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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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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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Ole Henriksen PowerBright Means Business


Thanks to the wonderful folks over at Influenster, I got a VoxBox full of Ole Henriksen goodies to try out last week.

The main product was Ole’s 3-step PowerBright System. It is supposed to exfoliate, brighten, and add glow to your skin. Influenster also included the popular Sheer Transformation moisturizer, the Truth Serum collagen booster (which I’ve actually been wanting to try for about a year now), as well as a professional cleaning sponge.

Now the amount of product we Influenster/VoxBox users received was enough for one treatment, although I think I can get two treatments out of my sample.

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Tried Out Houlihan’s Inspiralized Menu Tonight

I got an Influenster VoxBox at the beginning of the month, inviting me to visit Houlihan’s and check out their new menu items, created by Ali Maffucci of Inspiralized.com. The 3 special items are a substitute spiralized veggies in place of noodles and are lower in carbs & sugar.

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The Skinny On Free Screenings & How To Attend Them!

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The Maze Runner, Let’s Be Cops, About Time, Mortdecai, Focus, Insurgent, Age of Adaline, Hot Pursuit, Entourage, Spy, Inside Out, Magic Mike XXL, Max, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

The above list is all the movies I’ve gotten passes to, in the past year, for a free screening. If you add up all those movies (averaging $10 per) that’s a savings of about $140! That’s a lot, y’all!

I frequently tweet about screenings I attend, and get responses from followers asking how I always end up seeing all these movies for free. Well, I’m going to share, because sharing is caring, right?

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Product Rave: Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate

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Every time I use Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate, I fall in love. Again.

It’s that good, folks. It only takes 2 minutes, and when I rinse it off, my skin feels so baby soft and just wonderful. Even with using my Clarisonic Mia 2, I don’t get that type of exfoliation and my skincare products go on even better. The morning after I use it, I always say “I wish I could ExfoliKate every day!” I wake up and my face always has cleared up some. Blemishes that were starting to come in, were rebuffed, and ones that were lingering have started to recede.

This particular mix of chemical and physical exfoliants is absolutely perfect for my skin. I use it 2 times per week, but I’m upping that to three. My skin can handle it and I need the extra help.

It’s seriously like magic, y’all. And for someone like me, who has problem skin, it’s a Godsend. I need ExfoliKate in my life. I started with a deluxe sample (Thanks, Sephora). From there, I bought what is referred to as the “travel size.” (It’s not what I use as a travel size. I use the aforementioned deluxe sample size for that. It stays in my travel kit.) The .5 Fl Oz size is a pretty pricey $22, but with the help of SwagBucks and Perk TV, it aint no thang every few months. I’ve had my current tube since mid-December and it’s still going strong. When it comes time to replace it, I’ll happily do so because ExfoliKate might be the first Holy Grail skincare product I’ve ever bought. For real! I’ve been experimenting with with skincare for decades. To just be finding a really, really good one now is kind of sad, but also kind of exciting!

I might just try to stack some gift cards and go for the larger sizes, like 2 oz or 5 oz. I’ve been watching QVC, in particular, like a hawk lately. The second I see either of those sizes available for Easy Pay, I’ll be alllllll over it. Easy Pay is bae. And so is Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate.

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