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December 18, 2014
by christinacoker
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Staycation in San Antonio

*my family and I were invited out to experience the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa to help facilitate this review. All opinions are honest and my own

I’ve been in desperate need of a vacation. As a homeschooling work from home mom of 4 who’s husband is out of town for work half of evey month, my stress levels pile up! While an all out tropical destination or European getaway just wasn’t in the cards, a weekend staycation at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa was a lovely alternative.

We ducked out of the house Friday afternoon and drove away from dishes, laundry, cooking and cleaning towards heated pools, gorgeous views and from-scratch Texas dining.

The minis and I adored all the family friendly and kid centered activities they offered such as animal encounters (which included a 2 toed sloth & baby kangaroo, amongst many reptiles) story times, an arcade, arts and crafts, nature walks + all of their current JW Hill Country Christmas fun. It was was so much more than we were able to take in!

The minis asked if we could live there.

If you’re a local, you have to visit, even if it’s just for the day. And don’t miss the breakfast buffet at Cibolo Moon. I’d make a special trip out that way just for that.

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December 15, 2014
by christinacoker
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#CamerasAtBestBuy

*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. images provided by best buy

Did you catch my post last week about the Canon EOS Rebel sale at Best Buy? Well this week I’m adding Sony, Samsung and Nikon to that list!

You know you’d love to upgrade your old point-and-shoot or cellphone camera. Wether you’re in the market for high megapixels, a large touch screen, the ability to interact with apps or capture video, now is the time to buy it and Best Buy is the place that’ll have it.

Each big brand camera name is offering a sale on different models.

  • the Nikon D5300 comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that enables you to capture sharp photos and video footage while optical image stabilization helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity
  • the Sony a6000 features a 24.3-megapixesl, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity
  • the Samsung Galaxy  offers 16.3-megapixels, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor allows you to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage and the 4.8″ touch screen simplifies operation

 

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All 3 cameras include built in wifi for easy and instant sharing of your pictures, a great feature that I wish my DSL offered!

Need some more fabulous gift ideas? Check out Best Buy’s holiday gift list, you’re sure to find something that’s on someone’s list.

Happy shopping!

December 7, 2014
by christinacoker
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#HintingSeason at 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. images provided by best buy

Snag any great deals at Best Buy on Black Friday?

I know some people did. Black Friday deals were soo good that when I passed by my local Best Buy the day before Thanksgiving, there were already 4 or 5 tents set up with people camped out to the be the first in the doors! Now that’s shopping dedication.

One item that you don’t need to wait days in line to grab a good deal on, and that I know is on a lot of wish lists,  is a new camera like the Canon EOS Rebel. Currently on sale for $150 off it’s regular price (through December 20th), now is the time to purchase it and make someone’s Christmas wish come true!

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The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.
•      Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
•      Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid images
•      The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation

I recently upgraded to a DSLR and I love it. Not only is a great camera a necessity for my being a blogger, but just in everyday life as a mom of 4, every moment is something that I want to capture as preserve as best as I can.

December 5, 2014
by christinacoker
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Small business gifts for kids

Are you a small businesses shopper/supporter? I’ve recently discovered a ton that I’m in love with and have been shopping away! I took advantage of a bunch of small business sales after Thanksgiving and am expecting some fabulous goodies in the mail.

If you’re like me, you’re still doing some Christmas shopping so I decided to share a few of my favorite small business picks with you and create a kids gift list featuring little handmade lovelies.

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1. Baby/toddler moccs – You should know of my love baby moccs by now. I mean, c’mon, how off the charts adorable are they?! These vegan leather ones from sweet n swag are just $20 a pair! The 2 smallest of my small have multiple pairs. Yes, yes I am addicted

2. Wooden letter & picture blocks – I’m a big fan of wooden toys. My minis still play with wooden block that I had as a kid. I love the different tones of wood the wood of these from little sapling toys

3.  Wooden peg dolls – There are a ton of characters to choose from at sweet whimsy designs including a cute custom family option where you can even have your pets made

4. Animal busts – I’ve told you before about near and deer before (see my longhorn skull here) and I’m telling you about them again. Not just your typical deer skulls and antlers, near and deer offers fun, kid wanted, options like unicorns, sharks, t-rex and soo many more

5. Cute tees – The hubby & wife team of vicarious clothing makes adorable tees and sweaters. I really love this “i am this many” pullover

6. Mini fringe purse – Let me say it again. MINI. FRINGE. PURSE. What’s not to love! Raine and Skye offers a ton of handmade leather creations for any mini fashionista

7.  Woodblock printed pillows – I just ordered the mini queen a couple of these for her new big girl bed. I find them so whimsical and magical. Laura Frisk draws the pictures, carves them into wood, hand prints, stuffs and sews each one of her creations. Now that’s what small business is all about!

So what do you think? They’re all pretty fabulous right! Which one would make it under your tree?

 

December 4, 2014
by christinacoker
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Gift ideas 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. images provided by best buy

Confession time. I’m still shopping for Christmas gifts. Every year I say I’m going to get it all done early, take advantage of stores that offer layaway and not have to worry about the day coming closer and closer. It’s never gone the way I planned.

If you’re like me and still wondering what to buy, I have some suggestions for you from Best Buy.

- Xbox One. Not only a top gaming system, the Xbox One allows gives you access to your favorite shows and movies
- JBL charge 2. Features bluetooth social mode which allows 3 users to play their playlists
- JBL flip 2. Features SoundClear echo and noise cancellation
- JBL earbud headphones. Ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables
- Garmin. Hands free calling, traffic and weather updates and voice recognition technology
- TomTom. Shows 3D maps and has a 5″ touchscreen

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Do any of these sound like they’d be perfect for someone on your shopping list? I know my minis would love the Xbox and the hubbs has been asking for a new set of headphones. I guess I know where one of my shopping stops has to be.

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