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Happy to have one less errand or two…#onelesserrand

Happy to have one less errand or two…or twenty. Thanks to Google Express. #onelesserrand

I recently attended a blogger dinner to learn about Google Express and I am so glad I did! First of all it was all kinds of gorgeous, and great to connect with old friends and make new ones – I learned some photo tips, too. The dinner was held at Serafina in Boston which I have been longing to try – it’s wonderful – food, ambiance, service.

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So, what’s so great about #GoogleExpress? Well, do you like going to the store for paper towels, detergent or office supplies? Me neither. Google Express features same day delivery from local area stores with no delivery fee (if your order is over $15) and there is a free three month trial that I am using like mad. In my area, the stores include Stop & Shop, CostCo, Staples, PetSmart, Ulta Beauty, Barnes & Noble and Kohl’s. We have had cleaning supplies, paper goods, office and school supplies and beauty products, and even an airbed (perfect timing, we had guests coming to stay and no air bed). Try it for three months free, you’ll be glad you did.

 

 

Love the convenience, the cost (same price for items as in store), you can link your loyalty cards from stores like Staples and Stop & Shop to Google Express. I’ve used it three times and was happy with every delivery. School supplies? Delivered? (Staples, you know I love you but I cannot handle the back to school craziness). Yes, please.

I did receive a gift card to Google Express for the purpose of review. All opinions remain my own.

 

A Highlight Reel with My Motorola Droid

Disclosure: As a Verizon #VZWBuzz #VZBoston Lifestyle Blogger I’m a member of a pretty cool team of influencers who share information about mobile living. I was provided a device (a Motorola Droid)  at no charge and compensation for my participation. There has been no editing by a third party, nor any promise of positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

 

Yes, I am making movies now – well, more like a photo slideshow but it’s cool, right? Maybe it’s watching my kids so easily create videos (okay, one is a film student so I do have in-house tech support if needed), maybe it’s because it’s fun to put music and images together, and maybe because it is now so easy to do!

I went to a blogger lunch last week at the Tuscan Market (in Salem, NH – there’s one in Burlington, MA I’m going to visit next), and wanted to share the amazing food and atmosphere. Usually when I write a post, I make a photo gallery or post still images but I sort of accidentally stumbled upon this feature and was intrigued. And it was incredibly easy to do using my Motorola Droid. Really, I’ve always been a little shy to try making videos (high expectations here and all that), but I found the Android phone really intuitive to navigate on my own. Sure, it took a few tries to get the first video the way I wanted it (four attempts, to be exact but mostly because I was fussing with the length and the music), but I made the second video below in under two minutes and it was so much fun!

8 Easy Steps to a Video

1. Go to Camera Roll or Gallery

2. Select photos

3. Tap the box to create a Highlight Reel (next to the Google Mail box)

4. Add the Title

5. Choose Movie Length

6. Choose Quality (HD available)

7. Select a Song from available downloads (or check No Music)

8. Save and Share!

 

I’ve found lots of fun features on this phone but this is my new favorite. Get ready for more highlight reels! #VZWBuzz #VZBoston #sponsored

 

 

 

One of my favorite things…my Droid Turbo

Disclosure: As a Verizon #VZWBuzz #VZBoston Lifestyle Blogger I’m a member of a pretty cool team of influencers who share information about mobile living. I was provided a device at no charge and compensation for my participation. There has been no editing by a third party, nor any promise of positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

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Flowers at the grocery store reminding me that Spring is near

 

I love to find things. I even have a category in the header of this blog: Finds – Chic and Geek – sometimes it is clear that it’s one or the other but sometimes there is crossover… like with my new Motorola Droid phone. It’s both awesomely geek and chic. Gorgeous, easy to hold, and sharp looking (I get asked about it all the time while I’m out and about) and it also has a state of the art camera (21-megapixel) and screen (5.2-inch Quad HD) that takes fantastic pictures that makes me look a little a lot more skilled than I am …and that’s always good.

So while I’m out finding new finds – new restaurants, shops, exhibits, galleries, artists and activities… I’m generally snapping pics. My family is so used to me making them wait to eat so I can get a quick pic that my kids grab what we call my big phone, and even take a few pics for me.

 

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Baking pic

 

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An easy weeknight dinner pic

 

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A salad pic (Vine Brook Tavern in Lexington,MA )
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Love this flatbread pic (also from Vine Brook Tavern)
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Salmon on a greens pic (Legal Seafoods in Dedham, MA)
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The crystal clear display of my Motorola Droid with some more gorgeous pics

So I’m looking forward to discovering even more fun finds and sharing them here! Heads up – I’ll be taking tons of pics for Newton’s Festival of the Arts in May!

 

Connecting with Word Games #VZBoston #VZWBuzz #ad

Disclosure: As a Verizon #VZWBuzz #VZBoston Lifestyle Blogger I’m a member of a pretty cool team of influencers who share information about mobile living. I was provided a device at no charge and compensation for my participation. There has been no editing by a third party, nor any promise of positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

I have always loved words. And…I talk a lot, read a lot, and even used to read the dictionary for fun. Oh, yes. Word games, crossword puzzles and jumbles (the Boston Herald’s best feature) are a blast. My (ahem) slightly competitive family used Scrabble® to pry me away from a book (Monopoly® just didn’t have the same appeal) by saying something about needing another player – not because I had mad skills or anything.

And while I love words, I am sorely lacking in strategy skills – yes, even very young children can beat me at checkers and chess is quite out of the question. So maybe I should hone those dormant skills? Good idea, but how? Well, while playing on, I mean, researching the features of, my Motorola Droid phone,  I discovered a ton of fun word games in Google Play. Hmmm…games…games with strategy?

Words With Friends – I had forgotten how much I like this game and rediscovering it meant reconnecting with friends and family members. Sign in through Facebook, and friends who already play are listed, you can invite friends, and there are also community matches. My game is a little rusty and, as previously confessed, short on strategy, but it’s fun to play and find obscure words that somehow glean the most points. Added bonus – you can write notes back and forth during your matches. Love the tag line “May the Best Friend Win”. Free.

 

 

Classic Words is a great game you can play solo if it’s not your turn (and maybe you are tired of waiting). Don’t be a nudge, play a round of Classic Words. You play the computer and the response time is super fast and a great way to hone your skills for when it is your turn.

 

 

 

The oh-so-aptly named Word Crack. Seriously, yesterday I had to put the phone in another room so I could get some work done. But then I pretend it’s good brain training to stave off the aging process, and it’s free. So, it’s all good.

 

 

 

aa – which you would think is about words but isn’t – it just looks like it. This is another good game for keeping the brain refreshed and strategy (yes, it appears random but there is a timing sequence to this – just try it once or twice and you’ll get it. Also free. There are also tons of strategy games if you click on the chess piece (I haven’t advanced to those yet).

 

 

The best place to find even more words …in Books (here’s the list of free books). Since the PBS show, Sherlock, does not come back for awhile – I’m reading (and in some cases re-reading) the Arthur Conan Doyle books to hold me over until the next season. I might also revisit some Bronte and Dickens – this is a great way to reconnect with old friends in books or to read some classics that you think you should have read already.

 

 

Of course, an even better place to connect with friends is in real life, and last week we did just that when a group of us got together at the Verizon Destination Store (745 Boylston Street, Boston) to play another favorite game…The Amazing Race!

A group of bloggers and their families signed up as teams but I was solo (the family was in all directions that day), so I gave a shout out for a teammate. The intrepid, and always fun, Lollie Weeks (The Fortuitous Housewife), bravely volunteered, and the impossibly incredible Kim Tolander (KimWorld) volunteered to be our virtual teammate for moral support.

It was cold, it was snowy, but we were excited! We were handed our assignments, a team number (15) and red bandanas for team spirit. Our task? To take group selfies at locations throughout the Back Bay and get back to 745 Boylston Street first.

Challenge accepted!  We grabbed a pic in the well-stocked Selfie Booth (and tried out an awesome selfie stick) in the very cool Verizon Store and then hit the streets. I have to credit my fast-moving partner for absolutely booking it from place to place – she didn’t even stop to add a description to our Instagram pics but spoke into her phone while we were running!

Despite incredibly stiff competition (really the times were only a minute apart) – Team 15 won! We ran into friends along the course and back at 745 Boylston Street, too – What a fast-paced adventure! The we explored the different areas of the store – playing with music at the Amplify It zone and trying out games at the Having Fun zone. There was so much more to do but Lollie and I had more running around to do! We made a coffee and tech date with Kim and we’re heading back soon.

Thank you, Verizon, for a super fun day with friends both old and new, and a chance to explore the new Boston Verizon Destination Store.

 

 

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