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Why Screen Time is Part of Our Family’s Quality Time + An Amazing Cookie Recipe

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Have you seen those pictures of people groups where no one is looking at or talking to each other because they’re all looking at their devices? I’ve heard a lot of people bemoan that lack of interaction, but I get it. Sometimes our family sits on the couch with noses in our devices, eating cookies (like these easy and delicious Graham Cracker Cookie Bars)…and I call it quality family time. Don’t send me hate mail. Let me explain. These opinions are 100% mine but thanks to Mirum for sponsoring this post.

Family Time on Devices

When I was a kid, the adults were often in their room watching their favorite TV programs while the kids lounged in front of the television in another room. It wasn’t constant but it was regular.

Today in our family a little punch out time might mean we’re all doing different things on our devices, but we’re in the same room. Being in the same space means we often share and talk about what’s happening.

Quality Family Time

There are thousands of apps to choose from so we might read together or go on an armchair adventure with the boys. And the boys play games (educational! fun! no mom guilt!) while Ryan and I pursue our favorites, too.

Best Tablet for Kids

I call that a win for the whole family.

It can be incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating to get lost in your own world but it’s frustrating when your device no longer takes you where you want to go.

Best Device for Family Sharing

I’ve noticed my laptop has seemed slower than usual and I’m thinking it might be time for a new one. Ugh. Not only do I use mine for recreation, it’s an important work tool.

With all the brands, models and specifications that are available nowadays, a new device means I have to make too many choices. It’s sort of overwhelming.

But there’s help.

HSN Intel Website

THE IN-CROWD on HSN at INTEL.HSN.COM offers a video series that explains more about Intel-based devices for every need. There are three educational videos up right now and a new one will be posted every month to explain Intel-based devices and technologies.

I watched the first three and learned a lot.

Since a processor can be called the brain of the computer, it makes sense that the better it performs, the better the entire computer system works. The faster and more powerfully the processor works, the faster and more powerful your computer works. And it sounds like an Intel processor is the best.

I’m really liking what I see in the Intel-based 2-in-1 Laptops. They have a lot of flexibility because there is the (fast!) power of a laptop with the portability of a tablet.

You can go from writing and working on the laptop to checking out recipes to video chatting—or settle in to read an e-book or watch a movie. Since there are no irritating wires, the 2-in-1 Laptop is versatile and easy to carry with you,
too. That’s something I need in my busy life.

Easy Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie Bars

Which brings up another big issue: battery life. It’s aggravating to be in the middle of something—like a recipe for cookies—and have your device die.

Easy Cookie Bars

The new generation Intel-based laptops include battery saving features because of their energy efficient processors and screens. Their power conservation equals longer battery life. Basic tasks like downloading files or connecting to wireless networks aren’t such a drain on an Intel-based device. That makes life more convenient and you more productive.

And less frustrated.

Intel HSN

There’s an online quiz that helps you check out the processor comparisons and it shows you which Intel processor fits your needs. The options are lighter, stylish, with sharper screens and fast speeds (yeah!). I took it and I’m leaning toward their HP 17/3 HD Touch LED Intel Core i3.

Anything that makes life more streamlined means more quality time for the other important things going on—like family time with noses in devices and hands on the cookie plate!

Hello Dollie Cookie Bars

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Easy Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie Bars

Hello Dollie Cookie Bars


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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

1.In a small bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs and butter together. Press into bottom of 9×13 pan.

2.Layer on top, in order: coconut, marshmallow, chocolate chips, almond slivers. Pour sweetened condensed milk over top.

3. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

4. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.