Here’s Why I Upgraded To Cable Internet At My House

Whether you like it or not, one of the things you need to think about in a busy household is your technology needs. One example of that is Internet connections. Today, most homes have some form of Net connection.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a growing family or you are just about to start having kids. What does matter is that you have a reliable connection to the Internet. Yes, we all use the Web to buy stuff and look at interesting sites (like this one)! But, it’s also a valuable tool for communicating with relatives and friends across the globe.

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Here at my place, it was about time we did something to make our Internet speeds faster. I often have relatives and friends visiting us, and many of them stay over for a few nights. They also need the ability to go online here too.

After much research, I decided to upgrade to cable Internet. Here’s why:

It’s fast
It’s no secret that there are plenty of ways to get online in 2015. Sure, I could have got an ordinary ADSL broadband connection. If I lived out in the sticks, satellite Internet would perhaps be a better choice. But, for me, cable Internet represented the best value for money.

One of the reasons for that is because the connection speed is fast! The thing about cable Internet is that it’s the most affordable way to get the highest broadband speeds.

I have more choices to watch TV

The way that cable Internet gets delivered is through the same connection that provides your TV services. But, because I’ve got my Internet services through the same place that gives me those extra TV channels, I have more choice.

Why is that so? Well, for a start I’ve immediately got access to on-demand TV programs. That means I don’t need to be in front of the box when my favorite programs get aired! I can just “download” them when I wish. Trust me; that’s handy when you’re running a busy household!

I got a super deal

Another reason for making the move to cable Internet is the price. In general, when you buy many services from the same provider, you can usually get a discount. And that’s exactly what I got!

Had I got the TV and Internet from different providers, I’d have certainly paid more than I am now.

Of course, the price you are likely to pay will depend on where you live, who you use and what you want. The good news is that you can find the best broadband Internet plan for your household easily by doing a search online.

I can easily upgrade to faster speeds in the future

One final reason for switching to cable Internet is future-proofing. What you might not know is that some types of Internet connection are limited by speed. With cable Internet, you can upgrade to even faster speeds later on as the technology improves.
So, now you know why I upgraded to cable Internet. I recommend comparing the latest deals against your existing Internet package. I’m willing to bet you’ll get a better deal!

Awesome Gifts for Fathers Day

Disclosure- We have received the below in order to facilitate reviews.  All opinions are our own and honest.

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For dads that game- Assassins Creed

I have long been a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series.  From the intricate plot weaving throughout time,  which involves the mysterious assassins in their awesome hoodies and incredible skills, to it’s incredible action adventure game play.  Throughout the games there are two factions which are warring- the assassins and the knights.  This is the overall idea behind the games, but it is so much more complex then that.  The games are so much fun to play, with each game in the series feeding into the next.  The most recent addition to the series is Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.  This game picks up with Shao Jun, who is the last in the Chinese Assassin’s Brotherhood.  After meeting with Ezio Auditore (from previous games) she is ready to use her new Assassin’s skills and China will never be the same.  The game style of Chronicles China is markedly different from most games in the line, as this is a 2.5D platformer, where jumping and doing as assassin’s do is a blast, in intricate detail, and wonderfully illustrated.  This is the first in the Chronicles trilogy which will be followed by India and Russia at a later date.  All three will be sporting the 2.5D styling, which I am personally loving.  This game is rated T for teen and is a bit on the violent side, with splashes of violence sporadically throughout the game.

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For dads who game on the go- New Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo has released their new and improved 3DS XL system, called -easily enough- the New 3DS XL. This system is unique for a few reasons, including more gaming power, faster hardware, improved 3D experience, and even a few new buttons thrown into the mix for more precise control. The 3D XL has been improved upon with face tracking abilities, so now the 3D view the player gets from having the system right in front of them can be seen when not in exactly the right place, adding to both the realism of the 3D as well as the sharpness of the picture.

In addition to the 3D the buttons added is a new c-stick, which acts as a sort of joy stick but is smaller and flat, as well as the addition of 2 shoulder buttons. This brings the grand total to two per shoulder, which is awesome. For those of you who are enjoying the new amiibo’s (and let’s face it who isn’t?) there is built in amiibo support. Something to keep in mind is the new 3DS XL is the future, so new games will support only the new system. So far one of the stellar titles available exclusive to this system is Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, which is an incredible game.

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For the Neat Freak dad- the Dyson v6 Absolute

You might think your vacuum is fine, but dad disagrees- or maybe you are in need of a new one.  Either way, the Dyson V6 Absolute is quite the piece of machinery packed into one slim, lightweight body.  Most vacuums will either pick up tiny dust or the biggest stuff- but nothing in between. This one…this one is amazing.  It is so small and lightweight (just 5 pounds), I didn’t think it was going to do much- and it was cordless, which to me, also means less power.  But I was wrong, oh so wrong, and I am in love with the new Dyson.  It is so easy to use, and has two heads, including a soft roller that won’t scratch your floors. It moves easily across all floor types- and even smaller throw rugs- and has a hygienic bin that is easy to empty. The other cool thing is that you can see all the junk you vacuum up, so if you suck up a LEGO or something, you can get it pretty easily.  (I also like seeing what is vacuumed up- an odd sense of satisfaction, maybe.)  No bags mean less money to spend, just dump the canister when you are done.  It holds a charge for 20 minutes, and it’s battery is so  efficient that it was awarded an energy star.   Give dad MORE POWER this year- %75 more power then the V6 and still more effective then most vacuums out there, removing 99.97% of particles(*as per Dyson), and leaving you with cleaner air (HEPA filtration) and less allergens.  Get yours at http://www.dyson.com/ for $600.

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4 Legitimate Job Opportunities for Stay at Home Moms

Overview
With the costs of child care continuing to increase every year, there are many moms who are deciding to stay home with their children and work at home rather than spending most of their pay check on their children. The good news for these moms is that there are tons of legitimate work from home opportunities for people that want to make money. This list contains just three of those opportunities but there are many more.
Freelance Writing
One of the most popular stay at home mom jobs is freelance writing. There are many different web sites through which a stay at home mom can work. Generally, there are not too many requirements to work through these web sites, and most of the time it is just a basic grasp of the English language. For those that are willing to put in the work, freelance writing can be very lucrative. Most sites and clients will pay a certain amount per word, and it usually is a couple of cents. This means that a really good writer could make ten or fifteen dollars by completing a 500 word article. The great aspect of freelance writing is the fact that it can be completed from anywhere with an internet connection. Having the ability to be flexible with working hours and location is a great option for stay at home moms.
At Home Daycare
Many times, stay at home moms love being around their children which is their main reason for staying home. Some stay at home moms are leveraging their passion and expertise in to watching other people’s children. This is a great opportunity because it can be very easy to earn a thousand or more dollars every month while doing something that they enjoy. Many parents would rather send their children to a parent they know and trust than a day care center. In addition, the stay at home mom could work flexible hours and only a couple of times a week if she wanted. This allows for scheduling based on the stay at home mom’s schedule and no one else’s. If this is an option you are interested in exploring, make sure your home is conducive to having other children around, and be sure not to overwhelm yourself with several kids all at once. Start out with one kid and then work yourself up to more.
Tutor
Many stay at home moms have degrees that can be put to use even if they do not have a typical employee job. For example, many parents want to have their children tutored in order to raise their grades and test scores. If a stay at home mom has a degree in English or math, this is a great opportunity to earn some extra cash. Many private tutors charge $40 or $50 per hour, and depending on your specialty this may or may not be the range you operate in. The great thing about this field is that you are free to set your own hours and your rate per hour. If you find yourself too busy, simply raise your hourly rate or turn clients down. For just five or ten hours of work per week, it would not be unreasonable for a stay at home to expect to earn several hundred or even a thousand extra dollars per month. Any job opportunity for a stay at home mom should have flexible hours so that they can work when they want. The great thing about these three is that they are all location independent and offer legitimate ways for a stay at home mom to have a flexible schedule and earn extra income for her family.
Mystery Shopping
Mystery shopping can be an excellent opportunity for people that are willing to work on a part time, yet flexible schedule. Shoppers, as they’re called, are trained to perform basic quality control for businesses like restaurants, fast food chains, movie theaters, retail stores, and more. They shopper is briefed on the rules and guidelines on what they need to look for, and “grade” the establishment accordingly.
The shoppers themselves are usually paid “per shop” or per completed job. On average, the amount earned is between $5-$30.
Bio
This guest post contribution is courtesy of Sentry Marketing Group. SMG coordinates mystery shopping in Dallas as well as many other cities in the US with programs for restaurants, hotels, retail and even automotive.

Monsters Mixer Twitter Party!

This is a sponsored post as part of my being asked to host this Twitter party.  Opinions are my own.

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Halloween is nearly here!  While the kids are off at school, stop by the #MonstersMixer twitter party at 11am EST to win games and gift certificates.
Monsters Mixer is not only an Ebook, but also a kids creative app.
This app is a monster builder where players can edit their own monster by choosing among plenty of different options.
Players can give their own voice to the monster by recording it, feed the monster and make it grow, play jokes like splashing a cake on his or her monster’s face, take a picture with their monster, save their favorite monsters into a photo gallery, and more.  Who says monsters need to be scary?

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