Gilmore Girls On The Road With Verizon FiOS

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The Verizon FiOS app enabled me to catch up on all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls prior to the release of the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls which was made available on Black Friday.

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The Netflix revival of the Gilmore Girls consists of four 90-minute episodes.  I have been streaming whenever I have a few minutes and wherever I can.

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My Verizon Wireless service in conjunction with my Verizon FiOS App makes all this streaming possible.

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.

Cousins Reunion!

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Our cousin’s reunion took place this past weekend in North West New Jersey.  Our cousins Mary Catherine and husband Bob were our hosts.

We all knew we needed to bring our appetites because Mary Catherine had been cooking and baking all week posting all her creations on Instagram and Facebook.  She is a culinary pied piper in our family.

Mary Catherine has a deep love for keeping old Italian family recipes and traditions alive, as well as starting new cherished ones. She loves creating meals that are  simple and delicious while bringing family and friends together to her table.

Creating a welcoming atmosphere is another gift Mary Catherine possesses.  We used to call her our Martha Stewart but we now believe she has far surpassed Martha.  We all have encouraged her to finish writing her cookbook and share with the world her fine taste and hospitality.

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How food is experienced has everything to do with the decor, with the rituals surrounding the meal, with the company, and with the experience.  Food is drama, the table the stage, and the cook is the tamer and hero.

When we finally settled down to the table the conversations were all over the map literally! We come from all walks of life and continents.  Lots of laughing, story telling and catching up.

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Katie Shea Design Images were all shot with a Verizon MotoZ Smartphone.

Disclosure: I’m so excited I received a MotoZ Smartphone and three Moto Mods as part of my relationship with Verizon. Thanks Verizon for letting me play with this amazing smartphone technology!! #Droid #MotoZ from @Verizon #VZWBuzz #ad .

 

Choosing a Mother-Son Dance Song

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Choosing a Mother-Son Dance Song has been a long process for me.

I did not realize that the process of choosing a special song to dance to with my son on his wedding day was going to conjure up so many memories of our mother/son lifelong journey.

He is our oldest son and the second one of our children to be wed.  The process of a son planning a wedding vs a daughter is a completely different experience.

I never knew how much time I would be putting into choosing a special song until I started listening with a very intentional ear to many Mother-Son Dance Song lists.

The whole process became very emotional for me as I sat listening to each song trying to pair the song’s lyrics somehow with my son, and our mother/son relationship all through the years.

Our relationship began during the nine months carrying him in my womb.  We connected in a very special way in addition to actually being attached umbilically during my pregnancy LOL!

My first look at my son was me seeing a scowl on his face.  I would soon learn that scowl was when his comfort was disturbed otherwise he always wore a smile.

He smiled so much that his football coach had to tell him not to smile while he was tackling someone on the football field!  Both Memories are so carved out in my long term memory.

Certain words in many of the songs provoked some deeply buried, cherished memories to resurface while clutching a box of tissues. I am wondering how many mothers of the groom have experienced this flood of emotion as I have.

I had many song sessions that brought me down memory lane and each time I narrowed my selections more and more.

I had a song chosen months ago but somehow I did not feel it was perfect for my son and myself  to dance to.  Back to square one using a fresh ear revisiting some of the sites I used already.  I thought I was past the emotional responses the music invoked in me. Nope, not only did I cry like a baby, but so did my husband when I had him listen to my new and final selection for my Mother-Son Dance Song.

My husband and I have prayed all of his life for him to find someone to share his life with.  I know that he is counting the days to marry his best friend!!

What song did I choose for our Mother-Son Dance?

November 5th, 2016 is the wedding so stay tuned!

These are some of the sites I used to review potential song selections for our Mother-Son Dance:

Mother – Son Dance Songs

Mother-Son Wedding Song Ideas

Wedding Music Ideas For the Mother-Son Dance

Top 100 Mother/Groom Dance Songs

I used my Verizon MotoZ smartphone with the JBL SoundBoost Speaker Mod to hear each song very clearly whenever and wherever I had some downtime.  What is great about my MotoZ smartphone and the JBL SoundBoost Speaker Mod is I am able to access instantly a powerful stereo sound and it’s features of a kickstand, a built-in battery for 10 hours of playtime and speakerphone capabilities.

Disclosure: I’m so excited I received a MotoZ Smartphone and three Moto Mods as part of my relationship with Verizon. Thanks Verizon for letting me play with this amazing smartphone technology!! #Droid #MotoZ from @Verizon #VZWBuzz #ad .

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Commuting With Fitbit to NYC

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Commuters are happiest if they walk, bike, or take the train.

People who commute in these three ways are more satisfied with their commutes than people who drive, take the bus, or take the subway, according to a McGill University survey of 3,377 commuters in Montreal.

I received a Fitbit from Verizon a number of weeks ago.  My husband received his Fitbit the day after me.  He is using his Fitbit to gauge his daily commute into NYC.

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I thought his progress would give a great insight into how much ground is covered when traveling from North Jersey to NYC.

My husband is a very competitive man and having this on his wrist is challenging him every day to beat his miles, maintain his heart rate and burn those calories!

Here is a glimpse of his statistics for a four-day commute into NYC with his Fitbit on his wrist.

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To make wearing the Fitbit even more competitive you can earn badges to mark your activity accomplished.

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I hope to be able to get into the competition and pass my husband’s Statistics but I have a lot of ground to make up.  He is off and running with his Fitbit!!

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.

Images snapped by Kathleen DeCosmo of Katie Shea Design with a Samsung Galaxy Note5.

Chipping My Yorkie With A Tile! Thanks Verizon.

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My Yorkie cannot resist an open door or gate. She loves to run down the hill from my home and sometimes stops in to visit a neighbor. I never know which neighbor.  Now with this tiny Bluetooth tracker the #Tile, I just grab my Note5 smartphone, bring up my #Tile App and tap “Find”.  The little square tile that I attached to my Yorkie’s collar can now help me locate the little feline socialite without having to walk around the neighborhood calling her name. The music you will hear on this Video is emitting from the Tile on her collar. You can attach the Tile to anything you want to find and keep track of.

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How the Tile Works:

Ring Your Things
Ring lost items just like you’d call a lost phone. If your Tile is within the 100-foot Bluetooth range, it will play a loud tune until you find it.

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Can’t find your phone? Press any one of your Tiles to make your lost phone ring—even if it’s on silent.
Tiny speakers let out a 90-decibel melody that’s easy to hear—even if it’s under something or in another room.

If you lost your phone far away, finding it is still easy.  Log into the Tile website app to see its last known location, to make it ring, or to send a lock-screen message to the friendly folks who might find it.  Expand your search using all Tile apps in the Tile Community.  This feature is 100% private, so no one knows you’re looking for a lost item but you.

Thanks Verizon for sending me a #Tile that fits my lifestyle! More About the #Tile I received from @verizon read HERE

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.

Images snapped by Kathleen DeCosmo of Katie Shea Design with a Samsung Galaxy Note5.

Under The Tuscan Sun With My iPad Pro

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I am making great use out of my Verizon FiOS On Demand features this year.

Recently I made a life changing purchase that has really changed how much I am getting out of my FiOS Quantum TV features.

When signing on to my Verizon Wireless account I noticed that I was eligible for an upgrade to one of my wireless devices.

I brought up all the wireless upgrade options for smartphones and tablets.

An iPad Pro was one of the upgrade options.

Three ways to purchase were offered to me that day.  I went with the $0.00 down and $44.99/mo for 24 months; 0% APR.   It was quite the deal since after I ran the numbers my monthly bill decreased by $30.00.

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If you are a Verizon Wireless customer and are eligible for an upgrade I suggest you look into this plan.  It is very cost effective for me and I have the wonderful benefit of having an iPad Pro 12.9 to use very day.  If you are not a Verizon Wireless Customer yet I highly encourage you to look into all the packages that are available.

I have been dying for an iPad Pro Tablet ever since I watched the Apple reveal of all their new products hitting the market back in 2015.  What has especially caught my eye was the Apple Pencil.

I knew instantly that having an Apple Pencil would help my workflow and broaden my image editing creativity.

What I did not realize was how much I could use an iPad Pro on the go especially on a trip, in my hotel room or even in transit on a train or a car.

I can stream my favorite channels and record content on select devices, anytime and almost anywhere using the FiOS Mobile app. These are the features I use with my FiOS Mobile app on a regular basis:

  • Watch nearly all my recorded shows on the go
  • Access thousands of On Demand titles
  • Manage my DVR from virtually anywhere
  • Use my mobile device as my Fios TV remote
  • Set parental controls

Recently on a trip to Pennsylvania that was a 3-hour car ride, I decided to try watching one of my movies I had previously scheduled to record “Under The Tuscan Sun.”

Under The Tuscan Sun is in my top five all time Movies!

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I have a real soft spot for that movie since a few years back I had the opportunity to work with Frances Mayes introducing her new wine line in Cortona, Italy, and Denver, Colorado.

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I am sitting right next to Frances Mayes in her own backyard at her mountain house in Cortona in this Tondo Tondo Wine page.

I watched a little bit of the movie on the road using my FiOS Mobile app and was also able to watch at my hotel that night.

It blows my mind that I can access my home TV from most anywhere and stay caught up and watch some of my favorite shows and movies.

Having an iPad Pro makes gives me the ability to work anywhere and be entertained as well.

I am looking forward to having my iPad Pro from Verizon with me especially this summer sitting by the pool not wanting to move from my relaxing chaise lounge!

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.

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.

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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.

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Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 New York City First Avenue

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

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Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 San Francisco Bay Harbor

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

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

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

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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

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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. **

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.

Stay connected with the latest smartphones

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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. **

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