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.
Images of Rings courtesy of MarkChic.
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
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
Here are some pictures taken with the phone.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Greeting Wonderful People!
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.
- 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.
- Add seasoning salt, black pepper and herb provence to both sides of the salmon fillets.
- Sauté on medium heat for two minutes.
- 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.
- Add the maple syrup to the top of the salmon fillets and around the edge of the skillet and reduce the heat to low.
- Turn the salmon fillets again to allow the maple syrup to fully coat both sides of the fillets.
- Allow the salmon fillets to simmer in the maple syrup for about a minute.
- Add the sliced almonds and pecans to the skillet and continue to simmer for another minute.
- Remove the salmon fillets from the skillet and place on serving plate.
- Allow the almonds and pecans to continue to cook in the maple syrup until the maple syrup had reduced down.
- Pour the almonds, pecans and maple syrup over the top of the salmon.
- 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.
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!
Hello Beautiful People,
It never really stayed cold for a long period of time. When spring officially arrived, it didn’t seem like a significant change in the weather pattern. This climate changes has affected the entire country, where places normally experience warm weather are cold and vice versa.
When it comes to style, I can say my winter spring wardrobe changed from day to day. I have to be ready and prepared for a cold snap or a sudden heat wave.
It’s Spring and the temperatures right now are averaging 50s to 60s and an occasional 75 here and there.
What I like to wear to work, to church, or out for the evening is a leather jacket.
HSN is one of my favorite sites for finding awesome clearance and jaw dropping deals.
I found an Iman Leather Motto Zip Jacket with a detachable faux fur collar attachment. The regular retail price on HSN.com was approximately $219.00. I bought it for only $29.99.
The leather is soft and quite comfortable. The sleeves have knit insets for extra comfort. Many times leather jackets can be constraining in the sleeves and not flexible when they are only leather. This jacket fits the body like a glove. It can be worn with jeans, a skirt or with a dress; as you see below. I paired the jacket it with a red, black, white and gray floral printed dress that I had bought from Chadwicks several years back. The leather jacket gave the dress a fresh and updated look; and made it work for the winter/spring season.
The jacket also looks great unzipped for a more casual modern vibe. For this look, I did not wear the detachable faux-fur collar. However, it if had been a colder day or if I wanted to make it look more upscale, the collar would have worked well.
Iman Jacket Unzipped
This Iman jacket will work well in my wardrobe for a long time. I will be able to wear it so many different ways, from a casual look to a more dressed-up look. Also, the gray color works as a neutral and coordinates with many other pieces in my closet.
Can any of you find a single woman who does not want a glowing skin? Of course, this is going to be the daunting challenge as, somehow, all women on this planet hunt for attaining a flawless skin. But, why getting a radiant skin texture sometimes seems too much to ask for? Trying to take care of the skin is like a never-ending battle as dark circles, zits, pigmentation, dermatitis, warts, pimples, and blackheads etc. are quite common these days. So, before it’s too late, take proper care of your skin.
Taking care of your skin does not always mean that you have to include different synthetic products in your beauty regime. The truth is that you neither have to spend an exorbitant amount on products nor you need to change your way of life completely to have a healthy and clear complexion. What you need are some little changes in your everyday schedule which will surely help you to achieve that perfect skin which you’ve always envisioned for.
Simple Ways to Get a Clear & Glowing Skin
Though, there are hundreds of ways for resolving the skin problems. Here, we are glad to introduce you with some of the specific and most effective solutions which are ideal for attaining a healthy and glowing skin. Let’s find them out…
Start Intake of Nutritious and Fiber Rich Diet:
There is a popular saying that everything healthy begins from your eating routine. Stomach related problems also result in skin impurities which mean that eating routine is truly essential for attaining a healthy skin texture. Taking micronutrients and essential vitamins is proven to be highly beneficial for a clearer skin. Sustenance for shining skin should be precisely chosen natural protein foods such as fish, nuts and white meat, grains like buckwheat, brown rice and quinoa, vegetables like broccoli, tomato and beets.
Drink Plenty Of Water:
As we all know that there are numerous health benefits of drinking water. Gleaming skin tips are incomplete without the incorporation of this essential point. One of the best advantages of drinking water is to help your skin to sanitize the impurities. Water cleanses the body and wipes out the harmful toxins and waste. It hydrates the body and evacuates excess oils and dirt.
Try Argan Oil
The highly fascinating Argan Oil has the ability to restore and revitalize the damaged skin. It heals, repairs and leaves a radiant skin. Argan oil is enriched with potent antioxidant properties which are proven helpful in demolishing the free radicals. It penetrates your skin to the deep for replacing the dead skin cells with the new ones which offers a radiant skin tone, a more healthy looking texture, and a subtle glow.
Get Your Every Day Measurements of Vitamin C:
For attaining flawless skin texture, vitamins are quite important, especially vitamin C, which is the key to attain a shining and even complexion skin texture. So, consume as much vitamin C as you can. The reason is that it will not only help you to render an even skin complexion but it will also eliminate various skin problems.
So, these are some of the essential tips which you need to consider upon for attaining a flawless skin texture. However, it is advisable to buy Argan Oil from an authentic online store to make the most of this oil. Now, which way you will go to attain a young-looking and healthy skin. Let us know in the comment section.
Abhinav Kumar Singh is a renowned aromatherapist and essential oil educator with 8 years of professional expertise. His passion is to help others by sharing crucial information about aromatherapy, information, usage and tips from essential oils and allied natural extracts. He has been advocating about the benefits of natural essential oils through writing and speeches to reach out thousands of persons through his blogs, articles, and speeches. Find more of his works at www.allinexporters.com. Apart from this, he loves travelling to new places and spending time in his backyard.
Hello Wonderful People!
Welcome to a new feature on our blog. We call it Photo Friday. In these posts, we will select one photo (maybe more) and talk about what it means to us. The first photo that we feature is one that includes our favorite four-legged furry friends – Gio and Vinny!
Gio and Vinny!
If you have been following our blog for a while, you will know that we are big dog-lovers. We both grew up with dogs and love the joy that they bring to our life. Our family is blessed to have two amazing dogs, who just happen to be best friends. Gio is a beagle who was rescued off of the streets when he was only a year (or two) old. We don’t know his exact story of where he came from and how he has ended up on the streets. Vinny was born on a collie farm in northwest Illinois and came to our family after our other collie Israel passed away. Coming from opposite backgrounds and breed types, we were not sure how well they would get a long. But after being together for almost ten years, we can say that they are truly best friends. Gio is a little dog who thinks he is a big dog; while Vinny is a big dog who thinks he is a small dog. If you believe that opposite attract, Gio and Vinny would fit that description. Gio is the loud and boisterous one, while Vinny is quite and mellow one. Gio is always hunger and ready for treats; but Vinny is cool no matter when he gets to eat. But through it all, they are always together. Whether they are outside chasing squirrels or sleeping at night, they are never too far away from each other. Vinny is always looking up to his big little brother and wants to be with all the time. When we come from work, Gio is in his crate and Vinny is usually right next to him. They will fuss and bark at each other, but they have never fought with each other. Truly what it means to be Best Friends.
Without Rival by Lisa Bevere
Hello Beautiful People,
Do you keep your emotions locked up on the inside? Do you feel like a failure every time you make a mistake?
With Lisa Bevere’s new book, Without Rival, she speaks to these issues that have trapped women for a long time. In her book, Bevere serves as an advocate for women. Through her encouraging words, she inspires women to be all that they can be by stretching them to do more and be more. Bevere herself reads the ChristianAudio version of the book. I enjoy an audiobook the most when the author reads the book because it provides a deeper and more personal connection to the author.
One quote from Lisa resonates with me — “The fact that if you failed doesn’t make you a failure.”
“Not about our pace but about how we win the race.”
I agree that, as women, we have to remember we are not too old, too young, too experienced or too inexperienced. We have to watch what we say about ourselves because it is so easy to get caught in to that what everyone else says trap.
There are so many nuggets and even study questions after each chapter. I had to pause and repeat and pause again to get the questions all written down. I advise you to get a notebook so you can write down the questions and notes of what speaks to you.
It was also good to hear her speak about examples of how she is working on herself and talked about her personal struggles.
For example, whatever you do, don’t compare yourself with other people. It’s so easy to wish what someone else has or does for a living. You have heard this before, but the grass is not always greener on the other side. There may be some potholes in that yard.
“Comparison = refuge for the cowardly.”
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” Theodore Roosevelt
Lisa gives scriptural back up in this book, so it is not just your regular self-help handbook.
Another nugget from Lisa:
“Fame is not what makes someone a king.”
This book is full and deep with spiritual revelation. I recommend this book because it is just you and God working through these processes of really, looking at yourself. Each chapter is a Bible Study. This book makes you think and take a look at what really matters.
“Without God, we are nothing; but as we seek him, we find him.”
ChristianAudio provided us with this audiobook as a free downloaded in exchange for writing this review. We received no monetary compensation for this review and all opinions and comments are our own.
Hello Happy People!
Have you ever noticed that there are two types of smart phone users — iPhone users and everyone else. Since the beginning of smart phones, I have been a strong voice for the everyone else crowd. I was not a believer in the iPhone and all the hoopla surrounding it. That was until I had the opportunity to try the iPhone 7. Thanks to Verizon Wireless, we had the opportunity to demo the latest iPhone for thirty days and write this review. Here are four reasons why the next phone that I purchase for myself will be the iPhone.
The iPhone 7
- Improvements for the phone
Apple consistently updates and upgrades its products to always give the latest and greatest technology. We demoed the iPhone 7, the latest in a long list of iPhones that have been on the market. With that commitment to improving its products, I give Apple high marks. One of the noticeable upgrades for the iPhone 7 over previous version is the inclusion of 3D Touch, which allows the user to touch the screen at different intensities for different results. For example, I could touch the screen to open an app, and if I touch lightly, I would open list of menu options for that app — a shortcut into the app’s most used features, for quicker access. As you can see in the photo below, I touch the icon for the Systems features and I was given a list of options to go to. This upgrade from previous versions of the iPhone makes my experience quicker and more productive. I have not seen this on any other smart phone on the market. The advance upgrades make Apple the leader in the industry.
Using the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 7
- Syncs with iCloud
Since Apple makes a variety of products, you can use iCloud to make sure all of your these products work together and talk to each other. We already have a MacBook Pro computer and an iPad at home that use iCloud. When I would take a photo with the iPhone, it would instantly show in my iCloud photo library, which was then immediately available to be viewed on the computer and our iPad. All of the these technologies work together seamlessly with iCloud. Being able to go to iCloud.com makes me more organized and lets us be able to know where are photos are in one place.
- Photo and video quality
We all want to capture those special moments of life with a photo or video, but your camera is nowhere near you. Chances are that your phone is in your pocket or in your purse. My experiences with smart phone cameras has been less than positive. The photo looks grainy if it is enlarged even a small amount, or the photo just doesn’t come out well in the first place. But with the iPhone, Apple uses a higher camera components and the outcome is sharper and clearer picture that can be enlarged with less distortion.
- Battery life
One of the greatest features that the iPhone is its long-lasting battery. I could unplug the phone from the charger as I am leaving for work. And by the end of the work day, the battery would be at 87% charged or 92% charged, even with using the phone throughout the day for text messages, phone calls or checking Facebook. Not having to keep the phone attached to a charger while at work or in the vehicle is such a great thing. It truly makes a wireless phone a reality. My current phone and other ones in the past drain the battery so fast, and that is even if I am not using the phone that much.Apple provides an overall superior product that other companies are trying to catch up to. I owned several brands for my personal use and have reviewed several for this blog, but Apple is the industry leader. If you have never tried an iPhone and you are needing to upgrade your current phone, I would recommend switching to the iPhone. You will be amazed at the difference and you will not be disappointed.
Verizon Wireless provided Bubbling and Elegance and Grace with the iPhone 7 for thirty days to write this review. At the end of the thirty days, we returned the phone back to Verizon. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are our own.