Dunkin' Donuts celebrates summer with cake batter donut & National Donut Day offer {& $25 giveaway!}

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

Dunkin' Donuts recently released a new doughnut for summer, and it is also offering guests a free doughnut of their choice with any beverage purchase on June 1st, for National Donut Day.

Read more below, and also enter to win a $25 Dunkin' Donuts gift card!

With summer on the way, it’s three cheers for donuts at Dunkin’, as the brand delights donut devotees with a trio of terrific ways to sweeten the start of the season. First, Dunkin’ Donuts will ring in one of its favorite days of the year—National Donut Day on Friday, June 1st—by once again offering guests a free classic donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day on June 1st at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide on classic donut favorites including Boston Kreme, Glazed, Glazed Chocolate and Strawberry Frosted with Sprinkles.

Next, Dunki…

Olga's Kitchen new limited time menu items: A taste of the Far East {& giveaway!}

*Disclosure: I received a meal at Olga's Kitchen in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

This past weekend, I was in Novi for the Motor City Comic Con, which provided the perfect excuse to drop by Olga's Kitchen - their Novi location is about a mile down the road from the Suburban Collection Showcase where the convention was being held.

The purpose of my visit was to try the new limited time offer items—A Taste of the Far East is the theme. These include a citrus iced tea, Sweet Heat Asian salad, Korean Crispy Chicken Olga, and Coconut Olga Bread Pudding.

I started off my meal with the Citrus Lemongrass iced tea, which was refreshing. We also ordered the Sweet Heat Asian salad to share, and we enjoyed that before our entree sandwiches. The dressing that comes with the salad—a housemade Korean BBQ vinaigrette—had a mild spice to it, and was delicious.

If you haven't been to Olga's before: you absolutely HAVE to order Snackers, which …

GIVEAWAY: Daphne & Velma on Blu-ray {ends 5/28}

*Disclosure: Warner Bros. sent me a copy of this Blu-ray in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Any Scooby-Doo fans here? Daphne & Velma are back, in their own movie, which will be released on Blu-ray on May 22nd. Meanwhile, one of my lucky readers has the chance to win a copy!

About the movie:
Jinkies! Your favorite mystery solving teenagers are back in an all-new, live-action feature length movie!

State of the art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights at Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including new transfer student, the bright & optimistic Daphne Blake (Sarah Jeffery) who is excited to finally go to school with her online bestie, the whip-smart & analytical Velma Dinkley (Sarah Gilman). But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious disappearances begin to plague the top-performing students on campus. Once cheery and full of life, kids now appear…

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

This week hasn't been insanely busy, but I've still been on-the-go a bit. This upcoming weekend, I'm headed to the Motor City Comic Con, which should be a fun time, and I'll also be sampling some limited-time offer items at the Olga's Kitchen in Novi while I'm in the area (check back soon for my review + a giveaway!).

What I've been up to this week:

Hanging out with friends. Last Friday, three friends and I went to Giordano's in downtown Detroit for some of their Chicago-style deep dish pizza, and then to Ready Player One, which is a "barcade" (bar/arcade) nearby. I had never been to RPO before and it was a lot of fun—you can either buy tokens there or buy drinks and food and they give you tokens. I'm a big pinball fan so I was happy to see they had about five pinball machines, too.Celebrating Mother's Day. My parents and I went to Outback last Saturday for dinner to celebrate Mother's Day, and later we had some cake at their place.S…

UPCOMING: Top 10 picks for the 2018 Cinetopia Film Festival, Ann Arbor & Detroit {and a giveaway!}

*Disclosure: I will be receiving media passes for the festival. All opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

This will be my 5th year attending the Cinetopia Film Festival, and the line-up of movies looks fantastic.
Per usual, the festival will mostly be taking place in Ann Arbor during the first weekend and later week, and then will head to Detroit for the second weekend. There are some Dearborn options as well, on the Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience, but the Maple Theater (Bloomfield Hills) is no longer participating, it seems. 
Tickets range from $15 (1 ticket for 1 movie) to $175 (festival pass). Students are able to buy an all-movie pass for only $50. The best way to determine what pass is best for you can be found here at Cinetopia's website:
Without further ado, here are the top ten movies I'm looking forward to seeing at Cinetopia this year:
(all images courtesy of Cinetopia's website)
1. Eighth Grade

MIDWEST PREMIERE! Eighth-grader Kayla Day always has her p…

At-home teeth whitening: does it work? {& giveaway!}

*Disclosure: I received a Smile Brilliant kit to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Full disclosure: I've never been entirely happy with the color of my teeth. They've always just been a LITTLE bit yellow. I'm not sure why—I rarely drink tea, I don't drink coffee, and I enjoy wine only every so often—but they've always been that way.

So when I received the chance to try out a teeth whitening kit from Smile Brilliant, then, I definitely accepted the offer.

When you sign up for a kit from Smile Brilliant, the first thing they will ask you to do is make a mold of your teeth—they will then use this to make your custom retainer. I thought the retainer was going to be similar to the one I wear at night (yes, I wore braces as a kid) but it's actually much more floppy/malleable.

The process of making the molding isn't hard, but you might want to have some Kleenex nearby ... I'll admit I was drooling a little during it, bec…

The Friday Five, 5/11/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

I spent last Thursday through Monday in Savannah, and although I had a great time, it was super hot—about 85 every day—so I am glad to be back to our 70s-ish Michigan weather. Luckily, my back improved a bit so I was able to walk around—I walked about 10,000 to 14,000 steps per day, according to my Fitbit. My next adventure is Israel next month, through Birthright, and I'm glad to have a month or so at home before that.

What I've been up to this week:
Traveling. Like I said, I was in Savannah for a long weekend (Thurs. to Mon.). This was my second time there—the first time was actually the same dates, but 5 years ago, in 2013, with a friend who was living in Atlanta at the time, so it was only a 4-hour drive there. This time, I flew into Savannah (by way of Atlanta, actually) and I had about 4 days there. I was in town for Unofficial Yelp Spring Break, and I had a fun time with both new and old Yelp friends exploring the city.Seeing The King and I. I returned from Savannah on Mo…

UPCOMING: Motor City Comic Con, May 18-20, Novi, MI

*Disclosure: I will be attending Motor City Comic Con as media. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I last attended the Motor City Comic Con in 2015, and they had a great panel lineup that year: one of the most memorable panels I attended was William Shatner's, who is one of my favorite actors, and they also had stars from The Walking Dead there, and more. I also was able to interview Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, from Vampire Diaries and Nash Bridges.

This year, the panel schedule is just as fab, and I will be attending Saturday and Sunday, and possibly some of Friday, too.

General information:
The comic con will take place Friday, May 18th, through Sunday, May 20th, at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi (Grand River Ave.). Parking is $10 on-site or $5 across the street.For adults, prices are $20 for Friday only, $40 for Saturday only, and $30 for Sunday only, or you can pay $75 for an all-weekend pass (Fri, Sat, Sun). Each pass has a $2 service fee, as well. For childr…

Movie Review: Tully

Charlize Theron and Diablo Cody join forces again in Tully, a story about a new mom—that is, one who is becoming a new mom for the third time, as she already has 2 kids, and is pregnant with her third—and how she tries to battle her exhaustion and postpartum depression.

Marlo (Theron) is tired. She's 41 years old and pregnant with her third child (an unplanned pregnancy) and her youngest child, Jonah, is "quirky," and thus must be dealt with by their school administrators. Her brother, Craig (Mark Duplass), offers to pay for a night nurse for them, as a present, and although she's at first wary of his offer, she's so tired all of the time once the baby is born that she soon calls the nurse to hire her. Tully (Mackenzie Davis) soon arrives, and, much like a Mary Poppins-esque character, takes care of everything: Marlo no longer has to stay up all night with the baby, and Tully even cleans the house for her and bakes cupcakes for Jonah's kindergarten class.


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

By the time you read this, I'll be in Savannah, for my second UYSB (Unofficial Yelp Spring Break). The weather is supposed to be super nice (80-85 for highs, 60-65 for lows) so I'm debating if I even need to pack a jacket!

What I've been up to this week:
Seeing a Beatles tribute show. On Friday, four friends and my boyfriend and I did dinner at Calexico in Detroit, and then went to see RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles at the Fox. If you are a Beatles fan, it was a fun show, and they also showed us TV commercials from the time period too, which was interesting to see.Hobbling around like an old person. I did zumba on Saturday and then laid on my couch for a bit to watch TV, and one of those activities must have wrenched my back ... it's been very hard to walk this week. I am hoping I will be okay in Savannah—my back is definitely better today than it was on Monday, but I've been dosing myself with Tylenol (I can't have Aleve; long story) and also, as of yesterday, w…

The Friday Five, 4/27/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

Another busy week/weekend: I was in Chicago from last Thursday through Sunday. This week has been more of a "chill" week, though: I've had plans but haven't been running around as much, which has been nice.

What I've been up to this week:
Traveling. I was in Chicago for 3 days, for the first Unofficial Yelp Spring Break, and it was a lot of fun. I don't get to play "tourist" in Chicago anymore usually and we did the Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck (Sears/Willis Tower), and the John Hancock building, most of which was covered by CityPass which was nice ($106 for 5 attractions). We also walked a lot and ate a lot of good food, including Chicago-style pizza (Gino's East and Pizzeria Due).Cooking. I received a Hello Fresh delivery on Tuesday and I will be receiving a Home Chef delivery today. Out of the three Hello Fresh meals I received, my favorite was the steak with chimichurri sauce (yesterday's dinner), followed by the "Shake It U…

The Walking Dead wine with Living Wine Labels augmented reality app #UncorkTheStory

*Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This content is intended for readers who are 21 and over. #UncorkTheStory #CollectiveBias

You can now purchase Walking Dead wine! I'm a huge Walking Dead fan, so when I found out about this, I headed to my local store to buy both varieties, Blood Red and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Walking Dead wine can be found at Kroger, Ralph's, and Fred Meyer.

"You only live twice" is definitely a catchy tagline, and caught my attention.
What is very cool about this wine brand is that once you download the Living Wine Labels app on your smartphone, there is an augmented reality experience available for it—no special glasses required. The app is free and available on both the Google Play store and Apple store.

When I got home from the store, I immediately downloaded the app to see this in action.

The app will work with either bottle, if you decide to only purchase one, but…