Manage Your Life From The Palm Of Your Hand! #SprintMom #IC #Ad

*I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received product to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.     Last week, my twelve year-old son played a prank on me and hid my phone after I had set it down on the counter to pay for items at a retail store.  I cannot even begin to describe to you all how my heart literally dropped the moment that I realized that I could not locate my phone.  Honestly, I knew that I depended a lot on my phone prior to that experience but I never realized how it would affect me to lose everything that I have saved there along with the ability to manage so many aspects of my life right from the palm of my hand.     I've been a huge fan of the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphones since I purchased the Galaxy Note3 a few years ago.  My brother made fun of me by saying that it was too big and bulky but I knew that it would be perfect for … [Read more...]

Save Everything On Your Own Personal Cloud! #KEEPITCOMING @WesternDigital #Giveaway #Ad

    Recently, I had a heartbreaking experience with our old desktop computer, it completely conked out and I lost some precious photos that could not be salvaged.  Since then, I have been looking for an affordable option to save all of the important files and images on my laptop.  I don't want to lose anything like that again and I found an easy and convenient way to do that with the WD My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage.     Let me begin by saying that, although I consider myself to be very techie, I don't like spending a lot of time figuring out how to get gadgets up and running.  Not only was I excited about being able to simplify my digital mess so that I could create more, but I was also intrigued to see if My Cloud Mirror is as easy to set up as promised.  It literally comes with the personal cloud storage unit, an ethernet cable, and an AC adapter plug.  All I had to do was plug both cables into the unit and then plug the … [Read more...]

Make Halloween More Spooky And Fun! #BestBuyHalloween @BestBuy #Ad

    Halloween has always been such a fun holiday for us.  Ever since we bought our home in 2004, we have really enjoyed planning for all of the Trick or Treaters that come knock on our door that evening.  I have been known to go a little overboard buying candy to give out and we enjoy hanging skeletons in the front yard to add to the spooky vibe.     My husband and I enjoy a good prank and Halloween is also a great time to play tricks on unsuspecting people and scare the wits out of them.  Most families who love this time of the year as much as we do look forward to decorating and setting up Halloween pranks and haunted houses.  A friend of ours actually spends the whole season visiting haunted attractions around our state.     In recent years, Halloween pranks have gotten more elaborate and even spookier than ever thanks to all of the technology that we have at our disposal.  Best Buy has all of the spooky and fun products that … [Read more...]

Keep Your Family And Your Home Safe @BestBuy @ArloSmartHome #BBYConnectedHome #Ad

    This past year, there were two separate incidents where I walked outside and noticed that someone had thrown eggs at my car.  To this day, we don't know who did it but we do know that many cars in our neighborhood seemed to be targeted and many suspect it was teenagers up to no good.  You might think this was just a harmless prank but egg yolk can erode car paint and we had to spend money to have my car simonized to remove the streaks left behind.       This experience made us think hard about possibly installing security cameras around the perimeter of our home.  Cost was definitely a factor because we knew that these systems can be very expensive and we just didn't have the means to invest in such a costly security camera.       Fortunately, Best Buy offers a great deal on the Arlo Smart Home Security Camera System.  Although you can purchase Arlo cameras at other retailers, their four camera set for $499.99 is … [Read more...]

In This House, We Earn Our Data! #SprintMom #DataDoneRight #IC @VirginMobileUSA #ad

*I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Virgin Mobile USA which is one of Sprint's prepaid brands. I received two Virgin Mobile smartphones to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.     Last year, we finally made the decision to get our older son his first smartphone.  He was on the Junior Varsity basketball team at his school and would often need to call me to pick him up as soon as practices were over during the week.  We immediately knew that we would have to establish boundaries with regards to phone and data usage as well as making sure that his grades continued to be good.  After all, having a mobile phone is a privilege and it should be handled as such.     Here we are a year later and now our younger son also has his own mobile device.  He's been asking us for one since his brother got one and, since he was diagnosed with epilepsy this year, Hubby … [Read more...]

Make Your Husband’s Man Cave Dream Come True! #ManCave @BestBuy #Ad

    I can't even begin to explain to you guys how often my husband has told me his elaborate plans for building a man cave in our next house.  We are hoping to purchase a second home in the next couple of years and he has this dream of creating the ultimate "Guy Experience," whatever that means.  He doesn't realize that I'm all for this idea because it would mean that I finally get to hold the television remote for a change and watch what I want to watch.     The definition of a man cave is a refuge where a guy can escape to, unwind, watch sports—his space, his rules, and where he has complete control. Technology is generally a big part of any respectable man cave, so to brag about what’s possible, Best Buy took a dilapidated, old basement and transformed it into something a little more “manly.”     Here’s some additional inspiration of six man cave ideas to help you get some brownie points with the man in your life: 6 Tech Ideas for the … [Read more...]

Let CUJO Protect You From Being Hacked! @CUJOUnited #cujounited #Ad

    Last month, I introduced you all to CUJO, a device that analyzes behavior and secures all devices connected to your network.  It checks out your baby monitors, cell phones, wearables, Smart TVS, laptops, game consoles, and more.     When your home network is attacked, CUJO blocks the threat and a notification will be sent to your app with additional details. It acts as a gateway between your devices and their connection to the Internet.     The designers at CUJO have introduced an intelligent device that protects all of your combined home devices from cyber attacks.  It's easy to start with no installation required.  You receive an app that alerts you anytime somebody attempts to hack into your devices.  I'm sure you all want to learn more about it.     Why is it so crucial? The days of protecting your home with just an alarm system or Antivirus are long gone.  If you have a television, a smart device, … [Read more...]

Make That Smart Device Upgrade Quick And Painless With Gazelle! @Gazelle #BuySmarter #Ad

    My brother loves having the latest version of his smartphone.  He is one of those gadget techies that is always looking for new technologies to tinker around with.  While I enjoy having a modern device or tablet, I just don't have the finances to constantly be buying a new iPhone or iPad every year.  Thanks to Gazelle, it has actually become a reality for my family to stay current on their gadgets.     It's so easy to trade in your current gadget through Gazelle's trade-in program and just apply the cash that you received toward a Gazelle certified iPhone or iPad and save double the money.  My son's iPhone is starting to run out of memory and the battery takes a long time to charge.      Although my husband and I have been considering buying him a new iPhone, but our plan doesn't afford an upgrade at this time.  As a result, we now have the option of trading in his current device for a reliable used one that is much … [Read more...]

Explore The World With Your Children And Intel 2in1! #Intel2in1 @Intel @Lenovo #Ad

    My family and I had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend at a well-known resort in New Jersey last week.  Not only did my boys and my nephew have an amazing time, but they were prepared for their trip in advance because we used out Intel 2in1 to research the hotel and all its amenities.       As a result, they knew exactly what to expect with regards to the food that was offered at the on-site restaurant and the activities that were being offered for families and their children.  I can't even begin to tell you how excited they were when they found out that the resort boasts an indoor basketball court and a total of seven indoor and outdoor pools.     The Lenovo Yoga with Intel 2in1 is everything that you’ve ever wanted in a laptop and a tablet.  We used it to look at vibrant images of the resort and the hotel that we were going to be staying in.  Everyone in our home loves it because it can easily be converted from a … [Read more...]

Enjoy The Luxurious ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 On Your Terms! @ASUS #Giveaway #Ad

    When I found out that I would have the opportunity to check out the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0, I was thrilled because I own other ASUS tablets and I have come to expect a more advanced tablet experience from them above other tablets.       My first desktop computer came equipped with an ASUS operating system and, I knew right then and there over a decade ago, that they had superior technology.  Not to mention that every new ASUS tablet is even better than the last when it comes to design, technology and audio features.     The ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 certainly lived up to my expectations!  Let me begin by saying that it is an absolutely beautiful tablet.  It has a simple, clean look that gives it a universal appeal while being very stylish at the same time.  Its elements are inspired by the Zen design philosophy of balancing beauty and strength.       ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 is an 8-inch tablet that is only 6.6mm thin, … [Read more...]