The Device Every Instagram Addict Needs

Calling all Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Twitter and Photography addicts!

Listen up….

Have you heard of the new Nokia Lumia Icon yet? Have you seen the commercials? You know the ones with the amazing sounds and super clear and crisp pictures? This phone has a gazillion great features (it is a Windows phone after all) but what stands out to me the most is by far the camera. This phone takes the most amazing photos and videos.


With its Full HD video, 20 megapixel camera and 5” full HD screen you are guaranteed to achieve the most perfect shot. The Icon also uses Zeiss optics which helps you take better photos in both light and dark areas. This technology also allows you to zoom in and reframe shots as well.


Another amazing feature is there is no glare from sunlight (thanks to Gorilla Glass) with this phone so it is perfect to take to the beach so you can catch up on Kim & Kanye in the most recent “VOGUE” issue. See what everyone’s talking about. #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOUPLE


Remember when you were at that amazing concert last summer and they played your favorite song and you grabbed your phone and took a video only to come home to watch it and realize all you hear is background noise and not your favorite song? Kiss that goodbye with the Icon.


If you don’t believe me check out this video to prove it!



If you are a photographer or just a complete Instagram addict the Lumia Icon is a must!


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To celebrate the MOMentumNation official launch, we’re having a “Building Your Brand” Twitter party.



To celebrate the launch of MOMentumNation and thank our friends, we’re having a party.  It’s also MOMentum’s birthday–three years ago.


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Tuesday, November 13th

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We have some generous prizes from the MOMentum community:

EnVy pillow: ($169 value) The ultimate pain relief pillow by Envy Pillow is the ultimate neck and shoulder support pillow that makes your neck pains disappear into a good night sleep.


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Bai Drinks: A value pack of powerful antioxidant, 5 calorie fruit drinks made from the outside of the coffeefruit. 100% natural and free-radical.  Certified OU Kosher, and Gluten, Soy, BPA & GMO Free


Katie DeVito, Independent Designer: Origami Owl $20 gift certificate . Design your own custom jewelry. The company was founded by a 14-year old girl who dreamed of owning a car!


TJMaxx: $50 gift card to a store full of designer and brand name fashion for women, men, teens, kids and baby all at up to 60% off department store prices, every day.

Babor Cosmetics: $125 value. Baborganic: biological enzyme cleanser, ScenTao of Asia: relaxing body water and Baborganic: revitalizing body lotion


Squishables:  A plush Panda ($38 value)giant round, fuzzy panda any kid will love to hug.


Beauty, Bullying, Real Housewives of OC Season 8, Family and More with Heather Dubrow – PART 2

PART 2 with Heather Dubrow

Quick 5

ME: Fave junk food treat

HEATHER: Twizzlers (We both agreed Twizzlers beat out Red Vines hands down. We even chatted about biting off the ends of the Twizzlers and using them as straws. You know you’ve done it too.)

ME: All time fave movie

HEATHER: There’s so many. Aside from all the major classics like “The Wizard of Oz”. “Flashdance”, “Ice Castles” any of those girlie, young performance, dance, ice skating, singing type of films.

ME: Fave musical theater song because I know you sing. I was actually a theater major in college.

HEATHER: Really? Where did you go?

ME: I went to Rider in New Jersey. (We chatted briefly about how I ended up not pursuing anything with my theatre degree.)

HEATHER: This is hard.

ME: Ok if you had to go into an audition tomorrow and sing something what would it be?

HEATHER: Trying to think of my old audition songs. I do love “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar.

ME: That’s a good one.

HEATHER: I’d probably audition with something from Les Mis.

ME: I love Les Mis too.

ME: Fave store or brand

HEATHER: I always say Chanel because I love Chanel. But I feel their prices are so out of control right now I’m almost turned off. I’m going to say Valentino.

ME: Fave magazine

HEATHER: I like a bunch of them. I’m gonna say Vogue.


ME: Do you do your own social media?


ME: What social media site do you love the most? Twitter maybe?

HEATHER: I do like Twitter. I don’t understand Facebook at all. (We then chatted about different media platforms and different sites to help manage accounts.)


HEATHER: The word bullying. Are you on Twitter? Do you follow me on Twitter?

ME: I do!

HEATHER: So you’ve seen all the bullying talk with Alexis because of what happened in Costa Rica. How do you feel about that?

ME: I think she’s ridiculous.

HEATHER: Ok good, ok so you understand. This is what I have to say about it. It is so not appropriate in this context; it’s not applicable in this context to use the word bullying. That’s an incredibly serious statement. It’s a serious issue and to make light of it like that I just think it’s crazy. We are all cognizant that we are on the show to show our relationships and be vocal about our opinions of the other cast members. If you have filters, you have to take those filters out. This is what the show is about. It’s allowing the audience to get into our brain and say what they want to say and hear what they want to hear. The realness of it. This is Alexis’s 3rd season, she’s very aware. She’s very aware of how it works. I think it’s really easy when things get turned on you and it makes you uncomfortable and it hits too close to home to run to your corner and cry victim. But I don’t think it’s fair and I think it’s an easy out.

ME: I agree.

HEATHER: She and I had gone back and forth and back and forth on Twitter. I’m tired of the name calling and whatever. I actually have no ill feelings towards her. We had some very nice times together. I think it’s unfortunate how things happen. We had a really nice conversation after the reunion in the parking lot. We hugged and sort of apologized to each other for the misconceptions and some issues and whatever. We hugged. We texted each other. So I thought, ok great, maybe not best friends but we can accept each other. But then 2 days later she gave a really rude interview about me in the press and I thought ok well there you go.

ME: I think she’s just unhappy with herself and that’s the big problem.

HEATHER: Yea know what you could be right. As far as I’m concerned, her chapter’s closed. I wish her and her family well. I have no ill feelings towards them.  She’s not a bad person. I hope she’s happy in her life.


My huge shopping spree – Kmart Sears Land’s End Review

I love that I can buy items from Kmart, Sears and Land’s End with any of their gift cards. Recently I won a Kmart gift card from the #kmartchat Twitter party hosted by @crissy, @mommyinsider, @jollymom, @kmart and @stacieinatlanta. As you can imagine I was thrilled because that meant…. Shopping spree for me! I was in need of a few items and this great win was going to allow me to purchase a few items I’ve been needing. Ok and maybe not really needing.


First stop…. Kmart of course. I was hoping to find a tablet case but wasn’t successful. That’s ok, I got the mousepad I needed. It has a memory foam wrist spot to eliminate wrist pain from using the mouse. I also picked up a few household items too.


Next up Sears…. I’ve been dying for a dutch oven. Not quite sure why I didn’t own one previously but was realizing a lot of recipes I wanted to try called for one. It’s on! Dutch oven here I come. I bought the cutest red dutch oven as well as a food chopper. One of the main reasons I wanted a dutch oven was to finally make Julia Child’s famous Beef Bourgionne. (See my previous post HERE.)


I still have money to spare, now what? Besides Sears wide variety and great prices, they also have an entire Land’s End department. Again… it’s on. I bought the cutest black velvet blazer. Perfect to dress up jeans in the fall and winter. I also bought another cardigan set, I’m addicted to theirs. Plus 3 draped open cardigan sweaters. All the same, but in brown, black and grey. Oh and another grey sweater. Everything I purchase was on sale which was awesome plus I used my Sears Rewards so I could rack up points towards my next purchase.


All this for under $250. You heard me right! Kitchen goods, a new wardrobe and I still have some money to spare.


Thank you #KmartChat for a great party and all my new goodies. You rock!


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Samsung Galaxy Tablet 8.9 – Product Review

Guess what I got for Christmas? Audrey McClelland is one of Santa’s elves, I’m convinced. I participated in the #ATT Twitter giveaway with @AudreyMcClellan the week of Christmas and won the Samsung Galaxy Tablet 8.9. I was thrilled! I was dying for a tablet as I’m always on the go and a tablet is perfect to throw in your purse and bring to events, meetings with clients or just to keep you busy while waiting for an appointment. Oh did I mention not only did I win it the week of Christmas it arrived on my door before Christmas. Yay! Merry Christmas to me!

This tablet is an expression of you – not its maker.

If you buy the wrong tablet, you’re at the mercy of the manufacturer regarding how much you can customize or personalize your screens. But the beauty of Android is that you have much greater flexibility to arrange things however you want. You’ll have multiple home screens to compose and design, plus live wallpapers to express your mood and personality. The Tab also offers you the freedom of TouchWiz®, the intuitive user interface that allows you to quickly drag and drop your icons, widgets and Live Panels with only the touch of a finger. Now, reorganizing your tablet’s menus and navigational options will be simple and straightforward.

A screen so lifelike you’ll want to touch it.

The Tab’s WXGA-TFT touchscreen redefines high resolution. Every image has amazing color, radiance, and clarity to capture all the detail of real life. The Tab’s dimensions give it an aspect ratio that lets you see more of the original image, without cropping or black bars. Now when you watch a movie with $100 million in special effects, you get the full impact. When you read eBooks or emails, every letter of text is razor sharp. Video chatting is more like talking face-to-face. And when your finger touches the responsive screen, every function is smooth as silk.

Performs at a higher level. So you can, too.

Surf the internet just like on a PC, and get the full enjoyment of Adobe® Flash® Player compatible sites, games, and videos. The Dual core 1GHz processor runs every function and app effortlessly. A full gig of ram gives you plenty of memory. The Tab’s Android ™ 3.1, Honeycomb platform is the proven gold standard to perform the full range of Google services like optimized Gmail™ and Google Maps™.

Does several things at once. Sound familiar?

Multi-tasking is the new normal. None of us have time to do only one thing at a time. The Tab keeps you up-to-the-second with widgets and live panels that update constantly. And you can have more than one window open at a time to bounce around on. Access the Android Market™ for thousands of apps that keep your life moving with the speed you need. Sometimes your Tab is for work, sometimes it’s for play, and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

Take gaming to the next level.

The Tab 8.9 is gaming heaven. It has the speed and processing power to run any Android or Adobe® Flash® Player compatible game with no buffering, stalling, downloads, or plug-ins. And the screen shows every dragon’s scale, every gold doubloon, and every sword glint with eye-popping, heart-pounding detail.

You can’t be too thin.

It’s only .34″ from front to back, which is about as thin as a typical ballpoint pen. The Tab also weighs just 447 grams – so light that you’ll hardly notice it in your briefcase or purse. The body is sleek yet easy to grip, and fits comfortably in your hand. It’s the perfect portable device to take anywhere and connect through any Wi-Fi hotspot without monthly service fees or carrier contracts.

Your Tab is the hub of your social universe.

For social networking, the Tab offers Social Hub, the pre-loaded app which organizes all your favorite sites in one, easy-to-access location.

Watch movies and TV shows anytime and everywhere.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 gives you access to Media Hub, where movies and TV shows can be rented or downloaded for purchase. When you choose to purchase, your content can be stored in the cloud and viewed on up to five other Media Hub enabled devices, or even watched on your television through Smart Show with an HDMI video-out adapter (sold separately). You can watch it now, or later for offline viewing. The list of content available is refreshed daily to include the latest episodes of last night’s TV shows. When you choose to watch something, you can begin watching within minutes with progressive download.

Want more places to get movies? Not a problem. The Google Videos app is preloaded, letting you rent thousands of movies starting at $1.99. Get Amazon Instant movies with Unlimited Streaming videos offering more than 2,000 movies and 500 TV shows. If you’re an Amazon Prime user, you get movies absolutely free with membership. Many movies and videos are Adobe® Flash® Player compatible, and you’ll be able to watch them all. Most networks offer free shows on their own websites, and you’ll be able to access the free content with a browser based website for TV shows. Want more options? Get the IMDB app from Android Market to watch movie trailers, or the Vevo App for premium music videos.

It’s like a bookworm’s heaven.

The Amazon Kindle app is preloaded, giving you access to the largest selection of the books (including New York best sellers) and periodicals people want to read. You even get free sample books, chapters and popular classics. Google Books comes preloaded, offering you free out-of-trademark books such as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Pride & Prejudice” and many more. You can purchase thousands of books via Android Market.

Sync and Share Digital Content with AllShareâ„¢

Transform your digital living experience by enjoying your content on multiple screens, anytime, anywhere. You can wirelessly stream your movies, music and photos from your smartphone, or tablet to your Smart TV, PC and to other DLNA Certified® devices. Samsung AllShare™ seamlessly puts your music, memories and videos in harmony.


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Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.