5 Reasons You Should Listen to Music Together

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Here's 5 reasons you should listen to music together. It's beneficial! And enjoy Now That's What I Call Music 64 today! We LOVE it #AD #NowThatsMusic #Now64

I am having so much trouble writing this, because I’m totally dancing in my desk chair!

In case you’re wondering, the song in question is “Feels” by Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean. Guys, I am in SHOCK that the NOW brand is releasing Now That’s What I call Music 64 today! 64! Can you believe it? This has been such a part of my youth, and now it’s part of my kids’ youth too. Music is.. everything. It’s how we bond. Our bodies and our minds are meant to seek out rhythm – whether to create music ourselves – or to just sit back and enjoy it. We start playing music for our children when they’re still in the womb, and we “try” to at least somewhat influence their music selections while we can. And if not influence, we strive to make an impact. We sing. We dance. And we laugh. While we dream.

Do you remember mix tapes the way I do? Not only do I remember mix tapes, and sitting in front of my little bedroom radio for HOURS just to record part of one song, I remember mix CDs even more. Music has changed so much since I changed from child to adult to parent. The way we listen to music has changed so much, it’s almost dizzying. It’s comforting, though, that Now That’s What I Call Music is still picking and packing the biggest and latest hits into perfectly poppy compilations.

It’s more than that, though. It runs deep. This mix is possibly my favorite one yet. I can’t stop listening!


I’m not surprised that the NOW brand has sold 100M records and has had a record 19 #1 albums. Crazy, right? And not so crazy. Now 64 is their latest release and you can get it today! This mix features 22 of today’s most popular songs and is available everywhere starting November 3rd (TODAY). I love looking back at all 64 (!!) albums because it’s like a mix tape in a time capsule of what’s cool RIGHT NOW, and it will be a record of this time in our lives. That’s my #1 reason, in fact.

5 Reasons You Should Listen to Music Together:

1 – Music makes memories. The strongest ways to jog memories are smells (like perfume/cologne, summer nights, wood smoke, coffee, etc.) and music. These songs you’re listening to with loved ones? They will always make you think of NOW.

2 – Music brings people together. Live music has been around since.. forever.. and hasn’t died down. Even with our abilities to listen to music that’s not live, we still mostly choose to appreciate it with someone else. It creates cohesion.

3 – Music helps us better understand the world and the different cultures in it.

4 – Music helps us be happier and more social.

5 – Music is good for the growing brain, and that includes you too, adults!

It’s been a nutty few weeks lately, with work, home renovations, and days off from school – for various holidays, conferences, etc. It’s so much fun to blast music when my kids have friends over, and I even played Now That’s What I call Music 64 over FaceTime with my nephew. We were all dancing together! Our kids – the new generation – are getting to experience a whole new generation of pop stars dominating the airwaves. This album absolutely helps me understand what music is hot right now. I love that it’s edited to be family-friendly AND parent-friendly. I didn’t know all of the songs..

..but I’m learning fast!

In fact, this compilation already had two of my favorite songs ever! And that’s Kesha “Praying” and P!nk “What About Us.” And now I have new favorites. I adore Sia, so hearing her in ZAYN f/Sia “Dusk to Dawn” was awesome! Scarlet loves Katy Perry which is why I was dancing like crazy to “Feels.” I’m intrigued by “1-800-273-8255” by Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid. Ah, they’re all so catchy! I love each song for its own unique reasons. What a mix! Just look at this wonder:

  1. Charlie Puth “Attention” (ATL)
  2. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito” (Remix) (Rep/UMLE)
  3. Shawn Mendes “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (ISL)
  4. Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road” (UMG-Nash)
  5. Liam Payne ft. Quavo “Strip It Down” (REP)
  6. Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean “Feels” (COL)
  7. Maroon 5 ft. SZA “What Lovers Do” (IGA)
  8. French Montana ft. Swae Lee “Unforgettable” (Epic)
  9. Childish Gambino “Redbone” (GN)
  10. Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid “1-800-273-8255” (DJ)
  11. Sam Smith “Too Good At Goodbyes” (CAP)
  12. Kesha “Praying” (RCA)
  13. P!nk “What About Us” (RCA)
  14. Bruno Mars “Versace On The Floor” (ATL)
  15. ZAYN f/Sia “Dusk To Dawn” (RCA)
  16. Imagine Dragons “Thunder” (IGA)

NOW Presents What’s Next:

  1. Barns Courtney Golden Dandelions (Capitol)
  2. DaniLeigh Play (DJ)
  3. Moon Taxi Two High (RCA)
  4. The Accidentals Odyssey (Sony Masterworks)
  5. Billie Ellish Ocean Eyes (IGA)
  6. Molly Kate Footprints (ATL)

Are you excited? I’m still dancing. Now 64 has 22 of today’s biggest and latest hits and makes a perfect gift during this season of gratitude and then giving. Show someone you care about just how much you care about them, because Now 64 is available everywhere you are! This link right here will take you where you want to go. What are you waiting for?

What’s your favorite song on this track list?

7 Caregiver Tips for Traveling

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Are you a caregiver or do you have one in your life? Here are 7 tips for traveling, and covering all of your caregiving needs at Sam's Club #ad #ConquerInco

‘Tis the season to get away, right? Today we’re talking about travel – specifically as a caregiver.

As a young adult, I used to jump into my car with wild abandon – happy to drive north, south, east, and west. I think that’s the case with many people, but it gets harder as we get older, or if we’re sick, hurt, or with someone who requires care. Wanderlust hasn’t changed with kids – it just requires more thought now. As a mom, and as a daughter, granddaughter, niece, daughter-in-law, etc. For some people – MANY people – travel requires a LOT more thought than anything.

Luckily my tips include many ways to provide caregiving help for travel.


As much as I am able-bodied right now, I’m always aware of how that can change – whether it takes years, or not. I’ve been a member of the sandwich generation for eight years now. My parents are in good health, but my mom lost both of her parents within the last five years, when both were over 100! My dad’s parents are in their 90’s, and require constant care. And my uncle is younger but has an illness in which we help to outfit our home to accommodate his needs. He needs help with many aspects of life, and it has changed the way we look at travel. It’s changed the way we look at EVERYTHING.

As caregivers to loved ones, we rely on a world that will give us the tools to help. We rely on products and services that give our loved ones the flexibility to live life with freedom. Luckily we find flexibility and freedom with Member’s Mark Total Protection products from Sam’s Club. These are a smarter choice for my family economically, and emotionally for us too.

There’s something at Sam’s Club for everyone, and for many people out there, this is everything. Year ago, when we had settled in western MA and I knew I was going to be a bit in-between everything – whether that’s with generations or geographical distance – I did the research. I wanted to know exactly where to go for myself, and my loved ones. After doing some research and spending some time there, I was happy to learn that Sam’s Club has products for personal care and caregiving needs, including pick up, subscription, and additional health and wellness services. It’s one-stop shopping for Caregiving. There are premium quality products at a great value, and many exclusive member benefits at Sam’s Club.

Here are our 7 Caregiver Tips For Traveling:


1 – Have essentials on hand! If you’re going to be sitting in a plane, train, or car for extended periods, you want to be prepared. Pack light, layered clothes, seasonal needs, snacks, water, and necessary personal products. We buy Member’s Mark Total Protection products like Member’s Mark Total Protection Adult Briefs for Men & Women, Large. Sam’s Club will be the first retail store upgrading to these adjustable briefs. Their products are every bit as good or better than more expensive and more highly advertised brands. You can Conquer Inco with this amazing product – giving confidence to users. Adjustable side panels give a secure fit, and breathable material helps keep skin cool, dry and comfortable.

2 – Get doctor clearance and have important medical info on hand. You should have documents and medications, such as emergency contact info, a list of current meds/doses, food allergy information, physician information, and an ID bracelet for you and/or your loved one. Also you can label clothing and put important info in your loved one’s (and your) wallet.

3 – Plan your accommodations beforehand. If you’re renting a car, think about more easily accessible vehicles, and plan for wheelchairs, walkers, or other pieces of mobility equipment. If flying, request accessible seats. Also limit layovers and connections. Plan meals with dietary restrictions in mind, no matter how you’re traveling. Be in contact with your hotel for special needs in mind – like ramps, first level floors, elevators, etc.

4 – Stick to a routine whenever possible. Instead of staying with family, consider a hotel. Allow extra time for your loved one (and you) to feel comfortable in your new surroundings. Set realistic expectations about the trip.

5 – Outsource. Consider hiring a medical transport service if the situation calls for it. Plan caregiving shifts with other family members or friends, and consider bringing home health aides/nurses, or researching adult care centers.

6 – Communication is key. Before and every activity, tell your loved one where you’re going and what you’re doing in detail, but without overwhelming them.

7. Pace yourself and scale back. Build in extra time for frequent breaks. Don’t rush! Good luck.

Now, head on over to your nearest Sam’s Club to see all of the Member’s Mark Total Protection Products that they have to offer for you and your loved ones! And don’t forget to leave an online review when you visit Samsclub.com.

Happy Trails!