The Best VHS/DVD Converter Review

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I have been on the hunt for a VHS to DVD converter for a while now, and when I came across The VHS to DVD Converter from Hammacher Schlemmer, I knew it was a machine I needed to try.

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As you can see, I have a collection of almost 100 VHS tapes of my favorite movies, not counting the numerous home movies I have and wanted to switch to DVD.  Until now, all of these movies have just been sitting, collecting dust, and aging in a box.  Thanks to Hammacher Schlemmer, I have been having a blast converting these old dinosaur tapes to something that my children and I can actually watch and enjoy.

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For someone like myself who isn’t exactly technologically intelligent, the VHS/DVD converter has been a blessing because it is so simple to use.  It took me a few minutes to get the hang of it, but once I did it’s really as simple as push one button, and your tape is converted to a DVD.  If you want to be able to watch the DVD on a different machine, that’s actually really simple too.  Once your movie is done converting to DVD, simply go into the menu, and select finalize disc.  Now you’re ready to pop your DVD into any player, and watch the movies that bring back so many memories.

That all being said, you will need to keep in mind that not every VHS tape you have will convert.  Some are copy protected with macrovision, and will not allow the tape to be dubbed.  I have read that there is a way around that with a digital video stabilizer, but being that they are around $90, I just opted to buy the small stack of movies that won’t convert used on DVD.  Most of my movies did convert with no issue, and keep in mind this is not a defect in the machine, it’s doing exactly what it’s supposed to do and protecting the material on the tape like it’s supposed to.

This is a really cool little machine, and I can’t wait until I’m done converting the last few movies so I can finally rid myself of the big bulky box of VHS tapes.

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Week 3 on Nutrisystem…It Just Keeps Getting Better! #NSNation #Ad

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Week 3 here I come!!  Week 2 went by with a breeze!  The food has been incredibly delicious, and I can’t believe I get to be this full on a diet.  Nutrisystem really is a fool proof system and if you follow the plan, you will succeed without a doubt.

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Almost every single thing I had this week was incredibly delicious and very flavorful.  Just the same as last week, I only came across one item I didn’t like, and that was the Turkey Ham And Cheese Omelet.  I have talked to quite a few people that absolutely love them, so it just must’ve been something about my taste buds because the popular opinion on them is really good.  I absolutely can not believe that this is ‘diet’ food!  I was expecting a lot of cardboard tasting food, with barely any flavor but I’m SO pleased that’s not the case.

So, how do I track all of my progress?  Mostly with the NuMi app from Nutrisystem.  It can be a little buggy, but the most recent update has made my NuMi app work much better.  You can track calories, exercise, goals…everything you need to stay on track and be successful.  Speaking of progress, I’m sure you’re all wondering by now how much, if any, progress I had going from such a restrictive turbo week to a full meal plan.  I was told that an average weight loss on the program is 1-2 lbs a week, and I’m pretty on target with that so far.  Week 2 I lost 1.6 lbs for a total loss of 6.6 lbs!  If this is how easy it is, I don’t know why I didn’t try Nutrisystem a LONG time ago.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

Power Your Devices On The Go And In Style With The PowerPlant

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If you’re looking for a way to charge your phone on the go without giving up style and durability, look no further.  NOMAD has the answer to all of your problems.

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The PowerPlant from NOMAD is not only incredibly beautiful, but also as functional and durable as you could ever hope it would be.  The PowerPlant is carved from a solid block of American Walnut giving it an incredibly sleek and stylish appearance.  The anodized aluminum face plate is incredibly durable, and has survived much more abuse than I thought it would.

My husband moves, transports, and installs manufactured homes, so he doesn’t have time to stick close to a wall outlet when his phone’s battery is dying.  Most of the time he’s under a house where a power source isn’t an option any ways, so I figured this would be the perfect solution to his problems.  The high density 12,000 mAh hour battery has blown me away.  My husband was able to go all week using the PowerPlant to keep his phone and mp3 player charged, and didn’t have to recharge the PowerPlant itself until the end of the week.  Not only has it kept my husband’s devices charged, the PowerPlant has survived a brutal environment that I wasn’t sure it would survive.

There’s only one regret I have after giving my husband the PowerPlant…I want it!  I guess I know what I’ll be asking for as my birthday gift next month!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Surprise Your Little One This Valentine’s Day With a Gift From HABA

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For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you will probably recognize the HABA brand.  I have fallen in love with their products as they are not only perfectly designed for my children, they are made with incredible quality.  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there are a couple HABA products that I think would be perfect for a Valentine’s gift for your little one.

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The Hearts Memory Game will not only entertain your child, but also help build hand eye coordination as well as boost their brain with memory power.  It’s super easy to play, and my 4 year old and I play on a daily basis.  Arrange the hearts into rows face down, choose 2 and turn them over.  If you have a pair you remove them from the rows, if not flip them back over and try again.  The pictures on the reverse sides of the card are super adorable too!

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The Rubina Doll is a doll that every little girl would love to have.  My daughter has been really big into babies lately, so having a doll like Rubina is PERFECT!  Rubina is a 12 inch doll with the most amazing hair I’ve ever seen on a doll.  I don’t know exactly what it’s made of, but my goodness it is cool.

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If you can’t tell from the pictures, my daughter was completely thrilled when she saw that her doll arrived.  She immediately went into taking the baby out of her carrier, and trying to figure out how to have Rubina hold her baby.  My daughter says Rubina is me, and the baby is her and she calls the baby little Jade (like her).

No matter how your child likes to play or use their imagination, HABA has something that every kid is sure to love.  Don’t let this Valentine’s Day pass your child by without an amazing gift from HABA.

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Keep It Cheesy On National Cheese Day With A Visit To Chuck E. Cheese

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When is the last time you visited Chuck E. Cheese’s?  It’s been far too long for myself and my family so we are planning a trip in the near future.  Did you know that Chuck E. Cheese has all new pizza that is blowing everyone away (in a good way)?  I can’t wait to try the new pizza, it sounds delicious!  Watch the reaction of people trying the new pizza, then finding out it’s from Chuck E. Cheese.

My family loves having cheesy fun togther!

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Tape monster faces are one of the easiest ways to have fun for cheap and get everyone laughing.

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Fake moustaches are always silly and fun!  Excuse me…but I ‘moustache’ you a question.  Haha!

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By far…the cheesiest way to have fun is ‘fart noise football’.  My kids’ friends love coming over and playing, and yes, even my husband gets in on the action.  ‘Fart noise football’ is a hillariously cheesy version of football, but when you catch the ball you have to make the loudest fart noise you possibly can.

In honor of National Cheese Day, head out to your local Chuck E. Cheese and create some fun, seriously cheesy moments with your kids that they will remember for a lifetime.

Chuck E. Cheese is being AWESOME and sponsoring a giveaway to help you guys create some of those precious memories with your children.  Giveaway details are below.

One lucky winner will receive a Chuck E. Cheese’s guest pass (good for 1 large pizza, 4 fountain drinks and 30 tokens) + 1,000 tickets.  Giveaway will begin 01/20/16 at midnight EST and will end 01/27/16 midnight EST. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. All giveaway entries will be validated. Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Enter the Chuck E. Cheese Giveaway Here!!

 

 

 

Love Finds You In Charm Movie Review and Giveaway

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This adorably romantic movie is based on the book ‘Love Finds You in Charm, Ohio’.  The cast has a few stars that you will surely recognize.  This film stars Trevor Donovan (from “Texas Rising”, “Melissa & Joey”, and “90210”), Danielle Chuchran (from “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Drew Fuller (from “Army Wives” and “Charmed”), and Tiffany Dupont (from “Cheaper by the Dozen”).

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In Indiana, Emma Miller (Danielle Chuchran) seemed to have it all.  Great family, marriage proposal from the community’s most desirable man, everything on a silver platter for a great road ahead.  She finds herself wondering what else there is out there so when she has the opportunity to help her cousin in Charm, Ohio, it’s an offer that she just can’t pass up.  After discovering new friends and a new love interest, life is definitely different than it was for her before.  Emma will have to decide whether or not she wants to stay amongst the Amish, or if she should take this new path into a new life and venture out into the world.

Love Finds You In Charm is the perfect movie to share with your honey-bun on Valentine’s Day, which is why Anchor Bay Entertainment has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!  Details are below:

Three lucky winners will each receive a copy of Love Finds You In Charm! Giveaway will begin 01/20/16 at midnight EST and will end 01/27/16 midnight EST. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. All giveaway entries will be validated. Winners are randomly selected. Click the link below to enter :

Enter the ‘Love Finds You In Charm’ Giveaway Here!!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Inspire Your Child’s Creativity With Magformers

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There’s no better way to inspire your child’s creativity than Magformers.  Magformers are magnetic building toys that keeps kids building and creating for hours.  The magnets rotate so that kids can build without frustration leaving nothing but a fun, brain building play experience.

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The Magformers Inspire 30 Piece set is a great size set to get any kid started.  There are new solid center Magformer pieces which my daughter thoroughly enjoyed because now she can set little characters and figurines inside.

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There are so many fun things that you can build with the Magformers.  Whatever you and your child can dream up, you can create.  The more sets you have, the bigger things you can build (like the large castle pictured above).

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My daughter has been having a blast creating different kinds of houses for her dolls and toys.  This one was a duplex with Little Charmers living inside and a Barbie living on the roof.  Silly Jade!!!

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The more she builds with her Magformers, the more creative she gets with her creations.  This was a more elaborate apartment complex that had tenants on every level including a suite at the top level and of course, a triangular horse stable on the roof.  I love seeing what my little one can come up with.  I have to admit, they are really fun to play with!  When I start building with my daughter we just keep building and re-imagining all of the possibilities.

There are so many different sets to choose from, you’re sure to find one that suits your child perfectly.  The only problem will be narrowing it down to just one!  Be sure to check out all of the Magformers sets today.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***