No Internet

Hey guys! Sorry for the MIA. If you have been following on Twitter, Instagram, or my Facebook page you know we have been busy moving…and busy NOT having internet (thanks AT&T!) Yall, it’s ridiculous how many times we have been lied to by them over the past week. I still have NO idea when we will be getting internet, so I got as much work done yesterday as I could while we still had access to our rental for the last day. Please hang with me this week as posting may be sporadic. I promise to come back with house pictures and such!

Just to give you an idea of how angry I was on Thursday….Bobby took this photo of me on the phone with AT&T Uverse, trying to understand a woman who did NOT speak English telling me they couldn’t give me an installation date due to a problem at a local facility….whatever that means. Oy.

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Not too flattering I know, but just keeping it real. On to happy things!

I have a couple of giveaway winners to announce! First, the custom tutu. Remember, if you didn’t win, just contact Leslie and tell her you found her from my blog and she will give you FREE SHIPPING!

Winner is: Andee Thompson Hodo. Please email me at [email protected] to claim your prize!

Next up is the Balance bar and Wal-Mart gift card giveaway winner: Amanda Stevens. Please email me to claim your prize!

I will continue to post from my phone via my social media accounts, so I will be around, and will be helping my clients with their vacations as well, so no worries anyone! Have a great Monday, hopefully I can rejoin the online world from my laptop soon.

QOTD: Have you had issues with internet installation before? Seems like it’s a rampant problem!

Magellan Echo Review

Awhile back I was contacted to review a cool new device called the Magellan Echo. At first I wasn’t so sure why this device was special, but upon further reading, I realized this was nothing like anything I had ever used.  It also comes in several pretty colors!

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Echo solves the biggest problem when doing sports with a smartphone. How many times have you used a running app on your phone, and got aggravated because you had to keep pulling it out of your pocket or armband to check you time and pace? Or, when running in the bright sun, having to figure out a way to read your smart phone’s screen to see how your run is going? The Echo fixes this by syncing your info from your app to a wrist watch!

Echo streams data and controls from your smartphone to your wrist. At a glance, you can see things like distance, pace, and heart rate from certain apps on your phone in realtime.echo_fea_fitness_1_2

With your phone in your pocket or in an armband, etc., remote controls make it easy to do things like Start, Stop, Lap as well as Music controls like Play/Pause, and hanging to the next song. Also, tapping the screen turns the page to show more date screens. Echo uses Bluetooth Smart to connect your smartphone and watch.

Apps bring Echo to life on your wrist. They are working with the leading fitness apps to ensure that your favorite app works with Echo. Strava, MapMyRun, MapMyRide, Wahoo Fitness, iSmoothRun, iMobileIntervals and other apps will be announced soon. (I am currently using Strava on mine).

The device is always on and ready to go. Echo does not need to be recharged, it uses very low power technology and runs off of a replaceable coin cell battery.
Echo’s low power technologies also help preserve the battery of your smartphone. Using Echo means your phone screen stays off, which saves your smartphone battery for more important functions. Also, When you’re not running or biking, Echo is an everyday watch showing the day, date and time.

The model I was sent also came with a heart rate monitor, but you can also purchase the watch alone without this feature. I really liked not having to stare into a glaring screen to see what was going on with my phone app, or worry about draining my battery. The screen on the watch is large and easy to read, and I really love that you aren’t just limited to one app like if you are using a regular GPS watch. Depending on your preference or activity, you have many options with more coming!

QOTD: What are your thoughts on a device like this? What other apps would you like to see the Echo work with?

Monster Headphones Review and Giveaway

I was recently asked to review a pair of Monster’s headphones here on my blog. Confession time: I have never had a really nice set of headphones, and wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was really excited when they arrived, and I opened the box and found these beautiful N-Tune headphones in a super fun neon green color. 359 Turns out, they have FIVE colors to choose from. (Blue, green, purple, red, and tangerine). After getting over how adorable they were, I dove into the box to get some more information about these babies. N-Tune HD is an audio achievement that allows you to hear your music like never before (AKA these headphones produce amazing sound)! They has noise isolation that seals out other distractions so you can hear your music, and only your music and can tune out your surroundings. Another great feature of these headphones is that they are super durable. They are nearly indestructible, and are made of good quality materials. You can even twist the headphones, and they won’t break….I may have tried it out myself. They also come with tangle free cables, and a little bag to put everything in to keep it safe and all together in one place. They are also really comfortable on your head. I really don’t like when things are tight around my head, and I get headaches easily. Lucky for me, I had no problem wearing the Monster headphones and found them very comfortable on my ears. For more excellent product reviews visit Top9Rated.
361 In case you haven’t looked at your calendar recently, we are quickly approaching the holidays, and these headphones would make an amazing Christmas gift. Everyone is so into music these days, so why not give a fun gift (one that I had not thought to give before!) that someone in your family would enjoy. 362These headphones are also a great value, and can be found at Wal-Mart store for $150. Thee headphones also have an in-line mic with controls for tablets and other devices. Also, the included music share cable allows you to easily share your music with your friends. Would you like to win a pair of headphones? 25 sets of Monster headphones are being given away, valued at $150 each. It’s easy to enter, simply click over to the Monster Headphones page on Walmart.com and let us know which is your favorite NTunes color in the comments for a chance to win.  All comments left on my blog post will be combined with the other blogs reviewing the headphones, and 25 pairs will be awarded from those comments. so….. QOTD: What is your favorite color?

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Weekend Ramblings: September Edition

It’s College football day! I will be spending the day in front of the television preparing for the LSU game. I can’t wait! I hope you all have a great weekend, here are a few random ramblings for you:

1.) Verizon sent me an external battery for my Blackberry, and it’s so convenient! It is especially great when I am out somewhere all day or on a trip and I am using my phone a lot. I hate doing the “conserve battery” thing so it lasts all day, and now I don’t have to, woo hoo! They sent me the Power Pack Slim 2000:

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2.) Bobby and I leave for another trip on Wednesday to run runDisney’s Tower of Terror ten miler, so we have been busy cleaning, packing, and doing last minute things like getting the mail held and checking in with the house and dog sitters. I think I am going to just start living out of my suitcase since I seem to do so anyway. If you aren’t following me on Instagram you will miss all my trip photos as they happen!

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3.) The winner of my Under Armour sports bra giveaway is Carol Couvillion Landry. Please email me at [email protected] to claim your prize! Don’t forget you can order things from UA by clicking the link on my right sidebar.

4.) I cooked potato soup last night and forgot how much I love it. (I just can’t stand cooking it in the summer when it is so stinkin hot). I have the recipe here, as well as some other good ones.

5.) I am in need of a handful of guest posts for next week. if you are interested please email me at [email protected]. Thanks in advance!

QOTD: What college football team do you root for?

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Disclosure: I am a Verizon Wireless ambassador and was given a phone, accessories, and free service. However, all opinions are my own.

A Special Connection

Confession: I am a nerd. I love to learn, I love gadgets, and love to see really really “cool” things happening around me. I of course consider technology a REALLY, really cool thing. It moves super fast, there is SO much to learn, and my favorite thing about it: it helps us to connect people to each other.

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I use my smartphone to connect via text, email, video chat, and photos all day long!

True story: Some of my very best friends in the world I met online. Oh yes. Back in 2006 I was on a message board planning my honeymoon, and I ended up meeting some awesome people. Some of them I ended up staying in touch with, meeting with several times in real life, and now our families go on vacation together. How awesome it that? All because of the awesomeness of technology.

Unfortunately I don’t get to see my friends as often as I would like, but thanks to technology and amazing tools like smart phones, laptops, and video cameras, I am able to do more and we can talk to and “see” each other all the time. I live a good 15-20 minutes from “town” and am in a more isolated neighborhood. It has been hard for me to make as many local friends as I would like because of this, but I have no shortage of friends all over the world due to being connected via technology. Whenever I want to “chat” with someone I can hop on Twitter and see what’s going on around the world with my online buds, get on facetime or skype with a family member, or simply shoot an email to catch up with an old childhood friend. The opportunities are ENDLESS!

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Constantly here. On the laptop.

Technology also helps connect me to my readers. I use my webcam on my laptop a lot so that I can post vlogs. It’s so funny when people say that after hearing my voice, they feel more connected to me and like I am a real person or a friend. It’s also nice to have an on the go video camera/camera so that I can capture things and upload them later for my friends, family, or blog community to see. I can’t wait to see what else is in store in the years to come, and I hope I can keep up, I love having these special connections.

QOTD: How has technology improved your life/made you feel connected to other people?

Accessories for a Healthy Lifestyle

As a very “connected” people, we are always finding new ways for technology to help us improve our lives. One thing a lot of people have begun to do is use it for health and fitness, which I think is a fabulous idea. Verizon has a ton of accessories that can be helpful in achieving the fitness level you desire, and to also help you keep your weight on track. Check out some of my favorite cool accessories that Verizon offers:

Fitbit Zip: This is a simple tool to help keep you on track with how much you are moving during the day. It tracks your steps and your distance, as well as calories burned. I love mine! It easily clips onto your belt loop or shirt, and it doesn’t bother you at all during the day. (At least not me!) I have even heard people say they accidentally put it through the wash and it came out ok!

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Smart Scale: My favorite thing about this scale is that it updates your stats to your fitbit dashboard so you can keep track. It also measures body fat and BMI (honestly I hate BMI though, so don’t get me started.) This bad boy is wi-fi enabled for easy tracking and recording. Pretty nifty!

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MotoACTV Bike mount: I don’t really ride, but I know my husband would love this. It easily attaches to your handlebars so you can clearly see your stats as you go. It has a GPS in it, so you can track your training and also put it online on your personal training log. You can also sync this to your android phone and be alerted when you get texts, tweets, etc. I love that!

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QOTD: Which of these three would you like to try?

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”  #VZWA #VZWVoices

Top 5 Smart Accessories

Good morning! I am hopping on a 7:15 flight this morning and heading to Orlando! I will check into the Grand Floridian, and then the press event will begin after lunch. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, instagram, and Facebook via the social media icons on my right sidebar of my blog. I will be live tweeting/etc. the event Thursday and Friday and you won’t want to miss the new information I will be posting! Also don’t worry, while I am gone I have some great guest posters who will be taking over my blog (I will also be popping in on a couple of days to post about press event info I learn). Be sure to show them some love!

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I recently spoke about getting the new Blackberry Z10 smart phone. There was a bit of a learning curve, but I have enjoyed getting to know my phone. Now that I have used it a good bit, it’s time to think about accessories! here are five accessories that I found that I would love to try out for various reasons:

Nokia JBL Power Up Speaker– This is a wireless charging speaker with Legendary JBL® sound in a compact design. You can wirelessly charge your device simply by placing it on top of the speaker. It is also compatible with any Bluetooth®-enabled device.

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LG wireless charging Bluetooth headset- This accessory features a solid, durable look and feel built into a compact and lightweight design. The geometric mesh surface is the contact point for Wireless Charging. The Power/Call button and Volume buttons are placed well for easy access while wearing the device.

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Fitbit one- I have the FitBit zipp, but would love to try this one! During the day, it tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed. At night, it measures your sleep cycle to help you see how to sleep better; and it can even wake you in the morning without waking other in your home. Your stats upload wirelessly to your computer and select mobile phones.  You can set goals, and track progress while competing with your friends.

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Lifeproof armband- I already have a lifeproof case, so this armband would be great to have so I could wear it while I run instead of holding my phone. Made from breathable spandex, the wide strap and non-slip silicone dots keep it stable and comfortable as you move. The Velcro strap adjusts to fit most, and it’s also lightweight. Reflective markings make you more visible when training after dark.

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Tagg pet tracker- This is a purpose-built tracking device that helps pet owners find and track their pet. The pet owner tells the Tagg system where they want their pet to be, and  if the pet ever leaves the Tagg zone, the owner receives text and email alerts. Tagg’s innovative technology quickly pinpoints the pet’s location using a mobile device or computer. The Tagg master kit includes three months of service. After the first three months, service costs $7.95/month and includes unlimited alert notifications

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*Do any of these accessories look interesting to you? You can now save 25% on these and many more Verizon accessories by texting heatherslg to 22699. You will then get a barcode to use in store, or you can use the code online when you shop Verizon.

QOTD: What accessory looks the most interesting to you?

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”  #VZWA #VZWVoices

Cleaning Your Computer and Mobile Devices

It’s spring cleaning time! While sprucing up your yard and house are great things that need to be done, what about cleaning your computer/cell phone/tablet? If you are anything like me, you use your phone and computer a lot. While this is great for my job and my blog, it’s not so great when it comes to wear, tear and well…germs.

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I am guilty as charged to a lot of things that contribute to a dirty computer/phone. I eat at my computer, I get makeup on my phone, I get smudges on my laptop screen, and dirt on my mouse and I use an extra large gaming mousepad, meaning I have to defend a much larger area from dirty invaders. I also run with my phone so I get sweat all over it. Sometimes the dust and grime is hard to see, but trust me it’s there. These un-cleaned devices can be contributing factors to sickness and germy messes, so be sure to clean regularly with these easy tips:

1.) Buy some canned air.

This will help you get dust, food particles, and other dirt out from underneath the keys of your keyboard. Be sure to bring the laptop or desktop keyboard outside to clean, and power off your equipment. I turn my laptop on it’s side and use the canned air. Aim for once every other week, or whenever you do your regular dusting of your home.

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2.) Buy an electronics cleaning cloth

I wouldn’t use anything other than a cloth made specifically for cleaning electronics, but some people use old t-shirts to clean with as well. Power off the computer and dip cloth in a tiny bit of water (distilled works best) and wipe down the computer and screen (or other device). Be especially careful with the pressure you put on the screen, and do not spray water directly onto the screen of a computer or phone from a squirt bottle.

3.) Get a screen protector for tablets and cell phones

My iPhone is in a life proof case, and my tablet has a film/screen on it for protection, so for cleaning I just wipe down the cover/screen and don’t have to worry about the actual screen itself getting dirty or damaged. Worth it in my option! If you still have dirt or grime on certain spots of your phone or computer use a toothpick to get into small spaces. Since I do have a waterproof life proof case, I feel safe wiping my phone down with an antibacterial wipe.

4.) Wash your hands before you get on the computer

This will cut down on the amount of dirt that gets on your keys and under them, as well as on the mouse/mouse pad. This can also save you from getting sick!

5.) Clean your mouse and mouse pad

Your mouse is constantly rolling over the mouse pad, so whenever dust and dirt get on the mouse pad it can cake up on the bottom of your mouse. If you have a ball on your mouse take it out and clean it. Also be sure your hands are clean when using the mouse so you don’t cake up dirt on the buttons on top.

So, take this post as your reminder and motivation to clean your devices!

*Don’t ever spray harsh chemicals onto your screen. You can use wipes to clean the keyboard but not the scree itself.

QOTD: How often do you clean your computer or cell phone?

Blogging Made Easier

 

Blogging takes up a LOT of time. First there is the blogging itself, research, picture taking, then there is social media presence, answering e-mails, etc. I absolutely love all the things that blogging brings, but if my computer or internet and phone speed are not working with me, it can make all encompassing “blogging” very very frustrating.

As many of you know, I am a Verizon Wireless ambassador and have been testing out the Samsung Galaxy S3 for the past couple of months. I have talked about how awesome the device itself is, and all it’s cool features, but I haven’t yet shared with you about the 4G LTE service itself.

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First of all, this service as expected is FAST! One of my biggest time sucks used to be trying to look at something on my phone and having to wait forever for a page to load, going outside on the porch holding my phone up trying to get more bars (oh come on you KNOW you have done it!) and then getting frustrated when a page times out or a call drops. I can honestly say I have been spoiled by just how fast this service is. There is no way my old service can “keep up” with this one.

As I have mentioned before my favorite thing is the mobile hotspot. One would expect a mobile hotspot to “work” but be very slow. Well I can tell you my friends, this is not the case. As a daily blogger, I obviously need to be on my computer a lot to get posts written, but sometimes I am just not home long enough to get this done, and am on the go a lot. The mobile hotspot and the speed of the 4gLTE service has made my new favorite, blogging in the car, possible. (Obviously not while I am driving!)

We go back and forth from Mississippi to Louisiana a lot, and I do a lot of traveling with work. Instead of letting this time be unproductive and a waste, I let my husband drive, and crank out a blog post while we are getting from point A to point B. I used to have to type it out and wait until I got somewhere to upload photos, or publish, but not anymore, and it’s awesome!

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So, especially for you my blogger friends, you should seriously look into this as a necessity to your job of being a blogger/social media lover and be more efficient with your time with 4G LTE!

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*Just a reminder that in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month (October), Verizon is hosting a photo contest to share the message of hope. Please enter their best photo symbolizing hope (taken with their Verizon Wireless smartphone or tablet, please). For each submission, $1 will be donated to HopeLine from Verizon. Visit this link for more information and to check out the gallery of inspiring photos so far.

*Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided
with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the
product.

QOTD: If you are a blogger, what is something about technology that has made your blogging life easier? If you aren’t a blogger, what is something about technology that has made life in general easier?