Travel Tech: Sony SmartWatch 2 Review

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Tech

Travel Tech: Sony SmartWatch 2 Review

We here at Around the World in Pink, love tech, especially tech that makes our lives easier. Recently, I was sent the Sony SmartWatch 2 for review and I must say I’m quite impressed. This watch puts the apps and plugins you need at the tip of your fingers; for me the Sony SmartWatch 2 was an extension of my smartphone. I was able to do just about everything I do with my smartphone on my SmartWatch 2. Setting up the SmartWatch 2  was very easy using NSF technology.  All I did was tap the back of my watch to my cellphone and that was it, the phone was paired to my watch and was ready for use. Once my watch and phone was connected, I was ready to put the SmartWatch 2 to the test. With the Sony SmartWatch 2 I was able to make calls, view my call log, check Facebook and so much more all from my watch.  I loved being able to make calls from the watch, it was so futuristic to me. The battery life on the SmartWatch 2 was good as well, the battery life ranged between 3-6 days depending on how much you use the watch.  So no need to run to a charger every few hours, the SmartWatch 2 will stay powered for days at a time. In a previous post, I discussed tips on how not to gain weight while traveling.  The Sony SmartWatch 2 is a great watch that will help  you avoid putting the pounds on.  I used the pedometer app on my phone in conjunction with the watch to tell me if I  was reaching my daily 10k step goal.  You can use the SmartWatch 2 to track your food usage or listen to music while you are working out, the options really are endless. Whether you are you need to check your calendar or read your email, the Smart Watch 2 keeps you connected. The SmartWatch 2 is also water resistant and sunlight readable, all of these features make the SmartWatch 2 perfect for travel.  And I almost forgot the most important part, not only does the Sony SmartWatch 2 come in variety of colors but it comes in pink and you know were are all about that pink life. For more information on the Sony SmartWatch 2 go...

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How to Avoid Gaining Weight While Traveling

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Health and Beauty

How to Avoid Gaining Weight While Traveling

I won’t tell you guys how many times I’ve went on vacation only to come home and realize I’ve gained 5 extra pounds while I was traveling. How I could kick myself for not enjoying things in moderation! You know what I’m talking about all those cocktails and late night meals! I know, I’m not the only one. Staying active while traveling has never been a challenge for me, because we usually pick destinations that require a lot of walking. When you think about all the calories and cocktails you consumed those calories can really add up. There is nothing worse than gain weight while on vacation, so you really need to be careful.   Here are a few tips to curb those extra vacation pounds. Eat Breakfast– This is so important, a good breakfast can give you the extra energy you need to keep the party going. Bring Healthy Snacks-That’s right stock up on fruit and vegetables to take with you while you and your girls are out site seeing, this will help you stay on track and reduce unnecessary snacking. Drink Plenty of Water-After all  there aren’t any calories in water, it’s the best option to help you stay hydrated and feeling full. Plus it will help you flush out all those toxins in your system. Take Your Workout Clothes– Try getting up early and hitting the gym in your hotel. This way you can get your metabolism ready for a day full of fun. Keep It Moving-That’s right you want to keep your body moving as much as possible. Instead of taking an elevator take the stairs, whatever you need to do to keep the blood flowing. Hold Yourself Accountable-For me, I like to wear my Fitbit when I travel because it tells me  how many steps I have taken each day. I  have a daily goal of 10k, so my Fitbit helps me monitor and keep track of my progress. Remember it’s the little steps you take that will help you avoid gaining a million pounds while on vacation. There’s nothing worse than being unable to fit your clothes when you come home. While you do want to track and monitor your progress, remember you are on vacation, so it’s ok to let loose and have fun. Just make sure you don’t overdo it....

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Making it Sweet at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Family Travel, Travel

Making it Sweet at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City

My daughter (whom I affectionately refer to as The Chicklet online) wanted to do something special for her 10th birthday. She’d never been to The Big Apple, so after asking her where she wanted to spend her big day this year (last year was Disney World), she decided on NYC. So of course, me and her dad worked hard to make it happen. After doing some research on things to do with kids in the big city, Dylan’s Candy Bar remained high on the list. So of course, we decided to make our way to the Lower East Side for a little fun at the candy store. Dylan’s is known for creating a unique and fun candy atmosphere that is decadent as much as it is sweet, colorful, and filled with delectable goodies. It is as if you are stepping into the world of Candy Land, complete with life-size lollipops, chocolate candy fountains, and sugary goodness abounds. Dylan’s Candy Bar is owned by Ralph Lauren’s daughter, Dylan, who opened the flagship store in New York in 2001. There are also locations in Los Angeles, Miami Beach, and East Hampton, New York. Dylan’s Candy Bar also sells wholesale goods worldwide and is known for their goodies which are sold in many retailers all over the globe. The store, which is a three floor glass wonderment of fun has everything from an ice cream shoppe, bakery and soda fountain, clothing and branded trinkets, and of course, candy. And for the adult customer, they even have Candy Cocktails. 🙂 Here are some photos from our epic candy adventure: The Chicklet and I had an awesome time, and plan to go back the next time we are in NYC. This spot is great for the kid in us all. To learn more about Dylan’s Candy Bar, you can visit the official website here. And on Facebook and Twitter. Not going to be near a Dylan’s Candy Store but want some treats? You can also order goodies online and have them shipped to...

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10 Things You Need to Know When Applying For Your Passport

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Travel

10 Things You Need to Know When Applying For Your Passport

In order to travel outside of the United States of America, you need to have a passport. I didn’t obtain my passport until about a year ago, and I am so happy I did. As someone who travels a lot, I am not sure why I hadn’t secured one before then, but that is another story for another time. I think one of the roadblocks of me getting my passport was that I heard that the process to obtain one was difficult. I pictured a lot of red tape and bureaucracy, which scared me. But when I finally did the research on my own, I saw that applying for a U.S. Passport wasn’t hard at all. In fact, it was a pretty easy process. So I’ve come up with 10 things you need to know when applying for your passport. 1. Speed up the process You can speed up the process by filling out the U.S. Passport paperwork online. You cannot apply online, but you can complete the paperwork and print it out to bring with you when you apply. Doing so will speed up the process while you are at the passport office, and can make it easier on you. 2. Copies, please When applying for your passport, you are going to be asked for copies of your Social Security Card, your state issued license or photo ID, and an original copy of your Birth Certificate. The original Birth Certificate copy must have the seal on it and can’t be a duplicated copy (meaning copied on a printer or scanner). Once your application is sent in and processed, they will send you the original Birth Certificate copy with seal back to you. So if you only have one Birth Certificate on hand, you will need to order another one since you are going to have to send it with your application (unless you don’t mind not having your Birth Certificate for 2 to 3 months). 3. Red tape If you owe child support or have been convicted of a felony, you will not be able to obtain a U.S. Passport. 4. USPS Many cities have a passport office, but they can really be busy. Some United States Post Offices have passport service within their location, which can make the process easier. Check here for a list of USPS offices that offer passport service. Click here for more information. 5. Children If you have children traveling internationally with you, they must also have a passport with the same requirements that you have. 6. Cost To obtain your passport, it currently costs $140 for adults and $95 for minor children. These fees must be paid at the time of application. 7.  Time It can take anywhere from 3-6 months to receive your passport after approval. You can get your passport expedited for an additional $60. 8. Photo You will also...

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#SkyReadySpring Twitter Party 3/11: Talk Travel & Health, Win Prizes

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Announcements

#SkyReadySpring Twitter Party 3/11: Talk Travel & Health, Win Prizes

Despite the not-so-awsome winter weather we’ve been experiencing as of late, Spring is coming soon. And while many of us can’t wait to shed the multi-layered clothing and massive outwear in lieu of warmer temperatures, there is still plenty to think about in terms of health and wellness. Add Spring Break and other Spring travel destinations that you may have on the calendar, and you’ve got to consider germs and other inkiness that comes with it. Our friends at Skyready Kit want you to have a fun, healthy, and safe travel experience. So they are throwing a Twitter Party to discuss health and wellness tips that can be used while traveling. And we will be your hostesses with the mostess! Join me and Raijean under our Twitter handles (@TheCubicleChick and @SwaRaiBlog) as well as @TravelNPink and @SkyreadyKit for an hour of informative travel health and safety fun. We will be giving you the scoop on the Skyready Kit and why it is a must have for the entire family for travel, as well as giving you the opportunity to win several prizes. We are talking about $25 Visa Gift Cards and Skyready Kits! To RSVP, simply leave a comment below with your Twitter name. In order to be eligible to win a prize, you must RSVP (names will not be accepted one hour prior to the party starting). The #SkyreadySpring Twitter Party will begin at 12pm EST/11am CST on Tuesday, March 11th. We want to see you...

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