Day Trips and Destinations with Panasonic Lumix G7

August 2015

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

As summer starts to come to an end I find myself needing to squeeze in one more vacation before school starts. So we headed off to New York and DC! I know many people in the city try to escape during this time, but I love NYC in the summer. There’s live music, movies in the park and some amazing outdoor eating.

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This Is How We Roll – Our Summer in Motion with the Panasonic LUMIX G7

July 2015

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

FYI - I bombed this post with pics! Laughing

Summertime gets crazy around our house. All I want to do is hibernate through the winter, so as soon as it starts to get warm I can’t wait to start planning all our summer activities. We have some activities that are pretty set in stone that we do every year and others that are a complete surprise, and usually very last minute, like our spontaneous trip to Vegas.

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What Dad Really Wants This Year - The New GoPro HERO+LCD

June 2015

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.

Father’s Day is approaching quickly and it’s time to really contemplate what dad wants and needs this year. I think we all know what dad doesn’t need this year—another tie! No, Dad has worked really hard and deserves an amazing gift that really shows how much we care. A Dads life can get monotonous at times, so why not bring some excitement to Father’s Day this year?! 

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6 top reasons why the HP Envy Touchsmart should be your next laptop #AMDFX

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.

It’s becoming commonplace that most households have a laptop and it’s no secret why, the portability makes it ideal for a busy family that can’t always be grounded to one room. Whether you have teens that want to play games, smaller kids that want to watch a movie or you need to get work done a laptop is a great asset for any family. When choosing a laptop though it can get confusing which ones will give you more for your money.  One great option that has everything a busy tech family could ever need is the AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop and below are my top 5 reasons why it should be your next laptop! 

#1. Performance: The HP Envy Touchsmart has extreme performance with a powerful mobile processor to deliver exceptional Gaming and Entertainment experience. A slow performing laptop will not only be incredibly frustrating, but also make it impossible to play games or watch movies without issues. The HP Envy Touchsmart is equipped with AMD’s most powerful mobile processor and is sure to be able to handle any entertainment needs.  

#2. Graphics: You know you can’t go wrong when a laptop has award winning graphics and that’s what you will get with the HP Envy Touchsmart. 

#3. Weight: Now normally this isn’t even a factor with a PC, but when you get a laptop weight is huge! (or should I say small) You don’t want to feel like you are dragging around a rock.  I love a good arm workout, but not from my laptop. You need something light and portable and with the HP Envy Touchsmart weighing in at just 6.1 lbs. it will easily be portable. 

#4. Sound quality: Now this one is more of a personal preference, but if you are going to have a laptop with killer graphics and performance I believe you need an amazing sound system to round it off.  With built-in dual speakers with a subwoofer you will have rich audio and deep base for all your games, movies and more. 

#5. Touch Screen: It used to be that you were forced to choose either a laptop or a tablet, but now you can get both rolled into one device.  I love the touch screen! It makes simple little tasks so much easier and you don’t always have to have a mouse around. Touch, tap, glide and make the most of Windows 8. 

And last but not least…

#6. Sleek “Wow Factor”: I know what you’re saying… “What does this have to do with how well it works?” It doesn’t, I know it’s superficial, but you are going to be staring at this thing day in and day out. You want a sleek beautiful laptop that you are proud to show off and for this reason and all the ones above you are going to want and need the HP Envy Touchsmart.

Head over here to Best Buy check it all out!  

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12 Days of Christmas With VTech! Plus the Most Thoughtful Grandparent Gift!

December 2014


I have been compensated by VTech for my participation in this campaign as a part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. As always though all my crazy opinions and stories are my own. 

Time goes by so fast, I look around and it seems like my kids are getting bigger by the second and the years pass by so fast. I think we sometimes forget to look outside our immediate family and take a closer look at elder family members and their needs. For grandparents and elderly parents their needs can change drastically with every passing year. I find it hard to come to terms with that sometimes and have to remind myself that they are getting older too and need certain tools set in place to help them out. 

An amazing tool I recently came across is the VTech CareLine, I found this to be a fantastic system that not only helps grandparents keep in touch with friends and family, but also provides some pretty cool safety features as well. I have a grandmother that has been loosing her sight since I was a child and is now legally blind, she can only see a very narrow field of vision and I know this will be the perfect gift for her this Christmas. 

The phone system comes with big picture photo dial, this means you can put the photos of those you call the most or maybe just all the grandchildren Wink right their on the phone easy to see and you can be talking to them with just the push of one button!

With my grandmothers sight fading this will be a feature that will help her out so much, even when her sight is completely gone she will only need to touch and push one of those four buttons and will be instantly connected to her loved ones. But even better than that is the Portable Safety Pendant that will help you in the event of an emergency. I think we have all seen the Life Alert commercials or other commercials like it that boast a pendant or button system that will alert 911. Unfortunately some of those systems can have a heavy price tag or monthly fees that can add up quick. The VTech Careline comes with a pendant that comes with no extra monthly cost or fees. With a push of a button she can contact emergency services or she can contact a family member or friend. I love that it doesn't have to be programmed just to dial for 911 sometimes you might have an emergency that a friend or family member can help you out with that doesn't warrant five emergency vehicles showing up at your doorstep. 

The phone I received for this review I gave to my father in-law to use and to get his thoughts and opinions on it, and the longer I watch him use it and discover all it's pretty neat features the more I realize what a great fit it is for even more of my extended family members. My father has had hearing aids for a while now and I know the Amplified Sound and the Audio Assist would be a great help to him. Now before I get a angry call from my parents... let me clarify they aren't elderly in the least, but you don't have to be elderly for this system to be a great system for you! I bet right now you can think of several family or friends this would be great for. 

I know a few people with children that have medical issues and sometimes those few seconds of running to grab a phone to dial 911 can make all the difference. Having the Portable Safety Unit for a family with medical concerns would be a great asset. 

Be sure to also check out all the amazing Amazon reviews of the product! It got four stars! 

If you are finding yourself getting a little stumped on what to get the grandparents this year I would highly recommend the VTech CareLine! And I have a little surprise for you today! I am giving away one VTech CareLine (Retail Value: $169.90) to one lucky reader!!! Be sure to enter below and let us know, "How would VTech CareLine™ give you peace of mind and your elderly loved one’s a sense of independence this holiday season?”

Also be sure to check out these other wonderful blogs that are participating in the VTech 12 days of Christmas!

Good luck and may your holidays be merry and bright! 


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