Amazon Expands Prime Video Downloads to iOS and Android Platforms. Now You Can Watch Your Favorites Anywhere, Without Internet!

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Prime members can download movies and TV episodes to iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets and Fire devices at no additional charge Allows for offline viewing—on a plane, in a car, at the beach or wherever members want to watch Prime Video

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 1, 2015— Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria will now be able to download movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series, to iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets for offline viewing, at no additional charge. Amazon Video is the only online subscription streaming video service that enables downloads of titles, meaning unlike other subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Prime members can enjoy movies and TV shows as part of their membership even when they don’t have an internet connection available. For more information and to download the app, visit download prime movies.

Titles available on Prime Video to download for offline viewing include:

  • Drama series such as the Amazon Original Series Bosch based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books; the Starz miniseries The White Queen; and hit network shows including 24, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Extant, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Mr. Selfridge, Orphan Black, Sons of Anarchy, Teen Wolf, The Americans, The Good Wife, Suits, Under the Dome, Veronica Mars, Vikings, and many more
  • Comedy series including Amazon’s multi-Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated series Transparent, the Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzmancomedy Mozart in the Jungle, and the critically acclaimed comedy created by and starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe
  • Binge-worthy series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Girls, Veep, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, and True Blood, among others
  • Kids shows exclusive for Prime members including Amazon Original Series Wishenpoof!, Creative Galaxy, the 2015 Annie Award-winning animated series for preschoolers Tumble Leaf, the live-action kids series Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and Annedroids
  • Blockbuster movies including Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Captive, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and The Wolf of Wall Street, in addition to exclusives such as Life After Beth, Palo Alto, Starred Up, The Bling Ring, If I Stay, and The Spectacular Now

“There’s no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing—anytime, anywhere viewing is important and we are excited to provide our Prime members with offline viewing capabilities on iOS and Android platforms starting today,” stated Michael Paull, Vice President of Digital Video at Amazon. “We are proud to be the first and only online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on vacation, in a car, at the beach, on a plane, wherever our Prime members want to watch they can, regardless of internet connection.”

Prime members have already been loving video downloads on Fire devices. Here is what they have said:

  • “DOWNLOAD AMAZON PRIME VIDEOS—AWESOME!”
  • “I download Prime TV and movie content for my kids to watch while we are out and about (driving, waiting for sister’s soccer or dance classes, flying, etc.).”
  • “Prime members get to download Prime TV shows, movies, music & books and are able to… wait for it. View, watch and listen OFFLINE!”
  • “I could take videos with me when I had no internet connection, such as in a car. Second, when my kids want to watch videos, I can download their favorites so they won’t be hogging the bandwidth at home!”

The Amazon Video app for iOS has been updated to include Prime Video downloads. For more details on what’s new and to download the app, visit:http://amzn.to/1IBFZlU.

The Amazon Video app for Android is newly redesigned as a standalone video app to provide Android users with an improved in-app entertainment experience, including the ability to download titles from Prime Video. To learn more about what’s new and to download the app, visit:http://www.amazon.com/GetAndroidVideo

In addition to offline viewing on Fire devices, iPads, iPhones and Android devices, Prime members can instantly stream and enjoy their favorite movies and TV series using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/primevideo. Later this year, Prime members and customers will also have instant access to the complete Amazon digital video store while flying JetBlue. Eligible customers who are not Prime members can sign-up by visiting amazon.com/prime for a 30-day trial.

This great news! Go get your Amazon Prime membership now and start watching your favorite shows when and WHERE you want!

 

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Finding A Travel Agency

 

Before you go on your next trip, think about consulting with a travel agency to make the most of your experience. Travel agents plan excursions for a living, so they are better equipped to find the best deals for your perfect vacation. Especially if you want to go on an extensive vacation with multiple individuals, a travel agency can help you make a workable itinerary and travel schedule, which will eliminate stress from your vacation time.

 

Why Should You Get an Agent?

Hiring a travel agency, comes with a myriad of benefits. First of all you save an abundant amount of time and money. If you were to plan a trip yourself, you would spend a large amount of time vetting hotels and flights as you try to find a balance between price and value. However, agents already know which hotels and airlines are best in a given area.

Plus with a travel agent, you get the added bonus of your agent’s connections and guidance. Many travelers often have a vague idea of what they want for their vacation. An agent can guide you towards fun outings and bustling nightlife. Additionally, agents have existing contacts that can lead to more exclusive packages or better prices. Overall, hiring an agent will ease the process of planning an extravagant vacation, so you can focus on having fun on your own or with your family.

Make a List of Your Needs

As you begin to search for agencies, make a list of all the agencies in your area and then make a list of what you need from your agent. If you have any agency recommendations from friends or family, start with these enterprises first. Vet the firm to ensure that it is properly licensed and has quality reviews. Use websites and customer testimonials to narrow your list of potential hires. If they don’t mention or cover a service you need on the company website, feel free to call the agency but be ready to move on.

Ask Good Questions

When you meet with an agent in person, he or she will begin the session with a series of questions. At this point, the professional wants to understand what you need, so he or she can better cater to you. However, before you walk into the agency, you should already have a list of questions ready. Be prepared to ask about things like special services, customer service hours, and agent fees.

Wait Before You Sign

Do not rush into signing up for a vacation or agreeing to work with a travel agent. Remember, just because you are in the office, doesn’t mean that you have made a commitment to work with that particular agent or agency. A vacation can be a costly commitment, so only make moves when you are ready to do so.

Finding a quality travel agent will require a bit of research on your part, but the pay-offs are worth it. You can truly relax during your vacation when you’ve had your days professional planned and brokered. Count on your local agent to get you the best deal available no matter where you want to go or what you want to do.

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Fun At The Gym: The Old Folks Break The Equipment

Fabgrandpa on the treadmill

Fabgrandpa on the treadmill

We have been trying to go every other day, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. The last time we went, I overdid it, and then did some more stuff at home, and I couldn’t get up out of my chair for a couple of days. Today, we finally went back to do some walking and bicycling again. We both did fine on the tread mill, each walking about 4 minutes. Fabgrandpa went to do some of the machines that work on the muscles of the back, and I went to ride the bicycle. I made it 5 minutes, which was my goal for today.

I went over to the machine that Fabgrandpa was sitting on, trying to figure out how to adjust the seat part so it would go back far enough for him to get his feet on the plates where he would then push with is feet to work his legs.  He finally figured out that you have to pull the pin out, then back up some, and put the pin back in a different hole. So, he did that, and started the exercise. The first time he pushed back with his feet, the steel bar that holds the seat in position fell off onto the floor, with a loud clang.

It just so happened that this was the first time there were a lot of other people at the gym the same time we were there. Because, once Fabgrandpa took his feet off the footplates, the seat would slide all the way down to the end of the platform. He would have been stuck there forever, because I wouldn’t have been able to get him off of that thing.

One of the young men, who had just bench pressed 315 pounds, came over and pulled the seat, with Fabgrandpa sitting on it, all the way up to the other end of the platform, so I could put the steel bar back in place. We were all laughing so much, it took a minute to get the bar back in the right place.  I know this won’t happen again, since we both learned how to adjust that particular machine.

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Celebrate National Lemonade Day With Blackberry Lemonade Made With Equal® 0 Calorie Sweetener

I received compensation from Equal® for this post. 

Blackberry Lemonade with Equal® Sweetener

Blackberry Lemonade with Equal® Sweetener

Nothing says “summer” quite like lemonade. If you’re like me, though, and have Diabetes, then you have to watch the sugars that you take in each day in your food and drink. For that reason, I usually drink water every day. Sometimes, though, I get a craving for some other drink. I loved lemonade when I was a kid, and my mother sometimes made it for us. Back then, Mama made our lemonade with sugar. Now that I am an adult, and have to cut down on sugar due to my diabetes, if I make a sweetened drink at home, I have to use a sweetener like Equal® 0 Calorie Sweetener.

The people at Equal® sent me a great box full of supplies for making lemonade using Equal® 0 Calorie Sweetener. When I opened up the box, here is what I found inside:

  1. An Equal® mason jar style plastic drinking glass.
  2. Skinny Pop Popcorn
  3. Dark Blue Folding Hand Fan
  4. Joie Lemon Juicer
  5. Tovolo King ice cube tray
  6. Equal® Product:
    1. 115-count box of packets
    2. Equal® 4 oz spoonful
  7. Blackberry Sparkling Recipe Card from The Diabetic Chef  Chef Chris Smith
  8. Equal® Recipe Guide Booklet
  9. Equal® iPad holder (it opens up to hold an iPad or a cook book)
  10. An Equal® products fact sheet.

Back in 1965, when a scientist researcher at G.D. Searle and Company licked his finger to pick up a piece of paper, he discovered a sweet, attractive tast. He had inadvertently discovered aspartame, an ingredient that would revolutionize the “sweetener” category. For more than 30 years, Equal® 0-Calorie Sweetener has offered a great tasting sugar substitute in the trusted “blue” packet.

Now, Equal 0-Calorie Sweetener is available in packets; Equal Spoonful; and Equal Tablets. One packet of Equal measures like two teaspoons of sugar. Equal Spoonful measures cup for cup like sugar, making it perfect for use in recipes. Equal Tablets provide on-the-go convenience.

Aspartame and acesulfame potassium, Equal’s sweetening ingredients, have been tested in hundreds of scientific studies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, and the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Food have affirmed these ingredients’ safety. Equal helps maintain a balanced diet, is suitable for people living with diabetes, and has been a long-time sponsor of the American Diabetes Association.

Making lemonade

Making lemonade

 Sparkling Fresh Lemonade With Blackberries Recipe

1 1/2 cups sparkling water

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)

2 1/2 Tbsp  Equal® Spoonful or

4 packets Equal® Sweetener

12 fresh blackberries, froze

Ice as needed

Fresh mint sprigs and lemon slices for garnish, optional

Stir  sparkling water, lemon juice, and Equal until combined. Place 6 blackberries  and ice cubes in 2 tall glasses. Divide the mixture between  the glasses and serve. Garnish each glass with mint and fresh lemon slices, if desired.

 

You can find Equal® 0-Calorie Sweetener in most grocery stores.

One lucky reader of Fabgrandma will win a prize pack like the one I received. To enter, use the Giveaway Tools form

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Is Raising Chickens in the Backyard Healthy?

 

Jordan Walker has always been passionate for animals. He loves to share his knowledge and expertise about the animal kingdom through pet-related blogs. He leads the content team of Coops and Cages. In this article, he shares the common dog dangers to avoid this summer.

While raising chickens is as common as raising domesticated animals in rural areas, it is uncommon to see a typical home yard filled with these little white creatures. Although, in reality, raising backyard chickens can be as easy as pie once everything is set up, there is still a question that must be answered. “Is it safe and healthy to raise chickens in private places like the backyard?”

Before you venture into raising backyard chickens, take time to review these pros and cons first. By that, you will know if raising them in your place is healthy or not.

PROS

Fresh Eggs Everyday


Typical households spend hundreds of dollars for organic eggs at the local stores. But by raising chickens in the yard, you will be hitting two birds with one stone. Not only will you get fresh eggs and organic eggs, you will also get value for money.

They Don’t Require Frequent Maintenance


Chickens don’t really require much watering, feeding, and frequent coop maintenance. Because of that, they are easy to care in contrast to other domesticated animals. On average, the monthly food and miscellaneous expenditures for three chickens is around $25 dollars.

Healthy And Green Yard

The waste of chickens is a natural fertilizer. It will do magic as it revives the grass, and even some plants in the garden. Therefore, the more chickens you have in your yard, the greener and the healthier your surrounding is.

Natural Pest Control

These birds are considered natural pest controls. Because they feed on annoying pests and bugs, you don’t have to buy any other chemical lawn treatments or pesticides.

They Make Great Pets

Chickens might not be as adorable as dogs, but you have to admit that they have distinct personalities that make them lovable. And if you ever raise and deal with them starting at a very young age, they you might even learn to love them.

CONS

 

Initial Cost Are Expensive

At first, raising chickens may be a bit pricey because there are a lot of things you need to buy – feeders, watering and heating supplies, chicken coop, and some other miscellaneous stuff. Normally, the startup costs reach around $500. But, if you only become successful in the long run, the money spent will all return to you.

Changing Ordinaces

While the rules in each community vary regarding raising backyard chickens, every owner must ensure that the coops are made in accordance with the local ordinances. If you don’t follow, expect that the penalties would be grave.

Complaints From Neighbors

Sometimes, your neighbors might be happy and excited about you raising new pets, but along the way, you might cause them to suffer. Your roosters might be very noisy and wake them up at early dawn or maybe the odor of the chickens would not be very pleasant to them. Nonetheless, you can still win them over by being generous to them and giving them fresh eggs.

Incompatibility Of Breed

Each breed of chicken has its own unique personality. Some have the ability to lay more eggs. While others are plainly for pet purposes. In the event that you get a chicken breed that doesn’t match your lifestyle and needs, there are possibilities of you getting into trouble.

Coop And Maintenance

Chickens require very low-maintenance. However, every owner must make it certain that their coops are always clean, well-ventilated, and dry. Also, these animals require regular food and water supply. If you are the type of owner who travels a lot, or hates to pick up their poop, backyard chickens are probably not for you.

They Can Cause Damage To Your Yard

When these creatures are not supervised, they can cause some serious damage to your yard. And the worst thing that they can do is to ruin and destroy your lovely landscape and flowers.

They Can be Lost To Predators

Naturally, chickens have lots of predators, such as domestic dogs and coyotes. Even if you take precautionary measures, like putting them back into their coop before dark, there are still chances that you will lose some of them to predators.

Business-wise, raising backyard chickens is considered healthy as they provide excellent results – nutritious eggs and pest-free environment. But hygiene-wise, well, depending on some factors. Nevertheless, its cons can still be covered, with proper planning, and of course, maintenance.

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Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar.

 

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Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cake With Glutino Gluten Free Mix

I am a Glutino Vip Blogger and received product from Glutino for this post.

Gluten Free Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Gluten Free Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Ohm my goodness. I had a lot of fun with my box of goodies from Glutino this month. I decided to make a Gluten Free Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cake to have on hand for deserts this week.

It was very simple and easy to make, but it looks like it took hours. It really is pretty enough to take to a party or a pot luck, too. Fabgrandpa asked me more than once, “Are you sure this is gluten free?”

Glutino Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Glutino Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Here’s how to make this cake:

Gluten Free Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cake Recipe

1 box Glutino Decadent Chocolate Cake Mix

5 Tbls softened butter or margarine

2 eggs

1/2 tsp gluten free vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

1 can (12 oz.) Solo Raspberry Cake & Pie Filling

1 pint whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup sugar or Splenda

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter or margarine until light and fluffy. Add in the entire box of cake mix. Beat until it resembles crumbs. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until mixed well. Add in the sour cream and beat three minutes more.

Spray an 8″ or 9″ round cake pan lightly with oil. Pour the cake batter in the cake pan. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 40 minutes. Remove cake from oven and let cool completely. I cooled mine overnight.

Remove cake from pan and place on a cutting board. Using a piece of string or thread, cut the cake into two layers. (Place the string on the side of the cake farthest from you, and pull gently until the string comes out on the side next to you. You will have two level layers.)

Gluten Free Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Gluten Free Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cake

To prepare the whipping cream, pour the cream into a large mixer bowl. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat on high for 3-5 minutes, until slightly thickened. Add the 1/3 cup of sugar or Splenda. Beat until thick and spreadable.

Place one of the cake layers on a cake plate. Spread with Raspberry Cake & Pie Filling. Spread half of the whipped cream over the raspberry filling. Top with the second layer. Spread with remaining raspberry filling, then with the remaining whipped cream.  Keep this cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

so good! and gluten free!

so good! and gluten free!

 

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