Sunday, July 31, 2011

FREE Lowes Build & Grow Workshop Saturday 8/6

Build a photo holder with a twist this Saturday

Your child will love this kit! The beginning of the school year is just around the corner! Bring your child in to Lowe's and they can build this School House Photo Holder!.

Bring your child to your local Lowes store this Saturday, August 6, 2011 to build this cool toy. Click here sign up.


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FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 8/6 9am-Noon

Bring the kids to Home Depot for some FREE fun

The next FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop will be Saturday, August 6, 2011 from 9am to Noon at all Home Depot stores. Kids ages 5-12 will make a Pencil Box Holder to get ready for back to school.

This FREE family activity, designed for children ages 5-12, instills confidence and a sense of achievement.

All children will get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement


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Find FREE Kindle Books on Ereader News Today (ENT)

So you have a new Kindle?  Now what?

Kindles are wonderful reading devicies. But they are just fancy useless pieces of hardware without the books to read on them.  How do you get Kindle books without blowing your budget?

Amazon lowers the price of some of their Kindle books to FREE for a limited time, but Amazon does not publicly list these FREE books so they are very hard to find.

Well you don't have to go around trying to find them on your own.  The website Ereader News Today (ENT) has a Facebook page where they list new FREE Kindle books that they find on a daily basis.  They have over 35,000 Facebook fans so they must be doing something right.  I have been following them for a while now and they list something FREE everyday.

So if FREE Kindle books is what you are looking for, check out the Ereader News Today Facebook Page.



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MOVIES Coming to DVD on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - "Rio" and "Soul Surfer"

Don't waste money - Read FREEISMYLIFE Movie Reviews before you buy this week's new DVD's

The movies "Rio" and  "Soul Surfer" are coming out on DVD this Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Before you buy, read the movie reviews on FREEISMYLIFE.

And if you are buying, please use my Amazon affiliate link to purchase your movies...

Rio Movie Review
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DVD release date: 08/02/2011
Theatrical release: 04/15/2011
Language: English
Genre: Animation/Adventure
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Actors: Anne Hathaway, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez
Plot: A macaw from Minnesota, pampered and nerdy, finds himself learning to become a true bird of paradise when he finds himself in Rio de Janeiro.

Soul Surfer Movie Review
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DVD release date: 08/02/2011
Theatrical release: 04/08/2011
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Sport
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Sean McNamara
Actors: Dennis Quaid, AnnaSophia Robb, Jeremy Sumpter
Plot: A young, female surfer battles back after suffering a near-fatal shark attack that results in the loss of an arm.


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Saturday, July 30, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Win Prizes, Meet Rihanna in Nivea 100 Year Anniversary #Skin2Skin Challenge ENDS 8/9 (CLOSED)


Iconic skincare brand, NIVEA and award-winning singer, Rihanna have teamed up to get #skin2skin in 2011. NIVEA and Rihanna have joined forces as part of the 100 Years of Skincare celebration and Rihanna's international LOUD tour.

Embracing NIVEA’s 100 year-long commitment to bringing loved ones closer through touch, the skincare brand is giving its fans the opportunity to see and possibly meet Rihanna. All they have to do is show how they get skin2skin with their loved ones on the new #skin2skin Photo Challenge App on the NIVEA USA Facebook page (

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There are daily prize pack giveaways of samples and full sized NIVEA products, coupons and gear. NIVEA will give away Rihanna concert tickets to fans at several US tour stops and one lucky fan will fly to NY to meet Rihanna. In addition, there is a grand prize trip for two to see Rihanna perform at one of her European LOUD tour stops! The grand prize winner will be selected at the end of the voting period based on weighted averages of votes and comments. View details here

To enter, fans can upload their “skin2skin” photo to the #skin2skin Challenge app on Facebook. Once uploaded, fans can share their photo entry so friends can comment and “like” for a better chance of winning daily and weekly prizes. Submissions for the European Adventure close on August 8th, 2011. The voting period for the grand prize to Europe runs from August 11 - August 25, 2011.

Those who need some skin2skin inspiration can check out submissions at this link.

Nivea wants to make one FREEISMYLIFE reader feel #Skin2Skin special with a Nivea prize pack which includes NIVEA Beach Balls, NIVEA Touch of Smoothness body wash, NIVEA Hydra IQ Lotions, NIVEA Creme tin, NIVEA Lip Care and assorted NIVEA For Men products.  HOLLA!


 -  Fill out the information in the form below.

 - One entry per person please.  Duplicate entries will be removed.

 - USA addresses only.

 - The contest ends on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 11:59am EST.

 - The winner will be selected by random number generation.

 - Prize will be fulfilled to winner by Nivea or their PR Company.


- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following FREEISMYLIFE on Facebook.

- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following Nivea on Facebook.

- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following FREEISMYLIFE on Twitter.

- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for tweeting the following message on Twitter "I entered the @freeismylife giveaway to win NIVEA #skin2skin prize package"


Disclosure: I was provided with a complementary Nivea Skin2Skin Prize Package. All opinions are my own

Random.or has spoken! Out of 114 entries, has picked #103. Congratulations to the winner of the Nivea Product Prize Package, Susan M of Royal Oak, MI !!!!

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TRAVEL: Packing for #BlogHer11 & #CheapSallyParty with 50% off Samsonite luggage courtesy of Sears

Packing does not have to be a chore...

I am really getting excited as the BlogHer Conference approaches and it is now time to think about what to pack.  Last year, I had no idea what to take. I learned from attending last year's conference in New York that you have to pack for sessions and parties like the Cheap Sally Dance Party that I will be attending on Friday night.

What I learned from last year's BlogHer is to just be yourself. Take your favorite clothes that you would wear if you were back at home.  There is no need to waste money buying clothes.  Last year, I saw people dressed in everything from business suits to blue jeans with cowboy boots and cowboy hats.  I really liked that everyone showed their unique personalities and were not trying to impress anyone.

I will be taking my favorite clothes which are all casual.  I will also be taking my favorite walking shoes and my feet will thank me for it since BlogHer involves tons of walking to events and walking on the exhibition floors.

I have a new Samsonite Launch Spinner Carry-on Bag for my trip courtesy of Sears.  This luggage is very light weight and will be easy to manage while traveling.  The bag is a beautiful blue color that is perfect for both men and women. And this bag is currently 50% off on the Sears website - what a bargain!

I made a short video below about packing for a conference.  Check it out and hear the theme music for the Cheap Sally Dance Party, which is the hottest ticket at BlogHer11.  I was so excited when I was making the video that I mentioned the wrong night for the party.  The Cheap Sally Dance Party is Friday night, not Thursday as I said in the video.  I guess I need to write down all my information next time since being on camera obviously makes me forgetful ;)

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Disclosure: I have been provided a stipend to participate as a Cheap Sally ambassador from Collective Bias.  I was also provided with complimentary Samsonite Launch Luggage courtesy of Sears.  All opinions are my own.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

FREE Motion Traxx Elliptical Session #2 Workout Mix


With Elliptical Session #2, your workout mix is extended to a full 60 minute experience.

Amy Dixon
G Series FIT coach Amy Dixon is back and eager to push you even harder this time. As always, Motion Traxx beats will supply your motivation, boosting your energy and setting your pace.

And in case you didn't know, this is a FREE download, brought to you by Gatorade. Their new line of products, called G Series FIT, is designed to fuel your body throughout a workout, from start to finish. Find it at Target, Walgreens and local retailers.

You've learned about the popular Elliptical mix #1, now it's time for the next step!

Get Your Download free: Elliptical Session #2


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COUPON: 15% off Macys Wow Pass ENDS 8/2

WOW! As in Macys Wow Pass!

Click here for your 15% off Macys Wow Pass for Select Home Items.  This pass is good thru Tuesday, August, 2, 2011.


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MOVIE REVIEW: The Smurfs in 3D

Guest blogger Liz Parker is back from an advance screening of The Smurfs in 3D.  I loved the TV series, but that was many years ago.  Is it as cute now as it was then?  Let's read what Liz thinks...

I would like the hour and fifty minutes or so of my time I spent watching The Smurfs back, but surprisingly a lot of others did not feel that way. The Smurfs themselves are very cute, and admittedly I have never seen the TV show, so I wasn't going to see the film for the nostalgia, but by the end of the film I was practically sleeping in my seat because I was so bored. As one of the children behind me said to his mother, "Take me out of here, please!"

MOVIE REVIEW: Cowboys & Aliens + Play FREE Arcade Movie Game

Guest blogger Liz Parker is back from an advance screening of "Cowboys & Aliens" - what a name!  Was the movie as interesting as the name or just a lot of hot air?  Let's read what Liz thinks...

Cowboys & Aliens is receiving mixed reviews, but I liked it a lot. A few people I knew who also went to the screening complained that it was slow-paced, but I am usually the first to jump on the "This movie is tooooo slow" train, and I didn't feel that way this time. They will also say that they expected more from it; but really, with a title like Cowboys & Aliens, how much can you expect in the first place?

MOVIE REVIEW: Crazy Stupid Love

Guest blogger Liz Parker is back from an advance screening of the movie "Crazy Stupid Love" with an all star cast.  Did she CRAZY LOVE it or think it was CRAZY STUPID?  Let's read what Liz thinks...

I had wanted to see this movie for a long time based on the trailer and the A-List cast - Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone, just to name a few. The film ended up being funny but also surprisingly serious in parts; it could have been funnier, but it's definitely still worth seeing.

Cal (Steve Carell, TV's "The Office") is devastated when his wife Emily (Julianne Moore, "The Kids are All Right") tells him that she wants a divorce. He spends a few days moping around at a local bar, where he eventually meets Jacob (Ryan Gosling, "Blue Valentine"), a "ladies' man" who decides to give Cal a make-over. Cal met Emily when they were in high school, and they married at 17, so Cal has never been with other women before. Jacob's make-over gives Cal the confidence he needs to go back to the bar and meet new women.

At the same time, his son Robbie (Jonah Bobo, TV's "The Backyardigans") has a major crush on their babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton, "The Green Hornet"), even though he's 13 and she's 17. To complete the love circle (more like a parallelogram at this point!), Jessica has a huge crush on Cal, and can't understand why Emily (Moore) would divorce him. Meanwhile, Jacob has met Hanna (Emma Stone, "Easy A"), who is a "gamechanger," as he tells Cal, and may even make him abandon his bachelor/"player" lifestyle. As Cal tries to figure out what - and who - he wants in his life, he realizes that maybe he's still in love with his wife after all, and he decides to try to get her back.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Living for the (FREE) Weekend in Metro Detroit - July 29th - 31st

Photo of Hart Plaza from Detroit News/ Free Press
Here is a list of the FREE and low cost activities that you can do in Detroit and beyond this weekend....

Friday is the opening day for tons of movies including "Cowboys and Aliens" and "Crazy Stupid Love". But are they any good? Make sure you read the movie reviews by guest blogger Liz Parker before you spend your hard earned money. (NOTE: The reviews go live at midnight EST)

Friday at 7:30pm is the FREE Rockin' on the Riverfront Summer Concert with "Grand Funk Railroad". There is nothing like listening to FREE live music with the beautiful Detroit River as a backdrop. Don't miss the fun.

Friday is FREE Movie Night in Birmingham at Booth Park where you can watch a movie under the stars.  This week's movie is Megamind.  No sure if this movie is any good?  Read my review of Megamind before you go.

You have until Friday at Noon to enter the FREEISMYLIFE giveaway to win a $20 5x7 Things Remembered SOHO Photo Frame. The frame is engravable with whatever memory/phrase you want to capture. Enter now so you don't miss this great giveaway.

Friday through Saturday, is the Sample Sale at the Michigan Design Center in Troy where you'll find huge savings of 60 to 70 percent off the best names in furniture, rugs, lamps, home accessories, artwork and more! Admission is $5.00 with a portion of the proceeds from admission going to benefit WDET 101.9 FM Detroit Public Radio. You can also save $1 on admission by printing the coupon in the post.

All this weekend, you can get FREE Admission to the Detroit Historical Museum to celebrate their Heritage Week.  Friday you can tour the new "The Arsenal of Democracy" exhibit, Saturday you can enter the Detroit Legends Costume Contest and Sunday you can visit The Dossin Great Lakes Museum for storytelling and music.  And all the fun is FREE.

Saturday, celebrate National Cheesecake Day with FREE Cheesecake at Peteet's Famous Cheesecakes in Oak Park. Peteet's will give FREE slices for first 100 customers and 20% off any purchase this Saturday only.

This weekend, shop the Borders Going out of Business Sale where everything now if 20% to 40% off the orginal price - including eReaders.

Sunday is the last day to enter the Buddy's Pizza 65th Anniversary "Win FREE Pizza for a Year" Contest. Not only can you win free pizza for a year, but also one of five family memberships to The Henry Ford.

This Sunday, residents in the city of New Baltimore and Romeo can get FREE Admission to the Detroit Institute of Art as part of the Museum’s Inside Out Project.  Just show ID, and each resident can get up to 4 FREE tickets.  SWEET!

Sunday is the last day to use the Andiamo buy one, get one FREE entree coupon.  Don't let July end without using your coupon.

... and remember that all active military personnel and their families get FREE Admission to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) thru Labor Day. The DIA offers an array of great art and activities during the summer. The popular exhibition It’s a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals is on view and a new installation of puppets is also on display.

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend,

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EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center - July 28, 2011 JOBS, JOBS, JOBS

Michigan Nonprofit Job Center - July 28, 2011

Project Coordinator (Detroit)
Position: Project Coordinator – Full-time. Reports To: Vice President of Corporate Services and Director of Diversity and Inclusive Practices for the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Director, Metro Detroit Partnership Office, Michigan Nonprofit Association. Position Summary : The Project Coordinator will assist both the CMF Executive and the MNA Executive, (herein referred to as "Executives"), with project coordination/planning, event planning, project research, administration and evaluation, communications, information management, and member services. Duties are related to activities associated with Corporate Foundations, Corporate Giving Programs and the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and activities associated with the Metro Detroit Partnership Office Programs and related committees. The position will provide equal support for both executives and offices respectively during the work week. Please view the full position description here. How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to: Council of Michigan Foundations, 1 S Harbor Ave., Suite 3, Grand Haven, MI 49417 Attn: Tammie TenBroeke or e-mail your information to with a subject of Project Coordinator. (Posted 7-27-11)

Business Office Assistant (Detroit)Description: Detroit Cristo Rey High School, located in Southwest Detroit, provides excellent college-preparatory Catholic high school education, in the Cristo Rey Model, to students from economically disadvantaged families in Detroit. The business office assistant is responsible for providing support to the Business Office which includes the offices of Finance, Development and Admissions. Applicant will be required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screening before an employment offer is tendered. Successful applicant must be Bilingual and speak/write fluently in English and Spanish. Finance: Generate and mail tuition statements to families on a monthly basis. Post payments, credits and charges to family accounts in Sycamore and Quickbooks. Discuss and resolve tuition questions and concerns from parents. Make collection calls to families for delinquent tuition accounts. Development: Perform monthly reconciliation to ensure that all donations (foundations, sponsoring congregations and individuals) entered into the Development database (Giftworks) exactly match the amounts and details posted to Quickbooks. Admissions: Review financial aid forms and assist families in accurately completing them. Writing letters to and making follow-up phone calls to families who have expressed an interest in sending students to DCR. Requirements: High School diploma. Associate or Bachelors degree in accounting a plus. Excellent math and communication skills (verbal and written). Must be Bilingual and speak/write fluently in English and Spanish. Ability to maintain confidential information. Experience with Microsoft Office. To Apply: email resume to: Or fax to: 313.843..2750, ATTN: Director of Administration. (Posted 7-27-11)

Administrative/ Grants Assistant (Ann Arbor)Nonprofit cancer research support organization [ and seeks administrative/grants assistant to the Executive Director. Position requires excellent organizational skills, as well as exceptional writing and correspondence capabilities. Position will include standard administrative tasks, such as filing and maintaining donor database/ However, position also includes opportunity to develop basic skills in grant-writing and budgeting. Knowledge of Raiser's Edge fundraising software a plus, though training will be made available to successful candidate. Cover letter, resume and salary requirements should be sent to by noon on August 5, 2011. See website for full job description(Posted 7-27-11)

Fund Development and Communications Coordinator (Grand Rapids)Fund Development and Communications Coordinator opening at Kids' Food Basket in Grand Rapids, MI. REPOSTING: Accepting resumes until July 31st Resumes will be reviewed as received. The Fund Development and Communications Coordinator will work with the Fund Development and Community Outreach team to continue to raise awareness of childhood hunger and Kids’ Food Baskets mission in the community. He/She will be responsible for the creation and continual updating of numerous awareness tools including print, web and e-mail promotions. He/She will also play a significant role in the grant writing process and stewardship of volunteers and donors. The position demands an individual who has a working knowledge of fund development principles and the ability to implement these skills and relationship building to generate philanthropy. Additionally the Fund Development and Communications Coordinator will work with community partners conducting fundraisers, speak in front of groups of 20 or more and other job functions listed below. Will report to the Fund Development/Community Outreach Manager and will work collaboratively with Fund Development staff. The position will dedicate approximately 75% of time to fund development efforts and 25% in other areas. Please note this is an entry to mid-level full time position. Compensation will include medical, vision and dental benefits, opportunity to participate in a flex spending account, 403b plan with a 4% of salary match, 20 days paid vacation and holiday pay, professional development options and a salary of $32,000-$35,000. View full job description at 7-25-11)

Campaign Coordinator and Sales Professional (Madison Heights)The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is seeking an experienced campaign coordinator and sales professional for our Man & Woman of the Year campaign. Responsibilities include identifying target audiences and building appropriate marketing and stewarding strategies to successfully recruit, acknowledge and retain event donors, nominating committee members and campaign participants. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, committed to excellence and capable of balancing multiple priorities effectively. Part time position with a flexible work schedule including some nights and weekends. College degree, good computer skills (including excel, powerpoint, publisher, word processing, database) and experience a must. Temporary position can lead to regular. Salary $18 per hour. Email resume to 7-22-11)

Vice President for University Advancement (Flint)Kettering University, an independent university located in Flint, Michigan, invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for University Advancement. Kettering University is the country’s premier engineering, science and business university dedicated to co-op education and a national leader in preparing entrepreneurs and innovators. Founded in 1919 and known as General Motors Institute (GMI) under General Motors Corporation ownership until 1982, the school changed its name to Kettering University in 1998 to honor Charles F. Kettering, a noted inventor and a pioneering proponent of cooperative education. The Vice President for University Advancement is the university’s chief development officer and will report directly to Kettering’s recently-announced seventh president, Dr. Robert McMahan, who will join the University on August 1, 2011. The Vice President for University Advancement supervises a staff of 12 in the offices of Alumni Relations and Development. Please view the full position description here. Please visit our home page to learn about Kettering University and this unique opportunity. To apply, go directly to for specific vacancy information and application instructions. Screening of applicants will begin upon receipt and will continue until the position is filled. Kettering’s dedication of excellence is complemented by its commitment to build a culturally diverse academic community. Individuals from historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. EEO M/F/V/D. (Posted 7-22-11)

Administrative Assistant (Canton)The Canton Community Foundation seeks an experienced administrative assistant responsible for daily office functions and special event support. The individual must be a flexible team-player in a small office setting excited by the prospect of organizing and maintaining accurate data for all Foundation programs. Part-time (approx 30 hours) position with some flexibility with hours. Key Relationships: Reports directly to the President. Works with staff on regular operations and special events. Helps coordinate services of volunteers including Board of Directors, Advisory Committee members, and Community Volunteers. Primary Objectives: Provide administrative support for the President and Board. Special events coordination and management. Technical Expertise & Essential Skills: 3-5 years professional administrative support experience demonstrating superior interpersonal skills, communications skills and highly organized. Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Special event planning experience. Detail-oriented and excellent proofreading skills. Professional, personable, and a strong desire to work in a service-oriented environment with limited supervision. Education/Experience: High school diploma required. Some college preferred. Office management skills and two or more years in customer service, fund raising, special events or communications strongly preferred. Attention to detail and accuracy required. Please email your cover letter and résumé to by August 5, 2011. Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted. (Posted 7-22-11)

Senior Major Gift Officer (Royal Oak)Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards major gift prospects to successfully close six- and seven-figure gifts. Works with medical/administrative leadership to identify needs and shape major gift efforts to fund those needs. Participates as a member of the Major Gift Team to meet the Beaumont Foundation’s fundraising goals. Develops solicitation plans for prospects and reports contacts and progress on the plans as required. Ensures that all gifts from donors are accurately and promptly acknowledged and that timely stewardship reports are generated. Assists in recruiting, training and activating volunteer fundraising leadership as needed. Develops agendas, materials and minutes for related meetings, and provides support for volunteers and medical/hospital leadership who are involved in solicitations. Assists in identifying planned giving prospects and closing planned gifts in collaboration with Associate Vice President of Planned Giving. Participates in developing campaign strategies and plans. Participates in the prospect management process by providing timely information on prospects, solicitation plans and contacts. Meets established goals for funds raised, donor visits and proposals made.
Bachelor’s degree required. At least five+ years experience in major gift work. Evidence of working successfully with volunteers and committees. Proven track record of closing six- and seven-figure gifts. Ability to build strong relationships and motivate people to make gifts in support of a specific department or program. Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication, including creation of written proposals or solicitation letters; High degree of initiative; strong time management skills; ability to work collaboratively in a team environment. Salary Range: Competitive, commensurable with experience. Please apply by August 15, 2011 at Questions: contact Ebbonye Graham at 7-21-11)

Controller (Royal Oak)Title: Controller. Reports to: Chief Financial Officer. Department: Finance. Position Type: Regular, full-time, exempt. The Controller is responsible for management and oversight of the accounting and finance departments. This position is an integral part of the Finance Division and as such is responsible for all financial accounting and cash management processes for all financial transactions including membership, development and front gate revenues. Knowledge of accounting and audit practices, procedures, regulations and laws as well as financial and development area software is essential. Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Develop and implement procedures and controls to ensure that financial records are accurate and resources are handled properly. Prepare all financial and budget reports (i..e., department, grants, board). Monitor budget, analyze variances to budget and make recommendations for adjustments as needed. Work with the Chief Financial Officer to prepare the annual budget. Determine depreciation rates to apply to capitalized items, and advise Chief Financial Officer regarding purchase, lease and disposal of items. Oversee the annual audit. Ensure the timely completion of all government reporting (i.e., 990, solicitation license). Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Degree in Finance or Accounting, Business Administration (with a major in Finance) and/or equivalent combination of training and experience required. 5 to 7 years of solid experience in an equivalent level management position, including a proven track record in effectively managing organization finances and assets in a medium-large organization. To view the complete job description and to apply online, please visit The direct link to the jobs page is: 7-20-11)

Mentoring AmeriCorps Member (Statewide)Mentor Michigan College Coaching Corps AmeriCorps Member, 2011-2012. Throughout the state of Michigan, thirty-one full-time AmeriCorps members will be placed within mentoring organizations to create and sustain mentoring relationships. A successful candidate will be passionate about giving back to his or her community and eager to make a one-year commitment to the program. Specific roles and responsibilities will vary based on placement. Please view the responsibilities and qualifications for this position in the complete job description here.  Please send a cover letter and resume, including preferred region of service, to 7-20-11)

Campus AmeriCorps Member (Statewide)Mentor Michigan College Coaching Corps AmeriCorps Member, 2011-2012. Ten full-time AmeriCorps members will be placed within institutions of higher education in order to create "college-going" cultures within their local communities. These members will train college students to be College Positive Volunteers and engage disadvantaged youth in moving toward college by increasing public awareness of the fact that higher education can be accessed by all. They will create college-focused activities within local communities, resulting in sustainable community partnerships among K-12 schools, community-based organizations, and their host campuses. These members will also serve in “train the trainer” roles by training and resourcing members placed at mentoring organizations. A successful candidate will be passionate about giving back to his or her community and eager to make a one-year commitment to the program. Please view the responsibilities and qualifications for this position in the complete job description here. Please send a cover letter and resume, including preferred region of service, to 7-20-11)

Business Development Specialist (Detroit)First Children's Finance (FCF) is seeking a Business Development Specialist to work with the Michigan and Corporate staff to ensure the effectiveness of FCF's services in Michigan, including (1) loans to child care providers; (2) management assistance and business planning to child care providers; and (3) private sector engagement. Salary and benefits competitive with nonprofit business development specialist salaries for comparable organizations in Michigan. Please visit for a complete job description. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter detailing how their experience meets the requirements of the position with a resume to the attention of: Carol Zapfel 7-19-11)

Director of Education (Royal Oak)Description: The Director of Education is responsible for leadership, strategy development, management and oversight of the Education Division. The Director will strategize, plan and prioritize the division’s activities while working with other members ensure that Educational activities align with, support and enhance the Society’s mission and goals. The Director of Education leads the development of new education initiatives; plans staffing and budgeting and manages/monitors the division and its budget. Qualifications: Masters Degree in Education or Instructional Design or equivalent. At least 10 years experience in educational programs in a leadership role and a minimum of 5 years experience in a similar management, administrative and supervisory role. Advanced understanding of educational processes. Strong leadership ability, and ability to interact and communicate in a diverse organization. Ability to develop and maintain good community and internal relations. Experience in Conservation and Humane Education is desirable but not required. To view complete job description and to apply online, please visit The direct link to the jobs page is: 7-15-11)

Development Coordinator (Kalamazoo)Position Summary: Responsible for cultivating gifts from new and existing donors through personal contact and events. The Development Coordinator must possess strong people skills, be able to work independently-with minimal supervision, exercise sound judgment in completing tasks of the position and enjoy a varied work schedule and job tasks. Must have experience in Development & Fundraising. Position Qualifications: Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office 2010 and Database management. Demonstrated ability to express and transmit ideas in a clear and organized manner, both orally and in writing. Ability to work effectively as a team player within and outside the agency. Fundraising: Cultivating major gifts from new and existing donors to meet development goals and support Organizational operations and activities. Establish improved donor relations through increased personal contact. Engage new donors by representing the Organization at Leadership Events. Other Job Functions: Work closely with Administrative Assistant to keep contact database up-to-date and accurate with regard to tracking in Orange Leap. Meet regularly with other members of the CBRT team to coordinate development efforts and keep supervisor informed about progress on initiatives to most effectively meet development program needs. Networking through Round Tables, other events and Electronic Social Networks. Some travel involved across the state of Michigan. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to 7-15-11)

Director of Major Gifts (Lansing or Southfield)Responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gift donors, managing relationships with existing major gift donors and pursing additional major gift support for Volunteers of America Michigan's programs. Will oversee and implement the strategy for enhancing revenue streams and participate in specific leadership activities to ensure the ongoing implementation of the organization's mission. Must be highly motivated with demonstrated and verifiable success in building donor relations and securing major gifts. Experience in a nonprofit environment required with proficiency in the areas of development strategies and working effectively with Boards of Directors and community and business leaders. Working knowledge of Social Media tools. Bachelor's degree and at least three years experience or equivalent. Successful candidate can be based in either our Lansing or Southfield office. Please fax, email or mail cover letter and resume with salary requirements to: 248-945-1614;; 21415 Civic Center Drive, Suite 210, Southfield, Michigan 48076. (Posted 7-14-11)

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FREE Movie Night in Birmingham at Booth Park - Medgamind 7/29 at 7:30pm


Booth Park,  Friday Night. 7/29 @ 7:30PM, Movie begins at dusk. Feature presentation = MEGAMIND!

The animated story is about a super-villain named Megamind (Will Ferrell) who kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man (Brad Pitt) and becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan, who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life.

This event is FREE and open to the public with 2 FREE hours of partking in the decks.

Hosted by The Bham PSD and the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition.

Questions? Call (248) 530-1200


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Borders Going-out-of-Business Sale now at 20% to 40% off Everything including eReaders

Borders Going Out of Business Sale Continues

Everything is now 20% to 40% off the original prices with eReaders just reduced 20%.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Win a $25 Kroger Gift Card to celebrate the Kroger Cart Buster Savings Event which runs 7/31 - 8/17 - GIVEAWAY ENDS 8/8 (CLOSED)

Have you heard? The Savings are coming! The Savings are coming!

The Cart Buster Savings Event is back at the Kroger Co. Family of Stores, beginning July 31st with storewide savings in almost every department! During the savings event, summer deals are just getting started. Browse the aisles and load up your cart with everyday items from brands you already love.

From July 31st through August 17th save on tons of brands across more than 100 categories from General Mills, PepsiCo, Unilever, Heinz, Mars, Wrigley and Kimberly Clark.

Look for some of your favorite participating products like

- Honey Nut Cheerios
- Yoplait
- Pillsbury
- Pepsi
- Doritos
- Gatorade
- Smart Ones
- Ore-Ida
- Cottonelle
- Viva
- Breyer´s Ice Cream
- Axe
- Snickers
- Pedigree
- Orbit

Look for big savings storewide at the Kroger Family of Stores, which includes Kroger, Ralphs, King Scoopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith´s, Fry's, QFC, Baker's, Owen's, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Fred Meyer, Pay Less Supermarkets and Scott´s food & Pharmacy.

Don´t let the savings stop there! Make sure to follow the Cartbuster "Deal of the Day" beginning August 3rd and running through August 16th.* Download exclusive offers, on more of your favorite brands, directly to your shopper card, by visiting, beginning Wednesday, August 3rd.

Remember, is your link to all of the details, savings and the special "Deal of the Day" offers for the Cart Buster Savings Event, exclusively at the Kroger Co. Family of Stores. The Cart Buster Savings event beginning July 31st. "Deal of the Day" offers begin August 3rd.

NOTE: Please be sure to check your local Kroger Co. Family of Stores for participating dates and deals. The Deal of the Day promotion is not valid at: Fred Meyer or Food 4 Less.

Be sure to check the Kroger Website and follow Kroger on Facebook and Twitter.

One FREEISMYLIFE Reader will win a $25 Kroger Gift Card so you can shop the Kroger Cart Buster Savings Event on the FREE!


 -  Fill out the information in the form below.

 - One entry per person please.  Duplicate entries will be removed.

 - USA addresses only.

 - The contest ends on Monday, August 8 2011 at 11:59am EST.

 - The winners will be selected by random number generation.

 - Prize will be fulfilled to winner by MyBlogSpark.


- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following FREEISMYLIFE on Facebook.

- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following FREEISMYLIFE on Twitter.

- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for tweeting the following message on Twitter "I entered the @freeismylife giveaway to win a $25 @KrogerCo Giftcard from #MyBlogSpark"


Disclosure: Disclosure: The information for this post and the $25 Kroger gift card has been provided by Kroger and General Mills through MyBlogSpark. I was also provided with a Kroger gift card as a thank you for my time to participate in this blogging campaign. has spoken! Out of 236 entries, has been #60. Congratulations to the winner of the $25 Kroger Gift Card - Rick M. of Sterling Heights, MI !!!!

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