Sunday, July 31, 2011

Straight Talk - Everything You Need in a Cell Phone!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk. All opinions are 100% mine.

Let’s face it. In today’s tough economy, every little bit of saving helps. I don’t know about you, but in our household, a huge chunk of our monthly paycheck goes to our cell phone bills. It just doesn’t make sense. On top of the regular rate, we would get all kinds of fees and additional charges added onto the final bill. It’s like a guessing game every month. We really do not know how much we will be charged until we get the bill. And contracts. Don’t even get me started on cell phone contracts! I am sure many of you feel the same way as I do. We are just sick and tired of all the games that most cell phone companies play.

Guess what? I have some news for you. Have you heard of Straight Talk? With Straight Talk, there are no contracts, no surprise bills and no credit checks. I love the idea that I feel richer with Straight Talk because it cuts my cell phone bill in half! Now, who doesn’t want extra money in their pockets, right? Contracts? Who cares about contracts? You have to be crazy to be on a contract these days when you can get everything you need without one! Not only that, but Straight Talk also has great nationwide coverage as well as excellent reception and connectivity. Yes, this definitely makes Straight Talk total awesome – hook, line and sinker!

Straight talk has various types of monthly plans, designed especially for you. If you are a heavy phone user, then you should get the “All You Need Plan”. It provides heavy phone users with 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30 MB of web data. Unlimited Monthly service is only $45, and includes calls, text, picture messaging, and web. Imagine this. Unlimited calls, text, picture messaging and web for a whole year, for only $499.00! That’s right, for the whole year! Also, you are free from activation, reactivation, or termination fees and 411 calls are included at no extra charge. Want to call a friend overseas? You have to check out Straight Talk’s International Long Distance Service. It is a flexible prepaid calling service that enables you to make international calls from your home, cell or office phone at low rates.

You must be thinking to yourself, it sounds too good to be true. What kind of phones is available with this? Well, let me assure you this. Straight Talk only uses trusted phone manufacturers like LG, Motorola, Kyocera, Nokia and Samsung. You could get amazing smart phones; touch screen phones, and app capable phones with features like voice navigation, camera, video recorder, music player, instant messaging, and Bluetooth® or you could just go with reconditioned phones with camera, mp3 player, mobile web access, and blue-tooth capability for as low as $10! The choice is entirely yours!

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The Wood Pit BBQ - Montclair, NJ

This is a wayyyy overdue post. We actually checked out this restaurant like way back in March but I just never got around to blogging about it. I was contemplating to myself earlier if I should even blog about this now (since it was so long ago) but decided to do so because this place is just simply awesome! For those of you who don't know, Kevin is a huge BBQ fan. Of course, with us living in NJ, there aren't many Southern style BBQ joints, let alone good Southern style BBQ joints! I went online to try and find a decent BBQ place near us and found The Wood Pit in Montclair. There were so many positive reviews about this place, we just had to go check it out for ourselves!
When we first arrived, the exterior of the restaurant didn't really impress us at all. It was just a small hole in the wall kinda place, nothing really fancy. Since it's located along the super busy Bloomfield Ave and only street parking was available, you can imagine the headache we had, when we were trying to get a parking spot. We actually had to drive around for quite a while before finding a spot, a few blocks away.
The moment we walked into The Wood Pit, all the parking headaches that we had earlier immediately disappeared! The lovely smell of smoked wood chips just hits you the moment you open the main door. It was intoxicating! It felt like walking into a real BBQ joint, somewhere in the south. The place wasn't really all that big but boy, were the people there friendly! The owner was making his rounds, talking to everybody, with a big smile plastered on his face. That was definitely southern hospitality, at its best. Another awesome thing about The Wood Pit is that it's a BYOB! Just bring along your favorite beer to wash down all that yummy food. We didn't bring along any booze, so we ordered some iced tea (there was a huge selection of Joe's iced tea in their refrigerator!).
Now, the yummy part. What did we eat? Everything on the menu looked so good (smelled good too!), so we each ordered a BBQ sampler ($13.95 each). This way, we can sample a little bit of everything. Each sampler comes with two huge ribs, two smoked wings, sliced brisket and a choice of two sides. The meat might look a tad bit burnt in the picture, but trust me, they tasted sooooooooo good! Not only were they perfectly marinated, tender and juicy but it was smoked/BBQed just right. The meat was literally dropping off from the bone! Boy, it cannot get any better than this :D
For our sides, we tried the macaroni & cheese, collard greens and a piece of corn bread each. Kevin loved his mac & cheese and said that it was very good. I have never tried collard greens before, so I figured, why not, let's give this a try. I do not know if it's really good or if it was just alrite (since it's my first time trying it) but I can say that I truly enjoyed it! It was really flavorful and it had small pieces of smoked meats in it. Very very yummy.
The cornbread that our server initially brought out for us looked kinda dry and bad. It had a weird color to it too. You can see it in the picture behind the collard greens. When it owner saw our cornbread, he was shocked and immediately took it away! He said it looked bad and he returned with two pieces of freshly made cornbread, just out of the oven! Boy, those two pieces looked so yummy! Guess what? They tasted yummy too! Really moist, with a whole lot of corn inside. So, would we return to The Wood Pit? Of course, without a doubt! We have been living in NJ for about 4 years now and I must say, this is definitely the best Southern style BBQ we had, to date. Two thumbs up!

The Wood Pit BBQ - Montclair, NJ
108 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042
Tel: (973) 954 4679

Redecorating our dining room in our new home

Guest post written by Kandis Newman

We're so excited to have just moved into our first home. But, there are lots of things that we need to do before it really feels like home. One of those things is some renovations.

But I'm also looking ahead to how I'm going to redecorate once all of the renovations are done. While I was looking up some information about how I could decorate my dining room, I ran across the site After I looked through it some I decided to use it to help remodel our kitchen. We've been looking for more quotes on that anyway.

I also found some ideas for how to arrange our dining room furniture once we have all of our renovations completed. I can't wait until we're done with all of this and can just enjoy living in our brand new home! I know that's going to be quite a while from now. I'm also wondering if we should just go ahead and design our spare bedroom as a room that can easily be converted into a nursery!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

TracFone - The Cell Phone That Puts You in Control!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone. All opinions are 100% mine.

Alright, it’s time for me to confess. Up til really recently, I’ve never really seen the need to have a cell phone. My friends and family can contact me on my house phone and I’m also online, almost 24/7. Of course, there are a few times when I am out of the house, needed to call somebody and wished I had a cell phone. However, the hassle of being tied up in contracts, high phones bills and a host of other things outweigh the convenience of getting a cell phone. That’s for me. I’m sure for others, maybe those with kids, many a time you wished you could get cell phones for your kids. What if there was an emergency and they needed to call home? If not for anything, it would be a great way to keep a tab on them or merely just to stay in touch. Again, due to the high cost, getting a cell phone for each kid is not an option for many.

For those of you out there who are in the same shoes as me, guess what? I’ve got some news for you! TracFone is here to help! That’s right, TracFone offers the least expensive way to own and use a cell phone in America. There are no contracts, no credit checks, no activation charges or cancellation fees. Yup, that’s right. You know what that means? No surprises! Not only that, but it also has great nationwide coverage as well as excellent reception and connectivity. How awesome is that?

Hmmm, sounds too good to be true, you might say. What kind of phones comes with it? It must be something really crappy or old fashioned. Well, you are wrong! With TracFone, there is always an option. You can get a really simple phone for those with simple needs, like calling and texting capabilities for under $10.00 or for $29.99, you can get great phones packed with features like camera/video recorder, web access, app capabilities, mp3 player and a full QWERTY keyboard! You can choose from a selection of brand name phones from leading manufacturers like Motorola, Kyocera, LG, Nokia and Samsung. Whether it’s a simple "Candy Bar" phones or a Bluetooth®-enabled "Smart" phones, the choice is all yours. Either ways, you know that you will be getting a reliable phone. It’s not just me who is saying this. There are also a whole lot of real TracFone customers who can testify to this. For more information on information on the features these phones offer, you can check out these YouTube videos by clicking here and here.

Want to know more about the monthly plans? It’s really simple actually. Just pay as you go online or with cards available at thousands of retail stores across the country. You can choose monthly plans with 200 minutes for under $30.00 or and as low as $9.99 for 50 minutes. There is also 1 year service cards that gives you so much more. Receive double minutes for the life of your TracFone, and 800 minutes, for only $119.00! Also, “Double minutes for the life of your phone” is a feature that can be purchased separately for only $19.99, but some phones include it! Just like all these real TracFone customers, you can be sure that you will not be getting any surprise bills at the end of each period!

TracFone is the only wireless service that allows you to call internationally, for the same price as any other call! Yup, you heard me right. You can call over 60 international destinations directly from your TracFone at no extra cost! Wait, it gets better. With the International Neighbors program, you can provide family and friends in Mexico or Canada a local phone number in those countries to reach you at your TracFone in the U.S!! Now, THAT’S really cool.

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