Guide To Shopping at Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Southeast Michigan {+ $50 Credit Giveaway}

Guide to Shopping at Salvation Army in Southeast Michigan

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It’s no secret: I LOVE thrifting. I get the biggest rush from finding cool things at cheap prices. Of all the places I have lived across metro Detroit, The Salvation Army takes the cake as my favorite place to thrift. I’ve found everything from Stella McCartney handbags for $6 to Ann Taylor and Calvin Klein jeans for a couple of dollars — and still with tags on them.

Every time I post about my finds, people ask how and where I found the items, and often times I hear “I never have good luck thrifting!” Well, friends — I have some secrets to share with you. I’ve partnered up with Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Southeast Michigan to share the best days to shop to score fabulous deals.

So, here’s your guide to shopping at Salvation Army thrift stores in Southeast Michigan. These deals cover all 34 thrift stores across metro Detroit {stores in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties}.

First, it’s important to know the days of the week to shop for the best pricing. How about a little graphic for you visual learners?

Best Days to Shop at Salvation Army

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Win A Free Photo Session with Lara Douglas Photography {Livingston County, Michigan Photographer}

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As I have mentioned, I have very talented friends. One of the most talented gals I know is Lara Douglas. Her and I went to school together and I have loved watching her grow into a fabulous photographer. In fact, my head shot and family photos on here are all by her! She is a master of her craft and I love her beautiful work and sweet personality.

Her business, Lara Douglas Photography, focuses on weddings and creative portraitures, and is located in Howell, Michigan. She specializes in on-location and natural light photography.

View samples of her gorgeous work by visiting www.laradouglasphotography.com or friending her business page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/laradouglasphotography. She can be reached at (801) 472-1774 or via email at laradouglasphotography {at} gmail {dot} com.

Now for the fun…a GIVEAWAY!

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Her and I have teamed up to give away a FREE photo session to one of you! The session will include a 30 minute shoot, an 11×14 print and 2-8×10 prints.

How great would this be to win with Christmas just around the corner? Sounds like the perfect present for grandparents to me!

To win, you must be a resident or willing to drive to Livingston County, Michigan, and age 18 years or older.

Good luck!

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Shell and Kroger Fuel Rewards {+ $100 Gas Card Giveaway!}

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The post and giveaway below is sponsored by Shell Fuel Rewards with Kroger. All opinions expressed belong to me.

There is one line item that irks me each month in our budget: GAS. No matter what we do, we seem to spend a small fortune on it each month, despite having a very fuel-efficient car for our longer {kidless} trips and my husband’s commute.

But there is a few ways to save! This is how we roll:

1. GROUP ERRANDS. This can be tricky, but if you find yourself going across town for one thing, get all.the.things. you need on that same end of town.

2. USE CREDIT CARD REWARDS. With our credit card, there are months where we can easily accrue 5% cash back from getting gas. Pay close attention those months and don’t stray from the card that is giving you the most bang for your buck.

3. USE GAS REWARDS. Many stations have a rewards system — use it! It’s like free money in my mind ;)

Shell and Kroger are partners and a great example of how you can stretch your dollar. For every 100 points earned at Kroger, save 10¢ per gallon at participating Shell locations. {Maximum of 35 gallons of fuel per purchase.}

That 10¢ can add up to some BIG savings over time! And with gas prices not-too-shabby now and lots of reasons to grocery shop with the upcoming holidays, it’s a good time to save some green!

Here’s how Shell has partnered with Kroger

Use your Kroger Plus Card to earn points every time you shop at Kroger. Don’t have one? Just go to Kroger and fill out a simple application. It’s FREE and easy! You can earn 100 points for every $100 in eligible purchases.

Points earned in the current month are available for use through the end of the next month. For example, if you earn 300 points in a month, you save 10¢ per gallon on your next three visits, redeemable through the end of the following month. For more details, visit your local Kroger store or visit www.kroger.com/fuel .
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Celebrate Halloween At Meijer + Giveaway {ENDS 10/21}

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The post and giveaway below is sponsored by Meijer. All opinions expressed belong to me.

Halloween is one of the best holidays ever when you are a kid. You get to dress-up in costume {a daily occurrence for my girls}, attend lots of fun events {be sure to check out my list}, and have a fun excuse to eat candy. Let me tell you — this is every kid’s dream!

We recently had a Halloween and Monsters University-themed family party for Kinley’s 4th birthday with the help of Meijer. She hit the jackpot when she was born in October, because Halloween is so fitting for her personality: She loves to dress-up, play pretend, and of course, eat candy.

We had fun setting up for her party, which blended together Halloween’s theme colors black and orange, along with her favorite color — blue.

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We played Pin the Smile on the Skeleton, and enjoyed decorating our home with fall items from Meijer.

Celebrate Halloween at Meijer by shopping for plenty of party decorations, indoor décor, animated accessories and costumes. We wanted to spice up our home with some Halloween-inspired touches before our guests arrived, so we picked up pumpkins, gourds, a spooky ghost sign and more.
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Pinkalicious The Musical in Detroit Nov. 21-23 + Ticket Giveaway {Ends 10/22}

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I have a partnership with Olympia Entertainment and will be receiving complimentary tickets to the show in exchange for promoting. All opinions expressed are my own.

Based on the popular children’s books by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, Pinkalicious The Musical will perform six shows at the City Theatre in Detroit from Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 23.

If you’re not familiar with the books, they are adorable, and perfect for encouraging imagination. Whenever I read the stories to Kinley {4}, I picture her, except everything is blue — her favorite color! Pinkalicious is just relatable to any child in the 3-8 years of age range.

SYNOPSIS:

In Pinkalicious The Musical, Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

The one hour musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor, is based on the popular children’s book Pinkalicious by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. The musical adaptation is directed by Teresa K. Pond with musical direction by Jad Bernardo and original direction by Suzu McConnell-Wood.
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Halloween at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad + Giveaway {Ends 10/13}

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One of the most talked about events this time of year here in Michigan is Halloween at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad in Flint, Michigan. Personally, I am excited to visit for the first time this year with my entire family, so I was beyond thrilled when Tiffany of Daily Leisure asked some fellow bloggers to help her promote a giveaway.

I am ecstatic to visit because my girls are finally at perfect ages for it {4 and 2}, and Karina is OBSESSED with trains. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this event!

ABOUT THE EVENT:

During Halloween, Crossroads Village is filled with friendly witches, happy ghosts and more. Find your way through an amusing straw maze and an enchanted forest where trees have eyes. Watch an old-fashioned magic show and take a 40-minute ride on the famous Huckleberry Ghost Train Express. There are trick-or-treat stations throughout the Village with plenty of donuts and candy for everyone.

Halloween at Crossroads Village

A giant spider web over Crossroads Village | Image from Facebook

DATES/TIMES:

Weeknights Oct. 10, 17, 24, 29-31:   5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Weekends Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Olga’s Kitchen Mediterranean Cruise Giveaway + Gift Card Contest {ENDS 10/13}

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I received my own gift card in exchange for promoting the giveaway below. All opinions expressed are my own…and yes, I reallllly love Olga’s!

Anyone who grew-up or currently lives in metro Detroit knows a local restaurant chain that is sure to get folks talking: Olga’s Kitchen. Just typing that word makes my taste buds dance with cravings of their Snackers, an Orange Cream Cooler, and an Original Olga. So delicious.

I’m excited to let you all know I’ve partnered with the company to help share a giveaway they are working to promote: the Destination: Mediterranean, Olga’s Cruise Giveaway, through which one loyal customer and a guest will receive an all expense paid 7-day Mediterranean Cruise.

I don’t know about you all, but I sure could use a getaway right about now. It has been several years now since I’ve gotten on a plane, and I am really itching to travel. Also, I am a quarter Greek, so this would mean I could visit the land of my ancestors, which would be amazing. This trip is for sure on my bucket list. {Also on my bucket list? Meeting Olga herself!}

It’s easy for you to enter too! The cruise giveaway, sponsored in-part by Pepsi, offers new and existing Olga’s Reward Points members the opportunity to win a free, all expense paid 7-day Mediterranean Cruise aboard Celebrity Cruises, with stops in the Greek Islands and Turkey, as well as a $500 cash card. Sounds awesome, right?

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Seriously…Doesn’t this just look magical?

To enter the giveaway, participants can visit http://bit.ly/olgascontest and add their Olga’s Reward Points account number and information {there is a link on the Facebook app to show you how to find your number if you don’t have a card}.
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Freezing Time With Prints and Printsess +Giveaway for Local Readers! {ENDS 10/15}

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I was provided with a keepsake plaque and giveaway item from Prints and Printsess in exchange for this post. All opinions and experiences expressed are my own.

Knowing Miles is my last baby has me a bit sad. I know in my heart I am done with having children, but I just feel young and worry that there could be a chance later on down the road I may change my mind.

But since it takes two to tango, and my husband has no questions in his mind about being done {he’s logical like that}, he is my last baby. Because of this, I am trying to cherish every moment.

One way I was recently able to capture him at this very stage is by making a 3D plaque with his little hands and feet with local business Prints and Printsess. It meant the world to me to be able to freeze time, and I look forward to the future when we can compare his little hands to his toddler hands, boyhood hands, and beyond.

Owners Ricky and Ashley Raleigh knew they wanted to own a business, so they explored their options before settling on the ceramics concept. They have a studio at their home in downtown Howell, but also travel throughout southeast and mid-Michigan to attend events and make 3-D clay plaques for local families.

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The Raleigh family…with baby #2 on the way! How cute are they?!

I had the opportunity to visit their studio, and it was such a great experience. They are such sweet people, and really know their stuff. Ashley showed me all of the types of creations they make and they were all incredible and unique. The entire time I just kept thinking what great gifts they would make for Christmas, birthdays, or welcoming a new baby.

THE PROCESS

After I arrived, I was able to choose my overall design {options are here}. I wanted a handprint and footprint, so I chose the 3-print 3D plaque.

Ricky rolled out the clay, and then we were ready for little man’s hand and foot. I let them hold him to do it — after all, they are the experts! They were great with him and knew all the tricks to getting the perfect hand and foot print. Even at just three weeks old, he took it like a champ.

Footprint with Prints and Printsess

From there, I was able pick out a border,  glaze color, the font I’d like, and coordinating stamps. They have everything from robots and rockets to princess crowns and every animal you can think of! They also have sayings, and holiday themed stamps {think Mother’s or Father’s Day, for example}. Since Miles’ room has an animal theme, I went with that.

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Cuddling Up With Huggies Little Snugglers #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies and Target. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

After almost FOUR years straight of changing diapers {!!!}, I’ll say this: All diapers are not created equal. Some leak, some give rashes, some feel cheap and others are super soft. Also, each brand works differently for different kids. I’ve tried brands that worked great for Kinley, but gave Karina a rash. Now, with a little boy, I’m finding other challenges in the diaper chaining department.

We recently had the opportunity to try out Huggies Little Snugglers — with my newest addition, and I have to say, I am impressed! In fact, these may be my new favorites for the first weeks of baby’s life.

Huggies Little Snugglers at Target

Shopping for Huggies Little Snugglers at one of my favorite places ever — Target! These are also available at Target.com. They were easy to spot on the end cap at my store. 

First, they fit perfectly, which says a lot because Miles is pretty close to 14 pounds at just 6 weeks old. I love how the curves fit around his thighs, and the tabs seem stronger than some brands, which is so crucial in the first weeks when you’re changing a newborn with little frog legs! Additionally, the GentleAbsorb Liner seems to help keep pee and poo away from his skin really well. We’ve had zero issues with diaper rash, and I think this may be why since my guy seems to have sensitive skin in other areas.

In the early weeks of changing a baby, it’s soooo needed to have the little wetness indicator to show if baby wet. Otherwise, I would have no clue since sometimes they go such a little amount, but will cry from the discomfort of sitting in it. I mean, wouldn’t you? Huggies to the rescue!

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See how it turns green when baby has wet? Otherwise, it’s just yellow. How awesome is that!?

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Summer Wedding Memories + Giveaway with Papyrus and Meijer {ENDS 9/22}

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The giveaway below is sponsored by Meijer. I received promotional items and a gift card in exchange for this post.

I love that summertime creates so many memories among friends and families. One of my favorite things about summer is weddings! For me, there’s nothing quite like a wedding…From the flowers and dancing to witnessing a couple make the ultimate decision to be together forever – it’s all so beautiful and always pulls at this hopeless romantic’s heartstrings.

I have been lucky to be invited to some pretty epic weddings over the years. One friend had a carnival-themed wedding outside, which was SO fun. Another friend is Chaldean and had the most beautiful ever with tons of friends, family and traditional Arabic dancing.

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Being goofballs at a friend’s carnival-themed wedding

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Our Birth Announcement Reveal + Custom Invitation Giveaway with Small Moments {Ends 9/15}

One thing I love creating when my babies arrive into this world is a birth announcement. Sure, there’s Facebook to see baby updates and share photos with family near and far, but I love having a hard copy of the newest littles in my life to hang on my fridge. In fact, looking at the things hanging on people’s fridge is seriously my favorite thing to do when visiting other people’s homes ;)

I was thrilled when Kim of Small Moments reached out to me to design my announcement cards after seeing the beautiful photos Deanna Spivey Photography took. Her work is absolutely stellar. Also? Love that she is local to Michigan/Ann Arbor/Detroit and she works SO fast. Speed is so appreciated as a busy mom who often forgets to send cards out!

Here is what she created for us. I’m in love <3

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The Wet Brush: Best Detangling Brush {Review + Giveaway ENDS 9/4}

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Disclosure: I was provided with The Wet Brush for the purpose of writing this review.

There is one hair battle I have fought long and hard my entire life: Thick hair.

Many people say they would love to have hair as thick as mine. Well people, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be…It takes SO long to dry and style, hence, it usually is up or looking like a hot mess because ain’t no mama got time for that. Also? It’s hard to brush through, therefore I’m already counting down the days until I can donate 10″ of it to Wigs 4 Kids!

It seems my Kinley is going to have this issue as well. Karina still has baby hair, but the constant toddler rat nest in the back may be an indication of what’s to come. Needless to say, hair brushing in our house is a constant battle.

I was ecstatic to learn about The Wet Brush, the best detangling brush ever, from my local blogging friend Coupon Savvy Sarah, and knew I had to give it a shot.

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