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Enter To Win A Fully Furnished Smart Home + Mercedes Benz And $100,000 From HGTV #HGTVSmart

May 19th, 2016 by Christen

How would you like to win a fully designed, super connected smart home?  What if you could win an awesome 2016 Mercedes Benz and $100,000 in cash too?  From bluetooth enabled locks, wireless home security and of course a state of the art home entertainment system – this smart home has it all.


 HGTV Smart Home 2016


This HGTV Smart Home 2016 with a two-car garage was designed for a family to enjoy, with Southern traditional craftsman style, cottage details and a subtle color palette that creates a memorable welcome.


 HGTV Smart Home 2016


HGTV and DIY is offering one lucky winner the smart home of their dreams in the Smart Home 2016 giveaway.  Awarded to one lucky winner later this summer, the grand prize includes the home, its furnishings, a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC and $100,000 from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans.




NOW through 5 p.m. ET Thursday, June 2, 2016, viewers can put technology to work for their chance to move into the HGTV Smart Home 2016. Eligible viewers can enter twice per day — once at and once at — for their chance to win the grand prize package valued at more than $1.2 million.






What would you do if you won this amazing  HGTV Smart Home 2016 prize?  Tweet us at @DivasandDorks #HGTVSmart

We’re Looking For The Next Generation Of Social Media Superstars!

April 18th, 2016 by Christen

How would you like to learn the business, social and entrepreneurship skills in the new media industry? We’re looking for the next generation of social media superstars to join the class of 2016 summer internship program!

internship program


Do you love media, travel, entertainment, cars and technology?  Can’t stop obsessing over the newest Apple or Android gadgets?  Are you a social media butterfly? If so, we want you!

Learn how to make money using social media, create awesome partnerships with brands, review and write shareable content and engage with others in our community online and IRL!


Who is our next Internship Star? Someone who is…

  • Highly motivated and wants to hit a homerun every time
  • Creative and always looking for ways to innovate
  • Committed to building and developing new relationships


What Skills Do You Bring to the Party?

  • A desire to learn PLUS 3-5 years experience using social media preferable
  • Professional demeanor, and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Successful track record working with others


What roles do our internship stars play?

  • Superior business and clerical management impacting client accounts
  • Prospecting, cold calling, and development of new sales opportunities
  • Creation of client-focused plans to meet/exceed goals
  • Participation in team/market efforts, meetings and events


If this sounds like you, apply today and gain the in-demand skills that will impact your career tomorrow!


Internship Program Application



[Review] Plantronics BackBeat Go 3 – Could The Right Headphones Improve Your Fitness Health?

April 18th, 2016 by Christen

Spring is here, Summer is right around the corner, and you’re still flaunting your fluffy, winter hibernation body.  It’s time to step up your fitness routine, but how do you find the right tech accessories that work for you?


BackBeat Go 3


Workouts are easier when you don’t have a ton of distractions in the way.  Hardwired headphones can be cumbersome, but Plantronics has upgraded the wireless audio game with the new Backbeat Go 3 earbuds.  The Plantronics BackBeat Go 3 earbuds have been redesigned to look better and sound better than ever before.  Discover how you can upgrade your pre-summer workout routine and get in fitness formation with the new BeatBeat Go 3 earbuds below.


BackBeat Go 3


The set up and pairing of the earbuds is pretty quick and easy.  The lightweight BackBeat Go 3 earbuds are above standard Bluetooth audio earbuds with cushioned eartips and design features that create a comfortable fit for all day wear.  The earbuds (which come in multiple sizes to fit almost any ear) are equipped with a sweatproof nano-coating, which protects the technology from sweat and rain. The inline controls are easily accessible with volume controls that let you adjust sound, shuffle through playlists, accept calls or access voice commands on your smartphone.


BackBeat Go 3


The BackBeat Go 3, lets you go wire-free with a unique power charging pouch.  The lightweight charging pouch comes with a built in rechargeable battery supply & charging chord that provides a total of 13 hours of recharging power.  If you prefer bluetooth earbuds for phone and conference calls during the day, yet you need that power mix for an after work gym run, the pouch comes in handy for all day use – morning until night.

BackBeat Go 3


The BackBeat Go 3 keeps the music going non-stop and the Bluetooth enabled sound, is enough to make most audiophiles rejoice.  From bass-heavy hip hop to melodic live music, the Bluetooth earbuds delivers a wide-variety of solid sounds and vocals in your ears, while filtering the ambient outside noise out.



Overall the Plantronics BackBeat Go 3 is just the motivation I needed to add more fitness activities to my routine.  I’ve even started a morning run routines, that just wouldn’t be the same without the superior sound quality, look and feel of the BackBeat Go 3.


backbeat go 3 workout


Available in three colors Colbalt Black, Copper Grey (plus an exclusive Best Buy release in Granite Grey) the BackBeat Go 3 is stylish enough that you’ll want to show it off with your Android or iPhone device.  Plus the improved sound and quality from it’s predecessor (BackBeat Go 2) makes it great accessory to while on your journey to improved fitness, health and beyond. ($99.99)

This New Website Will Turn You Into A Beloved “Powerpuff Girl”

April 1st, 2016 by Christen

Fighting crime, trying to save the world. Here they come just in time, The Powerpuff Girls!


It’s been years since I’ve tuned into reruns of my favorite cartoon ever, and just in time for the Powerpuff Girls reboot premiering Monday, April 4th (6pm ET), Cartoon Network launched the “Powdepuff yourself” website transforming fans everywhere into little crime-fighting heroes made of sugar, spice and everything nice!

Christen Powerpuff Girl

No matter your skin tone, if you’ve ever wanted to animate your #BlackGirlMagic – now you can! Users can create a pint-sized superhero in their own likeness by selecting skin tone, hairstyle, eye color, outfits, accessories and even animated backgrounds.


powerpuff girls


Fans have been sharing their Powerpuff Girls looks online and it’s become a huge promotional hit, just in time for next week’s premier.  For more information or to Powerpuff yourself visit and



How To Spring Clean Your Junk Drawer Of Gadgets And Earn Instant Cash

March 31st, 2016 by Christen

Whether you’re looking to earn extra cash for Spring Break or need to update your closet with a few Spring wardrobe essentials, there’s a ton of cash hidden in your home and all you need to do is Spring Clean to cash it in!  If you’re like me, you probably have an oasis of electronics that you’ve been hoarding since 1983 – and it’s time to let go.  How else do you expect to keep up with the latest technologies, if you can’t let go of the nostalgic gadgets of the past?  There’s no better time to include electronics on your spring cleaning agenda and with so many options to earn instant cash, you’ll be rolling in the dough in no time!


How to spring clean your junk drawer


Here’s a few steps on how to spring clean your junk drawer of gadgets and earn instant cash below.

First, take inventory of all unused electronics in your home, and separate them into two piles.  Everything that’s two years old and older, place in pile A and all of your newer (unwanted / unused electronics) place in pile B.

Research:  Now that you’re ready to sell some of your electronics, you need to know how to price those items and make some money.  Take your newer items (Pile B items) and research the retail prices online and on sites like Craigslist and eBay. You can also find out the value of your gadgets on Amazon here.


List:  Based on your preference, you can then list those items on Craigslist, eBay or other sites like or for a quick fix EcoATM examines your device and offers a price based on its condition. If you decide to sell it, you’ll drop in you device and receive cash right away. You can search for the nearest EcoATM on the company’s website.




Must Read: Spring Cleaning Your Smartphone: Declutter Your Device and Free Up Memory





Donate:  You might not do much with the hundred or so dollars you get for that used laptop, but a local school or library could benefit greatly from having more working computers. There are many options for donating your old devices, from local charities to larger established programs.

Goodwill and Dell teamed up for the Reconnect program, which accepts donated computers at select Goodwill locations. The official site has a full list of items it will accept and locations near you. The Salvation Army also accepts used computers and electronics.  If you’re donating a cell phone, the Verizon’s Hopeline program and the 911 Cell Phone Bank are just some of the many charitable projects that can do good with your old handset.


Recycling:  Now for Pile A.  If your device is too old or damaged to sell, don’t just chuck it into the trash can, recycle it.  Many electronics manufacturers also have mail-in and drop-off recycling programs for their old devices, including Apple, Samsung and Sony. Wireless carriers will take old flip phones at no cost.  Sometimes, recycling older electronics can become costly with processing fees, but I’ve found Best Buy’s Recycling Program to be the best and easiest of them all.  Head to the nearest Best Buy and they will take electronics off your hands for free.


spring clean gadgets


Now that you have a few tips to get you started, how do you plan to tackle your spring cleaning projects?  If you plan on donating, recycling or selling your electronics in the process, sound off in the comments section below.  

Five Organization Accessories I’m Totally Crushing On For Spring!

March 23rd, 2016 by Christen

No doubt about it, SPRING has sprung and it’s in full effect. Every year around this time most people get into “out with the old and in with the new” mode.  It’s a time to deep clean homes and really get organized for the new season.  If you haven’t gotten your spring cleaning game tight yet, I’ve got you covered with spring cleaning and home organization accessories that I’m totally crushing on right now.  All of these favorites are in my home and get major use in keeping my home spring clean and organized all year long. 


Textured Serving Tray


Organization Accessories


Nothing says “An organized adult lives here” quite like a luxe serving tray.  It’s the perfect organization accessory that compliments any style of home.  Placed on a accent table or ottoman, it instantly doubles as a entertaining accessory for serving food and drink – plus it’s a great way to keep random items like remote controls, keys and other gadgets in its place.  (I purchased a faux alligator tray like this one and it immediately upgraded my ottoman into a classic entertaining area.)


Decorative Boxes

kate spade box


I love boxes! Big boxes, little boxes – boxes for your jewelry, glasses and more.  Nothing says “you’re officially organized” like a room filled with these stylish and chic containers.  I typically keep a variety of boxes in my home for files/paperwork, small accessories, cords and more.  Some of my favorites are boxes from Kate SpadeIkea, HomeGoods and even these from Amazon are perfect for organizing accessories with a little style.


Adult Penny Bank

gold bank

Not all penny banks are for kids.  I believe that every adult home should have a bank or nesting area for spare change hidden in pants pockets or weighing down your favorite designer bag.  I’ve always kept a penny bank on deck to purge my purse of pennies, dimes and quarters at the end of the day.  These chic ceramic banks for your spare change will do its part to keep your home clutter free, are the perfect organization accessories – plus it’s a great way to keep change accessible for that unexpected morning coffee run.


Photo Frames


gallery wall


With everything going digital, it’s so easy to forget just how much photo prints makes a space look and feel special.  On the other hand, if you’re like me and find a photo kiosk you probably print way more photos than you need.  That’s when a surplus of photo frames come in handy.  Adding a custom gallery wall in your home is a great way to organize and display your favorite photos for friends and family to enjoy this season and beyond.  I scored my gallery wall frames (tutorial here) from Ikea but you can get a full set of frames from Amazon here.



Ladder Bookcase


ladder bookcase


No matter if you’re in a spacious home or small NYC apartment, every home could use a little organization with a chic ladder bookcase.  Whether you use it to store home electronics, a small book library or framed photos that didn’t make the gallery wall, its a great way to add storage space that doesn’t clutter a room. (If you follow me on Snapchat, you know I loooove a good bookcase and these ladder bookcase units from Amazon looks a lot like mine that were super easy to assemble and look great in any room.)


These are just a few of my favorite organization accessories to keep my space so fresh and so spring clean.  How do you organize your space in time for spring?  Drop your favorite organization accessories, tips and tools in the comments below!


organization accessories

Happy Birthday Twitter! 10 Amazing Reasons Why We Still Love Twitter!

March 21st, 2016 by Christen

love twitter

It’s been 10 years since the 140-character or less social platform has taken conversations online, offline and beyond.  Despite the ups and downs, Twitter is celebrating it’s 10-year achievement by sharing cleverly crafted thank you messages and milestone dates tracking the growth of the service.

The series of Twitter thank yous will roll out across the planet as various regions wake up to the exact anniversary date of March 21.




“As March 21st begins around the world, each of our global offices will kick off the day by showing our appreciation and gratitude,” reads the announcement from Twitter posted on Sunday. “Starting in Sydney and following the sun to headquarters in San Francisco.”





We’ve asked our readers about social media and they’ve shared why they’re still in love with Twitter! Check out a few of our favorite responses below!


NoniShay C.  – “Other than Facebook it’s where I can communicate with a wide demo of people. I can go anywhere in the world and find people tweeting.”


Brittany A.“Twitter lol the shade is to real! And I love watching tv shows with such comedic strangers.”


Can we remind you that we’d never have priceless clips of famous people reacting to “Mean Tweets” on TV if it wasn’t for Twitter…and The Jimmy Kimmel Show!


Mean Tweets – President Obama Edition


Mean Tweets “Live”



Jen L-S. – “That’s where most of my engagement happens.”


Brandi M.“Because it’s a live feed. And always entertaining!”


Taylor B.I love Twitter because I find people who are interested in what I am really quickly!”


Twitter Turns 10: How Tweets spread across the world

One of the company’s thank you treats is an interactive graphic that shows the spread of several major Twitter events as they were retweeted around the globe.

Some of the major Twitter events covered included the re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012, Germany’s epic World Cup win in 2014, the break up of One Direction in 2015 and even the Osama bin Laden raid in 2011.




When did you fall in love with Twitter? Who are some of your favorite Tweeters to follow? Share why you’re still in love with Twitter below!

Beyonce’s Stylist Launched A Smartphone Case That Does A Lot More Than Upgrade Your Selfie Game!

March 18th, 2016 by Christen


If you’ve ever wanted to save space on your smartphone while achieving the ultimate selfie, Beyonce’s stylist – Ty Hunter, has got you covered.  Ty Hunter has successfully launched the newest style innovation that offers more than you think, the Ty-Lite.  Produced by his company Passion Projects, the Ty-Lite is the only protective smartphone case that has three lighting settings, ensuring everyone looks “FLAWLESS” in their best selfies.


Ty Hunter


“Being that I’m the selfie king, I came up with the idea because we really wanted to have a case with a light setting because the sun doesn’t always shine in the daylight, so light is very important and that’s kind of how the process of the Ty-Lite started,” – Ty Hunter.


Ty lite



The Ty-Lite is much more than an accessory to upgrade your next selfie.  It’s the perfect boost of instant light when you’re out and about from day-to-night.  From lighting the abyss of a huge tote bag to entertaining small kids while on babysitting duty, my Ty-Lite has replaced all my designer iPhone cases just like that.  (Beware, it’s a bit clunky, but with “tough-as-nails” protection – your entire smartphone will be safe from unexpected nicks, bumps and drops.)  Not only does it supply great light for any purpose, but now that my photos are guaranteed to be well-lit, I can delete unnecessary photo editing apps and free up some space on my smartphone!


ty lite


I’m not the only super fan either, celebs like as Kerry WashingtonNeNe LeakesOprah and more are already fans of the new phone case and now you can become a fan too!  The Ty-Lite is currently available for the iPhone 6/6s and retails for $79.99. Don’t fret Droid users, according to the website, the Ty-Lite will be available for Samsung Galaxy devices later this year.


Ty Lite


Are you a fan of the illuminating Ty-Lite case?  What’s your favorite smartphone accessory?  Sound off in the comments section below!

[Diva Does Design] How To Upgrade Your Space With A Chic Gallery Wall

March 16th, 2016 by Christen

If you’re anything like me, you absolutely can’t concentrate or get anything done in a cluttered or unorganized space.  Call it OCD or whatever you want, but once I start a project, I can’t get started on anything else until I get the project complete.  This year has been quite the year of transition.  After years (and years) of having roommates – I’ve moved into a new place of my own and have been on a home design kick like no other.  (I mean, I have truly transformed into my mom and have become an HGTV fiend!)  One of my first home projects on top of my list was to create a dynamic point of interest and what better way to do that then with a chic gallery wall!


gallery wall



If there’s one design element that has been having a major moment in style lately, it has to be gallery walls. Whether it’s big, small or somewhere in between, creating a gallery with your favorite prints, art pieces or family photos can instantly elevate the style of any space.  So to help all of you build your very own gallery wall, I put together a quick step-by-step tutorial.


What You’ll Need

As far as tools go, here’s what you’ll need to create the gallery wall of your dreams…

  1. Hammer
  2. Nails
  3. Level
  4. Tape Measurer
  5. Pens
  6. Paper (for writing down measurements)
  7. Blue painter’s tape
  8. Photo Frames


I scored most of my gallery wall frames from IKEA (on Clearance).  Did you know that on the last Wednesday of the month, you can find super IKEA deals up to 75% off clearance?  I’ve scored over 15 frames of all sizes for less than $50 bucks! [If you don’t know, now you know!]


gallery wall supplies


Measure Before Mounting

Measure the amount of wall space you want to fill and then tape off that section on a clean floor. This allows you to space everything out the way you want in advance of securing it on the wall. Once you lock down your favorite arrangement, take a few photos for reference when you’re hanging.  After experimenting with a few variations, shift things around until you find a layout that you love.


gallery wall placement


Get Ready To Hang

Once you’ve paired your frames to create the perfect layout on the floor, then it’s time to move the party to the wall.  Remove the photo inserts from each frame and place them on the wall to further visualize and compose your gallery space.  Start by hanging the largest piece first. If you don’t have one large piece, group two together for the illusion of a larger work. Once you’ve hung the largest piece, build off of that from the center outward with smaller pieces.


nailed it


Nail It!

Once you’ve recreated your gallery composition on the wall with paper inserts, now it’s time to nail it!  Using the paper inserts as a guide, hammer the small nail into the paper and into wall.  (Using the paper as a guide will guarantee you get the exact composition you want.)  Once the frame is secured to the wall, simply tug on the paper guide to remove and voila, your first frame is complete.  Simply repeat, until all your frames are proportionately hung and just like that, your awesome gallery wall is complete!


compete gallery wall



And there you have it! A gorgeous gallery wall, ready to be filled with prints made by my favorite artists, family portraits and more!  Do you have any tips or tricks to add to the list? What do you think of my gallery wall?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

15 Happiness Quotes To Inspire A Good Day, Week, Month Or Year!

March 2nd, 2016 by Christen

It’s a well-known fact, if you wish to inspire a good day – using powerful words and affirmations can certainly make that wish a reality.  There are amazing historians and thought-leaders that have left us with encouraging words applicable to everyday life.  Encouraging affirmations, mantras and inspirational quotes are terrific tools to use when you’re feeling down or in need of a reboot. Reminding yourself that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel can be a really effective way to power through hard times.


In case of cloudy days, here’s a round up of 15 words of encouragement to inspire a good day, week, month or year.









































Check out these images and more on Pinterest and keep inspired all year long.  How do you stay inspired?  Are there any inspirational quotes we’ve missed on this list? If so, share your favorites in the comment section below!



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