Stranger Things #StreamTeam

August has been a busy month. Between work, and kids in Chicago not going back to school until after Labor Day, there has been a lot going on in our house.

We did however find a moment to sit down and binge Stranger Things.
I had NO IDEA what a treat we were in for! This show is magic with a side of creepy. Think Goonies meets Super 8 and add a pinch of E.T. I can't say enough about it. It's a given that I'm going to love anything set in the 80's, which Stranger Things is. These actors were perfection as 80's kids.
It was SO wonderful to sit with my kids and watch pieces of my childhood. Their entire mode of transportation is their bikes, AND there isn't an adult in sight through everything they do. We spent every waking moment on our bikes AND our mother wouldn't know where we were until sundown. My kids are having such a different experience.

Nostalgia aside, Stranger Things brings the creepy for sure. Without ruining anything, let me just say "Oh Barb!!!!" PLUS OMG, I haven't mentioned one of the best parts...
Winona Ryder as the mom!!! I miss her. I have no idea where she's been. Who didn't love her in Heather's?! Girlfriend NAILED it as the mom who refused to believe her son was gone.

I can not share enough how much I loved it. The best movie of the summer in my book...that wasn't a movie ;) Well done Netflix!

I Am Not Your Guru #StreamTeam

I have always been curious about Tony Robbins. I don't know much about his background, other than he was born into a poor family, and a story about a stranger who left a bag of groceries at his door over Thanksgiving so they wouldn't go hungry. This catapulting him on his lifelong journey to help end hunger across the nation.

I am fascinated by huge venues and what it takes behind the scenes to bring big shows like Date With Destiny to fruition. That's why I was so excited when I saw that Netflix was airing I Am Not Your Guru. It is the perfect behind the scenes peek at Tony's Date With Destiny event in Florida, directed by Joe Berlinger. It is quite a show.
Before I go any further, I must warn you, this is a show to watch once the kiddos are in bed. I was taken aback by the language Tony uses. He says he uses "the science of taboo language" to wake his audience up from their sense of inadequacy. Date With Destiny is a $5,000 six day marathon of Tony Talk.

While Guru, walks you through a lot of Tony on stage couching a handful of attendees, I was more interested in the event organizers back stage, and the one on one interviews with Tony pre and post stage. It is quite a show. At times it feels like a cult. This guy has the crowd behind him for sure.

I must admit, Guru left room for questions that go unanswered. There is a lot of therapy going on here. I couldn't help but wonder how dangerous that could be. At one point, Tony asks if anyone had contemplated suicide to raise their hand. Many folks do. At that point, you can't help but think they are entering dangerous territory.

He also encourages a woman to break up with her boyfriend over the phone in front of the entire audience. I'm sure there must have been scenes we did not see that lead up to that. I'm also sure there must be some vetting of audience members before Tony chooses them. (Think Steve Martin Leap of Faith)

I'm curious, have any of you seen Guru? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Oh Snapchat...I'm Smitten

EVERYBODY knows I love me some Instagram. I've loved it for years. That said, it's making me mad lately. I get sad when platforms start talking algorithms to me and telling me what I want to see in my stream. Don't even get me started on WHY what they think I want to see is actually better for me. It just makes me a bit sad. I'm not giving up on my beloved Insta...You can find me there almost on the daily...BUT...I've been cheating...ENTER Snapchat...
I am in love with it. NOW...I am a straight up tell me if I'm missing anything. If you're a Snapchatter, point your camera on that icon above and you can follow me. I'm the same handle as Insta cynthiajwheeler.

The thing to remember about Snapchat is that it’s an ENTIRELY different platform than any other. What you’re doing is telling little stories. Sometimes it’s just a picture, sometimes it’s a video, sometimes it’s a series of videos, and sometimes it’s all of the above. I’ve been watching @bloomingdales @everlane and @anthropologie just to get ideas of the different ways to tell a Snapchat story. These brands are fresh and fun on it. So if you’re looking for ideas, that’s a good place to start. (All of my friends told me to watch the Kardashians…to that, I had to say, just no. BUT, if that’s your flavor, I’m sure they are snapping away.)

SO…once you’ve downloaded the app and added some contacts, it’s time to snap! Unlike other apps, with Snapchat, you shoot in the app. You don’t import pics that you’ve beautifully edited like IG. When you open the app, you are ready to snap. If you want to take a selfie, click the top right corner camera icon and it will flip the camera.

To take a pic, tap the circle at the bottom of the screen. To record video, hold the circle at the bottom of the screen. Video can be recorded up to 10 seconds long. If you want to add a fun face filter, spin the camera, hold on your face until it makes an outline. Then you want to scroll through until you find one that’s fun. Snap it. I’m partial to cat face, and I’m totally bummed that while you always seem to have dog face, cat face comes and goes. I would always snap in cat face if I could! Once you have your snap, the fun begins!
I’ve made this little cheat sheet for you. What you’ll want to do is play around with it once you’ve got your snap. You can set the time, you can download your snap, post to your story, or send it to a friend (like a DM). You can add stickers, or text as well as draw on your snap. A couple tips…when you add text, if you click the text icon again it will make your text bigger. You can pinch it to size it down or up and rotate it.

If you are drawing, and you want to make a white line, hold on the color bar and swipe all the way to the left to turn the color picker white. Hold the color bar and swipe straight down to turn the color bar black. It took me FOREVER to figure that out. (I’m a slow learner ;P)
While Snapchat has nowhere near the filter options of IG…you’ll want to swipe to the left or right and play with the filters they have to offer. Lots of fun. Oh and swipe for filters on video too. You can play with slow motion or speed things up in filters. Lemme tell you, TONS of fun with kids and pets!

Always remember, if you’ve created your snap and you decide you don’t want to use it, just click the “x” in the top left corner and you can delete and start over.

 If you want to view other snaps, or view your story, when you open the app, click the three dots on the bottom right corner of your screen when you open the app. Another tip, clicking the three dots to the left of your story will show you each snap you’ve done, and the number of people who have viewed it. If you click the eyeball icon, you can see exactly who has viewed your snap. (This is a bit humbling for me…since I have nearly 10 people following me ;P)

 I’m SUPER curious to hear from you. Are you snapping? Are there any tips and tricks I’ve missed? I’m such a newbie, so I’d love to hear from you. Who should I be following? Let’s chat!
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