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Apple Keynote September 2016 Wrap Up

September 7th, 2016 marks the annual Apple Keynote event to introduce the new Apple iPhone 7. Apple also introduced new Apple iWatch series 2, Apple AirPods, and brand new features coming to the new ios 10 update. Although I am not planning to purchase the Apple iPhone 7 right away, I am excited about the brand new features coming to the new ios 10 update for my old iPhone; which I currently use as an iPod for my podcasts.

I did watch the Apple Keynote conference on YouTube. If you missed it, the video is available down below, as well as a link to the video here. I did enjoy the keynote conference; I was not over-the-moon impressed with the overall presentations. The only announcements that stood out to me were new gaming updates, education, coding, and new Apple iPhone 7 features. So, let's talk about it!

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GAMING

I am excited for this new Nintendo game coming to Apple; Super Mario Run. Super Mario Run looks cool, and enjoyable to play. It's like temple run with classic super Mario gameplay. Super Mario Run also features battle mode; you compete against other people and try to beat their score. 

I grew up with Super Mario and Nintendo, so I am looking forward to this game very much. Once Super Mario Run is released, I do plan to write a gaming review on this anticipated game. So, stay tuned.

Pokemon Go is coming to Apple iWatch. I personally do not own an Apple iWatch, but it does seem like a convenient way to catch Pokemon while traveling. The only downside to the Pokemon Go on Apple iWatch is the screen size. It just seems difficult to catch Pokemon and engage in battles on a small screen. Seems impractical.

EDUCATION AND CODING

Apple is dedicated to working with selected schools through ConnectED, to introduce technology and Apple products in a classroom environment. Apple believes in teaching children how to code, build websites and products, and help teachers introduce computer science to their students.

Education and technology is a huge part of my life. These components both influenced me to become a blogger, YouTuber, and writer. Now, technology has influenced me to persue a career in coding. I want to tech coding and technology to others, especially children. I enjoy playing and learning about technology, as well as teach others how to turn technology into a solid career.

APPLE IPHONE 7 FEATURES

  • Splash and water resistant
  • 12 MP HD Camera with optical image stabilization
  • Retina HD Display
  • A10 Fusion Chip
  • Improved Stereo Speaker System
  • AirPod Ear Buds with Charging Case

What do you think about the Apple Keynote September 2016 conference? leave your thoughts in the comments section. Thank you for reading. Be Beautiful & Geeky :)

 

 

 

 

 

Morning Sickness Blues

Last week was a rough week for me; I was hit with pregnancy morning sickness. This experience caused me to miss a week of work from my day job, as well as take a break from blogging and video production. I just felt drained.

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I was nausea, chest pains, headaches, and coughing. I went to my local doctor, and it turns out that not only was I hit with morning sickness, but an allergy reaction. I was very scared about the health of my baby, but she assured me that my baby is okay. I just needed some rest and stay hydrated.

To cure my morning sickness blues; I drank hot ginger tea, water, and Gatorade daily. I ate small meals and small snacks. I stayed in bed until I was able to re-gain my strength to become active. Although I was pretty bummed out that I was unable to work, it was nice to concentrate on myself as a mother-to-be.

I am happy to report this week that I am feeling much better. I gained back my energy, went back to work and blogging, and my allergy reaction passed. My baby is happy and dancing around in my belly. This week is a huge win! 

How did you cure your morning sickness blues? Any advice or suggestions for other mothers-to-be going through the morning sickness blues? leave your thoughts in the comments section. Thank you for reading. Be Beautiful & Geeky :)

 

28 and Pregnant

I have achieved a new level in my life: I am 28 and pregnant. I am very excited for this new addition. To be honest, my fiancé and I are nervous, but we are adjusting well to our new baby. We have so much planned for our new family; finding a new home, baby clothes and supplies, doctor’s appointments, etc.

Before I found out that I was pregnant, I had a plan set for myself. I wanted to apply to college for a bachelor’s degree in childhood education and art history/English, work towards a NYS education certification, and find a more stable job as an assistant teacher. I had everything set perfectly for my future. But now with a baby on the way, I am not angry or upset that I have to wait. Think of it as a minor setback; I can always come back to this plan. I have a feeling of optimism for letting go of my little perfect world for someone very special. It feels amazing!

I’m going to be a mother! An actual mother! I don’t have to wish or wonder when my time will come, or at least stop hearing family members asking “when are you going to get married?” or “when will you have a baby?”. I’m still going to work as a children’s tutor, blog, work on my business, as well as produce videos for my YouTube channel. I am never going to give up the things that I love. It’s all about balance and family.

I understand this is a short blog post, but I want to share my pregnancy news, as well as turn my experience (so far) into a blog series. Hopefully, it will help other expecting mothers and gain some insight on your experience. Let’s help each other :)

Thank you for reading. Be Beautiful & Geeky :) 

Shopaholics Anonymous: How The Internet Almost Stole My Savings And My Soul

Author Bio: This article was written by Shannon Celine. She is an intern for Picvpic.com

I hate the mall. It’s monotonous torture and for what? To find items that are overpriced and possibly not even what you were looking for in the first place? You run around for hours, try on piles of clothes, stare at yourself in funhouse mirrors inside shabby dressing rooms with unflattering lighting. You notice cellulite in places you wouldn’t otherwise, develop complexes, and vow to never eat a slice of pizza again unless you’re on a treadmill while doing so.

It's best to stick to window shopping. Some snazzy shoes on display at Berdorf's, NYC. 

The mall is overwhelming and yet, underwhelming. But, the internet. Oh, the internet. It’s mighty. It’s vast. It’s like an astronomical refrigerator stocked with, well, everything and you can access it anytime! That’s a dangerous fact and when you consider it, it’s easy to see why so many get sucked into the online shopping vortex and never come out. That almost happened to me for three straight years as my cousins kept getting married (though not to each other) and their huge McWeddings kept on coming. I’d get out my laptop, Iphone, credit card, soul, and just start shopping away. 

How dare my cousins invite me to their beautiful weddings! The nerve! You’d think they would’ve known what a danger that would pose for someone like me: an introspective loner and chronic homebody with the nagging urge to spread my sights far and wide all over the world wide web. These were fancy affairs in different states. There would be rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, brunches, shindigs, and oh yeah, a wedding in there somewhere! If I was to attend, I would have to look the part, make an entrance, and leave an impression. I’m a perfectionist and I was going to need to buy a variety of outfits, dresses, shoes, and cosmetics and get into all sorts of shopping shenanigans along the way. 

The things I bought! I had high standards, you see. I wanted clothes made only in the U.S.A or Europe, fair trade items, and all natural cosmetics that were free of parabens, but rich in price. These standards in themselves were fine and dandy. My intentions were pure at heart. I cared about where my money was going and what I was investing in, but I wasn’t thinking about how much I was investing. These items were hard to find and even harder to afford. 

When I bought a pair of Vivienne Westood heels, I knew I had gone too far. Still, I had really researched this purchase! I read every review on Zappos. I knew exactly how many customers believed these shoes had a “supportive arch.” I even knew that this particular pair of designer heels ran large by half a size and that I should purchase a size 7 for my size 7 and 1/2 tootsies. They were adorable! My freakin’ goodness, were they adorable! They were the quirky result of a collaboration between Westwood’s Anglomania collection and the Brazilian, eco-friendly brand, Melissa. That probably explains why they were twice as expensive as most Melissa styles. I’ll let you use your imagination (or your friendly neighborhood Google; just be careful or you might fall in love with them, too!). 

Vivienne Westwood + Melissa Lady Dragon Heart pumps

I had really stepped in it with these babies. Stepped into some sparkly, ultra-modern plastic pumps smelling of bubble gum and regret. I couldn’t walk in these things. Well, I could, just not all the way to the wedding. I walked into the Chautaqua Park venue in Boulder, Co., a gorgeous retreat you have to see to believe. I barely made it up some precarious steps before going completely barefoot. Yes, I got to make my entrance, but that's as far as I can go. I never wore them again. Not at all. My feet were killing me. Screaming with protest. I rarely wear heels and even more rarely do I even find a pair of flats to my liking. Yes, flats! And here I bought crazily-priced heels that were now covered in heaps of lush Boulder grass to the point of no return. Kicking off my heels, My Vivienne Westwood + Melissa Lady Dragon Heart pumps weren't made for walking.

I didn’t want to return them. I really liked them. They were so stinkin’ cute! I’m not normally a shoe freak. I’ve never owned more than 2 or 3 pairs at a time. If I ever made it to 4, it was due to some sort of orthopedic miracle. I was going to keep these high-end hybrid heels for my own amusement. They would forever lurk in my closet as a trophy that I won in a game of cyber roulette. 

And that’s where they sit today. I cleaned off all the Chautaqua growth and sat them under my collection of tokens from my other internet conquests. My Gucci gown, my Dior duds, my Marchesa markups. No, I’m only kidding! I don’t have anything by any of those designers. 

I sure was headed in that expensive direction, though! I made yet another trip to Sephora.com that included Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Shimmer Dust (In my defense, I still have the stuff years later and spray on the overpriced sparkles whenever I choose) and a pit stop at Tarina T’s own web site for a high-calibre cameo necklace. It was then that I realized I had to take it down a notch. I was blowing cash I didn’t have, racking up that much-dreaded credit card debt. Not a desired path, m’dears. 

My prized necklace by Tarina Tarantino

So, I tried to compromise with a bit of behavior modification. I started buying cosmetics on eBay. Yep. You heard right! This turned out to be a worthwhile experiment. For a short while, anyway. I managed to score some great (and unused, thankfully) items for around 1/3 of the price. It was strange bidding on lip gloss, but when I “won”, I saved. And not everything on eBay is to be bid upon. Some items are simply click and buy. 

I went on like this for a while. I would find something I knew I wanted and already purchased for oodles of moolah after watching dozens of rave Youtube reviews. Then, I would buy it off eBay. The problem was, I was still spending despite all my saving.

 Korres Cherry Oil lip gloss from eBay

A few things happened that finally brought my online ODing to a halt. My cousins stopped constantly getting hitched allowing me an online respite. Then, I just got really tired of the whole thing. Yes, all my exhaustive internet shopping and extensive product research had left me fashion fatigued. I also felt oddly satisfied. I made all these purchases and actually had my fill. I got it out of my system, miraculously enough. I realized that if I was going to build a future and formulate some type of savings account, I was going to need to give the credit card a rest. 

These days, I still make purchases online, but only for those moments when I really need something. You know, like a legit necessity or at least something within the realm of reason. A new pair of workout pants, my favorite bra on sale, an ebook of The Great Gatsby because I finally felt like reading for the first time in ages. I don’t go nuts and I don’t buy impulsively. Nope, no even a well-researched impulse buy. 

Yes, I do have those moments when I see something I really want because I’m going somewhere I really want to go, but I make sure not to splurge. It has to feel right. The stars have to be aligned, all signs need to be pointing in that very direction, and it must not be during a Mercury retrograde! 

A yellow brick road has to be laid out before me, leading to that one purchase. I have to see the Emerald City in the distance because it really is all about the distance. I think about what I buy and how it will affect me in the long run instead of the mere moment. There are many things I want, but if I want to have them, I just pin them to my Pinterest page and leave them there. I try to remember that the less I feel I need, the less I’ll want, and the happier I’ll be.

 

Lubna Ali Khan: How to Start a Raw Food Diet

To lose weight and become healthy you don’t necessarily have to stop eating all together. You can consider going on a raw food diet. The best thing about eating raw is that it’s not restrictive at all. When food isn’t cooked or baked its nutrients and minerals are preserved that are essential for a healthy body. With raw food you can eat to your heart’s content without gaining those extra pounds. So if you’re looking to start a raw food diet here are ways you can do that.

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1. Stock up on fruits and vegetables

The first tip to start a raw food diet is to stock up your pantry with as much fruits and vegetables as you can. This is a lifestyle of abundance so you don’t want to restrict yourself, instead you want to have as much healthy food as you can in your home. The more you stock up your pantry with raw food, the more inclined you’ll be to eat it.

2. Start your day with a smoothie

Make your first meal of the day, a juicer smoothie. This will keep you hydrated and the fruits will keep your sugar level maintained throughout the day which will further control your sugar cravings. There are tones of different recipes for making a healthy smoothie.

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3. Incorporate fruit in your breakfast

Make your second meal of the day a huge platter of fruit. You can pretty much eat any fruit that you want. Make a fruit salad of various fruits if you like eating them that way or just eat one fruit at a time. Make sure you eat enough, because you want to have plenty of carbohydrates to keep you full throughout the day.

4. Eat your dinner in two parts

Start off your dinner with a tiny plate of fruit and in the second part of your dinner have a big vegetable salad. There are plenty of different ways to make salad dressings.

5. Exercise

Be sure to get enough exercise each day to keep you hungry. You want to keep moving in order to keep your body healthy. It has been scientifically proven that exercise contributes to a healthy lifestyle. So if you can, get about 20 minutes of exercise everyday.

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6. Educate yourself

It is important to educate yourself as much as you can about eating raw. You should learn about eating raw so that you don’t end up overwhelming yourself. You should be conscious of the food that you put into your body as it will encourage you to switch to a raw food diet.

7. Get enough rest

Get plenty of sleep and rest. Your body, when you first start eating this way, is going to be detoxing a lot. It won’t be used to eating a lot of raw foods like this so you will have perhaps some detox reactions. Keep in mind that this is a restorative diet so you need to get plenty of rest to help your body rejuvenate. 

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Author Bio: This article was written by Lubna Ali Khan. She blogs at BeautifulYou.com.pk which is a premiere health, beauty and fashion informational portal of Pakistan