To Cancel Cable, or Not to cancel Cable; that is the question

Lots of people these days, more than ever actually are cancelling their cable and going with streaming services instead to save a ton of money. Is this something you’ve been thinking of doing? Allow me to give you some pros and cons, since I recently switched back to cable after one year of using streaming services exclusively.

Before you go cancelling your cable service you’ll want to do some research on just what sort of device you want to use for your entertainment streaming purposes. Among the devices out these today are the Roku, Slingbox, Apple TV, any Smart TV, and most video game systems such as Wii, Xbox 360 and Playstation. I have a Roku as well as Xbox 360 that I’ve streamed entertainment with.

The Roku has really improved in the past year as far as the variety of entertainment options. You can access everything from Hulu and Netflix, Amazon on Demand, Pandora, Disney and more. You will get lots of bang for your buck with a Roku player, prices range from $50-$99 for most units but don’t forget about the subscription costs for services like Hulu & Netflix, which are respectively $7.99 per month. Amazon Prime will give you access not not only many entertainment options but free 2 day shipping from the internet retailer. However, and this is a big issue, you will get limited shows that you can watch, even with the subscriptions. For example, if you’re a Real Housewives fan, those shows as well as any others on Bravo network are not available at all to stream so without cable you would have to pay a per episode or seasonal fee to Amazon on Demand and the per episode cost is $2.99. Most major network shows like ABC, CBS and ABC are available to stream so if you stick to those channels you should be happy with streaming. Also something to note: all shows were available the day AFTER they aired on live TV.

The Smart TV’s and video game systems will have much more limited options as far as streaming goes, with the major services (Hulu, Amazon and Netflix)  being available but many others that are included with Roku are absent. Apple TV from what I understand costs $99 and does not include Hulu or Amazon, which makes it a no-go in my book.

After all was said and done, the savings that we had while using streaming was great, I paid $39 through Amazon Student for the prime membership, $7.99 per month for Hulu and Netflix and got my Roku for $40 on sale. I’m happy I got to experience the streaming and it’s wonderful to have as a backup, but I missed watching live TV so back to cable we are, and boy do I appreciate it more than ever.

Disclaimer: My opinions are always my own, I did not receive anything for this post.

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Putting Edge Mini Golf: Great for Glow in the Dark Family Fun!

 

My family recently had the pleasure of going to Putting Edge Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf and we were not disappointed!  As soon as we walked into the Festival Bay Mall location in Orlando, we noticed the fun, day-glo atmosphere. We were not disappointed by the challenge level of each of the 18 holes, either. I brought my husband, 13 year old son, 13 year old step-daughter, 7 year old step-son, and my 2.5 year old daughter so you can only imagine how critical the kids can be. They all loved it and can’t wait to go back!

You can check out the Putting Edge website HERE to find locations, sign up for their email club (which gives cool discount offers) and for more information.

Here are some cool pictures of my visit.

 

 

Disclaimer: This post is was facilitated with free gold passes for my family at Putting Edge from the  US Family Blogger Program.  My opinions remain my own and do not represent those of the company.

Three Lollies all natural nausea remedy at a 20% discount!

Morning sickness. It’s the one thing every mother dreads when pregnant and most get hit with it. I know for all three of my pregnancies, the first trimester was riddles with nausea as well as heartburn. Eighteen years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child, these lollies from Three Lollies would’ve been a welcome addition to my short treatment list which pretty much just included saltines. We’ve come a long way, thank goodness!

Three Lollies makes all natural products for nausea associated with morning sickness, travel sickness, cancer treatment all other types of nausea. Their products are drug-free and doctor recommended.
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Have you even tried any natural remedies for nausea? If so, what were they and how did they work?

Disclaimer: This post is part of my participation on the US Family Blogger Program. I will receive a free product from Three Lollies in exchange for this post. My opinions are always my own, no matter what I receive.

Review: Kidecals Super-Durable, Waterproof Labels

A little while ago I had the pleasure of participating in a campaign for Kidecals labels through the US Family Guide Blogger Program. I placed my order and soon after they arrived. I was expecting pretty much regular sticker labels. What I got, however, was so much more! I am so excited to say that these are absolutely my favorite labels. I already had sticker labels for my children so when I was looking on their website at http://kidecals.com/, I was pleasantly surprised to find so many beautiful choices that would work great for adults as well as children. They even carry food allergy labels that you can place on your child’s’ lunchbox, sippy-cup, or bags! How cool is that?

I even took some pictures for you of the labels I ordered. What do you think?

Disclaimer: This post is part of my participation on the US Family Blogger Program. I received  a credit to Kidecals to precipitate my post. My opinions are always my own, no matter what I receive.

Globetrotters bball clinics for kids! Save $5 and get a free ticket to 2014 game !

Now everything awesome – kids, basketball, teamwork, and having fun – comes together at destination awesome: Harlem Globetrotter Summer Skills Clinics, the ONLY clinics coached by stars of The Harlem Globetrotters!

 

Everyone loves The Globetrotters, the stars who always put smiles on kids’ faces. At Globetrotter Summer Skills Clinics, our stars coach kids in limited size groups and bring laughs, encouragement and high fives for everyone! Globetrotters direct, motivate, inspire AND entertain, keeping it inclusive and fun for ALL boys and girls, aged 6-12, of ALL skill and experience levels. Each session is $59 and includes a free ticket voucher to see the Globetrotters live in 2014!  But you can save $5 with promo code USFAMILY1!

 

Each child will receive:

 

  • A free ticket voucher (valued up to $40) to see the Globetrotters during their 2014 World Tour
  • Autographs and photos with the stars!
  • Official Globetrotter certificate of completion with a personalized Globetrotter nickname

 

Clinic Locations: http://globi.es/GlobetrotterClinicsUSFAMILY (These are just the clinics – the games for your tickets are in 200 cities)

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Disclaimer: This post is part of my participation on the US Family Blogger Program. 

Kids Bowl FREE all Summer with AMF Bowling’s Summer Unplugged Program

 

KIDS BOWL FREE ALL SUMMER! Summer fun is just around the corner, and so are we. Sign-up for Summer Unplugged and Summer Pass now! Free bowling for kids all summer long! Kids registered in the Summer Unplugged program can bowl two games per day, every day, all summer long! Sign up today! https://freebowling.amf.com/?source=USFAMILY

 

 

Disclaimer: This post is part of my participation on the US Family Blogger Program. I will receive a free bowling voucher in exchange for this post. My opinions are always my own, no matter what I receive.