The Force Awakens Around the World #ForceFriday #StarWars

The Force Awakens Around the World #ForceFriday #StarWars

Star Wars Fans Invited to Join Epic Global Event on YouTube 

The Force Awakens Around the World #ForceFriday #StarWars

Can you believe that next week is September already?!  This can only mean 1 thing for shoppers everywhere:  Star Wars:  The Force Awakens merchandise is going to be everywhere!  Oh yes!  You say Christmas is right around the corner; I say, get your running shoe ready for all of the amazing Star Wars toys, clothes and accessories that are about to hit the shelves everywhere!  There is no doubt that, with Star Wars:  The Force Awakens opening in theaters everywhere on December 18, that someone on your list is going to want Star Wars related gifts this holiday season.  My son’s birthday is December 6, and I am sure he’s going to want to go to the movies for his birthday and Star Wars is sure to be at the top of his list.  In the meantime; there are some pretty amazing events happening around cyberspace to keep us occupied with all things Star Wars!

Toy unboxing phenomenon goes live globally for the first time ahead of ‘Force Friday 

Online event featuring talent from the Maker Studios network gives fans first look at film-inspired toys ahead of midnight madness at retail 

Glendale, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2015) – Star Wars: The Force Awakens products are set to be unveiled in the world’s first-ever global live toy unboxing event. Unfolding over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, the event will see highlights from the range of epic merchandise revealed in a rolling New Year’s Eve style celebration featuring top digital stars from the Maker Studios network.

Star Wars toys have always played an important role in how our fans interact with the Saga,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “They’ve inspired multiple generations to relive the experience of the movies and to create new adventures all their own. These spectacular Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will continue that tradition.”

Kicking off in Sydney, Australia on the morning of September 3, and continuing through Asia,  Europe, Canada, and North & South America, selections from the new toy line will debut to global fanfare leading up to retailers around the globe opening their doors at midnight.

The Force Awakens Around the World #ForceFriday #StarWars

“Over the course of 18 hours, some of Maker Studios’ biggest stars will each be unboxing a new toy from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens product line in a different city around the world and sharing the experience live on YouTube.” said Leslie Ferraro, President, Disney Consumer Products. “We’ve seen tremendous excitement for these new products and can’t wait to see the global reaction from the Star Wars fan community.” [Read more…]

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Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

School has started back y’all!  You know what that means, don’t you?  Hungry, hungry kids after school.  My kids have always been huge fans of all kinds of nuts and nutty snacks.  Emerald® Nuts have long been a staple in our pantry.  We have been buying  Emerald Breakfast On the Go!™  for a couple of years.  They make great snacks on road trips and camping trips.  Now they have the new Emerald Breakfast On the Go!™ Nutty Bites which are even more appealing than their original breakfast variety.

Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

We love to take walks and almost always take Decker, our black lab, along.  He’s such a sweet rescue pup!  My 10 year old son and 9 year old daughter both have different ideas of what tastes yummy for a snack, so they always take something different.  I think, a lot of times, they do it just to be different.  Hannah likes bags.  She puts everything in a bag, so the Emerald Breakfast On the Go Nutty Bites are perfect to fit in her little bag or even her pocket (not that she ever uses her pockets).  They really are a great size and have the little bit of sweet she’s always craving.

Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

Isaiah, on the other hand, loves salty nuts.  He’s not as big of a fan of sweet snacks as Hannah is, so he will take a can of Emerald Nuts.  He’s a boy and LOVES to have something to carry in his hand.  I’m not sure if that’s a boy thing or what, but he always has something in his hand.  I think it makes him feel strong :D  Having a can to rattle and make noise to annoy his little sister is just an added bonus!

Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

So, now, why Emerald brand and not some other brand?  You know, that’s a good question.  We have always loved Emerald.  Maybe we’re spoiled to them, but when it comes to salty snacks I am very picky.  I don’t really change brands often.  It’s kind of the same reason I use the same brand of Cajun seasoning; because I like it and I know how much salt is in it.  I don’t like to be surprised by too much or too little salt.  To me, that ruins a salty snack.  I always know what to expect from Emerald and it is just the right amount for us :D

Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

Emerald Breakfast on the go! Is available at Walmart stores nationwide and Emerald Nuts canisters are available EXLUSIVELY at Walmart, so get a little nuttier this summer with Emerald Nuts!  Emerald Nuts wants to know how you snack and eat nuts. Take this 10 minute survey; they will be sending a $5 Walmart gift cards to the first 100 people that fully complete the survey (U.S. citizens only, must be 18 years or older to participate) HERE! Be sure to like  Emerald on facebook.  

* Right now you can print a coupon for $0.65 off 1 Emerald Nut item.  Print your coupon now!

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Live Action Films At D23 Expo #D23Expo

Live Action Films At D23 Expo #D23Expo

Live Action Films At D23 Expo #D23Expo

As if the D23 Expo wasn’t amazing enough; they also slated the new live action films from Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm!  I was on the edge of my seat when I saw what was coming down the pike.  Can you imagine how amazing the next two years are going to be at the theaters.  Although Disney, by themselves, is enough to get anyone excited, but then comes Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm.   All of them revealed exclusive news and details about the upcoming live action films, aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted the highly anticipated biennial event.

“It’s quite something to be able to have Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm all on the same stage, and it’s tremendously gratifying to unveil our upcoming projects to our most dedicated fans first,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We always have an incredible time at the D23 EXPO.”

After welcoming the crowd to D23 EXPO 2015, Horn introduced Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, and Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, to present overviews of the Marvel Studios and Disney live action slates. Later Horn returned to the stage to present the Lucasfilm film slate to the enthusiastic audience.

Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE (#DoctorStrange)

Kevin Feige led off with a glimpse into the world of Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE, featuring  a video greeting by Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars as the title character, followed by a pre-production piece that offered fans a taste of the look and feel of the upcoming  film, opening in U.S. theaters on October 26, 2016.

Live Action Films At D23 Expo #D23Expo

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (#Captain America & #CivilWar)

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR marched into D23 EXPO with an introduction by its producer, Kevin Feige. To the delight of the audience, Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie showed up on stage to help Feige show never-seen-before footage from the movie. Before the footage rolled, Feige revealed that there was a special “Easter egg” for fans to find: it was aptly a nod to D23 EXPO.

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.

The movie stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, Tom Holland, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl. Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo and produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serve as executive producers and the screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR opens in the U.S. on May 6, 2016.

Live Action Films At D23 Expo #D23Expo [Read more…]

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D23 Expo Like You’ve Never Seen It! #D23Expo

D23 Expo Like You’ve Never Seen It! #D23Expo

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In case you haven’t heard; the biggest Disney event of the year (and possibly all time) happened this past weekend and boy oh boy, was it exciting.  I had butterflies in my stomach all weekend watching as my friends were taking us along on their exciting D23Expo journey through everything Disney all weekend.  They met, what seemed like, every single Disney actor, both old and new.  I was just in awe as I saw the first photos of Harrison Ford, The Rock, Ellen Degeneres, and John Lasseter came through my Twitter and Facebook feeds.  How could you not get excited watching all of the announcements of every magical Disney moment that is set to release in the next 2-3 years.  This is an exciting time for Disney and I am just amazed that I get to walk through these moments myself and with my amazing blogging community!  Take a few minutes and just walk with me through all of the amazing memories made this weekend in Anaheim.

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

This past weekend at the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, CA, numerous talent and filmmakers from Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios introduced fans to array of new stories and characters—from a lost dinosaur to a master wayfinder, a scheming fox to a forgetful fish. The audience of 7,500 was treated to sneak peeks, musical performances and appearances from stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, among others.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. “We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held secrets for the first time at the D23 EXPO.”

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

THE GOOD DINOSAUR (#GoodDino)

Anticipation for Disney·Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR was amplified when Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream shared breathtaking sequences with fans, including never-before-seen footage of a trio of T-Rexes in action.

In theaters on November 25, 2015, the film introduces audiences to Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home, and Spot, Arlo’s unlikely human friend. “Arlo and Spot journey through a world that has been greatly inspired by the American Northwest,” said Sohn. “It is epic in scope, soul-enriching and simultaneously beautiful and treacherous. In this world, we meet up with a very special family of T-Rexes, who help Arlo find a way through his personal fears and ultimately teach Arlo what he’s truly made of.”

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

ZOOTOPIA (#Zootopia)

International superstar Shakira is lending her Grammy®-winning voice to Gazelle, the biggest pop star in ZOOTOPIA, D23 EXPO fans learned via a taped message from Shakiratoday. Ginnifer Goodwin (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” “Something Borrowed,” “Walk the Line”), the voice of the film’s rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps, saluted fans alongsideDirectors Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”), and Producer Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph”). Hilarious new scenes from the film were unveiled, plus a tease of the all-new original song, “Try Everything,” written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Shakira.

Said Howard, “For the role of Gazelle, Zootopia’s most beloved superstar, there was only one person on our wish list: Shakira. Luckily for us, she said yes. Her immense talent and charm bring Gazelle and her song, ‘Try Everything,’ to life.” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ZOOTOPIA opens nationwide March 4, 2016.

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

FINDING DORY (#FindingDory)

Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), the voice of everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, took a dip with D23 EXPO attendees this afternoon, celebrating Disney·Pixar’s upcoming film FINDING DORY. Joining DeGeneres on stage this afternoon were Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark. Oscar®-winning Director Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-director Angus MacLane and Producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”) offered details about the all-new story, which reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

Said Stanton, “In FINDING DORY, we can expect to address the one emotionally open-ended issue that remained from the first movie: Where is Dory’s family, and will this overly-optimistic fish with short-term memory loss ever be able to find them again? Her issue has also given us the opportunity to travel to very different locations, on land and sea, and meet a variety of new sea creatures that expand the world of Nemo, Marlin and Dory.”

Also featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton, Disney·Pixar’s FINDING DORY swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

MOANA (#Moana)

Dwayne Johnson (“San Andreas,” “Furious 7,” HBO’s “Ballers”), who lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ MOANA, hit the stage at D23 EXPO this afternoon. Renowned Directors John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”), and Producer Osnat Shurer(Oscar®-nominated Pixar shorts “One Man Band,” “Boundin’”) shared dazzling early test footage and revealed plans for the film’s inspired music and the extraordinary team behind it. Tony®-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s hottest new hit “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”), Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed”, “Tarzan” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa’i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka) blend their diverse and dynamic talents to help tell the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder.

“Our research took us deep into the South Pacific,” said Clements. “The wonderful people we met there, their rich history and traditions, and their fantastic music changed us forever.”

“We can’t wait to bring those experiences to MOANA,” added Musker. “We are incredibly lucky to be able to work with three amazing artists who are the absolute best at what they do. The sounds they create will be something we’ve never heard before—but it’ll feel like it’s been part of this world forever.”

Foa’i and his band Te Vaka capped the presentation with a show-stopping performance illustrating the magic of the movie’s music. MOANA sails into U.S. theaters on November 23, 2016.

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

TOY STORY 4 / TOY STORY 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (#ToyStory4)

Pixar Animation Studios marks the 20th Anniversary of TOY STORY this year. Said Lasseter, “All the characters from ‘Toy Story’—especially Woody and Buzz—are so close to us. They seem more like family members than just creations. Not only do we dearly love the characters, but we also love the world of ‘Toy Story’—the world where toys come to life when people are not in the room has always been rich with many story possibilities.”

Lasseter, who’s one of Pixar’s three founders, celebrated 20 years since TOY STORY transformed the animation industry and the art of storytelling. He welcomed to the stage iconic two-time Oscar®-winning songwriter and longtime Pixar collaborator Randy Newman, whose Pixar credits include “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.”

Also joining in the celebration were TOY STORY 4 co-director Josh Cooley (“Cars 2,” “Ratatouille”) and Producer Galyn Susman (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”). Screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (“Celeste & Jesse Forever”) joined Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep for the celebration. “I’m very proud of our films,” said Lasseter. “When we made the first three TOY STORY films, we didn’t realize what we had done was to change the genre of each of the films’ story. For TOY STORY 4, we are doing a type of story we have not done before: a love story. It’s a story about a relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. ”  TOY STORY 4, which will be directed by Lasseter and produced by Susman, is slated for release on June 16, 2017.

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

GIGANTIC (#Gigantic)

Things are looking up at Walt Disney Animation Studios – way up. GIGANTIC, Disney’s unique take on “Jack and the Beanstalk,” will feature music from Oscar®-winningsongwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who greeted D23 EXPO fans in signature style—in song—alongside Director Nathan Greno (“Tangled”) andProducer Dorothy McKim (“Get A Horse!”).

“I always wanted to be part of the Disney legacy,” said Greno. “I loved those classic stories brought to life—‘Snow White’ or ‘Cinderella’—in a way that made those films the definitive version for generations. I want to carry on that tradition by bringing ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ to modern audiences. We’re taking parts of the story we all remember and adding twists and turns, emotion and humor.”

Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Disney’s GIGANTIC follows adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home. But he doesn’t account for her super-sized personality—and who knew giants were so down to earth? GIGANTIC hits theaters in 2018.

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

COCO (#Coco)

Director Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and Producer Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”) revealed the title of their upcoming film: Disney·Pixar’s COCO is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.

“As artists and filmmakers, we couldn’t help but be drawn to the striking visuals of Dia de los Muertos,” said Unkrich and Anderson. “But it was the celebration’s core themes of family, remembrance and connection across generations that resonated within and truly inspired us. Dia de los Muertos is as singular as the Mexican culture, while at the same time completely universal in its message.

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

About D23 EXPO 2015

D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. Presentations, talent and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23EXPO.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

“In our story,” they continued, “the celebration of Dia de los Muertos serves as the perfect backdrop for our main character to ask where he comes from, what his place is within his family, and how families stay woven together across time through the simple act of remembrance.”

 

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Sandisk And Best Buy Are Changing Your Back To School Memory #SanDisk

Sandisk And Best Buy Are Changing Your Back To School Memory #SanDisk

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Sandisk And Best Buy Are Changing Your Back To School Memory #SanDisk

Can you believe the kids are going back to school already?  I sent my two youngest off this morning and, I’m going to be honest, it made me very happy LOL  The “I’m bored” had set in major around our house.  Now, I have time to go shopping for all of the school supplies I wasn’t able to find with them at my heels.  Wow, have memory cards evolved!  Sandisk and Best Buy have the best selection of the latest in memory technology and right now you can find amazing prices.  Some of these products can even be used interchangeably between devices such as your laptop, smart phone, and tablet.  That, to me, is such an amazing and important feature!  I carry most of my technology needs in my purse most of the time, so having everything compact enough to fit in one spot is perfect for me!  Just take a look at these amazing products they have in store and online right now.

Sandisk And Best Buy Are Changing Your Back To School Memory #SanDisk

Best Buy being the place you can get a memory card to support safe storage for all of your devices.  Visit the site to learn what card is right for you.

SanDisk for Digital Imaging: SanDisk products, from professional-grade camera memory to point-and-shoot SD cards to microSD cards, deliver industry-leading performance and reliability. SanDisk SD cards are also designed to meet the security, capacity, performance, and environmental requirements of next generation devices—because your stories span generations and your memory solutions should too.

  • Capture more fast action , Record more 4K Ultra HD and Full HD video, AND Transfer speeds up to 60MB/s FOR SMARTPHONES, TABLETS AND ACTION CAMERAS
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  • Add a SanDisk microSD™ card to your smartphone or tablet, and you can carry more of the media and apps you love. Thin and light computing devices, tablets, and smartphones demand the compact form factors of SanDisk microSD cards.
  • Mobile devices help you share stories every day, no matter where you go. Make sure their performance can keep up. SanDisk microSD™ cards give your smartphone or tablet a more responsive camera function and smoother media playback. Whether you want more storage for your phone or a card that makes it easy to shoot high resolution video on the go, you can choose the way you want to add fast, reliable data storage with capacity options from 4GB to 200GB.
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  • Dual USB for ANDROID devices ALLOWS FOR Easy transfer between Android™ device and computers AND Frees up space for photos, videos, music and more

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5th Annual Streamy Awards Announced #streamys

5th Annual Streamy Awards Announced #streamys

 5th Annual Streamy Awards Announced #streamys

I don’t know if you’re as into Youtube around your house as we are around ours, but if you are; you’re going to LOVE this!  Did you know that VH1 puts on their own awards show for internet video celebrities?!  I am so stinkin’ excited! I’m not sure if my kids know yet, but as soon as they get home from school I’m going to show them this list.  I love Flula and they love Stampylonghead.  This is going to be so much fun!  Grab your popcorn and tune into VH1 on Thursday, September 17!  We’ll be watching for sure! [Read more…]

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Find The Perfect Gift For Any Occasion At Best Buy #GiftIdeas

Find The Perfect Gift For Any Occasion At Best Buy #GiftIdeas

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Find The Perfect Gift For Any Occasion At Best Buy #GiftIdeas

Do y’all love Best Buy as much as I love Best Buy?  I didn’t really shop at Best Buy much until a couple of years ago when I took my kids with me to shop and oh my goodness!  They have so many great gifts for the kids I never even knew about.  Before I had my children, I always thought of Best Buy and electronics, but they have so much more!  They have movies, games, tablets, televisions, robots, scooters, and the list goes on!  I was browsing their site looking for my nine year old daughter’s birthday gift last week and my 10 year old son was peeking over my shoulder.  Everything we saw, he gasped over!  They also have gifts for adults.  My mother just went to Best Buy shopping for my brother’s 42nd birthday gift.  Dare I even mention Christmas? LOL  If you haven’t thought about Best Buy for gifts lately, maybe it’s time to go check them out :D

Best Buy makes finding the perfect Birthday Gifts easier than ever and they have tools to help you find the perfect birthday gift for anyone.

The Best Buy Gift Ideas Page

  1. The Best Buy Online Gift Ideas Experience (bestbuy.com/gifts) features gift ideas inspiration to help you easily find the perfect birthday gift.
  2. Knowing what will make the perfect birthday gift can be hard! The gift ideas page is here to provide the gift inspiration you need with lists of great birthday gift ideas for ‘Him’, ‘Her’, ‘Kids’, and ‘Teens’. This helps you quickly zero-in on the right gifts for the right people.
  3. If you have a price point in mind, we have lists to help you find gifts in the range you are looking for. Including: Gifts under $25, gifts from $25-$49.99, gifts from $50-$99.99, gifts from $100-$249.99, and gifts over $250.
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  5. Sometimes you need a gift card! Click the gift card link to buy a Gift Card we can ship to them, or an ‘E-Gift Card’ that will be delivered instantly via email.

Find The Perfect Gift For Any Occasion At Best Buy #GiftIdeas

Create a Best Buy Wish List

  1. Tell your family and friend to create and share a birthday wish list, so that you can get them the gifts that they really want
  2. You can also use the Best Buy Wish List to keep track of all the great birthday gift ideas

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Pantene Makes Hannah’s Curls Shine! #PanteneProtect

Pantene Makes Hannah’s Curls Shine! #PanteneProtect

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Pantene.  All opinions are 100% my own. 

Pantene Makes Hannah's Curls Shine! #PanteneProtect

I have been asked so many times about what we use in Hannah’s hair. We really do nothing special with her hair. She has naturally curly, highlighted hair. Honestly, if I knew how to make my hair do what hers does; I would be doing it LOL People ask me, on regular basis, if I curl her hair or if I highlight it. The answer is always the same: no. Hannah is nine years old now and I have tried so many products on her hair over the years, but now we are settled on a couple that we really like and at the top of our very short list is Pantene Ice Shine conditioner. We’re not real picky about shampoo, but Pantene Ice Shine conditioner is always a must. The only reason it isn’t the only conditioner on our list is because it can be a little hard to find sometimes.

Pantene Makes Hannah's Curls Shine! #PanteneProtect

Hannah is now at an age where she prefers to do her own hair and styling. Hannah’s personal style is to just let her curls go and I absolutely LOVE it! She hasn’t always loved her curls, but over the years, she has grown to love them and the attention she gets from them.

Pantene Makes Hannah's Curls Shine! #PanteneProtect

The prices on all products do vary by store, and Pantene Ice Shine is no different.  You can see it is on clearance at our local Walmart, which really makes me happy!  This week, I was able to stock up on conditioner for Hannah.  Pantene Ice Shine is often on the bottom shelf, so you may have to look closely for it.

Pantene Makes Hannah's Curls Shine! #PanteneProtect

This is Hannah’s daily routine.  She takes a bath, towel dries her hair, adds Pantene Ice Shine conditioner, then brushes it through.  VOILA!  That’s it, then she allows it to air dry.  When it’s cold outside, I will dry it with the hair dryer and diffuser, but that is rare.  She usually does all of this herself.  Sometimes, because her hair has gotten very long, she needs me to brush the back for her, but other than that, it is very low-maintenance.  Be sure to pick up your favorite Pantene shampoo and conditioner the next time you’re at Walmart.  They have so many varieties, you’re sure to find the perfect one for your hair type!

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Insignia Bluetooth Speakers Are Better Than I Could Have Imagined #Insignia

Insignia Bluetooth Speakers Are Better Than I Could Have Imagined #Insignia

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Insignia Bluetooth Speakers Are Better Than I Could Have Imagined #Insignia

I had the awesome opportunity to review the Insignia™ – Plug-In Bluetooth Speaker and the Insignia Portable Bluetooth Speaker.  I was happy to get to review them but, honestly, not that excited.  Then I tried them!  Oh. my. goodness!  We are so in love with them both!  My youngest daughter is turning 9 this week and she wants her own speaker LOL  We were sent 2 speakers and sharing is never fun around our house.  My husband, all three of our kids, and I are all digging these speakers.  I’m going to be honest, they sat in their boxes for about a week.  I wasn’t in a hurry to open them; after all they were just speakers.  Well, I’m here to tell you, these are so much more than ‘just’ speakers.

Insignia Bluetooth Speakers Are Better Than I Could Have Imagined #Insignia

My husband and I have been tossing around the idea of getting a sound bar for our television because the sound is horrible on our new TV.  We have a large, open living area with tall ceilings that only makes this problem worse.  When we got these bluetooth speakers in the mail; I didn’t even think about using it with our TV.  Our television, itself, won’t hook up with the speakers, but we have Kindle Fire TV from Amazon and IT does hook up with the speakers!  YAY!  The sound on the plug in speaker is so loud and clear!  This little speaker literally filled the room with amazing sound.  We watch Youtube videos and Netflix movies all day long with this speaker.  It truly is amazing and a fraction of the cost of a speaker bar.

Insignia Bluetooth Speakers Are Better Than I Could Have Imagined #Insignia

About the Insignia™ – Plug-In Bluetooth Speaker:

Wirelessly stream your favorite audio with this Insignia NS0SPBTP1-W plug-in Bluetooth wall speaker that features a built-in power adapter and rechargeable battery, allowing over 2 hours of playback.

Insignia Bluetooth Speakers Are Better Than I Could Have Imagined #Insignia

Product Features

Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices

For wireless audio streaming.

Auxiliary audio input jack

Connects your non-Bluetooth devices for more listening options.

Built-in power adapter

Allows the speaker to stay plugged into a wall outlet to maintain a full charge.

USB charging port

Keeps electronic devices powered, so you can continue enjoying your favorite songs.

Built-in rechargeable battery

Enables over 2 hours of playback when taking your speaker on the go.

Insignia Bluetooth Speakers Are Better Than I Could Have Imagined #Insignia

About the Insignia Portable Bluetooth Speaker:

Listen to music on the go with this Insignia™ NS-CSPBT02-GR speaker that features a silicone hook for easy transport and a splash-proof design for defense against water. Bluetooth technology lets you wirelessly stream music from compatible devices.

Insignia Bluetooth Speakers Are Better Than I Could Have Imagined #Insignia

Product Features:

Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices

For wide-ranging use.

1.5W total system power (2W peak power)

Produces quality sonic output.

Splash-proof design

Helps prevent damage caused by water infiltration.

Speakerphone

Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible cell phone.

Built-in silicone hook

Lets you take the speaker on the go.

Rechargeable lithium battery

Provides up to 6 hours of playback time on a full charge.

USB interface

Facilitates charging.

Insignia Bluetooth Speakers Are Better Than I Could Have Imagined #Insignia

 

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Where to Stay in San Jose del Cabo

Where to Stay in San Jose del Cabo

The quiet, restful half of the area on the Baja Peninsula, Mexico, often referred to as Cabo is San Jose del Cabo. It also includes Cabo San Lucas, just 20 miles south, where most of the partying takes place. When you are finding a place to stay in San Jose del Cabo, you’ll have a wide selection of hotels from luxury to budget. Even the luxury resorts offer reduced rates during the peak season, but if you travel during the off season from August to October, you’ll avoid crowded beaches and get cheaper rates. Here are some of the best hotels in the locality.

Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa All Inclusive

Dreams Los Cabos is an AAA Four Diamond Resort that is located on the shores of the Sea of Cortes. There are eight championship golf courses near the resort. The resort offers personal service for the highest level of luxury, and guests enjoy magnificent ocean views from their elegantly furnished suites. If you travel with your family, your children can enjoy the Explorer’s Club, which is a fully supervised children’s program that includes a playground, arts and craft activities, campouts, kid’s theater, a splash fountain, video games, a climbing wall and much more.

Las Ventanas al Paraiso

This window to paradise is a Rosewood Resort and gets the highest marks from reviewers. It is located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula about half way between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. It’s a luxury resort that prides itself on the excellent, personalized service it provides its guests. It has a restaurant, a private wine room, a sea grille that serves the freshest sea food and a tequila and ceviche bar. Its suites are ocean front, garden view or rooftop ocean view. It also has an excellent spa, fitness center, beauty salon and pool.

One & Only Palmilla Resort

The One & Only Palmilla Resort is a newly refurbished facility on the Sea of Cortes. It has an award-winning spa and is family friendly with special programs for kids and teens. It also has outdoor lounging areas for adults only. The rooms and suites face the ocean and have interiors designed with a blend of contemporary and Mexican décor. Dining includes a new steakhouse with Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten along with the resort’s own award-winning culinary team.

Casa Costa Azul

This resort is located on the beach and guests can see gray whales passing by, baby turtles entering the sea for the first time and many marine birds. Guests can sit on the beach and watch the moon rise over the ocean. The rooms have private balconies with views of the beach, ocean and garden. The resort provides dinner on the beach or on your private balcony. The food is prepared with fresh, local ingredients and the chef is happy to cater to any special dietary needs. The resort offers spa services, tours of the locality and it also has a saline swimming pool that is gentle on your skin and hair.

San Jose del Cabo is the quiet city on the tip of the Baja Peninsula. It is famous for luxury resorts that you can enjoy at budget prices.

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5 Travel Tips for Richmond, VA

5 Travel Tips for Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA is a city that seems to be made up of several small towns. It’s the capital of Virginia and has distinct districts, each of which has a unique identity. One of the oldest American cities, Richmond was settled in 1607 but mainly a trading post until 1742 when it became a city. Richmond is also rich in Civil War history, but today, visitors go there for the lively downtown scene, famous restaurants and access to many outdoor activities.

There is a wide selection of Richmond hotels including the Richmond Marriott, hostels and Airbnbs. If you’re looking for cheap accommodation, it’s best to visit during the low season. This is a good time for skiing and snowboarding at the nearby ski resorts. The high season is from May through October when the hotel rates are higher, but there are still places to stay that won’t break your budget. If you are planning to visit Richmond, these five travel tips may help.

1. Take a Canal Cruise – This will give you a good overview of the history and geography of the city. You’ll also see the navigable part of the James River and the old Tobacco Row. You may also see some wildlife on the verdant banks. The tours run from early April to the middle of November on the weekend and on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well during the summer months. Tours depart on the hour.

2. The best nightlife is in the Shockhoe Bottom district. Formerly a warehouse district and the place where author Edgar Allen Poe died, today, it has been renovated into up-scale nightclubs and bars. This is where you’ll find live music and dancing. There is also a great variety of restaurants from gourmet cuisine to fast food. During the day you can visit the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, which is one of the oldest in the country. It is full of fresh, seasonal produce and many other things.

3. It’s worth visiting The Jefferson. It is an elegant, beautifully decorated historical hotel built in 1892. It has received presidents from McKinley to Roosevelt as well as celebrities from the Rolling Stones to Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley. David Niven once stayed there on his way from New York to Florida and was startled to see a full-sized alligator in a pool in the lobby. Since then, the alligators at the Jefferson have become world-famous.

4. When you get tired of the city, take a break at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. It is a wonderland of beautiful architecture, manicured grounds and lots and lots of blooms. There are several areas such as the Four Seasons, the Healing and Sunken gardens. The Gardens hold several annual events such as the Goblins and Gourds Halloween, the GardenFest of Lights in November and January and the Spring Fling in May.

5. Save money by staying in a vacation rental. You can also look for an Airbnb. If you have a kitchen, you’ll save a lot on food because you won’t need to eat in a restaurant every meal.

Richmond is a diverse and innovative city with a lot of firsts under its belt. It was the capital of the Confederate States as well as the seat of the first African-American governor. It set up the first electric streetcar system and has always supported talent in any field.

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