How to Score BIG on Black Friday

Black Friday has been around for a bit of time now, and people are really starting to maximize their holiday savings by purchasing Christmas presents and more on the huge sale day! You’d be surprised to find that some of the sales can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on Christmas presents. Although sales used to start at midnight on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, many of the companies that participate are bumping their sales to start Thursday evening to keep up with the competition in hopes that you’ll spend your hard earned dollars there rather than anywhere else.

How To Score Big On Black Friday Deals

With Black Friday shopping, one of the most important things to do is to prioritize your needs and wants. Because you’ll likely hop around a few sales, it’s important to decide which one or two are most important to you, so that you can guarantee a snag of your most valued item. Lots of the advertisements for Black Friday come out a week or two early so you can scope out the sales and decide where you’ll be headed.

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Many people stand in line for hours (some, even days) and you’ll want to make sure that whichever is most important to you, is where you stand in line first. After that, you can travel to other stores and hopefully the other items you want will still be there, but no harm no foul if they’re not, because at least you’ll have gotten your first item!

Another thing that’s extremely important to note is that people can be somewhat aggressive at these sales. For this reason, it’s not a good idea to bring small children or toddlers who can get lost in the shuffle. Black Friday shopping should be, if possible, restricted to adults and young adults only. Of course, try YOUR best to be kind and maybe people will follow suit around you!

Additionally, don’t fret if there are some items you didn’t score big on for Black Friday. If you’re one who loves to shop online, you might be able to score the same sale on Cyber Monday, the Monday following Black Friday! Typically, retailers do the same or very similar sales for their online websites and you get to avoid the crowds and the hassle!

It’s a good idea to look into electronics on Black Friday if you’re planning on buying any anytime soon. These are typically the largest sale products and you can score pretty big on Black Friday if you grab a TV or even a laptop. So if you’re in the market for any kind of electronic, definitely scope out the sales ahead of time!

Have you ever gone Black Friday shopping? Would you do it again?

Cranberry AppleSauce Recipe

Cranberry sauce is a holiday favorite at our house! I love the tart flavor of cranberries, it’s one of my favorite flavors this time of year! Today I have a cranberry applesauce recipe to share. This recipe combines the perfect balance of sweet and tart for your holiday lineup. The applesauce provides a natural sweetener without adding too much sugar.

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Cranberry Apple Sauce Recipe
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Serves: 4-6
 
Cranberry apple sauce combines the perfect balance of sweet and tart for your holiday line up.
Ingredients
  • 4 Red Delicious Apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 12 oz Fresh Cranberries
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Water
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Cloves
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In a large sauce pan add Water, lemon juice and sugars.
  2. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
  4. Add cranberries and apple slices.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce hat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Do you have a favorite holiday flavor or recipe? What special dish do you look forward to every year?

Best Buy For Holiday TV Gift Ideas

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A couple years ago I got a new TV for Christmas. It’s one of my favorite gifts ever! Before I got my Christmas TV we only had one television in the house, which of course was usually controlled by my husband or my son. Now I sometimes get control of one TV, hah! This holiday season I think we may be in the market for another new TV.

We love to watch TV, we actually just got a new satellite system this fall, we also have Netflix so we’re definitely into our screen time and watching with the ultimate display.

If you or someone on your gift list who’s hoping for a new TV, check out the selection of LG OLED TVs now at Best Buy!

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Why the LG OLED TV? Can you believe it’s only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point? Even ultra thin the picture quality is spectacular! The colors are stunning with Infinite Contrast and color that ranges from the bright whites to the deepest darkest blacks. They also feature LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. You can learn more about these fabulous TVs at LGOLEDatBestbuy.com

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Your wedding. Your child’s birth. The Grand Canyon. Some things in life just have to be experienced to be believed. It’s the same way with LG’s latest display technology. It’s so fabulous, seeing is believing! The deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens make these TVs unlike any technology you’ve witnessed. I’m all in for the latest technology!

Why do you need the LG OLED TV from Best Buy for your TV viewing pleasure? Here are some of the key features.

  • Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
  • 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
  • Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
  •  Find content faster with webOS

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You can find your LG OLED TV for Best Buy’s everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500).

12 Fun and Festive Holiday Appetizer Ideas and Recipes


I can’t believe the holidays are almost here! I was just discussing our holiday menu with my sister in law earlier today while we were walking. For my sponsored Foodie collection this month I thought I’d put together some fun and festive holiday appetizer ideas to share. You can check out the full collection by flipping through and clicking on the recipes you like in the widget below or by going here: Fun and Festive Holiday Appetizers.

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This collection includes some of my favorite holiday appetizer ideas! From dips to breads and everything in between! You’re sure to find a recipe or 2 to add to your holiday appetizer menu.

Fun and Festive Holiday Appetizer Recipes and Ideas

Some of our favorite holiday appetizers include:

  • Cranberry Pesto Layered Dip~ Love this idea with it’s festive red and green colors, plus cranberry~ one of my favorite holiday flavors!
  • Snowman Cheeseball~ This is such a fun idea for your holiday cheese ball, and fairly simple to create!
  • Snowman Eggs~ Instead of deviled eggs this holiday season, why not try this fun and festive twist!
  • Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms~ A fun twist on a classic favorite!
  • Buffalo Chicken Bites~ Easy to make finger food that your guests are sure to love!

Do you have a favorite fun and festive holiday appetizer recipe? We’d love to hear about it!

Holly Jolly Gift Guide Giveaway

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Big Hero 6 Printables ~ Activity Sheets and Coloring Pages

Big Hero Six is making quite the splash in theaters! Today I’m excited to have some fun Big Hero 6 free printables to share with you! I have all kinds of fun Big Hero 6 activity sheets and coloring pages you can download and work on with your kids. They’re perfect for a Big Hero 6 party, for a classroom, or just because before or after you head out to see the movie.

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Check the Big Hero 6 printables and download them by clicking on the images or the descriptions below.

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Big Hero 6 Coloring Page~ Color your favorite hero!
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Big Hero Scramble Activity Page~ Match up your favorite Big Hero with their supersuit piece.

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Big Hero Origami~ So cute! Make Baymax’s face in origami!

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Big Hero 6 Printable Maze~ Help the Big Hero 6 characters find their way through the city maze.

Big Hero 6 is in theaters now! Have you had a chance to check it out yet? If so we’d love to hear what you thought of the movie! If you haven’t checked it out yet, print out these Big Hero 6 printables for your kids to enjoy before or after the movie!

 

 

Hot Wheels For The Holidays Rewards Race Program

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Can you believe Christmas will be here in less than 2 months? It’s never too early to start thinking about the holiday season. When my son was younger one thing that topped his holiday wish list every year was Hot Wheels. He still has many of those little vehicles in his room today! If you have someone with Hot Wheels on their Christmas wish list you need to know, with the Hot Wheels Race Rewards program you get instant rewards for your purchases of qualifying Hot Wheels products at your local Walmart store! You can get rewarded every time you shop. You can earn exclusive rewards like the Monster Jam Monster Mutt 1:64 car collectible, and the Hot Wheels Straight Track 4 pack and one mystery 1:64 basic car.

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Hot Wheels Holiday Bundle Pack

You can make your Hot Wheels fan happy and bundle up this Holiday Season when you’re the master of your own track with the Hot Wheels Race Rewards Holiday Bundle Pack! The best part is more points you earn, the more you can reward yourself and give the gift of speed for the holidays! Kids will love the Straight Track 4 Pack! It includes nearly four feet of strips of classic orange track, for some fun racing times. Plus, your bundle pack also includes a mystery 1:64 basic car!

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Celebrate the legacy of the original Monster Jam Monster Mutt with the Hot Wheels 1:64 car collectible. Kids can re-create favorite Monster Mutt moments and send your opponents to the doghouse!

You can find more information on the Hot Wheels Race Rewards program at HotWheels.com, but hurry! The rewards program expires December 31st.

Disney Planning Toy Story 4 Movie!

It’s been nearly two decades since Pixar Animation Studios created the world’s first computer-animated feature film with “Toy Story,” it revealed plans for Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” an adventure that returns audiences to the world of the studio’s signature characters on a planned release date of June 16th 2017.

John Lasseter, director of the original “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” will direct the film, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the “Toy Story” gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three “Toy Story” films.

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“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us,” said Lasseter. “We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. ‘Toy Story 3’ ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another ‘Toy Story’ movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself.”

The Toy Story writing team Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are in on the project, and Pixar veteran Galyn Susman (ABC’s “Toy Story OF TERROR!” and “Toy Story that Time Forgot”) is producing.

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7 Kids Math Lessons Using Pumpkins

Pumpkins are all around us this time of year, which makes them great for decorating and even baking with. But did you know you can teach some important math lessons with pumpkins too? Take a look below at 7 kids math lessons using pumpkins that you can try. They make for a fun, fall filled way to teach these important math skills!

Math Lessons Using Pumpkins

1. How much does it weigh?
Teach how to use a scale and read weight measurement when you find out how much the pumpkin weighs. You can do this by making estimations first about what you think the weight is. Write your answers down on a chart. Then, place the pumpkin on the scale. How close were you? Read the weight out loud, and use this opportunity to talk about weight in pounds and ounces.

2. What is the circumference of the pumpkin?
Take a tape measure to find out the circumference of the pumpkin. Make estimations before you begin. You can even unravel the tape measure the amount you think the pumpkin will be. Use this opportunity to talk about measuring circumference in centimeters and inches.

3. How tall is your pumpkin?
Use a ruler to measure how tall the pumpkin is. Make estimations before you begin and compare the pumpkin to other objects that are similar in height. This can be a basketball, toy, etc. Use a ruler to measure and write down the answer. Use this opportunity to talk about measuring height in feet and inches.

4. Seed estimation station.
Have you ever wondered how many seeds are in a pumpkin? Estimate how many seeds you believe to be in the pumpkin. Then, cut it open and remove the contents onto newspaper. This is a fun time to get messy and count the seeds as they come out. How close were you?

5. Pumpkin seed snacks.
When done with the seed estimation station, bake your seeds for a fun and tasty snack. Use this opportunity to talk about units of measurement in cooking such as teaspoon, tablespoon, cup, or the degrees the oven is set at. Let the kids prepare the seeds by sprinkling them with oil, salt, garlic, pepper, or other seasonings of your choice. They can also help with setting the timer to control cooking time.

6. Geometry fun with pumpkins.
Pumpkins come in so many shapes. Use this time to talk about the various shaped pumpkins you see. Some are spherical, some are oval in shape. In the book Spookly the Square Pumpkin, he is a cubed shape pumpkin. Try drawing pumpkins on a piece of paper in all different shapes. Can you imagine what a triangle pumpkin would look like?

7. Pumpkin story problems.
Try writing your own story problems using pumpkins. You can add the imaginary seeds of two pumpkins; you can add how many pumpkins can be picked in an hour if one is picked every 5 minutes, etc. Have children write their own story problems where the pumpkin is the star!

See how easy it can be to use pumpkins when teaching math? Give these ideas a try and see how much fun pumpkin mathematics can be.

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15 Kid Friendly Fall Treat Recipe Ideas


We have quite a few fun fall treats here at Kid’s Fun Review and over at my other blog Home and Garden Cafe. I thought I’d put together a roundup of some of our favorite kid friendly fall treat recipe ideas to share with you. This post is sponsored by Foodie. com, they are also hosting the collection. You can find links to all of the recipes in the kid friendly fall treat collection, or by scrolling through the photo widget below.

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All of these treats would be fun for an after school snack surprise, or perfect for a fall harvest or Halloween party! You could also save these recipes for your Thanksgiving feast!

Fun Kid Friendly Fall Treat Recipe Ideas

A few of our faves:

  • Spiced Pecans~ Yummy sweet treat that’s oh so easy to make!
  • Fall Harvest Snack Mix~ You can make this one ahead and have it on hand for any fall occasion!
  • Pumpkin Poke Cupcakes~ These are oh so cute and easy to make! Sure to be a hit at any fall party!
  • Butterscotch Cookies~ Butterscotch is a wonderful fall flavor, and these cookies would fit into any fall theme.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake~ Kids love cheesecake, and the pumpkin gives it a fun fall twist!
  • Candy Corn Magic Bars~ So fun for kids to make and eat!
  • Pumpkin Spice Muffins~ A fun fall breakfast or after school snack idea!
  • Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats~ A HUGE favorite at our house!

What’s your favorite kid friendly fall treat recipe?

Kids Harvest Party Fall Snack Mix Recipe

There are plenty of opportunities for fall partieas and celebrations! Whether you’re celebrating the harvest, planning a Halloween party, getting together to watch your favorite football team, or planning your Thanksgiving feast, or just feeding the after school hunger monster, kids are always on the lookout for a quick snack! This fun kids harvest party fall snack mix recipe is the perfect thing to hit the spot!

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Kids Harvest Party Fall Snack Mix Recipe
Recipe type: Snack
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cup Rice Chex Cereal
  • 2 cup Carmel covered Popcorn and Peanuts
  • 1 cup Graham Cracker Animals
  • 2 cup Mini Pretzel Twists
  • 1 cup Reese's Pieces
  • 1 cup Autumn Mix Candy(Candy Corn, Pumpkins)
Instructions
  1. Combine the Rice Chex, Caramel covered popcorn and peanuts, graham cracker animals, mini pretzel twists, Reese's Pieces, and Autumn Mix Candy in a large bowl.
  2. Mix well, until all of the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Optionally, you can sprinkle with mix of ¼ cup sugar and 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice, to add a little extra fall flavor.
  4. Store in airtight container and serve up for your next fall celebration!

You can also adapt this recipe and substitute some of the ingredients or brands if you need to! The best part is you can make the snack mix ahead of time and store it in an airtight container. This makes it great just to have on hand for any last minute gatherings you might have this fall! The ingredients are also very easy to store and will keep for quite a while so you can keep them on hand for your fall celebrations.

Pretty DIY Paper Pumpkins Craft Idea

With just a few sheets of scrapbook paper, you can make your own pretty pumpkins perfect for dressing up your space. A great craft for both children and adults, these pretty paper pumpkins take just minutes to make and add a real pop of color. Take a look below at how you can get busy crafting your own. Fall will be here before you know it!

Pretty DIY Paper Pumpkin Craft Idea

Here is what you will need:

  • 4-5 assorted pieces of scrapbook paper. We picked one color and picked up sheets in various patterns.
  • Pipe cleaners (brown is perfect)
  • Green scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • glue

Directions:
1. Begin by cutting your scrapbook paper into circles. You want your circles to be even with each other, so use a stencil or pattern. Cut out 4-7 circles for each pumpkin.

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2. Bend each of the circles in half. You want the design on the paper to face inward when you bend.
3. You can now start to assemble your pumpkins. To do this, apply some glue to the back of the paper. Line up the half of the circle with another half from a matching circle.
4. Continue gluing the circles of paper together until a globe shaped is formed.

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5. Cut a small length of pipe cleaner and twist it around your finger to make a vine. Add a dab of glue and press it into the top of the pumpkin.
6. Cut a few green leaves out of your green scrapbook paper. Attach them with glue to the stem/vine.

Your pretty paper pumpkins are now complete. Display them on a mantel, grouped in a bowl, or just lined up on a shelf. Try using a variety of fall colors and patterns, and really have fun with it.

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Gather your supplies and give this frugal fall craft a try!

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

When the leaves start changing colors and the days start getting shorter I love to start baking! Of course as I’ve said before, pumpkin is one of my favorite fall flavors! Today I have a delicious pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies recipe to share with you! Yum!

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ C. butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ C. sugar
  • 1 C. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 ½ C. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 box of pumpkin spice pudding (located in the seasonal baking section – I found mine at Walmart)
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and pumpkin spice pudding mix. Mix well and fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add in the chocolate chips.
  4. Place the dough in fridge for about 15 minutes to set up.
  5. Remove from the fridge and use a rounded cookie scoop to drop the dough on your cookies sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes. Cookies will turn a nice golden brown color.

 

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

*This recipe makes approximately 2 dozen cookies. Store your pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week. I guarantee they won’t last that long though! You can also freeze them for up to a couple months if you want to make them ahead for the holidays.

Orange Scream White Hot Chocolate Recipe

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It's starting to get a little cooler outside lately now that fall is truly setting in. One of my favorite fall recipes is a white hot chocolate. I usually use regular milk to make it, but after hearing about TruMoo's Orange Scream I decided it would make a fun twist for Halloween on my original white hot chocolate recipe. That's how this orange scream white hot chocolate recipe was born. Yum! It's the perfect warm and comforting beverage for a cold fall morning! 

Orange Scream White Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBS White Chocolate Chips
  • 2 TBS Coffee Creamer
  • 8 ounces TruMoo Orange Scream
  • dash of vanilla
  • whipped cream
  • orange sprinkles

Instructions:

1. Place the creamer and the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe mug. Microwave at 30 second intervals until the chips melt, stir until smooth.

2.Add in the TruMoo Orange Scream, and microwave for 90 seconds more or until the liquid is heated through.

3. Stir in the vanilla.

4. Top with whipped cream and orange or other fun fall sprinkles. 

Orange Scream white hot chocolate is perfect for Halloween and other fall parties, or just because on a cool day. The orange and white chocolate are fabulous together, top it with whipped cream and the kids are definitely sure to scream for more! 

Looking for more? You can visit their website for more delicious TruMoo Halloween recipes and fun ideas.

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

We love everything pumpkin this time of year! This pumpkin spice muffins recipe is perfect for breakfast, an after school snack, or to take along for a Thanksgiving lunch or brunch. Make a double or triple batch and throw some in the freezer for later!

Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 2 ½ cups white sugar
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Insert liners into your muffin pans and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and spices in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and whisk in then pumpkin puree, oil, applesauce, and water. Slowly add the dry ingredients until well combined.
  3. Scoop the mixture evenly into the muffin pans taking care not to fill the cups more than ⅔’s full.
  4. Bake for about 18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

 

These muffins are also great to make ahead and freeze for later!

To freeze – cool completely, then seal in a freezer bag with as much of the air pressed out of it as possible (but don’t vacuum seal because you’ll squish the muffins!)  Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or pull them out individually for a quick breakfast or snack and heat them for about 30 seconds in the microwave!

GoPro Hero4 Camera At Best Buy Tops My Holiday Wish List

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I’m a total camera fanatic! I love my cameras, and I’ve been obsessing over getting a new action camera for the last few months. The GoPro Camera is definitely on my holiday wish list this year, and I just found out they have the latest models at BestBuy.

If you have a camera fanatic, or someone who loves to capture the action as it happens on your holiday gift list this is a great gift idea! Teens, older kids or even active moms would love this camera. Everyone loves to share action shots and videos on social media these days, but your cell phone or a regular camera can only do so much, that’s where the GoPro comes in!

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There is also a full line of GoPro accessories so you can mount the camera almost any way you can imagine to help you capture the action while it’s happening, without losing or breaking your camera.

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These little cameras can bring joy on Christmas morning and all through the year!

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Check out the latest GoPro specs for the 3 new cameras at Best Buy:

  • GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring 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.

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  • GoPro HERO4 Silver: the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling The camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings is ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.

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  • GoPro HERO: Featuring 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. 12x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates

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Best Buy currently has the broadest assortment of action cameras from the top brands. Learn more at BestBuy.com/GoPro or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest GoPro and other cameras in person.

Easy Savings With Savings Catcher

Thank you to Walmart Savings Catcher for sponsoring today’s conversation. All opinions are my own. OK, I have a confession! I’m not at all a thrifty shopper! I am the opposite of a thrifty shopper most of the time, whatever that is? I’ve tried clipping coupons, and comparison shopping but I just don’t have the time to keep it up. I like to go to one store, get in, get out, and buy the brands I want to buy. That’s why I was super excited to try out the Saving’s Catcher App from Walmart. I can get the deals and savings from all the stores in the area without actually checking out the ads and going to those stores. I can go to one store, Walmart, and know I’m getting the best deal in the area. The best part is the app was super easy to download to my Samsung Galaxy. I just went to the Play Store and searched for Walmart Savings Catcher and it was the first option of course. Walmart Savings Catcher Downloading the app only took a few seconds. Walmart Savings Catcher 2 The app is within the Walmart app, so you can also check out the deals at your local Walmart, order photos, or access the pharmacy. The Savings Catcher app itself even tells you what stores in the area it is also checking for the price comparison. Walmart Savings Catcher 3 I clicked on the Savings Catcher app, then hit scan a receipt. I centered my Walmart receipt bar QC code in the box and it scanned, easy peasy! I love easy! It only took me a few seconds, and I didn’t have to drive from store to store to get the deals. Walmart Savings Catcher 4 The receipt just has to be from within the last 7 days. You can even scan the receipt before you leave the store if you’re like me and you have a hard time saving your receipts, or remembering where you’ve placed them once you hit home. It can take up to 72 hours to find your savings. I’m still waiting on mine to hit, so I’ll be back to update and let you know how much I saved as soon as it does! You receive your savings in the form of a Walmart eCard. I really do love this idea! It’s great for people like me who aren’t good at clipping coupons or comparison shopping it takes the work right out of it and makes it super easy! It’s like a free bonus without any extra work! I love the easy savings with Savings Catcher!

25 Amazing Duck Tape Crafts For Kids

You might refer to it as “duct tape” or “Duck tape”, but either way, it’s a great cost effective material to craft with. It’s always fun to craft with kids, and of course they love Duck tape! So we put together a list of 25 Duck tape crafts for kids you so you can be crafting with Duck tape all winter long! This list has some of the best duct tape crafts for kids (both small and big) and by far the most creative Duck tape crafts I’ve found! Get your creative juices flowing and get to crafting with duct tape, because you can make just about anything!

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Check out some of these great duct tape craft ideas for inspiration!

1. Duct Tape Flower Pen~This would make a fun gift idea for a teacher!
2. Backpack~ Carry this backpack and you’re sure to get noticed!
3. Business Card Holder~ Great gift idea for dad!
4. Duct Tape Wallets~ Another great gift idea for dad!
5. Magnetic Memo Board~ Such a fun way to post your messages.
6. Duct Tape Vase~ Great gift idea for mom or grandma.
7. Duck Tape Flowers~ For mom or that special someone.
8. Duck Tape Beads~ The jewelry possibilities are endless!
9. Messenger Bag~ Carrying this is sure to be a conversation starter.
10. Sunglass Holder~ Cute party craft or gift idea.
11. Phone Case~ Christmas present for anyone in the family!
12. Pocket Notebook~ A great way to bling a take along notebook.
13. Duct Tape Suitcase~ So fun to pack for grandma’s!
14. DIY Gift Box~ Perfect for birthdays, or give it a holiday theme!
15. Heart Shaped Basket~ Valentine’s Day?
16. Mickey and Minnie Gift Card Holders~ Fun craft idea for a Disney birthday party!
17. Cake, Cupcake, and Straw Toppers
18. Spy Scope~ Spy party anyone?
19. Cardboard Sketchbook~ Perfect idea for the creative type.
20. Crayon Roll~Fun for a rainy day or a party!
21. Cardboard Castle~ Build then play!
22. Duct Tape Drums~ Maybe not as loud as the real thing?
23. Duct Tape Ring~ For that special someone.
24. Dazzling Bracelets~ To add a little bling to your look.
25. Duct Tape Stool~ Great home DIY project

Many of these Duck tape crafts are even useful in your everyday life, and several of them would make fabulous Duck tape Christmas present ideas! You can even use these ideas to springboard into other ideas! The duct tape craft possibilities are endless, hah!

Which one is your fave?

7 Smart Home Energy Tips

Thanks to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s discussion.

We’ve been working hard to make our house more energy efficient over the last few years, and we’ve done several things to help cut back on our energy bill, including the addition of technology in some cases. The changes have been paying off, our energy bill was the lowest it’s been in many years this month! We are going to continue to make our home smarter and more energy efficient.

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Here are some of our favorite smart home energy tips so you can work toward cutting you’re own energy bill.

1. Install a smart thermostat to help make your heat more efficient, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat. Smart thermostats offer you closer climate control and the convenience of programming away from home, and more. Perfect for our on the go family! Right now you can get a great deal on a Nest Learning Thermostat with their Comfort & Control Plans. Their 24 or 36 month plans offer fixed rate price stability, and a Nest Learning Thermostat (a $249 value) at no cost to you. That’s definitely an energy win! They’re also giving away 5 Nest Learning Thermostats one lucky winner who enters the sweepstakes.

2. Switch traditional bulbs to CFLs and LED bulbs~ We recently remodeled our living room and family room. While we were remodeling we made our lighting more energy efficient by switching traditional bulbs to CFLs and LEDs.

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3. Replace old appliances. We also recently replaced our older, inefficient refrigerator with newer, more efficient, Energy Star® model. We’re planning to replace more of our appliances in the near future, since old appliances tend to run inefficiently.

4. Replace the shower head in your bathroom(s) with low flow shower heads. We replaced our shower head several years ago, but it wasn’t working properly any more, so a couple weeks ago we replaced it with a brand new low flow shower head. These shower heads regulate the flow of water, assuring you a more efficient shower.

low flow shower head

5. Install light dimmers~ We have a light dimmer in our middle room so we can regulate how much light energy we’re using. Using light dimmers can save cut your electricity use 40% over time and make your lightbulbs last 20 times longer.

6. Plant a tree! Another thing I love about our house is the mature trees all around. They provide shade in the summer, and help shelter us from some of the wind. Planting trees in optimal spots on your property will provide shade during the warmer months making your system work less hard to cool your home down.

7. Use smart power strips~ Even when your appliances and electronics are turned off, they can still be using electricity. We use smart power strips in every room in our house to combat energy vampires.

power strip

Hopefully these tips will help you to save some energy! What are some of your favorite smart home energy saveing tips? Don’t forget to install a Direct Energy Smart Thermostat to help you save energy and money on your heating and cooling bill!