AMC Theatres Joins the Movie Subscription Game!

Last September, I wrote a post about MoviePass. It was only a few weeks after MoviePass dropped their price to $9.95/month and sent jolts through the movie industry. At the time, I was seriously considering signing up. I had some reservations due to some initial reviews I’d read, so I was waiting out the initial sign-up period to see if MoviePass would stabilize after the sudden influx of new subscribers.

By all accounts, it did. AMC Theatres stopped balking at the idea and committed to accepting MoviePass cards. After all, they couldn’t block all Mastercards could they? I even proclaimed that if AMC was still accepting MoviePass cards by the holiday movie season, I would be signing up.

But guess what? I never did. And let me tell you why.

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Wading in the Wearable Tech Waters

I like to think of myself as an early-ish adopter of technology, but I’ve been dragging my feet when it comes to wearable tech.

I’ve been eyeballing various Fitbit offerings for a while, and there’s always one thing or another that I don’t like. It usually comes back to the fact that I wear an actual watch (not a smart watch), and I don’t want a bulky tracker on my wrist. That also means I won’t be wearing a smart watch, because who wants to wear two watches? Not me!

So, I stumbled upon a wearable fitness tracker that’s a RING! It tracks my activity, steps, heart rate, sleep, and syncs with an app, just like Fitbit. It will basically give me a snapshot at my day and that’s really what I want from a tracker. I don’t need instant updates or the community/social aspect that a network as large as Fitbit has. I’m not going to get into competition with anyone, and frankly, I don’t need to. I’m working on me!

This ring is called the Motiv Ring. And it sounds and looks super dope.

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Women’s Shorts Are Having A Moment at the 2018 Australian Open

Long time no see, right?

Well I was summoned from my fall/winter slumber by fashion; women’s sports fashion at that.

A few years ago, you only saw one athlete on the WTA Tour wearing shorts during their tennis matches. That was Victoria Azarenka. And sis was working those shorts too. After a match between Serena and Vika, Vika said she’d get Serena a pair of shorts since Serena kept complimenting her pair.

Now, just a couple of years later, errrrrybody is rocking shorts! Nike and Adidas both got the memo and I am so here for it! Adidas even seems to have given the ladies culottes. (Does anyone else call them that? I never called them skorts. My mama called them culottes, so I call them culottes)

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I Love My Super Zoom Point and Shoot Camera

I love so many things about my tech kit, but there are few things I love more than my cameras and how perfect they are for me, with the help of accessories.

No accessory was needed to display what I love about my Canon PowerShot SX 530HS camera. I’ve had it almost 2 years now and I love it more and more with each passing use. Last month, I brought it to Mason, OH to help me with the shots I took at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament. My DSLR did very well, but even I was impressed and somewhat surprised with how tight I could get in on players and surroundings with my PowerShot.

I zoomed in suuuuper hard just to see how close I could get. You know, just for fun. Check it out!

There really isn’t a bad spot in the house on Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. It looks like I’m really far away, but it’s really not that bad. My camera was just zoomed all the way out. And yes, that’s an awning above my head. A select number of seats have the awning cover and let me tell you, it is so incredibly clutch! We could have gotten much closer seats, for the same price, but we prioritized the awning because it’s always hot and sunny as hell during those daytime sessions. Worth it.

That is Alexander “Sascha” Zverev, one of my current faves on the ATP tour. I didn’t even know he was sporting any facial hair until I looked at my pics. And obviously it is a little blurry. My camera, Agnes, has image stabilization, but she can’t perform miracles. That far zoomed in, it was hard to even keep Sascha in the frame so I could capture the shot! Still, quite impressive, no?

So, if you’re in the market for a point and shoot super zoom, I highly, highly recommend this Canon PowerShot model. It also comes in handy for concerts and other sporting events where you aren’t allowed to take in DSLRs and detachable zoom lenses. I’ve taken it to several Ohio State Football games and felt like I was right in the huddle with the team!

Canon PowerShot SX530 Digital Camera

Price: $249.00

4.3 out of 5 stars (465 customer reviews)

76 used & new available from $145.00

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To MoviePass Or Not To MoviePass

Have y’all heard about MoviePass? It’s the subscription service that allows you to see a movie per day, at most theaters, for just $9.95/month. Did you hear me? Essentially you could see 30-31 movies in a month for $10! Do y’all know how insane that is? The movies at the theater I regularly attend are $10.49. For 54 cents LESS, I could see a movie every day?

WUT?!

I heard about MoviePass when it first came out, but the prices was much more outrageous. They actually made a lot more sense, considering the value you’re getting. According to TIME, the monthly cost was about $50 for “unlimited movies,” when it launched in 2011. Which still only breaks down to seeing 5 movies the normal way.

Still a deal, but it wasn’t anything I was willing to commit to. But then, about a month ago, MoviePass dropped it’s subscription fee all the way down to $9.95/month, and I perked up! As long as you see at least one movie per month, you are saving money! I go to the movies a lot. Sometimes it’s an advanced screening, but always at least once. Most years I see anywhere from 24-35 movies. THINK OF THE SAVINGS!!!

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WiFi Solutions For Your Non-Wifi Enabled Camera


Two years ago, I bought a new DSLR camera. I named her Ethel. She was replacing my trusty Canon Rebel XT, Gertrude, which was 10 years old. It still worked fine, and took beautiful shots of my family’s trip to Hawaii earlier that year, but I decided that I was ready for an upgrade.

Since I already had several lenses in the Canon family, I was sticking with Canon. I headed to QVC and watched a ton of presentations of the Canon DSLR’s and what they were frequently offering was the T5. So, I started stalking the T5 on Amazon. I wasn’t going to go the QVC route, because I didn’t want nor need the starter lens kits they were offering with the camera body. So, I head to Amazon and look at the T5 offerings in “body only” listings. I add it to my Amazon wish list, and start hoarding Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks and PerkTV. Swagbucks even had a gift card sale on Amazon GC’s so I got even more bang for my buck!

After about two months, I notice I am almost to my goal. Then I watch QVC again and see a listing for the Canon SL1 camera. Which is a smaller body than the T5, but it has better specs. It also allows me to use the viewfinder as a touch screen. I have relatively small hands, so having an equally as powerful camera, but in a smaller package, was super attractive to me. After another two weeks of saving (because the SL1 was a little more expensive) I got my new camera body.

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Thank Goodness For Tennis!

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has sought to emphasize “self care” in light of the nonstop barrage of news in America’s political and social landscape this year. Sometimes you need to take a break from the news and distract yourself with things that make you smile. For this year, that distraction has been the sport of tennis.

Yes, I’ve been a fan for a long time. My mom and I attend Western & Southern Open every year in Cincinnati as an annual girls trip/vacation. We went again this year, but we also got to go to Wimbledon. Yes that Wimbledon in England. It’s long been a bucket list item for me and it felt so amazing to cross it off the list!

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