Monday, May 31, 2010

FREE Pewabic Pottery House & Garden 107th Anniversary Celebration 6/4 - 6/6

Pewabic Pottery to Host 20th Annual Sale with free tours, demos, and door prizes

In conjunction with its 107th anniversary, Pewabic Pottery (Pewabic) is holding its annual “For the House & Garden” sale that is free and open to the public 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday June 4th through Sunday June 6th.

During the special weekend, Pewabic will feature its newest tile and vase releases as well as the work of more than 70 ceramic artists.

New this year, three metro Detroit designers will feature fireplace vignettes highlighting custom Pewabic tile. Designers include Maddalena Design, Jones-Keena & Company and Rariden Schumacher Mio & Co. All designers are based in Birmingham, Mich.

Shoppers can enjoy facility tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., tilemaking demonstrations, museum and gallery exhibitions and talk to Pewabic designers. Additionally, door prizes will be given away each hour.

Pewabic Pottery is a non-profit arts ceramic education center, working pottery and National Historic Landmark; its mission is to engage people in learning experiences with contemporary ceramic art and artists while preserving its historic legacy.

To learn more about Pewabic Pottery, call (313) 822-0954 or visit Pewabic Pottery is located at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit across the street from Waterworks Park.

2010 FREEISMYLIFE Father's Day Gift Guide

Bad Gifts No More!

Growing up, Mother's Day was always a big deal in my house. My mom would get all kinds of cards of love, flowers and jewelry. We all knew better than to not give that woman her due after how hard she worked at home. Then, a month later would come Father's Day. To tell you the truth, I don't know how my father kept that happy look on his face when he received a new bottle of Old Spice cologne from the drugstore every year. Poor man.

Don't let this happen to your dad or special father figure this year. Use this FREEISMYLIFE Father's Day Gift Guide to make sure that dad has a true happy smile on his face from the wonderful, yet cost effective, gifts that you will buy him with items ranging from FREE to $50.

Take a peak and see what you can find....


#1. Give DAD a FREE Shout Out for Father's Day!!! - courtesy of FREEISMYLIFE

What's better than letting dad see your heart felt thanks displayed for everyone to see.

Just like on Mother's Day, FREEISMYLIFE is offering an opportunity for readers to send a Father's Day shout-out to their dads on the FREEISMYLIFE website.

Send your tribute to with the title "Father's Day Tribute". Please include your Name, Age, City, State and an optional photo of your dad or you and your dad.

The tributes will appear in special posts starting in June and leading up to Father's Day.


#2. Kenneth Cole "Unlisted" Watches available at Macy's Stores $29.95
Back from the Valentine's Day Gift Guide are the Kenneth Cole line of watches called "Unlisted" that retail for $29.95 at Macy's stores. They all look much more expensive than they are, so your Dad will never know the bargain that you got on this one. The watches come in many styles and colors - some traditional, some retro, and some modern with colorful dials and rubber wristbands.

The attached photo of one on the Unlisted watches that I bought to give as a Father's Day gift - it is very retro cool.


#3 Douglas J. Aveda Institute "Stress Relieving Treatment" FREE!

Back in January, I did a review of the Stress Relieving Treatment at the Douglas J. Aveda Institute in Royal Oak. The treatment was fabulous and the regular price is only $34 for 60 minutes. Just like Mom, Dad is probably stressed out and would appreciate a little stress relief. You can give Dad this treatment for FREE by using this coupon good until 7/13/2010, making Dad an appointment by calling 877-334-8657 and driving Dad to the nearest Douglas J Aveda location (Royal Oak, Ann Arbor, East Lansing, and Grand Rapids).
For more information on the Douglas J. Aveda Institute spa and hair services, click here. For a list of their hours and locations, click here.


#4 FREE Subscription to Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine

Keep Dad's finances tight with this FREE 1 year Subscription to Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.


#5 Marc Jacobs USB Hub Cassette $15

All of us need extra USB connections, especially for our Notebooks and Netbooks. Get Dad a USB hub that is unique and 80's old school with the Marc Jaconbs USB Hub "Cassette" in the "MJ Master Mix" style. The cassette also comes in 2 feminine styles if you want to hook up Mom with one too!


#6 Eye-Fi Connect X2 $45-$50

I love to take photos with my digital camera, but I hate uploading them to my harddrive and then online. The Eye-Fi Connect X2 DS card wirelessly and automatically uploads pictures and videos from your camera to your home computer or to a online account. Sweet!

Read more about the Eye-Fi Connect X2. Dad will love it!
Note: Make sure this SD card is compatiable with your Dad's camera.

#7. Dads Eat FREE on Father's Day at Andiamo.

On Father's Day, June 20, 2010, Dads eat free with the purchase of another entrée of equal or greater value. Restrictions apply.

Click here to print voucher
#8. Dads get the gift of FREE music, courtesy of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Dad’s get in Free to Chick Corea Freedom Band at Orchestra Hall on Father’s Day Sat., June 20 at 7 p.m. Chick’s new all-star quartet features alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, bassist Christian McBride and legendary drummer Roy Haynes, who turns 85 this year.

Tickets at or 313-576-5111.

I will be adding to this list as I find more bargains. But you can help out too! If you have some ideas for Father's Gifts that you want to share, please leave a comment on this post with a link to the item. Bargains only please!


MUSIC REVIEW: One EskimO + a Free Track

One eskimO: Soothing, Soulful Music

Billboard Magazine calls One eskimO's self-titled debut album "...catchy, ambient pop." and Los Angeles Times Magazine hails the song "Kandi" “a beautiful, aspirational track.” I did not know much about One eskimO until I was sent the CD for review. I found all the tracks to be light and soothing. After a long day at work and then blogging, it was nice to play music that was calming, tranquil and soulful. It's the kind of music to play while relaxing with a nice glass of wine.

One eskimO Live in Concert

One eskimO's self-titled album is available in stores now, but you can also treat yourself to One eskimO live in concert. They are the opening act for Michael Franti & Spearhead on the following dates in Michigan:

Jun 08 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theater
Jun 09 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room

A Little FREE One eskimO Music

And to hear a little of One eskimO's music for yourself, click here to receive a free download of the track "Astronauts" via Twitter.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary One EskimO CD for the purpose of writing this review and I am entered in a drawing to win a $75 giftcard.

Happy Memorial Day in Detroit and Beyond!

FREEISMYLIFE wishes you and your family a Happy Memorial Day as we remember the people who gave their lives for our freedom....

Sunday, May 30, 2010

FREE Detroit Main Library Author Series: Ken Brown - From Welfare to Faring 6/5 2pm

Ken Brown, author of "A Leap of Faith" will speak at the Detroit Main Library

Business Coach, Ken Brown describes Living in Freedom Every Day, as he aims to be a Messenger of Hope and Merchant of Opportunity.

Featured on ABC's Wife Swap, Ken Brown offers expert personal and business advice as a life coach with advice from A Leap of Faith and L.I.F.E. - Living in Freedom Every Day. As the nation's youngest McDonald's owner-operator, he found opportunity in adversity.

This native Detroiter shows that "life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it."

Hear Ken Brown live, Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 2PM, Main Library, Friends Conference Room, 2nd floor, Cass Ave Concourse, 5201 Woodward, north of Warren in Midtown Detroit. Free and open to the public, books and CD's available. Info at or, or 313-481-1391.

FREE Lowes Build & Grow Clinic for Kids 6/12 10am

Father's Day is right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe's in Saturday, June 12th at 10am and they can build this Picture Frame. It's the perfect gift for Dad! Click here to RSVP.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

FREE Donut at Krispy Kreme for National Doughnut Day 6/4

Friday, June 4th is National Doughnut Day!

Celebrate at your participating U.S. Krispy Kreme retail store and receive a FREE doughnut!
No purchase necessary!


Review: "Mandy & Andy - The Seasons" for iPhone

Laura Terbrack is back with a Tech Review of a kids iPhone game. Check it out....

I was asked by FREEISMYLIFE to do a review of the Mandy and Andy – The Seasons game for the iPhone. The game was acquired via the iTunes App Store using a free code for redemption, provided by the authors of the game.
I want to start by clarifying that this is not just a game, even though that is what it is labeled in the iTunes App Store. It’s part book, part game. There are two ways to read the story that comes with the game. The first way is to press the “Read to me” button. If you select this option, the game reads the story to you. It takes you through multiple screens, allowing you to press a button on the iPhone interface to move to the next screen once the game reads the entire page. It’s very intuitive, since the button is in the shape of an arrow. The authors make good use of the iPhone interface for the transition.

The second way to read the story is by pressing the “I read myself” button. When you press this, you see the same as you did by pressing the “Read to me” button, but your child will actually read the words of the story himself/herself. My son James tested this game for me and enjoyed working his way through the story. The only thing I would do differently in the “I read myself” section is add an option that allows the child to touch the word to have it pronounced for them. My son is in the first grade and had trouble with some of the words, so this option would have been ideal.

When I pressed the “More books” button, this part was not as intuitive. There are headings that say “Become Andy and Mandy fan!” and “More Books”. There is nothing on this screen that allows me to access more books. There is a button titled “Sign now!” which seems to mean that I need to use it sign up to become a Andy and Mandy fan. When I pressed the button, a pop up form appeared asking for my contact information. I would rework this screen a bit and make the options easier to understand.

Back on the home page of the game, there is another button called “Tasks”. When pressed, it allows your child to play a matching game or a game where they can fill in a picture with colors (think the iPhone version of coloring). The matching game shows leaves on the ground and your child gets to match the pairs. My son liked this game, but didn’t like the delay when the correct pairs were moved to the top of the screen. He wanted to immediately press another pair, which didn’t work during the transition of the leaves from the ground to the top of the screen. He really enjoyed the part of the game that let him shake the phone to get new leaves. I had trouble getting my iPhone out his hands because he really liked shaking the phone!

Laura's son and game tester
The Mandy and Andy game comes in languages besides English. In the version I acquired (normally $1.99) from the iTunes App Store, there was English, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese. Overall, I think the game has some solid concepts. I think to be a real hit, the authors of the game need to add more Tasks and perhaps lengthen the story. My son only played with the game for about 10 minutes before he got bored, but he would have kept playing had there been more options like the leaf game where he could shake the phone. Another factor is that my son is 7 years old. I think this game is definitely geared for the preschool set, so a child who is 3-4 will probably get more out of this game then he did.

Laura Terbrack is a wife, mother of two and a self-professed tech goddess. In addition to her busy job as an IT professional, Laura is a contributor to FREEISMYLIFE and just started her own blog called "Laura in the Motor City". Follow her on Twitter at @lauramotorcity.

Friday, May 28, 2010

COUPON: 15% off at MACY'S deadline 5/31

Click here for the 15% off coupon. Expires Monday, May 31, 2010. Restrictions apply.


FREE "Healthier Black Elders" Conference 6/1 7:30am-2:30pm DETROIT - Call for Tix

Healthier Black Elders
June 1, 2010 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
New Providence Conference Center at 18211 Plymouth Road, Detroit

Open to all persons age 55 and older, this event is a free day of exercise, comedy, health screenings, medical information and a hot nutritious lunch. A panel of experts will discuss diabetes and heart health, and comedian Horace H.B. Sanders will perform. Keynote speakers are Vernice Davis Anthony, MPH, President and CEO of the Greater Detroit Health Council, and Jerry Johnson, MD, Professor of Medicine and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Aging, University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Advance registration required; call 313-577-1000 for free tickets. Jointly hosted by Wayne State University and the University of Michigan.

(Reprinted from Michigan Women's Forum)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Living for the (FREE) Weekend in Metro Detroit - May 28th - May 31st

Comerica Park - photo from Detroit News/ Free Press
Here is a highlight of the FREE activities you can do this weekend in the metro Detroit area and beyond:

On Friday, remember to go your local Sanders or Morley Candy Shop in Clinton Twp, Rochester, Birmingham, Eastpointe, Grosse Pointe, Wyandotte, Laurel Park Mall in Livonia, or 12 Oaks Mall in Novi to get your FREE 1/2 pound of Rich Chocolate Pecan Caramel Fudge. This offer is for the first 2010 customers. Yum Yum!

Go to your local Ikea for FREE breakfast this Saturday through Labor Day. This offer valid for one small breakfast (value 99 cents) and one cup of coffee (value 99 cents).  

On Saturday at 10am, get up and take the kids to your local Lowes for the FREE Lowes Build and Grow Kids Workshop so that the kids can build there on Race Car. Remember, you need to RSVP.

Also on Saturday, go to your local Michael's store with your kids to make a FREE beautiful vase of flowers card for someone special. This workshop runs from 10am to 1pm and is totally FREE while supplies last.

Labor Day is the last day to get 30% off at the Nesting Place in Milford. It's also the last day to get discounted Cedar Point Tickets for dates in June.

Use your time off this weekend to make your video entry for the I LOVE DETROIT contest where you could win FREE living for 1 year at the Garden Court Condos in Detroit.

Have a wonderful and blessed holiday weekend,

The Knack FREE Family Event- American Girl Craft™ Flower Card 5/29 10am-1pm

Go to your local Michael's store with your kids on Saturday, May 29, 2010 to make a beautiful vase of flowers card for someone special. This workshop runs from 10am to 1pm and is totally FREE while supplies last.

JOB POSTINGS Michigan Non-Profit Job Center Postings from May 27, 2010

Michigan Nonprofit Job Center - May 27, 2010

Association Manager or Exec. Director: The Women Lawyers Assoc.of Michigan (WLAM) seeks proposals from individuals or companies for provision of association management services to our organization. A full job description is at Password: teamwork. Submit proposals by June 9. Direct questions to WLAM President Lysa Postula-Stein at 248-790-5972 or

Clinic Director - Clinic Director FernCare Free Clinic, Inc. (503-C) in Ferndale is seeking a part-time Clinic Director to oversee the day-to-day operations of our volunteer based facility providing free medical care for under-and uninsured residents within the area. Successful candidate will have the authority to direct the implementation of all programs and services, and will report to the Board of Directors. Qualifications: a nurse, nurse practitioner or Physican Assistant is preferred but persons with medical office experience will be seriously considered. Resumes can be mailed to FernCare Free Clinic, Inc. 445 W. Woodruff, Hazel Park, MI 48030 or e-mailed directly to Ann Heler, Board of Directors President at

Executive Director – Michigan Energy Options, a 501(C)3 administering statewide energy efficiency programs, seeks an experienced Executive Director in East Lansing, MI. Qualified candidates will have an advanced degree and a minimum 4 year proven track record of program management, grant writing, budgeting and finance, and funding development. Candidate will manage offices in East Lansing and Marquette; MI. Travel will be required. Candidate must be an effective leader, able to attract, develop and retain highly qualified employees that operate in a self-motivated work environment. The ability to build and maintain relationships with organizations and agencies across the entire state is necessary. This position will report directly to a Board of Directors and work to maintain the strategic vision of the organization. A background within the field of energy efficiency and environmental conservation is preferred. Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: or by mail to: MEO, C/O Susan Walker, 405 Grove St., East Lansing, MI 48823.

Business and Operations Manager - Labor Notes is seeking a full-time Business and Operations manager in Detroit. We are looking for a candidate with experience in non-profit administration. For a full job description go to or call (313) 842-6262.

Henry Ford Village Foundation, Inc.Foundation Director - The Henry Ford Village Foundation, Inc. serving Henry Ford Village, a continuing care retirement community of over 1,000 residents nestled in the heart of Dearborn, Michigan, is seeking an experienced leader to direct the foundation.The ideal candidate will be responsible for all facets of the fund raising program including serving as the primary staff leader for the creation of strategic fund development initiatives, strengthening of the ongoing planned giving programming, annual giving programs, corporate and foundation relations, donor stewardship and recognition programming, gift processing and donor research functions, and public relations related to development. The Foundation Director will work closely with the Henry Ford Village Foundation Board of Directors and other executive leadership team members to create and implement a comprehensive plan for the development program that closely mirrors the priorities of Henry Ford Village.The position reports administratively to the Executive Director and functionally to the Board of Directors to which it is accountable. Must have 7 – 10 years of development experience within an established development program. A Bachelors degree or equivalent experience required. A track record of successful planned giving experience strongly preferred. Experience with comprehensive capital or endowment campaigns preferred. Must have strong leadership skills and be highly motivated to set and achieve measurable goals. To apply online, please visit our career site at or send resume with salary requirements to: Henry Ford Village, Human Resources, 15101 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126

Regional Director of Membership - Regional Director of Membership will implement membership strategies to increase girl members, develop innovative approaches to delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, implement an effective system for delivery of support services for adult members, ensures systems are in place to evaluate program effectiveness; applies for and administers program grants, oversees department budget and cost allocation. 5 years experience in non-profit leadership role; BA degree, or equivalent experience, graduate degree preferred; supervisory experience. Please send resume attn

Executive Director - Senior Services, Midland County Council on Aging, is an outstanding organization dedicated to serving the needs of senior citizens in Midland, Michigan. Agency consists of six locations in Midland County with an annual operating budget in excess of $4.0 million. Due to retirement, an excellent opportunity exists for an exceptional leader in the human services field. The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a human service or business field with a Master’s degree preferred. Candidates must demonstrate ten or more years of proven leadership experience in a human services position with increasing responsibility that includes program development, budgetary oversight, and community involvement. Experience in the field of aging is a plus. Excellent compensation and benefit package. Respond to with letter, resume, and salary history and requirements by May 24, 2010. Information about services and programs can be found at our website:

Associate State Director-Communications - AARP – Michigan State Office - Lansing, MI. Working to build a significant presence for AARP in Michigan, you will develop and implement well-coordinated communications strategies integrating efforts with advocacy and community outreach initiatives to inform and move volunteers, members, government, and elected officials, and general public to action. A primary focus will be to cultivate media relations, develop and implement messages for campaigns, and support volunteer and staff spokespersons. Other communications functions include the development of news releases, media advisories, event management, press conferences, speeches, testimony, Web and newsletter content. Ability to multi-task and work collegially in a team is a must. Bachelors degree + 5 years related communications experience. Qualified candidates are invited to apply on-line at Position listed under "All Available Positions". We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity.

Section 8 Program Manager - The Ann Arbor Housing Commission seeks to provide desirable housing and related supportive services for low-income individuals and families on a transitional and/or permanent basis. The manager is responsible for organizing and directing the activities involved in all aspects of the Section 8 Program. Responsible for providing operational leadership to the Section 8 program staff, covering screening, lease-up and occupancy functions in compliance with federal regulations. The Program Manager is responsible for assessing program quality and implementing improvements to improve accuracy, compliance and efficiency. See full job description on the “City Employment” page under “Working In” at

CEO - Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, Grand Rapids. Exceptional opportunity for accomplished executive to lead the Council to meet the needs of 17,000+ girls in 30 counties in Western and Northern Michigan. Collaborating with the Board, the CEO will direct senior management and staff of 45, with $3.6-MM budget and multiple properties. Minimum 5 years’ proven executive experience and outstanding communications skills required. Experience in fundraising, planning, community relations and board governance essential. Prior exposure to volunteer-driven nonprofit organizations is desired. Advanced education/training preferred. See for details. Base compensation $90k+. For consideration, email: or fax to 800-451-1451 EOE

Director of Fund Development - Henry Ford Village is seeking a Director of Fund Development with 7 – 10 years of development experience with all facets of fund raising program including serving as the primary staff leader for the creation of strategic fund development initiatives, strengthening of the ongoing planned giving programming, annual giving programs, corporate and foundation relations, donor stewardship and recognition programming, gift processing and donor research functions, and public relations related to development. Experience with comprehensive capital or endowment campaigns preferred. Must have strong leadership skills and be highly motivated to set and achieve measurable goals. To apply, please visit our career site at and enter 20685 in the Job Opening ID search field.

Job Opening - The primary function of the position is to manage the overall operations, funding and growth of the Center for Financial Health, currently located in Lansing. The Center for Financial Health is a non-profit comprehensive housing counseling agency providing financial education and one-on-one counseling for pre-purchase, foreclosure prevention, and money management in order to help working families and individuals build assets through home ownership. Salary Range is 40,000-50,000. Please send your resume to

Executive Director -The Center for Financial Health is a nonprofit comprehensive housing counseling agency in Lansing seeking an Executive Director to manage overall operations, funding and growth. See full job description and contact instructions on the "about us" page at

Grant Administrator - The Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition needs an organized, detail-oriented person with strong computer, communication and accounting skills who can work independently. Familiarity with coalitions and substance abuse prevention is desired. Grant administration or bookkeeping experience is required. Position is contract, year round, 15 hours a month, $12/hour. Send resume, cover letter and writing sample of donor thank you letter to: Carol Mastroianni, executive director at: or 1525 Covington Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301.

Chief Development Officer - Lighthouse of Oakland County, a non profit human services agency in Pontiac, MI is seeking an experienced leader to oversee all aspects of a comprehensive resource development program for the agency and its three subsidiaries. The position requires eight years of progressively responsible development experience, a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, and significant experience in major gift and planned giving fundraising. Must have experience managing staff and volunteers and be familiar with Raiser's Edge. Contact Connie Williams at for a complete position description.

Director of Finance/IT - at Crossroads for Youth, a private, non-profit youth services facility in Oxford, MI. Campus includes 320 rural acres, five residential programs and several non-residential programs, budget of over 4 million. Oversees all financial statements, prepares all budgets, manages cash flow, manages contract provisions, coordinates all insurances and manages the IT functions on campus (thin client system). Full time with benefits, $45,000 annually commensurate with education/experience, Master’s Degree and non-profit finance and accounting experience preferred. Non-Smoking campus, EOE. Email resume and cover letter to:

FIRST DRINK FREE & DOOR PRIZES at La Casa de la Habana 5/27 5-7pm


Metro Times with the help of After 5 proudly presents Drink Detroit: Happy Hour

Drink Detroit will be a monthly event rotating around the city to celebrate the hard workers making it happen in Detroit.

Metro Times will be providing complementary drinks along with door prizes at each Drink Detroit event.

The inaugural event kicks off Tonight May 27th from 5-7 at La Casa de la Habana located on 1502 Randolph in Detroit.

Metro Times is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2010 and Drink Detroit is our way of saying thank you to their readers.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: Sex and the City 2

Partying like Carrie

On Tuesday night, I went to a special advance screening of "Sex and the City 2" at the Birmingham Palladium. I won the tickets as part of a contest promotion on I was totally looking forward to this exclusive evening of being pampered by the students at Douglas J. Aveda Institute in Royal Oak and then seeing the newest movie in the "Sex and the City" franchise.

Me with @LauraMotorCity
As we arrived, all the moms took professional photos in front of a MomsLikeMe backdrop -very VIP chic. The Douglas J. Aveda Institute in Royal Oak provided all the moms with chair massages along with hair and makeup touch-ups. The Douglas J. students did a great job and everyone looked fabulous. MomsLikeMe even provided us with all the popcorn and soft drinks we could hold. We all felt like VIP's as we settled into our seats for the movie.

Lost in Abu Dhabi

Sex and the City 2 starts two years after the end of the first movie. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Big (Chris Noth) are married, but Big is more interested in watching TV than living the New York high life with Carrie. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is at the top of her professional game, but in need of lots of "vitamins" to keep the symptoms of menopause at bay. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is now a mom of two less than perfect children who are driving her crazy and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) hates her job at the law firm where she has worked like a dog to make partner. So the girls all go on the ultimate road trip - a one week all expenses paid trip to Abu Dhabi. I had high expectations of a great film. But something strange happened on the way to the Middle East.

The sparkle that these characters once had didn't show up much and the whole movie seemed forced from beginning to end. As I sat there wondering what was missing, I realized that the characters were swallowed up by a storyline that went for fun over substance. The events were all so over-the-top that the characters were not allowed any space to develop. Even the clothes got lost in the backdrop of Abu Dhabi. Every so often I would see glimpses of the sparkle, like when Miranda got Charlotte drunk so she could admit that motherhood ain't all roses or when the girls karaoke to the girl power song of all time or when Samantha finally had it out with the uptight men of Abu Dhabi, but those moments were far too few.

After two and a half hours, I left the theater thinking this movie just did not do the characters or the clothes justice. It was a cute movie, but I was so hoping for more. It's a shame really. But I guess when you leave " New York City" out of "Sex and the City", something is bound to be a little off.

"Sex and the City 2" opens Thursday, May 27th at the crack of midnight.

FREE Breakfast at IKEA this weekend 5/29 - 5/31


Saturday, May 29th - Monday, May 31, 2010

Limit one per customer. Offer valid for one small breakfast (value 99 cents) and one cup of coffee (value 99 cents). Offer not valid at IKEA Hicksville, IKEA Houston and IKEA Direct.

IKEA of Canton
41640 Ford Road
Canton, MI 48187
(734) 981-6300

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Wayne State University & DIA for mentoring events

Photos: Paul Sancya/AP & Monica Morgan/WireImage

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Wayne State University in our great city of Detroit to bring awareness to mentoring along with Spike Lee, Magic Johnson and American Idol star Kimberley Locke. After the rally, she attended a mentoring luncheon at the Detroit Institute of Art. A friend of mine had tickets and invited me to go, but unfortunately I had to work and go to an event at my son's school. But we can all watch the recorded event thanks to Wayne State University.

(You might have to hit the pause/play button a few times to start the video)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

FREE DSO Concert 6/20 7pm River Days Festival

FREE DSO Concert at the River Days Festival
River Front Conservancy – Detroit Riverfront

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
John McLaughlin Williams, conductor

Sun., June 20 at 7 p.m.
Repertoire to be announced

For its fourth consecutive year the DSO will appear at River Days for a free, summertime outdoor performance featuring classical favorites, including selections by famed movie score composer John Williams, as well as Irving Berlin, Morton Gould, Tchaikovsky and others, along Detroit’s beautifully restored RiverWalk just south of Atwater near Rivard.

River Days, presented by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, is a three-day family-oriented festival that takes place June 19 through June 21 and focuses on showcasing Detroit’s dynamic RiverFront. Reserved seats are not required for this concert. For more information, please call (313) 963-8418 or visit

New this year, there is a $3 admission charge to the Detroit River Festival, but free admission will be offered until 5 p.m. on June 18 and during the first hour of the festival (11 a.m. -- noon) June 19 and June 20. Admission also will be waived June 21 for the 52nd Annual Target Fireworks.

FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series 6/7 6/14 6/28 7/5 7/12 7/19 7/26 8/2 8/9 8/16 8/23 8/30

Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Free Film Series

JUNE 7—FOOD INC. (2009) – You’ll never look at dinner the same way again. This Oscar-nominated documentary lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry now controlled by a handful of corporations. (Warning: Not for the squeamish. Some disturbing images.) Directed by Robert Kennder. (PG, 94 min.)

JUNE 14—SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009) – A dynamic and bold reinvention of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Holmes, Jude Law as Watson and Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler. Holmes, now an action hero with fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, battles a new nemesis threatening to destroy the country. Directed by Guy Richie (PG-13, 128 min.)

JUNE 21—THE YOUNG VICTORIA (2009) – Emily Blunt is irresistibly charming as the young queen in the turbulent first years of her reign. Rupert Friend is equally appealing as the dashing Prince Albert who steals the Queen’s heart. Lavish, majestic and romantic. Also starring Miranda Richardson and Jim Broadbent. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. (PG, 105 min.)

JUNE 28—IT’S COMPLICATED (2009) – Jane Adler is the mother of three grown kids, has a thriving business, an amicable relationship with her ex-husband and a perfect new beau. She has her life all figured out. But then an innocent dinner turns into an affair and suddenly things get very complicated. Starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. Directed by Nancy Meyers (R, 120 min.)

JULY 5—BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE (1958) – On his way home to West Texas, Buchanan finds himself in an incredibly corrupt border town and ends up in the middle of a blood feud between both sides of the family – neither of which trusts him! An intriguing and offbeat western starring the great Randolph Scott, Craig Sevens and Barry Kelley. Directed by Budd Boetticher. (78 min.)

JULY 12—ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2009) – Tim Burton’s brilliant re-imagining of the Lewis Carroll classic thankfully presented with a more empowered Alice. We follow her journey down the rabbit hole into a fantasy realm populated by talking playing cards, the raging Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and a stark raving Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). Together they lead Alice on a dazzling journey of self-discovery and adventure. Also starring Anne Hathaway. (PG, 108 min.)

JULY 19—SHUTTER ISLAND (2009) – In 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding somewhere on remote Shutter Island. Twists and turns abound as Teddy is drawn closer to the shocking truth. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley. Directed by Martin Scorsese. (R, 138 min.)

STEVEN SPIELBERG SERIES—JULY 26, AUGUST 2 AND AUGUST 9: Join us for a three-week celebration of the summer blockbusters of director Steven Spielberg. A perfect opportunity for children and grand-children to experience these timeless classics again or for the very first time.

JULY 26—RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) – Follow swashbuckling archaeologist Indiana Jones as he travels the world in search of the Lost Ark of the Covenant, encountering snakes, Nazis and God’s wrath along the way! One of the greatest action-adventure films ever made, Raiders won four Academy Awards. Starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman. (PG, 115 min.)

AUGUST 2—E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) – Phone home! Experience the heartwarming story of a boy and his alien as lonely Elliott (Henry Thomas) befriends a creature from outer space accidentally left behind on earth and attempts to help him find his way back home. Also starring Dee Wallace and Drew Barrymore. (PG, 120 min.)

AUGUST 9—JURASSIC PARK (1993) - A theme park of genetically re-created dinosaurs breaks down, unleashing prehistoric beasts upon an unlucky group of scientific observers in this mega-hit from the summer of 1993. The state-of-the-art special effects are still just as impressive today as they were 17 years ago. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. (PG-13, 127 min.)

AUGUST 16—COLLAPSE (2009) - This acclaimed documentary focuses on the predictions of Michael Ruppert, an investigator-turned-journalist who holds an apocalyptic vision of society’s collapse in the near future due to economic, energy and environmental calamities. Is he a prophet or a madman? “Hypnotic and haunting.” - Time Magazine. “Less wake-up call than four-alarm fire.” - Variety. Directed by Chris Smith. (Unrated, 82 min.)

AUGUST 23—HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010) - A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. A thrilling animated adventure for the whole family! Featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson and Gerard Butler. (PG, 98 min.)

- Perseus, the mortal son of the god Zeus, embarks on a perilous journey to stop the underworld and its minions from spreading their evil to Earth as well as the heavens. To do so, Perseus and his band of soldiers must face the evil Kraken monster to save mankind! Starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. Directed by Louis Leterrier. (PG-13, 106 min.)

FREE 1/2 Ib of Rich Chocolate Pecan Caramel Fudge at Sanders/Morley Candy Shops 5/28 only - While supplies last

One Day Only (5/28), While supplies last.

Be one of the first 2,010 customers to visit a participating Sanders of Morley Candy Shop on Friday, May 28, 2010 and receive 1/2 pound of Rich Chocolate Pecan Caramel Fudge absolutely FREE!  No purchase necessary.

Stores in Clinton Twp, Livonia (in Laurel Park Mall), 12 Oaks Mall, Rochester, Birmingham, Eastpointe, Grosse Pointe, and Wyandotte.

Thanks to reader Kalyn for this fab freebie!


Monday, May 24, 2010

FREE Admission to the Charles Wright Museum on the 1st Wednesday of each Month

Charter One First Wednesdays - Free Admission to the Charles Wright Museum

Get FREE Admission on the First Wednesday of the month to the Charles Wright Museum of African American History.

June 2, 2010
July 7, 2010
August 4, 2010
September 1, 2010
October 6, 2010
November 3, 2010
December 1, 2010

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443

FREE Lowes Build and Grow Workshop for Kids 5/29: Race Car Saturday

It's Race Car Saturday at Lowes!

This car is perfect for any child or Jimmie Johnson fan! Bring your kids to your Lowes on Saturday May 29th at 10am to build this Jimmie Johnson car complete with Memorial Day paint scheme!

Click here to RSVP.


FREE Book Reading Event for Kids "The Wonder of a Summer Day" Milford 5/27 6-7pm

Summer Wonders
Thursday, May 27, 6-7 p.m. FREE

Make a trip into Milford with the kids when local children's author Laura Becker appears at Acorn Farm. She'll be reading her new book, “The Wonder of a Summer Day,” and the kids will decorate dragonfly and butterfly cookies.

Laura will have her books available for purchase and she'll be glad to autograph them as well. This event is free, but please call and register (248-684-1373) to ensure enough space and supplies.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I Love Detroit Contest - Live Free in the Garden Court Condos for One Year! DEADLINE 6/21


I Love Detroit Contest - The Ultimate FREEBIE!

The winner of the "I Love Detroit" video contest will live rent-free at Garden Court Condominiums for one year and blog about their adventures for everyone to see.
Entering the contest is easy:
(1) Shoot a two-minute video that showcases why you love Detroit and would be the perfect person to blog about your day-to-day adventures living downtown.

You don’t need fancy video equipment or editing tools to submit a video. Simply prove that you’re passionate about Detroit and would love to help tell the city’s story.

(2) Sign-up and join our community site at

(3) Upload your video submission by 11:59pm by Monday, June 21st.

A panel comprised of local bloggers and personalities will review all submissions. The winning video will be announced at a “Wrap Party” on Tuesday, June 29th!

*To enter, you must be 21 years of age or older. For more information, please view our contest rules and terms & conditions.

FREE Childrens Activities, Cooking Demos + more Thursdays at Milford Farmer's Market

Free Fun: Buy Local, Get it Fresh at Milford Farmers’ Market every Thursday

The Milford Farmers’ Market season is underway and attracting area residents to downtown with its variety of products and free family entertainment.

Each Thursday from 3-8 p.m., the Milford Farmers’ Market is committed to showcasing Michigan-based farmers, producers and artisans. A variety of vendors – from breads and produce to homemade dog treats and skincare products – create an interesting, consumer-friendly market.

In addition to 24 vendors, the market also offers free children’s activities, cooking demos and special events throughout the season.

The market is located on East Liberty Street between Main and Union Streets. Ample public parking is available surrounding the market.

The Milford Farmers’ Market will take place on Thursdays through Oct. 21.

For more information or to see a list of vendors, visit

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FREE Personal Pan Pizza + Drink for "A" Students with Pizza Hut 3 A's Program


Each marking period, any child who has 3 A's or the equivalent thereof, will receive one Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk by presenting his or her report card to the manager. This offer is good for Elementary and Middle School students. Dine-in only.

Student must be present and the original report card must be presented. Available at participating Pizza Hut locations. Call ahead first to see if your local Pizza Hut is participating.

Click here for more info


3 4 FREE! with Courtney Velasquez from Detroit Mommies

What does it take to be a successful Mommy blogger? Let's ask Courtney Velasquez

Today, the FREEISMYLIFE feature 3 4 FREE! continues where I interview local and national personalities and ask them just 3 questions for FREEISMYLIFE readers.

Today's interview is with Courtney Velasquez, the creator of the popular mommy blog Courtney has been seen of late branching out into local Detroit TV. She has appeared on Fox 2 News and WDIV Channel 4 News.

Besides her Detroit Mommies blog, Courtney also runs Giftfully Simple where she does kid related product reviews and giveaways and Digital Mommy where she teaches mommy bloggers how to take their blogs to the next level. On top of all this, Courtney is a wife and mother of three girls age 6 and under. With all that's on her plate, I am happy she made the time to share some of her blogging insight with FREEISMYLIFE.


1. Courtney, How did you get into blogging and what made you start the Detroit Mommies website?

I got into blogging after befriending a bunch of bloggers on Twitter and wanted to do all the fun things they were doing. We had also just moved to Michigan from California, so these ladies were the friends that helped me move across the US not knowing a single soul. To this day, they are my closest friends.

I started Detroit Mommies after moving from California to Michigan and seeing a need for a place where moms and dads could go to find family friendly events going on all around Metro Detroit.

2. You are a presenter at the the Gleek Bloggers Conference this month in Olive, MI, so you obviously have a lot of knowledge to share on the subject of blogging. What one piece of advise do you give to Mommy bloggers who want to take their blogs to the next level?

My biggest suggestion is for bloggers to network not only online, but meeting fellow bloggers in real life is the best way to build those relationships. From attending one conference and then going to a local meet-up I got some huge opportunities from the real life interactions I had with some high profile bloggers. You have to get out from behind the computer and network the old-fashioned way.

3. FREEISMYLIFE is all about bargains, so what is your best tip on how Mommies can save money?

I'm not that great at cutting coupons, but I am great at finding good sales. When I do find a great sale, I buy in multiples. I also shop a lot at Costco!


You can follow Courtney on Twitter at @detroitmommies