Have You Tried Verizon Message+?

by Glenneth on July 30, 2014

Disclosure: I am working on a campaign with Verizon Wireless through FitFluential. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have been a Verizon Wireless customer for years. At least ten years and who knows exactly how long. Verizon for me has always had terrific coverage and fantastic service. Hubby and I used to travel frequently and thanks to Verizon we always had cell coverage.

Recently I found out about a new app Verizon is offering called Verizon Messages. It helps you stay connected regardless of what device you are using. Verizon messages is available on Google Play, the Apple App store, and for both PCs and Macs. Did I mention it is FREE?

Verizon Messages

These apps allow you to receive and send text messages on whatever device you might be using at the time. I love it because I do NOT sleep with my phone in the bedroom – it stays in my office. So, when I put my phone to bed, I can still text on my iPad (which does come to bed with me so I can read).

Verizon Messages

I also have the app on my Macbook Pro. This way I can see messages come in – or send one – without getting my phone out. Love this. The apps stay synced across all devices and are simple to download, install, and use. Seriously. When you set the app up on a device other than your phone, it will text your phone a “code” that you enter into the app. Voila!

You can also personalize your messages (from the Verizon site):

  • Customize everything! Pick your own backgrounds, bubbles, fonts, notifications and much more on your Android smartphone or tablet
  • Express yourself in pictures: create a postcard or enhance pictures using any combination of the collage, caption and sketch features
  • Choose from a variety of emojis for when words don’t quite capture what you want to say
  • Send a voice or audio message – just press and hold to record, then release to send
  • Send texts, personalized pictures, voice messages and Glympses® to friends on any network

There is also an unavailable message you can set up. Remember – don’t text and drive! I haven’t tried this feature yet, but I can think of many uses for it.

This is a fantastic service Verizon is offering its customers and you can still text anyone on other networks (and receive them as well). It just replaces the standard messaging app that comes with your phone and adds new features to your tablets and computers. If you are a Verizon customer, I highly recommend trying out this app.

Stay connected!



Fitness Goals & Busy Schedules

by Glenneth on July 29, 2014

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Setting Fitness Goals That Work With a Busy Schedule

By Caitlin Boyle for Discover and Play

If you’re up to your eyeballs in deadlines and dirty floors and hungry kids, it can be hard to prioritize exercise. But if it’s not a priority when it’s tough, it’s not going to be a priority when it’s easy, either. The key to setting and achieving fitness goals when juggling a busy schedule is this: don’t set yourself up to fail.

For starters, select fitness goals that are realistic. Try not to get so wrapped up in the number on the scale; instead, focus on being healthy enough to enjoy your life. And — most importantly — have fun! If your fitness routine is not fun, you’ll never stick with it long-term.

Some great fitness goals include running a mile without walking, holding a headstand, doing twenty push-ups in a row, learning all the steps to a Zumba song, keeping up with your children on the playground, taking the stairs to your office on the fifth floor without feeling winded, or trying a new fitness class every month. Keep your goals focused on what really matters — simply moving your body more.

Here are a few tips for fitting in fitness … no matter your schedule:

Plan Ahead: Plot your workouts at the beginning of the week. View them like appointments with an important business contact; you can’t just cancel because you’re feeling lazy. Keep a gym bag in your car or under your desk so you’re always ready to go.

Multitask: Read documents while pedaling on the stationary bike, or make a phone call while walking around your neighborhood. If you’re not up for working while sweating, spend your exercise time with a friend or your family. Push your toddler in a jogging stroller or ask your eight year old to bike next to you while you run. You can even exercise while doing chores. Do crunches while folding laundry, perform push-ups while mopping the floors, or walk to the store instead of driving.

Join a Gym Close to Work: Make exercise part of your commute — join a gym close to your job and pop in before or after work. You can even exercise on your break!

Balance: If you find yourself constantly exhausted or suffering from overuse injuries, you may be pushing yourself too hard. It’s not possible to do everything at every point in your life. Part of making fitness work with a busy schedule is knowing when you need to pull back. Remember that working long hours or taking care of young children or elderly family members is tremendously stressful; you may not be capable of doing as much as you used to. In this case, it’s important to cut yourself a break.

Something is Better Than Nothing: Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, go on a fifteen minute stroll during your break, or sit on an exercise ball instead of in a chair. Stash a pedal exercise under your desk and ‘bike’ while you work on e-mails. Get creative and seek out ways to move a bit more every day. After all, every bit counts!

Caitlin Boyle  is a blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C. She is a frequent contributor to Life and Beauty Weekly .


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