Category: Notes From The City


Last month, Ticketmaster settled a $400 million lawsuit regarding high ticket fees. They are repaying anyone who bought a ticket between October 21st 1999-February 27th 2013 in the form of FREE tickets and discount codes. The lawsuit affects almost 50 million people, and you did not need to file to be apart of the suit. Simply log in to your Ticketmaster account and check the active vouchers HERE.


Orange Cream Smoothie
1 Premama Fertility packet
1/2 navel orange, peeled
2 oz fat-free yogurt
1 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
Dash vanilla extract
4 ice cubes

NUTRITION (per serving) 160 cal, 3 g protein, 36 g carb, 3 g fiber, 28 g sugars, 1 g fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 60 mg sodium. Premama Fertility packet contents: 9 calories, 2g carbs.

Premama Fertility is an unflavored drink mix supplement that is designed to mix well with non-carbonated liquids to deliver an exclusive formulation that includes Myo-Inositol, which helps naturally support healthy egg production and ovulation. Premama is easy to mix, tasteless and goes fabulously in the Orange Cream Smoothie recipe mentioned above.  For other smoothie recipes visit the Premama Simple Smoothie Style page HERE.

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Did you know that Pepto-Bismol provides 5 symptom digestive relief in 3 different forms? Whether you like to take liquid, caplets or chewable tablets Pepto-Bismol has you covered. I prefer to take the original Pepto-Bismol liquid, as I believe it’s faster acting, while my hubby prefers to take caplets. Pepto-Bismol is ideal for all your digestive relief including heartburn, indigestion, nausea, upset stomach or diarrhea. Pepto-Bismol is actually my favorite go-to product for my re-occurring heartburn and indigestion.

I love spicy food especially jalapenos and other various peppers. But as I get older, I experience much more severe and intense heart burn, as well as indigestion. I need a medicine that is fast-acting and effective while providing a pleasant taste. Pepto-Bismol has never failed or let me down. It gets the job done fast and is super convenient. Pepto-Bismol comes in a variety of flavors including original, cherry and peppermint.

My profession involves a lot of travel and nobody wants to get blind sided by an upset stomach, heart burn or indigestion especially while on a plane, in an airport, taxi, hotel room lobby, basically any where outside of your normal comfort zone. That’s why I’m always sure to pack up some Pepto-Bismol tablets and have them on my person or in my hand bag at all times.

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Disclosure: Pepto-Bismol and Smiley360 sent me a variety of Pepto-Bismol products and compensated me to write this post. All opinions are my own. #ad


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Go HERE for the official 2015 list of Sales Tax Holidays! There are still a few dates left for 2015. If your state is not listed,  legislation has not been approved authorizing a Sales Tax Holiday. Contact your state legislator for more information.

Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 1.15.01 AMOne of the hardest things parents ever have to do is watch their the child move onto the next phase of their life  when it comes time for them to “leave the nest” . It can be a stressful and overwhelming time when your son or daughter has graduated high school and is about to attend college in the near future. But more importantly, this should be a time to rejoice and be grateful that the most precious thing in your life is on their path to success. Preparing them for this journey is essential and there is no better way to do that than to make sure they are covered with all the tools and gadgets to make their life easier. That’s why Best Buy has your covered with all the greatest gifts for grads!

What dorm room or apartment would be complete without some awesome, top-of-the line products from Best Buy?  The LG Microwave + Pizza Oven and Frigidaire 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator are two items off the top of my head that would make perfect gifts for any grad. Another great gift would be the Ninja Blender so they can make their favorite fruit smoothie before class! Or maybe they prefer coffee instead, in which case the Keurig Elite Single-Serve Brewer would be your answer.

Now that we got some basics covered we can move onto their entertainment needs. The Samsung 32” Class LED 1080p Smart HDTV along with the Amazon Fire TV is a college students best friend. You can instantly stream your favorite movies, music  or TV shows on your Hulu, Netflix and Pandora accounts. Every kid needs to be able to relax and take a load off after a long week of cramming for mid terms or finals. But even more important than entertainment needs, is their educational needs. No college student is prepared without the proper equipment. The HP Slate 7 Plus 7 Tablet is great way to have the internet readily available for when it comes time for those research papers. And don’t forget the HP Envy Wireless e-All-in-One Printer so you wont have to make any late night  trips to the schools library to print stuff off.

No matter what your needs, Best Buy has a huge selection of all the latest and greatest gadgets fit for any young adult ready to take the next step. Not only is the selection incredible, but the prices can’t be beat! Best Buy has a price match guarantee and offers an abundance of great gifts under $50!

Top Gifts Under $50:

  • Roku Streaming HDMI Stick
  • Nose & Ear Trimmer
  • Oster Blender
  • Mr. Cofee 12-Cup Coffeemaker
  • My Blend Blender
  • Shark Lightweight Iron
  • BISSELL Cordless 2-in-1 Handheld/Stick Vacuum
  • SOL REPUBLIC JAX Earbud Headphones
  • Case-Mate Glam Case for iPhone
  • Insignia Case for Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Otterbox Symmetry Case for iPhone 5/5s & Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung S-View Flip Cover for Galaxy S5
  • Speck Case for HTC One (M8)
  • Modal case for iPhone 5/5s
  • Modal Bluetooth Speaker
  • Thule Gauntlet Laptop Sleeve
  • Incase City Laptop Sleeve
  • Incase Neoprene Laptop Sleeve
  • Incase City Laptop Sleeve
  • Incase Neoprene Laptop Sleeve

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

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Father’s Day is rapidly approaching and picking out the perfect gift for your favorite guy has never been easier. Best Buy has a huge assortment of the latest and greatest gadgets for under $100/$50 to make any Dad smile. So this Father’s Day be sure to give the man who raised who an unforgettable gift.

Would you consider your Dad an entertainer? Then Best Buy has you covered with amazing gifts for the dad who aspires to set up the ultimate man cave complete with gaming, sports, movies, listing to music, or just hanging out. This Dad loves to share so it also has everything at the ready for entertaining a crowd. Here’s a couple examples that would be the perfect gift for this particular dad: brand new PlayStation 4 console, Bose SoundTouch 20 Wi-Fi Music System, Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2D/3D 1080p 3LCD Projector, Beats Pill XL, Logitech Harmony Wireless Smart Keyboard, or Beats Studio Headphones.

All of the gifts I listed above would make my dad light up like a little kid on Christmas morning. However, if I really wanted to go above and beyond then I would personally have to go with the Samsung 48″ Class LED 1080p 120Hz Smart HDTV. The picture on this flat screen TV is breathtaking and perfect for playing Blu Ray DVDs and watching sports in HD. This Smart TV can also be connected to your WiFi and connected to your Netflix, Hulu, or Pandora accounts. So this Father’s Day give your dad a gift that will be cherished to show your appreciation for everything he does!!

All posts must include the following 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

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The iBitz Unity Parents & The iBitz PowerKey Kids are wireless family fitness monitors that are exclusively available at Best Buy! The new iBitz Kid and Adult Wireless Pedometers, are physical activity based devices and apps that wirelessly syncs to your iOS Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) phone or tablet and allows adults and children their own unique experience with personalized apps. These activity monitors are fun, easy tools to get your family active and playing together again! The iBitz Unity Parents device can actually sync to the iBitz PowerKey kids device making them compatible.

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The iBitz Unity is a sleek, small activity monitor available in a wide variety of colors (mine is matte black) and is meant to be worn on your hip (the waistband of your pants) or on the laces of your sneakers. The iBitz Unity for Adults tracks steps, calories, distance, weight (added manually), height, overall physical activity, even BMI, and allows them to incorporate their family and friends. Now you are able to form groups and post your progress on social media.

The iBitz PowerKey wireless pedometer for kids syncs to a rewards platform app. Parents can set goals and rewards such as play time, screen time, or an adventure with a parent. Now you are able to earn coins and content on Disney’s Club Penguin. A big plus to this device, is that you never need to charge it! It is run on a coin cell battery that always keeps the unit ready for action! Did I mention it’s water resistant too? Yes, you can swim with it!

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The regular retail value for the iBitz Unity Wireless Activity Monitor is $49.99, whereas the regular retail value for the iBitz PowerKey Wireless Activity Monitor is $34.99.  The total retail value for Adult and Kids monitor is $84.98. Some other key features include:

available in 7 kid-friendly colors
free iOS app syncs devices wirelessly
tracks activity
set goals and rewards
durable clip for the hip and shoe
stores 30 days of activity
earn parent directed rewards
earn coins and content on Disney’s Club Penguin

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Meet Tyler, 15, my test subject for the iBitz PowerKey.  He has never used any type of pedometer before, but is a very active high schooler with an equally active after school schedule. He participates in baseball, basketball, travel ball on weekends, and also loves to hang out with friends and run around in between. I asked him to write me a paragraph on his experience with iBitz and was happy to find that he was just as pleased with his, as I was with mine! Apparently this “cool” kid thought it was a pretty “cool” device too. 🙂

“The iBitz PowerKey device is a very cool tool. My favorite part is seeing how many steps I take in a day. I had never really bothered counting before, but now I am always trying to beat my steps the day before. It is also really cool because if you have a Club Penguin account you can meet goals to get free stuff. If you understand how awesome it is, then you understand it’s a really great price. Overall, it is a really cool device and I would recommend it.”

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Both the iBitz Unity & the iBitz PowerKey  are exclusively available at Best Buy! Both devices will sync with Apple products including iPhone 4S-5, iPad mini & iPad 4 as well as iPod touch. However the device is NOT compatible with Android devices.The iBitz by GeoPalz wireless pedometer make investing in a healthy future completely effortless, fun, intelligent, and affordable.

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

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I choose to review Bid Serious simply because I LOVE  shopping online, I was newly familiar & intrigued with penny auction sites and most importantly, I LOVE to SAVE MONEY! Bid-to-Win auctions create a discount opportunity with savings of up to 85% – 90%. How is that possible you ask? Bid Serious is able to supply these incredible discounts because of the quantity of bidders involved in each auction, along with the unique setup that requires each participant to pay-per-bid within each auction. The website is very easy to use and getting started is relatively painless. Each bid only increases the auction’s displayed “Item Cost” in penny ($.01) increments. No jumping up in dollars. This helps to keep the overall purchase low for the winner. The winner is the last person to place a bid with no other bidders before the counter strikes zero.

Bid Serious features gift cards from top retailers sure to suit anyone’s unique taste or preferences including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Michael’s, CVS & Cabellas in denominations of $10-$100. They also have awesome prizes like Afterglow Prismatic Wireless Headset, Game of Thrones on Bluray, PS3 & XBox 360 video games and Canon Powershot Cameras.

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After only two weeks of using this site regularly, I quickly earned the following gift cards by being the highest bidder (but only paying a fraction of what the gift card was actually worth):  $10 McDonald’s gift card, $25 Game Stop gift card, x3 $10 AMC Movie Ticket gift cards, $25 Zappos gift card, $10 gift card to Outback Steakhouse and a $25 Tango gift card. I bought several $27 bid packages to score those gift cards which each gave me 45 bids. Did I mention I also had a lot of fun “bidding around” and got to give back to charity in the process? You can’t beat that!! Allow me to explain some other key factors that truly set Bid Serious apart from the competition.

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Non-Profits are an essential part of the bid serious model. Bid Serious donates 50% of all item revenues of auctions provided by Bid Serious to a Non-Profit of your choosing. After winning an auction you will have to pay your item costs (whatever the item is bid up to) and shipping costs. I was pleased to learn that standard shipping on gift cards of any denomination is $1.50. After paying for your auction you’ll have the option to select which of the 3 featured non-profits you would like to donate to. This month featured charities include PTSD Foundation, Spine Hope & National Military Families Association. Check just how much you can donate and who you can donate to in your Charity Tracker!

Bid Serious has many features that set this penny auction site apart from others, but my favorite feature is the Serious Rewards program. Have you ever bought a big bid pack thinking- ” I am going to win a stack of gift cards with these bids!” -only to end up being out bid over and over again? Bid Serious knows how frustrating this can be so they invented something called Serious Rewards so everyone can walk away winning. By signing up as an official Bid Serious user you are automatically enrolled in the Bid Serious rewards program. Each time you bid you get a Serious Rewards point. The more auctions you participate in, the more Serious Rewards points you build up! Once you build up 250 Serious Rewards points you can cash them in for a $25 gift card of your choice HERE! Different rewards are available every month and Serious Rewards points have no expiration.

Overall, I was extremely impressed with the Bid Serious website and would definitely recommend it to any of my friends who enjoy online bidding. I was also delightfully pleased over the many unique features this website has to offer as well as the amazing customer service which is readily available. After winning an auction, you can expect a relatively quick turn around time (or amount of time it takes to receive the item via mail) – no longer then two weeks. Winning has never been easier so go check out Bid Serious and let the bidding begin!


The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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This Mother’s Day give the gift that keeps on giving to the most important person in your life. To show our appreciation and gratitude to the one that gave us life, love, and happiness be sure to return the favor by showering your mother with much deserved gifts. Best Buy has all the latest and greatest gadgets to fit any moms lifestyle.

I personally would consider myself a Fitness Fanatic and can run a mile as fast as I can pack a lunch. Best Buy always has something to suit my on-the-go lifestyle by providing FREE shipping on orders over $25. Best Buy offers tons of suitable gifts for this certain lifestyle including (but not limited to):

Samsung Galaxy S® 5

Small UP24

Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit

Fitbit Flex Topaz

Belkin Sportfit Armband

Speck iPhone 5c candyshell + faceplate

Otterbox Commuter for GS4

Xbox One Console

Mega kitchen system

Breville Juicer

Polar FT4 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor

Neon Pink Powerbeats


iTunes card  $25

Fitbit Aria Wifi Smart Scale Black

MisFit Shine

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With such an amazing selection, it’s difficult to narrow it down to just a few great gifts. Every gadget offers something unique designed to simplify our everyday lifestyle. But if I had to pick my favorites, I would personally go with the Misfit Shine and the Polar FT4 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor.

The Misfit Shine truly is “the worlds most elegant physical activity monitor”. It includes clip and wristband mounts which can function as a watch and is also completely waterproof which is ideal for swimming. It has an anodized aluminum casing and has tiny, laser-etched holes that reveal 12 white LEDs that light up on the face of the device to show the time of day (or night) and the progress of your current workout. You can then sync the device to your iOS and Android mobile devices to check your progress, distance ran, and calories burned. You can also track your daily weight loss goals as well as sleeping patterns. This little gadget can be a gals best friend and gives me all the motivation I needed to stay consistent with my workout goals. I have a special coupon HERE you can use to save 20% off any Misfit Shine Products in store and online! The coupon is valid until 5/31/14.

Another awesome Mother’s Day gift that I would love to try would be the Polar FT4 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor. This is mainly because the route I run has plenty of up and downhill paths rather than a flat track. I would love to be able to track and monitor my heart rate and become aware of the areas that present the most challenge and require me to “kick it into extra gear”. This Polar water-resistant heart rate monitor and watch system automatically display your target zone to keep you on track with your workout routine. Continuous heart rate measurement and OwnCal technology make it easy for you to stay within your goals. And the best part- it’s under $100 and sells for $89.99 with Best Buys low price guarantee!

Do you love twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting two Mother’s Day Twitter Parties on Friday May 2nd at 12:00pm CST and Wednesday May 7th at 7pm CST . Feel free to join one or both of these parties for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great products. Tweet #GreatestMom with your favorite Mother’s Day Gift ideas from Best Buy.

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



When I first received the new Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard, I could barely contain my joy.  I was a little overwhelmed with all the features at first, but let me assure you ANYONE can use this keyboard with the help of the simple step-by-step instructions. After only a couple uses, I feel extremely comfortable using this device. No longer will you need a remote control for each and every entertainment device. Before I get into all the ways this device has simplified my home theater, allow me to explain how it works , the key features and what is included. The package contents include:

1. Harmony Smart Keyboard
Enables text entry, navigation of computers and control of home entertainment devices

2. Harmony Hub
Controls devices via IR, Bluetooth or included USB receivers

3. 2 micro USB receivers
Enables text entry and navigation on compatible USB devices

4. Power adapter
Provides power to the Harmony Hub

5. IR mini blaster
Extends IR coverage when used in combination with the Harmony Hub

6. USB extender
Helps to plug USB receiver into hard-to-reach USB slots

The Harmony Smart Keyboard delivers the full Harmony control experience for TV-connected Internet and home entertainment devices. Harmony Smart Keyboard makes enjoying digital media in your living room easier than ever. The specially designed keyboard simplifies text entry on internet-connected entertainment  devices. Touch the “Movie” Activity button and the right devices switch  to the right settings. Plus, it has integrated DVR and set-top box controls, playback and volume buttons, and a touchpad for cursor control on a PC or Mac. Some of the key features include:

  • Harmony Hub controls devices behind cabinets or walls
  • Media/Cable/DVR playback controls
  • Integrate touchpad for cursor control on PC or Mac
  • PC, TV, Movies
  • 3 one-touch activity button
  • Short and long presses provide 6 total activities
  • IR, RF, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Harmony App turns iOS & Android smartphones into personal universal remote

Setting up this device or getting started is as easy as 1,2 and 3.  Step 1- Position the Harmony Hub. If you wish to place the device on an open shelf then place the hub on one of the shelves in an unobstructed location. If you wish to place the device in a closed cabinet then place the hub inside the cabinet and the IR mini blaster on top to control your TV. (*IR signals from the hub and IR mini blasters reflect off walls, interiors, and other surfaces before reaching your devices- direct line of sight is generally not required).  Step 2- Power up your Harmony Hub. Once plugged in, the hub takes approximately 30 seconds to power up. There is a small button on the back of the device that you will need to hold down for a couple seconds, once the hub starts to blink or flash you will then be able to sync it with your Wi-Fi for internet connection. Step 3- Install the setup app. Visit the Apple App Store or Google play and install the Harmony App. Launch the app select the Setup New Remote button, and follow setup instructions.

From the moment I opened up this package, I have not been able to put it down. I love this new Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard and would rate it 5 out of 5 stars. Here’s all the reasons I enjoy using this device and how it has truly simplified my entertainment needs. Before I was lucky enough to have the Harmony Smart Keyboard in my life I would have to constantly surf the TV for something good to watch, change my TV inputs back and forth whenever I wanted to play my PS3, and use my PS3 controller to navigate and type anytime I wanted to check out the PlayStation Network. But I honestly feel like I live in the stone age no longer!!!

I first powered on my Harmony Hub and synced it with my Wi-Fi. I then placed the two micro USBs into two devices I use most frequently (my Insignia 55″ TV and my PS3). I also chose these two devices because the TV is not Bluetooth compatible and even though the PS3 does have Bluetooth capability, I rarely ever use it.  I then downloaded the Harmony app from the Apple Store onto my iPhone 4s and followed each step that the tutorial walked me through. Once I was done connecting my iPhone and iPad to the Setup New Remote button, each device now worked as a universal remote. Anytime I need to turn on / off my TV, adjust the volume, surf the web, select which channels to watch, change inputs, or any other command- it could all be done through the Harmony app on both my iPhone and iPad. You can also select personalized preferences as to which TV channels are your favorites so no longer surfing aimlessly for hours trying to find something good on TV. I have personally selected ESPN, USA, Fox, Comedy Central, and FX to name a few, and anytime I want to watch any of those channels its just a press of a button away. The device turns on the TV for you and goes straight to the selected channel.

There is also a Movie Activity button on the keyboard that when selected goes straight to my Hulu and Netflix accounts. But here is the part that really sold me. Anytime I wanted to play my PS3 I would have to turn on the PS3 manually, turn on the TV with the remote then select the correct input. Now I can play video games with the press of ONE button. When selected, it turns on both my TV and PS3 AND switches to the correct input. So instead of three steps, it can now be done in one. Whenever I get tired of playing video games and wish to watch TV or a movie instead, I simply select the desired command and it automatically shuts down my PS3 and switches to the correct input. Simplicity at its finest.

The keyboard itself has a non slip coating which really gives it a great feel and keeps it from sliding off your lap. It requires 2 AA batteries but still maintains a very light weight. There is also touchpad (instead of a mouse) which is a specialized surface that can translate the motion and position of a user’s fingers to a relative position on screen. Logitech specifically mentions support for Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Mac/PC computers, and Roku devices. Overall I am extremely impressed and would definitely recommend that you go out get your hands on the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard  available exclusively @ Best Buy until 6/21/2014.


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.