Crystal Clear Hi-Res Sound With Google Chromecast Audio #Ad

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The new Google Chromecast Audio is here to help you listen to your favorite music in a whole new, yet simple, way!  Other music streaming devices out there use Bluetooth to connect, while the Chromecast Audio uses WiFi so you can stream crystal clear high resolution sound like never before.

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I received two of these awesome little devices to try out and I have to say I was blown away with the ease of use for a less than tech-genius person like myself.  I was able to easily set up my devices in just a few minutes using my phone, but you can also set up the Chrome Audio from a tablet or computer, so no matter where you store your favorite music you can stream it no problem.

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I tried to take a few screenshots through the setup process but it was really so simple that there wasn’t much time to try and capture screenshots.  After the Chrome Audio finished setting up I waited a couple minutes for the update and was able to stream my favorite tunes in no time.

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Once your Chrome Audio is set up, simply plug into your speaker’s auxiliary input and connect to your Wi-Fi network.  Then just tap the Cast button from your favorite apps on your phone, tablet or computer to cast songs, radio stations and podcasts to your speaker.  I really love the multi-room feature so when I’m cleaning the house or just busy moving about, I can still enjoy every single second of my favorite songs without missing a beat.

Product Features:

  • Smart enabled – Get access to a world of instant entertainment with this product. Just connect to the Internet and stream movies, listen to music, and access a wide variety of other content.
  • A huge selection of entertainment – Wirelessly stream millions of songs, radio stations and podcasts from your favorite apps like Pandora, iHeartRadio, NPR, Spotify and Google Play Music.
  • Cast music from your phone, tablet or computer – Pair with your Apple® iPhone® or iPad®, Android phone or tablet, Mac or Windows laptop or Chromebook.
  • Multiroom audio – Lets you play music throughout your home. Group Chromecast audio devices together so you can listen to the same song on multiple speakers.
  • High-speed wireless connectivity – Built-in 2.4GHz/5.0GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately).
  • Easily connect with your speakers – Just plug Chromecast Audio into your speakers via the auxiliary input, connect to Wi-Fi and tap the Cast button from your favorite apps.

The Google Chromecast Audio is the biggest little thing to hit the market yet…make sure you check your local Best Buy and pick one (or two, or three) up today!

 

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.

Spoil Your Sweetheart This Valentine’s Day With Boost Mobile #Review #ValentinesDay

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I’m sure you ALL know by now how much I love my Boost Mobile service.  I’ve been a happy Boost customer for the past 7 1/2 years now and I can’t imagine my cell phone service being through another provider.  After using the Boost service and seeing all that they have to offer, I have to say that it’s a little mind boggling to me that there are even still other service providers around!  I live in a very rural area where there are miles and miles of dirt road between my home and the main hwy (4 small lanes that run straight through our small town).  Being a minimum of 25 miles from the closest ANYTHING including the store or medical help I need a provider that I can rely on and Boost has always been there without fail.  I don’t have issues with dropped calls, no issues with web connectivity through Boost if my home WiFi is down, and no areas of ‘no service’ that I have found thus far.

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Thanks to Boost Mobile, I was given the opportunity to try out the new Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge on the Boost network.  True to Boost fashion, I was not disappointed even in the slightest.  We already know the Boost network is both incredible AND reliable, so let’s see how this phone performed shall we?

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The 5″ LCD display on the J3 Emerge is stunningly clear…which I’m not sure that these screenshots truly captured, but I will tell you that in person the picture is stunning.

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The Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge comes equipped with a 1/4 GHz quad-core processor so you can accomplish anything you can imagine with lightning speed.  I was able to quickly add all of my favorite apps and games to my pretty new phone so I could start having some real fun with it.

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The 5MP rear facing camera does a pretty good job at capturing images!  It has been rainy and dreary here for over a week now so unfortunately I wasn’t able to grab a photo of our pretty Arizona sunset but the camera did a good job at capturing exactly what it was looking like outside.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge features include:

  • 2,600mAh Battery

  • Get up to 23 hours of talk time from this long-lasting lithium-ion battery.

  • 3G/4G LTE – Switch seamlessly between Sprint’s nationwide 3G and 4G LTE networks.

  • 1.4GHz Quad-Core Processor – The fast 1.4GHz quad-core processor allows for jaw-dropping graphics and lightning-quick switching between apps.

  • 16GB ROM/1.5GB RAM w/ Expandable Memory – Keep your favorite music, videos and important files at your fingertips, and slip in an optional microSD card to add up to 256GB of extra storage.

  • Android™ 6.0 Marshmallow OS – Fast, customizable, smooth. Enjoy the speed and simplicity of the powerful Android operating system.

  • 5MP Rear Facing Camera and 2MP Front Facing Camera – Capture crystal-clear photos and videos with the 5MP rear-facing camera. Use the 2MP front-facing camera to take perfect selfies.

  • 5″ HD Display – Everything’s better on the big screen, and this stunning LCD display delivers. Experience the Web, apps and pictures like never before.

  • Mexico Roaming Capable – Use your Boost Mobile phone to stay connected while traveling to Mexico. Make calls, send texts and use data while you’re abroad. Mexico roaming service plan required.

  • Voice Roaming Capable – Stay connected even when you’re temporarily outside the nationwide Sprint network. Select Boost Mobile monthly plans include 50 minutes per month of domestic voice roaming at no extra cost.

  • Mobile Hotspot Capable – Turn your phone into a Mobile Hotspot and connect up to 5 Wi-Fi-enabled devices on the go. With daily and monthly Mobile Hotspot options available, just pick the plan add-on that’s right for you.

With all of these fabulous features at such an affordable price, why not spoil your special someone this Valentine’s Day with a Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge from Boost Mobile?

***GIVEAWAY!!!***

Boost Mobile has also been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!!  One lucky winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge to use on the boost network! Giveaway will begin 01/25/17 at 10 PM EST and will end 02/01/17 10 PM 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 :

Click here to enter the Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge Giveaway!!

 

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

Protect Important Information With The Fellowes Powershred M-12C #Review #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

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I’m sure Fellowes is a name that all of us recognize.  For almost 100 years now Fellowes has been bringing superior products to the market that are incredibly useful and life-changing to say the least.

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I have been a victim of identity theft and I can’t stress to you how important it is to shred documents rather than toss them.  I don’t know exactly how my identity was stolen, but it was used for a very long time and I have gotten into the habit of destroying anything that can give any sort of clue to my identity.  I was SO excited when I got the change to try out this Fellowes Powershred M-12C.  There are a few convenient features on the M-12C model that I absolutely couldn’t wait to try out!

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Isn’t this shredder quite good looking?  I love the black, it fits in well to the existing furniture in my office area.  Fellowes really thought of everything when they were creating this unit!  The feature that I was probably most excited to test out is the SafeSense technology.  This feature will stop shredding when hands touch the paper opening.  I have a curious little 5 year old and this feature works incredibly well and gives me peace of mind.  As soon as my hand slightly touched the paper opening the shredding stopped and wouldn’t resume until my hand was gone.  I love that I can leave the shredder plugged in without worrying about my daughter hurting herself.  You’ll spend less time shredding with the Fellowes M-12C unit’s ability to hand up to 12 sheets of paper per pass.  You don’t have to worry about removing staples or paperclips either!  The M-12C can handle those too and just keep on going.  The slim design help it fit into any space and the 4 gallon capacity ensures that you won’t have to empty over and over again.

There is truly nothing left to be desired with this Fellowes M-12C Shredder, but don’t just take my word for it!  Fellowes has also been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!

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Fellowes has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a Fellowes M-12C Shredder of their own!  Giveaway will begin 12/15/16 at 5 PM EST and will end 12/22/16 5 PM 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:

Click here to enter the Fellowes M-12C Shredder giveaway!!

 

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

Skylanders Imaginators…Sparking Imaginations Everywhere #Review #HolidayGiftGuide

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Skylanders is back with all new action-packed game, Skylanders Imaginators.  With the new added ability to create your own character the hours of fun are endless.

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In the newest Skylanders release, Kaos has discovered the ancient power of Mind Magic and is using it to create an unstoppable army of Doomlanders!  Eon is calling upon all Portal Masters (that’s you!) and Skylands’ greatest mystic warriors, the Senseis to stop Kaos and his minions.  Now, you must use the power of your imagination to create your own Skylanders to battle in the ultimate adventure alongside the almighty Senseis to save Skylands.  Are you up to the challenge?

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The standard started pack contains absolutely everything you need to start creating and having fun.  Included in the Standard Starter Pack (Don’t forget, there are also Dark and Crash editions available as well!):

  • Skylanders Imaginators Video Game
  • Portal of Power
  • 2 Skylanders Sensei Figures – Master King Pen and Golden Queen
  • 1 Imaginite Creation Crystal – Fire Creation Crystal
  • Sticker Sheet
  • Collection Poste featuring the complete set of Skylanders Imaginator Figures

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Unleash your imagination with the freedom to create unique characters you’ve only dreamed of until now.  You can create on-the-go using the Skylanders Creator App and even print out your own 3-D Skylanders toy!  My son made his own character last week and is eagerly awaiting it’s arrival.  I went through the entire creation process with my son and I was blown away at the level of customization you have available.  You can change every detail from head to eyes to size and even the characters voice and what their catch phrase is when placed on the portal.  (The character above on the far right in red and yellow is the finished product of my son’s creation.  I took some screenshots through the creation process…it was so much fun!  I can’t wait to see what it looks like printed out in 3D!)

If you’re a collector of the Skylanders games and characters like we are, you’re in luck because all of the 300+ characters from the previous Skylanders games will work with the Imaginators as well, how cool is that?  This epic adventure features Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex for an all new level of fun and challenge.

Surprise the children on your holiday shopping list with Skylanders Imaginators and watch their imagination spring to life!

 

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

 

Keep Your Home Toasty This Holiday Season With the Ozeri Dual Zone Ceramic Heater #Review

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If you know me, you know my home is filled with various Ozeri goodies.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Dual Zone Oscillating Heater With Remote from Ozeri so of course I jumped at the chance to try it out.

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With the cold winter weather there’s no better time to try out a comfy space heater.  The Dual Zone Oscillating Ceramic Heater is made to provide heat quickly on a cold wintry night.  The programmable 12-hour timer is a really nice function so you can always be sure that you didn’t leave home leaving the heater turned on.  Our house isn’t the largest home, so the space saving design is really nice!  This heater replaced an old, bulky, energy sucking heating unit and I’ve never been happier.  One thing that I found really useful is the ability to independently control the top and bottom with various speed so you can get exactly the air flow that you want and where you need it most.

The intelligent thermostat is great for helping maintain the desired temperature.  The unit will automatically adjust the heat output according to the ambient temperature of the space and will automatically turn off once the desired temperature is reached.  Once the room falls a few degrees below the desired temperature the unit will kick back on and keep you comfy cozy all day/night long.  The Dual Zone Oscillating Ceramic Heater also doubles as a fan on warm spring/summer days.  I did test the fan briefly as I’m trying to heat my home not cool it, but the fan seemed to work pretty well and I can see it coming in really handy once the temperature outside starts to rise again.

I’m using this heater to keep a large (500-600 sq ft) space warm and it’s doing the trick quite nicely.  If you’re looking for a great heater to keep you warm I highly suggest the Ozeri Dual Zone Oscillating Ceramic Heater.

 

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

Imagination Come To Life With The Skylanders Creator App #Review #Skylanders

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If you haven’t tried out the Skylanders Creator App…YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE MISSING!  I had such a blast helping my son create his own custom character to play with his Skylanders Imaginators game!!   With the Skylanders Creator app, creation will be brought directly to your fingertips and let you create Skylanders on the go!  (I’ve found that this is a great way to keep the kids entertained in the car.  We live in a rural place and the closest store is a 30 minute drive one-way.  Each of the kids’ tablets have the Skylanders Creator App and they love it!)

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You can create an all new character directly from the app or even transfer an imaginator that you’ve built in your Skylanders Imaginators game!  There are a few different custom options available but my son was really eager to be able to build his very own character.  I was really surprised by the numerous ways to customize your character and I took screenshots through the process to show you all just how unique and different you can make your character.

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The first few steps are the basic customization of the character.  You can choose each feature separately to create a character that will be absolutely unique to you.  Design your character from the eyes to the ears, chest, body and even tail if you want one.  My son had a hard time choosing, so be prepared for a lengthy process!

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After you choose the basics of your character you can choose unique weapons, shoulder guards, leg guards, and even make your character as large or as small as you want them to be.

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When I told you that you can customize everything, I meant EVERYTHING!  You can pick your own custom colors, themes, and give the character a unique name.  You can pick the phrase you want them to say when placed on the portal as well as even change the voice they say it with.  My son absolutely loved the phrase he settled on, “Fueled by, pizza!”, haha!

The waiting period for the character to arrive is probably the hardest part about the whole process.  It can take 4-6 weeks to receive your customized character so be sure to plan around birthdays or holidays if you’re giving one as a gift.  As soon as our character arrives I will update with pictures of our 3D figure!

 

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

Epic Adventure Awaits with Destiny – The Collection #Review

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Just in time for the holiday season, Activision has released Destiny – The Collection and it has quickly made it’s way to the top of most holiday wish lists this year.   Destiny – The Collection is an all access pass to one of the best-selling franchises in video game history!  Two years of content have been packed into one epic offering, including the new Rise of Iron expansion.

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Destiny – The Collection features the following FIVE adventures:

  • Destiny – Original award-winning game
  • The Dark Below – Expansion I
  • House of Wolves – Expansion II
  • The Taken King – First Major Expansion
  • Rise of Iron – Destiny’s newest adventure

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Destiny is a game that comes from the creators of Halo, and the company that brought you Call of Duty.  In Destiny you play as a Guardian of the last city on Earth who is able to wield incredible power.  Go on some of the most epic adventures exploring the ancient ruins of our solar system from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus.  Defeat Earth’s enemies and reclaim all that we have lost while becoming a legend.

There are various game modes so you can choose how you want to let the story unfold.  Venture out alone or join up with friends, the choice is yours.

Destiny – The Collection Game Modes:

  • Crucible- Enter the Crucible to hone your competitive skills against other Guardians in arenas that span the solar system. Victory will earn you rewards and reputation.
  • Patrol- Revisit the worlds you have discovered to aid the City in their exploration efforts, seek out valuable resources in order to upgrade your weapons and gear, and link up with other brave Guardians roaming the frontier in search of action and adventure.
  • Strike (cooperative multiplayer)- Form a Fireteam, three Guardians strong. Infiltrate an enemy stronghold, cutting through wave after wave of enemy ranks emboldened by their fierce, battle-hardened leaders. Confront an enemy worthy of only the bravest Guardians.
  • Tower (Third Person Social Space)- Home of the Guardians, the Tower is a third person social hub where you can regroup, rearm, and form new alliances before venturing beyond the safety of the City’s walls.
  • Story- Destiny features a rich, cinematic story, centered on your quest to discover and explore the remains of humanity’s Golden Age. As a Guardian, you must venture beyond our walls, into a wild and dangerous frontier, and take the fight to ancient evil forces hell bent on our destruction.

In Destiny – The Collection you can even personalize and upgrade every aspect of how you look and fight.   There’s a nearly limitless combination of armor, weapons, and visual customizations so you can make your character truly your own.  Take your upgraded character into every mode and enjoy your game your way.

Get the gamer in your life the most epic gift this holiday season…Destiny – The Collection.

 

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