Thursday, 25 August 2016

Welcome To The Modern Phone Era

A number of years ago when I had to replace my flip phone (RIP), I decided to go with a Blackberry because my dad and brother were Balckberry users, I know that a lot of business people used Blackberry and because it had a keyboard instead of a touch screen. I have been a faithful Blackberry user for years. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was in the parking lot at work texting a co-worker. I walked into the building and my phone had turned off and wouldn't turn on. This was the second time in about a month this happened. There were a couple of other issues too- like the sound not coming on when I took it off of silent. I decided that it was time to upgrade to a new phone; I couldn't risk my phone never turning on again. 

Luckily it was about $6 to buyout my current contract. I spent the night researching options aka asking my dad, significant other, and best guy friend which phone I should go for. Their answers were "Get an iphone" or "Get a Samsung" but provided no reasons WHY. I decided to stick with Blackberry. 

After work I went to the mall ready to upgrade. I told the sales guy I wanted to the same phone I had and pulled out my Blackberry Curve (aka the second generation Blackberry), he said "Oh Jeeze" and then told me that they don't make those anymore. I asked about a Blackberry Classic, since it still had a keyboard. He didn't recommend it because they are being phased out and their is no support for them. He did show me another Blackberry, but it was touch screen.

Another sales associate came out and saw my phone on the counter. He asked if it was mine, and I said yes. he said "We need to get you into the modern phone era." He suggested an iphone, saying it would be easier to use for a first time smart phone user. After a lot of questions and explaining, I ended up going for an iphone SE.

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I am reluctant iphone user. I don't like the touch screen- I've had a tablet for 2+ years and am still not used to the touch screen. Besides Instagram, I refuse to get any apps and I only have Instagram because it is a hassle to take a photo on my phone, email it to myself so I can download it to my tablet and then upload to Instagram. I plan to only use my phone for calls, texts, seeing the date/time, and the occasional web browsing. 

Now, if only I can figure out how to make a phone call...

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Put A Bow On It: August Box

Like many people, I love subscription boxes. I have subscribed to a few different ones over the years and have found a couple of favourites. I also like trying new subscription boxes- you never know which one might become a 'favourite'. I was recently introduced to Put A Bow On It, which is a lifestyle subscription box, and thought I would give them a try.

This is a Canadian subscription box, but they are now shipping to the US, and they offer two boxes a month; Deluxe ($48/month) and Premium ($74.95/month). The gift plans are 3, 6 and 12 months or monthly with no auto-renew. Besides the price point, I'm not 100% sure what the difference is between the two boxes. Looking at the past boxes on their website, it does show that Deluxe and Premium boxes contain very different items.
I had only seen reviews for the Premium box, so that's the one I ordered. The box was wrapped with pineapple wrapping paper and a bow- you are literally unwrapping a gift. A product card was included in the box and the box had a theme- I love subscription boxes have a theme! The theme was "Happy Glamping". I must say, the items we received fit the theme really well.
  •  Citronella Candle- What a great item for a lifestyle box! As someone who spends a ton of time sitting on the patio, citronella candles are a must.
  • LED Mason Jar Lantern- This is a cute item and I like when lifestyle boxes include a decor item. I can use this item both inside and outside.
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo- I like that this is a full product size. Unfortunately, I have yet to get into dry shampoo; I hear great things, I've just yet to try it, even though I have received dry shampoo in subscription boxes before. I will likely gift this to someone.
  • R Devine Sacred Earth Cleansing Clay- I am big on skincare and am always looking for new products to try, so I was excited to receive this. I also like that this is a company based here in Ontario! This product is a powder that you add water to and it can be used as a cleanser or a facial mask. 
  • Mental Beats Power Bank- I have received a similar product in a previous subscription box, but I am happy to have another. We live in an electronic world and making sure our devices are charged is a real issue (#FirstWorldProblems). I recently changed phones from Blackberry to iphone and am in need of restocking different places (country house, my parents place, work, my car) with charges for my phone, so this product will come in handy.
  • PocketBac Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel- I think this was a bonus item as it wasn't listed on the product card. I like when bonus items get included in a subscription box, it gives the feeling of added value. I can never have enough hand sanitizer and have added this to my travel bag. 
  • Russell Stover S'Mores- I like when lifestyle subscriptions include a food item. Not only did this fit the theme perfectly, but it was delicious!
I have mixed feelings about this subscription. I like that it's Canadian and that it's a lifestyle subscription. I also like that they don't auto-renew and that they use a theme. I think all of the products fit the theme perfectly. I think that they had some unique products too. I'm not sure that the value is there. I paid almost $65 (plus $10 shipping) for this box and I'm not sure that this box has a value of $65; product prices were not included on the product card but I am familiar with all of these products and have an idea of what the retail prices are. This box also reminds me of another Canadian lifestyle box- that box costs less and offers, in my opinion, better products (higher value, better quality).

I also feel that it's not fair to judge a subscription by the first box- you might not catch them during their best month, or a theme might not appeal to you. I have ordered both their Deluxe and Premiere September boxes- I want to see the difference between the two and I want to give this subscription box a chance before I make a final decision on it.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Hey, It's Ok!
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry
That I am starting to feel a little bit burnt out. Work has been...intense...recently and I'm starting to feel it.
To have a some pretty fun, social things lined up next week! It will be a week spent with friends and I can't wait. 
That I have recently cut some "friends" out of my life. If friends are toxic, there is no point in keeping them around. 
To be sad that summer is coming to an end. I feel it has gone too quickly and I can definitely use a few more weekends at the beach.
That I had a great time watching the Tragically Hip concert on Saturday. Thank you Gord and The Hip for doing one last tour and to CBC for broadcasting the concert from coast to coast to coast, streaming the concert online and on the radio, allowing Canadians around the world to come together and celebrate the quintessential Canadian band in the most Canadian way.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Inspire Me- August Sunday

It's crazy to think that we have two weeks left until Labour Day- the unofficial end of summer. I have had a great summer- lots of time spent at the beach, with family, friends, and at events. Summer is such a short season, especially here in Ontario, so I try to make the most of it. 

How true is this quote?! With summer- and August- quickly coming to an end, I am working on doing everything I wanted to do this summer and haven't yet, as well as doing all of my favourite summer activities one last time. 

It's so important for me to have a great summer- it's what gets me through those long, cold winter days!