Technology and the music business

Last night I was talking to my sister about how much the music business has changed over the years. We had come across an old vinyl album our father’s band had recorded in a music studio back in the ’50s and were wondering where we could find a record player to use to listen to it. We were talking about how back then it was unheard of for people to have all of the recording equipment at home to cut professional quality recordings. Anyone with an Internet connection, a shipping address, and a credit or debit card can go online and pick out what they want, buy now, ship overnight, and pay later. Before you know it, you have a recording studio in your very own living room!

Mini keyboard

When Christie brought home the new m audio oxygen 25 I was really surprised how small the keyboard was. I didn’t expect that she would be very happy with the device at all. But within minutes of plugging the USB keyboard into her computer, she was playing music with a big, silly grin on her face, and I was happy that she was happy. I didn’t dare ask her how much money she paid for it – I didn’t want to ruin the moment!

Limitations On Electronic Devices for Children

Do you let your children play with electronic devices? Does your child have his or her own personal IPad, IPhone, IPod, Kindle Fire, Nook, or similar device that can connect to the internet? If so, I’m curious to know about the boundaries and rules you have put in to place regarding it’s use.

How closely do you monitor what your children are doing on these electronic devices? Do you sit with them and participate in the activity or do they get to have free time alone to use it all by themselves? Have you placed time restrictions on when the devices can and can not be used? Is there a time limit when the kids do get to use it? Do you use it as a reward or privilege or just something they can use whenever?

My daughter can use my IPad to play on the applications I have downloaded for her as long as her chores are done and she has made good choices during the day. I do limit the amount of time she is on the IPad but it depends on what she is doing. I let her play on the learning apps for almost as long as she wants as long as they are the educational apps and not something like baking cupcakes or dressing up a doll. I want her to view learning as fun and there are many applications that help me accomplish just that.

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Envy

Quite a few of my friends got new Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers for Christmas this past year. I’ve always wanted one myself and i have some serious Kitchen Aid mixer envy. I love to cook and love the idea of getting one of these miracle mixers as a gift. I’ll have to be sure to tell every person I know that I would really like to have one.

Maybe I can convince them all to pool their money for my birthday and get me one. I would probably be the happiest girl on the Earth. I can’t decide though if I want a red one or a sharp looking stainless steel one. I love red and have other red kitchen gadgets and appliances. Red would fit in nicely with everything else, but so would the stainless steel. I think the stainless steel makes the gorgeous mixer look like a big statement piece in anyone’s kitchen.

If I had one of the beautiful mixers it would always stay out on my counter top. I would never put it away. I would want to use it too much. But, then again if I had my dream kitchen I would see if I could get one of those nifty mixer lifts installed so that it hides in it’s own cabinet. Then you can pull it out up to the counter level and still have my counter space for other things like cookie sheets and such.  I guess it’s something to look forward to.

Affordable Home Safety Options

So the other day when I changed the batteries for the smoke detectors it got me thinking about other thing that contribute to home safety. I founds some very helpful tips online. I’m considering getting a home security system and there are a lot of different choices for monitoring your home and giving you peace of mind with alarm systems.

One company I found has three different pricing options, all of which seem to be pretty affordable ranging from $35.99 to $45.99 a month. These seem pretty reasonable when it comes to the safety of my family. One item that I was particularly fond of in one of the packages was an alarm that sounds when doors or windows are opened that are protected. I know this would put my mind at ease if  all I had to do would be listen for an intruder alarm.

No matter what system I might choose to get, my family’s safety is my number one priority. I just want to make sure my daughter and I are both safe and secure.