New #TheForceAwakens Posters- How To Make A Desktop Slideshow Background on Windows 10 !!! #MLBStarWarsEvent

SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!! It’s here! It’s here!! My Life, Blogged has entered a galaxy far, far away and for an ENTIRE month I will be having a #MLBStarWarsEvent! How cool is this? There will be recipes, product reviews, and a little birdie told me there may be a HUGE giveaway. I am super giddy because I have been a Star Wars fan almost my entire life! Before we get to How To Make A Desktop Slideshow Background on Windows 10 let’s talk a little about Star Wars!

What better way to kick off the My Life, Blogged Star Wars Event than new #TheForceAwakens posters. They are soo awesome. Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge Darth Vader and Yoda fan. I love all the characters but those two are the ones I collect. But I am so looking forward to the new chapter, The Force Awakens and finding new heroes to root for. And of course root for the originals too. I just can’t believe it is almost here.

I have had some of you ask why I post the posters. What can you do with them? It is not like they are real posters. Some of you find it kind of weird. It’s okay, we all know I am a little weird so I understand. I have found the best thing to do with the posters is make them desktop backgrounds. On Windows 10 you can make animated desktop backgrounds. It is really, really easy and I will show you how!

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How To Make A Desktop Slideshow Background

First you need to create a new folder in your pictures folder and name it anything you want. Then download the posters and save them to that folder. You can get the posters here:

Kylo Ren

Rey

Finn

Hans Solo

Leia

You can find your pictures folder in your file explorer.

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Right click on your desktop and then choose PERSONALIZE.

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After you click personalize you will set up your slideshow with the following settings. Of course you can change the time and size to anything you want.

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Background– Slideshow

Album– This is the folder that you saved in your pictures folder. Just click browse, find the folder, and then choose this folder.

Choose times to change pictures– I did every 1 minute.

Choose your size– I use fit so it has the black background and I can see my folders on my desktop real good.

If you are a more visual person here is a small video I did of the process.

About Star Wars- The Force Awakens:

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases in U.S. theaters on December 18, 2015.

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Pssst… For even more Star Wars fun don’t forget to check out my “The Force Awakens” Inspired Dark Coffee!

 

 

 

 

Canary Security System Makes Home Security As Easy As 1-2-3

Can home security really be easy? When I think of home security I think of thousands of dollars worth of equipement and a huge installation bill. Thankfully times have changed and the Canary Security System available at Best Buy really does make home security as easy as 1-2-3.

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The Canary Security System is easy to set up. Just plug it into a central location in the house and connect to the internet. That’s it. You can watch the activity in your house wirelessly via your cell phone or other wifi enabled device.

Canary has a free app that you download and set up. All of the steps are crystal clear and in about 5 minutes you are 1 step closer to keeping your family safe.

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It even has nightvision so you can keep an eye on things in the dark. Hear a noise? Just pull up the app and watch LIVE. When you arm it an alert will sound every time someone enters your home. It also has a siren that can be used in an emergency and also a call 911 feature.

Additional features:

Watch over a room with minimal blind spots. HomeHealth Technology looks after your well-being
Monitor the air quality, temperature and humidity in your home to stay comfortable and be more prepared to avoid safety issues like poor sleep and mold growth.
Digital audio lets you feel like you’re there. Hear everything clearly with the high-quality microphone.

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Of course when you have an amazing home security system you need a router that can handle the device. Thankfully Best Buy has partnered with NETGEAR and the Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter with Geek Squad included is available now.

This is a brand new router that was exclusively developed between Netgear, an industry leader in the networking world, and Best Buy, to help provide consumers with an easy, all-in-one solution to support their home’s connected devices. As the number of Wi-Fi dependent products increase in a home – the average US household has 7 “connected devices” – from smart phones (often several in a home), to tablets, to laptops, to computers, and Wi-Fi printers, this puts a strain on the home’s network, especially the router. With the interest in online gaming and 4k TVs, connected devices such as smart thermostats, plus the need to stream shows from Netflix or hulu, it places even more demands on the network. Many households may experience slow Wi-Fi, dropped calls, or experience “dead zones” – which could be improved upon with an “AC” router, Wi-Fi extenders and expert help.

It is really easy to set up the router and the Geek Squad protection. When you purchase the router you will receive an email that day with instructions to set up your Geek Squad service.

Additional Features:

  • Wireless-AC for a fast connection- Gigabit Wi-Fi is great for bandwidth-intensive applications like streaming video, playing online video games and more. Backward compatibility with 802.11n networks means your old devices won’t be left behind.
  • Beamforming technology sends a stronger signal- The router sends a strong, focused signal instead of a general one so that your devices don’t have to work as hard to stay connected. The 3 detachable external antennas help strengthen the signal.
  • Gigabit LAN ports for wired devices- The router lets you connect up to 4 devices at a time to your wired network using Ethernet cables. The DST adapter has a single Ethernet port so you can connect an additional device.
  • Advanced features for smooth gaming and streaming- A dual-core 1GHz processor reduces multitasking slowdown, and advanced upstream and downstream QoS (Quality of Service) features prioritize streaming and gaming apps to reduce lag and buffering.
  • 2 USB ports for expanded functionality- The router’s USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports allow you to add external storage devices for sharing content across your network, or connect with compatible USB printers for wireless printing.
  • USB ReadyCloud transforms USB storage into cloud storage- Plug a USB drive into the router and use it as secure personal cloud storage. Share files across your home network or the Web and get anytime, anywhere access to your USB drive.
  • Ensure your privacy-Prevent phishing and spyware with high-level Wi-Fi Protected Access, double firewall protection, and Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack prevention.
  • Parental controls and guest access- Block inappropriate sites and keep your kids safe as they study, play and navigate the Internet. You can also create separate and secure network access for guests.
  • App lets you control your network even when you aren’t at home-Download the NETGEAR genie app for iOS and Android devices to search and play media files, manage your home network and diagnose issues from a smartphone, tablet or PC.
  • Easy setup-Simplify your home network management with straightforward installation for tablets, smartphones and computers, push-button Wi-Fi connections, and convenient power-saving options.
  • Extend your network with the included adapter-The DST adapter plugs into an electrical outlet and creates a secondary network, extending the range of your Wi-Fi router.
  • Find the best outlet to maximize the adapter for a high-performance connection-The DST adapter indicates the signal strength of an electrical outlet to help you choose the ideal placement.

I have to say the DST adapter is AMAZING. My daughter is a gamer and a lot of time she loses connection when she is playing heavy games. With the adapter in her room there are no more dead spots and she plays seamlessly now.

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The Canary Security System is a must have on your holiday shopping list! Security, safety, and an amazing wireless experience should be on everyone’s wish list! Stop into Best Buy and find out how the Canary Security System can help you and your family!

 

I received a Canary Security System and NETGEAR router to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

 

 

Can You Really Take Photos From Drab to Fab With Adobe PhotoShop Elements 14 ?

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I have been using Photoshop for about 10 years. I used to work for artists and belonged to a huge graphics community. So when I had the chance to test out the Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and the Premiere Elements 14, I jumped at it. I have the monthly paid Adobe suite but Elements is not included. I have heard people raving about Elements and know that a lot of bloggers use it. So my big question was:  Can You Really Take Photos From Drab With  Adobe PhotoShop Elements 14?

Before we get to the big reveal, let me tell you a little more Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and the Premiere Elements 14.

Photoshop Elements 14 Features

  • Bye-Bye, Camera Shake- Your selfie’s best friend! Just click to remove the camera shake that comes from unsteady hands.
  • Never a Hazy Day- Easily remove haze to make the background as crisp as what’s up front. Great for landscape shots.
  • Guidance at Every Step- Get the looks you’re after with 34 Guided Edits. New options let you easily add a sense of motion to your photos and resize a photo to fit a certain frame.
    Great Looks for Any Photo- Elements 14 analyzes the subject, color and lighting and gives you five effects that fit perfectly.
  • Selecting is a Snap- Choosing complex selections like hair, pet fur and other detailed edges used to be a chore. No more — just paint loosely over the area and Elements 14 does the rest.
  • Quick Edits Made Easier- Rotate, resize and make quick fixes even faster in a more friendly and easy-to-use Quick Edit mode.
  • Keep It All Straight- Find photos and videos by people, places and events.
  • See Where It Happened- Relive your journeys — view photos and videos on a map that shows where they were taken.

Can you see now why I was skeptical? That is a lot of promises for one program and to say you can use it out of the box and have great photos is about as “crazy” as this run on sentence is. I have to admit though it is true. I took some of my worst pics and was able to get great photos from them. Are they ones I would use for photo submissions? No. But for the average user that wants to create, edit, and capture their memories for family and friends you can’t go wrong! Plus you can organize all of your pics. AWESOME!!!

 

And now for the big reveal!

Before:

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After

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Before:

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After:

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While I admit that it wouldn’t be the quality I would strive for on the blog, it definitely would be something I would share on social media. I truly can’t believe how much better the picture really is. I will be using it for quick edits or to add frames, effects, etc to my pics.

Speaking of effects, I whipped this up in about 10 minutes using effects and text.

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I also made a quick video. This was when the girls and I went to Disney about 5 years ago. Unfortunately that was before digital cameras had amazing photos so the photos aren’t great but it does show you how easy you can make a video.

This is the perfect gift for an amateur photographer or someone that wants a quick way to edit, add extras, and/or create videos with their pictures. If you have anyone that fits that criteria add this to your holiday gift list!

 

 

I received a copy of Adobe Elements and Premiere for this review. All opinions are my own. #BestLifeEver #PSE

 

Satellite Radius 12 Gears Up To Be On Christmas Lists Everywhere! #RadiusAtBestBuy

That time of year is almost upon us, you know what I am talking about. The Holidays. Is it just me or does it seem like it comes faster and faster every year? Didn’t we just celebrate New Years?

Alas, it is really here and if you are like me you probably don’t have much shopping done yet. Especially for your tech lovers. I have a couple of them and every year they are the last ones I buy for because there always seems to be something new coming out right that second. Something they will NEED or let’s face it, have to HAVE because they are hoarders and need EVERYTHING. Pshew, sorry for the caps but needed to get that out. We will not discuss the fact that I am one of those people. Shush, we are talking about the people I am buying gifts for, not me.

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I was really excited when I heard Best Buy has the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12. It is sleek and well, sexy but also a great machine. It is the world’s first 12.5-inch convertible laptop with a 4K Ultra HD display. Did you hear that? 4K Ultra HD Display. All the colors of the net will just pop and come alive for you. I get all giddy just thinking about it!

If you are like me and love photography this may be the perfect laptop for editing photos. Designed with color accuracy in mind, the Technicolor-certified wide gamut RGB display supports 100% Adobe® RGB color space reproduction, making it an ideal choice for mobile content creators and action cam enthusiasts.  On this screen, what’s shot with the camera can be viewed with the same color fidelity, making editing a breeze. Oh how that would make my food photo editing so much easier.

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It was designed specifically with Windows 10 in mind! I know some of you are being pulled to Windows 10 kicking and screaming but maybe if you have a device that is designed to work with Windows 10 it may make it easier.

Designed for Windows 10, the Satellite Radius 12 is one of the first small-screen PC’s to enable facial authentication with Windows Hello, enabling a more personal and convenient way to log in to the laptop.  It’s also among the first Windows laptops to run on the power and performance of Intel’s new 6th generation Core processors, delivering maximum mobile performance for mobile content creators and multi-taskers.

Seeeee, how awesome is that? Don’t take my word for it. Head over to your nearest Best Buy and take it for a test drive. I am almost certain you will take it home or add it to your Christmas list!

Still not convinced? That’s okay because I haven’t even begun to talk about the actual design. Why is the Satellite Radius 12 perfect for laptop use and travel? It’s design! It can convert from a laptop to a tablet in seconds.

Featuring a sleek, highly-mobile compact design, Gorilla Glass damage resistant screen and an LED backlit keyboard, the Satellite Radius 12 is designed for travel.  A 360-degree precision hinge enables greater flexibility as the screen rotates into five unique viewing modes – giving the right view for every occasion.

It would be so nice to head through airport security without a bulky heavy laptop! It weighs just 2.9 lbs. Yes, you read that right, 2.9 lbs!!! That is not even a bag of flour. You could whip that sucker out at security while Joe behind you is still struggling to pull out his 6 lb laptop and making everyone angry. Which would be a good thing during holiday travel!

Don’t take my word for it though. Stop by your local Best Buy and take it for a spin. Check out the 360 flex design, the 4K Ultra HD Display, and how smooth it works with Windows 10. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself back in your car trying to figure out how you are the proud owner of the Satellite Radius 12. Just go with the flow and then take it to your techie friends and make them jealous.

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

 

 

 

Open House at Best Buy Stores or Pacific Kitchen & Home Stores inside Best Buy Stores #HeresToHome @BestBuy

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I can’t begin to tell you how much we love our Samsung Dishwasher. It is so amazing and we still go ga-ga over it after all this time. It has made washing the dishes a pure joy! So you can only imagine how excited I got when I found that Samsung was having an Open House at Best Buy Stores or Pacific Kitchen & Home Stores inside Best Buy Stores.

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Open House at Best Buy Stores or Pacific Kitchen & Home Stores inside Best Buy Stores

We need a new fridge bad and I am totally loving the Samsung Flex 4. Isn’t it a beauty? It comes with a lot of amazing features including:

  • Versatile, Bottom-Right Door converts from Fridge to Freezer in a touch of a button between fresh and frozen as needed to expand/contract based on your cooling needs.
  • This spacious refrigerator keeps your groceries organized with crisper drawers and an adjustable shelf.
  • Chill your favorite drinks or firm up ice cream in minutes. Power Cool and Power Freeze options can lower the temperature of either compartment in minutes.
  • The bottom-right compartment can be used as a fridge or freezer with 4 different temperatures to choose from, maximizing fresh food storage space.

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If I was being honest I would also admit that we could use a new stove. We have old appliances people. OLD. I am loving the Samsung Flex Duo® Range. LOVING IT!!!! It would be perfect for the holidays. It has loads of features including:

  • Splits in to two ovens so you can cook two dishes simultaneously at two different temperatures or have one single oven to be able to cook that large turkey.
  • Cook for large gatherings with this Samsung electric range, which features 5 cooktop elements and a warming drawer. FlexDuo technology and Dual Door technology let you program separate compartments with 2 different temperatures for versatile cooking.
  • Dual Door with Smart Divider opens either separately or as one door for versatile cooking options.
  • FlexDuo technology enables you to cook at 2 different temperatures at once.
  • Warming center burner keeps sauces and side dishes hot until they’re ready to be served.
  • Warming drawer offers 3 settings to accommodate different dishes.

 

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You know Best Buy takes care of you and with any event there are usually bonus offers! Offers include:

  • Save an additional 10% off 4+ Samsung Major Kitchen Appliances (Runs through 11/3)
  • Save an additional 10% with the purchase of 3 or more Samsung Chef Collection appliances. (Runs through 12/31)
  • Buy $3000 in Samsung Kitchen Appliances and receive a $300 prepaid card (Runs through 10/31)

 

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.