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A Great Sports, Gaming, and Home Theatre Experience

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Amazing Home Entertainment

Are you looking for new ways to get the most out of your entertainment? New tech seems to come out just about every day and it really can be difficult keeping track of it all. I’m here to help you just a little bit as I see great products comes to market!! One of the best sets I’ve seen lately, for the best value, is the 2018 VIZIO P-Series® 4K HDR Smart TVs. VIZIO is always an amazing value and that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. The company from California (bonus) loves to pack in as much cutting edge tech for the dollar as they possibly can, and it always shows.

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2018 VIZIO P-Series

Every pixel is a masterpiece of vivid color, pristine clarity and precise contrast with the all-new 2018 VIZIO P-Series® 4K HDR Smart TVs. Expansive colors, superior HDR performance and pristine 4K detail make each frame a jaw-dropping experience.

VIZIO’s Ultra Color Spectrum® technology paints each scene with over one billion colors. Dolby Vision HDR with UltraBright 1000 brings extraordinary contrast, depth and brightness to the screen. And a high-performance Active Full Array Pro™ backlight with up to 120 local dimming zones produces picture-perfect blacks.

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The Best Streaming

The all-new VIZIO SmartCast™ offers unprecedented control and streaming options. Browse favorites like Netlifx and YouTube right on the TV. With Chromecast built-in, you can stream thousands of Chromecast-enabled apps from your phone to the TV.

Support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant makes the P-Series a perfect smart-home centerpiece. Offering a gorgeous edge-to-edge screen design, VIZIO’s P-Series 4K HDR Smart TVs will thrill the most-demanding videophiles.

Find Out More

You can pick up this and other amazing VIZIO TVs at Best Buy today!!! Also, be sure to check out Facebook.com/VIZIO and VIZIO.com.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product.

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DIY Champ Challenge – Mount That TV and Hide Those Wires

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Do you love DIY projects? Do you have a flat screen TV to hang on your wall? Whether you love projects or not, sometimes you just got to do what a man’s got to do. I think that’s called a “Honey-Do” list today, right? However you feel about getting that job done, maybe it’s time you thought about doing something about that list! Procrastination never works, believe me. I’ve tried it many, many times. I digress. Back to business.

Let’s Get Mounty

When you are ready, willing, and able to start those jobs on your house, you have to go in with a solid plan. Take the TV mounting, for example. You have to get a solid bracket that looks good, find a great spot on your wall, and make sure all of those, seemingly, 100s of different wires are hidden away so the new setup looks clean and fresh. The quickest, easiest, and best way to do this job and not make yourself nutso would be to install the Legrand in wall power kit behind your flat screen TV.  The kit is amazing, really. Simply put, you get easy routing of TV power and HDMI cable in-wall, with no electrical wiring required.  None. Learn more on this product  by watching this quick video:

It seems pretty easy to work out, right? Well, I have to say, IT IS actually pretty easy to work out. I’m not contractor or electrician, but I used this bad boy and got the job done. The TV and various electronic components are all working great, the TV is mounted, and those unsightly wires are all hidden nicely right inside the wall. It’s awesome – it’s so clean and professional looking, I love it. This DIY project really comes out well and gives you a great sense of accomplishment, believe me.

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Make yourself a DIY champ with Legrand and Best Buy!  To find out more, please check out:

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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Netflix Interactive TV Allows You To Choose What Happens Next

I had the pleasure of joining Netflix at Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab in Brooklyn for the unveiling of Netflix’s interactive storytelling with Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile. It was amazing. Both the venue and these fantastic new shows blew me and my family’s minds!!! Collectively. It was blown.

Just think back to when you were a kid (yes, it is possible…try your best) to when you could read those really cool books and decide where the story was going to go next. Remember. You were readying along and then you came to a virtual fork in the road. If you want Joe to eat the apple, then turn to page 73. If you want Joe to make applesauce, turn to page 82. That doesn’t sound like an awesome option, but what the hey, it was great to have it at least. Seriously, I used to love those types of books.

Fast forward to the entertainment glory days of Netflix in 2017, and these books are coming back, in spirit, just a whole lot cooler. With Netflix Interactive TV, you choose what happens next and it’s awesome since it pushes the boundaries of storytelling and the way you engage with it.

Netflix has done extensive research and talked to lots of kids and parents, collecting qualitative data to better understand if this is something viewers will like. The children’s programming space was a natural place for Netflix to start since kids are eager to “play” with their favorite characters and already inclined to tap, touch and swipe at screens. They also talk to their screens, as though the characters can hear them. Now, that conversation can be two-way. It’s really about finding the right stories – and storytellers – that can tell these complex narratives and bring them to life in a compelling way.

Check out the Official Interactive Storytelling trailer HERE to see what I mean!!!

Ok, so…impressive, right? At the event in BK, my kids and all the kids in the room were really amazed and completely engaged with what was happening. The voting for the next step got intense and everyone had a strong opinion. It was really interesting and satisfying to see. It made the kids think, react, and engage. They just weren’t sitting there like lumps consuming. It was awesome, really, and the parents were loving every minute of it. To me, this truly is a great breakthrough. The stories, characters, animation, and feel of the shows were great, too. The combination is just about perfect right now. I’m all about these shows and really will encourage my kids to choose this when it’s time to Netflix.

To find out more, check out: Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile.  Also, check out:

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Share a Show to Help Them Open Up and Get Closer To Your Tween or Teen

Being a teenager or even a tween today is no easy feat, but neither trying to understand them. Believe me, it gets harder and harder for us to connect with Natalie. She’s growing up so fast, and it seems to get faster and faster with each passing day. I mean, what is happening to my little girl?!?!?!

While there are a myriad of ways for parents to try and connect with teens (I still have a year to go for that!!), according to a recent study by Netflix 83% of parents have watched a show their teen has seen to feel closer to them. The biggest surprise? 74% of teens are willing to open up and talk to their parents about the shows they watch. With entertainment as a common ground, parents and teens can bridge the conversation gap and tackle tough topics, whether you have a 12 year old or a 19 year old!!

One show that can’t seem come soon enough for us is Anne—Netflix’s new adaption of the beloved book Anne of Green Gables! The first full-length trailer shows us how the show may play out. Anne is very smart, spunky, and strong, but she’s up against it all in her adopted new town. It’s pretty much like Middle School for Natalie, so she is all in!!! I think this will be awesome, showing her how she can deal with any situation, as tough or impossible as it may seem. May 12 can’t come soon enough. Help me!!

Check out the trailer right here

To find out more about Anne, or any of the others goodies on Netflix, please check out:

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Netflix Original Julie’s Greenroom is a Great Escape Into the Arts

Are you looking for a wonderful show to sit down and enjoy with your little ones? How about a show with some cute puppets, awesome people, and a timeless performer that just seems to get better and better? Sounds pretty good, right? Well, as usual, Netflix Kids has you covered!

The marvelous Julie Andrews is creating more on-screen magic with her new Netflix original Julie’s Greenroom! This fantastic show is sure to get kids and families singing, acting, designing costumes and much more. While being fun and engaging, the show also shows kids how the performing arts are not only fun, but great for building character. Julie’s Greenroom unlocks hidden passions through all aspects of the arts and gives kids a chance to express themselves.

Julie’s Greenroom is just the beginning of Netflix titles that help children grow and learn in different ways. The list of awesome keeps growing and growing, with my kids just loving and loving it more and more. They love Netflix almost as much as Vera and I do!!! Netflix’s ever-growing selection of children’s titles celebrates creativity through shows like Ask The Storybots, Beat Bugs and much more!! As always (don’t we love it), you can watch a ton of episodes and have a Julie-a-thon! Now that can’t be too bad.

Binge, baby, binge! You and your family are going to love it. Good family fun.

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How Tech is Changing the Way We Watch TV

It doesn’t seem that long ago when families would sit down to each their favorite TV show every week over the television that sat in the living room. You had to wait until next week to watch that favorite show and binge watching a television show wasn’t even an option. Today we have many ways to stream television and these streaming devices are changing the way we watch TV.

Internet is Affordable

The internet is no longer an expensive luxury only available for the upper class. Just about any income level household can find an internet package and service provider that suits their budget. With internet being in nearly every household, it’s no wonder tech is starting to change the way we watch TV. Sign up for a Netflix account, purchase a streaming device, sign up for a plan or even use an app like Pluto.tv via the Amazon Fire TV, the list of tech devices created to stream TV shows can go on forever.

Social Media Interaction

Not only are more devices available to stream TV in our household, but with the onset of popular social media platforms, we can now determine which series are worth our time simply by scrolling Twitter or Facebook newsfeeds. Platforms like Twitter easily allow actors, producers and other celebrities to interact with everyday consumers, thus pushing consumers to watch their TV show. Tech has opened the doors to different forms of advertising and promotion of weekly series and in turn has compelled consumers to tune into the show because they tweet with the star on a regular basis.

Ease of Using Apps

There are so many apps available on smartphone and tablet devices that the average consumer doesn’t have to sit down in the living room and turn on that television to catch the news, TV series or other show. Consumers can watch TV anywhere and most often times do watch their shows anywhere, even sitting in the waiting area of a doctor’s office. Hence the onset of many facilities having signs to “shut off that smartphone” when in the waiting area. With the ease of use of new apps that help you tune into shows on the go, consumers can watch more TV and do so more often.

Mobile Devices and Premium Content

Consumers no longer have to pay extra to have premium content on their cable plan because there is an app, a platform or other device out there available on the market for consumers to use as a means to watch premium content. Premium content is available at a lower cost on mobile devices through apps and mobile platforms which has truly changed the way we watch TV. Tech is a wonderful advancement in our society with all of its social media platforms, mobile applications and streaming devices, it’s no wonder we hear that consumers are watching more television than ever before.

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Get the Best in Entertainment with Sling TV (giveaway) #TakeBackTV

Ok, so you love your TV shows and movies but you don’t need 872 channels with nothing on. You and want want rom college basketball on ESPN to breaking news on Fox News to Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD, I know I want it all (almost). Having flexibility and portability in my entertainment viewing is one of the most important things for me and my family. We all want the best in Live TV and we want all of this all for a great price. Amiright?

I’ve tried many providers and many services, it makes my head spin sometimes. In all of my efforts and trials, there is one provider that always seems to deliver the goods. That would be Sling TV. It’s awesome. It’s easy. It’s convenient. It has it all and it’s a real value. I am all about cutting the cord and reducing my monthly expenses, and this is a top choice for me and anybody else to do so!

If someone you know is thinking the same way that I am, I have some very good news! Sling TV is now offering gift cards, so you can instantly give the gift of live TV to every entertainment-lover in your life. Gift cards can be applied toward any Sling TV subscription, and don’t require any long term contracts, credit checks or credit cards. Here are the details:

Visit a Walmart, Best Buy or GameStop store near you to find gift cards starting at $25, with the option to go up to $100, applicable toward any subscription to Sling Orange, Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue services and Extras. Walmart stores will carry $25 Sling TV gift cards, while Best Buy and GameStop will have $25-$100 gift cards. Giving a gift card means you’re giving the gift of Sling TV, with no long term contracts, no credit checks, no expiration date and no credit card needed. Plus, you can redeem them online any time. Sling TV gift cards are also available online at Sling.com and through eGifter, so you can instantly send the gift of Sling TV to friends and family across the country. Plus, new customers can receive seven days free if they link their credit card to their account at sign up.

So, Stop Paying Too Much For TV and Take Back TV!

I think it’s so great, that I want to help you take back your TV with Sling TV!!! One (1) lucky winner will receive one (1) digital gift card valued at $75, applicable toward any Sling TV subscription!!

Sling TV Gift Cards

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This post is in partnership with Sling TV, who provided me with a subscription gift card and will provide the winner their gift card as well.

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truTV’s IMPRACTICAL JOKERS LIVE: Nitro Circus SPECTACULAR Coming 11/3 #JokersLive #Fanshavethelastlaugh

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Are you looking for a fun and crazy show? I think I have something perfect coming up for you.

truTV and Nitro Circus are coming together to produce a two-hour special live event, Impractical Jokers Live: Nitro Circus Spectacular, an ultimate celebration to cap off the fifth season of the popular truTV series. Hosted by extreme sports superstar Travis Pastrana and powered by the unmatched showmanship of Nitro Circus, the season finale will feature Joe, Murr, Q and Sal, collectively known as The Tenderloins, tackling their biggest challenges yet, including two high-stakes live punishments and a four-part obstacle course.

Set to air Thursday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. ET/PT., the Impractical Jokers Live: Nitro Circus Spectacular will be broadcastlive from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and will reveal which Joker can best overcome their nerves to claim victory for ultimate bragging rights – and their favorite charity. The Jokers have a great history with Prudential Center, having visited The Rock to film punishments with the New Jersey Devils and Top Rank Boxing.

To further fuel fans’ thirst for all things Impractical Jokers on the night of the Impractical Jokers Live: Nitro Circus Spectacular telecast, truTV.com will stream a pre- and post-episode digital show, live from Prudential Center. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, the pre-show will feature guests, exclusive video and surprises leading into the night’s event. Immediately following the live special, the four Jokers will sit down with the truTV.com post-show crew for an exclusive interview to discuss their experience as well as answer questions fans have submitted via social media.

Who’ll get punished at Impractical Jokers Live: Nitro Circus Spectacular?  For the 1st time, FANS DECIDE. Vote using #Fanshavethelastlaugh and #PunishJoe #PunishMurr #PunishQ #PunishSal.

Check out this clip! It will give you a little taste of the crazy action!

The live two-hour SEASON FINALE event airs Thursday, November 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

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To celebrate, one (1) lucky winner will receive:

  • $50 Visa to host a live viewing party on November 3
  • ImpracticalJokers T-shirt

truTV’s IMPRACTICAL JOKERS LIVE – Guy and the Blog

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This is a sponsored post. Contest open to US mailing addresses only. Prizing courtesy of truTV

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