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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.

 

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.

Three Ways to Keep Your Schedule Together

From a scheduling standpoint, mostly I do fineokay… hardly mess up at all, although we missed the very first music lesson this year. Hey, in my defense, we had switched days (after years of having it on Tuesday, we moved it to Wednesday) and I was thrown.  We have it down now, the lesson day, that is.capability mom blog back to school keeping the schedule with teens

How do you get and stay organized? Here’s what I do.

First, use the calendar feature on your phone (if you have one it’s great, I almost never forget my phone).  I input appointments while I am making them at the orthodontist/dentist or set up recurring music lessons/soccer practices at the beginning of the year, and (this is key) use the reminder feature.

Second, check with (better organized) friends for their ideas – always a great source of information. Some use wall calendars where every family member writes their stuff in, some share electronic calendars, and some families have one person to maintain the calendar – guess who that would be in my house? I think when the kids are younger, it’s fine to have one calendar keeper but as they get older and have more responsibility and greater independence, they should take some part of this super fun task. What? I am helping them to become responsible adults, not just shirking my duties.

Third, look online. I found a really great suggestion from the  They suggest having 30 minute family meetings to keep everyone on the same page – great idea! If everyone shares info, it’s so much easier to keep up with the week.

Caution:  Schedules with tweens and teens are subject to sudden and/or last minute changes.

The guide also has some great printables –  weekly planner and a monthly calendar if you like to kick it old school (I like both apps and a back up written calendar). Check it out for great ideas about recharging, fundraising, study habits and, my favorite, keeping the schedule.

This is a sponsored post for Tyson but opinions are, as always, my own.

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