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We go through phases in life, don’t we? Phases where we are super active and always on the go. Phases when we are completed devoted to our jobs. Phases where we are obsessed with hobbies. When I was in college, I was totally and utterly immersed in the music scene. I was a college D.J. I hosted a weekly radio show. I amassed a collection of LP and single records…I’m old. My dorm room was covered from floor to ceiling with posters of bands. Whenever I could I roadtripped to rock concerts. When I drove, I tuned to a radio station playing “my music.” At home, I watched hours of MTV…I’m old enough to remember when MTV played ONLY music videos! Music was life.And then I graduated college, got a full-time job, acquired a killer commute, and took grad classes. Life changed. Music took a back seat to job, grad school, and everything in between. I commuted by subway. iPods and MP3 players hadn’t even been invented! Even when I finally got an iPod and then a smartphone, listening to music at home via streaming, in the car, or while working wasn’t a priority. My kids and husband listened to music on headphones and via streaming services, but not me.
Recently, while standing in my newly renovated and updated kitchen, I couldn’t help noticing the quiet. It was during the school day. No kids running in and out. No dishwasher buzzing in the background. No noises of cars passing by. Totally immersed in the quiet, I realized it was TOO quiet. Too still. Too much silence. It’s funny how one day you are “at one” with the quiet and the next day you can’t stand it.Though I don’t usually listen to music at home, I do listen to music in my minivan. My very silent house is in need of some good tunes. As luck would have it, I was contacted about reviewing a new music streaming device.
The streaming device I reviewed is the Google Chromecast Audio. After a few hiccups locating a speaker with the correct input, I hooked up the Google Chromecast Audio to the speaker. Once the Google Chromecast Audio was connected to the speaker, I downloaded the Google Home app to my phone (also available from the App Store). With the Google Home app downloaded, I clicked on my music app of choice: Pandora. Seamlessly music was streamed from my phone through my speaker, thanks to Google Chromecast Audio. The crystal clear sound was tremendous! Isn’t technology wonderful?
I wasted no time finding a music station to listen to through Google Chromecast Audio, my phone, and my speaker. My Pandora Station of choice? The 80s Pop Radio! I was instantly transported back to my college DJ days. Soon the guests at my daughter’s 21st birthday dinner were treated to the sounds of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, and more.
With tunes streaming from the speaker, I could simultaneously stream music AND check my text messages and email. Google Chromecast Audio streams music using WiFi not Bluetooth for a seamless music listening experience.
What You Need To Know About Google Chromecast Audio
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I’ve always loved a good deal. The sweeter the better. I love getting something for nothing or next to nothing. There’s nothing better! Way before the internet, I saved coupons, looked for deals, and trolled the sale aisles at my favorite stores. Though now I shop almost exclusively online, I haven’t changed. I still love a good deal. I search for coupon codes. Sign up for reward programs. Always choose the free shipping option.
As Christmas approaches fast and furious, I’m in major “deal” mode. I’m hunting. I’m gathering. I’m searching. I’ll bet you are too. With budgets tight and many people to buy for, I need to make good buying decisions. Why pay full price when you don’t have to, am I right?
This season I am more in need of a good deal than ever. With 2 kids in college, a middle schooler, and a kitchen renovation almost complete, I discovered Groupon Coupons in the nick of time. I know you know about Groupon deals for experiences, events, and gifts, but did you know that Groupon now has coupons? Check out Groupon Coupons. You won’t regret it.
I’m discovering so much about Groupon Coupons! I’m hunting…gathering…searching…and finding many deals, coupons, and discounts on Groupon Coupons. Every day there is something new.
Every day Groupon Coupons lists the Top Coupons & Offers. Each day’s Top Coupons & Offers can range from 20% of 1-800 Flower to a free iPhone 7 from Verizon Wireless to $30 Off $299+ Order of glasses from Lens.com and so much more.
One of my teens has been asking for a new phone so Groupon Coupon’s Verizon page is coming in handy! Another teen needs new glasses so you know I’ll be using the coupons on Groupon Coupon’s Lens.com page! So many great deals. Too many to list. Check out Groupon Coupons for yourself!
The carpool line.
To borrow a line from the Pursuit of Happiness…”This part of my life is called…rushing.”
Rushing. Dashing. Flying. Scrambling. These words describe my day-to-day life. I’m a wife…a mom…a work-at-home mom…a taxi driver…a housekeeper…an errand runner….a laundress…a maker of lunches…a finder of lost items. I “hold” all of these jobs and more. Some of these jobs I do simultaneously. I get few breaks. I’m paid no salary…well except for my work-at-home mom job! All of my “jobs” are important. All vital to my day-to-day life and, of course, to my family.
My jobs are not without challenges. You didn’t think everything would be smooth sailing, did you? Smooth sailing? Nope. I have challenges all day long. “Time” challenges. “Getting everything done” challenges. “Fitting it all in” challenges. “Finding time in the day” challenges.
Over the last umpteen years I have adopted a policy. My policy is to take each day as it comes. Plan for every part of the day but PLAN for disruptions to the day’s plan. I keep a triumvirate of calendars…family online calendar…work online calendar…and wall calendar. Even with this trio of organization I’m at the mercy of sick kids, unexpected doctor appointments, service calls from plumbers and the like, and more.
I’ve learned to be flexible but I don’t love being at the mercy of all and sundry. I roll with the punches…there’s no other choice.
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I’m on the road A LOT. My body is permanently bent in the shape of my seat. No, really…when I get out of my minivan after school carpool, drives to and from soccer practice, or after returning from swim practice, I need to stretch and bend. I’m a literal pretzel! Really, I should just get myself a trucker’s license…for all the hours I’m squashed in my minivan. Seriously, I’m a road warrior for sure! To keep me on track during all my hours of driving carpool, I have ALL the necessities on hand…a box of tissues…hand wipes…several books on CD…change for tolls…a notepad and pen…my phone. Once I am on the road to school or soccer practice, I’d rather not stop for any reason. I want to just drive. But do you know what item I want but never have in my minivan? Snack foods…healthy ones especially.
I crave snack foods when I am on the road. More often than I should, I eat just a bite for breakfast or skip lunch so I can get more work done before picking up the kids. By the time I’m driving I am hungry…verging on hangry! I want ALL the snack foods. On early morning runs to school…or late evening runs home from swim practice…no matter whether the kids are in the minivan or not, I want a snack food to tide me over until the next meal. But I really need healthy snack ideas…not junk food.
I spend literally hours in my minivan each day shuttling kids to and from school, packages to and from the post office, and shopping for family meals and snack foods. I have everything but the kitchen sink in my minivan, so why don’t I ever have snacks? Well, snacks left in my minivan don’t survive. They just don’t. Between the kids stomping from seat to seat crushing everything in their wake to the beating snacks foods take from being left in a hot minivan in summer or out in the cold in the winter, snack foods never survive. I want to put a bunch of healthy snacking substitutes in bags in my van for my inevitable carpool driving munchies. Healthy snack foods are the best option for me, so I’m thankful I found Weight Watchers branded snack foods in my local ShopRite.
With the school year underway, my driving schedule of school carpool, soccer practice drop offs, and the many, many swim practice pickups is well underway. This school year instead of craving snack foods, I will be snacking on healthy snack foods, like Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Candies and Jolly Time Healthy Pop Butter 100 Calorie Bags of Popcorn. Mmmm. I don’t look forward to driving all the miles I do, but these snacks will satisfy my cravings as I drive, drive, and drive. I’m geared up for the drive with tissues, books on CD, my phone, but this school year, I’m thrilled to be adding healthy snack foods from Weight Watchers to my list of carpool driving necessities. I’ve put a bunch of healthy snacking substitutes in small bags on my kitchen counter…all ready for me to grab AND go.
So before you get in the car to do your carpool school pickup…load up the kids and ALL their gear on the way to soccer practice…set off to run ALL the errands, stop by your local ShopRite (or PriceRite depending on where you live) for some healthy snacking options from Weight Watchers. When you shop at your local ShopRite at between 9/11 and 9/24, you’ll receive a coupon for $5 off your next purchase when you buy $15 worth of Weight Watchers snacks while supplies last.
Want to try some Weight Watchers snacks? Select ShopRite (or PriceRite depending on your location) will have a Sampling Event on 9/18 between 10-4. Stop by to try great products and get a coupon!
What You Need To Know About Weight Watchers Snack Foods
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Acorn, an Influencer Company. The views expressed in this post are my own.
As a child breakfast was one of my favorite meals. Whether my mother prepared an elaborate English breakfast of sausage, fried mushrooms, eggs, grilled tomatoes, and toast or a simple breakfast of cereal and a hot drink, I loved breakfast. Breakfast was a meal we all ate together. On busy school mornings or relaxed weekend mornings, you cold find my family gathered around the breakfast table. It was a great way to refuel for the day.
A cool bowl of slightly melted ice cream. Doesn’t it look like milk?
One of the parts of my childhood I miss is time. Time to spend with my kids. Time to be with my husband. Time to be myself. Time to relax. Time away from the hustle and bustle of everything. Time to eat dinner as a family. Time to do nothing. My family’s fast-paced life is in sharp contract to my slow-paced childhood. Unlike my kids, I had hardly any after school activities and my weekends weren’t crammed with soccer games, volleyball tournaments, and swim meets. Except for a few school clubs, my evenings and weekends were relatively free.
My tween had the idea to mix Tiny Toast Blueberry with melty ice cream to make…what else…cereal!
One of the casualties of our go-go lifestyle is that we can’t eat together on a regular basis. My husband leaves for work before we are all up. My children often have different school start times. I’ll eat with one or two kids, but never all three. My husband returns from work sometimes at 9…10 pm. Weekends are a little better, but if one child has an early morning swim meet then our family breakfast isn’t happening.
And of course what bowl of ice cream would be complete without chocolate chips. Uh…I know it’s a bowl of “cereal” but as my tween stated “The chocolate chips are super yummy!”
Though we all love eating as a family, the reality is that we eat many meals on the go. My tweens and teens are experienced on-the-go eaters. They go through phases of what they want to eat for breakfast. Sometimes they make scrambled eggs. Other times a bagel and cream cheese. Their latest craving is cereal…and lots of it.Though we all love eating as a family, the reality is that we eat many meals on the go.
My tweens and teens are experienced on-the-go eaters. They are Breakfast of Champion eaters! They go through phases with what the want to eat. Sometimes they make scrambled eggs. Other times a bagel and cream cheese. Their latest craving is cereal…and lots of it. Recently my son mad a breakfast treat with Tiny Toast Cereal by mixing with melty ice cream and toppings to create a scrumptious Ice Cream Cereal Sundae!
What You Need To Know About Tiny Toast Cereal