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Labels from my kitchen

Labels from my kitchen

First, I love pretty things (oh, who doesn’t?) but I am also swayed by the creative, colorful and fun as well as pretty and well-designed. When a company bothers to make me smile and produces high-quality items – well, that is a happy day.

Kidecals not only delivers great labels (well-designed, fun and long lasting) but they have a sense of humor and whimsy which I so appreciate. Ordering was difficult only because I had to choose between so many fun options. I went with kitchen decals but easily could have moved over to pantry labels (oh, the dream of an organized Pinterest worthy pantry), wall decals or flat out labels for all of your stuff.

The site is easy to navigate – you can order by styles, age, gender and use which is great when you aren’t sure of your labeling needs. It turns out I have many labeling needs, go figure. Kidecals is running a 15% off promotion for fall right now so click on over and get your stuff together.

Ahead of the Curve with an LG OLED TV

Ahead of the Curve with an LG OLED TV

If you’re a regular reader you know that I like to be in the know about, well, everything. And while the days where my children thought I knew everything are long past, I am resourceful and can pretty much suss out the info in a flash (Shhh, I have great, well-connected and super smart friends).

Ahead of the Curve with an LG OLED TV capabilitymom.com lightyears away from needing rabbit ears
rabbit ears

New to me? OLED TV from LG. When we renovated our house (more than a few years ago), we upgraded to a flat screen tv and Verizon FIOS – before that we had big bulky hand-me-down from parents television and…rabbit ears. Yes, my children may well be the only post- millennials who have ever touched rabbit ears.It’s true, we were horrible parents who did not have cable during our children’s formative years (no Lizzie Maguire, no Disney, no Nick Jr.) Just PBS here, people. They are fine now and have more than made up for that lack in viewing time (yes, I know about the binge-watching).

So the technology that is rapidly changing is not lost on us – I know more people are watching shows on mobile devices, but I do really like movie night on the big screen and my husband automatically gets the big TV for any sporting events (mostly football).

And I have noticed the television is a little, well, wonky? Slow to turn on, sluggish, um, dare I say…old?

So, daughter of an engineer that I am, when I was invited to see the latest and greatest from LG, I jumped at the chance and hauled my even older than my television self out on a rainy night to go to the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston. Wow, am I glad I ventured out – what a treat!

There was a good sized group on the meeting room as I slipped into my seat, a few minutes after the presentation started, but everyone was so engaged that they didn’t notice. Bonus. I grabbed a water from the bar and began taking notes, too.

After the presentation we all left our seats to better see a side by side comparison of the new LG OLED television (OLED 55” FHD OLED TV – the EC9300 model that just launched in the U.S.) and another lesser television (and even at that it was nicer than mine back home). It was startling how different the pictures were – I learned what back-light bleed is, and when you are looking at a tv some important things to note (there’s a video below).

A television with great resolution and gorgeous color and thinner than my iPhone (I do have a 4, but still)! Loved seeing the easy to navigate interface – maybe my husband and I can use this one solo without help from tech support (yes, I mean our kids).

Here’s what I learned at the LG event at the Westin Hotel:

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, which describes the material that creates the unique light source in these next-generation TV.

No backlight means that OLED offers an incomparable picture quality and design potential to conventional LCD(LED) TVs.

LG OLED TV is the won the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) Award for 3 consecutive years.

LG was the first to introduce OLED TVs in the United States and unrivaled leader in this technology. With a quantum jump in OLED technology, LG has can finally offer this state-of-the-art TV at a much more available price to its customers.

And here’s a video to give you the scoop: 2014 LG OLED TV Product Video (EA97).mp4

Pretty much the coolest TV with the best picture that I’ve seen and, yes, it is curved, but it’s a subtle curve and it’s cool.

Disclosure:

I received a headset at the event and this post was sponsored.  All opinions are still, and always will be, my own.

Getting Gorgeous

IMG_4207It’s an ungodly hour – 5 am – made more so by the fact it is Saturday. I hate waking up on Saturdays. And Sundays, actually. So this must mean I have to do something – and something good that is making me get up. Do I have to drive to away soccer game? No, it’s home this week. It’s better. I’m going to NYC to get gorgeous – well, no promises, but an attempt anyway. I’m going to Getting Gorgeous, an event sponsored by several companies* and run by fashion and beauty bloggers Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney.

Last year Getting Gorgeous was the same weekend as Blogher and I was in Manhattan anyway, this time needs a bit more effort, and i am thrilled for a day in the city. The train is comfortable, fast and easy. Conductors and cafe car staff are lovely but would like a better food selection. So far I’ve only had a cup of tea and a banana. I forgot to pack snacks for the first time in seventeen years.

I’ll update this post as I can, or you might have to wait until I’m back and maybe more gorgeous, well, at least more polished.

* CVS Beauty Club
New Balance
Dial
Tide
Bacardi
Downy
Coolibar
Harlequin Books
Love Jac Cards
Thyme Maternity
Stokke Baby
Haute Tags
Foster Grant
GM
Thread and Butter
Jade and Jasper

Everything can be fixed with a little Hydrogen Peroxide

Okay, not everything, but almost everything to hear my mother tell it anyway. My mom is a legendary neat freak (hmm…doesn’t that skip a generation or something?) and she is almost, but not quite, as committed to hydrogen peroxide as a fix-all as the mother in My Big Fat Greek Wedding was to Windex. Really.

Turns out that she is kind of right. I met with pediatrician Dr. Laura Jana at Blogher. She was giving interviews at the Lysol Recharge station (such an awesome idea – lots of outlets and comfortable seating), and I went with Pragmatic Mom to chat with her. Predictably, Pragmatic Mom had her own set of questions and we ended up chatting well past out allotted time.

Anyway, we talked about how to get your kids to help around the house and Dr. Jana had great suggestions (no surprise here – she’s written more than a few books – I’ll list them – and even give them away – below) that her family instituted with great success. Here’s Pragmatic Mom’s post about chores building self esteem.

How did I get from hydrogen peroxide to chores? Lysol sent me a box full of products to sample – all of them using hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach, so Mom was right. Thanks, Mom.


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