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.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Wacom Intuos Bluetooth Creative Pen Tablet

*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.*

I love discovering fun, new, tech products. I just got the Wacom Intuos Bluetooth Creative Pen Tablet, from Best Buy, which is super cool. It is great for drawing and photo editing. It lets you turn any computer into an art studio.


I am no artist, but I wish I was. With the Wacom Intuos Bluetooth Creative Pen Tablet I can practice. It is very simple to use. It includes Corel Painter Essentials software, which is great for drawing/painting. My creations may not be great, but I had fun, and the Pen Tablet was easy to use. Without the Wacom Intuos Bluetooth Creative Pen Tablet, I would not be able to even draw a stick figure on my laptop. Using a mouse, or even my touch screen is a nightmare. A pen in your hand is a more natural creative interface on your computer when creating artwork.


The pen is really neat. It is a 4K cordless, pressure-sensitive, battery-free pen with a built-in pen nib compartment and nib removal tool. It works seamlessly with the tablet and its 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. It is beyond precise.

The tablet has a large active surface area so it is great for large or multiple monitors and can be set up for both left- and right-handed use. With Bluetooth connectivity, you can connect wirelessly with Bluetooth to your Mac or PC.

The Wacom Intuos Bluetooth Creative Pen Tablet also comes with Corel AfterShot photo-editing software. I am an avid photographer, so I love that. The 4 customizable ExpressKeys are great for that. You can store your most use actions like Copy/paste and Undo, so they are always right at your fingertips.

I have been having a blast with this so far, but I can't wait to keep discovering and growing my abilities with the Wacom Intuos Bluetooth Creative Pen Tablet. I am going to let my son use to too. He is 100 and autistic. He is an amazing artist for his age and he loves drawing on his iPad and computer, even with his finger/mouse, so I can only imagine how well he will do with this.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the Wacom Intuos Bluetooth Creative Pen Tablet. Have you tried it? Do you want to? What feature do you most like about it? How would you use it most? Lets discuss in the comments. And if you want to get one for yourself, be sure to visit Best Buy. They have a great price, great selection, and knowledgeable employees to help you get just what you need.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The top 3 benefits to getting laser hair removal

So you're thinking of getting laser hair removal but something is stopping you. Is it the fact that people tell you that it is expensive? Don't be intimidated by what you hear from other people especially if they have not yet tried the procedure. You need to do your research to see just how effective it can be. to get you started, here are the top three benefits you can enjoy when you get laser hair removal.

1. You won't need to deal with waiting for hair to grow so you can remove it again -

One of the things that women do not like about shaving, waxing or tweezing, aside from the ingrown hair, is the long interval between the processes. You cannot shave every day or even every week for some. You will have to wait until the hair is long enough until you can shave it or wax it. Growing hair will not only feel itchy, it can also look unsightly, and you cannot do anything about it but just wait until it is long enough to remove again. But with laser hair removal, you don't need to experience that anymore as most patients experience permanent hair loss when they undergo the procedure.

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2. You will be saving time -

One of the best benefits of laser hair removal is that you get to save the time that you used to allot for waxing and shaving can now be used for something else. If before, you needed at least half an hour or more to prepare for dates because you need to shave or pluck, if you do laser hair removal, you actually get to spend more time pampering yourself instead. Take a bubble bath while reading your favorite novel. Paint your toenails or catch up with friends on a coffee date. you'll be surprised to find that you will get to have a lot of free time because you had the laser hair removal.

3. You are saving money in the long run -

Many people are afraid and hesitant to try laser hair removal because they say it is expensive and not affordable. Now, while it is true that the treatment may be expensive when compared to your regular wax treatment at your favorite place, if you think about it, in the long run, you are actually saving money. Why? Because laser hair removal takes only several sessions for it to be effective. And when the sessions are done, you will only need a follow-up session of about once a year, but other than that, you won't need to spend any more money buying a shaver, shaving cream or getting the treatment.

If you have decided to get the procedure, you will need to prepare. First and foremost, choose where you will get it. Make sure that the clinic as a good reputation, like Body Details, who has been around for a decade and whose people are all qualified. Also, research on what you can or cannot do before your scheduled treatment.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Top 3 Things You Can Wear For Comfort

Depending on factors like the weather, where you are headed, the occasion or type of work that you do or intend to carry out, there are several clothes, shoes, and accessories that you can wear. However, it is important that you pick out the right items that are comfortable despite the factors involved.

What you wear should be comfortable to sit and move around in without causing you discomfort or exposing you to the elements. Here are the top three things that you can wear for comfort.

Sizable, fitting clothes (Mobb scrub pants):

When selecting comfortable clothes buy loose fitting clothes that won’t press too much on your body making it difficult to move around. If you are a uniform person, mobb scrub pants are the most comfortable and ideal choice there is. Mobb scrub pants will keep your legs feeling both warm and comfortable. The elasticity in the pants makes them free to walk with ease and give you a sense of comfort for the entire day.

For those not wearing uniforms, just pick on clothing that is not too tight or too loose to wear. If you decide on a loose top, pair it with something that’s fitting to improve your overall look. You can also pair the clothes with a bit of accessory if you like, or if your profession does not restrict it.

Warm clothing:

It is important to always wear clothes that are not only warm, but comfortable during the cold season. Always wear a base layer in cold weather or when going to a place where the weather might change to increase your body temperature. This can be worn under your jacket, hood or sweater to keep you as warm and as comfortable as possible.

This can either be a long-sleeved t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt. A warm sweatshirt, pull neck like a shirt will also be an ideal choice to prevent the cold from getting in through your neck. When it comes to the jacket, pick a jacket that has a warm lining that retains the heat within your body.

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Going down, find pants with a warmer lining that will keep your thighs and legs feeling warm and not let in any cold. Shoes should also be accompanied by thick, heavy socks for comfort and warmth.

Flats and low heeled shoes:

Flat and low heeled shoes can be worn any time of the day without making you tired or causing your feet to hurt. For a more official look such as in the office, you can opt to wear a low heeled shoe with a good base and insole to support your feet throughout the entire day. Flat and low heeled shoes are not only comfortable, but easier to walk in and to avoid foot ache in case you have to stand for long hours.

Apart from flat shoes, warm and loose clothing, lightweight materials such as light shirts and pants are also comfortable especially during hot weather conditions. Always wear something that is breathable and that allows your body to either retain or let out heat depending on the weather conditions.

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.