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    Wednesday
    Nov062013

    Ming Wang Knits: All wow and no wrinkles for conferences, red carpets and more

    Finding fabulous women's attire can be a challenge at times. Even more so when seeking outfits that travel well and are wrinkle-free out of the suitcase. And if you want all that in something that's machine washable, odds are you need good luck on your side to come up with a winning result.

    Let's just say I recently had good luck and more on my side when Ming Wang Knits contacted me about their 2013 Fall Collection. I'd been wondering and worrying about what to wear for two exceptional events I'll be attending in the next two weeks, and now I need wonder no more.

    I'm thrilled to tell you that Ming Wang Knits has offered me, for free, two fabulous outfits to wear not only to Bloggy Boot Camp - Brand Edition in Dallas this weekend, but to wear while snapping photos and taking notes during Red Carpet events at the Starz Denver Film Festival.

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    Tuesday
    Oct292013

    Shop smart: Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores for smart phones, accessories

    This post sponsored by Best Buy.

    sponsored post badgeI’m not all that keen on shopping. I prefer a quick-and-easy, in-and-out experience over leisurely strolling from store to store. I usually know what I’m going for, so I tend to grab it, pay for it and get out.

    My modus operandi when it comes to shopping is one reason I like the idea behind the Best Buy Mobile™ specialty stores, especially during the holidays.

    With 414 Best Buy Mobile™ specialty stores nationwide — all conveniently located in malls and shopping centers — shoppers have the option of shopping the way I do. The quick-and-easy, in-and-out way.

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    Tuesday
    Oct292013

    A Disney Halloween: Haunting holiday music for you

    Disney Halloween Music

    Just what you needed for Halloween: a Disney Halloween playlist for your holiday gathering, courtesy Rdio!

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    Saturday
    Oct262013

    SmartyPants: Yummy gummy vitamins for grown-ups

    I don't like to take my daily vitamins. I don't know exactly why that is, as it's not like it's difficult or anything. I've even placed my bottle of multivitamins right next to a medication I absolutely must take every single day, just so I'll remember to take my vitamins. When I see them there, I do remember — then promptly move the bottle out of the way to get my real meds.

    SmartyPants vitamins

    I thought I'd do the same thing with the bottle of SmartyPants Adult Complete Multi + Omega 3 + Vitamin D gummy vitamins I received free for review.

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    Thursday
    Oct242013

    Hot Wheels Car Maker Review Part II: The boys try it out!

    Readers: This is Part II of a two-part review of the Hot Wheels Car Maker. This part is the real test, as it's the part where my grandsons give the car maker a spin.

    Hot Wheels Car Maker

    After PawDad (aka my husband) had such a great time making mini vehicles with the Hot Wheels Car Maker, I packed up the toy and took it to the desert for my grandsons, ages 5 and 2, to make some wheels of their own.

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    Friday
    Oct112013

    North America: 7-part Discovery series now on DVD (Review)

    I've seen very little of the world, very little even of North America and the United States. At least not in person. Thanks to Discovery, though, I can see it far better on my television than I could ever manage in person. 

    North America, the magnificent seven-part series from Discovery, is now available on DVD. Hosted by Tom Selleck and featuring unbelievable photography of our vast continent and its wild inhabitants, the two-disc set includes the following original episodes:

    • Born to be Wild
    • No Place to Hide
    • Learn Young or Die
    • The Savage Edge
    • Outlaws and Skeletons
    • North America Revealed
    • Top Ten

    Bonus features on the DVD include extended footage, a filmmakers' commentary and the "Atomospheric Audio Experience" (music and nature sounds).

    The spectacular footage on North America immediately captivates... and makes you ask "How in the world did they capture that?" again and again. Commentary from photographers near the end of each episode help enlighten viewers. Still, it's truly amazing.

    What sets North America apart from other similar DVDs I've had the privilege of reviewing is that North America has a sense of humor, thanks to Tom Selleck's narration as well as the titling from the creators. For example, this humorously titled clip called "Never mess with a chipmunk's nuts:"

    There are many similarly humorous moments throughout North America. I only wish there'd been a clip of the hilarious mating ritual of exotic birds, set to "The Mambo Craze" by De-Phazz.

    The music accompanying that and many other scenes is another thing that sets North America apart from other nature DVDs. I'm not talking grand scores while the camera scans the countryside (though there are such shots). No, I mean the selection of contemporary music with incredibly captured moments. Think "Black Betty" by Huddie Ledbetter playing while wild mustangs battle one another. "Gimme Shelter" from The Rolling Stones as the soundtrack for incredible tornado footage. Lenny Kravitz's "I Love the Rain" playing along with a lightning storm. And my favorite: Etta James singing "Sway" during an extravagant hummingbird courting ritual. Plus many more.

    One thing my husband and I found interesting about North America was that much of the action and attention seemed focused on areas in the western portion of North America, with just bits here and there on things west of the Mississippi. Understandable, I suppose, considering it is the wild, wild west.

    East or west, the beauty of this magnificent place we call home shines through on North America.

    North America from Discovery is available on DVD, with a list price of $29.93. For more info and to purchase — and to see more video clips from North America — visit Discovery's North America site.

    Disclosure: I received this product free for review as part of the Entertainment New Media Network. Opinions are my own.