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Zombies!!!

 

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I love zombies. Well… if I ever met one I doubt I’d love it. Chances are I’d be lunch meat for it. I don’t run very fast. What I mean to say is that I have been into zombies long before it was the “in” thing.

I first started to think zombies were really cool back in the late 1970′s (1978 to be exact) when I saw Dawn of the Dead (the original, not the remake). The movie scared the heebie jeebies out of me – but – I thought it was so cool. Gross… but cool.

Back in high school me and my girlfriends were known by friends of ours as the “Dawn of the Dead Girls”. It was a nickname given to us by a heavy metal band we were friends with. They came over to my house once to watch the movie with all of us and some how that became our nickname. Thirty plus years later and we’re still friends and the nickname has stuck.

These days everyone is into zombies thanks to the huge success of The Walking Dead. Suddenly everyone is into zombies – young and old alike. Zombies are not longer feared, per say, as they are fun to watch. Still gross – just not as scary.

I have The Walking Dead bobbleheads. In fact I just received Michonne today for Christmas. Now I have to get the Zombie bobblehead to add to my collection.

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I have started to collect some fun and whimsical zombie things. One of my favorite pieces if my Zombie Garden Gnome from ThinkGeek.com.

If you haven’t heard of Think Geek before, and you love fun and quirky things, you must check the site out. Think Geek is one of my favorite sites. I check it often to see what new goodies they add. I have also purchased several items from them over the past few years.

Think Geek as a few Zombie Garden Gnome styles to choose from. I was going to buy all of them and put them around our house when we were going to move. Some day if we ever win Lotto and can buy a house I’m still going to decorate my yard and garden with Zombie Garden Gnomes. I like to be different and unique. Although I think most garden gnomes are cute, I rather have ones that reflect my style and personality more.

Technically it’s really three Zombie Garden Gnomes and one who is more like Tony Montana from the film Scarface.

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Here is my Zombie Garden Gnome along with Rick and Daryl from The Walking Dead. They are trying to protect me from him. :-)

Zombie Garden Gnome

As you can see the gnome is fairly large. He’s heavy but not too heavy. He would be able to withstand a good amount of wind. He’s also very well made and should be able to lurk around your garden or yard for many years to come.

Think Geek has a lot of other fun zombie goodies to choose from.

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Think Geek has plenty of other cool toys, gadgets and décor that is non-zombie related too.

There is a reason why the site is called Think “GEEK” – because the things they sell usually appeal to “geeky” people. I’m a big geek so I love the products they sell. They have Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, LEGO, Hunger Games and Big Bang Theory goodies, not name a few.

To check out the fun items they sell visit www.ThinkGeek.com. The company can also be found on the various social media sites (scroll to the bottom of their site for all the links).

Have you ever shopped at Think Geek before? What do you think about the Zombie Garden Gnomes? Would you decorate your yard with them?

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Kimberly

*I received a free sample (gnome). There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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Protect your laptop with CURB

 

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I am very grateful that I was finally able to get a new laptop a month or so ago. My other laptop was easily 7+ years old. It was huge, bulky, lacking “bells and whistles” and it had only a 30 gig hard drive.

There were several things about my old laptop that bothered me. The number one thing was the lack of hard drive space and having to delete and remove things constantly. The other thing that bothered me a lot was the fan. The fan was constantly whirring around and it was LOUD.

I use my laptop a lot which means the fan has to kick in to prevent it from overheating. The fan helps to reduce ambient heat (so you don’t burn your hands using your computer) and it helps to prolong the life of your computer’s battery. Heat is NOT good for a computer battery.

I had a hard time getting enough air to my old computer’s fan. I actually had to buy a small desk fan and point it directly towards my computer to keep the fan from working too hard. My fan was so loud that the less it was needed the better for me because the sound was deafening at times.

My new laptop if not like that and the fan is not as loud. I want to ensure that this fan does not end up like the other fan. The key is to make sure there is adequate air flow around my computer.

A while back I was sent a nifty little gadget to review called a CURB. Upon first glance it doesn’t look like much. It’s a long triangle shaped rubber like thing with a notch in the middle. I wasn’t even 100% sure what it was or what it did.

CURB Colors

CURB is a lightweight bar that sits under your laptop to allow for air to get under your laptop to help prevent it from overheating and to allow you computer’s fan to not have to work as hard.

The little notch in the middle is for any cables/wires that you might have.

The CURB elevates your laptop on the one side (monitor side). You can adjust the amount of the lift simply by turning the CURB on it’s side (one side will make it slightly higher than the other).

It might sound a bit cumbersome, but it’s not. Once it’s in place you really don’t know it’s there.

From a “techie” standpoint I can’t tell you whether it’s helping my computer keep cool or not. My fan does kick in from time to time but not even close to my other computer. That fan was on the entire time the computer was on. It never stopped whirring around – loudly.

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Since I had to wait so long to get a new lap top I want ensure that I keep it healthy for as long as possible. If this little piece of rubber can help me to accomplish that, I’m going to make sure I have it propping up my laptop every time I’m using my computer.

CURB is lightweight and small in size so it’s portable too. I could easily tuck it inside my bag when traveling.

CURB is available in a variety of colors. I have the Limited Edition Glow-in-the-Dark CURB. It really does glow! The way my laptop is set up at my desk you can see it that much, but when I walk past my computer at night I can see a green glow coming from the back of it.

The CURB only costs $16.99 and it’s available at www.ThinkbyM.com. It’s currently on sale for only $12.99.

If you received a new laptop from Santa this year, or know someone who has, a CURB would be a wise investment to ensure that the new laptop stays “healthy” by allowing airflow under the laptop.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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Save Time & Money with HP Savings Center

 

Coupons

Are you a coupon shopper? I’m not talking about the extreme couponers you see on television (I am very impressed with their skills!). I’m talking about the casual couponer – the type of person who visits brand websites on a weekly basis to print out new coupons and who scans the coupon section of the Sunday paper. That is the type of couponer I am.

Clipping coupons can save you a lot of money. Unfortuanlty I don’t always have the time to search the web for coupons. I can have coupons automatically e-mailed to me, but I still have the scroll through them to see which ones I want/need, plus I have to print and cut them out.

Imagine if you could have coupons instantly sent to you AND printed out without having to do a thing? You can with the HP Savings Center.

I was sent to review an HP ENVY 5530 printer. I already had an HP printer so I knew that I was going to receive a great printer. I have never had an HP printer that I didn’t like.

What is great about this printer is that this e-All-in-One printer can keep track of our ink usage and let HP know when you are running low. If you are signed up for the HP Instant Ink program the ink will show up in your mailbox. There is no need to re-order or run to the store. It’s done automatically for you.

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This printer is also Wi-Fi enabled which means it can receive information from various sources, not just your computer.

I’m going to write more about this program in another post. For now I want to focus on the cool things you can do at the HP Savings Center website.

The HP Savings Center offers enables consumers with web enabled printers to select and print out coupons that will print out AUTOMATICALLY week after week. You don’t have to worry about searching the internet for coupons – the coupons are sent to your printer and printed out for you – even if you are not home. Best of all the service is FREE and super easy to use.

The first thing you need to do is set up an account. Next, follow the online instructions to give the system an idea of your family members and the type of offers you would like to receive. The reason why the system wants to know about family members is so that it knows to send you coupons for baby products (if you have a baby), men’s or women’s products (in case you are single or have a significant other) and what kind of pets that you can so you can receive pet offers too.

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The program would also like to know what types of coupons you would like to receive. If you only wanted food related coupons you can sign up for that. Or you can include other coupons like household, fashion and even coupons from local retailers.

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Simply click on the “thumbs up” if you would like to receive those types of coupons, or a “thumbs down” if they are of no interest to you. As you can there are A LOT of different types of coupons you can receive. As you are signing up you can also see how many available offers (coupons) there is available in each category. As you can see in the above screen shot there are 149 offers for Home Improvement & Maintenance and 30 offers in the Pets category.

Once you sign up you can check out the current available offers and “clip” which ones you want. When you are ready you can print the out. There is even a section that shows you how much money you are saving in coupons.

The coupon offers come from Coupons.com which many people might be familiar with.

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As you can see the coupons found at the HP Savings Center are so much more than grocery coupons.

Another great feature of the HP Savings Center is that you can set up when you want the coupons printed out. You can schedule a time/day that works best for you. The only thing you need to do is make sure your printer is on (don’t worry, it will go into sleep mode when not in use to conserve power). I would also recommend making sure that paper slider (whatever it’s called) – the thing that stops the printed paper from flying out of the printer – is set up. I learned that lesson the hard way when a half a dozen pages printed out and scattered all over the floor.

The printer also fits as many coupons per page as possible so you don’t waste paper. I like that feature. I have printed out coupons in the past that use an entire piece of paper for one little coupon. It’s such a waste. With the coupons from the HP Savings Center the coupons fill up the entire page.

Even if I’m not home, or if I forget out it, coupons will be sent to my printer and printed out for me. All I need to do is bring them to the store with me. You can clip them out if you want or just bring whole page to the store with you (the clerks appreciate it when they are clipped). I would much rather spend 5 minutes clipping coupons instead of 5 hours searching the Internet for them.

The HP Savings Center coupon program is FREE, easy to set up and VERY convenient. I find myself using coupons a lot more now that most of the work is done for me. I love waking up in the morning to find the coupons waiting for me at my printer.

The HP Savings Center is just one of the great apps available. Through HP Connect you can add other apps to your printer – many of which can be scheduled to print out any day and time you want.

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There are a great assortment of apps available. If you have a child that loves to color you can schedule the Disney and/or DreamWorks app to instantly print out color pages and activities for your child to enjoy. They offer great coloring pages too. I printed out a few just to see what they looked like and I was very impressed.

You can have daily comics, news, puzzles and more scheduled to print out whenever it’s convenient for you. Imagine waking up in the morning and finding the top news stories, daily comic and a crossword puzzle printed out on your printer waiting for you to enjoy them. All of the apps are FREE too!

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There are also apps for businesses and even a Tony Robbins app.

My favorite apps (aside from the coupon app) is the 7-Day Menu Planner app and the Calendar App.

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The 7-Day Menu Planner gives you a week’s worth of recipes AND it also includes any available coupons for products needed to prepare the recipes.

The printable calendar app is great because it helps me to keep organized. The Comic To Do List is also great for organizing your time – plus you get a fun comic to read too.

I think the idea of the HP Saving Center (coupons) and applications is ingenious. A year ago I wouldn’t even think something like was possible. What will they think of next?

If you would like to check out the HP Savings Center and HP Connected.

Keep an eye out for my printer review and my post about the Instant Ink program.

What do you think about the HP Savings Center? Is this a service you would like to use? Have you tried it for yourself? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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Gadgets Galore! A Guide for Great Tech Gifts for Everyone

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I remember the good old days when my kids holiday wish lists contained dolls, toy cars, books, games and DVDs. Not anymore. Our son is begging us for a new laptop (his is about 10 years old) and my daughter won’t stop going on and on about an iPhone 5C.

It seems like tech items always make the hottest holiday gifts. Well, techie gifts and toys that is.

Our friends at Target Electronics put together a list of some great tech gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list that you might enjoy. I know a few of the gift suggestions I would love for myself.

Pentax Optio WG-10 Waterproof Digital Camera

Pentax Optio WG-10 Waterproof Digital Camera

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 Skylanders Swap Force Super Starter Bundle with Adventure Pack (Xbox 360)

Hello Kitty 19" Class 720p 60Hz LED TV/Monitor

Hello Kitty 19″ Class 720p 60Hz LED TV/Monitor

GoPro HERO3 White Edition Camcorder

GoPro HERO3 White Edition Camcorder

Fitbit Flex Wireless Wristband Fitbit Flex Wireless Wristband

Bose® SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth® Speaker

Bose® SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth® Speaker

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Samsung  Galaxy S4 Mini

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Apple iPad and iPad mini

Apple iPad and iPad mini

iPhone 5C

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Nikon 1 J3 14.2MP Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens Nikon 1 J3 14.2MP Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens

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In addition of offering consumers these “must have” techie gifts, Target is offering unbeatable values through REDCard Rewards and Holiday Price Matching.  Shop with your Target REDCard and receive 5% savings and FREE shipping, making these great gifts more affordable. For even more savings, trade in used electronics and DVDs for a Target Gift Card towards your purchase.

Another Techie Gift you might want to consider is the Nikon Coolpix So1. This is the smallest Coolpix camera made. And by small I mean TINY! I have small hands and they are gigantic compared to the size of this camera.

 Nikon Coolpix s01That is obviously not my hand. I am using a stock image because my nails look awful and I’m subconscious about my hands. :-)

The Nikon Coolpix S01 has a NIKKOR glass lens and a 3X Zoom. Believe it or not it is even a touchscreen camera. That is what impressed me the most about it. I wouldn’t except such a functional touchscreen on such an itty bitty camera.

You can even shoot video with this camera.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that it comes with a few photo enhancement applications. Not many (only four) but that is enough to jazz up your photos a bit.

The camera doesn’t take batteries (batteries would take up most of the body!). It has to be charged with an electrical outlet.

The pictures are not the greatest quality, but to be honest, I’m OK with that. Don’t get me wrong, they are NOT terrible at all. They are fine. They are not super sharp and crystal clear like you would get with a more expensive camera. This camera is great for “everyday” stuff.

What I love about this camera is that its so tiny I can carry it with me all the time. It fits perfectly in my pocket or my purse.

Nikon Coolpix S01 next to my iPhone 4 (please excuse the smudges).

Nikon Coolpix S01 next to my iPhone 4 (please excuse the smudges).

As a blogger I often need to take photos when I am at a store or restaurant. I don’t want to be obvious that I am taking pictures, so I won’t bring my other Coolpix camera with me. Instead I rely on my cellphone. Now that I have this cute little camera I am going to use this to take photos at events, restaurant and any place else I would like to snap a few photos.

The camera is light weight and ideal for traveling too. No need to worry about bumping, breaking or losing your $$$ camera. Instead tuck this little camera safely inside your bag or pocket.

This camera would make a great gift for a teenager. They could tuck the camera inside their backpack and have it handy when they want to take memorable photos of their friends.

Target Electronics carries this sweet little camera too, and should also be included in this techie gift guide.

To find a Target Electronics location near you visit Target.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Kimberly

*I received a free camera sample to review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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