The two things you must do to prepare for a conference (or industry event)

before your next conference, read (and do) this!

In my broad workload of careers from marketing to education and back again, I've learned, through trial and error, that there's a right way and a wrong way to attend a conference, an educational course or a networking opportunity. Actually, there are several, but today I'm focusing on a professional core necessity: creating a purpose. All through my education and much of my professional life, I attended conferences, meetings and educational opportunities. When asked why I was there, I'd … [Read more...]

Save me!! Saving memories and data with Netgear’s ReadyNAS

How NETGEAR is saving my memory

Disclaimer: I am a NETGEAR Ambassador and I received this product in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion and review. It's one of my biggest concerns, and an area where I let my geek-flag lower: backing up my memories and data. If you're a long-time reader of Julieverse, you may recall the time I lost all of my (photo) memories when I had a computer crash. Middle's entire first year, gone. Oh. The tears. Oh. The anger. Oh. The frustrations. Oh. The pledge to back -up! back-up! back-up! … [Read more...]

Introduction to Video : resources, tools and tips you’ll need to get started

tips and tricks to help you get started making videos and feel more comfortable in front of the camera. So many extra ideas and resources -- check out the lists of topics.

Yesterday, I led an introduction to video Google Hangout for a group of merchandisers from Chloe + Isabel. Even 4 years after resolving to 30-days of Pink to encourage my confidence on video, I still get excited about video. I also love leading workshops that are interactive, where we can share feedback, ideas and questions on-the-spot, so Google Hangout was a great resource. Video resources and tools For those getting started in video, the following are excellent resources and … [Read more...]

Is today the day to start over?

WGU makes it far easier to earn your advanced degree

I went to college in the 90s. The early 90s. It was so long ago, that we still had wired phones in our rooms, and having your own computer was fairly unique. There were no laptops in classrooms. And no YouTube videos to remind us how to do things. Office hours required, sometimes, lining up outside a professor's door hoping he'd show up, not turning on Skype and asking a question. We didn't start using email until Senior year, and we did so dialing in using a system called Kermit. When I … [Read more...]

Prep your kids and your homes for emergencies with the new Sparky app

fire safety app -- makes learning fire safety fun

Last week, the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) debuted their new app: Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms. Joined by fire prevention's famous pup, Sparky, three kids are on a mission to solve a dangerous problem, and you and your kids can help save the day.   Upon opening the app (for the purpose of this sponsored posts, and because my kids are always thrilled to play with new apps and I love it when they can learn from them), I was surprised to hear a … [Read more...]

How we #ShareAwesome

Stealing a happy smile #Selfie #ShareAwesome

What will you share today? Will you #ShareAwesome? When you look back at your Facebook timeline or your twitter tweets, will you look at smiles and happy memories? Will you see love, friendship, support and motivation? I want my online legacy to be positive, so that those who learn about me online, will see the good that I had in my life, and will feel I am a good person to know. We tell kids, again and again, that it's important to share awesome. To focus on the positive. To be role … [Read more...]

Today: give yourself a breast exam

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It's a simple job, really. Put a reminder in your phone, tie a ribbon on your finger, whatever you need to do, to make sure you remember to give yourself a breast exam today. Today. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Today, before you go to bed tonight.   A close friend was diagnosed with Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, a form of Breast Cancer. She's only 32. Truly, this is the kick in the butt I need to make an appointment for my first mammogram (I'm 40). I called a few local … [Read more...]

How to watch Frozen at home right now plus how to stream TV and Movies

frozen review

Yes. Frozen is *quietly* (unless you live in Social Media) available for digital download right now. Which means this glorious snow day you can watch it via Amazon Instant Video or iTunes  for $19.99. It's also available on OnDemand for $21.99. Watch Frozen using Amazon Instant Video Before purchasing, make sure you can view Amazon Instant Video using your device, TV, tablet or whatever you choose. There are lots of  options including internet-ready TV, newer PCs (my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro … [Read more...]

Introducing My Favorite Bloggers

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Meet Emily. Emily has a zest for everything that sparkles. In fact, if you ask friends for words to describe her, 95% will instantly use the word "sparkle." It's just what she does. Blog Conference Chic by coloradomom featuring a marc by marc jacobs iphone case Emily blogs at Colorado Moms, a lifestyle and hyper-local to Colorado blog, as well as A Year in Autism, where she's journaling life as a mother of a child with the condition. Emily also has a fabulous talent for … [Read more...]

The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro laptop: looking at it from a non-techy point of view… mine

the many modes of the Yoga 2 Pro by Lenovo

Earlier today, I posted a tech update of how my life has changed going from a laptop to a desktop, with tablets, and how my new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is fitting into my life. Towards the end of the post was this Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro review. Both posts are sponsored by Lenovo and Techilicious as a part of the LenovoMoms program. Price: The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro starts at $1199 for the baseline model. The laptop I'm reviewing is listed at $1399. There is a coupon listed on the Lenovo website that … [Read more...]