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.


Train Smarter with Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds

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Jabra Pulse Wireless Earbuds

When they first came out I got one of those smart pedometers that I wear every day and I love being able to track my activity and log my weight and food intake so much that I bought another one for my mom. I think it’s incredible how much technology has impacted fitness and training – I use my smartphone daily to map my walks and keep track of my steps. I keep track of calories burned and consumed by logging what I eat and I also track fluctuations in my weight to monitor progress on my goals.

Jabra Pulse Wireless Earbuds

Now there are brand new Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds that take training to the next level and help you get the ultimate wireless workout.  Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless is an all-in-one training solution that combines an in-ear biometric heart rate monitor, immersive Dolby® Digital sound and real-time voice coaching and it’s made to US Military grade durability certifications.

It has a built-in intelligent app – Jabra Sport Life – so exercisers can get the most out of their Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds, helping them plan, track and evaluate each workout.  It has never been so easy to test fitness levels and aerobic capacity, adjust heart rate zone levels to optimize training, and set goals based on distance, time or calories burned. The Jabra Sport is compatible with smartphones that have Bluetooth capabilities. I’m super excited to check out the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless at Best Buy for myself so I can also keep track of my heart rate while I exercise.


Best Gift Ideas for this #HintingSeason

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Need some last minute gift ideas? There are some fabulous tech gifts available at Best Buy like the Xbox One, JBL speakers and headphones, Garmin and TomTom that are sure to please everyone on your holiday gift list. There are several different Garmin and TomTom GPS units available with terrific features like bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, large touchscreen displays, traffic and weather updates, lane assist, lifetime traffic and map updates, voice recognition technology and spoken turn-by-turn directions.


The Xbox One was at the top of my kids’ wish list last year, it was built by gamers, for gamers and has lots of great game titles, many exclusive, like Halo, Sunset Overdrive, Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Madden 15, Just Dance 15, and the kids’ favorite Skylanders. In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects you to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.


Portable bluetooth speakers from JBL are a fabulous idea for all the music lovers on your gift list. Use them indoors and outdoors and have your favorite music everywhere you go. We like to use ours while we’re grilling out, it’s got a great sound, super long battery life, and you can even charge another device like your phone or MP3 player with the speaker while listening to music. Your friends and loved ones will be thrilled that got them one of these hot gifts from Best Buy!


Capture Your Holiday Memories with a Canon from Best Buy

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I was in the real estate appraisal business when digital cameras first became popular and affordable. I remember how much money it saved my office to be able to provide digital photographs of properties in our appraisal reports rather than having to have photos printed, not to mention how much time it saved us in not having to wait for the photos to be developed. Since that time I’ve been passionate about digital photographs and now that I have five young children I find myself taking TONS of pictures all the time. It amazes me that my children won’t even remember a time when film photography was the only option, but I recall that Canon cameras were my favorites then just as they are now.


I personally own a Canon EOS Rebel digital camera and it is one of my favorite possessions, I carry it with me on trips and to every party or family function that I attend. Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories and this Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of their best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression. You can even capture Hollywood caliber full HD video and you get continuous autofocus while taking HD video. The camera features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images and the 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Now through December 20th you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy, visit the Best Buy website to learn more!



Capture Precious Holiday Memories with a Great Camera

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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.


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.


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.


Great Home Theater Gifts from Best Buy

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Home Theater at Best Buy

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!



Lunar New Year Gift Cards from Best Buy

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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 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!



Record Your Adventures with a GoPro Hero Camera

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GoPro Hero Lifestyle

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.

GoPro Hero Lifestyle

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.

GoPro Hero4 Black

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.

GoPro Hero

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 or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest cameras in person.


Get Ready for Holiday Cooking with Appliances from Best Buy

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Holiday schedules are usually crazy with five kids in the house, but it’s also our favorite time of year and I always enjoy making treats for gifts for neighbors, teachers and people at work. Plus we tend to have lots of potluck family dinners and office meals around the holidays, in addition to all the usual holiday cooking.

Frigidare Range

If you’re like me and have a really busy life to lead in addition to all this holiday cooking then you may want to make your cooking easier with the latest appliance technology available. For example, induction cooking allows you to boil water in less than two minutes with the Frigidaire FGIF3061NF plus induction, plus it reduces clean up time because spills don’t burn on.  This Frigidaire range also includes a convection oven that circulates the air in the oven for quicker baking time. I am so asking Santa for one of these this year!

Whirlpool Range

Another great innovation in cooking these days is double ovens that let you cook two dishes at two different temperatures at once like this Whirlpool WGG555S0BS. It’s great looking and it still fits within the space of a standard range.  All of this technology will allow you to get the food the way you want it prepared and saves you time so you can spend it with the ones you love during the holidays instead of spending all your time in the kitchen.  Learn more about these fabulous stoves at


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