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Disney World vs. Universal Studios Orlando: Which parks should you visit?

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This is not a sponsored post by any means, but I just got back from Disney World and Universal Studios + Islands of Adventure, and wanted to share my experiences.

My parents and I used to visit both Universal and WDW a lot in the '90s. Since then, I took a proper (read: 4-5 day vacation) there in 2006, and also visited Magic Kingdom + Epcot for one day this past summer (you can read about that here). Disney World has changed a LOT in the past ten years.

Before you book: Disney World

I went with a friend, and we booked two nights at Disney's Coronado Springs resort, a "moderate" resort—Disney has "value," "moderate," and "deluxe" resorts. I'd compare our hotel to a Hilton or another chain like that. We did a "Magic Your Way" package, which was a promotion they were running at the time, and that included 20% off. For a 3-day hopper pass for two people and two nights at the resort, the total was about $1150, or $575 each.

I al…

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: STOMP, March 16-17, Fox Theatre, Detroit {ends 1/26}

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

STOMP will be at the Fox Theatre March 16th and 17th, and I'm curious to check out their show. I saw them a few years ago when they were in Detroit, and it's definitely not your typical concert - they use music made out of "found instruments," aka anything that makes noise!

About the show:
STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to the Fox Theatre on Friday, March 16 through Saturday, March 17; part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.

Tickets ($20, $40, $50 and $65) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313presents.com, The Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tic…

The Friday Five, 1/19/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I went to Orlando this past weekend (Thursday to Monday), which was a lot of fun, but unfortunately, the slight cold I had going into the trip has now amplified into a full-on cold (coughing and stuffy nose), which I'm not happy about.


What I've been up to this week:
My Orlando trip! It was quite busy—I flew in on Thursday, and we did Disney World from Thursday through Saturday, getting about 30,000 steps in on our Fitbits each day (!!). On Saturday, we switched from a Disney resort to the Hilton Bonnet Creek, where I had stayed for BlogHer, since I had two free nights there, and on Sunday, we did both Universal Studios + Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. On Monday I came back to the tundra (Michigan). I'm most likely going to write a recap post of both Disney + Universal, as this was my first time visiting Universal since the '90s, so keep an eye out for that.Celebrating my birthday. My birthday was this past Saturday (1/13) and both the friend I went on the trip…

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 15 admit-2 screening passes for Peter Rabbit, 2/3 at Emagine Royal Oak {ends 1/25}

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Peter Rabbit will be in theaters on February 9th, but fifteen of my lucky readers will have the chance to see it first at an advance screening!

About the movie:
Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.



GIVEAWAY:

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Thursday, January 25th, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be notified the next day via email, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner(s) will be chosen.

Screening …

COMET TV January GIVEAWAY: The Craft exclusive swag pack {ends 1/24}

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We are the weirdos, mister.
Nancy, The Craft

Enter to win a swag pack from the iconic movie The Craft!

And read more about what's on COMET TV in January, below:

FILMS ON COMET IN JANUARY

The Craft (1996)
Teen movies might want you to believe that high school was all about keggers and beautiful cheerleaders, but we prefer The Craft’s version of events. Featuring a quartet of angsty teens who turn to witchcraft in the face of personal high school horrors, The Craft casts a spell that leaves you wishing you had an occult stor on your local main street.

Friday, January 12 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 13 at 8P/7C
Sunday, January 21 at 6P/5C
Monday, January 22 at 8P/7C



Labyrinth (1986)
January will mark the second anniversary of the day we lost pop culture legend David Bowie, so this month’s COMET is honoring his memory in the best way we coul think of .... by screening one of the most iconic roles of his career. Back in 1986, Bowie stole the show as the Goblin King in Jim Henson’s Lab…

The Friday Five, 1/12/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

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The "tenses" might be a little off in this post - I leave for vacation tomorrow, aka Thursday (Disney and Universal Studios!) so I'm writing this on Wednesday.

It's a heat wave in Michigan this week! ... and by that I mean, it got back to 30-35 degrees. Felt a lot nicer than the frigid temps we had last week, though.


What I've been up to this week:
Eating out and trying out new places. Last Sunday, my boyfriend and I went to Arkin's Sweet BBQ Pit, in Southfield, before a movie at Emagine Royal Oak, as I had won a $25 gift card from @chowdowndetroit on Instagram. It was delicious and there are actually NO pictures because we gobbled it up so fast, ha. My parents took me to Cheesecake Factory, in Novi, for an early birthday lunch on Saturday, and my boyfriend and I also went to Kona Grill with my $15 birthday coupon (you can join the e-club to receive this) on Saturday night. On Tuesday afternoon, some coworkers and I went to Mr. Kabob Xpress for lunch, too—if yo…

Review and GIVEAWAY: 3-month subscription to Mitten Crate {ends 1/18}

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

I have been receiving subscription boxes from Mitten Crate for a few months now, and every month, I'm excited to see their box at my doorstep. Though I'm not a native Michigander, I've lived here for 2/3 of my life and I've come to appreciate Michigan brands. Mitten Crate is a great refresher (or introducer!) to these.

I first started working with Mitten Crate when I ran across their pop-up shop at The Rust Belt Market, in Ferndale, but I had been coveting their products long before that—and you can now shop for individual products on their website, too.


The other option is to purchase a subscription, which is $35 per month, renews monthly, and is one you can cancel anytime. If you want to buy a one-time box or gift, it's $35 plus shipping, and if you want a 3-month subscription, it's $99 for 3 months.

Needless to say, all of the products featured i…

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: Finding Neverland, Feb. 6-18, Fisher Theatre, Detroit

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

Finding Neverland will be coming to the Fisher Theatre next month, and I'm super excited about it! I love all Peter Pan-type stories, and this focuses on Pan's playwright, J.M. Barrie, and the family that inspired Peter Pan. You might have seen the movie version (with Johnny Depp) back in 2004, too.

About the show:
Broadway in Detroit is pleased to announce that FINDING NEVERLAND will play the Fisher Theatre, February 6-18, 2018. Tickets start at $39 and are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787 and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Fisher Theatre box office.

Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie a…

New Year's weekend with the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport #DriveMitsubishi

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*Disclosure: I received the use of a vehicle in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
After this past week dealing with Michigan weather, I can tell you this: my next personal car will have heated seats in them. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which I drove this week, did have them, and they were so nice to have—the weather today was "-2, feels like -18 degrees" when I woke up this morning, so I was definitely missing this vehicle.


One of the first things I noticed about this vehicle is that it "tucks in its ears" (side mirrors) when you lock and unlock the doors. This is a very cool feature and one that I'd recommend all vehicles to have—the chance of your side mirrors getting hit is therefore minimized.


The cargo space in the Outlander Sport is decent. I had looked up reviews of the 2016 Outlander (not sport), and the cargo space seemed very small; in this model, however, there is plenty of room for luggage, which was …

The Friday Five, 1/5/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

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As I write this, it is "-2, feels like -18 outside" where I live. I have to take out the garbage but haven't yet because of the cold temperatures. On Sunday, it will be back up to 30, but this week has definitely been long.


What I've been up to this week:
Road trip to the west side of the state. On Saturday, my boyfriend and I drove to the Kalamazoo/Portage area to visit a college friend of mine and her husband - we enjoy playing board games with them, and we stayed over into New Year's Day. For New Year's Eve, we did cheese and chocolate fondue (see pic above) which was super tasty, too. Playing UNO & Friends. I like playing UNO and Monopoly Deal a lot, and I recently discovered an app where you can play UNO. However, I was playing it yesterday and a notification popped up that said it will be discontinued in June 2018 ... no explanation why! Definitely a bummer. Seeing movies. I saw Pitch Perfect 3 on Wednesday, with my MoviePass, and I'd give it 3 st…

The Friday Five, 12/29/17: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I have had this entire week off from work, and while I have been doing a lot, really all I wanted to do was sit at home with a good book. Instead, I visited my parents for about 5 days, I'm going home later today, and then I'm headed to the Kalamazoo/Portage area tomorrow through Monday (New Year's Day) to visit some friends.


What I've been up to this week:
Seeing a concert. Last Saturday, I headed to the new Little Caesars Arena (Detroit) for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, which was fabulous. You can read about that hereHanging out with friends. I met up with my Disney World travel friend last Friday, at Sy Thai in Birmingham, and we also stopped by Starbucks Reserve for a minute, because she hadn't been. I met another friend for coffee on Tuesday, since he lives in my parents' area, and I'm seeing college friends this weekend when I travel to the Kalamazoo area. I'm also going to a dinner party tonight which should be funa friend is cooking an…

Everything you ever wanted to know about MoviePass, the movie subscription service

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First off, this is NOT a sponsored post. I've been a member of MoviePass—the $9.99 a month program, not the new $89.99/year program—since the end of September, and people keep asking me if it's worth it. I figured I'd write a post about it that will talk about my experience with it, and also answer any questions that people might have.


I was one of the first people to sign up for MoviePass back in August or September when the $9.99/month deal was announced. As my long-time blog readers know, this blog used to be called Yes/No Films, because I see a LOT of movies. Matinees in my area (Detroit area) are around $6-7, and night movies are $10-12, so to see UNLIMITED movies (1 per day) with MoviePass for only $9.99 a month sounded like a great deal.


What you can do with MoviePass:
You can see one movie per CALENDAR day. I swear this used to be per 24-hour period, but now the app says it's per day. Pretty simple.You can either go to the theater and do a "check in" o…

Event review: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

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*Disclosure: I received concert tickets in exchange for this blog post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

This was my fourth year attending a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, but my first at the new Little Caesars Arena. It was also my second time at LCA (I went to a Halsey concert a few months ago there) and it's a great new arena, located right in the heart of downtown Detroit.


We ended up having floor seats, which I've actually had for the past three TSO shows, as well, and our seats were amazing. LCA is divided into the lower bowl, upper bowl, and floor (though obviously for sports events there is no floor seating available).


The new arena also has a variety of food and drink places if you want to grab something to eat before the show. I did notice after the Halsey show I attended that the eateries tend to shut down immediately after the show, though.


The TSO shows I've attended in the past have always been amazing, and this one was no different. They …