Get Your Jam On With Sol Republic Wireless Headphones (#Giveaway)

Sol Republic Wireless Headphones


Love these headphones SO much (and they come with an awesome travel bag.)


I’ve loved listening to music my entire life but I’ve never owned a nice pair of headphones…until now.

Sol Republic sent me a pair of their awesome Tracks Air wireless headphones. My 9-year-old and I were home when the box arrived and she absolutely could not wait for me to tear open the box.

As you can see, she was pretty blown away by the sound.

Sol Republic Headphones

My One Direction fan listening to a favorite song.


 

I’ve been wearing them at work and I’m honestly not sure why in the heck I’ve never used headphones at work before. I’ve tried earbuds, but they’re not very comfortable. The Tracke Air are amazingly comfy and also help block out most background noise. I haven’t traveled with them yet but I can’t wait to! They’d be perfect for listening to music or even podcasts or books on my iPhone while flying. Tracks Air have an impressive 15-hour battery life, too. (That’s a lot of music!)

I’m so excited to have a pair of these amazing headphones to give away to one lucky reader of my blog! Sol Republic Track headphones retail for $199 so these would be a great gift this holiday season.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post letting me know who you’d give these awesome wireless headphones to (they’d make a fantastic gift) if you were to be the lucky winner. Or would you keep them for yourself?

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Good luck!

I’ll select one winner from all eligible comments using Random.org; giveaway closes at midnight CST Friday, September 5. The giveaway is open only to U.S. residents, ages 18+.

Nashville: Lower Prices Coming to a Kroger Near You

Disclosure: I received a Kroger gift card at this blogger event. As always, though, all thoughts and opinions posted on my blog are all mine.

While I am a huge bargain shopper and rarely pay full price for anything, I have a confession to make. I hate clipping coupons. Hate it! I’m a total coupon slacker. I do, however, shop sales and generally plan our meals and snacks around the best deals.

I’ve been shopping off and on and Kroger for years. There’s a Kroger conveniently located near my daughter’s school, making it easy to make a mad OMGWHATSFORDINNER run, not that I ever do that. Ahem. I am also a huge fan of their Kroger Plus discounts on gas since I drive a gas beast of an SUV.

The lovely PR folks with Kroger’s Nashville Division invited me to attend a blogger luncheon at the Green Hills store recently to discuss their new store-wide reduction plan, which includes lower prices on thousands of items, from coffee to cereal. One of the highlights of the event was meeting THE Ms. Cheap, Mary Hance with The Tennessean. If you don’t read her column, you should.

Nashville Kroger Low Prices Program

After lunch we took a tour of the store to get more details about the price reductions, which includes national brands, produce and Kroger’s Simple Truth natural foods line. As we toured the produce department, which now features several fruits and vegetables grown here in Tennessee, I honed in on the lettuce since we make a lot of salads in the summer. All lettuce is now 99 cents, including Romaine. Bring on the croutons! Fresh produce is definitely my preference as opposed to canned or frozen veggies but can often be pricey. Several produce items that families purchase frequently were part of the markdown initiative, including fresh peaches (which were $1.99 a pound and are now 99 cents a pound) and Roma tomatoes (which were $1.29 a pound and are now 99 cents a pound.) I was also impressed with the new lower prices on Lysol brand cleaner. I love their lemon all-purpose cleaner and the price has been permanently reduced from $2.69 to $1.99.

As a busy mom slash coupon slacker I am always happy to hear about ways to lower my grocery bill. Kroger is also rolling out their new store-wide price reductions in Southern Kentucky and Northern Alabama. Atlanta and Nashville area Kroger shoppers are already seeing the new prices.

Do you shop at Kroger? Have you noticed the price reductions?

 

 

 

 

Effective Time Management Tips To Organize Your Busy Life

Time Management Tips Organizing

 

Welcome to my annual 15 Minutes to Fabulous series! Over the past few weeks I’ve featured some fantastic guest writers. Let’s face it, give a busy woman 15 minutes of uninterrupted time and she can conquer the world…or at least 15 minutes of it! Today’s guest blogger is a work colleague of mine from Nashville, Rodney Bowen. Rodney is a productivity (and SEO) ninja. Be sure to visit his informative blog and follow him on Twitter for his insight on marketing, faith, and fatherhood.

15 minutes tips

Our lives are full.  Filled with activities competing for our limited attention, a day’s demands can quickly grow to the point of our feeling paralyzed with an inability to act on a single item.

Like so many, my busy work schedule stacks onto an already busy family schedule.  With hundreds of tasks and immediate next steps demanding my attention every day, I work hard to keep the healthy balance between my professionally work that involves the strategic building and implementing of integrated marketing plans for my clients and my quality family time.

I cannot afford for a single item of my work or quality time with family to fall through the crack.  These effective time management tips have become great ways to keep my professional and personal life more organized.

Time Management Tips:  How to Organize Your Life

1.  Email Management.

Your workday likely begins very similarly to mine in which I open my laptop at 6:00 am to find nearly 100 new email messages with work and family both represented.

Where do I begin? I have found these steps very helpful to kick start my day with some great control over the workflow of the many email demands, which continue to arrive into my inbox throughout the day:

i.          Delete the obsolete.  Immediately skimming the list of email messages in my inbox, I identify the spam emails that I can immediately delete.

ii.         File for reference.  I will file any email messages that are simply “for your information” and a no-response-needed message is needed.

iii.        Respond then file.  I quickly reply to any email messages that I know I can quickly respond in-full; and then, I archive the message.

iv.        Copy and Paste.  I keep a working draft of text or copy available that I find myself regularly using when I respond to email messages.  I have found this copy-and-paste step a great time saver.

v.         Confirm receipt.  For those email messages needing a little more research and work before responding, I quickly acknowledge receipt of the message and then confirm my list of immediate next steps, which will include an estimated time later that day that my recipient can expect to hear back from me.  After I respond to the message, I add the necessary action(s) to the Wunderlist to-do list app that I’ve listed in the below #2

2.  Wunderlist app

Wunderlist app is the best to do list app I have found to date.  A few years ago, I stumbled upon the free app, and it has become my go-to resource that is sure to help organize your work and family life with efficiency.  The app provides me a great way to manage all my work and personal actions, which also includes subtasks that I can most effectively manage throughout the completion of the various projects.

Please feel free to visit my How I Use It (http://rodneybowen.me/best-to-do-list-app-wunderlist/) blog post for a screenshot and details how I most actively integrate the app into my workflow.

3.  Google Doc 

I really value the ability to use the Google doc app on my phone to create any digital drafts for my email or blog posts, when I am not able to access my laptop.  Whether I am needing to customize a lengthy email while I am away from my computer, or I have been inspired to write a new blog post, I have found the easy accessibility and edit-ability the of Google Doc app to be a great addition to my workflow.

I trust this information has been helpful to you as well.

As you begin to test and integrate these time management tips into your workflow, I am hopeful that you soon begin to identify a process and pace that fits your comfort ability, so you may also begin to better and more efficiently manage the daily demands hitting your schedule.

 

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