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Downloads: Top 5 Games To Kill Time At Work

July 22nd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Let’s face it!  Everyone loves playing games on their smartphone or tablet to pass the wading time throughout the day.  Whether you admit it or not, you’ve definitely got a few bandwagon games on your smartphone that you probably don’t even play anymore.  Why not jump on the newest and most downloaded games of the week to peak your interest in gaming agin.  Discover the top 5 free games to kill time at work available this week for your Apple or Android device below.


Guess The Emoji game


5.  Guess The Emoji

With the buzz of new Emojis coming soon, isn’t time you brushed up on your emoji knowledge before things really get out of hand?  Guess The Emoji will actually entertain you for hours.  The kid friendly and family friendly game tests your logic to solve simple emoji puzzles.

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store




dont touch the spikes4.  Don’t Touch The Spikes

Talk about a game that’s pretty straight forward.  Basically you maneuver and fly a bird with the intention to make it to safety without flying into spike walls and traps.  Could this be the next Angry Bird? I’m not so sure, but it is generating a buzz in gaming so you’ll just have to play and see.

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store


3.  Timberman

Feeling a little nostalgic and in search for an old school arcade style game to soothe the in-office tension?  Then Timberman is for you!  Its a fairly simply game.  Become a Tiberman, chop wood and avoid the branches.  As you get further along in the game you’ll have to compete with variable environments and 10 Timbermen to unlock, it’s not as easy as it sounds, but you’ll have fun competing for top leaderboard status anyhow.

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

jenga games to kill time at work2.  Jenga

The official Jenga game can now be played in the palm of your hands from anywhere!  (Can you imagine trying to set up dozens of wooden blocks on the subway?  Not happening!)  With Jenga on your smartphone, you can take the tower building experience anywhere!  Just don’t yell out JENGA too loud, you’re killing time in the office, not at family game night.

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

kardashian games to kill time at work

1.  Kim Kardashian:  Hollywood

If you love all things Kardashian, then this game is totally for you!  You can you create your own star-like celebrity status on a red carpet adventure starring Kim Kardashian.  You can even date and dump celebrities at the best parties and hottest clubs.  Don’t worry, you won’t have to marry Kanye West in the game.  Sounds like fun right?

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

Have you downloaded any of these games yet?  Would you actually play the Kardashian game?  Would you download any of these games to kill time at work?  Share your thoughts below.

Selfie 101: How to Take Good Selfies #VZWBuzz

July 14th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

You know there’s a natural art to taking good selfies right?  Natural lighting. A good pose. The right setting. Several factors go into snapping the perfect selfie. Don’t you hate it when you have the perfect selfie moment, but not the perfect selfie photo?  


How often have you had to ditch a selfie because it looked abysmal?  Bad selfies should be a thing of the past – it’s almost 2015 for goodness sake!


If you find yourself a little blurry on snapping the perfect selfie smize or pose, then this post is for you.  Use this guide to learn how to take good selfies and other fun facts about Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 word of the year.


How to Take Good Selfies 


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Illustration / Deboice Robertson via Verizon Wireless

My Black Is Beautiful Moments With The Braxtons, Lisa Nichols and More

July 7th, 2014 by Christen Rochon
My Black Is Beautiful

Thousands of women wait in line for their chance for makeovers and more inside of the My Black Is Beautiful Booth.


The 20th Annual ESSENCE Festival attracted a record-breaking 550,000 attendees from around the world to New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend, making it the largest attended ESSENCE Fest weekend in history. As part of its long-standing commitment to touch and improve the lives of African-American women, Procter & Gamble (P&G) is proud to be a title sponsor of the 2014 ESSENCE Festival for the seventh straight year. This year, P&G’s My Black is Beautiful inspired women to celebrate and share their “Beauty In Action” during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival and beyond by providing signature experiences with its partner brands, CoverGirl® Queen Collection, Pantene®, Clairol® Professional, Olay®, Gain®, Bounty®, Charmin® and Puffs®.


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I got the best braided undo ever inside of the My Black Is Beautiful ESSENCEFest booth. Thanks Sparkles Hair and MBIB!

During the day, the My Black is Beautiful booth was the epicenter of excitement as men and women enjoyed fun makeovers, live music, celebrity meet-and-greets with The Braxtons, Mali Music, Lisa Nichols plus many more. Guests also got to meet the six newly crowned 2014 “MBIB” Ambassadors who were on hand throughout the weekend to motivate, excite and galvanize attendees to affect positive change in their local community.


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Newly crowned My Black is Beautiful Ambassadors inside of The My Black Is Beautiful ESSENCE Fest booth.



The My Black Is Beautiful – Beauty in Action dinner was a powerful evening of music, inspiration and conversation.  Led by empowerment leader Lisa Nichols and WE TV stars – The Braxtons, guests were encouraged to change the way we view and discuss beauty to our family, peers, sisters and future generations.  Mali Music performed “Beautiful” off of his latest project “Mali Is…” and guests left charged to celebrate their “Beauty In Action” each and everyday.


My Black Is Beautiful

Gain Ambassadors – The Braxtons pose during their arrival at the Beauty In Action dinner reception.



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The Braxtons pose with Lisa Nichols at The Beauty In Action dinner.



My Black Is Beautiful

Journalists Danielle Young and Audrey Bernard pose for a Gain Fresh moment…


For more information about My Black is Beautiful, visit and follow the conversation on, Instagram (@MBIB) and Twitter (@MBIB), using hashtags #MBIB and #BIAJourney.





photos by Chris Mitchell / CME 3000 / DivasandDorks

Verizon Wireless Impacts And Empowers Essence Festival With Lance Gross And Regina Hall #VZWEssenceFest

July 7th, 2014 by Christen Rochon
Verizon Wireless at ESSENCE Festival

The calm before the storm: Verizon Wireless last minute touches before convention center doors open.


Did you miss out on one of the biggest 4th of July experiences this weekend? Each year, people from across the globe descend upon in New Orleans to see some of the biggest names in the music, empowerment and entertainment at one of the biggest and longest running festivals in the United States.  ESSENCE Festival 2014 has barely come to a end but the impactful performances, influences and celebrity moments will be remembered forever!


Verizon Wireless ESSENCE Festival


Now in its 20th year, the event has grown to be more than a series of concerts and performances. It is an opportunity for the thousands who attend to connect with each other and their passions. The ESSENCE Festival also provides an opportunity for Verizon to connect with the community and power the passion of festival attendees. Hundreds of thousands came to New Orleans, Lousiana for the 20th Annual Essence Festival sponsored by Verizon Wireless and got the opportunity to meet and greet celebrities such as R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan, R&B crooner Kem, Actress Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Lance Gross and many more!


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Jazmine Sullivan talks new passions and new music with Verizon Wireless fans at ESSENCE Festival.



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Kem talks about growth in the music industry with Verizon Wireless at ESSENCE Festival


In addition to a star-studded celebrity experience, Verizon Wireless also showcased the power of Verizon’s network with the community by showing how individuals can transform their lives through technology & more. Representatives from Verizon’s HR team were at the ESSENCE Festival hiring talented and driven individuals who share their values of leveraging technology to create a better world. Verizon empowered girls between the ages of 12 and 17 years old to help address teen dating violence. They hosted the loveisrespect hackathon competition in New Orleans, an event that teaches software design and promotes healthy relationships in partnership with Black Girls Code and Break the Cycle.



Verizon Wireless executive Krista Bourne, president of Verizon Wireless’ Houston/Gulf Coast Regional- interviews Lance Gross and Regina Hall at the historic Dooky Chase Restaurant.



I got the chance to sit down with Verizon Wireless celebrity partners Lance Gross and Regina Hall to discuss their favorite Essence Festival moments, must have apps and more at the historic Dooky Chase restaurant in New Orleans. Discover what makes their partnership with Verizon Wireless special and more #VZWEssenceFest moments below.


Essence Festival




Photos via Chris Mitchell / CME 3000

For more on how ESSENCE Festival celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary with Verizon Wireless, visit



5 Ways Google Wants To Enhance Your Home, Car And Your Entire Life

June 27th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Technology is supposed to make life easier, right?  But if you prefer different brands of tech for different aspects of your life, then it can become more cumbersome than helpful at times.  (Have you tried uploading music from iTunes to your Android device lately?) Unless you’ve completely adopted a full Apple eco-system (Apple TV, Macbook, iPad and iPhone) and have every device in your collection, you’ve never fully experienced an enhanced tech experience, until now.  



Google unveiled new smart products for your wrist, living room, and car and even a totally revamped look for the Android operating system.  Discover 5 ways Google wants to enhance your home, car and your entire life experience below.




5.  A New Google LOOK On Your Phone

Android 5.0 is known as “L” at the moment and is described as the “biggest release to date” of the operating system.  It’s defined by bold colors, fun animations, and a “flat” design aesthetic. Looks like Android is finally catching up to iOS in terms of design. Like iOS, Android L has a bright color scheme. The interface seems to disappear into the content with transparent layers.


4.  Google For Your Car

Google is bringing its Android operating system to cars with Android Auto because “people don’t want to check their phones at the door” when they get in their car. Auto is designed to use the voice-command-based Google Now to keep distracted driving at a minimum while acknowledging the reality of how modern drivers use gadgets in cars.

It’s a redesigned look at the Android OS that puts the emphasis on the three main functions that drivers commonly focus on while driving: navigation, communication, and audio.



3.  Google in Your Office

If you still use Microsoft Office, Google is tempting you to switch to its own editor suite of Docs, Spreadsheets, and Slides, which has new standalone apps for each. There’s now also offline support so you can create, edit, and view files even without an Internet connection no matter what device you’re on. For those still loyal to Microsoft’s software, you can edit and save Office files like Word documents while in Google Docs.




2.  Google on Your Wrist

Two new smartwatches, powered by Android Wear, are now available for preorder — theSamsung Gear Live ($200) and LG G Watch ($229) — and shipping July 7.  A demo during the keynote highlighted the ways apps will be used on the watches. Pinterest Places will inform you if you’re near a business you’ve pinned. The food delivery serviceEat24 will let users pay and offer an estimated time of arrival from their watch.

Google At Home TV

1.  Google At Home (TV)

Google has tried to apply its technology to television before with lackluster results. With the new Android TV announced this week, the Android smartphone experience moves to the living room. Google Search will, of course, play a big role in how Android on TVs works as you search for shows, movies, and even games through Google Play.

The Android TV platform is open now for developers to create new apps for the at-home entertainment experience. Sony and Sharp already have plans to release televisions that will run on Android, and Google expects set-top boxes to also roll out with Android TV built in.


Fromt the moment you wake up and grab your smartphone in the morning to the last TV show you watch at night, Google wants to be apart of the entire experience.  Would you invest in a Google ecosystem of products based on their new look and line up?  Share your thoughts below. 

Get Energized For Summer Fun With 5-hour ENERGY® Shots

June 23rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.


Sometimes my grueling travel schedule makes it impossible to maintain enough energy to get anything done.  So when I was approached to write and share how I keep my summer energized with 5-hour ENERGY® shots – I couldn’t wait to share the secret that keeps me energized and going, and going!


5-hour ENERGY®

When it comes time to pack, I always remember to stock up on 5-hour ENERGY® shots.


I have been known to stock up on 5-hour ENERGY® shots from Walgreens for a while now.  Over the weekend, 5-hour ENERGY shots single-handedly fueled my Firefly Music Festival experience in Dover, DE.  This 154-acre woodlands festival was my very first outdoor music festival, so you know I needed the energy and had to come prepared.


DID YOU KNOW:  5-hour ENERGY® shots are a dietary supplement that contains a blend of B-vitamins, amino acids, and essential nutrients.  There’s zero sugar, carbs, or herbal stimulants.  It contains caffeine comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee, and it’s only four calories!


Firefly Music Festival

The 4-Day Firefly Music Festival is one of the largest outdoor festivals in the northeast.


The festival was huge!  Over 80,000 fans and acres and acres of performances including Outkast, Foo Fighters and more took to the stages, plus activations and entertainment made it easy to walk around non-stop for hours.  According to my Jawbone Up fitness tracker, over the three day period,  I walked more than 54 miles!  Just when I thought I ran out of enough energy to endure,  I stumbled across  a Walgreens “General Store” right on the festival grounds.



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At the corner of Happy & Healthy, you can practically find a Walgreens store anywhere… even inside of a music festival.




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My Firefly Music Festival experience was fueled by 5-hour ENERGY® shots!


Keeping my weekend fun energized wouldn’t have happened without my stash of 5-hour ENERGY® shots.  Thanks to my pre-stocking up, I was able to keep my energy up throughout the weekend and even keep a stash handy for my travels back to NYC.


5-hour ENERGY®

Even in the airport 5-hour ENERGY® shots helped me stay active and awake without the caffeine crash later.


Want to get energized for your epic summer of fun?  Enter to win a 2 month supply of 5-hour ENERGY® shots today!



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Stay Comfortable “No Matter What” With Honeywell Lyric (@HoneywellNow)

June 18th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Honeywell Lyric


The new smartphone powered Honeywell Lyric thermostat has launched this week, making it the newest “must have” addition for any connected home enthusiast this year.  This week in various New York City hot spots, the Honeywell Lyric team brought together journalists and bloggers for unique experiences sure to rattle comfort and completely get you out of your comfort zone.

Honeywell Lyric

Facing a fear isn’t always pretty…

The instructors at Hollywood Stunts hung, held and taught journalists how to repel from a high scaffold (from 30 feet in the air) and how to practice safe stunt fights (sorta like the ones you see in movies).  During my uncomfortable climb on top of the 30-ft scaffold, I tried reminding myself that I don’t really have a fear of heights, but by the time I reached the top – I realized that I failed convincing myself.



Must Read:  Meet Honeywell’s Lyric Thermostat – Home Comfort That’s In Tune With Your Schedule


Honeywell Lyric

My instructor was pleased with my first step at rappelling down the 30ft wall…


From atop of the 30-ft scaffold, I was instructed by my Hollywood Stunts professional on how to secure my equipment and the proper way to safely rappel myself down the massive astroturf wall.  The skill of rappelling is an essential climbing skill than many use for sport activity and military travel.


Honeywell Lyric

Slow and steady wins this rappel race.


Learning the art of using the belay and adjusting my hand grip simultaneously had me scaling down the wall in no time.  Although it took a little convincing and reassuring that I had what it takes to scale down the wall on my own, there was no better feeling that having my feet safely planted on the ground.


Honeywell Lyric

The face of a champion! There’s o better feeling in the world than reaching a goal and defeating your fears!


The Honeywell Lyric product experience highlighted how easy the Honeywell Lyric is to install and use for home comfort while at home and savings while away.  Our time at Hollywood Stunts not only got us journalists out of the office and into some tense, uncomfortable moments but it made for an afternoon that I’ll never forget.

(Thanks Honeywell Lyric for a fun-filled afternoon in Brooklyn that definitely got me out of my comfort zone and maybe into a new career as a Hollywood stunt woman!)


For more information on the Hollywood Stunts experience visit  You can also find more information on how you can get a Honeywell Lyric thermostat of your own visit

California Dreaming With Mom And The Lincoln MKC

June 17th, 2014 by Christen Rochon


A few weeks ago, I received an amazing invitation for an experience of a lifetime compliments of Lincoln Motor Company. Excited for a weekend introduction to the all new Lincoln MKC,  I embarked on a cross-country journey to Santa Barbara, California with a very special invited guest… my mother.


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Mom and I finally arrived to the beautiful Belmond El Encanto hotel and spa in Santa Barbara, California.


Sure I’ve gone on family vacations with my mother, siblings, nieces and nephews – but never have I journeyed on a first-class travel experience like this with my mother before.  A luxurious retreat at the Belmond El Encanto, a technologically advanced drive up the coast in the new Lincoln MKC coupled with moments of relaxing and reflecting in lavender fields and more filled our days of bonding and exploring while visiting California together for the first time.


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Divas Drive In Heels: Mom and me ready for our west coast road trip in the new Lincoln MKC.


First stop in beautiful Santa Barbara, our first west coast road trip to the beautiful Clairmont Lavender Farm in Los Olivos, CA.  During our experience at the Clairmont Lavender Farm, my mom and I walked the fragrant lavender fields, sipped on lavender lemonade and basked in the beauty of the Lincoln MKC with interior designer, Dillon Blanski .  



Lincoln MKC

When two divas meet a Lincoln designer, who knows what’ll happen next.


[Must Read:  Discover the Sights, Scents And Serenity of Clairmont Lavender Farm]



Next stop, a sweet date with mom at Birkholm’s Bakery & Cafe in Solvang, CA.  Known for a striking resemblance to small towns found in Denmark, this Danish bakery found in the middle of the tourist attraction of Solvang offered mom and I a great afternoon of delicious treats in a unique town that we’ll never forget.


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Divas On Destinations: Welcome to the Denmark of America, Solvang, California.


[Must Read:  Five Ways To Live Like A Danish Native In Solvang]


Final stop of the Lincoln MKC experience, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Santa Barbara, CA. Established in 1911, the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is the third oldest polo facility in the United States and is world renowned for its four lush polo fields and international outdoor competition.


Lincoln MKC

Discover performance and horse-power on and off the field at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club




[Must Read:  Polo, Horses and Haute Horse Power in the Lincoln MKC]


Want to see more of our mother/daughter Santa Barbara adventure?  Discover more from behind the wheel of our unique Lincoln MKC experience on the auto channel, and check out the stories behind our entire travel adventure on  Thanks Lincoln Motor Company for a life changing experience that this mother-daughter duo will never forget.

Tune Into Your Summer Concerts With Verizon Wireless (Infographic)

June 16th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Tune Into Summer 

Summer concert season is in full swing and whether you plan on investing in thousand-dollar tickets to see Jay Z and Beyonce or taking part of the overflow of Outkast summer festival concerts there are tons of ways to capture and share your summer concert memories all year long.


Are you an instant concert Instagrammer?  Do you share your concert summer Vines almost immediately?  Discover some of the latest summer concert trends and see how you measure to other music lovers like you below.


Tune Into Summer Concerts

Tune Into Summer Concerts

Tune Into Summer Concerts

via Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless Celebrates ‘Black Music Month’ With Jennifer Hudson, Mali Music, Marsha Ambrosius And More #VZWBUZZ

June 12th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

June is Black Music Month and all month long Verizon Wireless is celebrating by partnering with some of the hottest artists in music today.  Since 1979, Black Music Month has been a celebration for African American Music every year in the month of June.  Music is such a huge part of everyday lives and influences everything from learning to self-expression and more.  It celebrates the essence of our lives, fuels emotions of our souls and this month we celebrate the importance of Black Music and what it means in our lives.   What does Black Music Month mean to you?


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Must Read:  Think Like A Man Too’s Regina Hall Joins Verizon Wireless In The Fight Against Texting While Driving


Verizon Wireless celebrates ‘Black Music Month’ with exclusive music giveaways from Jennifer Hudson, Mali Music, Marsha Ambrosius, Jazmine Sullivan, Tinashe plus mobile goodies from HTC and Bose.


What does the exclusive Black Music Month #WhatItMeans prize pack include?

  • Signed and framed album art from Jennifer Hudson
  • Signed poster by Tinashe
  • Signed photo and copy of new Mali Music album “Mali Is…”
  • Signed copy of Marsha Ambrosius’ upcoming album “Friends & Lovers”
  • Signed copy of upcoming album by Jazmine Sullivan
  • The all new HTC One® (M8) smartphone
  • Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth® speaker


Discover how you can win an exclusive Black Music Month #WhatItMeans prize pack by entering at today.


Black Music Month



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