Best Buy=Deals & Great Service #OneBuyForAll #shop

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I’m a guy, but you probably guessed that by the name of my blog. When it comes to gifts, what do I and so many guys love, you guessed it, electronics and gadgets. Yes this is a generalization, but it is one that I continually hear from other guys that I know. For me, one of my first stops when shopping for electronics is Best Buy. Why shop here first versus going online? For me, I have to be honest and say that I will do my research online and read up on brands and what I may be looking for, but there is something about Best Buy and their employees that to me gives me peace of mind. Also, the staff there are so knowledgeable. I know that I can go in and ask any question and they seemingly always have the answer or know someone else has the answer.  Online you do not always have the “experts” available for you and instead you have to search more and make your best guess or ask others online for their opinions.

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Best Buy, #shop, #cbias, #OneBuyForAll

The other thing that Best Buy does that you cannot get online is the ability to get your hands on most of the items that they sell and give them a test drive. On my visit to the store I saw many examples of adults and kids alike trying out phones, tablets, computers, televisions and so much more. These people were seeing first hand the benefits of the technology and always in the background were the helpful staff members that were eager to aid them with questions.

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I always love having the ability to simply bask in the technology that surrounds you when you come into the store. Both seeing how things work as well as leaning through tactile means (which is how I tend to learn best).

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Best Buy, #shop, #cbias, #OneBuyForAll

I also love the breadth and depth of products that are available. Not only will you find televisions and computers, but you also will find musical instruments, household appliances, games and more. If it is technology related, best buy seems to have a connection to it.

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I also like that Best Buy tends to have great prices from what I have seen in the past and I have ended up purchasing a number of things from them in the past (such as my Nikon DSLR camera that I own) because they had the best price as well as bundling that also is sometimes available depending on the product itself. On this trip, outside of a giftcard that I purchased, I also was looking for some new memory for my camera and they had a great sale going on for a 32GB card, which is great because I end up taking a lot of pictures and memories, so size and price of card really matters.

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As I was preparing this story, I found a cool item that Best buy is now offering. For those of you on Twitter or even if you are not, Best Buy has put together a cool trending tool so that you can see what everyone is talking about. Best Buy’s trending page to show what gadgets are currently trending on Twitter (www.bestbuy.com/trending?ref=70&loc=12). Not surprisingly, apple’s IPhone and IPad are the numbers one and two at the writing of this.

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Best Buy is rewarding the Gift-Giver, from December 11-24th, every time a customer purchases a $25 or more Best Buy gift card, in-store or online, they can scan/enter their gift card number to enter for a chance to win one of the daily prizes. Customers can enter via the Best Buy app by scanning their card or by going to www.bestbuy.com/givetowin/?ref=70&loc=12   and entering their card number.

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(1) Grand Prize: $10,000 Best Buy gift card, (5) First Prizes: $500 Best Buy gift card, (10) Second Prizes: $100 Best Buy gift card, (40) Third Prizes: $50 Best Buy gift card

 

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Treat Your Cat Like Royalty With @Shebabrand Cat Food #ShebaCat #CBias

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When I think of my cats I think of family. I see the two cats that as have as extensions of my family and treat them as such. With that in mind I am always looking for new ways to treat them well and to give them healthy, great tasting food that will not only sustain them, but will also make them happy. This is especially true with my oldest cat who is 13. Lately he has not been eating as much, so the vet told us to start giving him soft food to help him eat more. I did my research and found that there are a ton of different moist cat food brands that state that they offer the moon and back, but not all do. One of the brands that I checked out was Sheba Cat food. I had never tried this brand in the past, but the more that I read the better the brand sounded, so I was definitely game to try it out with the cats to see what they would think and whether it was an immediate hit or not (as mu cats tend to sometimes be finicky eaters).

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When I went to the store to pick this up, I was amazed at how many varieties that they had and many were ones that I thought that my cats would simply love! I decided to go for it and jump at garabbing one of each variety to test them out and see how they enjoyed them. I also could not pass up a sale on the food itself… I mean five cents off is five cents off and on top of that I had gone to the Sheba Cat Food website and was able to get a coupon for another great offer -  Buy 6, Get 1 Free (http://www.sheba.com/Home). All-in-all, I was able to get all of the varieties at this store for only $5.00, what a deal!

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Sheba Cat Food Shopping, #ShebaCat

I liked the design on the cans as they look expensive. One thing that I was a bit surprised at was the size of the can. We have purchased larger moist cans in the past and I thought they were all the larger ounce can sizes (we have lids for these). With the fact that these were smaller I anticipate having to either try and find a smaller lid from a pet food store, or using saranwrap or other type wrap to keep it good, especially if my cats do not polish it off in the first try.
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In taking these home and opening the can the food had a pate look to it and was smooth which I knew would be good for my oldest cat Puffy. I ended up giving my cats a number of the varieties and thus far, all of have been a hit. For me, I am looking for cat food that is healthy and made with quality ingredients for a reasonable price and Sheba seems to have all of the above!

 

If you look at the below image you can see how happy my cat is, and for me this is what I am looking for in a cat food. Not only does it make him happy but it makes me a very happy caregiver and parent to him! On top of all of this it also gives me peace of mind to know that I am giving my cats healthy food that will give them the nutrients that they need for the future!

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Giving Back to Others Is Important @Elmers #BagItForward #cfk #shop

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As a father I try and teach my children whatever I can to make sure that they understand the importance of not only receiving, but also giving to others. Since they have were young I have tried to help Diva J and Diva PJ learn what it feels like to give to others and also think for themselves about what they can do to make the community a better place. I was so excited to be working with the Champions for Kids campaign and the Elmer’s Bag it Forward program to give school supplies to my community.

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I was asked to go and shop at my local Walmart to give supplies to our local schools and to others in the community. This is so important in our community because funding has continually had to be cut for the local schools and I know that many of the teachers have been having to supplement the budgets that they have been given to make sure that supplies are adequate for their classrooms, and in my perspective this is not right. For what teachers make and the amount of work that they put into the education of our kids, I wish that all were willing to spend a little extra for the benefit of all of our kids.

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This is where I have to commend Elmer’s for their Bag it Forward program, as this is a great program and something that just lifts my spirits, whenever I read the stories of others that are participating. On top of this, working with Champions for Kids is a perfect fit, as they have been giving back to communities in so many ways for such a long time as well.

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For my shop, when I went to the store I was thinking of the fact that all of our kids need supplies to be creative. With that in mind all of the supplies that I was searching for related to this. Thus, I ended up finding a ton of crayons, colored pencils, scissors, erasers and glue that could be used by kids throughout the year to create new and innovative things within the school and at home.

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I was doing what I could to be a savvy shopper. One reason I love shopping at Walmart this time of year is that they usually have some of the best back to sale prices that I have found around me and with this experience it was the same.  I even ran into a couple that were purchasing school supplies to donate for another cause, but they had three carts full of supplies and in talking to them they stated the same for their reasons to why they were shopping where they were.

I was able to find some more generic crayons and colored pencils to save even more money and thus I was able to purchase even more supplies than I had first thought that I could.

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After shopping for all of the supplies I wanted to drop off my supplies right away (at least some of them to our local food bank, but alas they were closed at the time (as they have only selective hours), and the rest of the supplies I was going to donate to teachers at our elementary schools.

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I am so excited to be able to share supplies like these and hope to be able to continue working with Champions for Kids and Elmer’s in the future to support our schools and families that really need the help!

 

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You can see more pictures for this #bagitforward shopping experience here - https://plus.google.com/photos/100572181234104788072/albums/5907477045974499473

 

I encourage all of you to follow my lead giving back to your own community – you will not regret it in the least!

 

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All Photos taken with the Samsung #NX300 Camera #imagelogger

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@MasterCard #BillPay Makes Paying Bills So Easy #MC

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MasterCard Bill Pay Program Makes Paying Bills Easy

All of us have bills to pay each month and while some companies are making it easy to pay bills, MasterCard is making it even easier through their Bill Pay program. I had never heard about this program but the idea of being able to use my Mastercard was intriguing as making it easier to pay bills is definitely something that I want in my life, and if this means that I can also have the chance to win some money by paying my bills, sign me up!
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You may be asking, why have I never used this program before. well, for one, I didn’t know it existed. I use my Credit Card all of the time for purchases as I really do not carry cash around with me. However I do maintain a monthly budget and always make sure to pay off my card each month, as I have numerous friends who have gotten in trouble with credit card debt and I do not want that.

I have used my MasterCard for many years as my card is connected through the UPromise program and I receive a percentage back from all of the purchases that I make toward the education of my kids, so the rewards for using my MasterCard are amazing! Also, for me, using my MasterCard is easy and convenient, and there are no stops at the bank to get Cash or time to write out a check.

On top of the rewards MasterCard is also sweetening the deal this summer by letting anyone that uses their MasterCard between August 1 – October 31, 2013 for purchases, including wireless, cable, utility, insurance and healthcare bills and more you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win $60,000.* I know I could use $60,000 – how about you?

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When I heard about this Bill Pay program I first asked myself who could I use it for. The above site that you see is the initial screen that I went to to find the program itself and enter the directory of places that allow you to use your MasterCard to pay your bill.

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The directory is quite self-explanatory and I found it to be easy to use. I liked the categories that they allow you to select from and the zipcode delimiter was nice too as it allowed me to see the things in my area that pertained. I looked through all of the categories and was a bit surprised to not find my cell phone provider (T-Mobile) and I had wished that I could use this for paying down some of my student loan that is serviced by Sallie Mae, but these two programs were not there. That does not mean that there was not a ton though that you could use this for. I decided to look at utilities and seeing that I use Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison for my utilities, I was happy to see both here. I chose to select Detroit Edison so that I could pay off a bill that I had coming due.

 

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One of the nice things is that when you select a company the MasterCard Bill Pay program will provide you with a link that will take you to where you need to go to set up your MasterCard for payment. For me when I was taken to the DTE site, I ended up signing into my account and then being able to easily go to set up my payment options.

 

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As you can see below I was able to add in my information below and then be able to save this into the account as a payment option that I could use in the future. You can also set up an auto-bill pay using your preferred billing method too which is convenient and definitely makes you feel secure that you will not miss a payment.

 

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Once you have the credit card information entered you can easily set the amount you need to pay as well as the payment method.

 

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Once you have reviewed your payment information you can simply confirm the transaction and you are ready to go, it is that easy!

 

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If you have a MasterCard it could not be easier to use this Bill Pay program. I highly encourage you to check it out and see for yourself how this can help you too!

 

Also remember that from August 1 – October 31, 2013 you can use your MasterCard® credit, debit or prepaid card for all your purchases, including wireless, cable, utility, insurance and healthcare bills and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win $60,000.*

 

 
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@Snapple Half and Half is Refreshing for All #shop

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As I have gotten older I have found that iced tea is a great refreshing drink during the day, and at the same time can be a great pick-me-up in the afternoon when I get tired from a long day. What I love about these drinks is that they are healthy and taste great. I have tried quite a bit of Arnold Palmer drinks when I go out for lunch or dinner, and I have found drinks that were good, and some that were not.

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I had not heard that Snapple had their own brand of this, what they call their Half and Half drink. I am always game to try something new and I had the opportunity to try this thanks to Snapple. The Walmart store closest to me did not carry this, so on a trip to Grand Rapids, MI, I swung by the Walmart closest to my in-laws. and I found that they carried this there.  I found that the Snapple was at Walmart and was was well displayed and that the half and half was very easy to find.

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I was really impressed with the price of this and the fact that on top of this I could get $.25 cents off and the overall calorie count was really low. I decided to grab two of these to try it out for myself and see what I thought. I had tried other Snapple products in the past and enjoyed them, so why not try this too and see if their drink lived up to the Snapple name. I was surprised to find though that they only had one size of this as I thought there might also be a smaller version of this too.

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I took these two home and the next day decided to make up a batch for work. You can see below that I usually bring this water bottle to work everyday, but it usually only has water in it. This go around I filled it up with the half and half to give it a shot.

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In trying this I have to say it was a bit sweeter than I usually drink, but it still tasted great. Later in the day I tried to vary the mix by adding a bit more water and tea and found that the sweetness became less. Though I know that this was not something that most would do, like I said I enjoy trying new things and experimenting with drinks no matter what the drink may be.

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I encourage you to go and see more pictures from my shopping experience here - https://plus.google.com/photos/100572181234104788072/albums/5896339649475288049?authkey=CNWHpq3ioev2bw

If this sounds like a drink for you I encourage you too to try this for yourself and get refreshed. I encourage you to grab some coupons on Walmart .com from 5/24-9/30/2013 to get some money off for yourself.

 

Are you looking for other great summer ideas? Check out this digital magazine for many others.

 

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@Energizer Headlights Make Geocaching Fun #LightMyWay #shop

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Energizer Headlights Make Geocaching Fun

I love to go geocaching with my kids and sometimes we do this when it is dark. You can probably guess that this can be a bit dangerous and usually I am taking multiple flashlights with me as I go on these hunts as I do not want to have myself or my kids getting hurt. The challenge is that carrying all these flashlights and the geocaching device can be a bit awkward to say the least, so you can guess that I was excited to find out about this new Headlight device from Energizer.  I could easily see myself using this instead of the handheld flashlights. So when I was asked to go and shop for this I jumped at the chance!

 

In going to Walmart I really did not know where to look for the Energizer headlights, but in my mind I kept thinking that it would make sense to look at the sporting good section of the store based on what the product is used for (geocaching in my case, but also for camping, backpacking, running, etc.).

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I seemed to have the store to myself which was nice, and it allowed me to explore in peace and quiet. When I arrived at the sporting goods section, I first looked at the camping supplies, but the product was not there. In turning the corner though, on the back wall, there was a large supply of flashlights as well as the Energizer Headlights that I was looking for.

Energizer Headlights Make Geocaching Fun #LightMyWay #shop #cbias

My first impression was that I was surprised first that there were multiple brands carrying these types of devices. At the same time though I was also pleased to find that Energizer had so many different types of bright headlights that you could choose from at different price points.

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After considering all of the different options I decided to go with the one you see below. The reason I chose this was based on the wave length of the light output on this as well as the different functions that the light could do. On top of this, with me being a person who loves technology, this also had the most technology on it – I mean – it had infrared capabilities – too cool! All of these functions were ones that I could easily see myself using while geocaching at night and which would make it that much easier in the end to stay safe while doing this too.

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In opening the product I found that it was easy to use and fit quite well on my head. The headlight can be custom fit to your own head and is comfortable on your head and I can foresee that I could wear this for some time without it being uncomfortable. At the same time, the light was VERY bright and the modes were very cool. I definitely would recommend this to others as well. I even tried this on my eldest daughter and I was able to fit it on her head as well.  I was so impressed with this, I could definitely see me using this for more than just geocaching, and getting these for the rest of the family as well!

 

My thanks to Energizer and Collective Bias for the opportunity to shop for this and to try this out, I am really looking forward to using this further in the future and so are my kids!

See more pictures of my trip here - https://plus.google.com/photos/100572181234104788072/albums/5884112024982185489?authkey=CM_yp4_urtHpmgE

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Odwalla (@odwalla) and Champions For Kids Changing Lives Within Communities #cbias #Odwalla4Kids

 

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I am continually working with my kids to help them to be able to be people that give back to the community that they live in. I have been lucky enough to be able to work with some brands in the past that have allowed me to be able to do this and to get my children involved.

Odwalla, a brand that I tried in the past truly love is working with a program called Champions for Kids that works to works to mobilize MILLIONS of people by providing training and resources to improve the lives of children in communities across America and beyond. Their goal is to mobilize 20 Million people by 2020.  One of the ways in which they are trying to mobilize individuals is through providing healthy breakfast options for all children once they leave school for the summer.

 

I know that even in my own community we have over 70 families who rely on our local food bank to be able to have the food they need throughout the year. Many of the kids in the family’s attend the same schools as my own and they rely on the breakfast food that they receive at school and the free and reduced lunches that they receive to supplement the food that they receive from our food bank.

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With that in mind I set out to again have my kids make a difference in our local community by going out and purchasing Odwalla products for our local food bank to donate to help feed these children over the summer. On top of the list we also reached out to all of the second grade classrooms in my daughter’s elementary school to begin a few week process to collect breakfast items that could be donated by a second graders and their families to the food bank – again to support their efforts on feeding families that really need it in our community.

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The shopping process itself went pretty well and we went to our local Super Walmart which is about 15 minutes away from our home. In entering the store I did have some difficulty finding the products that I was looking for, but I ended up finding the Odwalla bars themselves in the produce section of the store. I would not have originally thought to look here, but knowing how natural the products are, it seems to make more sense that this is where they were now that I think about it. On top of the bars, I was also looking for the new juice boxes that they are carrying for kids, but my store did not carry this, and the only beverage that they did carry was not one that I thought would stay good for the time that I needed it to.

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I was impressed with the variety of bars that were available from Odwalla, and in looking at the nutritional content I was also very impressed. My kids and I snacked on an extra bar that we purchased and the kids devoured it (a good sign for the kids that are going to be receiving these at our local food bank.

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This past weekend was the spring food drive for our Food Bank so this project fit in nicely with that. We went though the house looking for any other food that we could donate and found some extra as well. After a full morning of Soccer, we ventured over to our Food Bank to deliver our food.

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The Director of our local Food Bank is always excited to see my kids and I as she knows that we always bring some fun things. She was quite happy with the delivery that we made on this visit as well as she mentioned that this was the first time that people have brought this type of food in and she thought it would be a great addition to the food that they were planning to give out in the near future to the local families utilizing their services.

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At the end of all of this my eldest daughter came to me and said, can we do something like this again?  As you can tell this was a proud  dad moment and we are now looking for future ways to engage with both the food bank as well as in other areas in the future. I am hopeful that the second grade project will be successful as well as I know that this will be a big hit with them as well once we get them all involved!

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More pictures from this experience can be found here: https://plus.google.com/photos/100572181234104788072/albums/5875561216939237505?authkey=CN2Zr6W7-YuPggE

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Making the 4th of July That Much Better With @Sears #SearsPatio #GrillingIsHappiness #cbias

 

For me the 4th of July has always been about family and celebrations. Whether it has been celebrating at home or at family or friend’s home, we always tend to get together with others to celebrate the great nation that we live in, but also just celebrating the ties that bind us together. This year, instead of traveling to my inlaw’s house, we will be having a celebration at home (much of the reasoning behind this is because of what day of the week the 4th falls this year). We will be having a few friends and their kids over and will be having our own little celebration followed by fireworks that are sent up at a church which is within sight distance of our home, so we can watch them from our deck.

I am not the type of person to go all out with decorations or anything like that, but we do plan to have our whole deck set out and allow for the kids to have their own table as well so that they can have fun too. Don’t get me wrong, the American Flag will be flying and we might even have some fireworks of our own!

 

I was excited to be selected to work with Collective Bias on the #SearsPatio #GrillingIsHappiness campaign, as I had not been to Sears in a while and had not really explored the Sears Outdoor Living Section lately, as the last time I was there was around Christmas time and there were no outdoor patio sets or grills available at that time (or at least the selection of grills was vastly limited). I was asked to either shop fora new Patio Set or a New Grill, and let me tell you this was not an easy decision as both were needed and Sears did offer some great options for both.

When I went to the store I was impressed by the variety of things that they offered in store, as I had explored their online site (See below for links) and I knew that they had a wide selection of grills and patio sets. I was particularly impressed with the number of grills that they had in stock. From Weber to Charbroil and many others, you have a wide variety to select from.

I weighed my options and found a number of patio sets that I liked in the store, and I would have to say that the grill conundrum was equal, as my mind was left a bit boggled as there were so many options.

The salesperson that we worked with was very helpful and I was interested to see that he and his fellow co-workers were all using IPad devices to connect customers with their online sites. He showed me the items online as well as reviews that were there and as I continued my exploration, he kept track on his IPad of the items we were considering. At the end of the shopping trip he let me know about this and that he would email me links to all of the products that I had been considering in the store. How slick is that, and all he had to do is get my phone number and based on my Shop Your Way Rewards Account, he sent everything to my home email address.

 

I decided not to purchase anything at first as I wanted to go home and think about all of my options, explore the links that had just been sent to me as well as the rest of the Sears site itself and then make a final decision.

When I got home, the email that the salesperson mentioned was there and there were a ton of great resources included in the email itself. I explored these and the Sears website and I found both to be very helpful. I was happy to see that they had a review section as in two cases, patio sets that I considered were not receiving positive reviews from customers in regards to their overall outdoor durabilty, so I chose to steer away from these.

In the end, my wife and I chose to go with a new grill. Why did we choose this? Well, we do a lot of grilling and have come to find that Michigan weather is many times rough on grills. I have never had a grill that has held up to the elements after only a few years, nor a grill that I would write home about saying that it cooked better than what I could do inside (which really is not grilling). I have been a fan from a distance of Weber Grills for some time, but have never stepped forward to purchase one due to the overall cost. This shop gave me the opportunity to step over this and purchase the Spirit Weber Grill. I would have preferred the Genesis (The next size up), but no Sears stores in our area had this available and I would have had to pay over $100 for shipping, so that was not really an option.

I have just put this grill together in time for the 4th and I found that it did take a little longer than I had first thought, as I misused a few screws that I thought were to be used in another area, so it was definitely user error on my part. We ended up having our 4th of July Big get-together yesterday, and the grill worked amazingly well. The meat cooked thoroughly and I was impressed with how easy it was to use. The picture below shows you the last batch of meat that I had to throw on after my first batch was complete (people were eating a lot). People remarked later that the meat tasted great and I know that in part it was because of the tools that I was able to use!

What about you? What are your plans this 4th of July and is grilling a part of the plan?

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Brooks Brothers ( @Brooksbrothers ) Offers Great Quality Clothes and Goods #CBias

For me, my style is somewhat consistent as I have not changed size for some time, nor have I changed my style per se in many years. There are even clothes that I still have that I had since high school to the consternation of my wife in many circumstances. It is not that I am against new clothes, but it is always hard for me to get rid of clothes that are still in good shape. That being said though, I work in a place where I have to dress in professional dress on a daily basis and with this in mind I find that I am needing to purchase more dress clothes on a more regular basis because of clothes not lasting as long as I would like.

I have to believe that much of the reason for the clothes not lasting is that they are not as high of quality as some I could purchase. Especially when it comes with dress shirts I start to notice that the collars of the shirts sometimes get pills on them after I wear them for a period of time and this continues to get worse the longer that I have them. In saying this, I was excited to explore and shop at Brooks Brothers as I have shopped there in the past (in their physical store) and the quality of their clothes have always been top notch.

 

Some people have said to me that they do not shop with this store because of the prices in the store (as they tend to be a bit higher), but when I hear this I tell people that there is a reason that their clothes are more expensive and that is the fact that the quality is that much better. I equate it like this, if I spend a bit more now for the dress shirts that I want, I will have this shirt a bit longer than others that I have purchased that were lower in price in the scheme of things.

 

I went to the website to see what it had to offer and was quite impressed with the over crisp clean look and feel of the site. It was so easy to find what I was looking for, not only in the sense of size, but also style and color too. As a person of smaller stature, I sometimes have difficulty finding my exact size, but I was happy to see that this was not the case when it came to this site. They had a large selection of things in my size. I was also surprised to find that Brooks Brothers had so much more than just Mens Clothing as this was the only line that I had been introduced to in the past. I also was surprised to find that they not only had clothes, but they also home goods too.

All-in-all I was quite impressed with the site and the experience of shopping on the site itself. I have not yet received my items, but know that I will be quite happy with them when they do arrive! If you have never checked out Brooks Brothers you should and soon!

 

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias but all opinions are my own.

 

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I Took the Brave Woman ( @Brave_Woman ) 2012 Pledge, Will You? #cbias #bravewoman

What Is Brave Woman?

Brave Woman is a grassroots movement to shift personal and public perception of women facing domestic violence situations from a victim mentality to one of courage and strength. The ultimate goal is action to create a world community that

  • Supports difficult decisions involved in creating a new life of safety, healing and independence.
  • Is aware of the presence of domestic violence and its impact on families.

THEIR SHARED VISION is that every woman and child will have the supportive resources they need to live without fear in their homes and see themselves as courageous victors, finally free from family violence.

They are networking with international advocates to end domestic violence one woman, one family at a time.  Become a Brave Woman Champion. Take the pledge today and join other brave women in your area. Everyone who joins the Brave Woman community receives a free download of Jana Stanfield’s song, What Would I Do Today If I Were Brave and other sources of reflection and encouragement.

Why I took the Pledge

While my life has never been touched recently by domestic violence, I have seen this in my own family. I have a grandmother that lived with violence in both of her marriages and though I never saw it happen personally, it changed her as I know it does for all women who this effects.

I chose to take the pledge as a man and as a father to stand up for women all-over that have been impacted by violence to support them and to encourage them to take a stand and to do what they need to do to break the cycle of violence and stand on their own.

At the same time I feel that I need to take a stand to not let others be disrespected and humiliated by violence or words, and I want to let other women know that I am there to support them if and when they are ready to take the stand that they need to take as well.

I highly encourage all to take the pledge and take a stand like I am today!

 

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