Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FREE Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma on Saturdays in September - 9/6 9/13 9/20 9/27- RSVP

Williams-Sonoma Complimentary Junior Chef Classes

My son is one picky eater who refuses to try new foods.  So I wish when he was younger that I had signed him up for a cooking class like these FREE ones being offered weekly by Williams-Sonoma.

- Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
- Class size is limited – call your local store to register

Saturdays - times vary by store location

September 6th - Fresh Pasta
Transform a few simple ingredients into a classic, comforting meal. We have the tips, techniques and tools you need to make pasta paired with an authentic sauce. Suitable for ages 9-13.

September 13th - Share Our Strength Cookie Decorating Event Fundraiser 
Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit organization fighting every day to end childhood hunger in America. Join us for this special cookie-decorating event. ($5 donation) - all proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength! All ages are welcome to help us support this great cause.

September 20th - The Best of Breakfast
Everyone knows the most important meal of the day is breakfast. This class will teach you how to make some great grab-and-go breakfasts the whole family will love. Suitable for ages 9–13.

September 27th - Oodles of Noodles
Want to help prepare dinner? Join us and learn how to make delicious noodle dishes the whole family will love. We’ll create long curly vegetable noodles by spiralizing as well as make a baked noodle dish sure to satisfy. Suitable for ages 9–13.


Williams-Sonoma locations in Michigan include -

2801 West Big Beaver Road
Troy , MI 48084
(248) 637-0672

27710B Novi Rd
Novi , MI 48377
(248) 596-1036

352 North Adams Road
Rochester Hills , MI 48309
(248) 375-5891


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FREE Cooking Classes at Williams-Sonoma on Sundays in September - 9/7 9/14 9/21 9/28 - RSVP

Williams-Sonoma Complimentary Technique Classes

Become a better cook with Williams-Sonoma Technique Classes and be inspired! Learn fresh menu ideas, healthy recipes for family dinners, and both classic and new cooking techniques. Their complimentary Technique Classes are each dedicated to a specific culinary topic, such as cookware, tools or the best way to work with seasonal produce.

- Hour-long technique classes are FREE and include tastings of prepared dishes.
- Participants enjoy 10% savings on select same-day store purchases.
- Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.

- Class size is limited – call your local store to register


September 7th - Fresh Pasta
Transform a few simple ingredients into a classic, comforting meal. We have the tips, techniques and tools you need to make pasta paired with an authentic sauce.

September 14th - Fall Flavors in your Vitamix
Just because the weather is getting cooler, doesn’t mean it’s time to put away the Vitamix. Learn how to make delicious hot soups and other great fall recipes in your Vitamix. This month’s class will feature recipes and tips from Vitamix expert and author of The Blender Girl, Tess Masters!

September 21st - Understanding Coffee and Espresso 
Cooler weather calls for warming drinks, and our favorites tend to start with coffee and espresso. Join us to gain a deeper understanding of the differences between coffee and espresso and how varying coffee roasts and grinds affect the finished drink. After this class you’ll be prepared to be a barista in your own home!

September 28th - Knife Skills
As summer draws to a close, it’s time to pull out our knives and get organized. Let’s hone your knife skills so you are ready for back-to-school packed lunches and autumn dinners. We’ll also offer complimentary knife-sharpening service in class (one knife per customer, please).


Williams-Sonoma locations in Michigan include -

2801 West Big Beaver Road
Troy , MI 48084
(248) 637-0672

27710B Novi Rd
Novi , MI 48377
(248) 596-1036

352 North Adams Road
Rochester Hills , MI 48309
(248) 375-5891


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FREE #BacktoSchool Haircuts for Kids age 12 and under at Oakland Mall in TROY on 8/27 from 4-7pm

Send the kids back to school looking their best..for FREE!

Wednesday, August 27th
4- 7pm
Oakland Mall Center Court

Oakland Mall in Troy, MI is offering FREE haircuts for all kids age 12 and younger on Wednesday, August 27th from 4 to 7pm.  All haircuts are provided by licensed, professional stylists and are offered on a first come, first served basis, as time allows.

Oakland Mall
412 West Fourteen Mile Road
Troy, MI 48083


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Cedar Point celebrates Labor Day Weekend with Fireworks, Dollar Days, and $15 off Tickets

There is still time to get your thrill on at Cedar Point... at a discount!!!! 

This weekend, Cedar Point will be celebrating Labor Day with its first-ever Dollar Days, two nights of fireworks, money-saving offers on admission and exclusive deals and benefits just for season pass holders.

FREE Fireworks
Also this weekend, Cedar Point will be hosting two FREE fabulous fireworks displays. On Saturday and Sunday night, August 30-31, the sky above the park will come to life with a fireworks extravaganza that is sure to thrill. The fireworks display will take place each night at 10 p.m.

Dollar Days
The highlight of this weekend’s events are Dollar Days! For only $1, hungry thrill-seekers can enjoy hot dogs, pretzels, ice cream, popcorn and more at select locations while supplies last. Also, several games of skill will be just $1.

Guests of all ages can enjoy learning more about the mammoth creatures that once roamed around the planet at Cedar Point’s Dinosaurs Alive!, also for just $1! Dollar Days will be held Friday through Monday, August 29th - September 1st.

Save $15 off the Ticket Price!
Park-goers can save money on admission all this week with the new Summer Send-Off ticket, available exclusively online. Guests can purchase a ticket for only $44.99, that’s a savings of $15! Ticket valid for a one-day visit now through Sept. 1.

NOTE: Please use promo code SUMMER to take advantage of this great offer.  You will need Adobe Flash installed on your PC or tablet to view the discount offer.

Season Passholder Appreciation Weekend
Cedar Point will be honoring all current passholders during Season Passholder Appreciation Weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, all 2014 passholders can purchase a special bring-a-friend ticket for only $19.99! Passholders can also enjoy exclusive ride time on some of the park’s most popular roller coasters, including Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster and GateKeeper.

2015 Season Passes
The absolute best way to save time and money is with a Cedar Point Season Pass. 2015 passes are on sale now at their lowest price of the year! And with the installment plan, payments have never been easier and more budget-friendly. For a limited time, new passholders will receive a free admission ticket to Cedar Point, valid on any operating day in 2014 – including HalloWeekends!

For more information on these special offers and events, please visit www.cedarpoint.com


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FREE Admission to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 9/14 1-5pm

Bust of museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright.
Charter One Free Family Second Sunday at The Wright Museum
Sunday, September 14, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bring the whole family to Rejoice, Relive & Reconnect at The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of Charter One Bank! Enjoy the many exhibits on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family.


This event is FREE and open to the public. 

The event excludes guide group tours. For more information please call (313) 494-5800.

Check out my recent review of the Charles Wright Museum during my "Day in the D" tour

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
The Wright Museum™ | TheWright.org


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FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - September, October, November 2014

Blockbusters Free Film Series

HFCL Auditorium
16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI
(313) 943-2330
Monday Evenings
7:00 p.m.


SEPTEMBER 8—NOAH (2014) - A man named Noah (Russell Crowe) is chosen by God to undertake a momentous task before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world. Extraordinary special effects highlight this epic retelling of the biblical story. Also starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins. (Rated PG-13, 138 min.)

SEPTEMBER 15—DRAFT DAY (2014) - On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for himself and for football. (Rated R, 109 min.)

SEPTEMBER 22—MOMS’ NIGHT OUT (2014) - All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation...a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong? A fun and heartwarming family film. (Rated PG, 99 min.)

SEPTEMBER 29—GODZILLA (2014) - In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world's most recognized monsters. Featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. (Rated PG-13, 123 min.)

OCTOBER 6—CHEF (2014) - Jon Favreau stars as a chef who loses his restaurant job and starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. A charming comedy about second chances, coming together...and delicious food! (Rated R, 114 min.)

OCTOBER 13—PULP FICTION (1994) - 20TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION! Released October 14, 1994, Quentin Tarantino’s landmark film about two hitmen (John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson), a boxer (Bruce Willis), two petty thieves and a mobster’s wife (Uma Thurman) changed the landscape of independent film. Nominated for seven Academy Awards and winning for Tarantino and Roger Avary’s original script. (Rated R, 154 min.)


Join us for a spooky evening of crafts, popcorn and...GIANT ANTS! Create your own giant insect in the Children’s area before the show starting at 6:00, and then join us in the lobby for pre-show popcorn at 6:30. Even though this program is aimed at kids, of course all are welcome to attend!

OCTOBER 20—THEM! (1954) - The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization! Creepy, suspenseful and fun scares for the Halloween season. (Not rated, 94 min.)

OCTOBER 27—YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) - Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments. Madcap hilarity ensues in this classic Mel Brooks comedy. Starring Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman. (Rated PG, 106 min.)

NOVEMBER 3—THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (2014) - Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. Based upon the bestselling novel by John Green, the film explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love. (Rated PG-13, 126 min.)


It’s been 75 years since the character of Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in March of 1939. Join us for a screening of the 1989 Batman movie with Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton. Kids in attendance will receive a bag of Batman 75th anniversary goodies, while supplies last!

NOVEMBER 10—BATMAN (1989) - Director Tim Burton’s vision of the Batman legend with Batman (Michael Keaton) facing off against the homicidal Joker (Jack Nicholson). (Rated PG-13, 126 min.)

NOVEMBER 17—MALEFICENT (2014) - A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well. (Rated PG, 97 min.)

NOVEMBER 24—THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) - 75TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION! Start your holiday week with a special screening of the enduring family classic! A tornado blows Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog Toto into the magical Land of Oz where she embarks on a quest with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion to fight the evil Wicked Witch of the West and find her way back home to Kansas. (Rated PG, 102 min.)


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FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 9/6 - Build a Wizard of Oz TM Birdhouse

Build a Wizard of Oz TM Birdhouse on Saturday September 6th at the Home Depot

Build. Learn. Create. Have fun with fun Kids Workshops at the Home Depot designed for children ages 5 - 12. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

Build a Wizard of Oz TM Birdhouse
Saturday, September 6, 2014
9am - Noon

On September 6th, take the kids to your local Home Depot store to build a Build a Wizard of Oz TM Birdhousel. FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 - 12.



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Get 50% off at Metro Detroit Salvation Army Thrift Stores for their Labor Day Sale - 9/1 ONLY

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It’s the perfect time to pick up great deals on back-to-school gear at The Salvation Army's Labor Day Sale... 

Kick off the new school year with A+ style! Join The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) family thrift stores as they celebrate the start of a new season with their annual Labor Day sale. All 34 metro Detroit thrift stores will keep their doors open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1.

“Outfitting students with clothes and school supplies can be very costly – especially for families with multiple children,” said Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center. “As young scholars prepare to hit the books, we’re pleased to offer their families exceptional value while benefiting a great cause.”

In addition to 50 percent savings on clothing, shoppers will have opportunities to pick up great deals on accessories, home goods and other items during bonus sales announced each hour. Whether you’re stocking a dorm room or filling a backpack, make your way to a local Salvation Army thrift store on Labor Day for great savings!

Proceeds from all stores benefit The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Centers, independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults.

All 34 Metro Detroit Salvation Army stores will be participating in this sale.  See the list below to find a store near you -

The following stores are located in Livingston County Michigan:
Brighton Thrift Store

The following stores are located in Macomb County Michigan:
Center Line Thrift Store
Clinton Township Thrift Store
New Baltimore Thrift Store
Shelby Township Thrift Store
St. Clair Shores Thrift Store
Sterling Heights Thrift Store
Romeo Thrift Store
Utica Thrift Store 

The following stores are located in Monroe County Michigan:
Frenchtown Township

The following stores are located in Oakland County Michigan:
Auburn Hills Thrift Store
Clarkston Thrift Store
Highland Thrift Store
Orchard Lake Thrift Store
Oxford Thrift Store
Pontiac - Perry St. Thrift Store
Rochester Hills Thrift Store
Royal Oak Boutique Store
Southfield Thrift Store
Walled Lake Thrift Store
White Lake Thrift Store

The following stores are located in Washtenaw County Michigan:
Ann Arbor Thrift Store

The following stores are located in Wayne County Michigan:
Canton Thrift Store
Dearborn Heights Thrift Store
Detroit - 8 Mile Thrift Store
Detroit - Fort St. Thrift Store
Detroit - Michigan Ave Dollar Store
Garden City Thrift Store
Lincoln Park Thrift Store
Livonia Thrift Store
Redford Thrift Store
Romulus Thrift Store
Southgate Thrift Store


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Michigan Residents get Admission Discount Tickets now thru 9/1 at @CedarPoint

Did you know there are Cedar Point ticket discounts just for Michigan residents?

Summer is coming to an end (BOO!), but the fun continues at Cedar Point where now through Labor Day Michigan residents can get $15 off ticket prices (YEAH!)

Go to this special link just for Michigan residents to view the $15 off Cedar Point ticket offer 

NOTE: You will need Adobe Flash installed on your PC or tablet to view the discount offer.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

COUPON: 15% off ANY Payless Purchase in-store and online - ENDS 8/24 - Perfect for #BacktoSchool

Just in time for Back-to-School shopping...

Since my son's feet seem to grow larger every day (which means he goes through shoes like water), I like to buy him shoes from Payless. And I especially like when I can get even more money off when Payless offers coupons.  And this one is perfect for back-to-school shopping.



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HEALTH + TECH: Earn Walgreens #BalanceRewards for connecting your Fitness Tracker #shop #cbias

This shop was compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser Walgreens #BalanceRewards. All opinions are my own. 

I love getting rewarded for making healthy choices...

Since the beginning of the year, I have been on a mission to get and stay in shape.  Five mornings a week, I wake up at 5:30am to ride my stationary bike before getting ready for work. I have also been walking during my lunch break for years, but this year I have taken it to a new level by keeping count of my number of steps with my new Fitbit Flex Fitness Tracker bracelet.

Earlier this year, I set a goal of 5000 steps per day which I have since upped to 10,000 steps per day.  And to track my weight I also bought a Fitbit Wifi Scale.  Even though I have not been able to get my weight down to where I want it, I still know that if I stay on track with my goals, I will be more healthy and fit for the future.

Funny thing about goals though - they are easy to make but very hard to keep, especially after the initial excitement and newest wears off. So to keep myself motivated, I tend to look for any way that I can to make a game out of fitness. The competitor in me loves to win and thanks to Walgreens, I have found a way to help meet my fitness goals and earn lots of Walgreens Balance Rewards points that I can use to get my Walgreens purchases for FREE!!!

I always keep my Walgreens Balance Rewards card near...
I have loved shopping at Walgreens for years and I always make sure that I have my Walgreens Balance Rewards card with me so that I can earn points on all my purchases.

But I also made sure to join the Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices program so that I can earn even more rewards points just for keeping fit.

For setup, I used the Walgreens app on my smartphone to access the BR for healthy choices program to set my fitness goals.  I used the Walgreens website to initially pair my Fitbit Flex tracker back in January - the pairing cannot be done using the Walgreens app.

I set my goals for the number of steps I wanted to take per day (I initially set the number to 5000) and frequency of my exercising (my goal has always been to work out 5 days a week).

I earn Walgreens Balance Rewards points for all the steps that I take and also for tracking my weight.  I don't think earning rewards can get any easier than this!

And what I really love is that pairing my Fitbit Flex to the program means that the steps tracked by my Fitbit are automatically uploaded to Walgreens and I don't have to enter the counts by hand.

When I was entering my daily steps by hand, I would forget some days and miss out on my points.  Now that everything is automated, I earn points for every single step which makes me want to take even more steps so that I can earn Walgreens Reward Points even faster - HOLLA TO THE FREE!!!

Thank goodness their is a Walgreens down the street from work...otherwise it may have been a bad health day...
Recently Walgreens really helped me with my fitness goals in a big way. Yesterday morning I was running late to take my son to summer camp and did not get a chance to pack my lunch like I usually do to save money and keep away from the high calorie food in my workplace cafeteria. So after dropping off my son, I made a quick detour to the Walgreens location right down the street from where I work to pick up some Healthy Choice Steamer meals to keep in the work frig for my lunch this week.

And I was able to save 20% off my purchase with a special coupon since it was Walgreens Friends and Family day. And because I had already earned a boat load of Walgreens Balance Rewards points, I was able to redeem some and only pay 71 cents for my purchase.

Fitbit - check! Headphones - check!
Ready to walk and roll :)
When lunchtime rolled around, I got out my headphones and fitness shoes, checked my Fitbit and took my daily walk as scheduled and afterwards was able to eat a healthy lunch as I worked knowing that every step that I took was earning me even more Walgreens Balance Rewards points that I could use toward getting future deals. Now that is the way that I like to roll :)

If you want to also earn Walgreens points just for getting fit, check out the Walgreens Balance Rewards healthy choice program today. You have tons of rewards to gain and nothing to lose ... but weight.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOOD: Einstein Bros. Bagel Dog is WINNER plus find out about their Foodie Freebies #TastyTuesday

Two Thumbs Up for the Einstein Bros. Bagel Dog...

I have worked around the corner from Einstein Bros. Bagels for years and yet for some reason I had never made it inside.  I knew that the interiors in the Michigan stores had been recently renovated to give them a modern look and that they had new menu items introduced just this summer, but I had never made the time to check out all the changes since I was usually running late for some work meeting as I was driving by.

So when I was offered a complimentary gift card to try out the new menu (thanks Einstein Bros.) I gladly accepted and decided to extend my daily lunchtime fitness routine to power walk around the corner and over to Einstein Bros. Bagels.

I decided to try out the new Einstein Bros. Bagel Dog combo which features an all-beef, 1/4lb, Hebrew National® hot dog wrapped up inside a fresh baked plain or Asiago cheese bagel bun (I choose the plain) along with potato salad (other choices are available) and a fountain drink.

As hot dogs go, the Einstein Bros. Bagel Dog was excellent.  I love all-beef hot dogs and the bagel bun was yummy, filling and a totally modern take on a traditional hot dog bun.  I also loved the potato salad which complemented the hot dog perfectly for a great summertime meal.  I was so full after eating (burp!) that all I wanted to do was close my eyes and rest - not that I did since I was still at work :)

How to get a FREE Coffee or Fountain Drink with your next Einstein Bros. purchase...

One thing I found out from reading my Einstein Bros. purchase receipt is that they give any customer willing to fill out a survey about their visit at www.bageltalk.com a FREE Regular Coffee or Medium size Fountain drink with their next purchase.

After entering the store number, order number and date of visit info from the receipt, a short 10 question survey will appear.  At the end of the survey, you will receive a PLU code and a Validation Code that you can write on your receipt.  Just give the receipt with the codes to your cashier on your next visit to Einstein Bros. to get your FREE drink - HOLLA!!

Even More FREEBIES from Einstein Bros...
If you are looking for even more Einstein Bros. foodie freebies, you are in the right place!!!

Just join the Einstein Bros. Bagel e-Club and you will get a coupon for a FREE Bagel and Shmear for joining and another coupon for a FREE Bagel and Shmear on your birthday - HOLLA to the FREE!!


Einstein Bros. Bagels locations in Michigan include:

· Berkley – 27365 Woodward Avenue & Cambridge Road
· Birmingham – 176 South Old Woodward Road & East Merill Street
· Bloomfield Township – 4089 Maple Road & Maple Road Bypass
· Commerce Township – 8366 Richardson Road & Martin Road
· Dearborn – 5700 Mercury Drive & Lundy Parkway
· Dearborn II – 750 North Telegraph Road & Sheridan Street
· Farmington Hills – 27841 Orchard Lake Road & West Twelve Mile Road
· Grosse Pointe – 19341 Mack Avenue & Newcastle Road
· Grosse Pointe II – 16828 Kercheval Avenue & Cadieux Road
· Northville – 17101 Haggerty Road & Six Mile Road
· Plymouth Township – 640 West Ann Arbor Road & Rocker Avenue
· Plymouth/Sheldon – 15077 North Sheldon Road & Helm Street
· Southfield Commons – 29191 Southfield Road & West Nine Mile Road
· Troy – 3043 Crooks Road & Wilshire Drive
· Troy II – 1925 East Big Beaver Road & John R Road


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