Pretty Opinionated http://www.prettyopinionated.com Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:01:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop: $25 Visa Gift Cardhttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/11/merry-christmas-giveaway-hop-25-visa-gift-card/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/11/merry-christmas-giveaway-hop-25-visa-gift-card/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:01:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=40218 Welcome to the Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop, hosted by Planet Weidknecht and LeahSay’s Views. All participating bloggers are offering up prizes worth at least $25. Since I’m self-sponsoring this one, I’m going with something super easy: a $25 Visa Gift card. I know it’s not exciting, but you know what? You get to pick anything your pretty little heart desires if you win it. Isn’t that nice? Don’t you love it? Keeping it short and sweet, since it’s the busy holiday season. No one has time to read my long-winded ramblings! Enter below on the pretty Gleam form. Giveaway is open […]

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Welcome to the Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop, hosted by Planet Weidknecht and LeahSay’s Views. All participating bloggers are offering up prizes worth at least $25. Since I’m self-sponsoring this one, I’m going with something super easy: a $25 Visa Gift card. I know it’s not exciting, but you know what? You get to pick anything your pretty little heart desires if you win it. Isn’t that nice? Don’t you love it?

Visa Gift Card

Keeping it short and sweet, since it’s the busy holiday season. No one has time to read my long-winded ramblings! Enter below on the pretty Gleam form. Giveaway is open to US residents, because I have the Visa card sitting right here in my super organized office space and I’m shipping it myself. I’m lying about the organized part, but don’t worry, I DO know where the gift card is. It’s organized chaos. Giveaway ends on December 8th.
Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop

Now go hop along and enter to win even more awesome Christmas (Hanuka, Yule, etc) gifts. Good luck!

 


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Why I’m Thankful for My HP Envy Rove AIO #IntelAIO #IntelPartnerhttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/11/thankful-hp-envy-rove-intel-aio/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/11/thankful-hp-envy-rove-intel-aio/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=40230 #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 […]

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#spon: I am in a partnership with Intel. Through this partnership I gain access to content, product, or other forms of value.

Intel-Thanksgiving

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 why I’m super Thankful for my HP Envy Rove Intel AIO.

Why I Love my HP Envy Rove Intel AIO

It’s fast enough to handle just about everything I throw at it.

Intel Thanks Screen Shot

In an average work session, I have open:

  • 2 browsers, each with about 6 tabs
  • 2 photo editing programs
  • a Word program
  • a Spreadsheet program
  • three photo folders
  • Windows Live Mail
  • at least three other random apps, depending on what I’m doing

My HP Envy Rove Intel AIO handles the load flawlessly. The only issues I encounter are fr0m certain browsers (oddly, not the one you’d expect to be the issue) and notoriously flaky browser plugins. Can’t blame my baby for that, now can you?

Helped me become financially independent

Okay, while I did MOST of the work (all) on this one, I couldn’t have done it without my HP Envy Rove. Last year, before my Intel AIO arrived, I was working on an ancient machine ready to bite the dust. Productivity isn’t exactly easy when you can’t get past the login page of your own site without rebooting your computer. I gave my old PC to Jacob and he barely even touches it now. It just lags too much, even for his games. Now I’m looking into getting him an HP for the holidays! Anyway, having a fast All-in-One computer makes it so much easier to work, which means I get more done faster. I’ve finally reached the point of financial independence after years of struggling. I feel like I owe at least some of that success to my HP Envy Rove.

Lets me unwind and have fun after working all day! 

While I use my Envy predominantly for work, both Jacob and I also use it for fun. The screen is big enough for playing games, watching our favorite movies on Netflix or just browsing funny cat pictures. Jacob anxiously waits for me to get off so he can play his Dungeon Defenders or Minecraft games (my old computer can no longer handle them). My HP Envy Rove Intel AIO computer has become such a major fixture in our lives over the last year. I’m so thankful for it. While I hope it continues to perform as well for a while yet, when “retirement day” comes, I’ll definitely be getting another!

Learn more about all the fantastic Intel All-in-Ones to see which one is best for your family’s needs!

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Give Our Troops a Little Comforts from Home with Marie Callender’s #ComfortsFromHomehttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/11/give-troops-little-comforts-home-marie-callenders-comfortsfromhome/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/11/give-troops-little-comforts-home-marie-callenders-comfortsfromhome/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:00:42 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=40176 This post brought to you by Marie Callender’s. All opinions are 100% mine. Giving our troops a little taste of the comforts from home has never been easier, thanks to Marie Callender’s. Right now, when you buy specially marked packages of delicious dinners and desserts, then enter the code on the Comforts from Home website, Marie Callender’s will donate $0.50 to the USO2GO. You’ve heard of the USO, right? Well, the USO2GO is one of their many wonderful programs designed to enrich the lives of our brave troops. The program gives kits filled with things like electronics, sporting gear, books, […]

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Giving our troops a little taste of the comforts from home has never been easier, thanks to Marie Callender’s. Right now, when you buy specially marked packages of delicious dinners and desserts, then enter the code on the Comforts from Home website, Marie Callender’s will donate $0.50 to the USO2GO. Give Our Troops a Little Comforts from Home with Marie Callender’s #ComfortsFromHome You’ve heard of the USO, right? Well, the USO2GO is one of their many wonderful programs designed to enrich the lives of our brave troops. The program gives kits filled with things like electronics, sporting gear, books, games and more to our troops stationed all over them world in remote locations.

When my ex-husband was in the Navy, he was stationed first in Adak, Alaska and then in Diego Garcia. Two very remote locations, albeit with entirely different climates. I used to send him all sorts of different stuff, little things from home. You really don’t know what you’ll miss until you don’t have it. Give Our Troops a Little Comforts from Home with Marie Callender’s #ComfortsFromHome Even when we were in Japan, which is hardly a “remote” location, there were so many things from home that I missed! My mom used to send me made-for-TV movies, complete with the commercials. Yes, I even missed those commercial breaks. AFN (Armed Forces Network) didn’t show the regular ads.

Many of our troops are stationed in places where they don’t even have access to modest base Exchanges (BX in Navy speak, I believe the Army called them PXs, or Post Exchanges). The kits from the USO2GO give them the comforts from home they need for a little fun and relaxation. Troops can relax and read in beanbag chairs, organize a game of football and even send emails to their family and friends back home with these kits.

Marie Callender’s Makes Supporting Our Troops Easy AND Delicious

Give Our Troops a Little Comforts from Home with Marie Callender’s #ComfortsFromHome  With all the delicious varieties of dinners and desserts from Marie Callender’s, supporting our troops has never been so delicious. I am a huge fan of their Chicken Pot Pies. From the tasty flaky top layer of the crust to the soft, moist yummy bottom layer and everything in between, every bite is always fantastic. Plus, it’s just the right size for a quick and easy meal for me. With my insane work schedule, it’s easier for me to pop a pot pie in the microwave and go. I absolutely love that Marie Callender’s taste like homemade food but doesn’t take hours to pull together.

Not a pot pie person? No worries, you’ll find Comforts from Home codes on numerous other varieties, including: Turkey Pot Pie, Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Cheesy Chicken and Rice,  Chocolate Satin Mini Pie, Coconut Cream Mini Pie, Country Fried Chicken & Gravy, Creamy Chicken & Shrimp in a Parmesan Alfredo Sauce, Fettuccini with Chicken & Broccoli, Honey Roasted Turkey Breast, Roasted Turkey Breast & Stuffing, Scalloped Potatoes in A Creamy Cheese Sauce with Ham, Three Meat and Four Cheese Lasagna, Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Salisbury Steak, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Slow Roasted Beef, and the Small Apple Pie. Hungry yet?

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Entering your code is incredibly easy. Just visit the Comforts From Home site and follow the super simple directions. For every entry by 1/31/2015 of an 8-digit code found on participating products, Marie Callender’s will donate $.50 to the USO2GO program. Guaranteed minimum donation: $100,000. Maximum donation: $250,000. Limit 5 code entries per person/computer each day. Valid in U.S. Only.

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Support the Marie Calllender’s Thunrderclap initiative to get the word out to even more people! If you haven’t heard of Thunderclap, it’s a tool that helps spread messages even further by sending them out at the same time through the social media channels of friends. Sign up to support this effort RIGHT NOW by visiting this link. The message, “Help the USO & Marie Callender’s Meals bring the #ComfortsFromHome to troops overseas. Enter the on-pack code today! http://thndr.it/1E3IE6x” will hopefully encourage thousands to enter the on-pack code and therefore drive donations to USO2GO.

Visit Marie Callender’s Facebook for inspiration and to keep up with news about the Comforts from Home project. I’d also love it if you could take a moment to share this post or retweet the below tweet. Let’s spread the word and give our troops the comforts from home they deserve!

 

What comforts from home would you miss the most if you were stationed in a remote location?

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Choice Hotels Black Friday Deal: Save up to 20% Off Your Stayhttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/11/choice-hotels-black-friday-deal-save-20-stay/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/11/choice-hotels-black-friday-deal-save-20-stay/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=40190 Planning to do some traveling during Thanksgiving? Choice Hotels is offering savings up to 20% at participating hotels! Over the summer, Jacob and I stayed at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Mount Pocono. We had such a wonderful experience. You can read all about it here.   I recommend booking directly through Choice Hotels because of their Best Internet Rate Guarantee. Basically, if can show them a cheaper price elsewhere, you may get a free night. Exclusions apply, so check their website for details.

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Planning to do some traveling during Thanksgiving? Choice Hotels is offering savings up to 20% at participating hotels! Over the summer, Jacob and I stayed at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Mount Pocono. We had such a wonderful experience. You can read all about it here.


Best Internet Rates at ChoiceHotels.com

 

I recommend booking directly through Choice Hotels because of their Best Internet Rate Guarantee. Basically, if can show them a cheaper price elsewhere, you may get a free night. Exclusions apply, so check their website for details.

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