Why My Kids Love Our New LinkSys Router

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LinkSys Router

My cube mate at work is a hard core gamer and comes from a family of gamers. When I told him I was getting a Linksys 3200 router to replace my old one he got really jealous, said he has a Linksys 1900 and thought it was awesome until he heard about mine. I figured that was high praise so I was anxious to set it up right away.

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Check Out Best Buy at Tech Home Minneapolis

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Check Out Best Buy at Tech Home Minneapolis

Would you like to have more technology in your home? There are so many fabulous appliances and gadgets available these days that can help you to control and monitor your home. Now through September 17th you can visit the Best Buy Tech Home: Modern Living Made Easy exhibit. Best Buy has brought to life the latest in home technology at their Tech Home in the Mall of America where customers can touch and try the latest technology products in a homelike environment.

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Moving My Adobe Photoshop to the Cloud

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Besides the thousands of pictures that I take of the kids I also take tons of pictures of food, groceries and shopping excursions for this blog. I don’t claim to be the best photographer but I’m constantly trying to get better and for years I’ve used Adobe Photoshop to edit my photos and help make them even better. Being a longtime Photoshop fan I have to admit that I was a little nervous about switching from Creative Suite, where I get to hold onto the CDs to reinstall the software if needed, to the Creative Cloud where you get an annual subscription to cloud based software.

I was anxious to give the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan a try so I first tested it out with the above image from my Make Your Own Root Beer Sugar Scrub post. The image needed a little bit of color adjustment before I added layers for the wording and the opaque bar beneath them. Then of course I added the watermark for the site and the image was ready to be posted.

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Although I kept searching for differences in functionality I really couldn’t find any. The subscription version of the software works just like my previous version did except that it has the added benefits of being able to organize, edit and share my photos across my desktop, mobile devices and the web.

I use both a laptop and a desktop computer and the new Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, which includes both Photoshop CC and Lightroom, makes it easy to access and work on my projects from wherever I am and whichever computer I’m using. The pure convenience of the Creative Cloud has sold me on it, but I’m also thrilled to have a more affordable option for my favorite Photoshop photo editing software.

Put the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 on My Wish List!

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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In my little corner home office I have an L-shaped desk where my desktop computer sits on one side and my laptop sits on the other. Usually when I’m working at home I have both computers on and I use them to multi-task more efficiently, but I do most of my work on my laptop as it more convenient for me since I travel with the laptop and sometimes take it to the living room or kitchen when I have a big project to finish. Because I depend so much on my laptop and it’s a few years old, I like to keep up with latest technology and features in laptops like this Toshiba Satellite Radius 12.

Toshiba 1_0

The brand new Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 just became available this month at Best Buy and it’s got a neat flexible 2-in-1 design that I’d like to have, plus it’s got fast mobile performance using the latest Intel Core i7 processor, a solid state hard drive and super clear 4K ultra HD touch screen monitor. This laptop is designed for Windows 10 and is one of the first small screen PC’s to enable facial authentication so you can log in to the laptop using Windows Hello. I also love that the Gorilla Glass damage resistant screen and LED backlit keyboard make the laptop great for travel, even if you’re just moving it from one end of the house to the other.

If you’d like to check out the new Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 for yourself head on over to Best Buy where you’ll find this and many other exciting new mobile PC devices.

Update and Upgrade Your Kitchen with KitchenAid

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KitchenAid

My favorite kitchen appliance is my KitchenAid stand mixer that I got for Christmas last year, but the rest of my kitchen is in serious need of updating.  The house was built in the 70s and although it actually had many upgrades before I bought it, including granite counters and updated tile and wood flooring, the appliances could seriously use an update and upgrade and I’ve been eyeballing these KitchenAid appliances at Best Buy.

KitchenAid

I currently have a solid surface range but it was already well used and a little scratched when I bought the house so I’ve been looking for a replacement. The former owners upgraded pretty much everything except for the appliances, but I think they left me the fun part! I really like this KitchenAid Slide-In Convection Range, it’s self cleaning, it has five independent burners and a steam rack.

KitchenAid

I brought the refrigerator over from the old house when it sold and it’s really time for a new one so I’d love to match the range above with this KitchenAid French Door Refrigerator.  It’s got five doors, including two drawers and the adjustable shelves plus three tier freezer drawer help keep things organized.

I’ve been happily measuring the spaces in my kitchen so I can plan my update and upgrade, and these current offers on KitchenAid appliances from Best Buy have got my wheels turning!

  • Free 10-pc Painted Stainless-Steel KitchenAid Cookware Set w/ the Purchase of Any KitchenAid Range/OTR Pair. Runs through 10/31)
  • Save an additional 5% with the purchase of 3 or more Kitchen Aid Major Kitchen Appliances (Runs through 10/31)
  • 18 month financing on Major Appliance purchases $599 and up or 10% Back in Rewards
  • Free delivery, haul-away & recycling on Major Appliance purchases $399 and up.

Check Out The Samsung Open House at Best Buy

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I’ve been to a Samsung Open House before and it is so amazing to see all the new technology available in kitchen appliances these days! If you’re going to be in the market for new kitchen appliances at any time in the near future then you owe it to yourself to check out all the advances being made and all the new features available.

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Protect Your Family with a Canary Security System

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Canary Security System

A friend and co-worker of mine has a beautiful old home in the downtown historical district that she absolutely loves, but it’s very near a vacant lot where a large number of vagrants hang out. Unfortunately, she’s had issues with some of the vagrants and even had her home broken into once. To keep a better eye on her place she had a security system installed where she can use an app on her phone to check out the cameras around her home and she’s already gotten images of homeless people sitting in the chairs on her front porch!

Although we thankfully don’t have a problem with vagrants in our neighborhood, as a single mom with a day job I want to do all that I can to protect my family and I absolutely love the idea of being able to check out my house during the day while I’m gone, but I really don’t need to add another payment to our monthly budget so I was thrilled to learn about the Canary Security System.

Canary Security System Screenshot

It took me about ten minutes to setup my new Canary Smart Home Security System and this is the first screenshot I took. All you have to do is download the app on your smartphone then follow a few simple steps to get it up and running on your home’s WiFi. Mine is running off my Netgear Nighthawk DST router. The unit itself is small and looks a little like a Bluetooth speaker. I set mine up inside the front door and was amazed at the range of view that I can see in the live video feed. This one Canary unit, that retails for $199 from Best Buy, covers the front door of my home, the living room and the entrances to the dining room, kitchen and family room. You can also add additional Canary units if you have a large home or want to monitor other areas.

Canary Security System Screenshot

The Canary app is really cool – you can use it to watch live anytime from anywhere, you can see a timeline of events whenever you want, and since it knows when you leave and arrive home using location services on your phone it can auto switch from armed to disarmed. If you live with your significant other or roommates you can also add them so it will know when they’ve arrived home. The app will learn your habits and will notify you if anything unusual happens. It will even monitor your home’s air quality, temperature and humidity level, all without any contracts or monthly fees.

 

Setting Up a Wedding Registry at Best Buy

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I just recently spent a few days at a beach resort where there were six weddings going on over the weekend. We got to mix and mingle with groomsmen and bridesmaids galore and the wedding revelry was awesome. I’m currently single but if my boyfriend wanted to “put a ring on it” I’d be ecstatic so I thought I’d share some wedding registry ideas.

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Make Gift Giving Easier with Gift Ideas from Best Buy

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Make Gift Giving Easier with Gift Ideas from Best Buy

My oldest son just turned eleven a couple weeks ago and he’s getting surprisingly hard to buy gifts for.  When I asked him what he wanted for his birthday he said he only wanted two things – a snake and Grand Theft Auto V.  After explaining why he wasn’t going to get either of those two things I asked what else he might want and he said “okay mom, how about Grand Theft Auto IV?”

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Take Your Tech to a New Level With a Drone

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Take Your Tech to a New Level With a Drone

My oldest son is ten years old and he loves to make videos of anything and everything.  If you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up he’ll tell you he wants to be a “YouTuber”, he wants to make videos for a living.  I think he’s learning some great skills that he can hopefully put to use later in life and I really enjoy watching some of the videos he’s been taking of himself and his siblings playing and creating things. He’d go absolutely nuts if he could take some videos from the air using a drone like this new 3DRobotics Solo Drone at Best Buy. It’s the first ever drone powered by two integrated Linux computers, which makes it super easy for anyone to capture perfect photos and videos.

Take Your Tech to a New Level With a Drone

The Solo drone can even define its own flight, freeing the user up to focus on getting the perfect shot. I think the neatest thing is that it’s also the first drone to support full control of GoPro cameras, plus it can deliver live HD video to your mobile device wirelessly or through the controller’s HDMI port so you can get live broadcasts. The 3DR Solo is a smart drone that is designed for easy flying and it has awesome features like computer assisted Smart Shots and push button flight.

Take Your Tech to a New Level With a Drone

The 3DRobotics Solo Drone is available right now at Best Buy, just in time for Father’s Day and I’ve read that drones are going to be one of the hottest Christmas gifts of the year. Best Buy is the destination for drones, including the Solo which retails for $999. Now through July 11th you can get a FREE Solo Mart Battery (RV $149.99) when you purchase the 3DR Solo Drone.