Travel Work Play & Fun Chevrolet Built In Wi-Fi #Chevy4G

Do you know how many times I’ve been on a road trip and worked while my husband was driving? It’s awesome to be able to work while being on the road. The thing is, I have to have my hotspot with me or use my cell phone, and well that eats my data pretty quickly. One thing that I’ve really been wishing was that my car was the hotspot, well guess what, it’s happening. Chevrolet did it and is the first and only car company to bring built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi to cars, trucks and crossovers. Now passengers can work and play on their devices while being on the go.

The hotspot is OnStar. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi is the ultimate Wi-Fi hotspot. It offers great signal quality and bandwidth for up to seven devices. My phone wouldn’t let that many people on it and my phone is limited in service through the mountains. The available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot provides a better in-vehicle experience than your smartphone. The stronger signal delivers a fast, reliable connection. It’s automatically on after initial setup and ready to connect to your mobile devices. It’s super exciting news to me.

Whenever your car is on, the Wi-Fi hotspot is on. Think of the possibilities. You’re lost and you need to find something and your phone signal doesn’t work. Or what if you’re camping and it’s pouring down rain? Everyone can play on a device. Kids won’t drive you crazy on the road trip if they can stream their movies while you drive. I love being disconnected sometimes; it’s a great way to connect as a family, but it’s also nice after driving for hours to give the kids a movie. Sometimes after a few hours, a mom needs a little silence and the best way to get it is to put on a movie. I’m so in love with this technology advancement that it puts me in the mood to go on another road trip. LA here we come!

Chevrolet is merging the physical freedom of the car with the virtual freedom of Wi-Fi to become the first and only car company to bring built in 4G LTE Wi-Fi to the largest vehicle line-up. Visit http://s.chevy.com/TBX to learn more.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chevrolet. The opinions and text are all mine.

3 Tips to Keep Your Accounts Safe While Traveling #GearUp #VZWBuzz #MoreSeattle

Keep your Account Safe during Travel

1. clip_image002Add security info, and keep it up-to-date – One of the most important things you can do to help protect your account is to add security information, i.e. a mobile phone number or alternative email addresses. Attempts to enter your account with an incorrect password, or from an unknown location, will require you to verify ownership; something that’s likely to occur while you’re traveling. With security info in place, you simply need to verify ownership using the unique code sent to your mobile phone or email account. This helps keep you in control of your account, while keeping the bad guys out. Go ahead and add multiple phone numbers and email accounts if you’d like, and if you’ve already added security information to your account, just make sure it’s up-to-date.

2. Install an identity verification app before you travel – For those times when you’re traveling out of cell phone range or set your device to airplane mode, you can use an identity verification app to access your account. Identity verification apps use industry-standard security code generation, and work with various other services and providers. To get the app, go to your Microsoft account security settings page at account.live.com/proofs/manage, and click ‘Set up’ under “Identity Verification Apps.” Details can be found here.

3. Travel with your own device – In today’s digital world, it’s pretty common to use technology while traveling. It’s a great way to stay connected, watch movies, play games, check-in for flights, and more. If this sounds familiar, and if you use services attached to your Microsoft account while away from home, then we recommend traveling with a personal device whenever possible. It’s more secure than a public computer, and Microsoft is far more likely to recognize the device, greatly reducing the chances of you having to verify you’re the rightful account owner.

8 Great Back To School Tablet Options #GearUp #BackToSchool

To help get Back-to-School 2014 started on the right foot without breaking the bank, we’ve put together five valuable tips, a list of great devices. 

Back to School Devices


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Acer Aspire Switch 10: Portable Fun for just $379

Switch Things Up! Head back to school with the sleek, modern, brushed metallic design of the new Acer Aspire Switch 10. This convertible Windows 8.1 PC provides flexibility with quad-modes – tote the tablet, type with detachable keyboard, and pivot screen for sharing or watching videos.

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Acer Aspire E series (11”): Style, Everywhere – starting at $199

For surfing the web, entertainment, studying and play, this stylish yet budget-friendly notebook with the new Windows will add more fun to your school life. Power through your whole day without plugging in thanks to the 7-hour battery life, and with a variety of colors and sleek, modern design, you’ll look good anywhere life takes you.

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ASUS Transformer Book T100TA: Go-Getter + Tech Trendsetter + $349

ASUS Transformer Book T100 is two computers in one. First, it’s a stylish and lightweight ultraportable laptop with an Intel Atom quad-core processor for great productivity performance with Microsoft Office. But detach the 10.1-inch IPS display from the keyboard dock and Transformer Book is also a capable Windows 8.1 tablet for easy entertainment at home and on the move. And with up to 11 hours battery life, it won’t tie you down.

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Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series: Power every day for just $449

With the performance of a laptop and versatility of a tablet, this 2-in-1 PC features Intel processors, Windows 8.1 and an 11.6" touch screen. Store your movies, music and maybe some school work – with plenty of storage, you can take it all with you.

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HP Pavilion x360 (13”): 360° of flexibility. All around great value at $499

Easily convert from notebook to stand to tent to tablet mode for all your productivity and entertainment needs with this amazingly value-packed convertible PC, featuring a 360° hinge. The HP Pavilion x360 features touch for a more engaging and optimized Windows 8.1 experience.

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Lenovo Flex 2 (15”): Flex and impress, only $599

Whether you’re working on a paper, giving a presentation, or just watching a movie, the Lenovo Flex 2 handles it all with ease. Its 10-point touchscreen flips 300 degrees, which makes it perfect for working in laptop mode or enjoying a movie in the unique stand mode. Plus, at under an inch thick, it’s lightweight and portable. Combine that with its roomy Full HD display and long battery life, and you’ll find it’s the laptop you’ll want with you all the time.

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Toshiba Encore 2 (8”): Powerful Windows 8.1 with Bing tablet for $199

The Encore 2 8 tablet features an elegant Satin gold matte finish and are engineered with rounded edges that make them comfortable in hand. Measuring 0.4 inches thin, weighs less than a pound! Featuring a bright HD (1280×800) multi-touch display – perfect for on-the-go reading and studying.

Geo Targeted Deal Curating App Zoomingo: Shop Efficiently

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Zoomingo is a Top 10 ranked deal curating app which makes your shopping experience much more pleasant and efficient. Using geo-fencing capabilities, the currently free-to-download mobile app available on both Google Play and Apple iTunes hones in on the best home decor and fashion deals closest to your current location, especially in malls. It will curate the best deals and present them to you in a digestible tile format. The app has many tools to personalize your shopping experience, such as the option to follow stores and fellow shoppers, allowing you to be in-the-know.

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Other personalization features include a shopping list you can create to keep track of all the finds you love and a Watch List. Why not plan ahead and create a shopping list before you head out? The Watch List is my absolute favorite because I can add all the things I want to buy but are not currently in my budget. Zoomingo has special tools that will keep an eye on these items and notify me when there are price drops. As a stylish mother of two, I have many back-to-school fashionable steals on my list for my kids. I enjoy making a list for all the fashion finds I discover and sharing that with the community of fashion-forward mothers. The best part to finding a great steal? Sharing and winning $100 gift cards to shop. Share often, earn badges, and become the resident expert. Zoomingo is not just for women; men use it to find deals on men’s clothing and gadgets. This mobile app scours for the best deals from fashion to home decor to tech gadgets across retailers like Nordstrom, Target, and Best Buy. The more you use it, the more it understands your interests and needs, and presents the most relevant deals and coupons for you.

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With Back-to-School deals currently underway, Black Friday shopping around the corner, and the holiday season quickly approaching, it is important to find a tool that helps you stay on top of the best trends and deals. Zoomingo is one such tool for me and 1.8 million other users. Not only are they constantly improving the app’s efficiency, they are also providing expert know-how. With great deals, a community of shoppers to interact with, expert tips, and in-app exclusive deals, this app is quickly becoming this mommy’s favorite. The average family spends over $600 on back-to-school shopping alone. With the app, you would save over $100 on your back-to-school shopping.Try the app here: Google Play Apple iTunes and see how much you can save.

They also have a community expert on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest.

What are your thoughts on using this app?

Top 5 Tips for Back to School on a Budget #GearUp #BackToSchool

Gear Up for back to school with Microsoft’s money saving tips.

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  1. Get Office 365 University: $79.99 USD for a four-year subscription
    At just $1.67 per month, college and university students can’t afford not to get Office 365 University. Get the latest Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook) for two devices, including PCs, Macs, iPads, or Windows tablets. A subscription also includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 minutes of Skype PC-to-phone world calling per month.
    1. Download OneNote: Free app for most popular computers, tablets, and phones and on the web
      This year, make OneNote the single place for all your notes and information. With this digital notebook you can type, handwrite, paste and insert class notes and research anywhere, and organize them in notebooks and sections that are automatically saved and searchable. Additionally, it’s easy to share and collaborate with classmates for team projects and group assignments.
    1. Keep it in OneDrive: Free app for most popular computers, tablets, and phones and on the web
      Here are five reasons to cross that USB-drive off your shopping list and use OneDrive:  1) You get 15 GB of cloud storage for free; 2) You can’t lose OneDrive; 3) You can easily store and share photos, videos, documents, and more; 4) You can access OneDrive on any device; 5) You get 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage with an Office 365 Home or University subscription. 1 TB is the equivalent to approximately 50,000 trees made into paper and printed. That’s a lot of trees!
    1. Use Office Online: Free on the web
      Who said nothing in life is free? Office Online offers free web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that let you create, view, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations and notes. The best part is, no one needs an Office 365 subscription to work together on a team projects. With Office Online, students can collaborate on group assignments more easily, and parents can share the carpool schedule without having to send bulky attachments.
    1. Take the Acer Aspire Switch 10 to class: $379 USD
      Not only does this device save you some serious cash, it’s the ultimate convertible of PCs. Rain or shine, it can be used in four modes – use it as a tablet, notebook or put it in tent mode to watch movies, or give a presentation. Not to mention, it’s compact and sleek so you can rest assured you got good looking device at a screaming deal.

    Love One Today: Hass Avocados @HassAvocados #LoveOneToday

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    My family came into town to visit and we all love salads and one of our favorite things to have in a salad is an avocado. Knowing that I had three extra people that like avocados I ran to the grocery store and purchased about six of them. I was lucky because the Hass Avocados were on sale at Costco and they were ripe and ready to eat. Did you know that one-fifth of a medium avocado (1 oz.) has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, making it a good choice to help meet nutrient needs. Although phytonutrients are not essential, they may promote human health.

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    I love them because they are good in salads, on sandwiches and used to make guacamole. They are also perfect for making sandwich spreads to use in place of mayonnaise. I mean they are much healthier as a condiment than mayo and because they have the smooth texture they are one of the first foods a baby can eat. What I am saying is Avocados are like a super food. Avocados contain naturally good monounsaturated fat a GOOD Fat and your body needs good fat. Good fat in avocado can replace saturated fat. Fresh avocados are cholesterol and sodium free, making them a satisfying and enjoyable snack. I LOVE TO EAT THEM. Each one-ounce (one-fifth of a medium avocado) serving contains:

    8% DV fiber 1 oz. serving
    4% DV potassium per 1 oz. serving (one-fifth of a medium avocado)
    2% DV iron per 1 oz. serving
    81 mcg lutein & zeaxanthin
    Less than 1 gram sugar

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    Have you seen enough information yet to convince you to have an avocado today?

    If not I have more, Avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by helping the body to better absorb fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein, from foods that are eaten with the fruit. Avocados are a nutrient-dense, versatile fruit that can be eaten alone or used in a variety of tasty recipes from soups to salads to smoothies all of which fit into a sensible eating plan. We actually have quite a few avocado recipes here at MomStart. Feel free to try one.

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    The State of Education: Micorosft’s Youthspark ImagineCup

    Youthspark is area of Microsoft that focuses on educating children to understand what the tech field is, to become excited about the tech field and to encourage growth in the tech field. It’s an umbrella for many different programs. They have employees that volunteer to teach programming classes, they partner with teachers that aren’t able to teach it and then teach the teacher how to teach it and within two years that teacher is supposed to be able to teach computer programming.

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    They have programs for just girls, they have computer camps that are run out of Microsoft Stores and they are free camps. Then they also have this thing called Imagine Cup. I just attended Imagine Cup while staying in Seattle with Microsoft and it was eye opening what I learned about students all over the world. In one way it made me sad because I don’t feel like kids in the United States are learning as much. I feel like we need to do more in the United States to improve education or our kids are going to fall behind.

    Imagine Cup is a technology competition for students ages 16 and up to develop a technology application in one of three categories (citizenship, games and innovation) and create a business plan to bring the technology to market. One team in each category will win $50,000 and business acceleration training. The students first had to compete against students in their own countries and the projects that I saw were amazing. One team created an app that would determine if someone had sickle cell and if they did then it would allow people in that community to request medicine. Most people that die from it do not even know that they had it. So raising awareness is key. Another team created this glove that helps stroke patience move their hand after they have lost mobility. Seeing that made me super excited because I have arthritis and imagine needing help with mobility in my hands one day. Another team created software that made your computer completely usable from your facial expressions and voice.

    Theses kids are future world leaders and I want kids in our country to be world leaders too. What has to happen to raise the bar for education and the requirements for graduation.

    GoodNites* TRU-FIT* launch in Walmart #TRUFITWALMART #AD

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf GoodNites* TRU-FIT*.

    Bedwetting happens and it’s not that big of a deal. According to a GoodNites® brand study, it’s estimated that 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4-12 in the United States suffer from nocturnal enuresis, more commonly known as bedwetting. goodnites

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    I mean, in the middle of the night having to get up and change the sheets, yeah, honestly that is annoying to have to deal with as a parent, but to the child it’s quite embarrassing. My son was so embarrassed that for the longest time when he had an accident he wouldn’t even tell me. Then I felt bad for him because he was sleeping in a stinking bed. GoodNites® brand is introducing a completely new kind of bedtime protection: GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear. GoodNites* TRU-FIT* is machine-washable, real underwear with disposable, absorbent inserts that help keep sheets and PJs dry all night. They look like underwear and work like something much much more.

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    GoodNites* TRU-FIT* offers a new choice for parents and children looking for a superior bedwetting product to help families have a better night, every night. GoodNites* TRU-FIT* is available in Walmart and Walmart.com as always at a low competitive price for boys and girls in sizes S/M and L/XL with colors and patterns for each size.

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    GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear is accompanied by a disposable, absorbent insert – designed to protect sheets and PJs all night. The disposable, absorbent insert should be discarded after each night’s use. But the underwear can be washed.

     

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    Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that psychologically, children who wet the bed do not want to participate in fun activities, such as sleepovers, because of their fear and embarrassment. This is something that is really hard for parents and children. A lot of parents have kids that feel like they are too old to need something to keep them dry but withGoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear kids can feel more confident.

    GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear with GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Absorbent Insert = Outstanding Nighttime Protection.

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    Visit the Better Night Network at www.GoodNites.com and the GoodNites Facebook page for more information on bedwetting solutions and advice from trusted experts.

    The Long Drive Through Texas Snacking with NatureBox

    By Lindsey

    Being a large state, Texas is no stranger to a host of road trips. One of the most frequent ones I take is a four hour drive or more due north drive to visit my family in North Texas. Recently my husband and I went up there to celebrate my cousins wedding, and added bonus we welcomed a new member of our dog family in with an Australian shepherd puppy named Merida. I have several preferred places to stop along the drive, but none of them are particularly healthy.

    In trying out some online grocery options I came across Naturebox™. They deliver nutritionist-approved snacks direct to your door with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. I am a grazer by nature so munching on little bits of things all day is totally the way to go for me. They send you five different bagged snacks each month on a subscription service, you can choose your own or let them surprise you. Their list of snacks is epic, and you can even set some filters at the top of their website for your dietary needs- gluten/soy/nut free, vegan, low carb ect.

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    All this is fine well and good however sometimes these ‘super healthy’ snacks taste a lot like the hay pellets I feed my rabbit. I let the Naturebox™ geniuses decide and my box arrived with big island pineapple, peppery pistachios, blueberry almond bites, baked sweet potato fries, and coconut date bites. Good heavens all my snacks were delicious…every…single…one. First off, I would like to take a second to discuss the bid island pineapple:

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    Hands down the BEST dried pineapple I have EVER had. Like EVER. And I live next to some of the major organic type grocers. It wasn’t coated in that sugary powder stuff, you opened the bag and it smelled like you just cut open a fresh pineapple. It was very difficult to resist eating all of it instantly; in fact maybe my next box should be all pineapple…

    All of the snacks were over the top yummy, and you felt good eating them too. Naturebox™ went up with us to North Texas making our only stops for coffee and potty breaks. We arrived alert and not at all sluggish from eating fast food nonsense. Naturebox™ is an awesome grab on the go, much at home, post gym, or midnight snack. Naturebox™ for the win!

    Surviving Pregnancy Sea-Band Mama #SeaBandMamaMorningSicknessRelief

    Many women say that they love being pregnant. The feelings they had, the cravings they had the mentality they had was amazing and wonderful. I am here to tell you that not all pregnancies are created alike and you need to know it’s ok if you hate being pregnant. I hated it both times.

    I went through one pregnancy where all I wanted to eat was chocolate chip cookies. Someone told me that craving chocolate chip cookies meant that I was low on iron and what I actually needed was more protein. For me that was easy to believe but working at a local retail store it was hard to accomplish. Because it was so easy for me to go to the coffee shop and buy chocolate chip cookies instead of protein. Or at least I can say that 7 years ago I had no idea what I was doing.

    I became pregnant with my second child when my daughter was only six months old and I was still breast feeding her while being pregnant. Let’s just say my body could not get enough food. There was nothing I could do I was always feeling sick with my second child s we would do whatever it took to not feel sick. Now at that time I wasn’t a blogger, I had no idea what resources where at my hand. All I was told was that having ginger would help and so would eating little meals but feeding two kids at one time and myself, I was sick all the time and that made it even harder to eat.. SO I did what I could and it helped some but there are more options than just that. There is also Sea-Band Mama®.

    Half of all pregnant women will experience morning sickness and eating small meals throughout the day is one of the key tips in helping with the issue. In addition, the new Sea-Band Mama line, from the maker of popular motion sickness line of Sea-Band products, was developed for pregnant women, including drug-free morning sickness wrist bands and anti-nausea ginger lozenges – now available at CVS and select Target stores.

    Sea-Band Mama New Mommy Sweeps for a chance to win around $500 in prizes, including a $250 gift card to CVS for new baby essentials, an adorable Petunia Pickle Bottom designer diaper bag and the top-selling Mommy MD Guide books The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy & Birth and The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year.

    For more information about Sea-Band® Mama and to learn more about morning sickness visit http://www.sea-band.com/mama

    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sea-Band Mama. The opinions and text are all mine.