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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Enjoy Your Favorite Music With TunesGo Music Downloader

TunesGo Music Downloader



It finally looks like the warm weather is here.  Time to spend most of our days outdoors with family and friends.  Usually, (at least for me) music is always involved.  Nothing like being outside with the summer breeze, eating good food and listening to your favorite music.   Now you can take your favorite music, playlists and videos with you anywhere with the Wondershare TunesGo music downloader.

First of all let me explain, I'm not a technical person at all.  I'm just a mom and wife that loves listening to music anytime of the day.  Music has been a part of and shaped my life for many decades.  I'm here to explain my experience and the features of Wondershare TunesGo music downloader.

 

With the Wondershare TunesGo music downloader you can download music and playlists directly from TunesGo. Also you can download music and videos from 10,000+ sites including YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, Vevo, Dailymotion, Vimeo!




My family and I were traveling recently and we stayed at a hotel with horrible wifi.  It would have been nice to have some music or videos already downloaded to my tablet.  Wondershare TunesGo is very easy to use and to install.   Even someone like me who hasn't ever used a music downloader at all can do it. 

You can transfer your music between devices.  Transfer all of your iTunes media files to your android device.  This includes not only music and playlists, but movies and TV shows.  This would have come in handy for me when I was stuck in that hotel room with my kids watching cartoons because the hotel had such bad wifi.

TunesGo Music Downloader

You can discover playlists from music sites like Spotify.  I have spent a lot of time this weekend listening and downloading some great playlists.  A few of my favorites are Motivation Mix for when I'm working. 80s Smash Hits has some wonderful tracks that brings back many memories.  And Weekend Hangout was an excellent choice for spending the evening with friends in our backyard.


I love YouTube.  I'm watching something on it various times of the day.  Mostly I use it to watch movies and workout videos.  When I found out I could use Wondershare TunesGo music downloader to download videos from YouTube, I was extremely happy.  So I can create a workout playlist and take it with me anywhere. 

You can also use the Wondershare TunesGo music downloader to record from streaming online music, online radio, or from any source on your PC or Mac.  Wondershare TunesGo intelligently filters out any ads and splits tracks automatically.

Are you ready to discover, listen and share great music with Wondershare the new TunesGo 8.0 music downloader with improved interface and functions?! You can try it for free.  To find out more you can connect with TunesGo on Facebook and Twitter.

TunesGo frees your music!

Disclaimer:  I was asked to review Wondershare TunesGo.  I received compensation for this review, but I was under no obligation to write a positive review.  The opinions are my own and results may vary.

Friday, May 6, 2016

How to Grow Your Business With Twitter and Instagram

Grow your business with Twitter



Have you been struggling with generating engagement and growing your followers on Twitter or Instagram?! Have you started a Twitter account and the avatar is still an egg?! Don't know what content to post?! Don't know how to get started?!  I want to help!


Social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram are  AMAZING tools for growing your brand.  You can connect with your customers instantly! Recently I wrote about my top 3 ways to increase engagement and followers. You can read the post here.  


If you find yourself spending time on social media and not getting results or totally ignoring it because it frustrates you, you're losing potential customers and throwing money down the drain.

I am a mom and wife from Chicago now living in Toronto.  I have also lived in Brooklyn, NY,  Cambridge, England and Vancouver, Canada. I have a BA in Psychology.  Most of my working career before children (BC) was spent as a social worker.  My degree and work experience have taught me how to communicate with anyone. 

I know what makes people tick.  I have a certificate in Social Media Management from Social Media Manager School and I have taken courses in social media marketing, PR and content writing.


I really enjoy working with brands/small companies promoting their products with my blog. My favorite social media platforms are Twitter and Instagram. 

I have evolved from just blogging to social media marketing. I find joy in creating a marketing strategy and implementing it on social media.  For me social media marketing isn't work, it's art. It's my creative outlet.  

Grow your buiness with Twitter



I would love to help any brand or small business to increase their presence on Twitter and Instagram to get the customers they want.   I invite you to check out my Twitter and Instagram accounts  @dancingvalentin  and @kellym7609 to see what I do every day.  

I am offering a FREE Twitter and/or Instagram consultation and monitoring for one week.  After one week you can sign up for my Social Media Consultation Package, so that we can continue to work together. I will continue to help you manage your account and help your business to grow even more!

grow your business with twitter


Let me show you the basics for Twitter and Instagram. I will help you to start growing your brand on social media.
  • Curating Content
  • Engagement (Connecting with Followers) on Twitter and Instagram
  • Writing Effective Content
  • What to Post on Instagram 
  • What Hashtags to Use
  • Using Canva to Create Simple Graphics

Why am I doing this?! I know what it is like to struggle with social media! I have found out what works and also, I love what I do! Please email me at scckelly@gmail.com or use the easy signup box at the top right corner of the this blog to get started today!

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Rachel's Day in the Garden-Yoga For Kids

     
    Yoga For Kids

     

    I remember when my son was a baby he would watch me doing Yoga and try to imitate me.  His downward dog was so cute and funny.  Then when he was a toddler his teacher taught his class Yoga.  They would do Yoga right before nap time.

    Benefits of yoga for kids:
    ·        increases strength and flexibility
    ·        helps them relax, unwind, and calm down to reduce stress and anxiety
    ·        helps them sleep better
    ·        promotes interaction between adult and child, and between multiple children
    ·        improves their fine and gross motor skills, as well as their coordination
    ·        develops self-confidence, self-expression, and body awareness
    ·        promotes a healthy, active lifestyle


    Yoga for kids


    My son is now 11 years old and taller than me.  So, I asked my 9 year old daughter to give me a quick review of  Rachel's Day in the Garden.  She said she loved the pictures and enjoyed trying to do the different Yoga poses. I agreed with my daughter.  I loved the illustrations and I think this is a fun book to introduce children to Yoga.

     

    Yoga for kids

     

    Book Synopsis
    Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow! Age group: Preschoolers ages 3-6.


    Giselle Shardlow
    Author Bio  
    Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga books for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher,traveler, yogi, and mom to write the yoga stories found at www.kidsyogastories.com/store or on Amazon(amazon.com/author/giselleshardlow) worldwide. The purpose of her yoga books is to foster happy, healthy, and globally educated children. She lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.



    Where to find the book:
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24873899-rachel-s-day-in-the-garden (It helps so very much just to get in front of readers' eyes, so it would mean so much to me if you could add Rachel’s Garden to your "Want to Read" Goodreads shelf.)

    Amazon Linkhttp://amzn.to/1RzYXCK


    Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book to read and review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review.  I received no monetary compensation for this review. There are affiliate links in this post.

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    Chicago is my Favorite City in the World


    Chicago-The Bean
    Cloudgate aka The Bean

    Yes, Chicago is my favorite city in the world.  I have lived in Brooklyn, NY, Cambridge, England, Vancouver, Canada and now we are in Toronto.  I grew up and lived in Chicago for 40 years of my life.


    Chicago Skyline
    Beautiful Skyline


    No matter where we live, we must visit Chicago at least once a year.  That is the deal I made with my husband.  He gets to live outside of Chicago and I get to go home during the summer for several weeks to visit.

    Yes, when I'm in Chicago, I feel energized and relaxed at the same time.  We spent Easter weekend there this year. 


    Agora Sculptures in Grant Pake Chicago
    The Agora Sculptures in Grant Park


    We stayed at the Palmer House Hotel.  The Palmer House has been in downtown Chicago for decades.  As a native Chicagoan, I have always wanted to stay there.  The Palmer House has a beautiful lobby and dining area, but the room we stayed in definitely needed renovation.  But I can now cross it off my bucket list.


    Chicago The Palmer House
    The Elevators in the lower level of the Palmer House





    Chicago Palmer House
    Ceiling in the dining area



    Chicago Palmer House
    Near the Wabash entrance of the Palmer House


    We had a a couple of must-sees while in Chicago. The first was The Greeks exhibit at The Field Museum.  We've been trying to see this exhibition for a while in other cities, but just couldn't make it.  We decided that we couldn't miss this chance and finally got to see it in Chicago.


    Chicago- Field Museum
    The Field Museum


    The Brachiosaurus Outside The Field Museum.
    Chicago-The Greeks
    The Greeks




    Chicago-The Greeks
    The Greeks



    We learned quite a lot about ancient Greece and got to see some beautiful artifacts. So glad we had the opportunity to see it!

    Then we met up with my parents. We ate lunch at Macy's and then attended the flower show.












    The next day we went to the Van Gogh's Bedrooms exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago.  The exhibit was fantastic and gave us a look into the one of the most famous bedrooms of all-time and why it was so special to Van Gogh. The Van Gogh's Bedrooms exhibit runs through May 10, 2016.




    Art Institiute of Chicago




    van gogh's bedrooms




    Van Gogh Bedrooms Chicago



    This was a short trip and we didn't get to some of my favorite restaurants this time.  We didn't even get any deep dish pizza! *gasp* But, we'll be back in August and I have plans to visit all of my favorites then.  Until then here are some of my previous blog posts about my favorite restaurants in Chicago!

    The Promontory-Chicago
    Batter & Berries 
    Batter & Berries Part Deux 
    Protein Bar 
    Honey Butter Fried Chicken 
    Brown Sugar Bakery 

    Also please be sure to check out my Summer In Chicago post I wrote last year. We know how to do Summer in Chicago! 

    Have you been to Chicago?!  What are your favorite things to do?! Please tell me in the comments section!

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    All of The Amazing Sights & Flavors of New York

     
    Entrance to the Empire State Building. We didn't go up because it was a cloudy, rainy day.



    Our trip to New York was fun!  My husband and I lived Brooklyn for two years 2000-2002.  We had not been back there to visit since 2005 when our son was one years old. 


    Times Square
    Times Square


    We were there for 4 days and got to see a lot. I wish we had a little more time there because I didn't get to see everything I wanted.  But we took in many of the sights and flavors of New York City!


    We stayed at the Doubletree in Manhattan.  It's in a great location.  The room was clean and the service great, but the room was incredibly small for 4 people.  We were tripping all over each other.  Luckily we weren't in the room much.

     
    30 Rockerfeller Plaza
    30 Rock

     The Sights


    Some highlights of our trip were walking down Fifth Avenue and stopping at 30 Rockefeller Center, visiting the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the American Museum of History. And of course we went to Central Park!




    Central Park
    Central Park


     The Flavors


    In Brooklyn and visited with relatives and my best friend, Faith.  Faith and I had a wonderful meal at Shane's Brooklyn and we shopped local at Brooklyn Flavors. Brooklyn Flavors has soaps, candles, skin care, etc. with the scents of the different neighborhoods in Brooklyn.  I bought a soap with the essence of Prospect Park.

    Brooklyn Flavors



    Brooklyn Flavors soap
    Soap from Brooklyn Flavors- Prospect Park Scent




    Shane's Shrimp and Grits
    Shane's Shrimp and Grits




    We also enjoyed our first taste of Shake Shack!  Like I said earlier, there was so much to see and do.  I wish I read this blog post from World of Wanderlust before our trip.   This post is a weekend guide to New York City.  She's a lot better at seeing a lot for a short period of time than we are.  You can read her post here.  


    Shake Shack Burger
    Shake Shack

    If you're thinking about a trip to NYC or anywhere else and want to save on your hotel, check out Travel Set Go.  There are at least 400,000 hotels to choose from. You can find out more information in my review here.
     

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016

    How to Travel the World and Save Money

    Traveling nowadays has become very expensive.  You have to really think about how much you are willing to spend and if it's worth it.  Searching for a bargain can be a full-time job.  During our recent travels in the US were able to save some money on our hotel in Boston with Travel Set Go.


    how to save money on hotels

     



    With Travel Set Go you can get wholesale prices on over 400,000 hotels all around the world.  It's very easy to start saving.  There's a free membership and a VIP membership for only $8.25 a month.  


    With the VIP membership, you not only save on hotels, but you also get:
    • Car Rentals
    • Cruises
    • Vacation Condominiums
    • Activities and Excursions
    • Complimentary Travel Concierge (live travel agent) to book your trip

    hotel deals
    Boston

    I am a Travel Set Go Ambassador As an Ambassador I take photos from my travels and get compensated with Travel Set Go Savings Dollars for each photo I post on Instagram.  They start you off with $100 and for every two pictures you take you get $100.  When we booked the hotel in Boston, we saved $257.00. I had $300 in my savings and it went towards the $257.00 in savings, not the balance of  $358.04.

    You don't have to be an Ambassador to get the savings.  It has basically helped me to get some exposure for my Instagram account and I've gained more followers. 

     

    How to save money on hotels
    Midtown Hotel in Boston

     
    Midtown Hotel in Boston

     There are no blackout dates and all of the prices include taxes.  

    how to travel the world and save money
    For a 3 Day/2 Night Stay at the Midtown Hotel


    Take a look at my balance after our trips to New York, Boston and Chicago!

    how to save money on hotels

    I took a lot of photos.  It's fun being an Ambassador and sharing my photos.  Also, I want to work as a social media marketer/consultant in the travel industry.  So, I thought this would be a good start.

    Remember, you don't have to be an Ambassador to get the deep discounts. To find out more about Travel Set Go, go here

    You can also connect with them on TwitterFacebook,  and Instagram.

    Disclaimer:  I am a Travel Set Go Ambassador.  If you sign up for a membership or to become an Ambassador, I will receive compensation.  I am under no obligation to post a positive review.  The opinions are my own and results may vary.

    Sunday, March 20, 2016

    The Endless Ways to Use Coconut Oil-And How to Get a FREE Jar!








     Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

    There’s a reason why everyone—and we mean everyone—is talking about coconut oil these days. From raw foodies, to vegan chefs, to Paleo eaters, the internet is ablaze with rave reviews about this trending ingredient. Even if you’re not a fan of the flavor, we know at least nine other ways to use it. The beauty benefits alone will earn it a new spot in your medicine cabinet.

    Because coconut oil is ultra-moisturizing, it’s perfect for everything from DIY body scrubs to hair masks. Rub a dollop of it on your skin to see what we mean. It’ll leave you feeling baby-soft, and it’s all-natural, unlike a lot of lotions out there. If loving coconut oil is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Check out a few of the ways we’ve incorporated it into our daily routines. We guarantee you’ll be crushing on it, too.

    • In a stir fry or quick sauté
    • As a butter substitute in baking
    • To make raw chocolate bars
    • In a supercharged smoothie
    • In bulletproof coffee
    • Spread on toast
    • In oil pulling
    • As a moisturizer
    • As a leave-in conditioner
    • As lip balm
    • To soothe itchy skin or bug bites
    • As a natural treatment for lice
    • To relieve the pain of a sore throat
    • In a DIY body butter
    • As a makeup remover

    Before you run out to the store to grab a jar, make sure you’re getting only the good stuff. Specifically, you want to make sure coconut oil is organic, ethically sourced, and virgin—like Nutiva’s. The online shopping is offering a FREE jar of high-quality organic virgin coconut oil. Claim your FREE gift today before they’re gone!