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Pictures Pop with a Pixel

Disclosure:  I was provided with a Google Pixel Smartphone from Verizon in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

How many of you remember when the car phone – aka- mobile phone – aka – cell phone turned into a Smartphone and using it to make actual phones calls has become almost obsolete?

 

Just text me…snap a selfie…check in on Foursquare…read an email…check Social Media stats…Facebook…Twitter…Instagram…read my blog…Hello Siri GPS navigation… uploading videos…Livestreaming…Snapchatting and of course the constant picture taking of food, friends, and fun!

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So when I had the opportunity to review this new Google Pixel Smartphone I decided not to use it as a phone for making calls or for checking into social media or even updating my blog but solely as a camera instead. 

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“Content is King” and “Images are the Queen” so it is vital especially as a blogger to capture attention grabbing, eye popping pictures and I have to admit this Google Pixel exceeded my expectations!  

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I decided to leave my Nikon Coolpix at home when I headed to the Summit Marina last weekend to capture these amazing pictures overlooking the C&D Canal. 

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These photos were in no way touched up nor did I add any filters, I just emailed and uploaded them to my laptop.  With the Google Pixel you can get unlimited storage of all your photos and videos free in Google Photos which is definitely great for leaving your legacy in the cloud!

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You may remember last month when hubby and I came here to the Marina for another photo shot and the weather was still warm and gorgeous.  However, this time, I was there alone and it was cold so I didn’t stay long, besides those Turkey Vultures didn’t seem too happy to have me around.

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The Google Pixel Smartphone is smaller and lighter than my Samsung Galaxy Note 5, however, the pictures are bigger and brighter.  There are actually two versions of this Android smartphone, the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL

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I loved that the Google Pixel weighs only 5.04 oz and the 5 inch screen was the perfect size for viewing VR apps without needing my glasses.  I had recently purchased a Virtual Reality Headset so I downloaded a few free VR apps from the Google Play Store.  

The Google Pixel sat nicely in the headset and because it’s lightweight it was great for walking around “taking a tour of NYC” as well as riding a virtual rollercoaster.  The display on this smartphone is bright, sharp and with the vivid colors, watching some of the VR movies was like being in my own private screening room!

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The battery life on the Google Pixel is amazing which is very important especially as a blogger who may need to cover an event lasting hours.  Not having to search for and then stand next to a power outlet was great for capturing these pictures at a Girls Night In event hosted by my friend Roxie in Middletown.

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Other great photo features on the Google Pixel include the ability to just double tap a button to turn on the camera and a double twist to change to selfie mode. Videos can also be shot in 4K resolution and the powerful speakers were perfect for listening to music and watching DIY videos on YouTube.

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There are also many other features that the Google Pixel is equipped with and below are just a few of them.  However, if you are looking for an Android Smartphone with awesome visuals then you need to head over to a Verizon store and pick one up!

 

Oh, and the Bright Light Flashlight is perfect when navigating a parking lot or a college campus at night.  Speaking of college, you know that I had to take a selfie with my son before he headed back to his after Thanksgiving!

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Your Thoughts

Would you purchase a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL?

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Google Pixel Specs

Display

5.0 inches
FHD AMOLED at 441ppi
2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
Size
5.6 x 2.7 x 0.2 ~ 0.3 inches
143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3 ~ 8.5 mm

Battery*

2,770 mAh battery

Standby time (LTE): up to 19 days

Talk time (3g/WCDMA): up to 26 hours

Internet use time (Wi-Fi): up to 13 hours

Internet use time (LTE): up to 13 hours

Video playback: up to 13 hours

Audio playback (via headset): up to 110 hours

Fast charging: up to 7 hours of use from only 15 minutes of charging

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Olixar OmniHolder Universal In-Car Mount

Hello friends,

you know that saying, “big things come in small packages”? Well that is how I would describe this Olixar OmniHolder Universal In Car Mount.

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It’s small, lightweight and is the perfect size for “Bloggy Buggy’s” dashboard yet it’s sturdy enough to keep a grip on my Galaxy S4 Smartphone.  It has a padded extending arm to fit other phone models so I can let one of my mini men use it on occasion. I used the adhesive plate to mount it onto the dash but there is also a suction cup so they can put it onto their windshield.

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It’s also small enough as not to be a distraction while I’m driving and can be rotated or tilted in case I want to use the GPS feature on my phone.

What I like most about the car holder is that once I put my phone into it, it stays put. I don’t have to worry about my phone falling onto the floor on sliding off the seat when I need to brake hard. It stays visible yet out of reach which keeps me from checking email and social media at stop lights, which is a bad habit that I need to break.

The car holder was ordered and shipped quickly from Mobile Fun.com and I am seriously thinking about getting one for my mini men as a Christmas Stocking Stuffer that way I’ll always have mine in the car.

Let’s Chat, do you check your Smartphone when stopped at a red light?

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My Birthday Day in Review

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

Last Friday I was blessed to have celebrated my 52nd birthday.  I want to thank each and everyone of you for your birthday wishes, greetings and blog shout-outs, it touched my heart and I truly appreciated it.
It wasn’t too long ago that I would start my birthday day with a scheduled appointment for a mani/pedi, a spa treatment, out for a nice lunch then ending it with a shopping spree at the Mall. This year I started my birthday day with a scheduled doctor appointments/medical tests, a bagel and latte at a local cafe, a sidewalk sale then a meeting with my son’s case manager.  It’s amazing how my priorities changed as I got older.
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…but this was my favorite one from #1 son…definitely a keeper!

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I went to Whereabouts Cafe for breakfast and ordered an Oregon Chai Latte with an Egg Bagel and a Lox Spread.
Rugged Wearhouse was having their annual Sidewalk Sale and everything on the outside tables was $1.00.  I couldn’t resist picking up a few pieces of costume jewelry, spending a whooping $7.00, how my priorities have changed!

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When son #2 arrived home from school he and I went in town to Verizon Wireless where he helped me choose a new Smartphone.  No, it wasn’t the Apple iPhone 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 a b c or d, instead I upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S4 which I love – older eyes need bigger phones!

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Before heading home, I stopped in at Cochran Liquors where they were hosting a taste testing for Bacardi’s new Light Strawberry Daiquiris.  With the first sip my mind was immediately transported back to an island in the Caribbean, it was a wonderful mini mental vacation.  (BTW my son was driving).  I decided to purchase a bottle of Bacardi Light Pina Colada to toast my 52nd birthday.

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Later that evening hubby came home with a beautiful white floral arrangement containing Roses, Carnations, Lilys, Daisys and Baby Breaths.  This made for a perfect ending to perfectly blessed birthday day.

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New Addition to the Family

Hello Friends, we have a new addition to the family!

On Wednesday, we welcomed a new little bundle to the family, it’s name is Spark, Chevy Spark. When Tayair pulled up the driveway I almost cried, it was the cutest little car I’ve ever seen. Not quite as small as a “Smart Car” but just as cute and compact as the Volkswagen Beetle was back in the ’30’s.

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The 2002 Hyundai Elantra that Malik was driving began acting up, even after a replaced engine, the brakes and rods began to go and it just nickeled and dimed us so it was time to get rid of it, we will donate it to Goodwill.  We decided to hand down the 2005 Honda that was purchased in April and then get Tayair a new vehicle.  My husband had visited Diver Chevrolet last week and thought the Spark would be the perfect car for him, one that would get him from Point A to Point B and would last for many, many, many years!

Not having purchased a new vehicle since 2005, it was amazing to see all the bells and whistles in this basic car. I thought my friend’s Mercedes was loaded with amazing features but this little Spark was also equipped with some awesome controls, including Sirius XM Radio, Bluetooth, 9 airbags, USB outlet, touchscreen infotainment system, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and an emergency communication system (OnStar 6-month free trial).

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I didn’t realize it was a 4-door, and squealed with delight when he opened the back doors, so cute and surprisingly comfortable with ample leg and head room.

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The trunk was a bit too small for me and there isn’t a spare tire, instead an air compressor and a can of “fix it flat”, but with OnStar just a push of a button will get you emergency service.

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This vehicle will be in the family for a long time to come and I can honestly say that it’s a welcomed addition even with the car payments!

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Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post nor did I receive compensation for the writing of it, all opinions are 100% my own.  I have no connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Liebster Award Acceptance

A few months ago two lovely ladies nominated me for a Liebster Award, I apologize for just getting around to accepting and thanking them properly.

Thank you Kittehluvs and A Mom’s Point of View, I was truly honored and am humbled that you chose me as a recipient (please accept my apology for the delay in accepting)

 I officially accept both nominations and have combined my answers from each of you and am abiding by the following rules:

  • Post eleven facts about yourself

  • Answer the questions posed by your nominator

  • Pass the award on to eleven new recipients

  • Post eleven new questions to your bloggers

Upon completion, post the Liebster Award badge to your blog, notify your nominees, and link them to the post, as well as linking the person who nominated you.

Eleven Facts about Me

  1. I live in the 2nd smallest state, Delaware – home of VP Joe Biden

  2. I’ll have been married 23 years in August

  3. I received a BS Degree in Elementary Education from Delaware State (College) University

  4. I love Jazz, Classical and R&B music

  5. I am left handed

  6. I love Classic TV shows – i.e. I Love Lucy, Dragnet, Leave it to Beaver

  7. I am NOT a sports enthusiast nor can I play any sport

  8. I love old school horror flicks – Night of the Living Dead, 1968 version is my all time favorite

  9. I have a soft and loving heart, I look for the good in everyone

  10. I can’t relax – must always be doing something, even while sleeping, my mind is racing

  11. I hate to sweat when exercising but it doesn’t bother me when sunbathing – I know, hubby doesn’t understand that either

  12. I hate driving because I have a 3 hour daily commute to work

Eleven Questions from Kittehluvs

  1. What is your favorite pair of shoes – Polka Dot Pumps

  2. What perfume/scent do you wear – As an Avon Rep I have many but my favorite is Bijan

  3. Do you like vintage or modern style? Explain – Both, and when mixed the vintage becomes the new modern

  4. What is your favorite piece of furniture – My Bed – I love to sleep!

  5. Do you collect something?  What is it?  – I used to collect African American Santas and Angels – but have since stopped buying – time to start downsizing

  6. Favorite Things? Least Favorite Things? Use your imagination – A positive balance in my checkbook – a negative balance in my checkbook!

  7. What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to your readers?  “Don’t Stress The Small Stuff – Life is Too Short”

  8. Thinking about how and when you grew up, where do you think your style inspiration came from? – Born in the 60’s, and raised in New York – no explanation needed

  9. If you could do anything crazy for 1 day and be assured that nothing harmful could happen, what would it be? – Wow…that’s definitely a hard one…hmmm hack the system to wipe my credit report clean, zero balance out everything!

  10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years? – semi-retired and debt free/retired and debt free

  11. What is your best asset? Could be physical or not – Positive Attitude

Eleven Questions from A Mom’s Point of View

  1. What made you decide to start blogging? – After the death of my grandmother, I needed someone to share my bargains and deals with

  2. How often to you write a blog post? – Daily

  3. Do you have children and how many? 2 sons, ages 17 and 20

  4. What is your favorite book? – Everything written by the late E. Lynn Harris

  5. Do you read eBooks or paper books? – both but neither often

  6. How long could you live without electricity? – a week maybe

  7. One word to describe your personality? – Positive

  8. Dog or Cat person? Cat but don’t have either

  9. Have you bought a tablet yet? – I won one from a contest sponsored by WPHL17

  10. Apple or Android? – Both, Apple iPad, Android “not-so-smart” Phone

  11. Facebook or Google+ ? – Both but I like FB better

 

My Nominees

  1. Images by Dashfield

  2. The L Train

  3. Mitzie Mee

  4. Curls and Mo

  5. Calm Healthy Sexy

  6. Divas With A Purpose

  7. Fashion For Lunch

  8. Free UR Closet

  9. Tough Cookie Mommy

  10. Lifestyle Over 40

  11. Pride in Photos

Questions for my nominees:

  1. Where is your fantasy vacation spot?

  2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

  3. Who influenced you the most while growing up?

  4. Who do you now admire and why?

  5. What is your biggest pet peeve?

  6. How do you like to travel – planes, trains or automobiles?

  7. What is your favorite quote or inspirational message?

  8. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?

  9. Best gift ever received?

  10. If you could go shopping with someone famous with an unlimited budget who would it be and where?

  11. What is #1 on your Bucket List?

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OOTD – Shopping the Savings @Safeway

Hello Friends and Happy Saturday, I hope you are having a fun filled day.

It was so nice to wake up to bright sunshine but we are expecting more snow this evening so I did my weekly grocery shopping this morning.  Shopped groceries for the week as well as goodies for Superbowl Sunday.  Safeway is my favorite store for deals, for example, DiGiorno Pizza is on sale for $3.88 each and can be coupled with a “J4U”, Buy 2 Get 1 Free coupon.  Taking advantage of that special and then using a Buy 2 Get 1 Free manufacturer’s coupon I paid .75 cents for two pizzas!

Safeway’s “Just 4U” app allows me to download coupons directly from my Smartphone or IPad onto my card and they offer savings for every $75.00 spent, you get a $10 Rewards Coupon.  Safeway is now also offering Gas Rewards to Exxon and Mobile and I have enough points to save .40 cent off per gallon, which is definitely a huge savings for me!

Saving money shopping the sales at Safeway was a great way to start my Saturday – now bring on the snow and GO RAVENS!!!

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I didn’t wear these shoes to grocery shop but am continuing my support of  the GoRedForWomen Campaign this month.

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Linking up today with Frugal Living and More and “Quite” the blog – hop on over and meet some new bloggers

Have a fantabulous afternoon – Smooches!

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OOTD – 1980's Belt

Hello Friends and Happy Monday.  I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend with a chance to relax.  If you follow me on Instagram or Foursquare you know that I spent mine cleaning out desk drawers, shopping at Costco, Walmart and upgrading my Blackberry to a Smartphone at Radio Shack.  This morning I spent way too much time trying to decide on a belt and eventually settled on one that I’ve had since college, sometimes it pays to keep things.

Remember when I purchased the the pencil skirt and top from Target (here).  The shoes and cami were purchased at Ross.

Linking up today with Tough Cookie Mommy – hop on over and read a new blog.


OOTD – 1980’s Belt

Hello Friends and Happy Monday.  I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend with a chance to relax.  If you follow me on Instagram or Foursquare you know that I spent mine cleaning out desk drawers, shopping at Costco, Walmart and upgrading my Blackberry to a Smartphone at Radio Shack.  This morning I spent way too much time trying to decide on a belt and eventually settled on one that I’ve had since college, sometimes it pays to keep things.

Remember when I purchased the the pencil skirt and top from Target (here).  The shoes and cami were purchased at Ross.

Linking up today with Tough Cookie Mommy – hop on over and read a new blog.