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In Reading, Review on
August 13, 2017

Playster Review – Playster vs Audible – Playster vs Spotify and more!

Playster logo
If you are anything like me, you are constantly looking for more ways to read at an economical price. Also, how to make time for reading in general. This is why I’ve been a user of Audible for many years, as well as my local library for renting audiobooks. After I started driving more this past year for a new job, I upgraded my Audible account to platinum (from $14.99 for one book a month to $22.95 for two books a month) so I could get in more reading time while driving. When I realized two books a month wasn’t enough for me, I started looking into Playster. See below for a comparison of Playster vs Audible and other similar platforms.

This review focuses mainly on these three media options: Books, Audiobooks, and Music.

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In Motherhood, Sponsored on
October 19, 2016

My First Month as a Parent

New parent tips for dealing with newborns

I’ve been a parent for 6 weeks now and boy has it been a learning experience. Today I’m going to share with you the products and practices that helped keep me and Chris sane during the month and half so far. This post has been sponsored by UPRIGHT, an innovative product that helps train your posture – which has been so helpful to me when it comes to breastfeeding.

Before I share these new parent tips, have you noticed anything different? Don’t you love the new blog makeover? I’m so happy to finally be in the 21st century now. I’ve loved my blog look over the years, but my site has never been easy to use on mobile so I’m glad to have upgraded.

Now, onto my tips. Don’t forget to comment your thoughts on both this topic and my new site. I’d love to know your opinion.

When you become a parent, suddenly your whole life and all of your time belongs to someone else and that is not an easy transition to make. Chris and I have had some trouble “shifting” our identity, so to speak. No matter how much you love your child, transitioning into a caregiver role changes you and that’s not always easy to cope with.

Here are the three things that have helped with the process.
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In Review, Sponsored on
October 3, 2016

Amazfit Unboxing and Review

Hello Kind Friends, today I’m excited to share with you a sponsored look at the Amazfit step and sleep tracker. I’ve been really into wearable fitness jewelry the past few years, especially since my introduction to the Bellabeat LEAF, since these adorable pieces make me want to wear them and track my daily steps. Check out the Amazfit review below.

The Amazfit Moonbeam and Equator

As a mom to a newborn (He turned one month old yesterday! Wow I’m flipping out.) I have baby weight on the mind, but I know I need to help my body recover before I jump straight into working out again. Keeping track of my steps and making sure I take frequent walks has been the way I’ve been easing into things before I get the okay from my doctor to start running again. My dog Mustache is certainly enjoying all the extra walks! My Pokemon Buddy is enjoying the extra candy too… (Yes, I’m still playing Pokemon GO.)

Check out more details about the Amazfit below and see more in my video review…

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In Review on
August 12, 2015

Bellabeat LEAF Review – The Wearable Tech Girly Girls Have Been Waiting For

Bellabeat LEAF review - silver

A few weeks ago I did an unboxing for the Bellabeat LEAF, a wearable teach that tracks your steps, sleep times, provides breathing exercises, a vibrating smart alarm, along with some basic period tracking.

I unboxed this beautiful wearable tech a few weeks ago and now I’m here to share with you an in-depth review sharing my thoughts after using it daily.

 

What I love:

  1. It is just pretty. That’s honestly the main reason why I wanted this activity tracker over other kinds. The Bellabeat LEAF can be used as a pin, bracelet, or necklace.
  2. The step tracking motivates me to actually get up an move around more. On average I walk around 5,000 steps a day (based on my first week using the LEAF) and now almost everyday I’ve been able to get my steps to 7,000. Big improvement!
  3. The inactivity monitor reminds me to get up frequently, which is so important for people that work at home like me.
  4. I like that the steps don’t automatically sync to my app. I prefer to manually sync items like this so that I don’t get unnecessary exposure to radiation.

What can be improved:

  1. Increased stress tracking capabilities (not necessarily only in breathing) or less emphasis on the stress “features” as I thought it was a bit misleading.
  2. Changes in communication practices from business to consumer (more emails mainly).
  3. Ability to add in other activities, like swimming (I’ve been told this is already in the works).
  4. I believe there should be more options for the vibrating alarm as it often doesn’t wake me up.

I think at the pre-order price point ($119 for silver, $150 for gold and rose gold) it is comparable to other similar products. Especially with it’s versatile look. You can order it online at Bellabeat.com. It is not currently in retail stores.

A few times over the past month I’ve actually gotten tired of wearing the same jewelry and on those days I’ve worn the LEAF on my bra. You can clip this cutie to any thin material.

What do you think? Does it measure up to other step trackers you’ve tried?

In Happiness, Review on
April 6, 2015

Happier with Gretchen Rubin Podcast Review

A review of the new project from the mnd of The Happiness Project, the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast.

Hi Kind Friends! Today I’m sharing with you a new podcast from the powerhouse behind The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth Craft (a producer and writer), have started Happier with Gretchen Rubin a new podcast airing every Wednesday. The premise is pretty obvious, it’s a podcast aimed at helping you become happier and gather good habits.

If you are my husband (Hi Chris!) you are probably really surprised that I am sharing with you info on a podcast. Despite having a podcast for a short lived amount of time last year and guest starring on a podcast last week, I rarely listen to podcasts. They are just too long. Which is odd because I can listen to a 32 hour Game of Thrones audiobook and marathon a whole TV show season in a day. I don’t get myself at times.

But despite all of that, I listen every week to Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Why? It’s short, too the point, and helpful. I learn something in every episode!

The Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast is under 25 minutes and is separated into a few small segments. My favorite segment is called “Try this at Home” where Gretchen and her sister give us an easy task that should help our overall happiness. Another section calls for Gretchen and Elizabeth to talk about their “Happiness Demerits” – moments where they could have chosen a happier choice but didn’t.

It’s a very interesting podcast that I look forward to listening.

You can listen to Happier with Gretchen Rubin every Wednesday on iTunes or on GretchenRubin.com.

Can you think of a moment where you should have chosen happiness?

In Tips on
February 25, 2015

What’s on my iPad Mini?

 

Hi Kind Friends!

Today I am sharing with you my app recommendations and organization tips for my iPad Mini. I use my iPad differently than how I use my iPhone (What’s on my iPhone?) so make sure to watch both videos.

Merida and Cinderella joining Doctor Who in the TARDIS - Find more wallpapers here

Before I get started, I wanted to link these gorgeous Disney Princess and Doctor Who crossover images. They were created by a Society 6 artist named Karen Hallion. I spotted them on Tumblr and now use them as wallpapers on my tech devices. Since filming the iPhone and iPad Mini videos, I’ve changed all of my wallpapers to be Merida from Brave trying to reach the TARDIS. She’d be a kick butt companion, don’t you think?

Notable apps mentioned in this video:

Case – Verso/Plato’s Closet
Blue Light Shield
Assistive Touch (In accessibility settings)
Duolingo – Learn a new language
Blogilates

I hope this video gave you some good app and organizational tips!

Do you have different uses for your iPhone and iPad? Are there different apps on each?

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In Tips on
January 21, 2015

What’s on my iPhone?

What's on my iPhone? App recommendations and how I edit photos for Instagram.

Hi Kind Friends! Today I’m happy to share with you my favorite apps, how I edit my Instagram photos, and other fun secrets from my iPhone. I hope it helps you find some new apps to make your life easier and have fun with.



iPhone case: Plato’s Closet Kendall

Other iPhone app videos: Tiny Wings & Charity Miles

App used for Instagram photos: Litely

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-Other notable apps-

Period Tracker (what it sounds like)

Lorna Jane (fitness)

Flat Tomato (productivity)

Duolingo (learn any language you’d like for free!)


What’s your favorite app? I’m not sure I can pick.

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