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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!


Venta Airwasher aromatheraphy


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.)


Venta Airwasher aromatherapy

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!


Venta Airwasher aromatheraphy


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.


Venta Airwasher aromatherapy


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

New Apple iPhone 7 Means New Colors, Features And More (Spoiler Alert!) #iPhone7

September 7th, 2016 by Tech Staff

Interested in what’s new for the Apple 7 Launch event in Cupertino today?  The internet has been buzzing…Is the head jack gone for good?  What about the camera?  Are there new colors available or not?  Lucky for you, the internet has broken the code and we’ve got the list of the new iPhone 7 features that will have people talking.  Want to know the details behind what’s new before anyone else?  Keep reading below!

The new features were first noted by AppleInsider, and Forbes helpfully broke them down into the following list:


Two new colors: dark black and piano black (latter in limited quantities for 256GB model); So long space grey! That color option is long gone.

32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage tiers will replace 16GB, 64GB and 128GB

2x 12MP dual rear camera limited to iPhone 7 Plus, uses 1x wide angle and 1x telephoto lenses


iphone 7 black

Upgraded ambient light sensors on both new iPhone cameras for better low light shots

Camera flash LEDs doubled from two to four with warm and cool colors

3.5mm headphone jack removed

Lightning EarPods and a 3.5mm to Lightning headphone adaptor included in the box

Second external speaker and integrated amplifier for louder, richer output

Basic IPX7 water resistance – both phones can withstand splashes and full submersion for up to 30 minutes. Not quite Galaxy S7 level (one hour+), but close.

2GB RAM for iPhone 7, 3GB RAM for iPhone 7 Plus

Next generation A10 chipset sees CPUs hit 2.45GHz clock speeds and 20-30% performance gains

3D Touch 2.0 sensor with more distinct haptic feedback

Home button replaced with non-clicking touch sensor with haptic feedback

Antenna bands removed from the back of both models for cleaner look


Now that you’ve got the details about today’s launch, be a good pal and share the news with a friend!

Best Apps, Practices And Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe Online Using Your Smartphone

September 6th, 2016 by Christen

It’s official!  Summer has unofficially come to a close, the kids are back in school and plenty of parents are sharing growing concerns of how to keep their ever-connected children safe online!  This week is an important one!  With kids returning to school and ready to learn new and exciting things, there’s no better time than the present to re-educate yourself on the best apps, practices and tips to keep your kids safe online.

Discover just a few tips, teachings and apps that will educate you and your family on the latest tech advancements to keep everyone safe — and even a few tips on how to keep your kids safe using your smartphone below!


online safety


Now that kids are recharged and reset to absorb as much education as possible, take the time to teach your kids the ABCs about proper online use and etiquette this week.  Take the time to advise kids to never share passwords, log out of computers and have “the talk” about the importance of “online reputation”.  Open the dialogue about online safety and then take actionable steps by utilizing parental control settings for your phones, gaming devices, tablets, and all computers.

If you’re interested in taking extra precaution, utilize additional security measures and tools available online.  A great tool is the Free Norton Family tool and ios/Android apps.  Stay in the know about which websites kids visit and help avoid unsuitable content. Get emails when kids attempt to visit a blocked site, so you can start a conversation about appropriate and innapropriate content.
Stay in the loop about your kids’ online activities from your Android or iOS mobile device and adjust settings when appropriate no matter where you are.


Must Read:  7 Dangerous Smartphone Mistakes You’re Making Right Now (And how to fix them!)


Additional features available with the Free Norton Family tool include the ability to see which apps your kids have downloaded and choose which ones they can use, including YouTube and Facebook. Keep an eye on your kids’ text conversations and control who they can text. Even keep yourself in the loop about where your kids are by mapping the location of their Android or iOS mobile device.  Get a 30-day history of what your kids do on their mobile devices, so that you can clearly spot trends and emerging habits.


Must Read: Protect Ya Neck! Social Media Security Tips For Teens (And Adults!)


In addition to the Free Norton Family Tool, parents can also utilize parental monitoring apps like Teen Safe, (ios/Android) where a parent can press a simple button on their phone’s screen and can pause their child’s access to their phone for as long as they want. It’s like a mobile kill switch for your kid’s smartphone.  No matter where the kids are, the phone won’t work. It will only make calls to parents or for emergencies, ie, the cops. Millions of parents use TeenSafe to keep tabs on their kids, texts, calls, social media usage and phone location.




No matter which parental monitoring tool you use, it’s important to start your online safety measure by talking to your kids this week.  Get an understanding, even sign a mobile conduct agreement illustrating your expectations with your children.  It’s important that they learn the importance of proper mobile and online conduct and it’s up to you, the parent to teach them.

Have additional thoughts or apps that you may want to add to this list?  Sound off on Twitter and tag us @DivasandDorks to keep the conversation going!

Break Away From Huge Carrier Fees With The Huawei Honor 8 Unlocked Smartphone From Best Buy

August 30th, 2016 by Christen



Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


Whether you’ve wanted to break away from huge carrier fees or want flexibility in the way you use your smartphone, the Huawei Honor 8 is the unlocked smartphone to give you the freedom you want and need!  The Huawei Honor 8 unlocked smartphone is Huawei’s newest addition to the Honor smartphone line and Best Buy is the only retailer that has the Honor in sapphire blue online and in-store!


The Honor 8: Beautiful design, game-changing camera technology, and maximum power.  You have the power to push culture forward. That’s why Honor created a phone for you — the new Honor 8. It’s the smartphone that opens your eyes to a world of possibilities.  The innovative bionic 12MP dual lenses of the Honor 8 enable you to capture crisper, more detailed photos day and night.  The premium, slick body of the Honor 8 is made with heavy dual glass—front and back. Smart Power 4.0 guarantees a long-lasting battery life and fast-charging technology charges 47% power in just 30 minutes.

So how could you unleash the power of an unlocked smartphone for you? Unlocked phones aren’t locked into a contract meaning they can help you save money on your monthly bill, they allow flexibility with carriers, and are great for international travel. Want to learn more? Checkout Best Buy’s quick educational video on unlocked phones HERE!


To make unlocking easier than ever, Best Buy has a sweet offer for DivasAndDorks readers today!  Earn a free $50 Best Buy Gift Card when you purchase the Huawei Honor 8 unlocked smartphone at Best Buy!  Now that’s a deal that you want to tell your friends and family about.  Walk don’t run to your local Best Buy cause I’m sure this deal won’t last long!


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

August 15th, 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.


The summer heat wave is ON and the sweltering heat has no plans to chill out anytime soon.  It’s moments like this that make me appreciate my Venta Airwasher more and more each day.


Venta Airwasher


While there’s a host of humidifiers or air purifiers on the market, very few can wash and purify the air around you creating a healthier and livelier life that you deserve.  With the Venta Airwasher, you’ll feel more alert, you’ll sleep better and it practically eliminates pet odors, dandruff and allergens that could make you sick.  So what’s the technology behind how the Venta Airwasher works?  Keep reading, because the Venta Airwasher just could be the single household gadget with health and beauty benefits that’ll change your life.


Venta Airwasher


The Airwasher comes out of the box and is up-and-running in less than five minutes.  The Airwasher is also easy to use, fill and clean.  Like most humidifiers, just add water in order for the technology to activate and begin the process of air purification.  With the Venta Airwasher, the air in your home takes only the moisture it needs and no more.  The humidification stops but the purification continues.  This makes the Airwasher ideal to run 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year.


Venta Airwasher


Using the science of cold evaporation, the Venta Airwasher gently rotates the water inside pulling dust and dirt from the air inside. Once the airborne particles are drawn in and passed over the rotating disk stack to the bottom, they’re trapped inside and replaced with clean, hydrated fresh air.  (For best results, the dust and dirt trapped in the bottom of the Airwasher requires cleaning every 10-14 days)


Venta Airwasher


I’ll admit, at first I was a bit skeptical about adding a new humidifier into my home.  I’ve had my share of humidifiers that came along with vapors, mists and plenty of white residue to match.  The Venta Airwasher using the process of cold evaporation, eliminates any white residue or vapors and leaves the room feeling so fresh and so clean.


Venta Airwasher


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.


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



Silent Killers: Discover The Deadliest Apps That’s Killing Your Phone Battery

August 9th, 2016 by Tech Staff

STOP what you’re doing and take a look at your phone battery right now!  If it’s looking a little faint right about now, you’ll want to pay major attention to the info that will make or break your battery life below.  We now know the 10 apps that have been draining your phone battery quicker than ever before, and chances are you’re using one of the worst battery-draining apps right this very moment!


Battery draining apps


A study, published in AVG’s Android App Performance and Trend Report, has been carried out to discover the top 10 battery-draining apps on your phone.  For this particular study, battery usage was measured on Android phones only – but a word of warning to Windows and iPhone users as well (especially since Androids are known to have better battery life than both iPhone and Windows devices.).

Here’s the top apps that will have your phone down to 1% and counting in no time…

9.  The Weather Channel – As one of the most popular apps in both Google Play and iTunes store, this app uses geo-location to give you the most accurate and updated weather information that you can use, but it also drains your battery so much, that it’s probably just  best to step outside and figure it out for yourself or do one better, just watch the morning news.


8.  WeChat – Chances are, you’re not a teeny-bopper or communication-obsessed pre-teen so you don’t use this app, but if you were thinking of downloading, you probably shouldn’t.


7.  WhatsApp – Sure it’s a great app for mass correspondence with friends and family.  I’ve used it to rally a group of colleagues/friends together for a meet up in Austin, TX for SXSW – but when it comes to receiving notifications each time someone responds to a group chat, your phone is certain to bow out of power faster than you could imagine.


6. Kik – Is another social communication app that lets you connect with friends, groups and the world around you through chat. Kik will kill your battery life faster than you can say “Where’s my portable charger?”


5. Blackberry Messenger – Starting to see a trend here?  If you have a messenger app, you’re more than likely to be sacrificing battery life just to stay connected?  Who still has a Blackberry anyways?


4. Instagram – We blame the filters, and Instagram stories.  The constant updates, algorithm changes and more is sure to drain your battery?  Don’t believe us?  Check out your battery usage right now, chances are Instagram is one of the top 3 apps using the most battery power on your phone at this very moment!


3. Facebook Messenger – Just send a text.  Can we agree, no more Facebook calls and messages in 2016? PLEASE.


2. Google Maps – It’s probably because we’ve become so dependent on it to get us across town or across the street.  Google Maps is constantly tracking your location, so don’t be surprised that your phone battery is dying a slow death because of it!


1.  Facebook – This a a great reason to stop stalking your college boyfriend’s ex-wife and maybe do something productive like go for a walk instead. (As long as you’re not playing Pokemon Go! LOL)


Now that you’re in the know, which of these apps have been silently killing your smartphone battery? Share which apps you’ve limited use of or have deleted altogether in the comments below!

How I’m using Instagram stories & Snapchat To Share My Journey

August 4th, 2016 by Christen


It came from out of nowhere, when everyone least expected it.  Just when you were getting comfortable and engaged with the short form sharing platform SnapChat, Instagram releases an update that turned the social sharing world upside down.


Instagram stories

So what is an Instagram story anyways?  According to the official Instagram announcement, Instagram stories a new feature that lets you share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile. As you share multiple photos and videos, they appear together in a slideshow format: your story. According to social media savants, strategists and experts alike Instagram stories are new ways to engage with friends and followers on Instagram.  According to my brilliant blogger bae Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey Instagram Stories vs SnapChat means……”Instagram kinda bodies Snapchat.


Instagram stories


Like many of you, the new update left me dazed, confused and contemplating if I really have to adapt to using either or both social platforms in the future.  After further deliberation, my conclusion is a resounding YES!  I’ve figured out how to effectively use Instagram stories and SnapChat to share my journey and hopefully it’ll inspire you to share and create authentic content in a fun and exciting new way too!


Instagram Stories – A little less unfiltered.    

Instagram vs snapchat



As much as I love to share my journeys, adventures and moments behind the scenes of building a brand and charging ahead in my career, I often find myself guilty of going days (sometime even weeks) without social shares on Instagram.  The solution:  Snapchat and Instagram stories!  Are you following @DivasandDorks on Instagram? If not, you might want to do that STAT.  As far as Instagram stories are concerned, I’ll be sharing moments behind the blog that’ll give insight into the life of the diva behind  You’ll find plenty of adventures in travel, cars and tech with a sprinkle of delectable dorkiness in between.


SnapChat – Absolutely Uninhibited.



Want to get to know the girl behind the blog?  (This is the part where you frantically search @DivasandDorks on SnapChat and click Add!)  Snapchat is my refuge where I speak to the voices in my head OUT LOUD.  (No there aren’t real voices in my head, but I do think I’m speaking to a group of my imaginary friends, that is, until you guys snap me back and I realize that I’m sharing my boring life with my internet peeps, family and friends! LOL)  On the snap, get ready for a front row seat into the life of Christen.  Lately it’s been a hoot sharing my morning commute karaoke moments, behind the scenes of my tv diva career, family, friends and Sundays at church.


So now you know what to expect from ME, what should I expect to see on your snaps and Instagram stories?  Are you loving the new Instagram update or are you a snapchatter til the bitter end?  Drop your Instagram and snapchat names in the comments and let me know your story below!



Samsung Unveils Latest Products Including Water Resistant Note 7 and More!

August 2nd, 2016 by Tech Staff

Today, Samsung unveiled the newest smartphone, Galaxy Note7, designed to give consumers what they want most in a phone – a device that strikes a balance between work and play, enabling them to do more than what they thought possible on a smartphone.  The Note 7 features an upgraded S Pen with a smaller tip to proved more control while writing on the 5.7″ Quad HD Super AMOLED screen. The Note 7 includes revolutionary security features including a new iris scanner, PIN and fingerprint entry capabilities.

Galaxy Note 7

Key product features include:

  • Galaxy Note7 S Pen –Users can bring ideas to life the moment inspiration strikes, without unlocking the screen.


  • Advanced Security – Note7 provides heightened security and privacy, with highly advanced biometric authentication, including fingerprint scanner and iris scanning technology – a first for the Note series.


  • Best-in-Class Entertainment –A gorgeous, curved QHD Super AMOLED screen delivers a bold and immersive picture, ready to stream HDR video in a cinema-like experience with brighter colors and a deeper black, just the way the filmmaker intended


  • Galaxy Foundation with Refined Craftsmanship – Note7  boasts an innovative design, easier one-handed operation and durability, the advanced camera that was introduced on the Galaxy S7, 64GB of internal memory, and a long-lasting, fast-charging battery


  • Water and Dust Resistant –Taking on everything life brings from morning workouts, to sudden rain storms and accidental spills

Galaxy Note 7

The Galaxy Note7 will be available in Blue Coral, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx beginning August 19, with pre-orders starting on August 3, 2016.  For a limited time, Verizon customers who buy Galaxy Note 7 or Galaxy 7 Edge can get a free Gear Fit 2 or a Samsung 256GB memory card to enhance their device.  They can also get $20 in rewards when they make their first qualifying purchase with Samsung Pay.

Are you thinking about stepping your tech game up with the new Samsung Note 7?  Share your thoughts about the latest offerings from Samsung below!

VerveOnes+ Are The Earbuds That Will Change The Way You Live, Work And Play!

August 1st, 2016 by Christen

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by VerveLife in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.


If you follow my daily antics on Snapchat, you’re sure to see that I STAY on the go!  Whether its business meetings, traveling cross-country for press engagements or stress-releaving power walks and runs with neighbors – I try to stay productive and active during my daily activities.  Lucky for me, Motorola’s VerveLife products offers me a solution to my busy lifestyle with a unique range of wireless connected products.





Recently I got the chance to include the VerveOnes+ into my active lifestyle and after using these earbuds once, I don’t ever want to use another kind of wireless headphones ever again.  (Yes, it’s that serious!)


So what are the Motorola VerveOnes+ exactly?  Created by VerveLife, it’s an exciting NEW brand of wireless connected products launching worldwide, including here in the U.S. The completely wireless smart earbuds fit securely inside your ears without wires so you can listen free from distraction.  They’re Siri and Google Now compatible and offer deep, rich HD sound for your favorite playlists wherever you are.




For business, I use the VerveOnes+ for conference calls – the dual mic enables your music to pause automatically for an incoming call. Chat away, and music resumes once you hang up.




For my workouts, I love the fact that my VerveOnes+ are sweat & waterproof earbuds that allow me to workout freely without wires limiting my movements and fun.




For travel, the VerveOnes+ are the perfect accessory to help me make cross-country moves comfortably.  The earbuds come with four adjustable inner ear cushions making it easy to fit my ears and listen to my favorite playlists comfortably on long airline flights.  Plus, when it comes to moving quickly through airports, it’s the real travel MVP! (Did I mention the cute portable case makes it easy to charge the VerveOnes+ for up to 12 hours of playtime?)


The Motorola VerveOnes+ are designed for people like you and me.  We rise to any occasion, push ourselves beyond our limits and challenge ourselves daily to live our best lives imaginable.  Once you use the VerveOnes+ you’ll ask yourself why you used any other wireless earbuds before.  It’ll truly change the way you live, work and play!



Verizon’s #YouDontKnowMe Initiative Puts A Spotlight on Racial Stereotypes

July 25th, 2016 by Christen

Stereotypes are real. And although in recent days, they’ve seem to be too real, causing terrifying reprocussions – Verizon is doing something about changing the narrative with it’s newest #YouDontKnowMe initiative.


Baltimore middle schooler Loden Harris became an inventor at age 13 when he turned his vision for a mobile phone charging stand into a real working product with a 3D printer. By bringing his idea to life, he shared a message to his African-American peers: “There are young black males who are preparing to make a difference in the technical world!”


Verizon #YouDontKnowMe

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Loden’s phone charging stand is just one of the more than 500 technology products including apps and 3D inventions, that African-American boys have brought to life in the last year – with the help of a new program that’s focusing on minority middle school boys. This group is often “forgotten” when it comes to programming for technology skills, despite the fact that African-American males remain one of the most underrepresented groups in STEM professions, and the “boys club” of Silicon Valley is stiflingly monochromatic.



The Verizon Innovative Learning program for minority males is a new initiative that is making sure these boys have a chance to succeed, by investing in them with marketable tech skills, mentors and access to classes on college campuses. Even more than skills, it’s helping these boys get a new picture of how they too can MAKE IT, even if they aren’t a rapper or professional ball player.


To date, the program’s reached 450 boys so far and is now expanding to 12 cities, where it will engage more1,200 young men. New data also shows the program is making an impact – increasing minority boys’ interest in STEM careers and subjects.  Verizon is also hosting 100 young men from July 27th – 30th in San Francisco at an event where they will receive hands-on tech training, hear insightful lectures and experience behind-the-scenes workshop at Lucas Films and the Levi’s Stadium Gridiron Engineering & Design Lab.


Want to do your part in sharing the new narrative about our community in STEM?  Check out the video and share it socially on Facebook and Twitter using #YouDontKnowMe today!

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How are you changing the narrative and stereotypes in your community?  Sound off and share on social media using #YouDontKnowMe today!



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