Canon and Best Buy, preserving holiday photographic memories #HintingSeason

As the clock ticks down to the holiday celebration season, families are ticking off all the items on their to-do lists. From last minute shopping to a visit with Santa, families have many holiday activities to complete in a short few weeks. Many of these holiday events turn into memories for years to come. Preserve those holiday memories with a Canon DSLR camera from Best Buy.

While many people use their smart devices to capture and share photos, a Canon DSLR can turn a regular, boring photo into a photographic memory. With a Canon DSLR camera, the image quality is amazing. From a close, delicate portrait to a fast action sports moments, a Canon DSLR camera can capture any moment.

When deciding which Canon DSLR camera is right for your family, consider where, when and how you will use the camera. For some families, one single lens can be sufficient for their photography needs. A travel enthusiast may want a variety of lens to capture distance sunrises and close-up flowers. The informative and helpful staff at Best Buy can help guide you to a variety of good options.

One Canon DSLR camera that offers amazing versatility is the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. It is one of the best selling DSLR cameras. The multiple functions, high image quality and easy of use makes it a great first DSLR camera.

Here are some features of the Canon EOS Rebel T5i.
  • 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.

For the holiday season, Best Buy is offering a huge saving on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. Right now, shoppers can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. This offer is valid 12/7-12/20.

Preserve your precious holiday memories this season with a camera worthy of its subjects. Consider buying a Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy.

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Kobert Waterproof Case, protecting your phone at every occasion

There is one equal that is always right - water + iphone = dead iphone. Still, I bring my phone to swim meets, to water parks, and on a boat. I know that I am tempting fate. One slip of the hand, a big splash or just general careless and I will be spending a large sum to replace my phone (yes, I did back it up recently). To avoid the drama of being without my phone, I have decided to get a Kobert Waterproof Case.

The Kobert Waterproof Case offers the protection for my phone while still making it accessible to use. The case offers crystal clear see-through plastic on both sides of the case, which enables me to take pictures while the phone is in the case. Even when the phone is in the case, I can use the touch screen to access all the features. With a secure snap and lock mechanism, I have no fear that my phone will get damaged by water.

The Kobert Waterproof Case features the following:
-Inner bag size: 3.34" x 6.49" (8.5cm x 16.5cm)
-Will fit an iPhone 6, 6 Plus(Without Case),5,5s,5c,4,4s,3,Samsung Galaxy s3,s4,s5,Note 2,Note 3,Note 4,Nokia Lumia,Windows Phone 8x,Nexus 4,HTC One/One X/X+ & many more!
-IPX8 CERTIFIED to 100 Feet (30 m)
-Made from PVC & ABS
-Secure snap and lock/unlock mechanism
-Neck strap included for easy carrying
-Instruction card
-BONUS stylus pen will be included to use your mobile's touch-screen in the waterproof case

I will be bringing this case with my on safari. It has the versatility and the protection that I am looking for on my trip. I can still take pictures with the case, yet my phone is protected from the elements.

I would recommend the Kobert Waterproof Case to anyone who is around water or is planning a beach vacation. The versatility of this case is perfect for any adventurer. Even in non-water activities, like climbing where dust and dirt can be a problem, this case is a great investment.

Keep your phone protected and invest in the Kobert Waterproof Case.


Best Buy has all the top holiday gifts, it's #HintingSeason

As the clock ticks down to the Christmas morning, moms, dads and every other shopper are searching the stores for the hottest holiday gifts for everyone on their gift lists. During this #hintingseason, everyone is dropping suggestions on what they would like to see wrapped under the tree this year. Best Buy is the perfect place to wrap up all the presents on your shopping list.

 Best Buy has become known as an expert in service and unbeatable prices on the top gifts for the holiday season. From the must have items for gamers to navigation systems to get you to grandma's house, Best Buy will get every item cross off the list.

As a mom of two boys, video games are all over the Santa letter. This year, the boys would like to upgrade the gaming system to the Xbox One at Best Buy. The Xbox One is the gaming system built by gamers for gamers. With popular sports franchises like Madden 15 to family titles like Just Dance 15 or Skylanders, everyone in the family can get into the competitive spirit. Even when not used specifically for gaming, the Xbox One can access a variety of other programing through the apps features. Users can watch popular movies, favorite television show and more. The Xbox One becomes the hub for all the media devices in the house.

After finding a great gift for the boys in the family, I want to give myself a special gift for all my hard work coordinating the holiday spirit around the house. One of my ways to relax is to workout. I have been looking for earbuds that can withstand the pounding of a long run, hard spin or jarring of a cross fit. The JBL Reflect Earbud headphones will be finding their way to my  Christmas stocking. With a sweat proof, ergonomic design, I can go the distance on the treadmill without the distraction of falling earbuds. 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. There is nothing worse that catching your arm on a cable and watching your iphone fly through the air. With the JBL Reflect Earbud headphones, I'm ready to workout that holiday stress.

The last item on my list is for my husband. I admit that I should never be the navigator for a car trip. North, South, turns, exits are not my strongest points. To avoid arguments during holiday travel, I have decided that a new navigation system would be in order. Best Buy sells both Garmin and TomTom navigation systems. Both systems offer bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates. I'm deciding between these two systems.

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
 Either choice will make sure that there will be no bickering on the way to grandma's house this year.

If you are still finishing your shopping this holiday season, head over to Best Buy for all your gift giving needs. After all, the #hintingseason is here. Don't be the one left with a lump of coal in your stocking.

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

TheO SmartBall, kids learn while they play - review/giveaway

For many kids, playing with an iphone or other smart device is common place. From waiting at a doctor's office to just sitting on the couch, these electronic devices are a constant in our daily lives. While these devices can offer some good aspects (educational games, portability, etc.), the overuse can lead to a sedentary lifestyle. TheO SmartBall combines the fun of the electronic device with some physical activity.

TheO SmartBall makes learning an active experience. Recommended for kids pre-school age to fifth grade, it combines physical activity with engaging app learning. The concept is that kids will retain more of what they learn when they are active. The combination of mental and physical activity makes for a well rounded child.

Parents may wonder if it is safe to use the TheO SmartBall with a smart device. TheO SmartBall is made from soft foam. It encases the electronic device and protects it while being used. Care should be employed while playing (don't throw it with extreme force, common sense should prevail). Kids can toss, roll or shake the ball while using the learning apps. The idea is to get the kids off the couch and engage their minds and bodies.

A few suggestions when using TheO SmartBall. I would have a parent around when using the device to make sure that kids handle the ball properly. The apps tend to be best for younger aged children. A few apps are free, otherwise there is a minimal charge.

Personally, I think that TheO SmartBall would be perfect for a child who fights learning apps or educational endeavors. This device makes the learning into a physical game. The kids forget that they are learning and they focus on having fun. It makes the time less stressful for parents.

TheO SmartBall retails for $39.95.

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Soniclear, uncover better skin to a better you - review

Many creams, lotions and other topical treatments promise a long list of miracles. From a youthful appearance to erasing wrinkles, these treatments can only go so far. If your skin can't absorb the amazing product, it can't work properly. The SONICLEAR cleansing system rids the skin of all the impurities so that it can look its best.

The SONICLEAR cleansing system is different from other cleansing systems. The soniclear brushes have been treated during the manufacturing process with proprietary LIFE antimicrobial product protection. This exclusion item is added to the brushes to guard against the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria. The protection will not wash out or wear out during the normal life of the brushes.The idea behind this protection is simple, a cleaner brush will help produce a cleaner skin.

Soniclear works on all types of skin, even sensitive skin. The device works by micro-massaging away dirt and impurities. It can remove makeup 6X better and cleanses 2x better than using your hands alone. Using the Soniclear for cleansing allows for better product absorption, improved skin tone, and and better cleansing.
For the past month, I have used the Soniclear. I enjoyed that the device is waterproof and can be used in the shower. With two removeable heads, one for facial cleansing and a large one for body cleansing, I was able to get everything accomplished in my morning shower. My skin has felt smoother. I noticed that I need less moisturizer after using the Soniclear. Overall, my skin looks and feels great. I look forward to continued use and improvement. 

Soniclear includes:
  • 1 Soniclear Device
  • 1 Antimicrobial Face Brush for All Skin Types with Cover
  • 1 Antimicrobial Body Brush for All Skin Types with Cover
  • 1 Charging Stand
  • 1 Charging Cord

Soniclear can be purchased at Michael Todd True Organics. It retails for approximately $150.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Best Buy Holiday Gift Center offers must have cameras & camcorders #HintingSeason

With the holiday shopping season in full effect, shoppers, Santa's elves and gift givers are scouring the shelves for for the must have cameras and camcorders to put under the tree. The Best Buy Holiday Gift Center is the one stop shopping resources for the hottest, must have cameras and camcorders that everyone will be raving about on Christmas morning.

Our family is looking into purchasing new cameras and camcorders. In 2015, the family is  going on a once in a lifetime trip to South Africa. For two weeks, we will be touring game reserves, going on safari, diving with sharks and seeing exotic wonders that usually are experienced via books and television. While I know that these memories will be etched in my mind's eye, I want to capture every moment with cameras and camcorders to bring back to family and friends.

This holiday season, I'm looking at the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center for some guidance on which cameras and camcorders will be perfect for our family trip. A couple key features that I want in these devices are Wi-Fi built in to the device, durability, and ease of use. Here are a few items that we are considering.

Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens
  • 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
  • This DSLR camera offers a variety of settings, like child, sports, portrait, etc. Perfect for families who have a vareity of activities that they photograph. 
  • Also offers a video option. 


Sony α6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
  • 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
  • Movie mode included
  • Burst mode ensures capturing super fast shots

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
  • 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.
  • Face detection software makes for easy picture taking
  • Simple easy autofocus

Visit the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center to see more great cameras, whether you’re giving as a gift or upgrading for yourself. Whether you need a camera for that once in a lifetime vacation or want to capture those precious childhood memories, never miss a moment with #CamerasatBestBuy.

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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