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Cut the Cable Cord with Google Chromecast

Did you know the average cable bill is $150.00 a month? That’s $1,800 annually—and many subscribers only watch a fraction of what they’re paying for. 

Around here, we love to watch TV and movies. Years ago, when cable was the only option, we did have it, but once streaming became popular, it was no longer important. 

One of the easiest—and cheapest—options for streaming is Google Chromecast. For $35.00, this little gadget allows you to watch movies, shows, live TV, listen to music, play video games, and more. It works with all the major apps like Netflix, HBO NOW, YouTube, Hulu, etc. 

Setting up Chromecast is super quick and painless—just plug it into an existing HDTV with HDMI connectivity. There is also a built-in WiFi connecting Chromecast to the internet through your home’s wireless network.

Another cool feature is that it’s voice activated. Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV with no hands required, as Chromecast and Google Home seamlessly work together.

Find Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player at Best Buy.

 

This post was sponsored by Best Buy.

First Time Shopping at Burlington

Maybe I’m a sucker, but there’s no way I can avoid the lure of a “Grand Opening” sale. Burlington has opened shop, in a strip mall near me, taking up residence in an abandoned building that used to house a Kmart.

To encourage shoppers, they sent out coupons in the mail for 20% off anything, so yours truly headed out, on the hunt for some new home items, mainly towels and a shower curtain.

Like all well made plans, things didn’t go accordingly. Read on 😉

My first impression of the store was mixed. It has a huge selection, no doubt, but the quality was incredibly low. I did a once-around to quickly check the inventory of clothes, shoes, etc, and was not impressed at all. 

The home selection was decent. I did not, however, find what I wanted. The towels seemed very thin and scratchy and the curtains were junk. Over all, it wasn’t bad, just not what I needed.

Wandering over to the Kids section, there was a bunch of cute stuff. Who doesn’t need a T-Rex soap dispenser and a pizza pillow? (Need, of course, is subjective. My littles would claim it’s not to be missed.)

For my nephew, who’s a Spiderman fanatic, I picked up a little something for Hanukkah (it’s never too early to start building the gift stockpile).

If the store had been less crowded, I probably would’ve browsed longer. It was literally swamped and having to maneuver around people and carts is never easy, especially in cramped aisles. 

Another thing I really disliked was the noise. The in-store music was blaring! Because I have Tinnitus and a sensitivity to volume, it felt like a jet engine’s roar in my ears. Definitely did not add to the shopping experience.

Will I return to Burlington? Possibly, but it’s not high on my list. There’s a Marshall’s in the same plaza, plus a TJ Maxx and a Kohl’s across the street—all of which I prefer. 

It’s fun to check out new things, but not every one of them can be a winner. 

 

Have you ever shopped at Burlington?

New Social Media Friendly Storyboards from Animoto

This post contains affiliate links. I’ll be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking them.

If you’re a blogger or business owner that considers social media to be a vital part of your work, check out Animoto’s new storyboards that let you easily tell a story or explain a concept. Designed to match the style of big brands and publishers on Facebook, these striking templates can be quickly customized for any brand or topic. They’re a great way to combine photos, text, and music into something that is appealing for an audience to watch.

One of the best ways to develop your brand is by creating videos. Need some inspiration? Here are 5 ideas that show how to turn your video into a story—something that will help you connect with your audience.

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Free ASPCA Pet Safety Pack & Disaster Prep Guide

Nobody likes to think that disaster will ever strike, but it’s always better to be prepared, just in case.

Pet owners will want the free ASPCA pet safety packs. Each pack includes a window decal that alerts rescue personnel that pets may be inside and a magnet for the Animal Poison Control Center.

Another good resource is the Disaster Preparedness Guide. It’s the most complete guide that I know of, with tips for all types of pets beyond the typical dogs and cats like horses, birds, reptiles, and other small animals.

 

Get ready now and have peace of mind, rather than waiting until the worst happens!