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Drones seem to be everywhere today! In the sky, in our media, everywhere you can hear about drones, or see videos of what drones have been able to capture. We’ve had the chance to play with a few of them, not so sophisticated as they seem to be now, but fun for our family and the kids to play with, they’re nothing like the NEW 3DRobotics Solo Drone!
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.
Best Buy recently announced that the NEW 3DRobotics Solo Drone would be available in more than 400 of their stores. This drone is pretty darn cool! It’s easy to fly, and allows you to capture both videos and photos with a GoPro camera.
The 3D Robotics Solo Drone is unlike any other, it’s powered by two integrated Linux computers (in the drone and in the controller) and also supports full control of GoPro cameras as well as deliver LIVE HD video wirelessly to your mobile device or via the controller’s HDMI port for live broadcasts.
Found at Best Buy, the 3D Robotics Solo Drone also features:
– Smart Shot modes so the drone can fly itself. You can focus more on the camera and the different modes such as Cablecam, Orbit, Selfie and Follow Me.
– Ergonomic and video game style controller built specifically for aerial photography.
– Free full-featured mobile app for both iOS and Android where you can choose between a live view from the camera and a satellite view of your selected shot.
– Controller features one-button, automatic flight controls including take off, land and return home.
– Offers direct in-flight access to the GoPro controls
The 3DRobotics Solo Drone can be found at most Best Buy stores and retails for $999. Now through July 11th you can get a FREE SOLO SMART BATTERY (value $149.99) when you purchase the 3DR Solo Drone (Offer valid with purchase of the 3DR Solo Drone SKU: 5351035).
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As a blogger, and one with kids, we honestly go through electronics like crazy, especially computers and laptops! I’m always on the lookout for the next great thing for blogging, gaming and entertainment, the AMD FX APU HP Envy Touchsmart gets a second look from me!
Disclosure: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
With the HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop you can find the AMD FX Special Edition APU which will allow you to multi-task, game and more at super speed with a processing power of 10 compute cores (4 CPU + 6 GPU).
The 15.6” touch-screen display allows hands-on control for multiple tasks as well as a great sound system from Beats Audio through built-in dual speakers and subwoofer. You’ll also find that the HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop provides great 2D and 3D images with their AMD Radeon R7 series graphics.
Yourself and your kids will be able to handle any tasks easily and quickly with the AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop which also features a backlit keyboard. Dragon software is also pre-installed for those who like to do speech-to-text over typing. Not only can you work, but you can enjoy the laptop for entertainment purposes as you stream movies, TV shows and videos.
Besides the fast processing speed, high quality graphics and sounds, the AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop only weighs 6.1lbs and is 1.2” thin, which makes it easy for travel.
The laptop also features a 10 key, 6GB system memory and a 750GB hard drive.
Before purchasing any electronics, I’m always looking at reviews, and although I’ve checked out this laptop at the store, I don’t actually have a review to write on it as I don’t have it myself, but…You can find over 300 reviews on Bestbuy.com about the HP Envy Touchsmart.
The AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop is exclusively available at Best Buy. At $649.99.
Best Buy has free shipping on orders over $35, if you’d like it shipped to home, otherwise you can choose free store pickup where your order could be ready as soon as 45 min.
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We’re a family of travelers, or well….Maybe it’s just me who’s the big one on traveling and my family just seems to follow behind. On a normal trip you’ll find myself, my hubby and my two girls, but this time it’s different. This time I got some me time, and planned a girls trip for a weekend!
Headed to Florida with the girls! We left Toledo on Friday and were returning Monday. No kids, no husbands, just the girls!
Our first stop for the weekend was to check into the hotel. We were extremely lucky to have a stay for two nights at the beautiful Renaissance Orlando Sea World Resort. We knew we were getting the Parlor Suite and were so excited simply from the photos online.
Thinking that it’s the official Sea World hotel, I was hoping it wasn’t going to be swimming full of kids and families. This was an adult girls weekend away, I left my kids at home and didn’t want to deal with anyone else’s, you’d also expect to see Sea World galore all over the hotel, but besides the attractions desk, that’s the only place we saw Sea World mentioned.
Upon our arrival, we had the choice of valet or self parking. We weren’t sure exactly what we were going to do, so we just parked in the front and headed in with our bags, we figured check in, then decide. Valet parking is $27.00 a day, and self parking is $20. We decided to self park.
We come to find that not only did we have the Parlor Suite but also the adjoining room.
Walking through the atrium lobby we didn’t see any kids acting crazy, screaming babies nothing, this hotel was simply beautiful and quiet! Great for a girls weekend away but also looked like a great place for families as well! With beautiful seating, artwork, an indoor water fall, and signs for kid activities they thought of everything. You would also see a Starbucks, Frozen Yogurt place, a sushi bar, sports bar and restaurant. We were highly impressed and we haven’t even got to our rooms yet!
Once we went up to our floor in the glass elevator, we opened the door, and our jaws dropped! That was just in the adjoining room which featured 2 queen beds, a beautiful bathroom, flat screen TV. The room also had a mini refrigerator and coffee tea service. That room alone was stunning! Once we opened the door to the suite, we were speechless!
The Parlor suite was HUGE! It was the size of a small apartment, not a hotel room. With a King size bed, and a huge sectional sofa that also pulled out into a bed, the room also had a small refrigerator, coffee/tea service, a beautiful huge bathroom with double vanities. In the room you would also find a large desk, as well as a huge dining table and chairs, as well as a beautiful color scheme and a large flat screen TV mounted to the wall. This room was just beautiful! We had a beautiful view as well. For the four of us girls, these rooms were more than enough for 2 nights!
After we settled in, we decided to take a walk around the hotel and it’s grounds that night to see what they had to offer. We found a gift shop that was basically a small store, an arcade, various ballrooms and halls. We also ventured outside to be greeted by beautiful fire pits with seating, and into the pool grounds where there was an amazing pool, lots of seating and beautifully lit gazebos on the grounds. We were in awe!
This was only our first night, we had just checked in….What would we do in the morning?
Stay tuned for the rest of our Orlando Florida Girls Weekend Getaway that will feature more about the Renissance Orlando at Sea World, The Blue Man Group, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food at Universal CityWalk and Capone’s Dinner Show!
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We’re a family of travelers. Not only do we travel through the US, but we include Canada as well. This summer we’ve done most of our traveling in Canada. One stop we made was to Horeshoe Resort in Barrie, Ontario.
Horseshoe Resort is located about an hour north of Toronto. During the summer, Horseshoe Resort provides an Adventure Park for the family, in the winter they are a ski resort.
Initially we were just spending a night there, but after being there for the day, we decided to spend an extra day/night. Horseshoe Resort was just amazing! Not only was our room great, but the Adventure Park had so many activities for those of all ages.
Activities in the Adventure Park include: Mini Putt, Rock Climbing, Balance Bikes, Gem Mining, Archery, Horseback Riding, Euro Bungee, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Paddle Boats, a Maze, Adventure Buggy Tour, Zip Lining, and my husbands favorite, the Aqua Ogo.
My girls tried their hand at the Inflatable Obstacle Course and Rock Climbing first, they also spent a lot of time on the Euro Bungee and petting the horses. Gem Mining was a ton of fun for them, you simply purchase a bag which includes the gems in a bag of dirt, you take the bag, and run them through the flowing water in your try to uncover the gems. The kids get to keep everything they find.
We did the maze as a family, you need to find all the letters in the word MAZE to finish, as you walk around, get lost and stuck eventually you’ll find the letters where you will find a hole punch to punch your card with the corresponding letter.
Hubby tried out the Aqua Ogo. This is Canada’s only Outdoor Gravity Orb. You go up a large hill (on a conveyor belt) and they zip you up inside a large plastic ball which has a bit of water inside, once zipped up, they give you a push, and down the hill you go. HE LOVED IT! You do get really wet, so be prepared!
Horeshoe Resort Adventure Park is a great place to head for summer vacation, it’s not too expensive, and the entire family will have fun…OUTDOORS! The resort also features an indoor AND outdoor pool for hotel guests, as well as a fine dining (Silks Dining Lounge) and casual dining restaurant (Crazy Horse). Both were amazing! We did the fine dining one night, dressed up and headed out to a short walk across the lot to the main building. The next night we decided to try the casual dining to grab some dessert and drinks and sit out on the patio.
Our room…Simply Amazing!
We stayed in a Premiere Slope Side Condo. The condo features two bathrooms, two bedrooms, enclosed balcony, fully equipped modern kitchen and laundry. A pullout sofa sleeper and fireplace. The room can comfortably sleep six.
Parking is always free at the resort. I highly recommend visiting Horseshoe Resort and Adventure Park, we’re going to head back at some point, we just had so much fun, and it was something a little different than we normally do.
For more information on Horseshoe Resort, Adventure Park passes, Dining and Accommodations please visit horseshoeresort.com. Canada is a great place to visit, you get to go to a different country without the high cost of traveling. You do need a passport to cross the border, luckily we’re just a hop skip and a jump.
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My daughters are huge fans of Teen Titans Go! Every morning before school, you can find them downstairs eating breakfast catching an episode or two. If they have TV time at night, they’re glued to Cartoon Network watching Teen Titans Go!
They never seem to get tired of seeing the same episodes over and over again, so of course they own different seasons on DVD, including the newest season to hit shelves today (April 14th). Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1 is now available on DVD.
Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1 includes 26 different episodes. In Season 2 Part 1, the Teen Titans return with a whole new bevy of baddies, beverages and adventures! Partner up with Robin, Cyborg,Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy to defend Jump City against slimy monsters, tyrannical villains and of course, crime fighting induced hunger pains. Every vote counts when the Teen Titans hold team leader elections, Beast Boy dials up the “man-factor” with his new robotic limbs, while Raven races to save the cotton candy bushes from the Gumdrop Goblin. It’s a titan red alert with 26 gut-punching, gut-busting adventures in this all-new collection.
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