Capture Precious Holiday Memories with a Great Camera

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Do you have any idea what you’re getting for Christmas? Well this is the “hinting season” and if you already know what you’d like to receive it’s probably a good idea to let your significant other, friends and family members know what you might like to see under the tree this year. I always like when people who have me on their gift list ask me what I want for Christmas and I try to have a few gift ideas in mind that I can share to hopefully make their shopping easier, like one of these fabulous cameras from Best Buy. I am constantly taking pictures of the kids and I think that precious holiday memories are some of the most important ones to record. I would love to upgrade my camera in time for all the many holiday photo opportunities!

These three cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung all have built-in WiFi so sharing the amazing photos you take is easier than ever! The Nikon D5300 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens shown above is a great choice for sharp photos and video footage and it has optical image stabilization to prevent blurring and ensure image clarity.

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The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 shown above is a great compact digital camera that allows you to shoot, share and use Android apps. It has a 16.3 megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage. It also has built-in WiFi and a 4.8″ touch screen to simplify operation.

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The Sony a6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera is a compact system camera with the “World’s Fastest Autofocus”. It features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity, plus it has built-in WiFi that lets you share stored content across devices. Which of these awesome cameras would you like to see under your tree this year? Whichever one you prefer you’ll sure to get some outstanding pictures of holiday memories that you can enjoy for years to come.

 

Place Your Votes in the Kohl’s Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out Contest

Disclosure – “I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf ofInfluence-Central for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Sing Your Frozen Heart Out

Almost 4,000 fans of the Disney movie “Frozen” have submitted videos of themselves singing “Let it Go” for the Kohl’s Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out contest. They’ve narrowed the children, adults and families who entered down to the top 10 finalists and now you can view them and vote for your favorite one! You have through November 23rd to visit Disney.com/frozenfriday and cast your vote. The finalist with the most votes on November 23rd will appear in a Kohl’s holiday commercial during the American Music Awards (AMAs).

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This is Dax and Allayna, a brother and sister duo, singing “Let It Be” for their entry. I think they are my favourite finalists but you should go check them out yourself and see who you would like to win. There is a limit of one vote per person per day. All of the finalists videos are adorable so it was hard to pick a favorite, but voting was fast, fun and easy and I can’t wait to see who wins the contest.

In the meanwhile, head over to Kohl’s and check out all the great Frozen themed toys and clothing. A one-stop shop for everything “Frozen,” Kohl’s and Kohls.com offer a full assortment of “Frozen” products, including a wide variety of exclusive styles. My girls are getting a “Frozen” themed snow cone maker for Christmas and my two little boys are getting cool Olaf shirts. There is a whole “Frozen” section at the Kohl’s website where you can find awesome toys, games, activities, bikes, bedding, dishes, shoes and pyjamas in addition to themed clothing and costumes. Right now you can even preview their Black Friday sale pricing!

So hurry on over to get your vote in, grab some great Frozen stuff for the kids, and don’t forget to watch to watch the big reveal in the Kohl’s commercial during the American Music Awards on Sunday November 23rd at 8/7c.

 

Great Home Theater Gifts from Best Buy

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I’m already in full Christmas gift shopping mode – with five kids and a large extended family on a not so large budget I have to do lots of planning and I can’t wait until the last minute to do my shopping or I’ll inadvertently leave someone out or end up breaking the budget. One of the things that makes my gift list a little easier to handle is knowing in advance where I can get the best deals on the best products, narrowing the shopping down to just a few places takes a lot of stress out of the season for me. Another great strategy is to have a plan in place for how much I can spend on each person and when it comes to the kids, who expect to get more than a gift or two, how to divide up their portion of the gift budget.

Santa Claus still brings the kids gifts and he brings me gifts too because I wouldn’t want the kids to think I’d been bad during the year, but I always make sure the best gifts come from mommy. I also like to get at least one “household” gift, something big for the whole family to share. A few months ago a lightning strike took out our living room television so I’m thinking this year’s “big” family gift is going to be a new TV and boy do they have some great choices at Best Buy!

Home Theater at Best Buy

I am really impressed with LG’s  new technology, the LG OLED TV, featuring picture quality including  Infinite contrast ratio. Check out this stunning color that gives a greater sense of realism and depth. Plus the TV has a super thin design at only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point and the intuitive webOS™Smart TV interface that lets you find content faster. The LG OLED TV retails for $3,999.99 but you can save $500 with Best Buy’s everyday low price of $3,499.99 so I’m definitely thinking “Santa” will be bringing us one this year!

 

 

Share and Save with Virgin Mobile Custom Plans

Disclosure – “I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Virgin Mobile. I received a sample device to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

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My kids have been begging for cell phones for what seems like forever but with five of them there’s just no way I can add five cell phone plans to the budget even if I wanted to get them phones. The kids have even offered to save up their allowance to buy their own phones, but that still leaves the monthly bills for me to pay. I’ve been able to put the kids off for quite awhile, but my oldest recently had to do a programming project for “genius hour” at school and he got to use this LG Pulse phone to show off the game he had programmed for his project. That really got me to thinking about the benefits of them having their own phones, if only I could control what they’re doing with them and keep the monthly costs down.

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I was very excited to learn about the parental controls available with the Virgin Mobile Custom plan – you can control which apps the kids can use on their phones and even what times they are able to use them. For example, you can turn off the Facebook app during school hours and you can make the YouTube app available only after dinner. The best part about the Virgin Mobile Custom plan though is that you can pick your price based on your needs and since there is no contract you can change or customize the plan at any time.

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The base fee is $6.98 per line and that gets you 20 minutes of talk time and 20 texts for free. You can easily adjust the plan from your phone as shown in the image above, I’ve changed the plan to 250 minutes of talk time, 250 texts and 20 MB of data which brought the plan up to $13.88 per month. You can add up to four additional lines for just $6.98 each and adjust each plan individually to suit each person’s needs. There is even a custom control app that you can download on Android or iOS devices that allows you to customize the parental controls and usage plans for all the phones on your account. Virgin Mobile Custom devices are available at select Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com. Get rid of your pre-set priced or overpriced phone plan and get control by building your own plan so you only pay for what you need!

 

Lunar New Year Gift Cards from Best Buy

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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The Lunar New Year falls on February 19, 2015 and Best Buy is helping to celebrate with this gorgeous Asian inspired gift card and egift card. They are available for purchase or gifting from BestBuy.com through February 22nd. You can pick them up in store or have them shipped to your mailing address or to your email address.

Asians around the world, including Asian Americans celebrate Lunar New Year which marks the beginning of the year in addition to the end of winter and the arrival of spring. It is a very important holiday in Asian countries and Best Buy supports the event in the spirit of diversity and in support of their customers, employees and communities.

Based on the lunar calendar, celebrations can last for several weeks in Asian countries and 2015 will be the year of the sheep, also known as the year of the goat or ram. I think the gold and red design with the two Koi fish is absolutely beautiful and I sure wouldn’t mind receiving one of these gift cards for a holiday gift!

Since you can find so many great products like games, phones, computers, movies, appliances and so much more at Best Buy I think a Best Buy gift card or eGiftCard is the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday gift list. I’m planning on bringing one to our annual “Dirty Santa” gift exchange at the office this year and I can’t wait to see how many people fight over getting the card for themselves. I might even have to try “stealing” it for myself during the gift exchange!

 

 

We’re Excited to See the Interstellar Movie!

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post on behalf of Paramount Pictures, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Have you heard about the new movie Interstellar? It’s about a team of explorers who travel beyond this galaxy to find out if mankind can survive elsewhere since our time on Earth is coming to an end. It’s a story of hope and discovery and it stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin and Ellen Burstyn.


The movie will be available in limited location in 70mm IMAX film, 70mm film and 35mm film on November 5th, and everywhere on November 7th. At least one of my five kiddos is a real space nut so I’m planning to take the whole family and we are excited to see the movie.

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It still amazes me that since birth my quadruplets have had such different personalities, even the identical boys. Of course they are all individuals, but they are SO different from each other its incredible. One of the boys is very into everything dealing with space – he got this telescope for Christmas last year after begging for months, he saves up his allowance for books on space and he’s constantly Googling different space topics. While the kids all have widely varying interests, they will often gather around and let Zachary teach them what he knows about the stars and planets. I think it’s fabulous that they do all share an interest in science and that Zachary can teach them things I don’t even know about astronomy.

Zachary and his planets

Zachary often gives himself homework to do and it always seems to be space related. One of his favorite projects was making a solar system from styrofoam balls. He picked out nine different sized styrofoam balls to depict the eight planets and the sun, then painted them different colors, put a “ring” around Saturn and connected them all with wooden dowel rods.

To do this project at home you’ll need three small styrofoam balls for Mars, Mercury and Pluto, five medium balls to represent Earth, Neptune, Saturn, Venus and Uranus, a large ball for Jupiter and one extra-large ball for the sun. Cut a circle of poster board or cardboard about one inch larger in diameter than the Saturn ball, then cut out the center so it will snugly over the styrofoam ball and glue it into place. You can paint the balls any color you would like, of course yellow works best for the sun and blue or blue and green for the Earth. Use wood dowel rods in different lengths to attach the planets to the sun and then glue the sun to a flat round styrofoam piece for display.

 

Get Platinum Points with Crystal Light for Miranda Lambert Rewards

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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My kids and I are all hooked on CRYSTAL LIGHT – I always keep some of the individual packets in my desk at work to flavor my water throughout the day and the kids all have their favorite flavors. I make pitchers of Cherry Pomegranate CRYSTAL LIGHT for them at the house and I really like the Lemonade and the Raspberry Lemonade flavors for work. I enjoy knowing that I’m not serving the kids sugary drinks and that they’re only five calories per serving. Even better though was learning about the Randarita cocktail – you pour a shot of vodka over ice, add Raspberry Lemonade flavored CRYSTAL LIGHT and a splash of lemon lime soda. OMG delicious!!

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The fabulous Randarita cocktail was created by Miranda Lambert who says she drinks one during each concert. Being such a huge fan of her music I was thrilled to learn about the Platinum Points Program where you can earn points for buying CRYSTAL LIGHT products that you can redeem for rewards like Miranda Lambert music downloads, CDs, mugs, t-shirts and even an autographed guitar.

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I used the promo code “mirandaic” for 30 Platinum Points when I signed up for the program using my Facebook account, and then I earned 300 more points for buying these three packages at Walmart, 100 points for each package. Once you sign up you can also earn 10 points for each friend that you refer to the program.

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It’s super easy to sign up and earn points, all you have to do is register at the Earn Platinum Points site, shop for CRYSTAL LIGHT products at Walmart, snap a photo of your receipt with your smartphone and choose from a variety of Miranda Lambert rewards! I’m personally saving up my points for either a Miranda Lambert Platinum Tumbler for 1000 points or a Platinum Rhinestone T-shirt for 1200 points, or hopefully both. Let me know what you’d like to save up your points for!

 

Record Your Adventures with a GoPro Hero Camera

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Whether you are into extreme sports or if you just take your family to the amusement park on occasion, you could really use a GoPro Hero camera to record all the action! With five young kids and a full time job I feel like I’m constantly on the go and never have enough hands. The kids are growing up so quickly though, and I really enjoy getting to do stuff with them so I love the idea of getting to record all our fun activities with a GoPro.

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We are saving up for a Disney trip in the not too far future, but in the meanwhile we have a local water park and a small local amusement park that the kids absolutely love to visit, in addition to our beautiful beaches. Being able to wear or mount a GoPro action camera is huge when you don’t have your hands free, plus they’re super easy to use – you can just view, tap and swipe the screen. There is even a GoPro app that allows you to control the camera remotely from  your phone, as well as view and share your content.

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This GoPro HERO4 Black is the most advanced GoPro ever. It features improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award‐winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.

GoPro Hero4 Silver

The GoPro HERO4 Silver is the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. It makes controlling the camera easy so you can play back footage and adjust settings quickly and conveniently – just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a whopping 30 frames per second, the HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality image capture with the convenience of a touch display.

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The original GoPro HERO features high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps. HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.

GoPro Hero Lifestyle

I love to shop at Best Buy because they have such a huge selection of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a wide assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life. Learn more at www.bestbuy.com/GoPro or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest cameras in person.

 

Enter the Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out Contest!

Disclosure – I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.”

Sing Your Frozen Heart Out

How would you or you and your family like to appear in a Kohl’s holiday commercial that will air during the 2014 American Music Awards broadcast? I took my five kids to see Frozen in the theater last winter and they all absolutely loved it, boys and girls alike. Then during summer camp this summer Frozen became the “go to” movie to show the kids on those rainy afternoons when the kids couldn’t go outside to play. It cracked me up all summer long that the kids would come home singing “Let It Go” in the car all the way there.

I’m getting my kids together to do a video entry to submit and if you’d like to do a video of yourself, your kids, or your whole family to enter then it’s super easy to submit. Head over to the Disney Frozen Friday page by September 29th and “Let It Go” using the karaoke lyric video posted on the page if you need any help with the lyrics. You can be original and put your own spin on the song if you’d like, just be sure not to show any brands or logos in your video and don’t wear revealing clothing or do any suggestive moves (consider the audience here). Your video should be a minimum of 60 seconds and no longer than four minutes. Apart from the lyrics your video must be 100% original and remember to get your parent’s permission if you’re a minor. Check out all the contest rules here!

Voting will start on the submissions on November 10th and the winning video will be revealed during a Kohl’s commercial during the American Music Awards on Sunday November 23rd at 8/7c. Get practicing, have fun and good luck with your video entry – I can’t wait to see the commercial in November!

 

 

Kohl’s Exclusive Planes: Fire and Rescue Disney Apparel & Savings!

Disclosure – I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.”

Kohl's #MagicAtPlay Planes: Fire and Rescue Clothes

Even though my five kids are all pretty much the same age, the quadruplets are eight and my oldest is nine, they’re still not always easy to keep entertained because they’re all interested in completely different things. The only thing they can usually all agree on is when it comes to watching Disney movies and they are super excited to go see Planes: Fire and Rescue with me this weekend. The second Planes movie is going to be released in theaters on July 18th and since we saw the first Planes movie in the theater last summer the kids have really been anxious to get to see this one on the large screen too.

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The only thing that they like better than getting to see the movie on the huge screen in the theater is getting to wear Disney themed clothes with their favorite characters on them. My boys are going to be thrilled when they see these new exclusive Planes: Fire and Rescue designs that are available only at Kohl’s. The “Daddy’s Little Hero” shirt above is super cute and I’m in love with the smoke jumper tee shown up top. They’re going to be so excited to show off the shirts at summer camp!

You can get the shirts now just in time for the movie release in Toddlers sizes 2T, 3T and 4T, or Boys sizes S – XL, but the best part is that if you take your Planes: Fire and Rescue movie ticket stub into Kohl’s between 7/18/14 and 7/26/14 you’ll receive $10 off any Kids Apparel purchase of $25 or more. This offer is available in stores only and you can see more details here. One of the things I love best about Kohl’s is that they always have awesome offers like this available and I plan to take full advantage of this one after we go see the movie this weekend!