The Hottest Apps and Accessories to Make the Holidays Special

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It seems like now a days everyone has a smart phone – from grandmas down to grade schoolers.  Phones are great for people to get a hold of you as well as a source of entertainment. Thinking of getting your kids a cellphone? Here is a free Parent Child Agreement that really helps start that conversation.

If you’re looking to give a smart holiday gift this year, keep in mind that 58 percent of American adults have a smartphone and 42 percent own a tablet, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. So what about an amazing app?!

Often we may get bogged down by the frenzy that often accompanies the so-called “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” one way to simplify the season for the gift-giver and receiver alike is to give apps and accessories for mobile devices.  As over half of adults have a smartphone, giving the gift of helpful accessories for the gamer or the music lover in your life is an easy way to make holiday wishes come true.

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Whether a friend or family is looking for the latest and greatest, U.S. Cellular has all the season must-haves including the Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and iPad Air.  Based on current trends in the industry, the experts at U.S. Cellular suggest the following apps and accessories to help your loved ones get the most out of their devices this holiday. Technology can enable better moments through simplifying and enhancing your life. It’s a great gift idea!

Music

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Beats Solo HD 2 Headphones: Lightweight and compact, these colorful headphones are durable and comfortable. Updated and improved acoustics let you hear all your tunes with clarity and resonant bass. Go solo with confidence and bring your music with you anywhere.

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JBL Flip 2: This wireless, rechargeable battery powered speaker brings rich sound to any on-the-go lifestyle. Small enough to fit in your hand, the JBL Flip 2 features SoundClear echo and noise cancellation technology, so you can use it as a hands-free speakerphone.

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iGrill: Android and iOS users can modernize the primal experience of grilling with the iGrill family of apps. Bluetooth Smart Technology allows users to monitor their grillables with the compact iGrill Mini, original iGrill, or the 4-probe capacity iGrill.  Easy to read displays and customizable alarms mean your steak is cooked perfectly every time.

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Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens System: This much-acclaimed lens system attaches to your iPhone or iPad to provide superior optics and clearer images. The system includes two macro lenses (5x and 10x), a fisheye, and a wide-angle lens. The four-in-one design means changing between lenses is quick and easy.

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Moga Pro Power: Gamers attach their Android smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy S5, to this handheld game console and use its precision controls to play games. The display is on the smartphone. The Mogas buttons, triggers and joysticks are highly responsive and maneuvers much better than a smartphone’s touchscreen controls.  iPhone users won’t be left out of the game anymore with the Moga Ace. And both units charge your smart phone as you play.

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Moto TC Rally App & Car: Working with the Griffin TC MOTO Rally Car, this app lets you race alone or compete against an opponent. Drive by using your mobile device’s touchscreen steering wheel, or by titling the device itself. The Rally Car is a USB-rechargeable device with impact/obstacle sensors that let players interact with their environment with unparalleled realism.

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Having your Party at SkyZone is a Slam Dunk

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Whether you are looking for a great way to burn off a ton of energy for your younger jumpers or daring teen stunters – SkyZone provides a variety of activities to keep your kids moving.

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Our crew had a great time visiting the Fort Lauderdale facility to celebrate a birthday and the start of our Thanksgiving break. Scheduling for this party of ten was quite simple. Guests are asked to arrive thirty minutes before their scheduled jump time. Upon arrival each guest is checked in by a designated hostess, a waiver is signed and all are given a pair of SkyZone socks required for purchase at a nominal cost.

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There were four well staffed zones for the kids to rotate around while parents relaxed in the cafe or joined to watch from the sidelines. Safety was key for all of our jumpers, I found the staff was on top of making sure the kids had a fun experience while keeping them safe.

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Whether they were perfecting their jump shot, zipping around in a fast paced game of dodge ball, diving into the foam pit or simply bouncing around, our crew was kept moving during their entire stay.

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Once our hour concluded, we were greeted by our hostess who took us to a party room for pizza and drinks that came with our package. The kids were able to relax and refuel before we headed out for the evening.

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SkyZone is a great attraction for kids of all ages. They are reasonably priced and the energy that your kids will expend will be well worth your visit!

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Canon is a great family gift from Best Buy

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My sister loves to take pictures and she has some adorable kids she takes pictures of but it’s frustrating because her camera stinks.  It was a no brainer when I was thinking about what to get her for Christmas. She definitely needs a new camera.  I want to get her something she’ll love to use and something that can capture those sweet kids of hers.

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Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.  Simple translation is that it takes amazing pictures.  My sister is not a professional photographer but this camera may make others think that she is.

  • Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
  • Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
  • Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
  • The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

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She is going to be so excited when she unwraps this camera! I can’t wait to see her face.  Best Buy truly is a destination for everyone on your list. They have so many gift ideas and items that are sure to please. As a consumer their prices and service make me a happy shopper.

Right now you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy!  Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20

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Do you have all of your Christmas shopping done? If not I suggest heading over to Best Buy where you’ll be able to cross off all the names on your list. You could probably even find something for yourself.  After all that shopping you totally deserve it!

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Old Spice is making a Man of our Boy #SmellcometoManhood plus a Giveaway

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This post and giveaway were made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Old Spice is making a Man of our Boys

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There’s a certain age where boys start smelling – well more like stinky men than little boys.  There’s all sorts of changes going on as they become teenagers including one stinky change that involves body odor.  You can tell from Logan’s expression that he is not fond of this change in Jayden.

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Jayden is 11 (12 in March) and plays football. We’ve had to explain to him that part of growing up and becoming a man means tha he needs to wear deodorant. We wanted to encourage him and see wearing deodorant as a rite of passage rather than something he had to do because he was stinky.  It was also something cool that he could do that his little brother won’t be able to do for a few more years.  We had to welcome him to Manhood.

Old Spice is back with a new campaign – introducing “Dadsong,” which comes on the heels of last January’s much-buzzed about “Mom Song” – in which moms lamented that Old Spice sprayed a man onto their sons. Now, it’s dad’s turn to tell his side of the story with another humorous, over-the-top song from Old Spice.

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Both Jayden and Logan were very happy with the results.  Actually, we all were. He smells much better now :)

Do you have a young man that needs to be welcomed to manhood?  I highly recommend Old Spice for holiday gifting. Old Spice is the gift of manhood and it couldn’t be easier. They have a variety of manly smelling products for every guy on your list.

This holiday season, giving the gift of manhood couldn’t be easier with Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray, featuring the brand’s innovative and first-in-category Re-fresh Technology, which eliminates the need for guys to overspray or reapply throughout the day. With Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray, “One Spray Lasts All Day.”

Old Spice Re-fresh Body Sprays are the perfect stocking stuffer. Teens can “Scent Responsibly” with this gift that keeps on giving, one spray at a time.

In the spirit of the holiday season, Old Spice will offer special savings on Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray in the P&G brandSaver® in newspapers across the U.S. on Sunday, Nov. 30, as well as for download for redemption at retailers nationwide.

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Old Spice also offers Holiday Gift Sets, with deodorant, body wash, body spray, shampoo and more! It’s available in a variety of scents – including new nature-inspired Timber scent.

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We’re giving one lucky reader an Old Spice Holiday Smellcome to Manhood kit!

Old Spice Holiday Smellcome to Manhood Kit

The contents of the kit include:

  • Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray – The gift that keeps on giving, one spray at a time. Be among the first to enjoy new Old Spice Timber – the best way to get that lumberjacky smell without working at a local tree lot.
  • Old Spice T-Shirt – The manliest chest tattoo on the planet without the regret when you turn 60.
  • Old Spice Branded Earbuds – Silence mom’s singing in the car. You’re welcome.
  • Bear Paws Meat Tool – Cutlery your dad, his friend Dave and Uncle John will be impressed with when you’re given the reins to carve the holiday bird.
  • Duct Tape – Fix anything on the planet, except holiday lights, where only half the strand works.
  • Art of Manliness Book – Full of wisdom and New Year’s Resolutions.
  • “Scent Responsibly” Instructions – Nothing will earn you grandma’s fruitcake faster than overspraying. Thanks toOld Spice Re-fresh technology – where one spray lasts all day – you can smell like a man and not a middle school locker room.
  • Smellcome to Manhood Certificate – A made-up diploma for the inside of your locker or to add to your LinkedIn profile.

All you have to do is enter on the rafflecopter below! Good luck!

*Giveaway is open to the US only. Giveaway ends 12/16/14 at 11:59pm CST.

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Looking Good thanks to my InstaWave Automatic Curler

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I was very excited to try the curling iron. I love to curl my hair and right now I use a wand to do that.

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I use the wand because I love how easy it is and the curls they produce. One downfall to the wand is that sometimes I burn my hand. With the insta wave I won’t get burned again!

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It wraps the hair around the wand for you! I have to admit, although I was excited to try it, I was also so scared that my hair was going to be a tangled up, hot mess in this hot curling iron!

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Thankfully that wasn’t the case at all. It didn’t even come close to tangling my hair. It worked great! I will use it all the time! I will say that it works better for hair with some length. When I tried to do the short underparts of my hair it did not really work, but on the longer top parts of my hair it worked great! I love it!!

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If you curl your hair with a wand or curling iron it is time to try the ista wave, you won’t be disappointed!

You can find Kiss InstaWave on Target.com or on Ulta.com.

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Great holiday gift ideas from Best Buy

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Did you know that there are only 16 days until Christmas?  That’s just over 2 weeks!  I’m almost done with all my shopping but I do have a few more names on my list.  Have you finished your Christmas shopping?  I’ll be heading to Best Buy to finish up my shopping because they have so many amazing holiday gift ideas for everyone!

With Expert Service and Unbeatable Price these top gifts are on my list this Holiday and here’s why they should be on yours:

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I can’t wait to see my nephews and nieces open up the gaming system they’re getting for Christmas. My sister and brother in law got them an xbox one! Shh, don’t tell! ;)

Xbox One is the place for games.

What is Xbox One?

Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed 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) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level.

In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.

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Do you have anyone on the list that loves music? Here are some sweet ideas.

JBL:

JBL Charge 2- Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

JBL Flip 2- Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.

JBL Reflect Earbud headphones-  Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.

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Do you like to travel or have anyone on your list that enjoys travel? What about a GPS?

Garmin and TomTom

Feauting bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates.  Lane assist, Lifetime traffic and map updates.   Voice Recognition Technology.

Garmin 52LM

  • 5.0” display
  • Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
  • Lane assist with junction view
  • Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
  • Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
  • Spoken turn-by-turn directions

Garmin 2597LMT

  • 5.0” display
  • Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
  • Lane assist with junction view
  • Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
  • Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
  • Spoken turn-by-turn directions

TomTom Go 50s

  • Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
  • Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
  • 3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
  • 5″ touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

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Themed Christmas Stocking for my Hubby – Freedom to be Spontaneous

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Christmas is my favorite holiday of all.  I really love finding the something for everyone and seeing their reaction when they open up their presents.  I spend months hunting until I have found that “perfect gift” for everyone on my list.  Believe it or not the hardest person to shop for is my husband.

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My husband is my best friend. We have been married over 8 years.  You would think he’s be the easiest person to find a gift for. While I know what he loves the thing is if he wants something he just buys it. I’m the same way. I could find something he needs but I really want to his gift special. I mean he is my favorite person in the whole wide world.

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I decided that this year I was going to get something really fun and unique.  He’s an over the road truck driver so I really to soak in every moment I get to spend with him while he’s home.  This year I bought a stocking and decided to go with a date night theme. This will give us the freedom to be spontaneous and have everything we  need for a really special night.

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I filled his stocking with everything we needed for a fun filled date night.  I put a few gift cards in – for dinner, his favorite store, and a coffee gift card so we could get a warm beverage and take a brisk winter walk.  I didn’t stop with dinner though. I included his favorite candy and even included a scented candle and KY Liquibeads.  Hey, we’re married, the date night doesn’t stop when we get home.

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You can find the KY Liquibeads on K-y.com or at Walmart. I had a hard time finding it at first.

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KY Liquibeads are inserted once every few days so that when the mood strikes, your body is ready to go without needing extra, messy lubricants. If women are pregnant or nursing, they should first consult a doctor before using. You can grab a $1 off any KY product coupon here.

The product comes with an applicator that you use to insert a bead once every few days so that your body is ready whenever the mood may strike.  There are 6 beads and 6 applicators included in the box.  All you have to do is insert one bead in the top of the applicator and then insert it as you would a tampon.

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My husband and I have so much fun together. I can’t wait to see his face when he gets his stocking! Maybe I’ll go with a theme every year for him.  What are you getting your special someone for Christmas?

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Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge #SweetWorksHoliday

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Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge

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Christmas is my favorite time of year.  I love decorating and baking for the holidays and I have so much fun giving presents. This year my husband and I will be spending Christmas with my family in Florida. I was talking to my niece on the phone and just about everything on her Christmas wish list had to do with Frozen! She is obsessed with it.

Just a few days ago I received a box of candy from Sweetworks. They have delicious and unique confections perfect for all occasions. I just love using them when I bake my treats. Okay, I also like snacking on them too. They’re delicious and fun, can you blame me? You can read more about them here.

Olaf's Frozen Snow Fudge #SweetWorksHoliday + Giveaway #recipe #giveaway #frozen I decided I was going to come up with a special treat for my niece and it could not have been easier. Another bonus is that it’s so easy I can whip up a batch with her help.  She’ll love it!  I’ve called it Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge!

You start with 3 and a half cups of mini marshmallows and 1 and a half cups of white chocolate chips. I also added a tablespoon of shortening because it helps the chocolate to melt.  I used two 4.5 oz jars of Sixlets. They have different Christmas colors, but I went with the blue, white, and silver for the Frozen theme.

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Turn the heat on low on a burner and mix the chocolate and shortening until smooth. Make sure you give this constant supervision. It only takes a few seconds to burn.  As soon as the chocolate is smooth remove the pan from the heat and add in the marshmallows and 1 jar of the sixlets.  Mix until blended.

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Once blended spread in an 8×8 pan and top with the other jar of sixlets.  Then pop it into the freezer for 20 minutes.  Once it’s set you can cut, serve, and enjoy!

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I think these will go over really well!

Now, I have a sweet surprise for you! I’ve joined up with 24 other bloggers. Each of us is giving away a $50 Sweetworks prize pack!! That means there will be 25 winners!

Candy Packages to 25 Winners Valued at $50 include:

8oz Christmas Mix Gumballs Peg Bag (2), 4oz Peanutbutter Filled Santas (2), 4oz Foiled Solid Milk Ornaments (2), 1.7oz Christmas Cane w/ Sixlets (2), Dark Mint Filled Break-A-Part  (1), Mint Ovation Sticks (1), Christmas Sixlets Theater Box (1), 4oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Laydown (1), 1.75oz Christmas Mix Pearls (1), 1.75oz Snowflake Mix Pearls (1), 1.5oz Shimmer Silver Stars (1), 1.5oz Shimmer Gold Stars (1), 3.5oz Foiled Semi-Solid Rocking Horse (1), 4.5oz Snowflake Mix Sixlets Jar (1), and 4.5oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Jar (1)

Imagine all the goodies you can make!! All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter below. Make sure to check out the link below too for more chances to win. You can also check out their unique creations with Sweetworks!

*Giveaway has ended – Winner is Marti T.

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Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp shortening
  • 3 and ½ cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 4.5 oz jars of sixlets
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate chips and shortening over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. Mix in marshmallows and one jar of sixlets until blended.
  3. Spread in an 8x8 pan and top with the second jar of sixlets. Pop in freezer for 20 minutes until set.
  4. Cut and serve.
  5. Enjoy.

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Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras and camcorders

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I love catching reactions.  When I’m at weddings I’ll definitely snap a pic of the bride but I like also catching the groom as he sees his bride walking down the aisle.  I also love to see our munchkins faces when they open up their presents. Taking pictures is a great way to capture all sorts of memories.  In fact I’m usually the photographer at all of our family functions.

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras and camcorders to capture your high-stakes memories. The three featured cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung, all come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share amazing photos with ease. I’d love to share why you should upgrade your camera in time to capture precious holiday memories.

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Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens

I shoot with a Nikon DSLR and I love it! I am constantly getting compliments on my pictures. The quality is phenomenal and it’s great for printing out enlargements.

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  • A DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi so you can capture high quality photos and share them instantly
  • This Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that enables you to capture sharp photos and video footage. Optical image stabilization helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity
  • Also available in red or gray

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Sony ?6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

Sony is a household name when it comes to electronics so it’s no surprise that they make a great camera.  I love how compact this camera is yet you can still change the lenses.

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  • A compact system camera with the World’s Fastest Autofocus
  • This Sony Alpha A6000 features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you share stored content across devices.
  • Also available in White or silver

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

I love my DSLR but this camera is still on my list. I love how compact it is and how easy it is to share your photos on social media. I have two friends that have this camera and the quality is excellent.

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  • A digital camera that allows you to shoot, share, and use Android Apps
  • 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.

Visit the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center to see more great cameras, whether you’re giving as a gift or upgrading for yourself!

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Sweet Dreams with elo My Storytime Pillow

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Sweet Dreams with elo My Storytime Pillow #review  #kidsI need a glass of water.  I can’t sleep. Can you read a story to me? I have to g to the bathroom.  I’m thirsty again.

Does this sound familiar?  If you have kids (or nieces, nephews, grand kids, etc) then you may have heard one, all, or more of these bedtime excuses.

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Meet Brad. He’s my adorable 6 year old nephew.  He plays hard and gives fantastic hugs.  He does not like to go to bed and can think of plenty of excuses to stay up. This is where elo comes in.
elo™ is a mom-created, kid-loved, doctor-endorsed, bedtime system that promotes healthy sleep and a more enjoyable bedtime.  A Minneapolis mom and a local trio of child specialists are debuting the elo My Storytime Pillow just in time for the holiday season. elo works when a child lays his or her head down on the pillow, and it tells stories and plays white noise. But it stops if kids lift their heads up, even prompting them to “lay back down to hear the rest of the story.” It encourages them to stay in bed and fall asleep faster.
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This is one of the things he will find under the tree this Christmas. I think it’s such a genius idea and can’t wait for him to try it out. He really loves it when I read him stories.
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My sister and her family travel a lot between Florida and Indiana so I think this would also be a great travel pillow. It would help him fall asleep during the long car ride so he’s not as cranky when they arrive.
You can purchase the elo My Storytime pillow online and if you live in near the twin cities they  just opened a kiosk at the Mall of America! It’s by the Apple Store, near Lego Land.
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How to Be a Fairy Princess

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Lily has a wonderful imagination and she loves all things princesses and fairies.  Last year she even had a Tinker Bell birthday party and had tea with her.  She loves to dress up and play. When we saw the Great Pretenders website she was so excited!  She could hardly contain herself.

At Great Pretenders, we are constantly on the hunt for great fabrics, trims and findings which can be transformed into inspiring pretend-play toys for children. Not only do we aim to provide the best value for your dollar, we strive to be as innovative as possible in what we make. For example, all of our products are easy-care and with maximum sizing flexibility. We also also make great strides on the creative end – our popular reversible costumes & capes are fan-favourites and have won several acclaimed toy awards.

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She was immediately drawn to the Fairy Blossom Dress with Wings.  When I told her she was going to get it she was thrilled!

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The combination of dark blue and magenta gives this fairy a mysterious vibe. You’ll likely catch her coming out of hiding during sunset and fluttering off as the sun awakes. This product has won CTTC – Childrens Choice Award 3 Star.

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She loves to twirl around. In fact when I asked her what she likes most about it she said “the colors and how I feel when I twirl”.

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The inside of the top was a little itchy for her so we had to put a shirt underneath it.

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There’s more than just fairy princess outfits, they have pirates, knights, princesses, and more!  There’s something for everyone.  I love that she feels so special in the dress and she really enjoys using her imagination.  Of course she doesn’t need the dress to feel special, she is a princess. I do love that she enjoys it so much!

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I asked her if Moms and Dads should buy this dress for their daughters and she said “Yes, because it helps you be a fairy princess.”

Right now they’re having a Black Friday special! Get a free accessory pack (princess or pirate) with EVERY purchase! This deal ends November 30th, 2014 so make sure you take advantage of it!

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Wonderforge Games Holiday Gift Guide – Perfect for all the Munchkins in your life!

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Wonderforge Games Holiday Gift Guide

Perfect for all the Munchkins in your life!

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To say that my niece and nephews are huge Star Wars fans would be an understatement.  There was a brief point in time where Logan would introduce himself as “Luke Skywalker”.  He doesn’t do that anymore  but he is still a huge fan.  He’s going to flip when he finds this Star Wars Force Grab Game under the tree.

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Force Grab is edge-of-your-seat fun!  You race to spot when objects match the pictures and then you react fast! Grab the correct Lightsabers before the other players! Look out for decoys, bonus scoring twists, and other disturbances in the Force!

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This game helps children with physical dexterity, memory, and quick reflexes.  It is also a lot of fun to play!

You can purchase Star Wars Force Grab here.

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Bradley is really into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  He loves to practice his sweet ninja moves despite his sister’s disapproval.  I can’t wait for him to open the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtes Foot Clan Street Fight Game.  He is going to love it!

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ weapons have gone missing and it’s up to you to help find them. Roll the die, travel through the path of manhole covers and reveal what’s underneath them. Will it be a delicious pizza, a weapon, or the dreaded Foot Clan? Be the first to get two slices of pizza and find your weapon to win!

You can purchase Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtes Foot Clan Street Fight Game here.

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Jayden is a super hero. He’s a great kid that plays sports and loves to volunteer.  He also loves his super heroes so I went with the Marvel Avengers Assemble Slide Strike Game for him.  I think he’s really going to like it.

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Go head-to-head in an exciting game of concealed identities and cunning strategy! Slide your team across the battlefield for a surprise attack! Reveal which hero or villain you’re attacking with.then find out who they’re up against! Every character combo yields a different outcome. Out-last your opponent to win!

You can purchase Marvel Avengers Assemble Slide Strike Game here.

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Lily is a princess through and through, but with two older brothers she is also a tough chick ;)  She loves animals and will be delighted when she opens up her Disney PrincessPalace Pets Royal Pet Salon Game.  She has some of the plush royal pets that she enjoys playing with.

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Get regally pampered in the dreamy, 3D Royal Pet Salon. Move your adorable pet from room to room through doorways sized just for castle cuties. Look for posh pet products, from fancy soaps and shampoos to tiaras, collars, and sweet treats-all hidden throughout the salon! If you find something pictured on a face-up card, it’s yours to keep! When the time is up, all of the Palace Pets leave the salon with the grooming goodies. The player with the most wins!

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You can purchase Disney PrincessPalace Pets Royal Pet Salon Game here.

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Kelsey loves all thing Disney and she’s super smart. She absolutely loves to learn which is why I went with the Pictopia-Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition for her.

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Discover playful trivia spanning decades of Disney magic, from animated classics and blockbuster movies, to television hits and dazzling theme park destinations. It’s a game of teamwork–with a competitive twist! Along the way, are guess-my-answer questions that reveal how much you know about the other players!

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You can buy Pictopia-Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition here.

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I Sparkled at #DWTS thanks to Cate & Chloe

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Have you been watching Dancing with the Stars this season? I have and it’s been a really close competition to win the mirrorball and the three left are my favorites.  I was able to attend a live show a few weeks ago. It was such an amazing experience; one I won’t ever forget.

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When I found out about the trip knew that I needed a fabulous outfit to wear. I knew there was even the possibility of being seen on TV! (I was seen on TV and it was pretty cool).  I knew that I also needed the perfect jewelry to complete my look.

I knew that I would find the perfect jewelry over at Cate & Chloe. They are one of my favorite places to buy my jewelry and they were right choice once again.

The visionaries of Cate & Chloe began the company with one simple clear concept in mind: to create stylish yet affordable jewelry women could wear every day. In the fast paced world we all live in it is often times hard to find time or money to have that perfect jewelry piece or accessory for that special occasion or just simply to wear confidently around town. Most importantly the visionaries wanted to ensure that every piece is hand selected to ensure it meets the standards of the C&C vision for stylish design.

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I went with the Mary “Motherly” Earrings. I love the classic and simple look of elegance and I really love the way they pick up the light and sparkle.

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I had to go with the matching necklace as well.

I received so many compliments when I wore the set and I am always finding a reason to wear them even now.  They have so many choices you can find something for everyone!

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My family had the opportunity to go see Marvel Universe Live and it was FANTASTIC!!
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We attended the VIP party first for all sorts of fun. We were also able to meet the performers. We made super hero shields with Wolverine!!! He shared with us how hard he trains for the show.
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We got to talk to Loki and he led the kids in a real super hero boot camp training!!
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We also got to meet Spiderman who showed Jayden a few moves!  Jayden told me it was probably one of the best nights he has ever had in his life. He met spiderman before and then Spidey pointed to him at the end of the show. It was a really BIG deal!
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Jayden and Logan were also interviewed by a news station in Orlando about the show. Again, they thought it was a really BIG deal! :)
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We even got to dress up as Marvel characters and take selfies. Lily loved being Hulk smash!! They fed us and gave us such a generous swag bag!
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The show was phenominal!!! The skills of all the characters are no joke.  There were motorcycles jumping and flipping, superheroes flying through the air ,fires, gun shots and special effects that will blow you away! Non stop action the whole time. So many of our favorite characters were there–Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman, Green Goblin, and Loki are just a few of the names of those there. The kids were on the edge of their seats the entire time and did not want it to end. Lily woke up this morning begging to go back again today. It was so awesome to get to see all of our favorite super heroes in person. My husband aka my oldest child was blown away as well! Great job, Marvel Universe Live – fantastic show!! This show is for everyone – young or old, girl or boy-I highly recommend checking it out. I can’t wait to see whats in store for next year!!

To find a show near you, check out their tour schedule.

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LG OLED is a great family gift from Best Buy @BestBuy #HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy

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I am definitely a techie. I am always looking for the newest hot gadget or upgrading my current phone.  I like being on the cutting edge and I love learning about what is coming out next.  My husband and I also enjoy watching TV and movies together so we enjoy having the latest and greatest when it comes to entertainment.  One of my favorite stores when it comes to christmas shopping for my hubby and myself is Best Buy.

Are you familiar with LG’s  newest technology, the LG OLED TV?! It’s amazing! It features picture quality including  Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color that delivers a greater sense of realism and depth, enhanced color range and accuracy. It also has a super thin design and the intuitive webOS™Smart TV interface that lets you find content faster. This is at the top of my Christmas Wish List!

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Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display!

What is OLED TV?

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here:LGOLEDatBestbuy.com

Your first kiss. A baby’s first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

  • Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
  • 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
  • Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
  • Find content faster with webOS

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You can grab the LG OLED at Best Buy’s everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500)

Do you love twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST. Feel free to join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.

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