Election 2016 Via Mobile

This post is in partnership with US Cellular. Who else is a political junkie? I am SO excited about this year's election. It's a historic one with the first major party candidate being a woman. And she's running against a completely political outsider. I can't get enough.Luckily my iPhone has me covered and U.S. Cellular's high quality network with national coverage have me covered. … [Read more...]

What to do When Your Phone Takes a Dip

There's nothing worse than that split moment in between you dropping your phone and it landing in water. But wet cell phones may be salvageable. The key to success is acting quickly, using solutions that have been proven effective, and avoiding behavior that might cause further damage. The key to success is act quickly to avoid further damage. What to do first if you drop your phone in the water... don’t panic, and retrieve the phone as soon as possible. Many people worry that contacts, photos and other data may be gone forever. Their first reaction is to frantically press all the buttons, attempt to fix it with a hair dryer, or even stick it in the oven to dry. Don't give into this temptation! Act fast by getting it out of the water right away. The longer it’s submerged in liquid, the more likely it is to be irrevocably damaged.Next take out the battery and resist the urge to “test” the phone to see if it still works by turning it on and off. Pressing the screen and buttons … [Read more...]

Spring Trends 2016

Happy Spring! It's raining and cold here lately but I am stubbornly keeping my windows open and my Spring clothes on. Soon to be prominent in my rotation are the lovely shoes posted above! My friend sent them over the pond for my fortieth birthday and I am love. She's must more fashionable than me and with one gift of shoes, managed to make me up my game for some more Spring trends. Here's what "in" this Spring: Off the Shoulder Updated White Shirt Daytime Lingerie Pleats Ruffles Stripes 90's inspired Wraps Romantic Ties   Those strike throughs? Aren't happening for me. I don't wear anything that requires a special bra (off the shoulder) and anything I wore the first time (nineties). Also, I don't iron (pleats). But the others, yeah. Even daytime lingerie in the form of some silk pajama pants. I am planning on working all of these into my everyday style wearing those awesome shoes whenever possible! Check out my mood board below the cut alone … [Read more...]

The Best Box for Food Loving Cooks

In just a couple of weeks I'll be reviewing the new MARY's secret ingredients box . I loved my … [Read more...]

Spring Clean Your Passwords

In all your Spring cleaning, don't forget to do your digital spring cleaning! A good place to start is this inbox spring clean I shared a few years back. And this year as part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade, I am sharing smart ways to help improve your password habits. and bed are to take some time to update your tech agreement with your kids. Don't have one? You can download a Parent/Child Agreement here. If you have bad password habits, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone! According to a Harris Interactive survey, more than half of Americans realize they need to change their password habits. Among the password habits that need attention are reusing passwords and creating weak passwords, such as your dog’s name, 12345 or password123. When it comes to protecting valuable information, those passwords share common patterns, creating vulnerability across the various accounts we all use every day, ranging from the ones that need to be most secure, like bank … [Read more...]

A Spriteful Start to Spring With Fairy and Gnome Stories

Hard to believe the snowy weekend we had involved the first day of Spring! If it was cold in your part of the world, I bet you are as ready to greet Spring as I am. Today while shopping for crafts, for our egg hunt I was definitely in the Spring mood after seeing all the cute mushroom, fairy, and gnome decorations at Michael's! I can't think of a cuter way to celebrate the beginning of the season. If you want to get into the spirit of sprites, here are some adorable books about gnomes and fairies: 1. No, No Gnome: I spotted this new book at our local bookstore and instantly loved it. Kids will love the simple wording and the phrasing is perfect for beginner readers. 2. How to Find Flower Fairies: Feed your child's imagination with this whimsical pop up book all about fairies and their homes. Then take your kids on a fairy hunt. 3. Gnomes: You will have to track this book down as it is out of print in the U.S. (it's available on Amazon from used book sellers) but it's totally … [Read more...]

Putting the E in STEM

This post is part of my partnership with U.S. Cellular. (picture courtesy of U.S. Cellular) This week something pretty cool happened in my city. An engineering associate from U.S. Cellular visited the Boys and Girls Club in Columbia to conduct an “Ask an Engineer” session. It gave the students a hands-on look at how the company’s high-quality network operates. It also gave them an inside look and information on career opportunities in engineering. Talk about STEM education! At these events, U.S. Cellular engineers demonstrate how the network operates and how U.S. Cellular regularly monitors it. It's all in celebration of the 65th Anniversary of National Engineers Week. U.S. Cellular is working to help increase understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers by holding these “Ask an Engineer” sessions at Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the country. The goal of U.S. Cellular’s “Ask an Engineer” sessions are to bring engineering to life for kids and show … [Read more...]

Movies That Induce Irish Catholic Guilt

As the Ides of March approach, it's time for me to review my Kiss Me, I'm Irish Pinterest board. Even though I left my Catholic faith behind, the Irish guilt remains. It's a burden that the Irish I meet seem to carry. I often feel the weight of years of my forefathers on my shoulders when I even think something wrong. And if I forget, all I have to do is cue up one of the following movies and it all comes back. I mean #firstworldproblems and all when I look at what my Irish brethren went through. As St. Patrick's Day approaches, I encourage you to sit down and watch one or two of these. I guarantee by the end you will be crying into your green beer. Consider it a small price to pay for getting March 17th as a free for all of kissing and wearing green! … [Read more...]

Can Your Style Bring You Luck?

Around the month of March, everyone starts to feel a little lucky. Especially if they are wearing green. But what if you could bring luck year round with your personal style? Everyone from feng shui experts to astrologists have opinions on which looks can attract luck in your everyday life. I figure, it's worth a try right? Read on for the luckiest way to dress.... … [Read more...]

Anti-Love Stories

Oh Valentine's Day, you heart filled candy floss of a day. You know, most of the time I just ain't feeling it. Fortunately I have given up on it and just surrendered to the Christmas Revenge that the day has become for the littles. But for those of you that are love lorn are just want to throw things at the TV due to everyone who got flowers at the store today, here are my favorite anti-love stories, in suggested watching order. This Valentine's Day marathon will make you HAPPY to not be in love! … [Read more...]