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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.


    Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure (Giveaway/Review)

    Kate, Humphrey and their three wolf cubs — Stinky, Claudette and Runt — are back! Time to snuggle up with your own cubs to enjoy Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure, recently released by Lionsgate in a Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD available exclusively at Walmart.

    From front to back: "Stinky," "Runt," "Claudette," "Humphrey" and "Kate" in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's ALPHA AND OMEGA 2: A HOWL-IDAY ADVENTURE.

    The new holiday movie features the unlikely pair of wolves, Kate and Humphrey, and their new frisky family of cubs in a heartwarming wilderness adventure. As the family prepares to celebrate its first winter holidays together, their smallest cub, Runt, mysteriously disappears.  They must journey across the wilderness to find and bring back Runt before the winter festivities begin at home. While their adventure does not end exactly as planned, in the end Kate and Humphrey discover that for the holidays, “Home is where the family is.”

    The 45-minute movie is filled with action and suspense as well as plenty of the humor and heartwarming moments. Adults will chuckle at the banter between the parents as well as a slo-mo moment when a toboggan takes a tumble and Kat and Humphrey find a second for romance mid-air. My hubby and I certainly were amused by the flick… and we didn’t even have grandkids in the room while watching it.

    Special features include:

    • Are you an Alpha or an Omega?
    • Wolf Fun Facts Trivia
    • A Wolf’s Tale: Making Alpha and Omega 2
    • Following the Pack: A Sneak Peek Into Upcoming Alpha and Omega Adventures

    For more on Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure, visit the Alpha and Omega DVD site.

    Thanks to Lionsgate Entertainment, you can enter to win an Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Combo Pack ($24.99 value). Enter via Rafflecopter below. Entries accepted through midnight MST Nov. 18. Random winner will be chosen and notified Nov. 19. Prize to be shipped by Lionsgate, not this blog.

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