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Create Your Own DIY Marble Case For iPhone Or Any Smartphone

January 23rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

DIY Marble case


If you love unique smartphone cases that protect your coveted devices stylishly, but object to paying upwards to $50 and $100 for mere plastic – I’ve found the DIY project for you to try out this weekend!  While pursuing, I found DIY blogger Aimee Santos of Swellmayde, and discovered a pretty cool DIY Marble case tutorial that’ll cost you just a few dollars and could make a great personalized gift for others too.  I plan on trying out variations of this smartphone case DIY project this weekend …and so should you!

Check out the step by step instructions below:


DIY Marble case



- marble print contact paper

- craft knife

- metal ruler with cork back

- pen

- clear cell phone case


1. Place your cell phone case on top of the backside of the contact paper. Trace around it.


DIY Marble case


2. Cut out the cell phone shape using your craft knife. Use the metal ruler for the straight edges. Be sure to find a metal ruler with a cork back to be safe (the ruler should not slide around as you are slicing). 


DIY Marble case


3. Peel off the backing of the contact paper. Then, carefully place the sticky side of the cut contact paper onto the cell phone case. Press well to prevent air bubbles. 


DIY Marble case



4.  That’s it!  You now have a creative and stylish smartphone case that doesn’t cost you a ton of cash!


DIY Marble case



Are you inspired by this stylish DIY project?  Would you like to see more on  Share your thoughts below!



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Watch This: Light Girls – Documentary W/ Christen Rochon|Full Episode

January 21st, 2015 by Christen





When I was asked to be apart of the follow up to the critically-acclaimed “Dark Girls” documentary – I felt completely honored to share my two cents as a brown girl living in a light vs dark world. Produced by the legendary Bill Duke, I joined Keke Wyatt, Erica Hubbard, Lisa Raye, Chante Moore, Kym Whitley, Essence Atkins, Claudia Jordan, Raven Symone and more featured in Oprah Winfrey’s new ‘Light Girls’ Documentary which aired on OWN kicking off the #Selma50 celebration and Martin Luther King Day (January 20th) earlier this week.




From the creator and director of the critically acclaimed documentary Dark Girls, award-winning filmmaker Bill Duke continues the conversation on colorism with Light Girls.  Sharing the untold stories and experiences of lighter-skinned women, Light Girls dives deep into the discussion of skin color, preference, privilege, pain and prejudice.  The documentary features interviews with Russell Simmons, Soledad O’Brien, Diahann Carroll, India Arie, Iyanla Vanzant, Michela Angela Davis, Kym Whitley, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and more.

While I can’t identify with the plight of the dark skin girl or the light skin sista struggle, I felt the duty to share my insight in hopes that it incites a different perspective on the colorism conversation in America (specifically in the youth of America.)  Did you catch the much-talked-about “Light Girls” documentary that aired on OWN?  View the full episode below…



After watching Light Girls, what are your thoughts?  Is this just another documentary or do you believe that these conversations on colorism are past due?  Share your thoughts below.


[Divas And Forks] McDonald’s – Our Food. Your Questions.

January 20th, 2015 by Christen



Have you ever wandered what makes McDonald’s french fries so darn good? I mean, they’re borderline addicting!  Well McDonald’s has opened up the dialogue with customers like you and they’re answering questions about their food online!  Want to know the secret to what makes McDonald’s food America’s #1 fast food chain?  Check out the video and connect with McDonald’s online today!


Looking for the answers?  Check out an in depth look at McDonald’s fries and ingredients here.  Still have more questions?

Why are the fries so good?

How do you make your fries?

What kind of oil do you use to cook your fries?

.@McDonalds is still answering your questions about their food. Why are their fries so good? Does @McDonalds use real potatoes in their fries and hash browns? Have more questions? Send to them and tag me. #ad

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Most Inspiring Motivational Quotes #MLKDay

January 19th, 2015 by Lifestyle Staff

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Most Inspiring Motivational Quotes #MLKDay


More than 45 years after his death and 50 years after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr.‘s stirring words and writings remain as relevant and inspiring today as they were when he lived. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day today with fifteen of his most poignant quotes—some you may have heard already and some you probably haven’t—but all of them worth repeating and contemplating on this holiday of remembrance, service, and equality.


1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

3. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

4. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

5. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr


6. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

7. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

8. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

9. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

10. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”


Martin Luther King Jr.'s Most Inspiring Motivational Quotes #MLKDay


11. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

12. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

13. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

14. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

15. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”


Now that you’re inspired, how do you plan to honor the life, legacy and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today? Share your #MLKDay plans and activities in the comments section below.



Form Meets Function: Four Fashionable Favorites Found At CES 2015 #CES2015

January 9th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Why travel the globe in search of the chicest wearables that any girl would love, when you can find it all at CES 2015!  We walked miles of exhibit floors and searched high and low to find functional and fashionable wearables filled with innovation and equipped with style to match.  What we found was a mix of fitness, entertainment and chic beauty all wrapped up in four fashionable favorites found at CES 2015 below:





Stellé Audio Earbud Locket

Giving headphones a major makeover, Stellé Audio launched a new smart necklace that includes Bluetooth technology to double as earbuds and a hands-free phone device. A set of headphones nest within a crystal locket necklace, which also features a built-in microphone for hands-free calling and wireless premium sound to listen to your music on-the-go. The necklace hits the market in February and is availble in two different styles: onyx and seabreeze. Stellé Audio Earbud Locket, available in February,



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Healbe GoBe automatic body manager

Taking fitness tracking to the next level, Healbe is launching a watch that monitors your body health in real-time. The watch measures calorie intake, calories burned, heart rate, stress level, hydration level and sleep status all through FLOW technology, which measures the glucose in your cells through your skin. Say goodbye to tracking those calories on your own. Healbe GoBe automatic body manager, $299,




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B&O Play H8 headphones

B&O debuted the first-ever noise cancelling and wireless headphones at CES this week. The stylishly-designed headphones feature a touch interface to control music and volume that even works while wearing gloves. An active noise cancellation feature that can be turned on or off to better listen to your music. B&O Play H8 headphones, $499,






Swarovski x Misfit Shine set

Swarovski collaborated with wearable tech brand Misfit to design the Swarovski Shine collection, a set of chic fitness- and sleep-tracking jewelry. The collection features nine pieces, including watches, pendant necklaces and bracelets all using Misfit’s activity tracker, which detects steps taken, calories burned, distance walked and sleep quality in sync with the Swarovski x Misfit app. Swarovski x Misfit Shine activity tracking set, $199, and necklace, $149, available for pre-order on


Looking for more breaking news and gadgets, gizmos and more found at CES 2015?  Visit all weekend long and even connect with us on TwitterFacebookYouTube and more today!  You don’t want to miss the action from the largest tech trade show in the world – it’s CES 2015!

The Wedding Ringer: Tips, Unforgettable Moments & Memes of 2014

January 6th, 2015 by Christen

This post was sponsored by Sony through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about The Wedding Ringer, all opinions are my own.

Everyone loves weddings, it’s one of those joyous occasions that create cherished memories for the Bride, Groom, family and friends forever! Weddings are steeped in tradition – no matter whom you are or where you live. Plenty of brides and grooms search for ways to make their special day as unique and special as they are. No matter if you’re the bride, groom or the best man, here’s a few ways (inspired by the new movie – The Wedding Ringerthat will help you put your own special spin on your upcoming special day and make it truly unforgettable below.


A guest book you’ll actually use. Signing the guest book is one of the most common traditions found at weddings (you’ve probably signed a few in your lifetime.) Break from tradition by creating a guest book you’ll actually use for years to come. Find a great coffee table book that interests both the bride and groom and claim it as your guest book! Your wedding guests can sign their names in the margins and afterwards you’ll be left with a functional guest book to display for visitors and friends for a long time.


Kevin Hart;Josh Gad


Looking to create a one-of-a-kind wedding experience? Whether you host a reception indoors or out, its all about the dance! You can rent a dance floor from a local rental facility and dance underneath the stars or choreograph an epic dance routine that will live on forever! Check out this hilarious first dance video starring the groom and his best men below.


Treasure the memories. Get your guests involved in the event by placing blank cards and pens at each seat location. Ask your guests to write about their favorite memory of you and/or your spouse. Collect all of these cards and turn them into a scrapbook for a treasured keepsake. Don’t forget that photos make the best treasured memories.  You can also practice your best photobomb and create your special “fake”moments with your best man (just like in the movie) with


Wedding Ringer Photobomb


Remix The Menu. Ditch the chocolate fountains and opt for unique snack options you can include in your special day. If you’re getting married in the blistering heat, rent a snow cone machine to offer your guests some sweet relief. If you and your spouse are big movie buffs or your wedding has a Hollywood theme, rent a popcorn machine to complete the look. For more foodie ideas you’ll love, from the family dinner to the reception check out the trailer for The Wedding Ringer below:


Synopsis: Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.

 The Wedding Ringer hits theaters nationwide January 16th 2015.

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The Gift Of A “New Year, New You” With Walmart Best Plans #HappyNewMe #Ad

January 2nd, 2015 by Christen

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HappyNewMe #CollectiveBias


Walmart Best Plans


It’s been said that when you give a gift, you get a gift in return, called JOY!  This holiday  season, I was so excited to find the perfect gift for my budding entrepreneur baby brother.  Since my brother loves producing music and has acquired a small business for himself, I figured that it was time that he stepped up his productivity with a personalized phablet powered by Walmart best plans useful for work and for play.  He loves social media and creating on the go – and with that in mind, I knew the best place to go to find his gift (#HappyNewMe).


Walmart Best Plans


When it comes down to putting the power of a smartphone to work for you, you have to know where to begin.  The first stop should be at your neighborhood Walmart store to pick up one of many affordable smartphones from ZTE, Samsung, LG and more!  With the  lowest priced unlimited plans, the prices are just right for great gifts for anyone in the family (or even a nice upgrade gift for yourself.)  


Walmart Best Plans

[Must Read:  Save Money On Smartphones This Season With Walmart Family Mobile]

Walmart Best Plans


Walmart Family Mobile service is $34.88/month for Unlimited Talk, Text, & Web ($29.88 for the second line) and it comes with 5GB of 3G Data.  With the ZTE Zmax Smartphone powered by T-Mobile my brother will enjoy a beautiful 5.7-inch HD screen, Snapdragon quad-core processor and 3400mAh battery, this smart phablet is capable of meeting the needs of even the most demanding user at an affordable Walmart price.

[Must Watch:  How I Conquered The Holidays With Walmart Family Mobile ]

Walmart Best Plans


ZTE Zmax phablet $179.00 (Rollback from $199.88) plus the $34.88/month Unlimited Talk, Text & Web service plan paired with the $25 starter pack is a great investment in my brother and his new music production company.  I’m certain that this will be a gift that keeps on giving for years to come and that he’ll never forget his gift of a “New Year, New You” from his big sister!


Walmart Best Plans


Want to learn more?  Check out all the great deals and available devices on rollback at and connect with Walmart Family Mobile online today! Walmart Family Mobile is now on Twitter! Follow @FamilyMobile for up to the minute sales, news and more!


Did you give a gift to help someone achieve their dreams this season?  Did you receive the ultimate gift to help you with your dreams?  Share your “New Year, New You” gifts below!


New Year, New You! 5 Health Improvements You Can Make Today That Will Pay Off Tomorrow

December 31st, 2014 by Lifestyle Staff

New Year New You

Improving your health and wellness can seem like a daunting task, especially if you know you have some bad health habits to break. But, several improvements you can make today can result in tremendous health benefits.  “New Year, New You – It starts with you,” says physician assistant Tricia A. Howard, a faculty member at South University, Savannah’s College of Health Professions. “You have more control over your health than you think you do.”  Here are five steps you can take today that can have a positive impact on your overall health and wellness.

Stop smoking

Everyone knows smoking is bad for you. In fact, people who smoke have by far the greatest risk of lung cancer – the number one cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. – and increased risk of a cardiac event. But, many people don’t realize that changes in the lungs caused by smoking can actually improve over time once a smoker quits.

“Even if you’ve smoked for many years, you can reduce your lung cancer risks just by quitting,” says Howard. “And this isn’t just about your own health. Smoking puts the ones you love at risk, because even second-hand smoke can cause cancer. So, quitting is a win-win for you and those you love.”

Howard says people who want to quit smoking do better when they set a target date to quit. She also advises working with your primary health care provider who can actually individualize a stop-smoking plan for you. And, Howard says getting support from others is a crucial part of the battle.

New Year New You

Increase your water intake

Sixty percent of your body weight is water. Your body depends on water to carry nutrients to cells and to flush toxins out of vital organs, so getting the right amount of fluids each day is crucial.

Howard says men should drink 3 liters, or 13 cups, per day. For women, the recommendation is 2.2 liters, or 9 cups, per day. If that recommendation seems tough to follow, Howard says to divide it up throughout the day.

“Make sure you have water with every meal and also drink water at least once between each meal,” she suggests. “That divides up your fluid intake and can make the amount seem less daunting.”

And, Howard says you don’t have to stick to water. Milk, coffee, and other drinks that contain a lot of water and not a lot of calories count towards your daily fluid intake.

New Year's Resolutions Send Thousands To The Gym


“Exercise reduces your risk for chronic disease, improves balance and coordination and helps with weight loss,” Howard says. “Exercise is a key part of living a healthy life.” Howard says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise, or 90 minutes of vigorous exercise a week, for adults. “That sounds like a lot,” Howard acknowledges. “But, if you break it into 15-or-20-minute daily workouts it’s much easier to fit into your schedule. You don’t have to spend hours at a time in the gym to reap the benefits.” Howard says recent studies have shown that even short bursts of exercise can be helpful.

Adopt the Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet is a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, nuts and fish. The results of numerous studies show long-term health benefits to adopting the diet.  “This is a diet filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories,” Howard explains. “This diet has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer when adhered to long-term. Weight loss and improvement in cholesterol can be seen after just a few months.”

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Have your cholesterol checked

You might be surprised to learn that you should begin having your cholesterol monitored by a doctor at age 20. But since coronary artery disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., it’s a recommendation you should take seriously. “There is no reason to avoid having your cholesterol checked,” Howard says. “If your cholesterol levels aren’t where they should be, you can change them.” Howard says levels that are too high can be controlled by diet, quitting smoking, exercise, and even prescription medication.

“There are so many things we can do to improve not only the length of our life, but the quality of those years,” Howard encourages. “Don’t wait. Commit today to making a few small changes, and see how they improve your health over time.”

What New Year, New You changes (resolutions) are you looking forward to in 2015?  Share your New Year’s Resolutions and tips on how to achieve them below.

Holiday Recovery: Five Ways To De-stress After The Holidays [Video]

December 26th, 2014 by Lifestyle Staff

how to de-stress

There are plenty of ways to relax after the hustle-and-bustle of the holidays right at home. If the holidays left you with tired feet and an aching back, consider these quick and easy tips on how to de-stress after you’ve spent all December preparing for for the season.

how to de-stress

Break out the yoga mat, bubble bath and board games!  There are plenty of ways to decompress and de-stress after the holidays have come and gone.  Check out the video below to discover five ways to de-stress after the holidays:


how to de-stress

 How do you de-stress after the holidays? Do you veg out on Netflix or get a jump start on a new fitness routine? Share how you recover from the holiday hustle and bustle below.


Holiday Hack: How To Get Family And Friends Into Decorating Your Christmas Tree

December 24th, 2014 by Lifestyle Staff

Christmas tree

how to decorate christmas tree

The holidays are about family, friends and celebrating togetherness!  One of the best parts about Christmastime is decorating the tree. But that can be such a pain to do by yourself. A great way to get the job done and have fun is to turn it into a friends and family affair with a small tree-trimming party.

If you hate the pre-holiday planning and decorating or post-holiday clean up, why not get your friends involved. (and why not start with your friends and family first?)

Watch as Christen Rochon shows us how to effectively plan the perfect tree-trimming party (read: trick your friends into decorating your Christmas tree). Watch the video below.

how to decorate christmas tree

 how to decorate christmas tree




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