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How to Get the Best Gifts & Best Deals at Best Buy

I made my list, and checked it twice – then picked it all up at Best Buy! Obviously I’m a little bit biased about Best Buy, since I’ve been part of their amazing WOLF {Woman’s Leadership Forum} Blogger program for over a year now. But the reason being part of that program made me fall in love with them is because I learned SO much about Best Buy that I didn’t know before! I would never have thought to buy my washer and dryer there, since I didn’t realize they carried them. But just a couple of months ago I did – and even after searching everywhere online, I couldn’t find a better deal than Best Buy. I learned about their awesome Geek Squad assistance {which has saved my life quite a few times now.} I learned about their My Best Buy points system, where I earn bonuses by shopping with them. And did you know they have a price match policy too?

The amazing team at Best Buy sent me a gift card to do my holiday shopping with them this year. They wanted to see what real moms really have on their list this year. Instead of them telling us which gifts to tell you about, they wanted us to show off the stuff we were truly excited about. So, I printed out my rewards certificates on, tucked my gift cards into my wallet, and grabbed my Christmas list, and headed out over the river and through the woods, to our closest Best Buy store.

Holiday Gifts - shopping at Best Buy

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Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores

Have I ever told you how much I dread shopping for a new cell phone or calling plan? There are a few reasons I hate cell phone shopping: Staff who aren’t knowledgeable about the products. Even worse, staff who do know their stuff, but who value their commission more than finding the right phone for me. I’ve been debating changing wireless providers for awhile, and that’s tough too. I don’t want to visit 5 different stores to learn about 5 different brands. But ladies – I’ve found a better way. Follow me, and I’ll show you the way to simpler smartphone shopping….

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Nabi 2 Disney Special Edition – See it in Action

Looking for the best kids tablet? Look no further… Let me introduce you all to the nabi 2 Disney Edition, available this holiday season from my fave peeps over at Best Buy. {I received a complimentary nabi 2 tablet to test out for this review – everything that follows are my own honest rambling opinions, as always…}

nabi 2 Disney Special Edition

I am super lucky-ducky to have gotten to work with the Best Buy team for the past year or so, and I’ve gotten to try out a lot of their super cool new products as they come out. And while this is of course a ton of fun for us – the real goal is so that I can share some real-life feedback about these sweet new gadgets with you guys. You know, the stuff you really want to know about. You can find the product specs and technical info on the websites – but you want the skinny on how they work in real life, with real crazy kids. So, I’m here to give you some {hopefully!} helpful insight into one of the hottest holiday gift items of the season – a kids tablet that rocks for little ones and their parents. Check it…

how to choose the best kid's tablet computer

I can’t believe all of the technology that exists for kids these days. I hate to show my age, but…. When I was a kid, we had an Atari. I remember the excitement of things like the first Nintendo. The Walkman and cassette tapes. Heck – do you remember how freakin’ awesome it was to play Oregon Trail on a computer? My nephews don’t believe me that when I was in middle school a kid having a cell phone was unheard of – in high school the cool kids just started to carry pagers. What a long way the world of tech has come, right? My oldest nephew has friends in 3rd grade with nicer iPhones than I have, and every kid has a tablet on their Christmas list this year. And, the nabi gives you some serious power and programs, at a price that won’t blow your whole holiday budget. [Read more…]


Make Fitness a Lifestyle: Put This On, Set a Goal, & Go!

Learn How Busy Moms Make Fitness Part of their Everyday Routine… I’m a busy mom. Which is a silly phrase, really, isn’t it? I mean, have you ever met a mom who wasn’t busy? There are a lot of different things needing to be squeezed into my busy days – meal prep, housework, potty training, family time, blogging and business work… Plus errands to run, events to attend, and trips to plan for. And oh yeah – fitness. Having a mom means {for most of us} that our figures aren’t quite the same as they used to be. I called it “baby weight” for a long time. But she’s three now. I have to start calling it the “toddler tons” or something. So a few months ago I committed to a serious mission to get in better shape. It’s not all about appearance – it’s also for my health. I’m not severely overweight or anything, but I’m about 30 pounds more than I should be. And recently I found out that I have crazy-high blood pressure, as well as high cholesterol. This BLEW.ME.AWAY. since I’m a really healthy eater, and in decent shape. But, it made me realize that I really need to kick my activity level into high gear, and get more exercise into my life.

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Funny Super Bowl Commercials & Free $50 Best Buy Gift Card

The only reason I love the Super Bowl is the awesome food, spending time with awesome friends and family, and watching awesomely funny Super Bowl commercials. {What? There’s a football game going on during this awesome party? Lol.} I wasn’t really blown away by the commercials this year – I wondered at some of them, “You spent millions to get this commercial played, and THIS is all you could come up with?} – but there were a few that I loved. The Budweiser Clydesdales are always a fave – don’t tell me you didn’t tear up just a little? The God Made a Farmer one was really powerful, although I was bummed at the end that it was just for a truck. And… I absolutely over-the-top love both Best Buy AND Amy Poehler, so of course their ad was a favorite too. Check it out…

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My Weekly FitBit Results & Weigh-In – #MillionSteps Challenge

Eek! The time has come to share some weight loss results… I told you guys about a week and a half ago, that I was starting a new weight loss challenge. Part of it is a personal goal – To finally, after two years, lose the rest of the weight I gained when I was pregnant. {I gained over 70 pounds – woah.} I still need to lose about 30, and am giving myself a goal of 6 months to do so. Which is really tough when I like to bake all the time, lol. The other half of my challenge involves my amazing bloggy buddies – the other Best Buy Blogging Ambassadors! We set up a challenge for the month of January, to see if the 9 of us could reach a combined total of one MILLION steps, in just one month. {Learn more: #MillionSteps Challenge.} So far, we’re at a combined total of 719,473 steps – holy fitness, Batman!

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Have You Ever Wanted to Throw Your Computer Out the Window?

“Those parts of the system that you can hit with a hammer are called hardware; those program instructions that you can only curse at are called software.” from Levitating Trains and Kamikaze Genes: Technological Literacy for the Future…. Have you ever wanted to hit your computer with a hammer, bang your head against the keyboard, or just toss it out the window and give up? If you have used a computer for more than a few hours in your life, I’m willing to bet that the odds are good that you’ve felt that way at least once, lol.  Well, I have a solution to share with you – a tip that will totally simply your life, save you from tech headaches, and keep that computer from landing in the front lawn this year. Keep reading to learn about my favorite geek solution….

How to solve computer problems

How to Simplify HOme Computer Maintenance

Obviously, since I work online all day, having a computer that is working as fast and efficiently as possible is an absolute must for me. But even if all you use yours for is stalking ex boyfriends on Facebook – err, I mean, seeing what old high school friends are up to these days – or doing tasks like paying bills, emailing friends, or saving photos – you still want to make sure you’re keeping your tech investment free from viruses, and that’s it’s reliable when you need it. Getting rid of a virus, cleaning up outdated files, doing updates – that stuff can be confusing, time consuming, and often times a big hassle. So what’s a busy momma to do? Well, if you want to simplify all of that stuff, and have your own personal geek on hand, 24 hours a day, in case of an emergency, then what you do is turn to the Geek Squad, at Best Buy!

Deep thought….”How much net work could a network work, if a network could net work?” – Unknown, but funny.

So what is this whole Geek Squad thing all about? Well, while you can use these amazing geniuses at Best Buy at any time for help with a ton of different things, what I’m recommending is the Geek Squad Tech Support Membership. It’s $199 for a year – and yes, I know that might feel a little spendy all at once. But how much would you spend to get your computer fixed if something crashes? What would you spend if you got a virus that you couldn’t remove? {$199 at Best Buy, without this service.} And what’s it worth to you to have someone available to upgrade, update, secure, and clean up your computer when it gets slow and glitchy? {AND – you get this service on up to 3 computers, for the one low price.} The computers do NOT have to be purchased at Best Buy to be able to get this service, but if you are thinking of buying a new computer at Best Buy – you can add on the Geek Squad service for only $99! Now, let me show you more about why it is SO worth it….

What geek squad does

How to get computer help – fast! – when you need it

As you can see – there are TONS of options for what Geek Squad can do for you. It’s so easy to get started – you can read about my very first time using them, when I had them do a basic clean up of my computer. My laptop is pretty new, and I didn’t have any issues with it, but since I had gotten a subscription to the Geek Squad tech support as part of my Best Buy Blogging Ambassadorship, I wanted to see how it all worked. I was AMAZED at how much faster my computer was after the agent cleaned it all up for me!! And I was hooked. So this month, we had them do the same thing to Mike’s computer – {remember I said that one subscription is good on up to three computers?} Want to know what they did for him?

“If at first you don’t succeed; call it version 1.0” – Unknown, but again, super funny…

First of all – Mike’s desktop computer is oooooold. I mean, he’s old too {he turns 36 in a few weeks, and I keep reminding him that that’s almost 40, lol. He hates it. But I’m only 32, which is like, barely 30. So I win…} – and it’s been through a lot, so it’s kind of beat up. But he relies on his almost as much as I do, since he runs a vinyl cutting business on the side {shameless plug – find him at Taboo Designs.} He was pretty skeptical that Geek Squad could really do much for his old beast – But I knew it would amaze him. So, we logged in online, quickly set up a session with an agent – and they took remote control of his computer and got to work for a couple of hours. After we’d used the indoor grill to make dinner, eaten, and then cleaned up – he went back to see what they’d done. He read the messages they left him, and was impressed that they’d found so many things to fix up. Then – the moment of truth… He surfed the web a bit, tried out a few of his programs, printed a few docs, and saved a couple of files. Then – {this is the best part!} – he sheepishly turned to me, and said it was like using a whole new computer.

Ahhhh…. I SO love being right.

Best Buy Geek Squad:

Support for up to three computing or tablet devices.
Available by phone, in store, or online 24/7.
UNLIMITED support during your membership!
Internet security software installed – and unlimited virus & spyware removal at any time {Regular price without Tech Support — $199.99!!}
On-demand access to thousands of how-to videos online -Including step-by-step Windows 8 guides & Photoshop.
Printer set up, hardware installation, password upgrades, and more.
So what are you waiting for ladies?? Learn more, and get your own peace of mind today by getting a Tech Support plan from Geek Squad at Best Buy!

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary one year subscription to Geek Squad. But, this in no way sways my opinion – you ladies know I’m not influenced by free swag! Lol. I honestly love this, and know you will too! Photo credit: Paul Worthington via photopin cc.}