Four Reasons Why You Need The iPhone 7

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

  1. 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

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
    FTC Disclaimer:
    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.

Tackle Your Teeth: Because You Deserve To Smile

Smiling is one of life’s pleasures. If you’re feeling down, a smile can lift your mood. If you’re already happy, it can elevate you. Not to mention that it shows people your shining personality! We all warm more to someone when they’re smiling. Of course, some people don’t have smiley dispositions, and that’s fine. If you want to smile, but don’t, there may be an underlying problem. That’s right – we’re talking teeth! We all want to feel great about our appearance. But, many factors can stop us achieving that goal. Insecurity about our teeth is one of them. So, how can you overcome the fear and start smiling again?

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RECOGNIZE THE PROBLEM
When there’s something we don’t like about our bodies, we can spend a lot of time avoiding it. But, if you don’t recognize what is you don’t like about your teeth, you won’t know how to fix them. When you’re home alone,stand in front of a mirror and give yourself a grin. Look carefully at your teeth. This may seem strange if you’ve never done it, but it’s important. Acknowledge your initial reaction. How do you feel about what you see? What is it that most puts you off about your teeth? Doing this also has the benefit of getting you used to seeing your teeth. With a bit of luck, you’ll realize they aren’t so bad after all. If you still can’t stand the sight of them, it’s time to take action.

 

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DON’T BREAK THE BANK
Dental work isn’t cheap. Even simple work can set you back a fair bit. That’s why it’s important you don’t jump into anything. Yes, you need to book an appointment with your dentist. But, don’t follow what they suggest straight out. Listen to what they have to say, then talk about payment plans. It’s also worth looking into individual dental plans. These could make a huge difference. If none of this appeals, you could discuss pacing the work. Bear in mind, though, that it could be a while before you have a winning smile that way.

LOSE THE SHAME
Whether you have work done straight away or not, it’s time to lose the shame you feel about your gnashers. If you’re having work incrementally, practice smiling anyway. You can rest easy that your teeth will be the way you want them soon. But, there’s no time like the present for perfecting your smile. Even if you’ve had all necessary work, you may find it hard to smile! Practice smiling in the mirror. Grow used to your teeth. Acknowledge, too, that no one will be as hard on your teeth as you!

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TACKLE DENTAL HYGIENE
All that work will go to waste if you don’t stay on top of your dental hygiene. Get yourself a high-quality toothbrush, and make sure you brush at least twice a day. Invest, too, in flossing equipment. Food caught between teeth often causes problems! Keeping on top of things will avoid staining and further problems!

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Daffodils in February!

Hello Lovely People,

Hope your day has been an awesome one!
February has come to end and the weather has been crazy to say the least. Temperatures have peaked out in the 70s in the middle of winter. Not just a day here and there. Most of the month has been abnormally above normal with regular high temperatures in the 60s and 70s. With temperatures like this, it leads to finds like this.

Yes, the daffodils are blooming the backyard. These springtime flowers are common in late March and early April, about the time of Easter Sunday. But the warm weather has caused a premature blooming season, even before the Easter (and Lenten) season even has begun. Hopefully this is not a sign of how spring and summer will be. I, for one, would like to see some snow. Our family, the doggies included, enjoy playing out in the snow, making snowmen and throwing snowballs. It is our hope that we will get at least one good snow fall before Spring actually arrives.

Five Reasons To Try The Samsung Gear Fit2

Hello Wonderful people!

It is my prayer that you had a wonderful and prosperous week. The temperatures hovered around 70 degrees most of week. We actually have our daffodils blooming in the backyard, and it is only February. I have to remind myself that it is technically still winter and the weather can quickly change and we could still see snow before Spring actually arrives.

Even during the Winter months, it is important that you keep your fitness goals on your mind. One of the easiest ways to make sure that you don’t loose sight of the goals is with a personal fitness tracking device. These devices have surged in popularity in the last couple of years, as more options have come on the market at various price points. Thanks to our partnership with Verizon Wireless, we demoed one of Samsung’s fitness tracker — the Gear Fit2. We have reviewed other devices in the past, but this was our first time trying a Samsung device. After using the Gear Fit2 for thirty days, I am convinced that it’s one of the best devices on the market and it competes with the other more well-known companies. Here are four reasons why I would recommend this device.

The Samsung Gear Fit2 contours to the shape of the wrist for a comfortable fit.

#1 ) The Samsung GearFit2 fits better and is more comfortable than the other devices that I have used in the past. As you can see in the photo above, the device has a curved face, allowing it to contour the shape of your wrist. It does not sit on top of the wrist, it curves around the wrist. Since you will be wearing this device almost all the time, you do not want it to feel like uncomfortable.

  Samsung Gear Fit2

#2) The device comes in two sizes, with detachable bands that can be changed out with different colors, designs and fabrics. You can pick any color in the spectrum and  have it in leather, stainless steel or plastic. If you want the band to coordinate with your outfit, you are sure to find the right one. Another benefit of interchangeable bands is that the technology of the device is kept in the face itself, so if a band were to get torn or ripped, you do not have purchase an entirely new device.

#3) The Super AMOLED screen, measuring at 1.5 inches, is the largest that I have seen on any fitness tracker. Using the same technology as smart phones, you can navigate the multi-colored screen with the touch of a finger. The screen moves up and down to reveal more detailed information. You can be also navigate to the left or right for new categories of information. The additional screens track your total number of steps for the day, your heartbeat, calorie and water intake.

#4) With the large and navigable screen, you can see detailed fitness logs for the current day and previous days.Not only can you see the number of steps for today, but also the number of steps for the previous two weeks. This is the first fitness tracker that I have used where I was not dependent on my smart phone to provide those details.

#5) The device also syncs with your smart phone to provide notifications of incoming phone calls, text messages, Facebook and other apps. Many times I do not have my phone close at hand, so it great to do know that I have call coming in and need to get my phone.

With any fitness tracker, you will need to regularly charge its battery. I found that the Samsung Gear Fit2 needed a charge every three days, which is more often than most devices. Despite having to keep the charger close at hand, I would recommend it to anyone who wants purchase their first tracking device, or for someone who wants to upgrade their current device with one that has more features. The device retails for $179.99; but is currently priced at $99.99 on Verizon’s website.

FTC Disclaimer:
Verizon Wireless provided Bubbling With Elegance And Grace with the Samsung Gear Fit 2 personal tracker for thirty days. At the end of 30 days, the tracker was returned to Verizon. We did not receive any monetary compensation to write this review. All opinions expressed on this review are our own.

JT Style File: Military Inspired Jacket

Hi Beautiful People,

This winter season has been all over the place and mostly mild. I am still believing we will get snow even though it’s going to be in the 60s and 70s the rest of the week until last Thursday.

I decided to wear my military style jacket because it is unique and has personality all its own.  The military style jacket is not a trend but a classic.  I finally was able to find a white ruffled blouse to give my style a feminine feel. I wore my Anne Klein black and white striped pants; but any color of pants would be fabulous. This look is totally kicking back at a London concert listen to my Wham records or getting in front of a microphone singing Little Red Corvette. My hat came from a Chinese Beauty supply store and cost almost nothing; but I get so many compliments on it.

Military style jacket — not a trend a complete classic

I purchased this military jacket about five years ago and it still looks as good the day it came in the mail. The pink Dooney and Bourke bag added color and the was a great deal.

Jewelry
My cross and necklace were gifts.

Fashion is about being unique and having your own style. Your beauty and confidence cannot be put in a box of trends and items that you have to purchase because a celebrity wore it first. Dare to not compare yourself with anyone.  You are in your own league, so run your race.

To see what other women are wearing and how they are accessorizing, check out Visible Monday on Not Dead Yet Style.

Snowmobile Fun for the Family

Whether it’s a prolonged adventure or a quick getaway, a family vacation in the snow can be a marvelous thing. However, sitting by a fire roasting marshmallows just won’t cut it. In snowy areas, there’s fun to be had all around: Hiking, skiing, snowman building and many other activities that everyone loves are available to the public. However, few things are as exciting and family-bonding as snowmobiling. All about discovering and conquering new terrains as a team, snowmobiling is an activity that creates a true sense of partnership between family members. At the same time, it’s an action-packed sport that will get everyone pumped up, eliminating the possibility of anyone being bored altogether.

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What is Snowmobiling?

Snowmobiling started out not as a fun sport, but as a means of transportation in places with heavy snowfall. However, people quickly realized how fun and exciting snowmobiles were. This, in combination to the natural softness and ease of snow, made for an adrenaline-pumping activity that could be enjoyed by people of all ages. Soon, snowmobiling became popular.

Confirming the popularity of the sport, today there are over 3,000 snowmobile clubs thriving in North America. Amazingly versatile, snowmobiling can be done at various levels of skill that range from simple trail touring to high-performance extreme motor sports. Because each member can decide what approach to take depending on their skill and confidence levels, snowmobiling is a perfect activity for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Types of Snowmobiles for the Family

There are many different types of snowmobiles that are suited for different needs. While some of them have been built for heavy riding, competition and extreme sports, there are others that can appeal to different members of a family.

Entry-level Snowmobiles: For amateurs and beginners, there are entry-level snowmobiles, often referred to as trail models. Easy to ride, light and relatively inexpensive, these models range from 60-70 horsepower, making them perfect for casual snowmobiling, sight-seeing and calm rides around smooth trailed areas.

Performance Snowmobiles: These feature slightly higher horsepower engines, which allows them to go off-trail – to a certain extent. They have a bigger engine and more powerful suspension and shock absorbing systems, making them heavier but more powerful and resistant.

Touring Snowmobiles: With its main feature being their capability to be ridden by two individuals, touring snowmobiles are an attractive option for families, particularly if they have small children. Because of their larger size and superior power, they are heavier than both entry-level and performance snowmobiles. However, they are not recommended for difficult off-trail riding.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Snowmobiling

Do

  • Contact state and provincial snowmobile associations and clubs to obtain information regarding the best locations to practice the sport. This should depend somewhat on the season, but there are places in the entire North-American Snowbelt area, making it easy to find a spot no matter the time of the year.
  • Get the right type of snowmobile gear. This includes bibs, jackets, gloves, boots and helmets.
  • Before riding, make sure the snowmobiles you and your family are using have been thoroughly checked by a professional.

Don’t

  • If you are a beginner, do not stray from the path. Not knowing how to ride the snowmobile in difficult terrain can cause malfunctions and accidents.
  • Don’t go riding before having checked climate and terrain conditions with local experts. As you may have imagined, snowfall needs to have a certain level in order for snowmobiles to work properly on it.
  • Finally, don’t forget to have fun with your family!

Bio –

This guest post was written by SnoWest Snowmobile Magazine, dedicated to the hobby and sport of snowmobiling in its various forms and providing the most up to date information and reviews for enthusiasts. Digital and print forms available.

 

First Lady Melania Trump’s Fashion Moments – Inauguration Day

Hello Beautiful People,

Friday was Inauguration Day, and Melania Trump is now the First Lady of the United States. Michelle Obama brought her own signature elegant style of fashion to the White House and now Melania will continue in that tradition of the First Lady being a fashion trend setter.

PUBLIC DOMAIN Former President Barak Obama hands over presidency to Trump at 58th Presidential Inauguration Photo by SSgt Marianique Santos, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Inauguration Ceremony and Parade
The new First Lady wore a stunning sky blue suit designed by iconic American designer Ralph Lauren. I agree, this dress suit does remind me of a modern-day version of the dress Jacqueline Kennedy wore in 1960.

  • Sky Blue looks great on everyone because it makes you look more youthful and energized.
  • The high collar V-shaped jacket elongates the body. The First Lady is 5’11 and she carries it off very well.
  • The gloves are very retro — Jacqueline Kennedy. I like the monochromatic look, a very classic style. The pumps match perfectly.
  •  First Lady Melania Trump has her own style, so the hair up looks great because it puts the focus on the dress suit and makes it shine. Jacqueline Kennedy would have worn a pill box, however, the side swept updo looks very retro with this ensemble. The pressure of trying to be your own person as the First Lady has to be overwhelming. But,to have Ralph Lauren design a dress for you, I know must be so reassuring.

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Inauguration 2017 by SSG Kelvin Ringold, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

You may not be waving to fans on Inauguration Day just yet; but you can incorporate sky blue into your wardrobe whether in a top (blouse), scarf, cardigan, jacket, or dress.

Inaugural Ball Gown

It is sky blue by day and ivory by night. For the Inaugural Ball, the First Lady changed into a stunning gown designed by Hervé Pierre, the former creative director for Carolina Herrera.

  • The ivory dress is simple, but has classic lines and is very elegant.
  •  White or ivory is not an easy color to pull off; but the First Lady looks comfortable in her own skin.
  • The asymmetrical ruffle cascading from the shoulder to the hip and running down the slit really elongates the body. And adding a touch of red with the slim tie gives definition and emphasis.
  • The dress is demure and sexy at the same time with the high slit in front. Need that slit for dancing.
  • Her hair is cascading over her shoulders and that’s fine for her because her dress is off the shoulder so it works.

PUBLIC DOMAIN Hail to the Chief at Liberty Ball by SGT Ashley Marble,identified by DVIDS,  this photo is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

A lot of people are afraid of wearing white, and ivory is a good way to ease in to this color scheme.  Why not try an off white jacket or a pair of white dress pants or jeans with a color and see how it sets you in a class all your own.  Wearing white is daring because few choose to go there.  Step out and wear more white in your wardrobe.

Do you notice that in both looks monochromatic was the winning vote. From head to toe, it elongates the body and does not break up the look.

Disclaimer: This is a fashion post and if I see a beautiful dress, gown, or whatever I will write about it no matter whose wearing it. Fashion is Fashion sense.

Feel Beautiful! How To Feel Great About Your Appearance

Sometimes when you look at yourself in the mirror, it’s hard to feel enthusiastic about the person who’s looking back at you. It’s strange to see ourselves gaining weight and wrinkles as we age – we still feel seventeen inside, so what’s up with our reflections telling us something completely different? The truth is that as our appearances change as we get older, we have to develop new and healthier relationships with ourselves. Here are some tips on how to achieve that…

Invest In A New Wardrobe

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One of the best things about getting older is that you’ll almost invariably be earning more money. No one’s saying that you should go out and blow an entire month’s salary on a new dress, but at the same time, if you haven’t invested in clothes for a while then what’s stopping you? There are new rules to remember as you get older, though. Firstly, focus more on classic pieces than you used to. That doesn’t mean old lady clothes – on the contrary, look out for clothes that fit you well and that are high quality. You want to spend a little more and invest in clothes that will last for a long time. Above all else, you need a great coat that will carry you through the whole winter – go for a navy overcoat. Good quality leather boots and handbags will also get you through any social occasion.

Discover The World Of Skincare And Beauty

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If you’ve never been into makeup and skincare, then chances are it seems like a completely baffling and possibly pointless world to you. Some people will never be into eyeliner – and that’s absolutely okay. But if you are, it’s time to get a richer moisturizer with a high SPF to put on underneath your makeup to protect your delicate skin from the sun. Make sure you moisturize your neck, your hands and your décolletage as well as your face. Go for more neutral makeup – get a good quality eye-shadow palette in shades of brown that you can wear every day. You want a few good matte shades along with a couple of shimmers for extra sparkle in the evenings.

Get Fit And Healthy

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There’s nothing that makes you feel younger and better than being in good shape. As you age, your metabolism changes and a lot of us find that we end up gaining weight if we eat the same amount of junk at thirty that we did at twenty. Ditch the mac and cheese, and go for home cooked meals instead, containing plenty of lean protein and leafy greens. Ditch the store bought sauces with their high levels of sugar, and make your own after thoroughly investigating recipes online and the state of your spice rack. If you’ve never done any exercise, now is absolutely the time to start! Get going by walking around the block a couple of times a day, and gradually progress to running. If you’ve got a bit of spare cash, go to the gym and ask a personal trainer for advice.

 

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Three Simple Steps To Have A More Effective Workout

Going to the gym is easy; however, pushing yourself to go harder is not. No matter what is keeping you from performing at a higher level, if you want to have a more efficient workout, you need to focus.

The staff of Biddulph, Huntsman & Dalling, a team of Idaho Falls orthopedic surgeons, suggests following these three simple steps to have a more effective workout:

  1. Have a Plan
  2. Bring a Friend
  3. Listen to Music

    Have a Plan
    Some people exercise to maintain their appearance, and others work out to improve their health or increase their energy. If you want to have a successful workout, you must prepare in advance. By planning your workout routine, you might see improvements almost immediately. The first step is creating a written plan. The plan should include the number of sets, reps and amount of time you will spend on each activity. By listing out each exercise, you will feel more comfortable and focus on the real reason you are at the gym.


Bring a Friend
Working out alone can be boring. To fight the boredom, try bringing a friend. Teaming up with someone you trust will help you stay productive, and it will also allow you to motivate one another to do better. When no one is there to cheer you on, it might be easier to give up. If you have a supporter, it is simpler to improve your performance. Be sure to share your written workout plan with your friend so you can be on the same page while at the gym. It is helpful to have a partner to push you and to spot you while you perform exercises.

Listen to Music
Though it might seem like a no-brainer, listening to music is a great way to keep your energy level high. It will help motivate you to keep pushing during your workout. Studies show listening to music helps people perform better and leave feeling more satisfied.The best songs will distract you from fatigue, help you keep pace, improve your mood and keep you focused. Create an upbeat playlist that motivates you and keeps your morale high.

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JT Style File: Cashmere Poncho

Hello Beautiful People,

A new year means a fresh start and the time to flourish.

I am always looking for quality at an awesome price.

My hubby and I just so happen to be watching a DIY show and a Macy’s commercial came on saying they were having some good deals on cashmere. I would always get a cashmere cardigan or sweater every Christmas, so this sale peaked our interest. Instead of heading to our local Macy’s, we checked out their website instead. I am so thankful we did that. We found the online selection to be so much greater than what we had ever found in person at the store. There were more items to choose from and so many colors choices.

We saw this beautiful black stripe with black and gray background cashmere poncho retailed for $149.00, on sale for $39.00 an with coupon marked down again to $29.00. Talking about a sale of the century. This is 2-pluy 100% cashmere and it is dry clean only.

Cashmere poncho

This poncho can go over a top, a blouse, a turtleneck, or even a dress. It is so lightweight, but oh so cozy.

It was cold when I first wore the poncho so I teamed it with a Alfani blue turtleneck, gray Isaac Mizrahi pants and my Clark ankle boots. I accessorized it with this cool Parisan-themed handbag.

Cashmere poncho

The poncho simply pulls over my head and I can drape how every I want to style it that day. The sleeves are not sewn so the silhouette is very relaxed.

This sale price was such a blessing, especially to find before Christmas. Usually these incredible markdowns are only seen after the New Year’s clearance events started.

A new year reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures.

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Here’s to a prosperous, overabundant New Year!

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