Sunday, July 26, 2015

Adventures at Palace Playland Old Orchard Beach Maine

Palace Playland Old Orchard Beach Maine

Although I was given Family Passes to Palace Playland in exchange for this post, all opinions are my own.

I was recently given the opportunity to explore Palace Playland, a beach front amusement park in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Some of my extended family and I ventured there on a warm Thursday evening,  and the place was filled with the sounds of rides, games,  and laughter. The "big boys" immediately set off to try the log ride (Cascade Falls,) so the little one and I took advantage of one of the delightful smelling food booths and got some fried pickles and some french fries while we waited. Once the log ride was over, (having been thoroughly enjoyed by both guys,) we circled around a bit, just scoping out the scene. There are a good amount of rides, for both young and old, although one thing that I would have liked to see more of were rides that could be ridden as a family (with a toddler). 
Palace Playland Old Orchard Beach Maine
The little guy had never been on a carnival ride before, but so badly wanted in on the action, begging to go for a ride in one of the little cars circling around a track (Hampton Cars.) I grudgingly decided to let him try it, although I was very nervous at having to stand outside the gate should he panic. He made it 2 laps before erupting into heartbreaking tears, at which point the ride operator stopped the ride, scooped him up and returned him to me. After that, we did find one ride that he could go on with his dad and big brother, a whirling dragon ride (Dizzy Dragon) that he absolutely loved, so that was a win.
Palace Playland Old Orchard Beach Maine
After that, the little fella and I found a bench where we could watch as his dad and brother went on the very impressive and thrilling looking Power Surge, which was spinning riders this way and that, upside down through the air. Not my kind of ride for sure, but for thrill seekers like them, it was the absolute best. One ride on that turned into two, followed by a quick slip down the giant slide next to it (Euroslide.) We played several games and won a few stuffed souvenirs of the night, much to the delight of the little one. We had planned to finish the evening with a ferries wheel ride, but had waited too long and discovered that the ride was stopped, I think for the fireworks. 
Palace Playland Old Orchard Beach Maine
Which was an even more magical ending to the evening, the first spectacular fireworks show of the season, a beautiful sight sparkling over the lit up carnival. All in all, we had a blast, and will definitely be returning throughout the summer. I would suggest to anyone going to try to do so on a Thursday evening, so that you can enjoy the magnificent fireworks display.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

I'm Outta Here..Or Am I #SwitchersRemorse

Mount Desert Island

I am writing this post to help introduce you to #SwitchersRemorse.
Though they are paying for the post, all thoughts, and mistakes below are my own.

Oh to be a teen in the 80's. Big Hair, Neon clothes and parachute pants .
Everytime you turned on the tv you could see how exciting life was for teens everywhere. Everywhere except in my life. There was nothing exciting about a tiny island in Maine. I couldn't wait to turn 18 and get out and see the world. I used every excuse I could find to make sure my parents knew I had plans, I would move away and never live in such a boring place again. 
I needed a new start to life and it wasn't gonna happen on Mount Desert Island. First thing I had to do is make a plan. After a bit of thinking I decided Florida would be a great place for a fresh start. I checked with family that lived there and they told me to come on down. I would work though the summer and head out in the fall. Summer dragged by as I dreamed about the fun times ahead. Tourist flocked to the Island to explore Acadia National Park. I didn't get it, what's the big deal, it's mountian's and water. Why were these idiots wasting their money?
Finally the day arrived. I said my good by to family and friends. Then I was off. When I arrived in Florida I remember going from needing a jacket to heat. I looks around and was excited about the palm trees everywhere. How cool was that? After arriving at my family's house and calling home we went exploring. I continued to take in the sights for the next couple weeks. Oh the fun I had, went skating and Tony Danza and Kirk Cameron was there. How awesome was that, you would never see them at home. 
As time when on I got a job. The sight seeing gave way to work. The leaves home had changed and I saw palm trees around me. When November rolled around I realized that I would have thanksgiving without my family for the first time. I started calling home a lot more and realized that things were just the same as they always was, but I found myself missing the "boring" things my friends were doing. One day I called my dad and it was snowing at home. I looked out the window and I saw Palm trees.
I hated my job. It was at a burger joint. I could be doing the same thing at home. Christmas was coming up. I was calling home nightly now. We went looking at Christmas Decorations. There was fake snow and decorated Palm Trees. Who the hell decorates a stupid Palm Tree? When we got home I called my friends and talked for a long time. I needed them to fill me in on all the fun they was having. The Fun without me. Each one told me how they missed me. 
The next morning I called my parents. If I book a ticket would you be able to come pick me up? I would love to surprise my friends for Christmas. Of course they would. 
The day I got home I flew into a blizzard. As bad as it was riding the three hours in the snow I loved the way it looked on the trees. The pine trees. The beautiful Green Pine Trees. I loved the way it looked on the Mountains, and I loved the way it looked on the little tiny island in Maine.
This was certainly a case of what Verizon Wireless likes to call #SwitchersRemorse. Let's face it, we have all made a decision that we came to regret. It's a great thing when you are accepted back with open arms. Right now Verizon is welcoming customers who switched to a different carrier back with open arms. You can find out more about your welcome back gifts

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hooking Up Long Distance

 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 have started planning my visit to Europe. Though it will be a few months before traveling I heard Verizon just introduced new global data plans and decided to check it out. I was so impressed with what I saw I figured I had to share. 
I started out on the Trip Planner page of their website. The first thing you are asked here is where you are going. You may select the country/countries you are traveling to.
After I selected Portugal and Spain it asked what device I was taking. My Motorola Turbo was on the list of allowed devices, but, If it was not one of the devices that made the list I have the option of getting a short-term loaner or satellite device from Verizon Wireless.

The page that comes up after entering my info looks like this:

This helps you know what is included with your package. The last time I went on this trip Verizon Wireless was not my provider and I was shocked when I received my next phone bill. With this chart, and the fact I have to sign up for an international plan before I can use the phone, there are no surprises.
Verizon will provide you with the excellent customer service you are used to, no matter where you are. When you arrive at your destination you receive a text letting you know how to make calls from your location and providing you with a number for customer service.
Verizon has even introduced calling packages for those who are headed out on a cruise. All you have to do is add the ship you will be traveling on instead of the county on the trip planner. From there you will see a chart like the one about with the preferred bundle packaging price for your trip.
For a limited time you can also receive unlimited access to some International  Wi-Fi hotspots with your International Travel Plan.
Looks like Verizon Wireless has the perfect plan for all your International travels.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Blogging From Your Phone

 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.

Summer weather has finally come to Maine, and with it comes the urge to open the windows and let the fresh air in. I was doing just that the other day when the window came crashing down. I ended up with a fractured wrist along with tendon damage. One of the first things I realized was that using my laptop was out for awhile. I was a bit panicked as I realized how much I depend on the laptop when it comes to my blog. 
After trying to hen peck with one finger for a bit, and failing miserably, I came to the conclusion that I would just use my phone. Now I just had to figure out where to start. 
The first thing I did was look for an app for my blogging platform. I was very happy, and quick to download BLOGGER.
 "With Blogger for Android you can:
* Compose a post that you can save to draft or immediately publish
* Edit existing posts
* View list of your saved and published posts
* Switch account/blog if you have more than one
* Embed an image from the gallery, or, by taking a picture directly from the app
* Add labels to your posts
* Add location information

With the Blogger app for Android, you can quickly and easily publish posts to your blog wherever you are."
I though this sounded like the perfect solution to my problem. I was quick to realize that the app was not the very user friendly. With it you are very limited to what you can do. I think it would best be used for doing a quick edit to your site, not for over all posting. 
I must say that beyond the blogging my phone has played a huge role in maintaining my online presence. With one hand, and the help of the Swipe Keyboard, I have been able to do just about everything else while on the mend. 
If you have any other suggestions for apps that will help please comment below. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

My Top 5 Tablet Accessories

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.


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.

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. 


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.


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

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

 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. 

- 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. 

• 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.