#BookstockMI is happening: April 27 – May 4!

Disclosure: I was selected for this sponsored post by Hay There Social Media.  All opinions expressed are my own. 


Let’s talk books. I love them. Not just reading them but the look, feel, smell of them. And, even though I have a Kindle, I just can’t see myself not buying actual books. Old, new, borrowed. I doesn’t matter. I’ve just gotta have ‘em. The thing is, even though I am a frequent visitor to our local library, I love owning books. Building my own library, as well as the kid’s. Unfortunately for me, books aren’t cheap. Fortunately for me, here in metro Detroit, we have something called, Bookstock.

Bookstock is an annual, non­profit used book and media sale that attracts thousands of customers every year. All merchandise sold comes from donations, with proceeds being donated to area non­-profit organizations. And, any merchandise not sold is also donated to area non-­profits (and schools).


This year, Bookstock takes place April 27 ­ May 4, at Laurel Park Place in Livonia, Mich. Hours are 10  a.m. ­ 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. ­ 6 p.m. on both Sundays. Admission is free.

On Sunday, April 27 from 8:15 – 11:00 a.m., there is a presale for which there is a $20 entrance fee.

The sale includes:

  • Tens of thousands of pre-sorted books
  • Including current fiction, children’s, biographies, cookbooks, books on tape
  • Records and CDs
  • DVDs and Videos
  • Dozens of Categories

This year’s Bookstock will feature five days of special sales:

  • Bookstock’s Monday Madness (Monday, April 28, all day):  Each purchaser receives an envelope with varying prizes. Prizes are randomly varied in each envelope but a single envelope could include gift cards, coupons and/or a giveaway.
  • Teacher Appreciation Night (Tuesday, April 29, 3 – 9 p.m.): Teachers with valid IDs receive a 50% discount.
  • Bookstock B.E.S.T. Award (Tuesday, April 29, 5 p.m.): The B.E.S.T. Award is given to  the winners of  contest open to fourth grade students in the Detroit Public Schools based  on submission of a one page essay about their favorite books. Five students, their teachers, and their schools all receive monetary awards.
  • Booksbuster Sale (Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1, 3 – 9 p.m.): For every three items purchased, a fourth one may be gotten for free (it must be the least expensive of the four chosen).
  • Half­Price Sale (Sunday, May 4, all day):  All books and media are half price.

Bookstock is a project of the Detroit Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).  Because more than 600 volunteers are needed annually, a coalition of twelve organizations, including JCRC, work together to produce Bookstock. In the past 12 years, Bookstock has donated just shy of $1,000,000 to non­profit organizations in the metro-Detroit area. To learn more, visit the Bookstock website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Ditching the “Do as I say, not as I do” mentality.

You remember when you were a kid and your parents lived by the motto, “Do as I say, not as I do?” When we were younger, it made sense. You did what your parents told you – regardless of what they did.

However, as an adult, more so a parent, I now know that that crap doesn’t work. As parents, we are the de facto model they use to know how to do, act, be responsible, good human beings.

I know we’ve all had that “Ah ha!” moment, when your child is doing something wrong and you realize they modeled the behavior by watching you. For me, those “wrong” modeled behaviors are aplenty. From eating and exercise habits to temper and anger management.

My most recent “aha” moment was yesterday morning when the kid was tying his shoes, and couldn’t get them exactly like he wanted. Instead of calmly trying again, he began yelling at his shoes, “Come on! Why aren’t you working?!” Before I could scold him for yelling and being so angry, I got an image of myself yelling at my laptop, cell phone, etc., when it didn’t work like I wanted it to. It was at that moment I decided to approach frustrating times the same way I encourage him to – with patience.

While it would be easy for me to adopt the “Do as I say, not as I do” mentality, I consciously try not to. I never want to hear him say, “Why can you do [INSERT BAD THING HERE] when I can’t?” And, I don’t want him making poor decisions because he perceived them as OK, because I he’s seen me make them – over and over again.

There’s a quote by an unknown author that goes, “Those who criticize our generation forget who raised it.”

So, I ask you, how are you raising your kids? What examples are you setting for them? Leave your answers in the comments section below.

Thomas the Tank is coming back to Detroit, and I’m giving away a four pack of tickets!

Disclosure: I was provided passes to the Day out with Thomas, in exchange for hosting this giveaway. However, as always, all opinions are my own.

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Last year, my family had the opportunity to head to Greenfield Village for Day Out with Thomas™. And, like last year, I’m giving away four tickets to one of my readers!

About the Event

When the Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 rolls into Greenfield Village April 26-27, May 3-4, 10-11, 2014, attendees will have the opportunity to take a 25-minute ride on Thomas the Tank Engine™, star of the oh-so-popular Thomas & Friends® series. In addition, children will be able to meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including hands-on arts & crafts, train tables, coloring sheets, storytelling, video viewing and live music!

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New this year… for the first time ever, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans. How exciting is that?! Boys and girls will be cheerfully greeted by Thomas, when he pulls into Greenfield Village for the Day Out with Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014, beginning at the end of this month.

Tickets for the Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 are $11.75 for members, age 1 year and older and includes free admission to Greenfield Village. Ticket prices for non-member children age 1-4 is $11.75, youth age 5-12 is $27.75, adults age 13-61 is $33.75 and seniors age 62 and up is $32.75. Rides leave every 30 minutes, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Greenfield Village is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124. For more information and directions, contact The Henry Ford at 313-982-6001 or visit www.thehenryford.org

For information on Thomas & Friends, visit www.thomasandfriends.com

Don’t forget to follow Thomas & Friends on Facebook  and Twitter.

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Good luck! Oh, and head over to Bargains to Bounty for another chance to win tickets to Day out with Thomas! 

A #HoneyBakedEaster + #Deals and a #Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was provided a HoneyBaked Ham gift card to purchase and review Easter menu items. As always, all opinions are mine all mine.


I love spending holidays with my family. It’s the best part about them. However, the second-best part is the food. I think holidays are made all the more festive, by all good food.

Easter is coming up, which means Easter dinner is coming up – and one of the yummiest parts of Easter dinner is the ham. I love ham. I know that’s a weird thing to say… but I do. If I had to choose one meat to have, for the rest of my life, it would be ham. Again, I love ham and my favorite is HoneyBaked Ham.

I’m a busy mama. Between work, home and blogging, I have a lot on my plate. That said, HoneyBaked Ham makes it very easy to get a delicious Easter meal together.

I headed over to the HoneyBaked Ham in West Bloomfield, Mich. and picked up some ham, potatoes au gratin and green beans almandine. The sides were HoneyBaked’s heat and serve, making it super convenient. Since we’re a family of just three, I was ecstatic to find out they sell it by the pound as well.


All the food was so good. I came home and heated up the potatoes, green beans and ham. The meal took less than an hour to prepare. It had our house smelling so good. The kid and hubs were so excited for this meal. And, let me tell you… the HoneyBaked food did not disappoint! The ham juicy. The potatoes au gratin cheesy. The green beans crisp and flavorful.


I highly recommend HoneyBaked Ham for your Easter dinner needs. I also recommend them for those times where you’re hosting dinner and don’t have time to cook. Good food, good prices, easy prep.


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