Recently, I was in Chicago for one of the largest women’s blogging conferences around, BlogHer. Fortunately, I was able to experience Chicago; one of my favorite cities, in many different ways and one of those ways was by meeting with some of the fabulous local brands.
Don’t be jealous, they ship nationwide. There were a lot of fabulous brands that I met but the one that I can’t shake is EverPurse.
Never heard of them? I hadn’t either until the conference. But believe me when I say that every woman, everywhere needs an Everpurse and if you work in social media or any business in which you need constant access to a working cellphone, you need an Everpurse. I love this product so much that I sound like a damn rep and I am not.
Let’s just say the Topaz Croc-pattern leather clutch and I fell in love at first sight. Well, maybe it was a little one-sided but I was smitten.
The purse was stylish, sleek and looked like it was made for a night on the city. Oh, I wanted that purse badly. It was gorgeous and would have completely camouflaged the fact that I am a working nerd by disguising the clutch and myself as cool with city chicness.
But oh no, Everpurse is not just another pretty face, it’s smart and functional, too. Think of it as a pair of Louboutins that fit and feel like sneakers.
You see, the sexy secret about the Everpurse is that it has a special charging pocket into which you place your smartphone. Is your mind blown? That’s right, their patent-pending docking system guides your phone smoothly onto a dock connector at the bottom and click you are charging!
It charges the phone twice over. No more endlessly fishing for a cord because nothing is more unsexy than rummaging through your bag, while your phone flat lines. Can you imagine? A purse that charges your phone! I mean is this not the best invention since sliced bread? I am pretty sure that it is. It is for me because carbs are bad, people.
To charge Everpurse itself, you can simply place Everpurse on its charging mat. It uses inductive charging to send energy wirelessly from the mat to the purse, so you never have to plug the purse in, not ever! You can leave a charging mat plugged in wherever it’s convenient for you, at work, at home, wherever, and just drop Everpurse onto the charging mat when it needs charging. If you leave Everpurse on its charging mat overnight, it will have a full charge the next morning. How simple is that?
I can’t believe that I just heard about the Everpurse. It’s crazy. I want one and I need one. Clutches range in price from $189 to $329, which I understand, is fairly pricey for a non-name brand purse but I have two things to respond to that. One, for what it does, I think that $189-$329 is totally worth the price if you can afford it. Two, a little insider information, you may just start seeing Everpurse partner with some of your more exclusive brands; fingers crossed.
But honestly, I am not a label whore and the bags are beautiful and functional. I’ve paid upwards of $300 for plenty of bags and NONE of them charged my phone, all they did was hold my junk. I feel so jipped now.
Anyways, if you get the chance, I highly recommend you check out the Everpurse because it is awesome.
What do you think of the EverPurse?
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Do you love your iPhone camera but hate that it only has one lighting/flash setting, which just so happens to be bright white? Yep, it leaves your subjects seeing dots and the photos look like everyone you shoot on your camera is suffering from deer in headlights syndrome.
This is not a good look, not even for the most beautiful subjects. I have so many photos of my beautiful daughters with red eyes and albino white skin. Wish you could change that?
You easily can. The Kick is a highly customizable light source that is small enough to fit into your pocket so you can take it just about anywhere. The Kick easily slides right onto the back of your phone and kicks your photography up a notch or twelve. You’ve never seen iPhone photography like this before.
The Kick has five rows of brilliant LED lights that shine in various hues. You can use the free Kick Light app with the Kick to set the color, shade and intensity. The only limit on the color in your photos is your imagination. How awesome is that? I swear they have an app for everything these days, don’t they?
The Kick can even parrot light patterns from an existing photo or video. Perhaps you want the lighting to match your sister-in-laws bridesmaid dresses in just that perfect shade of plum. No problem, the Kick has you covered.
Maybe you want the kooky photo of you and your girlfriends in the Bahamas to be the same color as the Rose Chandon you were all drinking that night to celebrate your 30th birthday? Easy, peasy. Just let the Kick mimic the hue of the Rose Chandon and apply that to all of your smiling faces in the photo.
Talk about champagne wishes and caviar dreams. What a night to remember, like no other.
You can use the Kick to evenly light a portrait, white balance any scene with tinted light or blast bright colored lights to make your pals look like they’re at a club. Or have hours of fun using the built in special effects to make amazing, top-notch Vine videos or Instagram videos that will blow your friends out of the water.
There is nothing quite like lightening flashes, rainbow strobes or flickering firelight to make an otherwise ordinary photo extremely conversational. I mean if Jenny has a lightening bolt coming out of her tush, you’d have to ask what the story was, right? Who could resist?
You can slide the Kick onto your iPhone, hold it off camera in your hand, or mount it on a tripod. Use it with any camera, anytime, anywhere. It is very versatile and simple to use. It even sets up its own wifi connection so that you don’t have to allow your iPhone to work as a remote control.
The Kick even works with your iPod and iPad. Honestly, it works with absolutely any camera you have on hand.
What is your iPhone camera accessory?
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Have you heard of Shopetti? I hadn’t either until my friend, Jessica, mentioned it and then all I could think to myself was, “Where have you been all my life, Shopetti?”
Shopetti is a revolutionary new site (and an add on at the chrome store) that will enable you to shop at several different stores using one basket and better yet, with one checkout.
Shop as much or as little as you want because this store never closes and it’s fun to use. Think of it as going to Pinterest, picking out all of your favorite pins, putting them in a cart and then having the capability of buying them.
Not only does Shopetti allow you to compare brands to get the best products and prices. Now, it has a new feature that lets you leave things in your shopping basket and when/if the product goes on sale, Shopetti sends you an email notifying you of the drop in price. Can you say awesome? It’s like a budget friendly personal shopper.
The goal of Shopetti is to streamline shopping in a way that makes the experience of shopping fun again. It’s more than just buying stuff. Shopetti is a visual experience and has a social layer that enables you to ask your friends what they think before you buy, just like you’d do in real life minus having to get sitters and coordinate schedules.
Now, If only they could figure out a way for me to try it on without leaving my house.
Shopetti feels like real shopping with my girlfriends without having to battle the crowds at the mall, especially now with the holiday season almost upon us. Shopetti is about making the experience of shopping fun again.
Remember window-shopping as a teen? It was so much fun. My friends and I would spend hours at the mall matching up outfits and then saving up to go back and buy them. The fun was in the shopping, not the buying.
There’s a quick and easy sign up with Shopetti, you can link it to Facebook or G+ in one click. The site is fun. If Pinterest appeals to you, you’ll love Shopetti.
Here’s how it works.
1.Grab the items directly from your favorite stores. The Grab It button lets you easily grab your items at your favorite stores’ websites. Just download the extension and shop at the stores you love. When you see a product you want, click the Grab It button to save in your Shopetti cart.
2. Create carts to hold all of your favorites. On Shopetti.com you can view all your chosen items to make the perfect outfit or compare different items. Just open your “My Stuff” page. There you can easily share the decision with friends or save it for later.
3. One click purchase. Click the shopping cart button to buy either a single awesome item or the whole cart. They will check you out of each store’s website so you don’t have to!
It doesn’t get much better or easier than this. A streamlined shopping experience where I can get my friends’ feedback, pay safely and it even emails me if the price drops on something sitting in my cart. Win-win-win. This could revolutionize online shopping forever.
Have you tried Shopetti? What are you waiting for?
Photo Source: Shopetti
I love my DSLR more than just about anything. It has allowed me to catch the most amazing moments of our lives forever. The only thing that I find disappointing is thinking, no knowing, that you just snapped the world’s most precious photo only to look through your viewfinder and to see that your muse has red eyes, shiny foreheads and the worst, bright almost completely washed out faces.
I have about 1000 of those photos of my daughters from throughout their lives. I have every intention to go in and edit them but who has the time or energy. I just wish it would stop happening, and now it can with the new Deluxe Pop-up Flash Bounce.
You just slip the Deluxe Pop-up Flash Bounce onto the hot shoe of your DSLR and you’re snapping pro-quality and shadow-free photos minus the bright washed out faces after the blinding flash.
This amazingly simple accessory has a mirror that directs the flash on your camera up or to the side, resulting in the flash bouncing off the ceiling or a wall so that it creates an even, natural light. It works just like the external flashes the professional’s use.
It’s better than a diffuser because it bounces 100% of the light from your flash instead of just softening it.
Even better, you can angle the flash bounce to coax that light to fall wherever you want it in every direction.
The Pop-up Flash Bounce allows you to shoot like a pro even if you are just a beginning mamarazzi. You will impress your friends with your clear, evenly lit shots without shadows, reflections or red eye. They will all want to know what your secret is for taking such amazing shots of your little ones.
The Pop-up Flash Bounce works with DSLR cameras that have interchangeable lenses, a pop –up flash and a hot shoe. This accessory does not work with point and shoots or Sony. Sorry.
It works with these cameras for sure:
Canon 6D, 7D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, Rebel XTi, XSi, 400, 450, XT, XTi, T1i, T2i, XS, 350D, 500D, 550D, 1000D.
Fuji FinePix Pro Series.
Nikon D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D700, D3000, D3100, D5000, D7000.
Olympus E420, E520, E3, E620.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2K.
Pentax K-7, KX, K10D, K100D, K20D, K200D.
Sigma SD14 Series.
To attach the flash bounce, you will need to first remove the mount from the Pop-up Flash Bounce’s arm and slide it into your camera’s hot shoe. When the flash is popped back into position, slide the flash bounce back into the mount and angle the Pop-up Flash Bounce toward the ceiling or wall when the flash goes off to have gorgeous lighting every time.
The cost of the Deluxe Pop-up Flash Bounce is a meager $37. If you ask me, that is a hell of a steal because a lifetime of no more washed out beautiful baby faces, that look like deer caught in headlights because of a too bright flash, is absolutely priceless. I don’t have this accessory yet but it is next on my list of must haves.
What is your favorite DSLR must have accessory to take amazing photos?
Photo Source: PhotoJojo
On our phones, we have countless precious moments captured in once in a lifetime photographs and never to be recreated moments on video: first steps, first words, a song, a dream being realized or just the sound of your babyâ€™s voice.
The Story app by Disney gathers all of those moments and helps you transform those sequences into the story of your life. With the Story app by Disney you can easily personalize, save and share these moments with family and friends. Sounds brilliant, right?
Story provides a venue to effortlessly tell your stories.
The Story app automatically finds the moments in your camera roll, based on when and where your photos and videos were captured.
For instance, if you took the kids to Disney world for the very first time and you captured the moments in photo and video while you were there, but you also took at lot of photo and video of your drive down to Florida, Story will group all the Disney photos together making it easy for you to build stories in seconds, right out of all those separate moments.
Story provides you with a lot of creative license.
You can create a small scrap book of your trip and share the story of your experiences, instantly. Or, you can take some time and get creative with your story while taking the time to personalize it with captions, pages of text, themes and layouts.
Itâ€™s like picmonkey and imovie all rolled into one. You can also build your stories by employing your own creative edge. Itâ€™s your story; tell it like you want. Just remember this is a Disney productive, so you can imagine that the only thing that limits you is your own imagination.
Itâ€™s quick and easy story sharing.
With just a couple taps of your finger, you can share your very own life story via email or Facebook. Stories are visible in any browser to friends and family whom you invite to view them on Story. Your stories can also be embedded on your blog, which is a very important feature for momâ€™s who are keeping a blog as a chronicle of their childâ€™s life.
You will never have to worry about losing your stories because all stories you create are saved in the app and backed up by iCloudÂ® for future viewing and/or editing.
This is my favorite feature because how many of us have (at some point or another) had our computer go down or a hard drive get toasted and found ourselves scared out of our mind that we had lost those moments forever? I know I have.
Disney has been telling great stories forever. It is what they do. Why wouldnâ€™t they create an app that lets the rest of us do the same?
Disney knows that a good story can change your life. It can invoke strength and emotion where you might have thought there could be none. Disney has given us the power and tools to start telling our own stories and hand them down to our own children, like so many Disney fairytales.
If you could only hand down one story to your child, what would it be?
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My favorite camera apps that I love for my iPhone are Hipstamatic and KitCam. Sure, I love Instagram for the sharing but filters are magic: the right one can take a good photo and make it look amazing!
I always wish that I had an all in one filter for my DSLR without having to change out filters and lenses. I want it to be just as easy as using my iPhone. I’ll admit that I’ve gotten spoiled to convenience. But still, my DSLR is my first baby.
But what if you want to change filters without fumbling around with color gels and multiple lenses? All you need is the DSLR Wheel of Filters. It has eighteen different filters and prisms that you can change with the simple turn of a wheel.
You just mount the DSLR Wheel of Filters directly onto your DSLR body, and snap on one of the two rotating wheels. What effect you feel like today – Filters? Wheel one has all the colors’ dual colors, and color surrounds. Wheel two is for lensed effects like; kaleidoscope lenses, macro lenses and more.
The plastic Holga base-lens is makes the wheel of filters have an almost toy camera look. You can add cool color filters and prisms to the mix and get the coolest photo effects you can imagine. Your imagination is the only thing that will hold you back.
Bonus, you can shoot video through the DSLR Wheel of Filters. The wheels together take up less room than a biscuit, so they are totally transportable and not cumbersome.
With just a quick flip of the wheel you can create 18 different visually stunning photo effects.
The filters are as follows:
Color Filter Wheel:
Prism and Macro wheel
The filter is easily mounted to your DSLR just like a regular lens. Remove the lens you’ve got on your camera. Then, twist on the DSLR wheel of filters and choose between the color wheel or prism wheel. Snap it on to the front of the lens and you are mounted. Select your effect.
You can even use the DSLR wheel of filters with your 35 mm film SLR, as long as it’s a Nikon with an F mount, or a Canon with an EF or EF-S mount. But the DSLR wheel of filters cannot be used with anything but Canon and Nikon cameras.
The cost is $40, which I think is a steal for such a versatile gadget. With all the effects you can create and all the fun you will have, the $40 will be well worth it. I do not have one myself yet but it is on my must have list of gadgets to buy.
Do you prefer your DSLR or your iPhone for day-to-day photos?
Photo Source: Photojojo
My daughters are 6 and 8–years old. Shockingly, they do not carry cell phones and they are not engaged in any sort of social media. They do have tablets and love technology but they are severely limited on what kinds of communication they are allowed through the Internet.
We just don’t trust all the crazies out there. Enter a new app called Squarehub.
At first, I wasn’t sure this was a great fit for our family, but turns out it is. What is Squarehub, you ask? SquareHub is a private family network that makes coordination schedules and communicating with one another private, easy, instant and loads if fun.
The app was created by a group of social media savvy dads, and if anyone who knows how important it is to keep their daughters safe on the Internet without only allowing them a can, some string and a chastity belt, it’s them.
Sqaurehub allows you to send private messages and photos, coordinate calendars and share fun spontaneous moments with family members who are not there but you wished were.
Squarehub is the safest version of social media; it’s like your family’s very own private social media venue. It’s like Twitter, Facebook and FourSquare all rolled into one. I love it. It is private, efficient and safe. Best still, it encourages communication within the family unit. Some things are easier for your child to say to you with space between you.
Squarehub offers group messaging so no one can say that no one told them because you’ll KNOW that you did. It has ForSquare like check ins so you can keep track of where your family is. This gives your kids a sense of independence and freedom while still letting you have peace of mind.
A shared calendar like feature that updates all events and tasks in one place for all to see, allows everyone to know what’s coming up and plan accordingly. There is also a personal note and reminders section that is very helpful, especially at busy times of the year when you are overscheduled and your children have several commitments. This is a big help when coordinating driving schedules with your partner.
Just for the fun of it, there is a built in photo editor with stickers, filters and digital rewards for good behavior. You know how much children love to manipulate their photos. This is my children’s favorite feature by far. They don’t have phones yet but they use it on their iPod and iPad.
My favorite feature is that you can share the login and password with every one in the family, including grandparents and they can log in to know what’s going on. This is helpful when trying to plan out of town gatherings. You can even share it with extended family, especially if you have a large family.
I have 5 brothers and sisters and we all have kids who are very active, so this feature can make it easier when we are all trying to coordinate events and not miss big moments in our nieces and nephews lives.
What’s your favorite feature of Squarehub? Would you use this app for your family? It’s free!
Photo Source: iTunes
I have been working hard to get back into shape. That means changing my eating habits, how much I exercise, and being more mindful of my portion control. Luckily, I got myself an EatSmart Pro Nutrition Scale.
Portion control has always been a fault of mine. I can usually pick up the workout pace and even eat the right foods but I usually fall short on the portion size. I tend to suffer from eyes bigger than my stomach syndrome but I was also raised with the mentality that you don’t walk away from your meal without cleaning your plate.
That’s a deadly combination, especially when you are talking fried foods or carbs.
So, I got informed about carbs and realized I need pay closer attention because carbs aren’t just bread, pasta, cake and cookies. Carbs are also: beans, berries, watermelon, corn and a lot of fruits and veggies that I previously thought I could eat in unlimited quantities. Surprise, I can’t and neither can you.
I am motivated by numbers and lists; I’m a little but Type-A in that way. Knowing exactly what is going into my body, how many calories it has and how much is fat is helpful to me when planning what to eat.
I wish I’d known about The EatSmart Nutrition Scale before now. It analyzes the nutritional content of ANY food (labeled and unlabeled) by portion size. The database stores the nutritional values for approximately 1,000 foods. How awesome is that?
Here are some of my favorite features of the EatSmart Nutrition scale:
It calculates absolutely everything you need to successfully lose the weight: calories, carbs, fiber, sodium, fats, vitamin K and six other nutrients from thousands of packaged and 1000 whole foods.
White backlight with on/off button for conserving battery life. This is very helpful because, I don’t know about you but, we can never remember to charge our batteries and this mommy is not made of money.
The EatSmart Nutrition Scale has memory mode that saves up to 99 entries for daily or weekly tracking. Believe me, you will love this feature because you won’t have to keep re-entering foods that you love and eat often.
It weighs to the nearest whole gram and to the nearest .01 ounce, so you can be precise. No cheating. You won’t be able to use the excuse that you didn’t know it was that big anymore.
Maximum capacity is 11 pounds so don’t throw a side of beef on this thing or you will break it.
The EatSmart Nutrition Scale is useful for people striving to control their weight, and for anyone wanting to maintain optimum health by monitoring and balancing their daily nutritional intake of calories, fats and proteins which is pretty much everyone, right?
Even if you don’t have a weight problem, the EatSmart Nutrition scale is a great tool to have because it will help you keep control of your portions and avoid a weight issue altogether. So, if you’re ready to make a serious commitment to improving your health by controlling your diet this scale can help you reach your goals—safely, sensibly and practically.
How do you keep healthy?
Disclaimer: I was provided the EatSmart nutritional scale free of charge for review purposes but all opinions are my own.
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All fitness trackers are not created equal. I am partial to the FitBit One because it is the fitness tracker that I use, personally but that does not mean there are not other great fitness trackers out there. Two other great fitness trackers that my husband is partial to are the Jawbone Up and The Fitbit Flex.
They are all easy to use and they track how many steps you take a day (your recommended daily goal should be 10,000 for optimal health), how much you move in your sleep, and what you eat. They provide real time feedback so you can make better, healthier choices.
I’ve learned especially since living a sedentary life of a writer that I need to move more. This morning I power walked 7000+ steps before 9 am. I will definitely hit my 10,000 by the end of the day, but the other day, I worked all day and when I looked at my FitBit before bedtime, I had only logged 1800 steps for the entire day. What? I barely moved.
So here are a couple more choices to track your fitness routine; it could mean your life.
The Fitbit Flex is the newest in the FitBit family. It looks just like a rubber bracelet and comes in several fun colors. You can monitor your steps throughout the day by simply tapping the wristband to see how many LED lights flash. The more lights that light up, the closer you are to your daily goal.
The tracker syncs wirelessly with your smartphone and computer so you can check your progress online at anytime. Just wear it all day long. You can wear it in the shower but do not wear it swimming. You can use the online features to keep track of your weight, food diary, and progress and you can even find your friends who have FitBits and connect for inspiration.
The Jawbone Up is a part of your everyday life. It has a battery life of 10 days before it needs to be recharged. To keep your motivation up, use the app to keep an eye on your stats and to stay up to date with what your friends with Jawbone’s are up to. There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, right?
Just like the Fitbit Flex, you have to remove the Jawbone Up before swimming. It can get wet but cannot be completely submerged in water. A bonus feature that the Jawbone Up has that the FitBit does not is that it has a smart alarm to wake you up at the optimal time of your sleep cycle so you are less groggy. I’m not sure how I feel about a device deciding when to wake me up. I like to do that all on my own, especially during the summer months.
One last thing I should mention, while the Jawbone Up is great in theory and my husband loved the design and feel if it, we had issues with it holding a charge and had to return it because, as you all know, if it doesn’t work…it doesn’t work.
What’s your favorite fitness tracker? Why?
Photo Source: FitBit