Home is Where the WiFi Connects!

1.04.2019

Gerry and I love our apartment. We love the neighborhood, we love our backyard, and we love the space we have. There’s one thing we definitely haven’t loved for the year and a half we’ve been living in this apartment: the Wi-Fi. 

Normally it’s a home’s size that makes Wi-Fi signal weak, but in our case it was the older construction methods used in our building. Our apartment was built about a hundred years ago, so we have had to deal with quite a few areas with little to no Wi-Fi. This was frustrating when trying to stream music in the bedroom or when the Netflix in the living drops out unexpectedly in the middle of an episode of Friends. 

This New Year’s, Netgear gave us a gift to help solve our problems. Their 3-in-1 Orbi Voice Tri-band Mesh Wi-Fi System and Smart Speaker with built-in Amazon Alexasystem combines a powerful Wi-Fi router with the Orbi Voice, which is a combination wireless access point and Alexa-powered voice assistant. The router lives in my office where it replaced our old, weaker router. We placed the Orbi Voice in our living room to make sure we could have the best possible Wi-Fi signal in the entertainment hub of our home. 

One of my favorite features is the built-in voice assistant, which we use to check the weather and set reminders. Gerry especially loves to use it as remote control our other smart home devices like lights and speakers so we can listen to Spotify or even our record player with just a shout to our girl Alexa! 

I’m pretty tech savvy, but Wi-Fi routers are usually a bit too complicated. We were impressed by how easy it was to set up the Orbi Voice. Because the built-in voice assistant is an Amazon Alexa, there was no learning curve; we were able to start using all of its features and skills right out of the box. Plus it’s super cute unlike most routers the design is super sleek so it fits in perfectly with our d├ęcor – no need to hide it under a cabinet! It really makes a perfect holiday gift for anyone who’s obsessed with the internet (like your truly!) or a great gift for a parent who doesn’t know a lot about technology but needs a great system that works! 

Having a strong Wi-Fi connection in our house has been a wonderful present this kick-off the New Year. To learn more about the Orbi Voice system from Netgear click here.  

Special thanks to Netgear for sponsoring this post! Happy New Year! 

Festive & Glam Waves for NYE with Hot Tools

12.30.2018



Happy Holidays! I’m so excited to share this festive hairstyle tutorial in partnership with Hot Tools I’ve been a huge fan of Hot Tools I’ve been using their products ever since high school. I was so excited when they reached out about their new Black Gold Collection with the Black Gold Turbo Ionic® Salon Dryer and the Black Gold Revolutionary 1” Flat Iron. I’m going to show y’all how I use these two product to create a gorgeous curls perfect for holiday parties or New Year’s Eve! 

I start with damp, air dried hair. Using a towel, I gently pat my hair dry. Once my hair is about 75% dry I use the the Dryer which actually injects a high volume of ions directly into the air stream for faster drying, increased softness and less frizz. You can even adjust the ionic output according to your hair type and humidity conditions! I rough dry my hair until it’s totally dry then move onto curls! First I section my hair off. To curl the hair, I’m using the Black Gold Revolutionary 1” Flat Iron. As you guys have probably already seen on my channel I LOVE curling my hair with a flat iron instead of a curling iron. I love that this Flat Iron actually has a cylindrical design making it so easy to create curls or straight style. The iron is designed with titanium and micro-shine ceramic finish for silky, smooth hair. I start with one section and curl the hair away from my face. I clamp the hair with the iron, twist and pull. This creates gorgeous, tight curls that last. The rounded corners of the iron make it easy to pull the hair through. I curl with approximately 3/4” sections always turning away from the face. When you change to the other side of the hair make sure to change hands so you can continue to curl away from the face. This iron had 27 heat settings up to 455 degrees so you can curl quickly with high heat depending on your hair type. 

After I’ve curled each section I twist two section in the front of my hair and secure at the back with Bobbi pins. Then to add a festive, fancy touch I use a sparkly hair pin and fasten in the middle of the hair. 

That’s the finished look! I hope you guys enjoyed this hair tutorial.

Special thanks to Hot Tools for sponsoring this blog post! Happy Holidays!


My Main Camera Equipment

12.20.2018









Holiday Cookie & Hot Chocolate Party with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze

12.19.2018


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I absolutely love the holiday season and I’ve been enjoying it to the fullest. From my amazing trip to the Christmas Markets in France to ice skating in Bryant Park and visiting the famous Rockefeller Tree. But my favorite part of the holiday season is spending time with the people I love most, so I decided to host a little cookie party with three of my girlfriends thanks to Blue Diamond Almond Breeze. I’ve been drinking Almond Breeze Almondmilk for years. It’s a delicious substitution for milk in coffee, tea, baking, and my favorite, hot chocolate.

Here’s the recipe I used to make delicious chocolate chip cookies using Almond Breeze:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk
  • 1 tsp Madagascar vanilla
  • 1/2  tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 oz. extra dark chocolate chips

1.     Preheat oven to 350°F.
2.     Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars together.
3.     Add Almond Breeze slowly, whisking together ingredients. Then add vanilla.
4.     Combine flour and baking soda in a separate bowl.
5.     Add dry ingredients to the butter, sugar, milk and vanilla and stir to blend.
6.     Add in the chocolate chips.
7.     Bake for 10-12 minutes on baking sheet.

This recipe is egg-free so you can even eat the dough while you bake (I sure did!) The Almond Breeze Almondmilk adds that creamy texture to help bind the wet and dry ingredients. Almond Breeze is also a great source of calcium with 50% more calcium than skim milk, plus it’s perfect for those who are lactose intolerant or sensitive to dairy. You can easily swap Almond Breeze for milk 1 to 1 in any baking recipe! I also love use high quality semisweet and extra dark chocolate chips to add more yummy flavors to the mix. In addition to our fabulous chocolate chip cookies, we also made hot chocolate with cocoa mix and Almond Breeze Almondmilk by heating it in a small pot and whisking over the stove until small bubbles appear. It was the perfect get together with lots of laughs! All the cookies were eaten by the time everyone left (sorry, Santa!)

Special thanks to Almond Breeze for sponsoring this post!


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