Travel Made Easy With My Smartphone

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How many people would love to explore a new city but feel directionally challenged like me?

I found this wonderful smartphone app CityMaps2Go that can be a constant companion for directions, dining, shopping, transportation and sightseeing! There is a free version available and paid versions as well.

CityMaps2Go screenshot KatieSheaDesign

You can confidently plan your travel by downloading maps for cities or countries prior to your trip.  You can use the maps even when you do not have wifi.  I love that this app tracks my position on the map so I know exactly where I am.  Make sure you download the maps while you have a WiFi connection.

Having a reliable wireless connection is a priority for me especially while traveling.  I am a Verizon Wireless User and take full advantage of their International Trip Planner Tool.  This Planner Tool helps me find the best compatible International Plan and also helps me know which networks I can access on my trip: 4G LTE, 3G, and 2G data.

You can view some Verizon Wireless International Travel FAQs HERE

If you are not already a Verizon Wireless User and want more information about their plans or how to switch over to Verizon Wireless, please visit this link.

Having a currency converter on your smartphone when traveling to multiple countries makes travel much easier.  I find the Currency App to be the most up to the minute for currency conversions.  Before you start out from your hotel with wifi availability calculate your currency so you can make the conversion without using data.

Currency app screenshot Katie Shea Design

I like having things in one place so I do not waste precious time searching all over the internet.  I love using the Trivago App that gives me all my hotel options with the lowest available prices.

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While I am traveling in the USA I take full advantage of my Verizon FiOS TV Service by using the FiOS Mobile App.  The past two weeks I have been on and off traveling and did not want to miss either of the conventions.  I was able to set up my DVR on the road to record what I could not watch live with my app.

Verizon FiOS App Screenshot Katie shea Design

When I was finally home I took my iPad out on my patio and hopped on Verizon FiOS App to enjoy watching the convention poolside.

Watching FiOS on Patio Katie Shea Design

Image shot with Samsung Galaxy Note5 #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.

 

Spring Awakening Performed At The 70th Annual Tony Awards

Spring Awakening Performed at the 70th Annual Tony Awards!

Congratulations to the Spring Awakening cast for a mind-blowing performance at the 70th Annual Tony Awards!

Spring Awakening via Hollywood Life at Tony Awards

The cast of the revival of Spring Awakening performed at the 70th Annual Tony Awards after 1,769 backers pledged $211,634 on Kickstarter to help bring the cast to the Tony stage.

Spring Awakening was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical.  The money raised on Kickstarter was needed to cover travel expenses for the actors, time spent in rehearsal, and all of the pieces of the set and design that are currently in storage in preparation for the 2017 national tour.

My family was particularly excited for the Tony Awards not because it was the 70th Tony Awards, but because Alex Boniello, the voice of Moritz would be Live and OnStage for all eyes to view!

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Alex, in an interview this past fall  shared that “he had been on 727 auditions in 6 years.”  

“How did you get your start and what is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your career?

I got my start during college. I attended Wagner College on Staten Island. They have a great theatre department and I was working towards that degree. The entire time I was in school, I was working with my agent and manager on auditions. I would literally run from classes to the Staten Island Ferry, go in for auditions and then get back on the ferry just in time for my next class. It was completely insane.

Throughout school, I had worked on a few TV shows and films, but the first really great job for me was the national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot right after I graduated. That job started my relationship with Michael Mayer (ironically the director of the first production of Spring Awakening). After that, Michael hired me for three more jobs, all of which lead directly to this.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to definitely make sure you have an active Twitter account. Without that, Andy Mientus will never give you a job via direct message (haha)! No, but actually, I think the most important lesson is to be proud of the work you do and never give up. I know that’s cheesy, but it really is true. I save all of the e-mails of every audition I’ve ever gone on. I have been on 727 auditions in the last 6 years. The fact that my Broadway debut is coming entirely from word of mouth just goes to show that even if you don’t get the jobs when you’re auditioning for them, you’re doing SOMETHING positive and important for your future just by showing up and getting one percent better each time.” Read More of the Interview Here

Needless to say,  when my husband and I along with the Boniellos attended Spring Awakening we were in awe of all the talent on the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Stage.

Spring Awakening Revival Cast image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo KatieSheaDesign VZWBuzz LifeOnFiOS 2016

Spring Awakening Set image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo KatieSheaDesign VZWBuzz LifeOnFiOS 2016

Carmine Boniello Alex Boniello Joan Boniello Lauren Boniello at Spring Awakening image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo KatieSheaDesign 2016

Kathleen DeCosmo Alex Boniello Louis DeCosmo at Spring Awakening NYC image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo KatieSheaDesign VZWBuzz LiFEOnFiOS 2016

Camryn Manheim and Kathleen DeCosmo image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo KatieSheaDesign VZWBuzz LifeOnFiOS 2016

My family and our whole community are so proud of Alex for all of his hard work and accomplishments in his acting career.

We have the entire 70th Tony Awards, recorded on our DVR.  Our Verizon FiOS Quantum TV Service has plenty of recording storage room to spare since we have 200 hours of HD programming or up to 1,000 hours of standard-definition programming available and supports up to 10 TVs!

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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.

 

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:

Millennial leaders must earn respect and practice bottom up management. Collaboration is key!  Image by KatieSheaDesign

 

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.

 

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.