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Teen Holiday Gift Ideas from Best Buy! #HintingSeason

December 20, 2014 By · 1 Comment

Disclosure: 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.

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How many of you have teenagers? Isn’t it hard to find things they really, really like that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Thankfully this year was a bit easy for me because I decided to go a gamer route and bought him themed gifts, he got everything Pokemon. (I can write that because I know he doesn’t read my blog, hehe) But I know many things on his real wish list are at Best Buy. How do I know? Simple, he told me this.

The X-Box One is on the top of his list. Now of course it is the new machine that every child or gamer wants in their household. I won’t lie I don’t get any of these machines but being a blogger I know all about wanting new technology/laptops, etc so I get that he wants the newest system. When it first came out I told him, nope, no way, not happening but of course that was after everyone said the government would be monitoring everything we did through the eyeball in the machine. I hear it has since been fixed, that or he is telling me tales so he can have one. Either way I’ll list a few he wants here and some I would like to get him because next year he goes off to college.

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Xbox One is the top of his list. Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo which my son loves, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed, which is another favorite of his and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders, which of course would make my daughters and 7 yr old very happy) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level. For us it is a system they can all play.

-Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.
-Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.
-Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.

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5 Secret Santa Stories that are Paying it Forward

December 20, 2014 By · 1 Comment

santa In the past few months there have been so many awful stories hitting the news, which is one reason I love posting about all the pay-it-forward and secret santa stories I hear about in December. Before you ask a Pay-it-Forward type of story is one in which a good deed is done and the person says instead of paying them back just pay it forward. I’m sure you’ve heard by now of a time or two when a customer pays for someone behind them in line and then a whole movement is made. Secret Santas, especially in the KC/MO area is all about a man named Larry that hired the next Santa and he gives $100 bills to random strangers that he believes needs it. So without further ado here we go: First up this started in KC when Secret Santa decided to make an entire police force volunteer Elves and they got to go around pulling people over and giving them $100 bills instead of a ticket. You know that made some people’s day but the best part is knowing they (the police) weren’t hating by everyone in the public eye. Tip: If you are wondering if the true Secret Santa has reached you it will be stamped on your $100 bill with SECRET SANTA.

A police force in Michigan was pulling over people but instead of giving tickets they asked about presents and if they had kids and what was on their wishlists. Without knowing it the people were actually getting their wishes fulfilled within moments. [Read more…]

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Cameras I Want for Christmas from Best Buy! #CamerasatBestBuy

December 19, 2014 By · 3 Comments

Disclosure: 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.

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As a blogger I think we all dream of being one of those bloggers that take the really awesome photos. Am I right? Up until September I had a camera phone and by that I don’t mean it was a really good one. This past September I purchased a GE for about $150 but it doesn’t take the shots I really want. Now I always dreamed of having one with a lens that I could adjust by placing a different lens on it but as the holidays came and went I kind of gave up, all our “extra” money would go to the kids. Yes, you know I’m that type of parent, I buy my items on clearance and it takes you to bend my arm for me to even do that. So I decided to drop a few hints this holiday season and post a few cameras I wish to have from Best Buy. When it comes to Best Buy I don’t live near it but I love the fact you can order whatever you want from the site and it will still get to you. Today is the LAST day to order movies and/or music from Bestbuy if you want it to arrive by Christmas Eve.

The order I am doing this is the cheapest price to the most expensive/most desired by me. hehe

TIP: Do NOT forget that every camera will require a memory card because they don’t automatically come with the camera.

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The Samsung Galaxy 1 16.3 megapixel digital camera: This Samsung Galaxy 2 digital camera’s 16.3-megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor allows you to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage. The 4.8″ touch screen simplifies operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing stored files easy. A digital camera that allows you to shoot, share, and use Android Apps

-  I love the fact that this one is sleek and would definitely fit in a jacket pocket, side of my purse, etc. I think this is definitely a nice camera and would be a great one for a beginner wanting to learn how to use one. (BalletGirl would be perfect for this one, course I’d take it too)

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Our 2014 Family Photos

December 19, 2014 By · 3 Comments

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Did I ever share with you that over the summer since the entire family was together we got photos done? The setting was at our local park and I’m one of those that love natural settings and hanging out at the park is just natural for us. We love to have the kids run around and play and tag each other and then have a BBQ, so it is kind of like a second home. Above you will see a shot that was taken just of myself, I thought it would be a great bio pic and I use it on all my social sites. What do you think?

10580529_10152641516874711_977813644_nHere’s the best photo of the whole family together, it’s a bit grainy but shows us all, not someone cut off and most of us are looking at the camera. Little A (there in the corner in the blue shirt) was dealing with Gnats. As you can imagine a lot of pictures were taken that day some smiled, others frowned, someone looked away. Hey, we have a big family, not everyone will cooperate, that would be a miracle. Even Nicoli decided to show off his walking skills since he had JUST started walking.

(There are a few more pictures that I think really express everyone)

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10 Hallmark Christmas Movies She’ll Love to Find in Her Stocking

December 18, 2014 By · 17 Comments

Disclosure: I was sent a few movies to review, all opinions are my own. There may also be some affiliate links in this post. Happy Holidays!!

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Trying to find the perfect Christmas gift or Stocking stuffer idea for your lady friend, wife, aunt, grandmother? Not to worry if she is the type that loves Christmas movies or romantic movies I’ve got quite a list for you and they are all from Hallmark so it’ll be really easy to find. Plus you can snuggle up with her and sip hot chocolate as the two of you watch them together. Don’t forget each one of these movies are also children friendly which means the entire family can enjoy them which is perfect for Christmas.

I was lucky enough to review each one of these wonderful movies and truth be told (if you’ve ever followed me on Facebook, Twitter or even the blog you know I LOVE to begin watching holiday movies as early as Halloween) I loved each one. I’ve watched them all so many times, I’m even including a few I watched in the past because I loved them so much.

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Hallmark A Cookie Cutter Christmas DVD, starring Erin Krakow (“Army Wives”), David Haydn-Jones (The Last Kiss) and Alan Thicke (“Growing Pains”), follows a journalist sent to cover Christmas Town’s annual cookie bake-off who finds herself competing for the affection of a new love interest. The entertaining and uplifting story about doing whatever it takes for love premieres on Hallmark Channel November 9 and be available on DVD and Digital HD November 11.

As for me I couldn’t help but laugh most of the way through this movie. I mean there was total jealousy and betrayal, sneakiness and you just wanted to bake. Yes, this movie made me want to make my own peppermint cookie drops and see what type of creations I could come up with. In fact I did but with hot chocolate, I do plan on experimenting with cookies this upcoming week to see what the kids and I can create. Oh boy! I guess I liked it so much more because Christie (a school teacher) wants to not only impress a guy but also beat another teacher and jumps at the chance to upstage another teacher in a cookie bake off, only she doesn’t know how to bake. As many of you know, I am learning to cook/bake/etc so I totally saw myself there.

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