Friday, April 24, 2015

My Top 5 Tablet Accessories

isclaimer: 
This post is written as part of my works with Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers. 
Though I work with them you can be sure all opinions expressed within this post are my own. 

Recently I went to check out the newest Verizon Wireless Destination Store in Boston. While there Verizon Wireless Surprised us with a very generous gift card. Because they are so much easier and lighter, I used mine towards a purchase of a new tablet. As with any new device, I went shopping for Accessories. Below I am sharing my 5 favorites.
1: Fintie Blade X1 Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Keyboard Case Cover. 

I love this case. It has a magnetically detachable keyboard that ranges up to 10 meters The slim design adds protection without the bulk.
 This is one of the best keyboard cases for SGT4.The keyboard is real “hard” laptop style, made from high quality ABS material. Ultra slim design adds maximum protection with minimal bulk. Ultra-slim design case adds maximum protection with minimal bulk. Adjustable stand securely holds your Tab 4 10.1 in landscape mode. Durable PU leather cover with soft, microfiber-lined interior. Premium polycarbonate shell locks your tablet in place and absorbs drops and bumps.

2: 

Unitek usb3.0 hub with OTG adapter Bus-powered HUB ALL IN ONE USB 3.0 HUB OTG Function

I think this is a must have for your tablet. There are 3 multi ports, perfect for your mouse, flash drives and more. You also have 2 USB spots, one full sized for your computer and the other a micro, Handy for a tablet or phone. Then there is the full size SD slot. They even include a SD card adapter to read your Micro SD card.

3:
InvisibaleSheild Screen Protector
Your new gadgets are not so exciting with a cracked screen. This is why I choose InvisibaleShield for all my devices. These screen protectors are made with material designed by the U.S military to protect helicopter blades from dirt and debris. Anyone that has stood around a helicopter knows how much dirt gets spun around by the blades. Given this fact you would assume the material is thick, but in fact it is very thin. The finish is not matte textured, like so many other shields, and therefore gives you a much more clarity. 

4:




IAfter hearing so many great things about the movie I decided to head to the Verizon Wireless website to order one. This powerstation has a quick charging 4000 mAh battery, and come with higher power batteries if you need it. This easily charges your smart phone, tablets and more. The weight is a bit heavier then some of it's competitors,  perhaps it's because of the power it is packing. It takes a while to charge, but with a full charge you can count on it being ready when you need it.

5:



This is such a handy gadget in the car. Like most people, my electronic device has also become my GPS. This accessory will keep your tablet just where you need it. It will hold all 7"-12" tablets and the adjustable base works perfect in all standard cup holders. 
This mount is very lightweight and made with a carbon fiber that also makes it very strong.
Not only is it perfect to hold your device as a GPS but it works great when your passengers want to watch videos. 

I have been having so much fun playing with the tablet and looking for new gadgets to go with it. If you know of a must have accessory for a tablet please let me know in the comments below.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Verizon Wireless's Destination Store Boston


Disclaimer: 
This post is written as part of my works with Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers. 
Though I work with them you can be sure all opinions expressed within this post are my own. 


As a Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Blogger I was recently invited to check out the newest Verizon Destination Store in Boston MA. This store is located in my in the Back Bay section of Boston at 745 Boylston St.
 The first question I was asked by friends was what is the difference in a Destination Store and all the other Verizon Wireless Stores. The big difference is that that A Destination is set up for you to relax and not only see the products they carry but feel welcome to engage in interactive and media experiences. Here you can find regularly scheduled workshops to learn how to use your products. not only can first time users to find out how to get the most of their gadgets, but, current users can learn a trick or two. 
When you walk into the store you know your in Boston. Decorating the walls are Murals and photographs that show off the cities history and landmarks. The store is Spacious and set out in 6 easy to Navagate zones. Here is a peek at them:

 Get fit

In the get fit zone you will find great products to help you obtain your fitness goals. Here you will find Items such as FitBits, other fitness bands and watches, headphones and other digital fitness products.

Home and On the Go

Products you never knew you needed until you checked them out are in this zone. A few examples are BlueTooth comparable locks, Digital thermometers and App controlled security systems. 

Amplify it  

This is a fun zone with all your that will handle all your music needs. Here is where you will find your speakers and headphones while having fun at the interactive DJ station.

Have Fun Zone
This is a great section with all kinds of fun items. The thing I really love about it is that you can tell by it's setup that they encourage you to bring your little guys in and test out the products. In this section you will find the drones, GoPro cameras and Items for video gaming.

Customize It

This is a fun section where you can make custom covers for many different kinds of cellphones. You can upload a pic from your phone, facebook, Twitter or Instagram account, or, you can have fun in their selfie booth first.

Anywhere Business

This  Section is small but has some great products for business owners on the go. Here, along with other products, you can purchase a reader for Credit Cards and Wireless Scanners.


If you would like to see more about the store, including a virtual tour, and keep up on the workshops and store guests you can check it out HERE.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

5 Apps For Addicts


Disclaimer:
 I am writing this post as part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers program. Being part of the program does not in anyway influence this post in anyway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I would like to talk to you about something that hits very close to home for me. Addiction is a disease, it can be managed but not cured. It affects people from all walks of life. Even though children of addicts are more likely to become addicts themselves, there are those who have no family addiction history who become addicts. Addiction destroys families, it is not just a personal battle. 
The good news it that there is help for those who choose to reach out and get it. Because of the use of technology going to a meeting is no longer the main way people are reaching out for the support they need.
Please note, though the following apps are great in being the extra support many count on to help manage their addictions, they are not meant to be your resource for recovery.

5 Apps for Addicts


"Designed for accountability, recoveryBox is an iOS app toolset that facilitates tracking of daily life activities by easily breaking them down into your "lights". Breaking habits requires knowing why we do what we do, when do we do it and coming up with goals to break unhealthy behaviors.recoveryBox has the tools needed to help with addiction recovery.
recoveryBox is designed to work with any addiction: drugs, gambling, pornography, alcohol or customize your own specific to your needs!!"


I love that this app covers all addictions. If you want to further check out this app there are videos that explain all parts of it further. You can find them at THIS LINK.
The recoveryBox app cost $1.99 and can be downloaded at the app store

2. ImQuit

"no matter what type of addiction you are fighting against, ImQuit will give you a powerful weapon. It can trace your process and give you a clear and impressive picture, you can also compare with your history record and share your success with your friends."
This app is great because it lets you track your process or managing more then one addiction. I like that friends and family can see your progress, this is a great thing when you deserve a pat on the back. 
This is a free app that you can download here.


This is a valuable app for those who are involved in the 12 step program and traveling. 

"Meeting Finder is the most comprehensive and easy to use 12-step program meeting search tool!
- Find meetings across the U.S. in seconds.
- Covers the top 12-Step recovery programs
- Use your current location or search by city or zip code.
- Find the meeting you want. E.g. open/closed, men/women only, etc.
- Add meetings to iCal.
- Map meetings and get directions.
- Share meetings with others via text or email.
- Send us updates for out-of-date meetings"


If you turn to your higher power for guidance in recovery then iPromises may be provide the inspiration you need. 

"Features:
- Daily reflections
- Recovery calculator that shows you how many days you have been sober
- A calendar that keeps track of the 12-Step meetings you attend regularly
- A tool that lets users monitor their moods and relapse triggers
- A contact list for all of your 12-Step friends
- Links with descriptions of various 12-Step groups
- A journal where you can describe your mood, challenges, and accomplishments for the day

- A travel guide with information about meetings held throughout the country "


Sometimes you just have to breath in and breath out. Lets face it the road to recovery is stressful. This app can help reduce stress and anxiety by introducing you to breathing exercises. 
"Features: 

• Easy to follow voice instructions.
• Intuitive animated breathing guide.
• Five calming guide sounds. 
• Breathing Analyzer measures your breathing rate.
• Timed sessions from 5 to 60 minutes.
• Weekly Target tracks your therapeutic breathing minutes."

This app can be found here for $3.99

These apps may not be the right solution for your road to recovery. If you feel you have a problem please seek out help for yourself and those you love.



Monday, March 9, 2015

March 15th Udderly Smooth Chat



This Post is written as part of a continuing relationship I have with Udderly Smooth, though I might receive compensation in the form or product or sponsorship all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Can you believe the weather this winter? Has the cold weather left your skin dried out? Perhaps it's time to hang out with Udderly Smooth and learn how to put a SPRING back in your step. 
This is not a formal Twitter Party, but a get together of fun people who like relax, chat and maybe even win a prize. What great prizes the folks at UdderlySmooth have provided. Hope you can join us. 
Here are the details:

March 15th, 9 PM EST
Hashtag:  #UdderlySmooth

Prizes: 
9 winners will receive an Udderly Smooth gift basket: 


Grand Prize:
One lucky winner will receive a Pandora Bracelet with this cute little cow bead.

Early Bird Prize Just for RTing the following:


"Join @UdderlySmooth and @mmc67 for a Twitter Party March 15th 9PM EST. Great fun & prizes. 
RSVP : 
 http://www.theshakerofsalt.com/2015/03/march-15th-udderly-smooth-chat.html "
RSVP:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Your Chance To Attend Marvel's Avengers



Perfect for all my Marvel Avengers fans:

"Robert Downey Jr. is offering fans the chance to live out the best night of their life culminating at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, all to support a great cause.  

In this videoRobert Downey Jr. reveals that anyone can win the opportunity to be flown with a friend to Los Angeles to experience a day in the life of Tony Stark.
 By going to www.omaze.com/RDJ and donating just $10 to benefit Julia’s House, a children’s hospice center dedicated to helping improve the lives of children diagnosed with terminal illness, you could win a chance to live out your superhero dreams with RDJ in LA. You’ll kick things off with breakfast at the iconic Randy’s Donuts before launching into an action-packed day including a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, indoor skydiving, and a custom gown or tux fitting before meeting Robert Downey Jr. himself for an epic motorcade arrival at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. And yes…there will be caviar.

And did we mention you’ll be one of the first people on this planet to see the newest release from Marvel’s hit franchise? Yeah, that’s happening. But the opportunity to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience won’t last forever. 

ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
You and a friend will be joining Robert Downey Jr. for the best day of your lives at the premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. You will experience indoor skydiving, a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, a custom tux/gown fitting, a pit stop at Randy’s Donuts and caviar tasting with RDJ before riding in his private motorcade to the premiere. Flights, 4-star hotel, and transportation are all included. Best of all, every entry benefits Julia’s House. 

ABOUT JULIA’S HOUSE
Julia’s House is a children’s hospice charity dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families. The nurses and caregivers at Julia’s house provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. The majority of those children are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18, but thankfully Julia’s House is there for them year-round, offering emergency respite and overnight care during treatment and offering emotional and practical support at the end of a child’s life.

ABOUT OMAZE
Omaze is an online charity platform that raises money and awareness for nonprofits by offering everyone the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their favorite performers, athletes and influencers. That's everything from walking the red carpet on a date with George Clooney, to playing tennis with Serena Williams, to being in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Founded by two best friends, Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins, Omaze connects its community of donors to transformative experiences, remarkable causes and compelling content. For more information, please visit www.omaze.com."

Disney: INSIDE OUT


Looks like Disney is coming out with another great Movie. 
"From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school."

U.S. Release Date: June 19, 2015 Director: Pete Docter Co-Director: Ronnie del Carmen Producer: Jonas Rivera

Cant wait to hear more about it. 

CLARENCE: MYSTERY DVD

CLARENCE: MYSTERY PIÑATA
Recently I was offered the chance to preview the first the DVD Clarence: Mystery PIÑATA. This is a cartoon on Cartoon Network that follows the life of Clarence Wendell and his adventures with his friends, Jeff and Sumo.
After watching this with the little guys, who were already huge fans, I realize the positive messages that are in all of the episodes. 
Clarence is 4th grade boy that sees the good in everyone and wants to make the world a better place. He manages to turn every negative thrown his way into a positive. The DVD teaches to look for the positive while throwing in a great amount of humor that keep kids entertained. 
Mystery Piñata includes 12 first season episodes, with a “bonus feature” of the original 11-minute "Pilot".
  • Fun Dungeon Face Off
  • Pretty Great Day with a Girl
  • Lost in the Supermarket
  • Clarence’s Millions
  • Jeff’s New Toy
  • Zoo
  • Rise ‘n’ Shine
  • Average Jeff
  • Slumber Party
  • Dream Boat
  • Too Gross for Comfort
  • Neighborhood Grill
  • Bonus: Mystery Piñata
If this looks like a movie for a child in your life you can find it for a great price. I located it on Amazon for just $9.79


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Doc McStuffins "Cuddle Me Lambie" on DVD



Disclaimer: Though we were sent this DVD this review, all thoughts are my own

We were recently sent the dvd Doc McStuffins Cuddle Me Lambie. The first thing noticed were the cute little Lambie hair clips included, They are a huge hit for your little Lambie fan.

The DVD shows Lambie handing out hugs when needed.

Cuddle Me Lambie contains 5 full episodes of Doc McStuffins Including:
  • My Huggie Valentine / Dusty Bear
  • Awesome Guy’s Awesome Arm / Lamb In A Jam
  • Kirby And The King / Bubbly Monkey, Blow Your Nose!
  • A Day Without Cuddles! / Collide-o-scope
  • Mirror, Mirror On My Penguin / Hide And Eek!
All five of these titles send positive messages to your little one.
Doc McStuffins: Cuddle Me Lambie is sure to be a hit for your little Doc McStuffins fan. 
Look for this DVD on Amazon or at a retailer near you.