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Nano 4.0: The Perfect Gym Shoe

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

REEBOK NANO4Reebok’s CrossFit Nano 4.0 shoes are not just for CrossFit enthusiasts. While the CrossFit community did help Reebok design the perfect shoe for their type of training, this shoe belongs in EVERY gym.

The 4mm heel to toe drop makes this shoe super stable, which is important when lifting weights – especially for leg day. That’s why the Nano is the shoe I wear every day I do heavy lifting, squatting or any other workout requiring balance or a good stable base.

Here is an example of my leg routine I did this week with my new Nano 4.0s!

LEG DAY

6 Sets of Prone Hamstring Curls
My weights:
2 Sets 50lbs
2 Sets 60lbs
2 Sets 70lbs

 straight leg deadlifts4 Sets of Straight Leg Deadlifts
15 reps at 95lbs (Steve was wearing his new Nanos too!)

4 Sets of Seated Hamstring Curls
15 sets of 60-80lbs
(going up each set, ending with 12 reps)

Leg Press4-5 Sets of Leg Press
30 reps (Starting with 2 Plates ending with 4 Plates)

4 Sets of 1-Leg Leg Press
20 reps – Starting with 1 plate, going to 4 plates
(shedding 1 plate after 10 reps)

Leg Extension4 Sets of Leg Extension
20 reps each
If you want to go up in weight each set,
you can go down in reps 🙂
FEEL THE BURNNNNNN! 😉

 

My Nano4 Review:

Reebok Nano4The first day I wore my new Nano 4.0s, I did an hour on the elliptical, an hour of legs and an hour of kickboxing. I have to admit, that was a little overkill on the first day of breaking in a shoe. I got a little blister around my ankle from the extra support they put in the shoe during kickboxing, but wore them again with no problems at all. While I wouldn’t go on a long run with them personally (because my feet do better with a little more arch support and cushion), I will use them for short runs, elliptical, plyos and weight training.

The upper part of the shoe is wrapped in a protective lightweight rubber mesh that adds more durability (great for rope climbing) and activities where the upper shoe may rub against another surface. The shoe’s sole grips the ground nicely, perfect for box jumps and plyos.

Aside from the practicality of the shoe in a fitness setting, the Nanos are the only tennis shoe I find myself wearing outSIDE the gym! Steve and I both wear them with regular clothes because they just look cool. Instead of a typical looking tennis shoe that looks like it’s only made for running, Reebok Nanos look stylish enough to wear with jeans or cute shorts. They are hands-down the most versatile tennis shoe on the market.

CLICK HERE to check out all the colors!

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Best Armband for the iPhone 5

PureMove Armband

The PureMove Armband is the best armband I’ve found made for the iPhone 5S/5. I got the opportunity to try it out this weekend on our group run with some of our bikini boot campers and members. Here’s why I was so excited about this armband!

One of my pet peeves is not being able to access my phone easily while running or working out at the gym. First, you have that stupid thick plastic barrier that not only holds your phone but it makes it extremely difficult to actually use the phone. Second, if you want to get the phone out of the case, it’s a challenge to get it out – especially if you are in a hurry. Lastly, once you get it OUT of the case, it’s a total pain to put it back IN the case without taking the whole armband off your arm.

With the PureMove Armband, I can easily navigate the touch screen – SOOO NICE! I was able to easily start and pause my RunKeeper app when I needed too (which was always a hassle). Not only was I able to navigate the touch screen better without the plastic barrier, but I didn’t have that annoying glare the additional plastic layer always gave my phone. The same tasks that took a minute or two to complete, now took me only 5-10 seconds. Less time struggling means more time sweating!!

vero beachSince I’m a picture-taking fool, I also enjoyed the ease of popping my phone right out of the case to take a quick snap shot of fun things along the way. Whether I want to take a pic of the sunset, scenery, funny sites or a pictures of gym members and friends, I don’t want anything to slow down my run. The PureMove Armband allowed me that freedom.

Have you seen Yes Man? That is SO me! hahaha 🙂 I never go anywhere without a camera – and of course the iPhone is my camera when I’m on runs and I just love knowing I can capture the moment, even on my run!

Here are some of the photos I’ve taken on some of my runs. Burning calories is great, but making memories makes it even better! And now it’s even easier to do with the PureMove Armband.

 

40 Fitness Gifts for the Last-Minute Shopper

40 fitness giftsIf you had a week like I did, where your husband is shot (yes, that actually happened!) and you had emergency surgery that left you on your back for 5 days (yes, that happened too!), you may be in a total frenzy to do last minute shopping the day before Christmas!

Here is a list of fit gift ideas for your fit (or hope-to-be-fit-in-2014) friends:

  1. Fitness Clothes (I love Reebok of course! I also just got some really pretty Lorna Jane stuff!)
  2. Gym Bag (I love LiveWell 360)
  3. Workout Gloves
  4. Wrist Wraps (I like PRwraps, great for heavy lifts)
  5. Activity Tracker (I like Polar Loop, which connects with a Polar heart rate monitor)
  6. Fun Socks (You know how I love me sum socks!)
  7. Compression Socks or Arm Sleeves (I like Zenzah)
  8. Colorful Shoe Laces (Target & shoe stores often have them)
  9. Sporty Head Bands or Hair Ties for the girlies
  10. Gym Membership (at the Max of course if you’re local!)
  11. Gift Certificate for a Massage
  12. Gift Certificate for a Boot Camp or Personal Training
  13. Protein Smoothie gift card at your local gym or smoothie shop
  14. Gift Card to GNC (who wouldn’t LOVE that?!)
  15. Sports Bottle
  16. Straps (to help grip support for heavy lifts)
  17. Weight Belt
  18. Gift Certificate for an annual LiveExercise membership (online workouts)
  19. Shoe Freshening Balls (put in shoes or gym bag)
  20. Tennis Shoe Cleaner (I love Reebok’s cleaner)
  21. iTunes Gift Card for new music
  22. Yoga Mat
  23. Yoga Blocks & Straps
  24. GymBoss Interval Timer
  25. Balance Ball
  26. Yurbuds Earphones (the BEST! at Best Buy)
  27. iPhone Arm Band
  28. Bodylastics Resistance Bands set
  29. Protein Shake Mixer Bottle (at GNC)
  30. Food Scale
  31. Blender (for protein shakes)
  32. Juicer
  33. Smoker or Grill (a protein eater’s must)
  34. Dehydrator (for making homemade beef jerky & dried fruit)
  35. Diet cook book (shop Books-a-Million)
  36. Reebok Nano 2.0 shoes for cross-training (my favorite!)
  37. Gym Towel
  38. Water Bottle Belt (for long distance runners)
  39. Lunch Sack & Tupperware for dieters
  40. Fitness Magazines (great for motivation & stocking stuffers)

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No Coffee No Workee: 8 Coffee-Calorie Saving Tips

coffeeI flipped out over this tank! It’s the perfect Christmas gift for your favorite coffee loving friend! Or, if you are like me, and a major coffee lover, you can just buy it for yourself! Or maybe you are also like me and, when you go Christmas shopping, you say “One for you, One for ME!” (I know, I’m awful!! They are too cute to resist!!)

I know I just blogged about my other tank I just got that said “I don’t sweat, I sparkle” and you might be thinking I’m now on Ruffles with Love’s payroll, but I’m not. I just think there stuff is so stinkin’ cute – AND, I know how hard it is to buy for some people so I figured you’d enjoy fun fitness gift ideas!

If you are a coffee lover, here are some tips to save extra calories so you can enjoy your cup of Joe without it expanding your waistline.

8 Ways to Save Coffee Calories:

1. Use flavored coffee. Trade high-calorie flavored syrups and creamers for delicious flavored gourmet coffee.

2. Cut the cream. If you can’t do without cream, cut it with skim or whole milk to save calories.

3. Lighten Up. It’s difficult for a person who likes a little coffee with their cream, to become a person who drinks coffee black. However, if you slowly wean yourself of heavy creamer, your taste buds will have time to adjust.

4. Make it mild. Stronger coffees require more cream to soften the intensity of the bitter flavor. If you go a little more mild, you may be able to go mild on your creamer too.

5. Pick only one – coffee or coffee cake. It’s hard to pass up the muffins and coffee cakes when you order your starbucks, but the reality is – that coffee you are ordering IS your treat. Don’t double your mistake by ordering two high-calorie treats.

6. Go small. Many times we order a large coffee just because it’s only a few cents more. Then we find ourselves gulping down the last few cold sips just because we don’t want to waste what’s left. Order small coffees for a small waistline.

7. Skip it. I don’t know about you, but meeting a friend at a coffee shop is the go-to thing to do. Half the time I really don’t even want a coffee. Yet, you bet your socks I’ll order one – just because. The last time I was tempted, I ended up ordering an unsweetened tea instead. It was refreshing and yummy and I didn’t leave with regret and the need to do 3 extra miles of cardio to erase one drink.

8. Limit the high-calorie treats to once a week. Just because it has coffee in it, doesn’t mean you should have it every day like your daily morning coffee. Treat fancy frappuccinos as if it’s actually a treat. Fancy coffees can have as much calories in an ice cream – and if you are dieting, you shouldn’t have ice cream every day either.

Popular Coffee Shop Calorie Chart

COFFEE Calories
Espresso 0
Coffee 5
Coffee with Splenda 15
Coffee with Skim Milk 15
Coffee with Skim Milk and Splenda 25
Coffee with Milk 25
Coffee with Sugar 60
Coffee with Cream 60
Coffee with Skim Milk and Sugar 70
Coffee with Milk and Sugar 80
Cappuccino 80
Mocha Coffee 110
Coffee with Cream and Sugar 120
Latte 120
Cappuccino with Sugar 140
Mocha Coffee with Cream 170
Mocha Swirl Latte 220
Dunkaccino 230
Vanilla Chai 330

 

Twitter handle: @RufflesAndStuff  
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RuffleswithLove
Ruffles With Love Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RufflesWithLove?ref=pr_shop_more

Shipping Time/Info for Christmas:

All orders by 12/15 guaranteed by Christmas. All orders after 12/15 that are needed for Christmas need to request that in the notes.

PfitBlog Readers get 10% off with code PFIT10!!! WOOT!

Cutest Workout Tops Make Great Christmas Gifts

Ruffles and Love

I found this cute line of tops on Etsy called Ruffles and Love that would make PERFECT Christmas gifts! They have the cutest workout sayings & motivation like:

I Don’t Sweat, I Sparkle.
No Coffee, No Workee
Goal Digger
Sweating for the Wedding
Pregnant is the New Skinny
Suck It Up Butter Cup
Beast Mode
Sweat Dries, Blood Clots, Bones Heal.
SUCK IT UP PRINCESS
I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who…

These are just a few of my favs! With over 280 items to choose from, I’m sure you can find a perfect top for your perfect friend. I just HAD to share my new find!!!!!!

Twitter handle: @RufflesAndStuff  
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RuffleswithLove
Ruffles With Love Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RufflesWithLove?ref=pr_shop_more

Shipping Time/Info for Christmas:

All orders by 12/15 guaranteed by Christmas. All orders after 12/15 that are needed for Christmas need to request that in the notes.

PfitBlog Readers get 10% off with code PFIT10!!! WOOT!

Custom Reeboks Give-a-Way and Black Friday $avings

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Win YourReeboks – Custom Shoes Designed by YOU!

grey and pink nano 2.0Check out the Black Friday Deals, including discounts on Nano 2.0s and BOGO specials!!
…..AAAAND ENTER HERE to WIN a Gift Card to create your very own custom Reebok shoes!!!! Just tell me what your favorite Reebok product is and I will announce the lucky winner Monday! 

Here is one of the custom Nano 2.0 shoes I’ve designed.
CLICK HERE to design your own shoes!

KILLER Black Friday Weekend Offers: 

Reebok Nano 2.0’s for $75.00 with the promotional code “NANO”

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Nano 2.0 Product Information

The next generation Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 is here! You the community have asked for more flexibility and breathability while maintaining stability in your footwear. The same low profile platform balances cushioning and low-to-ground feel so you can stay quick, safe and comfortable through the toughest of WODs.

Reebok Nano 2.0

• Breathable mesh upper for added ventilation
• Low-cut for added mobility, upper designed for lateral support and stability
• DuraGrip print along the toe cap makes it durable for a longer use
• High abrasion rubber outsole for improved durability
• Full length low profile with EVA midsole for cushioning and low-to-ground feel
• Forefoot flex grooves for added flexibility

Buy any apparel item, get a second 50% off. Code: “BOGO”
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Runs 7:00pm on Thanksgiving through Sunday, December 1st on www.shop.reebok.com.

Eat Clean and Live Clean for Less

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I recently had the opportunity to do a little shopping on Vitacost.com online health store. I wasn’t even sure what Vitacost was at the time, so I got on the website to poke around. WOW! Information overload! They have over 40,000 healthy products!! Oh my! So many products, but so little time.

vitacost

VitacostWell, since they looked like that pretty much had everything under the sun, I decided to take a different approach. Instead of looking for things I wanted (which would have been half the store), I decided to look at stuff I needed. I was almost out of shampoo and conditioner, and I needed some argan oil for my hair. I also wanted to try one of the facial products. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never really ordered essentials like this online. I am also horrible about price comparing or using coupons but, after a little research, I realized that Vitacost was significantly cheaper than what I’ve been paying.

For instance, the Moroccan oil was a dollar cheaper than what I’ve paid in the past. Not Your Mother’s conditioner was also about a dollar less than most of their competitors, and as much as $8.00 less than some stores. The Desert Essence shampoo was also significantly cheaper, at $3.00 – $7.00 less than all the other retailers.

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Even though I didn’t order any supplements for healthy food products, like PB2 (low-calorie powdered peanut butter), I decided to check out the pricing to see if I should switch to Vitacost for some of those items too. Low and behold, it was $2.00 less than what I had been paying at a local supplement store.

“But what about shipping?”, I thought. Would it end up replacing the savings or would their be other hidden costs? Then, to my surprise again, I discovered shipping was free in the US for orders over $49.00 (which would be VERY easy for me!) – and it’s still only $4.99 if my order is a smaller one. Ok, you got my attention, BUT, I’m impatient. I literally only have a couple of days left before I run out of shampoo, so I looked at projected shipping time. OMG! 1-4 business days!? WOW! That sealed the deal!

vitacost

I may not be the best at budgeting money and shopping smarter, but Vitacost was going to make it easy, and convenient. Before I go to the drugstore, grocery or vitamin store, I will punch my shopping list into Vitacost first!

Here’s what I got:

Desert Essence Shampoo ($3.97) and Conditioner ($4.67)

This was my favorite purchase. I LOOOOVE the way this smells!! Best yet, it’s super healthy for you & 100% Vegan!
FREE OF: Parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, phthalates, artificial colors, silicones, EDTA, glycol, petroleum-based ingredients, wheat, gluten, animal testing, and animal ingredients.

Desert Essence

Acure Organics Shampoo Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell, ($7.63)

FREE OFGluten, sulfate, paraben, phthalate and animal cruelty. Tested on human hair.

shampoo

Not Your Mother’s Way To Grow Conditioner ($5.39)

INFOMade with essential vitamins, herbs and bioactive extracts, this salon formula will strengthen, moisturize and give your hair a silky texture.

conditioner

Organix Extra Penetrating Moroccan Argan Oil Dry & Coarse Hair ($6.99)

Also available in light for normal hair. Formulated for coarse hair, it penetrates, moisturizes, renews, strengthens and softens, while protecting your hair from harmful styling heat and UV damage.
FREE OF: Animal Testing.

argan oil

Onaturals Coconut Collection – Face Cream by Vitacost ($6.39)

Lightweight face lotion featuring a combination of creamy coconut oil and hyaluronic acid for deep long-lasting moisture.
INFO: Vitacost nutritional products are manufactured to high standards of quality, efficacy and safety. Each Vitacost product meets or exceeds the standards and requirements set forth in the FDA’s Code of Federal Regulation (21 CFR, 111) Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).

facial moisturizer

Price Comparison & Savings

MY EXPERIMENTAL SHOPPING LIST:
$8.99 Shampoo

$8.99 Conditioner
10.99 Shampoo
5.99 Conditioner
7.99 Oil
7.99 Face Cream
$50.94 Standard Retail Total
$35.04 Vitacost Total
$15.90 SAVINGS ON ONLY 6 PRODUCTS!

That does it! If I saved $15 on just 6 products, think how much I’d save if I did all my shopping on there! That’s about a 30% Savings – with no coupons, no shopping around and no driving to all the different stores. You can get all your beauty, healthy pet care products, food products, herbs, supplements, healthy cleaning products, medicine and baby products all in one place!

You Save

Get $10 off your first Vitacost order with Refer A Friend!

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Reebok Discounts & Giveaways! It PAYS to be a PFIT FRIEND! :)

Save 30% OFF ReebokThis Wednesday 8/14 through Sunday 8/18, Reebok.com is kicking off the Reebok Friends & Family Sale! The Friends & Family Sale (and you ARE my friend and we are practically LIKE family!) is one of Reebok.com’s biggest sales of the year, so make sure to take advantage of this great offer and get 30% off your entire order by using the code FF30 from Wednesday through Sunday!  (Note: Excludes Reebok CrossFit gear, items with $.98 price endings and custom shoes.)

Reebok.com has also marked down some of the hottest apparel and footwear in their Sale Section including Classic leather and Zigs in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes! Men’s, women’s and kid’s hoodies, jackets, shorts, sports bras, and t-shirts are on sale too! Don’t miss out on this opportunity and head to Reebok now!

Here are just a few popular items that are being gobbled up right now.

Men’s
Z03596_01

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Men’s BlackTraining Pant Men’s RealFlex Running Shoe
Women’s

Z26159_01

J99621_01

Women’s Long Bra Women’s ZigTech Shark Running Shoe
Children’s

 J98609_01

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Girls ZigLite Rush Running Shoe Boys ZigTech Shark 2.0 Running Shoe

ReebokONE 30 Days of Giveaways Contest

Are you a Fitness Professional? Are you entered the @ReebokONE 30 Days of #Giveaways #Sweeps yet? Sign up as a new member of the community for a chance to win a $100 gift card or the grand prize: a trip to train with David Jack & $500 of Reebok product per month for a year. Use promo code “30Days” here: http://reebok.com/ReebokONE

ReebokONE challenge

Connect with ReebokONE:

  • Twitter: @ReebokONE
  • Instagram: @reebokone

Apply now at  HERE

Free to join, the benefits of being part of the ReebokONE network include:

  • 25% Discount on all Reebok product
  • Access to exclusive content
  • Customized URL and professional fitness profile
  • 10% Commission on all referred sales

**Contest runs from August 8th through September 6th.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Blogger’s Dream Camera: Samsung Galaxy Camera Review and Comparison

Dream Camera Sets Your Photos Free

Samsung Galaxy CameraI recently got the brand new Samsung Galaxy Camera. No, not the Galaxy smart phone. The Galaxy Smart CAMERA – complete with mobile technology for sharing and much more! If you follow me online and ever see #VZWFF on any of my pictures on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc., that photo was taken, and uploaded to social media, with this super cool camera.

I haven’t even scratched the surface of what this camera can do, and still have a lot to learn – but I am really loving it and here’s why!

1.  All I Have To Do Is Say “CHEESE”!

This camera is crazy cool! I mean, it even takes pictures for you! You don’t even have to press a button to snap a pic! How awesome is THAT? The camera recognizes voice commands like Cheese, Smile, Capture or Shoot. If you say “record video” it will start capturing video. Say “timer” and it will give you 10 seconds and take a photo. The same goes with changing modes, turning the flash on or off, or going to the photo gallery to view your pictures. No more hitting wrong buttons. No more stress. Just point and speak!

2. I Can Take It, Edit It, File It, Find It, Share It – Anytime I Want

Samsung Galaxy Camera With a normal camera, I’d take photos and then dump them on my laptop, and have to do all my organizing, editing and sharing there. However, with the Samsung Galaxy Camera, you can edit and share them immediately. Plus, you don’t need to dump and delete photos if you don’t want to – and you probably don’t want to if you want to be able to share them later. However, you don’t want to scroll through a thousand photos to try to find that one picture you want to share either, but with the Samsung Galaxy, you don’t have to! This camera makes organizing your photos easy. By organizing photos, I can access photos I’ve taken a while back quickly, to share any time I want. Since the camera comes with an 8GB memory, plus can hold a 64GB card – I don’t have to be so quick to dump and delete photos – and I have more access to all my favorite photos on the go! FREEEEDOM!!! Of course I back them all up on my laptop regularly, but I love having all my favorite photos with me where ever I go, which is a must for a blogger & FitFluential Ambassador like me!

3. I Get Best of Both Worlds

Samsung Galaxy Camera Have you ever taken a video and as you are taping, you realize you are missing a great photo opportunity to take a great still shot? OR, if you are like me, you’ve been videoing (and didn’t know it) and as soon as you hit the camera button, you realize you messed up and missed the shot? Well, with the Samsung Galaxy Camera you can do BOTH – video AND take a photo! Anytime while you are taking video, you can tap on the camera button and ALSO grab a great pic while you are at it! So, in those cases you try to take a photo and realize you are taping, you still get the shot you wanted too, even when you didn’t mean to record video.

4. My photos are print quality.

Even though I have to post photos for work, I also enjoy photography for fun – and if I get a great shot, I want to know I can print it so my memory can last as long as possible. The Samsung Galaxy’s photos are ready to be framed.

Are Your Photos Printable?

Unfortunately, in today’s world of technology, we take more photos than ever but fewer photos are being printed. While we may not choose to print a lot of photos now, that doesn’t mean one day we will (or one of our loved ones will!). Sadly, if we are all relying on our smart phones to take all of our photos, I’m afraid we will be disappointed when our kids and grandkids go to print off photos for their memory books and picture frames.

Comparing Apples to Raisins

Samsung Galaxy CameraHonestly, it’s not fair to compare the Samsung camera to the iphone 5. As much as I love my iPhone, they are 2 totally different devices. One is truly a camera, and the other is truly a phone with a camera option – big difference. Unfortunately, people use their smart phones as their primary camera all the time – even camera lovers like me.

If this sounds like you, you may want to think again. You can’t get those memories back and once you’ve snapped that pic, all you are left with is that picture – good or bad.

First, let’s look at the basic stats:

Samsung Galaxy CameraSAMSUNG GALAXY: 16 Mega Pixel Camera
IPHONE 5: 8 Mega Pixel Camera (Front Selfie Camera is 1.2MP)

SAMSUNG GALAXY: 21 X Zoom
IPHONE 5: No Optical Zoom (only digital zoom)

SAMSUNG GALAXY: Zenon Flash
IPHONE 5: LED Flash

SAMSUNG GALAXY: Aperture F2.8 – F5.9
IPHONE 5Aperture F2.4

Lights, Camera, Action!

Look at the difference between the Samsung Galaxy Camera (left) and  iPhone 5 (right).

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In these first two pictures, everything seems pretty similar. Both took a great photo that would look great on Instagram. Although the iPhone tends to cast a yellow tint to indoor photos at times, all in all, they both are clear and definitely postable. 🙂

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Zoom

I kept the same distance as the above photos (about 3-4 feet away) in moderate light and used the zoom to get closer to his face. I then cropped the photo to just show his nose to compare clarity when zooming. As you can tell, the iPhone 5 photo is blurry and soft, where the Samsung Galaxy is much more clear. Zooming on an iPhone will bring you much disappointment, so if you like getting a nice crisp close-up shot, you need to keep your iPhone in your pocket.

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Flash

Lighting can make or break a shot in a heartbeat. Here is an example of using the iPhone at night inside without the flash.

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This is an example of using the iPhone’s LED flash – always a disappointment.

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This is an example of a photo using the Samsung Galaxy Camera flash in the same lighting conditions. The result is super clear, crisp and alive. LOVE IT!

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Printing

Even if you do take a great shot on your smart phone, is it good enough to blow up and put on your wall? Here are some tips on how to figure out what size you need to print your photos.

Pixel Size for Print: Multiply the image height and width by 300 (8×10 = 2400×3000 pixels)
Megapixels Needed: Multiple the pixel dimensions together (2400×3000 becomes 7.2 million).

That number (7.2) is the number of megapixels needed to record a print quality 8×10 image. But, you also need to take in consideration you may want to crop the photo. In that case, you would actually be blowing it up bigger than the original 8×10 size to fill the 8×10 space, which means it will likely lose quality. While an 8 x 10 is Ok for some pictures, some pictures demand more attention and are screaming to be a centerpiece on the wall. The question is, will your photo make it or break it?

old rusty carsDon’t think you’ll ever want to blow something up that big? You never know! A few years back I was driving to my sister’s wedding and saw these old rusty cars on the side of the road. I hopped out and took a few shots. Luckily, I had my big nice camera with me (because I was taking wedding pictures) but, normally, I wouldn’t have that camera with me in the car. It turned out so nice, that I had it enlarged on canvas for Steve’s office. Sure, if I had my iphone, it would have made a great shot for Flickr or Instagram, but it looks even more amazing on our wall (pictured here above his couch to show the printed size)!

With the Samsung Galaxy, I can have the convenience of photo sharing without compromising on quality – plus it fits nicely in even my smallest purse! Needless to say, I’m loving it!

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Ultimate Off-Road Running Shoe

rampage-jackson-reebok-atv-shoeNOTE: This is a product review. Although I am a Reebok Ambassador, I am not obligated to say great things about the product if I don’t like it. It  just so happens I love about 99.9% of their stuff. I choose to work with brands I believe in. Reebok is one of them. 🙂

It was nearly 5 months ago Steve got his first pair of Reebok ATVs. I was SO jealous! They were rediculously cool! Promoted big by A-Team (Mr. T) star and MMA fighter, Rampage Jackson, the news of this off-road shoe quickly became hot news.

Well, FINALLY, I got to join the dirty fun! I have to admit, Steve was pretty skeptical at first when he got his. But, after injuring his knee last year, he said the ATVs were the only shoe he’d wear outdoors because of the insane stability. They just made him feel safer. Well, that went in one ear and out the other…until I hurt my ankle shortly after. Then I wanted a pair!

Reebok ATV LadiesNow ATVs are out for women and I am proud to say I was one of the first to give them a try – and I love them. Not only do they have a cool looking design to them, they have all kinds of perks. Check it out!

1.) No more pebbles. If you are tired of picking rocks out of your shoes, this shoe is the answer. The sole design is a lot more open, and the rounded edges and overall design doesn’t allow for stuff to get wedged between cracks. This makes them easy to clean – and less likely to bring your dirty run inside your clean house.

2.) No more slipping. They have a super-gripping sole that can give you traction on all kinds of surfaces – dry or wet.

Space craft3.) No more twisted ankles. The lugs (the round knobby things on the bottom) are like kickstands in every direction surrounding the center of the shoe. It’s nearly impossible to turn your ankle because of this support.They kinda remind me of a space craft or a tripod.

It’s that wide stance (like an ATV) that gives the shoe such amazing stability.

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4.) No more slow runs. The 19 lugs dig into ground to give you better power and secure footing in sand, mud, snow and grass.

ATV 195.) No more boring runs. With the Reebok ATV, you are no longer confined to the sidewalk. You can run anywhere safely. Not only can you take more scenic trails, but they are great for nice leisure hikes too!

The hardest part of owning this shoe is getting it dirty! They are SO pretty – I have to admit, it hurt a little “breaking her in” BUT that’s why I bought Reebok shoe cleaner – and it worked like a charm! I took these puppies home, gave them a good scrub with the shoe cleaner (which has a built-in brush) and they came out as good as new. HOWEVER, if you plan on abusing these bad boys, choose your color accordingly!)

PS ladies, I have bought several pair of men shoes when I couldn’t find a color I liked and I couldn’t tell that they fit me any differently. So, it’s worth a try if you want one of the guy’s black pair so you can reeeeeally get them muddy!!

Here’s a great video explaining the technology of the shoe. 

Here’s a cool video of the shoe being put to the test.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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