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My Deployment 'Gotta Have It' List - #3

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎03-21-2019 03:04 PM - edited ‎03-21-2019 03:12 PM

Staying Charged


Before I deploy this summer, I want to make sure I have all of my bases covered. This includes having aspects of my home life in order, taking care of things in my personal life, and making sure I have everything I need for the journey ahead. The first two things on my ‘Gotta Have It’ list are a digital recorder and different kinds of headphones. While this is a solid start, I need to make sure I don’t overlook packing a very important item that could render my list useless.


College Basketball Tournament

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎03-17-2019 12:10 PM - edited ‎03-17-2019 12:21 PM

It’s March, and that means that it’s time for college basketball. This time of year, all of the best schools come together and hold a massive tournament to determine which team is the best.


Women's History Month

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎03-07-2019 10:56 AM

The month of March is a wonderful time of year. We await the arrival of warmer, spring days. We get to watch in awe as beautiful blooms blossom from trees and green begins to appear again. There are many things to celebrate, and one amazing part of March is that it is Women's History Month. What better way to celebrate this month than to honor the women who have preceeded us and given so much to our way of life present-day. While there are endless amount of women we can reflect upon, there are a few that really stand out in the technological field.


Black History Month

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎02-23-2019 09:54 AM

Many of us learn a little bit about Black History during the month of February when we are growing up in school, but it isn’t touched on too much outside of the shortest month of the year. Let’s take a look at some of the technology that we use in our everyday life that would have been impossible without the great efforts and minds of Black inventors!


"If Life Gives You Limes, Make Margaritas"

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎02-21-2019 02:58 PM - edited ‎02-21-2019 03:05 PM

TGIF, am I right?


It’s the end of the week and I know I’m happy about it. While it’s time to wind down after a busy week at work and tend to your social life (maybe… nothing’s wrong with a solo Netflix session), there’s another reason why you should be calling today FriYAY


It’s National Margarita Day!


National Drink Wine Day

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎02-17-2019 09:21 AM

National Drink Wine Day


For those of us who thoroughly enjoy a lovely glass of wine, we could only be happier to have another reason to partake in this flavorful experience. Lucky for us, one reason is right around the corner! February 18 is known as National Drink Wine Day. This is a day to celebrate the love of wine, along with all the benefits that come from drinking wine. These range from the health benefits offered from reasonable consumption of wine, to the fun experiences of hanging with friends and family.


Staying In This Valentine's Day

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎02-12-2019 01:11 PM - edited ‎02-12-2019 02:19 PM

Valentine's Day Heart. 


Valentine’s day has always been my favorite holiday. I love the store displays in my favorite colors and the heart shaped boxes of candy, but as I’ve grown up the part I love most is finding creative ways to have fun with my loved ones.

As a homebody, I prefer a romantic night in over a night on the town. Here’s some of my ideas on how to have the perfect date night at home!


A quick and easy way to create a romantic snack is with this Rachel Ray Fondue Set. It’s even in red to set the mood.  Whether you and your love prefer chocolate or cheese, there are a plethora of options to match up with either flavor. I prefer sweet, so traditionally I pair chocolate with fruit, but angel cake can be a delicious addition as well. If you prefer savory, cheese fondue goes well with bread, pretzels, or even veggies. As a child I was given a small fondue kit for Valentine’s day, so I’m very excited to try this grown up version and make fondue night a new tradition.



I love pizza. I’m a self-proclaimed pizza lover. I eat pizza often. In fact, in college I learned that a human can sustain themselves on pizza alone and that it can be eaten for any meal — even breakfast. Today we celebrate National Pizza Day as if we need a holiday to tell us to eat that wonderful, cheesy goodness.

My vast, storied experience with making and consuming pizza has taught me that there are several ways to cook it. Furthermore, I believe the way you cook your pizza can reveal which personality traits you have. Let’s take a deeper look to find out more about your pizza personality. 


My Deployment 'Gotta Have It' List - #2

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎02-03-2019 04:51 PM - edited ‎02-03-2019 05:00 PM

My Own Headspace


Last week I introduced my blog series relating to a new adventure I’ll be gearing up for in the next few months. I will be deploying overseas with the Air Force this upcoming summer, and with that comes a lot of preparation. There are a lot of checklists to complete leading up to my deployment relating to turning in paperwork and completing various trainings. The military does a great job of preparing us for our travels and work, while I find myself creating checklists of my own regarding personal and home life. With this comes my ‘gotta have it’ list to include things I can bring with me to make this deployment transition and lifestyle change easier.


The first item I wrote about on my list was a digital voice recorder (check out what I had to say about these here). I highlighted two recorders that Best Buy sells due to their small size, easy use, and battery life. I also mentioned how these recorders have headphone jacks, which means I can keep the embarrassing stories my family and friends might reminisce about to myself as I play them.


Well, that means I’d need a decent pair of headphones, and Best Buy has hundreds to choose from! It’s almost a little overwhelming trying to figure out which ones to get, but when I think about the kind of environment I’ll be in and the various activities I’ll need them for, I was able to narrow it down to a few.


My Deployment 'Gotta Have It' List - #1

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎01-27-2019 02:23 PM - edited ‎02-03-2019 04:59 PM

A Piece of Home


Well, 2019 is in full swing now, and I’m sure many of you have a lot of big things on the horizon this year. Whether it’s to land that promotion at work, break a bad habit, put more into savings, make a big purchase, or lead a healthier lifestyle; we all have our ambitious to-do lists and goals.


When I crafted my New Year’s resolutions, I realized I had to do so while considering a pretty significant life event approaching. One that I anxiously welcome with a little bit of uncertainty… I will be deploying overseas for six months with the United States Air Force. It’s a big change, and I’m 100% ready to take on the challenges it will present and serve my country.




Holiday season is, and has been, in full swing. Shoppers are gathering last-minute gifts, Christmas cookies have been decorated, and countless calls have been made to organize family gatherings.


All this prep work plus more has been done for Christmas, and it wasn’t even winter yet.


Say, whaaaaat?


Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎12-08-2018 08:00 AM

It’s the idea that has captured the imaginations of authors, directors, and many different artists for centuries – time travel. Whether it’s in via an old DeLorean, with Christmas ghosts, or a big metal box with buttons, the thought of returning to the past or bouncing ahead to the future is timeless.


(Caution: Let cool. The Truth May be Too Hot to Handle)


This December 6, we give a shoutout to an unsung hero, the microwave. Patented by Raytheon in 1945, the inventor, Percy Spencer, discovered that microwaves are ideal for heating food when he noticed a chocolate bar melting in his pocket while experimenting with electromagnetic waves!


A Halloween Poem

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎10-31-2018 12:01 AM

‘Twas Halloween Day,
And all through the store,
The Blue Shirts were preparing
To let customers through the door.


Life and beer are very similar. 

Chill for best results!

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Beer. It's what's for dinner. Well, maybe not so much. But, this National American Beers Day, it could be! Join us for some fun and read along to discover why American beer is lager than life!


Happy Black Cat Day!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎10-27-2018 12:01 AM



Some consider them good luck.  Others consider them bad luck.  Some believe that this bad-luck stigma has left an over-abundance of black cats in shelters and foster homes around the country.  To help raise awareness, today we celebrate the wonderful black cats that have left their pawprints on our hearts. =^._.^= ∫


iScream, youScream, weScream for iPods

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎10-23-2018 08:29 PM

iPod_TouchI'll never forget the first iPod I ever owned. I remember holding the strange rectangular device in my hands, trying to figure out which way I had to run my finger along the circular menu wheel in order to scroll up or down. I probably spent hours fidgeting with the darn thing before I realized how to work it.


Once the hard part was out of the way, I could never listen to music the same way again. Forget CDs and tape players; my trusty iPod Classic could take my favorite tunes along with me wherever I went. 


And, as if that wasn't great enough on its own, it even included a few basic games for me to play on long car rides! But we can't forget the other iPods out there--you guys are special, too.


hello-kitty-karaokeOkay, I don't use this Hello Kitty karoake machine in the car, but I do sing along (quite horribly, I might add) to my favorite songs while I drive to campus. Some of my friends, on the other hand, have their own methods of staying entertained as they make the trek to their classes.


It's Hobbit day!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎09-20-2018 02:21 PM - edited ‎09-20-2018 02:22 PM

Have you ever been yelled at by a teacher for reading?

I have. It was in middle school. A math class. And could you blame me for not paying attention to the teacher droning onring.JPGand on about fractions when I was trying to find out what happened next in The Two Towers?

I didn’t know it at that time, but just a few years later I’d be able to visit the world of JRR Tolkien’ Middle Earth, a land of elves, dwarves, trolls, dragons and, most importantly, hobbits on the big screen. And I got to bring a whole lot of people who had never had a chance to read his wonderful books along with me.




200 Years of Frankenstein!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎08-30-2018 10:03 AM - edited ‎08-30-2018 10:45 AM

FrankensteinWhat could be more pleasant than taking an extended vacation in Switzerland in the middle of the summer?  This may have been what Mary Shelley and her compatriots were thinking when they headed out to Lake Geneva together.  The weather was found to be unexpectedly sour.  Rain was relentlessly falling, and the ground was freezing overnight.  Seeking reprieve, the company gathered inside to tell ghost stories, and, in doing so, inadvertently defined an entire genre of literature.  Book lovers around the world would never sleep soundly again.



To All The Dogs I've Loved Before

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎08-26-2018 07:07 AM - edited ‎09-17-2018 10:31 PM



In loving memory of my best friend, Lacie. Rest in peace, sweet girl.


It’s National Senior Citizens Day So Let’s Talk About Best Buy Assured Living

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎08-21-2018 10:58 AM - edited ‎08-21-2018 11:01 AM

By 2020, one in five Americans will be 65 or older. If you’re not sperson.jpgomeone in that age bracket yet, it’s likely you have a loved one, such as a parent or grandparent, who is. Providing care and monitoring the wellbeing in the comfort of someone’s own home has historically been difficult. Today, Best Buy offers a solution to this problem and it’s called Assured Living.

The Itchiest Day of the Year

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎08-20-2018 08:00 AM

mosquito-movieI think mosquitos are absolutely horrible.  You could almost say they're worse than bees, honestly.  Just think about it: How many times have you been bitten by a mosquito, versus being stung by a bee?  Chances are, the former far outweighs the latter. 


These blood-sucking monsters seem to possess the demonic ability to track down any form of human life and attack it with their needle-like noses, over and over.  Even bug spray sometimes wasn't enough to stop their evil forces in this 1995 thriller movie, but I suppose it's better to try and fail than to simply surrender to their itchy vengeance.


World Photo Day

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎08-19-2018 03:58 PM - edited ‎08-20-2018 07:22 AM



At a month shy of turning a year wiser, there is nothing more than I like to do than to reflect on my past year. The special moments and memories that have passed in the last year, most of them coming from a device we all know too well, my cell phone. Each picture telling a story of my children’s mischief moments, a Pinterest fail, or our family trips.




Lefthanders Day- Why Everyone Should Want To Be Left-Handed

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎08-08-2018 03:37 PM - edited ‎08-08-2018 04:04 PM

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Lefthanders Day, which is on August 13, started twenty-nine years ago as a way to bring attention to the difficulties lefties face living in a world that was not designed for us. Although being left-handed comes with its own struggles such as smearing everything you write, awkward handshakes, having everything you cut look like a three year old got ahold of scissors, and bumping elbows with anyone who is bold enough to sit next to you, being left-handed should be something to rejoice.  


Here’s some things to celebrate about being left handed:


  • We are better at 3D perceptions and thought processing. (Is this really a surprise given years of outside the box thinking to make right handed products work for us?)
  • Lefties are more likely to go in to a creative field, such as the arts or music.
  • It is believed that all polar bears are southpaws, as well as 50% of cats so we’re in excellent and very cute company.
  • We make up just 10% of the world’s population and it’s been that way for thousands of years.
  • Despite the struggles we have faced, like having left being associated with evil or wrong in multiple languages and cultures (it’s gone so far that there is a phobia of left-handed people and things being to the left called sinistrophobia), leaders throughout history are more likely to be lefties.

Is there anything more wonderful than waking up in the morning to discover a delicious and refreshing zucchini has lovingly been delivered to your porch by a friendly neighbor?  Don’t be silly, of course there is.  But, if you sat down to actually come up with a list of things better than porch zucchini, I imagine the list would be pretty short--and most of those things could be improved with the addition of zucchini.  Welcome to National Sneak Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day!


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It's National Sister's Day, and being the only boy growing up with three younger sisters, I thought I'd share the love and talk about some of my favorite women in my life! There's no "one size fits all" when it comes to having a sister and anyone with one knows this is true. Share with us what makes your sister fantastic!




National Beer Day Is Here!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎08-03-2018 08:58 AM - last edited on ‎08-03-2018 11:33 AM by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist


“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”-Abraham Lincoln.


August 3rd is National Beer Day, and we here at Best Buy want to make sure your day is spent with as much of that delicious nectar as possible. With that in mind here are a few tips to make sure you’re living your best beer life!


7 Must-Have Tech Products for Summer Travel

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎06-25-2018 10:49 AM - edited ‎06-25-2018 10:55 AM

bose.jpgThe summer travel season is upon us and here are 7 tech products sure to make your trip even better.


Red Nikon


Photos have become an important part of our everyday lives. They can help close the gap for loved ones that are far away, help us remember fun places we’ve been, and capture the big and little moments that make up our lives. We see photographs daily, but have you ever wondered how it all started?




 The first photographic process was developed in 1837 by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce. Their process was called the Daguerrotype, which the French government purchased the patent for on August 19, 1839 so that they could share it as a free gift to the world. The French were on to something, and on August 19, 2010, World Photo Day hosted a global gallery online to honor the day the patent was purchased. They asked photographers around the globe to upload a single image that would capture their life to share with the world. Almost 270 photographers joined in on the fun, with the gallery being viewed in over 100 countries. This marked the first official Photography Day, which has been celebrated since.


Mothers Day

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎05-13-2018 05:31 PM - edited ‎05-14-2018 12:40 PM

One of the most important days on the calendar to remember, over all your birthday’s and big trips that are scheduled, none of those should come before Mothers Day!  This is the one day to really show what a big inspiration your mother was for you, or is continuing to be.  No matter how many rights or wrongs any Mother makes, the gift of bringing you into this world is truly something to celebrate. 


Next Stop: the Twilight Zone!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎05-11-2018 10:11 AM

TwilightZone_coverName a horror film, and there’s a good chance I can tell you how it ends. Not many people share my affinity for watching scary movies in dark rooms late at night (perhaps because that’s generally never a good sign if you’re actually in a scary movie), but there’s something insatiable about being kept on the edge of your seat for an entire two-hour film.


Take a journey with me and see how The Twilight Zone forever changed the face of sci-fi, horror, and thriller films for good!


Clean Your Room Day

by ‎05-10-2018 10:52 AM - edited ‎05-10-2018 10:52 AM

April showers are said to bring May flowers, so you know what that means? It means that it’s time to get your dirty clothes off the floor and into the wash, you heathen; it’s national Clean Your Room day!


Cinco de Mayo – Let’s taco ‘bout it

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎05-05-2018 06:00 PM - edited ‎05-06-2018 08:58 AM

Love a fantastic reason for a mouthwatering margarita or some tasty tacos? Well then check out this blog with some interesting facts about the Mexican/American holiday, Cinco de Mayo. You may be surprised at some of the things that you didn't know about one of America's favorite days. The roots of this special day go back over 100 years and the facts may surprise you!


Star Wars Day

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎05-03-2018 01:00 PM - edited ‎05-03-2018 01:12 PM

swday.JPGFor over 40 years, Star Wars has been a part of our culture. And every May 4, we celebrate everything Star Wars. 


Daylight Savings Time

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎03-15-2018 11:13 AM


I’ll sure miss the days where you would hear the crazy story of how someone almost missed an important appointment because of Daylight Savings Time.  Sure we lose an hour of sleep right away, but isn’t it worth it for those extra hours of light when you’re out enjoying those summer activities?!  Just the thought of looking outside at 5pm, and still having the possibility to see sunlight makes me as happy as a clam in high water! 


Let’s be real though, longer days and more sunlight means it’s time to break out the mower and the hedge clippers for another year of yardwork.  What if you could have your lawn mowed without hiring someone to enter on your property from a contracted company?  The Husqvarna - Automower® 450X mower is the solution you’ve been waiting for!  I’m a firm believer that time is money so save both by letting this mower tackle the easy terrain while you focus on the garden, or playing video games 😉.  This mower is versatile enough to hit every corner of any yard, just watch the video for yourself, and when it is running low on battery it returns to the designated charging station on it’s own!  


It’s truly amazing where technology has brought us this far, and why not use the extra time that you’ve always spent mowing, to kick off spring cleaning early!  Yes, time to get rid of the old and start with the new.   Bring your Outdoor Living space to life with a new Grill, or an outdoor TV by Sunbright.  Best Buy even has you covered if you’re wanting to Transform your Garage


Now if you live in a state as cold as Minnesota, outdoor living during the winter months can be few an far between with the relentless cold, but our Patio Heaters and Fire Pits allow the opportunity to step outside more often.  Of course, lets not plan too far ahead, and remember to enjoy the extra hours of sunlight while we have it!    


After all of your hard work, there has to be time for play!  The Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Camera is sure to capture your longer days with it’s amazingly fast Silent shutter speed of 10 FPS!  If the shutter speed wasn’t enough, the Alpha a7 III has the longest battery life of any mirrorless camera to date, with 710 images on a full charge!  Although you won’t be able to photograph the start of Day Light Savings Time, because it isn’t released until April 10th, pre-orders are available on Best! 


Whatever your plans are for these extended days ahead, know that Best Buy is here to help!  Stop by your Local Store to speak with a Blue Shirt and discover other amazing technology that could assist in your daily routine, freeing up the time that used to be spent working, and leaving you with nothing but rest and relaxation! 

H&R Block Tax SoftwareH&R Block, one of the most trusted names in tax preparation, started back in 1955 when brothers Henry and Richard Bloch started a business to specialize in income tax return preparation. Since its inception, H&R Block has continued to grow, adding more offices throughout the United States.  Keeping up with the times, in 1986 H&R Block was even part of the first successful trial run for electronically filing returns. 


Thor: Ragnarok releases on Blu-ray March 6th!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎03-04-2018 04:51 PM - edited ‎03-04-2018 04:58 PM

Thor returns with some of our favorite familiar faces including Loki, Hulk and… Jeff Goldblum in space?




National Love Your Pet Day is February 20!

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist ‎02-19-2018 12:15 PM - edited ‎02-20-2018 08:17 AM

National Love Your Pet Day


Did you know that February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day? 


Yep, me neither…but it’s absolutely true!


Now you may be saying to yourself: “there’s a national day for this?  I love my pets every day!”  You know what, I’m sure that you do!


Long Live The King

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎02-15-2018 03:15 PM - edited ‎02-17-2018 09:25 AM

After Chadwich Boseman's first appearance in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, he returns in Black Panther releasing in theaters on Friday, February 16. As the last Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to be released before Avengers: Infinity WarBlack Panther is sure to set the stage for the looming battle for the Earth.




Preparing for Black Friday at Best Buy

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎11-17-2017 09:56 PM - edited ‎11-24-2017 03:26 AM

BF2017-SideImage.pngIt's no secret that you can unearth some of the best deals on the latest products in November and December.  Although many promotions can be found online during Cyber Monday, few things can match the energy level of Black Friday.


If you're planning on participating in one of the biggest shopping events of the year, this post has some tips that can help you score big with minimal stress.


Veterans Day

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎11-09-2017 12:58 PM - edited ‎11-09-2017 01:01 PM


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Today is a day that we celebrate to show our gratitude for those who have chosen to fight for and serve our country. Many men and women sacrifice their time, family, friends, and so much more in order to be a voice and protective force for our country. Although we should be thankful for these people every day of the year, this is a special day to show our gratitude and to recognize those who make the choice to fight for each and every one of us.


Día de los Muertos

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎10-31-2017 11:54 AM - last edited on ‎10-31-2017 12:04 PM by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist



It is that time of year! The weather is cooling. Families and friends gather together in celebration. It’s the beginning of a series of holidays that everyone from children to adults look forward to. This holiday season kicks off in the Mexican culture with a celebration of the lives that now deceased ancestors and loved ones lived while in this world. Beginning on October 31st, All Hallows Eve, children make altars to invite the angelitos back to visit. November 1st, known as All Saints Day, deceased adults are invited to visit. Then we have November 2nd , All Souls Day, where celebrations commence and families gather to honor the lives of the deceased.


We Witch You a Happy Halloween!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎10-27-2017 09:48 PM


It's the scariest time of the year!  The leaves are starting to change color, the air is turning a bit crispy, and the nighttime weather is absolutely bootiful.  All of these conditions are great in and of themselves, but together, they craft a perfect Halloween night.  Combined with candy, scares, and laughs, it's arguably one of the most fun nights of the fall season.


Come take a look at my favorite Halloween traditions and tell me about some of your own!


What are you afraid of?  I won't bite!


Happy National Coffee Day!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎09-29-2017 08:18 AM - edited ‎10-24-2017 07:31 PM


Need a boost? Consider Best Buy® your new caffeine (or caffeine-free) headquarters!


Check out how you can save time, money, and energy by making your own coffee and tea at home, with just the push of a button.


Also, did you know that Best Buy's new Easy Replenish™ program can let you receive new coffee each month, automatically?


Yep.  It's true.  Keep reading to find out how to get started!


The Lion King

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎08-29-2017 06:00 AM - edited ‎08-29-2017 04:18 PM

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Growing up in the 90’s my movie of choice to watch on repeat was The Lion King. I had everything The Lion King themed from the sheets to a Simba necklace I wore everywhere, and everyday for about a year. 



Winter Is Here

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎07-13-2017 04:25 PM - edited ‎07-13-2017 04:30 PM



Friends this is not a fire drill! I repeat this is not a drill! Game of Thrones starts up again this Sunday, and I want to make sure you’re able to stay up to date if you’re a fan. 


iSimple Blujax.jpgIs your car ready to go?

Driving to some of these remote destinations you are bound to experience long droughts of music along the way, but not to worry, many cars nowadays at least have an “aux” input.


The iSimple Blujax is a cost-effective way to stream your music using Bluetooth, and it’s plug and play, with no installation required!  If you have more time to plan you could visit your local Best Buy to speak with a Geek Squad Autotech, or any Blue Shirt, about our great deals being offered every day in our Connected Car department! 


4th of July

by on ‎06-30-2017 06:50 PM

4th of julyWhat’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about the 4th of July? The first thing that comes to my mind is planning BBQs with family and friends. But I was thinking the other day as we made plans for the day, that many of us don’t take a moment to reflect what this date really means to us who live in this beautiful country we call the United States of America. How it represents our freedom to do just that: spend time with our family and friends at BBQs, camping, swimming, and watching fireworks or whatever you’ll be doing this 4th of July.


Father's Day or Dad...You Are My Father!

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist ‎06-12-2017 02:35 PM - edited ‎06-13-2017 01:39 PM

Dad...You Are My FatherWhen one looks at all the holidays on the calendar each year, I often wonder how many really pay attention to Father’s Day? 


This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 18th and I’m sure that a great many fathers out there will receive aftershave, ties and a number of other cliché gifts that Father’s Day often evokes (don’t be offended moms, I know you get a lot of cliché gifts on your day as well Smiley Happy).


Yo Ho Yo Ho A Pirate's Life For Me!

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist ‎06-02-2017 11:13 AM - edited ‎06-02-2017 12:01 PM

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Over the years, Disney has been known for making attractions based on their movies at their theme parks. Few attempts have been made so far to make movies based on their existing attractions however. Out of those attempts only one, Pirates of the Caribbean, has become such a huge success, it has in turn inspired changes to the ride it was based on. This year celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and the fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.



Happy National Burger day to all, including YOU……….

by ‎05-26-2017 05:26 PM - edited ‎05-30-2017 10:02 AM

And by YOU I mean my fellow herbivores; you’re included too! Long gone are the days where vegans and vegetarians are left out of the summer festivities and backyard barbecues. Meatless eating has become a more popular way of life for many. Whether for humanity, health or religious reasons; we’re all in this fight together, and I’m proud to say, we’re kind of Winning!


Mother’s Day!

by on ‎05-12-2017 04:17 PM

apple watch.jpgThe other day my daughter asked me why Mother’s Day seemed more important than Father’s Day. We often underestimate how much children notice and how profound their thoughts are, and her question really made me stop and think why it would seem that way. We know both parents are very important in our lives but why did Mother’s Day seem to stand out more?


It's MY Day - Not Yours, Star Wars

by on ‎05-04-2017 12:01 AM - last edited on ‎05-04-2017 12:47 PM by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist

Will the force be with you this May 4th?


Star Wars.JPGWhen I was a kid, I was always this little ball of excited energy when spring hit; it meant I could go run outside and jump in all the rain puddles, make mud pies, and it was decent enough outside to walk over to the park and play on the swings. Spring also meant my birthday was just around the corner and all my cousins were going to coming over with presents! As an adult-ish person, things have obviously changed somewhat. If you happen to get me a gift, I won’t say no of course, but I like to think I’ve outgrown my childish behavior in that I don’t sling mud at my sister anymore. Now I just like to get together with close friends and family for drinks and some fun games.




Captain Ace Fodder tightly grasps the rail as First Mate Morgana shouts the orders to the rest of the crew.   “Easy does it!  We’re almost to port.” 


It had been a long journey, and not an easy one.  He already lost seven crew members to his lucrative cargo, and The Tabatha Tart was already operating on a skeleton crew.   He hopes that the buyer will be generous with his payment.  He makes a mental note to include the lost crewmen when collecting his reward.


Suddenly, a large crash can be heard from below, and the ship makes a sudden lurch and begins to groan.  After a moment of silence, screams can be heard, followed by a large crack, as a leathery wing suddenly bursts through the hull of the ship. 


“Roll for Initiative”


Spring Break's Over - Start Planning for Next Year

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎04-17-2017 04:12 PM - edited ‎05-02-2017 04:25 PM

Garmin GPSNow that Spring Break has come and gone this year, start planning for next year's trip with these devices! 


NAS and Cloud StorageAs someone who takes a lot of pictures and has thousands of music files, storage is a big concern for me when it comes to computers and other devices. Recently I was in the market for a new laptop, and I keep hearing how solid state drives are the way to go for many reasons. The idea of going from a 1TB hard drive to a 256 GB drive was super concerning, especially since I didn’t want to have to rely on being connected to an external drive constantly.


National Day of Unplugging

by Retired: Senior Social Media Specialist on ‎03-02-2017 04:23 PM

UnplugAre you the kind of person that always has their phone out? Do you feel cut off and alone when you are away from the Internet? Is your TV or radio on in the background seemingly all the time? If you said yes to any of these questions, this might be just the kind of holiday you need. March 4th is the National Day of Unplugging, where people all over the country take a break from their devices and experience the world as it is.


Love is in the air!

by ‎02-14-2017 11:19 AM - edited ‎02-14-2017 04:13 PM

Vday.PNGIt’s that time of year where the world slows down for a bit and we are all reminded about the friends and family we love. Cast your mind back to middle school. Valentine’s Day quickly coming up and you’re at home with your SpongeBob cards writing every one of your classmates names on them making sure you spend a little extra time one for that special someone. You remember it being a hit and they loved your card! Fast forward to today, while that card was one for the brag folder, it’s time to up the ante and really wow them.


Big Game = Big Plans

by on ‎02-03-2017 05:20 PM

4K Ultra HD TVCheck out the essentials to make any big game party the best it can be! It's gotta be BIG!


Holiday Gifting Made Easy

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist ‎11-18-2016 07:11 PM - edited ‎11-18-2016 07:19 PM

holiday gifting made easyOne of my favorite parts of the holidays is shopping for my family and friends. There’s not only the challenge of picking
just the right item to give, but then the reward of seeing the big smile on their face. Now that we’re just over a month away from the biggest holidays, I really need to get my list made…and perhaps check it twice. Luckily has made gift giving easy this year.


Celebrate America Recycles Day!

by Retired: Senior Social Media Specialist on ‎11-15-2016 09:44 AM


It’s time to do your part to put your to help clean up the planet; November 15th is America Recycles Day!


For all of you out there with soda cans piling up on your old newspapers, we have an important message- RECYCLE IT. Today is the day America gives back to the environment. America Recycles Day is here and we have some information to help you clean up your home, office, yard, and community for a cleaner and safer environment.


How to Create a Holiday Lightshow

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎10-27-2016 02:25 PM - edited ‎10-27-2016 02:33 PM

Holidays are no exception. One of my favorite projects is a yearly Halloween graveyard lightshow I put together for my home display. Check out this video I created explaining the basics behind on the spooktacular show!Geek Squad.jpg


The Best Birthday Present Ever!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎10-04-2016 03:41 PM - edited ‎10-14-2016 05:56 PM

One of the favorite things I like to do as a family activity is to bake. So, about a year ago, I decided to take a community class crash course to learn some techniques that I could apply to my home baking adventures. While it was a three-day course, I learned SO much! It has since then developed into a hobby of mine and my family doesn’t seem to complain.KitchenAid.jpg


Remote Start, or the Joy of a Warm Car

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist ‎09-21-2016 10:44 AM - edited ‎09-21-2016 10:47 AM

Geek Squad.jpgIt didn’t take long for some of us to discover that what works with a cold car also works with a hot car. Sticky seats, a steering wheel hot as a frying pan and a cooling system that blows scorching air is at least as unpleasant as a freezing-cold vehicle. As it turns out, remote starters are not just for northerners in winter any more.

Over the last decade or so the kinks of remote start technology have been worked out and additional features have been added to make the functionality even more useful. Following is a breakdown of the four general types of remote start devices available on the market.


Red, White, and Solar Powered?

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎09-05-2016 12:01 AM - edited ‎09-06-2016 10:17 AM

Red, white, and Solar Powered?



Labor Day is a great excuse for a 3 day outdoor adventure. Like most patriotic weekends many families are probably camping. I mean real camping with a tent or camper with limited access to electricity, not ‘glamping.’


My husband has rightfully earned the nickname of Captain Plug-in due to his love of cameras, electronics, and the need to always be prepared. We’ve been using solar powered chargers for last two years during day trips outside, and weekend camping excursions. 



FitBark: Activity Monitor For Your 4-Legged Friend!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎08-28-2016 12:00 AM - edited ‎08-31-2016 10:50 AM

Blue FitBarkKeep track of your dog's activity levels and spot any patterns that could indicate potential health issues with the FitBark!


Phillips Hue People.jpgShaya slowed as she turned the corner, and she gently placed a hand on the ancient stone wall beside her, carefully crossing the threshold of the corbel arch.  Raising her torch, she stifled a gasp as the gentle glow from the fire spread over the rows and rows of ancient texts and dusty piles of forgotten treasure.  While she knew the value of her mark, the volume “Draculian Arcana”, a large tome of forgotten knowledge that was said to be made of pure gold, she had not expected the sheer volume of what the library held, and that it all seemed to be untouched.  She glanced over at the rest of her party, who were now rounding the corner, and offered them a sly smile, hoping that she might be able to pocket some of the more valuable trinkets without their noticing.  And yet… it all seemed too easy.  Sure, they had to avoid the traps of noxious gases and poisons, but she could scarcely believe that all this treasure would remain untouched for so many eons. 


She was about to say as much, when Dimitri placed gloved finger to his lips, his crossbow aimed past her.  And then, she heard it.  A strange, faint, slithering sound.  She raised the torch higher, her eyes groping into the darkness, searching for the source of the sound.  But, it was too late.  She felt a sense of dread begin to fill her, as she realized that whoever (or WHATever) was making the noise would surely alerted of their presence by her light.

I look up as a voice from the other end of the table cuts through my thoughts- “Roll for initiative.”


It's the Summer Games...and I feel fine!

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist ‎08-14-2016 12:00 AM - edited ‎08-15-2016 10:22 AM

It's the Summer Games!

Well folks, it’s almost that time of the year again, where we are inundated with commercials that feature companies that sponsor our Summer Games athletes. Smiley Wink


But in all seriousness, the Summer Games in general brings about thoughts of superhumanly fast swimmers, runners and in general, amazingly talented athletes competing for the pride of their nation (and hopefully some lucrative endorsement deals eventually). Smiley Tongue


Suicide Squad!

by Retired: Senior Social Media Specialist ‎08-05-2016 02:55 PM - edited ‎08-05-2016 02:56 PM

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When the good guys are unable to get the job done, just call in the bad guys! DC’s The Suicide Squad hits theaters today.


Considering Star Trek Beyond

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎07-25-2016 12:09 PM

(WARNING: I’ll try to keep the spoiler quotient low, but there may be a few. Be advised.)

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It’s no mystery to anyone I’m a Star Trek fan. I loved the show in all its incarnations. I’ve adored all of the films (even Star Trek V: The Final Frontier had its virtues). So when it came time for the franchise reboot in 2009, I had hope and faith that J.J. Abrams would keep the spirit alive and give us fans a treat that we could cherish as part of the venerable Gene Roddenberry’s legacy and gift to the world. My words on exiting the theater when Star Trek was released seven years ago? “That’ll do!”


Disney Dreaming

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist ‎07-17-2016 12:00 AM - edited ‎03-28-2017 12:23 PM

Sleeping Beauty Castle.pngA year ago I was on a summer road trip visiting some family and friends. During the trip, we made a stop in Marceline, Missouri - where Walt Disney had considered his hometown. While Disneyland was celebrating their 60th anniversary, I was learning about Walt’s childhood, and the part that the town of Marceline played in inspiring his theme parks and movies. Now as Disneyland is celebrating their 61st year and the twelfth and newest Disney Park - Shanghai Disneyland - has been open officially for about a month, I look at how everything that Walt dreamt and created has meant to me.



O Say, Can You See...

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist on ‎07-03-2016 12:00 AM

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I’ve been a photographer for a long time, and on the Fourth of July most years anyone that knows me probably can guess one thing I’m doing that day. Like most citizens of the U.S.A I will be laying out my blanket somewhere to take in an amazing fireworks show. Unlike many Americans I will be lugging around pounds of photography equipment in the hopes to capture that one shot that truly say America.


Independence Day Resurgence

Independence Day Resurgence has hit theaters nearly twenty years after the original, so now is as good a time as possible to talk about one of my favorite movies ever- Independence Day.


Two Pups Later

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist on ‎06-19-2016 12:00 AM

I honestly had no idea what I was getting into a year and a half ago, when my girlfriend Heather and I asked her parents to stop at Petco to pick up some food for our cats. We go in, get the cat food, check out, and on our way out of the store we see a man holding a puppy. Heather asks the man if she can pet the puppy he’s holding. The man turns back to her saying you can have her for $100. Heather had been looking for a dog for a while so she got pretty excited by this offer. One hundred dollars later and we were walking right back into Petco with our new puppy to buy dog food and all the other stuff you need to raise a puppy.Whistle.jpg


(Expecting) Father's Day Gifting

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎06-12-2016 12:00 AM

Not quite a Father, but soon to be.  It's only a few weeks away (44 days 10 hours and 28 minutes, but who's counting).  




As a technology enthusiast, I spend the majority of my days investigating the latest trends and releases.  Now that fatherhood is approaching and Father's Day is right around the corner it's time to explore this new tech.  The 360fly is my latest endeavor with 360-degree recording capabilities.  Instead of watching your kids first steps, birthday party or graduation from behind a camera you can now be part of the action with a camera that will capture everything in the area. With 4k recording and the ability to mount on almost any tripod you'll be able to explore the world around you.


When I was a kid, there were no Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There were plenty of mutant other things though. Every Saturday, there were black and white sci-fi thrillers about giant ants, shrinking men, and terrible accidents that made terrifying hybrids, like a man with a fly's head.TMNT.jpg


Camping Season is Finally Here!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist on ‎05-27-2016 02:09 PM

Planning Trip.JPGMemorial Day marks the unofficial start to the summer vacationing season. A time for all to enjoy the great outdoors and get out there with nature. Whether you’re in to heavy backpacking, car camping, glamping, or just enjoying a day at the beach, the summer season has something for everyone.


4K Is More than OK

by Retired: Senior Social Media Specialist ‎05-25-2016 10:50 AM - edited ‎05-25-2016 12:55 PM

4K.jpgI purchased an HDTV about 4 years ago.  I was admittedly blown away by the color depth and clarity that this provided after growing up with a standard 480p television.  When a full-HD source like a Blu-ray player is added it felt like the image was going to pop out of the screen.  It is amazing.  What could be better?  I would have believed someone if they told me it couldn’t get any better.  But if anyone had told me this, they would have been wrong. 



by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎05-13-2016 02:24 PM - edited ‎05-13-2016 02:25 PM


Grad Gift Card

Let’s face it, we always picture our young ones graduating.


From the first day you held them in your arms, you already envisioned them tossing the tassel in the air and saw yourself jumping for joy that your baby was going to become someone in life.    


Did I just scare you? I hope not- well, maybe a little. Were you just transported to your own young adult self-journey!? Scary? I know! While I can’t promise that your young adult will have a smooth transition into adulthood, I do have some suggestions that will help them to aspire to be the best version of themselves that they can be.


5 Minutes Peace – A Mother’s day tale

by ‎05-04-2016 03:06 PM - edited ‎05-04-2016 03:09 PM

5 Minutes Peace – A Mother’s day tale


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All hail to the mothers. The creators of life, the nurturers, and the one we can always count on no matter what. You have to admit, Mothers juggle a lot within their everyday lives. In between working, being a maid, chef, psychiatrist, tutor, and protector (whew, I’m getting tired just thinking about all of it). I think it’s only accurate to compare them to duct tape as they seem to have the ability to fix anything! Mothers are selfless, dedicated and invested in everyone else’s happiness, they deserve every bit of celebration for the one day of the year dedicated to them.


Goodbye Sweet Prince!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎04-27-2016 05:16 PM - edited ‎04-27-2016 05:18 PM

“Don’t Worry. I won’t hurt you. I only want you to have some fun.”




I first became introduced to Prince and his music in 1979. Back then, fresh out of high school, I was a disco kid, frequenting the bars and drinking cheap 3.2 beer, occasionally getting my awkward teenage dance on. I danced like no one was watching -- to my eternal regret -- and one of the songs to which I shook my groove thing was “I Wanna Be Your Lover” by the artist who would become His Royal Badness the very next year.


Game of Thrones Returns!

by Retired: Senior Social Media Specialist on ‎04-24-2016 10:00 AM

Game of ThronesIt’s just about summertime again, which means only one thing- winter is coming. That’s right; Game of Thrones is back for season 6! The countless months of restlessness and nightmares has finally come to an end as we all get our collective fix. A lot happened this past season, so there’s a lot to catch up on. SPOILER WARNING for anyone not caught up- for everyone else, let’s get to it!