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The Friday Five, 12/15/17: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week, on Wednesday night we got walloped with snow—the first really big snow of winter, like 4 to 7 inches—and that's kind of a metaphor for how the whole week has been. Just really, really long. I am extremely fortunate to be driving a 2017 Toyota RAV4 this week (heated seats and a heated steering wheel are SO NICE to have during this type of freezing cold weather), so check back soon for a review on that vehicle.


What I've been up to this week:Driving ... a lot. I've had the 2017 Toyota RAV4 since last Friday, and I get to keep this one for a little longer this time: about 9-10 days, instead of the normal 7. Both Friday and Sunday, I drove to Detroit—on Friday, I went to Green Dot Stables for dinner with friends, and then we went to Campus Martius to see the Christmas displays, and on Sunday, my boyfriend and I went to see Broadway Holiday at the Fisher, and I finally got to try out the new Giordano's location in Detroit beforehand. Buying "ugly" Christ…

COMET TV December GIVEAWAY: Tank Girl Exclusive Swag and Cult Classic Goodness {ends 12/22}

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I have another giveaway from COMET TV to share! Check it out below, and also check out COMET's December movie schedule.

FILMS ON COMET IN DECEMBER

Tank Girl (1995)
Want to warm up this holiday season? Take a trip to the year 2033, where cold isn't an issue but an apocalyptic lack of water is. Starring Lori Petty as the titular hero, and Malcolm McDowell as the villainous Kesslee, Tank Girl is an action-packed adventure that's so explosive you might just end up putting jetpacks at the top of your holiday gift list.

Friday, December 29 at 8P/7C
Saturday, December 30 at 8P/7C



Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)
If you thought Jeff Goldblum was charming in human form, just wait until you see him when he's an alien. Also starring Geena Davis, Jim Carrey, and Damon Wayans, 'Earth Girls are Easy' sees a trio of aliens crash land on Earth and take the California dating scene by storm. Even the hardest to please Valley girl is no match for the charms of these furry Cassanovas.

MOD Pizza gift cards - great for the holidays {& $25 giveaway! ends 12/20}

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

If you're a long-time reader of my blog, you know that I'm a fan of MOD Pizza - I've covered a few of their restaurant openings, and some deals that they've run in the past. (and Troy, MI is finally getting a MOD, I'm guessing sometime next year, so I'm excited about that!)


This month, for every $50 MOD gift card you purchase, you'll receive a coupon to treat yourself to BOTH a free MOD pizza and a fountain drink, which is valid in 2018.

If you're looking to purchase some holiday gifts for friends or family, this is a nice way to reward yourself, as well (or, if you want to be super generous, give your friends/family the extra MOD pizza and drink coupon, too!).


MOD's pizza is always super crunchy, and I love their breadsticks, too (regular or dessert breadsticks - pictured above). The dessert breadsticks come with your choice of strawberry, cinnamon, or chocolate…

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 20 admit-2 screening passes for All the Money in the World, 12/20 at Emagine Royal Oak {ends 12/11}

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All the Money in the World will be in theaters on December 25th, but my Detroit-area fans can win an admit-two pass to see it ahead of time, at a screening!

The screening will take place Wednesday, December 20th, at 7pm, at Emagine Royal Oak. Seating is first-come, first-serve, and I recommend getting there by 6pm (or earlier, if possible).

Official synopsis:
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.

Cast:
The film stars Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (Manchester …

GIVEAWAY: Digital HD code for HBO's Vice Principals, season 2 {ends 12/15, 2 winners!}

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If you didn't watch Vice Principals season two when it recently aired, you're in for a treat - it was one of the funniest shows on TV. I say "was" because it was decided ahead of time that it was only going to be two seasons—or semesters, if you will—by Danny McBride, the main character and the creator of the show.

Two of my lucky readers will win a digital HD code for Vice Principals season two! Read on to see how to enter.

About the show:
Starring the hilariously talented Danny McBride and Walton Goggins, own the darkest comedy on TV when Vice Principals: Season 2 is available for digital download on December 11th.

Created by McBride and Jody Hill (co-creators of HBO’s Eastbound & Down), this “comedic achievement” (Vulture) tells the story of a southern suburban high school and the two people who conspire to run it, the vice principals. McBride and Goggins star as Neal Gamby and Lee Russell, a pair of ambitious administrators waged in an epic power struggle to be…

The Friday Five, 12/8/17: 5 things I've been up to this week

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Lots of things going on this week, per usual. I skipped zumba on Monday night because I needed a night to relax, and truthfully I just wanted to microwave dinner (normally I cook ... not in the microwave. LOL) and then sit around in my PJs.


What I've been up to this week:
Trying new foods. There is an El Salvadorian place near me, called El Guanaco, that has excellent Yelp reviews. On Friday, a new friend and I tried it out, and I tried a few varieties of pupusas (corn pancakes stuffed with meat, flowers, or potatoes) as well as their al pastor taco, which was fantastic. It was so good that I brought my boyfriend there only two days later, and had more pupusas and a steak taco. Yum. Seeing movies. I saw Lady Bird last Friday after the El Salvadorian feast, and although I liked it, I don't agree with its super-high Rotten Tomatoes rating ... I'd give it maybe 4/5 stars, but Saiorse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf (aka Sheldon's mom, from BBT!) turn out great performances in it. …

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 50 admit-2 screening passes for Wonder Wheel, 12/13 at the Maple Theater {ends 12/11}

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Wonder Wheel will be in theaters on December 15, but if you're in the Detroit area, you can win a pair of tickets to see it for free at an advance screening!

The screening will take place Wednesday, December 13, at 7pm at the Maple Theater (Bloomfield Hills, MI). Seating is first-come, first-serve, so if you're one of the winners, I recommend getting there earlier to get your seats.

Official synopsis:
WONDER WHEEL tells the story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny (Kate Winslet), an emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house; Humpty (Jim Belushi), Ginny’s rough-hewn carousel operator husband; Mickey (Justin Timberlake), a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright; and Carolina (Juno Temple), Humpty’s long-estranged daughter, who is now hiding out from gangsters at her father’s apartment. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro captures a tale of…

DEAL: Save $1 at Kroger when you buy a Kroger Deli Pizza + 1 Coca-Cola 1.25L (or Dasani 1L bottle)

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*Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company all opinions are mine alone. #KrogerPizzaDeal #CollectiveBias

As the holidays approach, schedules begin to become very hectic. Kroger stores have quick and affordable meal options available for the ultimate holiday meal solution.


Pick up a Deli Fresh ready to heat pizza at a hot price-point for $5.99 and a Coca-Cola 1.25L beverage or 1L Dasani and save $1 when you scan your Kroger loyalty card (valid through 12/3/17 - 1/3/18). Kroger Deli Fresh ready to heat pizza is available in the refrigerated section of your local Kroger store deli.

Participating Coca-Cola beverages include:
1.25L Coca-Cola Classic (any flavor)
1.25L Coca-Cola Zero Sugar
1.25L Diet Coke
1.25L Sprite
1.25L Fanta
1L Dasani

Stop by your local Kroger store and pick up a refreshing 1.25L Coca-Cola or 1L Dasani and a ready to heat pizza for a quick and easy meal this winter to help you mark one thing off your to-do list.

Partic…

Jewelry review and $25 giveaway: 7 Charming Sisters {ends 12/13}

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*Disclosure: I received compensation from 7 Charming Sisters in exchange for this blog post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I recently received a pair of earrings from 7 Charming Sisters to review, from their 2017 holiday shop collection, which you can find here.

I don't wear a lot of jewelry, but I always feel naked if I leave the house without earrings on! I also am a huge fan of vintage-looking jewelry, which is why I selected the Blue Moon Earrings ($37) to review.


They came packaged very nicely—it would definitely make a great holiday gift for yourself or someone on your list—along with a cute note and a 20% discount code for next time (use code Executive20 to get this deal!).


I will say I was surprised by how HUGE these earrings are. Technically this is my own fault: I went back to the website and it does say it has a 13 1/2" drop. However, I could see myself pairing these with a cute dress for a holiday party, or any other winter gathering. They also…

Experiencing theater in Detroit with the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night AWD #DriveHyundai

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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.

Over the past week, I had the pleasure of trying out the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night AWD. This is the "night" edition because it's completely black (check out those rims!). I had never driven a Hyundai before so I wasn't sure what to expect, but the Tucson is very easy to operate.


This may be a small thing, but I love when I can push a button on the key fob and the trunk automatically opens, which is a feature the Tucson has. This is also super convenient if you have lots of bundles (groceries, shopping purchases, etc.). It's also a push-start car, which most 2017/2018 cars seem to be nowadays.


The interior was very comfortable. While the car doesn't have navigation, it does have a touch-screen, as well as buttons on the steering wheel to control the radio. The model I drove also had Sirius XM satellite radio, which was a fun feat…

The Friday Five, 12/1/17: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has seemed a little long, probably because last week was so short, work-wise. Tonight I am meeting a friend to try out a Mexican place by me, though, which I've never been to, and also seeing Lady Bird, which has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes (!). I'm not a big Greta Gerwig fan, but Saiorse Ronan is the title character; she was great in Atonement and other films I've seen.


What I've been up to this week:
Seeing shows downtown. Last Saturday, my family and I went to see The Wizard of Oz, at the Fox, and this past Wednesday, a friend and I went to the Detroit Opera House to see An American in Paris, which IMO is a must-see. They use over 250 costumes alone, and the dancing is fantastic. I always love seeing the Opera House decked out for the holidays, too.Writing blog posts. It's been a busy week here at Yes/No Detroit—I launched contests for Jumanji (screening passes) and Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken ($30 gift card). I'll be writing up my 2017 Hyundai …

Restaurant review and GIVEAWAY: Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, Detroit {ends 12/8}

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*Disclosure: I was treated to a meal at Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken in exchange for this blog post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I had been wanting to try Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken ever since it opened—Yelp had been treating its Elites to a meal there, but I was unable to attend at that time. I was downtown this week for a performance of An American in Paris, at the Detroit Opera House, which afforded an ideal opportunity to try out Gus's beforehand.


The restaurant isn't very large, and felt more like a neighborhood cafe to me, which I really liked. My friend and I were eager to try the fried chicken, which has great Yelp reviews, but to start off, we ordered the fried okra and the fried green tomatoes.


I'm not sure I've ever had fried green tomatoes before, but they were fantastic, especially with the ranch, and I'm not usually a ranch fan. The fried okra were good too, but okra is usually not my favorite.


I had been told t…

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 15 admit-2 screening passes for Jumanji, 12/18 at AMC Livonia {ends 12/10}

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The new Jumanji remake will be in theaters on December 20, but if you're in the Detroit area, you can win a pair of tickets to see it for free at an advance screening!

The screening will take place Monday, December 18, at 7pm at AMC Livonia. Seating is first-come, first-serve, so if you're one of the winners, I recommend getting there earlier to get your seats.

About the movie:
Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever.

The movie stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart, among others. Jumanji(1995) is one of my favorite Robin …