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!


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!


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!


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

Blackberry Z10

I so so excited to be asked to be a Verizon Wireless Ambassador again, and was stoked when I found out we were getting the all new Blackberry Z10!


I am pretty stubborn and set in my ways, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this new phone. I have never owned a Blackberry before, but I can honestly say I really like this phone!

I have a ton I want to say about this device, but for today I just wanted to share a couple of my favorite features:

Blackberry Hub

The Blackberry Hub is where all of your notifications go for accounts you add to it such as Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter. You can see all of your recent notifications with the swipe of a finger and decide who you need to respond to. Not only do you get to see your recent notifications, but you can respond to these notifications RIGHT FROM THE HUB without having to then go and open that app or e mail account. it’s pretty epic and makes my life so much easier.

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Time shift camera mode:

This is by far my favorite feature. Basically the way it works is when you take a photo in this mode, it takes the photo over a period of a few seconds and then you can go back and pick the exact second where the photo is the best (no blinking, perfect smile) and save that as you final product. LOVE it especially for my husband Mr. blinky. It’s also great for those action shots of kids or pets.


QOTD: Would you ever part with your current phone? Ever had a Blackberry?

*Disclaimer: I was provided 3 months of free service as well as the Blackberry Z10 phone from Verizon, however all opinions are 100% my own.

Friday Randoms

TGIF! This week flew by, and I still have so much to do! Funny how some weeks drag on while I don’t know where others went! My mom is coming to hang out with me today so I won’t be around as much as I usually am, but I have a few “little of this little of that” things to share with you today. Have a great one!


1.) You may have noticed on my left sidebar that I have been a Bulu Box ambassador for a month or so. They are such a great company to work with. Did you know that in addition to the regular monthly box you can get, that there is now also a weight loss box option? Also, if you sign up for a 6 month supply (regularly $60) you get $10 off with my discount code so only $50 for 6 months of a box on your door step every month of new fun samples to try. Not sure you are ready to commit to 6 months? Use the code for one FREE BOX! If you love it, go back then order the 6 month supply. You must go through the following link and use code  BULUGAN250 at checkout using THIS LINK.


2.) My friend Brian at Digital running is hosting an interstate challenge and it rewards participants with the first ever Digital Running Interstate Challenge Medal for completing a half marathon or a marathon in two different states during 2013.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for the challenge.
  2. Run a marathon or a half marathon in two different states between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
  3. Log your races here at
  4. We’ll verify the results you’ve reported with the official race results.
  5. We’ll send your medal once we’ve verified that you’ve completed the challenge.

What a great incentive just to run two races in two states! The cost is only $15.00, so sign up now. I will be doing the challenge!


3.) You have probably heard that Google Reader will be no more come this summer. There are a few options that people have found to help transition them smoothly to another reader, and I will be using Feedly. Check it out! Don’t forget to do something with your reader before July or you will be stuck!


4.) Verizon has asked me back to be an ambassador again! This will be my third round, and I can’t wait to see what device I get next. You can see posts on my current verizon toys below:

Fitbit discount

Fitbit review

Kids corner on Windows 8 phone

Favorite apps for Windows 8x phones

Talk about wireless hotspot

Learning the ropes of my new phone

Also, I JUST found out last night that Pandora is now available to download for the Windows phone. Hooray!

QOTD: android or apple? Why?

Samsung Galaxy S3 Favorites


Now that I have had my Samsung Galaxy S3 for awhile, I wanted to give an update on some of my favorite things (cue Sound of Music singing song “My Favorite Things”). You may have seen some of the features on commercials the past couple weeks, they are quite amusing an I applaud Samsung for being so clever!


Smart Stay: It waits till you’re asleep: the screen maintains a bright display as long as you’re looking at it.

Direct Call:  It knows when you want to talk: if you’re sending a message but decide to call instead, simply lift the phone to your ear and it will dial your friend’s number automatically.

Smart Alert:  It knows when you’ve been away from your phone: a vibrating nudge lets you know
that you have missed calls or messages.

S Voice:  It responds to you: you can tell the phone to wake up, answer an incoming call, or even take a photo.

LTE:  Faster downloads compared with current 3G networks. And it’s only going to get faster

Best Photo: When shooting images using the S III’s burst mode function, you can capture a succession of images from which your S III will automatically select the best one, or you can manually choose the best photo.

Out of these I would say my FAVORITE two features are best photo, and smart stay. I hate when I am trying to read something and my iPhone goes dim and I have to tap the screen! smart phones truly are getting smarter and smarter!


So,  my dog may be hiding my phone from me…


In running news, my new Asics are set to arrive today, but I have a long run on tap for this morning that can’t wait, so I will get this run out of the way and hopefully get to try out my new shoes tomorrow. I can’t wait to show you guys! They are pretty sweet looking.

QOTD: Thoughts on this phone? What is your favorite thing about your phone?

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

*Don’t forget to go here to learn how to win two pounds of Fitmixer product!

Weekly Update: July week 3 and a new Ambassador


Happy Sunday! This weeks workouts have been different from usual considering I haven’t been running. I did however manage to get in a few good workouts, and I also have something exciting news to share with you all. But first, the workouts:

Sunday: rest

Monday: 2 mile run, chest, triceps, abs

Tuesday: 20 minutes stationary bike, back, biceps, abs

Wednesday: 1.5 mile run (after this run I decided to not run for 2 weeks)

Thursday: chest, triceps, abs

Friday: back, biceps, abs, legs; 15 minutes stationary bike

Saturday: rest


I did well on the weights front, 4 x’s last week, with 2 runs and 2 times cross training. This coming week will be all cross training and weights of course, and then I will try running again middle of the next week. Fingers crossed!

Ok, so moving on to the exciting news I spoke of earlier. I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Verizon Wireless about being an ambassador for them. Of course, I was stoked and said yes. After much anticipation (and with Fedex royally messing up the shipment! They even admitted I didn’t get my box because the driver was LAZY!) I got my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy SIII. You may remember a little over a year ago I actually had the galaxy vibrant by Samsung, and recently traded it in for an iPhone due to some issues I was having mainly with the service through Cellular South. All of that to say I was very curious to see how the Galaxy SIII measured up to the original Galaxy.


The biggest “wow” I saw right off the bat was how big the screen was. My original Galaxy had a screen bigger than my iPhone but this one is HUGE!


Galaxy SIII on the left, iPhone 4S on the right. I immediately charged it up and started playing with it. The 4G LTE is super fast! Everything moves really smoothly with no freezes, pauses, or breaks so far. I have a few other favorites that I have discovered but I will save them for another post. I will be tweeting, texting, calling, instagramming, and web surfing from this bad boy for the next three months so hang on! If you want to check out the Twitter stream with all the chatter, check out #VZWA for all the fun!


QOTD: What kind of cell phone do you have? Do you like it?

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.