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

Our kids love listening to music, audio books and radio broadcasts.  The issue has been streaming them into their rooms.  Typically we have had to take in a computer.  No biggie for the girls, but we don’t trust the boys not to use a computer to perfect their ninja moves. LOL! Thankfully, Best Buy just sent us Google Chromecast Audio!

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The Chromecast Audio, is an easy-to-set up and easy-to-use Google device. It’s drawback is the same since the stone age of computers, 1995 — compatibility.
It took less than five minutes to plug the votive-sized puck into a computer speaker in our boy’s room. Our intent, was to be able to stream music and stories into their room at night for them to listen to as they go to sleep.
This is our second Chrome device — fourth if you count Chromebooks. We’ve had an HP Chromebook since 2014 that works as well now as the day we bought it. It took some time getting used to it’s complete dependence on wifi, but it’s got an enviable battery life and it stands up to kid use. We got a ChromeCast for a second tv. I bought it the day after Christmas after the grandparents bought a flatscreen tv for our kids. We’re pretty much an Apple family but we have been bothered that we can’t get Amazon Prime shows on our Apple TV, so Chromecast seemed like an excellent option. No podcasts on it. There’s other apps that have some stories, but you need to buy the premium app to cast it. Overdrive — the app used by our library system for audio books, doesn’t cast from iPhones without some workarounds listed on several sites that come up under a perfunctory Google search. Tunein Radio, a free app with a premium option, seems to be a great source. We were able to stream Adventures in Odyssey — one of the boys’ favorites, from the radio station here.

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Now that we have some compatible apps, we are loving this!

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It sits nicely on the boys little bookshelf in their room and it’s so sweet to see them sitting there and listening to stories with their Chromecast Audio.  Another bonus to this system is that you can stream to multiple rooms!

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It uses wi-fi and has a crystal clear sound with no delays and skips.  There are hundreds of compatible apps available, so take your time and find out which work best for you and your family!  You can learn more about this over at Best Buy.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Paramount Pictures. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions are always my own.

fences #FencesMovie #ad #RWM

Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball’s color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. Both Washington and co-star Viola Davis won Tonys for their performances in the 2010 revival of the play. Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson round out the supporting cast.

On March 14th, this powerful movie will be available nationwide on Blu-Ray, DVD, Combo packs and as a Digital HD viewing.  You will be able to find it at retailers such as Amazon, iTunes, Best Buy, Walmart and more.

Visit FencesMovie.com to learn more about the cast, see more trailers and see what awards it has been nominated for.

I am excited to offer the following giveaway of Fences.  One reader will win a combo pack:

FENCES Blu-ray Combo Pack
The FENCES Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:
Blu-ray
  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
    • Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen
    • The Company of Fences
    • Building Fences: Denzel Washington
    • Playing the Part: Rose Maxson
    • August Wilson’s Hill District

Please note that shipping could take 4-6 weeks.  Enter below for your chance to win.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

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.

Minecraft has been quite the rage for a few years now.  There is the game that I think most parents are familiar with.  There is even a Minecraft convention that takes place.  But you have a great resource for cool Minecraft games and collectibles at your fingertips!

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Your local Best Buy!

Best Buys carries the really cool Minecraft games as well as an assortment of Minecrafts gifts and collectibles.

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Who wouldn’t love these mini figures? And the display case is awesome as well! Fans can collect all the mini figures and keep them on display with the cool case.

Best Buy also carries neat ideas like a Minecraft card game.  For those who aren’t inclined to play the game online, a card game is a great way to connect with your kiddo and their love for all things Minecraft.

I think my favorite cool Minecraft game at Best Buy is their Motion Movie Set.  Fans can take this set and set up their own in home studio for taking stop-motion films with Minecraft! Such a fun idea!  Our kids LOVE stop-motion and I know they would go crazy over this!

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Of course Best Buy carries all the cool Minecraft games.  You can get the Xbox One version, Xbox 360, Playstation 4 and more.  Just visit your local Best Buy or check out their Minecraft collection online.

You still have time to make sure your Minecraft fans will be happy this Christmas.  I would love to hear from you and learn what cool Minecraft items made it to your kids wish lists this year! Leave a comment and let me know!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I received this Finding Dory DVD in order to post this review.  All opinions are my own.  This post may contain affiliate links.

A few months ago, we went to see the movie Finding Dory in theaters.  Man was it cute! You can read my review of Finding Dory here. Now Finding Dory is out on Blu-Ray and DVD and you should put Finding Dory under the Christmas tree this year!

From the Academy Award®–winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them…with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark! Dive into the movie overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation and gallons of fun!

Your family will fall in love with all the character’s in this movie.  So may sure you put Finding Dory under the Christmas tree this year.

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Meanwhile you can click the link below for some Finding Dory freebies!

Download Finding Dory Activities

Finding Dory is for all ages.  Our crew are ages 3-13 and are all thrilled to watch this again.  It is very family friendly and fun.  If you have seen Finding Dory, who is your favorite character?

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions about the VerveOne+ are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

VerveOne+

The VerveOne+ Bluetooth ear buds: good sound without the wires

Completely Wireless & Waterproof/Sweatproof Smart Earbuds

Introducing VerveOnes+, a new generation of completely True Wireless Bluetooth® earbuds that deliver incredible HD sound. Featuring IP57 waterproof protection(1), our headphones can withstand sweat, rain, and even accidental dips in a puddle, so you can take them anywhere.

Up to 12 hours Playtime(2)

VerveOnes+ deliver HD sound wherever and whenever you want it, with up to 12 hours playtime(2) and no wires whatsoever. The Bluetooth® range of up to 33 feet(4), dual integrated mics, and full control of Siri and Google Now mean your calls sound as good as your workout playlist. Ears, meet your new, wireless, waterproof buddy.

IP57 Water/Sweat Proof Headphones, Enabled by HZO Protection™

For early morning joggers, business people who bike to work, and commuters stuck in poorly air-conditioned trains, there’s the fully waterproof, sweatproof VerveOnes+ headphones. VerveOnes+ feature HZO Protection™, a thin, transparent layer applied to the internal circuitry of the device to protect what matters most – the electronics. HZO, the next generation of water & sweat protection.

Deep, Rich HD Sound and Dual Mics for Clear Calls

Whether it’s heart-pounding songs at the gym or your favourite playlists at work, you’ll hear music in full HD. Optimize for your perfect sound using one of the six audio profiles, and pass through audio let’s you hear what’s around you or tune it out! The integrated dual mics let you take calls with ease without having to reach for your phone; after you’re finished, the music will pick up right where you left off. You can also interact with Siri and Google Now.

Unplugged, Still Connected, Never Lost.

Lose your headphones? Find last connected location on a map with Hubble Connect for VerveLife(3). Hubble Connect lets you locate where your device was last synced so that it’s never lost.

DESIGN

Colours
Black/Orange

Wearing Style
In-ear

Dimensions
35mm x 35mm x 90mm
L1.25″ x W1.25″ x H3.75″

Weight
68g 

AUDIO

Premium HD speakers

Personalized sound profiles – 6 EQ presets for customized listening (Bass, Live, Brilliant, Balanced, Rhythm, Moto Sound)

SPECIAL FEATURES

HZO Sweat & Waterproof earbuds(1)

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth® Technology
Bluetooth 4.1

Bluetooth® Profiles
A2DP 1.3
Hands Free (HFP) 1.6
AVCRP 1.5
HSP 1.2

Range
Up to 33ft (4)

POWER

Connector port
Micro USB

Play Time
Up to 12 hours with charging case(2)

Talk Time
Up to 12 hours with charging case(2)

Standby Time
115 hours(2)

So in a nutshell with the VerveOne+ you get:

  • Sweat and waterproof earbuds
  • Completely wireless stereo earbuds
  • Up to 12 hours playtime with charge case
  • Deep, right HD Sound
  • Siri and Google Now compatible with 2 mics for clear calls
Motorola Verveone+

The Verveone+ headphones are waterproof but cost less than many of the other brands of wireless Bluetooth earbuds

Thanks to Motorola you can enter below for a chance to win a set of the VerveOne+, a $199 value!

 

 

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Cliff: An accomplished author, in that I drink a lot of coffee, look at obscure websites, own a copy of Microsoft Word and know what an Oxford comma is. Hobbies include mocking Ab Lounger ads on Craigslist and napping. Former Marine, mail carrier and dental chair technician, now I spend my days trying to live up to my wife and dog\'s expectations of me and show my kids how to live life well.