Philips home Hue A19 Starter Kit and Hue Go Lighting our house in a whole new way!

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As some of you read in my previous blog I have been fixing up my house. But most people don’t always think about lighting when they first think redecorating. And I have to agree I am one of those people. But after seeing some of the ideas and photos I offered to do this blog. This will change the way you think of lightening your house. This will  transform the way you use light by adjusting colors, timers, alerts and more from your phone or mobile device. I mean who does not have their phone with them 24/7. I do and I have the new Note 5 so I couldn’t wait to download the application. The bulbs, accessory lights and bridge work with your Wi-Fi. You can  create mood-setting color schemes, or enjoy the right light setting for reading, relaxing, a romantic night in or even to fit the season. You can also easily maintain an automatic schedule so your lights will turn on when the sun goes down. Or if you are on vacation to look like someone is home.  Hue A19 Starter kit available at: Bestbuy.com

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Also for this project I got to try the Hue Go, completely wire free light smart light. Take it or put it anywhere. You can plug it in or carry it with you with up to 3 hours of rechargeable battery life. It has different preset settings also two shades of white. Bright and a softer white for when you want dim lights. You can control it with the button on it or through the app. “Hue Go helps you to wake up fresh and energized in the morning with deep dimming. The gradually increasing light intensity gives you the feeling you are waking up from sunrise – gently and naturally.” The Hue Go can ordered BestBuy.Com

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The final product I got to test is Netgeat Nighthawk DST Router & DST Adapter. I still have not received this as of writing this blog so I will update it when it when I do as far as my view. But from what I hear it has a plug in adapter that you can use in places like basements, where you get dead zones with your wifi. I cant wait to see if it works. It is a Best Buy exclusive. Available for purchase at: on BestBuy.Com

My favorite product so far is the wireless Hue Go. I use it in my room at night to relax. I love the color options. And its great to unwind after a long day. However, the kids steal it a lot so we will be buying a second one. As far as the est of the products I was unable to test the router before the blog was due. There will be an Update in a week or so. The starter kit is great however, I havent gotten creative with the lights as far as location…Yet! So I will add that to my update. But I did love the Hue app. I’m a app addict so this is so me and a must try for any techy.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: 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

imPRESS Manicure: Can you get a Salon quality manicure at home?

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     As we all know a salon manicure can cost a lot of money. And worst is if your busy and do not have the time. A manicure usually costs me about $15 not including tip. But my real nails don’t grow, so if I wanted nails past the tips of my fingers I would have to get gel or acrylics nails. Those nails run $30 to $60 in most salons. For me I don’t get manicures often because my nails are so short. Also a standard Manicure for me usually chips in less then 2 days for me. Mom Life, dishes, cooking, laundry and whatever else can mess up my nails I do in a day.

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The imPRESS manicure isn’t the stick on nails of the past.

– Simply peel backing and press on
– No drying time and no mess
– Safe on natural nails
– Mega gel shine
– UltraHold Technology keeps nails on
– $7.99 / Walgreens

So I bet your wondering  what I thought? Well over all I love them. I originally thought these were the kind that you had to place little tabs on each nail, then stick the nail down. NO! These are so much easier. Just pull the tab and stick the nail down. The best part? These are not like the nails of the past they are waterproof. But my only issue is I had received 2 sets and bought 2 sets of their product because I liked them so much. Two of the Four sets kept popping off. One set did not even make it past midnight when I put them on for a night of dinner and drinks. It was probably due to washing my hands like 5 times in 6 hours or so. But if your going on a getaway or a long night out. Maybe bring some glue. As far as the looks of them. They are amazing and gorgeous.

Wanna Check out the imPRESS website? www.imPRESSmanicure.com

*I was given this product complementary for review but the thoughts and opinions are that of my own*

Saving for a new house? SunTrust Bank can help with their Sunny Day Savings

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You may have read my previous post about Saving for a Sunny day Wedding. But if you have not, saving for a Sunny day means saving for good things not just bad. Now maybe your not saving for a Wedding or even if you are. Its NEVER to early to be thinking about saving for a new home. It is part of the American dream to own your own home. But with that comes more responsibilities. In my opinion it is worth it especially if you have children or pets. They need the room.

I know first hand how much owning a house can run you. Of course there is mortgage. But in some areas there are additional fees for things like parking, maintenance and such. Always take those into account when looking for a house. Once you have gotten a house little things always pop up, Clogged toilet, sink, or shower are are most often. Those things I learned how to fix myself. I even removed and replaced my kitchen elbow thanks to Google and youtube videos. Of course major fixes you should call a plumber.

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Now I bet your wondering how SunTrust Bank fits into buying a new house? They have resources for people like us to help start saving for a new house. Or maybe you have money set aside but not sure how much you need.  Or you want to see how much it will be to maintain a house. There is an option for that too. They have tips, tricks, and even motivational help to make you owning a home a reality. And doesn’t everyone deserve their own home?

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Sunny Days start here.  At SunTrust, they have the tools and resources to help you achieve your sunny day. Start here to find out how they can help you enjoy the things that matter to you.

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.  They know we all live for the sunny days and want to you help you live yours.

For even more sunny day inpiration visit yoursunnyday.com

Subscribe to the Shine newsletter and receive inspiration and advice twice a month to help you live for a sunny day.

Visit the SunTrust resource center anytime for help achieving your financial goals.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.

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SunTrust will help you have a Sunny Day Wedding

     Well we all know the saying about saving a rainy day, like your car breaking down. But how about saving for a Sunny day? And one of the biggest Sunny days in your life is your Wedding. Or maybe its your child’s or friends’s Wedding. However, it is also one of the most expensive days of your life. For those who are like me just in the early stages of planning I’ll give you a few numbers. Of course this is just a National Average, it varies by location.

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  • $1,211 Average price of a Wedding dress
  • $5,550 Average price of the Wedding Rings
  • $466 Average price of the cake
  • $26,444 Average price of a Wedding not including a Honeymoon.
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Excuse the photos my Dad took them.

Now I know you are saying WOW! That is a lot of money!  In the last few months, I was Maid of honor at a Wedding/Baptism and attended another Wedding. Plus a good Friend is having a destination Wedding early next year and I am saving up money for my own Wedding? How do you make all that work? Well you save on things where you can. Like My Sons clothing I found at Macys during a sale. My dress for my cousins wedding was from Burlington coat factory’s clearence. However, if you have clothing that fits well and you are a guest you can always just spice up the outfit with new shoes or accessories.  You don’t have to spend a lot on your outfit or even your gift. Most people have varied registries as far as price. Stay within your price range is easier then.  Well like saving for rainy days you should save for Sunny ones. That may mean setting aside an extra $25 a week or so until a friends Wedding. However, if you are the bride to be its a lot more planning but so much more rewarding. Now I know your asking as a Bride to be or maybe a Maid of Honor how do you plan. Because that gets expensive. As a bride to be SunTrust Bank created a website to help us.

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I looked at the site myself and found it very helpful. Even if you just got engaged this is the perfect site. Just take an basic estimate of what things cost and enter it in. You should do this especially if like me your family is not paying for the Wedding. They also have great resources to help with after the Wedding like saving for a home. We all want the dream Wedding and dream house we have pinned on Pinterest and this will help us achieve it. But in the end its not about how much you spend it is about who you spend it with. My Cousin pictured below was told two days before her sons Baptism that she needed a church wedding. Her Husband were married in Court years ago. So with two days to plan we went from a Baptism to a Wedding and Baptism. There were a few hiccups along the way. But she made an Beautiful Bride. I cant wait for the professional photos. I will change these photos then. But sometimes the non professional fun photos are the best ones.

 

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The Bride and I.

 

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Well we all know the saying about saving a rainy day, like your car breaking down. But how about saving for a Sunny day? And one of the biggest Sunny days in your life is your Wedding. Or maybe its your child’s or friends’s Wedding. However, it is also one of the most expensive days of your life. For those who are like me just in the early stages of planning I’ll give you a few numbers. Of course this is just a National Average, it varies by location.

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$1,211 Average price of a Wedding dress
$5,550 Average price of the Wedding Rings
$466 Average price of the cake
$26,444 Average price of a Wedding not including a Honeymoon.

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Excuse the photos my Dad took them.

Now I know you are saying WOW! That is a lot of money! In the last few months, I was Maid of honor at a Wedding/Baptism and attended another Wedding. Plus a good Friend is having a destination Wedding early next year and I am saving up money for my own Wedding? How do you make all that work? Well you save on things where you can. Like My Sons clothing I found at Macys during a sale. My dress for my cousins wedding was from Burlington coat factory’s clearence. However, if you have clothing that fits well and you are a guest you can always just spice up the outfit with new shoes or accessories. You don’t have to spend a lot on your outfit or even your gift. Most people have varied registries as far as price. Stay within your price range is easier then. Well like saving for rainy days you should save for Sunny ones. That may mean setting aside an extra $25 a week or so until a friends Wedding. However, if you are the bride to be its a lot more planning but so much more rewarding. Now I know your asking as a Bride to be or maybe a Maid of Honor how do you plan. Because that gets expensive. As a bride to be SunTrust Bank created a website to help us.

SunTrust Bank Wedding Site

I looked at the site myself and found it very helpful. Even if you just got engaged this is the perfect site. Just take an basic estimate of what things cost and enter it in. You should do this especially if like me your family is not paying for the Wedding. They also have great resources to help with after the Wedding like saving for a home. We all want the dream Wedding and dream house we have pinned on Pinterest and this will help us achieve it. But in the end its not about how much you spend it is about who you spend it with. My Cousin pictured below was told two days before her sons Baptism that she needed a church wedding. Her Husband were married in Court years ago. So with two days to plan we went from a Baptism to a Wedding and Baptism. There were a few hiccups along the way. But she made an Beautiful Bride. I cant wait for the professional photos. I will change these photos then. But sometimes the non professional fun photos are the best ones.

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The Bride and I.

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Sunny Days start here.  At SunTrust, we have the tools and resources to help you achieve your sunny day. Start here to find out how we can help you enjoy the things that matter most to you.

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.  They know we all live for the sunny days and want to you help you live yours.

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Subscribe to the Shine newsletter and receive inspiration and advice twice a month to help you live for a sunny day.  

Visit the SunTrust resource center anytime for help achieving your financial goals.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.

Back to School Shopping at Best Buy with SanDisk Memory Products

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      For many of us its Back To School time. And one thing on most of our lists is a memory card or memory stick. My 16 year old son is in public school. And they are not allowed to use the printers at school. So he has to have a memory stick to bring home projects to print. And Best Buy is the one stop shop to find safe storage for all your devices, from cameras, to tablets, to phones, and laptops.  SanDisk is the industry leader in performance and reliability. SanDisk SD cards are also designed to meet the security, capacity, performance, and environmental requirements of next generation devices. That means no lost projects, pictures, or files when upgrading phones. Also I love being able to remove your documents and knowing that you wont lose them. The best part is they have products for both types of operating systems. So no matter if your #TeamIphone or #TeamAndroid  SanDisk has you covered at Best Buy.

Maybe you are not sure what you need for the products you own. Well you don’t want to miss out on important pictures on your dream vacation, or during the Holidays with family. Some cameras have very limited space, especially if your using it at a high resolution. I remember my 1st camera point and shoot camera. I could not take more then 25 photos before I ran out of memory. Of course I ran the next day to Best Buy and fixed that. But if your unsure what you need…

Visit the site and figure out what product is right for you:

SanDisk Site!

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Features of SanDisk Memory Products:

  • Capture more fast action , Record  4K Ultra HD and Full HD video.
  • Transfer speeds up to 60MB/s for smartphones, tablets and action cameras.
  • Over 10X faster than ordinary cards
  • Transfer speeds of up to 80MB/s for DSLR cameras/camcorders.
  • SanDisk SD cards are also designed to meet the security, capacity, performance, and environmental requirements of next generation devices. 

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Disclaimer: 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.

Coca-cola and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund working together #ForTheDream


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     *This is part of a Sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Coca-Cola. However, all opinions expressed are my own.*

     Coca-Cola is joining with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to help Hispanic families achieve their dreams of going to college. This is part of the #ForTheDream Hispanic Education Program. There is also a #ForTheDreamSweeps Sweepstakes. This subject is very important to me not only as a Latina but as a single Mother. I am sad to say I was a High School drop-out. I never saw education as important as making money. While I was taking my GED classes I became pregnant with my son. My Boyfriend was not ready to be a Father, so I became a single Mother. I did not finish my classes. I basically found a job and worked to support my little family. However, without a good education my jobs were limited to retail. As my Son got older, I decided that I needed the education I did not have. I took my GED classes and got my certificate. However, having that still limited my job search a lot. So in my 30’s I started College. It was a City College but it was still a step in the right direction. I am currently working toward my degree. As a mother to a teenage son and a niece who just graduated High School. I make sure that I explain how hard it was to find a job with minimal education. I DO NOT want anyone to struggle like I had to. So we have to make education a priority with today’s youth. And in our family we did. My Niece is going to a local Community College, which she was not planning to do.

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     My Story is the same as many Hispanic families. We get caught up in financial obligations and put our education on the back burner. Our dreams of having a great job and education are seen as unrealistic. Food, rent, and daily bills are more important.And they are but we need to add education to those priorities.  My story is very common among and that needs to change. That is why this Summer Coca-Cola is donating $100,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. We are the quickest growing minority in the USA and our children are the future. And they need to go to college and achieve a higher education. They deserve to have a better life then we had. We need more Latina and Latino CEO’s in the world. And we can make that a possibility by prioritizing education to our youth. Everyone deserves to achieve their dreams. Coca-Cola’s #ForTheDream program is helping provide Hispanic families with the resources to go to college and get that higher education that is needed.

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Are you the parent of a child going college this year? Is your a college student getting ready for back to school. Or maybe you have a teen that just needs to start thing about colledge. This site is a great resource. I especially like the section about tests like the SAT and such.  You don’t want to miss the great information at: 

Http://coke.com/forthedream

 Now I bet your wondering what exactly is the For The Dream program? Well this summer there is a sweepstakes component called #ForTheDreamSweeps. Coca-Cola is awarding one College Tour Experience and 34 X $500 grants to help with Expenses. There are two ways to enter the sweepstakes:

  • Enter a product code on the site: Http://Coke.com/Forthedream
  • Post a selfie on Twitter or Instagram with someone who is helping you achieve your college dreams and use the hashtag #ForTheDreamSweeps

For every social media post with #ForTheDream a $1 donation is made to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, up to $10,000. So get posting!!!

 

I am also hosting a fun Coca-Cola-themed Summer Prize Pack
#ForTheDream Coca-Cola Prize Pack

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*Please Note that the #ForTheDream program and #ForTheDreamSweeps run from July 1,2015 to August 31, 2015*

 

Beba Babble 7/20

Well as you know I am known as Beba and on occasion I like to babble about life. Well after feeling a bit down about some blog comments, I went in hiding. But then I realized that I am not perfect. At least when it comes to my writing. However, I will take everything with a grain of salt. Maybe ask for a lime and some Patron while I’m at it. Haha!

So how is the diet going? I am down 12lbs and 2 inches from my abs. But I have to be honest I cheated a lot, in June. This week I have gotten back on track. I will try to finish my blog about attending SoFab on the road. Talk to everyone soon.

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As some of you know I attended #SoFabOTR this weekend. After learning quite a bit I plan to revamp my blog. I realized since switching to WordPress I have not given myself full to my blog, as I did before. I am unsure of the cause but I will fix what is wrong and return soon.

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Infrared Knee Support Sleeve Review

As you all know I have Fibromyalgia so knee pain happens. But a couple of months ago my right knee was killing me and my doctor said it will get better. For the most part it has not. I was offered to test the Infrared Knee Support Sleeveecf86b3ddfbe0eac73efc63b288a18639d9b3d14

 

Well I really can not give an accurate review. My sleeves rolled down within a few seconds of wearing them. I thought it might be me. I have chubby thighs so I had my Mom try them on. Her legs are thinner, but she had the same issue. I contacted the company and they say I have a faulty pair. Not even one in 200 have. Guess I am lucky like that.

Below I am adding some information directly from the company:

“What makes this sleeve unique?
1. Free Range of Motion, Stays Firmly In Place: Designed for maximum comfort, there are no hard edges, instead, the elasticized fabric is ergonomically designed to provide the needed compression and support while keeping the maximum possible comfort.
2. This product is made with activated Black Tourmaline, a naturally occurring semi-precious crystal, containing Boron and complex silicate minerals – known as the “Electric Stone” – as it has been shown to produce a weak electrical charge, which is what enables it to produce and emit Far Infrared Rays (FIR) and Negative Ions. Before the Tourmaline is infused into the fiber it is crushed into powder and altered at the nano-scale to better react with lower temperatures (your own body temperature) to safely emit the Far Infrared Rays.

What Does This Mean?
a. The Tourmaline gives the product an antibacterial activity.
b. The FIR, while invisible to the naked eye, elevates the knee temperature without making you feel hot.
c. The FIR promotes the repair of tissues and the regeneration of cells, aiding in the reduction of inflammation and pain.
d. The Product gives you the comfort and support you need, while providing a bonus therapeutic property to the knee.”

 

Wanna try this for yourself? They are on Amazon

 

*Disclosure I received this product complementary for review. The thoughts are that of my own*

Slimquick Pure Protein Powder- Vanilla Review


 

As everyone knows I am on a diet. I have not used much protein powder so far. But now that its getting too hot to eat heavy meals, I have to find a lighter meal or snack. I recently purchased a new Nutri-Ninja blender so making smoothies are a must. But why should I make something unhealthy? A couple of ice cubes and a few strawberries to my protein shake is an easy breakfast. Slimquick Pure Protein can be consumed just with water. I did try it the way it that way. It was good. When compared to other brands I have tried its equal as far as taste. I prefer making my Protein with Low fat milk or Almond milk. When I made Slimquick with milk I loved the taste and in my smoothie even better. YUM!

 

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SLIMQUICK Pure Protein comes in chocolate and vanilla

New SLIMQUICK  Pure Protein tastes great and provides 20 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber a day. Just what my diet needs to feel full longer and keep me out of the cookie jar. Since I have used this product less then a week I can not say how well it works with weight loss. But I will add my results when I finish the container. It was my Birthday last week so I over indulged. The SLIMQUICK site I listed below has a 25lb challenge that I may try.

 

 

Banana Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1 Scoop of SLIMQUICK Pure Protein powder-vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup of Strong Black Coffee
  • 1 Cup of Non Fat Milk
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Cup of Ice

Blend in a Blender. You can Sprinkle Cinnamon on top.

Want to find out more about SLIMQUICK Pure Protein and their other products? Or join their weight-loss community. Anyone can join! It offers meal plans, workout exercises, and also emotional support 24/7

 

http://www.myslimquick.com/

 

*Disclosure I received a sample of this product for review and this blog post. The thoughts and opinions are that of my own*