Thursday, August 2, 2018

Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and BLAST Portable 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.*

Summer is winding down. My kids go back to school in 11 days. It seems like the time is just flying by. There is still time for a last hurrah, so I want to make it count. No summer gathering would be complete without epic tunes.

That's there the Ultimate Ears MegaBlast and Blast portable Speakers come in. I am someone who always wants "top-of the-line", so I was partial to the MegaBlast, since it is Ultimate Ears' most powerful speaker. It also has hands-free Amazon Alexa built in. It's bluetooth and WiFi capable and has a (up to) 16 hour rechargeable battery. Plus you can play and charge at the same time.


The MegaBlast sounds awesome, right? Well it is, obviously. But the Blast is water resistant! Here in Florida, that is almost all it takes to sell me on it. But it also has 360 degree, intensely rich, sound.Two 35mm active drivers ensure crisp, clear sound, always. It also has Multiple microphones with beam forming technology and noise cancellation to enable a smooth long-range voice recognition and control experience.


No matter which you choose you will get enhanced controls on the Ultimate Ears app. You can control volume remotely from the app, which is especially useful if you have your music cranked up loud and want to use Alexa. You can also check battery status through the app, or right from the speaker by pressing the “+/-” volume buttons simultaneously.

It just keeps getting better, with more awesome features coming soon, like Spotify voice control. You can already control Amazon Music, Deezer, TuneIn, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and SiriusXM with your voice. Spotify Connect will be an option soon too. So you can play your Spotify right to the speaker (under "devices availabole") without having to connect to bluetooth.

Also coming soon is the ultimate block-party experience (my words). With the option to pair up to 8 MegaBlast and Blast speakers together. Optimized to take advantage of the speakers’ built-in Wi-Fi capability, you will experience greater range for grouped speakers and improved connection reliability. Eight speakers, all blasting the same awesome tunes, I can't imagine a sweeter (yet more rockin') sound.

So obviously, everyone needs one of these. The only hard part is which one, unless you just get both. MegaBlast, Blast or both, you can get a great price at Best Buy. They are on sale right now! What are you waiting for, headto Best Buy and pick up the sound of summer, before summer is gone.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

HP Envy x360 Laptops at Best Buy

*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.* 

You all know how much I love working with Best Buy to keep you in the know on all the hottest tech and best deals. This time is especially amazing, though. I get to tell you about the HP Envy x360 Laptops. Cool enough, right? But the really weird thing is that I just bought one a week ago before I even knew about this campaign. That alone should tell you how hot these laptops are. 


The one I chose is one of the 15" Envy x360 Laptops, because I don't move mine around too much and I insist on a large screen. Like all of the HP Evny Laptops, it has a touch screen (and can use a stylus) and is completely foldable (laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation, and tablet modes), taking it from a laptop to a tablet in seconds, so you can take it anywhere. 



The AMD Processors make it fast and thin, so it won't slow you down.
Though it is travel friendly, it  has full size performance, right down to the LED backlit, keyboard.I hate a condensed keyboard.
The Windows operating system allows you do do everything you would expect (and more) from your PC. It is also built for Windows Ink, so you can jot down notes and ideas with ease.

If you want something even more travel friendly than mine, there is the HP Envy x360 13" line, with all the same great features as the 15". Perfect for students or anyone that carries their laptop with them frequently.  Whichever size you choose, you are getting a larger-than-life (2-in-1) laptop that will take care of all of your school, work, and play.And through 6/28 you can save $100 when you buy your HP Envy x360 at Best Buy.

Best Buy's New Photography Workshop Tours

*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.*

You all know how much I love Best Buy. And I also love photography, though I could stand to improve my skills. Now my favorite tech store and my favorite hobby are coming together. Best Buy has new Photography workshop tours in select cities.

On July 28th, Best Buy will be hosting Photography Workshop Tours in Seattle, San Diego, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa, New York City, and Minneapolis. The tours are half-day excursions where attendees will get to work with real photographer and Best Buy camera experts to conduct 4 individual photo shoots. You’ll also  get to test and try an array of lenses & accessories to truly unleash what’s possible with photography, learn to think like a pro, and walk away with some amazing photos.


The package costs $50, but in addition to the amazing knowledge and experience, you will also get lunch and a goodie bag full of camera accessories. Plus if you share your photos on social media with the hastag #BestBuyPhotoWorkshops, you’ll be entered to win Best Buy gift cards or a dream photography package!These tours would be amazing for any intermediate photographer.


If you are a beginner or you are looking for a free learning experience, Best Buy has that covered too, with free in-store photography workshops. They will be 2 hours long and will cover the photography basics. You will still get 1:1 interaction with Best buy Camera Experience Shop Experts to walk through your camera’s settings.

Best Buy's Camera Experience Shop is like visiting a specialty camera store, right in the middle of your local Best Buy. Not only are the very knowledgeable, but they are all photography enthusiasts too. And of course they have an larger assortment of cameras, lenses & accessories that you won’t find in other locations, but they also let you touch and test them, to truly try in store before you buy.

No matter which option you choose, you are sure to learn a lot and have fun. If you want to do one of the Photography Workshop Tours, but 7/28 is too short notice, you're in luck, because they will be offered again in October and January. You can sign-up to be notified when these go live for registration in the fall/winter. Do you plan to sign up for one? I'd love to hear all about it if you do.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Have the Best Birthday Ever at Chuck E. Cheese's

My dear son, Bobby, just turned 11. Many of you know he has autism, so he has different interests than many 11 year olds, who, I feel, often try to grow up too fast. He is very much a child at heart. He usually does not particularly like social places, but there is one place that he loves, even if it is packed - Chuck E. Cheese's.

We took him there for his 6th birthday, and he never looked back. He has gone the for his birthday every year since, with no end in sight. He loves it. He loves the games, He loves Chuck E., he even loves the food! (Well, the chicken nuggets and the Dippin' Dots.)



We get the birthday package so he can get in the Ticket Blaster and get a birthday song from Chuck E. Plus other goodies like goodie bags, balloons and more. We also chose the packages largely for the All You Can Play option, that allows for unlimited games for a set amount of time (like 30 minutes to 2 hours.)

Now, the All You Can Play is available without having to book a party and starts at just $9 for 30 minutes. A great way to make the most of your money. Great for hoarding tickets. Hubby and I rack up the tickets as much as we can, one of us has to shadow the kids at all times, which the daughter's choice, not because they can't safely wander. That way the kids can play anything, or do rides with no tickets, and still get plenty for prizes. Plus, honestly, we love games as much as they do.

If you are looking for the perfect place to hold a party of any size, or just a fun indoor activity that can be affordable, Chuck E. Cheese's is perfect. My daughter agrees, which is why we will be right back in September for her birthday party.

*Chuck E. Cheese's sent me some passes and tickets, but we booked and paid for the party on our own with no incentive. All opinion are 100% unbiased.*

Saturday, June 9, 2018

More Fun Outdoors With SunBriteTV

*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.*
 
Summer is here! Kids are out of school, the weather is warm, and it's the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. I'll admit, I love to get out and have fund with friends, but I am more an indoor person.

One of the biggest things I miss when outside is TV. I am a compulsive TV binger. I get enthralled in a series and watch it every available moment until there is none left and then I regret not having savored it longer. I can't do that outside, or can I?

With SunBriteTV it's possible. What a time to be alive! The SunBriteTV Veranda series is a family of weatherproof televisions designed for full-shade applications, like our front porch. There are also the Signature Series (for partial sun) and Pro Series (full sun), so you could put one literally anywhere. 


Unlike regular, indoor, TVs, SunBriteTV is made for the outdoors, engineered to be weatherproof. They are meant for permanent outdoor installation. Perfect for creating a backyard theater, or making your front porch the best "room" of the house. 


As much as I tout the usefulness for my binge watching, this would actually be really useful for "drive-in" movie nights and Super Bowl parties and the like. With football games all summer, any game can be "the big game". We've had watching parties here before, but it was a tight squeeze, with SunBriteTV, we could have had so much more space (and less disruption in the house.)



No more boredom during commercials; play horseshoes, Frisbee,  kick a ball around. Get a little exercise and don't feel like your wasting time watching TV, not that I ever do.With a SunBriteTV it's like adding a whole other room to your home, for just the cost of 1 item. There is no easier way to expand your entertaining space.

It's even easier right now with this great deal from Best Buy. Get a free Outdoor Weatherproof Tilt Mount (for 37" - 80" TVs) with the purchase of: SunBriteTV - Veranda Series - 55" Class LED - Outdoor - Full Shade - 2160p - 4K Ultra HD TV. Are you going to take advantage of this deal? Where would you put your SunBriteTV? What would you watch most? Who will you invite? I love hearing your thoughts; let's discuss in the comments.

Friday, June 8, 2018

5 Tips to Helping Your Kids Learn to Write at Home

Can your kids read and write properly? Are your kids writing as well as they should? If the answer is no, teach them how to write. The need for your kids to learn to write and develop writing skills goes without saying. Writing can help your kids improve their expression and communication skills.

Regardless of your kids’ ages or grades, diligent writing skills can help them relate well with their thoughts and feelings. Help your kids learn how to write so they can take notes and memorize recently learned material. Writing aids kids with long term recalling of concepts learnt.

Moreover, it can encourage your kids to develop creativity in whatever they do. Your kids also get to develop exceptional problem solving skills. Exceptional writing skills can help kids understand how to locate contexts.

They can explore and discover their own thoughts and explore realistic experiences. Good writing skills start with learning how to write. Here are five ways you can help your kids learn how to write:

Top 5 Ways You Can Help Your Kids Learn to Write from Home

1. Buy Golf Pencils

Buy a golf pencil for your kids to help them have a better grip when they start writing. Visit mini-golf courses of bowling alleys to get these type of pencils. The size of the pencil makes it comfortable when held with tiny fingers. It also gives a balance while your child is writing.

Use broken crayons if you’re unable to find the right golf pencils to help your kids learn to write. Alternatively, let your kid use a broken chalk or used, left over pencil for good balance.

2. Choose Home Writing Activities for Your Kids

Select activities that can help your child learn how to write at home. Let your child practice writing letters using shaving cream, mashed potatoes or even flour. Spread whatever substance you prefer on a lid or plate and put it on the kitchen counter.

Allow your kid to write letters or some words using the point finger. Help them remember how to move a finger from left to right, and top to down without worrying about balancing a pen.

3. Highlight Book Lines

Darken or highlight book lines to help your child learn how to write at home. If your child has a problem writing within the lines or moving out of the lines while writing, darken the lines to make them more visible.

Use three different highlighters to mark the top, middle and the bottom. Your kid will be able to understand that tall letters go up to the top, small letters stay in the middle and long letters go up to the bottom.

4. Use Textured Surfaces

Buy your kid a textured surface to help with writing. Place a paper at the top of the rough surface horizontally, moving it as your kid writes.

The technique helps your kid only access the space available on the textured surface for writing. They’ll also get to feel the surface while writing, helping them remember the writing rules.

5. Avail a Pencil Grip

A pencil grip can enable your kid to hold a pencil properly. It has fingerprints on it for easy grip. Alternatively, make a pencil grip at home for your kid if you can’t buy one.

Roll a piece of clay into a ball, poke the piece with the tip of a pencil and push it an inch higher. Hold the pencil as if you want to write, creating indents for an easier grip.

In addition to learning how to hold a pencil and write, your kids also need to master the English language grammar, punctuation and spellings to help them hone their writing skills. Buy short stories to read with your kids to help them improve their English reading and writing skills.

Model compositions on Writing Samurai can also help your kids master English and develop exceptional writing skills.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Win a KFC Colonel-Shaped Pool Float!

Summer is almost here, school in letting out, the weather is warming up (or boiling if you live in FL), and there is an air of fun and adventure all around. The time is coming for soaking up the sun and lounging around the pool. Why not do it in style?

KFC wants to help you do just that. That's why they have a sweepstakes to win one of hundreds of Colonel-shaped pool floats. Not only is it giant, and whimsical, it is exclusive. It is only available to winners of the sweepstakes. There will never be any other way to get one. Who doesn't love to be the only one in their circle to have something?


Not only that it is totally practical. It has special holders that hold a drink and a BUCKET of KFC! If a float can't hold a bucket of chicken, what good is it, really? I mean, if there is anything as synonymous with summer as the pool it is great food. You can get that bucket of chicken for less money by using a KFC coupon code.

I can see it now: me, snuggled up with the Colonel, floating peacefully on the crystal blue water, while eating an entire bucket of Extra Crispy by myself. I might not look good in my swimsuit, but everyone will be so focused on the Colonel that they won't even notice. Ahh, paradise.

If you want a similar experience, make sure you enter to win one of these magical floats before they are gone forever. The sweepstakes ends on June 22nd, with winners being chosen on June 23rd (my birthday.) Enter at KFCfloatie.com. Good luck.