Quaker Chewy Tasting Kit GIVEAWAY!

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Believe me, you’re going to want to enter this giveaway. One lucky reader will receive an exclusive tasting kit containing NEW Quaker Chewy Snackwich in two varieties: Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip and Apples & Caramel flavors and Quaker Chewy Granola Bars Chocolate Chip flavor. I’ve tried them, they’re delicious, and I want you to have a chance to taste them, too.

I’m going to make this reaaaaalllly easy for you.

How to enter:

Comment on this post with your name and email address. That’s it!

This giveaway is really short–a little over 24 hours–so enter immediately if you want a chance to win!

Disclosure:

  • This giveaway is sponsored by thesassylife and Quaker.
  • 1 winner will be selected at random.
  • US Residents only.
  • The contest ends at 11:59PM on October 19, 2016.
  • In order to successfully enter, you must comment on this post with your name and email address.
  • Winners will be notified by email.
  • You can only enter once.
  • Must respond by Friday, October 21, 2016 at 12:00pm (NOON)  in order to claim prize. Winner must immediately provide a shipping address for delivery.
  • thesassylife reserves the right to update, edit, and change Terms & Conditions at any time.

Any questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to thesassylifeblog@gmail.com.

For The Record: Your Basic Guide to Records and Record Players

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Blame it on the hipsters if you want, but record players are having a moment. They’re easy to find at Target, Amazon, Urban Outfitters, and many other retailers with varying designs and technical components. There’s something out there for everyone between casual listeners and serious deejays.

Purchasing a record player: 

If you’re shopping for one, here are a few to take a look! A lot of these models are around $100 but can go up to $300.

What you’ll be using your record player for is pretty important when considering what kind of record player you’ll be purchasing. A Crosley “Cruiser” model, for example, is pretty much the base model record player. It’s inexpensive and gets the job done. However, many serious say the sound quality is lacking compared to other record players. If you’re looking for a decorative piece for your living room, sound quality may not be a high priority. But if you’re serious about listening to records, shop around and look for a model that suits your needs.

Be sure to also carefully look at the technical specifications of each record player. You may need special attachments or wires to do more advanced things with cheaper players.

I recently purchased a Crosley portable record player at Urban Outfitters, which I touched on in my last post. It’s inexpensive, cute, and is a great starter record player.

So you bought a record player and some vinyls. Now what?

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Where to Purchase Records

The easiest place to start looking for records you know you want to add to your collection, like records from your favorite artists, is Amazon. Especially if you’re new to vinyls, don’t know how often you’ll be listening to music, or don’t want to buy music twice, Amazon is the way to go with their AutoRip albums. It’s my favorite way to purchase vinyls, knowing I’ll have the MP3 files too that I can burn to a CD and listen to in my car.  (Vinyls with AutoRip)

Local music stores should also carry a decent selection, although they may not always carry the most popular records. It’s a little more old school. You look at a record from a band you think you know and like and buy it. It’s a gamble, but it’s part of the fun! Locally, we like to go to Rasputin Music and check out their records. You might also spend a little more on records from local music stores, but c’mon–you’re supporting local businesses!

Vinyl Subscription Services are also out there, and there are actually quite a few to select from. This post from Turntable Kitchen lists a few, and my friends rave about VNYL, which gets you 3 brand new vinyls for $39/month.

Thrift stores, antique stores, and garage sales are other great places to find vinyls, but they make up a whole different arena. You’re likely going to find old, dirty vinyls, but trust me–there will be some diamonds in the rough. If you’re feeling adventurous, this might be a fun way to shop for vinyls. Do keep in mind that records from these places will be from a different era.

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How to Take Care of Your Vinyls/Records (Basic Care)

Vinyls are sort of like big CDs. Handle them with care! Hold vinyls by the edge as much as possible. You don’t want dirt and grime from your finger settling into the grooves of the record.

Store your vinyls in a cool, dry place. It’s easy to pull out a record if they’re standing vertically on a shelf, and it’s also the safest way to store your records. Some say you can store them flat in their covers, and others say don’t, because the vinyls will warp.

Always put your vinyls back in their sleeves when you’re finished listening to them. This will help prevent dust from getting on your vinyls.

Over time, dirt and grime will set into the grooves of your records. Use a damp cloth to clean them. If that doesn’t suffice, use soap and water.

Carbon fiber brushes can help get dust off your records safely. This one is highly rated on Amazon.

There are many products out there to help you take care of your vinyls from special cleaning products to special brushes. In my opinion, buy that stuff if you feel like you really need to, or if the records are not getting clean enough. Cross that bridge when you come to it.

Cleaning can’t repair a damaged record, so keep your records in good condition!

For more info on cleaning your records, this post does a really good job of breaking it down for beginners! 

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How to Take Care of Your Record Player (Basic Care)

If your record player has a cover, keep your record player covered when not in use.

Be gentle when dusting your record player. Use a microfiber cloth around delicate parts. Consider using compressed air instead, too.

The stylus (the part that touches the record while playing) will get dirty over time. When it needs to be cleaned, gently blow the dust off (like an old nintendo game cartridge), or use a soft paintbrush to gently remove dust from the stylus.

Well, those are pretty much the basics! Enjoy listening to your vinyls and starting your record collection!

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Life Lately — October 14, 2016

Fall Foliage in Berkeley

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For a homebody, I’ve sure been doing the exact opposite of that. It feels like that stage where you want to just really tire yourself out before you hibernate for the winter. Because I’m a bear, obviously.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you guys everything that’s been keeping me busy!

Omg that’s Sophia onstage!! #girlboss #inforum

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Sophia Amoruso was a speaker at INFORUM in San Francisco! She was interviewed by Alison Pincus (founder of One Kings Lane) and candidly talked about everything from relationship advice to what she would do differently if she started Nasty Gal today. It was pretty refreshing to listen to someone personable talk about business and not someone who sounds like a robot. BTW, Sophia liked my photo!

I saw Cute Is What We Aim For for the 2nd time (the first time was in 2007)! A friend’s band was opening for them, so we went out on a SUNDAY night to watch them play! We did the best we could to stay for the entire show but we could only stay for a few Cute Is What We Aim For songs before heading home. Their special of the night was a “Cute-A-Rita” which I happily sipped on during the show.

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I got a new Crosley Record player and I’m loving it! I’ve been playing the same record over and over and I don’t even care (it’s Mind over Matter by Young the Giant if you were curious), that’s how much I love my record player. The one I purchased is from Urban Outfitters and is now sold out, but the one I have linked is a unique Crosley that looks really cool! I’m looking forward to expanding my vinyl collection. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

I made this Magic Cake from Brit + Co and it’s definitely magical! Basically, you mix the batter together and pour it in to a cake pan or cupcake tray, and the custard filling magically forms while baking. This particular recipe uses pumpkin which is perfect for fall. I love treating myself to one of these when I come home and am ready to relax.

SPORTS. So much has happened with sports in the past week. Unfortunately, the Giants lost and will not be advancing in the playoffs which made me a little upset. But, we have the Warriors and the Sharks to look forward to since the seasons are just starting or are close to! Staying positive!

That’s pretty much it! I’m hoping to catch a break sometime soon so I can share more than just things that have been happening in my life lately!

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