Getting Excited For The Food and Wine Conference!

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I am Getting Excited For The Food and Wine Conference!!!

If you love food, wine and learning then come on down and join us July 17th-19th at  Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida.

Rosen Shingle Creek

Attending this conference is a very special experience.  I should know since I attended last year.

FWCon14 Collage Images by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie SheaDesign shot with Samsung Galaxy

Foodies, wine enthusiasts, and bloggers will have so much fun tasting, sipping, learning and networking.  Do not worry if you are shy, the people attending the Food and Wine Conference are so friendly you will be made to feel welcome as I was last year as an attendee.

Check out the full schedule of conference speakers here.

This year I will be speaking with my friend Ann Tran on “How to Rock Social Media” and would love you to join us!!

Please use this Promo code FWC15KDecosmo for $50.00 off on a 3 day Conference pass when you Register for The Food and Wine Conference.

If you cannot attend then you are invited to follow along on Social Media with Hashtag #FWConTwitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Several years ago my schedule would not allow me to attend in person but I followed along on Twitter.  I felt like I was there with all the tweets of conference quotes as well as food and wine images.  All of that activity prompted to me attend the 2014 Food and Wine Conference in person.

Hope you can make it this year whether in real life or virtually.

I am Getting Excited For The Food and Wine Conference!!!

I look forward to connecting with you!

Kathleen DeCosmo of Katie Shea Design attended Food and Wine conference #FWCon

You can find me on my social media communities here.

Disclosure: As a speaker, I receive a free ticket, and as brand ambassador for the Food & Wine Conference, I will receive a commission if you use my discount code to purchase a ticket. As always, all opinions are my own.

Photo of the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel was taken by Ashlee Hamon Photography at the 2014 Food and Wine Conference (used with permission from Sunday Supper Movement).

Watch Verizon FiOS TV Anywhere – Even Without A TV

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Live TV Your Way

Take your shows on the road!  Grab your device and stream some of your favorite FiOS TV channels from just about anywhere!  Watch Verizon FiOS TV Anywhere – Even Without A TV!!

I will not have to miss a minute of Shark Week beginning on July 5th.  I can watch all the Shark Week shows even from the Beach on the Discovery Channel with my Verizon FiOS Subscription!

Shark Week Image by Katie Shea Design LifeOnFiOS VZWBuzz C2015 #SharkWeek

That is correct even without a TV!

This summer I plan on catching up on some shows and movies while I am on the beach, during a long car ride, in my backyard and even hanging at the park absorbing the sun!

I have downloaded The FiOS® Mobile App that lets you access your home entertainment and technology virtually anywhere in and around your home or even when you’re away from your home on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Watch movies with FiOS On Demand, manage your uploaded photos, even change your DVR schedule–all from your phone or tablet!

FiOS Mobile App for Android  Katie Shea Design LifeOnFiOS

FiOS Mobile app for iPhone

Watch it Live. TV Optional.

Verizon FiOS Mobile.

Stream FiOS TV channels on your iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, or Kindle Fire® – at home or out and about. Popular channels for live TV viewing include NFL Network, NFL RedZone, beINSport (in English and Spanish), BBC America, TNT, Nickelodeon, Tennis Channel*, HBO, TBS, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, Bravo, SyFy, HGTV*, Food Network*, EPIX*, the Cooking Channel and many others. This list is always growing so check back here often to see what news channels are available for in-home and/or out-of-home viewing.

I have also bookmarked so many shows and movies available on Showtime, HBOGo and Cinemax( free with your Verizon Subscription to these premium channels)  simply by downloading their apps on iTunes and Google Play and then signing in with my Verizon FiOS Username and Password.

On HBOGo I can watch some oldies but goodies such as Six Seasons of Sex and the City, Three Seasons of Newsroom, Six Seasons of the Sopranos, Five Seasons of Game Of Thrones and Four Seasons of Veep!

On Showtime Anytime, I can watch Four Seasons of Homeland, Five Seasons of Shameless and Two Seasons of Ray Donovan!

FiOS TV ToGo

When you subscribe to FiOS TV and FiOS Internet, you can stream live TV directly from your Xbox One® and 360® consoles.

Or use your Samsung® and LG® Smart TVs and Samsung Blu-ray™ Players to stream channels to your TV with the FiOS TV app.

Plus stream Disney, Fox, WatchESPN and HBO GO® apps on Apple TV and/or Roku®.

Who Is Excited For #sharkweek image by @KatieSheaDesign #LifeOnFiOS

Shark Week Image by Katie Shea Design LifeOnFiOS VZWBuzz week of July 5th 2015 C2015 #SharkWeek

Watch Verizon FiOS TV Anywhere – Even Without A TV

Disclosure **I am a member of #LifeOnFiOS – a selected team of influencers for Verizon who love the FiOS service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Using Editing Apps With Smartphone Photography

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Since becoming a Verizon Wireless Influencer and Brand Ambassador in the #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Program,  I have been afforded many the opportunity to test numerous smartphones.  I am currently testing a Verizon Droid Turbo and also shooting images with an iPhone6 as well this summer.

Today on the #VZWBuzz weekly chat we will be discussing Smartphone Photography.

Smartphone Photography is the best part of testing any of the smartphones that have come my way over the  years.

I am a Content Creator, Social Media Director, Influencer, Brand Strategist and Digital Correspondent and I have a smartphone or two in my hands almost all the time.

My photography creativity has been spawned because of the fantastic apps that are available to edit your images in ways you could never dream of before.

The favorite apps for editing my smartphone photos are Snapseed, Aviary, PS Express, Instagram and Adobe Lightroom. There are times that I will use all of them to edit a particular photo because of the many filters available in each app.

The following are some smartphone images that have been edited by one or more of the editing apps mentioned above.

Luduree Macarons Image shot with iPhone6 by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz c2015

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6  Famous Laduree French Macarons 

Park in NJ image shot with iPhone6 by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz c2015

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 at Branch Brook Park, Newark N.J.

NYC in Bloom image shot with iPhone6 by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz c2015

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 New York City First Avenue

San Francisco Bay Bridge Image shot with iPhone6  by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz C 2015

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 at the Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco California

San Francisco Bay Image shot with iPhone6 by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz c 2015

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 San Francisco Bay Harbor

san francisco bay porpoises image shot with iPhone6 by Katie Shea Design c 2015

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 San Francisco Bay Harbor Porpoises

Pacific Coast Highway CA Image shot with iPhone6 by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz c2015Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 Pacific Coast Highway

castle di amorosa image shot by Katie Shea Design iPhone6 VZWBuzz c2015

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 at Castello di Amorosa Napa Valley

castle di amorosa Wine Country CA  image shot by Katie Shea Design iPhone6 VZWBuzz c2015

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 at Castello di Amorosa Napa Valley

castle di amorosa souvenirs  image shot by Katie Shea Design iPhone6 VZWBuzz c2015

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 at Castello di Amorosa Napa Valley

O'Brien Estate Winery Seduction Image shot w iPhone6 by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz c2015

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 at O’Brien Estate Napa Valley Ca.

Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal image shot with iPhone6 by Katie Shea Design c2015

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 at Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal Canada

Butterfly Exhibit Montreal image shot with iPhone6 by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz c2015

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 at the “Butterflies Go Free” Exhibit Montreal Canada

Stay connected with the latest smartphones

Verizon Edge Program  Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz

I would love to share any smartphone app knowledge with you.  Please feel free to email me at katiesheadesign@gmail.com or tweet me @KatieSheaDesign.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

National Wine Day

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National Wine Day is celebrated annually on May 25.

Each year, on this day, people enjoy a glass of their favorite wine with dinner, for dessert, with friends, at a restaurant, at home or at a wine-tasting event. The wine has a rich history dating back thousands of years!  (There is also a separate, yet similar, National Wine Day which is celebrated each year in February).

We are celebrating National Wine Day by sharing some of the Wines we tasted and Vineyards visited while traveling in Northern California’s Wine Country.

Napa Valley Sign Image by katie Shea Design 1

 O’Brien Estate, Napa Valley CA

O Brien Estates Napa Image by Katie Shea Design 1

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 Ceja Vineyards

Ceja Vineyards  Chardonnay Napa Ca Image by Katie Shea Design

 Ceja Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Image by Katie Shea DesignTrinitas Cellars

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Trinitas Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Image by katie Shea Design 2Chimney Rock 

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Duckhorn Vineyards Tasting Flight Image by Katie Shea Design 2

Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Image by Katie Shea Design 2

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa 2010 IL PASSITO Reserve, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon image by Katie Shea Design Sweet Dessert Wine   AWARD WINNER-2014 American Fine Wine Competition -

Castello di Amorosa 201 il Barone Image by Katie Shea DesignJoseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Image by Katie Shea Design

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvigon 1999 image shot by Katie Shea DesignPassaggio Wines

Passaggio New Generation Sauvignon Blanc Wine maker Cindy Cosco

Passaggio Sangioves and Pinot Noir image by katie Shea DesignLedson Winery & Vineyards

Ledson Winery Zinfandel Image by Katies Shea Design

Ledson Winery and Vineyards image by katie Shea Design 2Kendall-Jackson

Kendall-Jackson Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay image by Katie Shea Design

Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Image by Katie Shea Design

 Silver Oak Cellars

Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  Image by Katie Shea Design

Silver Oak Cellars Image by Katie Shea DesignKenwood Vineyards

kenwood Pinot Noir and Merlot Image by katie Shea Design

Kenwood Pinot Gris Image by Katie Shea Design 2

Cakebread Cellars

Cakebread Cellars Pinot Noir Merlot Caabernet Sauvignon Syrah and Pinot Noir Image by Katie Shea DesignCakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Image by Katie Shea DesignMKT Restaurant-Bar

When visiting California’s Wine Country we recommend to either begin or end your visit with a MKT Restaurant-Bar dining experience that can be paired with some of the finest Vineyards/Wineries.

MKT Restaurant Wine List Image by Katie Shea Design

MKT Restaurant San Francisco Image by Katie Shea Design 2

You are Invited to Visit Katie Shea Design”s National Wine Day Pinterest Place Board.  Pinterest Place Boards can be used as a tool to plan your next Wine Tour!

National Wine Day Pinterest Place Board by Katie Shea Design

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Images by Katie Shea Design shot with a Verizon iPhone6  #VZWBuzz

Applebee’s “Taste the Change”

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Applebee’s Hosts Time Square Takeover “Taste the Change” to Celebrate New Menu!1 Applebees Time Square Takeover Taste the change Image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Applebee’s hosted  a street party “Taste the Change” in Times Square to celebrate it’s new menu.  The festivities included free samples of new menu items, such as the new Triple Hog Dare Ya sandwich, a takeover of twelve of Times Square’s famous billboards, complete with social media integration; live music featuring performances from Jason Derulo, X Ambassadors and DJ Fitz (of Fitz and the Tantrums); games and activities for guests to enjoy.

Applebees features Jason Derulo Taste the Change Times Square NYC Video shotby Kathleen DeCosmo VZWBuzz

3 Applebees Time Square Takeover Taste the change  Game time Image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz

The tagged tweets #WatchApplebees of those who could not make it to New York on May 13 appeared on a massive Times Square billboard during the event between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EDT. Applebee’s shared live photographs from the event and the digital displays from the Times Square billboards at www.applebeestastethechangefest.com, where guests whose images appeared on the billboard were able to share via Facebook and Twitter with the headline, “Applebee’s threw a party in Times Square and I was there!”

Hosting a  live Periscope video broadcast was Vincenzo Landino, who with more than 40,000 video followers is among Twitter’s leading live video personalities.  Landino broadcasted live from Times Square in 30-minute segments throughout the event.

4  Applebees Time Square Takeover Taste the change Vincenzo Landino Periscope Stream  Image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz 5  Applebees Time Square Takeover Taste the change Periscopeing the Event  Image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz

Later this month, the nearly 2,000 Applebee’s locations across the country will update their menus with eight new or improved sandwiches and appetizers, including the Triple Hog Dare Ya, Brew Pub Philly steak sandwich and Maple Bacon Chicken Piadini.

“An over-the-top sampling party at the Crossroads of the World is the perfect way to introduce and celebrate our new menu,” said Applebee’s Senior Vice President of Culinary and Marketing Darin Dugan.  “We’re proud of our new food and we’re inviting the world to give it a try.”

American Kobe Style Meatballs made in house, cooked really slow in Pomodoro sauce (chunky tomato sauce), parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley on top.

Maple Mustard Chicken Piadini  

Piadina is a wrap, it’s like a tortilla but it’s made from a thin dough, very trendy right now.  Piadina is almost like a really thin flat bread dough that applebee’s cooks on the grill.  They  roll cedar grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, bacon and a maple glaze on the inside with some fresh greens rolled up nice and hot off the grill.

Triple Hog Dare Ya

Three Hogs in it:  Black forest ham, bacon, and slow roasted pulled pork tossed in a chili salsa verde on a toasted ciabatta bread with cheddar cheese, crispy frizzled onions, and Applebee’s homemade steak sauce. My Favorite is the Triple Hop Dare Ya!

Shredded Brisket Nachos

Beautiful tender, slow roasted brisket tossed in salsa verde sauce on top of chips.  Three different cheeses: white cheddar, yellow cheddar and a white queso dip.  It has roasted poblanos, roasted jalapenos, caramelized onions, pico de gallo, all in a beautiful white silky sauce layered with the beef brisket on top of that with Applebee’s nacho lettuce (cabbage and shredded iceberg, pico de gallo, scallions, cilantro and fresh sliced jalapenos) and then chipotle lime seasoning on top.

9b American Kobe Style Meatballs  Applebees Time Square Takeover Taste the change Image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz 9c Triple Hog Dare Ya Applebees Time Square Takeover Taste the change Image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz 9d Shredded Brisket Nachos Applebees Time Square Takeover Taste the change Image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz

Michael Slavin, the corporate executive chef for Applebee’s product development (developed all these recipes)  gave us all the details in a special live interview at Applebee’s Times Square New Menu Tasting Event May 13th.

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The event was a huge success with so many participating all across various social media platforms.

The use of the live streaming app Periscope  by Vincenzo Landino brought the experience of the “Live” event to the masses!

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When in NYC stop by Applebee’s and taste!!

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The Applebee’s Brand

Applebee’s is the world’s largest casual dining chain, with more than 2,000 locations in 49 states, 16 countries and one U.S. territory. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Applebee’s takes pride in providing a welcoming, neighborhood environment where everyone can enjoy the dining experience. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® restaurants are franchised or operated by DineEquity Inc.’s (NYSE: DIN) wholly-owned subsidiary, Applebee’s International, Inc. and its affiliates.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Images by Katie Shea Design shot with a Verizon iPhone6  #VZWBuzz

Who are you on Twitter? You Are What You Tweet!

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Visually Katie Shea Design

 This infographic was no surprise to Katie Shea Design.

YOU are what you Tweet, Facebook, Pin on Pinterest, Instagram, Meerkat and Periscope.

Visual.ly has a free tool on their website that takes your twitter profile and turns it into an infographic in 30 seconds.

Infographics and pictures are a great way to get your point across since images can speak louder than words on Twitter and across different social media platforms.

It is no secret that we smile a lot, love to eat, share food recipes on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. Most of all love talking and drinking wine!

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Instagram Katie Shea Design

Visual Content DRIVES Engagement! 

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Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Image by Katie Shea Design shot with a Verizon iPhone6  #VZWBuzz

Judith, A Mother’s Legacy Carries On.

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Judith, A Mother's Legacy Carries On.   Image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design

Mother’s Day is a modern celebration honoring one’s own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

The meaning of being a mother is virtually endless. A mother is a protector, disciplinarian, and friend. A mother is a selfless, loving human who must sacrifice many of their wants and needs for the wants and needs of their children. A mother works hard to make sure their child is equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to make it as a competent human being. Being a mother is perhaps the hardest, most rewarding job a woman will ever experience.

Five years ago today (Mother’s Day May 10th, 2010) Judith Marshall DeCosmo passed away peacefully in her sleep to join her beloved “Johnny” in the hands of God.

Aunt Judith and Uncle Johnny image by kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design - Copy

During the last five years, I have gotten to know my Aunt Judith through the eyes of her daughter, my cousin Courtney.  I knew my Aunt Judith as an encourager, an intellectual, a business woman, wife to my Uncle Johnny and mother to my cousins.

I have come to find out that all those were simply adjectives just scratching the surface of the multi- dimensional woman I called Aunt Judith.

There have been many milestones in Courtney’s life these past few years that we have walked through with my cousin and my Aunt Judith.  How could that be since Aunt Judith is no longer with us?

While preparing for Courtney’s wedding, we learned the organizational, sentimental side of her mother.  A mother that had planned for her daughter’s wedding since Courtney’s birth. There were files and notebooks of instructions, thoughts and words of wisdom all laid out for Courtney to reference for her life penned and researched by her mother.  There was a deep caring and sense of humor found on those pages.  A piece of Judith preserved to form her legacy as a mother and grandmother.

Courtney’s baby shower theme was a tea party.  Aunt Judith had planned that theme years ago and had purchased the favors as we had discovered.

Aunt Judith's Touch image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design

The baby shower was given at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club ( A special place to Aunt Judith).

Aunt Judith’s baby shower notes were executed and embellished and her presence was felt all during the festivities.

Courtney's Baby Shower image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design at the Vinoy

Now that Courtney has a child of her own there have been so many everyday situations that she pauses to reflect and ask ” What would Momma say, What would Momma do?

Aunt Judith’s newest grandchild (that she has not met here on earth) will know her through the thoughtful words and deeds she has passed onto Courtney.  Judith Marshall DeCosmo’s legacy lives today in another generation.

Courtney is a wonderful mother to her little girl.  She is that kind of a mother today because of all the time, nurturing and planning her mother invested in her throughout her life.

A mother’s love is felt forever!

Happy Mother’s Day to all those that have mothered someone!

World's best Mom Image Shot by Kathleen DeCosmo at the Vinoy

Welcoming and Influencing Your Community

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Welcome to My Community by Katie Shea Design

Long ago were the memories of the wafting aroma of freshly baked cake, bread or the sweet fragrances of fresh-cut flowers being ready for the welcoming of a new family into the neighborhood community.

Growing up in my “Baby Boomer Generation” there was a welcoming protocol to most neighborhoods.

Whenever we would see a moving truck pull into the neighborhood the children would get excited and wonder if the new family would have kids that could be possible new playmates.

The “grownups” as we called them would get busy putting together cakes, cupcakes, meals or a bunch of handpicked flowers to call on the new neighbors welcoming them to the neighborhood.

The families would take turns greeting the new neighbors by knocking on the front door or ringing their doorbell and introducing themselves carrying homemade, welcoming gifts.

There was also something called “The Welcome Wagon”  that some neighborhoods also used in addition to personal welcomes as described.

Recently while participating in a Twitter Chat by chance the very drastic shift in our daily lives jumped out to me.

There is hardly any children playing outside, neighbors sitting on their porches or neighbors ringing doorbell delivering welcome gifts.

Plentiful is the “Virtual Communities” that have no doors with knockers or doorbells, just keyboards that with one keystroke can “Like” or “Obliterate” the lives of anyone or everyone in a particular virtual community.

We now have Emojis to express our feelings including, cakes, hearts, and flowers!

The problem with emoji is that you cannot smell, taste or feel them and share those sensory experiences with another living being.

Virtual communities are growing in leaps and bounds, but people are feeling lonelier than ever.

Depression is at an all time high and selfies abound!  What is this compulsion to photograph one’s self every breathing moment implying that life is one big party??

All the non-stop social sharing masquerades as communication. It is not social sharing if there is not any exchange or reciprocation.

After I participated in a random twitter chat it was pointed out to me that so many feel left out, not heard and not even greeted with a proper hello.  The gratitude for taking the time to take part in a chat or give to the community by attending is scarce and more times than not, reserved for the social stars that bring numbers to the game.

This ignited my thoughts about how many people have taken their time deciding to become part of “My Virtual Community.”  Have I greeted all with a “Hello” and “Thanked” them for hitting that Follow button or “Liking” my Tweets, FB Posts, Pinterest Pins or Instagram Images?

This Post is for all those I have missed out on saying a proper “Hello” greeting and “Thanking” you for deciding to become a member of my community!!

I would love to be able to stop by for a cup of tea or if it is five o’clock somewhere a glass of wine!

I would like to bring over a cake, freshly baked bread or a bunch flowers and tell you that you matter and you are not just a number acquired for social media statistics.

Call to Action for My Community:

I would like to influence my community to participate on social media by sharing, exchanging and reciprocating with me and their own micro-communities.

I invite you to drop me an email:  ksdpinterest@gmail.com  Say Hello, a few words to connect or hit me with a tweet @KatieSheaDesign,  Friend Request me on FaceBook, Leave me a comment on Instagram , Say Hi on Pinterest or leave me a comment below!

I will respond as soon as I can.

Virtual Communities can launch off-line communities where people’s presence and participation make a difference.

Social Media is just the cocktail party leading to the main event! ~ KSD

Best,

Kathleen

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 smartphone, edited with the snapseed app and designed with the picmonkey app.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test..  All opinions are my own. **

Wayward Pines on Fox – Watch FOX NOW – No Spoilers Here!

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Wayward Pines is an upcoming American television series based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch. Developed by Chad Hodge, it will be broadcast by Fox and is slated to premiere on May 14, 2015.

Exclusive Screening of Wayward Pines at the Crosby St. Hotel NYC image shot by Katie Shea Design #LifeOnFiOS

We were invited to an Exclusive Screening of Wayward Pines at the Crosby St. Hotel NYC.  Followed by cocktails and conversation with M. Night Shyamalan, Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Hope Davis and Charlie Tahan.

M. Night Shyamalan Producer Wayward Pines on Fox with Kathleen DeCosmo image by Katie Shea Design #LifeOnFiOS #waywardpines

Wayward Pines Hope Davis Kathleen DeCosmo  Carla Gugino Charlie Tahan Matt Dillon Image by Katie Shea Design Wayward Pines Screening #LifeOnF

“A Secret Service agent ( Matt Dillon ) goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.”

Wayward Pines Where Is Home Fox Broadcasting

WATCH WAYWARD PINES PREMIERE EPISODE FOR A LIMITED TIME from executive producer and director M. Night Shyamalan before it premieres Thursday, May 14 at 9/8c on FOX.  (Using the FOX NOW APP)

Watch The Wayward Pines Premiere Episode For a Limited Time Here

 Get The FOX NOW APP!

Fox Now On iTunes

Fox Now for Android

Fox Now App for Windows

Fox Screening of Wayward Pines Image shot by Katie Shea Design #LifeOnFiOS AT Fox NYC

Images by Katie Shea Design shot with a Verizon iPhone6 and edited with the Snapseed App and PicMonkey photography editing tools.

Disclosure: **I am a member of both #LifeOnFiOS and #VZWBuzz Ambassador Teams–  selected teams of influencers for Verizon FiOS and Verizon Wireless who love the FiOS and Wireless service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Cooking and Katting with Chef Franco Lania

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Chef Franco Lania Cooking and Katting #meerkat Since live streaming Apps Meerkat and Periscope (owned by Twitter) were launched last month they have been highly publicized in the news and online.  Both apps, currently available only on iOS, let you broadcast live video from your smartphone to the app’s other users or to a private group of friends and followers.

***Update** Meerkat App now Available also for Android Smartphone Users!! Meerkat On Android for Everyone May 1st 2015 We introduced Chef Franco Lania to the Meerkat App as the perfect venue for his brand and personality.

“Ever since Meerkat captured the imagination of this year’s SXSW audience, it has become one of the most hotly-discussed new platforms in recent years among marketing industry experts.” “It’s been claimed by many that Meerkat is the biggest SXSW breakout product since Twitter in 2007” read more here

Chef Franco’s enthusiasm and passion for cooking is contagious and can be caught by watching him cook and engage with people. We chose to showcase Chef Franco’s magnanimous personality using the Meerkat App during a cooking session.

Most Meerkat users are aware that the app offers an option to save their video streams on their mobile devices but does not save to YouTube for you. We decided to use the Katch App.

Katch allows you to simplify the process of preserving your memories while passing off the storage and distribution concerns to YouTube’s servers. By adding “#Katch” to your Meerkat video stream description, you’ll immediately alert Katch, which will then save your video, upload it to YouTube and then send you the link via your Meerkat comments.  read more here We added  #Katch to our Meerkat Video Title to capture our video for posterity.

When we reviewed the “Katch Video” we discovered that the last 10 minutes of our saved video was out of sync.  We had lost video view for a few minutes during our meerkat broadcast and that must have disrupted the recording. Chef Franco was able to have the video put back into sync then placed up on YouTube. Chef Franco Lanio Meerkat Cooking YouTube Chef Franco’s Mission is to inspire people that have hit hardships and adversity in their lives using the invigorating energy of cooking. Meet Chef Franco Lania His passion for the kitchen and its potential to heal the soul have made him a grassroots sensation, inspiring culinary professionals and novice foodies alike. The Master Chef has appeared on HTTV and The Food Network, where he served up delicious recipes garnished with his famous joie de vivre.  Now Chef Franco shares his joy of cooking, his recipes, and the story of how he found happiness in the kitchen with people around the world….and how you can do the same.

The following is a three-minute clip from Katie Shea Design’s Meerkat Video summing up Chef Franco Lania’s Cooking Mission: Short clip from Katie Shea Design's Meerkat Video of Chef Franco Lania

Some Cooking Tips from Chef Franco Lania: 

Tip 1: Boil the pasta nice and easy to keep the integrity of the shapes.

Tip 2: Large sweet onions do not make you cry as much.

Tip 3: Remove the onion root before cutting to enable the onion to easily fall apart into half moon shapes. 

Tip 4:  Undercook your pasta by about 3 minutes.This allows the pasta to cook the rest of the way with the other hot ingredients.

You can find the Spring Pea and Pancetta Pasta Mista Here

Pasta Mista Image shot with an iPhone6 VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design April 2015

While using the Meerkat App to video this cooking session; we used a Verizon WiFi Hotspot since “Live Streaming” devours Wireless Data.

What is a WiFi hotspot?

“Imagine a gadget that’s smaller than a deck of cards, as easy to use as a light switch and powerful enough to provide a super-fast Internet connection to numerous devices. That’s a mobile hotspot, which lets you take Wi-Fi with you. Wi-Fi hotspots—or Verizon Jetpack mobile hotspots—keep multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network. Unlike a USB modem or wireless modem, which can be used only with your laptop, a mobile hotspot can easily connect your laptop and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously.” We keep a sharp eye on  Data usage since the business smartphone has a 2GB plan. By using the Verizon Hotspot we did not consume a chunk of the Data plan for one “Live Streaming” session.

The following image illustrates an example of a possible Verizon Wireless Customer’s Monthly Data Usage:

Katie Shea Design's Possible Data Usage

Please Click on the following image to calculate your Monthly Data Usage:

Verizon Data Usage Calculator

After calculating your estimated Monthly Data Usage stop by Verizon Wireless and check out all the latest Wireless Plans available for your wireless devices.

The scale is tipping in our personal and business lives to a more “Video Usage” world.  Ensuring we have a “Data Plan” that can accommodate our lifestyles and budgets is essential.

A Verizon iPhone6 128GB was used to shoot Katie Shea Design’s images and Meerkat Video in this post.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Game of Thrones Season 5 Sneak Preview at HBO with Verizon FiOS

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Kathleen DeCosmo of Katie Shea Design at Season 5 Game of Thrones Preview NYC LifeOnFiOS An Invitation to the Game of Thrones Season 5 sneak peak preview at HBO New York City was not to be missed!

Game of Thrones Season 5 Sneak preview  image shot with iPhone6 by Katie Shea Design

I was not anywhere near up to date on what was happening regarding the Game of Thrones Series so what could I do?

Introducing HBO GO

HBO GO® is The streaming service from HBO that lets you enjoy your favorite HBO shows, movies, comedy specials, sports, documentaries – plus behind-the-scenes extras and more. It’s every episode of every season of the best of HBO, free with your HBO subscription—now available on Android smartphones and tablets!

It’s HBO Anywhere!

Free with your HBO subscription through participating television providers.

With the New HBO GO App You Can:

  • Keep up with your favorites. Watch everything you love about HBO, including HBO original programming, hit movies, sports, comedy and every episode of the best HBO shows, including True Blood®, Game of Thrones®, Boardwalk Empire®, Girls, Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm®, Entourage®, The Sopranos®, Sex and the City®, The Wire® and more. Plus, get bonus features and special behind-the-scenes extras!

HBOgo

When it comes to streaming HD video, you’ll need a broadband speed, or bitrate, that’s capable of handling a progressive scan rate of 720p. Since your HD-capable screen is refreshing the screen 60 times per second, this means ensuring that all those video frames are received and ready to play before they’re needed. Your computer or other device will cache all the incoming data and queue the video frames so they’re ready for smooth playback.  Read more here

There were a lot of episodes to watch in order to catch up to Game of Thrones Season 5 so I needed my broadband speed to be extremely fast when using HBO Go!

Why Your Broadband Speed Matters:

Powering Multiple Devices

The more Internet devices you use at one time, the greater the drain on your connection. FiOS Quantum Internet has the extra speed you need to stay  fast.

Faster Downloads and Streaming

FiOS Quantum Internet connection means faster downloads of movies and TV. Cable “boosts” only work on a small portion of large files – less than 1% of a 5G HD movie download.

Virtually Lag-free Gaming

With radically faster speeds, gaming on FiOS is virtually lag-free. No more hiccups or breaks in the action.

Uploads in a Flash

People often think of Internet as download-only. But if you like to post pictures or videos, you’ll love the lightning-fast upload speed of FiOS.

100% Fiber Optics

Fiber optics offer a smoother, more reliable connection. With FiOS, enjoy ultra-fast Internet on 100% fiber optics, delivered straight to your home.

FiOS Internet Speed Comparison Tool

Use this interactive comparison tool to discover for yourself why FiOS Quantum Internet rocks the competition. No wonder PC magazine hails FiOS as “the king of Internet Service Providers.”*

See What your missing without FiOS

My household has 75/75 Mbps which is best for 5-7 devices at the same time.

This speed works well for uploading and sharing videos on YouTube and serious multi-user gaming.

I can also stream up to 7 HD videos simultaneously with my Verizon FiOS Internet Plan choice.

Use Verizon FiOS and HBO Go to get Caught up and prepared to view the Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere April 12th, 2015!

HBO NYC #LifeOnFiOS shot with iPhone6  #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design

 

Share Your Game of Thrones Experience shot with iPhone6 by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz

**I am a member of #LifeOnFiOS – a selected team of influencers for Verizon who love the FiOS service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Watching First #MCEOtalk Using My FiOS Quantum Gateway Router

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Last night was the first ever #MCEOTalk hosted by Vincenzo Landino, social media strategist and a community ambassador to name a few.

Vincent Landino on MCEOTalk

The first topic for discussion was “What it takes to be a Millennial Leader.”

#MCEOtalk is a live omnichannel panel discussion held weekly on Wednesday’s at 9pm ET. Hosted by Vincenzo Landino and the Millennial CEO team.

MCEOtalk Ep. 1 40115 at 9pm ET discussing What It Takes To Be A Millennial Leader via MillennialCEO

Topics are centered around solving business problems with a millennial mindset.

The format includes a Twitter chat, Google Hangout, podcast, blog posts, and live streaming video from hosts and guests on Periscope and Meerkat.

#MCEOtalk encourages ongoing dialogue throughout the week via the hashtag and community members are encouraged to communicate directly with hosts and guests on the channel of their preference. The learning never stops!

What impressed me the most about was the integration of all the multiple platforms used by the #MCEOtalk hosts as well as the smooth collaboration of topics during the conversation.

Some of my Favorite Talking points:

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Different Things Motivate Different people Image designed by Katie Shea Design

Labels can make you a manager but not a leader Image by katieSheaDesign

I am able to upload and stream on multiple Social Media Platforms (Meerkat, Periscope, google+ and twitter) like last night’s #MCEOtalk at breakneck speeds because of my Verizon FiOS Quantum Gateway router.

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Boost your bandwidth.

The FiOS Quantum Gateway uses dual-band technology for faster sharing and the best connection to the FiOS® network.  Dual-band technology gives you two separate frequencies, allowing your family to perform both high and low bandwidth activities such as checking email and streaming movies simultaneously.  More bandwidth means less congestion making for a more seamless Internet experience even when using multiple devices.

Fios Quatum Delivers

I look forward to next weeks #MCEOtalk!!

Disclosure: **I am a member of the #LifeOnFiOS Ambassador Team – A  select team of influencers for Verizon FiOS who love the FiOS service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

 

Catch up to “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” with Verizon FiOS On Demand

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A few weeks back I was invited to attend ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel‘ New York Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater.

Katie Shea Design Screening Pass for the Premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in NYC Katie Shea Design

I was so excited for the event since some of my all time favorite actors would be attending.  “I am going to breathe the same air as Judi Dench and Richard Gere” my daughter said when I asked her to attend the premiere with me.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  was released in the U.S. back in 2012.  I had not viewed it so I decided to rent it “On Demand” on my Verizon FiOS.

Watch the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Verizon FiOS

I have Chosen Verizon FiOS ON DEMAND because of the following features:

  • FiOS brings the most On Demand titles to the TV screen with access to more than 100,000 titles, thousands of which are free.
  • Wide variety of content available including blockbuster movies, concerts, sporting events, exercise, and kid’s programming.
  • Content is refreshed weekly, so there’s always something new to watch!
  • Many new release movies are available before Netflix.

I was really pumped after watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel twice since I had the movie for a few days.  Could not wait to see the next saga of all these fabulous adventure seeking retirees.  Lucky for me, I did not have to wait long since I was attending the premiere.

Katie Shea Design Premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the Ziegfeld Theatre NYC Katie Shea Design

Having the ability to view a movie at my fingertips “On Demand” is extremely crucial to my work on Social Media.  I was able to get acquainted with all the characters and be ready for the premiere of the second movie very quickly.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was fabulous!  I am hoping Fox Searchlight Studios decides to create a Third Exotic Marigold Hotel and develop the characters for closure.

While I am waiting for that I will BUY “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” when it becomes available “On Demand” Love my Verizon FiOS!

Katie shea Design The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  Cast at the Premiere NYC by Katie Shea Design LifeOnFiOS

Also I invite you to Check out my Post on:

CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET Collection Inspired By The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie

Disclosure: **I am a member of the #LifeOnFiOS Ambassador Team – A  select team of influencers for Verizon FiOS who love the FiOS service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Introducing the New Verizon Destination Store Boston.

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Verizon Wireless Opens First East Coast ‘Destination Store’ on Boston’s Boylston Street

Verizon Wireless’s ‘Destination Store’ opened in Boston, and it is the first of its kind to open on the East Coast. The Verizon Destination Store’s unique design and interactive elements will empower guests to explore how technology supports today’s active and connected lifestyles. Located at 745 Boylston Street, the new store is one of only four Verizon Destination Stores among 1,700+ company-operated locations nationwide.

Spanning two storefronts on Boylston Street, the 8,000 square foot showcase is staffed by over 70 Verizon Wireless professionals, all specially trained to provide expertise and guidance across six distinct “Lifestyle Zones.” Each Lifestyle Zone depicts ways technology can be incorporated into the home, office or on-the-go. These zones include “Amplify It,” “Customize It,” “Get Fit,” “Have Fun,” “Home and on the Go,” and “Anywhere Business.”

The store also includes:

  • A stationary bike, to use while customers test fitness-trackers while virtually cycling around any street in the world.
  • A selfie booth, stocked with Boston-themed props.
  • DJ equipment to demo the array of headphones on display
  • A station to design and print custom phone cases that can be taken home the very same day
  • “Wireless Workshop” training space for free informational classes
  • Charging stations available to all guests
  • Focal Wall – This interactive wall creates avatars and allows guest to play virtual games such as football.

We toured the new store, shopped and tested out some of the different areas mentioned above.

I especially enjoyed the selfie booth and decided to design my own Droid Turbo smartphone case from the image taken of some of my team members and myself in the selfie booth.

Custom Design Booth at Verizon Boston Destination Store VZWBuzz KatieSheaDesign

Custom Droid Turbo cover designed at Boston VeriOn Destination Store VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design

I had fun watching one of my VZWBuzz team members Robyn Wright try out  the interactive Focal Wall – that creates avatars and allows guest to play virtual games such as football.

Robyn Wright testing out the interactive focal wall at the New Verizon Boston Destination store image by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz

Some members of our East Coast VZWBuzz team tweeted our weekly Twitter chat from the New Boston Verizon Destination Store.

VZWBuzz  team tweeting for Weekly Twitter chat from the Verizon Boston Destination Store

After our Twitter chat we usually have a video Recap of the chat which gives our audience another opportunity to ask questions, view Tech products and win prizes.

We broadcasted our Recap from the New Boston Verizon Destination Store.

While Misty and Marty McPadden were filming the broadcast I test drove the new Meerkat App to Stream the broadcast from my iPhone6 to my twitter followers.

Meerkat App

After the Broadcast, the Meerkat App gives you the option to upload the video up onto YouTube.

This was my first ever Meerkat stream!  I will be needing to buy a microphone that cancels out background noise for future broadcasts.

Meerkat Kathleen DeCosmo At KatieSheaDesign VZWBuzz

Meerkat Stream of The VZWBuzz weekly Recap from the VErizon Boston Destination Store by Katie Shea Design

The Boston Verizon Destination Store is the first of its kind to open on the East Coast and is well worth a trip to test out all that it has to offer as well as ask any questions from the very enthusiastic staff they have on board!

Verizon Boston Destination Store Employee Team Spirit VZWBuzz Katie Shea Design

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test..  All opinions are my own. **

Images shot by Katie Shea Design with a Verizon iPhone6 and a Motorola Droid Turbo

Always Cast A Long Shadow #NeverSettle

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‘Cast a Long Shadow.’

#NeverSettle

Something or someone 

 that casts a long shadow

has considerable influence

                                     on other people or events.                                                              

Verizon Casting a Long Shadow Verizon

Verizon Wireless Casts a Long Shadow Over the United States

Coverage Locator
See detailed information about coverage in your area by
Clicking this map.

Verizon Coverage USA

”  If you are not on the Nation’s Largest, Most Reliable 4G LTE network, what are you giving up?”
NeverSettle YouTube by Verizon Wireless VZWBuzz

Disclosure: As a Verizon Lifestyle #VZWBUZZ  Blogger I receive Devices for review.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Shadow Image shot with an #iPhone6 smartphone.

CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET Collection Inspired By The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by World Market. All opinions are mine alone.

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I was so excited to be invited to the NYC Premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the Ziegfeld Theater.

Trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie

Besides having the opportunity to attend, I was eagerly anticipating viewing the movie to see how this month’s line of CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET was inspired.

CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET is a whole new way to shop the world. Their merchants search the world for rare, handmade finds and offer them up in small quantities for a limited time. If enough people pre-order an item, it will be made and shipped. These items can’t be found in World Market’s retail stores and are exclusive to the CRAFT collection.

World Market sourced the following pieces from artisans in India.  These pieces are one-of-a-kind items designed specifically for CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET and inspired from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in theaters March 6th, 2015.

DAYITA STATEMENT EARRINGS CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET

DAYITA STATEMENT EARRINGS

Jewelry plays an important role in Indian bridal dress customs. Every state and culture have a particular way of adorning the body and clothes with jewelry. Styles vary from state to state, as can be seen in the film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  Pay attention to all the jewelry flowing at the wedding of Sonny (Dev Patel) and lovely Sunaina (Tina Desai).

MEDALLION WOOL SCARF CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET

MEDALLION WOOL SCARF

The widowed Evelyn (Judi Dench) took up a new occupation as a textile buyer for an overseas company while residing at The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Evelyn learned how the Artisans start each scarf by hand-spinning wool, then weaving, dyeing and embroidering completely by hand to create an accessory that reflects the vibrant design culture of India.

SUNA SARI TOTE BAG CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET

SUNA SARI TOTE BAG

The wedding of Sonny (Dev Patel) and lovely Sunaina (Tina Desai) was rich in Indian fabrics, jewelry, and age-old customs.

The weddings in India are vibrant, colorful affairs, as depicted in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  Brides wear colorful, embroidered saris on their wedding day, and each of Craft World Market’s one-of-a-kind, hand-made Suni Sari Bags are created from recycled saris and clothing worn by women in India.

NILA BONE INLAY TRAY CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET

NILA BONE INLAY TRAY

Since the late 16th century, floral frames and foliage have been popular in Indian architecture and textile design. Representing abundance, and a tribute to the natural world, CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET’S Nila Bone Inlay Tray has a foliage motif that gives the decor piece a lively fluidity.

While living in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel all the characters find themselves coming alive in the most unexpected ways.

MARBLE LOTUS BOWL CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET

MARBLE LOTUS BOWL

The lotus blooms above muddy water and produces a beautiful, layered flower. Buddhists believe that the lotus flower’s rise above the murky waters symbolizes our own journey towards self-purification and enlightenment.

The characters in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  are all on specific journeys that bring them through and to places they did not even dream of.

MANGO WOOD SIDE TABLE CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET

MANGO WOOD SIDE TABLE

This limited-edition piece is embellished with designs inspired by the traditional architectural motifs found in homes throughout Rajasthan, India, a region renowned for its royal crafts.  There are so many beautiful pieces featured in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

This hand carved mango wood table was inspired by the traditional Indian furniture found in the inn that inspired the set design of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

BRASS ELEPHANT OBJET CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET

BRASS ELEPHANT OBJET

Long believed to be symbols of divinity and compassion, elephants occupy a gargantuan place in Indian culture. Communities throughout the Indian subcontinent often anoint these benevolent beings with special oils and decorate their bodies with specific pigments as devotional acts.

 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  reflects the Indian culture of: “There’s no welcome like an Indian welcome” ~ The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Quote

HAND CARVED BLUE SHELF CRAFT BY WORD MARKET

HAND CARVED BLUE SHELF

Throughout The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the vibe: open and free is created by the open architectural design of the hotel itself.

Many of the homes and buildings in Rajasthan are left open and free for curious eyes to take in their unmistakable beauty. Here, you’ll see pieces like CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET ‘s Carved Blue Shelf adorning homes and businesses in appreciation of the carved pillars created by artisans throughout the centuries.

MANGO WOOD BENCH CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET

MANGO WOOD BENCH

The inn chosen to represent the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a rural palace situated in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, a region celebrated throughout the world for its arts and crafts. The building dates from the early 17th Century and is filled with historic furniture that celebrates the global influence of its many rulers.

CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET was attracted to this welcoming bench because of its style, inspired by the gathering place of the characters in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Its wide seat provides a pretty place to perch while watching the sunset from your own oasis.  You can spy Muriel (Maggie Smith) resting on the welcoming bench in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET is a whole new way to shop the world. Their merchants search the world for rare, handmade finds and offer them up in small quantities for a limited time. If enough people pre-order an item, it will be made and shipped. These items can’t be found in World Market’s retail stores and are exclusive to the CRAFT collection.

Here’s how it works:

  • If you see an item you’d like to buy, click “pre-order”. You’ll enter your credit card information but won’t be charged unless the item meets the pre-order requirement for production.
  • You’ll be sent an email confirmation for your pre-order.
  • Your order will be confirmed when enough people have pre-ordered the item.
  • When your item is shipped, your credit card will be charged.
  • When your item is on its way to you, we’ll send you a final email.

If the number of pre-orders isn’t met within the time frame (typically 30 days), the design will not be created. Your pre-order will be canceled and your credit card will not be charged.

New selections appear every month, so be sure to check back to see the latest limited-edition handcrafted selections from around the world.

Here’s a link to a video to help you understand the program. http://www.worldmarket.com/craft/about/

I love that this CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET Program exposes and brings to market so many artisans from around the world.

The opportunities for the artisan, World Market, and World Market’s customers are unlimited.

Present day technology has afforded these opportunities as well with so many of the world’s population connected online.

I will be glued each month to World Market’s CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET Program to shop new and exciting one-of-a-kind products only offered by World Market!

Today March 6th, 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie is in a theater near you!

Plot Summary

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.

What was your most favorite part of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie?

Which CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET piece do you like, want to purchase or purchased??

Stop back in and share your experience.  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Links you might enjoy:

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Pinky Up Downton Abbey Fans.. #DoTheDownton With Me!

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Pinky Up Downton Abbey Fans!

Getting ready for the Season 5 Finale of Downton Abbey #DowntonPBS!

My table is set and my Downton Abbey Tea is brewing!!

Downton Abbey Season Finale March 1st 2015  Pinky Up by Katie Shea Design

Season 5 of Downton Abbey is recorded on my Verizon FiOS Quantum Gateway Router.

With my Verizon FiOS Quantum Gateway router I can:

  • Save full seasons of the series you love.
  • Record up to 12 shows at the same time.
  • Pause, play and rewind live action on any TV in your house with a set-top box. ( Not just the ones connected to a DVR. You can even move from one room).

Also, I can watch LIVE TV anytime, anywhere.

Fios MobileI will be LIVE streaming Season 5 Episode 9 with the Verizon FiOS Mobile App on my Sony Xperia® Z2 Tablet. This app accesses Live TV and On Demand movies almost anywhere on any compatible device.

If you have not watched Season 5 or missed some episodes; you can watch any or all of the S5 Episodes here until March 15th, 2015

Have you ever dreamed of  Visiting the iconic Highclere Castle for private afternoon tea?

Well, maybe you have not been aware that your dream could become a reality.

Enter the 2015 Downton Abbey Sweepstakes every day through March 15th, 2015 for a chance to win a Downton Abbey Dream Trip!

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YOU are INVITED!

Let’s Do The Downton

Join Cost Plus World Market “YOU are INVITED! “Let’s Do The Downton” (pinky up) pinning party!! Please pin images of tea parties, tablescapes, blogs featuring Downton Abbey, tea party recipes and menus for any of your own Downton Abbey Tea Parties.  Please include #DoTheDownton in each description. To Browse World Market’s Downton Abbey products: **Here** To request an Invite to pin to this Pinterest Board email: KSDPinterest@gmail.com Subj: #DoTheDownton

Pinterest Katie Shea Design DoThe Downton with World Market

 **I am a member of #LifeOnFiOS – a selected team of influencers for Verizon who love the FiOS service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Streaming the Oscars With My Verizon FiOS

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Streaming the Oscars on VerizonFiOS

To live stream the Academy Awards, there’s a catch

You can access the live stream — of the pre-show, full ceremony and Jimmy Kimmel’s post-show — at Oscar.com, ABC.com, WatchABC.com and the Watch ABC app for Android and iOS if you reside in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham or San Francisco.

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Live streaming is only available if you are a cable or satellite subscriber for any of these TV providers: Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, DISH, DirecTV, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber or AT&T U-verse.

If you don’t pay for a TV subscription, you’re mostly out of luck when it comes to the main show. But you can at least enjoy free access to the Oscars red carpet and backstage cameras on the Academy’s website and ABC’s Facebook page.

Streaming The Oscars with Verizon FiOSAfter the ceremony airs live, the broadcast will be uploaded to Watch ABC for viewers to watch on demand for only three days. It will be taken down on Feb. 25.

Red Carpet Interviews

Fashopn Oscar Buzz

 

Oscars InterviewWho are you Voting for???

Oscar Best Picture Nomiations

**I am a member of #LifeOnFiOS – a selected team of influencers for Verizon who love the FiOS service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Dance Sing Live ….

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Dance As If No One Were Watching

Sing As If No One Were Listening

And Live Every Day As If It

Were Your Last

As you begin another day….

Dance

Sing

Live 

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6  #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design in Hoboken NJ

Edited with Snapseed App for iPhone

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Also Available for Android

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YOU are Invited to Join Friday, February 6, 2015 3:00 pm ET : The #VZWBuzz Smartphone Photography Twitter Party!  Click on the Image below for Info and RSVP! Join The Online Mom Verizon Insider Twitter Party

RSVP for the #VZWBuzz Insider Twitter Party Here

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Pre-gaming for SuperBowl #SB49 With The Wine Library

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What is on your menu for SuperBowl Sunday??

We stopped by the Wine Library in Springfield N.J. for some tastings during their #WineLibraryEvent.

1 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design c 2015  Image Shot w iPhone6  ..... Image Shot w iPhone6  #VZWBuzz

All of the following products are available at the Wine Library’s Gourmet Library Dept.

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Charlito‘s Cocina Salami was addictive!

3 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea C 2015 Design-Alemar Cheese  ..... Image Shot w iPh

Alemar Cheese “small batch makers of French-inspired soft-ripened and fresh cheeses”.4 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design-Stories of Greek Origins  ..... Image 5 Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -navarino icons  ..... Image Shot w iPhone6Navarino Icons ” authentic food products inspired by the rich culinary and cultural heritage of the Messinian region. Fig Marmalade product of organic farming.6 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design-stories of greek origin  ..... Image

Stories of Greek Olive Oil reminds me of my Brother In Law’s parent’s olive oil that is shared amongst all of us over here in the US.  Perfect for dipping in crusty bread!7 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design-Rainier Ferrell chatting OWLS BREW wiWe not only sampled some of the most delicious food samples but were treated to the friendliest vendors as well!  Great chatting with Reinier Ferrell and Albert Waite.

8 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Tasting Owls Brew wuth Rainier Ferrel

We are using Owl’s Brew “The Classic” for one of our SuperBowl Drinks.9 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -MARLOS BAKE SHOP  ..... Image Shot w

Tasted the Original Marlo’s Biscotti. The Chocolate is my favorite!10 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Chefs Cut Real Jerky  ..... Image Sh

Hubbie decided that he needed several bags of Chef’s Cut Jerky for his Superbowl menu!11 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -La Esquina  ..... Image Shot w iPhonLa Esquina Salsas have been featured in Food & Wine as one of the editors’ favorite snacks, as well as Prevention Magazine, The New York Times and EaterNY.12 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -The Atlantic Ave. Co  ..... Image ShEnjoyed chatting with Matt Gallira founder and owner of Atlantic Ave Co.  All products share hand-crafted qualities: small batch sauces start with fresh herb-infused organic extra virgin olive oil, San Marzano tomatoes, Cabernet Sauvignon, and carefully sourced ingredients like hand-made Pancetta and imported Porcini mushrooms
13 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C2015 -the jersey general salsa  ..... Imag

14 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Jersey General Salsa  ..... Image Sh

Jersey General Salsa Donates a portion of their proceeds to military charities! 15 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Pipers Crisps  ..... Image Shot w iPI cannot stop eating these Pipers Cheddar & Onion Crisps!16 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Bellei Balsamico Suite DiBruno bros This Balsamico Suite Vinegar is perfect to pour on greens or even vanilla ice cream.

17 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Four Fat Fowl  ..... Image Shot w iPFour Fat Fowl’s “recipes are the product of more than 20 years of combined experience in the specialty cheese industry.”18 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -CREMINELLI FINE MEATS  ..... Image S

Creminelli Fine Meats’ authentic Italian salami and deli meats are handcrafted by a seasoned artisan, Cristiano Creminelli. 19 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -CHEF FRANCO LANIA  ..... Image Shot

We fell prey to Chef Franco Lania’s Minnesota Wild Rice Griddle Cakes.  Bought 2 boxes they were so YUM! 20 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -GRIDDLE CAKES BY CHEF FRANCO LANIA 21 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Pillar's black kassel mustard seed sThis Black Kassel Mustard Seed Salami is a mixture of pure pork finely chopped with mustard seeds and a hint of garlic. 22 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Confiseur Mazet Tablette Noir Frambo

Confiseur Mazet Tablette Noir Framboise/Dark Raspberry Chocolate  Amazing!!  23 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Caymus Vineyards  ..... Image Shot w Enjoyed sipping this Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 with Confiseur Mazet Tablette Noir Framboise/Dark Raspberry Chocolate.  A perfect pairing. 24 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design  C 2015  D'Artagnan Foods  ..... Image Shot Love this D’Artagnan Sausage as a Superbowl Appetizer!25 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015  Peanut Butter Boy ..... Image Shot

Peanut Butter Boy uses unblanched peanuts, roasted in small batches. 100% sea salt and no sugar added.  So tasty! 26 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design  C 2015 The Jam Stand  ..... Image Shot w iP

The Jam Stand’s Sriracha Jam has Juicy peaches and fiery sriracha combine for a jam that’s not just peachy… it’s spicy too!27 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015- Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company  .Vermont Farmstead petit lille – “Thicker than a Brie, this decadently sumptuous soft ripened cheese has a downy white bloom with a supple paste core enveloped by a rich creamy body. Reveals a subtle mushroom nuance with notes of nut and butter and a lingering tang”28 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -The Taco Truck  ..... Image Shot w i

Munched on Delish Taco Truck’s Polo Asado Taco. (Guest Vendor for Event)

29 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 - Villa Grimelli  ..... Image Shot w Yum!  We absolutely adore the Villa Grimelli apple cider vinegar over greens!

30  Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Fontanarosa's  ..... Image Shot w iWe picked up Fontonaro‘s Artichoke & Asiago Raviolis for our SuperBowl Appetizer.

31  Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 - Jar Goods  ..... Image Shot w iPhoClassic Red is “Made in small batches with simple, fresh ingredients, it’s a versatile, gourmet sauce of rich, complex flavor.”

32  Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Albert Waite  Gourmet Library in ThThanks Albert Waite for your contagious enthusiasm for all the products we sampled!

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A Verizon iPhone6 128GB was used to shoot all the images in this post. #VZWBuzz

I have used my iPhone6 for months without having to delete any files since I opted for the 128GB  model.

I am not a casual user of the iPhone6 .  I can stream TV shows with Verizon FiOS Mobile App.

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Me and My FiOS Quantum™ Gateway Router

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I have been enjoying my FiOS Quantum Gateway Router for months now.

I live in a multi level home.  We use TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs and gaming consoles on all three levels of our home.

It used to be if  a device was wireless and not hard wired then the speed of delivery would be diminished.

The speed in which our FiOS Quantum Gateway Router delivers is unprecedented in this “in the moment” Social Media driven culture we live in.

I am happy that I can bring my smartphone or tablet  anywhere in my home and receive lightning speed results especially while live streaming a TV show with My FiOS Mobile App.

We are so excited!!

The FiOS Quantum Gateway Router has 2 new features:

  1. Parental Controls
  2. Guest Wi-Fi capabilities

The updates feature:

Guest Wi-Fi

  • Provide Wi-Fi access to visitors through a unique login and password, chosen by the customer, that is separate from the customer’s own home network.
  • Create a separate, secure WPA2 encrypted network just for guests, allowing Internet access. This is great for visitors and businesses.
  • Simplify connections with a dedicated, single sign-on ID and unique password.

Enhanced Parental Controls for Residential Customers — No More Arguing

  • Manage children’s Internet usage on each device.
  • Establish parental control rules conveniently from the MyFiOS App.
  • Turn Internet access on or off for any device.
  • Set time limits on any device on a daily or weekly basis.

To use these new features on your smartphone Sign into My FiOS Mobile App

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1a FiOS Settings Screen

2a  Setup a new Digital Parental control Pin

3a  Activate Parental Control Pin

Verizon Gateway router guest Controls etc..

This FiOS Quantum Gateway Router Video shows How to Set Up Parental Controls on your Gateway Router.

  • Manage internet usage for each device
  • Set daily or weekly time limits on any connected device in your home
  • Establish parental control rules conveniently from the MyFiOS App, whether you’re home on the go

During our Epic Snowstorm here in the NYC area  this past week I was able to pick up my smartphone while in bed and keep current of the storm as the newest information unfolded on the Weather Channel!

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I am all set with my FiOS Quantum Gateway Router and My FiOS Mobile App for the next storm heading our way!

** Screenshots of smartphone are from a Droid Turbo provided by Verizon Wireless**

Disclosure: **I am a member of both #LifeOnFiOS and #VZWBuzz  Ambassador Teams–  selected teams of influencers for Verizon FiOS and Verizon Wireless who love the FiOS and Wireless service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

God bears the world’s weight on His shoulder

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God bears the world’s weight on His shoulder, yet holds His children in the palm of His hand. image by Katie Shea Design  iPhone6 #VZWBuzz

“God bears the world’s weight on His shoulder, yet holds His children in the palm of His hand.”

A few weeks ago I was once again reminded that God is in control and holds me in the palm of his hand during every breath of my life.

It was January 1st, 2015 and my husband could not find his cross that I had given him for a special anniversary.  I asked my husband of 31 years where he had already looked for it so I could search out other places.  We were busy preparing for our New Year’s Day celebration and this was distracting my husband since the cross meant so much to him.  The idea of losing something so meaningful to him on New Year’s day was quite distressing.

I went upstairs to search other places and also to pray that God would impress on me where to begin my scavenger hunt.  Almost at once I was led to the side of our bed where my husband had dropped his NY Jets socks ( where he already had looked).  I was on my hands and knees examining all around and nothing.  I pushed the socks out of the way and heard a scraping sound.  I immediately picked up the socks and there was my husband’s necklace stuck to the bottom of the socks hooked on by a rung of the chain.

I had been praying that morning very specifically for something regarding my daughter. When I found the necklace I immediately knew God was communicating to me once again through a piece of jewelry.

Ten years ago, New Year’s Eve 2004 we were not sure if our daughter was going to see 2005 as she lay so ill in her hospital bed.

“All of a sudden I felt a rush of Peace and understanding.  I cried and cried.  My husband held onto me and just thought this was me cracking finally. I was in fact crying in joy. God had whispered to me that if I had lost my earring for days and I had in fact been to so many places in and around our house and the large hospital and my earring could be saved from a loss why would he not save my daughter who was far more precious than a golden earring. Then a Bible verse that I had recited so many times took on a whole new meaning. 

Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Was I sure that she was going to live an earthly life through all of this, the answer was no.

What I became sure of was that God had her in the palm of his hand and He was in charge not me.  As the days and weeks rolled on it became apparent that the plan was that she was going to live through this ordeal.” Read More: The Claddagh Earrings

Finding my husband’s necklace on New Year’s Day after crying out to God that very morning regarding our daughter and again asking for his help to find the necklace was a huge sign to me that God is holding me and my family in the palm of his hand as he always has.  Something that seems so trivial in the grand scheme of things is of great significance to me.

God speaks in the most simple ways in everyday situations if you have ears to hear and eyes to see.

Virtual Tea Party #DoTheDownton With World Market 12/07/14

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#DoTheDownton  Pinky Up Elizabeth of KatieSheaDesign World Markets Virtual Tea Party

An Invitation to #DOTHEDOWNTON TEA PARTY from Cost Plus World Market:

“Join Cost Plus World Market on Sunday, December 7th for our “#DoTheDownton” Tea Party (pinky up)!

To celebrate our partnership with Downton Abbey we are having a Tea Party and invite all of you to join us. All you have to do is host your very own tea party and share with us how you “Do the Downton” for a chance win great prizes. 

Here’s how to “Do The Downton”:

  • Host a “Do The Downton” tea party (this can be with friends, family, or just enjoy some tea alone) using your favorite tea cup and tea selection
  • Upload a photo on any of your social channels (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) with your “Do The Downton” tea party pose (pinky up) 
  • Include the phrase “#DoTheDownton with @WorldMarket” in the photo description
  • We’ll be giving away 30 prizes throughout the day.
  •  Prizes include: (30) $50 World Market gift cards, Exclusive Downton Abbey Tote Bag and Exclusive Downton Abbey Tea Mugs  
  • Contest runs 12/7/14 only

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PLUS!!! We are having a Social Media Party too! 

Now for the REAL fun. On Sunday, December 7th, Cost Plus World Market &  Kimberly Sneed of anightowlblog.com are hosting a #DoTheDownton Virtual Tea Party! The tea party is an ALL DAY Social Media Event, taking place on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Here’s the breakdown:” Click for all the Details and to RSVP for a chance to win Great Prizes!

Please Visit the #DoTheDownton Pinterest Board and if you would like an Invitation to be a Contributor to Post your Tea Party images Please email: KSDPinterest@gmail.com Subj: #DoTheDownton

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Watch, Catch Up, Revisit and or Binge Watch any or all Four Seasons of  Downton Abbey on Verizon FiOS TV.  

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 Downton Abbey Entire Series and or single episodes available for purchase on Verizon FiOS TV, Smartphone or Tablet.

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 Sign into your Verizon FiOS Account whether online or on a mobile device.

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 Browse /Search under “BUY Shows”.

Browse under buy shows for Downton Abbey

 Purchase a single Episode  of Downton Abbey or Full Seasons.

Watch Downton Abbey Season 4 on Demand with Fios Mobile Stream FiOS TV channels on your iPad, Android or Kindle Fire – a home or out and about using Verizon FiOS.

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Katie Shea Design’s #DoTheDownton Tea Party Image shot with a Verizon Droid Turbo smartphone provided by Verizon #VZWBuzz

Disclosure: **I am a member of both #LifeOnFiOS and #VZWBuzz  Ambassador Teams–  selected teams of influencers for Verizon FiOS and Verizon Wireless who love the FiOS and Wireless service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

World Market provided product for Katie Shea Design’s Photo Shoot and Virtual Tea Party.

KidLit TV Live Stream Launch Party with MY FiOS Quantum Gateway

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KidLit TV is your source for all things kid lit whether you are an author, illustrator, educator, publishing professional, parent or a champion of children’s literature. Each day we provide you with exciting kid lit news in video or written format. We’ll keep you abreast of everything that is current and on trend in kid lit.”

We were so excited to be invited to the KidLit.TV  launch party in TriBeCa November 12th! The KidLit TV site is a valuable resource to educators and parents who cherish books and delight in sharing good stories with friends and family.

KidLit.TV will connect authors and illustrators to a wider audience by using premium video content and social media, and partnerships with the television production community to promote children’s literature.

Julie Gribble Live Launch of KidLitTV  image shot by Katie Shea Design with iPhone6 VZWBuzz

 Julie Gribble – Founder and President

Julie Gribble is the president of New York Media Works, which creates and produces works for children and the children’s literature community, in both the United States and Great Britain. She founded her brainchild, KidLit TV, to help authors and illustrators broaden their audience by using new technologies to complement and promote their work. KidLit TV is also a resource for industry insiders and catalysts, booksellers, librarians, teachers, and parents.

Julie is an award-winning writer, screenwriter, filmmaker, and producer. Her charming picture book, Bubblegum Princess, is based on a true story about Kate Middletown, and was released on the day the royal baby, who we now know as Prince George, arrived.  Copies of the book have been donated to underprivileged children in the US, and to children’s hospices in the UK.”

BubbleGum Princess by Julie Gribble image shot by Katie Shea Design with iPhone6 VZWBuzz

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Rocco Staino, StoryMakers Host being interviewed with Julie Gribble by Katie Davis at the KidLit TV Live Launch November 12th.

Rocco Staino – StoryMakers Host

Rocco is the charismatic host of StoryMakers, our interview show.  A captivating and important figure in the book community, he is a prominent librarian, a contributing editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and the Director of the Empire State Center for the Book, which administers the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Rocco has interviewed such luminaries as Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Jean Craighead George.”

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Katie Davis  interviewing Janice Dean during the KidLit TV Live Stream Launch in TriBeCa on November 12th.

Known as “Janice Dean the Weather Machine,” Janice Dean has been predicting the weather on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network since 2004. She is a trained meteorologist and she loves to share her scientific knowledge, and the inspiration that led to her passion for weather, with kids and adults alike. Before Fox, she had a long career working at various radio and TV stations as a DJ, anchor, and host.

Janice is author of : Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard and Freddy the Frogcaster

Katie Shea Design at KidLit TV Live Streaming Launch with host Katie Davis and KidLit TV Founder and President Julie Gribble

KidLitTV Goodie Bags shot with iphone6 #VZWBuzz

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You are Invited to Join the KidLit TV Community!  Connect with the KidLit TV community on these social media channels:

 http://youtube.com/kidlittv

http://twitter.com/nymediaworks

http://facebook.com/nymediaworks

http://facebook.com/groups/kidlittv

Don’t forget to like, subscribe, or follow!

We will be using our  new FiOS Quantum Gateway Router to stream all KidLit TV videos to all of our devices thanks to Verizon #LifeOnFiOS!

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Verizon Communications is keeping pace with a new, faster gateways being rolled out by cable competitors with the launch of the FiOS Quantum Gateway, a device equipped with 802.11ac WiFi and a speedy coax-based home networking platform.   Verizon said the new device, also known as the FiOS-G1 100, supports dual-band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz 802.11ac with beamforming, and bakes in the 2.0 version of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) platform, which supports in-home wireline throughputs of 400 Mbps in basic mode and up to 800 Mbps in the enhanced, turbo mode.   Targeting customers who have multiple devices hanging off their home networks and like to stream video, Verizon said the wireless end of the device can handle speeds up to 800 Mbps and an unobstructed range up to 325 feet, though both numbers are based on lab tests. – See more Here

The Images shot by Katie Shea Design used an iPhone6 and a Samsung GalaxyS5 smartphone #VZWBuzz

Disclosure: **I am a member of both #LifeOnFiOS and #VZWBuzz  Ambassador Teams–  selected teams of influencers for Verizon FiOS and Verizon Wireless who love the FiOS and Wireless service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Enjoying Quaker On The Go Breakfast With My Verizon Samsung GalaxyS5

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Quaker Instant Oatmeal Pistachio Cherry shot by Katie Shea Design  with Samsung GalaxyS5 VZWBuzz

I brought this gem of a quick breakfast with me to the hair salon.  The hair salon did not have a microwave so lucky for me they had hot water.

Just opened the oatmeal and filled with hot water to the line indicated, let it sit for about 3 minutes, mixed with a spoon and BAM a hot breakfast in my salon chair!

Sun-ripened cherries, roasted almonds, and tasty pistachios, Quaker®Real Medleys® Cherry Pistachio Oatmeal+  is my new on the go breakfast.

I usually am not a fan of the flavored ready-made oatmeal but my 2 favorite things are cherries and pistachios so I decided to give it a taste.  I was pleasantly surprised because it was not too sweet and tasted very hearty.

I will be taking these with me when I am traveling as well.

It comes in a convenient, portable package so you can eat it anywhere!

I need cases of this breakfast I love it so much!

Image shot with a  Verizon Samsung GalaxyS5 smartphone using the Selective Focus Mode

How to Use Selective Focus Mode Here

Selective Focus mode option on the Samsung GalaxyS5 phone

 

Disclosure: As a Verizon Lifestyle #VZWBUZZ  Blogger I receive Devices for review.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

It Made A Difference To That One!

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One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human. Loren Eiseley   Image shot by Katie Shea Design NYC with iPhone6 VZWBuzz

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)

Gazing from Bryant Park the other day I caught the glorious image of the Tower across the street  reflecting a cityscape of skyscrapers.

The image spoke to me about something that has been on my heart.

Last week I took my best friend Shea to the taping of the talk show The View.

Lots of planning needed to take place to make this happen seamlessly since Shea has MS and needs a wheelchair to get around.

We arrived in front of ABC dressed up in costume as requested for the Halloween taping. Our costumes were chosen based on their adaptability to accommodate the wheelchair.

Katie and Shea in costume for the View's Halloween taping NYC shot with iPhone6 VZWBuzz

We were outside waiting for more time than expected but we were enjoying all the people on the line exchanging stories and laughter.

We finally were ushered into the show’s waiting area and offered some snacks and to freshen up before we were seated.  All this is just normal procedure but very difficult for a person in a wheelchair.

When we were being seated “I” was asked if Shea would need to stay in the wheelchair or if she could take a regular seat.  She chose the regular seat.

While we were trying to get settled into our seats we were told to “sit down” by a very unfriendly security staff member.  It was quite clear that we were making the transition from a wheelchair to a regular seat and the tone used by this person as well as the strong request was uncalled for.

Her wheelchair was then whisked away to an undisclosed location to be returned at the end of the taping.

The taping took double the time that it was scheduled for and everybody was good sports about it.  When a situation happens like this it calls for more than usual the applause the audience is requested to provide as well as no bathroom breaks, food or water.

When you have disabilities, limitations or handicapped in anyway this all can wreak havoc for anyone possessing any of the these situations.

Again nobody complained and all complied with the requests for applause and audience participation.

When the show’s taping was finally over it was almost 4 pm in stark contrast to the projected time of 2 pm.  We decided to remain seated until the staffer brought back the wheelchair as the security team was dismissing our section first and then the rest of the sections of audience.

While we were quietly waiting, needing to desperately freshen up, quench our thirst and grab a snack we were approached by the same security staffer that initially told us to “Sit Down” in not in a nice tone.

He now told us to “Get Up!”  We told him we were waiting for Shea’s wheelchair to be brought to us. He then said we had to “Get Out of Here” in a nasty disrespectful tone.

When the staffer brought the wheelchair to Shea; she wanted to get into the wheelchair herself as she has requested me to not assist her with the things she can still do.  I turned my head and feigned taking a picture as to give her space and privacy.

I was then reprimanded rudely by the security staffer.  He told me to “get over there and help her instead of taking pictures” so we can get out of there!

I stared at him in outrage and disgust.  I did not respond to him with the words that were running through my mind.  I grabbed my handicapped best friend and made a beeline for the exit.

Shea was extremely upset as well as myself and decided to let some time go by before I proceeded with any action or reference to this incident.

The image of the Tower reflecting a cityscape of skyscrapers reminded me  that our words and actions are reflections that can cast either a good or bad impression.

“One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human.”  ~  Loren Eiseley

I tweeted a few words to the #TheView after we left the studio.  I am happy to say that the hard working Tom Kelly, Stand Up Comic and Warm Up Comedian For ABC’s The View  responded to my tweet almost immediately.

1b. Tom Kelly warming up the guests on the View's Halloween Show   shot by KatieSheaDesign

Tom apologized for the actions of the security staffer and said he was grateful that we stuck around all those hours.

Tom’s words and swift reply made a difference to my friend “It made a difference to that one!”

Some ask why go to an event that clearly can be a challenge for someone in a wheelchair?

My answer is: “It makes a difference to this one!” who is my best friend.

After traveling across the country with Shea in a wheelchair these past few weeks I can say that I see things from her perspective.

A few tips to keep in mind when you see somebody disabled in a wheelchair:

*They are not weak because they are in a wheelchair

*They can still hear, speak and make decisions for themselves until otherwise indicated

*Please respect the person in the wheelchair by speaking directly to them

Lastly to the Security Staffer:

A handicapped person already feels different and ostracized from everyday life and society in general.  A day in the life of someone needing a wheelchair is rough to say the least.  Please exercise respect as if the person is standing on their own 2 feet.

Images shot with a Verizon  iPhone6  #VZWBuzz

 **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Ambassador team.  Technology was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

The View Celebrates Halloween!

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**I am a member of both #LifeOnFiOS and #VZWBuzz  Ambassador Teams–  selected teams of influencers for Verizon FiOS and Verizon Wireless who love the FiOS and Wireless service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Living in the NYC area avails me many great opportunities to use my Samsung Galaxy Camera, my smartphones provided to me by Verizon Wireless and to attend live studio events broadcasted in the NYC metropolitan area.

Taking my best friend Shea to The View was a special treat and I was able to record the show at home with my Verizon FiOS Service to enjoy and save on my DVR .

KatieSheaDesign Halloween at The View NYC shot with iPhone6

 Image shot outside of ABC NYC with a Verizon iPhone6 smartphone

With my FiOS Service I can now Store up to 200 hours of HD content and save full seasons of the series I love.

I can also record up to 12 shows at the same time and forget about waiting for reruns and fighting over the remote. With FiOS Quantum TV, my family will never have to miss the shows we love.

I also learned that when attending a TV show taping; smartphones need to be shut off since they interfere with the show’s wireless equipment.

Point and shoot cameras are allowed in between taping and so how lucky am I that I have a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Camera.

The  Samsung Galaxy Camera combines high performance photography with the Android platform and Verizon 4G mobile internet connectivity. The result is a powerful point and shoot camera with a familiar, intuitive user interface.

I did not have my wireless turned on so my camera operated just as a point and shoot while in the studio.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is a serious camera designed to capture amazing images in almost any situation. It starts with a quality 23mm wide-angle lens that gives you a 21x optical zoom and optical image stabilization. You can go fully automated, fully manual or select a setting (like aperture or shutter priority) and let the camera figure out the rest. With Samsung S Voice™, you can also tell your camera what to do. It will respond to commands like “smile,” “record video” and “zoom in.

See More Samsung Galaxy Camera Features Here

The following images were shot with my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Camera in between taping of The View’s Halloween 2014 Show: (No Filters and No Edits to any of these images)

1.  A peek at the View's Halloween Set  shot by KatieSheaDesign  VZWBuzz

A peek at The View‘s Halloween Set

1b. Tom Kelly waring up the guests on the View's Halloween Show   shot by KatieSheaDesign

Tom Kelly warming up the guests on The View’s Halloween Show

2. Rosie O'Donnell Engaing with guests  shot by KatieSheaDesign

Rosie O’Donnell  Engaging with guests

3. The View's Halloween Show and Whoopi Goldberg all costumed up  shot by KatieSheaDesign

The View’s Halloween Show and Whoopi Goldberg all costumed up

4. The DIY Segment on the View's Halloween show with Lifestyle Expert Kelley Moore shot by KatieSheaDesign

The DIY Segment on the View’s Halloween show with Lifestyle Expert Kelley Moore

5.  Whoopi Goldberg on the View's Halloween show.  Can you guess her costume shot by KatieSheaDesign

Whoopi Goldberg on the View’s Halloween show. Can you guess her costume?

6. DIY Halloween Costumes found on Pinterest The View's Halloween Show shot by KatieSheaDesign  VZWBuzz

DIY Halloween Costumes found on Pinterest on The View’s Halloween Show

7. The View's studio guests's  Halloween Costume winners  shot by KatieSheaDesign  VZWBuzz

The View’s studio audience’s Halloween Costume WINNERS

I invite you to acquaint yourself a little more with  FiOS Quantum TV:

MORE CONTROL

You can pause, play and rewind live action on any TV in your house with a set-top box.** Not just the ones connected to a DVR. You can even move from one room, grab a snack and pick your show up in another.

The capability to rewind “live action” for me is so helpful especially while watching a cooking show that I might be following along with a recipe.

 PLUS, WATCH LIVE TV ANYTIME

Use the Verizon FiOS Mobile App† to access live TV and On Demand movies almost anywhere on any compatible device.

We are a family that travels and it is very comforting to retire to our hotel room and know we can still watch our favorite shows from wherever we might be resting our head those nights away from our home.

We upgraded this summer and are getting so much use out of all these features.

What TV shows or special series do you want to record to view/ binge using all the features FiOS Quantum TV has to offer?

I would love to hear what your Favorite TV Series are this fall!

I invite you to share your favorites or leave any FiOS Quantum TV or Verizon Wireless questions in the comments.  

***Images shot with a Samsung Galaxy Camera and a  Verizon iPhone6 smartphone.***

Watch The View’s Halloween Episode

Control your FiOS Quantum TV with your Verizon Wireless smartphone, tablet or your computer using these apps:

Download The Verizon FiOS Mobile App on iTunes

Download The Verizon FiOS Mobile App on Google Play

Empire Premiering Jan 2015 on Fox

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The Screening of the Pilot for Empire on Fox at Crosby St Hotel NYC shot by Anthony DeCosmo of KatieSheaDesign  LifeOnFiOS

FOX Publicity hosted a Tastemaker event for their new series Empire on 10/27 in New York at the Crosby St Hotel’s screening room.  Katie Shea Design’s Kathleen DeCosmo  and Anthony DeCosmo ( Social Media Influencers and Digital Correspondents) as well as Influencer Glen Gilmore attended as a guests of Fox and Verizon LifeOnFiOS Brand Ambassadors.

Empire First Look trailer

The new series starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson centers around a music mogul and his family. The mogul, played by Terrence Howard is ready to pass his company on to one of his children after learning of a fatal illness. However his plans are ruined when his ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) returns from prison and wants half of the empire back.

The drama will also star Gabourey Sidibe and Courtney Love. The original soundtrack was also written and produced by Timbaland. Empire is set to premiere on Fox in January. – See more

Lee Daniels warmly welcomed all of us guests and made a friendly introduction of producer Danny Strong (his partner in crime), all of Empire’s producers and cast members Terrence Howard who plays (Lucious Lyon ) and Taraji P. Henson (Cookie Lyon) also present for the screening.

The gamut of emotions this screening evoked ranged from deep empathy, sympathy, rage and lots of humor.  The story touches on so many real life family issues that people are working out and/or struggling with every day.

Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson give stunning performances!

Some important and telling quotes from the screening:

“Show Me Your Soul in This Music” ~ Lucious Lyon

“ Music Saved My Life” ~ Lucious Lyon

“I Gotch You” ~ Cookie Lyon

“ I Am Here to Get Whats Mine”  ~ Cookie Lyon

“17 Years Later and You Are Still Beautiful”  ~ Lucious Lyon

“Wasting Your Talent on Bitches and Booze” ~ Lucious Lyon

“I Just Want To Be Good Enough” ~ Jamal Lyon

A reception and conversation with the Executive producers immediately followed the screening of the pilot.

Producers:

Lee Daniels  also on IMDb

Danny Strong also on IMDb

Brian Grazer also on IMDb

Ilene Chaiken also on IMDb

Francie Calfo also in IMDb

I believe Fox has a hit on their hands!!!  Cannot wait until January!

Official Twitter for Empire: @EmpireFOX  Official Hashtag  #Empire

**I am a member of #LifeOnFiOS – a selected team of influencers for Verizon who love the FiOS service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Many Thanks to Fox and Verizon #LifeOnFiOS!

What Is In Your Wine Glass?

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 What is in your wine glass?

What was in your wine glass?

What would you like to be in your wine glass?

Which Vineyard / Winery would you like to attend a tasting at?

Which Vineyard / Winery have you visited?

What wines did you taste?

Also, If You are a Vineyard or a Winery; we invite you to share about your wine, vineyard, tasting room or a Wine Quote on our Pinterest Board.

Please Follow the directions in the “Wine Everything Wine” Pinterest Board description to secure your invite to post to our Viral Wine Board!

Katie Shea Design Invites you to leave a comment here, share on Twitter or Pin to our “Wine Everything Wine” Pinterest Board.

Cheers and Happy Wine Wednesday! #Wine #Wednesday #WW

Smartly Using Your SmartPhone

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Give Someone the gift of your ~ FULL ~ attention.

“Leave your guns at the door.” ~  Dr. Travis Bradberry

 Image shot w/ HTC One® (M8) Smartphone

It all started with me getting off the train one stop too early resulting in arriving late for a scheduled appointment.

Yes I was one of those half dazed people hunched over a smartphone typing away listening to the conductor with one ear.

I continued to type as I exited the train finishing my email response.  I started for what I thought was the Hoboken platform and had a rush of remorse wash over me in a cold sweat.

My very punctual eldest son was waiting for me in Hoboken so we could hop on a Path train to the World Trade Center.

NJ Transit Shot with GalaxyS5 by Katie Shea Design

 Image shot w/ GalaxyS5 Smartphone

Every year he and I pay our respects to all that were lost.  This year we had an appointment for 12:00 noon to visit the newly opened 9/11 Memorial Museum.

September 11 Memorial Pools with Anthony DeCosmo shot with GalaxyS5 by Katie Shea Design

 Image shot w/ GalaxyS5 Smartphone

We ended up changing our appointed time and my son expressed his concern for my lack of awareness because of my smartphone usage.

Sept 11 Memorial more reflecions shot with GalaxyS5

 Image shot w/ GalaxyS5 Smartphone

Inside 911 Memorial Museum shot with HTC One M8

 Image shot w/ HTC One® (M8) Smartphone

So fresh in my mind this experience, I had a heightened awareness for the rest of the day of all of my surroundings.

What I noticed was the majority of people I encountered were either bent over on their smartphones, chatting on them or snapping pictures.  There was not much interaction with the people they physically were with.

I continued to observe as we traveled home on the train and grabbed a bite to eat.

The more I concentrated on not using my smartphone and engaging with my sons, the more  I could not help but notice what was not going on around us.

People are living in their individual separate worlds simulating togetherness by physically being present but not actually being present with the people present with them in real life.

I started doing some research on smartphone usage, etiquette, addiction and abuse.

I came across the following post that I feel can be applied to most everyday situations and/or circumstances:

Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings by Dr. Travis Bradberry

You can fill in the blank with just about any life situation in the following sentence although the author had used “meetings” in his sentence.

“Why do so many people—especially successful people—find smartphone use in _____ to be inappropriate? When you take out your phone it shows a:”

As I ran down the list I realized that I have been lacking in every area cited but not in meetings; even worse my personal life.  I have been allowing my work life to always overlap into my personal life to the point of getting off a train prematurely.

I am a digital correspondent that curates and delivers content for a living.  My cameras and smartphones are always in my hand.  I am a member of the #VZWBuzz influence team as well as the #LifeOnFiOS influencer team.  I evaluate new technology, use it and write about it.  I cannot help always using my smartphone or can I??

I decided to design an infographic sourced from “Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings”.

This infographic features my smartphone offenses in a way I can communicate to myself and my audience.

These offenses can be applied to most smartphone scenarios that involve real life people vs any technological community.

The only time I will deem it suitable in a meeting to actually have my smartphone out and actively using it will be at my next  #VZWBuzz Team meeting.

 

Smartphone usage Ingographic designed by Katie Shea Design

Image designed with Canva

Infographic Sourced from:

Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

by Dr. Travis Bradberry

There is a time, place and proper usage for smartphones.  REAL live people should never be trumped by smartphones unless of course it is an emergency.

Smartphone Etiquette Links:

Improve Your Public Cell Phone Courtesy

Practicing Smartphone Etiquette

Images were shot with a HTC One® (M8) and a GalaxyS5 Smartphone

I am a member of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Blogger Program #VZWBuzz which gives me free access to mobile technology and other benefits.  There is no additional compensation and no promise of a positive review.  The opinions are my own.

Must Have FiOS Quantum TV Downton Abbey Fans!

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George Clooney to Guest-Star In a Downton Abbey Christmas Sketch

George Clooney Guest Star in a Downton Abbey Christmas Sketch Source   Vanity Fair

“What does this mean for us exactly? The actor, regrettably, will not pop up on a future episode of Downton Abbey as a legit character, like Lord Clooningham, a dashing love interest whose parlor tricks endear him to everyone in the household except the ever-suspecting Dowager.

Instead, he will appear during a one-off Downton-set sketch that we stateside viewers will have to view secondhand on YouTube.”  more:

I am a little disappointed that George, as reported will not be a legit character on Downton Abbey but……

I am so excited that I have FiOS Quantum TV so I can record the full series of Downton Abbey as well as some of my other favorite TV series this fall!

YES I said the FULL Series!  How can I do that without filling up the DVR??

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MORE STORAGE

Store up to 200 hours of HD content.* Save full seasons of the series you love.

 MORE ENTERTAINMENT

Record up to 12 shows at the same time.* Forget about waiting for reruns and fighting over the remote. With FiOS Quantum TV, you’ll never miss the shows you love.

Why would we EVER need to have the capability to record up to 12 shows at the same time??

We all have our favorite shows and add in specials that come up… those shows can add up rather quickly.  Compound all the sporting events (we do not all share the same teas in our house) our DVR is action packed!

 MORE CONTROL

You can pause, play and rewind live action on any TV in your house with a set-top box.** Not just the ones connected to a DVR. You can even move from one room, grab a snack and pick your show up in another.

The capability to rewind “live action” for me is so helpful especially while watching a cooking show that I might be following along with a recipe.

 PLUS, WATCH LIVE TV ANYTIME

Use the Verizon FiOS Mobile App† to access live TV and On Demand movies almost anywhere on any compatible device.

We are a family that travels and it is very comforting to retire to our hotel room and know we can still watch our favorite shows from wherever we might be resting our head those nights away from our home.

We upgraded this summer and are getting so much use out of all these features.

What TV shows or special series do you want to record to view/ binge using all the features FiOS Quantum TV has to offer?

I would love to hear what your Favorite TV Series are or about the new ones coming this fall.

I invite you to share your favorites or leave any FiOS Quantum TV questions in the comments.  

**I am a member of #LifeOnFiOS – a selected team of influencers for Verizon who love the FiOS service. No compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Reflections 9/11 Memorial

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4. Reflections from the 911 Memorial Site

 Reflections from the 911 Memorial Site

2. The names of the 911 Fallen Heroes inscribed around the twin memorial pools

The names of the 911 Fallen Heroes inscribed around the twin memorial pools

3. Each morning the 911 Memorial is commemorating the birthdays of victims of the attacks of 2001 and 1993.

Each morning the 911 Memorial commemorates the birthdays of victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks.

1. The 911 Memorial is a place of Respect and Reflection

Please REMEMBER when VISITING The 911 Memorial that it is a place of Respect and Quiet Reflection.

9. FDNY 911 Memorial Wall, a 56 foot bronze bas-relief Sculpture.  Located at FDNY Engine 10

The FDNY 911 Memorial Wall, a 56 foot bronze base-relief Sculpture. Located at FDNY Engine 10.

8. A 911 piece of salvaged steel restoring the vanished Twin Towers in imaginary NYC skyline

A 9/11 piece of salvaged steel restoring the vanished Twin Towers in imaginary NYC skyline.

7. A 911 Memorial Thank You For Visiting and an  Invitation to Share Your Experience on Social Media

A 9/11 Memorial Thank You For Visiting and an Invitation to Share Your Experience on Social Media. #911MEMORIAL

I invite you to share your #911Memorial visit here on the blog in the comments or share an image you have captured on: 9/11 Memorial : Lasting Impressions Pinterest Board

911 memeorial Pinterest BoardSend your Invite Request to become a contributor to the 9/11 Memorial Pinterest Board to: KSDPinterest@gmail.com

Follow Katie Shea Design’s Group 9/11 Memorial Board : Lasting Impressions on Pinterest.

*I am a member of  #VZBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  All opinions are my own.

All images shot by Katie Shea Design with a Samsung Galaxy Camera using the 21x optical zoom for many shots.

Happy 350th Birthday, New York

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Happy 350th Birthday NYC by Katie Shea Design #VZWBuzz

September 8th, 2014 is the 350th anniversary of the surrender of Dutch New Amsterdam to the British and the settlement’s renaming as New York. read more..

Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant surrendered New Amsterdam, the capital of New Netherland, to an English naval squadron under Colonel Richard Nicolls. Stuyvesant had hoped to resist the English, but he was an unpopular ruler, and his Dutch subjects refused to rally around him. Following its capture, New Amsterdam’s name was changed to New York, in honor of the Duke of York, who organized the mission. read more….

How Did the Boroughs Get Their Names?

In 1609 Robert Guet called the island “Mannahata,” after Native American names for the area. Henry Hudson referred to Staten Eylandt after the States General—Netherlands’ governing body. The Bronx is named after Jonas Bronck, who settled in the area in 1639. Brooklyn refers to Breukelen, the Dutch village in the Netherlands. Queens was named after Queen Catherine of Braganza, wife of King Charles II of England (1630-1685).

How did the Boroughs get their Names

 

How Did New York Get The Nickname “The Big Apple”?

The Big Apple was first popularized as a reference to New York City by John J. Fitz Gerald in a number of New York Morning Telegrapharticles in the 1920s in reference to New York horse-racing. The earliest of these was a casual reference on May 3, 1921:

  1. P. Smith, with Tippity Witchet and others of the L. T. Bauer string, is scheduled to start for “the big apple” to-morrow after a most prosperous Spring campaign at Bowie and Havre de Grace.[10]

Fitz Gerald referred to the “big apple” frequently thereafter.[11] He explained his use in a February 18, 1924, column under the headline “Around the Big Apple”:

The Big Apple. The dream of every lad that ever threw a leg over a thoroughbred and the goal of all horsemen. There’s only one Big Apple. That’s New York.

Two dusky stable hands were leading a pair of thoroughbred around the “cooling rings” of adjoining stables at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans and engaging in desultory conversation.

“Where y’all goin’ from here?” queried one.

“From here we’re headin’ for The Big Apple,” proudly replied the other.

“Well, you’d better fatten up them skinners or all you’ll get from the apple will be the core,” was the quick rejoinder.

The Big Apple. The dream of every lad that ever threw a leg over a thoroughbred and the goal of all horsemen. There’s only one Big Apple. That’s New York.

Two dusky stable hands were leading a pair of thoroughbred around the “cooling rings” of adjoining stables at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans and engaging in desultory conversation.

“Where y’all goin’ from here?” queried one.

“From here we’re headin’ for The Big Apple,” proudly replied the other.

“Well, you’d better fatten up them skinners or all you’ll get from the apple will be the core,” was the quick rejoinder.

The term “big apple” was used by Frank Sinatra speaking to opera singer Dorothy Kirsten (who was his co-star in the late 1940s-early 1950s NBC radio program “Light Up Time” on a show that aired on 03/28/1950 at about the 2:30 mark. The show may be heard here.

Frank Sinatra also contributed to New York’s notoriety when he recorded the famous song New York, New York.

Theme from New York, New York” (or “New York, New York“) is the theme song from the Martin Scorsese film New York, New York(1977), composed by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb. It was written for and performed in the film by Liza Minnelli. It remains one of the best-remembered songs about New York City.

In 1979, it was recorded by Frank Sinatra, for his album Trilogy: Past Present Future (1980), and has since become closely associated with him. He occasionally performed it live with Minnelli as a duet. Sinatra recorded it a second time in duet with Tony Bennett for his 1993 album Duets.

New York New York Frank Sinatra

 New York, New York

Start spreading the news

I am leaving today

I want to be a part of it

New York, New York

These vagabond shoes

Are longing to stray

Right through the very heart of it

New York, New York

I wanna wake up in a city

That doesn’t sleep

And find I’m king of the hill

Top of the heap

These little town blues

Are melting away

I’ll make a brand new start of it

In old New York

If I can make it there

I’ll make it anywhere

It’s up to you

New York, New York

New York, New York

I want to wake up

in a city that never sleeps

And find I’m a number one, top of the list

King of the hill

A number one

These little town blues

Oh they’re melting away

I’m gonna make a brand new start of it

In old New York

And If I can make it there

I’m gonna make it anywhere

It’s up to you

New York, New York, New York


Read more: Frank Sinatra – New York, New York Lyrics | MetroLyrics

The New York Landscape has certainly changed in the last 350 years but the sentiment has always stayed the same:

I’m gonna make a brand new start of it

In old New York

And If I can make it there

I’m gonna make it anywhere

It’s up to you

New York, New York, New York!!!!

Happy 350th Birthday New York!

Happy Birthday Image shot last ysummer with a Verizon Droid RAZR HD #VZWBuzz in Central Park, NYC 08/13 by Katie Shea Design

Edited in Snapseed

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The Question is Which Lindt Chocolate is Your Favorite?

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The Month of August Lindt Master Chocolatier has given Instagrammers the opportunity to post an image of their favorite Lindt Chocolate on Instagram using Hashtag #LindLove.

Lindt’s reward: Lindt Chocolate prizes!

Lindt Instagram Contest

Katie Shea Design decided to jump on board and post an image of  favorite Lindt Chocolate.

LindtLove Image by Katie Shea Design

The image was shot with a GalaxyS5 using the selective focus option in HDR mode.

#VZWBuzz

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What Will Be On Your Coffee Table?? Ikea Catalog 2015

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Ikea 2015 Catalog #IKEAcatalog Press Event NYC photo Credit Katie Shea Design 1 Where the everyday begins

 

IKEA announced on July 16th, 2014 that the new 2015 IKEA U.S. catalog, filled with design inspiration and new products for every area of the home, will be available to the public starting this August. Themed Where the Everyday Begins and Ends, this years catalog highlights the two important rooms where people sleep and get ready every morning and night the bedroom and the bathroom. Readers will learn how IKEA can help them make the beginning and end of their days more comfortable, more calm and more organized by designing their spaces based on their own routines, utilizing smart space solutions, and expressing their personal styles.

After more than 50 years in the furniture business, Ikea decided to perform its very first global company survey. The goal of the survey was to “[dig] into how the world wakes up by tuning in to eight different metropoles in eight different countries [to investigate] the morning routines, habits and wishes of those who live there.” Ikea then used the study’s findings—sourced from residents of Berlin, London, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Stockholm—to inform the creations of several new products in its 2015 collection. contd..

Last week I attended the launch of Ikea’s 2015 Catalog in NYC.  Local influencers were invited to a slumber party themed event at a pop up space in lower Manhattan. The space was styled with bedroom products such as bedding, closet and wardrobe pieces along with vanity displays.

What a great idea  Dvala quilt cover you can customize IKEAcatalog photo credit KatieSheaDesign

What a great idea.  Dvala quilt cover you can customize #IKEAcatalog https://vine.co/v/MQeFWXnrhW1

What a great storage idea from IKEAcatalog cover

What a great storage idea from #IKEAcatalog 2015 https://vine.co/v/MQeYZ7l9Txa

Becky LaFranchi, the Communications and Interior Design manager USA Ikea had a Q & A with Mike Doyle of Ketchum NYC.

Rebecca LaFranchi of Ikea and  Mike Doyle of Ketchum NYC  Ikea 2015 catalog reveal photo credit Katie Shea Design

Talking points:

“The bedroom is not just for sleep.  There is a family bed where movie nights are viewed and everyone has a spot to sit.  A private room for the family.”

Ikea 2015 Catalog IKEAcatalog Comforters, Duvets and A canvas to Design  Credit Katie Shea Design

Ikea 2015 Catalog IKEAcatalog Comforters  Duvets fun patterns Photo Credit Katie Shea Design

Ikea 2015 Catalog IKEAcatalog Comforters, Duvets Photo Credit Katie Shea Design

Ikea 2015 Catalog IKEAcatalog fun pieces  Photo Credit Katie Shea Design

Ikea 2015 Catalog IKEAcatalog Bed and Bath fun Photo Credit Katie Shea Design

 

Urbanization:

Do not worry about the size of your living space because outside is your living room.

By 2050, 86% of developed countries will be living in urban areas.  A world that exists outside of our four walls.

 Sustainability:

A rise in “Small Space” living in the US  in order to have a world that exists outside of our four walls and has nothing to do with an economic decline.

Becky’s Inspiration: materials, visual texture and tactile.

Do not be afraid of color, be afraid of beige (humor).

Families are learning to live together again in their space.

The color that sells is beige.  It is a delicate balancing act of bringing in color.  Different pieces with color really have different places in Ikea.

 Materiality:

The lowest price point products are the hardest to design, finding materials, suppliers and stackability is what goes into Ikea’s equation to arrive at the best product and price point.

Ikea is celebrated as an accessible brand.

“Respect to the range”.  

 Ikea speaks to their customers through their room settings in their stores.

Millennials are breaking all the rules, teaching us what life will be going forward.  They are not quite as interested as having a home for 30 years, a job for 30 years and they really see the World as their opportunity.

What millennials own is temporary.  “The 2015 collection is inspired by millennials”.

 Baby Boomers/ Flat Age Society are refusing to age the same way their parents did.  They are living, working and staying young longer.  A lot like the millennials.  Choosing to downsize, living in small spaces and are not as afraid as their parents were about what is coming in the next 3-5 years.

What separates millennials from the Flat Age? Flat Age wants luxury and comfort, where as millennials are fine with not worrying about luxury.

 Ikea can provide comfort and luxury with their products for the Baby Boomers/Flat Age Society as well.

Baby Boomers/Flat Age Society is motivating Becky, Ikea’s designer .

 What keeps Becky up at night:  

How can Becky convince the Baby Boomers/Flat Age Society what Ikea has to offer will last the Boomers for  10, 15 and 25 years if they want it to.  Also, how can Becky can convince the millennials that Ikea has something that is not just  beige..

Ikea does not have a specific generational segment they cater to.  

Ikea tries to reach all the generations.

The 2015 catalog will be available in 67 printed editions, 32 languages and 46 countries/territories. The IKEA catalog is now the largest print production ever to be printed on 100% FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper. The entire IKEA catalog production chain, from forest to printer, is FSC-certified to ensure a more sustainable origin of the wood.

U.S. consumers can access the new catalog in multiple ways:

  •    Printed Version Request a printed copy of the catalog at http://www.getmy2015catalog.com.
  •    Digital Version Visit http://www.2015digitalcatalog.com to view the digital version of the catalog online beginning on July 24. New for this year, user will also be able to save lists of their favorite products from the digital catalog and create shopping lists.

Ikea 2015 Catalog IKEAcatalog  App viewed at Press Event NYC photo Credit Katie Shea Design

Vine Video Ikea Catalog Demo photo credit  Katie Shea Design

Laura demos IKEA App scan and discover feature #IKEAcatalog https://vine.co/v/MQeIEaXrAqO

 

  •    Catalog App for smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android) Download from your app store beginning on July 24. The app gives users access to extended catalog content by scanning designated pages of the printed catalog. The extended content includes: an augmented reality Place in Your Room feature which allows users to virtually place and view nearly 300 IKEA products in their own homes; shareable videos featuring quick DIY tips and stories behind IKEA products; 360º views that allow users to look all the way around a whole room; and image galleries. Select content will also be available in the digital catalog.

Fans can connect with IKEA on:

Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA), Twitter (@DesignbyIKEA) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/IKEAUSA). Join the conversation via the hashtag #IKEACatalog.

 

 About Interior Designer Rebecca (Becky) LaFranchi:

Her career trajectory: Becky is a self-made interior designer coming from a humble background.  She started as a child, creating room layouts on graph paper and “buying” products from the Sears or Penny’s catalog to place in her imagined rooms. Later in life, while waiting tables, she decided to get a degree in Interior Design.  This eventually brought her to IKEA Seattle where she managed that stores’ team then was recognized for her talent and landed the biggest job of all as responsible for all stores.

* Her role at IKEA: She is responsible for the visual look and feel of all 38 IKEA stores.  She leads a team of over 500 co-workers comprised of Interior Designers, Visual Merchandisers, Graphic Designers and Carpenters. She is passionate about product and interior design at IKEA.

Images shot with a #GALAXYS5 smartphone #VZWBuzz

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Carted Away With Cost Plus World Market

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Grand Opening Cost Plus World Market photo credit Katie Shea Design #WorldMarket_NJ

Katie Shea Design  Attended the Sneak Peek Preview and Grand Opening of Cost Plus World Market’s North East Store.

The Property Brothers @WorldMarket Livingston NJ with Kathleen DeCosmo KatieSheaDesign

The first store in the North East, World Market celebrated it’s debut with The Property Brothers greeting customers with smiles, handshakes, hugs and autographs!

Inspiration Pieces from World Market Livingston NJ  #WorldMarket_NJ  photo credit Katie Shea Design

Lots of oohs and ahhs were heard as each aisle was being shopped.  Inspiration pieces galore!

Tea for any taste at world market livingston by katie shea design kathleen decosmo

The tea selections are very interesting as well as the line of teacups.  A great place to begin a teacup collection.

@WorldMarket Products from around the Globe Photo Credit #KatieSheaDesign

Most new customers were so excited about the product choices from all around the Globe!

Italian Soda Varieties  by World Market #WorldMarket_NJ photo credit #KatieSheaDesign

World Market’s variety of Italian Soda is worth traveling for.  The road will be worn out to Livingston NJ by Katie Shea Design!

#KatieSheaDesign's  World Market Favorites #WorldMarket_NJ  These are my top three food finds at Cost Plus World Market:

Pomegranate soda to invite a splash of Vodka on the rocks for a hot summer’s day.

Sriracha Mayonnaise for so many Pinterest Recipes in the cue.

Salt Caramel Syrup slated for cupcakes, pancakes and ice cream toppings.

Carried Away @WorldMarket Livingston by KatieSheaDesign #WorldMarket_NJ

One could say that Katie Shea Design was carted away with Cost Plus World Market’s aisles and aisles of inspiration not only for decorating but for cooking and baking as well!

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market.

All opinions are my own.

All Images shot with my #GalaxyS5 Smartphone #VZWBuzz

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Mashable’s Social Media Day 2014 Celebrated with a Google+ Hangout On Air #SMDayHOA

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SMDayHOA Hosts Mia Voss Dennis Littley Kathleen DeCosmo

Social Media Day #SMDay was Celebrated

 June 30th, 2014 Globally.

Social Media Day is an annual global event on June 30 that recognizes the digital revolution happening right before our eyes. Mashable invited Social Media particpants to join fellow social media enthusiasts by hosting or attending a Social Media Day Meetup in their area.

Chef Dennis Littley, Mia Voss and me, Kathleen DeCosmo held our Social Media Day celebration on Google + by hosting a #SMDayHOA which brought some supercharged  *Networking*!

There were many social media personalities representing all the different social media platforms we all know and love with many special guests popping in to say hello!

You are INVITED to VIEW the #SMDayHOA by CLICKING the IMAGE below:

SMDayHOA Recap Hosts Dennis Littley Kathleeb DeCosmo Mia Voss

 

SMDayHOA Guests with Chef Dennis Littley Kathleen DeCosmo Mia Voss

 

SweeteryNYC

Sweetery @SweeteryNYC:
NYC’s favorite gourmet dessert truck & full-service experiential marketing company! Follow us for news, contests & sweet deals! sweeterynyc.com

GEV Magazine

GEV Magazine @GEVMagazine
Haute couture and cuisine… Prepare to salivate endlessly… Join GEV on FB: http://on.fb.me/tQfwIk Follow Editor @Cloutwoman too! gevmag.com

Markets of New York #SMDayHOA

Markets Of New York @MarketsNYC
Karen Seiger – Author, Blogger, Market Enthusiast! Find out about about the best artisan, farmer, food and flea markets in NYC! (Guidebook and Blog) marketsofnewyork.com

fundafeast

Fundafeast @fundafeast
#Crowdfunding platform exclusively for#food + #drink industry. Looking for#funding for a #foodstartup#cookbook, #restaurant, #wine bar? Crowdfund with us! fundafeast.com

all the tastes of New York #SMDayHOA

NYC Food Crawls @AllTheTastesNYC
3 Restaurants in1 Evening! Heather@AllTheTastesOfNewYork.com to reserve. Event Planning/Experiencial Dining/Brotherhood Winery Rep. allthetastesofnewyork.com

mommy factor #SMDayHOA

Onica {MommyFactor} @MommyFactor
A mom’s opinion on #parenting, pr/media events, #tech products & more. Mom to biracial son. Lifestyle#blogger and #socialmedia rockstar. mommyfactor.net

winerist #SMDayHOA

Winerist @TheWinerist
#Winerist is wine travel made simple. Find and book your perfect wine experience to 50 wine regions! #winetravelmadesimple winerist.com

LaLaLunchbox #SMDayHOA

LaLa Lunchbox @LaLaLunchbox
Say goodbye to meal time stress! LaLa Lunchbox is the #1 meal planning app for kids. Parents love it too! lalalunchbox.com

Happy Wives Club #SMDayHOA

Happy Wives Club™ @happywivesclub
Twice voted #1 Marriage Site. 750,000+ women strong. The book, Happy Wives Club, is now a USA Today® & New York Times® Best Seller! All tweets by Fawn Weaver. happywivesclub.com

 

SMDayHOA Sponsors w Chef Dennis Littley Kathleen DeCosmo Mia Voss

 

Kelly and Jones

Kelly & Jones  @kellyandjones

Caught wearing perfume in the tasting room. Blending fragrance inspired by the vineyard. Created by @SaludScents.#wine #perfume kellyandjones.com

 

NewYorkn.com a SMDayHOA Sponsor  Hosted by Chef Dennis Littley Kathleen DeCosmo Mia Voss

NewYork.com  @NewYorkcom                   Your essential source for Broadway, entertainment, travel, & everything New York! #WeLoveThisCity newyork.com

 

Markets of New York

Markets Of New York @MarketsNYC
Karen Seiger – Author, Blogger, Market Enthusiast! Find out about about the best artisan, farmer, food and flea markets in NYC! (Guidebook and Blog) marketsofnewyork.com

 

 

Happy Wives ClubHappy Wives Club™ @happywivesclub

Twice voted #1 Marriage Site. 750,000+ women strong. The book, Happy Wives Club, is now a USA Today® & New York Times® Best Seller! All tweets by Fawn Weaver. happywivesclub.com

 

The Pillow PlusThe Pillow+ @thepillowplus

The most versatile pillow you will ever need! Simply clip on your swim bag, back pack, or purse & go! Perfect for swimming, camping, sports, or just relaxing! thepillowplus.com

Cost Plus World Market Opening in the North East! Livingston N.J.

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Cost Plus World Market is in the North East Now!

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Katie Shea Design is thrilled to share the news that Cost Plus World Market is coming to the North East! We‘ve been waiting and now the time has come for a N.J. Location’s Grand Opening. There are so many unique products from around the world available at World Market. Products have great price points and are appealing to all.   You will be amazed with the variety of products and the inspiration they present.  Katie Shea Design will be visiting the store and sharing the experience with another post next week.  You are invited to join the Grand Opening celebration!  GRAND OPENING DETAILS ❥▶ 

The New Jersey Store Grand Opening is in Livingston, N.J. on Thursday, July 10th.  This is the first Cost Plus World Market Store in the North East!  Beginning Thursday, July 10th through Sunday, July 13th World Market will be celebrating the grand opening with several events, special guest appearances, special giveaways and offers.  

Meet Special Guests – Jonathan & Drew Scott, hosts of Property Brothers!

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Details of the Celebration Week:

LOCATION: 530 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston, NJ

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Thursday, July 10 : Official Grand Opening

  • 9:00am – Special ribbon cutting Ceremony. Store opening immediately following ceremony
  • First 100 customers in the door will receive a $10 World Market gift card on us!

Thursday, July 10 – Sunday, July 13

  • Free Cost Plus World Market Tote Bag to the first 100 customers in the door each day!
  • Free tasting and live entertainment each day { 4-7pm Thursday & Friday and 1-4pm Saturday & Sunday}

Saturday, July 12 (1pm – 3pm)

  • Come Meet Celebrities, Jonathan & Drew Scott (Hosts of Property Brothers)
  • First 200 customers to bring 5 non-perisable food items to donate to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey for a chance to meet Jonathan and Drew and get a signed autograph*

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. An autographed photo of Jonathan & Drew Scott will be given to the first 200 customers with the minimum donation of 5 non-perishable, non-glass food items. One autograph per person. Event subject to change or cancellation. Stores open at 9 am. Line forms at 12 pm.  

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Happy July 4th, The U.S. team may have lost, but soccer in America won!

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Wishing You a very Happy July 4th, Independence Day!

SoccerFever VZWBuzz Katie Shea Design

A few weeks ago Some members of the #VZWBuzz Team visited Samsung Galaxy Studio Soho for a #SoccerFever World Cup party.

We came together to cheer on the US World Cup Soccer team.

The U.S. team may have lost, but soccer in America won!

SoccerFever VZWBuzz Team

Soccer Fever VZWBuzz party

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Carmine’s: Talking 42 Ounce Porterhouse Steak, Ragu, Wings, NYC, Vegas with Executive Chef Glenn Rolnick

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Carmine’s is a family style restaurant offering exceptional value to its guests through the many dishes of Southern Italian cuisine. Restaurateur Artie Cutler crafted the Carmine’s concept with a singular vision; bringing his guests “wow-factor” sized portions and making any meal feel like an Italian American wedding feast. Platters of homestyle antipasto, pasta, decadent seafood or meat entrees, and of course homemade desserts are all staples at Carmine’s, meant for sharing amongst friends and family. When great food and wine are supported by friendly and knowledgeable service, the results are magic – “we want every day to feel like a Sunday afternoon at Grandma’s!”

A Special Edition of The Food & Booze Show was broadcast live from Carmine’s NYC with special on site guests Kathleen DeCosmo and Susan Serra on the ground chatting with Executive Chef Glenn Rolnick.

Carmines Times Square NYC -Susan Serra Katheen DeCosmo Glenn Rolnick    Special Edition Food & Booze Show Hosts  Mia Voss and Chef Dennis Littley  Photo Credit Anthony DeCosmo @adecosmo2 #52from52

GLENN ROLNICK is the Director of Culinary Operations of Alicart Restaurant Group, a position he’s held for ten years. He has appeared on Good Morning America and QVC and has written for Time, New York Times, Gourmet, The New Yorker and Food Arts.

While we were preparing our tastebuds for the onslaught of Carmine’s heaven, we were schooled in Carmine’s history by Executive Chef and Author Glenn Rolnick.

25 years open soon for NYC’s 91st location!
20 years at Carmine’s Times Square (1.24 million customers yearly).

Carmine’s locations are Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ, Times Square NYC, Upper West Side 91st NYC, Atlantis Resort, Bahamas, Washington DC and The Forum Shops at Caesars Las Vegas.

The Washington DC location has 25,000 sq feet, 9 private dining rooms, 700 seats, and a secret service entrance.

Las Vegas location has 28000 sq feet 750 seats, 6 private dining space including a private balcony over looking the strip.

1 year for Las Vegas and listed in Top Ten Restaurant Vegas- USA Today : 10 BEST HOMESTYLE IN LAS VEGAS, NV.

The 28,000-square-foot restaurant, designed by Bill Johnson of Johnson Studios, features the trademark touches that grace all Carmine’s locations – high ceilings, antique chandeliers and warm, homey colors. Walls are lined with black and white photographs depicting the Southern Italian families whose culinary traditions inspired the restaurant’s timeless menu. There are 75 Chandeliers, 6 portraits and 7500 pictures in Carmine’s Las Vegas.

Trivia for Carmine’s Las Vegas First Year:

2400 people ate gluten free pasta
69,994 actual meatballs 125,000 meats
1,200 titanics or 12,000 softball scoops ice cream
14,869 lbs garlic
9,915 chicken parm
121,099 little neck clams
22,654 lbs. romano cheese
25,362 gal of marinara sauce
80,000 whole lemons
28,000 chicken breast
4,200 fresh basil
7,400 fried calamari or 15,000 pounds

We were treated to several dishes on the menu that were familiar to me as a regular guest and a few that I have never tasted before.

Did you know these dishes are menu choices at Carmine’s?

Carmines Times Square NYC-Susan Serra Katheen DeCosmo Glenn Rolnick    Special Edition Food & Booze Show Hosts  Mia Voss and Chef Dennis Littley   Photo Credit Anthony DeCosmo @adecosmo2 #52from52

Caesar Salad

Romaine lettuce tossed with garlic and anchovy caesar dressing and toasted croutons. (gluten-free available.)

Chicken Scarpariello (Wings)

Cut chicken on the bone pan fried and tossed in buttery lemon rosemary sauce. (Gluten-free.)

Porterhouse Steak

Porterhouse Contadina A 42-ounce steak beautifully sliced off the bone, a pound of Italian sweet sausage and huge piles of roasted potatoes and sautéed red and green peppers.

Porterhouse Steak  Carmines Times Square NYC-Susan Serra  Katheen DeCosmo Glenn Rolnick Special Edition Food & Booze Show Hosts Mia Voss Chef Dennis Littley  Photo Credit @adecosmo #52from52

Ragu (Assorted Meats)

A mixture of shredded beef, meatballs, pork braciole, and Italian sausage slow-cooked in a rich tomato sauce.

Ragu  Carmines Times Square NYC-Susan Serra Katheen DeCosmo Glenn Rolnick Special Edition Food & Booze Show Hosts Mia Voss  Chef Dennis Littley Photo Credit Anthony DeCosmo @adecosmo2 #52from52

The Titanic 

●Flourless Chocolate Torte
●3 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
●2 Scoops of Chocolate Ice Cream
●Fresh Whipped Cream
●Sliced Strawberries and Bananas
●Pineapple Roasted with Cinnamon
●Chocolate Syrup
●Chopped Hazelnuts
●4 Ferraro Hazelnut Chocolate Swirls for the Smoke Stacks

We also learned from Glenn Rolnick that he has a cookbook being released this year:

Publication date: November 4, 2014
$29.99, hardcover
Carmine’s Celebrates
Classic Italian Recipes for Everyday Feasts

Following their successful Carmine’s Family-Style Cookbook, Carmine’s Celebrates is perfect for big, abundant family-and-friend gatherings: weekly feasts, Sunday dinners, and holiday celebrations

Carmine’s is founded on the twin concepts of deliciousness and abbondanza. In their wildly popular Times Square flagship location and their other restaurants in New York City, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Washington, DC, and Paradise Island, Bahamas, the tables are filled with giant platters of pasta, steaks, chicken, vegetables and more. And every single diner has a smile on his face. Now that concept comes home from the masters. Italian food is the nation’s most popular food both in restaurants and in home kitchens. In Carmine’s Celebrates, home cooks will learn how to make more than one hundred dishes in happy-making quantities. Nothing is difficult to make, serve or store. Each dish uses grocery store ingredients and extracts the best flavor from them so anyone can be an amazing cook. There is a special emphasis on “everyday” holidays, such as weekend family dinners, and also on traditional holiday food for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Dishes include:
—Crostini with Cannellini Bean Dip
—Sea Scallops Wrapped in Pancetta
—Mussels Fra Diavolo
—Spaghetti Carbonara
—Beefsteak Fiorentina
—Chicken Cacciatore

Carmine’s Celebrates: Classic Italian Recipes for Everyday Feasts can be found here for pre-order.

You are Invited to view the Special Edition of The Food & Booze Show Here

Food and Booze Show Link for CarminesNYC
Mia Voss & Chef Dennis Littley introduce you to restaurants, bon mots and drinkies from around the globe! Join them!

#foodnbooze
#BatCrapCrazy #GetYourLearnOn #AskChefDennis

#CarminesNYC  #SMDay  #SmDayHOA

Photo Credit: Anthony DeCosmo #52from52 @adecosmo2

Giving Thanks on Memorial Day

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Sergeant Warren O.Ostin Paying Tribute To our Veterans and Fallen Heroes

CAMP LEJEUNE — Twenty-two hundred Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune are preparing to deploy off the coast of Libya in northern Africa. They said goodbye to their families Monday afternoon, and they’ll be leaving in the days ahead.

“There’s always in the back of your mind what if, what could happen,” Marine wife Carrie Cochran said.  Continue Reading…

March 2011 this image flashed across the TV of our Nephew Warren O. Ostin preparing to be deployed.  Our hearts sank with sorrow and swelled with pride all at the same time.

Warren O Ostin Deploying

Our nephew called me himself to tell me that he was going to be deployed overseas earlier than expected.  I held back my overwhelming tears as he filled me in on what he could, all the while reassuring me that all would be all right and that he was ready.

I got off the phone, cried my eyes out and begged God to protect him and bring him back to us.  My nephew is also my God Child and with that I wanted to make sure he felt connected always.

My Dad, an army veteran himself had given me a necklace several years before he passed away.  The necklace was a pair of praying hands with the Serenity Prayer inscribed on the back.

I decided to give this necklace to my nephew to have with him while he served his deployments. I made him promise he would bring it back to me when he was all done serving our country.  Along with the necklace I made a specific time of the day that I would be praying for him EST.  I wanted him to feel connected no matter where in the world he was always.

Warren O Ostin Afghanistan

Our nephew finished serving our country full time and is now a Sergeant in the US Marine Reserves.

I never asked him about the necklace or if he had it with him while deployed.

One day after he was home for good I received a phone call from Warren.  He asked me if I had seen his latest Facebook image.

He explained that he had carried the Praying Hands necklace with him the entire time he was in the Marines.  He went on to say that he wanted to have the Praying Hands with him always so he had them tattooed to his chest forever.

Praying Hands

I was speechless and engulfed with emotion.  Having two sons has taught me that men use actions and few words to express their emotions.  My nephew Warren is forever wearing his expression of gratitude to God and his country for returning home to us!

This Memorial Day I sat behind my nephew thanking God for the opportunity to share a day with him in person.  Enjoying watching him watch the game, never forgetting that I was not sure I would ever have this opportunity to see him smile or hear him laugh.

Sargeant Warren O. Ostin at Citizens Bank Field Philadelphia watching Game

I sat back in my seat praying for all who have lost a loved one in service to our country.  Counting our blessings for our nephew and all that have and continue to put themselves at risk for the United States.

My Memorial Day Thanksgiving Toast Cheers

This year I raised my glass in a Memorial Day, Thanksgiving toast to my nephew and his safe return home.

Thank You Sergeant Warren O. Ostin for your Service to this country!

Sergeant Warren O. Ostin

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Happy Mother’s Day: A Musical Tribute

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Happy Mother's Day by Visual Poetics CURATED  by  Katie Shea Design

Raised by a single mother, Kevin Durant is the NBA’s 2013-14 Most Valuable Player.

Kevin Durant’s powerful, emotional MVP acceptance speech went viral impacting the hearts of so many.

Kevin recounted that he fell in love with basketball in the second grade.

Kevin shared his memory of the little family’s first apartment. “No bed, no furniture.  We sat in the living room and hugged.  We felt like we made it!”

This video very personally touched my heart as well as this recently released single “Happy Mother’s Day” by Visual Poetics:

Happy Mother's Day by Visual Poetics

It is truly poetic that this “Happy Mother’s Day” single was released just a few days before Kevin Durant’s beautiful tribute to his single mother.

Kevin’s tribute to his mom depicts exactly what this Mother’s Day single is expressing musically.

Kevin praised his mother, honoring her and all that she did for him and his brother:

“YOU made us believe,

kept us off the street,

put clothes on our back

food on the table

went to sleep hungry.

You sacrificed for us

YOUR the real MVP

Symbolic image of a man who plays basketball

“Happy Mother’s Day” by Visual Poetics speaks of the single mom’s struggles, the feelings of the fatherless child and the encouragement that is felt by the strength spoken and exemplified by a single mom.

So uncannily parallel with Kevin Durant’s emotional acceptance speech to this recently released “Happy Mother’s Day” single.

Join me in congratulating Kevin Durant’s Mom Wanda Pratt in accomplishing so much as a single mother and making her son proud to call her Mom.

I want to invite you to also listen to this “Happy Mother’s Day” single by Visual Poetics:

Happy Mother's Day Sound Cloud by Visual Poetics

 Happy Mother’s Day

To every person that has been a MOM to someone!

 

About the Artist Visual Poetics:

VISUAL POETICS – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY [@VISUALPOETICS]

Visual Poetics is the founding member and long time producer of the underground group known as Little Egypt. Releasing several albums and touring extensively, Little Egypt became known for combining that raw Brooklyn Hip-Hop stage energy with conscious level lyrics.

In particular, Visual Poetics’ style is that of an old school storyteller.  Weaving vivid images with complex metaphors, Vis (pronounced Viz) has been known to resurface from time to time dropping political pieces and other collaborative efforts over the past few years.

This chapter, Happy Mother’s Day, includes heavy production work from Compton’s own multitalented Trae Sevn and Khordz (of Little Egypt) combined with the smooth sounds of soulful singer/lyricist Madd Mary (look out!) for this heartfelt shout out and dedication to single parents worldwide.

Fun with The Novogratz Dinnerware Collection

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Novogratz Dinnerware Collection Mix & Match image by Katie Shea Design Give your table a chic makeover with the colorful, cutting-edge Novogratz Dinnerware Collection. Renowned for their distinctive aesthetic, Cortney and Robert Novogratz mix elements of modern and vintage style for a fashion-forward dinnerware pattern featuring robust shapes and bold designs. sold exclusively at Macys.

The Novogratz Dinnerware Collection spurred so many creative, fun ideas in me.

I decided to use the samples that Cortney and Bob sent over for my Mother’s Day theme.

I shopped at Whole Foods for some of my favorite food items to fill each dinnerware piece.

Novogratz Collection Medium Melamine Popcorn Bowl image by Katie Shea Design c 2014   Family movie time has always been a weekly event from the time all our children were small.  We always filled heaping bowls of popcorn for our movie nights.  I love this popcorn bowl that holds so much popcorn!

My popcorn choice is Organic Reduced Fat & Sodium by 365 Everyday Value and is on sale this week at Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection Cereal Bowl image by Katie Shea Design c 2014

I have never been a conventional person and always see multiple possibilities  and usage for any given object.  This cereal bowl can also be a snack bowl or a candy bowl for family junk food nights.

I filled my cereal bowl with Annie’s Organic cheddar Snack Mix found at Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection 8.5 Plate image by Katie Shea Design c 2014This salad plate was screaming to be filled with cookies to go with my tea!

These are Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies by Schar found in Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection Smile 16 0z Mug image by Katie Shea Design c 2014

So many possibilities to fill this ample 16 0z. Mug with.

My choice for a Mother’s Day relaxing cup of tea is Pomegranate Green Tea by the Republic of Tea also in Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection Wonderful Melamine Serving Tray image by Katie Shea Design c 2014

 

This serving tray is perfect to serve Mom in bed, on the lounge chair or by the pool this Mother’s Day or any day would be wonderful.

What I also love about this dinnerware collection is that it can be mixed and matched with any pattern or color to go with any theme.

Perfect for a growing family.

Find the Novogratz Dinnerware Collection at your nearest Macys for the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea!

Thank you to Bob and Cortney for the samples provided for this blog post.  The opinions are my own and I have not been compensated for this review.

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Saying Goodbye with Google Hangouts

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Saying Goodbye with Google Hangouts by Katie Shea Design #KatieSheaDesign

My husband and I had flown down to Florida April 2013 to spend some time with his Dad. My father in law had been battling prostate cancer for over a decade and it was getting worse.

We had noticed his accelerated deterioration over the previous months  on our Google Hangout chats.

We met online very regularly with him and his wife Laura.  We were able to spend time with him and discern that indeed the doctor’s prognosis was pretty accurate and he did not have much time left as reported.

We figured that we would be flying down frequently to visit as his disease progressed.

When we arrived we soon realized that our Dad’s health was much more further along than even the Google Hangouts had revealed.

The nurse that attended my father in law took me aside quietly and let me know that he had been earnestly awaiting his son’s arrival.  She also gave me her opinion that he was “waiting” to see his son.  I got the shivers as she communicated what I knew was very near.

My father in law’s health declined rapidly within 24 hours of that conversation.

Hospice was called in and set up bedside care around the clock.  This all happened within three days of our arrival to visit him.

We kept in constant communication with our three grown children through Google Hangouts and text messaging .

Three days passed with Hospice tending to my father in law.  Hospice decided that his passing did not seem to be imminent so they removed their care for the time being and were on standby.

My father in law became cognitive for a very small burst.  We had the Hospice music therapist come by and we all had a music jam session that seemed to brighten him up for a short bit.

My Father in law was “Music” a professional Jazz musician, educator and an author:

Emile graduated from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. He later earned a Masters of Music Ed at New Jersey City University. Emile De Cosmo has been active as a teacher, musician, and jazz clinician for over 50 years. Playing woodwind instruments, he has freelanced in the New York area with many noted musicians on TV and radio commercial sound tracks, club dates, concerts, and shows. Formerly an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Improvisation at New Jersey City University, an Applied Music instructor at New Jersey City University and Farleigh Dickinson University, Concert/Marching /Jazz Band Director at Fort Lee High School, Artist in Residence/Teacher /Mentor for the Jersey City school district and author of 25 books on Jazz improvisation including the Polytonal Rhythm Series” Read

The jam session was his very last.  My husband picked his dad up and put him to bed that night.  His condition worsened and Hospice was called to come back and evaluate.

The very kind Hospice nurse took me aside and asked me if there was anybody that my father in law could possibly be waiting for.  I knew exactly what she meant.  I let her know that it could possibly be his grandchildren.

We had kept our children very informed of their grandfather’s condition and they were on standby ready to book flights at a moments notice.

It was very difficult to tell them exactly when to get on the plane since my father in law’s health had wavered over the time we were there.

My husband and I had prepared for the possibility that his dad could pass very quickly and that our children might not be able to arrive in time to see their grandfather in person one last time.

We had all of our children, cousins and friends connected on Google Hangouts in the event we needed to have an emergency meeting.

We gathered some family members to my in law’s home, connected with our children on Google Hangout and had family time with my father in law.

My father in law was in a semi conscious state so we brought my husband’s tablet to his bedside.  We placed the tablet right beside him as our children spoke to him loving words, entertained him wearing crazy hats and mustaches, shared anecdotes of times gone by and impersonated their grandfather which seemed to rally him to a moment of consciousness.  His mouth formed the words “I Love You” to his grandchildren.  Time stopped for all of us in the room and on Google Hangouts.  Our children all told their grandfather how much they loved him and how much he meant to them all of their lives.  They told him to rest and he will always be alive in their hearts.  They blew kisses to him as he tried so very hard to open his eyes one last time to say goodbye.

My father in law passed nine hours later ( May 3rd, 2013) peacefully surrounded by his devoted wife Laura, my husband, my sister in law and myself.

My husband and I are so grateful for the technology that enabled us to work remotely so we had the ability to stay with my father in law in his last several weeks of life.

We are very grateful for Google Hangouts that gave our children the ability to visit with their grandfather and spend time with him in his last hours of life.

What is Google Hangouts:

If you have never used Google Hangouts, it’s a very powerful messaging tool.

Hangouts lets you send messages, emoji, photos, and start video calls with your friends and family. You can start a Hangout from Gmail, Google+, your Android or iOS device, or with the Chrome extension.e.

It’s also a powerful video capturing tool.

You can turn any Hangout into a live video call with up to 10 people. Then turn that video call into a recording and make it publicly available on Google+ or your YouTube channel.

You can even share your screen with the audience if you need to demonstrate any of your products or services.

Pro tip: If you share the video on YouTube, you can download the mp4 file of the recording. This makes it easy for you to do some light editing or add open/end slates to your video.

You can then re-upload the edited video onto another YouTube channel or the same one and use that video to share with your customers.

 

 

The Galaxy S5 is the Perfect Workout Partner

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I am so excited with the arrival of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 that was delivered to my home yesterday!

The first feature that jumped out to me is the Heart Rate Monitor app that comes with this smartphone.

This is a new tool in the Samsung Galaxy S5 and I believe that this can be a game changer for smartphone usage since this does tool does not require any additional apparatus.

Using it is as simple as selecting the heart-rate monitor icon from within Samsung’s newly-updated S Health app, which comes preloaded in the Galaxy S5. Then, you place your index finger on the center of the flash module, just to the right of the flash.

See the Samsung Galaxy S5’s heart rate monitor in action – CNET

How to Use the Galaxy S5 Heart Rate Monitor

The new Galaxy S5 is a health nut’s dream device thanks to its built-in heart rate monitor. With Samsung’s updated S Health app, you can monitor your cardiovascular health over time, or before, during and after a workout.  Here’s how to get started.

The Galaxy 5S is the Perfect Workout Partner

Built for an active life and packed with innovative health features, the Galaxy S 5 tracks your life right down to your heartbeat.

Use a Personal Fitness Tracker

Meet your perfect workout partner as you track your steps, challenge friends, earn badges and get on-demand nutrition advice with S Health™.

 

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Under Magnolia : A Wordsmith’s Banquet Captivating All Your Senses

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Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes Available April 1st, 2014  Shot with a Samsung Galaxy Camera #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design

 “I’ll always marvel at the liveliness of southern speech-so full of metaphor and hyperbole, quirks and vividness.”  ~ Frances Mayes

A few pages into “Under Magnolia” I grabbed a brand new notebook along with a light blue highlighter to keep by my side.  I found myself lingering on sentences and discovering words that I wanted to remember. Reading ever so slowly, stopping to pause, jotting down words and quotes  to come back to was my journey through “Under Magnolia.”

“Images are the pegs holding down memory’s billowing tent.” ~ Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes is a wordsmith who paints vivid images using each word like a paintbrush stroke spreading color all over her canvas. Frances shared her childhood memories with wit, humor, metaphors and hyperboles.

“Families all over have secrets and weird people and foibles, and mine did too.” ~ Frances Mayes

Getting to know Frances as a child, walking alongside her into womanhood certainly exhibited that:

“Your own will can trump how you were raised.” ~ Frances Mayes

My heart ached with sorrow for Frances especially in her fourteenth year. (You will have to read the book to find out!)

“The heart is a lonely hunter.” ~ Frances Mayes

Despite riding on a bumpy road with so many twists and turns, living through losses of great magnitude (“She is the lining of my coat I will have to shed.” ~ Frances Mayes)  she maintained her optimism.

“Everyday an air of possibility.” ~ Frances Mayes

Ever so true that statement!  Frances Mayes is the author of many books:  Bella Tuscany, Every Day in Tuscany, The Tuscan Sun Cookbook and the NY Times Best Selling novel  “Under The Tuscan Sun” that went on to be made into an  iconic movie. This past summer Frances and her husband Ed released their first line of  hand-chosen Italian wines available from Tuscan Sun Wines.

Tondo Tondo Tuscan Sun Wines Tuscan Sun Wines capture France’s sense of wonder and “Prima Famiglia”: Family First Prima Famiglia  Family First Family is the epicenter to the Southern and Tuscan lifestyle that Frances describes in “Under Magnolia.”

I had the pleasure of experiencing Frances and Ed Maye’s Southern, Tuscan hospitality while visiting with them at their mountain house in Tuscany last July.

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Frances & Ed Mayes Mountain House Tuscany, Italy Original Bed in the Movie Under the Tuscan SunShot with a Android RAZR HD #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design Tuscan Sun Wines were first introduced to the world on July 4th, 2013 in the heart of the small town of Cortona, Italy.

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Sept 11th, 2013 the Tuscan Sun Wine’s U.S. debut was in Denver, CO and the media party was held at the Denver Art MuseumFrances Mayes at the Denver Art Museum  shot with a Samsung Galaxy Camera #VZWBuzzFrances Mayes speaking at the Denver Art Museum

Frances and Ed traveled around Denver signing bottles of Tuscan Sun Wines even during the wild flooding in the Denver area as to not disappoint many who had awaited their arrival.

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A Wordsmith’s Banquet Captivating All Your Senses “Under Magnolia” is to be savored with every page turn. ~ KatieSD

Under Magnolia Available April 1st, 2014

 Some of my favorite “Frances Mayes Words”:  SangfroidScuppernongFrangipaniCatawampusMunificence

”I’m always in wonder over the mysteries of love-how it endures in a molten state even under the hardest strata.” ~ Frances Mayes

In addition to her worldwide bestselling Tuscany memoirs, FRANCES MAYES is the author of the travel memoir A Year in the World.  She has published a novel, Swan, set in the South; The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide for Reading and Writing Poems; and five books of poetry.  Her books have been translated into more than fifty languages.  She divides her time between Tuscany and North Carolina. Visit her at www.francesmayesbooks.com.

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I received a complimentary review copy of “Under Magnolia”  from : Random House/Crown publishing.

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10 Insightful BuzzFeed Content Spreading Tips

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The VZWBuzz Northeast team visited Buzzfeed’s NYC offices and was treated to a visit with Keith Hernandez, Executive Director of International Sales At Buzzfeed.

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We learned about: The Art Behind BuzzFeed

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BuzzFeed is the leading media company for the social age, intensely focused on delivering high-quality original reporting, insight, and viral content across a rapidly expanding array of subject areas. Buzzfeed’s  technology powers the social distribution of content, detects what is trending on the web, and connects people in realtime with the hottest content of the moment. BuzzFeed  is rapidly growing and reaches more than 100 million monthly unique visitors.

Founded in 2006 in New York City as a viral lab by Jonah Peretti, the company has grown into a global media and technology company covering topics like Politics, DIY, Animals, Longform and Business. In 2012, Ben Smith of Politico was hired as Editor-in-Chief, and is responsible for expanding the site into serious journalism, long-form and reportage while maintaining its popular fun and entertainment-oriented content.

BuzzFeed receives an average of 100 Million Unique monthly visitors. The site features the work of staff reporters, contributors, syndicated cartoon artists, and Community. Popular formats on site include lists and quizzes.

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Content driven “We think about how content spreads” Keith Hernandez, explained during his presentation to the VZWBuzz Northeast Team.

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Great social content for BuzzFeed starts with emotion.

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Buzzfeed’s headlines are chosen based on research and experience.

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BuzzFeed uses their unique voice in everything they do.

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“BuzzFeed” has the hottest, most social content on the web. We feature breaking buzz and the kinds of things you’d want to pass along to your friends.”

BuzzFeed is the social news and entertainment company. BuzzFeed is redefining online advertising with its social, content-driven publishing technology. BuzzFeed provides the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment and video across the social web to its global audience of 100M.

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Images shot with a Droid Ultra and Nokia Lumia Icon smartphones #VZWBuzz

Great Social Content for Buzzfeed Starts with EMOTION

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McSorley’s: NYC’s Most Iconic Ale House with my Nokia Lumia Icon

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My Visit to NYC’s  Most Iconic Ale House with my Nokia Lumia Icon

  I felt like I was transported back to an era of long ago… . A  coal burning iron stove in the front room.  A steampunk-ish brass and dark wood device for pulling draft beer.

 McSorleys NYC by KatieSheaDesignMcSorley’s Old Ale House is New York City’s oldest continuously operated saloon.

Established in 1854- McSorley’s has had everyone from Abe Lincoln to John Lennon pass through their swinging doors. Read more.. McSorleys Draft Beer Irish Blessing We chose McSorley’s as one of our St. Patrick’s Day pub stops because of the brew and the history.

There are two choices of brew at McSorley’s.  “Old Brew, a dark porter or a pale ale.

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The framed pictures on the walls create a historical, museum vibe. Quaint and cozy, sipping our brews next to the fireplace that has numerous signature carvings of visitors gone by.

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An absolute “must have” to engage your taste buds, the cheese/cracker/onion platter along with the corned beef, red cabbage and steamed vegetable platter.

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Put McSorley’s Old Ale House on your Bucket List for a nice cold brew and a bite to eat when you are feeling in need of some Irish and a little New York City History!

I decided to start my St Patrick’s Day celebration in an Iconic Ale House with my new Nokia Lumia Icon smartphone.

I was eager to test out  this smartphone from Verizon since opening the box and attending a Nokia Webinar just the other day.

The 20-megapixel camera with single-finger zoom along with the HD video and awesome stereo worked out perfectly for my visit to a busy, noisy pub.

All Images were shot with my Verizon Nokia Lumia #Icon

McSorley’s Old Ale House

15 East Seventh Street, East Village; 212-473-9148; mcsorleysnewyork.com

RECOMMENDED Ale; cheeseburger with fries; chili; cheese plate with crackers and onions; liverwurst sandwich.

PRICES $3 to $10, cash only.

OPEN Daily for lunch, dinner and drinking.

RESERVATIONS Call and ask about this only if you want someone to laugh at you.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS Accessible from the street, and one of the two restrooms is accessible.

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What To Do with Your Great Idea..

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Allow Lorie Greiner to walk you through all the steps from the moment of your idea’s inception, to it being loaded on the truck  ready to be delivered to your customers.

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Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!: Make Your Million-Dollar Idea into a Reality is an entrepreneur’s roadmap to drive their product to Success Blvd.

Lori has created more than 400 products and holds 120 U.S. and international patents. She stars as the “warm-blooded shark” on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank and is a well-known celebrity personality on QVC-TV, where she has hosted her own show, Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner, for more than fifteen years. Greiner’s collection of cleverly designed products range from kitchen gadgets to travel bags to some of the most popular and unique organizers for all around the home. They are regularly featured in top magazines such as Town & Country, O: The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, Woman’s Day, and Family Circle. She has also been profiled in Financial Times, Success, and Entrepreneur. Her Silver Safekeeper® Jewelry boxes were chosen as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things.   READ MORE…

Each chapter  of  Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!: Make Your Million-Dollar Idea into a Reality  is chock full of pertinent information that is communicated very clearly through all of Lori’s business experience.  She is extremely transparent with her readers about all that has transpired from the very beginnings of her entrepreneurial career.

Lori describes “The Six Essential Characteristics of Successful Inventors, The Anatomy of a Perfect Pitch, discusses questions almost every buyer will ask and shares situations that arose while manufacturing some of her products just to name a few very helpful pieces of content in her book.

Some of my favorite takeaways and quotes from Lori:

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“ Confidence is also what will give you the strength you need to ignore skeptics.  There will be many.”

“ Life goes just a little more smoothly when things are put away where they belong, and that means having a place to put them.”

“ One of the hardest things about being an entrepreneur is that there is no one around to tell you what to do, and no one to make sure you do it.”

“ You’ve got to be the kind of person who doesn’t need direction and enjoys figuring things out for yourself.”

“ You will have a better chance at success when you approach challenges from a positive angle.”

“ Your worst enemy is self-doubt.  Never underestimate or overvalue yourself.”

“ An entrepreneur who has been to hell and back can only be wiser and stronger than her competitors.”

“ If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

“ You need to pay attention to all the individuals behind the scenes who make your business possible.”

“ It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have; what matters is what kind of person you are.”

“ I believe we are all on earth for a purpose.”

“ You can make anything happen if you put your mind to it.”

“ You can achieve your dream of turning your brilliant idea into reality if you’re willing to do whatever it take, literally.”

“ Reach for the stars; you might just catch one.”

“ There are no NOs, just HOW CAN I?”

“Entrepreneurialism is supposed to be fun!”

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Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!: Make Your Million-Dollar Idea into a Reality  is a MUST READ  for every entrepreneur!

“I’ll show you how to take your idea from concept to prototype, market research to manufacturing, patents and trademarks, retail & TV sales, funding & more! I also share my story & anecdotes along the way. I’ve written this honest, straightforward book to help you turn your million dollar idea into a reality!”  ~ Lori Greiner  Read more

Super Tuscany: Presented by James Suckling and Zachys at City Winery NYC

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James Suckling & Zachys Present Super Tuscany at City Winery

 Super Tuscany was the who’s who of Tuscan wine producers.

Owners, winemakers and representatives of the various Tuscany wine estates flew in from Italy to meet, greet and taste with all the attendees at City Winery NYC Feb 11th, 2014.

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Each winery presented three different wines-two current releases and one older vintage.  This was a unique opportunity to taste some of the greatest Italian wines from one of the most revered wine regions “Tuscany”.

Image 3 Super Tuscany at City Winery NYC Super Tuscany  was the first of a 3 part series presented by James Suckling and  Zachys.  This event, featuring 50+ of Tuscany’s top estates was a great success!

Wineries in Attendance:

Wineries Attending: Agricola San Felice, Amantis, Antinori, Argentiera, Argiano, Azienda Agricola Poggio la Noce, Banfi, Barone Ricasoli, Baracchi, Bibi Graetz – Testamatta, Biserno, Caiarossa, Capezzana, Casaloste, Castello di Bolgheri, Castello di Gabbiano, Castello di Monsanto, Castello di Querceto, Castello di Vicchiomaggio, Castello Terriccio, Castiglion del Bosco, Cecchi, Collazzi, Empson, Fabrizio Dionisio, Fattoria di Magliano, Fattoria di Piazzano, Fattoria La Torre, Fattoria Nittardi, Gagliole, Il Borro, Il Molino di Grace, La Massa, Leuta, Livernanno/Casalvento, Marchesi FrescobaldiCastello di Nipozzano, Marchesi FrescobaldiTenuta di Castiglioni, Monteverro, Ornellaia, Orma, Petrolo, Principe Corsini, Renieri, Riecine, Rocca delle Macie, Tenuta Luce delle Vite, Tenuta San Guido, Tenuta Sette Ponti, Terrabianca, Tua Rita, Viticcio, Volpaia

 For a complete list of all the attending Wine Estates /Wines tasted click Here.

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Attendees were treated to the sounds of award winning recording artists, appetizing trays of Italian specialties tempting the taste buds all night and a winery atmosphere, reminiscent of Tuscany Italy.

Image 5 Super Tuscany at City Winery NYC The event also saw the birth of a new smartphone and iPad app developed by Zachys that allowed attendees to instantly check the scores and comments on the wines as well as purchase the wines on the spot!  Read More

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Don’t miss the next event:

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James Suckling & Zachys Present Great Wines of Bordeaux

March 11, 2014

City Winery NYC.

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A Life Changing Decision

Yes No Maybe Decisions  By Katie Shea Design #SwitchersRemorse

When I was three and a half years I would pray every night that I could go to school with my big sister who had just started kindergarten. I was sad that I could not go with her.  We always did everything together so I could not understand why I could not just go and sit next to her in class.

I cried every day when we dropped her off to school and I told my mother that I was going to school with my sister the very next fall.  In the early 1960’s there was not any pre-k or nursery schools that she could have signed me up for to quench my thirst to go to school.

My mother started teaching me kindergarten at home to prepare me for her very bold move of registering me when I was four years old to kindergarten in the school my sister was attending.

The day my mother marched me up to the school for registration was a life changing decision. I got a glimpse of a strong-minded mother trying hard to meet her relentless four-year old’s educational hunger.  She was determined to get me into school and finally made a deal with the principal.  I had to do well in the first two months or she would have to take me out of kindergarten and start me again in the following September.

Fast forward thirteen years later.  I started my college career in community college at 17 years old and became a store manager for Waldenbooks at 18 years old.  I was working a full-time job and going to school to earn enough money to transfer to a four-year college.

I put in my applications for various four-year colleges just to see where I stood for the following school year.  To my surprise, I was accepted to all of them and I would not be able to commute but have to pay for a dorm in addition to my tuition.

I really had the bug to go away to college and immerse myself in my education, but how was I going to afford it I asked myself.  I prayed for answers.  Between my own savings and if I took out an educational loan I would be able to make it I concluded.

I quickly applied for a federal loan and it was issued rather quickly.  I accepted at a college that was about an hour away from my home.  I was a little late to the party (since I was a transfer student) applying for student housing but was told that something would open up for me.

While all these fast pace decisions were being made I kept pushing back this gnawing feeling of uneasiness and discomfort.  I decided to ignore what I now know as “intuition” and kept on course to move to my new college.

It was two days until the semester was going to begin, and I still had not been able to acquire a place to live.  I even considered commuting, but my parents pointed out that my ride would be a rough one through very deserted areas.  My car or so I say my “jalopy” would not be able to sustain a consistent, long distance commute.

I am not a quitter and never had quit anything in my life.  I had no other choice but to not attend that semester considering all the circumstances.  I had regretted all the time and energy that decision had taken out of me just to end up not attending anyway. I had made a life changing decision unbeknownst to me.

Now, what was I going to do about that student loan check ready to get deposited into my bank account???   I walked into the bank and handed them back the check.  They were extremely confused and thrown off kilter.  I was told that nobody had ever returned a student loan check to them and they really didn’t know what to do with it!  Well I guess they figured it out.

Less than a year later I had moved to NYC working as a Store Manager for the Gap Stores and met the person I have been married to for almost 32 years.

What I learned is that my ability to press on is great, but it does not mean I cannot change my decisions.  Changing my decisions for good reasons is not quitting.

Returning the student loan was one of the hardest things I had to do at that time of my life but it definitely set me sailing towards my future.  A wonderful husband, three beautiful children and a life that has been more than I could ever wish for!

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What decision/s have you made that improved your quality of life that worked out well in the long run??

We are talking #SwitchersRemorse… Did you switch from Verizon Wireless and wished you hadn’t??  

Don’t worry. They’re making it easy for customers to come back. For more information head over to your local Verizon store.

Disclosure: As a member of a very cool team of influencers for Verizon Wireless I received compensation to think of this story from my life and write about it.

Did You Know?? There is a Skyscraper Museum in NYC!

NYC Skyscraper National Park  Kurt Vonnegut  Image by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzzThere is Skyscraper Museum in New York City, the world’s first and foremost vertical metropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the City’s rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. For a description of the gallery and for photos of the space, please visit our Photo Slideshows page.

The Skyscraper Museum in NYC is located in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City at 39 Battery Place. Museum hours are 12-6 PM, Wednesday-Sunday.

The Skyscraper image was shot with a Verizon DROID RAZR HD Smartphone back in summer 2013 from my hotel window at the Trump Hotel Central Park Columbus Circle courtesy of Trivago.

I have since been upgraded several times with the latest in smartphone technology while I am participating in the #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Program as a Verizon Wireless Influencer and Brand Ambassador.  I am currently testing a Verizon Droid Turbo and also shooting images with an iPhone6 as well this summer.

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Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

We Viewed the Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout With Verizon Pay Per View

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We Viewed the Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout With Verizon PPV

We put in our Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout PPV order with Verizon in the afternoon since we were having a family viewing party at our home that evening.

Millions tuned in to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr. take on Manny Pacquiao in what was billed as the fight of the century.

According to Social Media posts many PPV (Pay Per view) customers hoping to watch the long awaited  Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout  had difficulties ordering the fight due to heavy subscriber demand that  became difficult to fulfill.

We Viewed the Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout With Verizon PPV without a hitch in the delivery of service.

HBO and Showtime tried to slow down the pace of the fights by interviewing A-list stars in the audience and showing footage of the boxer’s training while subscribers were trying to order the PPV bout.

Many Carriers acknowledged the PPV purchase issues and were dialoguing with their customers via Twitter to help remedy what they could.

“HBO, one of the networks carrying the fight, told The New York Times shortly after reports of PPV issues began surfacing on social media  that it has received more orders for this than any other event in its history.”

My recommendation, when a long-anticipated event will be broadcasted via Pay Per View is to place your order for the event hours in advance.

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If you are a Verizon Customer like me; Verizon has a Support Page to help troubleshoot if you encounter any difficulties placing your On Demand and Pay Per View Order.

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Disclosure **I am a member of #LifeOnFiOS – a selected team of influencers for Verizon who love the FiOS service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

On The Heels of National Wine Day: Who Could Use This Today??

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A new enzyme that enhances the health benefits of wine and prevents the onset of headaches and nausea has been developed by a team of US-based researchers.  Read More HERE.

Great news for the wine industry and wine lovers!  

Many could use this magic bullet enzyme included in wine, especially if one overdid it a bit for National Wine Day!

Scientists have developed a “genome knife” that enables them to do “precise metabolic engineering” of microbes, including the strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae that are used in the production of wine, beer, and other fermented foods and beverages. Using this “knife,” they can increase all of the pluses of drinking wine (i.e., the health benefits) while also mitigating some of the minuses—meaning the woeful physical consequences. Winos, rejoice!”

Hopefully by next National Wine Day some could be enjoying the benefits of this new scientific discovery with no worry of a hangover!

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Image by Katie Shea Design shot with a Verizon iPhone6  #VZWBuzz