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Take Your Favorite Shows With You And Level Up With AT&T

November 29th, 2016 by Christen

Disclosure:  The following content has been sponsored by AT&T, however all images and experiences shared are my own.

 

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AT&T is changing the game with it’s new DirecTV Now internet TV streaming service!  Get ready to watch your favorite shows on your terms.   Monday night in NYC, executives, media, influencers and celebs including Reece Witherspoon and Terry Crews filled Venue 57 to get a taste of what the future of streaming entertainment looks and sounds like, powered by AT&T.

 

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Look out Hulu and Sling TV, bringing the heat to the competition, DirecTV Now streaming launches Wednesday, November 30th on iPhone, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Mac/PC and the best part – with AT&T you can stream your favorite shows on any of your mobile devices DATA FREE!

 

DirecTV Now Devices

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Android mobile devices and tablets

iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

Chromecast (Android at launch; iOS in 2017)

Google Cast-enabled LeEco ecotvs and VIZIO SmartCast Displays

Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari web browsers

(Roku devices, Amazon Fire tablets and Samsung Smart TV support in 2017.)

DirecTV Now

 

DirecTV Now powered by AT&T lets customers stream live programming without using up data on smartphones, tablets and PCs – no cable box, contracts or commitments required.  With subscription options to suit anyone’s needs, you can sign up for the “Live a Little” package, where you can watch over 60 channels for just $35 a month, or opt for the top of the line “Gotta Have It” streaming options with over 120 channels including MTV, E!, BET, Bravo and more! Want HBO or Cinemax? For just $5 more/month you can add each to any package for a more robust entertainment experience.

 

Available Packages

Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels)

Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels)

Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels)

Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels)

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Want to get a jump on what’s new in entertainment?  AT&T offers a free 7-day trial for new customers and new customers are eligible  for more freebies than ever before.  Score an entire year of DirecTV Now with the purchase of select 2016 LeEco tvs.  If you’re ready to Level Up your entertainment, you can order one month of prepaid access to DirecTV Now and receive a free Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, and customers who pay for three months up front will get an Apple TV FOR FREE!

 

Watching my favorite shows while on the go, just got a whole lot easier.  Want to learn more? Discover the endless possibilities of #MoreTVFreedom on the go, powered by AT&T at DirecTV.com.

 

The Ultimate Guide To Cyber Monday Deals, Steals And Gifts For The Whole Family!

November 28th, 2016 by Christen

It’s that time again!  Time to get the best deals the internets have to offer – just in time for those holiday gift lists (or deserving gifts of your own).  Check out just a few of my favorite Cyber Monday, deals, steals and holiday gifts for anyone on your list below!

 

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Unique Gifts For All

Wanderlust:  One-Of-A-Kind gifts for your favorite traveler 

Audiophiles:  Unique gifts for the music lovers

Chic Geek Gadgets:  Random gizmos and gadgets for chic geeks only

For Her:  Haute designer sweaters, jackets and coats

For Him:  Designer sweaters, jackets and accessories

At Home:  Home Accents and accessories for all

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Electronics

Amazon: Deal of The Day – GoPro and DSLR Cameras 

Smart Home Technology:  $40 Off Amazon Echo w/ Alexa

Stylish Fossil Smartwatch:  Fossil Q Marshal Gen 2 Touchscreen

New Releases:  Samsung, Google Home, Hum by Verizon and More

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Handbags

Betsey Johnson:  Phone Bag Cross Body Handbag

Louis Vuitton:  Kimono Tote Monogram Canvas Handbag

Kate Spade New York:  Cedar Street Handbag

Coach:  Smth Leather Christie Handbag

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Downloads / eGiftcards

Starbucks $25 – $100

Nordstrom $25 – $200

Sephora $25 – $200

Amazon eGift Cards

Discover What’s New For The Holidays And Your Wallet With Consumer Reports!

November 23rd, 2016 by Christen

 

DISCLOSURE:  I’ve teamed up with Consumer Reports and am proud to be one of their paid brand ambassadors; my personal opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Consumer Reports.

 

Things have changed at Consumer Reports and as their new social brand ambassador, I got the chance to discover firsthand how they’re setting a new standard for creating a fairer, safer and healthier marketplace for you and me.

 

Consumer Reports

 

Last month, I had the special opportunity to get an inside look at Consumer Reports Headquarters and attend their Annual Meeting in NYC.  Consumer Reports is a non-profit, non-partisan and independent of corporate and advertising influence.  Which means when they’re testing all the smartphones, vacuum cleaners and food that your family enjoy, it is with standards uncompromised by advertising dollars or product influence.  Sure you know that Consumer Reports works for and with consumers to hold businesses and the government accountable, but did you know the great lengths they go through to get you prepared and informed just in time for the holidays?

 

Consumer Reports

 

Every year Consumer Reports reveals a holiday gift guide helping consumers like you and me find deals on electronics, appliances, home-related products and automotive gear. Their analysts, engineers and researchers comb through thousands of products to ensure consumers are educated, informed and saving money this holiday season!

 

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Thinking about splurging this holiday season?  Consumer Reports has a great guide of gadgets and accessories to make anyone on your gift list feel loved and appreciated this year.  From Apple gifts to Windows products and everything in between – Consumer Reports has you covered this gift-giving season!  Want more?  For more gift ideas, check out “CR’s Daily Gift Guide”, a calendar like no other—each pick is chosen from thousands of products tried, tested to ensure you’re giving the very best.

 

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Click here to learn more about Consumer Reports’ mission as a nonprofit organization. To help support their work, consider making a tax-deductible donation. (Giving Tuesday is November 29. If you donate to Consumer Reports, your tax-deductible gift will be doubled!) You can also show support by liking Consumer Reports on Facebook and staying connected on Twitter (@ConsumerReports).

 

Share In The Festive Holiday Fun With The Macy’s Time Traveler App!

November 19th, 2016 by Christen

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  But first, it’s time to gather your friends and family to honor the great tradition of good meals and gratitude!  Thanksgiving is here and you know what that means, the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is on the way! This year, America’s favorite holiday tradition will mark a milestone anniversary, on Thursday, November 24th, the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® will march down the streets of New York City as millions celebrate with family and friends.

 

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In celebration, Macy’s has launched the Macy’s Time Traveler App and emojis to help everyone get a head start on the fun. The Macy’s Time Traveler app allows you to interact with the parade in the comfort of your own home or in your local Macy’s store. It’s a fun and interactive way to find and capture balloons in your local Macy’s store through virtual reality and make a customized parade of your own.  You can also learn about the history of the Macy’s Parade and take a vintage selfie. If you’re a serious NY history buff and in New York, you can get a 3D virtual view what the parade looked like in years past while in Herald Square.

 

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On top of that, Macy’s has provided a fun way to communicate with your friends and family whether they’re near or far. Their new free emojis are a fun way to continue your already festive conversations.  Excited for some turkey? There’s an emoji for that. Ready to see your favorite characters as floats? Express it with emojis!  Get all the holiday emojis you need, FREE on Google Play and iOS today!

The holidays are all about friends, food and family and the Macy’s Time Traveler app is a great way to take the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with you wherever you go! Download the app and get started on the fun for free on Google Play and iOS.    

 

McDonald’s Has A New Stylish Look, Tech-Savvy Feel And Plenty of Flavor!

November 18th, 2016 by Christen

Disclaimer:  The following content has been sponsored by McDonald’s, however all experiences shared are my own.

 

McDonald’s has gone modern offering customers a taste of the future with a new stylish look, tech-savvy feel and plenty of flavor!  This week I got an exclusive inside look at the McDonald’s Experience The Future event where McDonald’s revealed it’s plans for launching the evolved dining experience in select cities throughout the US.

 
 

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The McDonald’s you know is getting a major makeover, changing the way you order, pay and enjoy your next meal.  The new, just-for-you McDonald’s experience enlists premium ingredients, advanced technology and convenient table service for your next dine-in meal. From what you order to how you pay, McDonald’s has streamlined the approach to customer service and so far customer’s are “lovin’ it!”

 
 

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The new Signature Crafted recipes creates a truly artesianal experience with select ingredients and flavors far from your ordinary fast food restaurant.  With handcrafted sandwiches like the Crispy Chicken Pico guacamole on an artisan roll, you can’t deny the new fresh taste of McDonald’s latest evolution.

 
 

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Making ordering easier than ever before, customers can use new self-order kiosks available in the dine-in area or at the front counter.  With just a few taps, you can select, customize and pay for your meal in seconds.  Looking for mobile pay options like Apple or Android Pay? McDonald’s has it!  If you’re really in a hurry, there’s an app for that!  The McDonald’s app plans to introduce mobile ordering options by next year.

 
 

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McDonald’s has even upgraded the dine-in experience, making it modern, relaxing and convenient with table service.  That’s right, no longer will you have to balance the task of porting your meal and drink to your table, McDonald’s has hospitality crew members ready and willing to deliver your meal to you.

 
 

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Ready to take a look inside the McDonald’s of the future and discover when and where you can find the new evolved McDonald’s near you?  Discover your behind the scenes look at the Experience The Future event with the VR experience and go beyond table service and touch screens at Instagram.com/DivasandDorks.

 
 

Get A Jumpstart On New Year Fitness (That’ll Change Your Life!) With @JabsGym

November 10th, 2016 by Christen

 

More than 54 million Americans are paying to sweat at boutique studios, the fastest-growing part of the fitness industry! It’s no secret, boutique fitness studios have been exploding on the fitness scene for several years.  There’s something encouraging and empowering about the fitness boutique experience. It’s intimate, intense, and you come out feeling like you really worked your butt off (and have the sweat marks to prove it!)

 

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Jabs Gym offers high energy group fitness where students work towards the ultimate fitness experience. Offering much more than your average exercise experience, Jabs Gym gives you options that’ll shock your body into strengthening, toning and shaping up the way you’ve always wanted it to be.

 

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BOYO – Is what happens when you mix the intensity of 8-rounds of boxing with Yoga. Each round builds in intensity and is mixed in with core routines and basic yoga moves creating the ultimate body sculpting workout.

BOYO-X – Looking for more Yoga? BOYO X delivers a full 90-minute class with boxing fundamentals, an extra dose of core work and the heat turns up with a full session of restorative Vinyasa yoga.

Kickboxing – Is one of the most exciting and energetic classes EVER! Body pumping music sets the tone as this cardio kickboxing class teaches students the fundamentals of boxing while working punch combinations on your own bag inside our intimate state of the art black light classroom.

Bootcamp – The Jabs Gym Bootcamp experience will make you go hard, or go home. The challenging 60-minute class includes a variety of training including cardio, cross-training, and strength conditioning. You will be provided with a full body workout in a fun, fast paced environment.

 

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With plenty of classes and two locations in Birmingham and Eastern Market, Jabs Gym makes it easy and undeniably fun to add hard core workouts to any busy schedule.  This is the perfect time of year to recalibrate my fitness routine (honestly, it’s because I need a 2-month head start before the world decides to get fit again in January! LOL)  I’m just a few weeks in and I’ve already begun noticing a difference thanks to regular workouts at Jabs Gym. This is just the beginning and I can’t wait to see my transformation over the next few months!

 

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Thinking about transforming your life for the better?  Learn more about Jabs Gym (and score a free workout session on me!) at JabsGym.com and get social with Jabs Gym on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today!

Taking Relaxation To The Next Level With A Little Spa DIY And The Venta Airwasher

September 27th, 2016 by Christen
Disclaimer:  The following post is in partnership with Venta Airwasher and  I have received the following product for editorial review.  While the Venta Airwasher was provided for review, all opinions shared below are my own.

 

 

I’m not sure if it’s the countless hours on the road or the million miles I’ve racked up in the skies – all I know is that when I come home, I’m ready to relax, relate and release into a catatonic state of sweet, sweet rest.  Skip the aromatherapy candles, I’ve found the ultimate routine to take relaxation to the next level and it all starts with the Venta Airwasher!

 

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Earlier this summer, I was fortunate enough to find and install the Venta Airwasher in my home and the benefits have been amazing!  The Venta Airwasher is the only humidifier and air purifier in one that uses the power of water to gently and powerfully rid my home of dust, dirt, odors and allergens.  Even with the numerous health benefits of cleaner and fresher air, the Venta Airwasher has aromatic accessories that literally transform my home bedroom into a relaxing spa-like experience.

 

Using a combination of aromatherapy, the Venta Airwasher infuses calming scents throughout my home that helps me relax and accomplish much needed rest.  With several fragrances to choose from, I find myself using my Venta Airwasher throughout the day and night.  After long and grueling trips on the road, the moment I walk inside my home, I activate my Venta Airwasher aromatherapy session by adding a few drops of relaxing or vanilla fragrance oil, start a warm bath and my favorite relaxation soundtrack.  (Sometimes you just need to create a soothing experience that stimulates your senses.)

 

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Must Read: Fight Allergies, Hydrate Your Skin And Live Your Best Life With The Venta Airwasher

 

Need a pick me up? Simply use included scents like Eucalyptus, Cinnamon or Citrus to invigorate sluggish mornings and get you in place for an amazing day.  With the Venta Airwasher, and a few DIY spa ideas, you can transform your home into a spa sanctuary and create spa-like experiences for less money that you think!

 

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Personally, I use the Venta Airwasher to supercharge my sleep therapy routine.  Add a moisturizing night mask, some aromatherapy and get ready for the most amazing sleep ever!  The Venta Airwasher has become Europe’s number one humidifier and purifier in one and it’s trusted by thousands of doctors who have bought them for their homes and practices.  If you’re serious about fighting allergens and reclaiming cleaner and healthier air for you and your family, consider adding the Venta Airwasher to your home for a fresh air, fresh start today.

 

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Discover more details on how a Venta Airwashwer can help you live your best life with cleaner, fresher air at venta-airwasher.com.

SPONSORED:  Get Inspired With Invaluable Advice For Graduates Of Any Age With AT&T #GradAdvice

June 7th, 2016 by Christen


Disclaimer:  The following content has been sponsored by AT&T in partnership with the AT&T Aspire and #GradAdvice campaign.  All opinions and experiences shared are my own.

 

The month of June is one of the most joyous times of the year. Winter weather is long forgotten, warm sunny days reign supreme and new beginnings surround us all. Graduation season is in full swing and students everywhere are getting motivated to mature, succeed and impact the world.

 

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Celebrating the latest graduate in our family at MSU’s commencement ceremony.

 

It feels like just yesterday I was straightening my graduation cap and ready to walk across the commencement stage at Michigan State University. I was so hopeful & excited to start my journey into adulthood and couldn’t wait to discover what was to come. My graduation day flew by in a blur, but I do remember taking plenty of pictures and reliving my graduation ceremony through videos the next day.  Another thing I remember the day after my graduation, that I was gifted with the most valuable advice that I’d ever received in my life.

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From one MSU graduate to another, my sister Sophia and I.

A great piece of advice often comes in the form of commencement speeches, graduation greeting cards and even intimate conversations between friends.  Thoughts of support or encouragement often follow the themes of “Work Hard”, “Dream Big” or “Follow Your Passion” – but there are additional lessons that stood out during my graduation season that could benefit this year’s graduating class.

 

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The latest Michigan State University graduate, my sister Sophia.

 

 

Just moments after waking up a college graduate, I got a phone call that would change my life forever. There are life changing moments that can impact a person forever.  This was my moment.  My grandmother, called to encourage my post collegiate walk and her words have been a guiding light impacting daily decisions ever since.

 

“Never compromise your morals & values to make others comfortable.”

 

Owning your individuality & walking in your purpose can sometimes be easier said than done. But if you stay true to yourself & confident in the face of adversity there’s nothing that you can’t achieve. So to the graduating class of 2016 — I’d like to extend heartfelt congratulations and if I could leave you with one piece of advice, I’d echo the wise words of my grandmother (with a twist) …

 

“Never compromise yourself online (or offline) for acceptance. Be who you were before the internet & live your best life!”

 

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Celebrating the newest college graduate on the campus of Michigan State University.

 

 

Living in a post graduate world is all about perceptions, reactions and choices.  Many celebs have shared sentiments of advice that shape how graduates view success and failures for years to come a few of my favorites come from Oprah, Winston Churchill and Salman Khan.

 

“The biggest difficulties in life come from not being present, from ignoring what life and others are trying to tell you.” – OPRAH WINFREY

 

“Your greatest fears are created by your imagination. Don’t give in to them.” – WINSTON CHURCHILL

  

“Live your life like it’s your second chance.” – SALMAN KHAN

 

 

This season I’m celebrating graduation season with AT&T and its Aspire initiative – an initiative that powers technology, relationships, and social innovation to help students make their biggest ideas their reality. Together, these networks are helping students and communities across America.

 

What does graduation season mean to you? Reflect on what your favorite graduation memories, share your best pieces of advice to graduates and join the AT&T #GradAdvice conversation today.

Do You Stay Hangry? Score A Free Lunch With The New Chick-Fil-A One App!

June 2nd, 2016 by Christen

There’s a new app to cure your hunger pangs and take the ease off of expensive lunch meals.  For the first time ever, you won’t have to camp out or wait in long lines to experience Chick-Fil-A’s newest opening…because it’s already here and waiting on your smartphone.

 

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On Wednesday, Chick-fil-A announced the launch of pay-ahead mobile ordering via its new app Chick-fil-A One. Guests can customize orders, and skip the long lunch lines by paying in advance of pickup. Food is prepared once customers officially “check in” at the pickup location so a little waiting time could still be involved.

 

 

Chick-fil-A is one of many chains looking to capitalize on the explosive growth of mobile app usage in the fast food industry. Starbucks says approximately four percent of sales across all US stores come from mobile orders—but some stores receive up to 20 percent of their orders via the Starbucks app during peak hours.  Personally, I use most of my foodie apps a lot more (including the Starbucks & Chipotle app) to avoid time spent in restaurant lines.

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To celebrate the launch of Chick-fil-A One, the chain is giving away one free sandwich (per user) to customers who download it from now until June 11. Simply download the Chick-Fil-A One app, via the iTunes Store or Google Play, to receive a QR redemption code for a free original, spicy or grilled chicken sandwich.

 

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What are some of your favorite foodie apps?  Will you be downloading the new Chick-Fil-A One app?  Tag your favorite Chick-Fil-A loving friends on Facebook/Twitter and let them know – SHARING IS CARING!

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 HGTV.com and once at DIYNetwork.com — for their chance to win the grand prize package valued at more than $1.2 million.

 

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

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