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Listening to Music in Your Car

By Robyn Wright

Most new cars now come with Bluetooth built in, so you can stream music from your phone through your car speakers. While this is very convenient for some, not everyone has a car with this feature. You can stream music in your car using other techniques, although you will still need a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.

Check Your Owner’s Manual
The first step is to take a look at your car’s owner’s manual to see if it has any features that will help you stream your music. While newer cars often have Bluetooth, older vehicles could have an audio input jack. If you have one of these, just follow the instructions in the manual.

Bluetooth Auxiliary Connector
These little adapters plug into any AC outlet – like a cigarette lighter – and will stream music from your device through your car speakers. They are simple to use and require no special installation skills.

Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone
These are small devices that clip onto your visor and connect with your smartphone via Bluetooth. Once they have been paired the first time, they will automatically connect in the future. While they are primarily marketed more for hands-free talk, they can also stream music. Some will allow you to hear the music through the speaker on the device, and others may have an FM transmitter that will send the sound to your car speakers. Motorola and Parrot are two of the more popular brands.

Hard Wired Bluetooth Adapter
Similar to a speakerphone, this device is hard wired into your car. Once installed, your phone will connect automatically when you get in the car. You can use an app on your phone for settings but it functions as though you bought the car with Bluetooth installed.

Each of these have their own pros and cons. Consider price, installation, car clutter, and ease of use when deciding which one to buy. Ask friends and family if they stream music in their cars and what they think of the devices they are using.

Robyn Wright is a social media specialist and blogs on her own blog, RobynsOnlineWorld.com, as well as several other sites. Robyn has a love for family, technology, food and lots of apps!

Get Your Kids Moving with Creative Playlists

By Robyn Wright

Music can be a great motivator for everyone, including children. Certain types of music can encourage our kids to get out of bed, settle down at night, get up and play, and even help them get their homework done! Creating playlists for these different types of activities is a great way to help kids get the most out of their days.

Morning music playlists should generally be upbeat and happy. The particular songs will depend on the age of your child. Look for songs with cheerful lyrics and a peppy beat. The music should encourage them to get up out of bed and prepare for the day,  as well as create a positive outlook.

Reading music may seem contradictory but classical Baroque music with about 50-80 beats per minute can help children concentrate. This type of music is also great for learning vocabulary and memorizing facts. Keep the music at a quiet level in the background while children do their homework in the evening.

Finding music that is related to topics your child is studying can help promote active learning. An example would be finding music from the appropriate era when discussing history or a historical topic. There are also plenty of songs available that are teaching tools on their own, like songs and raps about mathematics.

Music can also get the kids moving during the day. Create a playlist with songs that encourage movement and dance. Dance with your kids – it doesn’t matter if you’re not a good dancer, they will appreciate you giving it a try. Playlists for exercising with beats that match the pattern of the exercises will help keep them motivated.

We all know that lullabies help babies go to sleep, so try this for your older children too. They may not want classic lullabies any longer but finding calming and soothing music for an evening playlist can help your kids unwind and transition to bedtime.

Be sure to change up the songs occasionally. Keep the songs they really love but replace a few of the others. As kids get older, they can be more active in creating their own playlists.

I strongly recommend getting a wireless Bluetooth speaker for your home. This enables you to connect your mobile devices and move from room to room, allowing everyone in the home to enjoy your playlists and reap the benefits!

Robyn Wright is a social media specialist and blogs on her own blog, RobynsOnlineWorld.com, as well as several other sites. Robyn has a love for family, technology, food and lots of apps!