Are you looking forward to capturing amazing moments this holiday weekend? Why not capture moments to share forever with your personalized Mosaic photo album?
How does the Mosaic app work? It lets you gather up pictures from a vacation, party, barbecue, or other life event, and easily make a coffee table book of photos at a reasonable price. Once ordered, the finished product arrives in four days.
The app is incredibly easy to use. You simply touch a button that says Create a New Mosaic, then choose your Camera Roll, Photo Stream, or any other shared folder of photos. From there you need to select 20 photos — preferably from an event so all the photos fit a theme. As you select photos, a window opens up on the bottom that shows you your selections. If you would like to reorder the images, just touch and hold them as you would apps on the home screen, then touch and slide each photo into the order you want.
When you’re finished, the app presents you with a preview of your photo book, with a cut-out front cover that shows your photos in a mosaic on the first page. There’s a shuffle button at the top that will change the position of your selected photos on the mosaic. Using swipe gestures, you can flip through the book to look at each image the way it will show up in your hard copy. You have just one customization option here: you can select a black or white background for your photos.
When you’re satisfied with the photo order and background, you can touch a Place Order button and enter your information, address where you would like the book sent, and payment information. The service costs $20 plus tax and shipping and will arrive in four days. You’ll also receive push notifications for order status changes, such as when it is shipped and out for delivery.
I was able to order one and I like the end result. The book itself is made of a hard cardboard cover that feels substantial and the end result makes for an excellent gift or addition to your coffee table. Mosaic is a neat idea and I think the service is well worth the $20 for a simple way to make a quick and elegant photo book. Available for iPhone or Android devices today. For more information visit heymosaic.com
It’s a little known fact, but “Cuffing Season” is almost here. What is “Cuffing Season” you ask? Everyone knows what cuffing season is (that is, unless you’re apart of the AARP community or married…and even some married people are well aware of the cuffing season to come.) If you’re in the market and ready to date, then you know cuffing Season is that seasonal time of the year where singles (or newly singles) seek companionship for the cold winter months. Or according to UrbanDictionary.com cuffing season is defined as…
1. Cuffing Season: During the Fall and Winter months people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be “Cuffed” or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.
Did you know there’s even a cuffing season schedule? If you snooze, you loose! We’re well into pre-draft workouts and you haven’t even prepared yourself yet. Check out the full “cuffing season” schedule and get yourself prepped to get into the dating game. (check out this funny meme floating around the internet below.)
So how does one get “cuffed”? After sharing a comical conversation with my girlfriends, we’ve comprised a list of the best dating apps to get you trained and ready for a season of love below.
Coffee Meets Bagel (Free)
Coffee Meets Bagel takes a different approach to online dating. Instead of offering up a buffet of potential matches, CMB simply offers one person each day. You can either “like” or “ignore”, but if both parties like each other they’re routed to use the IM system within the app, meaning that users can get their chat on and coordinate meeting up for coffee, bagels or more. Available on iOS (iTunes store) and Android (Google Play).
MELD App is a dating mobile app designed exquisitely for the black professional. It aims to connect and to bring together sophisticated single black professionals on one platform for romantic discovery. MELD is different from other apps because it requires users to sign up via both LinkedIn and Facebook. MELD never shares or posts anything on its users’ profiles. The combination of both LinkedIn and Facebook enhances the quality of profiles and adds an increased layer of trust. MELD is targeting people who are interested in the finer things in life, beyond just hook-ups. Available on iOS (iTunes store).
Tinder is the fun way to connect with new and interesting people around you. Using Facebook profiles, Tinder gathers users’ basic information and analyzes users’ social graph to match potential candidates who are most likely to be compatible based on geographical location, number of mutual friends and common interests. Based on the results of potential candidates, the app allows the user to anonymously like or pass them by swiping or tapping. If two users like each other then it results in a “match” and Tinder introduces the two users and opens a chat. Available on iOS (iTunes store) and Android (Google Play).
Plenty of Fish (Free)
Singles on the POF free online dating app exchange more than 200 million messages a week, that’s more than all other dating apps combined! With over 80 million singles, the POF free online dating app is the world’s largest dating app! Unlike other paid online dating apps like Match.com and Zoosk, POF will help you find your match for free as part of the world’s largest dating app. Over 60,000 new singles join every day, 3,000,000 dates happen every month and 1,000,000+ relationships happen every year! Available on iOS (iTunes store) and Android (Google Play).
Have you friend any of these apps lately? Are you looking to get cuffed this season? Share your thoughts (or favorite dating apps) below.
Disclaimer: This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AddSparkle
Ah, the seasons are starting to change. Students are headed back to school and before we know it, we’ll be celebrating the holidays in grand fashion. When it comes to my fitness regime, this is what I refer to as the slump phase. Typically, I’m so wrapped up in preparing for New York Fashion Week and sliding right into holiday fun that before I know it, I’m 10 pounds heavier thanks to holiday sweets and I don’t know where to begin my post holiday fitness routine.
If you’re anything like me, now more than ever is the best opportunity to add a little sparkle to your fitness regime to get you through the pre-holiday In an attempt to recharge my fitness routine, I decided to change up the way I look at fitness and living a healthier lifestyle altogether. From the faint feeling of change in seasons, I decided to switch up my gym routine to taking a little fitness outside of the box.
During a recent shopping visit to WalMart, I got the idea of adding a little sparkle to my entire thought around fitness starting with my gear and ending with my diet. Check out tips you can use today to add a little sparkle to your own fitness journey below.
1. Add Some Sparkle To Your Diet. Just by adding a little a little Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water to your juice or smoothie, you can enjoy a spritz of sparkling water, without feeling the guilt that sodas and other soft drinks may leave.
2. Add Some Sparkle To Your Fitness Gear. Just by adding a few new pieces to your workout wardrobe, you can ignite a whole new outlook on working out. After all, you can’t wear the same old grey t-shirt to the gym all year long.
3. Add A Spark To Your Workout. For the first time ever, I thought it would be a good time to try out a yoga class. I believe the summer time is a great time to try out new and different activities and yoga is the perfect activity for any novice to experience.
Thinking about adding a little sparkle to your mundane routine soon? Why not add Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water to the mix and save money in the process with a coupon towards your purchase. (You can thank me later!)
How do you add a little sparkle to your routine? Share your tips and tricks below.
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias
There’s nothing quite like getting the push you need from the universe to spark a jolt in a mundane fitness routine (or lack thereof). After interviewing Jillian Michaels last week, that was the initial push I needed to get started making healthier choices that’ll last a lifetime. Everyone knows that the Walgreens Balance Rewards program helps you earn bonus points redeemable towards purchases, but with the latest upgrade, it’s helping users take better strides towards healthier living a step further. This past weekend, I jumped in head first on a fitness journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Armed with my Jawbone Up, Walgreens app and Balance Rewards for healthy choices, I’m well on my way to earning bonus points and freebies just by making small steps towards and better choices for a healthier life.
So what is Balance Rewards for healthy choices?
It is one of the many benefits of Balance Rewards that gives you points for staying well whether you track walking, running, cycling, weight management, blood pressure, blood glucose, pulse oxygen or even sleep. Earn 20 points for each mile, 20 points when you add a weigh-in, and 20 points for blood pressure or blood glucose readings at Walgreens.com/healthychoices.
You can log your personal wellness goals, track progress, earn badges and connect with the Balance Rewards community to stay motivated. You can also sync with leading fitness and health devices & apps to track activity and earn points automatically! (Discover which fitness devices and apps are available here.)
Recently, I’ve already begun making strides towards healthier living with a few alterations to my daily lifestyle…
Taking the scenic route and walking a little more. Just by getting off the subway, one stop early everyday can earn you a few hundred walking steps towards your weekly goal. By taking a few extra steps each day, I’m earning an additional 1,547 steps towards my 10,000-step daily goal (and earning 250 Balance Rewards towards my redeemable cash coupon on my next Walgreens purchase.)
Drinking more water during lunch and between meals. I’ve never been a huge fan of drinking water, however now I have just a little more incentive besides the natural benefits that drinking more water brings. Drinking more glasses of water throughout the day and in between meals also adds more bonus Balance Rewards points, points that can be used on a nice water filter or your next bottle of Smart Water.
Joining in fun activities like running and yoga. This past weekend, I checked out my neighborhood fitness track and joined a fitness group dedicated to walking, group exercises and making fitness fun again. Afterwards, I was so pumped up that I even wandered into a Yoga class for the first time…and guess what? My Yoga activity (no matter how bad my downward dog looked) counted towards more Balance Reward points.
Balance Rewards for healthy choices feature helps keep you accountable and makes living a life of healthier choices easy by setting health goals, tracking progress, and connecting your devices. Why not register and start tracking your healthier lifestyle progress today!
Now that you know, just by improving your activity a little each week, you can earn Balance Rewards points to use towards your next Walgreens purchase – What would you use your earned Balance Rewards points towards?
It’s almost that time of year again. Time to begin working on your fitness and get a head start on that gym life! In the world of fitness gear, it’s hard to come by apparel that’s fashionable and expresses my personality. Thankfully that has changed with the latest in fitness apparel available at Kmart. It’s hard to believe that fitness guru and former Biggest Loser star, Jillian Michaels hasn’t had a fitness line until now. This month, Jillian Michaels announced the launch of her first-ever activewear line, Impact by Jillian Michaels.
The Kmart-exclusive line features apparel and accessories in four categories: core training, running, yoga, and lifestyle. The collection emphasizes its performance-power with items that feature moisture-wicking and quick-drying properties, flat-lock stitching, reflective details, and quality fabric blends for enhanced comfort and breathability. Prices for the stylish yet functional pieces start at just $11 and cap off at $37.
Recently I sat down with Jillian Michaels to talk fitness tips, apps and a question that made this hardcore fitness expert blush! (You have to watch the video to see what made Jillian Michaels squirm below!)
I got the chance to check out some of the picks from the Impact by Jillian Michaels line available online and select Kmart stores at the NYC launch event, and can’t wait to wear them on my next fitness adventure. Check out more from the event below.
Discover more from the Impact by Jillian Michaels line by visiting Kmart.com or select Kmart stores today and get social with the Kmart fashion scene on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. #JillianForKmart
Running about town and need to charge your device on the go? The QBracelet looks like a stylish piece of wrist candy, but is in fact a portable charger capable of delivering juice to your iPhone or Android device.
New startup Q Designs seeks to help solve a problem that many people have: we sometimes need to power our mobile electronic devices, but we don’t want to carry external battery packs or bulky charging cases. Q Designs’ solution, the QBracelet, looks like an ordinary bracelet, but it is actually a high-tech charger that can juice up your electronic device discreetly.
The QBracelet will work with iOS and Android devices at launch. No cord is needed, since inside the bracelet’s clasp there is a lightning adapter for Apple products and a micro-USB port for Android devices. Depending on the device being charged, Q Designs, the company behind the QBracelet, claims that the bracelet’s internal lithium-ion battery will deliver a charge of up to 60%. The bracelet itself takes up to 90 minutes to charge and will last for about 30 days in standby mode.
The QBracelet has the fashionable look and feel of a jewelry piece before anything else – even if it didn’t charge your phone, it stands as a fashion accessory based on its style and design alone. We conceptualized the QBracelet based on the idea that every useful object should also be a beautiful object, and we believe that merging technology with fashion in smart ways will push the fashion industry forward. — Q Designs co-founder and COO Alessandro Libani
Offered in black, silver and gold, the water-resistant device comes in three sizes: small (1.23 ounces), medium (1.41 ounces) and large (1.59 ounces). Today the QBracelet is available for pre-order for $79. (Pre-Order HERE) It will retail for $99 once it launches. Pre-orders will ship in time for the winter holidays.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience that stimulates your sense of sight and sound, why not check out the “Inseparable: Soundwall Experience” in NYC. “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” is a hybrid art, music and tech series featuring artist collaborations, exhibitions and events that seamlessly integrate art and music like never before. The summer group exhibition in partnership with Soundall reaffirms music and visual art as inseparable forms of expression. Soundwall is customized, hand-crafted, framed artwork that hangs on the wall and plays music wirelessly. Using the Soundwall technology as a channel to explore the bond between sound and sight, each artist was asked to curate a song paired to their visual work.
Recently I got the opportunity to explore “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” for myself and discover the artistry of Ricky Aiello Jr. (son of famed actor Danny Aiello), Bradley Theodore (artist behind the infamous Anna and Karl NYC mural), Fab 5 Freddy and more. The instillation of art and sound was an experience that went beyond the initial senses. It was interesting to learn the stories behind the artwork as well as how music played an integral role in the creation of some of the pieces on display. Apparently Soundwall pieces are the next big thing in heightening the art and entertainment experience. Curated by Laura O’Reilly of Wallplay and Mike Namer, Founder of Gallery 151, “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” can be viewed at Gallery 151 – 131 W. 18th Street in New York. For more information online visit gallery151.com and experience.soundwall.co.
Get a look inside of “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” below…
Making a blockbuster concert tour isn’t easy, sky-rocketing ticket prices in a recession torn economy makes it harder than ever to purchase tickets to see your favorite acts perform. Let’s not even talk about the concert experience nowadays, unless you’re at a Beyonce’, Jay Z or Justin Timberlake, you won’t find many pyrotechnics or displays of in your face entertainment, that is until Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum selling, recording artists Drake and Lil Wayne squared off against each other on the opening date their co-headling Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour at the Darien Lake Performance Arts Center in New York on Friday night.
As the lights dim to begin the show, fans are treated to a “Street Fighter”-inspired intro video which set-up the conflict between the student and teacher. Fans who used the Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour app prior to the show were able to determine which artist goes first. After numerous rounds of Drake and Lil Wayne hits such as “John” “The Moto,” “Believe Me,” and more fans have a front seat for all the action and can send “Power Up” energy using the Drake vs Lil Wayne concert app to their favorite performer.
After a heated final round, fans are instructed to use their app to vote for a winner.
I love the concept of “using” “real time” crowd participation to interact with the show flow of a concert tour. Plus the fact that the app and tour takes on the concept of one of my favorite video games “Street Fighter” by Capcom doesn’t hurt either.
Promoted by Live Nation, the tour kicked off on Aug. 8 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, N.Y. and will make stops in 31 cities across the United States with shows planned in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles. Tickets for remaining shows are on sale now through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.
Could you see more and more concert tours taking on the interactive app approach? Which concert would you like to see with an app soon?
This week, as a guest on the News One Now morning show with Roland Martin I discussed the best Back To School Gadgets plus, the latest in affordable tech and deals that you can find in retailers today. Discover my top picks and which items I shared with News One Now on TV One below.
Who says Back To School shopping is just for students? As one of the biggest technology shopping seasons of the year, now is the perfect time to grab the best deals online and in stores. The combination of families stocking up on school supplies, college students shopping for electronics and select state sales tax holidays makes this one of the busiest times of the year for retailers and they’re giving up the best deals to earn your business.
Best Back To School Gadgets
Discover the best back To School gadgets and deals that you can find from retailers such as Radio Shack, Target, WalMart and more in the video below.
Best Back To School Gadgets
If you’re looking for more Back To School gadget ideas for the entire family check out a complete #Tech4All post shared earlier this week here.
Best Back To School Gadgets
Proximo Bluetooth trackers ($32)
Every 3.5 seconds, a mobile phone is lost or stolen. When you consider the threat to your sensitive data, your downtime and the cost of recovering your phone, you’ll see exactly why Proximo is the perfect tech accessory to help you keep track of your technology. The Proximo Bluetooth trackers will alert you with a customizable alarm the moment you move a set distance away from any of your devices using your iPhone/Android device or tracker fob.
Best Back To School Gadgets
Quirky desk accessories Pivot Power & Space Bar ($20 & $100)
Pivot Power Pop bends to fit any sized plug or adapter without wasting a single outlet, but this version brings bold, head-turning hues. Finally, your power strip is something you’ll want to showcase, not something you’ll want to hide away. Space Bar is a sleek desk accessory that minimizes clutter while providing additional USB ports for your computer. After a long day of work, slide your keyboard into the space below the shelf and store your office miscellany—keys, digital camera, etc.—up top.
Welcome to my bedroom, where the “magic” happens. I’m talking late night rendezvous with Roku, and where sensual evenings are set by 90s slow jams and soft lighting from my MiPow PlayBulb. Sexy huh? In a world filled with connected devices, it was only a matter of time before technology invades our most private and serene spaces, our bedrooms. Nowadays, it’s all about the connected home and I’m now using tech to help me save money, improve activity and enjoy life!
Looking for ways to create your very own connected home experience? I’ve been able to integrate my favorite tech accessories into my bedroom without geeking it out and now I have a few suggestions on how you too can use them to stay connected in your bedroom or connected home below.
Charge Up Your Bedside Mannor with Contort Power 2 :
The Contort Power 2 USB HUB and AC Outlet is one of my favorite space saving accessories in my bedroom. It’s a great way to keep my devices charging and close by with it’s 2 usb hub outlets. The unique design transforms a standard electrical outlet from two power source outlets into three. (Plus its my favorite grab and go accessory anytime I’m headed out to a coffee shop or on the go and need an extra outlet of power.)
The Quirky Contort Power 2 can be found for $24 at HomeDepot.com.
Set the mood with sight and sound using the MiPow Playbulb:
When I first learned about the MiPow PlayBulb at CES in January, I never knew just how much I’d love and need this dual-purpose home accessory. The Playbulb is a fresh new Bluetooth Smart LED speaker light allowing you to combine you light with music and control both from your mobile device. The familiar light bulb shaped design and technology delivers a combination of stylish looks and good function in one. It’s wireless and cord-free, you simply screw it into any lamp-socket and operate it just like a normal light. You can play music from your iOS, Android or most other Bluetooth-enabled devices and is an ideal accessory for student dorms, apartments or any small spaces in need of light and sound.
The MiPow Playbulb can be found for $79 at MiPow.com.
Movies, Cable Tv and entertainment for days with Roku 2:
Last month, I was gifted with a Roku 2 and I really didn’t give it much thought about using it. I already binged on Orange is the New Black earlier this summer, and since that’s my only reason for using Netflix, streaming entertainment wasn’t too high on my priority list. That is until, a Time Warner Cable outrage threatened my reality tv consumption for a week. Luckily, not only does my Roku 2 offer 1000+ of entertainment channels and movies including Hulu Plus, Netflix and more – but it also streams live tv shows include in my Time Warner Cable service.
Get an upgraded TV experience with a Roku 2 available for $69 at RadioShack.com.
Control Your Home With Belkin WeMo
Who doesn’t love the power to control your home automation with the press of your smartphone button? That’s exactly what Belkin WeMo gives you – the power of a connected home, one gadget at a time. The WeMo Insight Switch sends notifications to your smart device showing how much energy your electronics are using. You also have the ability to turn your electronics on and off and monitor their behavior, all you’ll need is a Wi-Fi or 3/4G connection. I use my WeMo to control my air conditioning unit and pre-cool my home on hot summer days, I also use it to control those energy sucking gadgets that consume energy even when they aren’t in use. I save money and stay connected with home automation no matter where I am.
Get started on your journey to home automation with the WeMo Insight Switch available for $49 at Belkin.com.
Stay Connected With Your TV Using The Samsung Galaxy S5
I hate it when I lose my cable TV remote control! It happens more times that I care to count, but instead of wallowing in my failure, I simply grab my Samsung Galaxy S5 smart remote app and reconnect with my shows instantly. The Samsung TV Remote App lets you consolidate your remote devices and navigate the possibilities of your home entertainment system right from your Galaxy S smartphone or Galaxy Tab. Now everything you need to maximise your entertainment experience can be controlled all in one place, making the hassle and confusion of multiple remotes a thing of the past. (It’s been a few days since I’ve seen my original cable remote control, and I ain’t worried bout nothin! LOL) The app is free and available in Galaxy Apps store.
What tech would you invited to create your connected home? Share your favorite gadget finds and home automation wish list below.