Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Redbox gives Everyone a Holiday Gift of a FREE 1-night DVD Rental on 12/17

Redbox donates more than 3,000 movies and gives away free movie nights to all...

To help spread the gift of entertainment over the holidays, Redbox is giving out a free movie night on Wednesday, December 17 by offering a FREE, one-night DVD rental to everyone in the U.S.

Movie fans can access their own gift—a promo code for a FREE movie night—on December 17, 2014 at the Redbox Instagram page: www.instagram.com/redbox.

Titles now available at Redbox kiosks include: “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” as well as perennial holiday classics “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “White Christmas” and new favorite, “Frozen.”

Redbox is also sharing the gift of entertainment this holiday season bydonating nearly 3,000 movies to the Fisher House Foundation, a network of comfort homes where military and veterans' families can stay at no cost while loved ones receive treatment.

The donations will populate the movie libraries shared by families staying at the Fisher House Foundation’s many locations across the U.S. if you’d like to learn more about the Fisher House, please visit https://www.fisherhouse.org/about/.

And remember to check out the Redbox Instagram page on Wednesday, December 17th to get your code for a FREE one-night DVD rental.


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Earn FREE Google Play Credits just for taking Short Surveys with the Google Opinions Rewards App

If you have an Android device and love FREE, you should get this app like right now...

For the past year,  My son and I have been using an app on our Android smartphones that earns us FREE Google credits for eBooks, games, magazines, and music.  Yes, you heard that right!

The app is called Google Opinion Rewards and by just answering quick 1-10 question surveys, my son and I have been rewarded with Google Play credits ranging from 10 cents to $1 per survey - HOLLA to the FREE!

Since this is my one year anniversary using the app, I thought I would use the "Reward History" feature on the app to find out how much credit I have earned to date.  And in one year, I have received over $65 in credits.  Now I know that $65 is not going to set the world on fire in terms of freebies, but that is great money for the little effort that it was taken to answer these short surveys.

So if you have an Android phone or tablet, make sure to download the Google Opinions Rewards app from the Google Play store so you can get FREE Google Play credits too.

Now I going to go and buy a few new songs in the Google Play store - for FREE :)


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BARGAIN HAUL OF THE DAY: Chanel 4188 Aviator Sunglasses and Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss

Me in my Chanel Aviator Sunglasses wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss
Yes, you can own Chanel products at a great price...

Since I am not finding anything good to watch on network or cable TV these days, I have picked up a new secret passion: watching designer fashion haul videos on youTube.  I started out watching tech videos (you all know how much I love tech products) until one day by chance I happened up on a handbag tag video by TheLuxeBabe and discovered the whole fabulous world of designer accessory hauls being videoed by youTube fashionistas.

Out of all the designer hauls, Chanel products seem to be the most popular.  So I watched with wide eyes as gorgeous Chanel handbags, wallets, jewelry, sunglasses, and beauty products were unboxed in their full glory. Even though I am cheap frugal, I still love owning beautiful things. So watching all that Chanel finery made me want to own a few pieces of my own, especially a pair of Chanel aviator sunglasses.

So I fired up the eBay app on my iPad and watched auctions for "gently loved" Chanel Sunglasses for a few days until I found a few auctions that were just right.  I was looking for an authentic pair of Chanel aviator style sunglasses in great condition that came with a Chanel quilted leather case and also the dust bag and cleaning cloth.  Oh, and I wanted them to be under $100.

I have been using eBay now for 12 years, and my eBay tactics for getting a true bargain is to check out closed auctions for similar products to see how the prices are trending, deal with sellers that have perfect (or near perfect) feedback, buy from private sellers as oppose to discounters, check out the sellers old auctions to make sure that their story about the product pans out, and totally not deal with any sellers shipping products out of countries known to export fake luxury goods.  In 12 years, I have had only 1 major problem, but I went through eBay's arbitration process and eBay sided with me so the seller was forced to refund my total purchase price.

These are my elegant Chanel 4188 Aviator Sunglasses 
After I had done my research and was ready to buy, I tagged a few auctions to watch that fit my criteria and then lucked up to win a pair of used authentic Chanel 4188 style Aviator Sunglasses with gradient lenses (which retail new for $295) with a quilted leather Chanel case and dust bag for only $71 - SCORE!!! And since I had bought an eBay gift card at 10% off right before the auction, that gift card discount brought my actual cost down to $64 - and on top of that I got a 1% cash rebate using SHOPATHOME - HOLLA!

I love my Chanel 4188 Aviator Sunglasses, especially the price :)
My "gently loved" Chanel aviator sunglasses are near perfect with no scratches on the lenses nor the frame. The only visable wear is a scuff on the leather case, which I buffed out with a little black leather polish. A love the size of these sunglasses because I have a small face and the Chanel 4188 style of aviator sunglasses is more compact than the popular Channel 4195q aviators with the bigger lens and the lambskin leather arms. Chanel makes some truly quality products that are meant to last and these sunglasses are no worst for the wear and just scream quality.

I have found that using eBay is a wonderful way to find luxury goods at great prices, but even I was surprised by the bargain that I was able to get this time round. My Chanel sunglasses make me feel like a true fashionista every time that I wear them, but the price was bargainista all the way!

I am wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss in the shade 18 Seduction...
More Chanel under $35...
Just after winning the Chanel sunglasses auction, I received another great Chanel product in the mail.  About a month prior, I signed up with People StyleWatch to be a member of their Style Hunters panel and they delivered a box to my home with the first style product for me to review - a complimentary Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss.

Having watched all those Chanel cosmetic haul videos on youTube, I knew that Chanel makes some wonderful lip glosses that come in fabulous packings and the Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss is so pretty that it could be given as a gift all by itself.

When I opened the box, the Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss was presented in the same packaging that I would get in a retail Chanel store. The product was beautifully wrapped in Chanel branded CC logo tissue paper and sealed with a Chanel CC logo sticker. It also came with a beautiful Chanel dust bag - WOW!

Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss is luxury all the way. It you have ever been afraid that the top of your lipstick will come off and get product on the inside of your purse (which has happened to me), you don't have to worry with the Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss.  The gold top is spring loaded so when not in use, you push on the top and it recesses into the tube - IMPRESSIVE!

The Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss is marketed as having the color intensity of a lipstick with the lacquered shine of a lipgloss and I found that to be true.  I don't use lipstick very often these days so I love a lip gloss that gives shine and color to my lips and is long wearing.  And the Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss does all that while also being hydrating.

The Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss comes in 10 shades and retails for $34 both in-store and on chanel.com and would make the ultimate stocking stuffer gift.

Between my Chanel Aviator Sunglasses and my Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss, I feel like a million dollars - but I am glad that I don't have to spend a million dollars to feel this good.


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

COUPON: $5 off a $10+ online or in-store purchase at Hallmark - ENDS 12/24

Up to 1/2 off your online on in-store purchase at Hallmark with this coupon...

Hallmark has a new coupon for $5 off a $10+ in-store or online purchase. And you know what that means - lots of bargains on holiday cards, wrapping paper, holiday ornaments and holiday toys.

Use this link to get a $5 off $10+ purchase COUPON at Hallmark

Be sure to also check out the clearance table that is in the back of every store. This coupon expires December 24, 2014.


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TECH REVIEW: 7 Things I love about the Droid Turbo Smartphone powered by Verizon Wireless

Special thanks to Verizon Wireless for loaning me the Droid Turbo for review.  It's an awesome phone that I hated to give back...

From the great battery life to the beautiful screen, the Droid Turbo powered by Verizon Wireless is a lot of smartphone to love...

Are you in the market for a new smartphone?  Well this is the time of the year where a lot of new smartphones have been released that are all advertised to make your life easier with smart features that will make your smartphone your top used gadget, even more than your PC.

And the Droid Turbo powered by Verizon Wireless is the newest smartphone released by Motorola that has features that will definitely make your life easier and make your smartphone the smartest device that you own. I have been reviewing the Droid Turbo for the past 2 weeks and have found so many things that I love about the phone that it is hard to list just a few for this blog post.

So here are the top 7 things that I loved about using the Droid Turbo smartphone -

1. Lots of Storage for Apps, Games, Music and Movies on the Device

I remember when 16GB was a massive amount of storage on a smartphone, but not anymore. My 16GB smartphone is totally filled with photos, videos, and hundreds of apps - and that is after I cleaned up the storage and moved most of my videos and photos to Dropbox!

So I love that the Droid Turbo comes standard with 32GB of storage for the same price that 16GB Droid models were going for last year. As we use are smartphones more, we definitely need more storage and the Droid Turbo can meet that need with its 32GB and 64GB models.

2. Shake-to-Awake Camera - Never Miss an Important Shot again...

We have all been there. A perfect camera shot is coming up and you know you are going to miss it if you have to open your smartphone and then navigate to the camera. But you don't have to worry about missing a shot with the Droid Turbo. Just shake the smartphone twice and the camera wakes up - even if your phone is locked. How cool is that?

And the Droid Turbo has a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera that can record and play back video in 4K so your home videos will look more professional than ever before.

24 hours later and the Droid Turbo still has 32% of the battery remaining...
3. Great Battery Life!

I think most of us charge our smartphones every night since the battery is probably near dead or completely dead by the time we go to sleep. My smartphone has a 2100mAh battery and it just does not last since I am using my smartphone constantly. So I always keep a portable charger in my purse and a charging brick at work to make sure that my smartphone battery makes it through the day.

Well with the Droid Turbo, all that battery drama is a thing of the past.

The Droid Turbo packs a 3900mAh battery that will easily get you through the entire day with some power to spare for the next day.  I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to use this smartphone and know that I did not have to worry costantly about charging the battery.

Photos cannot show how beautiful this display is to view...
4. A Big Beautiful Screen makes everything look wonderful!

I wish I could take a photo to show how beautiful the Droid Turbo screen is, but I cannot capture in photos how awesome this display looks.  I put the Droid Turbo next to my smartphone and I could easily see how the colors were deeper and more saturated.  And when you pair the Droid Turbo's Quad HD display with the 5.2" size, you get a great user experience that makes everything that is displayed on the screen easy to see and great to view.

Every smartphone should have a Turbo Charger like the Droid Turbo!
5. Turbo Charger to the Rescue!

I think everyone has at least once forgot to charge their smartphone before the have to go to an event. So what do you do if your smartphone is on 5% and you have to leave the house in 15 minutes? Well if you have a Droid Turbo, you just charge the phone using the Turbo Charger and you will add about 6 hours of additional power to your smartphone - Can we make this standard issue on all smartphones?

Active Display puts all your notifications on the lock screen for easy access!
6. Active Display and Touchless Control are like having your own butler!

I was first introduced to active display and touch less control features when I reviewed the Motorola Moto X and the Motorola Droid Ultra smartphones - and I totally love these features.

Active Display allow you to to preview alerts on the lock screen with just a touch of the screen so that you know in seconds if a message is important or just something that you can take care of later. I am sure that all of us waste a ton of time checking our phones every time it beeps - after all the message or email or text could be important. With the Droid Turbo, you can stop being a slave to alerts since the lock screen shows you a preview the most recent messages. Now you can do a quick eye scan and go back to what you are doing knowing you are not missing anything important. This should be a feature on all smartphones!

Touch-less control allow you to just speak to the smartphone and it uses Google Now to answer your questions and talk back to you. Lets say you are driving down the road and need information, but you cannot safely use your smartphone, Just say "OK Google Now" (or set your own phrase) and the Droid Turbo will wake up and ask you for a command.

And speaking of driving, the Droid Turbo includes some software called "Moto Assist" that works with the touch-less control feature to sense when you are driving and will ask you if you want to take incoming calls (via speaker phone) and also read incoming text messages to you.

The Droid Turbo is built with a special processor that is dedicated to the touch-less control features that work with Google Now. The touch-less control feature is always awake and waiting for your command, but will not drain your battery due to the dedicated processor. The touch-less control feature learns your voice through a series of commands so the feature will only work for you and no one else - HOW COOL!

7. Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Service is awesome!

Verizon Wireless has some of the best phone service in the country. There are certain buildings where I work in Dearborn, MI where cell phone service is a problem due the how the building is constructed. But I never had a issue getting a cell signal with the Droid Turbo. Using the feature packed Droid Turbo on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network was truly the icing on the cake.

Overall, I give the Droid Turbo two thumbs up!
I would sum up my review of the Droid Turbo smartphone powered by Verizon Wireless as follows -


- Beautiful, huge screen that makes everything easy to see and a pleasure to view.

- Awesome battery life.

- Touch-less controls, active display, shake-to-awake camera and the turbo charger are excellent, useful features that should come as standard on all smartphones!

- Tons of storage with the 32gb standard model.


- The volume rocker on the side of the smartphone does not protrude out far enough which makes using it difficult. I always had to look to adjust the sound volume instead of being able to do it by touch.

- Even though the camera is 21 megapixels, I really could not tell the difference between photos taken with the Droid Turbo and those taken with my 10 megapixel smartphone camera.

The Droid Turbo powered by Verizon Wireless retails for $199.99 with a two year contract or $599.99 full price

If you are looking for an Android smartphone packed full of useful features with a beautiful screen and long lasting battery life, then check out the Droid Turbo powered by Verizon Wireless.  It is truly a great smartphone.

WIN Your own Droid Turbo!

Want to WIN a Droid Turbo?  Go to the FREEISMYLIFE Instagram Account to find out the details on how Verizon Wireless is giving away a Droid Turbo as part of their #FREE48CONTEST which runs through December 30, 2014.


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

COUPON: 2 FREE tickets to see the movie LAGGIES at AMC Theaters 12/12 - 12/14

Want to see a FREE Movie this weekend?

Thanks to Liz Parker over at the blog Yes/No Films, I have a great freebie for you movie lovers.  AMC Theaters has a coupon for 2 FREE movie tickets to see the film LAGGIES.

What's LAGGIES about?
In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.

Make sure to read the coupon for the details on redemption since it says there are a limited amount of FREE tickets available.


Participating theaters in Metro Detroit include :


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kroger reopens renovated Birmingham MI store w/ FREE $10 Gift Cards to 1st 400 Customers on 12/12

Kroger will unveil entirely remodeled Birmingham store during Grand Re-Opening, December 12th...

A paradise of fresh awaits customers at the recently remodeled Birmingham Kroger store, according to the store’s new manager, Matthew Dakho. Customers are invited to peruse the entirely renovated facility when the store reopens its doors at 6 a.m. on Friday, December 12 during its grand re-opening celebration.

The first 400 customers will receive a FREE reusable shopping bag and $10 gift card. All shoppers will enjoy extensive product sampling and specials throughout the day.

The facility remodel represents a $5.5 million investment, with the 56,357-square-foot store featuring attractive earth tone colors, a new layout and new products and services such as a sushi, soup and sandwich area, a Murray’s Cheese Shop and olive bar. Murray’s is a Greenwich village-based business in New York that continually strives to identify the most delicious cheeses from across the globe and offer them to customers.

A new macaroni and cheese bar invites shoppers to make their own version of this American classic, perhaps by adding lobster or creating a macaroni and cheese BLT. The store also offers a bistro area with an extensive selection of prepared foods for a quick lunch or gourmet dinner.

“Customers will encounter fresh products – ranging from produce and meats to deli selections and a Starbucks area – whether our guests enter the store through the updated front entrance or the expanded rear vestibule,” Dakho said. “The Birmingham Kroger is located at the gateway to the vibrant and walkable City of Birmingham. We streamlined and updated the interior to create an inviting environment while offering products and services that meet our customers’ individual needs.”

A large wine cellar staffed by a beverage steward will offer wine tastings during the grand re-opening and everyday for the next six weeks. The store will conduct mixology seminars, hold tastings for scotch, agave and whiskey and educate customers about wine and food pairings.

“Customers will find a very personal level of service at the Birmingham store,” Dakho said. “Our department managers will step from behind the counter to greet shoppers and our associates want to get to know them by name and understand their tastes.”

The Birmingham Kroger rehired more than 50 percent of the associates who served customers prior to the store’s closing on August 2. The location also increased its part time associates by more than 30 percent.

Other store updates include new check lanes near the front and rear entrances, updated equipment and shelving, and energy efficient food cases and refrigeration units. The pharmacy was relocated and provides a counseling room and waiting area. The recycling center moved and offers new machines and an outside entrance.

Kroger renovated the store exterior with new signage, a repaved parking lot and canopies above the cart corrals to keep shopping carts dry.

The Birmingham Kroger store is located at 685 E. Maple Rd., with store hours 6 a.m. to midnight daily. Pharmacy hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.


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GIVEAWAY: BRAVO! Cucina Italiana opens 5th Michigan restaurant in Ann Arbor - ENDS 12/23

5th Michigan Bravo! restaurant features “Polished Casual,” Affordable Classic Italian...

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana will open its newest Michigan location at Briarwood Mall, located at 760 Briarwood Circle in Ann Arbor, this Thursday, December 11, 2014.

Bravo! is Casual Elegance...
BRAVO! Cucina Italiana is a “polished casual” restaurant offering classic Italian food amongst the shadows of Roman ruins. The subtitle “Cucina Italiana” means Italian kitchen, in which all cooking is done in full view of the guest, creating the energy of a live theater.

BRAVO’s popular entrees include grilled steaks, chops and fresh seafood, as well as flatbreads, made-to-order pizzas and salads, similar to what one would find in an authentic “ristorante” in Italy.

Bravo! is one of my favorite restaurants...
I have eaten at the Bravo! location at Fairlane Mall many times and I have loved everything that I have tried on their menu.  From the pork chops (heavenly!) to the pasta (yummy!) the food is an excellent value at an affordable price.

Bravo! is now at Briarwood Mall...
With the Ann Arbor opening, BRAVO! created nearly 100 part- and full-time jobs, including servers, bartenders, hosts, line and prep cooks.

The 6,551-square-foot restaurant offers indoor seating for 219 guests, including 41 bar seats, and al fresco dining for up to 55 guests on an Italian-style terrace. BRAVO! also can accommodate groups of up to 40 people in a semi-private dining area.

Chef specialties include Mama’s Lasagna Bolognese, made with creamy Alfredo and BRAVO’s signature meat sauce; Eggplant Parmesan with marinara, Mozzarella and herb linguine;
and Chicken Milanese featuring Romano-crusted chicken breast with Mozzarella, Pomodoro sauce and herb pasta.

Additional offerings at BRAVO! include Brunch, available Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; BRAVO! Happy Hour, Monday–Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and from 9 p.m. until closing; $5 Martini Wednesdays; and $5 Wine Thursdays with select wines for $5 at the bar. BRAVO! offers gluten free and children’s menus, as well as a Lighter Side of Rome Menu with 16 appetizers, salads and entrees that are each 595 calories or less.

BRAVO! at Briarwood Mall is open Sunday–Thursday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Reservations and call-ahead seating will be accepted and walk-ins are welcome. For reservations, please call 734-747-6200 or for more information visit www.bravoitalian.com.

“We are delighted to be a part of Briarwood Mall and the Ann Arbor community,” said BBRG CEO Saed Mohseni. “We know that BRAVO! will be an excellent restaurant choice for customers at the mall, as well as residents and businesses looking for a delicious, authentic meal.”

Bravo! is located all around Metro Detroit...
Currently, there are 48 BRAVO! Cucina Italiana restaurants located nationwide.  BRAVO! Locations in Michigan:

760 Briarwood Circle
Ann Arbor, Michigan
734-747-6200 Mon-Thu: 11:30am-10pm
Fri & Sat: 11:30am-11pm
Sun: 11:30am-9pm

17700 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152
(734) 591-5600 Mon-Thu: 11:30am-10pm
Fri & Sat: 11:30am-11pm
Sun: 11:30am-9pm

18900 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 271-2363 Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm
Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm
Sun: 11am -9pm

286 N. Adams Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
(248) 375-9644

2970 Towne Centre Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 485-3779 Mon -Thu: 11:30am-10pm
Fri & Sat: 11:30am-11pm
Sun: 11:30am-9pm

For additional information, please visit www.BravoItalian.com

To celebrate the opening the Ann Arbor Bravo!, one (1) FREEISMYLIFE Michigan reader will WIN a $25 Bravo! Gift Card so you can try out Bravo!'s awesome food for yourself - HOLLA TO THE FREE!!!  


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- Fill out the information in the form below.

- One entry per person please. Duplicate entries will be removed.

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- The contest ends on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 11:59am EST.

- The winner will be selected by random number generation.

- Prize fulfillment to the winner will be via the PR company for Bravo! in Michigan


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Monday, December 8, 2014

COUPON: $10 off Dine-in Dinner purchase (no minimum) at Bonefish Grill - ENDS 12/31

Here is a real deal for the Bonefish Grill lovers...

BoneFish Grill just posted a printable coupon for $10 Off Your Dinner Purchase with NO MINIMUM - HOLLA!!!  The coupon is valid through December 30, 2014.

Legal Stuff:  Excludes alcohol, dine-in only and may not be combined with any other offer and excludes group & event dining. Additional exclusions may apply.

If interested, I suggest that you print this coupon before it is taken off online - which happens with deals like this.


Bonefish Grill locations in Metro Detroit include:

660 W Big Beaver,
Troy, MI 48084

43304 Eleven Mile Road,
Novi, MI 48375


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

FOOD: Pay only $2 at Subway for the 6" Cold Cut Combo or Meatball Marinara Subs thru 12/31

$2 Subs All December Long at SUBWAY®

December is Holiday Customer Appreciation Month at Subway, and you can get two of your favorite 6" subs for $2 each.

Pick up the 6” Cold Cut Combo or the Meatball Marinara today for only $2 each at participating Subway restaurants in the US.

This offer expires on December 31, 2014.


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COUPON: Macys 25% off Friends & Family Pass - ENDS 12/8

WOW!  As in MACYS 25% off almost EVERYTHING

If holiday shopping means nothing to you unless it's bargain shopping, then this Macys 25% off Friends & Family Pass is for you! This pass can be used thru Monday, December 8th to get you an extra 25% off regular, sale and clearance items, including brands that are usually excluded.

So you know what that means ladies - an additional 25% off Coach Bags!!!

This pass is good until Monday, December 8, 2014.



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GIFTS: Canon is a Great Family Gift from @BestBuy for #HintingSeason #CanonatBestBuy

Disclosure: 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

Buy the Ultimate Family Gift and SAVE $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy from 12/7-12/20...

Since my son was born, I have loved taking family photos and documenting our family history.  I have owned many cameras over the years and I always make sure to carry a camera with me all the time so that I don't miss any of the special moments that happen in life.

Holidays are especially important for taking photos because holidays are one of the few times during the year when all my family can get together.  And of course, I want to capture every moment and get the best photos possible.

And since this is Gift Hinting Season, if you are looking to buy a great DSLR camera as the ultimate family gift, look no further than your local Best Buy, which is my favorite lunch hour hangout.

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. And 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, crystal-clear images.
• The 3" vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Try Before Your Buy...
In my opinion, reading about how great a camera is means nothing unless you get to try out all the features for yourself. That is why I love visiting Best Buy stores because they have great tech products on display like the Canon EOS Rebel T5i so that you can try it out before you buy.

SAVE $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i until December 27th...

And from now until  December 20, 2014, you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy.

Best Buy is Throwing a Cannon Twitter Party on 12/18 and You are Invited!!!
Do you love twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting a Canon Twitter Party on Thursday,  December 18th at 7pm CST. Feel free to join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.


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HEALTH: Clearasil helps keep my Son's Face Clear and Clean for Less #ClearasilMom #sponsored #MC

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation

There is no need to buy expensive acne treatments when Clearasil works great for far less money...

About three years ago, my son started experiencing problems with his skin.  When my son turned 11 years old, he started having acne breakouts on his forehead. A trip to the doctor told me what I had figured - he was going through early puberty which was causing the breakouts.  Since I had not experienced acne growing up, I really did not know how to handle the situation.

Since my son was so young when the acne stated, I did not want to use any chemicals on his skin if I didn't have to. So we stopped using oils on his skin and hair and that took care of most of the breakouts. But over the summer months, the breakouts got worst on his forehead and even spread to the rest of his face. I knew it was time to do something about it when I realized my son was no longer looking in the mirror because he did not like the image that was being reflected back at him.

Clearasil to the Rescue...
I went to the store to look at acne products and quickly became overwhelmed by the sheer number. After some online research of the subject of acne, I decided to try out Clearasil PerfectaWash with other natural methods to see if we could stop the breakouts.

Within a week of using the Clearasil PerfectaWash, my son's face was totally clear of acne with the exception of the middle of his forehead. I did some more online research which suggested incorporating a small amount of maximum strength benzoyl peroxide gel to just the problem area. So I went to Target and bought a 1oz tube of benzoyl peroxide gel. I applied just a tiny dab to my son's problem spot on his forehead twice a day after using the Clearasil PerfectaWash and within a few days, my son's skin was totally free of acne.

Different Product, Same Great Clearasil Results... 
Over the years, it became harder for me to find the Clearasil PerfectaWash in retail stores, but I still wanted my son to stay with using Clearasil products because they had worked so well keeping my son's skin clear and clean.  So while shopping at Target earlier this year, I came across another Clearasil product called Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Oil Free Face Wash.

Just like Clearasil PerfectaWash, Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Oil Free Face Wash works great at keeping breakouts to a minimum while also being gentle on my son's skin.  His face is clean, clear, and non-oily which he loves.

And I love that Clearasil Daily Clear Hydara-Blast Oil Free Face Wash works great and I can buy it at my local Target for under $5 a tube.

Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Oil Free Face Wash is gentle enough for everyday use.  But every so often, my son will experience a breakout where he needs more help, especially on his forehead.  In the past we would just try our best to work through the breakout with the help of a little generic benzoyl peroxide gel until the breakout was over.  But now, thanks to Mom Central, my son got to try out a complimentary sample of another great product from Clearasil called Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash.

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash is made especially for when my son experiences a breakout.  This product is formulated with maximum strength acne medication to give visibly clearer skin in as little as 12 hours.  This is really great because no teenage wants to be seen when a breakout occurs so the quicker it is over the better.

Still loving Clearasil after All these Years...
Clearsasil products have been a staple in my home now for 3 years and I could not be happier with the results that my son is getting.

My son has been using Clearasil Daily Clear HydraBlast Oil Free Face Wash now for 8 months and it it really helps to keep his skin oil free and clear and now I am glad that he is using Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash for when breakouts occur to get back to normal quickly.

If you have a teenager that is experiencing acne, you can find out more about Clearasil products, including giveaways and coupons (two of my favorite things), follow Clearasil on Facebook, Clearasil on Twitter, and check out the Clearasil Website.


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