Hi Beautiful People,
Today has been a crisp 60 degree, sunny, blue sky day in the Show-Me State; not having to turn on the air conditioning has been a blessing.
Over a cup of Chai, I was thinking how much I enjoy high-tech gadgets, even more so than my hubby. My iPhone 6plus is great, however Jay has a Samsung S6 that he thinks is cool too. Yes, a house can be a home with different brand gadgets. My hubby and I recently had the opportunity to demo the newly released Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphone and the Samsung Gear S2 Watch. The technology duo, courtesy of Verizon Wireless, can be paired to work together.
JT using the new Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung S7 Specifications:
The Samsung S7 screen is bigger and clearer than the S6. The smartphone runs on the Android operating system, powered by Google. With Android, you have access to Google Play to find cool new apps or movies, music and other media options. If you are not familiar with Android and Google Play, it is quick and easy to navigate and to learn to use. One key feature that I like is the ample selection of moving image backgrounds available, a feature that is not available on the iPhone.
The phone has a slim profile and is feather-light, weighing in at only 5.36 ounces. It will not weigh down your handbag, and it can easily slip into your pocket without a problem. It looks like the phone’s width is less than a 1/2″ inch.
The Thinness of Samsung7
Other details from the Verizon website:
– The dual–pixel camera provides faster, more precise autofocus and a new low–light sensor for fewer blurry photos and crisp detail even in soft light. You can get brighter selfies even in low–light settings.
– The phone had 32GB internal memory that can be expanded with a 200GB microSD card. That’s up to 50,000 songs, 130 movies and 200,000 photos.
– Hear the difference with HD voice. If you have dual Samsung phones, you can do video chat, make calls over Wi-Fi, take video calls, talk and surf at the same time.
– Water resistant
– Fast, wireless charging with the power cord that is included with the phone.
Gear S2 Watch
Since I am a gadget gal, I think that it is awesome that the Galaxy S7 smartphone can be paired with the Gear S2 watch. The Gear S2 has many features that make it a worthwhile investment. It provides quick access to new email messages, tracks your fitness activities and a host of other things.
If you are active and do not have to take your phone with you all the time this gadget may be for you. The S2 will track your steps, measure your heartbeat and record your amount of time spent walking, running or another fitness activity.
In the photo below, you see my hubby wearing the Gear S2 with the Snoopy home screen. In the settings mode, you can create an appearance that is as unique as your personality. It will show your beginning interface, in our case, it was Snoopy as the Red Baron. It could have the look of a traditional watch or one of the many other designs that are included. The watch will remain in the off mode. However as soon as the watch is turned towards you, the watch turns on and the first screen appears.
Jay wearing the Samsung Gear S2 Watch
Gear S2 Specifications
– The watch is sleek and comfortable. It includes a second identical band if you need to replace it. The watch is designed to be for either male or female with its neutral design.
– The watch can be used the as my phone. When a call comes in, the Caller ID will show who is calling and you can actually use the watch to talk to the other person. Kind of reminds me of Dick Tracy!
– The watch provide access to your email account and get a notification when I have a new message. The interface on the watch does not show the images; but I can read the text by scrolling.
– The watch’s bezel rotates which allows the user to access the different menus, options and apps. There are two buttons on the right side: one for manually go between the different screens and the other for waking up the watch.
Buttons work for you
– I setup the watch to work with the Samsung Pear app, which is designed to be used when exercising and working out. There is a stopwatch, activity tracker that will record my steps, and heart rate monitor.
Working out with the Gear S2 Watch
-The Samsung Gear S2 watch is compatible with other Android devices; not just the Galaxy S7.
-The Gear S2 operates on the 3G network so you can make calls, use GPS for directions, and send and receive text messages.
Gear S2 on Charger
– I can take the watch off and charge it wirelessly on the dock, shown above. It is simple and easy to set up, pair with your smartphone and to use throughout the day. Keep in mind that the watch needs to be charged daily, as the battery only last about a day. I can see how much memory is left on the watch as soon as it touches the dock.
S2 Charger without watch
The watch is available at Verizon for $299.99 with a 2-year contract ($349.99 retail price).
If you are in the market for a new smartphone, I recommend the Samsung Galaxy S7. It is sleek and stylish, easy to use with the Android operating system and fully-loaded with many great apps. The Gear S2 watch is a great add-on; and I would recommend it if want to have the latest technology at your finger tips; but don’t want have our smartphone available.
Verizon Wireless provided us with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Gear S2 watch to demo for twenty-one days. We did not receive any monetary compensation to write this reviews. All opinions are strictly our own.
Are you thinking of getting a puppy? If so, it’s best to consider a few things before you make a decision. Puppies are gorgeous, but they do require a lot of care and attention. Here are some things to think about before you commit to giving a puppy a new home.
JT with Gio and Vinny
Are you away a lot? Do you have a busy work schedule? Are you constantly chasing your tail, and living for the weekends? If so, getting a new puppy may not be the best idea. Puppies require a lot of time and devotion. Like babies, they rely on you to feed them, and they need lots of affection. Dogs are less independent than cats, and they don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. They also need to be let out to go to the toilet. If you work long hours, and nobody will be at home during the day, it’s not fair to bring a new pup into the family. You’ll also need to devote time to taking your puppy for walks, and when it gets a little older, obedience classes. Your dog will need grooming and washing on a regular basis. If you have very little time as it is, it may be best to wait.
Pets are never cheap. After the initial cost of buying your puppy, you’ll also have to consider the price of feeding and caring for your dog. You will need to pay for injections and boosters, food and all the accessories puppies need when they first join you. You’ll probably spend a fair amount of a lead and collar, a bed, toys and food bowls. Vet bills can be incredibly expensive and it’s always wise to invest in pet insurance. Additional costs you may need to consider include a dog boarding service for when you go on holiday.
Dogs can take up a lot of space, especially if you go for a large breed. If you’re thinking of getting a puppy, it’s worth considering whether your home is suitable. Do you have a garden for them to go out, go to the toilet and have a run around? Do you live near a park or open fields, so that you can take them for a walk every day without having to drive for miles?
As loyal and loving as they are, there’s no getting away from the fact that dogs tie you down. If you’re a fan of spontaneous days out, or you like to go away for the weekends, getting a dog may not be such a good plan.
Getting a puppy can be incredibly exciting, but it’s essential to understand the level of commitment required. Dogs require a lot of attention and you can’t leave them alone for long. Think carefully about whether you could adapt your lifestyle and schedule to offer a new puppy the devotion is deserves. If you’re not quite ready now, there’s no harm in waiting.
Thinking of buying a custom engagement ring? This handy guide will show you everything you need to know and guide you through the process.
Image by boersmajelle via Flickr
Want a totally unique ring design that symbolizes your love for your fiancé? Consider a handcrafted or custom made engagement ring instead of a commercially made one. These rings are often a better value than you may believe because they’re often handmade by a reputable local jeweller so you eliminate all the mark-up costs from sending the jewellery out to commercial factories and the like. In addition, you’ll never find anyone else with the exact same ring so start researching it early and begin the process of finding the perfect ring.
What You Should Know Before Purchasing A Handcrafted Ring
Custom made rings include many benefits, including telling the story of who you are as a couple and starting conversation at social gatherings, but you need to be aware of the trade-offs. These handmade rings often cost more depending on the design and it’s a very involved process so you’ll need to select a reputable jeweller. You just need to source your exact requirement in order to find the perfect handcrafted ring that fits your style.
Typically, it will take at least a month but can easily take a few months from the time you and the jeweller sketch out designs to when you actually leave the store with your completed diamond ring.
Sketch out some ideas.
Sometimes looking at styles you like will give you insight, such as do you prefer mixed metals, intricate details on the ring, or fancier ring settings? Do your best to draw the ideas as detailed as possible or bring a few examples and a detailed list and the designer may be able to sketch up a few ideas instead.
Work with a reputable jewellery designer.
Find one that is known for making handmade jewellery and that also sells GIA certified diamonds, which is important if you’re getting a custom made ring as you’ll need a wholesale diamond too.
Know what to look for when choosing your diamond.
While all of the 4 C’s (Colour, clarity, carat size, and cut) are important, the cut is often the most important. The way the angles and symmetry is cut into a diamond helps it reflect light and brilliance. shop now at www.Diamondjewellerystudio.com.au where you’ll find an extensive choice of diamonds, including the world’s newest diamond the TripleEx H&A, which features very exact cuts and you can see 8 hearts and 8 arrows in it. Another favourite is the 58-faceted round brilliant cut diamond.
Consider adding a pop of colour.
While white diamond rings were traditional, many couples are now adding coloured gemstones or even coloured diamonds. While the Diamond Jewellery Studio specializes in Pink Argyle diamonds, they also carry a number of other coloured diamonds.
Experiment with a variety of styles and settings.
While you may think your mind is set, don’t be afraid to try on a few different rings in similar styles. For example, are you crazy about the trendy halo style and do you like them more rounded or more square? Maybe you prefer a 3-stone princess cut ring but with coloured diamonds as the side stones and fancy filigree along the band.
Keep in mind, your designer can take ideas from other rings into consideration but a custom ring has to be a totally new design so make sure it’s one that you’ll want to wear for the rest of your life.
Keeping your skin smooth and attractive is something you should do if you want to keep your youthful looks as you age. You might not even need to think about your skin right now. If you’re in your early 20s your skin is probably still smooth, supple, with a youthful glow to boot. However, if you don’t start taking care of your skin you’ll have some problems to contend with. These skin smooth tips will help you along the way:
Moisturize Every Day
You should moisturize your face and body every single day if you want smooth, supple skin. This is best done after you get out of the shower or bath usually, but it can be at any time you feel you need it to get the most from your skin.
Exfoliate A Few Times a Week
Exfoliation is essential. It should be done to both the face and body a couple of times a week to get rid of dead skin cells and encourage new, glowing cells to come through. You should make sure you use a gentler scrub for the face, as the skin here is far more sensitive. You can exfoliate with scrubs, mitts, and brushes depending on what you prefer. When you moisturise after exfoliating your skin will feel brand new!
JT using an exfoliating mask to cleanse her face.
Use Face/Body Oil and Massage Movements
Alongside using a good moisturiser, you can also use a face and body oil to really infuse that good stuff. Using circular massage movements as you apply it will encourage the skin to repair itself and may even smooth out fine lines.
Don’t Frown as Much
This is easier said than done. Try to pay close attention to when you frown, and put a stop to it. Some people go as far as giving up smiling, but you shouldn’t go that far!
Use Special Skin Treatments
Special skin treatments are slightly more expensive than your plain old moisturisers, but they can be worth it if you have special needs. Maybe you need more of a smoothing or peeling effect. Ingredients such as glycolic acid can be great for this, but it depends! Make sure you speak to a professional if you’re unsure of what your needs are.
Visit a Professional
A professional dermatologist or therapist of some kind can help you to assess your skin and give you tips on what you need to perfect it. They might recommend a cream, or a treatment such as botox to help you. You can find info about botox treatment here if you’re not sure this is the right treatment for you!
SPF will protect you from the sun’s rays and other harmful things in the environment. You might not be able to see damage straight away, but if you don’t protect your skin it’ll be there. It’s only a matter of time before it shows up!
Use these tips consistently and you’ll have the smoothest, healthiest looking skin. Leave any of your own tips below! Come back soon!
Silver has been around for as long as most metals like gold, copper, iron, tin, lead, and mercury have been around but only recently has it risen its popularity and value. And because the material is priced lower than gold and platinum, it allows jewellery designers to create unique pieces of silver jewellery without having to spend a lot.
The increasing number of designs available for silver jewellery has also attracted even more people to wear it. It’s bright and shiny without the flashy feel that most gold jewellery give off. It’s also easier to clean and maintain making it a jewellery you can expect to last with you for many years.
Image by Ameyali Alvarez via Flickr
If you have plans of investing in silver jewellery one of these days, we thought it might be helpful that you know the reasons why it’s a smart idea to do so.
There is more silver in the market than there is gold or platinum which makes its price more accessible to most consumers. It doesn’t mean it’s cheap though. Silver is still a little pricey but compared to other metals, it will feel like you have invested your money well for a metal that can be relied on regularly to adding a touch of sophistication and brilliance to your look.
- Wide selection of styles
Because silver jewellery comes in so many designs, it’s not that hard to find one at an online silver jewellery store that will fit your taste perfectly. And you need not to worry about changing trends.
Silver jewellery is affordable that it wouldn’t feel like a waste if you still had that silver piece that you bought two seasons ago. Silver jewellery gets to be enjoyed in many different designs unlike other metals where it takes more considerations for the designer to make one for fear that it might not sell.
Silver is a resilient metal which takes a lot of roughing up before it shows signs of damage. And even if it is damaged, it can easily be filed and polished by a jeweller for an affordable price. Gold on the other hand is soft and more likely to bend, warp, and gouge.
- Light weight
Silver is lighter than gold making it a jewellery piece that is more comfortable to wear for longer periods. So if you’re planning to buy gold jewellery online, you might want to reconsider and purchase silver instead.
Gold will dramatically change the way your outfit looks but silver won’t. In fact, silver jewellery will only look good in just about anything and might just even complement and enhance your overall look. Silver jewellery also looks good on different skin tones unlike gold which doesn’t have an appealing effect on people with warm undertones.
When paired with other gemstones, silver just look even more beautiful. Whether they’re diamonds, rubies, emeralds, jade, onyx, amber or sapphires, the natural hue of silver makes the gemstones appear clearer and brighter than they are. So if you are planning to get jewellery in a specific gemstone, make silver your choice metal.
Medical research states that wearing silver jewellery can help balance various body elements, keeps blood vessels elastic, helps with bone and skin formation, acts as a pain killer for muscle pain and remedies arthritis. These benefits are derived from silver’s ability to generate an electrical field which distributes electricity and heat around the body.
There are more benefits to wearing silver than there is with any other precious metal. So wait no longer and get a hold of your own that you can wear, style, and enjoy health benefits from.
What other benefits does silver jewellery have that you know of? Let us know in the comments.
JT working out
Hi Beautiful People,
I work daily on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, to be more active and to enjoy life. Prayer and meditating on God’s word is first and foremost part of my daily routine. Prayer with health work hand in hand.For example, this is Holy Week and Easter is today. Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. Hallelujah!
God really help me get through this week. I have had a lot on my mind and felt drained this week so I went for a run with the Spotify app. The Spotify app I downloaded on my iPhone has a running mode and I picked Escape (Ellie Goulding mix) and after the first five minutes I am in the zone. Running is a energy boost and the Spotify app has many different running selections to choose from, no matter what mood you are in. Selections can be from classical to techno, the choice is yours. By the way, Spotify is free unless you want to subscribe to have ad free capabilities.
No matter how I feel, I have to choose to exercise and keep active. It’s easy to say that I will not workout; but it takes dedication to stick with it.
Variety gives me a level of excitement and fun when I workout.I know some friends who like to workout with personal trainers in the gym so that they can get motivation and expert advise. I have found that you can also get great advice and great workouts from online personal trainers, such as biomechanicallyfit.com. If you are not able to go to the gym or pressed for time, an online personal trainer may be a right fit for you. You don’t have to be advanced, the program works with beginners as well as intermediates.
Biomechanicallyfit.com is a complete online workout plan that was created by an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. The program includes five modules of webinars that give an overview of Nutrition, Body Type, Importance in Posture, Static Posture, Dynamic Posture and a variety of different exercises and how to attain proper form. You also get access to videos and material for 400 exercises and 50 workouts.
An excerpt from Biomechanicallyfit.com website below
My system starts with a Dashboard that gives you videos on navigating through the course and what each module is about. Below the videos you will find PDF files that cover the workbook in detail while giving you the option to download individual files. These files include: a Par-Q, Questions and Answers, Health History Questionnaire, 7 Day Food Journal, Workout and Posture Template.
MIncludes videos that cover the topics of Nutrition and Eating for Body Types.
Includes videos that cover the topics of The Importance of Posture, Postural Assessments and how to correct any issues you may have.
Includes videos that cover the topics of Introducing Exercises and two phases of 100’s of exercises with pictures and descriptions on how to perform them.
Includes videos that cover two more phases of 100’s of exercises with pictures and descriptions on how to perform them.
Includes videos that cover programs to get you started working out based on your body type.
You will find each module is enhanced with bonus Ebooks and PDF files on 100’s of workouts for using Bodyweight, Dumbbells, Kettlebells, Resistance Bands and the TRX. You will also find instructional videos on performing each exercise provided. There are templates for 2, 3 and 4 day programs that you can use with the workouts and lots more to come.
A one year subscription to Biomechanicallyfit.com for $67. It begins with a 7 day free trial and 30 day money back guarantee. Keep in mind that a personal trainer can cost you $50 to $100 per hour or per session. This total package of expert advice is an exceptional value.
Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday!
It’s no surprise that travelling to the far-away, beautiful, exotic and historical country of China is at the top of many “bucket lists.” China is a people-filled, cultural mecca of divergent economics, a vast sweeping land with so much to see, it would be impossible to see everything in a single visit. That said, planning a trip there prove to be challenging to even the most seasoned traveller.
Image by The China Travel Company
One way to curb some of those challenges is to book your china holidays with The China Travel Company. When you work with an experienced agent, they’ll be able to not only help you plan the trip, but will also work with you in terms of how to keep within your budget and still experience your desired locations.
Once you’ve made the big decision to take that trip to China, you have several options. Since we’ve agree to disavow “just winging it,” you can opt for a planned, self-guided tour, a family tour, one focused on Tibet, a “City Breaks” tour, a private tour, an “off-the-beaten track,” or, one in which you get to go exactly where you want to go, but it is entirely planned for you.
And, you’re in luck!
Fortunately, there are tailor made China tours available. But where should your bespoke tour take you? Here are some tips to make your China Travel, the trip of a lifetime:
- Make a decision of the kind of trip you want to take. Of course, one of the first considerations is: who is going on this trip? Will it be a couple of fit folks? Will there be seniors or children? The reason why this is extremely relevant is that there are journeys that may include a good deal of walking, or long bus or car rides. Always keep in mind who will be on the trip and how well (or not) they’ll be able to handle the location and what’s required to fully experience it.
- Since you’re putting together a bespoke trip, you’re not beholden to an all-city, all-famous or all adventure vacation. You will be able to “mix-and-match.”
- If more than one person is travelling, and, for example, you’ve been assigned to “plan” the trip, don’t make all the choices and then present the other person or the rest of the group with it. Before you even begin, ask everyone to do some research (if they’re old enough to do so; if not you’re probably going to have to choose a trip more geared to them). Ask: What are “must-sees,” “interested,” and “not-at-all” excursions?
- Armed with your – and other travellers’ –opinions you can begin your planning.
- While you can do some of this yourself, work with a travel agent. Logistics are critical and you want to be sure that you’re visiting locations in an “order” that makes sense.
- Yes, you’re the king or queen of your castle, but let’s face it — you’re not the Tsar or royalty, with minions carrying your luggage for you. Anyone who tells you to pack for any possibility hasn’t travelled much. If you know where you’re going, check the average weather for the season. Bring clothes that are packable, with easy-dry undergarments. It truly is easier to travel as lightly as you can, and focus your energies on the excursions and not how to get your luggage up, down or around and where to store it.
Travel smart, travel light. Be considerate to your companions and the people whose country you’re visiting.
Hi Beautiful People,
The weather has been all over the place in Missouri. There’s been snow one week and temperatures in the high 60s the next. When temperatures fluctuate, it is hard to figure out what to wear and still fill season-appropriate. I have seen people wearing, anything from shorts to parkas and there has to be a happy medium.
For those late winter days when it feels more like spring, it is important to dress in layers. It may start out cold; but it can warm up considerably during the day.
In the photo below, I am wearing a washable natural colored suede skirt with a fine cotton cable teal turtleneck sweater and a scarf to add a bit of colorful pizazz. I am looking for a linear look to make me feel taller, so I finished it off with my Earth boots. However, I could also add a pop of color in my boots.
Layering effect: If I may get a little warm, I could always take the scarf off.
Another version of this outfit, I teamed a fine knit grey turtleneck with a cinnamon sweater, washable natural suede skirt with the colorful print and my Earth ankle boots. I wore this outfit to church and finished it off with my Valentines day gift, the Dooney and Bourke McKenzie Hobo. Do you see how the color is not screaming, I am still taking center stage.
JT Style File
Color and print in the right proportions will add brightness and individuality.
Songwriting is a wonderful creative outlet where you can tell your story and express your emotions. Songs can have a significant impact on the emotions of the listener making them feel joy, sadness and adoration. Being able to write a song and see how it can change people’s lives is a fantastic skill to have. The amazing thing about songwriting is that almost anybody can give it a try. So whether you want to create a Christian rap song for an event or have dreams of being the next best thing, here are some tips and tricks you can use.
Carry a notepad and pen with you
Inspiration for your songs can come from anywhere at any time. So always carry a notepad and pen with you so you can write down any lyrics or ideas you think of. Having these ideas documented will be useful as you can refer to them as and when you need them. Some of your ideas may not be right for a song you are currently writing, but they may be just right for one you write in future. It will also help to your organise your thoughts and come up with suitable solutions.
Write about personal experiences
It’s always better to write about what you know, so you can make your lyrics more sincere and honest. So consider personal experiences you have been through in the past. It could be the loss of a family member, finding love or having your heart broken. You could also write about how your faith saved you from a situation or your thoughts on current affairs in the world. This will bring a unique perspective to your lyrics that will be unlike any other artist or song.
Buy an instrument
As well as writing lyrics you will also need to write some backing music. The best way to do this is to buy an instrument. Pianos and guitars are often popular choices for songwriters as they compliment multiple genres of music. You can use the instruments to learn songs by your favourite artists for some initial inspiration. You can then take what you have learned and experiment with chords and differing keys. Click here and take a look at the wide variety of instruments you could try.
Rewrite your lyrics
Sometimes a song will come together all at once. Other times it might take you a week to complete a verse or line. To get better at songwriting, you will have to rewrite your lyrics time and time again until you are completely satisfied. Remember that your first attempt does not have to be your last. Play your song to your family and friends and listen to their feedback. You could also change around the wording of your lyrics by looking in a thesaurus or dictionary for more unusual words.
The key to successful songwriting is taking your listeners on a journey from beginning to end. Be honest and let your personality shine through each verse. That way your songs will alway be greatly received by an audience no matter how big or small.
Good Evening Beautiful People,
I pray that you have had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. After a full week, it has been good to be at home and get some things done around the house. We finally put up the last of our Christmas decorations (don’t judge!) and had a chance to also do some yard work. The weather this week has been wacky, to say the least. The week started off with about three inches of snow last Sunday, with temps around 10 degrees. By the end of the week, the temperatures warmed up into the 60s and 70s; which some rain and thunderstorms on Saturday night. Now, for me, that is too warm and too crazy for February. This is still winter, we shouldn’t be getting such a big range of temperatures.
Thanks to El Nino, this winter has not really been a true winter. It’s been cold and hot, it’s raining and snowing. And sometimes in the same week, for goodness sake. During Christmas, the Gateway City endured historic flooding in much of the area. While in January, the East Coast dealt with a historic blizzard. But wait, doesn’t the East Coast get a historic blizzard every year?!?
With all these temperatures changes and forms a precipitation, what is a girl to wear? Thankfully, I have been living in these types of winter weather conditions for a while now, and I have learned a thing or two. The most important thing is dress in layers and have many great accessories tucked away in the closet that can be pulled out at a moments notice, depending on what the weather is doing at the moment.
One of the wacky things about this year’s weather is that the temperatures can be hovering around zero to ten degrees for a couple of days, and then jump up to the 30s and 40s in just a day. When it is cold like that, I want to make sure that I am protected with warm boots and fury hats. When the winds are blowing and the temperatures are barely above zero, than keeping warm is a necessity. For me, my toes and ears get the coldest the fastest.
Gotta bundle up on those cold and windy days
Winter is meant for snow; but it seems this year we have have been getting more rain. Over the Christmas weekend, we received over five inches of rain in just three days. It’s days like this when you need to be sure you have a strong and sturdy umbrella to keep you dry. You need an umbrella that can withstand strong winds and that has a lifetime guarantee. That is what you get from Crown Coast. I love the automatic feature that allows you to push a button to open and close the umbrella.It retails for $44.95; but can be purchase on Amazon for $18.95
Crown Coast Umbrella available on Amazon
BubblingWithEleganceAndGrace received the Crown Coast Umbrella at a discounted price in order to write this review.
We received no monetary compensation for this review and all opinions are strictly our own.