It’s that time of year again. The time when everyone is looking for the best Black Friday deals.
We gathered some tips on how to get the most out of all the Black Friday deals out there.
1. Look for Early Bird Shopping Discounts – many stores offer early bird discounts if you shop early. Some stores are even open on Thanksgiving and offering discounts before the big day.
2. Research before Black Friday – this is an important one, sometimes it may seem like a great deal on a product but turns out it’s just a bad product. Make sure you’re getting quality no matter how cheap they may be.
3. Look at Ads and Apps – your Thanksgiving day paper will be STUFFED with ads. Take a minute to look through them and see if there is anything that catches your eye. They aren’t lying when they say “there’s an app for that.” Head to the app store and check out some apps that are designed to help you find the best Black Friday deals.
4. Compare Prices – make sure you compare the different “options” a product has. Sometimes there are great deals because the product is missing certain upgrades, that you then have to pay for. Also, make sure you take into consideration that some stores will give store gift cards or other incentives on products. So compare what each store is offering based on each product.
5. Follow Retailers/Brands on Social Media – this is a great all around tip as well. Retailers and Brands will sometimes offer limited discounts to their followers. This is ramped up during the holidays. So you won’t want to miss out.
Want a hint of a deal? Lucid Audio is offering $25 SANTA CASH when you spend $100 or more. Look out for the code and save big!
Ever wonder the best way to show gratitude?
Did someone help you in the past and you want to thank them? Or do you just want to thank a stranger, a neighbor, a friend? We gathered the top 8 ways to show gratitude to someone in your life.
Pay for the person behind you in line at the coffee shop. This is a great way to put a smile on someone’s face early in the morning.
Hold a door open for someone or open a door for someone. This is such a small gesture that can immediately put a smile on someone’s face. The act of taking a few extra minutes to do something shows you really care.
Donate clothing you haven’t worn in 6 months or more to someone in need. This can mean donating to a shelter or even just giving your clothing to someone in need on the streets. Great to do with coats that haven’t been worn for a while especially with the weather getting cooler.
Call an old friend just to talk. The greatest things we have in life are our relationships with others. So call an old friend and see how they are, catch up, and enjoy their conversation.
Smile when you pass someone on the street, in the office, or at the grocery store. The impact of a smile is unmeasurable. Smile more.
Send a postcard to someone you love. Sending “snail mail” is something not many people do anymore. And it’s a great surprise to whoever you send it to.
Mow your neighbor’s lawn, rake their leaves, shovel their snow, etc. This act is one that really shows your neighbor how much you care.
Give a larger tip than usual. Next time you are at a restaurant for lunch or dinner, leave a larger tip than you would usually. Or purchase the dinner of service members around you to show your appreciation.
All of these acts are small and do not take much time yet have a great impact on others around you. And others seeing you show gratitude will eventually make them as well. Showing gratitude spreads, it is contagious. So get out there and show others gratitude.
At Lucid Audio, we love showing gratitude to our service members and veterans. If you are a service member or veterans please use code THANKYOU for 25% off your next purchase.
Now more than ever, we should express gratitude and perform random acts of kindness for all the people in our lives.
The world has shown us it can sometimes throw us curveballs, be a little darker than we all would like, and sometimes be a little cold. This November, especially, it seems like the time to add a little warmth and love. These can be the smallest of things, saying hi to a stranger in the grocery store line, holding a door open a little longer to allow someone to walk in, smiling at a person on the street when you walk by. In life, it’s the small gestures that can make the biggest of impacts.
When it comes to the people closest to you, sometimes we forget to express how much they mean to us. Take time today and try to every day this month to call an old friend, text your family member a sweet note, buy an extra drink at the coffee shop for your coworker. Try to tell at least one person a day how much they mean to you. Anything from “thanks for being my friend”, “I love your smile”, “your laugh makes me laugh.” All of these things are simple yet it seems the simplest ones are the ones overlooked.
Our What Do You Need to Hear video proved just how unexpected comments of gratitude and love are. It conveyed how strong an impact simple words can make on one’s day and life. Imagine, if those words and phrases were shared among people every day! The impact that would have on your community, your city, the world.
It’s a small task with a big upside. So today and every day this month and beyond, express love, show gratitude and make the world a brighter place.
The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing color, and we have begun the transition into the holiday season.
This is a time where people start to really think about their family and loved ones. Our “What do you need to hear?” video allowed us all to see the impact love and encouragement can have on our loved ones.
When we created this video we hoped it would encourage others to share uplifting words of love and gratitude. It did just that and more. The video now has over 1.4 million views and countless comments of love, gratitude, and encouragement from people all over the world. Many people started to realize how simple it is to pass on encouraging words, but how little they actually did so.
Take a look at some of the comments below. Then head over to our Facebook Page read more of the comments and add some of your own. Tag a friend or loved one and continue to pass along the goodness. #ExpressLoveToday
Tonight is the night! Get the kids dressed up and get ready to gather up some candy.
But before you go out into the spooky night, here are some trick or treat safety tips to keep in mind.
1. Stay well lit. Have your child carry glow sticks in their bucket, on their arms, or apply reflective tape to their costumes. You’ll want to make sure they are seen by drivers on the road. As a parent/guardian, make sure to bring a flashlight to light the way to the various houses.
2. Plan a route in advance. This is important so that you do not get any cranky ghosts on your hands. You can avoid overly long routes by planning before you leave. Stick to paths you and your child are familiar.
3. Make sure costume are short in length. You’ll want to make sure the costume isn’t too long and drags on the ground since that can be dangerous. Remember your child will be walking at night so make sure the costume is an appropriate length to avoid tripping.
4 Avoid Masks. Make sure that you avoid costumes with masks because they can make it difficult for your child to breathe or see. You can use non-toxic makeup or face paint to complete the costume.
5. Wear comfy shoes. This goes both for trick-or-treaters and the chaperones. Make sure you wear well-fitting, comfortable shoes, that everyone can walk in. And double knot those shoelaces to avoid tripping.
6. Bring a wagon/stroller. If you have little ones, you’re going to thank us for this tip. Those little legs are going to get tired and it’s great to be able to wheel them around the last few houses. And it’s a great place to store extra candy, water, blankets, and anything else you may need.
7. Check the candy stash. At the end of the night, make sure to sort through your child’s candy and throw away anything that is not in the original wrapper or looks as though it has been opened before.
The most important tip is to have fun! This ghostly night only comes around once a year and is such a joy for all involved. So carve those last few pumpkins, fill those candy bowls, and get ready for a scary good time.
A Lucid Audio, we care about your safety. That’s why we created the HearBand Sport with LED Safety Lights and Reflector. So you can Hear and Be Seen.
With midterm season in full effect and finals just around the corner, we wanted to review some campus safety tips to keep you safe and aware on your college campus.
Utilize locks – When in college it is important that you make sure all of your belongings are locked. Whether that be your dorm or apartment door, bike, or locker in the gym utilize the use of locks to keep you safe and deter burglary.
Always have emergency contacts saved in your phone – This is important to have these listed in your phone or on your favorites in your contact. That way if something happens and you are alone others will know who to call to alert.
Stay alert & avoid becoming distracted – It is important that you do not get distracted when walking to and from class and other activities on campus. Avoid staring at your phone or blasting music too loud. By being distracted you are vulnerable to attack.
Enroll in a Self-Defense Course – Many campuses offer free or discounted self-defense classes to students through the campus police department. These courses teach you ways to defend yourself in various situations.
Let people know where you are going – If you intend on going out, let someone know where you are going and how long you plan on being there. Share your class schedules with your friends and roommates so they know what times you’ll be gone and where on campus you will be.
Stay savvy on social media – Remember that many things you post online can be shared and shown to others. Do not post anything that could comprise you getting a position in a future job and be aware of who you send private images/messages to.
Familiarize yourself with campus safety resources – Many campuses have safety call boxes and numbers to reach in case of emergency. Familiarize yourself with these resources so you know where to go for help.
Know your way around campus – Make sure you are aware of areas to be at certain times. Some colleges are located in major cities and it is smart to know what routes are safest to walk.
Avoid walking alone at night – Moving in a pack is safer, especially at night. If you are unable to walk with a group, many campuses have walk buddy programs, like SureWalk at The University of Texas at Austin, that allows you to call for someone to walk with you to your home or the library.
Get to know your roommates and neighbors – Be friendly with your roommates and neighbors to build a community and a safety net of people right near you. It helps to have others looking out for you and you looking out for them.
At Lucid Audio, we care about safety and that is why we developed the HearBand Sport with LED Safety Lights and reflector. Our HearBand Sport has the ability to adjust the outside sound amplification so you can listen to your music and hear the sounds happening around you. Just adjust the amplification of outside sounds on your HearBand with a touch of a button. Hear, Be Seen, and Be Aware.
With Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival just completing weekend one and weekend two right around the corner, we wanted to explore the best ways to survive with kids at music festivals.
It can be a great family experience to take your kids along with you to see your favorite band play. And sometimes you don’t want to miss out on your own favorite pastimes just because you have become a parent. Many festivals have opened their arms to kids joining in on the fun but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t some tricks to remember.
Make sure the festival is kid friendly! ACL does a great job of this by having an area called “Austin Kiddie Limits” that is full of good stuff guaranteed to make kids of all ages move, groove, and sing-along. From fun, creative and informative activities to festival necessities like baby changing stations, Austin Kiddie Limits is a festival within a festival that offers families an escape from the crowds.
Map out a festival plan. Make sure to pick the right concerts at the right times. Know what stage and where you are going to be during which hours. That way if you need to break for a nap/feeding you know when and where you’ll be.
Have patience. Talk to your child about the plan is and explain to them the activities for the day. This way they have an understanding of where and what they are doing. Then have patience in case things do not go as according to plan, because really do they ever?
Pack Water! Many festivals allow you to bring in unsealed water bottles but some only allow refillable ones that arrive empty. Make sure to check what your festival allows, but definitely bring something. You’ll want to make sure you and your little ones are hydrated throughout the day with all the walking and weather.
Bring a Blanket/Stroller/Chairs. The blanket is a must for when you need to sit and relax, change a diaper, or just to grab a snack. The stroller is great for all the walking. Festivals can be spread out and you’ll want to make sure you can give your little one’s legs a break (and yourself).
Pack Ear Protection. Festivals can be loud even when you are far from the stage. You’ll want to make sure that your child has their ear and hearing protected. HearMuffs Sounds even have the ability to play soothing sounds so your child can grab a quick nap during the festival.
Pick a Meeting Point. This way if you and your child get separated your child will know where to meet or ask for help to get there. It’s best to choose a location close to vendor booths or security tents at the event. Also, point out event staff to your children so that they know they are safe people to turn to during an emergency.
Remember to have fun! It’s a music festival and there are so many things to enjoy while you are there. Kids at music festivals just add to the many memories you can make, so don’t miss out!
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It’s #AustinStartUpWeek in Austin, Texas and what better time to test out Lucid Audio’s HearBand, their set of Bluetooth headband earphones, and it’s ability to amplify outside sounds. Here’s a little bit about my day and the use of the HearBand.
Today, I am headed to try out a new shared workspace in downtown Austin. I am usually not one that works from shared workspaces, I’m more of a coffee shop worker. But since it’s startup week I thought I’d give it a try.
It’s about a 15 min walk from where I live, so I place my Bluetooth headband earphones on. As I walk, I adjust the outside sounds so I am able to hear the traffic on the street and the people around me. It is a lot easier than I expected to toggle back and forth between amplifications. And listening to the outside sounds doesn’t distract from my music like I thought it might. I feel a lot safer being able to hear the noises around me, especially when a biker or person passed by.
I make my way to my spot at the workspace and when I get there it’s pretty empty. I take this time to make some check-in phone calls. It’s great because I can take the calls right through my Bluetooth connection and even turn off the ability to hear the outside sounds so all my focus is on the call. The greatest thing is when turning off the amplification it beeps twice so I know it’s completely turned off and all the outside sound is blocked.
It’s closer to lunch now and the workspace is starting to fill up. Now I decide to turn on the amplification a little so that if someone asks me a question I can hear and respond. I have to say this is where I felt like I really utilized the amplification of outside sounds that the HearBand offers. It was great to not have to remove my earbuds to listen or respond. I know my fellow teammates liked the idea that they didn’t have to repeat themselves once they got my attention. I heard them right when they started asking the question and was able to respond in a quick manner.
Without the need to remove my earbuds, to chat or answer questions, it made me feel like I never got distracted by stopping my music. I was truly able to have it all.
The walk home I again turned the amplification up, a little more than the walk to the workspace because it was rush hour in Austin. It can get a little congested and crazy at this time. But I felt so safe hearing everything while also listening to my music.
At first, I didn’t really think the amplification would be clear enough to not distract me from my music. But after spending a day with the HearBand, I definitely am a fan! The HearBand is easy to use, wireless, 5-hour battery life and is rechargeable, but the most important is it made me feel safer. I walked with confidence knowing I could hear everything and everyone around me.
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When you are looking for a college to attend you gather different factors to make that decision.
Some of those factors are tuition costs, location, reputation, and campus life. A factor that has become more prevalent in previous years is campus safety.
We decided to look at the top ten safest campuses across the country.
This list of top ten safest campuses was compiled based on reports and data from the National Council for Home Safety and Security.
The University of New Hampshire – Located in Durham, New Hampshire this university is the largest in the state with over 15,000 students.
Brigham Young University, Idaho – Once known as Ricks College this university is run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One reason for its high-ranking is that all of the students are required to sign an honor code that follows the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Oakland University – Located in Rochester Hills in southeast Michigan, this university offers over two hundred and fifty-degree programs. With over 20,000 students there is no shortage of options from competing in D-1 athletics to conducting research in their freshman year.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst – This university is known for being a research powerhouse. It is the third largest recipient of research funding from that National Science Foundation. Being only one of five “Research 1”, the highest level attainable, universities in the state, it is the only public institution on the list.
Washington State University – Located in Pullman, Washington this area is known for its rolling hills and dry-land agriculture. This university is well-known for its programs in chemical engineering, pharmacy, agriculture, and much more.
Central Michigan University – With over 20,000 students and a neuroscience program ranked number one in the country this university has a lot to offer students looking to go into medicine.
The University of California, Irvine – Located in one of the world’s safest communities, Orange County, this university brings a lot both academically and economically to the area. Everything from premier research to producing three Nobel laureates. And you can’t forget their infamous mascot – the anteater.
Montclair State University – This campus is only a 30-min drive to Manhattan yet it may seem like a world away. With over 20,000 students, the city of Montclair NJ still remains as one of the safest college towns in America. Oh, and Yogi Berra, the Yankees legend, is an alum.
University of Central Oklahoma – One of the best education programs in the Southwest located in Edmond, Oklahoma. They have some of the largest programs in the nation when it comes to Nursing, Music Jazz, and Education. They’re Department of Physics is ranked in the top 20. All while boasting safety.
Michigan State University – One of the largest schools in the country with over 50,000 students. The G.I Bill in 1945 helped with the expansion but even with its large size, it remains one of the safest schools in the country.
See the full list of 100 top safest campuses here.
At Lucid Audio, we want to make staying safe on campus easy. With our HearBand Sport, you are able to Hear and Be Seen. With LED Safety Lights and reflectors and revolutionary technology that allows you to amplify the outside sounds around you while still listening to your favorite music, you can make safety a priority.
Are you preparing to run 26.2 miles?
Here are the 5 best ways to train for your next marathon.
Stay Healthy – Seems obvious, but when preparing to run 26.2 miles you want to make sure you run just enough and stay healthy throughout your training. You have to find the “sweet” spot of running enough to get you physically prepared but not overrunning and injuring yourself
Build your Base Mileage – When preparing to run a marathon the training usually ranges from 12 to 20 weeks before the race. In those weeks, you’ll want to build up your mileage to 50 miles more than your normal running. The best way to do so is run about 3-5 times a week and run at a relaxed pace. Make sure that you do not increase your mileage more than 10% from week to week.
Take Long Runs – After you work up your mileage, you’ll want to begin to go on long runs. Each week you take an extended run, you’ll want to add a mile or two. But make sure that every third week you scale it back a few miles to give your body some recovery time. Take these runs at a slower pace so your body can get accustomed to the longer runs.
Speed Work – Intervals and tempos are optional for training but a great way to make your long runs feel easier. Make sure that you do some easy warm up and cool down miles before and after you do either intervals or tempos.
Fuel and Recover – The most important part of any training is to fuel and recover. When it comes to fuel you’ll want to make sure you are eating the right food and drinking plenty of water. Recovery means taking some days where you do not run at all. Also, stretch after running and even do ice baths to ease sore muscles. If on off days you are craving a workout, do some cross training like yoga or cycling.
Training will be hard, but you CAN do it! Commit to a training plan, stay positive, listen to your body, and use the five best training tips for running a marathon. Don’t forget to have fun.