Celebrate Earth Day with Best Buy

Celebrate Earth Day with Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

We all know how much I love Best Buy, and today there’s an even better reason! Just visit their Earth Day Homepage for incredible deals on Energy Star and water efficient appliances!

While there is a large selection of Energy Star appliances at Best Buy, the LG Twin Wash and Sidekick Laundry Pair have really piqued my interest. Before we jump into why I love these, let’s take a look at why Energy Star appliances rock my socks.

Why Energy Star?

Best Buy Earth DayFor starters, a new ENERGY STAR certified washer uses 280 kWh of electricity. This can save you up to $40 a year on your utility bill, compared to a standard model. If you have a standard washer over 10 years old that alone costs you, on average, $180 a year.

ENERGY STAR washers also use less water – a standard machine uses 23 gallons as opposed to the 13 gallons of water per load used by an ENERGY STAR appliance. That is more than 3,000 gallons of water a year saved!

ENERGY STAR dryers use 20% less energy than their conventional counterparts and there is no sacrifice on features or performance. This is mainly because they offer sensor drying as opposed to timed drying.

Now… on to the LG Twin Wash & Sidekick.

Best Buy Earth Day

My favorite feature is being able to do two loads at once (I have been waiting forever for this technology!) This lets get other stuff done instead of washing clothes all day. The LG Twin Wash is made with efficiency in mind. It gets more clothes cleaner, faster with its 6.6 cu. ft. capacity. The TWIN wash offers an ergonomically elevated and angled door that makes loading and unloading a breeze. Another plus is the LED control panel, it is located right on the front door so there is no reaching or hunting to find it.

The TurboWash 2.0 feature can save you up to 30 minutes on larger loads with exceptional cleaning performance. The TurboSteam technology is designed to deeply penetrate fabrics to give you even cleaner clothes and linens.  Oh, and the detergent tray is made to prevent spills with the easy-to-fill recessed design.

The Sidekick  can be paired with nearly any LG front load unit. Use the main unit for smaller loads to prevent water waste. With the LG SideKick pedestal washer, you can get two loads of laundry done at once, regardless of size.

The Sidekick may also be used to discretely raise your primary front-loading washer to a comfortable height. As a bonus, the SideKick matches the pedestal under your LG dryer! It has a 1.0 cu. ft. capacity perfect for tackling small loads whenever you need. It also comes with a 10-year warranty and a magnetic remote control!

Before you start shopping be sure to take advantage of these great offers:

  • 18 months major appliance financing or 10% rewards (increased from 5 to 10% for April!) and 10% back in grocery purchases (NEW – testing during this campaign)
  • Free delivery on purchases $399+
A Prettier World with Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan

A Prettier World with Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

When I first started this blogging gig I wasn’t aware of how important pictures were. For the first couple of months I didn’t include any images in my posts. Then I started using images that were, well, crappy. The quality was horrible but I was going by the “at least it’s something” motto. I’m embarrassed to be admitting any of this but I am because I have learned so much over the past five years. The key thing being high quality photos are very important for any blog.

Once I realized how important pictures were I started using web-based applications to edit my pictures. These were either free or super cheap and the saying “You get what you pay for” rung true. While these applications did help make my images look better they weren’t the best they could be. Recently I started using the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan and I’m blown away by the difference.

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography PlanI was intimidated at first because I thought you had to have a degree to be able to use these programs. With a little searching and trial and error I now understand how to take my photos from drab to fab with a few mouse clicks and some playing around. The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan encompassing Photoshop Creative Cloud and Lightroom Creative Cloud. That means wherever I am I can add, improve, and share my best photos.

Photoshop Lightroom Dragon

The Creative Cloud Photography plan is all about enhanced photo editing and convenience with the multi-screen capabilities provided by the Cloud. It retails for $119.99 reg for a 1-year subscription. With the Creative Cloud plan you can totally transform your photos or just make a few everyday edits. The possibilities are near endless and you can manipulate images in any way imaginable!

One of my favorite features is the ability to organize, edit, and share my images from anywhere. PC, web, iPad/iPhone and Android devices – whatever I’m using I can be sure the Creative Cloud will be there. I can also organize images in web galleries and share them on sites like Facebook and Titter with ease. The Adobe Slate mobile app helps me craft visual stories and animated video while the Adobe Voice app lets me add narration in my own voice!

Whether you’re a blogger, photographer, or photography enthusiast I highly recommend checking out Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. It’s what my pictures have been needing and I can’t imagine editing and enhancing photos with any other program!

My Top Five Best Buy Wedding Registry Gifts

My Top Five Best Buy Wedding Registry Gifts

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Best Buy Wedding Registry

Saying ‘I Do’ is a moment many people begin dreaming of early on. I don’t think I had hit puberty yet when I started planning for my wedding. Flowers, brides maid dresses, heck even caterers! As we grow up we start to realize just how much really goes into planning a wedding and all of our well thought, albeit juvenile inspired plans come tumbling down. Stress kicks in as the real planning begins and we start to wonder

Whose idea was this again?!

Don’t get me wrong, weddings are amazing and beautiful and special and great. But they can, and often do, get stressful. Thanks to the Best Buy Wedding Registry you can cross one part of the planning process off the list.

As you and your spouse to be sample hundreds of cakes (that all pretty much taste the same). Go to fitting after fitting.  And plan – plan – plan, your friends and family can shop effortlessly for everything you’ll need once the knot is tied.

Starting Your Wedding Registry

Best Buy Wedding Registry

There is usually at least one half of a couple that dislikes shopping. Thanks to the Best Buy Wedding Registry you don’t even need to leave the house! You can add some of the most popular items for any room in the house right from your couch. Simply go to the Best Buy Wedding Registry website to get started.

For the more expensive items you may feel guilty or greedy asking one person to buy for you. For those items you can choose Group Gifting. Group Gifting allows gift-givers to contribute any amount they want, so you can ask for the gifts you really want and not worry about price point.

The Best Buy Wedding Registry has Free Shipping, No Minimum.  Among your “Top Five” products, big or small, expensive or affordable, all of the Top Five would ship for free!!

Best Buy Wedding Registry

Here are my Top Five Best Buy Wedding Registry gifts, what would yours be?

 

 

KitchenAid

KitchenAid – Ultra Power Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in Red – Because those cakes & desserts aren’t going to mix themselves!

 

 

Sungale - 19" Wi-Fi Digital Photo Frame - Black
Sungale – 19″ Wi-Fi Digital Photo Frame in Black – To forever store and display favorite photos from that special day!

 

 

Batman Playstation 4

 

Sony – PlayStation 4 500GB Batman: Arkham Knight Bundle in Black – Because the couple that plays together, stays together. And, BATMAN!!

 

Garmin - nüvi 2597LMT - 5" - Built-in Bluetooth - Lifetime Map and Traffic Updates - Portable GPS

 

Garmin – nüvi 2597LMT – 5″ – Built-in Bluetooth – Lifetime Map and Traffic Updates – Portable GPS – Because getting lost can lead to stress. Newlyweds do not need stress!

 

 

SONOS - PLAY:1 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music

 

SONOS – PLAY:1 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music – To dance…wherever and whenever the mood strikes!

Save More if You Drive Less with Metromile

Save More if You Drive Less with Metromile

This is a sponsored post – opinions remain my own.

How many times have you looked at your insurance policy and shook your head? You hardly ever use the car yet you’re paying out the wahoo for a ‘Oh no!’ moment that will likely never happen. But there’s no other choice, right?

Wrong!

Metromile is a pay-per-mile insurance that only charges you for, you guessed it, how many miles you drive. If you drive less than 10,000 miles per year you could save hundreds on your car insurance using a pay-per-mile insurance carrier like Metromile.

Metromile

The average Metromile customer saves $500 when they switch!

Metromile offers all the key levels of protection that the big auto insurance companies do, including:

  • Bodily injury
  • Personal damage
  • Unisured and underinsured motorist coverage
  • Collision
  • Personal injury protection
  • Rental reimbursement
  • Emergency roadside assistance
  • 24-hour customer service

Deductible options are $250, $500, and $1,000.

Metromile pay-per-mile insurance is currently offered in California, Illinois, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

Metromile also gives you a more informed driving experience which can help you save time and money. Using data gathered from Metromile Pulse, (an OBD-II device that plugs into your car’s computer system), you’ll only pay a few cents per mile and have a low monthly base rate for full coverage! Features include:

  • Car health information (diagnostic trouble codes)
  • Car location
  • Customizable trip logs
  • Mileage tracking for expense reporting
  • Driving trends

If you’re not in an area where pay-per-mile insurance is available you can still test drive Metromile with their free beta app. When you sign up you receive the Metromile Tag, a small device that wirelessly connects with your phone via iBeacon technology and delivers many of the valuable insights that per-mile insurance customers enjoy.

Metromile Tag

With the Metromile Tag you’ll get the same driving details as with the Pulse. You’ll have your car’s health information, location, trip logs, mileage tracking, and driving trends right at your fingertips. My favorite thing about the Tag is there’s no installation. You can keep it in the cup holder, glove compartment, your pocket, or anywhere in your car. As long as your phone is on (with Bluetooth enabled) everything is tracked.

It’s genius!

To help you get motivated we’re giving away a Metromile swag  bag to one lucky reader. The bag includes the following items:

  • $50 gas card (Shell)
  • T-shirt
  • Notebook & Pen
  • Mousepad
  • Sunglasses
  • Phone Charger
  • Tire Gauge
  • Air Freshener
  • Bumper Sticker
  • Tumbler (for hot and cold beverages)

Metromile Swag

Metromile Prize Pack
You don’t need to wait for the giveaway to end to get started with Metromile. Head over to their website to get pay-per-mile insurance or test drive the Metromile Tag for free.

Save Your Memories Before You Forget #SanDisk

Save Your Memories Before You Forget #SanDisk

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Going back to school is bittersweet for parents and students alike. Between shopping, new curriculum, and the change to everyone’s daily schedules it is easy to feel overwhelmed between the fear and excitement. Best Buy is there to help students and parents by offering up a wide array of tech savvy products essential for a successful school year.

SanDisk at Best Buy

One of the most vital tools you could have for the school year is a memory card. Term papers, homework, class notes, and study guides are just a few things to expect during the year. Having the ability to safely store them for later use is imperative. If there’s one thing I have learned in life it is to always have a backup. I prefer SanDisk for making, keeping ,and sharing my backups.

SanDisk provides an array of powerful memory card solutions to ensure the data you save is there when you need it.

Memory cards have come a long way over the years. SanDisk has kept up stride with the demands of everyday storage needs. They meet security, capacity, performance, and environmental requirements of next generation devices for parents, students, and teachers.

SanDisk at Best Buy

Best Buy is the place you can get a memory card to support safe storage for all of your devices.

SanDisk for Digital Imaging:

  • Capture more fast action, record more 4K Ultra HD and Full HD video, AND Transfer speeds up to 60MB/s FOR SMARTPHONES, TABLETS AND ACTION CAMERAS
  • Over 10X faster than ordinary cards AND transfer speeds up to 80MB/s FOR DSLR CAMERAS AND CAMCORDERS

SanDisk microSD™ card: 

Add a SanDisk microSD™ card to your smartphone or tablet, and you can carry more of the media and apps you love. Thin and light computing devices, tablets, and smartphones demand the compact form factors of SanDisk microSD cards.

Mobile devices help you share stories every day, no matter where you go. Make sure their performance can keep up. SanDisk microSD™ cards give your smartphone or tablet a more responsive camera function and smoother media playback. Whether you want more storage for your phone or a card that makes it easy to shoot high-resolution video on the go, you can choose the way you want to add fast, reliable data storage with capacity options from 4GB to 200GB.

SanDisk at Best Buy

  • USB FOR iPhone AND iPad  allows for easy transfer between iPhone, iPad, and computers AND frees up iPhone and iPad memory with both lightning and USB connectors
  • Dual USB for ANDROID devices allows for easy transfer between Android™ device and computers AND frees up space for photos, videos, music and more

Head to Best Buy or BestBuy.com to find the SanDisk memory card that is suited to your needs before the struggle of lost data.

So You Want to Start a Blog? Here’s How to Do It

So You Want to Start a Blog? Here’s How to Do It

If I had a quarter for everyone that has asked me how to get started blogging I’d have a huge pile of quarters. There are many ways to start a blog due to so many different platforms. For simplicity’s sake I’m going to focus on the self-hosted WordPress platform.

Get Started Blogging with HostGator Optimized WordPress

What is WordPress?

Whenever I am talking to someone about how to start a blog this question always pops up. What is WordPress? Well, WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) for easily building and managing a website or blog.

Back in the day if you wanted a website you had to code (html, php, java, etc..) everything by hand. That is a bit tricky when you don’t even know what html, php, or java mean. WordPress allows you to bypass the more technical stuff and jump right into blogging. It’s incredibly easy to use and the learning curve isn’t as bad as you may think.

So… how do you start a blog?

Before we go more into WordPress, the first step to starting a blog is choosing a name/domain for your blog. This is your bread (the butter comes later) and should reflect what you intend to blog about and/or are passionate about.

Once you have a name in mind it’s time to register that name. To keep it simple we’ll register this domain with HostGator.

Register a Domain with HostGator

Once you have a registered domain (CONGRATULATIONS!!!) it’s time to set up hosting. You have a lot of hosting choices available but I highly recommend HostGator Optimized WordPress. It makes getting started blogging easier and faster since you don’t have to manually install WordPress.

When you choose HostGator you get:

  • 24/7 live support via chat, phone, and email – you’re not alone. We’re here to help.
  • One click WordPress installs – no messy downloading and uploading of files.
  • One click and start easy to use website builder – drag and drop tools that make building a site super simple.
  • Design services – don’t want to build your site? Let our pros do it for you.
  • Marketing services (SEO and PPC) – want to generate traffic? Our in house experts want to help.
  • Domains – HostGator is your one-stop-shop for domains!

Why HostGator Optimized WordPress?

I’m glad you asked! I have been with HostGator for as long as I have been blogging. I have had tried several other hosts and HostGator has always been the best in customer service, uptime, and speed.

HostGator-Optimized-WP

The new HostGator Optimized WordPress is even faster with added security (less chance of your site getting hacked – yes, even new/small blogs get hacked.)

Benefits/Features of HostGator Optimized WordPress

  • Automatic updates of plugins/theme/WordPress
  • Sitelock malware scanning and removal
  • Sitelock Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • CodeGuard daily backup and restores (down to the file level)
  • HostGator Optimized WordPress is a new premium product and just a small extension to existing products provided by HostGator

Okay… now what?

Once you have your domain and HostGator Optimized WordPress accounts it’s time to push the magic button (Create Blog) to install WordPress.

OPWP_manage2

After a few minutes your WordPress blog will be created and you can get started customizing the look of your blog, publishing content, and officially claim the title of blogger. Everything you need to manage your new WordPress install is at the touch of your mouse pointer.

HostGator Optimized WordPress

 

Get Started Today

Now that you have the step-by-step directions to start a blog why not head over to HostGator to learn more and get started today!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.