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Show Your Creative Side with Data and a Movie
March 21, 2016 featured

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One of my favorite parts of every school day is drawing a cute little lunch note for my son that I pack in with his lunch. At school, it’s a big hit – while he goes to get his milk, one of his friends helps to unpack his lunch and gets the note ready. My son reads the joke or trivia fact to his friends sitting at the table and they check out the drawing. Even though I have limited drawing abilities compared to my siblings, the added practice of drawing every school day has greatly improved my skills – and the kids love the drawings.

Kids are so easy to impress, they really don’t need to see perfection, they’re happy with effort.

My dogs are also quite happy with effort. Although at times they’re not always fond of my efforts to take their pictures. Dogs are some of the most difficult subjects to pose, in my opinion. But when they are standing just right and have their cute little smiles on – how could I resist sharing those pictures with you, my friends and readers?

I love sharing pics of my dogs #shop #cbias


Between my lunch notes and my love of sharing pics of my dogs (and meals too) on Instagram, I have so many outlets every day for my creativity. But what happens when the data runs low on your phone and the perfect sunset picture will not upload? Remembering to upload later, after finding WiFi again is not one of my strong points.

When I visit my parents, I love to take pictures of the animals and vegetation – they have a sort of hobby farm. I especially love taking videos – whether to share on Instagram or Periscope, but it’s always frustrating to me when I don’t have the data capacity available to share my videos. It really cramps my style to not be able to use data the way I want, when I want.

But rather than stifle my creativity, this year I’ve been introduced to the Walmart Family Mobile Plus plan – it includes Unlimited Talk (let’s be honest, I don’t max out on that one ever…), Unlimited Text (YES! Need this!), and Unlimited Data – that includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE data PLUS a free movie on VUDU. And all of this for $49.88 per month.

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For the times when effort isn’t enough, having the 10GB of data means that I can take my sweet photos and share them too – right at the moment when they will have the most meaning for me.

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I was selected to participate in a campaign for Walmart Family Mobile, and I was able to s
elect the phone that I used to test out the service and plan. I chose this beautiful LG G Stylo that I picked up for $179.00 – was previously priced $199.00. Armed with the phone and the Starter Kit (available for $25), I was able to get started with the plan. The extra data – 10GB at 4G LTE is my very favorite part of this plan. Plus, the free VUDU new release rental ($7 value) means easy family night every month!

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.

For me, more data = more dog photos. How can that go wrong?!

tony loves to send pics to his friends #cbias #shop

One of the ways I am most excited to use the extra data is with the Mobile Hotspot feature of this particular phone. For our busy family, creativity doesn’t happen only when we are at home. The kids are always wanting to take photos and videos when we are out having adventures, so this way I can guarantee the boys that they’ll be able to share their most recent crazy experience with friends and family. It helps us stay connected to our family members and friends who have moved away (looking at you Teata and Steffanie!), and also those we don’t see as often as we would like.

The added bonus of the VUDU movie means another movie night with the family – we love to cuddle up on the sofa together and watch a movie on the TV through VUDU on weekend nights. Another sweet perk of the hotspot is that I can use it to connect a tablet no matter where we go – we can still watch our movie on the TV or tablet! That’s pretty awesome way to PLUS up our family night. This summer I’m looking forward to setting up a movie on the tablet while we’re outside enjoying a bonfire in the backyard.

Many people use this time of year when tax refunds are in to upgrade – whether it’s new appliances or DIY projects at home, ’tis the season for upgrades! While you’re checking out upgrades, I strongly encourage you to consider maximizing your refund by upgrading your phone and plan – this isn’t your Mama’s prepaid plan, it’s actually a postpaid plan with no contract (so you can cancel when you want) and crazy awesome data.

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How would you use extra data to show your creativity?