Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Living for the (FREE) Weekend in Metro Detroit - April 2nd - April 4th

Here is a highlight of the FREE activities you can do this weekend in the metro Detroit area and beyond:

This is going to be one busy FREE weekend in Detroit. Where do I start?

Meet Chelsea Handler on Friday at 5:30pm at the Birmingham Borders Books. Chelsea has a new book called "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang" which she will be discussing and signing copies before her performance at the FOX at 8pm.

There will be a FREE Easter Carnival Saturday at the Belle Isle Casino from 11am to 3pm with candy, face painting, inflatables, prizes, egg hunts and more.

Take the kids to the FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop on Saturday from 9am-Noon. Kids 5-12 will make a Butterfly House.

There will be FREE Easter fun at both Northland and Eastland Malls on Saturday where the kids can do crafts, get treats, and search for the golden egg. Whoever finds the golden egg will get a $50 Visa Gift Card.

And to round out the Easter celebrations, Art Van Furniture stores in Waterford, Livonia, and Howell will have FREE visits with the Easter Bunny this Saturday. Remember to bring your camera.

And while you are online reading about all these FREE events, why not order your FREE sample of Dunkin Donuts coffee? You know you want some :)

Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter,

Bargainista Heaven! The Complete Zac Posen for Target Collection - available 4/25

Bargainsta Alert! I love when exclusive designers do lines for Target. And now you can add Zac Posen to the Target hit list. His collection will be in Target starting April 25th. The prices start at $16.99 and go up to $199.99. If his Target line sells like the other designers before him, it will be gone within days.

Click here to see all the pieces (with the prices).


FREE Advance Screening of THE RUNAWAYS 4/7 8:30pm Ferndale

Apparition invites you and a guest to attend a special advance screening of

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 8:30pm
The Magic Bag Theater
22920 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220

Click here for movie passes

Passes do not guarantee entry. Arrive early.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Special FREE Cliffhanger Screenings of Toy Story 3 at Oakland University & University of Mich Ann Arbor in April

You are invited to a screening of the SPECIAL CLIFFHANGER EDITION of Disney•Pixar's TOY STORY 3! Click below for the chance to see the first 65 minutes of the gang's newest adventure. And make sure to check out the full 3D experience of TOY STORY 3 when it hits theaters nationwide June 18, 2010.

The toys are depending on you.

You MUST bring your valid college ID for admission, seating is first-come, first-served, and no recording devices are permitted. Read the full disclaimer.


Please arrive early to secure your seat, as no one will be admitted late and seating is not guaranteed. The theater may be overbooked to ensure capacity and admittance is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no reserved seating. Theatre and promoter are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time.

Oakland University Screening
Saturday April 17, 2010 at 12:00 PM
AMC Star Great Lakes 25
4300 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Click here for more info

University of Michigan Ann Arbor Screening
Thursday April 15, 2010 at 7:30 PM
Natural Science Auditorium
505 S. State St.,
Ann Arbor, MI
Click here for more info

FREE Easter Carnival 4/3 Belle Isle Casino

FREE Easter Fun Fest at the Belle Isle Casino
Saturday, April 3rd

Click here to view and print the flyer for this event.

FREE PBS Show Taping "Being Strategic" 4/23 5:30pm Wixom INCLUDES FREE DINNER

Through the generous contribution of General Electric, Detroit Public Television is pleased to invite you to our studios for a special taping of “Being Strategic with Erika Andersen" on Friday, April 23, 2010.

Join us as executive coach and author, Erika Andersen shares her five key steps to “Being Strategic” in business, relationships and life. Through visual aids and personal stories, Erika will help you strategize through problems, work through identifying your goals and achieve your destiny. In the program, Erika will weave in dozens of real-life examples and offer a complete course in turning around a business or a life. According to Erika, “the ability to be strategic may be your single most useful tool for creating the career, the relationship, the life you want.”

WHEN: Friday, April 23, 2010

WHERE: Detroit Public Television Studios
1 Clover Court
Wixom, MI 48393

TIME: 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Taping

**R.S.V.P. No later than Monday, April 19, 2010**

This is a free event.

For more information please call Josette Marano at (248) 305-3782 or email

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 4/3 9am-Noon

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop on Saturday April 3rd.

The next FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop will be Saturday, April 3, 2010 form 9am to Noon at all Home Depot stores. Kids ages 5-12 will make a Butterfly House.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Meet Chelsea Handler 4/2 5:30pm (TIME CHANGE) Birmingham Borders Books

Meet Chelsea Handler for a discussion and book signing at the Birmingham Borders Books
There will be a discussion and book signing of Chelsea's new book "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang"
Friday April 2, 2010 at 3pm

Borders Books in Birmingham, MI
34300 Woodward
Birmingham, MI

This is a great way to see Chelsea for FREE before she does her comedy show later on Friday at the Fox Theatre at 8pm. And believe me, that show is NOT free.


TIME CHANGE & PROCESS CHANGE: The Chelsea Handler event has been changed to 5:30 pm at Borders in Birmingham on Friday, April 2. Wristbands will be distributed when the store opens and throughout the day.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: First Tee Golf Program OPENS 4/1

First Tee mission is to impact the lives of young people around the state of Michigan by providing educational programs and learning facilities that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

The First Tee facilities offer an ideal venue for introducing children (starting at age 7 and up) to the game of golf. These learning facilities welcome beginning golfers by providing affordable access in an atmosphere that is less intimidating and an experience that is less time consuming for a child who is just starting to play the game.
The First Tee Registration starts on 4/1 and sells out every year within days. Last year, First Tee added classes for parents to also learn the game of golf. This is a very afforable way to take golf lessons.
10100 W. 10 Mile Rd.
Huntington Woods, MI 48070
tel 248-545-4929
fax 248-543-2829

DISCOUNT: $10 at thru 4/10

Designed to improve your life by changing the way you walk, Shape-ups feature a unique soft kinetic wedge insert and dynamic rolling bottom to simulate walking on soft sand. With the comfort of Shape-ups, you will feel your heel sink to the ground as you step, roll forward as your weight shifts to its center, and push off with your toes. This movement will result in stronger leg, buttock, back and abdominal muscles as you stabilize your steps.
Redeem coupon code SHAPE10 at for $10 off through the end of April '10.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

FREE Women's Health Classes at Henry Ford Hospital in April and May

FREE Women’s Health Classes at Henry Ford Hospital

The experts of Women's Health Services at Henry Ford are committed to offering women throughout southeast Michigan the best care possible, from the latest treatments to free seminars on topics that are relevant to you.

Many women have questions about their health care. That's why we've designed seminars with real answers. Hear from local and national experts and attend as many events as you like because all of our sessions are FREE...
Space is limited, so reserve your spot today for our 2010 Hot Topics events. Some topics include:

Menopause 101
Joint Pain and Menopause
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease - Caregiver update
When a headache is more than a headache
Is it a cold or is it allergies?
If I could just get some sleep!
Click here to register

COUPON: 30% Extra Trade In Credit on DS games at GAMESTOP. Ends 4/1

Get an extra 30% trade in credit with this coupon on up to 5 DS games traded at GameStop.  Click on photo above to enlarge, then print.  Expires on 4/1/2010


Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield: Are you sure this is a hospital?

Last week, I was invited to take a tour of the Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield during their one year anniversary celebration. I had never been to this hospital before, but I had heard about their private rooms and hotel-like amenities so I was eager to see everything for myself.

The Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield is the first hospital that The Henry Ford Medical Group has built from the ground up since the original hospital in Detroit opened in 1915. The hospital was designed to be a community gathering place and the community had input in the final design. The hospital has a radical design that takes the patients needs into account to provide an almost spa like experience.

To say that I was impressed by what I saw would be an understatement. I was floored and walked around with my mouth open for most of the tour. It just did not look like a hospital. It looked more like a mall or a spa retreat with a hospital hidden inside. So let me tell and show you what I saw...

It's a world unto itself
My tour started on Main Street, which resembles a street in a small village. The Henry Ford designers went for an old world lodge atmosphere. There are salvaged architectural pieces like the stained glass windows shown in the photo above and there are cozy areas to sit and rest like the wicker chairs in front of the fireplace shown in the photo above. The atmosphere feels very homey.

There are actual street signs on posts to direct visitors. On each side of the street are stores including Caribou Coffee, The Sleep Well Shop that sells beautiful organic bedding, and The Live Well Shoppe which sells organic lotions and potions, all kinds of products for healthy living, and beautiful jewelry and clothing.

Hey, It's Henry!
While on my walking tour, I met the cutest member of the Henry Ford staff, Henry the therapy dog. Henry is very good at his job because he put me in a very relaxed mood.

Nature comes inside
We left Main Street and entered into the first of two atriums which are both beautiful and peaceful. The first atrium is very large and had just been used by the DSO for a concert for the hospital's anniversary celebration. The second atrium is smaller and contains an interfaith chapel. Some of the patient rooms look out into this atrium and the patients can use the atrium to walk in for exercise.

Give me a room with a view
Next on my tour was a look at the patient rooms. In the Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield, every room is a private room and there is no additional costs to stay in a private room at this hospital. Since every patient room is private, the standard room insurance rates apply.

Each patient room has a view of the atrium or the pond that surrounds the hospital. Each room has a stylish tile bathroom, a huge couch that can sleep an overnight guest, and a flat panel TV. The TV can be used to watch more than just TV programs. It can also be used with the remote to watch videos about upcoming patient procedures and order 24 hour room service. Yes, 24 hour room service! The hospital has found that by allowing patients to eat when they are hungry and to eat what they want (within dietary restrictions), food waste has been cut down significantly. Also extra bedding, towels, and other supplies are not kept in the room, but in a linen closet right outside the room. This again cuts down on waste and saves the hospital money.

Even the walls and floors on the patient areas are stylish. The walls are covered in original works of art depicting Michigan outdoor living and the floors have pattern themes (acorns, leaves, etc) that are stylish and help patients and visitors to identify where they are going.

Watch out Martha Stewart
Next on my tour was a visit to the Demonstration Kitchen, which is a 90 seat kitchen auditorium where the audience can watch and participate in healthy cooking classes. It was fabulous. It looked like the set of a Martha Stewart cooking show. I peeked in to see the filming of a special cooking class featuring Michael Geiger from the Eastern Market.

Wellness never looked like this!
My tour continued with visiting Vita, the hospital wellness center. This is a wellness center like nothing I have seen before. Vita is a luxury spa providing massage therapy, skin care, nail care, aqua therapy, and more with a mind body studio featuring yoga and exercise classes. They also have a Neuroacoustic Sound Therapy Chair where 25 minutes in the chair is equivalent to a 90 minute nap - I totally need some time in that chair. The wellness center also provides mammograms and wig and makeup application for cancer patients.

Healthy Living means Healthy Eating
My tour ended with lunch at Henry's, which is billed to offer a unique and healthy dining experience. I was totally prepared to hate the food since it is all suppose to be healthy, but I was pleasantly shocked by how delicious it all was. The food is prepared fresh daily by chefs that are trained in healthy cooking. I had a delicious burger and a slice of sugar free cheese cake that was wonderful. Who knew healthy food could taste that wonderful. During the lunch, the dining experience was further heightened by the music provided by a wonderful piano player. I could not believe that I was eating in a hospital.

The Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield totally blew away my preconceptions of how a hospital should look and feel. The designers did a wonderful job of making everything seem homey and comforting. And the goal of making the hospital into a community gathering place was definitely achieved. Go hang out there and see it all for yourself and tell Henry I said hello...

Click here to see some of the FREE screenings offered in March and April by the Henry Ford Hospital.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal as part of my tour.

DISCOUNT: 20% off at Cole Haan from donating used shoes ENDS 3/29

Cole Haan Heart & Sole Project: Get 20% off at a Cole Haan store for donating gently used pair of shoes.

Step up and join Cole Haan and SOLES4SOULS in changing the world, one pair of shoes at a time. Frm March 19-29, we'll give you 20% off your entire purchase when you donate your new or gently worn shoes (any brand) at a Cole Haan retail or outlet store.

Click here for more information.

Cole Haan Retail Store at
TROY, MI 48084
(248) 816-6947

Happy Birthday Aretha Franklin - You do Detroit proud, you Natural Woman!

To celebrate Detroiter Aretha Franklin's birthday and to celebrate hard working women everywhere, here is Aretha singing "Natural Woman"....

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Living for the (FREE) Weekend in Metro Detroit - March 26th - March 28th

Here is a highlight of the FREE activities you can do this weekend in the metro Detroit area and beyond:

Take the kids to Lowes for their FREE Kids Build and Grow Workshop this Saturday. This time the kids will build a kaleidoscope.

There will be FREE Easter fun at both Northland and Eastland Malls on Saturday where the kids can do crafts, get treats, and search for the golden egg. Whoever finds the golden egg will get a $50 Visa Gift Card.

The Detroit Historical Museum is putting on a FREE Eggstravaganza on Saturday from 10am to Noon where kids can decorate and fill Easter baskets and the whole family can enjoy the Spring Variety Show.

Laural Park Place is having Breakfast with the Easter Bunny this Saturday from 9am - 10:30am in Livonia that only cost $5 per person.

If you are on the Northwest side of Detroit this Saturday, stop in at the FREE Easter Egg Hunt at the Detroit Public Library Sherwood Forest Branch on West 7 Mile and the Southfield freeway.
And to round out the Easter celebrations, The Art Van Furniture store in Dearborn will have FREE visits with the Easter Bunny this Sunday.

The Macys at Somerset Mall in Troy is having a INC Spring Chic Event on Saturday at 1pm where the first 50 RSVP'ed guests that arrive early will each get a $25 INC gift card.

For Teachers, Saturday is a great day at go to the Henry Ford for their FREE Educators IMAX Preview event at 8:30am. The IMAX film will be "Hubble 3D". RSVP is suggested.

There is a FREE quilting exhibit at the Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. The last day for this FREE exhibit is this Sunday.

If you are stuck at home this weekend, check out the new Showtime series premiers of Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara online before they are shown on Showtime. Use the password to access the shows online.

And lastly, how about getting prints for some of those photos that are stuck in your camera? Walgreens has a code that gives you 20 FREE 4x6 photos.

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend,

Photo of Detroit from the Detroit News and Free Press

FREE Wi-Fi Hotspots in Metro Detroit

Do you like to be out and about in the D and want to support businesses with FREE wi-fi so you can also get some work done?

Say no more. Click here for the list of FREE Wi-Fi Hotspots in Metro Detroit courtesy of

Note: You can also add to the list the Wintergarten in the GM Ren Cen.


DEAL: $50 Detroit Princess GC for only $17.50 ENDS 3/25

Detroit Princess Riverboat$17.50 for a $50 Printable Gift Certificate

The Detroit Princess is a beautiful, 5 story riverboat with chandeliers and stunning views. Located between COBO Hall and the GM Renaissance Center, the Detroit Princess is a unique venue for your event. Enclosed, heated and air conditioned.

The Detroit Princess is docked on the Detroit River near Hart Plaza where Atwater and Civic-Center Drive meet.

Get a $50 gift certificate for only $17.50. Offer is good only until Thursday 3/25.

Click here for offer.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Detroit Tweetup with a Twist: Come to the FREE Dogup 4/11 Noon-3pm

Attention dog lovers! This is one Tweetup with a Twist...

Get ready for a totally awesome FREE event for dogs & the people who love them. From noon to 3 p.m. on April 11, Liz Blondy, founder of Canine to Five, is opening up her amazing facilities to all #dogup participants. With 4,500 square feet of cage-free, indoor, climate-controlled play space and 1,000 square feet of secured, fenced in, well-lit outdoor play space, your four-legged friend is sure to have a blast.

The Yelp community is pulling together to kick off a series of bake sales to benefit local animal organizations. The #dogup will be the pilot event for this program, so Yelp members will be in attendance with lots of goodies for participants!

Non-dog owners are just as welcome to attend! You can check out the facilities, catch up with your fellow Detroiters & just enjoy the warm weather.

Did I mention the #dogup is free?

Any questions, contact @ericafinley or Hope to see you there!

Apr 11, 2010
12pm - 3pm

Canine to Five
3443 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI

Click here for more information and to register.

Be a Showtime VIP Insider: Watch Premier Episodes of Nurse Jackie & United States of Tara before SHOWTIME Subscribers!


Watch the season premier episodes of Showtime shows "Nurse Jackie" and "United States of Tara" online before anyone else.

Click here and when prompted enter the secret code: "HABIT FORMING"


Free Head & Neck Cancer Screening at Henry Ford Locations 4/15 - RSVP

Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings at Henry Ford Hospital Locations in Detroit, Dearborn, Sterling Heights, and West Bloomfield
Head and neck cancers account for approximately three percent of all cancer cases in this country. Since early detection not only saves lives, but also reduces the debilitating side-effects associated with this highly preventable type of cancer, Henry Ford Health System is holding free screenings on Thursday, April 15.

Henry Ford has traditionally been the only local health provider to offer free head and neck cancer screenings during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.

The free screenings in the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic will be held from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15 at the following locations:

Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit
Henry Ford Medical Center - Lakeside, 14500 Hall Road, Sterling Heights
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, 6777 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield -- Screenings at this site will be held 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Henry Ford Medical Center - Fairlane, 19401 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn

Head and neck cancer can occur in the mouth, throat, larynx (voice box), swallowing passages, salivary glands, thyroid gland and nasal passages. People who use tobacco or drink alcohol heavily are at higher risk than others to develop the disease. Most cases are found in people over the age of 40, and the disease is more common in African Americans than Caucasians.

People who use tobacco or drink heavily should be screened for head and neck cancer at least once a year. Cancer warning signs also include hoarseness, persistent throat and ear pain, mouth sores that won't heal or a lump in the neck.

To register for a free screening or for more information, call (313) 916-3275. Because space is limited you must have an appointment for screenings.

Monday, March 22, 2010

DISCOUNT: Nintendo DSi in Silver for $129 at

For a limited time, is selling the Nintendo DSi in Silver for only $129.00. That is a savings of $40 off the retail price here in Detroit. I don't know when this offer will expire. If the deal has expired, check the other colors. Dell seems to be changing the deal to another color each week.


UPDATE: 3/24 - The Deal is dead.

COUPON $20 off Aveda Hair Color Service at an Aveda Salon

Sign up to receive a gift certificate† for $20 off your first hair color service at an Aveda salon.

Aveda hair color is:
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FREE Cone Day 3/23 at Ben & Jerry's PartnerShop in downtown Detroit Noon-6pm

The Goodwill Industries Ben & Jerry's PartnerShop in downtown Detroit will hand out FREE 4-oz ice cream cones to anyone who stops by Tuesday, March 23, as part of Free Cone Day. The PartnerShop, owned and operated by Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, provides paid work experiences for Southeast Michigan youth with barriers to employment.
PartnerShop employees receive training in resume-building and personal skills development, helping them gain important skills to prepare for their future. Proceeds from the PartnerShop support Goodwill Industries training and career development programs.
Also launching during Free Cone Day is the PartnerShop’s special offers through, a location-based social network that offers businesses the chance to reward repeat and loyal customers. Ice cream fans will be able to check-in from their phone at Ben & Jerry’s online venue on, and will be offered a free small cone for every fifth virtual check-in. Users holding the virtual title of mayor (the Foursqure user with the most check-ins at the specific location) will receive a 10 percent discount on any order.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
12:00pm - 6:00pm

Ben & Jerry's PartnerShop
1014 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI