My life has changed in so many ways since moving to Austin, and so has my dog’s life.
We are now able to visit so many different stores together and I no longer have to leave him at home. Living in Austin reminds me of the time when I was traveling Europe, specifically Italy, due to the country being so dog friendly. I remember spending my first night in Italy at a very fancy, upscale restaurant, and to my right being a large, furry dog sitting by his owners.
The following are stores that are not just service dog-friendly, but all kinds of dog-friendly. If you want to be extra sure, you can call the store ahead of time and make sure your furry friend can join along, too.
I came across this site which really helped me in choosing a gift.
Picking out a gift for a significant other or family can become very difficult and time-consuming. Many times we end up with a gift that we are not particularly crazy about, or we wish that we would have picked a better gift out for our loved ones. What if there was an easier and quicker way to pick out a gift for someone you love? On Gifts.co.uk, you can find gifts that are geared to specific people (“Gifts For Men” or “Gifts For Her”). Whether your significant other is into romantic gifts or adventurous trips, you will definitely find a perfect gift for that person. Choosing a gift can now be stress-free and done with ease. Continue reading →
Hey everyone! I wanted to share with you all my all time FAVORITE recipe to make when I am craving ridiculously unhealthy sugary snacks. Keep in mind, I wouldn’t eat this daily as it is a “treat” and I try to limit these to only a couple days a week.
This treat is so incredibly easy to make. Most people already have peanut butter, coconut oil, and salt in their pantry, which leaves only 1 ingredient left: Chocolate, the most important ingredient of them all.
I recently bought a Fitbit. There are several different types of Fitbits to choose from that cater to each individual need.
I personally chose the Fitbit Charge HR due to this watch being the most popular among my friends, with most of them having rave reviews for this particular gadget.
The Fitbit caught my eye years ago, but I only just decided to buy it due to working out more and wanting to see what was going on “numbers” wise.
Everything automatically syncs into the app and it’s helped tremendously with figuring out my sleeping patterns, which has lead to me getting proper (and a good amount!) of sleep. I wanted to write this post due to not finding many pros and cons posts on Fitbits (particularly Fitbit Charge HR). Enjoy!
Calculates Calories Burned, Floors Climbed, Active Minutes, and Steps
SmartTrack (automatically recognizes activities and logs it into the app).
Retail Price: $149.95
Wireless sync dongle
Colors: So far there are 6 colors for the Fitbit Charge HR. The other Fitbits have different colors and features as well.
Sizes: Small, Large, and Extra Large.
Pros of the Fitbit:
The Fitbit challenges motivate me to be #1 every day, meaning that I walked the most steps or was the most active.
The Fitbit apps have awesome badges and rewards, such as walking the entire length of Italy, or climbing enough steps to reach Machu Picchu, etc. Seeing that is pretty damn motivating and has a rewarding feeling compared to just seeing how many steps I’ve done on a dollar store pedometer.
The Fitbit is around on my wrist at all times, which makes tracking my steps, heart rate, stairs climbed, etc., much easier than my iPhone. (This is for the people who state that phones do an equally good job as the Fitbit does, but keep in mind, the average woman carries her phone in her purse and doesn’t have it on them at all times, as hard as that is to believe).
The Fitbit has been accurate as far as sleep patterns go. It can tell me how many times I was awake, for how long, and how many times I was restless. It’s gotten it right every single night so far, and it’s crazy seeing the patterns showing up. (Ex. If I eat really close to bed, I have a tougher time sleeping throughout the night).
My Fitbit vibrates to let me know it’s time for bed, and when it’s time to wake up.
My iPhone and Fitbit are in sync, meaning when someone calls my phone, my Fitbit also lets me know who is calling. Which is really awesome in case there is an emergency, my watch vibrating nonstop will let me know to definitely check my phone.
I never have to connect my Fitbit to my computer since it syncs up to my phone almost immediately.
The Fitbit lets me know when I am in my “fat burning” zone during the day.
Charges very quickly and one charge will last days.
Cons of the Fitbit:
The watch does not seem to calculate my steps 100% accurately. (Disclaimer: This could be due to me not manually entering in my average foot step in inches, as the website recommends to do).
I have done quite a bit of research on the accuracy of the heart rate monitors, calorie counters, and everything else that gets counted on the watch, and it seems that 50% of people back it up with “credible facts and research” and the other 50% of people state that the Fitbit is not accurate whatsoever and that your phone can do a better job.
The watch is water-resistant, but not waterproof. You can take a shower with it, but can’t go swimming with it. Heh. It doesn’t make sense to me either.
The band around my wrist can get a little uncomfortable, especially when sweat gets trapped underneath it during my workouts.
The sync dongle can be pretty easy to lose due to its very small size and it will cost you $20 to replace each time.
I get a little too competitive if I don’t hit 10,000 steps in a day. I start walking around my tiny apartment thinking it’ll do any good, when I could be spending time relaxing and playing Halo after a long day of work.
My overall experience with the Fitbit Charge HR:
So far my experience has been positive due to the pros outweighing the cons. I am definitely a visual person and seeing graphs, numbers, and charts are seriously motivating. I also like that I am in “competition” with my friends from all over the world. We come up with different challenges and see who can walk the most steps within a week, weekend, or day. I hope to obtain the elite badge one day, which is 100,000 steps in a day! I really wish I had this watch when I hiked to Machu Picchu.
Here are some photos of the app and my personal achievements! =)
Making extra money during the summer can be very rewarding as well as exciting if it’s the right job. Whether you need the extra money to pay off debt, save up for a new car, or for no reason whatsoever. Starting a new summer job can bring great opportunities and enlarge your network, leading you to new people, expanding your resume, and reaping many other benefits.
1. Become a runner for Favor. Favor is hitting cities all across the U.S. and is making it very easy for lazy people to sit in the comfort of their home while anything can be delivered to them. The runner is in charge of picking up whatever it is that person needs. Flexibility in hours and perks such as keeping 100% of tips are just some of the upsides to becoming a runner. Continue reading →