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UP3 Fitness Tracker by Jawbone (Product Review)

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Fitness, Review | 0 comments

Hello Beautiful People!

It’s been a full week and enjoying the weekend.

In the past year, fitness bands have become the craze for people who are looking to track the fitness goals. I had considered purchasing one for myself, but was not sure which one would be best for me. Recently, I had the opportunity through Verizon to demo a UP3 Fitness tracker created by Jawbone.


The UP3 Fitness Tracker, courtesy of Verizon Wireless

On the Jawbone website

“The world’s most advanced tracker.”

Key Features

  1. Tracks steps, sleep quality, exercise, overall calories burned
  2. Tracks resting heart-rate and overall heart health
  3. Automatically logs your fitness activities
  4. Smart Alarm™ wakes you at the optimal time in your sleep cycle
  5. Slim compact design for 24/7 wearability with up to 7 days battery life
  6. Wirelessly syncs with compatible Apple and Android devices

When I first received the band, it needed to be charged for about 45 minutes.  A fully-charged UP3 will last you for six days, which is a good amount of time. Since you need to wear the band at all times, you don’t want to spend  long amounts of time to charge it. While it is charging, you will see different lights on the band. When you see the orange light, the UP3 tracker is fully charged.  The charger plugs into the USB port of your computer, the band attaches to the opposite end of the tracker. I had to get the band just right on the charger to make sure that it’s charging. After the initial charge, I downloaded and installed the UP (free) app on my phone. I created an free account and then paired the UP3 with my phone. Once the UP3 is paired, the fitness tracking begins. The UP3 band does not show your steps, but instead you need to check your phone for the statistics. If you like to see every step you take, this may not be the band for you. I, on the other hand, do not mind checking my phone. The UP3 band is chic, does not take up a large foot print on your wrist, and looks more like a bangle than a fitness tracker.

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The Fit
My first attempt to put on the UP3 seemed awkward. I asked my hubby and we realized that I had to adjust the fit and then attach the enclosure. After that first initial fitting, I can put on the band by myself with no problem. The band has sensors that need to be next to your wrist so that it can track your movement, but the fit does not need to be tight. The band is not water resistant, dot not get in the shower or the bath. But you can get water on it, you just need to wipe it off.

A way to reach my goals, each day, the UP3 showed my steps and how many calories I burned.

Great Day!

It will track when you are working out. With the stopwatch feature, you can track how long you work out, select what type of work out it is, and select an intensity level. For the image below, it shows that I completed a 45-minute Zumba workout at a Gut Buster intensity.

Zumba workout

 The UP3 also monitors your sleep patterns and lets you track the levels of your sleep: light, deep or REM each night. Having the UP3, made me realize how important it is to get adequate sleep and to rest my body. The UP3 tracks heart rate while sleeping and not during the course of the day. I have read that Jawbone may be doing upgrades in the future, we will see.

Sleep Review

Tracking REM SLEEP

My sleep patterned was totally off in the reading below and I put the band in sleep mode before I went to bed, however that happened one time. Probably was a fluke. What was good is that I can manually go into to my phone settings and change the sleep time.

Abnormal Reading

The longer you use the UP3, the more your own Smart Coach will be there to help you along the way. As a part of the app, you have a Smart Coach who helps you achieve better health goals. For example, if the Smart Coach sees that you are getting less the desirable amounts of sleep, it will provide you with tips on how to sleep more at night. Or, the Smart Coach will tell you what your step average is for the week and challenge you to walk more steps for the next week.

I am a fitness-minded person without the band. But with the UP3 band and the Smart Coach, it made me want to walk more and do more to achieve my goals. Tracking my sleep patterns was a bonus because I like to stay up late at night and it is so important to rest the body. You can also use the UP3 to track what you eat and the amount of calories taken in during the course of the day.

If tracking your fitness levels is important to you, I recommend that you try the UP3 by Jawbone. It is easy to learn how it works and you don’t even remember that you are wearing band. It will help you know if you are getting the right amount (and kinds) of sleep or walking the right number of steps. The Smart Coach gives you daily tips for a healthier lifestyle and will challenge you to take you the next level.

DISCLAIMER: Verizon Wireless allowed me the opportunity to try the UP3 by Jawbone for three weeks to write this review. At the end of the three weeks, I returned the UP3 back to Verizon. I was not compensated in anyway to write this review.

Side note: My hubby noticed that I enjoyed the UP3  and he surprised me with one of my own. I am able to continue tracking my steps and sleeps with the same account that I created initially. That data collected is now being compared with the new data from my own UP3. It is so great.

If you have tried the UP3 or any other fitness band, please let me know what you thought about it.

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Things You Have to Know When Planning a Corporate Event

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Around the Home | 0 comments

The process of planning an event is very difficult and can induce a lot of stress for a person. Finding the right venue and activities for everyone to enjoy can be a lot easier said than done. There are a variety of things that have to be done in order for Toronto corporate events to go off without a hitch. Taking the time to make a plan and stick to it can be very hard, but necessary. Here are some of the things that you have to know when trying to plan a great corporate event.

A Plan of Attack is Needed
In order for an event like this to be a success, you will have to get a plan of attack. By taking the time to sit down and figure out what needs to be done, it will be easier for you to start accomplishing. The first thing you have to get is the right venue chosen. There will usually be no shortage of events and finding the right one will take some time and effort on your part. The more you can find out about the venues in your area, the easier you will find it to choose the right one.

Getting the Right People In Place
The next thing to consider when trying to plan the right event is to choose the right people to help you out. There is no way a single person will be able to get this type of event planned on their own, which is why surrounding yourself with the right team is needed. You want to make sure that you find people who have the time and energy to take on a project like this.

The Catering is Key
Another thing that has to taken care of during this process is the food and drink that will be served. In order to get the right people in place, you will have to do some research. You want to find caterers with experience and knowledge of catering corporate events. The more you can find out about the professionals in your area, the better equipped you will be to choose the right one. The time and energy that goes to finding the right company will be well worth it in the end. Calling around to the various caterers in your area will allow you to get the best price. The team at Pop Toy and Party Services can get you the help needed for planning the event. They have planned countless events and can get you the work you need done in no time.

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Lovin’ My Custom T-Shirt

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

Hello Beautiful People,

I recently had the opportunity to receive a custom t-shirt. I thought to myself about the many options available to me, I selected the design in the picture below.

You say, why did you choose that? Well, the thought of the love I have for the man who God sent to me, my husband. The design was so me and I really liked the color.

I paired the T-shirt with a black-and-white shirt and wore it to church this past weekend. I thought it was very cool with a printed skirt. The complete outfit looked well put together – a dressy causal outfit that was a unexpected twist. Not to mention adding my Dooney and Bourke handbag for extra style and pizazz.

The T-shirt is made of 100% Cotton. It is well-constructed and the quality of the cotton is very durable. I can see wearing it for a long while without any worries of it falling apart. I will be looking to add more these T-shirt into my closet.

My Custom Shirt

My Custom Shirt

 I also styled  the custom T-shirt with my Isaac Mizrahi cotton lace skirt and Calvin Klein peep-toe wedge booties. The look is chic.

Custom shirt with black lace skirt

My custom T-shirt with black-lace skirt

Custom t-shirts are great because the sayings and designs define your personality. If you had an opportunity to get a custom T-shirt, what would yours says? Leave me a comment below and let me know.

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To Tommy From Zooey: Red and Blue Striped Dress

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Accessories, Fashion | 0 comments

Hi Beautiful People,

I hope you are having a wonderful day. It has been a great day but it is very hot right now in my neck of the woods.

On these sunny warm days, I enjoy wearing mostly dresses because of their ease and coolness.

Last summer, my hubby and I traveled to San Francisco to visit my Uncle. We went to Macy’s and found a great deals on a couple of dress, including this ‘To Tommy from Zooey’ by Tommy Hilfiger. Zooey Deschanel team up with Tommy Hilfiger to design a line of dresses. I was able to find this one on the clearance rack, plus I had a coupon. What a great combination! It retailed for $139, but I only paid $35 for it. Oh yeah, what a deal!!

Zooey from Tommy dress

Zooey from Tommy dress 2014

This side-zip dress is 100% Polyester and is fully line. In the photo above, I wore the dress to church last year. And in contrast, the photo below shows how I styled it this year.

Zooey from Tommy Dress

JT and Hubby

Macy’s produced a television commercial for the new line, although my dress wasn’t featured. This dress is definitely a keeper because it so different and oh so girly.

The dress kinda brings out my inner cheerleader. The stripes in the skirt part of the dress are so flattering.

Inner Cheerleader

Inner Cheerleader

I am including my style essentials to show you how I how styled the dress.  I have worn it on several occasions, with my Santa Fe Indian Choker, an Italian Lire bracelet, an Italian Lire watch, and a pearl bracelet.  The accessories are endless when assembled with this dress. I almost forgot my Bob’s that I styled for Independence Day.

Bob's American Flag Design

Bob’s American Flag Design

I can see myself transitioning into fall and winter in tights with this one.

Style Essentials

Style Essentials

This was such a good find for a great price in San Francisco. It always pays to look through the racks because you never know what jewel is in the crowd. Leave a comment below to tell me how you would wear it

JT and Hubby

JT and Hubby

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Review: Citrus Clear Skincare

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Beauty, Review | 0 comments

Hi Beautiful People!

I hope you are having a lovely summer.  When it’s hot, my hair goes up and I wear less makeup.

Because of the heat, I will at times have an acne breakout on my face. To keep the breakouts to a minimum, it is essential for me to keep my skin clean and to use products that do not clog my pores.

For my sensitive skin, I must to review the product’s ingredients to ensure that they do not irritate my skin. If I am not familiar with any of the ingredients, I will go online to determine what it is, if it is natural, or it has any unwanted side effects.

I was recently introduced to the Citrus Clear skincare products. I had the pleasure of reviewing five of the facial products.

Citrus Clear

Citrus Clear

The products that I tested for a two month period are:

Citrus Clear Sensitive wash natural Tahitian lime (8 oz)
Citrus Clear pore and blackhead extracting mask (2 oz)
Citrus Clear tangerine tingle (2 oz)
Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer pink grapefruit (1 oz)
Grapefruit acne spot treatment (2 oz)

*These products were sent to me to try and provide my honest review.

The products I received are full-sized products and will last a long time with daily use.

My routine:

1. I washed my face with the Citrus Clear Sensitive Wash Natural Tahitian Line. The grapefruit scent is so refreshing in the morning or coming home from work. As the packaging directions recommended, I wash my face with warm water and massage lightly onto my skin. Rinsed. I used the cleanser day and night and  did not use it around my eyes because the directions didn’t say that you could use it there. I gently used my microfiber towel around my eye area. My skin felt good and not dry. I recommend this product. The eight-ounce bottle retails for $28.99.

Citrus Clear sensitive wash natural tahitian lime

Citrus Clear Sensitive Wash Natural Tahitian Lime

Ingredients: Organic Citrus Herbals, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, MSM, Lavender Hydrosol, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (from coconuts), Cocamide MIPA, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Olive Oil, Vitamin C, Tahitian Lime Fragrance, Wildcrafted Willow Bark, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Orange Hydrosol, Citrus Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Grapefruit Seed, Organic Rosehip Oil, Borage Oil, Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Calendula, Burdock Root, Red Clover, Rosemary, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

2. After I cleansed my face, I would either use the Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle or alternate with the Citrus Clear Pore and Blackhead Extracting Mask.

Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle Mask
This product is designed to remove dead skin cells and make the skin look brighter and face complexion look clearer. When I applied this product, I first washed my face with the cleanser in warm water, then I applied the product per the directions in a circular motion on my face to gently exfoliate the skin. I left it on my skin for 4 minutes, (you can leave it on for to  2 to 4 minutes). I felt the tingle because I left it on longer, however it felt good on my skin.  After the time of the mask on my face, I rinsed it off with cool water and patted my face with a towel.  My face was a little red because of the citrus extracts and the glycolic acid, but it went away in a couple of minutes. Again, it very refreshing,  this product I would use once a week or once every two weeks. A two-ounce jar retails for $18.99.

Ingredients: Organic Citrus Herbals, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Olive Seed, Tangerine Essential Oil, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, MSM, Jojoba Beads, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Vitamin C, Organic Rhubarb, Organic Blueberry, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

I used the Citrus Clear Pore and Blackhead Extracting Mask as an alternate mask to the Citrus Clear tangerine tingle mask for acne control.

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead extracting mask

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead extracting mask

I applied this product after I washed and gently dry my face. In a rotating motion, I applied the mask to my slight damp face.  I found with my face being slightly damp the clay went on well; but the directions say you can add it to dry skin as well. The mask began to harden quickly and I left it on for 5 minutes (you can leave the product on 4 to 8 minutes).  After five minutes I rinsed my face with warm water and used my warm towel and patted my face.  I enjoyed using it and my face felt soft and supple. The product is for sensitive skin. The mask retails for $24.99.

Ingredients: Organic Citrus Infusion, Organic Aloe Vera, Kaolin clay, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Vanilla, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina, Sea Kelp, Grapeseed Oil.

3. I applied the Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer Pink Grapefruit, to my face and wow the pink grapefruit smells so good it makes you want to eat it but it’s not edible. The moisturizer is not greasy or oily and absorbs into the skin and doesn’t leave any residue nor does it feel sticky. A little goes a long way and the 20z. glass bottle will last a long time. The moisturizer retails for $24.00, and is currently on sale for $14.00.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera, Palm Oil, Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Safflower Oil, MSM, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Vitamin C, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin B5, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Citric Acid.

4. The Grapefruit Acne Spot Treatment is good for spot treatments if I have a blemish that comes up that I need to treat.  The tube is small enough to take with me. The tube retails for $12.99.

Ingredients: Organic Herbs, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Green Tea & Lime, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Wildcrafted Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit Seed Extract), Citrus Aurantium (Orange Hydrosol), Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime Essential Oil), Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Essential Oil), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Peel Extract), Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea Extract), Wildcrafted Salix Lucida (Salicylic Acid), Colloidal Silver, Eugenia Caryophyllata (Clove Essential Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

Citrus Clear is clearly one of my favorites and is in my skin care routine of products that I use.

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