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Why You Need a Plantronics Bluetooth in Your Life

Why You Need a Plantronics Bluetooth in Your Life

Why You Need a Plantronics Bluetooth in Your Life

I remember the first time I saw a Bluetooth. It was a Motorola! I thought of it as a very high tech piece of equipment – fancy, expensive and out of my reach. Technology had consistently expanded and it went from switch board phones and rotary dial to cordless phones. Accessories were added including headsets and later, The Bluetooth. I’d finally be able to speak handsfree and the blessing was well received. After trying a few brands, coming up with my own million dollar ideas (that someone else had), I finally found a Bluetooth that worked perfectly for me. Here’s why you need a Plantronics Bluetooth in your life.

How’d I Ever Talk on the Phone without a Bluetooth

There was a time I’d spend hours upon hours on my home phone catching up with girlfriends or boyfriends. Looking back now, I don’t know how I could have held up a phone for so long, much less sit in one place while holding up the phone. Even worse, having to use a payphone – seems like eons ago…

At this moment, I don’t remember what prompted me to finally research getting a bluetooth. When I had seen them years before, I’m sure that price wise they felt out of my reach. As time went by, things continued to get cheaper and more accessible.

Amazon is one of my favorite places to shop, especially because of the unbiased reviews online. I searched and found a bluetooth within my budget and compatible with my phone. My very first Bluetooth was a Samsung. I remember enjoying it at first for the purpose it served – handsfree bliss. The phone could be charging or just laying around anywhere nearby. I could do a million things while still catching up with my people. As time went by though, I saw things about my beloved Bluetooth that could be so much better.

For one, the ear piece was too hard and hurt my ear to the point of slight bruising. There were times also that I wanted to switch it to the other ear but the mechanism was weak so the handle eventually broke.

My MacGyver side kicked in along with Krazy Glue and I fixed that problem – momentarily!

Samsung Bluetooth

MacGyver Skills with Krazy Glue

Me and My Bright Ideas

As the nuisance of bruising and my wanting to switch it from ear to ear grew. I realised it would be better if they made the ear piece softer. Furthermore, they could create a swivel mechanism for the hook, lessening the chances weakening and breaking. Brilliant! I am Brilliant!

I could write Samsung and let them know of my brilliant discovery but first I’d look online for a replacement Bluetooth in the mean time.

Plantronics Bluetooth with Swivel

Plantronics Bluetooth with Swivel

Well, to my sad discovery Plantronics had already coined my brilliant ideas and made the perfect Bluetooth at a very reasonable price. It had a soft landing for my inner ear and a swivel hook that I could switch over from ear to ear very easily. It reminds me of the time I thought of using spandex type material under dresses. Then Spanx came out and I started feeling like some greater force was in my head stealing all my ideas.

I digress.

The Unbreakable Bond of Plantronics Bluetooth and Me

I’ve since owned three Plantronic Bluetooth devices. Besides the second one falling out of my ear into the abyss, the first one had its share of falls and hard hits and eventually stopped working. I’m on my 3rd one and it has taken the hardest of falls to where it completely broke apart. I put it back together like any longstanding relationship lol and it keeps on ticking. I’ve always wanted to share my experience with this product because of how well made it is and most especially the cost.

The one I have is no longer available on Amazon but there’s an even cheaper version available.

Plantronics Bluetooth

Plantronics Bluetooth

Besides the specific features of this device, just having a bluetooth connected to your phone when driving is a great idea. You can answer your calls, make calls and even read and respond to your texts with a press of a button and a few commands to Siri. If you’re not a tech savvy person like a few people I know, it might just take a bit of getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it will become an essential piece of equipment for your daily life. Don’t underestimate the power and freedom of a Bluetooth.

Here’s a link to other products I’ve written about.

How To Get Started in Yoga – It’s Literally at Your Fingertips

How To Get Started in Yoga – It’s Literally at Your Fingertips

How To Get Started in Yoga – It’s Literally at Your Fingertips

The first memory I have of yoga was being at the gym and watching a woman do sun salutations. At the time I didn’t know that’s what they were called. The poses looked complicated and I was impressed by the seamless flow of movement, wondering how she even remembered them. “This must be Yoga”, I thought. I wanted to learn, but how? I had no idea at the time but I figured it out. Here’s how to get started in Yoga and how it’s literally at your fingertips.

Some years ago, my plethora of fitness routines included walking, light jogging, weights, and taebo. A couple years before that, it also included a few aerobics class with a local instructor named Karen Rosito who had the most amazing soca class ever.

Soooo…. Where is my totally fit and “slammin” body, you ask?
CHOCOLATE and CARBS HAVE IT, OK?

But seriously, one of the things that has balanced my love for chocolate and carbs is the fact that exercise has been an integral part of my life. I believe that’s tied to the 9 years I spent doing Ballet in Belize with my lovely teacher Mrs Valdez.

Body Burn by Denise Austin

Yoga Burn by Denise Austin

My interest in yoga didn’t leave me alone. One way or another, it would make its way back to my attention and I’d resolve to find a way to get started in yoga. Being an avid Amazon customer at the time, I found a DVD by Denise Austin called Yoga Body Burn and decided to give it a try. The DVD was easy to follow and each session felt like a good massage afterwards. I learned all about sun salutations and how easy they were. Most importantly, I learned that yoga intertwines mind, body and soul.

Yoga truly connects you to self if you dive in wholeheartedly. I started including yoga as a regular part of my weekly work out, bending into poses at least twice a week. It became a routine – just me and Denise.

Body movement was important… no matter where I was in the world.

As life would have it, changes came and we tend to lose our routines in the midst of change. One of the places I had to settle for a little while was Utah. There was a moment where I spent most of my days in the confines of my domain and I was desperately seeking some interaction with people instead of glimpses to the outside world from the confines of walls and windows. I learned about “Meet Up” and saw a $5 class at The Yoga Center in Holladay, Utah. It was only a few miles away which meant my Benz legs or BMW bike could get me there in reasonable time.

Enjoying the open floor at The Yoga Center, Utah

It was my first “real” yoga class with a live instructor. I’d already conquered how to get started in yoga and this was a test of sorts if I was even doing it right! Everyone was so welcoming and the ambience of the studio brought so much peace to me. I wish I could remember the yogi’s name who taught the classes I attended. I was drawn to her energy and felt quite proud when she called me out on how good my alignment and posture were.

Oh the human need to be praised and accepted.

Yoga is a powerful vehicle for change – Tiffany Cruikshank

Yoga is for everyone

People of all ages attended  the classes, including men and women. It was my first time hearing how yogis breathe in these classes… Breathe in… Inhale… and it was LOUD. Anddddd, breathe out… Exhale… Ahhhh! It was a little nerve wracking the first time but it served as a good lesson in focusing on yourself and your journey, minus the noise around you. One fine day I will master this, but guess what? Not then and NOT TODAY.

I could hear my cousin now, “tune it out”… “Freakin I can’t, dammit”.

My son can attest to the moments I’m in deep with my “Namaste” momentum at home which swiftly changes to a screaming fit over the decibels of his rants while playing his games online. Truly, I am a “masterpiece trying to master peace”.

Breathing and my perfect posture aside, this class was also my first experience with handstands.
We were asked to stand against the wall and kick up to handstand.
HUH!
You want me to do what?

IMPOSSIBLE!

Inversions develop from the strength in your poses

One by one, I saw legs kicking up to the wall as easily as you can walk from one point to another. For me, it meant screaming each time I tried and well, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t wrap my brain around it. There I was, proud of my poses, posture, balance and strength – did you people not hear the yogi commend me on all that? HELLO!

Haters asking for handstands. Show Offs!
I kicked up into nothing – let’s just get back to my beautiful posture people!

Never did I imagine that one day I could do an inversion – without a wall for support. While I’m still making my way to a handstand, I have come a long way and I feel quite proud of that. Inversions are a constant reminder that I can do all things I put my mind to, if I only just believe and apply action – of course. My inversions basically only include a headstand BUT I can kick up into a handstand quite easily now.

Relocating again, my new situation didn’t allow for yoga classes. Financially and logistically, even a $5 class didn’t work. I missed the balanced I found in yoga. It was therapy and exercise. It was meditation and strength – it’s is so many things.

Open your mind, body and soul.

Yoga at my fingertips

Eventually I found an app called Simply Yoga. [Android Version]
What a blessing!

This was my Yoga class… at my fingertips, literally.

The app is so easy to follow and you can customize your sessions with poses you like best. The instructions are clear and include including a video of how each pose is done. It also has sound of waves gently easing unto a shore as you dive into your connection with your mind, body and soul. This was it… I finally had Yoga back in my life, like an old love I could never forget.

As social media blossomed in leaps and bounds, it started to feel like everything was always available, including yoga. I started to follow yogis on Instagram. One account that really caught my eye was Claire Fountain (@cbquality) – probably mostly because she was doing inversions to Popcaan music (@popcaanmusic).

I damn near asked her to marry me at that point. Inversions AND Popcaan music, are you serious?
It felt like inversions were everywhere, and they looked easy so I was encouraged.

I found myself attempting different inversions in the hall way, stemming from hollow-back to handstands to just putting my crown chakra to touch the ground because for a moment that’s about as inverted as I could get.

Inversions Rock!

Then one day I looked at the hallway where I’d practice and saw a way to use the door frame for support to climb my way into a headstand. Soon after, I started kicking up into the pose and slowly learned to control the legs up and move away from the wall completely.

People have asked me why I love inversions so much. It’s because in that moment where I lean into trusting my body to balance me, it is the only place my mind goes. There are no worries, no distractions, no what ifs – there’s just me, myself and I trusting that I can do anything I put my mind to. And knowing that I am supported and strong. That’s something money can’t buy.

You can start yoga on your own and find your comfort zone with it. Word of advice, just focus on your posture at all times… your core is your main strength and alignment with your spine will provide you with the balance you need. You can start with a blanket although it’s not ideal. I was gifted a Manduka mat and it has made a world of difference in support for my knees especially. Besides those pointers, the only thing you need is your desire – to be better, stronger and healthier.

A bit of a disclaimer – I am not a certified yoga instructor.

Gentle reminder, I am still working on all of this – need I remind you?
A masterpiece, trying to master peace. Yoga is definitely a big part of that.

Let your mat cradle your movement.

 

A Few of My Favorite Things from Trader Joe’s

A Few of My Favorite Things from Trader Joe’s

Are people always transforming or is it just those of us brave enough to view ourselves from the outside? It feels like I  constantly redefine who I am, how I see things, what’s true to me and what I choose to embrace or let go of. It never stops. One of the things that has transformed in a big way is how I eat which harnessed a new love for Trader Joe’s. I’ve grown to appreciate some of their products as top of the line, so much so I now have a list of a few of my favorite things from Trader Joe’s.

Veggies For Dinner

In the last few months I found myself really becoming aware of where some of my food comes from. I started following a fellow named Luke Ireland on Facebook. I don’t even know how I found him – somehow he ended up on my newsfeed. It opened a world of information I had never paid attention to or perhaps was never exposed to. His posts even changed my views on zoos and Sea World. It’s all still a process but it has so far lead me to cut out meat from my diet for the last four weeks (January 22, 2018 more than year later now).

Seeking new ways to eat and fill my tummy up besides frozen yogurt from Yogurt Land, has also lead me to seek out more organic food, specifically plant food.

Trader Joe’s is focused more on REAL FOOD

In comes Trader Joes, mostly because there are way less distractions so I can focus only on nutrition. I always thought of Trader Joes as too expensive but if you’re just buying real food, it really isn’t. It’s doable – only thing is that most of food is organic so it won’t last as long if you don’t eat it fast enough. During the last month, I’ve also managed to cut out cow milk and I now eat Good For Life Ezekiel Bread 4:9

Trader Joe’s – a few of my favorite things:

Trader Joes Goodies

Trader Joes Goodies

Coconut Water
Almond Butter (creamy, unsalted)
Almond Beverage (in place of milk)
Coconut Creamer
65% Cacao Dark Chocolate (side eye, ok)
Bananas
Mangoes
Instant Coffee
Corn Tortilla Chips
Double Roasted Salsa
Roasted Garlic Hummus Dip

My quest now is to find new recipes so that I can feed myself and my 6 feet 3inch 15 year old son! 🙂 I’m willing to give it a try.

Do you have any vegetarian recipes that are simple and easy for a veggie novice like me?

14 Favorite Things to Buy From Dollar Tree –  Budget Shopping Tips

14 Favorite Things to Buy From Dollar Tree – Budget Shopping Tips

14 Favorite Things to Buy From Dollar Tree – Budget Shopping Tips

Purchasing name brand items can be so overrated. When you’re on a budget, you tend to find more innovative ways to make your finances work. Sometimes that includes going to the “Dollar Store” , 99c Store or more specifically, Dollar Tree. At first, I was skeptical figuring the things in the Dollar store can’t possibly be of much use or if so, not for very long. However, I was surprised. There’s no easier way to satisfy a need than when you really have one. In this case, my need was budget shopping tips.

Here are my 14 favorite things to buy from Dollar Tree:

1. Exfoliating Bath Gloves

Bath Gloves

Bath Gloves

Exfoliating bath gloves can be found at other higher end stores like Target or Walmart for upwards of $3.99. You can get the same experience from the bath gloves at Dollar Tree for only $1 plus tax. If you’re changing these gloves every few weeks or so, you will be looking at a significant savings over the period of 52 weeks.


2. Extension Cords

If you’re looking for a simple extension cord in your home for basic items like lamps, fans etc, it would make more sense to spend $1 on a 6′ extension cord. It will do the same job as a 9′ foot extension cord found at Target ranging anywhere from $2.99 upwards. I don’t know about you but I’m probably a bit rough when I’m blow drying my hair and the power cord always wiggles its way out of the outlet. $1 extension cord solves that for me, instantly.


3. Pregnancy Tests

These can be found at department stores for prices upwards of $10.00. You’ll find the generic brand for $1.00 plus tax at Dollar Tree. These tests are just as good and provide same accurate results, for the most part. Even if you search blogs or YouTube videos online, you will find many people who will testify to their accuracy. A similar test proved my bouncing baby boy many years ago! Sometimes, you really have to subscribe to the notion of “Don’t believe the hype!”.


4. Tupperware

If you’re planning to organize your fruits and veggies, the cheapest way to gather new Tupperware is from Dollar Tree. While they have a range to choose from, you will also find Rubbermaid brand which is an excellent choice. And, if you’re looking for something fairly durable but that you don’t mind losing, there are options for some more generic brands also.


Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

5. Wash Cloths

$1.00 will get you a set of two or three microfiber dish clothes which work really well. The quality of the cloths are so good and you don’t think twice when it’s time to change them since their cost is simply $1!


6. Reading Glasses

Prescription glasses were quite a bit out of my price range recently. When I found myself squinting and creating a sharp line in the middle of my brow from doing so, I knew I had to find a solution. There are so many different styles and grades to choose from. The good part is, until you can get better glasses, you don’t mind if you end up losing or trampling over these because they only cost a dollar.

 

Dollar Tree Flip Flops

Dollar Tree Flip Flops

7. Flip FLops

If you like to keep it simple or your budget is tight, especially for children who outgrow their shoes within months, this might be something to consider. There are usually a wide variety to choose from and works good either as a hold over until you can get what you really want or until your child outgrows the shoes he or she is wearing now.


8. Gift Bags & Paper

Most gift bags are tossed aside or reused. You’re basically tossing away $5.00 to $10.00 each time you give a gift and purchase your gift bag from a department store. At Dollar Tree, there are various sizes, colors and styles to choose from, including the paper to go inside the bag to give it a little more pizzazz. Please think about it before you wrap and waste!


9. Dental Flossers
flossers

While I’ve always bought flossers from Dollar Tree, I recently discovered the Plackers Right Angle pack. It has a fold away protected pick which gives you even more leverage to clean your teeth and the floss is laced with mint so your teeth get a sense of freshness while you clean.


10. Hair Bands + Berets

$1 each gives you a wide variety of hair pins, holders and clips. Once again, comparing them to department store prices and at the rate these things tend to disappear, it’s definitely a more sound decision to go the Dollar Tree way.


11. Awesome Cleaning Spray

Awesome Cleaning Spray

Awesome Cleaning Spray

I was first introduced to Awesome Spray cleaner when I bought my first used stove and refrigerator. They both came with a few dents and loads of dirt. My cousin told me the best bet was Awesome Spray. It’s very strong in terms of fumes so please keep that in mind when you use it, expecially if you are going to use it indoors. The good news is though, that as strong as the smell is, it is even more potent and you will be amazed. It truly is “Awesome” Spray.


12. Socks

I love socks from Dollar Tree. There are a variety of colors and styles to choose from and I’ve yet to be disappointed in a chosen pair. As I write this, however, I wonder if I just haven’t experienced a higher quality sock so I simply don’t know better.


13. Hand Soap

You can’t go wrong with the hand soap here, unless of course, there happens to be a great sale happening somewhere else, like those awesome sales from Bath & Body Works! In the mean time though, $1 for a bottle of hand soap is definitely not a bad investment especially if you have kids, a large family or always entertaining people at your house.


14. Clip-On Flashlight for Reading Or…

Dollar Tree Flashlights

Dollar Tree Flashlights

$1 gets you a handy little flashlight, complete with batteries. This is perfect if you want to read late at night without a lamp on. The clip on feature is perfect for almost any object – a phone, a book, some papers, a clipboard… pretty versatile.

I’m sure as time goes by, my list will have increased. I feel like every time I go to Dollar Tree, I discover something new.

Please let me know if you have a favourite item from the dollar store that’s not listed here! I’d love to try it.

How to Speed up videos in Lumify App for iPhone

How to Speed up videos in Lumify App for iPhone

Since I got really into Yoga this year, I decided I wanted to document my journey. This would include photos and videos and all kinds of fancy sayings that promote wellness, goodness and loving life. I searched and found this app called Lumify for iPhone.

Best video app in my experience.

Best video app in my experience.

To the best of my knowledge, it only works on iOS platforms. I absolutely love it. It’s not just that it visually engages me as an artist but it is so user friendly and fast. It has some neat lil transitions and adding music is easy. It allows for addition of several scenes and then seamlessly melting them into one boiling vision of perfection. There are options to slow down your video, speed it up, keep the original audio or have it subdued in the background. When adding your music, it is possible to have more than one song play in your video for different scenes and at any sound level you so desire.

You can select how fast you want your video to go or even create slow motion.

You can select how fast you want your video to go or even create slow motion.

The filters are great as well as special features such as slow motion, zoom etc.

The only issues I had with this app is that it can only speed up a video 2x. Sometimes it would not be enough if I wanted to create a certain feel for my video of if I wanted to complete a full Sun Salutation in a 15 second segment for Instagram videos, especially when doing Astanga Yoga. I saw another app called Viva Video online and it could speed up a video 4x so I resorted to using that when needed.

However, I have learned the trick to making Lumify videos go as fast as I want them to go:

1. Record and insert your video and set speed up to 2x.
(Do not add music yet or it will also speed up the music in the next step, unless of course that’s what you are going for)

2. Save your video to your phone.

3. Reopen that same video in Lumify and set speed up to 4x.

4. Add music if desired.

The thing is you can probably keep saving that video time after time making it ridiculously fast. I believe somewhere in me lies a director longing to come to fully alive 🙂

I am so appreciative of the makers of Lumify – not only does it work like a gem but it’s visually appealing. I have made use of Lumify mostly making Instagram Videos but it can do so much more. I’ve used it to assist my son with Homework videos specifically. Also, I have made some neat  Birthday Greeting videos and Memorial videos, honoring people who have passed on for friends and family.

Oh, to continuously seek and find all that can NourishMeSweetly is complete and thorough bliss. Lumify, you certainly do NourishMeSweetly.

Thank You.

 

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