Holiday Hosting Made Easy with Nokia Lumia 830 & Cortana

Holiday Hosting Made Easy with Nokia Lumia 830 & Cortana

I received complimentary goodies & a Nokia Lumia 830 review device for this post about holiday hosting made easy. All opinions are my own. Rather than trying to go house to house on Christmas day, our family all gathers at one location the weekend before the holiday for a huge party. Since our house is the central location, we’re usually the hosts. My mom lives with me, and honestly, she does all the really hard work: baking, cleaning, etc. I handle smaller details, like decorating, running to the story 500 times for random little things and what not. It’s a […] Read more »

What Can You Do with a Huawei Ascend Mate 2?

Huawei Ascend Mate

What can you do with a Huawei Ascend Mate 2? Well, with 60 hours of fun on a single charge, a whole lot, that’s what! I received the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 for review and let me tell you, it’s certainly been making its rounds in our house! Before we get into all the fun things we’ve been using it for, let’s run down the basics, shall we? I’ll be honest, before I got the invite for this opportunity, I hadn’t heard of the Huawei. Now that I’ve had the chance to try it, though, I want everyone to know […] Read more »

Print Your Heart Out with HP Instant Ink

HP Instant Ink

This post is brought to you by HP Instant Ink. All opinions are my own. It never fails: right in the middle of a big print job I notice the ink getting lighter and lighter. Then it’s gone. Nothing but a faded memory on a half-printed page. With the amount of ink we use in this house, you’d think we’d be better at checking our levels more often! The thing is, I can’t even remember to check the gas levels in my car, and that gauge stares me in the face every day. Remembering to check something that I can’t […] Read more »

Why I’m Thankful for My HP Envy Rove AIO #IntelAIO #IntelPartner


#spon: I am in a partnership with Intel. Through this partnership I gain access to content, product, or other forms of value. I’ve been using my beloved HP Envy Rove Intel AIO for a little over a year now. If you’ve ever met me, you know I get very attached to my computers. I name them,  talk to them, tend to them, protect them and love them. I’m super weird, right? Anyway, like with any good relationshipover the last year, I’ve come to love my Intel AIO a little more every day. Today, in honor of Thanksgiving week, I’m sharing […] Read more »

Nokia Lumia 530: The Right Smartphone for Your Child

Nokia Lumia Jake 2

Jacob received a complimentary Nokia Lumia 530 for review. All opinions are his and mine. Yes, you read that right: the right smartphone for your child. A little over a month ago, I was adamant that my son would NEVER need a phone until he was at least 14. I admit it, I was a little judgmental towards parents who got their preteen kids a phone. Maybe more than a little. Then my son missed chorus and came home on the regular bus. I didn’t know. He didn’t have a phone. No one offered to bring him home or call […] Read more »

Affordable Gift Ideas for the Techy on Your List + Smart Media Desk Giveaway

Holiday Gifts for Techies

When your list is filled with totally techies, coming up with affordable gift ideas is challenging. Trust me, I know! My son’s list is mostly ALL high-tech stuff this year! Since he’s my kid, I’ll likely fulfill at least three of his tech wishes (the new laptop is going to have to wait). What do you do, though, when you’re buying for a techy that isn’t exactly a high-dollar family member? For example, you really wouldn’t buy a new iPad for your son’s best friend, now would you? Check out a few of my favorite affordable gift ideas for the […] Read more »

Have a Solar-Powered Halloween (Get a Free Solar Flashlight!)

Solar Flashlight

This post is brought to you by Pure Energies. All opinions are, as always, my own. Ready for trick-or-treating? I know I am! It’s one of my favorite parts of having a kid, especially since mine doesn’t really eat a ton of candy. That means more for mommy! Mwa, ha ha! He has his favorites. Fortunately, his favorites and mine are totally different. Works out great, right? As we get ready for Halloween, it’s time to start thinking about trick-or-treating safety.  My number one safety tip: bring a flash light. Think about it: a flashlight makes sure your child can […] Read more »

What Can You Do with 3GB of Data From Straight Talk Wireless?

Straight Talk Wireless Cat

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk Wireless. All opinions are 100% mine. I’m going to tell you something: data plans intimidate me. I just got my first Smartphone and I’m actually on a plan with my brother. He has a little button that he can push that stops me from using data if I go over. Why? Because I honestly have no idea how much data things use, and I don’t want to end up going over! After all, going over means hidden fees! Well, maybe not hidden, I’m sure somewhere in the […] Read more »

My Military & Money App Helps Young Military Families Manage Money

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This post is brought to you by My Military & Money App. All opinions are my own. I don’t know if you knew this, but I was a Navy wife…twice. I married the first time when I was 19, the day after my then-fiance graduated from boot camp. I was 20 when we moved in together while he attended A-School. I was barely out of my teens and trying to manage a house on my own. Things got even tougher when he changed ratings and was sent several states away…alone. I had to stay in Maryland. So not only was […] Read more »

Learn Something New with!

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With the kids back in school, now is the perfect time to learn something new yourself! While I’ve always been more of a visual learner than an audio one, there are a few things that you just can’t learn by reading. such as a new language! Since gave me some credits to try out their service, I decided now is the perfect time to work on expanding my language skills by learning some French! I’ve tried reading books on how to speak the language, but I need to hear pronunciations. Why French? Well, I have a basic start from […] Read more »