Thursday, January 8, 2015

BayB Brand Bean Bag Chairs - Save $20

I have always loved bean bags. I have 4 VERY large beanbags in my home, and my kids love them, but they are a bit too large(way too large actually) for the littler kids, and I am always too worried someone will wall or not be supported properly. Thankfully I found BayB Brand Bean Bags. What a great product.

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I will have the pleasure of reviwing one of BayB Brand's wonderful bean bags in the near future. I cannot wait to try it out and let you know just how fabulous it actually is. Be sure to stay tuned for that review.

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*Although I will receive a BayB Bean Bag in return for this post, all opinions are 100% my own.*

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Exciting Educational Apps from Kids Academy

With my daughter being tested for learning delays and being recommended to start preschool early, I have been looking for the best educational apps that will be beneficial, fun, and most importantly, free. These three from Kids Academy are awesome.


The songs are so much fun. My daughter loves this app, and I actually love watching her sing along to the learning songs. She is so proud that she knows the words. It's good for her education and her self esteem. The books are great too. My daughter loves books, but is only 3 and cannot really read herself. She likes me reading to her, but really enjoys being able to have the app read to her.

Get Preschool & Kindergarten Books, Songs & Early Reading Games App on iTunes


My little girl loves tracing the letters and numbers with this app. She gets so excited when she is able to do it herself. She is still learning, so this app is perfect for challenging her with attainable goals. There are fun math puzzles as well, which are just a bit more advanced, and I love that she can grow with this app. I love having something that s fun for her, but that is also helping her get a head start on the knowledge she will need for preschool.

Get Alphabet Tracing & Montessori App on iTunes

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This is my daughter's favorite app. She just loves catching fireflies ans she learns to trace numbers. She loves to count them as she goes, and is always so proud when she masters a new skill. I love how perfect this app fits her needs. While she is very good at verbal counting, she is unable to write numbers. This app offers the fine motor skills that will serve as the foundation for her to master writing. The best part is she is building self-esteem while she learns and has fun.

Get Preschool and Kindergarten Games App on iTunes

Android users can also find Kids Academy Apps on Google Play!

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Get the Hottest Cameras and Camcoders This Holiday at Best Buy

'Tis the season to capture family memories. To do that, a great camera is vital. Thankfully, Best Buy has you covered with that. Best Buy is the ultimate destination for latest cameras and camcorders to capture your high-stakes memories.

Whether you are specifically looking for a Nikon, Sony or Samsung or even if you don't know what camera is right for you, Best Buy has the perfect camera for you. Because their associate are so knowledgeable and willing to help, they can ensure you get a camera that exceeds all your expectations.

The Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens is a DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi so not only can you capture sharp photos and video footage with optical image stabilization that helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity, you can share them instantly like you can with your (lower quality) cell phone camera. Never loose quality to gain convenience again.

The Sony α6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera is a compact system camera with the World’s Fastest Autofocus. I used to own a Sony DSLR and It was my favorite camera ever. I could take amazing photos with the easy of a point and shoot because of the incredible autofocus. The only minor drawback was it's cumbersome size. The a6000 is so much more compact, with even more features than my old Sony.

The a6000 boasts 24.3 megapixels for outstanding image quality. The Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity. With the built-in Wi-Fi allows you to share your stunning pictures and videos across all your devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is a 16.3 megapixel digital camera that comes with 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor, which allows you to capture sharp photographs and HD video footage. The 4.8" touch screen makes operation incredibly simple and makes sharing content via the Wi-Fi capabilities a breeze. It also makes it possible to use Android apps right from the camera.

You can check out all the incredible gifts that Best Buy has to offer in the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center. With Best Buy's superior service, guaranteed low prices and huge selection of this season's hottest products, you are sure to find the perfect gift at the best price and without all the stress that normally comes with holiday shopping.

After Best Buy helps you find the perfect gift, I want to wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday and a fantastic New Year. I hope all your holiday wishes come true, and I don't just material gifts.

*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.*

Get The Greatest Holiday Gifts From Best Buy

If you are still looking for the perfect holiday gift for somebody on your list, there is no better place to go than Best Buy. With Best Buy, you not only get the best, most knowledgeable service associates, you not only get the best prices(guaranteed), but you also get the best selection.

No matter who you are shopping for, you are sure to find exactly what you want, even if you didn't know you wanted it yet. The wonderful associates at Best Buy will help you pick out the perfect gift and even make sure you understand how it works.

If you are shopping for a child, teenager or gamer on any age, the Xbox One would be the ultimate gift. Xbox One has the best list of exclusive titles like Halo and Sunset Overdrive, the biggest blockbusters including Call Of Duty and Assassin's Creed, the hottest sports franchises like Madden 15 and NBA 2K15 and the best family titles including Skylanders and Just Dance 15.

Xbox One is so much more than just the most elite gaming console. Xbox One is unlike any other device. It offers access the the latest TV shows and movies through all your favorite apps. In fact, with Xbox One ALL of your media is at your fingertips.

I have been looking to upgrade my son's game system for awhile, but I was never sure it was worth it. With Xbox One, I can see the huge differences and I know it is a vast improvement over his current system. I know he will love the Xbox One.

For any music love on your list(like myself), JBL has you covered. The JBL Charge 2 takes Bluetooth speakers to a whole new level with twin passive radiators for deep bass and Social Mode which allows up to 3 different people to control the playlist from their own separate devices. While it is sure to be the life on any party, but it's not just for fun, the Charge 2 is perfect for business with it's hands-free conference speakerphone and twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery.

The JBL Flip 2 is the ultimate wireless portable stereo speaker. Not only is it convenient and stylish, it boasts dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, but the best feature is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation.

The JBL Reflect Earbud Headphones offer Bluetooth 4.0 technology and sound isolation. The wireless range is up to 40 feet and there is a 3-button in-line control and microphone. The ear tips have an ergonomic design with angled ear pieces. The cord is sweat proof and they are even reflective. The 8.5mm drivers make the sound quality out of this world.

For the travel enthusiast on your list, Best Buy has the best navigation systems. Whether you want TomTom or Garmin, you will find the perfect navigation system at the best price with Best Buy. I am so directionally challenged, so this would be an excellent gift for someone like me.

The TomTom Go 50s boasts a 5" touchscreen with advanced lane guidance, 3D maps, Lifetime Maps for US, Canada and Mexico and lifetime TomTom Traffic.

The Garmin 2597LMT and Garmin 52LM both offer 5.0" display, maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1, Spoken turn-by-turn directions so you can easily find addresses and millions of points of interest. They also feature lane assist with junction view and display speed limits and accurate arrival times.

If you are scrambling to get a great gift, stop worrying and head to Best Buy. Let them make your holiday less stressful and more joyful for you and the recipient. No one can beat Best Buy's prices, selection or service.

*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.*

Capture The Holiday Magic With Canon From Best Buy

I don't consider myself to be a hobbyist of any kind, but if there is on particular type of hobby that I particularly enjoy, it has to be photography. I am very passionate about photography, in fact. I do not, however, consider it to me my hobby. To me, it's more important than a hobby could ever be.

I don't take photos for the sake of taking photos or as a way to entertain myself. I take photos because it is a way to essentially freeze time in a single moment and create a visual story that can be treasured for generations.

I take photos because they tell the stories of our family. They capture the emotions of all of our most monumental family moments. From our wedding day to the birth of our first child, to our son seeing his baby sister for the first time, to first birthdays, first steps and too many other precious moments to list.

Photos are the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and to your family now and into the future. Being able to pass down all the memories you have made over an entire lifetime to those that come after you, a visual timeline of their family history, what could be more personal and special?

Photography also happens to be a very large part of my job as a blogger. I need to be able to photograph the items I am reviewing so I can tell all of you readers about the features and actually show you what it is and what it does. Seeing is believing, after all.

Everyone who knows me well knows just how passionate I am about photography and how important it is for me to have an incredible camera. My husband knows this better than anyone, and of course, he wants to make sure that I have the best. They are his moments I am capturing too.

With gifts, it is the thought that counts. My husband always puts so much thought into his gifts, and he comes up with the most wonderful ideas for me, but he is not the best shopper, especially not for surprises. He is terrible at shopping online or shopping around for the best deals, so he usually needs me to help him. He feels bad that I have to know what he is getting, but I would rather help him get the best price then overspend to surprise me.

He told me he wanted to get me, as he put it, "the ultimate camera". He had looked at some and had a few in mind that he thought I would like, but left the decision up to me. One of the ones he had selected was the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. That was incredible to me because he does not know much about cameras or any technology for that matter, and the Canon EOS Rebel T5i was the top item on my (unspoken) wish list.

I immediately blurted out that the Canon EOS Rebel T5i was exactly what I wanted. I actually almost yelled it at him, and I kinda felt bad, but I couldn't. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best selling DSLR cameras fro a reason. It makes advanced photograph easy, which is very important to me. As much as I love it, I am hardly a pro and a great camera is only great if you use it properly.

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i can capture full HD video and even has continuous autofocus while recording HD video. My old DSLR did not even take ANY video. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images, and the 3" Vari-angle touch screen makes navigation super simple, even for me.

Once I knew what I wanted, I already knew exactly where we should get it, but I shopped around online just to double check. As I assumed, the best price came from Best Buy.

Best Buy always has the best price on all the hottest gifts. The associates are friendly, knowledgeable and always ready to help answer any questions. With FREE 2-day shipping or store pickup until 6pm Wednesday, there is still time to get the best gifts at the best price from the best retailer - Best Buy.

 It might be the height of the holiday season, but it may also still be "hinting season". Be sure to drop hints on all the gifts you want(like the Canon EOS Rebel T5i from Best Buy) and be sure to be extra receptive to hints that your family/friends may be leaving for you. Then, once you know what they want, head over to Best Buy(online or in store) to get everything for the best price.

There is still time to save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20.

Enjoy all the giving and receiving of gifts and of love, joy and peace that you are sure to experience this holiday season. From my family to you and yours, we wish you a very happy holiday and a prosperous New Year.

*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.*

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How I make Money Online (for real)

One of the questions I get asked all the time is, "How do you make money online?" People are always shocked that I am able to earn all MY personal income via my blog and other online activities. People always think that all online opportunities are bogus, and believe me, there are a lot of things that are.

Most of the ways to earn money have a catch. The majority are for selling things, which I am no good at. I have no luck as an affiliate, survey sites are good, but are always hit and miss on if you qualify, there are very few real, easy, ways to earn cash, but there are a few.

The best way that I have ever discovered to make money quickly and easily online is AdvoWire. AdvoWire is the easiest way to earn cash online. All that you have to do is link your social media accounts. Then you share(with 2 clicks) branded content to your social sites. You get paid for every single share.

You start out at at least 30 cents per share(up to almost $1), and you can share on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn up to twice a day per site. So you can easily make about a dollar a day from the very start.

The more you share, your rank increases, and as it does, your rate goes up, so you can make even more. I have made over $200 on AdvoWire in only a few months. You can cash out when you reach $50 and it goes directly to your Paypal account(immediately when you cash out).

My AdvoWire cash helped pay for our Christmas. It is so nice being able to buy my husband and children things with my own money. I know many couples share assets, and that is awesome, but I would much rather have my own. I love that even though I technically don't have a job so I can be home with my family, I can still earn my own money and contribute to the household. It's only a bonus that it only takes (literally) a few minutes a day.

If you want a completely legitimate, no-catch way to earn extra money, I HIGHLY recommend you check out AdvoWire. If you would like a spot on MY team, please leave me your email, so I can refer you. I only have 20 spots on my team.

If you have any questions for the AdvoWire/HireInfluence team, please reach out to them on Twitter @HireInfluence with the hashtag #ShareToEarn. They are very friendly and always happy to help, which is just another reason to love AdvoWire.

*Although this is a sponsored post, I use AdvoWire every day(since long before this post) and I would not endorse it if I did not love it.*

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Splash Math Makes Learning Fun!

Whether you like it or not, the world today is massively reliant on technology. In many ways that can be a great loss to society, but in other ways, there are many benefits of having so much information so readily available. One of my favorite uses of technology is to make learning easier, more fun and less time consuming.

Since my kids are so interested in technology, I decided to use it to teach them while entertaining them, and learning apps are the best way to do so. I don't like having to pay for knowledge though, so I much prefer the free apps. I recently discovered two that I love.

Splash Math Grades 1-5:

This app is so good for my son. I love that is is grades 1-5. My son is currently in 2nd grade. He has autism and often does not like to pay attention to written work. He is very good in math, the best in his class, but I am always hoping for him to learn faster than just grade level, and apps are the perfect way. He is obsessed with his iPad. He really loves this app.

I love that it is free, and with this free version you get 20 free math questions every day. That is just enough as to teach without becoming too much like work, and the fact that it is limited almost makes my son like it more. It's like a special event when he can get new questions, that excitement makes him want to learn even more.

Preschool & Kindergarten Splash Math:

My daughter is 3, but we had to start he in Pre-K this year because there are concerns about her development. Since our son is autistic already, it is a bigger deal than it may be otherwise, and we are doing everything we can to work with her now as we did our son, who is incredibly smart and has made immense progress.

The main way we teach our son is through apps because that is what interests him. Our daughter is the same way. She loves apps and loves to emulate her brother. I love that I can use this app to help her learn while having fun. It is challenging for her, which is exactly what I wanted. I am trying to get her to exceed her age level, so I love that this is kindergarten level work.

She is already starting to learn with this, and she really loves it. I love watching her confidence soar when she gets one right. The characters and such are a lot of fun and really hold her attention well. This is a great free app to prepare for kindergarten.

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