Is a House Without Music Really a Home?

No home is complete without some songs. Music is terrific to listen to as you cook and clean or when the family gathers for dinner. Its also ideal when entertaining guests or to just listen to as you relax and clear your mind.

And there are lots of ways for you and your family to enjoy music in your new house. These range from modern platforms to old-fashioned methods that are becoming new again.

Here are some of the most popular options that can bring music into your home so that everyone in your family can enjoy it.

Streaming Services:
There are several platforms that, for a monthly fee, give you access to just about any song you can think of. These include Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play. A standard Amazon Prime subscription comes with some music streaming, or you can upgrade to the Unlimited plan and get a lot more.

On the Radio:
Do you know theres a device you can buy for about $20 or less, and all you have to do is plug it in and you can listen to music, news, sports and talk without paying any monthly fees? An old-fashioned radio remains a great way to listen to music. Or you can subscribe to satellite radio, which offers channels devoted to virtually all musical styles, including rock, pop, R&B, blues, jazz, Broadway, standards, classical and even music for kids.

Records and CDs:
Even though streaming is taking over, you probably have a CD collection, so why not get a player and listen to them? And vinyl records have made a comeback, which makes a turntable a terrific way to enjoy music. Vinyl also can be fun because you can find old records for sale at affordable prices online or at a used record store if theres one nearby.

Get a Jukebox:
If your new home has a game room, a jukebox will make for a fun addition. Theyre decorative and add to the look of a game room, and your guests will have a great time picking out their favorite songs. Jukeboxes are also a great fit for a man cave or entertainment room.

And if there are people in your family who know how to play instruments, you can all make your own music and sing together.

Published with permission from RISMedia.

10 Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

If you were like most kids, you probably dreaded eating fruits and vegetables during your childhood. But now that youre a parent who understands the importance of healthy food for a childs well-being, you might find yourself struggling to talk your young kids into doing exactly what you once refused to do.

Pretty ironic, right?

To help you overcome this common challenge, ChooseMyPlate.gov suggests encouraging your children to eat fruits and veggies by trying to make it fun. Depending on their age and abilities, your kids may even be able to prepare their own healthy creations, making it all the more enjoyable for them.

ChooseMyPlate.gov offers these 10 kid-friendly ideas for fruits and vegetables:

Delicious Dippers. Kids love to dip their foods. Whip up a quick dip for veggies with yogurt and seasonings such as herbs or garlic. Serve with raw vegetables like broccoli, carrots or cauliflower. Fruit chunks go great with a yogurt and cinnamon or vanilla dip.

Smoothie Creations. Blend fat-free or low-fat yogurt or milk with fruit pieces and crushed ice. Use fresh, frozen, canned and even overripe fruits. Try bananas, berries, peaches and/or pineapple. If you freeze the fruit first, you can even skip the ice!

Caterpillar Kabobs. Assemble chunks of melon, apple, orange and pear on skewers for a fruity kabob. For a raw veggie version, use vegetables like zucchini, cucumber, squash, sweet peppers or tomatoes.

Personalized Pizzas. Set up a pizza-making station in the kitchen. Use whole-wheat English muffins, bagels or pita bread as the crust. Get tomato sauce and low-fat cheese, and cut up vegetables or fruits for toppings. Let kids choose their own favorites. Then pop the pizzas into the oven to warm.

Fruity Peanut Butterfly. Start with carrot sticks or celery for the body. Attach wings made of thinly sliced apples with peanut butter, and decorate with halved grapes or dried fruit.

Frosty Fruits. Frozen treats are bound to be popular in the warm months. Just put fresh fruits such as melon chunks in the freezer (rinse first). Make popsicles by inserting sticks into peeled bananas and freezing.

Bugs on a Log. Use celery, cucumber or carrot sticks as the log, and add peanut butter. Top with dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries or cherries, depending on which type of bugs your children want.

Homemade Trail Mix. Skip the pre-made trail mix and make your own. Use your favorite nuts and dried fruits, such as unsalted peanuts, cashews, walnuts or sunflower seeds mixed with dried apples, pineapple, cherries, apricots or raisins. Add whole-grain cereals to the mix, too.

Potato Person. Decorate half a baked potato. Use sliced cherry tomatoes, peas and low-fat cheese on the potato to make a funny face.

Put Kids in Charge. Ask your children to name new veggie or fruit creations. Let them arrange raw veggies or fruits into a fun shape or design.

Published with permission from RISMedia.

It’s a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights

  • Over the past year, homeowners have gained an unprecedented opportunity to sell with great success while buyer demand is soaring.
  • With homes selling twice as fast as they did last year at this time, getting multiple offers, and rising in price, homeowners are in the driver’s seat.
  • Let’s connect today if you’re ready to learn about the leverage you have as a seller in today’s housing market.

It’s a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights

  • Over the past year, homeowners have gained an unprecedented opportunity to sell with great success while buyer demand is soaring.
  • With homes selling twice as fast as they did last year at this time, getting multiple offers, and rising in price, homeowners are in the driver’s seat.
  • Let’s connect today if you’re ready to learn about the leverage you have as a seller in today’s housing market.