Best Buy, Education, Gift Guides, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Kids

Best Buy Holiday Toy Choices

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 Holiday Toy Choices

It’s here! The 2017 Best Buy Holiday Toy Guide has all the hot toys that I know my son has on his wish list. Anthony is 9 and it is all about gaming and building for him. While looking through the Best Buy toy catalog that came in my mailings I saw a few of his wish list items that will be available through one of our favorite stores to shop at for the boys.

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The best way to find out what he is looking for is to hand him the toy catalog and so I gave him a sharpie and told him he can mark the top choices he sees inside. His eyes lit up as he turned every page. I also saw a few toys we already own and love. I was excited to see the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube. Anthony was gifted this last year and we had a blast building his own bluetooth speaker. It still gets daily use and he loves showing his friends how he built it himself.

They also have the Sphero SPRK+ that he was given last spring for his birthday and loves to roll it around the house and program it. These 2 items I can speak for personally and should get a lot of use by the child you are gifting to.

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Anthony’s Best Buy Holiday Toy Choices

What are Anthony’s top picks? The Nintendo Switch! That is what he has been asking for the most along with some games for it. He also circled the Recoil Laser Tag Starter Set. Our neighbor has this set and they played with it several times over the end of summer and he has been wanting his own. He also circled the Sphero BB-8 and R2D2 app-enabled Droids. His game room is Star Wars theme so he likes to build and display anything Star Wars related in the room on his shelves.

Want to see the entire guide for yourself? You can find toys that educate, focus on STEM and entertain for hours. Visit the Best Buy toy catalog!

 

Best Buy, Earth Friendly, Home

The Benefits of Energy Star Washers and Dryers

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

The Benefits of Energy Star Washers and Dryers

If you need to upgrade or purchase your first washer and dryer do you know where to start? Have you been in an appliance store or a Best Buy lately? There are so many to choose from. You have top loaders, front loaders, steam options, color choices, energy options. We just bought a brand new home this summer and we bought our new refrigerator, washer and dryer from Best Buy. How did we choose where and what to buy?

We knew the finish colors we wanted, we knew we wanted energy efficient because we get credit with our utilities and we wanted the best price and rebate options. Best Buy was the best and I am not saying that because I am a Best Buy blogger. We honestly walked into every appliance store within 60 miles and Best Buy had the best selections and rebates for what we were looking for.

The Benefits of ENERGY STAR Washers and Dryers

When you see that ENERGY STAR label you are getting a washer and dryer that is most effective. An efficient machine saves you on electricity. Who doesn’t want to conserve energy? It is only best for our environment no and in the future.

ENERGY STAR washers have many cycle options so you choose what’s the best way top wash your particular fabrics with the least amount of water. These washers are 25% more efficient and use 45% less water respectively, than standard models. The average lifetime savings is $490 with an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer. Did you know that if all clothes washers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, we would save more than $4 billion each year and prevent more than 19 billion pounds of carbon pollution annually? This is equal to the emissions from 1.7 million vehicles.

Front-load machines tumble clothes through a small amount of water instead of rubbing clothes against an agitator, while advanced top-load machines lift and tumble clothes through a reduced stream of water. Either way, they dramatically reduce the amount of hot water and energy used in the wash cycle.

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ENERGY STAR dryers are better censored so it uses only the heat it needs for the size of load. This also saves on wear and tear of your clothing and fabrics. These dryers are 20% more efficient, respectively, than standard models. You can save over $490 over the lifetime with an ENERGY STAR dryer.

Similar to the washers, if all clothes dryers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and 22 billion pounds of annual carbon pollution would be prevented.  This is equal to the emissions from 2 million vehicles. Our new washer and dryer set we bought has the steam option. We love this option because we save time on ironing my husbands work clothes!

Learn more on the Best Buy blog so you can be even better informed about your purchase decisions.

 

Best Buy, Gift Guides, Home, Summer

Pictures of Our New Home

Pictures of Our New Home

Kitchen

Great Room-Family Room. I can’t wait for the new furniture to get into this room

I am standing in the dining space as I take this photo with kitchen in front and great room to my right. So excited to have open concept.

The backyard has been landscaped

Laundry right-Office left. The lighting in my office is fantastic!

My husband domain and mandatory 3-car garage.

Entryway as you walk in front door. All wood downstairs. Carper on stairs and upstairs will be installed.

MY Master bath-shower/separate tub. Walk in closet to right inside bathroom space.

Anthony’s room-he chose this one. Identical one in hall as a guest room also. Extra room for lounging a tad smaller across hall.

This will be the much anticipated Star Wars themed game room. This room spans the front of the house upstairs and is long. It will be a boys room made in heaven.

Our Master bedroom with a view of Mount Rainier out the window.

DR Horton has been fantastic to work with. We added some extra like 2″ white wood blinds on all windows, landscape the backyard and screen all windows to the base home and it was much more reasonable than we could do ourselves and saves us hours of window work at move in. I am glad they work well with us on options. We did decide too late to add air conditioning to our forced air system, but they gave us their contacts and the quote was great. So we will add AC at move in.

We needed a fridge, dryer and washing machine and the best deal was the Best Buy Memorial Day sale along with Samsung Rebates and our local utilities also offered rebates for buying energy efficient qualified appliances. We went with Samsung because it had the features we wanted and the value just beat out everyone else. I do wish Samsung offered the fingerprint resistance for their refrigerators but their rebates were what tipped us. We went with the Steam washer/dryer set and because we saved so much I also ordered the bases for them. We also got our JBL sound bar system, TV mounts and media accessories through Best Buy because of their sales and deals.

Our furniture is waiting for us at the furniture store and I can’t wait to share finished photos with everyone late July when it is all put together.

Thank you (and this post is not sponsored) to my stores I have been living at as I shop for the new home:

  • Best Buy
  • Old Cannery Furniture
  • DR Horton
  • IKEA
  • Home Goods
  • Marshalls
  • Michaels

Below are the big ticket items we have waiting to get into our new home (some of these links are affiliated). A bit more of a sneak peek at will will be our finished home.

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iconSamsung – 4.5 Cu. Ft. 10-Cycle High-Efficiency Front-Loading Washer with Steam – Platinum

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Samsung – 7.5 Cu. Ft. 10-Cycle Electric Dryer with Steam – Platinum

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Samsung – 24.6 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator with Thru-the-Door Ice and Water – Stainless Steel

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JBL – Cinema 2.1-Channel Soundbar System with 8″ Wireless Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier – Black

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Rocketfish™ – Full-Motion TV Wall Mount for Most 40″ – 75″ TVs – Black

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Best Buy, Home, Spring 2017

Save on Appliances at the Appliances Remodeling Event at Best Buy #bbyremodeling

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

LG Sale Best Buy

Attention LG fans! Right now you can save big at the Appliances Remodeling Event at Best Buy. Along with other brands, LG is being featured as having the best prices of the season right now.

For all major brands you can save 5% to 30% on major appliances. PLUS you get a $100 Best Buy gift card with the purchase of 2 qualifying appliances totaling $1500 or more. This deal is explained more HERE. Valid 3/22-4/12 2017.

What about LG? During this Appliance Remodeling Event receive up to $400 back from LG via mail on select Kitchen Packages (valid though 5/3/17). You submit your rebate online and get a Visa prepaid card when you buy a select LG refrigerator, dishwasher, range or wall oven, and microwave or cooktop.

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LG Features

LG – InstaView™ Door-in-Door® (Sku 5365900): Large capacity with 24 cu ft. of space. InstaView™ Door-in-Door® with a glass panel to see inside the easy access door without letting the cold air out. This is pretty neat as you just knock twice on the glass to illuminate the contents within. It is ENERGY STAR® qualified and comes in the LG Black Stainless Steel series. If you have not seen this LG shade, make sure you head to you local Best Buy and check out the stunning color.

Self-Cleaning Slide-In Electric Convection Range – Black stainless steel (Sku 5117702): 6.3 cu ft. Front Control/Slide-in Range featuring ProBake Technology

LG Range Remodel

To see these and more large appliances that will work best for you, visit the Best Buy Appliance Remodeling Event page HERE.

Apps, Best Buy, Gift Guides, Home

Experience Google Chromecast Audio Streaming

I was compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Google Chromecast Audio

Brand new at Best Buy is a small black disc used for audio streaming called the Google Chromecast Audio. You may have heard of Google Chromecast in that there is a device you plug into a TV USB input so you can take your tablet and computer shows and apps and watch on the large screen at home. This is Google’s same idea but for music.

chromecast audio set up

This is not a bluetooth device. With bluetooth streaming you need a music source like your phone or tablet and a bluetooth speaker to pair. This is music over Wi-Fi. This is very different. How is listening to music over Wi-Fi different than using bluetooth?

  • You can still text or call without interrupting what’s playing or draining your battery
  • Higher sound quality with sound that is crystal clear and powered by the cloud
  • Find many song and artist sources at chromecast.com/apps that work using the Google Chromecast Audio
  • Built-in 2.4GHz/5.0GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network
  • Just plug Chromecast Audio into your speakers via the auxiliary input, connect to Wi-Fi and tap the Cast button from your favorite apps.

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If you are more familiar with listening to music via bluetooth speakers, there are still the same features you can enjoy while using the Wi-Fi connection of this new device such as pairing where you can group Chromecast Audio devices together so you can listen to the same song on multiple speakers. You can also control the volume, play, pause, song selection, etc.. on your phone or device. It will work with the popular apps-You Tube, Pandora, Spotify, etc.

Google Chromecast 2

The Google Chromecast Audio will pair with your Apple® iPhone® or iPad®, Android phone or tablet, Mac or Windows laptop or Chromebook. It works with your existing High-Speed internet. So let’s put it to the test:

Sound: I was very impressed with the sound quality. I have a new speaker set up for our TV, but also connected one to my son’s decades old Sony boombox because it had a line-in jack in the back (amazingly enough). The sound was so clear and even my 8 year old walked in when I had it turned up and asked “Is that coming from my radio?!!”

Pairing: so easy. Once I plugged the unit into the speakers I went to Chromecast.com/setup and it had me download the app and immediately searched for the chromecast device and found it in seconds. Once both were set up (TV speaker and my son’s radio) they automatically connected and began playing together

Using phone with music on: I can surf the web, take calls and do anything I would need to on my phone and the music stays on. The photo below shows me surfing my Facebook page with Luke Bryan playing through an almost 20 year old boombox with clear sound.

chromecast sound

Set up and Loading: I started the set up process at a time of 2:49pm and had a station on Pandora playing through the boombox at 2:53pm. That was from plugging in the device, going to set up, updating and playing.

chromecast audio connect

This is truly an experience unique in that all those old speakers you thought you needed to replace or Dad’s old garage boombox he never wants to part with can now play music and audio from your favorite apps. The sound will be clear and set up took under 5 minutes for me. Plug in and start listening throughout the entire house on any speaker with a line-in or AUX port.

Do you have a speaker or speakers in your home you’d be anxious to connect to your favorite music and audio apps?

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Meet DASH Robot from 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

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Met DASH! You can find him sitting on the shelves of your local Best Buy store. That big center eye will look at you with almost a pity stare because he needs a friend. He knows that kids love making friends so he comes with a free app that your kids can easily learn to use so he can become the robot friend of your child’s imagination.

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The first thing your new friend needs when he gets home is a name. The first task in the app after you download it is to state his name and my son thought long and hard about this. He loves Pokemon, soccer and sports so given all the possibilities he named his new friend, Dash. I did ask him how he possibly came up with such a name and he said, “…it is obvious he wants to be called Dash so I want to name him Dash. It’s all he knows.” That makes sense I suppose.

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Just as no one would ever move to a new home without some luggage, this Wonder Workshop DASH comes in his box with a charging cord and 2 building brick connectors that can attach to his sides. You need a compatible device such as a bluetooth enabled phone or tablet with access to Google Play or the Apple Store for the app download.

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DASH has so many fun features to help your child develop, learn, create and problem solve. The main goal for your child’s new robot is to introduce your child to the world of robotics. He (or she) responds to voice commands and can sing and dance on command. Children as young as preschool age can begin to learn coding with the Path app. Then as they grow, they move on with Wonder Workshop for bigger tasks with the help of apps and accessories.

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This Wonder Workshop robot will be a hit this holiday season. And f you are a fan of shopping at Best Buy like I am, then you must stop over and visit DASH. In my Best Buy store he sits on the shelves near the video games with the other app-enabled toys. While there you will see additional accessories that can make being DASH’s friend even more fun and engaging. My son has the launcher and xylophone on his wish list for Dash. The accessories are only optional so once you buy DASH you don’t need to acquire additional costs unless you choose. Visit Best Buy today to learn more about the Wonder Workshop DASH Robot.

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