Meet New Contributing Writer, Tanya!

Help me welcome a new contributing writer to Still Living The Dream…Tanya Avery. Tanya is a fabulously fun, smart and witty gal and talented writer. I’m proud to call her a friend and have talked about her often in my posts. She is my “true” and you are going to love her, too!

I’m so excited that Tanya will be sharing with us how she lives her dream through her travels and raising two, young boys. She went to Blogger Bash in NYC with me recently and we had a blast learning about new products and initiatives for kids and families and failing miserably at navigating mass transportation. We also stayed up way too late one night in Greenwich Village, but that’s another story entirely.

Welcome, Tanya!

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Who am I?

Tanya Avery

Where am I from?
Just a small-town (Texas) girl, livin’ in a lonely world.

What do I do?
Infuse culture and estrogen into the daily lives of my three guys (husband, TJ, and sons, Henry & Michael) Oh, and write some.

These are a few of my favorite things:

  1. Writing
  2. Running
  3. Reading books that make me cry
  4. Humor
  5. Going to concerts where I’m the oldest one in attendance
  6. Starting projects I can’t finish on Pinterest
  7. Traveling without kids

I’d rather stick a fork in my eye than….

  1. Watch golf on television
  2. Go to Chuck-E-Cheese’s

How do I know Jennifer?
We’ve been friends since our kids where in preschool together and have been cracking each other up for the last 8 years.

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LG G3 SmartPhone – Verizon Event #LGG3

I love technology that makes my life easier (who am I kidding, I love ANYTHING that makes my life easier!) so when I heard about the chance to get the new LG G3 smartphone from Verizon (and the opportunity to share how you can score one for free, too ) – I jumped at the chance! Disclosure – it was actually more of a hop-skip type motion…but jump sounded better.

 

LG G3The countdown for the LG G3 release is on and Verizon is hosting special events to introduce you to features and benefits of the LG G3 intuitive operating system including:

  1. 4x the resolution of HD, with a 5.5” Quad HD screen
  2. Crisp photos using a 13 MP camera with Laser Auto Focus and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)+
  3. Smart Notice adaptive notifications
  4. Simply tap to unlock with KNOCK Code, utilizing over 80,000 lock combinations
  5. 2.5GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor on The Fastest Nationwide 4G LTE Network

Vlad Savov with theverge.com calls the LG G3 “a phone worth waiting for.” Savov wraps-up his review (you can view the entire article here) with this assessment – “Whether it’s the fun of a quick, laser-guided camera, the reassurance of a long-lasting battery, or the fast performance of a mature Android OS, this phone does everything well. 

You can also check out this video to see it up close.

I personally can’t wait to try out the camera on the LG G3. As a blogger (and a mom!) I take most of my pictures on my smartphone, so it’s important to me that I capture photos that are sharp and clear – especially when I’ll be using them with posts online. I’m also crazy excited about a long-lasting battery. I’m on my phone all. day. long. and my current phone’s battery drains quickly. This one promises to outlast the rest.

Do you live in the Houston area?  You can get a new LG G3 for FREE!

Verizon will be giving away a free phone to the first 20 people in line at the Clearlake Store located at 19222 Gulf Freeway, Suite A in Friendswood, Texas (2 year Activation Required) on July 17, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.

They will be offering drawings for other LG G3s as well as other prizes throughout the day and tech representatives from LG Mobile will be on hand to answer questions. 

This event is part of the LG G3 Countdown, a week-long series of online and in-person special events to help introduce the world to the new LG G3 smartphone. Check out other areas outside of Houston hosting similar events and giveaways here

So go ahead…jump, hop, skip or go old school and just drive down to the Verizon store tomorrow and get yourself one of those free phones. Because…awesome!

I will receive a LG G3 so I can experience the newest smartphone first hand; however, I did not receive any other compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Anne Geddes 2015 Calendar – Under The Sea

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In just two days, I’ll be attending Blogger Bash in NYC to learn about the latest and greatest products and initiatives from hundreds of companies. It is going to be a great experience and Tanya Avery and I will be sharing with you what we learn along the way! I’m SO excited that photographer Anne […]

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Blogger Bash Coffee Talk #BBYNC

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In a few days I’ll be headed to New York City for Blogger Bash! I’m very excited about all the fantastic brands and bloggers who are attending. It’s going to be an unbelievable couple of days and I can’t wait to see what’s in store! I love New York. I was born and raised upstate, […]

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Why I Run

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The other day I had the worst. run. ever. I started too late in the morning. By the time I hit the road it was already way too humid and hot for me and even though I know better, I also ate before I left so I started cramping right away. My legs were like lead. […]

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Summer DIY Craft Project: Painted Canvas Shoes

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My kids, especially Annie, love to do arts and crafts projects. While hanging out with some friends last week we had a wild streak and decided to break out the paint. Led by the very crafty and talented Kelly with Life In The Middle  (love her!) we took some plain canvas shoes (we got ours from Five […]

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Staying Cool In Houston During The Summer #reliantsummer (Schlitterbahn giveaway)

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There’s no doubt about it. It’s about to get hot in Houston. Summer solstice was last weekend and even though it’s been warm here for quite awhile, it really is true – summer has just gotten started. July and August bring the worst of the summer heat and we often break up the days with […]

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Salata – The Next Generation Salad Bar (Giveaway)

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By now you probably can guess that I love to go out to eat, but finding healthy food options (especially  for a quick bite) can sometimes be challenging. One of my favorite places? Salata. So when Salata, The Next Generation Salad Bar, recently sent me a gift card to have lunch on them and gave […]

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Big Deals at New Store – #FiveBelowHouston

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On June 6, 2014, Five Below, a retailer of trendy items targeted at the pre-teen and teen market, opened eight stores including the following locations in Houston: Memorial City at Hedwig village, Richmond at Bella Terra, Tomball and Copperfield. They invited me out to visit during the grand opening weekend and gave me a gift […]

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A Look at Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza #PapaMurphysMom

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I don’t mean to brag, but I’d like to think I know a thing or two about pizza. I have two kids and since we keep pretty busy with work, school and after-school activities, we’ve definitely had our share of “pizza for dinner” nights. Sometimes we are literally so busy, there’s just not enough time […]

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