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Ann Arbor weekend with the 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD #DriveMazda

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*Disclosure: I received the use of a vehicle for a week in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
Last week, I did a ton of driving: I drove to Ann Arbor and back for a friend's bridal shower on Thursday and Friday, I drove to Clarklake, MI for her wedding that Saturday, and then to Ann Arbor to stay the night. That Sunday I drove back from Ann Arbor to Clawson, where I live. I also went to the Royal Oak beer stroll that Saturday, too, and to and from work and movie screenings that week.
I had the opportunity to try out the Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD (all-wheel drive) during that week, for seven days, and I ended up overall liking the car, which is a crossover. The Grand Touring gets about 29 miles per gallon, and I only refilled it once during the entire week.

Although the Mazda CX-3 didn't have as many bells and whistles as the last car I got to try out, it's much more reasonably priced: the Sport starts at $20,110, and the Grand Tour…

The Friday Five, 10/20/17: 5 things I've been up to this week

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There has been lots of driving this week. Luckily, I had the Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD to drive, so check back tomorrow for my review of that.


What I've been up to this week:
The aforementioned driving: to/from Ann Arbor, then to Clarklake (MI), then Ann Arbor, then home. I drove down to Ann Arbor last Thursday night for a friend's bridal shower, at Aventura (tasty tapas!), then stayed with a friend that night in A2. On Friday morning, I drove home, and then on Saturday afternoon, we drove to Clarklake for the wedding, then stayed at Hyatt Place Ann Arbor that night. Then back to Clawson the next day. We also tried out the Royal Oak beer stroll before the wedding ... which was delicious but a lot of food and drink!Eating tasty food, per usual. On Friday morning, I went to the media preview for the new Buddy's Ann Arbor (check out my post & enter to win a gift card!) and on Saturday we had the RO beer stroll. On Sunday, I saw Blade Runner: 2049 at the Emagine Palladium…

Movie Review: Only the Brave

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Only the Brave is based on a true story, of a group within the Prescott, AZ Fire Department that later came to be known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots. While I knew that the movie was based on a true story before I saw it, I didn't know the story itself, and the ending was quite a surprise.

Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) is the leader of the group that later becomes Hotshots, meaning that they're among the first responders to fires in the area. Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller), who applies to join the squad, has made some mistakes in his life; however, he now is the father to a baby girl, and he wants to change his life around and be able to support her. Eric's wife, Amanda (Jennifer Connelly), struggles with how much he is gone because of his job, and she also is contemplating the idea of having a baby with him, even though they agreed when they got married that neither of them wanted one. Eric must lead the Granite Mountain Hotshots into the fiery abyss, and its his job to …

GIVEAWAY: COMET TV October prize pack {Robocop + more!}, ends 10/24

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This month, the Robocop trilogy and more are airing on COMET TV. Check below for the schedule and to win a prize pack.

About COMET TV - October 2017:

ROBOCOP TRILOGY

Robocop (1987)
Robocop 2 (1990)
Robocop 3 (1993)

Saturday, October 21 Starting at 10P/9C
Thursday, October 26 Starting at 4P/3C



NEW ON COMET IN OCTOBER:
Andromeda
Classic Space Opera is coming to COMET! Based on materials from sci-fi legend Gene Roddenberry, Andromeda stars all action hero Kevin Sorbo as the Captain of the Andromeda Ascendant, a highly advanced ship whose crew is charged with restoring power and stability to the Systems Commonwealth. But, to succeed the Andromeda crew must battle one of sci-fi’s weirdest looking bad guys....the sinister Magog!
Weekdays at 2P/1C and 10P/9C

Stargate: Atlantis
If you thought gate-hopping action was fun in the Milky Way, just wait until you see what it’s like in the Pegasus Galaxy. Stargate: Atlantis sees a team of international scientists unlocking the secrets of a lege…

Now open: Hyatt Place Ann Arbor, perfect for families and football fans alike

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*Disclosure: Hyatt Place provided me with a one-night stay in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

This past Saturday, I went to a friend's wedding in Clarklake, MI, and then was able to spend the night at the new Hyatt Place in Ann Arbor. Clarklake was about an hour and a half drive from my house, but is only 45 minutes from Ann Arbor, so I was definitely grateful to have a hotel room for the night.

Hyatt Place opened on October 3rd in Ann Arbor, and it's located on State St. near Briarwood Mall and I-94. I'm very familiar with Ann Arbor as I'm a UM alum, so I was excited to try out the new hotel and also have the chance to hang out in downtown Ann Arbor the next day.


The first thing you'll notice as you walk into the hotel is that the lobby is very open. The area pictured above is technically its Gallery, where you can grab a bite 24/7, but you can sit and hang out there even if you're not eating, too. There are also a ton…

GIVEAWAY: Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween prize pack {ends 10/23}

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Lionsgate. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is in theaters this week, on October 20th, and one of my lucky readers now has the chance to win a prize pack.
Prize pack includes a Boo 2! T-shirt (random sizing) and Boo 2! Stencil Kit.
I actually have yet to see any of the Madea movies, but I know they're usually pretty popular in theaters.



Movie synopsis:
Madea, Bam, Viv, and Hattie take a vacation to a campground with their family members, unaware that the grounds are haunted. When monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed, Madea and company must fight it out with them. RatedPG-13 For sexual references, drug content, language and some horror images.


GIVEAWAY:

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Monday, October 23rd, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be notified via email the next day and have…

How I turned my second bedroom into a guest room, with a Nectar Sleep Mattress

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*Disclosure: I received compensation from NECTAR in exchange for this review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

So, I'll be honest: I have two rooms in the condo that I purchased last year, and the other room has become a bit of a dumping ground for things that don't fit in my own bedroom.

It doesn't help that my parents constantly bring over stuff from their place that is mine, too—I tend to put everything in the second bedroom and later forget about it.

My plan for the second bedroom as of last winter was to buy a pull-out couch, and make it into a guest room and/or reading room for myself. I looked at a few different stores in December, and couldn't find anything I liked; plus, everything was $1000 and up.

When I saw the opportunity to review a Nectar mattress, then, I jumped at the chance—and now my guest bedroom's bed is even more comfortable than my own.


The last time I purchased a mattress was in 2012, when I moved from my parents' place …

Now open: Buddy's Pizza, Ann Arbor {+ win a $25 gift card! Ends 10/22}

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*Disclosure: I received a gift card in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Buddy's Pizza, as well as a huge Ann Arbor fan—I lived there from 2005-09 when I attended the University of Michigan.

As of this Friday (aka today), the wait for Ann Arborites who want their Detroit deep dish fix is over! Buddy's Pizza has opened at 3153 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Pittsfield Township, near the Meijer plaza.

I was able to attend the media event today and sample some of their yummy pizza.


About the restaurant:
After 71 years of serving pies throughout metro Detroit, the family-owned business is expanding to Wolverine Country as the restaurant opens its 12th location in Ann Arbor. The 6,500 square foot location opens to the public at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 within the Pittsfield Plaza at 3153 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.

Guests who visit the new location during its grand opening will be supporting a local veteran peer-to-peer …

The Friday Five, 10/13/17: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I was in the DC area this past Friday through Monday, to visit my college roommate who now lives in Arlington, and the rest of this week has been super busy, too.


What I've been up to this week:
Trip to DC/Arlington, VA.. The last time I was in Washington, DC was in 2008—I briefly visited for a few hours for a trolley tour in 2007, but in 2008 I spent 5 days there. The weather was crazy hot this weekend (85 degrees, in October!) so we only did a few "touristy" type things, but I did see some monuments and Mount Vernon. My Amtrak train to BWI (airport) decided to be over an hour late, as well, so I had to jump in a Lyft to BWI to make sure I made my flight home, on Monday.Yelp wine-tasting event. I'm very active on Yelp.com, and as a Yelp Elite, we often do fun events. This one was a wine-tasting and "education" type event at a wine shop in Grosse Pointe Park, MI.Driving fun cars. I received the 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD yesterday for a blog post, so c…

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 4 tickets for An American in Paris, 11/28 at the Detroit Opera House {ends 10/19}

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A few weeks ago, I posted about An American in Paris, which will be at the Detroit Opera House from November 28 through December 10.

One of my lucky readers now has the chance to win four tickets to opening night! (Tues. November 28, at 8pm)

You can purchase tickets at Ticketmaster, as well as the Opera House and Fisher Theatre box offices. Tickets can also be purchased at BroadwayinDetroit.com.



GIVEAWAY:

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Thursday, October 19th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be emailed the next day and must respond within 24 hours, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

Must live within driving distance of Detroit to enter this giveaway.

Winner's tickets will be available at the Opera House box office on the day of the show.

Good luck!

4 tickets to the 11/28 performance of An American in Paris (Detroit Opera House)

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: Win a pair of reserved seats for the 10/25 Goodbye, Christopher Robin screening {ends 10/17}

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Goodbye, Christopher Robin will be screening at the Maple Theater (Bloomfield Hills, MI) on Wednesday, October 25th, at 7pm, and one of my lucky readers will win two reserved seats for the screening.

Goodbye, Christopher Robin will be in Detroit-area theaters on October 27th.

About the movie:
This story gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? (Fox Searchlight) This film is rated PG.

GIVEAWAY:
Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Tuesday, October 17th, at 11:5…

GIVEAWAY: The Snowman movie prize pack {ends 10/18}

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The Snowman is in theaters on October 20th, and one of my lucky readers has will win a prize pack based on the movie!

The film has a great cast, and although it definitely has a horror-movie vibe, I'm hoping to see it at some point.

About the film:
When the next snow falls who will he take?
Based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller, The Snowman stars Michael Fassbender (X-Men series) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation)

When an elite crime squad’s lead detective, Harry Hole (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) also star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from dire…

GIVEAWAY: Winning Moves Halloween games giveaway {ends 10/21}

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*Disclosure: Yes/No Detroit did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.


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