Designer Spotlight: Bob Mackie

Hello Beautiful People,

Bob Mackie w back pack

It’s holiday weekend and I am feeling a cool and relaxing vibe. What better way to chill than wearing a cotton polyester blend set with my new backpack. Bob Mackie who has designed for Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Carol Burnett, Tina Turner, Cher, Barbara Streisand, Barbie, and PINK! to name a few. And he is also designing for me and you. For the past twenty seven years, he has had his own line of everyday wear on QVC.

Bob Mackie is an icon of the fashion world.
Here Mackie is at the CFDA with Diana Ross.

In contrast to everyday life here I am wearing Mackie’s Floral Embroidered Knit top and crop pant set. I usually don’t like crop pants because I am like straight length pants to elongate me to make me look taller. On my right shoulder is the embroidered geraniums. The flowers look like they were plucked out of a garden and entwined in this top.

  • Pant inseam: missy/plus inseam 19″
  • Pant content: 95% cotton/5% spandex
  • Pant care: machine wash, line dry

Bob Mackie set

I don’t always like wearing sets together all the time, so i switch them up with other pieces from my closet. In these pictures below, I paired the top with a linen and rayon drawstring wide-leg pants. Both outfits are perfect for the summer heat. They offer an effortless but sophisticated style.

Bob Mackie

Close up of Top

Bob Mackiee close up of top

Easy and so fine kind of dressing with a designer touch. The colors are bold and bright but not over the top. Say it loud and proud with lots of color.

FTC Disclaimer:
This is not a sponsored post. I purchased all clothing with my own money.

Techy Girl Gadgets: Groove to the JBL Flip 3

Hi Beautiful People,

Do you ever feel like you never can get great sound from your mobile phone or from your tablet?

It is like you can hear the music; but either it is not loud enough or the bass is not clear. I have had a blue tooth speaker that would give pretty good sound; but if the bass was rocking the speaker would vibrate so much that it fell off the table. If I was in mid workout mode, I would have to stop to pick it up off the floor.

What can you do to have great sound at a reasonable price?

JBL Flip 3 Speaker

If you are looking for an economically-priced speaker with all the qualities of good sound that feels the room the JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Splashproof Speaker hits the mark. The Speaker comes in a variety of colors, most of the choices are not available. Verizon Wireless allowed us to demo the the speaker for a month and to give a review on this blog. The speaker retails for $99.99 and is currently on sale for $79.99; and can be purchase on the Verizon website.

Flip 3 Bluetooth Splashproof Speaker

The JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Splashproof Speaker

Features include:

Pros

Sound
The speaker has clear sound no matter what the weather may be or if you are on land or get caught in the rain at a party.
“It is rubber on the outside of the speaker and has a rechargeable Li-ion battery that gives up to 10 hours of continuous play where you can dance the night away or enhance that barbecue picnic with the family. You can connect up to three smartphones and tablets at once.”
The sound is not muffled, I can hold the JBL Flip 3 in my hand and it never skips a beat in the sound quality. I really enjoy connecting my laptop or cell phone to the speaker to do my run/ dance workout.

Bluetooth Connection
Bluetooth compatibility for your computer, your smart phone or your tablet. With your computer, the speaker will connect through the Bluetooth option on the system preferences. For your smart phone or tablet, you need to download the app; and from there it syncs pretty quickly for the first time. And then after it quite easy to get and connected.

Splashproof
“No need to worry about rain or spills. It can even be cleaned with running tap water – just don’t submerge it.” It has rained in my neck of the woods for a week so the benefit of being waterproof if you get caught in the rain is very handy.

JBL Speaker Connections
You can actually connect JBL speakers together for a more fuller musical experience in a room or outside. I have never seen where speakers could connect with each other to play the same music at once.

You can take calls
The JBL Flip 3 has a speaker phone so you take your calls if you are doing work around the house or want to be hands free.

From the Verizon website:
“The next generation in the JBL Flip series, the Flip 3 adds a splashproof design* (IPX5-rated), a rugged rubber housing and a 3,000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery that delivers up to 10 hours of continuous high-quality stereo audio playtime**.”

Highly flexible, the Flip 3 also lets you connect to up to three smartphones or tablets at once and then take turns playing audio from the device of your choice. An on-board speakerphone functionality with an echo and noise-canceling microphone lets you take crystal-clear, hands-free calls right from the speaker.

Con
Video not playing all the way through
I noticed that when I try to listen to videos on the iPad, the JBL Flip3  Speakerphone will play the audio. However, the video will often freeze. I don’t know if that’s just the way it is or if there is some glitch because the freezing happened each time I tried to play a video. I was trying to listen Casey Treat’s Renewing the Mind 2.0 video series on his app on the iPad and encountered the video freeze. I tried a second time to watch Kari Jobe’s Forever video and it froze on me but the audio was still going strong.

What’s in the Box
One JBL Flip 3 speaker, a micro USB charging cable, one quick start guide, a safety sheet and a warranty card.

If you are looking for a good reasonably priced speaker; than you may want to consider the JBL Flip 3. At less than $100, you are getting quality sound and a portable speaker that can be taken on the go with you.

FTC Disclaimer:
Verizon Wireless provided Bubbling With Elegance And Grace with the JBL Flip 3 speaker for thirty days to write this honest opinion. At the end of the thirty days, we returned the speaker back to Verizon Wireless. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are express in the review are own.

Mother’s Day

Hi Beautfiul People,

Azaleas

Today is Mother’s Day. Even though I did not at first feel I should I need to share some words. My mother has been with the Lord for almost twenty-three years, it is a hard holiday. My mother was strict and did not let me do much. My parents picked my friends and they did not just let me hang around anybody. Many times I would wonder why she was so hard on me. I am the only child and was in my teens at the time I naturally felt this way. But now that I look back at it and I see why. She wanted me to be somebody, to put God first, to have integrity and character.

My mother always told me that she was not my friend, but my mother.
As a teenager I would wonder what did that mean? Girls are having friends over; but I could not have my friends over. Why can’t I go to the party?
With some years hopefully for some comes wisdom. My mother wanted me to know that she was not hear to make me feel good even, when you may not be right. My mother told it like it is and didn’t pull any punches with me. I didn’t have a lot of role models when I was young. My best role models are my parents, my grandmother, and my aunt. My mother wanted me to get an education and I did. She wanted me to stick with the books and not get hooked up with the wrong crowd and praise the Lord I didn’t. My mother was not perfect; but she was and is in my heart, a Proverbs 31 woman. She always looked out for the best interest for me and she believed in me.

I was not planned.

What do you mean, you say?
I was not a planned pregnancy. My mother didn’t want to have children. My grandmother told my mother go on ahead and have that baby and she did., By God’s grace and mercy, my mother delivered me, a healthy 8lbs. 6 oz. baby girl.

My mother and father helped me and sacrifice for me to have a good life. My grandmother helped and was also there for me. They loved me and it hurts that they are not here on earth in the flesh. I know that they all believed in God and that Jesus Christ died for their sins, so I know they are in heaven.  Virtuous, Virtuous, Virtuous I say as I literally run through the halls expressing my thankfulness to God for giving me such loving jewels in my life that are with my heart. I know they are Jesus followers, but it does still hurt.

Joyce Meyer has on her calendar the title for today, “The Only Way Out Is Through”.
I continually have to thank the Lord that I had such a rich inheritance of Godly parents and a Godly Grandmother. I know that they wouldn’t want me to feel any other way.

The Proverbs 31 Woman is my mother and my grandmother. My Aunt is still here on earth so I am putting her in here too because she is the description of character and integrity. Please read Proverbs 31 below, its a lot to take in but the words have so much wisdom in them.

Proverbs 31

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
*BibleGateway 

 God loves you and if you are not feeling so great today because it seems like everyone is having fun on this Mother’s Day. It is not about the day, it is about what you do each day that counts. We celebrate moms, dad moms, moms who adopt, step moms, pet moms, those who influence are lives, those who are mothering and mentoring. We comfort those who have lost a child, those who are having difficulty with adopting, those who are estranged from their children, those who are having interferences in having kids; peace and comfort to you.
Remember you are not alone and that God is for you.

Psalm 23:4,6
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. … Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

II Corinthians1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”

Shea Moisture: Can We All Get Along?

Hi Beautiful People,

JT and Gio

Lord have mercy! There has been so much that has been said this past week about the Shea Moisture controversial ad.
Taking a look at it now after all the words have been said.
If you haven’t been online and seen the ad here it is below.

What are your thoughts?
My first reaction to the video was this is going to be a video about hair stories and how women have conquered their hair hate. I saw one woman of color tell her story of being teased for the kind of hair she had; and then gaining acceptance of her hair. I do know her curls were loosely textured. One article said the woman in the ad was multi-racial. Maybe, I do not know. Heck, my curls are the same texture and my parents were not two different ethnicities. Then the video cut to two caucasian women, one who briefly talk about hair color and the other one not knowing what to do with her hair.

Will Shea Moisture be carrying a hair coloring line?
I am like, hmmmm…

 I have been using Shea Moisture products for a couple of years now. The company wanted to expand its market to include women of all colors who have hair issues. I think diversifying their products is a great idea. However, I believe that this ad did not portray what the Shea Moisture company wanted it to convey. The first model was the only one holding the product. There is no mention of what products the other models used or how they used the products or what Shea Moisture meant to them. Simply put, it was bad editing of a much larger story that was not included in the final product. Take a look at the video below that was released one month before the controversial video aired. This video include good editing and is a good example of hair stories and conquering them. This video was on their Youtube channel and is dated March 28, 2017.

I have heard that the Shea moisture products ingredients have changed; but in this video the owner says that they have not. Take a look at this video below that features an interview where the owner addresses the controversy, how the company is looking to expand its market ,and talks about the products themselves.

I have noticed that some people are talking about Shea Moisture but have not used any of the products. There is freedom of speech and everyone can have an opinion.

I wanted to share an image of the Shea Moisture hair products in my closet.

Shea Moisture Hair Products

1 jar Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque
1 jar Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque w/Sea Kelp & Argan Oil
1 jar Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Curl Enhancing Smoothie w/ Silk Protein & Neem Oil Thick, Curly Hair – Using this up and probably will not be purchasing because I am starting to make my own cream.
2 jars of Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oi Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner w/Shea Butter, Peppermint & Keratin
1  container of Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner w/Sea Kelp, Argan Oil, & Shea Butter for Dry, Damaged hair (Almost all gone)
1 Spritzer of Shea moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair High Shine Glosser w/ Keratin, Peptides, and Botanical Extracts
1 Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus KIDS Extra Moisturizer Detangler w/Slippery & Marshmallow Extracts

Shea Moisture has a full line of products that are not  only hair care products. I actually have more Bath and Beauty products in my closet. The bubble baths, the hand and body scrubs, and the soaps are a regular part of my bath regime. I even like to mix the bubble bath scents.

Shea Moisture Bath and Body Products

1 bar of Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shea Butter Soap
1 bar of Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus dry oil mist
1 bar of Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Bath, Body & Massage oil
1 Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Energizing Bubble Bath & Body Wash
1 Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Energizing Body Lotion
1 Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Bath, Body & Massage oil w/ Mango Butter & Green Coffee Bean Extract
1 Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Energizing Hand & Body Scrub
1 Shea Moisture Lavender & Wild Orchid Bubble Bath & Body Wash w/ Shea Butter
1 Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupuacu Daily Defense Bubble Bath & Body Wash w/ Passiflora & Pistachio Oils
1 Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupuacu Daily Defense Hand & Body Scrub w/ Passiflora & Pistachio Oils
1 Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Dry oil mist w/ Frankincense & Myrrh

There has been a lot of talk about the company that now owns and partners with Shea Moisture, but I am not talking about that company in this post ( It’s a lot about them online)  because the Owner and Founder Richelieu Dennis is still answering to the mission and brand of the company. Dennis (Shea Moisture) offered an apology that was on its Instagram page. Please read below. It comes across as sincere.

Wow, okay – so guys, listen, we really f-ed this one up. Please know that our intention was not – and would never be – to disrespect our community, and as such, we are pulling this piece immediately because it does not represent what we intended to communicate. You guys know that we have always stood for inclusion in beauty and have always fought for our community and given them credit for not just building our business but for shifting the beauty landscape. So, the feedback we are seeing here brings to light a very important point. While this campaign included several different videos showing different ethnicities and hair types to demonstrate the breadth and depth of each individual’s hair journey, we must absolutely ensure moving forward that our community is well-represented in each one so that the women who have led this movement never feel that their hair journey is minimized in any way. We are keenly aware of the journey that WOC face – and our work will continue to serve as the inspiration for work like the Perception Institute’s Good Hair Study/Implicit Association Test that suggests that a majority of people, regardless of race and gender, hold some bias towards women of color based on their textured or natural hair. So, you’re right. We are different – and we should know better. Thank you all, as always, for the honest and candid feedback. We hear you. We’re listening. We appreciate you. We count on you. And we’re always here for you. Thank you, #SheaFam, for being there for us, even when we make mistakes. Here’s to growing and building together…

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Will I stop using Shea Moisture products? No. This promotion has been going on since March, I think this was just bad editing of a much larger campaign by the company. Please take a look at the full campaign here –> EverybodyGetsLove

I do not use many of Shea Moisture hair products because everything is not 100% natural. I really like the leave-in, but it is not 100% natural. Instead I have been looking into making my own leave-in.

Let me know your thoughts about the ad. Has your opinion of Shea Moisture changed since this ad aired? Do you even use any Shea Moisture products? Will you continue to use the products in the future? It will be interesting to see what Shea Moisture next campaign ad will be in the coming months.

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Ditch The Designers And Expand Your Wardrobe

Drawstring Bags

In the past, designer clothes were all the rage. Having items of clothing with the name of your favourite designer on the label was something to aspire to. These items are usually incredibly expensive, though. And, don’t offer much more than added luxury to the table. In a lot of cases, these clothes aren’t even higher quality than their cheaper alternatives. So, arguably, there was never any point in buying them. Today, this is truer than ever. And, to help you out, this post will be going through exactly how and why this change has begun.

The world of manufacturing has changed. With countries offering incredibly cheap manufacturing costs, companies are able to make their clothing for nearly nothing. In the past, companies would sell their clothing to other business, who would sell it for them. But, now, it’s becoming a lot more common for companies to sell their clothing themselves. Without the additional business, less money has to be made on the product for everyone to make a profit. So, the clothing can be cheaper. Companies like H&M and Topman have pioneered this sort of business. And, it’s resulted in some great benefits.

When you go into a store like this, you are guaranteed the same level, of quality across the board. Along with this, their sizing will be very in line. So, if you buy one thing and it fits; something else in the same size should fit, too. Of course, you don’t get a big brand name on the goods. But, at the moment, it’s becoming more popular for brand names to be hidden, anyway. A lot of people prefer to have their clothing do the talking, instead of a label. And, this can now be achieved without having to get the second best option. You can find these sorts of stores in most cities and towns. There are loads of examples. And, some even sell other brands items, too. This gives you a great chance to compare the quality between the two.

Of course, these stores are already cheaper than most. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to pay full price for any of their goods. Instead, you can still make some great savings with them. To start, it helps to be aware of the sales that the store will be running in the near future. This will give you a chance to see exactly which items will be cheapest at any given time. If you’re looking for something; go when it’s on sale. Along with this, you can also look for other discounts. There are loads of sites online with ways to get your own New Look or H&M promo code. These codes are usually designed to save you a good amount of money. And, not a lot of people know how common they are.

Saving money on your clothing and still being able to enjoy it is a great gift. Loads of cheap clothing stores are based on the idea of selling low-quality items, which don’t cost much to make. Unfortunately, with these, you will usually end up having to spend the same amount as you would at a normal store. This is because they will degrade very quickly, forcing you to buy more.

Affordable Promise Rings From MARKCHIC

Hi Beautiful People,

Would you believe it is already almost May and the school year is almost over? My husband was telling me prom was this past weekend for many schools in the area. My cousin recently had her baby son, who is doing well. I started thinking about friendship and the special bonds we have in relationships. Being a mentor, a light to those younger or older than you and lifting them up in encouragement.

What is a Promise ring?

I first heard of the Promise Ring when I was growing up. Parents would give them to their daughters and even their sons in a commitment to God in body by remaining abstinent until marriage.

Promise Rings can have many different meanings, depending on the type of relationship that the two people have. For couples it could mean a symbol of love for each other or that they are committed to each other. However, a Promise Ring is not an engagement ring. For example, how a person wears the Claddagh heart ring determines the status of their relationship status. If the heart in the ring is facing inward, it means that the person is a committed  relationship. While if the heart is facing outward, it means the person is not in a committed relationship. I can see a man and woman exchanging Claddagh Rings to show the world that they are in a relationship; but not to the point of getting married.

Promise Rings are usually in a more affordable metal of silver, but could be in gold. The Promise Ring is worn to symbolize friendship to show that special bond. Sometimes Promise Rings are bought for a personal celebration of achievement, the reasons are endless. It depends on you.If you are looking for a Promise Ring, MarkChic is an affordable and high quality company that has a variety of price ranges and the rings are really pretty. I wanted to share a few of my favorites of the cheap Promise Rings at MarkChic that I saw on their website.

1. The Stunning 1.5 CT Ruby Rose Gold Plated Promise ring is USD $64.00. There is a such a fire in that Ruby ring. The color is truly stunning and an attention-getter.

Stunning 1.5 CT Ruby Rose Gold Plated Promise Ring

 

2. Unique Split Shank 1CT Cushion Cut Yellow Gemstone Promise Ring is USD $114.00. This amazing ring ranges in sizes from  4 1/2 to 7 1/2.

Unique Split Shank 1CT Cushion Cut Yellow Gemstone Promise Ring

3. Fabulous Square Cut Emerald Decor Ring
I had to add this ring in because Emerald is my birthstone. It’s not a Promise Ring but it’s beautiful and its a whopping   USD $37.59 and is in sizes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Fabulous Square Cut Emerald Decor Ring

What are your thoughts about Promise Rings? Do you know anybody who gave or has been given a Promise Ring? If you are looking to purchase one for a family member or that special someone, consider looking at  MarkChic, where buying great-looking rings is an affordable experience.

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Images of Rings courtesy of MarkChic.

Techy Girl Gadgets: Moto Z Droid…The Mods

Hello Beautiful people,

I hope you are having a wonderful day!
I thought that my iPhone was all I needed in a phone until I had the opportunity to try the Moto Z Droid and the Mod accessories; all are exclusively sold by Verizon Wireless.  When I first looked at it, I noticed that it was ultra thin and the snap-on modules transforms a regular phone into must-have technology.

The Moto Z Droid Phone:
– Very thin
-The phone has a water repellent coating to protect against against light splashes or getting a little water on it.
-32GB internal memory
-13MP camera, which rivals many point-and-shoot camera on the market
– All-day battery life — You can watch videos and Internet browsers without worrying about draining the battery.
– TheTurboPower charger gives you a quick boost of power in a short amount of time.
– The has a Ultra efficient Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with a 5.5 inch Quad HD AMOLED display
-Faster data transfer with the latest USB-C connectivity so your regular USB will not connect to this phone.

I demoed the Moto Z Droid black/Lunar, the phone also comes in Grey and White/Fine Gold. It was fun to see how the interchangeable modules transformed the phone into various different uses. I actually miss using the versatility of this phone. Here is an overview of the different modules that are work with the Moto Z Droid.

The Interchangeable Mods really transforms this phone to elite status. Please note that the modules and the carrying case are not a part of the phone’s standard package. Each piece must be purchased separately.

1. Kate Spade new york Design Wireless Charging Battery Pack Moto Mod

Kate Spade new york Design Wireless Charging Battery Pack Moto Mod

By simply snapping on the Wireless Charger to the phone can provide an almost full charge in only 15 minutes. Another option with this charger is maintaining the phone’s charge at either 100% or 80%. It is a versatile charger that can provide a couple options that best suit your needs.

The  Kate Spade new york Wireless charging Battery Pack Moto Mod supports approximately 22 hours. Wireless means you can charge without having to attach a cord. Hands raised! I can still make calls on the phone and search through my applications while the phone is charging. The charger needs to be charged just like your phone needs to be charged, so don’t forget to pull it up on a regular basis.

2. JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod

 This is my favorite Mod out of the whole bundle that I tried. Not only was the sound great, but I really like the kickstand in the back of the JBL SoundBoost Mod. I enjoyed listening to the  YouVersion Bible App and my audiobooks at night, I would set the Moto Mod on my dresser and it would play all night. The phone can be an alarm as well. I could set it up in my work office and have classical or other music with no words playing softly in the background.

The kickstand is in the back see in the image below.

JBL SoundBoost Mod

JBL SoundBoost Mod

3. Moto Snap on Case

If you want to use the phone case you can snap that on as well. This case looks like a grey engineered wood.

Moto Z Droid Snap on Mod Case

4. Hasselblad True Zoom Camera Mod

Like all smart phones on the market, the Moto Z Droid includes a camera. However, if you want to take it to another level the Hasselblad True Zoom Camera Mod. It has a 10x optical zoom, physical shutter and Xenon flash. This Mod simply snaps on the back and I was ready to start taking pictures. The phone literally morphed into a camera.

In the picture is the Hasselblad True Zoom Camera Mod and the Moto Z Droid. They simply snap together and it’s a camera/phone.

Hasselblad True Zoom Camera Mod

Hasselblad True Zoom Camera Mod

Here are some pictures taken with the phone.

Projector Mod

5. Motorola Insta-Share Projector
The Motorola Insta-Share Projector great mod piece if you do presentations and you do not necessarily take a heavy load of equipment with you. I could see Teachers, Professors, students using this mod because it’s so portable.
I projected the image of my Youtube channel on a wall. You can adjust the focus to the level you want and its very simple.  The projector mod snaps onto the phone and the screen comes on and ready to go.  There’s a slider for focus and the back flip out stand. I highly recommend this projector mod.

Here’s a more close up look at the crispness.

And you know there has be a case to put the mods in. The case is a separate cost, the mods fit snug as a rug and makes the pieces portable.

The Moto Z Droid phones and mods gives many options to enjoy and the ways you can use the phone with the mods are endless. The mods and the case do not come with the phone so if you do not want all of the pieces there are options to choose which mods you want. The prices vary depending on the mod you want.

FTC Disclaimer:
Verizon Wireless provided us with these items to demo and write a review. Bubbling with Elegance and Grace did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are our own.

How To Pack Effectively For Your Summer Vacation

There is not one thing more exciting in the year than going away on holiday. Not just any holiday, but one that requires a plane to fly you to a far-flung destination with sand, sea and sunshine that you just don’t get at home. Holidays are so much fun to plan, especially when you actually have a destination in mind and you know when you want to go. What isn’t too much fun is packing. Having to stick to a weight limit, checking out the airline rules for what you can and cannot bring in your hold luggage and making sure that you secure bags your properly are all the downers of a holiday.

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With our packing tips, you can be ready for your summer holiday with little stress and lots of excitement.

  • Luggage: Buying the right luggage is crucial for your trip. Lightweight cases or holdalls that don’t take up too much of your weight allowance is an essential purchase. Depending on the time of year you shop for your holiday, you need to keep an eye out for the best luggage deals and you can check out these awesome Sears promo codes so you can get the most out of your money. Luggage often goes on sale just after the summer months, so if you know you’re going to be jetting off the following year, it makes sense to invest in luggage early. Shop smart and you can add more bikinis to your case instead of wasting weight!
  • Be Realistic: How many times have you gone away and brought seven bikinis plus spares – just in case? It’s not a good idea. Firstly, how often do you change bikini seven times on holiday? Why do you need ‘just in case’ bikinis? What bikini-related emergency do you expect to encounter? Pack smart! You want three sets of swimwear and if you haven’t a clue how, read here on how you can hand wash your smalls so they last you longer. Reduce your case load by a third and bring what you need rather than too much.
  • Accessorize Well: Instead of packing an outfit for every day, pack changing accessories. We all know how a statement necklace can change your look dramatically! This will save you packing trousers and skirts you likely won’t wear at all during your trip, and also make you look amazing.
  • Pack Light: Packing your flip flops but wearing your trainers onto the plane will save your luggage allowance and mean that you keep your feet warm during the flight. Add your essentials to your carry on and bring just one beach towel: your hotel is likely to provide some for showering!

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Holidays take a lot of organization, but don’t drive yourself crazy looking up list after list online before you go. Pack what you need, and always leave breathing room in the case just so you can get a little extra something while you’re away. There’s nothing wrong with extra souvenirs, as long as you have the space for them!

Monday Menu Makeover: Maple-Glazed Salmon with Almonds and Pecans

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We often hear that eating salmon at least once a week can provide many great health benefits. Salmon is a good source of protein and rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. A 3.5 ounce serving of salmon is loaded with essential vitamins, like potassium, selenium and many in the B family.

But how do we prepare salmon in a way that it is tasty and fun to eat. My experience with salmon has been boring and not that great to eat. You can put it in the oven and bake it; but I have found that it dries out. You can put in a skillet on the stovetop, but that can make it too rubbery. In both cases, the salmon may be healthy, but it was not an enjoyable meal.

Maple-glazed salmon with almonds and pecans

I discovered a method to prepare salmon in only ten minutes that is tasty and is sure to please the entire family. I call it Maple-Glazed Salmon with Almonds and Pecans. Here is the quick and easy recipe that you can prepare for dinner tonight.

  1. In a 9-inch skillet, add about two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, a teaspoon of minced garlic and two salmon fillets. I use the frozen fillets, but fresh ones would work just as well. But keep in mind the cook time will be much faster.
  2. Add seasoning salt, black pepper and herb provence to both sides of the salmon fillets.
  3. Sauté on medium heat for two minutes.
  4. Turn over the salmon fillets. Add small amount of water to the skillet and put on the lid. The salmon will cook very quickly so keep an eye on it.
  5.  Add the maple syrup to the top of the salmon fillets and around the edge of the skillet and reduce the heat to low.
  6. Turn the salmon fillets again to allow the maple syrup to fully coat both sides of the fillets.
  7. Allow the salmon fillets to simmer in the maple syrup for about a minute.
  8. Add the sliced almonds and pecans to the skillet and continue to simmer for another minute.
  9. Remove the salmon fillets from the skillet and place on serving plate.
  10. Allow the almonds and pecans to continue to cook in the maple syrup until the maple syrup had reduced down.
  11. Pour the almonds, pecans and maple syrup over the top of the salmon.
  12. Pair the salmon fillets with your favorite vegetable and potato. We like sautéed brussel sprouts and roasted potatoes.

The maple syrup cooking down with the almonds and pecans.

The Maple-Glazed Salmon with Almonds and Pecans is one of our favorite choices for dinner. The sweetness of the maple syrup mixes well with the seasoning salt and garlic for an amazing flavor. The almond and pecans add a crunch to the flakiness of the salmon. The presentation looks like you spent hours preparing it; but it is ready in only ten minutes. The whole experience will leave your mouth wanting more.

I hope that the quick and easy recipe for salmon will be a favorite for you and your family. If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out. I would enjoy hearing from you.

Why Pink Diamond Rings Have Become Popular

You’ve probably already realized that colourful engagement rings are all the trend, but did you know that one of the most popular among those are pink diamonds? Not only is pink quintessentially feminine, it is also regarded as the universal shade of romance – pretty fitting for a bride-to-be, don’t you think? Fortunately, there are tons of ways to incorporate pink diamonds into your most special piece of jewellery – the engagement ring. From light pink morganite to champagne undertones, and even the blush-hued diamond, the choices are pretty endless.

More About Pink Diamonds

Pink diamonds have been regarded as one of the most sought after gemstones for a long time now. These beautiful stones are also one of the rarest of all the gemstones, not to mention one of the most expensive, too.

Pink diamonds are very rare which makes them more costly that other coloured diamonds. They are far rarer than white diamonds and only a small number of pink diamonds are mined every year. That’s why natural pink diamonds are a little more expensive than their white diamond counterparts.

The scarcity and rarity of pink diamonds as well as their higher price renders them out of reach to some jewellery lovers. However, there are jewellers that offer them at a reasonable price. Be sure to check out the amazing range of pink diamond engagement rings by Diamond Jewellery Studio. You may just find the perfect engagement ring for your beloved.

Pink Diamond Engagement Rings

Since pink diamonds are such a rare beauty, they make for a somewhat extravagant choice for some of the world’ most famous celebrities for their engagement rings. Pink diamond engagement rings often carry a higher price tag that appeals more to the rich and famous.

It can be hard to find a pink diamond engagement ring for under $10,000, and are often not available at run-of-the-mill jewellery stores.

However, there is now the option of pink diamonds which are far more affordable for ladies who have their hearts set on a pink diamond engagement ring. You may consult jewellers about this. As previously mentioned, one of the trustworthy jewellers that offers pink diamond engagement ring is Diamond Jewellery Studio. Contact them if you’re interested to view their collection.

What About Pink Diamond Wedding Rings?

While pink diamonds in smaller sizes are still rare, they tend to be more readily available than larger diamonds in pink shades. If you really have your heart set on a pink diamond ring, a wonderful option is a pink diamond wedding ring instead of a lavish and out-of-reach engagement ring. In fact, pink diamond wedding rings with a combination of white and pink diamonds or just all pink diamonds is another amazing way to enjoy the beauty of these rare stones.

If you have the budget, it is well-worth splashing out on a sensational pink diamond engagement ring for the lady in your life. There are some affordable options in store that you can also check out. Make your beloved feel special with a pink engagement ring. It will surely be worth it!

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