Strange Magic on DVD Now – My Review

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This movie is not at all what I expected, but that’s a good thing!  From the opening scene I knew I’d really enjoy this movie. It started with hearing the first song “I can’t help Falling in Love“.  My parents used to dance around the living room to that song. I always get warm fuzzy feelings when I hear that song.

The movie was a musical, but not your typical musical. There were lots of current songs that were fun to sing along to. The characters were not your typical characters, but I found myself falling in love with them.  The story is unique and not quite like any other love story.  It all comes down to “everyone deserves to be loved.”

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Staying Stylish with K Couture

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Staying Stylish with K Couture

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Sometimes a girl just needs to feel pretty.  After a long day of work and cleaning the house I love to take a nice soak in the bath tub.  After I’m relaxed there’s nothing like slipping into my satin robe from K Couture.

The idea for K Couture started when Kayla was planning her own wedding and picking out dresses for her bridesmaids turned out to be so difficult!  Her bridesmaids all had different needs, from higher necklines to covered shoulders and a range of sizes, so finding dresses for all of them was harder than expected. She immediately saw a need in the industry for customizable and affordable bridesmaid dresses, and with this idea she started K Couture in 2012.  Today, K Couture uses only high-quality fabrics and embellishments to create a beautiful collection of unique styles enabling customers to mix and match necklines, sleeves and materials.

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The Satin Robe is so comfortable and even has pockets.  It makes me feel pampered and elegant.  It also comes in several colors. This is a great gift for any girlfriend or yourself.

Our deluxe satin robes with pockets are a perfect gift for your bridal party or a little something to spoil yourself! Wrap around and secure with inside tie and an attached satin belt. All robes are gathered in the back for a more custom fit. Choose from 24 beautiful colors for any special occasion!

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They also have fabulous accessories like these Silver diamond illusion Cubic Zirconia Drop earrings.  They add just enough sparkle for work or play and I get several compliments.

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Ways to Save Around the House or Out and About

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Ways to Save Around the House or Out and About

There is nothing like family. Whether your family is like the Three Musketeers or more like a little league squad, there are ways that you can save on common activities and expenses. Below are five ideas that can help you to save around the house or out and about.

1. Research and Shop Around

There are certain household expenses that you cannot escape. For those larger household purchases, such as insurance, it is important that you research and shop around. Take some time to map out what you need your insurance policy to cover. You not only need to find the best deals but you also want to make sure that you get the type of coverage that you need to meet your family’s needs. For a list of quality agents in the Belmont area, click here.

2. Buy Refurbished and DIY

Furniture can be an expensive expenditure, especially for a growing family. To help reduce these costs, consider purchasing refurbished furniture items. Many times you can find quality pieces at a low price that you can either utilize as is, or alter to add your own personal touch. Do it Yourself (DIY) projects are another great way to add personal flair to your home. You can apply the same concept to clothing items as well. In fact, “thrifting,” or shopping at thrift stores, has become quite popular.

3. Bargain Shop

You want to keep your family full and happy. To help with your grocery shopping, consider clipping coupons. This is one of the most efficient cost savings activities, yet it is constantly overlooked by many individuals. Its benefits are quite evident in the popular television shows that feature individuals that save hundreds of dollars on their grocery bills, and sometimes walk out with the grocery stores paying them! However, if you are not prone to clip coupons, you can still bargain shop by purchasing household items at discount stores.

4. Seek Out Cheap Entertainment

Going on a family outing does not have to always cost an arm and a leg. There are a number of cheap options available, including:

  • A trip to the library
  • Picnics in the park or on the beach
  • Going to the dollar movies

You can also bring the fun inside the home. Try cooking dinner together and having a movie night, or ordering pizza and doing a game night. These low priced options can still create big time fun.

5. Conserve

Recycling and saving energy are great ways to help the environment, as well as ways to save on costs. You may be able to get cash for your recycling products at certain recycling centers, and recycling can also help to reduce your trash pickup. Conserving energy can help to reduce your energy bill. A few simple ways to reduce energy use include:

  • Insolating your home
  • Turning off lights when not in use
  • Using fans
  • Washing with cold water

The aforementioned are a few of the many ways to save on your household budget. You want to provide a fun, healthy and comfortable life for your children, and these tips can help you to do just that.

Sweet Hawaiian Mini Burgers

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Sweet Hawaiian Mini Burgers

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Growing up my Grandma used to take me to dinner for my birthday every year. We picked a bbq restaurant that offered a free meal on your birthday.  We probably went there every year because the meal was free, but as a child I quickly became a fan of bbq sauce. I would put it on everything – ribs, steak, burgers, chicken, sandwiches (yes, I totally did), and even french fries.

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This was my first time trying Stubb’s and I was really impressed. I love bourbon flavor so the Hickory Bourbon was my fave, but it was definitely followed very closely by the Sticky Sweet.

Craft-made Stubb’s is the only nationally available BBQ sauce brand (available in 85% grocery stores) to carry the Gluten-Free Organization Certification seal and contain no high fructose corn syrup (the first ingredient in most national BBQ sauce brands.) The company is also working with the Non-GMO Project to verify its line.

Stubbs has some delicious recipes on their sites so I decided to go with the Sweet Hawaiian Mini Burgers.  I love pineapple and was really digging the thought of the flavor combination. I did make some adaptations to make sure they were gluten free.

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I started by making 4 mini burgers and cooking them.  While they were cooking I mixed the Stubb’s Sticky Sweet BBQ Sauce, pineapple juice (from canned pineapple slices), and brown sugar over low heat.

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After the burgers were done I moved them to my plate and put pineapple slices in the pan.  I then drizzled my sauce over them and cooked them.

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I split each pineapple in 4 pieces, placed them on the burgers, and drizzled more sauce over them.

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They were so delicious! This recipe is definitely a keeper.  What’s your favorite thing to put BBQ sauce on?

Sweet Hawaiian Mini Burgers
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 canned pineapple slices
  • ¼ cup Stubb’s Sticky Sweet Barbeque Sauce
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice from can
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine ground beef and Worcestershire sauce in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into twelve ½-inch thick mini patties. Cook.
  2. Combine sauce ingredients in small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently.
  3. When burgers are cooked, place pineapple slices in pan and pour sauce over the slices. Cook.
  4. Cut each pineapple and top burger. Drizzle remaining sauce over the top.
  5. Enjoy!

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Loaded Questions is Fun for Family and Friends

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Loaded Questions is Fun for Family and Friends

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I have 3 best friends and they’re all my sisters.  We were close growing up and even closer now.  I love spending time with them. We talk about everything and share everything with each other. One of the things we love to do when we get together is to play games. We love family game night and have continued the tradition with our families. We recently came across these fun new games and had to give them a try.

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Race around the board guessing which player wrote which answer while writing your own creative responses to 225+ hilarious and highly loaded questions. With simple rules, no right or wrong answers, and exciting twists to the original game play, Loaded Questions Party is your answer to an epic and memorable game night!

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We did pretty good at this one because we know each other so well, but we did learn some new things. We had a lot of fun playing it together too. There is even a Jr version of the game!

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Probably my favorite of all is the Awkward Family Photo Game.

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All the elements of an epic game night await, as players caption awkward images from the hit website, AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com, with comical, offbeat, dramatic and action-packed lines from hundreds of memorable movies. Many lines you’ll know. Others will be new to you. But the gameplay is inconceivably fun and easy…and no movie knowledge is required!

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I love the awkward family photos on Ellen and I love when people post funny pics on social media and ask for captions. We played this one for hours.

If you’re looking for fun new games I highly suggest heading over to Loaded Questions and check out all their games.

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Ready for Summer with WalkTrendy

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Ready for Summer with WalkTrendy

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Summer is finally on its way, and I am so elated. Everything just seems a little bit heightened in the summer to me, especially the fashion. Alas my warm weather wardrobe is in need of a major revamp. I always think that my previous summer clothes will suit me just fine, until it comes time to actually wearing them…Thankfully this past week I received two lovely summer items from WalkTrendy to try out!
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The first was this great muscle tank (to show off those guns I’ve been working out for…not) with a graphic on the front. I am IN LOVE with this shirt, mainly because it’s so versatile and great for Minnesota’s weird transition months. I can wear it with my black jeans and army green button up, tuck it into my high waisted skater skirt, or just throw it over a swim suit with shorts for the beach. I can tell it’s going to get a lot of use over the next few months and it seems a solid material that will hold up, plus it’s super soft, who can beat that?
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The second item was this GORGEOUS maroon dress. I was a little nervous when I was picking out a size, because I felt like with the open back it would be really easy to go wrong…but when I tried it on for the first time it fit like a glove. I’m so excited about it, the bottom flows and hits in just the right places. And the top knit adds just the right amount of detail and covers pretty well. I don’t have too many long dresses that compare to this one, so it’s definitely a great piece to add to my closet.
WalkTrendy has so many styles to choose from, and I feel like it has something to offer for everyone no matter what your esthetic is . If your looking for items to add some color for the coming months I’d highly suggest checking it out!
P.S I totally had to stand out in my garden and take awkward selfies while my neighbors were outside, if that doesn’t show you dedication for how much I love these pieces I don’t know what would.
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Banish the stink from your House with #MySignatureMove

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When I was in high school and college I was happy being single and was actually planning on staying that way. That was until I met this great guy on the internet. He had all the qualities I ever would have wanted in a guy and ones I didn’t even know I needed.  Long story short he became my husband. He truly is my best friend and I love how hard he works for our family.

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He works very hard as a truck driver driving across the country making deliveries. In fact, he works so hard that he’s often a little stinky.  Okay, he gets a lot stinky.  I mean he’s driving all around, working on his truck, and sometimes doing heavy lifting. Even when he’s home on his time off he works hard here at the house. So what do I do with my stinky man to help banish that stink? Let me share my signature move with you!

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It starts with heading to Walmart in the soap aisle and picking up Irish Spring Signature Body Wash and their man size bar soap.

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The new Irish Spring signature products are specially designed for the hip male in your life.  They smell great and more importantly make your man smell great which I really love!

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It’s just another reason to add to the long list of things I love about my hubby!

I’ve told you how I get rid of the funk, what’s your favorite hygiene tip?

 

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Mobile Apps to Enhance Your Summer

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The days are getting warmer and longer and summer is just around the corner.  I have a few trips planned for summer and mainly hanging out with the kids and friends.  I wanted share some mobile apps that can help you plan activities and share memories this summer.

Today’s mobile devices can be loaded with apps that can help plan a trip, organize a busy calendar and keep you up to the minute on summer thunderstorms. Whether you are staying local this summer or planning a trip somewhere, U.S. Cellular’s national coverage can keep you connected wherever you are.

Apps to enhance your summer include:

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Hipmunk can help find the best flight and hotel deals and book them immediately. The app searches hundreds of travel sites to help ensure you find the most convenient arrangements and the best price for you.

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Google Calendar helps organize busy summer schedules in one convenient place. This app allows users to sync calendars across multiple devices, and push notifications will help ensure your family makes it to every practice, family party and appointment on time.

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Don’t get caught off-guard by a summer shower or severe weather with the Yahoo Weather app. It offers detailed information on wind, precipitation, sunrise and sunset times and provides twice daily notifications to prepare you for changing conditions.

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For those looking to edit and share their favorite summer memories, Snapseed offers pro-level photo editing capabilities in an intuitive, user friendly interface that is great for perfecting photos taken on your phone. Snapseed also allows users to share their photos via email, Facebook and Twitter.

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People can also keep track of their favorite sports teams and players wherever they are this summer with The Score app, which provides news and scores from a multitude of leagues and events and provides live updates on teams so users never be caught out of the loop.

With the strength of U.S. Cellular’s high-quality network and national coverage, U.S. Cellular smartphone and tablet users can access these helpful apps whether at home or on vacation this summer.

Thinking of getting your kids a cellphone? Here is a free Parent Child Agreement that really helps start that conversation.

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Crabby Bill’s A Florida Tradition

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Crabby Bill’s

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My husband and mother in law

My husband and I were in Tampa for a wedding so we stopped by mother in law’s. She lives across the bay and we love spending time with her.  We decided to go for dinner at our favorite restaurant in the area – Crabby Bill’s.  We used to frequent there all the time when we lived in the area and always took our friends and family that came to visit.

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Crabby Bill’s is a Florida Tradition known to consistently provide fresh seafood, a fun atmosphere, top notch service and a dining experience that will keep you coming back year after year.

They truly pride ourselves on having the freshest and best seafood on the beach and service the way it should be.

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My mom had a craving for raw oysters so that’s what she ordered as an appetizer. They were huge!

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My husband ordered two orders of the garlic butter mussels.  Yes, two orders. They’re his all time favorite and he could probably eat more.

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When they were done with their appetizers, the two of them also ordered frog legs.

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I ordered the Bourbon BBQ Chicken.  The Bourbon BBQ sauce was amazing!  I dunked my chicken and my fries in it.  I would have dunked my finger in it too, but decided it was not appropriate 😉

The fries and vegetables were delicious too.

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There is also an outside area to eat, but it was jam packed.

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The even had live music the night they were there. I took a short video below.

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They even have a gift shop if you want to take home something to remember your visit.

If you’re anywhere near the Tampa/St Pete area I would highly recommend a visit!

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Marvel Dominoes create a Super Night of Fun

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We are a Marvel loving family that enjoys spending time together. One way that we love to spend time is by playing games together. Each game night we take turns choosing a game.  We just got Marvel Dominoes from Wonderforge and of course had to try it out.

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The Dominoes are the perfect size for small hands to hold and the munchkins love the super heroes on them.  We had a lot of fun playing the game.

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This game is becoming a favorite around here!

If your family likes games, make sure to connect with Wonderforge! They have games the whole family will love!

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The Columbia Restaurant – a Florida tradition since 1905

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The Columbia Restaurant

A Florida tradition since 1905 

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Good food and friends is a great combination.  My college roomie, Nadia, got married last week and I was so excited to join her in Tampa for the celebration.  In college we could walk to Channelside or take the trolley to historic Ybor City. Her wedding would be in Ybor city so the day before we ate lunch at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor.

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Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., the Columbia Restaurant is Florida’s oldest restaurant, and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.

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It began in Tampa’s Ybor City, (pronounced EE-bore) as a small 60-seat corner café known for its Cuban coffee and authentic Cuban sandwiches, frequented by the local cigar workers. Casimiro Sr. took over the restaurant next door in 1919 and converted it into an additional dining room. His son, Casimiro Jr. also joined the business. Following the death of Casimiro Sr. in 1930, Casimiro Jr. took over ownership and operation of the restaurant.

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People can purchase stones that are in the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.  It was fun to read them all – there were even marriage proposals!

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The inside is beautiful and there was detail in everything.

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There was so much to take in.

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But the best part was the food!  I love living in the midwest, but sure have missed a good Cuban.  When I saw it on the menu I knew  I had to order it.

The Original Cuban Sandwich A Tampa treasure! The “Mixto,” as it was known in the beginning, was created in the 1890’s for the cigar workers as they walked to and from work. The sandwiches underwent changes as immigrants from different countries came to Ybor City. The City of Tampa was like the sandwich, a mixture of cultures and food. The Spanish brought the fine ham, the Sicilians the Genoa salami, the Cubans the mojo-marinated roast pork, the Germans and Jews the Swiss cheese, pickle and mustard. Put it all together between sliced, freshly baked Tampa Cuban bread from La Segunda Central Bakery and life is great. Today we are using the original 1915 recipe of Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., with the same proportions of meat and each ingredient layed on top of one another, placed on Cuban bread brushed with butter on top and pressed to a crispy finish.

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The sandwich did not disappoint. It was delicious!  We had a huge group with us and everyone loved what they ordered.  If you’re ever in the area, the Columbia is a must!

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Come See the Monkeys #MonkeyKingdom #InsideOutEvent

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Come See the Monkeys

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What does this adorable monkey, Maya, and the strength of a Mother have to do with each other? Well Maya is the adorable star of Disneynature’s newest film Monkey Kingdom and she is the epitome of a strong mother.

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I had the opportunity to screen Monkey Kingdom and it was adorable.  Rather than your normal run of the mill documentary, Monkey Kingdom tells a story. That story is about Maya and her fight to climb the social ladder.  I had no idea that monkeys even had social ladders!

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Not only is it a fun story, but you actually learn about the monkeys as well.  This will be a great movie to take the whole family to.

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With Disneynature’s MONKEY KINGDOM opening in theatres everywhere this Friday, I wanted to make sure you were aware what happens when you buy a ticket opening week!

See MONKEY KINGDOM opening week (April 17-23) and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Learn more at http://nature.disney.com/monkey-kingdom.

The Family Activity Packet and Educators Guild can both be easily downloaded from the official MONKEY KINGDOM website here!

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MONKEY KINGDOM opens in theatres everywhere this Friday, April 17th!

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House of Gems Beads

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 House of Gems Beads

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I love to craft.  It not only alleviates stress, but I get to make pretty things.  I love to paint, fuse glass, and try just about everything at least once.  One of my favorite crafts is wire wrapping.

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I love to find beautiful beads in all sorts of colors and even wire in other colors.  House of Gems has a great variety of beads, wire, and tools.

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House of Gems is the best online source for wholesale beads and jewelry making supplies. All their products are sourced from manufacturers and distributed directly to the consumer without the middle man. They have all the material and supplies to fill your craft and making jewelry hobby fun.

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Top Five things People Wonder about Wireless

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I don’t know about you, but I use my iPhone 6 for everything. It has my calendar, monitors my fitness level, stores notes and alarms, delivers emails and social media notifications, and even allows me to make phone calls. I really do have my whole life in my phone.

From work to entertainment, every aspect of our lives can be managed by our wireless devices.

More than half of today’s wireless consumers report using smartphones as a morning alarm, to check weather forecasts and stay updated on news, according to a recent survey conducted by U.S. Cellular.

Since wireless devices have become an integral part of the daily lives of consumers, there are a number of questions that people have consistently asked. Here are U.S. Cellular’s solutions to some of the most common:

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What is the best way to disinfect my wireless device?

The best way to keep your device free from germs, especially if you have a touch screen, is to use a screen protector like PureTek. Then, you can disinfect the protector with a simple alcohol or disinfecting spray. Pre-soaked wipes aren’t ideal as moisture can damage the device. Spray a soft cloth with ethyl or isopropyl alcohol and be sure the cloth isn’t soaking wet. Turn off your device and wipe it down. The less moisture you expose your gear to, the better. Be extra careful around the charging port and headphone adapter.

How can I make my device charge faster?

The fastest way to charge your smartphone or tablet is to turn it off and plug it in. The screen needs the most power, and users often have apps that run continuously in the background. If you don’t want to turn off your device, switch to airplane mode, which will disconnect you from cellular data and Wi-Fi. You also can stop all apps running in the background and reduce screen brightness to conserve the battery.

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Can my smartphone read texts and emails out loud to me?

Most of the latest devices have this feature internally, and you can set voice control to your preferences. If your Android device does not have this feature, download the Voice Commands app to allow access to your phone’s core features and control system. Some hands-free driving devices, like the Jabra FREEWAY Car Kit, automatically turn on when you are in the car to enable these services.

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How can I take a photo on a tablet without needing two hands to focus the photo and press the shutter?

Most devices have autofocus and allow users to touch anywhere on the screen to focus the shot. Apps such as Say Cheese Camera also let you use voice control to take pictures, turn on the flash and rotate the camera view. You also can purchase remotes and tripods to take your wireless device’s photography capability to the next level.

Can my smartphone alert me to messages other than through sound or vibration?

Most smartphones have LED lights that can flash different colors for emails, text messages and phone calls. On the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, users can enable the LED light flash, which will activate the device’s camera flash to signal an alert or phone call.

Thinking of getting your kids a cellphone? Here is a free Parent Child Agreement that really helps start that conversation.

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The Longest Ride Review and Interview

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The Longest Ride

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I’m a huge fan of reading. Ever since I have been little I have loved to get into a good book and let my imagination take over.  I remember going to the library every week in the summer and picking out several books to read.  I still enjoy it but don’t have the extra time that I used to when I was younger.  I especially love reading Nicholas Sparks novels.

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One of his more recent books, The Longest Ride, is an excellent read. I read it on the plane when I was traveling and finished it that day.  It’s one of those that you can’t put down.  I grew up going to the rodeo so I loved that fact that one of the main characters, Luke, was a cowboy and rode bulls.

As I read the book it went back and forth between the stories of two couples – Luke & Sophia and Ira & Ruth.  At first I couldn’t figure out how they would relate, but I love how Sparks eventually tied their paths together.

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I had the opportunity to interview two of the main characters in the movie adaptation – Britt Roberston (Sophia) and Scott Eastwood (Luke).

We chatted about the movie vs the book.  Both had read the book after receiving their scripts.  Robertson had been a huge fan of Sparks’ novels and Eastwood was a fan of the Notebook. They both really enjoyed the book and were proud to be part of the movie.

**Warning: Eastwood does use language at the end of the ride. Please do not watch in front of children if you do not want them hearing it.

In the movie, Eastwood had a stunt double to bull ride for him.  After the movie though he actually rode his first bull (video above). Warning: Eastwood does use language at the end of the ride. Please do not watch in front of children if you do not want them hearing it.

We asked him why he decided to ride the bull and his thoughts on the experience.

He shared that he had been a big fan of the rodeo since he was a child.  When he first saw the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) the riders were bigger than life and riding a bull became a bucket list item for him.

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One of his best friends had bucked a bull and he kept calling him to say that if he didn’t buck a bull, he’d never hear the end of it.

“You did it just for him?” Robertson teased him.  “No” Eastwood laughed, he shared that after hanging with the guys for 4 months and having respect for them he thought it was only right to try it once.

We asked him what he thought about it afterwards and his response was “I thought it was an awesome adrenaline rush, but I won’t do it again.”

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Anytime there are books converted to movies you can’t put the entire book into a movie due to time constraints.  You know that going into the movie and just hope they stick as closely to the story as possible.  We discussed this with Robertson and Eastwood and asked if there was anything in the book that they wished had been in the movie.

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Eastwood expressed how extremely proud of the movie he was  and that doesn’t happen all the time. He really enjoyed how Sparks described when Luke first met Sophia. He described a comfortable silence that you have with people andthat happens with people you fall for. “There’s something really nice about how comfortable she felt in his silence and didn’t need to be words.” He strongly pushed his opinion about that scene when they first met, but some things hit the cutting room floor and that’s what happened. They did film a lot more of that opening scene than was shown in the movie.

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Robertson was kind of curious to explore the stuff about Sophia’s life before – her family, and just where she comes from. She explained that it’s hard to relate to a human being without knowing anything about their history. That happened to be a big point that a lot of people brought up, but now seeing the movie she can’t imagine it any other way and is really happy with the way things turned out.

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Britt Robertson, Emmylou, Donna, Scott Eastwood

One of my other writers, Emmylou, came with me to the interview and actually screened the movie prior to the interview.  Check out her thoughts below in her YouTube video.

The Longest Ride is in theaters now!  Make sure you check it out. Here’s the trailer below:

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