2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL: the budget-friendly car for on-the-go

*Disclosure: I received the use of a vehicle for a week in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

This past week was again a busy one for me, but luckily I had the 2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL to ferry me about town. The first thing I noticed about the car was definitely its paint color—Electric Blue!

I started off my week with a show at the Fisher Theatre (Cinderella) with my parents, and although I don't live too far from Detroit (about 20-30 minutes), the Elantra was very easy to drive there.

Despite the smattering of snow in the picture above, we really didn't get much snow at all this week, which was a refreshing change.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL didn't have as many "bells and whistles" as some of the other cars I've reviewed in the past, but it did have a variety of interesting features. It comes equipped with a touchscreen and Pandora, and the car I drove also had Sirius XM satellite radio.

The features I liked the mos…

The Friday Five, 3/16/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

This has felt like a long week but also a short week. Even though I have to go get some bloodwork done today, I'm glad it's Friday.

What I've been up to this week:
Eating out way too much for Troy Restaurant Week. Today is the last day of TRW, and I've had three TRW meals and am having a fourth today. On Sunday, my boyfriend and I went to The Melting Pot, which is always delicious; on Tuesday, I went to Capital Grille with a Yelp friend; on Wednesday, I went to Loccino with coworkers, and today I am going to La Saj with a friend for dinner, before a show downtown.Seeing shows downtown. My parents and I saw Cinderella at the Fisher on Tuesday night, which was better than I remembered it to be (I saw it in 2016 too). We also had fantastic seats—row F! I think that's the closest I've ever been to the stage there. Tonight, a friend and I are going to see Stomp at the Fox. I'm slightly worried about getting downtown fast because LCA is hosting March Madness games …

GIVEAWAY: Comet TV and Charge! March prize pack, featuring Johnny Mnemonic {ends 3/18}

Check out COMET TV's "Best Worst Movies" March lineup below, and enter to win a Johnny Mnemonic prize pack!


We’re rolling out the red carpet for some of the best worst movies on planet Earth. They’re so bad… they’re awesome. Catch films like …

Creature (1985)
Gargoyles (1972)
Jaws of Satan (1982)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Monster Dog (1984)
Reptilicus (1962)
The Milpitas Monster (1976)
Vicious Lips (1986)

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Cyberpunk might be all the rage right now, but Johnny Mnemonic was doing it before it was cool. Keanu Reeves stars as a data courier who trafficks top secret information via an implant in his brain. Sounds cool, right? Not when that data ends up acting like a virus that could kill you dead if you don’t get the passwords in time.

Thursday, March 15 at 4/3C
Wednesday, March 28 at 6/5C


Friday Primetime Movie 8/7C
Saturday Encore Presentation 8/7C

King Cobra (March 9)
Monkey Shines…

The Friday Five, 3/9/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

This week has gone by pretty fast, and I'm happy that today is Friday ... I have a busy weekend ahead.

What I've been up to this week:
Seeing movies and 'fighting' with MoviePass. Last Friday I was excited to finally see Get Out in the theaters, as a local theater was re-playing it. However, I was planning on seeing the 9pm screening, and around 6pm, the screening vanished from their site. I'm assuming they canceled it because last I had checked on Fandango, there were no seats sold ... but still disappointing. I watched it on my home TV instead (HBO has it on-demand, I also own it on Blu-ray) and it's such a good movie. I was glad it at least won for Screenplay at the Oscars.

This week I also saw Red Sparrow (4 to 4.5 stars out of 5, great movie but LONG), Every Day (3.5/5 and interesting premise), Death Wish (3.5/5, dumb but I love Bruce Willis), and The Greatest Showman, for the second time, which I still love but which my boyfriend thought was "meh"…

Free samples of Baskin-Robbins Mint Chip 'n OREO® Cookies Milkshake on 3/17 {& win a $25 gift card!}

Attention: all Michigan ice cream fans!
Read below about Baskin-Robbins' new milkshake flavor, Mint Chip 'n OREO Cookies Milkshake, and also enter to win a $25 Baskin-Robbins gift card!
This St. Patrick’s Day, Baskin-Robbins’ guests will find themselves luckier than ever because at participating shops nationwide the brand will be offering a free sample of its Mint Chip ‘n OREO® Cookies Milkshake on Saturday, March 17 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Baskin-Robbins struck gold with this milkshake flavor combination which is made with two of its most popular flavors – Mint Chocolate Chip and OREO® Cookies ‘n Cream – blended into a rich, minty treat that guests will love.
The Mint Chip ‘n OREO® Cookies Milkshake is just one of Baskin-Robbins’ featured milkshake flavor combinations, and with the brand’s wide variety of premium ice cream flavors, the milkshake possibilities are endless. Guests are encouraged to become “milkshake mixologists” and create new milkshake flavors all their own by blen…

Hello Fresh vs. Home Chef: Which meal delivery service is right for you?

*Disclosure: I am a Home Chef affiliate, and all Home Chef links are affiliate links, in which I make a portion back if you order their service. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

This is not a sponsored post, but I recently did sign up for the Home Chef affiliates program. I had never tried a meal delivery service up until a few weeks ago, when a friend gave me a coupon for $60 off my first Hello Fresh delivery (an amazing deal) and I tried it out.

Since then, I've had one more Hello Fresh delivery, as well as a delivery of Home Chef, and I wanted to share my experiences.

Hello Fresh
$60 per week (3 meals at 2 servings each = 6 meals total, or $9.95 per serving)There is an option for families, as well (4 portions per meal, instead of 2) Delivers each meal in its own paper bag, with the meats underneath the bags with ice packs - I usually then take the meats and put them in each paper bag with their appropriate meal.Can skip weeks if the menu doesn't appeal to you…

The Friday Five, 3/2/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

We got a huge amount of snow yesterday, probably around 5 to 9 inches, but I still ventured out for a friend's birthday gathering at a Korean BBQ place (always tasty). The roads overall weren't too bad, which was good.

What I've been up to this week:
Buying a new game. I already own Exploding Kittens, as well as the expansion pack, by the creator of The Oatmeal, and he has a new game out, You've Got Crabs, that looked pretty funny. You need 4 people minimum to play it, so I'll have to wait until either my next game night or whenever a friend hosts one. Booking travel and finding out exciting news. I *finally* bit the bullet and booked my Savannah airfare - $523 on Delta, so I used 25,000 miles and paid $273 (goodbye, my high mileage amount, I'll miss you ...). At the same time, yesterday I found out that I've been accepted for a Birthright Israel trip, so I'll be heading to Israel in June, for a week—which I'm super excited about. Originally, Birthrig…

Upcoming and Giveaway: RAIN, A Tribute to the Beatles, April 29, Fox Theatre, Detroit

*Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Olympia Entertainment. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

If you're a Beatles fan, this is a show you're going to want to check out. RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles will be playing at the Fox Theatre, Detroit, for one night only, on April 29th.

I am a big Beatles fan so I'm excited to attend.

About the show:
Join RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of The Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. The celebration begins at Fox Theatre on Sunday, April 29 at 8 p.m. as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.

Tickets ($30, $45, $55 and $70) are on sale now and can be purchased at, The Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611. Series subscription packages and discounts for groups of 10+ are available by call…

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: The King & I, May 8-13, Fox Theatre, Detroit

*Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Olympia Entertainment. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

The King & I will be coming to the Fox Theatre this May, and I'm excited to see it! I'm a big fan of the movie version, but I've never seen it live on-stage.
One of my lucky readers will win a four-pack of tickets for the May 8th performance, too - read on to enter to win!

About the show: Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announce that the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I will perform at the Fox Theatre Tuesday, May 8 through Sunday, May 13 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series. 
Tickets ($35, $45, $55, $65 and $75) are on sale now and can be purchased at, The Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611. Se…

GIVEAWAY: Pitch Perfect 3 on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack {ends 3/6}

The Bellas are back in Pitch Perfect 3, and I have a chance for one of my lucky readers to win a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of the movie!

About the film:
Now graduated from college, the fabulous Bellas of Barden University are back for one last call in Pitch Perfect 3. Beca, Fat Amy and the rest of the Bellas are off to face a post a cappella champion world in the high-spirited closing act to the franchise that sparked a worldwide phenomenon. Pitch Perfect 3 arrives on Digital on March 1, 2018 and Blu-ray™, DVD, On Demand and and via the all-new digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on March 20, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Filled with all-new musical performances, a hilarious gag reel, never-before-seen deleted footage and more, the exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus features make Pitch Perfect 3 a must-own film.

Oscar® nominee Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect series, Up in the Air) Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect series, How to be Single), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Pitch Perfect…

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: Cinderella, March 13-18, at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit

*Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I was able to see Cinderellatwo years ago when it was performed at the Detroit Opera House, and it's going to be in town again this year, from March 13-18 at the Fisher Theatre. I'm looking forward to seeing it again!

About the show:
RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will return to the Fisher Theatre for a limited engagement from March 13-18, 2018. Tickets for CINDERELLA start at $35 Tickets start at $35 and are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787 and online at or Tickets are also available for purchase at the Fisher Theatre box office.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and …

The Friday Five, 2/23/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

This week has gone by pretty fast—I've been busy but it hasn't seemed like it.

What I've been up to this week:
Adulting. I use an accountant for my taxes, but because of personal reasons, I had to get in my taxes earlier this year ... I have a day job and also have income from blogging and other freelance writing, so it's a pain to gather all the required info. Eating out a bit too much. On Friday, some Yelpers and I went to Roast for DRW, which was very, very good. On Saturday, my boyfriend and I went to Roman Village in Dearborn, and then on Sunday, we tried out Ford's Garage. I also went to Buddy's and Noodles, both in Novi, with my parents this week. At the same time, I have been cooking a bit, as well. Which brings me to ... Trying out Home Chef. I recently was able to try out Hello Fresh, and really enjoyed it, so I later joined the Home Chef affiliates program, and they ended up sending me one free box. The packaging is similar to Hello Fresh's but th…