Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Top Apps To Follow The 2016 Presidential Election



Disclaimer:
This post was written as part as part of an ongoing partnership with the #VZWBuzz team at verizon wireless. Though I receive free product in exchange for committing to share though social media, all thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Unless you have been walking around with your head in the sand you realize things are already starting to heat up for the 2016 election. Right now we are at the second step of the Presidential election process, the candidates are campaigning against other candidates in their own party to win the primary election. 
Whether it's your first time voting, or your just wanting to make an informed decision as to where you cast your vote, there are apps to help you. I would love to share a few with you. 
The first step in knowing where to vote is knowing which candidate holds the same values as you do. I found an app that can be very helpful for this process.
Voter is an app that will remind you of a dating site. Only your searching for the perfect candidate instead of the love of your life. With this app you are given access to the candidate's positions on various subjects, as well as speeches, voting records and financial contributions. Don't worry you don't have to read everything. Want to find your perfect match? Just swipe your finger left or right to show you agree or disagree with today's top political issues and at the end it will show you the candidate that best stands for what is most important to you. Sadly, as of right now it is only available for apple devices, but an android app is in the works. This app is free.
Ok you have found your candidate, this is where the US Politics News app can come in handy. With this app you can set preferences to tag the subjects that introduce. With this you can set it to send you info on your favorite candidate, what is happening with the party you belong to and whatever else will keep you up to date. This app is free with ads or you can pay a bit and choose the ad free version. 
Another great way to follow you candidate is by downloading an app specific to them. Groupe Inc. has done a great job of making apps for each of the bigger Candidates. Again these are only for Apple products though. If you need one for your Android device just go to Google play and search the name. There are many to chose from. These are both free and paid for apps. depending on what fits your needs.
Not that you have to doubt what the candidates say ;) but, Politifact Mobile is will show you the overall truthfulness of the candidates in an easy to read scale. The cost of this app is $1.99
"Put the Truth-O-Meter in your pocket! PolitiFact Mobile brings Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking to your smart phone or tablet.
PolitiFact Mobile makes it easier than ever to get the truth about American politics. It is produced by PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website, and includes the mobile-only Truth Index as well as mobile versions of the site's most popular features — the Truth-O-Meter, the Flip-O-Meter and the Obameter." 
The last app I would like to throw out here is for those that want to have a little fun with the election. Floppy Candidate is a for fun app that lets you play a spin off of Flappy Birds, only you are one of the candidates. You have your choice of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ben Carson, Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Martin O’Malley and John Kasich Or you can be Kanye West, because lets face it, he is no bigger joke then some of the others. Tap your way though victory, and collect coins along the way. This is also a great way to relieve the stress of listening to some of the mind numbing speeches we have to deal with in the upcoming months. This app is also free.
This election is looking like, more then ever, the important thing is to get out in vote. If you have found other apps for the election that you would recommend please let me know in the comment section below.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Broadway Tour


Disclaimer:
I received tickets to this show, from the venue, in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

I recently attended the show Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This show was part of the Broadway comes to Bangor lineup at the Cross Insurance Center. The Cross Center is a 5,800 seat multi-purpose arena in Bangor, ME. 
I had asked a couple friends to join me as it was a school night and a bit late for the little guys. To say they were a bit hesitant is an understatement. All we knew about the  show was it was written about the Bible story of Joseph, and his multi colored coat that was given to him by his father. I also knew that the show had been a Broadway production for sometime. This alone should have told us it has to be good, bad shows don't last on Broadway.  
Though we already had great seats, we were excited to be invited to move closer to the stage for a better view. I wish I could have loaded this post with pictures taken at the show, but, as with most Broadway shows, photography is prohibited. Check out the video above for a sneak peek of the bright colors and great music though. 
Since the show I have learned that the national tour of the musical, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, first opened in march of 2014 in Cleveland, OH.
Dina DeGarmo, a formal American Idol contestant, tells the story of Joseph and his 11 brothers through words and song. Her voice was amazing and really made me realize how good the acoustics are in the new building. 
Joseph, played by Ace Young, finds himself wrongfully imprisoned and is losing faith that he will ever be free when the Pharaoh (Ryan Williams) has a dream and needs it Interrupted. Joseph is summonsed to tell him what it means and in the end finds himself ruling along side of the Pharaoh.
  Though all the songs and dance routines were great, I think the Pharaoh stole the show with his Elvis like songs and gyrating hips. In fact the audience was having so much fun with it the Pharaoh even decided we wanted an encore.
In the end we agreed that a good time was had by all. I strongly urge you to check out the Tour Schedule  and see if the tour is coming close to you. If it is go check it out.
If you live in Maine you really need to check out the Events List for the Cross Insurance Center. They have everything you could think of coming up. From basketball to concerts and everything in between. They even have bull-riding, how cool is that! If you're into the Broadway shows Disney's Beauty and the Beast is coming on Feb. 25th, I can't wait.  


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

PAWSitively in Love Valentine's Giveaway Hop

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We can't forget out four pawed babies on Valentine's Day. Do you do something special for your fur babies? I am very excited to share this giveaway hop with my readers.

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We all love our pets, fur babies, best friends or whatever you may call them. I do not know of a better way than showing them love then by winning them a gift card and buying them something awesome! My pets are so much more then just pets and I love them to death!

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Appreciate a Dragon Day


Did you know January 16th is Appreciate a Dragon Day? If not, don't worry, there is  still time to celebrate. You can do so by exploring the thrilling world of DreamWorks Animation's Dragons: Race to the Edge Season 2, now available on Netflix!
Season two introduces some brand new dragons. There are 13 new episodes that explore the friendship of Hiccup and Toothless.

"The stakes are higher than ever as Hiccup and Toothless face off against a new band of ruthless Dragon Hunters.  Ryker and his army storm Dragon’s Edge with a plan to capture more dragons, the Dragon Riders and the secret-filled Dragon Eye.  As they battle these new opponents, Heather goes undercover, Astrid and Tuff defend their turf, and Hiccup must outsmart the hunters to overcome their sheer physical force in this action-packed new Season 2!

Photo: DreamWorks Animation DreamWorks Dragons: Race To The Edge © 2016 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Cast
Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera, stars of the How to Train Your Dragon films, provide the voices of Hiccup and Astrid, along with Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs and T.J. Miller as Tuffnut."


Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


Disclaimer:
Though I was given tickets for this show in exchange for spreading the word.
All opinions are 100% my own. 

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat North American Tour is headed to Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Maine as part of the Broadways Best in Bangor Series, Presented by The First. I am lucky enough to have a pair of tickets to giveaway to one of my readers.

"One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a re-imagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including Go Go Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door. Book your tickets and be part of the magic!"

To see more info about the National Tour, Including when it might be coming to a town near you, visit the official website.   



Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  
The Cross Insurance Center, Bangor Maine
Date and Time:
January 26th doors open 6:30 Show Starts 7:30

       Tickets:
Tickets on sale now at TicketMaster, by calling 800-745-3000 and Cross Insurance Center located at 515 Main St. in Bangor (M-F, 10a-5p)

Pricing: $38, $48, $58 (fees may apply)

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pillow Pets - Sweet Scented Pets


Pillow Pets Sweet Scented pets

Just in time for Valentine's Day Pillow Pet's has released a fun new line. Pillow Pets Sweet Scented Pets are a fun gift for your loved ones. Pillow Pets has taken the scents from your favorite childhood treats and and added it to some fun new pets.

Here are the four delicious scents they have decided should start the fun line:


Cookie Pup brings the smell of just out of the oven chocolate chip cookies
Gummi Pup has the fruity flavor of one of our favorite chewy candy's
PupCake is right for any occasion with her delicious scent of fresh cupcakes with sugary vanilla frosting.
Watermelon Ladybug is bursting with the flavor of a juicy watermelon


Price: $29.99

Pillow Pets has offered a special opportunity for my readers: 
Purchase any Sweet Scented Pet and get a free Pillow Pets Poucheez (a $4.99 value) while supplies last.
Use code:  SSBLOG
Sweet Scented PupCake will receive the Flower Power Cat Poucheez
Sweet Scented CookiePup will receive the Puppy Poucheez
Sweet Scented GummiPup will receive the Zany Zebra Poucheez
Sweet Scented Ladybug will receive the Rainbow Unicorn Poucheez

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Planning your Disney Trip One App At A Time



Disclaimer:
 I am writing this post as part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers program. Being part of the program does not in anyway influence this post in anyway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is the time of the year that people from the north are looking to head south for a break from the cold weather. A lot of my friend's are Planning their trip to Disney World and have asked if I knew of apps that help make their visit perfect. I thought I would share some of the ones I used in the past. 


My Disney Experience Mobile
If you only download one app make sure it is this one. The is the perfect solution for planing and playing at Disney. From the app you can purchase tickets, organize your reservations and even share your plans with family. Once your at the park you have an interactive map at your fingertips. You can make the most of your time by checking the wait times of the attractions and finding the greeting locations for your favorite characters. 

This App is great to help you choose the perfect place to eat in the Magic Kingdom. The menus of all the restaurants are right at your fingertips. Wondering where to find that yummy Dole Whip you have heard so much about? The app lets you search by restaurant or food item. Meeting up for lunch? Email your dining schedule within the app.



Been to Disney a few times and looking for a different experience this time? Did you know that there are Hidden Mickeys throughout the park? That's right, Disney artists have hidden images of Mickey Mouse hidden throughout the parks, hotels and restaurants. This app uses GPS tracking and lists the Hidden Mickeys close to you. You can make this into a fun scavenger hunt and have the app keep track of the ones you have found. Believe it or not there are over 800 Hidden Mickeys throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, and the app has them all. 

Capturing Magic
This app is perfect for doing just what it says, capturing the magic of your Disney experience. It will alert you when a photo opp is coming up. After you take the perfect picture you can share it to your social feeds directly from the app. With it you can also know which characters you have already taken pictures with and where.

Shop Disney Parks
Last but not least is the Shop Disney Parks app. The is the perfect app for those who forgot to pick up a souvenir for somebody, or just didn't want to carry something home. This official Disney app allows you to shop thousands of items, some of which are only sold in the parks.


If you know of any other cool Apps share them below. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Globetrotters' 90-year celebration



As a child I would much rather watch basketball then play basketball. I never really got into watching NBA games but I remember once in awhile the TV would be turned on and I would hear the song Sweet Georgia Brown come on, followed by the cheering television audience. As I ran to the TV out would run the basketball team dressed in red, white and blue entertain the crowd with their crazy tricks on the court. This year I get to take my grandchildren to be entertained by them as they celebrate 90 years of being the Harlem Globetrotters.

90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to an arena near you during their 90th Anniversary World Tour. On the court, the Globetrotters' 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm - plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu* - the Globetrotters' one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. You won't want your family to miss it - use promo code FAMFUN to save 25% off your tickets.
Cities they will be visiting: 


Erie, PA 1/28/16
Ithaca, NY 2/2/16

Frostburg, MD 3/7/16
Bangor, ME 3/15/16
Augusta, ME 3/16/16

Connecticut- Hartford, Uncasville, Bridgeport, Danbury
Delaware - Newark

Michigan - Grand Rapids, Yspilanti - these are soon though (GR is 1/24 and Yspilanti is 1/22)
New Hampshire- Manchester
New Jersey - Toms River, Lincroft, Trenton, Atlantic City
New York - Lake Placid
Oklahoma - Oklahoma City
Pennsylvania - Reading, Wilkes Barre, Allentown, Indiana
Vermont- Burlington
Poplar Bluff, MO - 1/19/2016
Kalamazoo, MI - 1/21/2016
Flint, MI - 1/25/2016
Corpus Christi, TX - 1/27/2016
Rochester, NY - 1/31/2016 and 2/6/2016
Albany, NY - 2/7/2016
Kent, WA - 2/12/2016 and 2/15/2016
Seattle, WA - 2/13/2016
Everett, WA - 2/14/2016
Yakima, WA - 2/17/2016
Eugene, OR - 2/18/2016
Kennewick, WA - 2/21/2016
Pullman, WA - 2/23/2016
Wenatchee, WA - 2/24/2016
Casper, WY - 3/8/2016
Duluth, MN - 3/24/2016
Minneapolis, MN - 3/25/2016 and 3/26/2016
Lincoln, NE - 4/9/2016


Take advantage of the sale and see them in a town near you.