Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Downtown Milford Ladies Night Out on 4/24 features Giveaways, Discounts and Freebies

Milford’s Main Street welcomes hundreds of women for biannual shopping and dining event...

Gather the girls and head to downtown Milford for the highly anticipated, biannual Ladies Night Out on Thursday, April 24.

Shopaholics, fashionistas and foodies alike will relish in a night of great deals and meals from 5-9 p.m.

“The Village of Milford offers stores and restaurants to suit a variety of interests and tastes,” said Ann Barnette, executive director of the Milford Downtown Development Authority. “Ladies Night Out is the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors to explore the downtown shopping district and experience what makes our Village an Oakland County destination.”

From giveaways and discounts to complimentary snacks and beverages, event goers are guaranteed to enjoy a special girl’s night while previewing the latest trends and merchandise in clothing, furniture, gifts, accessories and more.

Throughout the evening, visitors are invited to collect stamps on the official Ladies Night Out postcard at any of the 35 participating businesses. Attendees who collect 10 stamps and drop off their completed postcard at any participating location will be eligible to win one of 40 gift certificates worth at least $20 each.

“Each year hundreds of women bring their mothers and daughters, sisters and aunts, and cousins and friends to enjoy an evening of lady luxury together in the Village,” said Wendi Skolnik, Milford Business Association president and owner of Nana’s Niche & Corner, one of the participating Milford businesses. “We’re thrilled to continue this community tradition and bring family and friends together for another successful year.”

Visitors are also welcome to travel downtown early to enjoy specials at Milford’s exquisite eateries, including Milford House Bar and Grill, Gravity Bar and Grill, Palate, Smoke Street Barbecue and more.

For more information on the Village of Milford’s Ladies Night Out, visit www.meetmeinmilford.com

You can also follow the fun for Downtown Milford on Twitter and  Facebook.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

DEAL: Don't miss Bookstock - Metro Detroit’s Biggest & Best Used Book Sale 4/27 - 5/4 LIVONIA

I was selected for this sponsored post by Hay There Social Media. All opinions expressed are my own.

Get your bargain book shopping on at Bookstock! 

Books and reading are very important with my family.  When I was a kid, I would go weekly to the library with my sisters and we would stay for hours reading books and then checking out more books to take home.

Though I grew up and went into the technology field, one of my sisters went into library science and the other into secondary education. So when my son was born, my book loving librarian and school teacher sisters made sure my son's bedroom was filled with enough books to rival any library!  To this day, my son's favorite thing to do (outside of playing video games) to to read books and I sure that is because he was surrounded by them from birth.

My sisters' present of hundreds of baby, toddler, and elementary school level books was the perfect gift since books are not cheap, but they are the gift that keeps on giving for a lifetime.   But for those who don't have generous book giving relatives like I do, you need to check out an annual, non-profit used book and media sale that starts on Sunday called Bookstock.

Bookstock runs from Sunday, April 27th - Sunday, May 4th at Laurel Park Place in Livonia, MI and offers incredible deals on used books and media with all proceeds benefiting literacy and education projects in metropolitan Detroit.

Admission to Bookstock is FREE, 
except for the Sunday 4/27 3 hour Presale!

This year, Bookstock will feature five days of special sales:

- Pre-Sale - Sunday, April 27 ($20 Entry Fee - All other times have FREE Admission)
A $20 admission fee for the Sunday Pre-Sale that runs from 8:10am to 11am gets you first shot at Bookstock's over 100,000 donated used books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, magazines and records for sale, at bargain basement prices.  While you are shopping, listen to a performance by the Larry Callahan and Selected of God Choir, made famous by the Chrysler Superbowl XLV commercial.

- Monday Madness – Monday, April 28 
One lucky buyer will receive a $500 gift card and 750 shoppers will receive spectacular giveaways.

-Teacher Appreciation Day – Tuesday, April 29 
Bookstock is celebrating teachers by giving 50% off to all teachers with a valid ID, from 3 – 9 p.m. At 5 p.m. Bookstock B.E.S.T.* Awards, (Bookstock Extraordinary Student/School/Teacher) will be presented to fourth grade students from Detroit Public Schools who best describe how “My Favorite Book…and Why.” Awards will be presented by a WDIV personality and cash prizes will be given to five students, their teachers and their schools.

- Bookbuster Special Days – Wed, April 30 and Thursday, May 1 
Buy 3 books and get the 4th book *free (*least expensive item), from 3 – 9 p.m. Spend $25 or more and be entered in a special drawing for a football signed by Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Staffrord or an exciting sports collectible.

Half Price Finale, Sunday, May 4 
All remaining books and media will be sold for half price!

For more information about Bookstock, 
check out their... 

- Website at www.bookstock.info
- Facebook page: at www.facebook.com/BookstockMI
- Twitter page at  @BookstockMI

And Eventbrite link for tickets to the Sunday, April 27th 3 hour PRE-SALE at http://bit.ly/1nokg8V

Bookstock @ Laurel Park Place
37700 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152

Sunday, April 27 – Sunday, May 4, 2014
10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, FREE Admission
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on both Sundays, FREE Admission
8:10 a.m.-11:00 a.m. - Sunday 4/27 for Ticketed Only PreSale


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2014 #HGTVSmart Home GIVEAWAY in Nashville, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid & $100,000 CASH - ENDS 6/9

High Tech meets Traditional in the 2014 HGTV Smart Home in Nashville...



The luxuriously furnished high-tech HGTV Smart Home 2014 is an English country home located in the Nashville, TN community of Duncanwood Reserve, which a gated community of only 15 homes. This home is part of a giveaway package that includes an all-new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and a $100,000 cash prize provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans. The grand-prize package is valued at over $1 million - HOLLA!

I love beautiful homes and useful tech products and the 2014 HGTV Smart Home is a perfect marriage of traditional and tech.  So let's check it out below....

Tradition and Tech make the perfect modern home...
Smart Door Locks on a traditional home...
The exterior design of HGTV Smart Home 2014 is inspired by homes along the English countryside, namely Tudor homes found in suburban neighborhoods of Nashville. But despite the traditional feel, this home is high tech all the way.

As you enter the house, the front door is controlled by a smart lock that is connected to the main control system in the home. It can be locked and unlocked via the homeowner's smartphone or Web-enabled device. And the front door is monitored by one of the home's security cameras. Homeowners can access the live feed via smartphone, tablet or computer. Sensors throughout the house can alert the homeowner to any intruders.

Powder Room off the Foyer is Lovely..
The Great Room hides lots of tech....
The great room boasts a traditional design approach with modern elements. Throughout the space, "we were trying to span a whole range of people to feel comfortable," explains interior designer Linda Woodrum. And the smart features continue in the great room with a flat-screen Smart TV is mounted to the wall that can move to different vantage points in the room via the home's smart tablet.

A tablet can also control the home-automation system including the ability to control the security system, lighting and temperature. With a tablet, homeowners can schedule multiple functions at once. For example, homeowners could set a bedtime mode, which would automatically lock the front door, lower the thermostat and turn off lights. A tankless hot water heater heats water at the source, using less water and 10 percent to 20 percent less energy.

The smart features continue in the beautiful blue kitchen...
Surround sound speakers in the kitchen ceiling stream music, making kitchen work fun and entertaining. Coffee is made easy with a stainless steel coffee machine that's programmable to brew a pot before homeowners wake up. And a chrome motion-sense faucet makes cleaning up a breeze with hands-free controls that activate with simple hand movements. The custom built-oak island made from reclaimed lumber is not only beautiful, but also very useful with built-in electrical outlets.

The Dining Room is made to double as an office
When you step into the dining room "there is a beautiful explosion of color," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. While red increases appetite, the antique hue "adds contrast and breaks up the white throughout." The room is made to double as home office with the Smart TV that raises up out of the buffet to use for Skype business video calls.

Cozy and comforting, the master bedroom is designed to be a luxurious retreat. Motorized roller shades on the windows provide privacy and convenience by automatically closing at scheduled times or manually with a tablet or smartphone. The smart TV features HD video with streaming capabilities and connection to the whole-home system.

A remote control for the memory-foam mattress base will adjust to accommodate various ergonomic rest positions. And a wireless control sits on the nightstand beside the bed, allowing the homeowner to arm the security system before falling asleep.

The Master Bedroom shower space comes equipped with high-tech fixtures and clever storage.Two remotes feature programmable settings for the shower. At the touch of a button, homeowners can wake up to a hot shower ready and waiting. Homeowners won't miss a moment of their favorite morning show when getting ready. A flat-screen TV in the shower provides HD video with connection to the whole-home system and streaming content.

The Kids Den is a bold and exciting gathering space packed with comfort and style. The vibrant blue can also be found downstairs on the kitchen cabinets. One of the home's two portable security cameras monitors the den, allowing parents to keep a close eye on kids while attending other tasks in the home. From streaming music to arming the security system, everything in the home is controlled via tablet or smartphone.

Kids can use their tablet or smartphone to stream music an watch TV. And they can wake up energized by using their high tech smart sleep station which features weather forecast capabilities and custom alarm settings.

The guest bedroom provides a quiet retreat with a color scheme of blue, green, white and khaki serves as a springboard for a preppy, sophisticated style. A remote control for the memory-foam mattress base will adjust to accommodate various ergonomic rest positions. The soaking tub in the guest bathroom features smart temperature controls. If the bath water gets cold, a touch of a button will heat it back up.

The basement is like nothing you have seen before with a home theater and a performing stage.  For the ultimate theater room experience, a large projector screen retracts from the ceiling. Ceiling speakers and two subwoofers, built into the wall, produce dramatic sound throughout the room and are outfitted to blend in seamlessly with the cosy design. The basement is also fitted with an electronic pet door that allows pets to come and go as they please. The door is activated by a sensor attached to the pet's collar. A wireless PetSafe GPS locator also provides around-the-clock protection. With a GPS-enabled collar, homeowners will always know where their furry family member is.

The two-car garage is integrated into the home's English-cottage architecture. A combination of gas lanterns, traditional garage doors and dark gray wooden elements adds sophisticated style.The garage door opener can be accessed remotely, making it easy to open and close the garage door from anywhere.The garage door is monitored by one of the home's security cameras. Homeowners can access the live feed via a smartphone, tablet or computer.

The winner of this giveaway will also get the all new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.  What is not to love about a car that is beautiful and has high tech features that save you gas?

HGTV always produces an extravagant show to unveil the winner! And if you win, please invite me and my son for a visit - that is, if I don't win it myself :)



View a quick 90 second video below of the entire smart home ..

Good Luck!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FREE Community Open House on 4/26 at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland features chair massages, prizes

New South Patient Tower...
Community Open House has fun for the entire family...

Join staff, friends, community leaders and others to celebrate the completion of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's new, state-of-the-art South Patient Tower during a Community Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Guests can explore the eight-story tower that features 204 spacious, private rooms and learn about the cutting-edge patient-centered technology, collectively known as the Intelligent Care System. During the event, guests can view the new Healing Arts Program, featuring the works of renowned Michigan artists that is designed to create a calming and restorative environment and promote the healing of body, mind and spirit.

Light fare and refreshments and live music will be provided, as well as FREE chair massages, health screenings, prizes and giveaways for all to enjoy. Entertainment for children includes face painting and a meet and greet with Paws, the Detroit Tigers mascot. 

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is located at 44405 Woodward Ave. in Pontiac, MI



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CHARITY: Walmart Foundation seeking Michigan Nonprofits to Apply for Grants - DEADLINE 4/26

Walmart Foundation accepting applications from Michigan organizations through April 26...

The Walmart Foundation State Giving Council Program opened the application period for its second funding cycle on, April 13. Michigan nonprofit organizations can now apply for funding to support programs within the scope of the “Focused Giving” areas that include hunger relief, healthy eating or career opportunity.

The deadline to submit grant requests is April 26. Grant requests for programs that would fall under “Community Engagement Giving,” i.e. education, health care access and other human services programs will be accepted during the fourth cycle in September.

Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program will award grants to Michigan organizations during its second and fourth cycles to support organizations that address areas of need among underserved populations. In 2013, Michigan-based charities such as the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Coalition on Temporary Shelter, Lebanese American Heritage Club, Food Bank of South Central Michigan and Second Harvest Gleaners Food Bank of West Michigan received a total of $1,200,000 from State Giving Program grants.

“At Walmart, our mission is to do all we can to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve,” said Michael Collischan, regional general manager for Walmart in Michigan. “By providing organizations with these State Giving grants, we are not only fulfilling Walmart’s charitable mission, we are able to help these nonprofits work to fulfill their own missions and help better the community.”

As a 2013 State Giving Program grant recipient, the Greater Lansing Food Bank in Lansing was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to purchase a new food delivery truck. “The Greater Lansing Food Bank serves tens of thousands in need of emergency food in seven counties,” said Joe Wald, Executive Director of Greater Lansing Food Bank “Walmart’s generous grant has provided us with a new truck, which will enable us to pick-up and deliver food promptly and better serve some of the areas where food is scarce.”

Launched in 2008, associate-led State Advisory Councils work with the Walmart Foundation to help identify needs within their state, review grant requests and make funding recommendations to the Foundation. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria.

Grant submissions are only accepted online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving

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Monday, April 14, 2014

COUPON: FREE Arby's Snack-sized Curly Fry for Tax Day 4/15

Who loves FREE food????

To celebrate getting those taxes over and done, for the 4th year in a row, Arby is offering a FREE Snack-sized Curly Fry on April 15th at all Arby's locations nationwide. No purchase necessary.

Click here to Get your Coupon for a FREE Arby's Snack-size Curly Fry

Coupon only good for 4/15. Limited number of coupons, print yours before they are gone.


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

FREE Blommin' Onion with any purchase on Monday 4/14 at Outback Steakhouse

Hurry into your local Outback on Monday to get your FREE Bloomin' Onion...

A first place finish for race car driver Kevin Harrick means a Top 10 finish and another Bloomin' Monday™ Free Bloomin' Onion®. Just say "Bloomin' Monday" to your server on Monday, April 14th, 2014 to get offer.

Price, product participation and restaurant hours may vary by location. The Bloomin' Onion is FREE with any purchase, even a drink.


Legal Stuff:
Bloomin' Monday™ Free Bloomin' Onion® offer valid with any purchase. One per table. Offer subject to change. Say "Bloomin' Monday" to your server to receive the offer.


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SCHOLARSHIP: Calvin Johnson Football Scholarship for Graduating Seniors - DEADLINE 5/12

Calling all graduating football student-athletes in Metro Metro Detroit ...

The Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation Inc. is offering scholarships to graduating football student-athletes in Metro Detroit and surrounding areas. The criteria for this scholarship are:

- Graduating in Spring 2014

- Attending a college/university in Summer/Fall 2014 with no more than a partial college football scholarship

- At least a 2.5 grade point average upon their high school graduation

The deadline is May 12, 2014.



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COUPON: FREE Document Shredding at Office Depot for Tax Season - ENDS 4/29

Free shredding at Office Depot for Tax Season

IF you have some important documents to dispose of, then this FREEBIE is for you - FREE shredding at Office Depot for Tax season.

Bring in up to 5 lb. of bank statements or whatever important documents you want to shred.


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Friday, April 11, 2014

1st 50 Fans in line at DSO Box Office 4/13 are entered to WIN $2000 Star Wars Gala Tickets


Tickets for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s much-anticipated benefit concert featuring John Williams and Steven Spielberg will go on sale Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9 a.m.

The first 50 people in line Sunday night will be entered to win two free gala packages ($2,000 value, includes exclusive seating and admittance to black tie gala dinner honoring Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen).

DSO security will be on site starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13th and concessions will be available throughout the night. Free pizza will be served at midnight and doughnuts will be served at 6 a.m. Fans are encouraged to wear costumes inspired by Steven Spielberg/John Williams movies to be entered in a costume contest.

To ensure order on behalf of the Galactic Alliance, Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, Princess Leia and R2D2 from the 501st Legion Great Lakes Garrison will be in attendance starting at 8 a.m. Monday, April 14.

In case of inclement weather, all campers will be admitted into the Max M. Fisher Music Center atrium.

WHERE: Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201

WHEN: Sunday, April 13, 2014

8 p.m.—DSO security on site and concessions available for campers

Monday, April 14
- 8 a.m.—Storm Troopers, Darth Vader and Princess Leia arrive from 501st Legion: Great Lakes Garrison
- 9 a.m.—tickets go on sale

Good Luck! - If nothing else, it ought to be real interesting :)

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Fantasee Blu’s 3rd Annual Prom Dress Giveaway sponsored by KISS Detroit Radio 4/26 PONTIAC

Spread the word about this prom dress giveaway!

Prom is very expensive. The average family spends $1,075 for their child to attend. Do you know a girl attending prom this year that is need of help with buying a dress or getting her hair styled and nails done?

Then please join KISS Detroit Radio for their 3rd Annual Prom Dress Giveaway!

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014

Where: Rags 2 Rubies, Upscale Resale
71 N. Saginaw
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 834-3071

Time: 12 noon – 6:00 p.m.

What: Free Prom dresses (all sizes), Free alterations (if needed). D&S School of Cosmetology will offer FREE HAIR or NAIL SERVICES on the day of proms to the first 25 girls who sign up at the event! There will also be prizes, giveaways, light refreshments & more!

Donna at “Unique Lady Boutique” in Oak Park is donating some of the brand new gowns this year and “D & S School of Cosmetology”, in Waterford is providing FREE hair or nail services for the first 25 girls in need. Thanks to Chapel Funeral Home in Detroit, one lucky mom will win a $200 cash prize!!

Anyone who would like to donate a new or gently used dress, there are two drop off locations for your convenience below or you can email Fantasee Blu at fconley@radio-one.com

1) RADIO-ONE, 3250 FRANKLIN DET, MI. 48207


With your donated dresses this year KISS Detroit Radio can help ease the financial strain for one special night!



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