I Love Best Buy!

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I WON A HUGE GIFT from BEST BUY! Like HUGE!!! Best Buy has a new wedding registry within their stores and during Blogher this summer they had a booth featuring the new wedding registry. Each day they had celebrities stop by their booth for photo opps. If you tweeted you could possibly win one of the prizes featured in their booth and one person would win everything in the booth. The whole enchilada! And I love enchiladas!

That moment when Kenny Lattimore proposes to you. Priceless!

That moment when Kenny Lattimore proposes to you. Priceless!

I was completely obsessed with how cute these chairs and sofa were in their booth. Love!

I was completely obsessed with how cute these chairs and sofa were in their booth. Love!

My hubby and I had been dying to try the Nespresso. I personally think it’s because of his love for Penelope Cruz. So when I tweeted I always mentioned Nespresso because that’s what I was hoping to win. Shortly after the conference I got an email asking me for some information and that I might be a potential winner from Best Buy. Yippee! A Nespresso! Boy was I surprised when I received a follow up email that I won the whole enchilada. Like the enchilada platter! My hubby and I were at dinner when I found out and we both freaked out. I was sooooo excited.

So what did I win you ask?

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Are you drooling? I know, right? CRAZY! The TV arrived just in time for football season (mind you I know nothing about football) as well as the MLB playoffs, so my hubby was thrilled (as well as my neighbors). I arranged for the Geek Squad to come install it. That was part of my winnings for them to install but I had them bring a mount for our wall and we moved another TV to another location. I paid for those services out of pocket but I have to tell you, the cost was FAR less than that of quotes I received from electricians. We wanted to have a TV mounted in our bedroom (well I did, someone hates a TV in the bedroom) but the cable had to be run from the attic. Best Buy did it all at a super low cost. Plus the 2 gentleman that came were so nice, respectful and helpful. They made great recommendations on where to put things and we are absolutely thrilled.

We have used a few of the items already but not all of them. Stay tuned as I will be writing individual posts on these items.

 

*Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. I did win these items at a conference. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Blogher 2015 Recap

Ok so this post is uber delayed. But I’ve had a pretty busy summer. I had the most AMAZING time at Blogher 2015. This year the folks at Blogher partnered with the She Knows folks and boy did they put on a show. This year’s conference was held at the Hilton NY which is an incredible hotel.

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On Thursday I walked around the expo center and chatted with all the amazing vendors. Best Buy was promoting their new wedding registry that they offer (which is pretty awesome right?) and R&B singer Kenny Lattimore was there. I only thought it fitting that he propose to me. After all it was bridal themed right? A few of my favorite booths were: Shark, AT&T, Dyson, Ninja, Baskin Robbins and of course the Embassy Suites (you know how I adore them).
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IMG_1132 (3)Friday was incredibly busy for me. My morning started out with a special breakfast and panel by Staples. Leeza Gibbons and Jaime Primak Sullivan were both on the panel discussing all things back to school. And I got to check out the amazing new back to school items from Staples. Seriously how sweet is this donut book bag? No pun intended. Also, I’ve been a fan of Jaime for a while now. I watched Jersey Belle and am religious about watching her Facebook videos. Even my hubby is into all her posts. I feel like she’s my sister from another mister. #Jersey And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that I met my new bestie Holly Rust at this seminar. We sat next to each other and hung out throughout the conference. While in Chicago this summer I got together with her and we went on a double date. Blogher creates friendships. Like lifelong friendships. I’m so happy to have met her and she gets my blogging butt in gear.

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If that wasn’t cool enough I also was invited to participate in a Sears panel on staying connected. I learned a ton about new products that help your home to stay connected and have a tech savvy home. Since we have been renovating, all these new products were super interesting and I’d like to incorporate them into my home. We actually purchased all our kitchen appliances from Sears. Including our awesome Samsung fridge that wait for it has sparkling water built in. Randi Zuckerberg was part of this panel and that was a huge surprise for me. She was so sweet and signed her book after for everyone. Seriously…. She’s so sweet. Another sister from another mister. Seriously. We might have been separated at birth.

 

Sheryl Underwood and I.

Sheryl Underwood and I.

I also got to meet Sheryl Underwood at the Depend booth.

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In the evening I was privileged to attend a screening of the new show “Grandfathered” featuring John Stamos and Josh Peck. Josh was available for audience questions afterwards and was super funny. At some point he mentioned that he can be bribed with Twizzlers. Which I happened to have in my bag. Not that I needed a bribe but I offered him one and this is what happened.

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I was so proud of myself for following my Blogher schedule. Every year I have a plan of attack and it always falls apart right away. And then Saturday came. My day started by an older woman asking me where she should wait for a car to pick her up at the hotel. Turns out the car wasn’t coming for about an hour. I didn’t want her to have to wait alone so I waited with her. Her name is Sylvia and she was in NY visiting her childhood friend that was in a nursing home. I learned a lot about Sylvia. Her first husband was in the entertainment industry. She told me all about old Hollywood and how one day she went to see her husband and John Wayne was in the room. When she left John Wayne told her husband how pretty she was. She never forgot that. So I hung out with Sylvia and didn’t attend any seminars I had planned on.

Guess the supermodel?

Guess the supermodel?

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I was super excited to meet Carson Kressley at the Depend booth. He was soooo nice.

And this happened!

And this happened!

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To end the night McDonalds treated us all to a concert with Boyz II Men and Nick Cannon. If you know me then you know that all of the Boyz II Men songs are my jams. I’m a child of the 90s.

Mitch aka GayNYCDad and I at the Gwyneth Paltrow luncheon.

Mitch aka GayNYCDad and I at the Gwyneth Paltrow luncheon.

My new bestie Holly and I!

My new bestie Holly and I!

The Bachelor Season 19 Spoiler

If you know me you know I’m obsessed with all things reality tv. The Bachelor is no exception. I’ve been watching since Season 1. I absolutely loved Chris Soules last season with Andi and was so excited for this seasons premiere. (Sidebar it did not disappoint.)

That being said I noticed that one of the contestants Alissa Giambrone is from my hometown Hamilton, NJ. I was thrilled! I immediately started cheering her on (even though the second Britt walked out of the limo I felt she would be in the final 2).

I wanted to learn a little more about my hometown girl Alissa so I took to social media.

Spoilers beware!

Yes Alissa is a flight attendant. She works at Frontier Airlines which is a fairly new airline here in Mercer County. Why is this important? Frontier Airlines out of Trenton does not fly to Prague or Paris.

But Alissa did! 4 weeks ago she was in Prague. 8 weeks ago she was in Paris. Frontier does fly to Miami which seems to be her flight path typically so her Instagram shows lots of Miami pics. But Prague and Paris stood out to me. Ironic? Maybe.

My thoughts… Alissa is going to make it pretty far. She will make it to at least Prague and Paris. I’m really surprised The Bachelor folks didn’t make her take down her Instagram shots as they are clearly spoilers.

Check out her Instagram posts:

 

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What do you think? Who do you think will get the final rose this season?

The Device Every Instagram Addict Needs

Calling all Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Twitter and Photography addicts!

Listen up….

Have you heard of the new Nokia Lumia Icon yet? Have you seen the commercials? You know the ones with the amazing sounds and super clear and crisp pictures? This phone has a gazillion great features (it is a Windows phone after all) but what stands out to me the most is by far the camera. This phone takes the most amazing photos and videos.

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With its Full HD video, 20 megapixel camera and 5” full HD screen you are guaranteed to achieve the most perfect shot. The Icon also uses Zeiss optics which helps you take better photos in both light and dark areas. This technology also allows you to zoom in and reframe shots as well.

 

Another amazing feature is there is no glare from sunlight (thanks to Gorilla Glass) with this phone so it is perfect to take to the beach so you can catch up on Kim & Kanye in the most recent “VOGUE” issue. See what everyone’s talking about. #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOUPLE

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Remember when you were at that amazing concert last summer and they played your favorite song and you grabbed your phone and took a video only to come home to watch it and realize all you hear is background noise and not your favorite song? Kiss that goodbye with the Icon.

 

If you don’t believe me check out this video to prove it!

 

 

If you are a photographer or just a complete Instagram addict the Lumia Icon is a must!

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How A Busy Person Stays Connected

How often do you say this day flew by? Or I can’t believe it’s Friday?

 

I feel like I say these all the time. Between running my social media and marketing company Katie DeVito, LLC, coordinating NJ Unemployed events plus building my Origami Owl business, I am always doing something. I mean I hit 100 designers on my team last night. Pretty amazing. Never in a million years did I think that when I signed up for Origami Owl that I would have 5 people on my team, but 100. I love Origami Owl!

 

That being said I’m always running somewhere for something. Not to mention there’s always plain ole life to deal with too. Staying connected is one of the most important things in my life (the hubby comes first). Between checking emails, my clients social media sites, my social media sites I don’t know what I would do without my devices.

 

I love that as a Verizon customer if I don’t have wifi on my devices I can always use the Personal Hotspot on my iPhone to connect my devices. This way I’m always connected!

 

My favorite devices? My iPhone and my iPad.

 

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What are your favorite devices?

How do you stay connected?

 

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