ebook Deals: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: An All-American Road Trip and The Girl’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business 

While the activities of fatherhood, which I’m sure most new dads could relate to, have not allowed me to leisurely read as much as I would like, I must say I have enjoyed using Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite for my reading collection, especially for it’s nighttime reading feature so it isn’t as hard on your eyes.  

That said, wanted to highlight a couple of book deals for today.  While his personality might be a bit much for some, we also enjoy The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives hosted by Guy Fieri.  If anything, we love to see some of the off the wall places you might not always know about when traveling beyond the usual big box chains.  Today, you can pick up his companion ebook for $1.99!  It’s available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks and Google.

Guy Fieri takes his hit Food Network show on a road trip complete with recipes in this New York Times bestseller. With pit stops at holes-in-the-wall across the country, you’ll discover amazing food from some of America’s hidden treasures. 

Next up, we have The Girl’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business by Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio.  We have started getting into watching ABC’s Shark Tank lately, and really appreciate the ideas that many fellow budding entrepreneurs put forward, and I have always been a big fan of individuals being able to take their hopes and dreams, putting both feet forward to make it a reality.  Hopefully their book can help inspire you to do the same as well, adding your own Script-Note in your life.  Available at Amazon, Apple iBooks, and Google.  

This New York Times bestseller is perfect for any entrepreneur thirsting for success! From assessing finances to managing employees, learn how to build solid foundations for a thriving business. “Their savoir faire and enthusiasm are infectious” (Publishers Weekly). 

$229: Refurbished Apple Watch

In the market for a new (well, sort of new) Apple Watch?  Apple is now offering Apple-Certified Refurbished Apple Watches starting at $229.  While sales tax is charged in most states, the good part is that shipping is free.  All watches have the same 1 year warranty as brand new watches.  

As a Series 2 Watch owner, I have greatly enjoyed mine, enjoying the little reminders of when you may have been sitting too long, taking deep breaths (which I’m sure we could all stand to do more of these days), or quickly responding to emails, it is certain to offer a little something for everyone.

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Amazon Deals: Save 38% on a TP-Link Smart Plug

As a tech enthusiast, I am always keeping an eye out for ways I can save on the latest gadgets.  As evidenced by this year’s CES event, the latest tech craze seems to be how consumers can build up their “smart home”.  Amazon’s Echo product has really been the front runner in this department, allowing users to speak to the device to control other devices within the home.  

One of my favorites has been TP-Link’s Smart Plug.  We used it in combination with our own Echo speaker to be able to turn our Christmas tree lights on and off with ease this year.  Currently Amazon has the smart plug on sale for $24.99, regularly $39.99!  

  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
  • Remote Access: Control devices connected to the Smart Plug wherever you have Internet using the free Kasa app on your smartphone
  • Turn electronics on or off from anywhere with your tablet or smartphone using the free Kasa app (Compatible w/ Android 4.1 or higher & iOS8 or higher)
  • Use Away-Mode to turn devices on and off at different times to give the appearance that someone is home while you are away
  • Easy to use and install. Just plug a device into the Smart Plug and connect to your Wi-Fi network. 120VAC Volt Compatible

Amazon Deals: Snug Baby Monitor v2 – WiFi Video Camera with Audio for iPhone/Samsung 

Families with little ones might appreciate Amazon’s current Lightning Deal.  The Snug Baby Monitor v2 is currently on sale for $43.99 (normally marked up to $149.99).  At the time of this post, the deal was only 44% claimed.  The unit has a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.  Click on the image below for more info!

  • ENSURE YOUR BABY STAYS SAFE and secure at all times with our FREE included App. Easily check on them with your iPhone, iPad, Android tablet or Android phone
  • SIMPLE TO SET UP: Camera connects to your home WiFi network in only a few minutes. Then control the video camera from your smartphone or tablet wherever you are
  • MOTION AND AUDIO DETECTION: Audio and motion detection alarms can be set so you don’t have to watch the screen, alerts will be sent to your phone or tablet
  • NIGHT VISION: See your baby in the dark to check they are OK. There is also a two way microphone so you can hear and talk through the camera
  • USA PHONE NUMBER & ONLINE SUPPORT from the snugtogether helpline and website to help you get set up and troubleshoot if needed. Official iPhone and Android App available for free download from App Store/Google Play Store.
UPDATE: Deal has expired, but the unit can still be had for a great deal at $59.99!

Raise.com 4% Sale

One of the ways I have been looking to save money lately for our family when shopping, is by picking up discounted gift cards from sites like Raise.com or Gift Card Granny.  And here at Script-Notes, when I see a deal, I will certainly try and pass it your way! 

This weekend, in honor of the their 4 year anniversary, you can get an additional 4% discount off of gift cards at vendors like: Toys”R”Us, AMC Theatres (go check out those Oscar nominees!), Kohl’s, Fandango, Olive Garden and more!  Just use promo code: 4MORE.  

Also, for additional savings if you do not have an account with Raise yet, or none of the brands above interest you, feel free to use this link, and when you make a purchase within 30 days, you will receive $5 off your first purchase, and I will receive $5 as well, so win-win!  

Happy Shopping and Saving!

Treasure Trove

With spring seeming like it is just around the corner here in the Midwest, I must say I have gotten bit a little bit by the entrepreneurial bug, and am starting to try my hand at my own e-commerce site, creating T’s Treasure Trove.  I am in the process of trying to link it to this site, but for now, please find it at tilmanns-treasures.myshopify.com.  

My goal is to find items that are trending, as well as those that could be of use before you might even know you need or want it!  It’s certainly a work in progress at the moment, but my hope is that with sales, it will allow me to continue to build, shape and grow.  

That said, since there is still a chill in the air, check out these handy finger-less gloves!  I certainly appreciate the support!

Spring Item Sale!

Happy February everyone!  Just wanted to write about some items we have up for sale on eBay.  One is a great looking vintage jewelry box, perfect for all those Instagram finds as well as a couple of Samsung Wireless Fast Charging pads for your latest Galaxy purchase.  If you have any questions, let me know!

​UPDATE: Items have now sold.

End of a Smartphone Era: BlackBerry Quitting Hardware Business

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We hardly knew ‘ye.
While the writing may have been on the wall for quite some time given trends, it appears BlackBerry is finally throwing in the towel.

According to Re/code, BlackBerry announced Wednesday that it will stop internal development of smartphones, and will rely on partners for any future hardware efforts.

“The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners,” said CEO John Chen in a statement. “This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.”

Chen also said that the company’s move to selling software is ‘taking hold,’ and that its revenue from software has doubled year-on-year.

I still remember when BlackBerries first came out, and were the device of choice for businesses everywhere.  Now it seems the iPhone and other Android devices are the go to for many enterprises.  

Is Twitter Headed for Disneyland?

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According to Bloomberg, Walt Disney Co. is said to be working with a financial adviser to look into a possible bid to acquire Twitter according to those who are familiar with the matter.

With interest in a potential deal picking up, Twitter has begun evaluating a potential sale. Salesforce.com Inc. is looking into a potential transaction as well and is working with Bank of America, who asked not to be named due to it still being a private matter.

Interestingly, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, is also on the board at Disney.

In this day and age of cord cutting, Disney may potentially be looking to keep an eye on the future.

“It’s a video distribution play,” mentioned James Cakmak, an analyst with Monness Crespi Hardt & Co. “What Disney has to think about is what is its place in a post cord-cutting world. They are investing in technology for distribution – and this would give them the platform to reach audiences around the world.”

Disney Chairman and CEO has a reputation as a strategic planner who likes to make some bold bets.  His last major acquisition?  Animation studio Pixar in 2006, to the tune of $7.4 billion.  I’d say that worked out pretty well.  Would Twitter do the same?

​Might take more than 140 characters.