Do You Know How Much Time You Spend On Your Phone? #ATTSeattle

Smartphones help us find our way, keep us connected to people, remind us of appointments and much more. But with nearly half of smartphone users saying they can’t imagine life without it, most of us get too much screen time. Between our computers, tablets, TVs and smartphones, the average adult in the U.S. spends 11 hours a day looking at various screens.


AT&T put together a list of apps that can help you track your smartphone use (how ironic), so you can stop and smell the roses every once in a while. But when you do so, just resist the urge to take a selfie and share it on social media. After all, smartphones should enhance your life – not rule your life.


BreakFree – Do you think you’re addicted to your smartphone? The BreakFree app monitors your smartphone use and sends you friendly notifications to let you know when you’ve been on a particular app or phone call for a while. You can also set up tools that will disable the Internet or reject phone calls for particular periods of time. Free


Checky – Checky is a really basic app that tells you how many times a day you check your phone and where you’re checking it. It’s great for at-a-glance tracking of your daily phone use patterns. Free


Canary – Help your teen driver break the smartphone habit behind the wheel before it starts. Canary sends you instant email alerts and text notifications so you know when your kid checks his or her smartphone while driving, when they speed or when they violate a curfew. Subscription service.


Moment – Moment encourages you to “put down your phone and get back to your life.” It tracks how much you’re using your iPhone and iPad, sets daily limits on use, and even forces you off your device if you’ve been on it too long. You can also monitor the entire family’s iPhone and iPad use with Moment Family. Free to download for basic tracking info, but $1.99 for the advanced features.


AT&T Drive Mode – Smartphone use behind the wheel is a big culprit of distracted driving, which causes nearly 40% of all traffic accidents. To help you keep your eyes on the road and not on your phone, the AT&T Drive Mode app silences new text notifications and sends an autoreply that you’re driving and can’t respond. Free

10 Ways to Earn Extra Cash This Holiday Season

By Lucktastic

  1. Sell the clothes you haven’t worn in the last year
  2. Take an online survey that pays participants
  3. Redeem reward points
  4. Use sites like Fivrr to sell a talent
  5. Sell unused gift cards or groupons online for cash
  6. Rent out your apt/house on Airbnb when you’re traveling for the holidays
  7. If you’re planning to make holiday crafts, consider selling the extras on sites like etsy
  8. Winterize your home during the cold months to save on heat
  9. Offer to house and/or pet sit for people that are traveling during the holidays
  10. Offer to hang up neighbors’ holiday lights and decorations

Nominating My Cousin For #ThanksgivingHero #AD

This is a partnered post with Single Edition Media on behalf of La Brea Bakery.

Oh YUMMY! You already know I’m happy to be working with La Brea Bakery. La Brea Bakery is the leading artisan bread in the United States, and is sold in 7,000-7,500 accounts (retail outlets and chains) nationwide. But not only that they are thinking about the community. La Brea Bakery is running a Thanksgiving promotion where users will be encouraged to nominate their “Thanksgiving Hero”. A Thanksgiving Hero is someone you know and love who they regularly work on Thanksgiving serving others (such as firefighters, police, waiters, etc.). La Brea Bakery will deliver fully catered meals to 5 finalists across the nation on Thanksgiving. Submissions close Nov 15th 2015. I nominated my cousin. I had a hard time choosing between my cousin and my aunt they both are deserving. They are both nurses that often work on Thanksgiving. As a large family we never had Thanksgiving on Thursday anyway because there was no way everyone could make it. We would always celebrate on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This made it easier for family members like my cousin who had to work on Thanksgiving day. My cousin is a single mom living with my aunt her mom. image

She takes very good care of her daughter and carries the joy of life around with her along with a bucket of sarcasm. But her sarcasm is that quick wit that cracks you up and makes you smile causing even more joy around her. You can’t take this girl serious and she doesn’t want to be. She wants you to laugh. It’s like she realizes you only have one life so you better make the most of it. This picture is of her at work on Halloween.


She’s a really good nurse, she’s very smart and works very hard. So on Thanksgiving while most people are eating and watching football she’s cleaning bed pans and holding hands of those in need and all alone. La_Brea_Bakery_Logo


CONTEST ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS: To submit an entry click the “Thanksgiving Heroes” tab to create your form submission by including: your first and last name; zip code; email address; an essay of 100 words or less telling about your family member that you will be unable to share Thanksgiving dinner with and submit at least one photograph showing both you and your family member that you will be unable to share Thanksgiving dinner with. Submissions must be received by November 15th 2015. Finalists will be announced November 17th 2015, after which the public will have a chance to vote for their favorites through November 20th 2015.



Be sure to submit someone. It’s super easy you just have to upload a photo and put in their name.

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Gift Ideas for the Baker In Your Family #GiftGuide


1. TSP Measuring Spoons – $4.99

2. TSP Mini Sifter – $7.99

3. TSP Icing Combs – $9.99

4. TSP Spatulas – $6.99 each


1. TSP Nonslip Mixing Bowl – $12.99

2. TSP Measuring Cups – $19.99

3. Decorating Nozzles – $19.99 + TSP Disposable Pastry Bags – $9.99 (sold separately)

Gifts Under $10

1. TSP Measuring Spoons – Compacted into a small pinwheel for easy storing, gripping and flipping. Set of 4 in standard sizes: ¼ TSP, ½ TSP, 1 TSP, 1 TBS. (Link)

2. TSP Mini Sifter – Most convenient instrument to break up lumps and aerate baking flour. Also doubles as a powder duster to sprinkle the surfaces of treats or work stations. (Link)

3. TSP Icing Combs – Help sculpt magnificent landscapes of stripes, scallops and zigzags in icing. Assembled in a set of 6 on a key ring. (Link)

4. TSP Spatulas — Perfect tools to be used for multiple purposes, including smoothing icing, scraping batter, folding ingredients and creating original designs. (Link)

Gifts Under $20

1. TSP Nonslip Mixing Bowl – Guarantees convenience and stability to food prep with nonslip rubber base and wide lip and spout for easy pouring. (Link)

2. TSP Measuring Cups – Durable ceramic cups built with a spout for easy pouring. Set of 4 in standard sizes: ¼ cup, ⅓ cup, ½ cup, 1 cup. (Link)

3. TSP Decorating Nozzles + TSP Disposable Pastry Bags – Create different beautiful designs and fill candy molds with a 24-piece set of uniquely shaped stainless steel nozzles and roll of 30 clear pastry bags. Sold separately. (Link + Link)

Red Carpet and Dancing Here I Come #GoodDinoEvent #ABCTVEVENT #DWTS #Lionguardevent


In less than a week I’m off to live the dream. I’m going to Dancing with the Stars semi-finals and the red carpet of The Good Dinosaur. WOWEEE!!! But of course that’s not all. I’m going to be visiting some other really amazing ABC TV shows and see a preview of Disney’s Lion Guard. My son is super excited about Lion Guard. Here is the breakdown.


The Good Dinosaur is Pixar’s latest film. It’s about a Dinosaur and a little boy, from the last preview I saw it looked like the dinosaur sort of takes the little boy on as a pet. It’ll be interesting to see how the story unfolds as they get to know each other and I did almost shed a tear from the preview. It opens November 25th.

Now The Lion Guard: Return of The Roar looks really great. It continues the epic storytelling of “The Lion King” and introduces Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes his role as leader of the Lion Guard, a group of animals tasked with protecting the Pride Lands. You’ll be able to watch it when it premieres on the Disney Channel November 22nd 7/6c. And then I get to have a Q&A with Executive Producer Ford Riley, Composer Christopher Willis, Singer/Songwriter Beau Black and Swahili Consultant Sarah Mirza.



And what I’m most excited for is Dancing With The Stars. I get to be part of the LIVE taping of the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars!  It airs on ABC Monday evenings at 8/7c. I used to love watching this show. I only stopped because we didn’t have TV for a a few years then somehow when we started watching again this didn’t get added to the list but I’m sure after this weekend I’ll be addicted to it again.


All the other shows I’m going to visit the Walt Disney Studios Lot for special preview screenings of episodes of hit ABC comedies “black-ish” it airs Wednesday nights at 9:30/8:30c and “The Muppets” which airs Tuesday nights at 8:00/7:00c. clip_image001[9]


While on the lot, I get to meet the multi-talented Tracee Ellis Ross, who portrays Johnson family mom & anesthesiologist Rainbow “Bow” Johnson on “black-ish” and if you’ve ever admired the beautiful Johnson home, this will be your chance to see the set in person! And I get to stop by the set of Miss Piggy’s late-night talk show, “Up Late with Miss Piggy” (which Kermit the Frog executive produces, of course). The whole family watches this show every week. So I’m excited to get to visit the set. Then I get to meet “The Muppets” Executive Producer Bill Barretta, who also performs Pepe the King Prawn, Rowlf the Dog, The Swedish Chef, Dr. Teeth and Bobo the Bear! I’m excited to meet him.



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DIY: Make Your Christmas Presents with Klutz #KLUTZhandmade #AD #Giveaway

Samples and prizing are provided by Klutz it was our decision to include Klutz in our holiday gift guide.




Thanks to the samples we received from Klutz we are making one-of-a-kind gifts with KLUTZ! We received the following books and you can find them at to

· Shrink & Link Jewelry


With more than 2 million Shrink Art Jewelry and Shrinky Dinks books in print, we at Klutz are pretty much shrink plastic experts. But when it’s as easy as tracing, cutting, and baking . . . you can become a shrink art expert too! Even if you’re totally new to this whole shrink art thing, our step-by-step instructions will have your friends admiring your “did-you-really-make-that?!” jewelry in no time.

This is the only book out there that lets you make reusable, transferable, dimensional pendants and attach them to a ring or a necklace. With Shrink and Link Jewelry, you can create brilliant shrink art charms from over 50 traceable designs – and then mix and match them for a limitless wardrobe of unique, colorful jewelry!

· Pop Collage ]

imageNothing is cooler than a look that’s unmistakably you. Luckily, when it comes to sprucing up your stuff, Pop Collage has you covered (pun intended). We make collages simple with our crystal-clear instructions  and everything you need to get started.

Learn to tear, cut, hole-punch, and layer the included Pop Pages in unexpected ways. It’s a no-mistake, anything-goes activity-chaos encouraged. Tackle the 10 projects included in the book like paper bowls, a bookmark, an owl, an accessory tray, a frame, and more. Then get inspired with ideas from the book so you can make anything pop!

· String Art


String art used to be just for squares (and triangles and other geometric shapes), but our new string art system opens up a whole new world of possibilities. From cute critters to fashionable flowers to trendy typography, kids can make everything in the book after learning just three simple methods.                  

The final results may look intricate, but we include an only-from-Klutz pin-pushing tool so even a string-art newbie can create awesome art with this classic craft. And our pin-pusher solves string art’s prickliest problems by making sure that every pin goes in straight and at the same height. With instructions for 20 projects and enough materials for six, kids will be making amazing art in no time.

· Finger Knitting


Cozy knit accessories are right at your fingertips-literally! Make scarves, hats, jewelry, cat ear headbands, boot toppers, and much more with easy instructions for 15 projects. Even if you’ve never knit a stitch before, you’ll be amazed by what you can make without needles. And with 200 yards of metallic-sparkle yarn right in the box, you can whip up 2 extra-large scarves or several smaller projects.

How do you finger knit? Simply weave the yarn back and forth between your fingers, and then pick up the loops. Really, it’s that easy! When you’re ready to take a break, use the handy stitch holder until it’s time to continue. Then braid, fold, wrap, or tie your finger-knit chains into cool creations, such as a flower-embellished scarf, a beaded necklace, or a boho-style fringe. Everything you need comes with the book (fingertips not included).

· Make Glitter Clay Charms


Design your own bracelet with itty-bitty glittery charms! As a follow-up to our beloved bestseller Make Clay Charms, this book comes with 35 new charm designs, new clay colors, and two packets of accent glitter to make your charms sparkle and shine.

Starting with a few basic shapes and easy-to-mold clay, you can sculpt mini food, tiny aliens and robots, pocket-sized unicorns, and dozens of other cuties that you can customize with extra personality. Just pop your creations in the oven to set (with an adult’s help, of course), use our special glaze to give them polish and add as much glitter as you want, then attach them to the included bracelet. Each project has clear instructions and a true-to-life sizing guide to help you craft your own glitter charms.

And Zoe was so happy and said that even though we are going to use these to make Christmas presents with these are the types of gifts she wants and recommends for girls her age as a Christmas present. She really wants art sets for her gifts this year. Here is her video review:



Instead of saving any of these for Christmas we sat right down and started making gifts. The first book we opened was the Finger Knitting. I was surprised at how easy it is to finger knit. Zoe caught right one.




She has decided what she is making for everyone she knows with the Finger Knitting kit. I already went to the fabric store and purchased more yarn. SAM_0112

Miles started creating a paper weight and a key chain for one of his grandparents desk at work with the Pop collage book.


He found some paper that had pictures of downtown Seattle and that’s what inspired him. He doesn’t want his grandparents to forget where he lives.


With so many projects to choose from, KLUTZ kits can help you and the kids in your life make something for everyone on your list — enter for a chance to win your own KLUTZ collection to create handmade gifts this holiday!  


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· Shrink & Link Jewelry

· Pop Collage

· String Art

· Finger Knitting

· Make Glitter Clay Charms

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Three Hot Microsoft Devices On The Holiday Wish List

We have three different devices that we would love to receive this year which is why we are putting them on our Holiday Gift Guide this year. The Microsoft Band 2 is at the very top of my list. The Microsoft Book is at the top of my husband’s list and the newest Surface Pro 4. My current Surface is working quite well and I’m loving Windows 10. If you haven’t installed it yet I highly recommend it.

Three Hot Microsoft Devices On The Holiday Wish List


Microsoft Surface Book A do-it-all high-performance 13.5” Windows 10 laptop with killer built-in Surface Pen functionality that enables you to write on the screen in laptop or clipboard mode. Starting at $1,499, Surface Book is the ultimate laptop – built for creativity and graphics-heavy programs and tasks. Surface is available for purchase through more than 110 Microsoft store locations, and select partner retailers.


Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Elevating everything people love about Surface Pro 3 into the thinnest, lightest and even more powerful Surface yet, Surface Pro 4 is the tablet that can replace your laptop. It boasts Windows 10, a stunning 12.3” HD display and performs wonders with the redesigned Surface Pro 4 Type Cover and Surface Pen, all in a beautifully designed premium magnesium casing. You can even use it to put all of your favorite holiday movies on repeat; stream all family favorites to Xbox/TV freeing up your tablet for the more important tasks. Utilize Cortana+ Hello while baking to allow your hands to stay busy, keeping your Surface Pro 4 free of dough this holiday season. Once the season is over use the Pen to craft all of your thank you notes making this daunting task the easiest it has ever been.  Starting at just $899, Surface Pro 4 is available through more than 110 Microsoft store locations, and select partner retailers.


Microsoft Band 2 Kick off the holidays with a new fitness routine and the beautifully redesigned Microsoft Band 2 with its curved display that makes it even more comfortable to wear. It’s fully integrated with a Microsoft Health Windows 10 Universal App to track everything from your heartrate to sleep quality. In fact, you should track the effects of post-holiday travel using the new Microsoft Band; monitor your sleep pattern changes and adjust for a better night’s rest amongst the holiday bustle. Another tip, use the Smart-Alarm; a feature that allows you to wake up unnoticed by others, letting you leave surprises for your loved ones during the silent night and keep the magic alive. Also, this holiday spend more time chasing your little ones up the sledding hill; track your non-traditional workout with the new Microsoft Band.  Stay up-to-date with the latest text, email and app alerts, so you can live healthier. The new Microsoft Band is available for $249 through more than 110 Microsoft store locations, and select partner retailers.

Get Inside Out For Your Next Movie Night

If you want a great family film for your next movie night the movie to consider getting is Inside Out. Even if you’re already seen it then you know you want to see it again. I mean you have to re-experience all those crazy emotions along with Bing Bong. I found myself crying and cheering on Joy. I love how they brought it all together in the ending too! The best thing about bringing this home is watching all of the great special effects.


Watch this extra to see how they designed disgust:

OTHER BONUS MATERIAL: Digital HD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)

· Riley’s First Date? (In-Home Exclusive Animated Short Film) – Riley, now 12, is hanging out at home with her parents in San Francisco when potential trouble comes knocking: a boy shows up at the door. Can Mom and Dad’s emotions handle “Riley’s First Date?”

· LAVA (Theatrical Short Film) – Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, LAVA is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

· Story of the Story – Director Pete Docter talks about the evolution of Inside Out, from the ideas and memories that inspired the story through the hurdles, explorations and experiences that helped shape it into the film it is today.

· Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out – Inside Out filmmakers, from voice actors to animators to production crew, talk about their paths, their goals, the challenges they’ve faced and the lessons they’ve learned along the way

· Mixed EmotionsInside Out‘s filmmakers talk about how they decided which emotions to focus on in the story and how they went about creating each one’s distinct personality and visual identity

· Mapping the Mind – Inside Out‘s artists take you through the years-long process of designing and creating a world everyone knows, but no one has ever seen – the human mind.

· Our Dads, the Filmmakers – Elie Docter (daughter of director, Pete Docter) and Grace Giacchino (daughter of composer, Michael Giacchino) bring you behind the scenes for an inside look at the making of the film.

· Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out – What is the sound of a memory forming? Sound designer Ren Klyce describes the challenges – and the unique solutions – involved in creating the aural world of Inside Out.

· The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing – Learn more about the crucial role of an animation film editor, who helps take the story from its earliest, most exploratory versions, to the final, polished film you see onscreen.

· Deleted Scenes

Ø Riley Grows Up – In this scene from a version of the film where the primary relationship was between Joy and Fear (then named Freddie), the emotions begin to notice a change in Riley.

Ø Joy’s Decline – Joy’s struggles to make sense of the limitations on Riley’s behavior that seem to be springing up at every turn.

Ø Misdirection – Joy and Freddie encounter a group of Riley’s “retired” imaginary friends, including an early version of Big Bong.

Ø Construction – Joy is guided through Riley’s mind by a radical non-conformist, Bing Bong, outraged by the demolition of older areas like Imagination Park.

· Commentary – Commentary includes participation from directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera.

· Mind Candy – A montage of toolkit and interstitials produced for Inside Out.

· Inside Out Trailers – A collection of domestic and international trailers made for Inside Out.

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

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· Commentary

DMA Exclusives:

· Designing Abstract Thought – Inside Out character designer Albert Lozano describes the challenging, exciting and appropriately nonlinear process of designing the films “Abstract Thought” sequence.

· Deleted Scenes

Ø Joy Alone – Pursuing a lost memory underneath the ocean, Joy is given a chance to fulfill her heart’s desire.

Ø Imagination Park – Joy is chased through a reactivated Imagination Park by an antagonistic Freddie.