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30 Hours of Battery Life with @SonyElectronics WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones at @Best Buy #ad

Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones available at Best Buy

My husband is a major music enthusiast.  If he’s not listening to it, he’s playing it.  Between his upcoming birthday and Christmas, I better start shopping early!  And I’ve got the perfect first product for the list: the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones available at Best Buy!  

What’s so great about the Sony WH-1000XM3?  They really do just about everything you could ask for from a pair of headphones! 

Hands Free Calling and Google Assistant: simply double tap to answer a phone call or press and hold the noise-canceling button to ask the Google Assistant something.  

Industry-leading noise canceling: Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1 brings the WH-1000XM3 to the pinnacle of noise cancellation.  While mowing the yard or even getting in a workout, my husband appreciates being able to block out the other sounds and focus on the music.  This is definitely a feature he will love!  

Premium Sound: The 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms are Hi-Res Audio compatible, reproducing a full range of frequencies.  Anyone who plays music will appreciate the quality of sound these headphones put out!

All-day listening with quick charging: Listen all day with up to 30 hours of playback and quick charging that gives five hours of playback with just 10 minutes of charge time.  My husband is a busy dad, homeschooling our boys during the day and helping out with his mother’s small business by evening.  The length of charge these headphones hold is fantastic for those who not only will use them for hours at a time, but also for those who might not have time or remember to set them on a charger every night.  

Smart Listening: Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity and balances noise canceling levels accordingly.  This feature intrigues me and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in day to day listening.  You also can hold your hand over the housing to turn the volume down in an instant.  


Sony WH-1000XM3 What's in the box


What’s in the box:

  • Audio cable for wired connection
  • Carry case
  • Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones
  • USB-C charging cable


Overall, this pair of headphones seem phenomenal and perfect for my music-loving husband.  I can’t wait to check them out in person at Best Buy!  


Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones at Best Buy


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored. I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


The Zen Of Recovery: 5 Steps For Rebuilding Your Health And Restoring Your Hope

The Zen Of Recovery: 5 Steps For Rebuilding Your Health And Restoring Your Hope


Some accidents can cause personal injuries that last for years. They necessitate things like surgery, therapy, medical equipment, and more.  Although it may seem perfectly natural, considering all the things that you’re going through, to give up and believe your life has lost meaning and purpose; this is a mistake. When you sink into depression, you only make a bad situation worse, ruining your own life and making everyone close to you miserable, too.


Here are five practical tips you can use to deal with your new situation without letting it get you down:

  1. Make sure your basic needs are met.

Before contemplating what coping strategies you should adopt, sort out your basic needs. Do you have enough money to cover your basic cost of living? If not, then research what resources are available for financial assistance or at-home employment. Do you have easy access to all the medical supplies you need when you need them? If not, then use an online medical supplies service like to place an order when your supplies run low. Do you have enough emotional support to cope with your situation? If you don’t have any close family or friends, then consider joining a support group in your city to be able to share your feelings with others.  And if you do have family and friends nearby, be willing to accept their help. 


  1. Avoid making yourself miserable.

The way people make themselves miserable is through negative self-talk and overidentification with all the ills and misfortunes reported in the news, on social media, and other media. Learn to catch your mind-wandering and steer it away from self-pity, reflecting on everything that’s not working, and feeling critical of people and events. Instead, steer your mind to what is working for you. Give yourself the gift of self-compassion.

There are three exercises that you can use to steer your mind in a more positive direction:

  • List a few things you are grateful for when you wake up, even if it’s something as simple as feeling grateful that you have a bed to sleep in and will soon have breakfast.
  • Scribble a letter to yourself every day for a week speaking words of empathy, hope, and faith. This daily dose of self-encouragement will coax your mind to think in a more productive way.
  • Read biographies of people who overcome great odds in life, making impossible things possible.

Although these three exercises may seem contrived, they will work if you stick with them long enough. Eventually, you’ll start to think in a more positive way, which will not only help you but those around you. 


  1. Notice when you’re winning.

Every time you do something that you couldn’t do before, you’re winning in life. Depending on your condition, small victories might be learning to walk a few steps more than you did a week ago or to do something else that shows that you’re making progress toward recovery.  


  1. Focus on what you can do.

Although you may feel that you can’t do much physically, there is plenty that you can do mentally. You can read a book, learn how to play chess (or learn how to play better chess), or study some skill, like math or art. Appreciate the simple fact that your mind can learn from documentaries, books, online courses, and discussions. Set some intellectual or artistic goals for yourself.


  1. Get better at managing your stress.

The more stressed we are about something, the worse things appear to get, which, of course, stresses us out even more. The way to step out of fear, worry, anxiety, and other stressful emotions is to adopt practices like mindfulness, meditation, and contemplation. By calming your agitated nervous system, your body will have less cortisol running through your bloodstream. By focusing on the physiological aspects of stress reduction, like tensing and relaxing your muscles or breathing more deeply, your turbulent emotions will settle down.  Stress can also extend to those around you, including your own children, so learning to manage your own will help them as well. 


While these five practices are neither intuitive nor easy, you will get better over time at taking care of your basic needs, thinking more optimistically, noticing your small victories, focusing on what you can do, and getting better at managing your stress. You will begin to feel increasingly better about your life as these gain momentum.

Questions to Answer Before Moving to a New House

When I was a teenager, I met a long time family friend of my parents who had moved to Australia years ago.  She was visiting with her children, both close in age to me and I was immediately interested in the culture and beauty of the country.  I thought maybe one day I could move there!  Maybe it’s a dream of yours too?

Have you always wanted to move to a house in Australia and raise your family there? There are indeed beautiful and amazing house and land packages in Melbourne and other cities in Australia. However, it is not enough to just decide that you will move there with your family, especially when you have little children in your household. There are different questions that you need to ask yourself and find answers to.

Here are some questions that you need to answer before moving to a new house to ensure that the decision is the best for the entire family especially for the kids.


  1. Is there a nearby school for the kids?

If you have kids then you know how they are always on top of your priorities. And when moving to a new house, you must first check if there is a nearby good school that you can enroll them in most especially if it is their first time to attend school. You surely want to give them good education but you also do not want to cause them stress by having them travel long hours or distance from home to school and vice versa. Therefore, you should look for a house that is near a good kindergarten or prep school.


  1. Is it near the office or workplace?

It would also be practical to move to a house that is near your office or your workplace. This will save you a lot of time, money, and you will also spare yourself from long travel hours. You will be able to spend more quality time with your family than get yourself stuck in traffic especially during rush hour.


  1. Is there a playground or park?

Of course it is also nice if there is a playground or a nice park for you to walk and play with your kids in. You can spend the afternoon in the park, reading books while the kids play with other kids in the neighbourhood. It will be lovely for both you and your kids.


  1. Is the neighbourhood safe and friendly?

You should also ask the question if the neighbourhood is indeed safe. To do this, you might want to observe or do a viewing in different times of the day. You should visit in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening to see how the surroundings would look like during those hours. The area could be quiet in the morning but then when it’s nighttime, there might be a lot of fights among the neighbors, loud parties, and stuff. So of course, you want to avoid those types of neighbourhood.


  1. Is there a police station or guard in the community? 

Lastly, you would feel a lot safer if there is a guard doing some rounds day in and day out. You will be able to sleep better knowing that your family and your property is safe while you are sleeping at night.


Those simple questions will allow you to get to know the neighbourhood and the house location better. More than the style or design of the house, you should be particular about the location.

The environment and the house neighbourhood will definitely create a big impact in raising your kids. Therefore, you must ensure to buy a house not only in a beautiful location but also a location that is safe, healthy, and friendly for the family.


Questions to Answer Before Moving to a New House

Preemptive Post-Emergency Price Calculations

Keep your family in safe hands by planning post-emergency price calculations preemptively


Unexpected events are eerily inevitable. Knowing when, where, and what is the hard part. This is particularly the case when trying to gauge how much money will be required if an emergency occurs.

While we recently covered ways to generate emergency funds, we felt it was necessary to cover the common areas in which these funds get spent. By preemptively calculating their cost, families can better manage money if and when an emergency occurs:


Temporary Living

Floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes wreak millions of dollars of destruction on American homes every year. Insurance usually covers the cost of temporary housing, but the check doesn’t arrive overnight. Get an idea of how much money will be required for a family-sized hotel suite on an extended stay. Call up area hotels and motels to get quotes and make sure your emergency funds match the amount.


Legal Help

Many life emergencies lead to legal woes. Traffic accidents are statistically the most likely of these events to happen to the average person. In the event you or a loved one are hurt in a vehicle collision, it’s critical to seek a reputable car accident lawyer in your area. Once again there’s a good chance you won’t have to pay anything in the long run but there may be upfront fees. Be proactive and call these firms ahead of time to see whether there’s a need to have funds available for legal assistance.



Most folks prefer liability-only auto insurance because it’s usually a lot cheaper than full coverage. However if your car is damaged in an accident and you’re at fault or the other person is not covered, you’re on your own for finding a way around. This can be true even if you’re not at fault. Payouts are delayed if injuries are involved. Even though this is to your long-term benefit as the injured party it means the costs of car rentals and ride-shares need to be covered in the meantime. Check local rental prices from numerous agencies. If Uber or Lyft is active in your area take a glance at their rates.


Home improvement 

Disability may call for a wheelchair ramp to be installed onto your home for access. It counts as a tax write-off, but that doesn’t mean it won’t cost a pretty penny to have built. Call area contractors to see if they’d be willing to come by and give a quote on the cost of constructing a ramp. Additionally, not every destructive catastrophe at home will be covered by your insurance policy. Get a grasp of how much it may cost to pay out-of-pocket for sewer backups, termite damage, and repairing damage caused by acts of terrorism, all of which are not covered by ordinary homeowners insurance.

Having access to emergency funds when an unexpected crisis occurs is standard advice for any household. However getting a rough idea of how much such emergencies will cost in the long-run is an often overlooked article of this policy. What may seem like an adequate stash of cash may not be enough to cover the costs of life’s more common emergencies and disasters. If preparedness is the goal, then be prepared for how much you’ll have to pay.

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