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Top accessories for the new Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+

Samsung Galaxy S10

 

When I upgrade phones, I like to take a look ahead of time to see what accessories are out there. I always purchase a case to have on hand for the moment my new phone is unboxed.  And I like to be prepared with any charging and other accessories I may need for on-the-go as well.  Here are a few of my favorites for the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus!  

 

LifeProof NEXT and FRE for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus – LifeProof has been a favorite brand of mine for phone cases.  The cases are protective and long lasting.  While the phone is already waterproof, the cases add extra protection from the elements.  Personally, the FRE is my case of choice as it has a built in screen protector.  There is no worry of screen protectors peeling away or having bubbles under them.  We are still awaiting the release of this case but the wait only makes the case better – I know they are putting everything into them to make them spectacular.  

 

Otterbox for Samsung Galaxy S10

 

OtterBox has released a complete lineup of cases for the Galaxy S10 and S10+ including the Defender, Commuter, Symmetry, Strada, and Pursuit cases.  For ultimate protection, the Defender series is the way to go.  If you want something still protective but a little slimmer, check out the Commuter case.  The Strada case is a little different in that it is a folio style case that has space for a card.  If you are looking for style, definitely check out the Symmetry case – there is a variety of patterns and colors to choose from.  And last but not least, the Pursuit case is the thinnest of them all, still delivering great protection to your phone. 

 

If you need a screen protector, the Whitestone Dome tempered glass screen protectors are highly rated and compatible with the new Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.  The patented Liquid Optical Clear Adhesive that covers edge to edge makes these screen protectors second to none.  Android Authority has a great article about the installation and features of the Dome Glass.  

 

 

For those looking for extra charging cables, I highly recommend the Nomad Rugged Cables.  The universal 3-in-1 features a fast charging Micro USB tip, a USB-C adapter, and a Lightning adapter.  The cable is durable and I have been using mine for about 5 years now.  And did I mention, it does support fast charging?  < One of my favorite features as I have absolutely no patience to wait for my phone to charge!  The 0.3M is perfect for moms (or dads) to keep in their bag, car, or pocket.  It is super convenient and should last you through your next phone upgrade! 

 

If you are looking for a pair of Bluetooth earbuds but don’t want to dish out quite as much cash for Samsung’s Galaxy Buds, I recommend checking out the Jaybird RUN True Wireless Earbuds.  They are comfortable, about half the price, and have great sound quality.  The battery life is great (the case holds extra battery for a quick on the go re-charge) and they are waterproof.  Keep an eye out for a sale as I have seen them as low as $89 before!  

 

While the S10 and S10+ come with various amounts of internal storage, all of which seem to be “enough” for most people, at some point you may see yourself needing to add storage.  I recommend checking out deals on the Samsung Evo MicroSD cards and having one on hand, especially if you plan to go on a trip.  It looks like the phones can take up to 512GB extra storage but you can start smaller if you don’t feel the need for that much.  

 

If you tend to take a lot of fun selfies with the family or your friends, I recommend the Joby GripTight ONE.  It can grip around something like a tree branch or even work as a tripod on a flat surface.  As I will be upgrading from an S7 to an S10, I can’t wait to experience and take advantage of all the new camera features and increased quality.  This accessory will definitely be one I look into purchasing.  Just set the timer (or purchase a bluetooth photo remote) and you will have photos to cherish forever.  

 

 

Now that most of us use our phones as our GPS, it is extremely helpful to have a car mount for our phone.  The iOttie Easy One Touch Dashboard Mount fits most phones and even supports landscape orientation.  A bit pricier is the iOttie Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Fast Charge version, which some may find to be a convenience they didn’t even know they needed.  

 

There are so many other great accessories out there that I haven’t even discovered yet.  Feel free to drop a comment below with your favorites or shoot me an email!  

Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle (by Lakeshore Learning)

Epic Christmas Gift Idea - Lakeshore Learning Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle

 

Before becoming a mom of two, I never imagined all the toys that I would be excited for, but this castle is definitely one!  Lakeshore Learning’s Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle is a site for epic battles and tons of imagination.  It even is a winner of the 2018 National Parenting Product Award!  

This toy is great for boys and girls alike, and recommended for ages 3-6 but both my 2 and 9 year old nephews had a lot of fun checking it out.  

The Royal Kingdom Adventure castle is quite impressive with all its features and standing at 10.25″ tall.  It is big enough for lots of entertainment but small enough for even apartment living.  And great news for the parents – it is pre-assembled and ready-to-go out of box! 

 

Included in the castle are:

  • explorable chambers
  • stairs to scale
  • watch Towers
  • dragon’s lair
  • working drawbridge 
  • dungeon door

 

The set also contains the following:

  • king and queen figures
  • wizard
  • 2 guards
  • 4 knights
  • dragon
  • 2 flags

 

My 6 and 7 year old boys are going to have hours upon hours of fun with this toy.  As a homeschool family, I think we are even going to put together a unit focused on castle and royal life.  

I highly recommend adding the Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle to your holiday shopping list.  It will be such a fun present for your child to open under the tree on Christmas morning! 

 

Honolulu Cookie Company: The perfect gift for your ‘Ohana! (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Honolulu Cookie Company - what a cute container!

 

When living in Hawaii, I experienced not only the amazing scenery and culture, but also some amazing new foods and treats.  Now back on the mainland, sometimes a taste is all it takes to bring me back to Hawaii.  It may have been nearly 8 years ago that I left the beautiful islands, but sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday.  Honolulu Cookie Company is a great way to bring back those memories.  With their signature pineapple shape and natural Hawaiian fruit flavors, these shortbread cookies are a wonderful gift idea for your ‘Ohana! 

Honolulu Cookie Company began in 1998, in…you guessed it…Honolulu, Hawaii!  Eventually they expanded to Las Vegas, Guam, and the island of Maui.  Gift baskets, care packages, and individual products can also be purchased on their website.  Cookies are baked fresh each day, treated with individual attention as they are created, and wrapped by hand in their signature packaging. 

At Honolulu Cookie, you will find classic Hawaiian flavors such as Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Lilikoi (Passion Fruit), Guava, Coconut, Mango, and of course Pineapple.  These flavors come by themselves with hand placed cookie centers, some combined flavors, or even chocolate dipped (Guittard white, milk, or decadent dark chocolate).  You will also find seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and white chocolate dipped pumpkin, as well as holiday flavors that are released in early November each year. 

 

Honolulu Cookie Company has plenty of flavors to offer!

 

My package from Honolulu Cookie Company included quite the variety of flavors!  I received the Ultimate Collection Pineapple Shape Box.  Inside the cute pineapple container, I found 21 individually wrapped cookies and a list of the 16 flavors included.  If you aren’t sure what flavor to get, this box is absolutely perfect, giving you a little taste of each.  Here is a list of the flavors I got to try:

Flavors:16 Flavors

  • Butter Macadamia (2 pieces)
  • Chocolate Chip Macadamia (2 pieces)
  • Chocolate Dipped Macadamia (2 pieces)
  • Coconut (1 piece)
  • Dark Chocolate Coconut (1 piece)
  • Dark Chocolate Kona Coffee (1 piece)
  • Dark Triple Chocolate Macadamia (1 piece)
  • Guava (1 piece)
  • Kona Coffee (2 pieces)
  • Lilikoi (passion fruit) (1 piece)
  • Mango Macadamia (1 piece)
  • Pineapple Macadamia (2 pieces)
  • White Chocolate Coconut (1 piece)
  • White Chocolate Dipped Macadamia (1 piece)
  • White Chocolate Kona Coffee (1 piece)
  • White Triple Chocolate Macadamia (1 piece)

I honestly couldn’t tell you which was my favorite…they were all so good!  The chocolate was a great touch to some of the flavors, and the fruit and coffee bean pieces were also a fun addition.  My picky children even kept stealing bites of the cookies as I tried them. 

Whether you are searching for gift for a birthday, graduation, wedding, or other occasion, you will find something from Honolulu Cookie Co. that is sure to be perfect.  From gift trays with thank you ribbons, to favor boxes and mini tins, Honolulu Cookie Company has a fantastic variety to choose from.  I also recommend keeping an eye on their special offers to see what specials they may have. 

 

LuLaRoe – friend or foe?

This solid purple Irma from LuLaRoe is gorgeous!

 

Hey everyone!  I’ve been a little quiet lately due to a recent move.  We are finally getting settled in and back into our normal routines but it has been a rough ride!  In the past few months though, I’ve come across LuLaRoe clothing.  I had heard of the brand before and thought “I love leggings but really, what could be the big deal?”  

If you know me, you know I love shopping at thrift stores.  So it shouldn’t surprise you that my first piece of Lula was from Salvation Army of all places.  I found a pair of the popular LuLaRoe brand leggings and had to try them for myself.  A friend of mine had been raving about the brand and how amazingly soft everything was.  She was definitely right – the leggings were so soft!  And at $3, I couldn’t pass these up, even if they weren’t my favorite pattern.  I mean I love being comfy around the house anyways!  

After a few times of wearing my new leggings, I talked to my friend and found out there is more to LuLaRoe than just these “buttery” soft leggings.  They have shirts, dresses, kimonos, skirts, cardigans.. and it is all known to be comfortable yet cute.  After spending a couple weeks browsing and entering giveaways, and messaging back and forth with a consultant, I got to try a few more pieces.  

Now I’m hooked.  Yeah… at first I was ashamed but then I realized that I haven’t focused on a wardrobe for myself since before my kids were born.  I am starting to feel more confident and am building up a wardrobe for going back to work.  I feel great!  Fortunately I haven’t spent much, with my thrift store luck, but you will want to make sure your pocketbook is ready for your shopping if you start shopping through consultants.  The pieces are more expensive than I am used to (as a thrift store shopper especially) but are not too outrageous if you shop around. 

Sizing can be tricky but my favorite thing is that each piece can be worn several ways.  If a shirt is too big, it will still be totally amazing with a cute knot!  Too hot for leggings?  Roll them under to be capris!  

Life is too short to wear boring clothes - LuLaRoe

And patterns…oh there is quite a variety of prints you will find!  Some are super cute, and some aren’t for me, but there’s really something for everyone. 

As you get to know LuLaRoe, you will learn a variety of terms.  OS (one size…leggings..), TC (tall & curvy…leggings), and Unicorn (hard to find item/print, or simply one you’d love to find).  And most items are named after members of the founder’s family.  There’s even one with my name..Dani!  It’s a tank style dress… I can’t wait to try one sometime!

If you are interested but don’t have a lot of money, you can offer to host a party for a consultant, either online or in-home.  After a certain number of items sell, you can receive rewards (free items, discounts, etc) that you pre-arrange and agree to with the consultant.  

And if you aren’t interested in hosting a party, you will find thousands of LuLaRoe Facebook groups to shop and party with!  Giveaways are around every corner as well, for both new and loyal customers.  

There are a lot of “Debbie downers”, and with every multi level marketing company, there will be complaints on the consultant side, but it seems like I’ve met a lot of happy consultants. But as a shopper, I’m happy with my experience so far. 

Just remember to watch your pocket book – these items can add up quickly! 

So LuLaRoe… friend or foe?  I say friend! 

 

LuLaRoe is so comfy and stylish - love it!

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