Saturday, December 1, 2018

Hiliday Gift Guide - Blentec Designer 725 Blender + Giveaway!

The holiday season is officially here, much quicker than I was expecting. It's time to start buying holiday gifts as well as planning holiday gatherings. The Blendtec Designer 725 can help with both. If you are looking for a show-stopping gift for someone close to you, you definitely cannot go wrong with the Designer 725.


It is such a versatile gift. Busy mom? Being able to chop and dice veggies in a flash is a pretty great time saver, not to mention the clean setting, full, ad soap and tap a button, then rinse. Cleaning can literally not get any simpler than that. Less time wasted chopping and cleaning, more time with children or relaxing.

Health nut? Smooties and whole fruit juices for the win. The Blendtec Designer 725 is powerful enough to blend touch skins and even seeds so you can get all of the nutrients without sacrificing quality. And not having to seed/peel things also makes it quicker and easier.

"From scratch" foodie? Make your own nut butters, baby food, salsa, ice cream, soup and much more. Whether you have to control ingredients for allergies, health issues, or just for quality and peace of mind, you will always know what your family is eating. Plus it is usually much more cost effective to make it yourself. Have you bought almond butter lately?

Party animal? Make perfect blended drinks. The party never stops and neither does the Designer 725. With plenty of power to crush ice to perfection, your margaritas have never been so good, or so easy. And again, save money. Making drinks at home is much more economical than going out.

With six preprogrammed one-touch cycles, to ensure blending perfection. The settings are: Smoothie, Salsa, Ice Cream, Whole Juice, Hot Soup, and Clean. You can add 10 seconds to any cycle by tapping the respective button while the cycle is running. The Designer 725 even suggests additional uses for each cycle so you know how to get the most from your blender.



And if the preprogrammed cycles don't match your exact need, there is a 100 speed touch slider. Get seamless precision speed control for 100 speeds with the slide of a finger. It even tells you which speed to use for stirring, chopping, mixing, blending, or pureeing. You can use Multi-Speed Pulse for an added burst of power at any speed.

The Blendtec Designer 725 is truly the blender with a brain. The exclusive SmartBlend technology senses and identifies potential problems that could interfere with the perfect blend-including loading errors, overheating, or air pockets - and then tells users how to fix them. What an amazing feature for blender novices. It is actually really helpful even if you have ample experience.

The Belndtec Designer 725 is the best blender I've ever had, and I have had other "high end" blenders. I love the preset options, it makes it so easy to get the same result every time. I also love the SmartBlend feature. I generally know what I am doing, but it never hurts to have a fail safe just in case.

Anyone who wants to try new recipes, improve their health, eat more from scratch, Have some great cocktails, or blend anything, ever, the Blendtec Designer 725 is the perfect gift. And all the features that make it the perfect gift also make it perfect for holiday entertaining. Faster prep, faster cleanup, better quality, less stress, happier guests, happier you. What more could you want?

While the Designer 725 is worth every penny, you know what's even better? Free. That's right. Blendtec has been generous enough to provide a Designer 725 blender to give away. One of you very luck souls will win. Enter below for your chance. Good luck!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Best Beverages for Marathon Runners

Whether you live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and are training for a coastal marathon, or you’re in Boulder, Colorado training for a marathon in the Rockies, there are certain beverages that can help fuel a better performance. For those running for 90 minutes or less, plain water is fine, which will help replace fluids lost from sweating while preventing dehydration, but for marathon running, fluid intake is far more important. In addition to water, your body needs carbs and sodium.

A DIY Sports Drink

Many sports drinks contain all sorts of unhealthy additives that don’t do your body, or mind, any good when you’re trying to win, or simply finish the race. You can make your own healthy drink by combining one-part water with one-part fresh-squeezed orange juice and just a pinch of salt. You’ll get the fluid you need along with the carbs and nutrients in the orange juice, including potassium. This mineral that’s lost as you sweat is important for regulating fluids and maintaining mineral balance in the body’s cells as well as helping muscles contract.

Gatorade

Contains a good amount of sodium to help replace the amount lost from sweat, while its salty taste encourages more drinking, a benefit for marathon runners whose bodies need the fluid to keep going.

Tea or Coffee

While it’s somewhat controversial, drinking a cup of tea or coffee 30 to 45 minutes before a run does provide an energy boost that allows athletes to work harder, thanks to the caffeine content in either beverage. The caffeine may also help to improve glucose absorption so that muscles are refueled quicker. It’s best to drink only a limited amount, however, as caffeine can also be dehydrating.

Carrot Juice


The morning of your marathon, you may want to drink a glass of carrot juice. It not only contains lots of vitamin A, but phosphorous, which boosts the body’s metabolic rate and ensures optimal use of energy in the body while reducing muscle pain after exercise.

Beet Juice

About an hour before the race, try drinking a glass of beet juice. A study conducted out of Saint Louis University in Missouri found that consuming beets can “acutely improve running performance.” The results revealed that runners who ate beets 60 minutes before a race were able to run 3 percent faster, with the biggest improvements found during the last leg. The researchers noted that they believe the nitrate in beets helps to reduce the oxygen cost of endurance exercise, allowing the runner to use up less energy to produce the muscular force need to propel forward. It also increases nitric oxide production and improves blood flow, allowing muscles to perform more efficiently.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

IG Charcoal BBQ - Holiday Gift Guide

If you are looking for a show-stopping gift for the man in your life, look no further than the IG Charcoal BBQ. This state of the art, stainless steel, charcoal barbecue is sure to be a gift he will never forget. And he will get lots of enjoyment out of it for years (or decades) to come.

This grill is truly impressive. All the awesome extras of a gas grill with all the flavor of charcoal. The IG Charcoal BBQ offers a plethora of great features. My favorite features are the folding side trays, the retractable legs (which make the grill compact enough to travel), and the rotating handle which raises and lowers the charcoal! How cool is that?


There are many other cool features like wheels (on all legs, locking on 2), Ash collection tray, that makes cleanup a breeze, and a multi functional top that can be a standard grill top or a removed top for skewers.


This is a barbecue unlike any other. All the style and function of a large gas grill, with the flavor quality of charcoal and the added portability that you don't get from a gas grill. Tailgating just got a lot better.

I don't know about you, but when I give a gift, I want it to be something that will get used. Collectibles are nice and all, and it's the thought that counts, but it is so much better to give a gift and know (or see) the other person is getting use from it. Imagine how many awesome meals this BBQ will cook. It is so well made I can tell it will last for many years.

I could gush about the IG Charcoal BBQ all day, but the best way for you to find out how awesome it is would be to buy it. Or better yet, win it. IG Charcoal BBQ has been generous enough to allow me to give one of these fabulous BBQs away. Enter below for your chance to be the lucky winner. Good luck!

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Café Matte Collection by GE

*The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.*
When choosing appliances, is style important to you? If so, allow me to introduce you to the GE Café Matte Collection, available at Best Buy. A collection of modern kitchen appliances that you can customize.

Choose your "canvas", select your appliance in Matte White (that comes standard with brushed bronze hardware) or the Matte Black which comes standard with brushed stainless hardware). You can then select brushed copper, brushed bronze, brushed stainless, or brushed black hardware choices to customize either matte finish and complement your overall kitchen design.

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The end result is a beautifully customized kitchen.


I have always been partial to black appliances, but that Matte White, with that brushed copper hardware is stunning. The soft luster and warmth of the Matte White finish offers a fresh approach to a staple kitchen color. With a luxe look and a smudge-resistant, soft-touch feel, Matte White allows owners to create pops of brightness against dark cabinetry or a seamless blend in an all-white kitchen.

The Matte Collection's premium finishes in Matte White and Matte Black seamlessly complement premium cabinetry and flooring, setting the stage for mindful layers of warmth, depth and personality. You can't go wrong with style that also performs. It's time your appliance had a personality; yours.

I know I am excited about these amazing appliances, and we need a new stove anyway, so I will definitely be visiting Best Buy to check out the Café Matte Collection. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the collection. What is your favorite color combo? As I said, I love the Matte White and Brushed Copper. Let's discuss in the comments.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Snoring is an issue that has a solution

Snoring is a cause of many serious health problems and even a cause of many divorces. Some people find snoring as a sign of masculinity but always bear in mind that snoring doesn’t produce positive effects. Try sleeping with a snorer for more than a few nights. It won’t seem that cute anymore.

Snoring is a common issue, but the wide population lacks consciousness about this disorder. People who snore for a couple of years believe that a solution for snoring doesn’t exist. In this article, we will undeceive this. Snoring actually has a solution. What is even better, we will
enumerate several solutions, so you can choose which way you want to go.

First of all, let’s be clear – snoring is an indicator of a constriction that exists somewhere in
your airways. This constriction makes the soft tissue produce vibrations, which results in
snoring. If the snoring lasts for a few years, a space around your pharynx gets completely
clogged. This further results in obtrusive sleep apnea, which is a severe health problem.

A fallacy

We want to emphasize that many people live in a fallacy. Both and women snore. So, if you
believed that only men snore, this is false. Yet, women don’t snore as much as men. Snoring in women occurs with every eight woman, while every third man snores. Snoring intensity in women can be a bit lighter, but don’t be surprised if you hear some lady while scraping a wood.

A surgery

After all those years of snoring, you probably believe that only a surgery can fix the things. Yet, what we recommend you is to stipulate whether you are a snorer, or suffer from sleep apnea. If you have symptoms such as sweating at night, a high blood pressure, and you have breathing pauses while sleeping, then you suffer from sleep apnea. Obtrusive sleep apnea implies a surgery in most of the cases. However, don’t be afraid of the process, as it can save your life.

On the other side, if you don’t have these side effects, there is a chance for you to avoid surgery and further complications.

Luckily, we have a few solutions that can save your life and prevent a surgery and lost post-
operative period.

1. Improve your life habits

You won’t believe this at first, but life habits can trigger snoring. If you smoke cigarettes, then you are my dear, a high potential for snoring. Further, if you like fatty food and you have gained some weight, this is a trigger for snoring also. Fat makes breathing difficult even when you are active through the day. When you lay in your bed to sleep, the fat in your throat will affect your breathing.

When people sleep, their muscles relax. This already makes less space for the air to come
through. When you add the fat, this makes a serious obstacle for the air. The air tickles the throat and the palate, which produces snoring. To conclude – eat healthy food and be active and reduce or quit smoking.

2. Keep your home and the bedroom clean

Allergens in the air may produce snoring too. If you know that you are prone to allergies, pay special attention to cleaning your bedroom and your living space. Ventilate the room before going to sleep in order to let in some fresh air. Buy hypoallergenic pillows, as they prevent sneezing. Clogged nose is one more cause of snoring, as you will breathe through your mouth. Make sure you clean all the dust and change the bed sheets at least once a week.

3. Get yourself an anti snore device

If you are struggling with snoring for a long time now, then you probably tried to find a fast but effective solution. Doctors came up with a great innovation – an anti snore device. It helps you especially if you snore on your back. Make sure you check on some anti snore device sleep aid reviews and assure yourself of the effectiveness of the device. It helped millions of people around the world, it would help you also. As you see, snoring is an issue that has a solution, and it is more simple that you could ever
imagine.

Bose Smart Home Speakers

*The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.*

Anyone who knows me knows that I love music. I will always be a rocker at heart, but my music taste can be very eclectic. I'm not afraid to jam out to some 90s pop or rap along with Eminem. I'm even a bit (old school) country at times. One thing is for sure, I am passionate about my music. I feel every note, so I need to hear every note perfectly.

That's where the new Bose Smart Home Speakers with Bass Module and Surround Sound come in. There are amazing Smart Home Speakers to choose from, all with the superior sound you can only get from Bose. The Bose Soundbar 700 is designed to be the world’s best soundbar, delivers an unmatched combination of sophisticated design and exceptional sound. The stylish Bose Soundbar 500 has a thin profile that fits discreetly under your TV, while its powerful acoustics fill the room with sound. And the Bose Home Speaker 500 delivers the widest sound of any smart speaker. 

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With built-in voice control with Amazon Alexa, phenomenal sound is just the beginning. Effortless control. Millions of songs are right at your fingertips. Well, the tip of your tongue, actually. Actually, both are correct, with WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, along with voice control, you can command streaming with your voice, or you could use the Bose app, to get the music you want with the tap of a screen. Either way, it is so easy a child could do it. Any probably will. Everyone in the family (and those who are not) will want to take these speakers "for a spin".

If you want to buy one (or more) of these amazing Bose Smart Home Speakers with Bass Module and Surround Sound, there is no better place to shop than Best Buy. From the large selection to the unbeatable prices to the unparalleled service, you are sure to find exactly what you need, even if it takes a little help from a professional.

I'd love to know your impressions of the Bose Smart Home Speakers with Bass Module and Surround Sound. Are you in love? (I am.) What feature(s) have you most excited? Do you already own one. If so I want to hear all about it. Let's chat in the comments.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Google Chromecast - See it. Stream it.

*The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.*

Anyone who knows me knows I love TV. I love movies, and I watch them semi-often, but I am obsessed with TV series. I think it is because TV shows can take their time more, lay the groundwork, really tell the story thoroughly and build compelling characters. Also, just because I can enjoy the content longer than a two hour movie.

Anyway, I get obsessed. I binge-watch everything. If I miss a show's first season or two, I often wait for the entire series to end so I can watch without waiting for new seasons. I am a binge-watching pro. And I just found something that makes it even easier. Google Chromcast Streaming Media Player. Stream all your content to your TV with just a tap of your phone.

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I already had a smart TV in the living room, where I do all of my watching, but for some reason the Youtube app on the TV stopped working, it just gets stuck. With Chromecast I can watch Youtube again. There are several cool shows on there that are free. Plus music and how-to videos and much more. Chromecast has so many more apps than Youtube and YoutubeTV, though. Over 2000, in fact. Netflix and Hulu, of course, but also HBO Now and many, many more. 

If you have Google Home, you can access TV/Movies with just you're voice! I am lazy and always losing remotes, so I LOVE that feature. They work seamlessly together. I can just say: "Okay Google, play Roswell in the living room." and BAM, I'm watching Roswell. (The best SciFi drama of all time, IMO.)

Chromcast turns "dumb" TVs into smart TVs. Hubby still has his non-smart big screen in our bedroom. He never really cared, but I always wanted to get Netflix in there. We used to use a DVD player that was smart capable, but the DVD part broke and it was too bulky to keep in there for just Netflix. Now he can have a smart TV too, and I can make him stream all the shows I have been telling him to watch.

My daughter as well, she is 7 and does not have cable in her room. She only has a (non-smart) DVD player, but now she can have Netflix (and Hulu, etc) in there too. She loves it! It's so nice to upgrade to "smart TVs" without paying for a whole new TV. Chromecast works with any TV that is HDMI compatible.

If you are looking for a better streaming experience, I recommend Chromecast. You can find it at Best Buy. You could get it elsewhere, too, but Best Buy has great prices and knowledgeable associates always ready to answer your questions. I'm off to stream some shows, but I'd love to know what you think of Chromecast, your experience if you've used it. Or what you are most interested in if you haven't. Let's discuss in the comments.