My Experience With AT&T’s Asurion Cell Phone Insurance

I am one of those super savers who hang on to their cars, phones, and furniture until they die!   In fact, I have a 18 year old blue sectional sofa that I probably should have replaced five years ago, but now it’s just the running joke in my family.  So, when my less than two year old iPhone kept telling me off and on, that I had “No Service”, I knew that I had to get it replaced, and thank goodness I had purchased Asurion cell phone insurance through ATT.

 

 

 

Of course, before I made my claim, I spent many hours on the Internet searching for ways to fix my phone, and even asked my teenage kids, because Lord knows they know everything there is to know about their cell phones!  Bottom line is, I really liked my phone, it’s my little personal assistant, and I wanted to try and save it.  (In fact, without FB and my trusty phone alerts, I probably wouldn’t know half of my friends & families birthdays).  🙂

So, finally I took my phone to my local ATT store, and explained to representative that my phone kept cutting me off.  The gentleman reset my phone and told me that my internal antenna might be malfunctioning, and if this didn’t work, that I would have to make a claim with the insurance I bought through ATT.

Unfortunately, a few days later my phone kept saying “NO SERVICE”, and I decided to make a claim for a replacement phone, and here is how it went.      

 

I went to the home page of Asurion , and in the top right hand corner I started my claim.  This took about 5-10 minutes, because and each step was very clear and user-friendly.  LOVE THAT!

 

 

 

 

Immediately, I was sent a e-mail with my claim information, and how to complete the next steps in the claim process.  

 

 

My next email required me to to upload or fax documentation!  I chose to upload my signed paperwork and Photo ID with photos I had taken with my hubby’s phone!  LOVE THAT!

 

 

I again got an immediate response that they had received my documents and will get back to me within 8 hours after they review them.  Did you hear that 8 hours!!!!

 

 

The NEXT morning, I get this awesome e-mail:

 

 

Then all I had to do was pay a $112 insurance deductible, which was added to my next AT&T bill.  I know that some of you are like, deductible?, but this is an insurance claim, and I don’t know any places that you don’t pay a deductible, when you file a claim.  (Lucky for me, I didn’t have to pay a very high one because I had not made any claims in over 12 months).

 

The very NEXT day a package came in the mail, with this new iPhone 7 in the box!  LOVE THAT!  

 

 

And some instructions on how to call Pro Tech support to help you set up your new phone, and back up the old one.  This is FREE by the way, and great for those who have no idea on how to do this.

 

And finally, they give you a shipping label and instructions on how to send your old phone back.

 

 

OMGosh, it can’t get any easier than this, and that is why I just had to share my awesome experience with Asurion and give them a super shout out!  This is a company that treats you right, and for only $34 a month, I have some peace of mind if my phones get lost, stolen, or damaged, and honestly I don’t know many people who can afford to buy a new phone outright.

 

Thanks to ATT & Asurion for making this gal a happy customer!  

 

Why I love My Cell Phone Charging Stations!

I’m a bona-fied Apple Fan, who is always on the look out for fun, functional accessories for my Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iWatch.   I have found some super problem solvers, trendy covers, and nifty gadget at great prices through out the years, and thought that I would share my cell phone charging stations.    

First up, is a unique charging station that gives power to both my Apple watch & phone at the same time, and what’s not to love about that?  

 

 

Orzly Charge Station for Apple Watch and iPhone

 

 

 

 

What I love the about this charging station:

It’s super compact, and has a very sturdy design, that easy to set up and use. 

It keeps my phone & watch charging wires together & organized.

I can see my phone notifications without having to pick it up.  

It’s $10,  Cha-Ching!

It comes in a variety of colors for all of you home decor divas & dudes out there!   (Silver is my thang).

 

 

I have had the above phone charging stand for about 6 months now, and I also bought several of the

 

 

Adjustable Cell Phone Stands below 

 

 

 

 

 

This stand works with any cell phone brand, which is great for all you Android lovers out there!  

It’s sturdy, compact, and adjustable which works great if you love making videos!  

 

 

 

 

This little guy comes in a variety of colors, like this awesome red above, and the price ranges anywhere from $10-14 dollars.  Not bad!  🙂

 

I am always on the go, and anything that keeps my phones juiced up, and organized is a huge plus for me.  And honestly, if your a blogger, vlogger, or social media pro, just having the ability to glance over and see your multitude of notifications and alerts, is reason alone to try this super charging station.  NO HANDS BABY!  

 

*Just so you know that some of the links above are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission fee if you decide to buy.  Thank you for your continued support, and Happy Charging!*     

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Small Space Garden Design Ideas

When I first bought my home over 10 years ago, the last thing I thought about was putting a garden in the back yard.  In fact, the majority of my yard is a huge concrete patio, which at the time was great, because it meant less grass to cut!  🙂  But, over the years, the gardening bug had gotten a hold of me, and with the help of my hubby, I found some super DIY small space garden design ideas, that have brought a fully functional garden into my backyard.  Below is a timeline of my garden design ideas, which I hope will inspire some of you to also become a fellow green thumb and make “growing your own” a part of your lifestyle.  Gardening has helped my family and I afford fresh produce, which not only tastes the best, but is a great way to stay healthy for less.

    

Patio Backyard

 

 

My very first year of gardening, I bought some huge planters and grew some tomatoes, green peppers, and herbs.  Seriously, it couldn’t get any easier, but I wanted to grow more, so that I could can my garden goodies for the winter months.  So, the following year my hubby and I took advantage of some flat area space right behind my house, and we built three raised bed gardens.

Raised Garden Beds

 

We also added some wooden trellises to the ends of our raised garden beds, which allowed us to grow vertically and add more veggies such as beans, cucumbers, and squash.

 

Garden Beds

Below, are some ways that we found ways to grow veggies and herbs on our patio.  First up, is our pallet beds.

Pallet Beds

A friend of mine found this huge pallet box on the side of the road, and I converted it into another planter, it’s below my DIY herb planter.  Check out the swiss chard that grows like crazy in it.   🙂

Swiss Chard

And finally, I wanted a way to walk right outside by back door and add fresh oregano, basil, mint, cilantro, or dill to my daily meals.   So, we built a DIY Herb Planter.

 

Herb Planter Decor

DIY Herb Planter Shelf

 

 

I hope that you can see how much fun gardening can be, and if you would like to see what has come out of my garden click here

“Heart” Valentine’s Day Gifts

I Heart You Gift Ideas

When I think of Valentines Day there’s only one shape that comes to mind, the heart.  

Today, you can find fun Valentines Day gifts, with hearts in mind, that is reasonably priced but also that you might not find in your regular stores.  

Here’s some “heart-shaped” gift ideas below for cooks, romantics, jokesters, and divas:   

“This post contains affiliate links, which means that I might get a small commission fee if you decide to buy!  Thanks for all the love”

 

 

Your lucky if you have a sweety that loves to cook, because there’s a ton of options out there that you can make into a gift basket.   Here’s some options below:

 

Heart Shaped Frying Pan

 

This heart shaped frying pan is perfect for serving pancakes on Valentines Day morning, and it’s priced at only $7.50 and Prime shipping.

 

Slice of Love Pizza Cutter

$6.00 @ Amazon

 

Slice of Love Pizza Cutter

 

 

My Heart to Yours Couples Pillowcases

$30 @ Amazon

 

BOLDLOFT From My Heart to Yours Couples Pillowcases

 

These pillowcases are just too cute, plus you can get the matching mugs below:

 

BOLDLOFT From My Heart to Yours Mugs

 

Set the mood with these

Pack of 3 sets LED Red Moon Lights 

$7.50 @ Amazon

3 sets LED Moon Red Copper String Lights

I “Heart”the “Poop” Out of U Giant Emoji Pillow

$14 @ Amazon

 

 

If your the silly kind, then you can’t go wrong with this “poop” emoji pillow!  This is a gift I would defiantly give to one of my lucky family members!  

15 Vintage Valentines Day Cards

$10 @ Amazon

These retro Valentines Day cards take me back to my grade school days in the 70’s.  I can’t believe that you can still buy these exact same cards with the same artwork, and I had to buy this exact same pack for myself.   

 

Love Heart Bead Bracelet

$17 @ Amazon

I always say, Bring on the Bling!  This bracelet is all that and more, and for only $17 on Prime shipping, it will not only steal her heart, but love your budget.  

I hope you like some of my Heart Shaped Valentines Day gift ideas above, and I would love for you to join me on Pinterest, just click on the link below:

Be My Valentine Gifts & DIY Ideas

 

Just so you know that some of the links above are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission fee if you decide to buy.  Thank you for your continued support, and Happy Valentines Day!     

 

My Fabulous FitnessPal

 

FITBIT FLEX 2 $99

It’s official.  I’m in my middle forties, and I can’t lose one pound without paying close attention to how much I eat, and at least 30-45 minutes of exercise five days a week.  

What a bummer it is to get old, but at least today we have access to super food tracking apps, books, fitness gadgets, and online communities for encouragement.    

So, over the next couple of posts I thought that I would share some of the ways that I keep my forty-year old self in reality, and first up is how I track my daily calories, carbs, and fiber. Check it out below!          

 

 My Fitness Pal

In the olden days, most of us had to write in a daily food journal of what we ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.  You also had to get a food calorie counter book, and search for your foods calories, carbs, fats, or sugar counts, something like the following book below:    

 

 

The Calorie King is a super book, for those of you who like to have an actual “book” in your hands, and want to write everything down.  But, for me personally this method would maybe last about a week, because it takes way too long, and I just don’t have the patience.  So, my absolute favorite way to track my daily intake of calories, carbs, and fiber is with MyFitnessPal app.  

I have had this FREE app for a couple of years now, and what I like is that it’s user-friendly, fast, and I can customize the foods that I eat.  

For instance, if I only have 8 almonds for a snack, I can record that exactly amount.  (I’m one of those people who really wants to know how many calories & carbs are in a single Hershey’s kiss)  🙂  Some of the other apps that I have used will not let you break down your food calorie counts like this.  

Also, it’s very rare that I don’t find a certain food in MyFitnessPayl’s extensive data base, which a huge plus.  And finally, it’s so darn smart that it remembers the foods that I eat on a regular basis, so I don’t really have to enter them again.  I just click on in the tab that says, “frequent” and see my faves and click away.  DONE!  🙂  

I really think that it’s important to track what your eating every once in a while, because many times we are eating way too much and that’s where the weight gain comes in.  

I’ve been trying my best to teach this to my teenagers, because they are used to eating what ever they want, and we all know that has to change as we grow older.  

Next post is all about how I combine MyFitnessPal with my FitBit fitness tracker, cause I got to move it, move it.  

Disclosure:  Just so ya know that some of the links above are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission if you decide to buy.  As always, I thank you for stopping by and spending time with me, and I hope that your New You is well on its way.  

          

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Gifts For Musicians

 


 

 

See that guy playing the bass above?  This was my dad back in the 70’s, with his white polyester suit, platform shoes, and stars & stripes bass guitar.  It’s so groovy, man!  LOL  

The cool thing is, that my father was able to continue to be a successful, professional, musician in the Chicagoland area, and as I look back now, I realize what special times we had as a family.  

I was blessed to have met, and see some of the most talented artists preform on stage, and in the spirit of the season I thought it would be fun to find some gifts for musicians, that only they would understand and appreciate.    

 

 

Marshall Compact Fridge

 

 

 

 

One thing I remember the most growing up as a kid, is the the big, black, speaker boxes that my dad would hall from gig to gig!  The above Marshall compact fridge is perfect for any musician who would like to just grab a beer instead of getting a work out.  LOL  It’s available at Amazon for $350.00  

 

Fender Strat Cutting Board

 

 

This Fender cutting board is perfect for the musician who not only rocks the guitar, but is also a rockstar in the kitchen.  It’s available at Amazon for $17  

 

 

Zildjian Cymbal Clock

Of course you have to have something for the drummers out there, and this Zildjian wall clock is not only attractive, but it will get you to your gigs on time.  Amazon $45

 

Coffee Mug Amped Amplifier

 

 

There’s nothing like a cup of joe to get you amped up in the morning!  Get it?  This Amped Amplifier mug is available at Amazon for $23

 

 

Hammond B3 Art Print

My pops not only played bass guitar, but keys as well.  I know if your a true musician, and a piano player, you know all about the Hammond B3, and the groovy sounds that come out of it.  This wall art print above is the perfect gift for any keyboard player out there, and it has different sizes available.  Amazon $15

 

Set of 4 GUITAR ORNAMENTS 

 

 

And finally, since we are in the holiday season, this set of 4 Guitar Ornaments will most certainly put a kid-like smile on the musician’s face in your life.  Amazon $7

 

I hope that you have enjoyed some of my musician gift picks above, and just so you know that some of the links above are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission fee if you decide to buy.  I thank you for your continued support, and may you crank up the volume this holiday season with your family and friends!   

Why I Love Ugly Christmas Sweaters!

Call me crazy, but I love ugly Christmas sweaters!  Not only are they festive, but they remind me of all the crazy, colored, outfits that my late grandmother would wear around the holidays.  For instance, her plaid, red & green, polyester pant suit set was her pride & joy go to outfit for Christmas Eve!   I suppose when I was really young, I didn’t think anything about it, but as I became older I realized what a, “WOW GRAMS” outfit it really was.  🙂  So, when I see ugly Christmas sweaters I can’t help but think of all the wonderful times I had with my grandparents growing up, and really that’s what Christmas is all about, being with your family & friends and making memories that will last a lifetime.  Now comes the fun part, I thought that I would share some of my favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater picks, and hopefully they will give you a laugh, help you remember past Christmases, or maybe you just might want to keep the tradition going by getting one for yourself.  (That’s if your brave)  LOL

 

 

Crackling Fireplace Knit Ugly Christmas Sweater

This lighted up crackling fire place Ugly Christmas Sweater is so cool!  You basically download the FREE app, slide your ipad in the see through fireplace, and it comes alive!  How fun is that?  It’s available at Amazon between $55 & $65 depending on the various sizes.     

   

Men’s 8 Bit Santa Ugly Christmas Sweater

Alex Stevens Men s 8 Bit Santa Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ho! Ho! Ho!  This sweater totally reminds me of my grandmother’s plaid Christmas outfit.  It’s so ugly its beautiful.  Amazon.com

Women’s Ugly Cat Sweater with Bells

Cat Sweater with Bells

Well, I suppose if you’re a cat lover this Ugly Kitty Christmas sweater makes total sense.  I love this cat’s grumpy face and the bells look like hair balls to me.  LOL   (TipsyElves.com)

Bucktooth Rudolph Sweater Dress

Reindeer Christmas Tunic Sweater Dress

 

This Reindeer is ugly but cute with his pom poms.  I love the length, and you could really glam it up by wearing these sparkle leggings that come in regular and plus sizes.  (Amazon.com)

 

Women’s Ugly Christmas Leggings

 

Maybe you would rather go with some Ugly Christmas leggings?  These come in a variety of sizes and styles, and if you really want to get noticed at your next party, pair it with the shirt below.  LOL  Amazon $5

Faux Real Men’s Ugly Cardigan with Tie

Faux Real Mens Ugly Cardigan with Tie

Finally, here are two ugly, long-sleeved t-shirts for both ladies & men who don’t like to wear sweaters!  Both of them are available at Amazon.com.

Photo Realistic Ladies Ugly Christmas Sweater T-Shirt

Womens PhotoRealistic Ugly Christmas Vest

I hope that you have had some fun looking at my fun, festive, Ugly Sweater picks, and just so ya know that some of the links above are my referral links.  This means that if you decide to have some holiday fun this year and buy one I may get a small commission fee.  Thank you so much for your continued support.