Happiness At Home And Abroad

You’ve seen and done a lot in your travels. You’ve hiked up mountainsides, seen the sunrise over a beautiful beach and become engrossed in the hustle and bustle, smells and sights of a new city but are you still looking for a little more excitement in your life?

When you’ve become addicted to the travel bug and all the adventure that comes with it, it’s hard to settle back into ‘normal’ life. You might always be planning your next getaway but when does that become obstructive to living your life in the present?

We look at some ways in which you can live your best life whether you’re at home or jetting off to South East Asia, whether you’re doing the school run or daily commute or basking on a beach in the Caribbean.

The secret to being happy wherever you are is right here.

Accept your circumstances

But we should add the caveat: for the time being. It’s fine to want more, to see more and to experience more but there are times, for whatever reason, that this just can’t happen. That’s not to say it never will but for now accepting where you are is going to bring you more joy than wishing for something you can’t have.

You are, however, allowed to have a goal in mind so if taking a hiking trip in South America is on your wish-list, take practical steps to make that happen by putting aside a few savings each month, just don’t get fixated on it.

Bring your own excitement

The great thing about travelling is experiencing all the newness that different cultures, food and sights give you. While your home surroundings won’t necessarily give you that, there are things you can do to create a little more excitement in your life and get your pulse racing.

If travel takes you out of your comfort zone, find a way of doing the same. You might take up an adrenaline sport that challenges your fears of heights or water or get involved in an escape room ghost challenge that terrifies the life out of you but also tests your problem solving abilities.

Rather than sit back and let fun come to you, go out, make plans and bring the excitement into your own life. Talk and plan with friends, while it might not be the same as jumping on a plane to an unfamiliar country, it will give you something to distract and entertain you in the meantime.

Whether you’re a travel junkie, a constant holidaymaker or just love a good adventure, you can only truly appreciate the world around you if you can be happy wherever you are. Plan your next trip by reading up on travel blogs and doing your research but don’t forget to be happy with the people who love you most and are grateful to spend some time with you before you set off on the next adventure.

Life can be an adventure all its own, wherever you are in the world.

Powering Up Your Travels

Travelling is just one of those experiences you want to share with if not the world, then certainly your loved ones back home.

With every new view you see, food you taste and culture you experience the chance to record the sights, smells, tastes and the feelings you have around a new place is not to be missed.

Which of course is why laptops were invented. Your trusty Mac may have faithfully traveled the world with you but it is still prone to running out of battery at the most inconvenient of moments.

That’s why we’ve put together a handy guide to help save your Mac’s battery power so you’ll be able to send out that travel blog exactly on time.

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Dim Down

Reducing the brightness of your screen might well be better for your eyes, but it’s also going to save a whole lot of power from going to waste. Hit F1 until you’ve reduced it to a level you can still work at but which is slightly less bright than the sun.

Ditch Hanging Apps

Having them open, even in the background, will cause your power to decrease so make sure that you quit anything you’re not working on, using a forced quit if necessary.

Open Up Private Browsing

When your machine doesn’t have to work as hard accessing your stored data, it uses less power. Any websites you visit won’t be a part of the Mac’s search history but you’ll be able to rely on a little more power.

Get A Smart App

Extending the endurance for Mac battery life can be taken out of your hands with clever apps that automatically make adjustments to your settings when your battery reaches a certain level. Perfect for on-the-go travelers who don’t have time to work through all the settings manually. Shop around for an app specifically for Macs though.

Cut Out The Keyboard Light

It does look great but it’s burning through your power. You can do this by either pressing F5 until there are zero bars showing or going through the Keyboard tab in Systems Preferences.

Turn Off Connectivity

This might be the last thing you want to do but if you just need to get those last few sentences out and on a page, without losing it all then turning off Bluetooth and Wifi will help.

Do this by simply clicking on the Bluetooth and Wifi icons at the top of your computer screen.

No More Chrome

It might be second nature to install Google Chrome as your browser of choice but experts say it’s Safari that’s optimized to be the most efficient browser for your Mac, so say goodbye to easy Google searches and hello to longer battery life.

Just by employing a few of our tech tips, you’re bound to notice a difference in the way your Mac battery life responds. Squeeze out every inch of juice you can to make sure that your travel experiences are recorded for posterity or at least for that amazing travel blog you’re writing.

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The Best Place to Find Food Trucks Near You

I don’t know about you, but I love a good food truck!

Food trucks are becoming a huge trend today. Considering that millennials are always on-the-go and prefer food that can be easily prepared, a lot of restaurants have also considered obtaining a food truck to cater to even more people.

When you choose a great location, food lovers will just line up to have a taste of fresh and unique options from your menu. Its popularity is not just big in America, but you can, in fact, find it in all parts of the world.

Considering how modern technology has shaped our culture as of late, the easiest way to find trucks near you would be via the help of the internet.

So, when you are stuck somewhere and you are looking for the nearest food truck, you can simply search an app and easily locate the nearest food trucks. While looking for locations on a search engine is easy, the option of using an app is even easier since it will allow you to find the best food truck in the vicinity in seconds.

Best of all, it is one of the most reliable and inexpensive sources of information that you can have.

Mobile apps like Truckster allow you to explore your favorite food truck, breweries, menus, and even upcoming events. So the next time you wonder, “Where are the food trucks near me?” you can now easily locate them with just a few taps on your smartphone.

Best of all, it also tracks your friends’ favorites, as well as reviews from other people. It gets the live locations of a food truck and even allows mobile ordering so you can easily skip lines.

This app, along with other apps that allow locating food trucks, is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. How it works is that it uses Twitter feeds, truck-reported data, GPS, and other data which will appear when you show where you are at a certain moment.

It will track down the nearest truck near your area. This definitely makes searching much easier compared to having to search for details on Google. With just a few taps, you will have all the information that you want. When you have to search on search engines, it will most likely take too much time, especially when you are in a rush.

Unless you are living under a rock, you know for sure that food trucks are a huge phenomenon today. People just want to have access to the best food available nearest to them. Millennials have grown to prefer easy access to food and food trucks are definitely one of the solutions. Because of this, a lot of food businesses have made sure to adapt their business to a food truck to reap more sales.

So, the next time you are craving a unique experience with local food, consider looking for the best food truck located nearest you.

Get Ready for Back to School with HP Envy x360 Laptops at Best Buy

Traveling as much as I do means I have to work on the road, in the airport, in a hotel or anywhere else I can find the time. Carting my laptop had become a nuisance over time since it’s sort of big and chunky. The 2 in 1 device is the best thing since sliced bread for people like me! Can you imagine how great this 2 in 1 laptop will be for the student in your family!
HP Envy x360
HP Envy x360 laptops are 2-in-1 devices that can transfer from a laptop to a tablet in seconds. And I do mean seconds!
These touch-screen laptops come with Windows Ink capabilities and a Windows operating system so you can write on the screen with a stylus. Windows Ink will definitely change the way you use your laptop. You can quickly turn your  thoughts into action with Windows Ink – at work or school. You can capture notes at the speed of thought, even before signing in. Instantly access Inking from anywhere in Windows Ink-enabled apps. Pair Inking with Office to easily make edits and create content. Just imagine how handy this will be in a classroom or on the road. 
AMD processors make the these laptops fast and thin so you can take them with you anywhere you go! Light weight and easy to use! The laptop opens easily to create a tablet for note-taking. An AMD Ryzen processor supports Windows 10 Home and other applications effortlessly. The reliable 128GB solid-state hard drive on this HP Envy convertible laptop stores lots of files and programs.
This is definitely the way to go for your student this year!

Product Specs: 

Windows 10 operating system – Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.
Built for Windows Ink – Quickly jot down notes and ideas with ease.
Full HD touch screen – The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Natural finger-touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Energy-efficient WLED backlight.
8GB system memory for advanced multitasking – Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
360° flip-and-fold design – Offers versatile functionality with laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet modes.
Even if you don’t have a student heading back to school, or you don’t travel regularly – this laptop can be the ideal 2 in 1 device for every household and for any user. What are you waiting for? Head to Best Buy today to get your HP Envy x360! and save $100 through 7/28.
This post is sponsored by Best Buy. I have been compensated for publication. All opinions are my own.

I’ll Be Heading to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2018!

You all know how much I love all things Disney. I’m always over-the-moon excited when I get one of those pixie dusted email invitations to attend an event at Disney. A few months back I received an invitation to attend the 2018 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration being held in February. I’ve been fairly quiet about my plans to attend this year. Not for any particular reason. I sometimes think my friends and readers may get tired of seeing me gush about Disney so every now and then I stay a bit quiet while I make my plans to once again visit the most magical place on earth!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2018
Photo Credit: DisneySMMC

What is Disney Social Media Moms Celebration?

It’s totally and completely unknown how anyone gets invited. It’s pixie dust! The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is an event held each year by Disney for social media influencers, writers, bloggers, vloggers, etc. It’s an invite-only conference with limited space and an invitation is a super huge honor in the blogging community. At the conference you are given a sneak peek into what’s new coming to Disney Parks. That sneak peek is given to you in the way that only Disney can present things – VIP, Over The Top, Fantastic parties, great speakers and generous and wonderful sponsors.

In 2017, and again this year, the conference will be both a land and sea event with 3 days at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando followed by a cruise on the Disney Cruise Line. Invitees can bring family to experience all the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ness of it all! When invitees are in session, family/friends can enjoy all that the Disney Parks (and cruise line) offer. In typical Disney fashion, sessions are arranged so that there is more than enough time for everyone to spend time together as a family either in “free family time” or in planned events that include all members of your group.

It is not free to attend. There is a lump sum cost for the invitee to attend with an add-on cost for each additional family member you bring along. The cost, however, is HIGHLY discounted.

Disney also holds DisneySMMC On-the-Road events at random cities. The On-The-Road events are half or three quarters of a day and free to attend.

Photo Credit: DisneySMMC

You Can Be Invited to DisneySMMC More Than Once

Just as it’s completely unknown how anyone gets invited, it’s also completely unknown why some get invited several times. I have gone twice before (in 2015 and 2016). Those years the conference was held strictly at Walt Disney World Resort. I also attended one DisneySMMC On-The-Road event way back in 2012.

2017 was the first year the conference was a land and sea event. This year, 2018, I will be bringing along my daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. Even though we visit Walt Disney World often, my 9 year old granddaughter is so excited about her first Disney cruise. She is making all sorts of plans for her first time at sea!

So . . . the setting aside of cruise clothes has begun. I’ll admit to being a little overwhelmed planning for the cruise portion since my grandson is only one. Making sure we have everything we need has my head spinning! Regular diapers, swim diapers, diaper cream, baby soap, baby shampoo, bibs, hats . . . it feels like his list is endless!

I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty – I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore (Ariel/The Little Mermaid). I keep trying to predict and be sure to have everything he will need but “the only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.” (Remy/Ratatouille)! 

I know once it’s time to hit the road for DisneySMMC, the excitement – the joy – the anticipation – will have been stretched to it’s limits and we will have a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah trip!

I know when this years conference is over, I will come away with more tips and lessons to help me grow, and will have some really great Disney memories with my grandchildren!

Take Aways from Previous DisneySMMC

Over my many years of blogging, I have grown a great deal. I know I have progressed in a positive way. Today I went back and read some of the posts I wrote after attending previous conferences. Reading those posts I realized that much of my growth as a blogger is due to my attendance at DisneySMMC. Disney has that magical way of teaching us lessons through entertainment.

What I Learned About MYSELF at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015 – #DisneySMMC – We are never fully FREE of who we are but it’s o.k. to just be you! I am what I am and that’s all that I am!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration – Be Inspired! #DisneySMMC – Be Inspired! No matter how confident or self-assured we are in what we do, there are always many, many others that know more, are much better at it that we can learn from. At the same time there are those less confident and less self-assured that we can help and support. There is always something to learn, to absorb, to understand better. I came away Inspired!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration – 3 Months Later – I’m Still Inspired! I was determined to focus on what I had learned at the conference from other bloggers and from the many wonderful speakers. I was still absorbing much of what I heard and saw but set some goals and timelines for myself. I decided to give myself 3 months to tackle 2 goals. At the end of the first 3 months I would set 2 new goals and slowly work my way through the list of things I was inspired to take on. 3 months sounds like a long time but believe me when life gets in the way, and you have set a timeline you are determined to stick to – 3 months flies by in a second! Knowing myself I knew that I could only focus on one or two things at a time. I am still – 3 months later – DETERMINED and INSPIRED! 

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney