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The Friday Five, 9/30/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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Today was supposed to be my "relax"/"break" week in between trips but instead I ended up being super busy. It's also the last day of September today (where did September go?!) and I'm looking forward to cooler weather, as fall is my favorite season. Yelp Elite event at Ray's - check out the Franklin Cider Mill donut ice cream! What I've been up to this week: Two Yelp Elite events . On Wednesday, my boyfriend (also a Yelp Elite) and I went to Ray's Ice Cream near me, in Royal Oak (Coolidge/14 Mile though, so right on the Troy/RO border) and were treated to two flights of ice cream (four small scoops each) PLUS an "intermezzo"—I chose a Black Cherry Vernor's with Ray's vanilla ice cream which was my first time trying the new Vernor's flavor too. Everything was delicious—I have been to Ray's before but not for a while, and they're under new ownership too (see my reel here ). Then yesterday, we drove down to Nest, in Det

UPCOMING: Trans-Siberian Orchestra announces 2022 winter tour

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  credit: Jason McEachern *Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with TSO. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is coming back to Little Caesars Arena this year, on Dec. 29th, and I'm excited for it! They'll also be playing a multi-city tour per usual (see below for dates/locations).  About the show: Multi-platinum, progressive rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO)  has announced the dates for its highly anticipated 2022 winter tour, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve – the Best of TSO & More.” After its first year off the road in more than two decades, TSO made a triumphant return to touring in 2021 with a 25th anniversary celebration of Christmas Eve and Other Stories. For 2022, TSO brings a completely updated presentation of the unforgettable, multi-generational holiday tradition, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” to 60 cities across the nation.  This year’s tour kicks off on Wed., Nov. 16 with performances in Green B

The Friday Five, 9/23/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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It has been a LONG week—I got back from my Vegas work trip on Wednesday night and normally I'm pretty good at switching between time zones, but I think I'm still on Pacific time, because last night I was up until 1:30am or so. Leaving for the Ohio wedding tomorrow, then I'm staying put for about a week and half until it's time to leave for the next work adventure! Ceiling of the Bellagio, one of my favorite Vegas hotels What I've been up to this week: Vegas work trip . And that's what most of these will probably be about—I arrived Sunday around 6pm Pacific time and I left Wednesday around 2:30pm. I had to work during the day but at night I visited the Strip, including some of my favorite hotels (Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, Paris, Bally's), and had some good eats. I was attending IBIE, which is a triennial (every 3 years) show for the bakery industry.  Eating out . On Saturday night, my boyfriend and I went to Texas Roadhouse, in Novi—I signed us up for the onlin

GIVEAWAY: Michigan Renaissance Festival, Holly, MI {ends 9/21}

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*Disclosure: I received something of value for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. I last went to the Renaissance Festival, aka RenFest, in 2017, I believe , and I'm excited to check it out again this year. The season is actually almost at a close (October 1st/2nd is the last weekend it's over) but I have a last-minute contest for one of my lucky readers to win a family 4-pack of tickets! About RenFest: Join the villagers of Hollygrove as they invite one and all to the magical 16th Century European village featuring 17 stages of exciting entertainment including: musicians, magicians, jugglers and jousting. Over 100 artisans will fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted goods for a truly fabulous and endless shopping experience. Patrons will interact with memorable characters and enjoy full-contact live armored jousting, 7 theme weekends , and fabulous food fit for royalty! The Michigan Renaissance Festival is open Weekends &am