Walmart is helping to fight hunger with the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign. I am honored to share the campaign with you and give you the details for the Twitter party. I’m going to start with this really quick 20 second video because hearing about kids being hungry is what worries me the most.
Fight Hunger. Spark Change.
Walmart is teaming up with G. Garvin, a chef, cookbook author and TV host and is asking you to show your support for your local food bank by voting online here through October 5. You can vote once each day and the top 50 winning food banks will receive a $60,000 grant to help feed the hungry in your community.
Along with voting, you can find information about how you can volunteer or give directly to help fight hunger in your community. This campaign will bring the monetary equivalent of more than 37 million meals to Feeding America food banks throughout the US. That is a lot of meals that will feed hungry people.
Never Knowing Hunger
Each day as it nears lunchtime and my stomach starts growling and I’m hungry, I feel my energy and mood go way down. I have a hard time focusing on anything. I ate breakfast at 7:00 am and it’s about Noon when I feel my hunger pains.
I can not even imagine how it must feel when you have not had a meal in a day. I think about kids in school trying to learn when they have not had a meal since lunch the day before.
In my earlier post I mentioned how quickly the HP Chromebook 14 q020nr opens and you’re up and working in seconds. I won’t include that in my 7 reasons, but I wanted to mention it because it is an important reason.
7 More Reasons You Want an HP Chromebook
Large 14″ HD screen in a light portable laptop. You can watch movies with friends or work on 2 documents side by side. I like to watch movies while I work and it’s big enough for me to do that.
Comes with an HD webcam so you can stay connected with friends or have meetings from anywhere. It’s always great to have those “water cooler conversations’ with someone via webcam when you work at home.
Includes 12 hours of free GoGo in-flight Internet, free automatic backups (for 2 yrs) and 100 GB of Google Drive free. And this is so helpful because an airplane is one of the few places where you get uninterrupted time. I love the long flights because I get a lot of work done.
The fast wireless LAN keeps you connected all the time. Turn it on and you are connected to available WiFi.
Includes a digital media card reader which is great when you want to upload photos from your camera. I always want to upload my photos to Facebook as soon as I’m done taking them. I don’t want to wait until I get home.
Maintenance is easy because your software updates automatically. No downloading of new updates. Virus protection built-in to the Chromebook too. This is so important because there are always new viruses and we all forget to update our computers.
And of course….it comes in ocean turquoise. It’s a beautiful Chromebook.
You take those 7 reasons along with the battery life (up to 9.5 hours) and the fast boot-up and you have one mighty fine machine. Next week, I’ll take you on a “Day in the Life of a Chromebook” adventure.
TIP: If you want to use the app while you are away from home to watch shows on your TiVo (or live TV,) be sure to set up the offline and away modes too. This can only be done on the iOS app at the moment. You can program the TiVo using the Android app, but not watch live or recorded shows.
Once you’ve gone through the install and you see this screen, you are ready for offline and away mode and can also program your TiVo using your iPhone.
3. After you click “Done,” click on more at the bottom and you’ll see this screen.Click on “Season Pass Manager.”
4. The Season Pass Manager is the same as the Season Pass Manager on TiVo on your TV. Here is where you program which shows are more important, delete shows or update setting to season passes you have set up.
The green dot means those shows will not be deleted unless I delete them
“Keep 10” means TiVo will keep at least 10 shows from that series
“new only” then it will only record new shows and no repeats
4. Click on Guide at the bottom if you want to see what is on now or you know the time and day the show is on that you want to record. In this example, I went to today’s shows at 9:00 pm. The numbers along the right side are for the channels. You can also use the search, the magnify glass, at the top next to the word, Guide.
I’m going to set up “Modern Family” to record on my TiVo, so I clicked on Modern Family (click on the show you want to record.)
5. The information for Modern Family comes up. To set it up to record, Click on Record and set up the options you would like or find out more about the show.
Upcoming will show you all the shows that are coming up in the next few weeks (new and repeats.)
Explore will give you information about the series, cast, crew, and other shows you may like if you like this one.
More allows you to share this on Facebook or Twitter.
Watch on iPhone/iPad. If the show you are looking at is on now, then you will see this and you can watch it from your iPhone or iPad.
These are the options you can choose when setting up to record a show. If you record the season it’s a Season Pass.
6. To delete shows or change settings to shows that are on your TiVo, go to “My Shows.” These are the shows that are on my TiVo now.
TIP: If you click “On iPhone” you will see the shows that you have downloaded. This is great for catching up on TV when you are flying.
7. Under More, there is also a “To Do List” showing you the shows that will record in the next few weeks. If there are any conflicts, you can take care of that here.
8. At the top right, there is a circle that looks like a steering wheel. If you click that, you will get this screen which looks like your TiVo remote. you can control your TiVo with this remote.
Now go get your iPhone and try it out yourself. Do you use your iPhone to program your TiVo? Love it or hate it?
Disclosure: As a member of #TiVoMom, I receive compensation in the form of (but not limited to) product. All opinions are my own.
Yesterday, I showed you how to get your TiVo ready for the new fall season and today, I’m going to tell you about 9 new shows to record on your TiVo. There are more than 9 new shows, but these are the 9 that I feel are worth watching. I’ll probably be watching several of the other new shows, so I’ll let you know if I find another worthy show.
This show looks good to me because, for one, I love Tea Leoni and since I live in the DC area, it’s interesting in that aspect. But I like shows with women in positions of power and families. Tea plays an ex-CIA agent who becomes Secretary of STate.
This show interests me because it’s all about the world I’m in with blogging. It’s about our social media world and one girl’s desire to become Internet famous. She has no real friends or social skills and hires a marketer to help her rebuild her image.
This show is about kids who are in a children’s ward in a LA hospital. It’s narrated by one boy who is in a coma. They have life-threatening challenges, but also face the normal challenge all kids face.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Zoomer. The opinions and text are all mine.
A Zoomer Dino is a robotic dinosaur toy named Boomer that starts out as a wild beast. You have to learn to tame the wild beast and try to control him. He seems to have a mind of his own and doesn’t always listen to you.
You need to learn to tame him by playing with him and trying to control what he does. He will make sounds, move around where he wants to go and may get angry if you pull his tail.
If his eyes are red like above, then he is angry. Getting to know what the colors mean will help you train your Zoomer Dino.
The Zoomer Dino comes with directions, but the best way we found is to start working with him. The more you get to know his movies and how he reacts when you do something, the better you will know him. If you do something he doesn’t like, Boomer will let you know.
We created a short video to show you how Boomer moves and a few of his different moods.
Zoomer Dino is definitely an innovative toy and one of the best I’ve seen this year. He will bring enjoyment to your family.
The dinosaur is rechargeable with the USB cord that is included and the controller takes 3 AAA batteries which are not included. Zoomer Dino retails for $99
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Are you ready for the Fall TV season? I LOVE when all the new TV shows get started. If you are like me, you have a lot of shows on your TiVo that you haven’t watched.
Today, I’m going to give you tips on getting your TiVo ready for the Fall Season.
Clean the outside of the TiVo box. If you have electronic wipes, that is the best thing to use, but any clean rag will do. You need to get all the dust off the box. Dust collects on and around electronics. So clean it up!
Go to your Season Pass manager and find shows that you no longer watch or have been cancelled and delete them.
Make sure your shows are in the proper order in your Season Pass manager. The most important shows should be at the top and the less important shows at the end. This way if there is ever a conflict, then your faves will always record.
Check your “My To Do List“ to see if there are any conflicts and be sure the shows you want to record will actually record.
Now, let’s get rid of shows you will never watch. Go to “My Shows” and lets start way at the bottom. Is there a show from 2013 that you still haven’t watched? Are you really going to watch the Emmys from 2013 now? ok…delete it. Now go through the list and delete anything that you do not care about.
TIP: You can delete all the Modern Family (or whatever show it is) at once. Go to the folder of the show that you want to delete and click the delete button on your remote. You’ll be asked if you want to delete all the shows. Yes, if you do.
In our house, Jif doesn’t last very long. We all use it to get going in the morning. A little peanut butter on toast or a bagel is my favorite breakfast. We always have creamy and extra crunchy in our cabinet because we all have slightly different tastes.
#GetGoing With Jif
I will be entering the contest each week because I have a lot of #GetGoing moments in my week. We are on the go so often and I like to have snacks with me that will keep the kids from getting hungry an hour later.
If I was one of the $1,000 weekly winners, I would put the money towards a 20th anniversary trip for my husband and I. We will be married 20 years in November and we’ve planned a little beach getaway. I love the beach and in our marriage, we have spent a lot of time there so it only seems right that we spend our 20th anniversary there.
The beach is my favorite Get Going place. It makes me feel renewed and like all is well. If I don’t get to the beach for a few months, I start to have beach withdrawals. My dream vacation would be to visit some of the beaches best beaches in the world. Take a whole year and travel from beach to beach by boat. Exploring the world’s beaches. Ahhh! I feel renewed just thinking about it.
I discovered the most awesomest (probably not a real word) scanner. It’s the ScanSnap iX100 and it’s awesome because you can scan paper straight to your mobile device. It’s so easy!
Within 10 minutes of opening the box, I was scanning documents to my mobile phone. Plug it into your computer to set it all up and can also scan straight to your computer using the USB cord included in the box.
Scanning to Your Mobile Device
Use WiFi or connect directly to the ScanScan with your mobile phone. Open the paper feed on the scanner and that turns it on. If the blue lights are all on, then you are set.
Be sure to have the ScanSnap (iOS, Android) app open on your mobile device. Insert the paper into the page feed and press the Scan/Stop button.
To scan another sheet or the other side, just feed the paper again, when you see this on the screen.
Then feed another sheet through.
Keep doing that until you are done and then press the Scan/Stop button again. Your documents will be in the ScanSnap app on your mobile device.
The scan shows up in the app almost instantaneously. It’s so fast. This is much easier to use than my big desktop scanner.
I’m going to let my son use the scanner for school. He hates having so many papers with him all the time and this way he can scan stuff in when he gets it and keep it organized in folders and never lose papers again. And he’ll always have access to the papers no matter where he is.
This really is one of the coolest scanners I’ve ever worked with. The ScanSnap iX100 retails for $229.
Disclosure: I received the ScanSnap iX100 for this review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation received.
Would you like your laptop to turn on and boot up in seconds with up to 9 hours of battery life? I would and I found a laptop that does just that. It’s the HP Chromebook. I didn’t believe it until I tried it.
Seriously, I have to open up the laptop every once in a while, just to see if it does it…and every time, I open it, it’s on immediately or if off, it boots in seconds. I just log-in and start working. That is my FAVORITE feature. Let’s discuss why.
Why a Fast Bootup is Exciting
Let’s assume for a moment that you are love tech or you probably wouldn’t be there. When you need or want to use your technology, you do not want to sit for a few minutes and wait for it to turn on.
When that happens, I do the tech wander. I turn to another device and before you know it, I’ve spent an hour procrastinating because I was waiting for my laptop to boot up.
But, if my laptop boots up in seconds, then instead of wandering, I log in and start working.
I don’t procrastinate.
I don’t get sidetracked.
I don’t wander
I get to work, so it saves me more than just seconds of time. Time is money they say!
Up To 9 Hours Battery Life
Depending on what you are doing on the laptop, you can get up to 9 hours of battery life on the HP Chromebook 140q020nr. That means, you can take the laptop with you and leave the charger behind. This is what I saw when I opened the laptop today.
My favorite place to work is any local eatery that has free WiFi and they rarely have plugs. I don’t want to worry about my laptop dying in the middle of a very important post.
I didn’t even come close to that when I brought the HP Chromebook while working at a fast food restaurant the other day. The Chromebook battery outlasted me!
Have you ever wished your monitor could be tilted to get a better look at something? I have many times. I’ll be working on editing an image and I want to tilt it back so it’s more comfortable to do some of the detail work.
The A520 is a very sleek, modern-looking all-in-one desktop. If you have a small desk, it’s a perfect desktop because it doesn’t take up much room.
Because of the different viewing positions, it works well in a kitchen where you often stand in front of the computer. Think of this as the family organization center.
Isn’t that beautiful? This is how I have mine most of the time.
That angle keeps the glare off since it’s near a window and I can get a close look at something. I find that I use the touchscreen more on this desktop than on others because it feels more natural at an angle.
When the monitor is straight up, it is difficult and tiring to always use the touchscreen, so often I don’t. But with the A520, it’s very easy and comfortable.
My kids think it looks cool, but once they sit down and use it, they realize it’s more than just a “cool computer.” They want to touch the screen and swipe through the apps. It feels like a more interactive experience.
But, if you prefer the standard set-up, the A520 can do that too! The transitions are very smooth and easy to adjust. No matter what angle you have the monitor, it feels stable and secure.
With a 1 TB hard drive, you’ll have no problem adding tons of photos and you can edit them comfortably. This is the perfect all-in-one for a busy family kitchen or a small desk in a dorm room. Versatile and unique.
Let’s Talk about the Lenovo A520. How do you see yourself using the tilting monitor?