The Friday Five, 4/20/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

This has been a busy week travel-wise for me - I'm writing this on Thursday morning, at home, but from Tuesday night through Wednesday night I was in Fort Worth, TX, for a work trip, and this morning I'm embarking upon my first Unofficial Yelp Spring Break trip of the year, to Chicago. I'm taking Amtrak there and Megabus back - first time on Megabus, for me, and I don't believe I've rode Amtrak since 2012 or so.

What I've been up to this week:

Traveling. Like I mentioned before, I was in Fort Worth for a little less than 24 hours. I flew into DAL (Dallas Love Field) on Southwest—only $71 one-way!—and flew back through DFW, on Delta, on a tiny plane (20 rows, 2x2 seats in each row) that tall people would have had issues with (I'm 5'5" or so). Today, a friend and I are headed to Chicago for UYSB, and will be there throughout the weekend. Seeing movies. I know I say this on every Friday Five, but I again saw quite a few movies this week. Last Friday, I …

Mark Wahlberg visits new Taylor, MI Wahlburgers restaurant

Last night, I was fortunate to attend another Wahlburgers event as media, this time at the Taylor, MI location, which has not yet opened to the public. The location is planning on opening by the end of this month.

Actor Mark Wahlberg was there to commemorate the opening, and he has said in the past that he is a big fan of Detroit and the Detroit area; this is the 2nd Wahlburgers to open in our area, the first being the Greektown location which opened in 2016.

Franchise owner Nino Cutratro, pictured here at left, was also at the event to welcome Mark, as was Taylor mayor Rick Sollars.

Wahlburgers has another Michigan location opening soon, in Royal Oak near Beaumont, and Mark Wahlberg said at the event that he hopes to expand more in Michigan—he remarked that he likes Flint, and that Ann Arbor would also be a good place for a new Wahlburgers location.

The new Taylor location is Michigan's biggest—and some were saying, the biggest one in the Midwest as of yet—and waitresses passed …

The Friday Five, 4/13/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

So, fun fact: did you know that Experian doesn't have ANY phone numbers where you can talk to a human being? That's something I learned today ... I've tried messaging them on Twitter instead (#millennial) so we'll see if that works. Super frustrating though. I had my SSN stolen back in January and since then it's been nonstop fun times ...

What I've been up to this week:

Blogger tasting and impromptu LCA tour. Last Saturday, I headed to Mike's Pizza Bar for a blogger tasting (check out the pics on my Instagram) and everything was very tasty. After the tasting, one of the employees showed us the ice being set up for the Red Wings game that night—I've never been to a Red Wings game, so this was pretty cool.Seeing movies, of course. Last Friday, I saw The Leisure Seeker with my parents, and it was really good—I'd give it 4, maybe even 4.5 stars out of 5.
(Fun fact: it's based on a book of the same name, by a Detroit-area author named Michael Zadooria…

DETROIT SCREENING GIVEAWAY: 25 admit-2 passes for Tully, 4/24 at MJR Troy {ends 4/18}

Tully will be in theaters on May 4th, but 25 of my lucky readers will be able to see it early at a screening!

Screening will take place on Tuesday, April 24th, 7pm at MJR Troy. Enter to win below!

About the movie:
A new comedy from Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Academy Award (R)-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno"). Marlo (Academy Award (R) winner Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis).
The movie is rated R, and has a runtime of 94 minutes.
Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Wednesday, April 18th, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be contacted via email the next day, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner(s) will be chosen.
Must live in the Detr…

Comic Con weekend in Indianapolis with the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium #LetsGoPlaces

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

You guys ... don't tell the other cars I've reviewed, but this might just be my favorite of them all (with this one, also by Toyota, coming in a close second—let's just call it a tie). I was heading to Indianapolis last weekend for the Indiana Comic Con, and I wanted a hybrid car that would get great gas mileage. Enter: the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium.

This car had the most tech I've ever used before in a vehicle, and not only that, it was extremely comfortable, too. The driver's seat and front passenger area is very roomy, as is the backseat. It IS a hatchback, so you have limited trunk space, but the back seats fold down if you need more space.

From the Detroit area to Indianapolis is about a 5-hour drive, so I was very glad that we had the Prius Prime Premium. We quickly found out that it has adaptive cruise control, which is f…

The Friday Five, 4/6/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

Welcome to April, or "Third Winter" as a meme I saw recently called it. I'm writing this on Thursday and we are supposed to get 1-3 inches of snow overnight ... yay.

On the other hand, other than a snow squall while driving home, the weather in Indy was nice (about 40-55 degrees) when I visited last weekend. So that was enjoyable, at least.

What I've been up to this week:
Traveling. Last Friday through Sunday, my boyfriend and I journeyed to Indianapolis, for the Indiana Comic Con. I can't say that Indy has a lot of things to do, but the comic con was fun, and we also had a lot of good food while there, including steaks at the famous St. Elmo Steakhouse (yay for their Sunday dinner deal! $40 for a 3-course menu). We also checked out an arcade bar, which was interesting—it was free to play but they also serve drinks.Driving a 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium. I had to turn this in on Thursday, as my one-week "rental" was up, and I was very sad to see it go …

GIVEAWAY: Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare prize pack {ends 4/12}

Enter to win a Truth or Dare prize pack! Truth or Dare will be in theaters on Friday, April 13th.

About the movie:
We’re not playing the game, it’s playing us!

A harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone--or something--begins to punish those who tell a lie--or refuse the dare.

Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast of Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, a supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Happy Death Day, Get Out, Split). A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare.

Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), the thriller co-stars Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, Landon Liboiron, Sophia Taylor Ali and Nolan Gerard Funk. The film was produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum and executive produced by Wadlow, Chris Roach, Jeanette Volturno and Couper Samuelson.
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, starring Lucy Hale (Pretty Little L…

UPCOMING: Bookstock used book & media sale, 4/22-4/29 at Laurel Park Place, Livonia, MI

I've written these past two years about Bookstock, a huge used book & media sale that takes place at Laurel Park Place, in Livonia, and it's returning again this year, from Sunday, 4/22 through Sunday, 4/29.
Read more about the event over at my book blog! I was finally able to check it out last year, and they had a large mix of books and media (including DVDs, Blu-rays, and records).
To learn more about Bookstock, click hereto visit my book blog, or visit their official site here.

The Friday Five, 3/30/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

By the time you read this, I'll be on the road to Indianapolis at the crack of dawn (okay, okay, at 8am, but I have to wake up at 6:45am which is 1 hour early for me) to attend the Indiana Comic Con. Originally we were going to leave at 9am, but I just found out Neville (aka Matthew Lewis) from the Harry Potter movies will be doing a panel at 3:30pm; thus, the earlier departure time.

What I've been up to this week:

Seeing Lorde in concert. On Wednesday (actually last night, as I'm writing this on Thursday), a friend and I went to Rusted Crow for their happy hour, in Detroit, and then to Little Caesars Arena to see Lorde, along with Run the Jewels and Mitski (openers). I've been a big fan of Lorde's for a while now so it was exciting to see her in concert, and she put on a great show.Buying a new watch. My old one's battery finally died, and because it was a cheapo Target watch—I think I paid $10 for it, or so—I bought a new one. Ended up getting a $35 Timex at Wa…

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: On Your Feet!, May 1-13, Fisher Theatre, Detroit

*Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
The musical ON YOUR FEET! is coming to Detroit this May, and I love anything Gloria Estefan-related so it should be a good show. Read on for more details and learn how to win a 4-pack of tickets!
About the show:
Broadway In Detroit is pleased to announce that the hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! – based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY® winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY® winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan – will makes it’s Detroit debut at the Fisher Theater, May 1 – 13, 2018. Tickets for ON YOUR FEET! start at $39 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.

Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records and sold out stadiums a…

MOD Pizza launches Incredible Kid Giveaway at all nine Michigan MOD Pizza locations {+$25 giveaway!}

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by MOD Pizza. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Do you have a child in kindergarten through fifth grade who attends school in Livonia, Northville, Rochester Hills, Woodhaven, Brighton, Canton, Chesterfield, or Shelby Township? Read on to see how they can win a pizza party for their classroom! Deadline for applying is Friday, March 30th.

In honor of Incredible Kid Day on March 15, TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants (TSFR), a Michigan-based family-owned restaurant group with an expansive portfolio of casual, quick service and family dining restaurants throughout the state, and its nine MOD Pizza restaurants, are celebrating by giving a free pizza party from each of its locations to nine local students' classrooms.

A day dedicated to recognizing the incredible efforts and characteristics of children around the world, MOD Pizza is seeking parents, guardians, teachers or friends to nominate local students who have gone above and beyond …

SALE: OREO Mint Chocolate King Size Candy Bars, $1 at Walmart (March 29-April 1)

*Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OREOChocolate #CollectiveBias

Did you know that OREO has a special flavored candy bar made with crunchy bits of OREO + mint creme filling + rich Milka chocolate candy? YUM! These OREO Mint Chocolate Candy Bars have delicious bits of OREO Cookie mixed in smooth, mint flavored creme filling and are coated in European Milka chocolate candy. You will want to be sure to stop by Walmart and pick a few of these OREO Chocolate King Size Bars while they are on Rollback for only $1!

While you are in store at Walmart picking up your $1 Rollback OREO chocolate candy bars, be sure to look and see if your store has the demo going on for the 1 Million Sample giveaway. During Easter weekend* participating Walmart stores are giving away these bars while supplies last. *March 29 - April 1.

Check the demo locator below to see if your local Walmart is participating!

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The Friday Five, 3/23/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

I haven't been getting enough sleep this week, and it's starting to show ... I could have gone to bed around 11:45pm yesterday (my regular time) but instead opted to watch more of Love season two on Netflix. Hopefully tonight and this weekend I'll be getting more sleep.

What I've been up to this week:
Watching TV shows.Love (season 2) is back on Netflix, and I just saw that Santa Clarita Diet, with Drew Barrymore, is back today too (also season 2) ... they didn't promote that very well since that was the first I had heard of it! Season 1 was gory but pretty funny.Seeing a show at the Fox. On Friday, a friend and I went to the Fox Theatre for Stomp, which I had seen before a few years ago too. I'll be honest and say it wasn't my favorite, but it's great for kids and some scenes were very cool. Attending Yelp events. On Tuesday, a friend and I went to the Madison Heights Outback for a Yelp event, which was fantastic—so much food and we all got $20 gift cert…