Monday, July 28, 2014

HEOS by Denon ~ August Audio Fest at Best Buy ~ @BestBuy #AudioFest

August Audio Fest at Best Buy Stores
Beginning 8/3/14 through 8/30/14 Best Buy will feature one month of deals, audio specials, events & more.
Best Buy has the best selection of audio products – come in and let Best Buy teach you how to upgrade your sound!

Best Buy helps you enhance your home entertainment experience and upgrade your sound with additional components, speakers and headphones. 

HEOS by Denon is a Wireless Multi-Room Sound System comprising a family of great-sounding music players for your whole home. You can enjoy your favorite streaming music services, Internet radio or your own music collection and set-up is a breeze. There is a free app to control them from your iOS or Android phone or tablet. 

Product Features:
·Multi-room capable
·Stream music stored locally on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet
·Stream your music from services such as, but not limited to, Spotify, Deezer, Tunein or Pandora
HEOS5 is ideal for medium to large rooms such as dining rooms, larger bedrooms, offices or smaller living rooms.  The HEOS3 ($299.98) is ideal for smaller rooms, such as bedrooms or bathrooms, and are easy to move around the home.  The HEOS7 ($599.98) is ideal for large spaces, such as living rooms, great rooms; etc.
Specs: Height 8.2" / Width 11.6" / Depth 6.5" / Weight 6.6 lbs.
Included Items: Denon HEOS 5 Wireless Speaker, AC power supply, 3.5mm audio cable, Ethernet cable, Owner's manual

Monday, July 14, 2014

Family Fun Day at Kennywood Amusement Park! ~ #KWFamilyFun w/ @Kenny_Kangaroo!

Kennywood Amusement Park
Family Fun Day

The excitement the kids had built up the last couple weeks over the anticipation of finally arriving at Kennywood was exemplified once we were headed towards Pittsburgh! There was a group of six of us. My husband Jim, daughter, son and I, as well as my cousin Bud and his 7 year old daughter.

When we first arrived at the parking area, there were two sections we could have entered. One was free parking and the other $7 parking. We opted for the Free parking. We ended up in what we later called the middle parking lot. They had a lower level that was closer to the park entrance that required a parking fee, then free levels that were up on the hillside. Although the free parking is up on the hillside, they do offer escalators to take you down to the lower level or when leaving the park to make it easier to make it to your car after a long hot day.

Towards the end of the day, I have to say the $7 parking fee didn't seem as bad a price to pay as it had earlier when we arrived. lol  Being the frugal person that I am, I always pack a cooler full of drinks and food. I enjoy vendor food as much a the next person, but I have learned over the years to make my kids get main meals from our vehicle and packed foods, and enjoy a snack or two from the vendors. Doing this required walking back to the vehicle when hungry or thirsty, but also allows them a moment to relax and reflect on their day.

About halfway through our day I realized they had Cabanas you could rent for the day. How convenient is that!!! For a low fee of $50 you can rent a cabana to use as a meeting place, hang out, or drop station while enjoying your day at the amusement park. Being as this was my first time ever at Kennywood, I had no clue! Next time I will definitely plan our trip much better.

The people and staff of the amusement park were all so friendly and helpful whenever we asked a question, needed directions or even just general chit chat while standing in line.

We picked a Wednesday to go to the amusement park for many reasons. Being a holiday weekend, we knew the park would probably be packed over the weekend and we wanted the kids to be able to enjoy as much of the park as possible without spending half their day in lines. Even though it was only two days away from the 4th, we were pleasantly surprised with the lines and wait time. I don't think they had to wait more than 15 minutes in any line. We definitely picked a great day!

One of my absolute favorite parts of Kennywood is their Misting Zones. The day we went to Kennywood it was in the 80's and the sun was out in full force. The misting zones helped cool you off instantly but didn't drench you. The kids loved it and took every opportunity they could to walk by and run up and under. I also took many opportunities to mist myself as well.

The day was filled with fun attractions, rides and great food and entertainment. I only have two gripes about our whole trip. One thing I found rather annoying is their jump passes. I don't really know exactly what they are called, but apparently they offer a coaster tour or something, still have to look into this more, but you can pretty much jump the lines in front of everyone else. I get this pass for somethings, but the part that annoyed me was when we were in line with a bunch of little ones and a group of about 8 adults jumped the line in front of them after they had already been waiting for about 15 minutes. Needless to say, we did not stay in that line. The fits I saw left me annoyed and yet understanding of the little ones. We just went to a different ride at that point.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Make Breakfast a Celebration 24/7 @DennysDiner ~ Family Friendly, Affordable Meals PLUS a #Giveaway too!

Denny's Restaurant
Affordable Family Meals and Deals

Denny’s isn’t just for pancakes and eggs in the morning! The family-friendly restaurant is open 24/7 to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner around the clock for you and your family. America’s diner that’s “always open” is the perfect place for your next celebration. June is full of reasons to celebrate: from a little league game win to a graduation ceremony to Father’s Day, the start of the summer makes for a great time for a party.

Kids eat free on Tuesday nights from 4 to 10 PM with the purchase of an adult entree of $4.00 or more. Denny’s is an affordable option for any family meal, with regular kids’ meal pricing at around $3.29.

6/24 - 7/13
Enter through the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!
A prize pack of two cupcake drink cups and a $25 gift certificate to Denny’s.
The cups, which are available in stores for $1.99 each with the purchase of a drink, are complete with a red and white striped straw and are great for milk, juice, water or even to bring snacks on the go.
We’re throwing in a sweet surprise by stuffing them with candy, too.

There are over 1,600 Denny’s in the United States:  Find the one nearest you!

Be sure to follow Denny's on their social networking sites to stay up to date on current promotions and special offers!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Tips On How To Get The Best #Gas Mileage Possible!

Fuel Efficiency
Tips and Tricks

During today’s unstable economy, motorists must strive to get the optimum gas mileage out of their vehicle. While there are some factors that are uncontrollable, the driver has the most influence over the vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency. Here are some tips to get the best gas mileage possible.

Do not drive at excessive speeds
Numerous studies have indicated that a vehicle’s fuel economy substantially decreases at speeds over 60 mph. In some instances, a car will get 30% less gas mileage when driving at a speed of 75 miles-per-hour. As the speed increases, the vehicle must use more gas to fight against the wind resistance.

Get a wheel alignment
Driving on an unaligned set of wheels can definitely decrease the vehicle’s fuel efficiency. A good rule of thumb is to get a wheel alignment every 12,000 miles. A pittsburgh wheel alignment will ensure that the vehicle drives as smooth as possible.

Easy acceleration
Some motorists tend to aggressively accelerate from a stop. Not only is this style of driving very inefficient, it also increases the amount of wear and tear on the vehicle. The best approach is to lightly press the throttle to put the car into motion.

Use the car’s momentum
Many drivers fail to take advantage of their vehicle’s momentum. When approaching a stoplight, allow the vehicle to gradually roll to a stop under its own momentum. This eliminates any wasteful idling. Use the brakes only when necessary.

What other tips or tricks do you know to keep fuel costs low and efficient?

NYNE TT Portable Bluetooth #Travel Speaker from @NYNEmultimedia

Bluetooth Travel Speaker

I am addicted to music. I don't go anywhere without it and I have it on almost 24/7. I am not a TV watcher, mainly because I can not sit still long enough to watch an entire show. Usually I have to get up and walk around and that doesn't necessarily bode well with others who may be watching the same show as me. Lets just say Netflix and the DVR are my best friends for shows and movies. I usually end up putting music on where I happen to be. Desk, living room, kitchen.. Even when I shower I take my phone in and play music. It's almost a calming habit for me.

During the summer I enjoy listen to music while I am outside. Whether I am gardening, doing upkeep or just relaxing. Hearing the music I love all around while I'm out and about and working in the yard or even blogging, keeps me grounded. What I love most about the NYNE TT is it's portability. I don't have to be near an outlet and I don't have to carry cords around with me. Being Bluetooth enabled, I can sync up my phone and not even need to be right by the speaker to change the songs or volume.

It also has a built in power bank to charge your mobile device! There is nothing worse than being in the middle of no where and having your phone die on you. Especially when your using it for entertainment or music. Being able to plug my phone into the NYNE TT while out and about or spending the day at the beach is definitely an added convenience.

Product Description: The NYNE TTportable Bluetooth speaker is designed for the traveler - whether it's across the globe or across town.
The TT allows users to:
Connect and play music from their smartphone, tablet, laptop or other mobile device in 3 different ways! Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, or 3.5mm Auxiliary Input
Use the carrying case with shoulder strap for on-the-go music enjoyment
Bring their music with them everywhere they go: Light and thin design allows for optimal portability in a suitcase or bag
Recharge their mobile device using the TT's built-in power bank and a USB cord
Take hands-free phone calls using the TT's built-in microphone
Crank out the tunes for up to 10 hours with the rechargeable battery
Express their style with 2 different color combinations of black/red and white/grey
Travel worldwide with the included AC adapter with international plugs

The NYNE TT is available now for $129.95.

Weight: 2 pounds
Dimensions: 10.2 x 6 x 2 inches
Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Power Source: AC & Battery

I have only had this speaker for about a week and I am in love with it. I think it is the perfect size for indoors or out. I like the sleeve carry case that is included. It has an adjustable shoulder strap for easy portability and the sleeve fits nice and snug over the Bluetooth speaker. The markings on the speaker cover indicate where the function buttons are and line up perfectly.

The sound quality is amazing with or without the cover on. I honestly though it would distort the sound a bit, but it doesn't. Actually my husband commented that it almost gives  it more of a bass sound. All I know is my music sounds great with or without it. That makes me happy because I like having the added carry case with it and having to take it out and put it back in to listen to music would honestly be to much of a hassle for me and I would probably end up not using it otherwise. Now I can take it with me where ever I want and not have added steps.