Saturday, June 28, 2014

Indulging in Both New & Old Favorites on Netflix #StreamTeam

I am a Netflix Stream Team member and have been given a Netflix membership to help facilitate my posts. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Now that school is out for the summer, I find that now more than ever I need some time at the end of the day just to veg out in front of the TV with a good show. Keeping 4 young boys occupied all day is exhausting and I look forward to a little "me" time with Netflix each month. For me, this June has been all about discovering a new fantastic show and catching up with an old favorite.

At the beginning of the month, my neighbor had mentioned how excited she was for new episodes of Sherlock on Netflix. When she told me how much she enjoyed this show, I thought it was about time I tried it out. It only took a few minutes into the first episode for me to be completely hooked. I love good mysteries and Sherlock is seriously the best I have seen in a long time in that genre. Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness) plays the most perfect, quirky Mr. Holmes and the things that he says keeps me laughing every episode. Of course there is his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson, played by Martin Freeman, who you may recognize as Bilbo Baggins from the two The Hobbit movies. As a huge Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fan, I *may* have yelled out "Look, it's Bilbo!" at the TV when I recognized him. Dr. Watson and his blog are one of my favorite parts of the show. The best part of Sherlock? The episodes are long, around 80-90 minutes each. This means that I'm not blowing through them at my usual speed, but more importantly there is more show to enjoy!

Since my husband and I are enjoying Sherlock together, on the nights when I'm solo I immerse myself in new episodes of Orange is the New Black. In between seasons one and two, I totally forgot how much I loved this show! I actually had a few left of season one to catch up on, which I flew through in two nights and then dove right into season two. I think this show gets better and better as it progresses. I don't sit down and watch it every night, but when I do I usually find myself watching a minimal of four episodes. It makes for a very long night, but it is more than worth it to see Piper and the Litchfield gang again. This show cracks me up but also intrigues me as we wait to see the outcome of certain storyline.

If you find that you need to unwind with some good TV at the end of a long Summer day, Netflix has even more popular shows to choose from. In addition to Sherlock and Orange is the New Black, I highly recommend Parenthood. It is one of my favorite current shows and I never miss it when its new on NBC. I would go as far to say that I feel it is a must watch for all moms.

1. Orange Is the New Black
2. Scandal
3. Pretty Little Liars
4. Sherlock
5. Breaking Bad
6. Parenthood

1. Weeds
2. Call the Midwife
3. Freaks and Geeks
4. Shameless
5. Top of the Lake

What shows do you plan on indulging in on Netflix this summer?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Join us for the Beech-Nut #NotBabyFoodChallenge Twitter Party!

Join us today, Friday, June 13th from 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST for the Beech-Nut #NotBabyFoodChallenge Twitter Party! We are going to chat about what you look for when buying food baby food and how delicious homemade cooking by Moms inspires Beech-Nut Baby Food.

Party Information
Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Moderator: @MomCentral
Brand Participants: @BeechNutFoods
Party Hashtag: #NotBabyFoodChallenge
Prizes: 2 pre-party winners with receive a $75 Target gift card and 6 party winners will be randomly selected every ten minutes to receive a $75 gift code.

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Anyone who tweets this from now until the #NotBabyFoodChallenge Twitter Party will be entered to win one of two $75 Target gift codes.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Get the Latest & Greatest Gifts for Dad at Best Buy #GreatestDad

I have been compensated for my time in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I do not hide the fact that I am a tech junkie. I love having the newest gadget and techie toys and slowly but surely that's rubbing off on my husband as well. Whether the dad in your life is a Gizmo Guro like we are or a Fitness Fanatic, Best Buy has all the latest and greatest gifts to make him happy this Father's Day.

Now my husband loves his flat screen T.V. I swear sometimes he treats it like our fifth child. So I know that the perfect gift for him is the new Amazon Fire TV.  We don't have cable, just the basic network channels, so are use Netflix constantly. On his precious baby, we access Netflix through our Blu-Ray player and let me tell you it's quite cumbersome to use. The absolute worst part is searching for a movie or show using the remote and selecting one letter at a time. Often I find myself using the iPad app to search and add items to my list ahead of time. And my husband just flat out refuses to use the search - he'll wait for me to do it. That is why we love the idea of having a voice activated search like the Amazon Fore TV provides.

Amazon Fire TV Features
  • Use with Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora
  • Voice search
  • 1080p high-definition video
  • Dolby Digital Plus audio up to 7.1
  • Amazon FreeTime
  • Mirror your Kindle HDX tablet
And at $99.99, this also makes for an affordable Father's Day gift the not only my husband will enjoy, but my entire family will enjoy. I love that Amazon FreeTime will allow me to set a time limit for  my children, which will really come in handy once school is out for the summer.

Need more ideas? Well not to worry, her are some of other gifts to choose from for your Gizmo Guru Dad!
  • Lenovo Yoga 2 2-in-1 Touch-Screen Laptop
  • SoundTrue Headphons
  • Bose SoundTouch 20 Wi-Fi Music System
  • Nest Thermostat
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Action Camcorder.
  • mophie space pack
  • iPad Air with wifi + 4G LTE
  • 1817061 - iPad Air Ultrathin Keyboard Folio Carbon
  • Xbox One Console
  • Xbox One Wireless Controller
  • Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens.
  • Logitech Harmony Wireless Smart Keyboard
  • PlayStation 4 console
  • PS4 Wireless Controller
  • Bose SoundLink Mobile III Speaker & Cover
  • Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Earbud Headphones
  • Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker & Travel Bag
  • Samsung Protective Wallet Case for Samsung Galaxy S 5
  • mophie juicepack powerstation XL
  • Microsoft Surface Type Cover 2
  • HP Officejet 6600 Wireless e-All-In-One Printer
  • SanDisk Ultra Dual 32GB USB 2.0/Micro USB Flash Drive
  • Samsonite Premium Thin & Light Laptop Case
  • Targus Metro Rolling Laptop Case
  • Philips Hue Starter Kit
  • Breaking Bad Complete Series Blu-ray
  • $50 iTunes Card
  • LG 60" Class LED 1080p 240Hz Smart 3D HDTV
Be sure to check out the Best Buy Gift Center for more ideas for every type of dad!

Are you shopping for a Gizmo Guru, Fitness Fanatic, Memory Maker or Entertainer this Father's Day?

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