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Discover The Best Black Friday Shopping Deals Worth Camping Out For

November 26th, 2014 by Christen Rochon



Black Friday Shopping is single-handedly the biggest shopping day of the year!  It’s no wonder why major retailers are doing their best to wrangle shoppers in with tempting deals available as early as Thanksgiving day.  After searching through countless circulars, frequent shopper emails and my favorite destination for all things Black Friday Shopping ( I found some of the best black Friday shopping deals from Best Buy, Target and more worth every moment of camping out and waiting in line for below.

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Best Buy

Known as one of the premier shopping destinations for Black Friday shoppers – Best Buy is where the hardcore shoppers camp out for the exclusive deals.  Shoppers won’t have too much time to be thankful on Thanksgiving with family since the lines for the big box store will probably wrap around the corner early morning prior to store doors opening on 5pm Thanksgiving day.

Panasonic 50″ tv ($199)

Microsoft Surface ($299)

Macbook Air 11.9″ ($779.99)




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Score Freebies From Amazon, Apple TODAY With Verizon’s Connection Day

November 26th, 2014 by Tech Staff

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is infamous as one of the worst travel days of the year, and Verizon has partnered with several companies to create a mobile package of services intended to make travel a bit more enjoyable.  Verizon plans to kick off the holiday season this year with “Connection Day” on Nov. 26. Verizon is offering additional data to customers, and teaming up with Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Condé Nast, Gogo Technologies, JetBlue and Pandora to offer entertainment, connectivity and more.  The company is giving 1 gigabyte of data to its customers on the “MORE Everything” plan, after they register at Those customers will also receive another gigabyte on their next billing cycle.



Any consumer who registers at the site, even if they are not a Verizon customer, can receive:


  • Special mobile access to popular movies and TV shows on Nov. 26, compliments of Verizon FiOS, by downloading the free FiOS Preview app.
  • A selection of 10 free/discounted apps on Amazon, plus two free Audible book downloads (new members) or $10 Audible credit (current members)
  • A special offer from Apple iTunes to be revealed on Nov. 26
  • Free Digital Edition downloads of 17 Condé Nast Publications, including Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ.
  • 30-minute complimentary Internet sessions through Boingo Wireless (at airports) and Gogo Technologies (in-flight)
  • Free in-flight Fly-Fi (Wi-Fi) for flights between Nov. 26 and Dec. 24
  • A free seven-day trial of Pandora One


Verizon customers who register immediately will get the gigabyte on their phone plans; non-customers are able to sign up for a reminder to return on Wednesday, Nov. 26.



Celebrating Unforgettable Moments With Walmart Family Mobile #Thankful4Savings #Shop #AD

November 25th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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Tis the season to discover new holiday moments this NewVember…

Tis the season for thoughts of gratitude, spending time with family and making unforgettable moments before the year passes you by.  It’s also the season to be thankful for NewVember moments too!  What are NewVemeber moments?  It’s the moments of all things new and exciting that only the Thanksgiving holiday can bring.  Whether it’s Black Friday shopping for new gifts or fawning over the new addition to your family, NewVember moments are upon us and there’s no better time to appreciate them than now.

Walmart Family Mobile

NewVember moments are here!  From Harvest parties, Thanksgiving dinners and more!  What are you thankful for this season?

How do you capture your NewVember moments? If you’re like me, then you’re constantly snapping photos on your smartphone – (I mean, snapping photos is the best way to capture memories nowadays, Right?)  As a Walmart Family Mobile Ambassador, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to use my Samsung Galaxy S4 to capture everyday sightseeing moments, search for holiday meal recipes and more!  (If we’re talking WalMart, then you know I’m getting the lowest priced unlimited plans - just in time to save me some holiday cash!)


[Must Read:  Save Money On Smartphones This Season With Walmart Family Mobile]

Only at Walmart can you find deals like $34.88/month for Unlimited Talk, Text, and Web paired with a smartphone for under $100 – it’s the perfect plan and phone combination for those who want to stay connected during the holidays!

Looking for a new tablet to get you through the holidays? Walmart has plenty of rollbacks all season long, including the ZTE ZMAX for $179.88 (now on rollback from $199.88).


Additional rollbacks include:
Alcatel Evolve 2- $49.88 (was $59.88)
Samsung Exhibit- $79.88 (was $99.88)
Nokia Lumia 635- $99.88 (was $129.88)
*NEW*  Samsung Galaxy Avant- $199.88

With plenty of holiday memories just waiting to be captured this season, don’t trust your memories to just any smartphone. Capture your memories smart, and save your holiday cash today with Walmart Family Mobile!

Want to learn more?  Check out all the great deals and available devices on rollback at and connect with Walmart Family Mobile online today! Walmart Family Mobile is now on Twitter! Follow @FamilyMobile for up to the minute sales, news and more! #Thankful4Savings #CollectiveBias

Kitchen Technology: How Modern Parents Use Mobile Devices For Hassle-Free Meals

November 25th, 2014 by Tech Staff

Between managing careers, navigating the rigors of parenthood, handling the daily to-do list, and finding time to stay in touch with friends, it’s no wonder modern moms and dads are always on the lookout for simple solutions to make life a little less hectic. Luckily, the age of mobile technology brings ultra-convenient apps and Bluetooth-connected devices for everything from shopping to banking and, of course, cooking.  Discover the kitchen technology that you can put to good use this Thanksgiving below.

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Today, more people than ever before are diving into their smartphones and tablets fingertips-first to remove a bit of stress from their day-to-day routines, according to recent study from Flurry Analytics. Findings indicate that, in 2013, the use of apps for productive purposes such as managing finances and other family needs increased 149 percent compared to 2012. Only messaging programs and social networking apps saw a more significant jump.

Cooking is the focus of many apps that help people increase productivity. Any parent who has rushed home from work and raced against the clock to put dinner on the table will appreciate the unique ways in which mobile devices have made preparing nutritious meals for their loved ones a bit more simple.

Mobile technology makes magic in the kitchen

Planning and cooking family meals presents an ideal opportunity to pick up a smartphone or tablet and remove some stress from what can be a complicated part of each day. New for 2014, iDevices’ smart cooking thermometers – the iDevices Kitchen Thermometer and Kitchen Thermometer mini- are two of the most innovative examples of cooking accessories in the ever-expanding mobile market.

Sure to become a staple in any cook’s kitchen toolkit, iDevices Kitchen Thermometers pair with the iDevices Connected app to allow users to monitor the temperature of food from up to 150 feet away through the use of Bluetooth wireless technology, removing the need to hover near the oven or grill to ensure poultry, meat and seafood always turns out tender and tasting great.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of these high-tech cooking accessories is that they take the guesswork out the important food safety practice of cooking foods to the recommended temperature, a simple step that not only ensures a safe meal, but also makes it easy to put delicious, never-dry poultry on the table time and time again.

Smart cooking thermometers make poultry perfection easy for busy cooks

When it comes to preparing poultry, many cooks may rely on the color or texture of their meat to determine if it’s cooked thoroughly enough to serve. Some may even choose to overcook poultry to ensure it’s completely done, a decision that can result in a dry, disappointing meal. However, iDevices Kitchen Thermometers make it simple to determine when poultry is fully cooked to the proper temperature.

Recently, iDevices took the convenience of its smart thermometers to a new level by partnering with Jennie-O, a brand on a mission to show the world how easy it is to eat well with the great taste of turkey, to make it easier than ever for busy cooks to prepare delicious turkey meals.

By selecting the “Turkey” preset in the free iDevices Connected app, users can overcome any worries they have about under- or over-cooking poultry simply by monitoring their iDevices Kitchen Thermometer via any iOS or Android compatible mobile device from wherever they may be in the home or yard. Once turkey is fully cooked to a safe 165 F, the app sends an alert letting the user know their poultry is ready to serve. The iDevices Connected app even comes complete with a variety of simple, yet creative JENNIE-O turkey recipes, giving busy parents a collection of great ideas sure to please even the pickiest eater.

With a world of groundbreaking smart mobile apps and accessories now available, the sky is the limit for busy parents with a penchant for trying exciting new lifestyle tools. Visit the iTunes app store or Google Play store to download the iDevices Connected app and explore all the great new cooking resources out there. The iDevices Kitchen Thermometers are available for purchase online at

NFL Style: Four Tees I Can’t Wait To Wear For The Big Thanksgiving Day Game

November 21st, 2014 by Christen Rochon

I love sports and I absolutely love representing for the home team!  With the NFL Football season in full swing (and my Detroit Lions doing exceptionally well this season – might I add…) then you know how excited I was to check out some of the best selling NFL gear from the official online store of the National Football League –  Ladies, you do not have to sacrifice style to support your beloved NFL teams. You can browse a selection of shirts representing your favorite squad today and find the perfect one to wear for the next big game.


1. Detroit Lions Holy Long Sleeve T-Shirt & Tank Top


Prove you are the #1 fan of the Detroit Lions in this Holy long sleeve and tank top set. The mesh long sleeve top features a bold team logo and raglan sleeves, while the tank has a small logo on the hem. This cute combination can be worn separately or together for a look that is 100% Detroit Lions-inspired. 


NFL Style Detroit Lions female t-shirt


2. Detroit Lions Jazzed Up Short Tee


Amplify your game day excitement with the Jazzed Up women’s short sleeve top. This officially licensed tee offers a classic fit and is printed with a gorgeous NFL team logo accented with faux blue and clear crystals on the front. This particular tee is no longer available online but you can find a similar (long-sleeve) version (in white) online here.


NFL Style Detroit Lions woman's t-shirt



3. Touch by Alyssa Milano Detroit Lions All-Star Burnout T-Shirt


Rep for the home team in the trendy and stylish burnout Detroit Lions T-Shirt.  Designed by actress Alyssa Milano the tagless v-neck tee highlights the Detroit Lions logo and script using distressed screen print graphics.



NFL Style Detroit Lions woman's burnout t-shirt


4. Detroit Lions Foil Screen T-Shirt


 Ladies Lions Long Sleeve Tri-Layered T-Shirt. This team colored t-shirt features a screen print team name and logo on the front along with white sleeves.  This particular shirt is no longer available, but you can find a similar version online here.



NFL Style Detroit Lions woman's long sleeve t-shirt is stocked and ready with an arsenal of versatile apparel and accessories that can accommodate anyone on your holiday shopping list — Men, Women and even those hard-to-shop-for Tweens. Be it a new look for the big game, a night out on the town, or rocking down the high school hallways, there are new looks for everyone on your list.

With a huge collection ranging from t-shirts to tank tops, you can find just what you need to maintain a stylish look while you root your favorite NFL on! As the official shop of the NFL, offers all the stylish NFL gear you will ever need!


There’s plenty of items from Men’s, Women’s, and Tweens/Juniors collections – everything is available on, making it a one stop shop for all holiday your big game and holiday gift-giving needs.  I’ll be rooting on the Detroit Lions during the big game versus the Chicago Bears, but the Dallas Cowboys / Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers / Seattle Seahawks games will also take place too.  


What NFL teams will you be rooting for on Thanksgiving day or what team are you looking forward to supporting with your NFL style soon?



5 Easy Ways To Shop For Tech Gifts For The Holidays

November 20th, 2014 by Tech Staff

Shop For Tech Gifts

Today’s holiday wish lists certainly have a lot more digital items than they used to. Whether it’s for school, work or personal use, everyone wants the latest technology. If you’ve started your shopping search already, you know the market is full of different types of devices. So how do you know which technology is the right option for the loved one on your list? It can be confusing, but don’t worry; the information below can help you make a wise choice and ensure your gift is the star of the holiday season.




Available in various designs, sizes and operating systems, tablets offer users all-day battery life, lightning-fast Web browsing and performance, and responsive applications. These devices are good for multitaskers of all ages, especially kids and teens. The KurioTab, for example, is ideal for children because it is packed with popular apps, games and e-books not to mention equipped with a protective covering for accidental slips. This tablet also makes it easy for parents to apply Web browser filters to ensure their kids enjoy a safe browsing experience.



Portable All-in-Ones

Portable all-in-one systems like the Dell XPS 18 combine the performance of a PC with the flexibility of a tablet, meaning your loved one will be able to enjoy the device throughout the home thanks to the battery housed behind the screen. Equipped with fun apps like Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy, these devices can redefine family and friend game night, or their flat screen can be used to watch a movie at home or in a college dorm.



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[MUST READ:  The Gifts We All Want! The BIG Holiday Gift Guide Is Here!]



2 in 1s

2 in 1 devices, which are a laptop and tablet in one device, are perfect for people who like to keep their options open. A 2 in 1 device can function as a tablet when you want to relax and be entertained or it can be used as a laptop when a project must be finished. With a longer battery life, 2 in 1s are a great option for busy teens, college students or adults who are always on-the-go. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is built for productivity and has a great detachable keyboard so it’s ideal for any age that needs a computing device for daily school or work assignments.




Chromebooks are perfect for students and educators. Offering a smooth, efficient and affordable Web browsing experience to consumers, Chromebook boots up in seconds and updates automatically. That means you’ll always enjoy a first-rate Internet experience and you don’t have to worry about your machine slowing you down.




Let’s face it: Most people are addicted to their tablets and smartphones. So how can you go wrong by giving one that is the best of both worlds to your loved one this holiday season? The ASUS PadFone X mini is the first smartphone in the U.S. with an Intel processor and LTE solution that transforms from a 4.5-inch smartphone into a 7-inch tablet when docked into the tablet docking station, offering consumers the benefits of two devices for less than $200. When looking for a smartphone for a holiday gift, look for one that is blazing fast and has a long battery life like the ASUS PadFone X mini, which also runs on Android with thousands of apps that can meet just about anyone’s needs.

One thing that makes new technology so exciting is the numerous options that become available every single year. But with so many options this can be overwhelming. If you’re looking to make the right technology purchase this holiday season, check out Intel’s Holiday Buyers Guide to learn more about the technology options available for you.



What tech gifts are you looking forward to buying for that special person on your gift list this season?  Share how you shop for tech gifts for family and friends below.



5 Clever Ways To Boost Your Holiday Budget This Season

November 19th, 2014 by Lifestyle Staff

It’s time for gifts!  If your budget isn’t as plentiful as you’ve hoped for, there are plenty of clever ways to boost your holiday budget and spread the holiday cheer this season.  Having a holly, jolly holiday typically means giving special gifts to loved ones. The average person is expected to spend $804 this holiday, according to a 2014 National Retail Federation survey. That amount can quickly cause unneeded financial stress. Whatever amount you plan to spend, consider these five tips for making the most of your holiday budget below:



Give more, jingle less

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Now is the time to collect all that spare change and put it to work. A recent Coinstar survey found that Americans with spare change at home estimate they have just under $21 in coins; however, Coinstar data shows the average amount customers convert for a no fee eCertificate is $58 – nearly three times as much as Americans estimated! Get cash or convert coins into a no fee eCertficate so you can buy gifts at popular retailers. Visit to find a kiosk near you.



Discover deep discounts and bargains

Shop smart by starting early – it gives you time to find bargains and spreads out holiday spending. Look for BOGO sales (buy one, get one), shop Sunday ads and download apps that make comparing prices easy. Look for free giveaways for early bird customers when shopping in stores. When shopping online, always seek out free-shipping options.



Look for unexpected sources of money

Have gift cards just sitting in your wallet? If they won’t be used to buy gifts, use a Coinstar Exchange kiosk to instantly exchange unused or partially used gift cards for cash to give your holiday budget a boost. This is also a great option post-holiday if you receive gift cards you don’t plan to use.



[MUST READ:  Get Money: 11 Apps That Can Make You Quick Cash For The Holidays]



Make a budget and control spending with cash

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The average person goes over their holiday gift budget by $116, according to a Coinstar survey. The best way to control spending is to determine a budget before you start shopping and stick to it. Make a list of gift recipients and always pay with cash; it makes spending money feel more real than if you were to pay with credit.



Know the value of intangibles

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Gifts are great, but quality time is the most important thing you can give your friends and family. If you have only a small budget for modest gifts, complement each one by giving your time in addition to the present. For example, give the grandkids a few books and then promise to come over every weekend to read them the stories.

Now that you have a few clever tips to boost your holiday budget this season, which money saving tips do you plan on using first?  Share your thoughts below…

Discover How Simple Tech Tools Can Help Reduce Holiday Stress

November 19th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Reduce Holiday Stress


The chaos of the holiday season can leave even the most organized person feeling a little hassled. You have to balance your schedule that’s filling up with holiday activities, your to-do lists of gift shopping and getting ready for guests, and your budget that’s struggling with added seasonal expenses. It all makes these last few weeks of the calendar year feel a bit overwhelming.

Fortunately, technology offers a few tools that can help simplify the chaos, allowing you to stress less, and focus on enjoying the festivities even more. So this holiday season, take advantage of these tips to reduce holiday stress, and get ready to celebrate with your friends and family!


Simplify your holiday greeting

Getting all members of the family together, dressed nicely and smiling for a holiday photo, just to create that perfect card, is enough stress for one season. Not to mention addressing dozens of envelops and waiting in line at the post office. Instead, simply put together a beautiful digital letter and send it via email. Microsoft’s People app makes it easy to keep your contacts up-to-date and in one location, so you won’t have to search your phone and multiple email lists.


Stay in touch without the drive time

The roads will be crammed with everyone trying to get to their in-laws house, so why not eliminate the drive time and get together on Skype with your loved ones instead? Share the holiday spirit over a Skype video call. Open presents from afar, wish each other happy holidays face-to-face, or plan a future visit when traveling isn’t as hectic.


Track discounts and remove clutter

One of the biggest projects of the holiday season is shopping for gifts, and it can be one of the most expensive projects as well. The good news, your email inbox will likely be flooded with discounts, online coupons and in-store specials from your favorite brands. In fact, email volume from retailers is up by 26 percent season this season, according to Experian Marketing Services’ shopping analysis. These promotional emails are great, but can quickly turn to clutter if not looked after. has a Sweep feature that allows you to keep just the latest emails from senders, automatically sweeping older – and probably outdated – messages into your trash, or a designated folder of your choice. You’ll no longer have to search through your email to find those deals when you need them.


Schedule your time appropriately

From baking cookies to company parties, your holiday schedule can fill up fast. Keep your digital calendar updated and with you at all times so you can confirm – or decline – commitments in real time. This will allow you to prevent your family from double-booking events and ensure that you won’t be up at midnight baking cookies for your kids to take to school the next day. Plus, you can review your schedule to see if you might need to add a little time for yourself, so you can recharge and enjoy the events you want to attend.

With these chaos-cutting tech tools, this holiday season can be an enjoyable time for you and your family. So put your technology to good use and ring in the new year stress-free!

How do you plan on enjoying a stress-free holiday season?  What tech tools are you looking to put to good use for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday?  Share you favorite stress-free tech tips below.


Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba and More Celebrate TOMS for Target

November 13th, 2014 by Fashion Staff

Target and TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie hosted a private event in celebration of TOMS for Target. Throughout the evening, guests including Jennifer Garner and Jessica Alba enjoyed entertainment and family-friendly activities, including DIY gifting stations, all in a farmer’s market-inspired setting. Guests also had the opportunity to be among the first to shop the collection and share in the spirit of giving – for each item purchased, a donation will be made to a person in need.


Jessica Alba, Blake Mycoskie, Jennifer Garner, Heather Mycoskie

Jessica Alba, Blake Mycoskie, Jennifer Garner, Heather Mycoskie


Just in time for the holidays, Target has partnered with TOMS on a limited-edition collection of home goods, apparel, accessories and shoes for women, men and children. Similar to TOMS’ One for One® giving model, for each item purchased, a donation will be made, with the potential to provide more than 11 million meals, blankets and shoes to those in need.


TOMS for Target Launch Event

Jennifer Garner doing a little shopping for good…


TOMS for Target Launch Event


By purchasing one blanket from the TOMS for Target collection, you will be providing warmth for those in need as TOMS will provide one blanket for every purchase made.


TOMS for Target Launch Event


The TOMS for Target collection features more than 50 items, consisting of home goods and apparel and accessories for women, men and children. With all items under $50, TOMS for Target will be available Nov. 16 at all Target stores and on To follow the buzz and join in on the conversation, use #TOMSforTarget.


TOMS for Target Launch Event

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The Gifts We All Want! The BIG Holiday Gift Guide Is Here! #BigGiftGuide

November 10th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Can you believe Christmas is just six weeks away!  Have you begun your holiday shopping yet?  If not, don’t worry! The entire Divas And Dorks team has scoured stores and the internet to find the best holiday gifts (so you don’t have to!)  We’ve searched high and low for the best Christmas gifts of the year for practically anyone on your holiday list.  Looking for a nice gift for that special man in your life?  We’ve got you covered!  Not quite sure what to buy for the office exchange?  We’ve got all the gift ideas you’ll ever need this season!

We’ve got our biggest holiday gift guide EVER!  Filled with 12 huge pages of tablets, wearables, smartphones, holiday fashions, beauty and more!

Make sure to log on to, starting Thursday, November 20th - as we’ll unveil the best in unique and stylish gifts for any budget plus a chance to win some of the featured technology, fashion and more from The BIG Holiday Gift Guide below.


Page 1. Holiday Tech Guide for Parents

Page 2. Gaming Guide for Kids Of All Ages

Page 3. Smartphone gifts for Everyone on Your List

Page 4. Double Duty Tablet gifts That Pack A Productive Punch

Page 5. Watches, Bracelets, Pendants and More – Wearable Gifts For The Entire Family

Page 6. Household Gadgets At Any Budget For The Entire Home  

Page 7. Quirky Holiday Gifts For The Oddball In Your Life

Page 8. Stylish and Tech Savvy:  Gifts for Him

Page 9. Stylish and Tech Savvy:  Gifts for Her

Page 10. Sentimental Gifts Perfect for Grandparents

Page 11. Gifts for the Office Holiday/ Gift Exchange Party

Page 12. Easily Accessible Last minute gifts under $50


Did we mention that you should probably check back everyday?  We’ll be sprinkling in some unbelievable holiday prizes for you to keep (or giveaway) this season (Hint:  Remember Diva Days Of Christmas prizes of yesteryear?  We’re upping the ante and will be bringing you bigger and better prizes unlike anything we’ve ever done before!  You won’t want to miss out!)  Starting Thursday, November 20th make sure you check back daily for your chance to win!


Who’s been naughty or nice on your Christmas list?  Need help finding the perfect gift this season?  Tweet us “Hey @DivasandDorks I need your help finding the perfect gift! #BigGiftGuide”  for personalized help finding the right gift this year! 




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