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Getting Back On Track with Learnivore

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Some Much Needed Lifelong Learning with Learnivore

It was a long, cold winter – something I don’t have to tell those of you who stuck it out here (ahem, not you, Mom and Dad), and my daily routine of a good hour plus walk with our dog was disrupted. Okay, it stopped cold…if you’ll pardon the pun. The usual brisk walk became me in all my warmest gear as I begged, cried, and pleaded into the scarf that covered most of my face to my dog to just hurry up already so we could go back inside. It was not my finest hour, or hers, really.

Despite a few trips to the gym and some epic snow shoveling sessions, it was hard to stay on track, and I didn’t. At all. And with the nice weather upon us,  I have no more excuses, just a habit of less exercise. So when the local social network company, Learnivore, offered a class for me to sample and review (any class), I immediately chose yoga. It’s been a while since I practiced daily, and I knew some individual attention would help motivate me.

The super easy to navigate Learnivore site (you can log in with Facebook or an email address) lets you explore classes that are set up under the fantastic headings of Athletics, Arts or Academics. It’s easy to narrow your search by geographic area, too. And each instructor has a profile page so you can read all about them before you even book a class. There were several options for yoga within 10 miles of my home, too. After reading a few profiles, I booked a yoga class with Christie R. – it was easy to communicate through Learnivore to set a time and date.

The morning of the class, one of my nieces dropped by (she is out of school for the year), and I invited her to join me in my class. After checking in with Christie, we were off to my first yoga class in a while. My niece is quite a few years younger than I am, and a terrific athlete to boot, so I was hoping she would distract Christie from my ineptitude. Maybe a little. I needn’t have worried.

Christie Rosen - Yoga Instructor for Learnivore, Boston, MA, Capability Mom
Christie Rosen

Christie is warm and lovely with a wonderful manner, and was easily able to accommodate our two very different skill and ability levels, and somehow managed to keep us focused and on task (we lean to chatty, this niece and I). Christie’s home studio was equipped with blocks, bands and blankets to help with proper positioning, and I did so appreciate the care she takes to make sure each pose is thoughtfully and properly executed. Christie is an incredible instructor – kind, patient, caring and knowledgeable. What a great and gentle reintroduction to an activity I love and will definitely continue. I also noticed there are instructors for Track and Field – maybe now that I’m getting back in shape I’ll join a Master’s team, but first I might need a refresher class or two…

Are you a lifelong learner? Learnivore has classes for the whole family, too. Here’s a listing of the available classes: Screen shot 2015-05-27 at 4.36.35 PM

Athletics
All Air Sports Archery Baseball Basketball Bowling Boxing Camping & Hiking Caving & Canyoning Climbing Cricket CrossFit Cycle & Spin Dance – Athletic Diving Driving & Racing Equestrian Extreme Sports Fencing Field Hockey Fishing Fitness & Training Football Golf Gymnastics Hunting & Firearms Kayaking & Rafting Lacrosse Martial Arts Massage & Physical Therapy Nutrition Other – Athletics Paintball Parkour Pilates Poker & Cards Rowing Running & Endurance Sailing & Boating Self Defense Skateboarding Skating & Hockey Ski & Snow Sports Soccer Softball Surfing Survival & Orienteering Swimming Tennis & Racquet Sports Track & Field Triathlon Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Water Sports Wrestling Yoga

Arts
All Beauty Brewing Circus Arts Craft Creative Writing Culinary Arts Dance Design Dramatic Arts Fashion Film Gardening Knitting Life Music – Brass Music – Composition & Arranging Music – General Music – Guitar Music – Low Strings Music – Other Music – Percussion Music – Piano Music – Viola & Violin Music – Voice Music – Woodwinds Other – Arts Photography Sewing Travel Visual Arts Wine & Spirits Woodworking

Academics
All Academic Writing Accounting Alternative Medicine Anthropology Archaeology Architecture Art History Astronomy Biological Sciences Business Chess Child Development Computer Science Economics Education Engineering Finance History Home School Journalism Languages – Chinese Languages – ESL Languages – French Languages – Other Languages – Spanish Law Literature Management & Leadership Marketing Mathematics Medicine Other – Academics Philosophy Physics & Chemistry Political Science Psychology Reading Mechanics Religion Social Sciences Speaking & Presentation Special Education Speech Sustainability Technology Test Prep

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 Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are, as always, my own.

 

The Great American Bulb Swap #SwitchtoCree

Downtown Crossing Event #SwitchtoCree bulbs- The Great American Bulb Swap

Downtown Crossing, Boston MA

Turn in and Trade up

What am I talking about? Well, you may have noticed it’s getting darker earlier (I definitely have) and to combat that I usually have, oh, I don’t know, all of the lights on –  all the time. It’s getting spendy. So check out this event – bring in any CFL or incandescent bulb and trade it for a New Cree® LED Bulb for free at The Cree “Great American Bulb Swap” vehicle.  These cool (LED cool) bulbs, only cost $7.97 at The Home Depot, are shatter-proof and last up to 22 years. There’s a whole infographic about how much money you save over time. It’s a lot.

Go to  http://creebulb.com to learn more about these bulbs and other burning questions like “What is Kelvin?” and “What are Watts?” – You know you should know these things, and you maybe once did, but maybe forgot? Check it out here and go get a free bulb or two. You are welcome.

Kelvin – The Light Appearance value on the Lighting Facts label indicates the hue and temperature of the color emitted within the light spectrum in ranging from 2700 to 6500 Kelvin.

Watts – Watts is a measurement of energy that is required to illuminate the light source. The lower the wattage, the less energy used.

See more at: http://creebulb.com/learn/faq#sthash.qAwhOHcb.dpuf

 

 

 


 

Friday, November 21st

11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Saturday-Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd

and 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

at Readers Park in Downtown Crossing, Boston, MA

 

Disclosure: I received compensation in the form of a Home Depot gift card and a Cree Light Bulb Starter Kit in exchange for this post. All opinions are always my own.

 

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.

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