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

*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}

*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.


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

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

*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}

*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

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, 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}

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


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}

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.

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

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

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}

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

Hosted by: Queen of Reviews, Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways & More, Easter Babe's Theory, Love, Mrs. Mommy, Deliciously Savvy, Michigan Savings and More & Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains
Sponsor: Winning Moves

Myself and a few other bloggers are taking part in hosting this giveaway - I love playing board games, and this is a great prize to win. Good luck!

Prize: Ouija, Monopoly Advance to Boardwalk & Clue Suspects Card Game Ouija Classic - Whether you call it Wee-Gee or Wee-Ja, the Classic OUIJA® board spells fun! Just ask it a question and wait to see what the answer the Mystifying Oracle will reveal to you. Includes a THICK WOOD board!!

Monopoly Advance to Boardwalk - Originally introduced in 1985 as the first ever Monopoly "spin- off!" Players compete to build multi-level, high rise hotels along the historic seaside boardwalk. The player with the most …

The Friday Five, 10/6/17: 5 things I've been up to this week

This has been a long week, between the news on Monday and then some #firstworldproblems I've been having. However, I have high hopes for the weekend, as I'm headed to D.C. to visit a friend.

What I've been up to this week:
Attending a Noodles & Company tasting. On Monday, I headed over to the Macomb, MI Noodles location with three other bloggers and tasted their new and returning mac 'n cheese dishes, as well as a ton of other items on the menu. Make sure to enter my giveaway to win Noodles for a year!Setting up my Nectar queen-sized mattress. I will be doing a full review on it soon, but it's a memory-foam bed and is EXTREMELY comfortable. It also came with two memory-foam pillows, which was a nice surprise. I was proud of myself for lugging it up the stairs on my own, too—the mattress + packaging weighed 75 pounds. It's a great deal vs. a "showroom" mattress, though ... a queen bed is only $670 (normally $795).Cooking, canning, and planning. You m…

Movie Review: Victoria & Abdul

Victoria & Abdul is based on a true story, which was also made into a book: two Indian men were sent to England to present a gift to Queen Victoria during her Jubilee celebration, in the late 1800s, and Victoria took a shine to one of them, Abdul. Abdul later became a teacher to her, called the Munshi, and her son and household staff were not happy about this, because of his low standing (with some racism thrown in, I'm willing to bet, too).

Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) has been the reigning monarch of England for 60+ years ... and is getting a bit bored with it all. That is, until she meets Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), an Indian clerk who is sent to England for what was supposed to be a brief period of time. The Queen has Abdul stay with her, as her Munshi, or teacher, and he taught her how to speak and write Urdu, which was the language that the upper classes spoke in India. Her son, Bertie (Eddie Izard), as well as the household staff, isn't happy that she is becoming close…

Upcoming - The Bodyguard: The Musical, January 16-28, Fisher Theatre, Detroit

I still have yet to see the movie version of The Bodyguard, but I've definitely heard of it before. The Bodyguard (the musical!) will be coming to the Fisher Theatre this January, and I'm curious to see it.
About the show: Broadway In Detroit is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play the Fisher Theatre from January 16 to 28. Tickets start at $39 and go on sale Sunday, October 15 at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 and online at or Starting Monday, October 16, tickets will also be available for purchase at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.

Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox* stars as Rachel Marron. In the role of bodyguard Frank Farmer is television star Judson Mills.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, and adapted by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Ale…

Review and GIVEAWAY: Mac 'n cheese dishes return to Noodles & Company {ends 10/15}

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary tasting at Noodles in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Starting today, Noodles & Company is bringing back its mac 'n cheese dishes! You can head to a Noodles near you to try their Truffle Mac, Buffalo Chicken Mac, or BBQ Pork Mac, in addition to their standard, the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese.

I headed over to the Macomb, MI Noodles location on Monday to try out the new/returning mac 'n cheese flavors, as well as a bevy of other dishes from their menu.

Full disclosure: I normally don't like many mac 'n cheese dishes. However, there are a few here that I definitely enjoyed.

We started off with some potstickers, garlic bread and marinara sauce, and the Korean BBQ meatballs with Gochujang sauce—all of which I have ordered before and really enjoy. (the potstickers, especially, are tasty, and the meatballs have a bit of a spicy kick to them too)

We then tried the Chicken Veracruz Salad and t…