Friday, October 28, 2016

The advantage of taking extended warranties

We are usually being very careful when it comes to getting extended warranties on certain items.   You have to determine if it will be worth it or not for your family.   We usually would not take it on a television for example but we have found that taking an extended warranty for a microwave can be very useful.

Let me tell you our story…

A few years ago, we had a microwave that bit the dust.   So we went out to purchase a new one.  We were fortunate to find one on sale for the need of our family.  It was a Panasonic 2.2 cu. ft.  and yes we took the 3 year extended warranty on it.   We purchased that one at Future Shop.   Fast forward a certain number of months and the microwave stopped working.   So we brought it back to the store, and because it was still within the year of the manufacturer warranty, they replaced the microwave and reimbursed the extended warranty we had originally purchased.   We ended up paying 5.65$ for the new microwave which was the difference in the extended warranty as the price has gone up by 5$ since then.

This was two years ago.

What I didn’t know is that the microwave was starting to act up on us…. sometimes it would take a few times to make it start.  Never happened to me except yesterday when my son told me it wasn’t working anymore.   We would close the door, put 22 seconds on it, the countdown would start but the microwave would not work… mmmmm!

Problem was there is no Future Shop anymore.  Our extended warranty was with Future Shop.  Best Buy who owned the Future Shop had decided to close all the Future Shop stores.  Will the warranty be recognize and dealt with?  So I searched the website of BestBuy 10373125to see that it will indeed be recognized.   I called customer service and it was dealt with rapidly with opening a ticket for the issue.  The lady told me that a technician at the store would check to see if the microwave could be repaired first.  No problem…  but she thought that because the issue was that it wasn’t working at all that more than likely they would replace it.

So before bringing the kids to their Thursday activity, we stopped to the Best Buy closest to home to drop off the microwave.   Immediately they said they would repair – no point in checking it out.  Cool.   Problem is…. they debated what to do because we had a white one and they did not have any white ones in stock.   One was on sale though but it was stainless steel.

Turns out this is the one they are giving us.   We only have to pay for the extended warranty again – which we took and since our issues always happens within a year – four years we decided to take another three years over the manufacture warranty.  Even though their computers were saying that there was one in stock, it wasn’t there.  So they offered ordering one for us and delivering it at home.   So we will have our new microwave and we paid peanuts for it.

Sometimes it is worth it to take extended warranties.   And to be honest it paid off for us because in the past few years we always got a new microwave when the previous one stopped working.

I am thankful for this quick resolution of our issues and for the fact that BestBuy has recognized the extended warranty of Future Shop.   The people at Best Buy were very helpful and nice to deal with. 

Oh and the reason I was able to find the invoice so quickly is because I have taken the habit of taping it inside the user manual in case of possible issues.  This way I can find rapidly the invoice without panicking and getting frustrated.   I am doing this with any appliances I am purchasing.  And all my user manuals are together in a strategic place in the house.  Easy to find rapidly when the need arise.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Everything Is Possible

9780801019302Everything Is Possible – Finding the Faith & Courage to Follow Your Dreams
Writteb by Jen Bricker
Published at Baker Books a division of Baker Publishing Group

About the book

Strength in Belief

When Jen Bricker was born without legs, her shocked biological parents were uncertain they could care for her and gave her up for adoption. In her loving adoptive home, there was just one simple rule: "Never say 'can't.'" And pretty soon there was nothing this small but mighty powerhouse set her sights on that she couldn't conquer, including roller-skating, volleyball, power tumbling, and spinning from silk fabric thirty feet in the air.

Everything Is Possible is her incredible story--a story of God working out his plan for her life from before day one. Let Jen show you what you can accomplish when you remove the words coincidence and can't from your vocabulary.

Filled with heart and spirit, as well as Jen's wit, wisdom, and no-holds-barred honesty, this inspiring true story points the way to purpose and joy.

My Thoughts

It is always nice to read an uplifting book every once in a while.  The story of Jen Bricker is not exception.  It makes you realize that there is no point whatsoever in always thinking negatively while living your life.  When you see a person like Jen and think that she might not have any hope in her future, always remember that God can use that person in ways you cannot imagine yourself.  

Jen was born without legs but this did not stop her in have big aspirations and wanting to try anything.  Early on she was a very determine little girl who only desired to try out everything she found fascinating – even gymnastic.  She did not stop there and she continue to dream big and follow whatever opened up to her.    She has been blessed beyond measure with the family who adopted her despite the fact that she did not had legs.  She was covered with love not only by her immediate family but by many people who came in contact with her as she grew to become the young woman she is today.   As you read through the book and learn more about her journey you can sense that she feels sorry for the people who judge her or compare their own kids to herself.

I suspect not everyone would have been able to become successful in life like she did despite the challenges.   It takes a lot of strong will and dedication for someone with a disability to rise above their peers.   But dedication and enthusiasm are definitely two things that Jen had in her heart and bad comments did not slowed her down a minute.

The book also contains numerous photos of her growing up and how she uses her skills in life.   It is breathtaking to see her doing her signature pose in various places around the world or see how she never hesitate to expand her experiences in life.   

This book is a great autobiography to read if you are interested in knowing how someone born with no legs can become an amazing aerialist and motivational speaker.   It is her true story that is worth discovering because it is packed with great wisdom, honesty and joy.  

Everything is Possible is available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, even on and




Disclaimer: The book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

TRANSFORMERS Generations Fortress Maximus Figure

Ever since the Transformers have appeared on the big screen in theaters, you can sense the popularity of the characters going on a rise with a new generation of children everywhere.   This Christmas season you will see more toys based on Transformers.  Titans-Return-Fortress-Maximus-Robot

This time around, I think Hasbro has come up with the biggest Transformers toy ever!  With a height of almost 2 feet tall, the Fortress Maximus figure is definitely the biggest one on the market.  This particular toy is part of the Titans Return line.  This particular line of toys highlight the battle that exist between the Titans – an ancient race of giant, city-sized warriors – and the Autobots and Decepticons who have to team up with Titan Masters who are smaller bots that give our familiar bots increased abilities.

The Fortress Maximus is a city in itself offering a base of operation to the Autobots.   This huge figure comes with a Titan Master Emissary figure and a Cerebrox figure. 

What is impressive is the size of the toy – it is big.   Proportion wise it goes about half way to my thigh (above the knee).   It is also very versatile as it can transform into three mode – robot, battle station and Autobot city.  


This figure also connect with the Titans Return Leader Class Figures (which are not included in the package by the way) in order to form Cybertron City.  

When looking at the figure itself when it is in a robot mode, you can’t help but to be amaze at the detail involved in making it.  It’s hands and fingers are moving with ease to the point it could do a fist.   All moveable parts are easy to manipulate in order to create the battle station of the city.

I could see a child playing with this huge figure as well as other Transformers figures/vehicles or even mini figures in a more of city.  Hours of fun time can be spent playing with this gigantic figure.   I could also see a huge fan of Transformers spending a bit of money in order to get this Maximus figure in their hands for decoration. 

Note that this specific figure requires 2 1.5 V AAA batteries which are not included in the package either.

My only disappointment would be the price tag on this figure.  But I guess that having something bigger than usual also means to spend a bit more of money on it.  Personally I cannot justify spending so much on a Christmas gift.  But I also know that there are fans out there who would be very interested in having this amazing figure in their collection.

The Transformers Generations Fortress Maximus Figure is available for purchase at your favorite toy store, even on and


Disclaimer: This product has been provided courtesy of Vine Voices for review purpose. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by or the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.