Giveaway: WWE Live Holiday Tour at Little Caesars Arena




WWE fans get excited, because during the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view at Little Caesars Arena, WWE announced its return to Detroit one final time this year for the WWE Live Holiday Tour on Wednesday, December 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The roster features
AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal
Randy Orton vs. Kevin Owens
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn
Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
Card is subject to change


Tickets ($25, $35, $50, $70, $90 and $115) are on sale now. and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, The Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 313-471-3099. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

Now is your chance to win a 4-Pack of Tickets to check out the event. The event takes place December 27 at 7:30pm, and the winners ticket will be available the night of the show at Little Caesars Arena XFINITY Box Office.
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Restaurant Review: Green Dot Stables


Located at 2200 West Lafayette in Detroit, Green Dot Stables is serving up some of the best sliders you’ll ever taste.  With a variety to select from, and a mystery meat to choose from there is sure to be something for everyone.  I know you’ll think I’m crazy, but I highly recommend trying the PB&J – the chipotle raspberry jam is amazing. Also you don’t want to miss out on the cucumbers with crème fraiche, shallots and vinegar – probably my new favorite starter.





Let's Hit the Road

*I received the Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring for a week to test drive. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

On any given day spontaneous road trips are my absolute favorite. Recently I packed the Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring with snacks, a few waters and hit the road.  The adventure started with a very snowy morning, but ended with beautiful blue skies. Stops included a trip to Cranberry Lake and taking Rochester Road out to Lakeville. I drove the car on paved roads as well as backcountry dirt roads and it handled both terrains like a champ. The backup camera made it easy to back the sedan out of tight areas, while the heated seats kept us warm. Here is a peek at our adventure…..






Southeast Michigan Holiday Activity List


I am a firm believer in focusing on one holiday at a time; therefore for me Christmas officially begins after Thanksgiving. With so many things to do around the area, there is no place like Southeast Michigan for the holidays. Below, I’ve picked my 13 favorite Christmas events that will get you in the spirit of the season.
1.  Edsel and Eleanor Ford House – Grosse Pointe Shores
November 24 – January 7
One of my favorite to visit during the holiday season. See my post about it here.

2. Ice Skate at Campus Martius
November 18 – March 4
Super cute date night or night out with the family.
3. Detroit Markets
I am so beyond excited about these little markets and cannot wait to visit them soon.

4. Crossroads Village/Huckleberry Railroad
Select days in December
I have never visited before, but definitely on my list of somewhere I would like to go.
5. Wayne County Lightfest  - Westland
November 16 – December 31
$5 entry free per vehicle
See my post about it here.

6. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo – Royal Oak
Weekends, November 18 – December 31
Order tickets online
Perfect for a family adventure or adorable date night.


7. Big Bright Light Show – Downtown Rochester
November 20 – January 7
Don't forget to check out all the super cute shops, head to Sanders for literally the BEST hot chocolate ever, and don't forget to go to Royal Park Hotels to see a life size gingerbread train.

8. Walk of Trees – Plymouth
November 24 – January 1
Just learned about this - definitely on my list of places to check out.
9. Greenfield Village Holiday Nights
Select days in December
Offers an old time Christmas experience.

10. Nite Lights at Michigan International Speedway - Brooklyn
$20 per car
Brand new, and on my list to check out.

11. Meadowbrook Holiday Walk

12. Checkout the lights along Lake Shore Drive - Grosse Point Shores

13. Go for a horse drawn carriage or sleigh ride
Detroit and Rochester have horse drawn carriage rides and White Horse Inn has a horse drawn sleigh ride.

Made in Michigan: Small Business Saturday



You’ll never find me waiting in a line on Black Friday, that type of shopping just isn’t my thing at all. However, you will find me visiting some of my favorite shops supporting them on Small Business Saturday. Here are nine of my favorite local shops.

At First Glance: 2017 Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring

*I received the Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring for a week to test drive, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hello sporty mid-size sedan, let’s take a trip! The 2017 Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring starts at just over $30,000 and can get up to 35 MPG – hello new little fun toy to get around in.

Hop inside and let the tour begin...

Heads-Up display:  Probably one of my favorite features; it displays your speed without even having to look down. Also it will display the speed for the area you’re in and let you know if there is a car in your blind spot as well as in front of you.

Blind Spot Alert System: Absolutely love the fact that it lets you know when a car is next to you in your blind spot, even better if you put your turn signal on and there is a car in your blind spot it beeps at you.

Backup camera: Super clear, and really nice for helping you parallel park, backup and more. What is even better is it lets you know when a car is behind you to ensure you do not hit it.




Radar cruise control: While on the expressway using cruise control it will maintain a distance between you and the car in front of you – love this feature. Lets say the car in front of you is going 60 it will drop your speed down, when that car moves it will take you back up to what you had cruise set at.

Lane departure warning system: This feature lets you know when it thinks you are unintentionally going over a line in the road, and begin to move you back. I noticed that this worked mainly on the right and hardly ever on the left. Sometimes it would move me without me being out of the lane, which I wasn’t thrilled about.
 


 
Center console: With just your right hand you can control the volume, stereo, navigation and more – which I absolutely loved.
Steering wheel mounted controls: You can access your phone, cruise control and even the volume right from the steering wheel.Heated steering wheel: I was super beyond excited about this feature, however slightly disappointed as it only works in the 10 and 2 position.

 
Drivers seat memory: Great feature if you share the car.
Legroom: Plenty of space in the front and the back.


Trunk Space: Ridiculous amount of trunk space, I’ll be taking this bad boy to load up on necessities at Costco.


 
Backseat: Rear cup holders and are you ready for it… heated seats.
Automatic windshield wipers: LOVE LOVE LOVE this, the fact that I did not have to turn my wipers on ever and knew I could rely on the car was great.



Heated seats: It gets downright cold in Michigan so I loved behind able to warm up with the seats.

The basic model of the 2017 Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring Starts at about $31,000.  I definitely loved driving it and highly recommend it for someone who is single, a couple or even a couple with 1 or 2 small children.



Gift Guide: for the Fitnessista



1. Hair Ties - these are my new favorite... seriously zero creases
2. Athleta Mod Block Pants - Athleta yoga pants are my favorite, they hold your booty in place while running
3. Custom Yoga Mat - I have my name on mine, and get so many compliments
4. Yoga Mat Wash - because ewwwww, right?
5. Athleta Cut Out Top - I am obsessed with open back tops (for everyday and working out)
6. APL Shoes - tons of colors to select from
7. Athleta Tie Back Top
8. TIU Booty Bands - because who doesn't want a hot booty?

Gift Guide: For Her



It’s that time of year again, for the official release of Fashion meets Food Gift Guides, and this year I am starting off with gifts for her. All the gifts on this list I personally love, and hope you do too.  This list has a little bit of everything from the homebody to the fashionista.

1. Gem Stone Phone Case - super trendy
2. Tieks - these ballet flats are the most comfortable pair of shoes I own
3. Kendra Scott Leanor Pendant - obsessed with the Iridescent Drusy/Gold
4. Monogram Sleep Mask - because everything should be monogrammed
5. Monogrammed Robe - love the look of this
6. Small Bar Necklace - simple, classy and elegant.
7.  MyoBuddy Pro percussive massager - literally everyone needs this bad boy in their life. It gives a professional grade deep tissue massage, warming, trigger point and cutting edge vibrational massage..... sooooo amazing. Use code "SPERICA" to get $100 off!
8. Return to Tiffany Heart Ornament - seriously so beyond obsessed with this
9. Shinola The Birdy - love this watch so much
10. Initial White Marble Cutting Board - seriously how cute!
11. Ralph Lauren Flannel Sleep Shirt - anyone else love getting PJs for Christmas or am I the only one who likes that? 
 

Restaurant Review: Patty Burger

I recently had the opportunity to try Patty Burger in Orion Township, and let me tell you it just might be my new favorite burger joint. With so many delicious options it was so hard to choose, but I decided on the Cali Girl which is Fresh Sliced Avocado, Alfafa Sprouts, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Provolone & Wasabi Ranch (I got the ranch on the side). I also got an order Fresh Cut Sweet Potato Chips – which come tossed in their cinnamon Chipotle spice. Both of my selections were absolutely delicious. Dessert was Patty's Sweet Bites, aka little balls of sweet fried dough heaven... yum! What makes Patty Burger unique is they have a full bar and boozy milkshakes, hello new favorite date spot!






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Restaurant Review: Chartreuse


Seedling Farms Pears
bosc, raspberries, tart cherries, cider, maple, almonds and bleu cheese

It’s the perfect time of year to head to a dinner and a show around Detroit, and recently I discovered an absolutely amazing restaurant -  Chartreuse.  Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails is located in Detroit and features a menu that changes daily based on the seasonality and availability of the freshest local ingredients. Two things I really loved about Chartreuse is they do not have a freezer, therefore everything is super fresh, and the restaurant is created to order a few plates and share them.  What did we order? Short Ribs (special of the day), Seedling Farms Pears, Madagascar Vanilla Pudding and Key Lime Pot De Crème.   Let me tell you, the food was insanely fresh and the flavors were out of this world. The Madagascar Vanilla Pudding was probably one of the best desserts I have had in a really long time. I highly recommend checking out Chartreuse even if it’s just for dessert.
 

Short Ribs


Madagascar Vanilla Pudding
Made with bourbon chantilly lemon basil syrup and rosemary basil cookies

Key Lime Pot De Crème
Michigan blueberries, graham cracker, sea salt and a chocolate bar

Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Mannheim Steamroller at the Fox


Mannheim Steamroller returns to the Fox Theatre in Detroit for a one night engagement Saturday, December 16 and I am giving away TWO tickets to see this amazing show.






Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller and the industry’s largest independent record label, American Gramaphone, announced that his annual Christmas concert tour will begin on November 13, 2017. The ensemble will perform at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, December 16 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.

Tickets ($30, $45, $55 and $70) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313presents.com, The Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611. Series subscription packages and discounts for groups of 10+ are available by calling 313-471-3099.

Grammy Award® winner Davis will direct and co-produce Tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment.  The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and multimedia effects in an intimate setting. 

In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests. and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry.

“Our first Christmas tour was 33 years ago in 1974 when we played in five cities.  Currently, we play an average of 75 cities each year and it is a real privilege to continue sharing the holiday spirit through our performances,” said Chip Davis. 

PBS stations nationwide will be broadcasting “Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live” this year. The milestone special was filmed two years ago to mark the group’s 30-year anniversary of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking Fresh Aire compositions.  This year’s tour includes many of the performances in the PBS special broadcast.


Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre.  Their holiday CD’s have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year. 

Having 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum and 4 platinum-certified records, Davis is among an elite group of artists that include U2, Jay-Z, and The Beach Boys with such certifications.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year.  They have offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT. www.magicspace.net

About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller
From his longtime home in Omaha, Neb., Mannheim Steamroller creator and founder Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age.  This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell.  In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category. His first Christmas album in 1984, revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music, the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists.  With more than 28 million Christmas albums sold, Davis is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time with Elvis coming in at a distant 17 million holiday records sold.  He is also one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offering a rich array of lifestyle products on www.mannheimsteamroller.com including hot chocolate, food, apparel and novelty items.  His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic.

For more information and a complete list of tour dates, visit:
http://www.mannheimsteamroller.com/2017-christmas-tour/

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Seven Ponds Nature Center



When you wake up to your car dusted in snow you know it’s time to accept that your favorite season is quickly coming to an end. With leaves barely hanging onto the trees we decided to take a little trip to SevenPonds Nature Center in Dryden.  Seven Ponds features 486 acres, which contains, glacial lakes, ponds, marshes, fields, woodlands and prairie.  For the most part the trees were bare, and the ponds were frozen over with a thin layer of ice. We did see quite a few deer and some neat birds. As much as I don’t want to say this, I cannot wait for a snow-covered adventure around the Seven Ponds.