Monday, October 20, 2014

COUPON: $5 Olive Garden Unlimited Classic Lunch Combo (Valid until 4pm daily) - ENDS 10/24

Here's a discount for the Olive Garden lovers....

Here's a coupon for the Olive Gardan that can be used to purchase a Classic Soup, Salad and Breadsticks Lunch Combo for only $5. This offer is valid Monday- Friday until 4pm daily through October 24, 2014. One coupon per person, per visit.



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EMPLOYMENT: Forman Mills Job Fair 10/21 10/22 at Westin Hotel Southfield

October 21, 2014 - October 22, 2014
9:00am to 6:00pm

Forman Mills is holding a job fair on Tuesday October 21st and Wednesday October 22nd from 9am to 6pm both days at The Westin Hotel in Southfield, MI. They are looking to hire many types of positions - see flyer above for the details.

If you cannot make it, send your resume to or apply online at

Forman Mills Job Fair
The Westin Southfield
1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

Good Luck!

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FREE Wayne Country Child Support Help Seminar 10/25 1-4pm at Detroit Main Library

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library

The Salvation Army, William Booth Legal Clinic and The Legal Aid & Defender Office present a FREE Wayne County Child Support Help Program on Saturday, October 25th from 1-4 pm at the Detroit Main Library.

Attorneys and child support professionals will be on hand to answer your specific case questions.

Please bring your current court orders and up to date FOC financial information to receive this type of assistance. Contact the FOC Call Center at (313) 224-5300 to request a current FOC account printout be mailed to you in advance.

Attorneys can help you prepare your Motions to Modify Child Support, apply for Payment Plans, and you may even qualify for the State Arrearage Forgiveness Program. Additionally, you will be able to sign up for MiCase which will allow you to access your own case information from your computer at any time.

This Everyday Legal Issues Seminar is supported by various community agencies including Wayne County Head Start, JVS Jewish Vocational Services, Detroit Head Start Fatherhood Initiative, Wayne County Friend of the Court, Abundant Children & Family Services Agency, and Wayne County Mediation Center.

Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202


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GOLF: BOGO FREE on Merchandise and Buckets of Balls at Belle Isle Practice Center 10/20 - 10/22

Don't miss the Belle Isle Practice Center "Big Sale"...

The Belle Isle Golf Practice Center continues to be open through October and as long as it is above 50 degrees, so come on out and keep your swing going while you still can.

Today, Monday October 20th and Wednesday October 22nd all merchandise in the shop (clubs, balls, gloves, bags, sets, wall decorations, tees, shag balls, shirts) is buy one get one FREE! Or, you can make an offer!

 Also, buckets are buy one and get one free (all must be used on day of purchase).

The Belle Isle Practice Center
175 Lakeside Dr, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 821-5218


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

9 FREE Halloween Events in Metro Detroit and beyond in October 2014 - SPOOKY GOOD!

Save Money on Halloween merriment with these FREE events...

Halloween seems to be getting bigger and more grand each year.  But you don't have to spend tons of money on Halloween when you can attend these FREE events in and around Metro Detroit and beyond...


THURSDAY 10/23FREE Halloween Witchypoo Revue Show and Giveaways on 10/23 Oakland Mall in TROY at 4pm 5pm 6pm and 7pm

Oakland Mall
412 W. 14 Mile Road
Troy, MI 48083
(248) 585-6000


FRIDAY 10/24 -  FREE 25th Annual Safety Street Halloween Party 10/24 4-6pm University of Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy
Student Union Fountain Lounge
4001 W. 6 Mile Road
Detroit, MI 48221


SATURDAY 10/25 - FREE Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma Saturdays in October - 10/25 - Halloween Cookie Decorating

Williams-Sonoma locations in Michigan include -

2801 West Big Beaver Road
Troy , MI 48084

27710B Novi Rd
Novi , MI 48377

352 North Adams Road
Rochester Hills , MI 48309

SATURDAY 10/25 - FREE Halloween Boo Bash in Downtown Milford with Trick-or-Treating and more 10/25 5-6pm

Downtown Milford
Milford, MI


SUNDAY 10/26 - FREE Halloween Party at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History 10/26 NOON - ANN ARBOR

U of M Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI

SUNDAY 10/26 - FREE "Treats in the Streets" Halloween Event at the Detroit Historical Museum 10/26 Noon-3pm

The Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202


MONDAY 10/27  -FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - 10/27 - YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)

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!

Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium
16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI
(313) 943-2330


FRIDAY 10/31 - FREE Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on Halloween Day for those in Costume - 10/31 ONLY

Krispy Kreme locations in the Metro Detroit area include:

Krispy Kreme
208 West 14 Mile Rd
Troy, MI

Krispy Kreme
15050 Southfield Rd
Allen Park, MI

FRIDAY 10/31 - FREE Trick-or-Treating for Kids at Northland Mall in Southfield 10/31 3-5pm

Northland Mall
21500 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48075


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FREE Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on Halloween Day for those in Costume - 10/31 ONLY

Visit any participating Krispy Kreme location in costume on Halloween and receive a FREE doughnut...

On October 31, 2014, come in in costume and get one free doughnut of your choice (including the Ghostbusters doughnuts) at any participating Krispy Kreme US and Canadian location.

Offer good on October 31st only. No purchase necessary. While supplies last. One doughnut per customer. Good on October 31st only.

Offer not valid at Albany, Ga, Pigeon Forge, TN, Council Bluffs, IA, Clive, IA, Omaha, NE (2 locations), Panama City, FL, Dothan, AL, and Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun) locations.

Krispy Kreme locations in the Metro Detroit area include:

Krispy Kreme
208 West 14 Mile Rd
Troy, MI

Krispy Kreme
15050 Southfield Rd
Allen Park, MI

Click here for a list of participating Krispy Kreme store locations

Offer good for one doughnut per customer at participating stores on October 31st only.



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FREE "Treats in the Streets" Halloween Event at the Detroit Historical Museum 10/26 Noon-3pm

October 26, 2014  | 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Bring the whole family to one of the spookiest days of the year. The 12th annual Treats in the Streets, the FREE family Halloween celebration hosted in the Streets of Old Detroit exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum, takes place on Sunday, October 26 from 12 to 3 p.m.

Children aged 12 and younger are encouraged to come in costume and trick or treat in the Streets of Old Detroit, enjoy free refreshments and make a Halloween craft to take home. Throughout the afternoon, you’ll be astounded by the magic of The Amazing Clark and enjoy the scarily funny “Ha Ha Halloween Show” with ventriloquist/puppeteer Richard Paul (check out the show by viewing the video below).

As a special addition to this year’s event, the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center will be handing out unique goodies in the Community Gallery on the second floor of the museum. Please plan to arrive early, as refreshments are only available while supplies last!

Treats in the Streets is sponsored by HAP.

Admission to the Detroit Historical Museum is always FREE.


The Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202


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FREE Trick-or-Treating for Kids at Northland Mall in Southfield 10/31 3-5pm

Trick or Treat on Halloween 3pm - 5 pm
October 31, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. while supplies last

Bring the kids to Northland Mall in Southfield, MI on Halloween Day for FREE trick-or-treating in the children's play area from 3 to 5pm.

Come early because this event is good while the candy lasts!


Northland Mall
21500 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48075


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FREE Halloween Party at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History 10/26 NOON - ANN ARBOR

Have a Halloween that's fun, safe - and educational as well!

U of M Museum of Natural History
Annual Family Halloween Party
Sunday, October 26, Noon - 5 pm

By combining entertaining activities with informal science learning, the Museum's Family Halloween Party has become one of the most popular Halloween activities in the area. Partygoers will journey through the Museum, discovering special stations and displays full of hands-on activities. Many favorite stations will be back, along with new stations, and live animals! Come in costume (not required, but recommended) and don't forget your goodie bag - they will be handing out treats.

The party is suitable for all ages, and is FREE! No reservations or tickets are necessary.

For more information, call 734-764-0480 or email

Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor.

U of M Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI


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Friday, October 17, 2014

ENTERTAINMENT: Disney on Ice Princesses & Heroes opens to cheering Metro Detroit fans

I received complementary opening night tickets from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Crowds cheered Mickey and Minnie like rock stars... 
Little girls from the audience loved Minnie Mouse...
Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen get down New Orleans Style..
Princess Rapunzel and Flynn skate, minus the fry pan :)
Olaf, Elsa, Anna and the entire Disney crew were treated like Rock Stars on opening night of Disney on Ice...

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the opening night for Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The entire evening was a Disney fest featuring Disney Princesses and their Heroes in ice dancing scenes from all our beloved Disney movies.

The show opened to cheering crowds as Mickey and Minnie took to the ice to tell us about their favorite Disney Princesses and Heroes. And each mention of a Princess and a Hero sparks a scene from their movie to appear. The show features the stories of ten of our favorite Disney Princesses.

Princess Jasmine with Aladdin open the show meeting in the marketplace and finding a whole new world..

We all know the story of Snow White and Prince Florian along with the adorable 7 Dwarfs who "Hi Ho Hi Ho" there way into everyone's heart. And Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Prince are always crowd favorites.

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#Detroit is loving "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid at #Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes #freeismylife #DisneyOnIceInsider #deardetroit #kids #family

The story of Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and Prince Eric is all the better when the song "Under the Sea" is song by the entire crowd as you can tell by my Instagram video above...

Princess Rapunzel and Flynn Rider along with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen had all the kids jumping out of their seats to dance along with the couples. And who does not love Belle (Beauty) and Princess Adam (the Beast).

Princesses Elsa and Anna wave to their Frozen fans during the show...
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The rock star of the #Detroit performance of #Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes had to be Friozen's Olaf, who came out to a screening crowd #DisneyOnIceInsider #freeismylife #kids #family #video

Everyone in #Detroit was singing Frozen's Let it Go as Elsa glided across the ice at #Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes #DisneyOnIceInsider #freeismylife #kids #family

And Princesses Anna and Else, although with Olaf, were the hits of the show as audiences sang 'Let it Go" and "Do you want to build a Snowman?" at the top of the voices as the entire Frozen story was set to ice.

The show ended with one of the most famous of all the Disney princess stories - Cinderella and Prince Charming - a true classic!!!

The remaining show times for Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes at the Palace of Auburn Hills are:

- Friday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, October 18 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, October 19 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets at $60 Rinkside, $50 VIP, $28 and $23 reserved are on sale now at, The Palace and DTE Energy Music Theatre Ticket Stores and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets may be also charged by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard by calling 800.745.3000.

Click here to learn more about Disney On Ice

Click here to purchase tickets to a Disney On Ice show near you!


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KICKSTARTER: Kindness, Kids, and Virtual Reality do go together with "A Better World for Kids" Game

This post is sponsored by ToonUps. All opinions are my own because I love to do good to the neighborhood...

This crowdsourcing campaign about Games, Kids and Kindness deserves a second look....

When I started my blog seven years ago, I had two major goals in mind. First, I wanted to help my readers to stay positive in a down economy by sharing my unique perspective on saving money. But more importantly I wanted to have a voice in how people in my community perceived their everyday lives.

There is so much negatively in the news that at times it is hard to turn on the TV or read a newspaper without cringing. So I wanted to start my own online community where I could share information about the good things that are going on in the neighborhood. And what could bring a smile on any face faster than blogging about businesses and organizations that want to reach out and market to the community through offering complementary and discounted products and services.

I think there is just something wonderful about knowing you can go online to a special place to get a dose of daily positivity and a sense of shared community.

Here comes "A Better World Kids" ...

With community and positivity in mind, I was intrigued when I found out about a new Kickstarter crowdsourcing campaign by ToonUps to produce a virtual online game for kids that aims to teach them a sense of community through acts of positively and kindness, both in the game and in real life.

The mission of the team at ToonUps is to make uplifting games and apps that brighten the world. I first became acquainted with ToonUps in 2011 when I began playing the Facebook game called "A Better World. "

The Virtual Me inside the original "A Better World" Facebook Game
I loved playing "A Better World" because  I was able to make my virtual self look like my real self by choosing skin color, hair color, nose, eyes, clothing - the works. Then I was given some money (hello, you know I love having money) and let loose to build my life. But the really great thing about A Better World is that I earned money from doing good! Yep, you earn Do Good Gold and Better Bucks by performing acts of kindness.

Kids can create a virtual character that looks just like them..
And just like in the original "A Better World" game, the new "A Better World for Kids" virtual game allows children to make a virtual character that looks just like them and then earn Do-Good Gold by completing tasks both within the virtual game world, and also in the real world.

Do-Good Gold can then be used by your kids to purchase in-game merchandise like clothes, homes, and even pets.

And Parents will be able to program chores and other tasks into the game and have children receive virtual prizes when real world deeds are completed.

If you love a little positivity like I do, check out for more information on how you can help fund this effort to do a little good in the neighborhood.


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