. As you can see, she was very excited.

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I don’t blame her, the Neater Feeder is a nice set up. Looks great!

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BUT, can it handle our Foxy, but sloppy basset hound’s habits. Like… spilling and spreading water across our kitchen floor.

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This has been happening daily, for years. In-fact, if I had a dollar for every time my husband has slipped and said ” this dog is trying to kill me with her water”, or our daughter complained about her socks getting wet while walking to the fridge, I’d be rich!

So, this review is not just for Roxy, but for our whole family.

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It’s been three weeks and I’m happy to say the Neater Feeder has made a great improvement in Roxy’s habits. Though we’re still seeing a little water on the floor, thanks to our girl holding water in her jowls as she turns to walk away, but the big puddles that had us slipping and sliding are gone. It’s nice to not have to clean the floor three or four times a day. The Neater Feeder is also the perfect height for Roxy. Elevated just enough to improve digestion, and reducing neck and joint strain. Being a basset hound, these are important issues for her.

Things that make Neater Feeder so unique:

1. The Only Mess Proof Feeder.
2. Comfortable for Your Pet.
3. Protects floors from the stains, mold and damage.
4. 100% made in the USA.
5. Is available in a variety of sizes for cats and dogs.

You can purchase a Neater Feeder for you pets (dogs or cats) by shopping http://www.neaterfeeder.com/ online or at select retailers.

You also have the chance to win one here on Five Dollar Shake!

Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have any issue with the widget or would prefer to enter by email, please contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. One winner will be chose at random and contacted by email on May 2nd. Must have a valid email address to enter. Winner must be 18+ and live within the U.S. No P.O. boxes please.

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The Nut Job Free Activity Sheets, Blu-ray Review & Giveaway

Let’s start with some Amazing Squirrel Facts:

In support of Universal Home Entertainment’s release of The Nut Job, get to know the adorable, furry little creatures before you watch the film.

  • There are 365 species of squirrel found all over the world, except in Antarctica, where there are none.
  • Squirrels belong to the animal group Rodentia – the same as mice and rats.
  • Squirrels’ sweat glands are located on their feet.
  • Squirrels can run as fast as 20mph.
  • Flying squirrels don’t actually fly – they glide.
  • Squirrels only mate twice a year.
  • Gray squirrels are often referred to as “living fossils” because they haven’t changed much in their 37million years of existence.
  • Squirrels are born blind.
  • Chipmunks are actually small squirrels with stripes.
  • The squirrel is the Native American symbol for preparation, trust, and thriftiness.

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Surly (Arnett) is a mischievous squirrel with a mission: to find the tastiest nuts for winter. When he discovers a whole store filled with his favorite food, he plans a heist of nutrageous proportions. But the place turns out to be owned by ruthless bank robbers so it’s up to Surly and his furry friends to stop the nearby bank heist and save the town.

Showcasing an all-star cast including Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Whole Lotta Love), Liam Neeson (Non-Stop, The Grey), Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Turbo), Jeff Dunham (Arguing With Myself, Spark of Insanity) and Gabriel Iglesias (Magic Mike, Hot & Fluffy), The Nut Job will prove “Enormously Entertaining” for the whole family (Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru)!

I recently received a copy of The Job to review. It was delivered just in-time for these cuties to enjoy during a fun sleepover.

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So I asked…

Did you like The Nut Job?
Libby: Yeah, I did, I really did!
Gabby: Yes.
Becca: I liked it too.

Which was your favorite character, and why?
Libby: Andie! Because I like her.
Gabby: Surly is my favorite. He’s funny.
Becca: All of them. They are so cute. The Dog.

Would you like to watch The Nut Job again?
Libby: Okay. I would like to watch it again.
Gabby: Yes. I would like to watch it again sometime.
Becca: Yes. We get to keep it, right?

My thoughts:
Though I didn’t see that much of the movie, what I did see was beautifully animated. The characters are super cute. The girls sat through the entire movie, and seemed to really enjoy it. Since my granddaughter (Becca) was the one to ask if we “get to keep it” I’m sure we’ll be watching it together on her next visit.

In anticipation of this adventurous release click on and print the free activity sheet below. Perfect to enjoy with your little movie fans!

The Nut Job Free Activity Sheet

Time to go nuts! You can own The Nut Job on Digital HD NOW (April 8th) and on Blu-ray & DVD April 15th!

There is even an Official app! The Nut Job (The Official App for the Movie)

You also have the chance to win a copy of The Nut Job here on Five Dollar Shake! Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have any issue with the widget or would prefer to enter by email, please contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email on April 29th. Must have a valid email address to enter. Winner must be 18+ and live in the U.S or Canada. No Po boxes please.

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Delivery Man, Blu-ray Review

“You’re never quite ready for what life delivers” – this is so true!

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In this heartwarming comedy, underachiever David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) learns he’s actually an overachiever — he’s fathered 533 children via donations made twenty years earlier! David soon discovers that the shock of his life might just be the best thing that’s ever happened to him. Along the way he discovers not only his true self, but also the father he could become. Also starring Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders — and complete with bonus materials, including behind-the-scenes footage — it’s a feel-good movie that really delivers.

I had the honor of attending the Hollywood Red Carpet preimere of Delivery Man. You can read my actual movie review here.

After interviewing several of the movie’s cast members and mingling at the after-party, it’s no surprise that Delivery Man will always be something special to me.

Reliving the experience on Blu-ray was just as funny and emotional as on the big screen. I laughed, I cried, and really enjoyed sharing this movie with friends. The story is great for conversations after.

I also enjoyed the bonus features. The bloopers being one of my favorites.

Bonus Features:
Building Family (Blu-ray & Digital)
Vince Vaughn: Off The Cuff (Blu-ray & Digital)
“I Got The Part” (Blu-ray & Digital)

Bloopers (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital)
Deleted Scene: You Are Under Arrest (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital)

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

Delivery Man is avaible to own NOW on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download. You can even rent it on Digital HD
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HoneyBaked Ham & Turkey, It’s Whats for Easter! #HoneyBakedEaster #Giveaway @biz2blogger #Spon

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 opinions expressed and photos used are honest and my own. This post contains no affiliate links. #HoneyBakedEaster #spon #Giveaway

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I recently received a HoneyBaked Ham gift card to shop with, and bring home dinner to review with my family. Okay – we like ham! Well, HoneyBaked Ham is so much more than ham. I walked into our local HoneyBaked Ham store in Taylor, Mi and was instantly overwhelmed with choices. For example, the below photos is what I now refer to as the wonder wall of goodness…filled with delicious side dishes, and tasty desserts.

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Speaking of goodness, I LOVE seeing how companies give back. HoneyBaked works with Feeding America – I like that!

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I also like how incredibly helpful the store associates were. After looking around and reading all of the awesome meal deals posted, I let the woman behind the counter know how much I had to spend and how many people I needed to feed. She could not have been more helpful, hooking me up with a nice variety of turkey, ham and four side-dishes that she was very enthusiastic about. All within pennies of my designated budget. I swear that took talent, because I could have been there mixing it up all day.

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Let me tell you the associates enthusiasm was not wasted! This meal, which took very little effort to heat up, was amazing! My family enjoyed every bit of it. The turkey coated in sweet crunchy glaze (yes, that is real real brown sugar) was by far my and my teenage daughter’s favorite. My husband and older daughter enjoyed the ham and the green beans. Also, a big hit was the stuffing and sweet potato souffle! OMG! Heaven.

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I have spent my share of holidays working in the kitchen. This Easter I’m letting HoneyBaked Ham do all the work. Not only because the food is delicious, but I would much rather spend my time enjoying the day with my family, and have my kitchen look like this..

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Than work all day in the kitchen and have it look like this…

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Check out these HoneyBaked deals!

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  • $54.99 Easter Ham & Turkey Combo – Pair a Turkey Breast (approx. 3 lbs.) with your choice of a Boneless Ham (approx. 3.5 lbs.) or Quarter Ham (approx. 4.5 lbs.)
  • $22.99 Turkey Breast (with any Half or Whole Ham purchase)
  • $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle – Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake and Honey-Spice Bacon
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Childhood memories rekindled with the discovery of a card game new to me! #Giveaway

When I was a kid, my girlfriends and I would spend hours playing the card game “Mille Bornes” (meaning a thousand miles in French) I don’t remember how my friend discovered this game, which was created in 1954 in France. It was different from any other card game that we’d ever played. All I recall is that we thoroughly enjoyed playing it.

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So, when I knew that I was going to try out a card game called “Touring”, I looked it up on the Internet and was pleasantly surprised to learn that this game has been around a lot longer than Mille Bornes, having been invented in 1906 and that Mille Bornes is actually derived from Touring! I was pretty excited to have the opportunity to try this game, one that I’ve never even heard about before.

It’s been several decades since I last played Mille Bornes, so I was pretty surprised that I was able to recognized some similarities in the two games the first time I played Touring the other day. It took a little while to go over the instructions to get familiarized with the cards and rules, but my sister and I were soon on our way to playing our first game, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had a few hiccups along the way, of course, but we wound up playing several more games at that sitting.

It wasn’t until later that night when I reread the rules that I realized that we had been playing wrong, lol! Apparently we had made up our own take on the game (unbeknownst to us at the time) by not drawing one card, then either playing or discarding it. In our ‘version’ we would draw a card then play as many cards as we were able to from our hand, always drawing more cards till we, again, had five cards.

The next time we met, we played with two other people, and this time we adhered to the real way that the game is supposed to be played. I’ll have to say that I agreed with my sister when she remarked, “I like how we played it before”. We are going to try the correct way again the next time that we play to give it another chance. Obviously, since we were playing so many cards at once, the game went rather quickly. I might add that both renditions were fun!

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All in all Touring is a very engaging game, it really keeps your attention while you try to figure out strategies to playing the cards in your hand to advance yourself, while also holding off your opponents. It’s sometime perplexing trying to decide which cards to hold and which to discard, the game takes such neat twist and turns. (no pun intended!).

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys playing cards, it really is an interesting and entertaining game. It would be a great gift for someone since it is probably one that they have never heard of, either. Now I think that I’ll go out and buy Mille Bornes to see how my childhood favorite stacks up against its predecessor (and my modern day favorite), Touring!

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One Five Dollar Shake reader will win a free Touring card game. 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. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email on April 23rd. Must use a valid email address when entering, be 18+ and live within the U.S or Canada to win. No P.O. boxes please.

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FTC Disclosure: Free product was received for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions expressed and photos used are still honest and my own. This post contains no affiliate links.