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Becoming An Audiophile Without Breaking The Bank

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Becoming An Audiophile Without Breaking The Bank

If you’re a music lover, then a pair of headphones and a cheap mini speaker in the corner of the room isn’t enough for you. An audiophile wants real quality. In the past, that might have been super expensive, between all of the hardware and the music collection your heart desires. Nowadays, however, it doesn’t have to have anywhere near that kind of impact on your wallet. Here, we’ll look at how you can tune into your inner music lover for a lot less.

Go Digital: You no longer have to fuss about setting up a huge system including a CD player, all of the connectors, and loads of speakers. Nowadays, you only need the power of your digital devices like your laptop, smartphone, tablet, and the right musical devices to connect to it. To that end, you want to look at high-quality Bluetooth speakers from places like Speaker Digital. Not only are Bluetooth speakers easily connected to all of those digital devices, but they require minimal wiring so you can transport that music setup of yours around the home for when you want to jam to your favorite tunes in a different setting. Some of the best Bluetooth speakers are backward compatible, too. So if you do have a vinyl player or CD system you want to hook up, you’re perfectly welcome to.

Get Smart With Your Placement: You don’t have to go buy hundreds of speakers to get the best room-filling sound, either. One can be enough. It’s all about where you place it and how you equalize it. This might require a bit of testing, but if you’re diligent, you can find the right setting. Just make sure that your speaker is placed in the best position in the room, where it’s not being cut off by corners of bookshelves or furniture. You want the sound to have as clear of a path of travel as possible. To make sure you’re calibrated to all of the highs and lows of the music so that nothing overlaps or drowns out the other parts of your music, it’s a good idea to use a bit of classical music as you equalize. Most famous pieces are diverse enough to give you an idea of how clear you can hear the individual parts of the music.

Stream, Don’t Buy: If you haven’t started using digital streaming methods of listening to music now, then you truly are missing out. Services like Spotify can offer you a library of thousands of your favorite songs. Nowadays, there’s a diverse market of different streaming services, so it’s true that you might not find some of your favorites all together on any one service. But if you don’t mind mixing and matching, it’s way cheaper than collecting CDs and even digital albums. You might want to spend a bit to get the ads out of the way, but that’s a small price to pay in comparison to purchasing every CD that you want to own.

Between cutting down on those once monumental hardware costs to getting all of your favorite tracks for less, it’s significantly easier to get your perfect audio setup. Just keep in mind the rules of speaker placement for the best possible quality with no distortion or blockages.

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I’ll Tell You What I Thought, What I Really Really Thought (AHS Episode 1)

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I’ll Tell You What I Thought, What I Really Really Thought (AHS Episode 1)

Hi hi hi everyone and happy Friday! So as you guys know by now, I’m an avid American Horror Story fan but unfortunately, I was very underwhelmed with the season premiere of Hotel which occurred this past Wednesday. There were a few things that really rubbed me the wrong way so let’s discuss:

It was SO jumpy: The season premiere, “Checking In” jumped around so much to the point that it was dare I say, unenjoyable. We were moving from different years, characters, and locations quicker than you could even get used to the people being introduced. I think what I loved so much about season one, Murder House, was how well it flowed. Each episode and story line developed so nicely into one another and I wish that AHS would fall into a more simple but effective story line. I’m not saying tone it down by any means – I’m saying that they shouldn’t bite off more than they can chew for each episode. Am I still thrilled for the future episodes of this season? Hell yes, but the premiere just missed the mark for me. It was hard to establish the tone of each character and at least some semblance of a cohesive plot…Whomp whomp.

The blood orgy: Yeah, yeah maybe I’m a prude BUT the graphicness of the sex filled blood bath between The Countess, Donovan, and their victims just seemed so unnecessary. And here’s the thing, AHS has gone graphic before but it wasn’t something that they just threw a character into willy nilly. I get that they wanted an edgy “here I am” scene to debut Lady Gaga’s arrival as the Hotel leading lady but it could have been done differently. I feel like the “here’s my butt and boobs, let’s have a romp” scene cheapened Gaga’s character and she didn’t even have any lines. Just my opinion!

Scarlett Lowe entering a crime scene house: Seriously, AHS? SERIOUSLY?!!! A child following after his or her daddy detective into a crime scene is SO overdone that I was kind of shocked that they went for it. I actually feel like a lot of the images and narratives of the episode were things that I’ve seen before. Like the Ten Commandments Killer who John Lowe was probably speaking to on the phone after he read to his daughter…Hello! That’s fresh out of Zodiac. And yes, I have to bring up The Shining even though I’m sure everyone has already. As the saying goes, “steal from the best and make it your own” and AHS really did nothing to make The Shining-esque scenes that they copy-catted unique. When I think of American Horror Story, I think of a show that creatively pushes the envelope and there didn’t really seem to be any “wow that was crazy” moments in the premiere…Just a lot of moments that were worthy of an eye roll.

Was the episode “Checking In” completely awful? No, it was still quite good. Was it totally awesome? No, not even close. So all in all, I would give the season premiere two and a half stars. I think that everyone got a little too over zealous with episode one. I’m really hoping that in the future episodes the plot will be more cohesive and the extreme Shining vibe will disappear.

I Told You What I Thought, What I Really Really Thought and now it’s your turn! How did everyone feel about the season premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel? Did anyone have opinions similar to the ones I mentioned? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Lil Red Shopping Tips: Freebie Style!

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Lil Red Shopping Tips: Freebie Style!

Heyyy everyone and happy Tuesday! So I don’t know about you but I LOVE getting freebies! In my personal opinion the two best places to stock up on free giveaways are Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works…Let me tell you why!

Victoria’s Secret: I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of free panties I’ve racked up from VS thanks to being an Angel Card holder and being on their email and mailing list. Every three to four weeks I’ll get a coupon packet in the mail from VS with a free panty coupon, ten dollars off a bra, and a free gift if you spend a certain amount of money. I’ve only received freebies via email a few times, but what I like about being on the VS emailing list is that I get to know about certain sales before the store shoppers. This is especially nice when the semi-annual sale is happening! I also receive the VS catalog in the mail as well which often will have the same coupons that I get as an Angel Card holder. That’s two or more free panties a month which is twenty-four dollars or more in savings! I like the sound of that! So there are three major ways that you can rack up on the free gifts and giveaways from VS:

  • 1) Become an Angel Card holder.
  • 2) Sign up for the VS emails for special coupon codes and sale notifications.
  • 3) Enter your name on Victoria’s Secret’s mailing list to receive their catalogs.

Usually I don’t really push credit cards, but if you like to shop at VS then I can’t recommend their Angel Card enough. With every dollar you spend on purchases you rack up points towards “Angel Rewards” gift cards, as well as a birthday gift, and hella coupons. My sister and I have received at least three hundred dollars back in gift cards within the past year which definitely helps pay for our bra obsessions! Because my sister, my mom, and myself all have an Angel Card our free panty stockpile is completely ridiculous and I wouldn’t want it any other way!

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Bath & Body Works: I’ve been receiving B&BW freebies monthly for the past half a year or so and it has been such a treat! From the few random times I’ve gone into B&BW to purchase gifts, I always made sure that I entered my email and phone number when they asked for it. Apparently, this put me on their mailing list because I began receiving coupons in the mail for a free travel sized lotion or body wash and discounts off of a purchase. Sometimes I’ve gotten extra lucky and have got coupons for a full sized item freebie! Those are the best! The awesome part about both B&BW and Victoria’s Secret is that even if you only ring up a free item at the register, they still ask you for your email or phone number so that keeps you on their mailing list. I know that constantly entering your info can get annoying BUT if you love free as much as I do then typing out an uber long or embarrassing email address is a small price to pay! I completely love receiving my lotion freebies from B&BW and really enjoy going into the store to pick out what fragrance I want for the month. A free five dollar lotion may seem petty, but hey, not paying for body care adds up…And they make wonderful little add on gifts if you end up with any travel sized swag to spare!

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You can start your shopping and saving in store or online at http://www.bathandbodyworks.com or http://www.victoriassecret.com! Panties and lotion – what more could a girl want?! 🙂

I hope all of you are having a great day so far!! What are some other stores that give away great coupons or freebies? What store would you recommend opening a credit card for? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah