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Gravity Screen: When Your Power Button Stops Working

Date Thu, February 11 2016

I will return shortly with some longer reviews, another tutorial for affiliate bloggers and a fun post about geek chic accessories. In the meantime, I just wanted to write a short review of an app I found that is saving my life!

okay, so maybe I’m being a little dramatic. Let me back up.

I love my phone. I’ve had it two years exactly on Valentine’s Day.. and I’m not sick of it. I like the screen and the size for my tiny hands. It’s held up remarkably well, all things considered. However, it is getting a bit old, and after years of use, the power button doesn’t work quite well. It can take minutes to unlock my phone because I need to find the right place to squeeze the power button. It hurts my finger. Ridiculous, right?

So I decided to get a new phone, which I promptly hated. It doesn’t have the build quality. It’s too big. It lags when running demanding opps. The camera is ridiculously slow. So on and so forth. But it was cheap, so I kept it because I will eventually need to replace my old phone.

Despite the wonky power button — and the screen is even broken! —  I still want to use that phone. I’ve looked for some options, but nothing really struck me. LG is among the manufacturers that use knock code to allow you to unlock, but HTC hasn’t (yet?). All the third-party apps that allow this result in a part of the screen becoming a dead zone. This didn’t sound like a solution.

Gravity Screen options

Gravity Screen options

Enter Gravity Screen, an app that uses sensors to detect movement and motion of and near your phone to turn the screen on and off. It’s really neat. My screen will shut off aas soon as I turn my phone over and set it down. It will also turn on as soon as I pick it up.

Gravity Screen has a lot of options to ensure your screen turns on.. or doesn’t. For example, there’s an option to allow it to detect a pocket or bag to turn off. Or you can disable this if it’s turning off too quickly.

Now, my only concern is that my battery will drain faster. Using all these sensors to turn on your phone screen will do that. Accidentally turning on your phone screen because of the sensors will also drain a battery faster. This is why I recommend really playing around with the settings because Gravity Screen enables you to adjust sensitivity for pretty much every setting, so hopefully you’ll be able to minimize battery drain.

You can also pause the app directly from your notifications bar, which I find handy.

I’ll have to compare battery used with this app after I’ve used it for at least 24 hours, but having a useful phone that needs more charging is better than a fully-charged phone that won’t work at all!

Get a free gift when you sign up for Julep this week!

Date Wed, February 10 2016

Does your beauty routine need a boost? If so, check out the Julep beauty box subscription that delivers a box of gorgeous and good-for-you beauty, skin, or nail products every month. PLUS, if you sign up by 2/14, you will get a FREE GIFT! Use code GIFTLOVE to get a free ‘Love at your Fingertips’ gift set, valued at $42.

Join Julep by 2/14 and Get This Gift Set Free

The gift set comes in a white, gift-ready box and includes:

Here are some reasons why you’ll love Julep:

 

  • Julep is affordable. Every month you get more than $40 of full-size products for just $24.99 per month (tip – prepay for three months at a time and only pay $19.99 a month).
  • Julep is the only customizable box of full-size, limited-run nail colors and beauty innovations. That means no surprises, no dupes or colors you don’t like. You can see what is in your box each month and have the option of swapping out colors/products you already have or don’t want.
  • Julep subscribers get 20% off all single product purchases, free shipping, early access to secret sales. If you are passionate about your polish, that adds up to some amazing savings!
  • Satisfaction guaranteed – just call to cancel anytime.

 

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50% off Valentine Welcome Box When You Join Julep Beauty

Valentine Welcome Box

Roses are red, violets are blue, this 3-piece beauty box is just for you! Take 50% of the Valentine’s Welcome Box when you join Julep Beauty. The Valentine’s Day box features Shawn, a bright poppy crème nail polish that will give you candy-red Valentine’s Day nails. The box will include two additional beauty or nail products. You’ll be asked to take Julep’s 2-minute beauty quiz and they will curate the two additional beauty products for your beauty box based on your quiz answers.

Here are some reasons why you’ll love Julep:

 

  • Julep is affordable. Every month you get more than $40 of full-size products for just $24.99 per month (tip – prepay for three months at a time and only pay $19.99 a month).
  • Julep is the only customizable box of full-size, limited-run nail colors and beauty innovations. That means no surprises, no dupes or colors you don’t like. You can see what is in your box each month and have the option of swapping out colors/products you already have or don’t want.
  • Julep subscribers get 20% off all single product purchases, free shipping, early access to secret sales. If you are passionate about your polish, that adds up to some amazing savings!
  • Satisfaction guaranteed – just call to cancel anytime.

 

Get your Valentine’s Day beauty box today! Use promo code XOXOXO to save 50% off your first month of Julep and get this box for just $12.49. OR, you can sign up for three months of Julep and get your first box FREE. Now that is even better than chocolate!

 

VALENTINE’S DAY DIY NAIL INSPIRATION FROM JULEP

Date Wed, February 3 2016

Are you feeling the winter blues? Brighten up your day with one of these super-cute nail looks from Julep. These looks are perfect for Valentine’s Day and will be sure sweeten your week. The nail designs below all use the same three Julep polishes and the Julep Plie Wand Creativity Kit. Save 20% off at Julep.com and score this nail art kit and any of these polishes with code LETSGET20. Remember to extend the life of your lovely new manicure with top coat!

Valentine Nail Look Inspiration

1. Mini hearts: Use two coats of Florence, a classic camel crème polish. Let dry, then use a toothpick or the dotting tool in the Creativity Kit to make the heart with Shawn, a poppy pink polish. First make two dots, then add the bottom triangle of the heart.

2. Dots with Naked Nail: Start with a clear base coat. Create the naked nail  look by cutting out a V-shape out of scotch tape and sticking it on your nail. Use Shawn, our poppy polish, to fill in around the nail around the tape. Let dry, then use the Creativity Kit dotting tool or a toothpick to make white dots using Brigitte.

3. French Stripes: Apply two coats of Brigitte, a white crème polish, to all nails and let dry. Then, using the striping tool in the Creativity Kit or a toothpick to add your stripes. I always use scotch tape to help make guidelines for my lines, or else they often get squiggly!

4. Heart Accent Nail: On four nails, use two coats of Shawn, a poppy crème polish. Apply two coats of Brigitte, a white crème polish, to your accent nail. Let dry. Then, with a toothpick or Creativity Kit add the heart on your white nail, starting with two dots and then filling in the rest of the heart.

Are you a polish lover? Then you should try the Julep beauty box! You can get a box of gorgeous and good-for-you beauty, skin, or nail products delivered to your door every month. Get your Valentine’s Day beauty box today, featuring the poppy polish used in these nail looks, for 50% off! Join today! Use code XOXOXO to get 50% off your first box.

Enter to Win a Ninja Mega Kitchen System

Date Tue, February 2 2016

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Find Your Unique Style with African Jewelry

Date Fri, January 29 2016

It is a known fact that many people love to shop. They enjoy the thrill of finding new items that’ll accentuate their beauty and make them stand out from the crowd. Whether it is intentional or not, all women cultivate and own a sense of personal style. Whether it is comfy chic or mature elegance, women usually have go-to items in their closet that can easily define their sense of style. There are some women who thoroughly enjoy fashion, keep an eye on the runways and love replicating the looks in their own way. There are also some women who keep an eye on the trends, but like to switch things up just a little bit. Whether a woman watches all the runway shows or prefers to keep a low, simple but chic profile, a great way to infuse a little fashion is through wearing African tribal jewelry. This type of jewelry is very versatile and there is literally something for every woman, no matter her personal aesthetic.

Nepalese Cuff with Large Lapis Lazuli Stones

Nepalese Cuff with Large Lapis Lazuli Stones

For the women who prefer to keep their looks simple, there are a number of pieces to consider. A business woman usually wears suits in darker colors like navy blue, black and brown. The medium African chevron trade beads strand is an exciting pop of cobalt blue to go with a navy blue suit. It adds a bit of flair. The African Kekeore Organic Seed Multi-Strand Necklace is another great option for a lady looking to keep things closer to natural tones as this necklace is a beautiful earthy brown color.

When a woman is attending an elegant ball or formal party, a beautiful gown needs appropriately gorgeous jewelry to match. For the ladies who prefer a simple black sleeveless dress, a nice feature to highlight is the collarbone. Drape an eye-catching necklace like the Natural Amber and Coral Necklace with African Brass Beads on top to bring attention to the decolletage area.

The summertime is often filled with fun vacations, barbeques with friends and lots of fun outdoors. Because warm weather naturally calls for less clothing, many women opt for beautiful sundresses. There are tons of pieces to pair with a colorful sundress.
The African Vulcan Beads Necklace is a stunning fire-engine red piece with black and white accents all around the red beads on the necklace. It is definitely a beautiful statement piece to stand on its own and shine.

While it may be out of the comfort zone for some women, try wearing a few African pieces of jewelry. Not only are they stylish, they are fair-trade and benefit the companies and communities that come together and work so hard to make them.

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$100 Teleflora Gift Certificate Give Away

Date Thu, January 28 2016

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6+ Affiliate Tools You’re Not Using to Make Money

Date Wed, January 27 2016

As a blogger who is an affiliate for many services, I enjoy anything that makes my life easier. but because each affiliate network is so different, it can be difficult to realize what tools are available and how to use them.

So, I decided to make a list of some of my favorite affiliate tools and how they’re used!

Amazon

Amazon is a pretty successful affiliate market for me, probably because they sell everything at awesome prices. They have a number of tools that I use regularly.

  1. Site Stripe

When I started writing this section, I realized that most of the things I love about Amazon’s affiliate program are accomplished from the toolbar, known as Site Stripe, that shows up on every Amazon page as long as you’re logged in to the affiliate program. In fact, I rarely log in to grab links from the dashboard because Site Strip is so damned handy.

Now, I hope this isn’t something affiliates are unaware of, but maybe you didn’t realize everything you can do with it. There is a whole slew of things you can do:

  • You can share a link to Twitter or Facebook from any product or promotion. Thumbnails on Facebook aren’t always perfect, though.
  • You can create shortened links from any page.
  • You can add any product to an Amazon store.
  • You can view updated earnings summary.

There are also options to customize what you see on the Site Stripe.

2. aStores

aStores are groups of products in a store that uses your affiliate code as part of the URL. You choose any products and can set up multiple categories. For instance, I could have a store listing all the items I’ve reviewed and liked that are for sale on Amazon. I could then break them into categories: music, health beauty, pet care, so on and so forth. You can create a store for each affiliate ID.

You can create a store for each affiliate ID. You can see my horrendously outdated aStore here. Or you can embed the store in your existing site. Store options include custom colors, mature content screening and the ability to add an “About” page.

Your store is essentially a simplified Amazon shopping experience without all the clutter and ads of regular Amazon. It’s up to you to show similar products and customer reviews. Instead of sending someone to your Amazon affiliate link, you can funnel their attention and activity with the store. This is why using categories and focusing on specific niches works so well with aStores.

Pepperjam

  1. EEAN Link Generator Bookmarklet

I don’t know why it took me so long to discover this handy browser tool, but I can never go back! Pepperjam is another of those super huge affiliate networks. It has some of the same stores as SAS because sometimes retailers do that. There are also some exclusive retailers on Pepperjam’s networks. The ones I link to most often are Torrid, Hot Topic and Vanity. Can you tell how much I love fashion?

Pepperjam has this neat tool, a bookmarklet that enables you to create links to any pages on participating retailers’ sites without logging in to the dashboard itself. It’s super handy because all you need to do is drag the bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar, go to a page, click the bookmarklet. Bam! Affiliate link then and there!

You can find the bookmarklet listed as the EEAN link generator. This page also shows which of your affiliate programs use it. Not all of them do, but it saves a lot of time and effort even if one of the stores you’re an affiliate with does!

Share A Sale

1. Make-a-Page Widget

Make a handy width for retailers on Share a Sale

Make a handy width for retailers on Share a Sale

This is the first of a number of tools provided by Share A Sale. Sign up here. Not only am I a member of more stores’ affiliate programs thought SAS, but they offer far more tools to help affiliates be successful. Share A Sale’s Make a Page widget is perhaps misnamed. It’s simply a carousel widget that allows you to show off a few products at a time. You can customize it quite a bit, but I think it’s fairly slick to begin with.

You can see an example in  this post. I love how you can share it on social media from within the widget itself.

To use Make-A-Page, log in to Share a Sale. Select “Links” and click “Get Link” from beneath the store you wish to use. Click Make-A-Page. Not every retailer offers this feature, be warned. However, you can show products from multiple retailers in the same widget, which is awesome!

I usually type in the product name as a keyword; although, you cannot add products if the retailer hasn’t added them to the product feed. This happens with new products typically.

When your product appears in the search results, click “Add.” Repeat the process with as many products as you want. When you’re done, click “View Gallery.” You can click to get the code and copy it into your blog editor or change appearance settings on the left.

2. Two Tier Links

A two-tier link is simple: it’s a way for you to refer someone else to a specific affiliate program. From time to time, merchants will offer bonuses when you refer new affiliates. Generally, any program that allows you to refer other affiliates will give you a percent of their commissions, earning you even more money!

You’ll see a tab for Two tier links in the merchant if they allow them.

3. Create Custom Link

For any page, including giveaway and contests, that might not be listed in the product feed, you’ll want to create a custom link. As I mentioned above, new products may not immediately be added to the product feed, but you can still link to them!

Simply copy the URL into your clipboard, then paste it into the form. You can choose to add a tracking code to help you tell where traffic is coming from, and there’s also an option to create a shortened “license plate” link. You can track “Likes” and clicks of license plate links from the dashboard, which is useful!

Paid on Results

1. Deep Link Generator

Now, my American friends might not be familiar with this UK site, which hosts affiliate programs for many retailers — including Lovehoney. I haven’t spent a lot of time with Paid on Results, but they also have a handy bookmarklet. You’ll find it under the title “Deep Link Generator.” Drag it to your bookmarks toolbar and you’re set!

I am sure that I’ve missed many tools. For instance, I do not join affiliate programs through CJ, but many of you do, I’m sure. Let me know what tools you use to make your life easier in the comments!

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