Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Product Alert! Keep Your Phone Alive with this Portable Backup Battery

I am CONSTANTLY using my iPhone and wearing down the battery! I have been stranded with a dead cell phone far too many times. BUT NO MORE! I purchased my Ativa Mobil-IT Portable Power Boost Backup Battery from Office depot and I'm sooo in love with it. The little travel-size carrying pouch makes it easy to keep in my purse all the time. All there is to it are these simple steps:

1. Charge the battery through a USB port with the provided cord.
2. When needed, use the other cord to plug your iPhone, iPad, computer, etc. to the portable battery.
3. The battery will give you an extra 5.5 hours of use and a colored LED light will let you know when it's juices are getting low.

It's simple and at only about 4 inches, it's ridiculously convenient! I've used it at sporting events, concerts, and roadtrips. I always keep it fully charged and in my purse. It would certainly come in handy in case of emergencies. 

This product is PERFECT for the on-the-go lifestyle. Find this product in pink, black or silver at Office Depot locations, or check out Amazon.com for similar products compatible with the Apple, Android, or Windows products!

 **All views, opinions and photos are my own. I received no product nor financial compensation for this post. - See more at: http://www.onthefly-blog.com/2013/07/product-alert-sugarwish-is-perfectly.html#sthash.UTSbjUAY.dpuf
 How do you keep your electronics from dying?! Any tips or tricks that I should know? 


**All views, opinions and photos are my own. I received no financial compensation nor product for this post.

 **All views, opinions and photos are my own. I received no product nor financial compensation for this post. - See more at: http://www.onthefly-blog.com/2013/07/product-alert-sugarwish-is-perfectly.html#sthash.UTSbjUAY.dpuf

Thursday, July 25, 2013

"Tonight's the Night" Music Playlist

Now, I know that all you Fly Ladies need a night out every once in a while. Whether it's with your friends, your man, or even your family, you have to make the most of it. When I'm getting ready for a night on the town, I LOVE to listen to music. You know, those perfect songs that get you in the mood for some fun and that bring out your inner confidence! Click on the following link for MY personal "Tonight's the Night" playlist, full of songs to get you dancing, loving and smiling :)

8tracks.com/megticho/tonight-s-the-night

8tracks.com is an AWESOME site that lets you upload your own music to make playlists AND access others' playlists. Listen to all of this music for free, on demand!


What songs get you in the "going out" mood? I'd love to add some new tunes to my playlist!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Apps for the Savvy Shopaholic

This post goes out to all my fellow SHOPAHOLICS! Some would say that retail therapy is a bad thing but I say, it's not bad if you're doing it right! Smart shopping is the best kind of shopping. Finding deals and saving money... what better kind of female bliss is there!? To help you do just this, check out these three apps for the SAVVY shopaholic:

Tophatter is a live forum where you bid against other users on all kinds of items! It's truly a virtual auction! At any time of day there are all sorts of showcases going on, selling everything from clothes, to makeup to designer purses. And the bids usually start under $5. In fact, I bought these AWESOME Betsey Johnson earrings for $12 including shipping and handling! But be careful, this gets quite addicting ;)
Never leave an online "coupon code" space empty again! RetailMeNot is a place for people to share coupon codes for online and in-store purchases. There are entries for stores, restaurants, hotels and more! I ALWAYS check this app before purchasing anything!
 Last but not least, Wanelo is like Pinterest, but for awesome, unique products. You'll finally everything on here; things you didn't even know you wanted! It's also great for finding that PERFECT gift for a loved one. Like Pinterest, you can save the product, and clicking on the photo takes you straight to the host website, where you're only clicks away from owning it for yourself!
How do YOU ensure savvyness when it comes to good ol' shopping?! Tell me what amazing treasures you find on these apps/websites!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Best TV Series' to Watch On Netflix

Now, I know that you busy girls don’t have much down time. But, when you do, you have to make the most out of it! Relax! Indulge in your guilty pleasures! Personally, I love to catch up on my television shows. For this, my go-to source is Netflix. I’ve had Netflix instant streaming for about four years now. It’s $8 a month and totally worth it! In fact, you can get a 30 day free trial to see if it’s for you!

For those of you who have Netflix, or if you’ll be trying it out for 30 days, here is my list of the BEST TV SERIES’ TO WATCH ON NETFLIX:
 
3 seasons, Showtime

A perfect combination of comedy and drama, this show focuses on a family that is anything but normal. Their world revolves their mother who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. With this, she (and her family) must juggle her seven personalities which range from a teenage girl to an old-fashioned housewife to a male trucker. 
Warning: As a Showtime series, it features strong language and nudity. 
 
8 seasons, Showtime

What happens when a newly-single, suburban mother must sell drugs to keep her family afloat? A series complete with romance, gangsters, danger and hilarity. The show follows the Botwin family and their journey in the marijuana drug trade. Just like United States of Tara, there is the perfect amount of comedy and drama, as well as total suspense.
Warning: Again, this Showtime series has no limits. It’s filled with profanity, nudity and drug use. AKA: DO NOT WATCH THIS WITH YOUR MOTHER… OR DAUGHTER. 
 
7 seasons, CBS

This sitcom is BEYOND hilarious. Let’s just say, if you were ever a fan of Friends, you’ll be a super fan of HIMYM (as it’s affectionately known.) Basically, it follows a group of friends throughout the years and focuses on the love-life of character Ted. Once you get into it, every episode you’ll be guessing if “extra number 81” who is barely in the shot, is “the mother.” It’s a funny, light show that ANYONE can enjoy. 
 
1 season, FOX

This quirky sitcom is about a recently single girl in her twenties who moves in with three single guys. Zooey Deschanel is ideal for this lovable and adorable main character. It’s light and cute and the perfect show to watch with a delicious glass of wine! 
 
1 season, ABC

Main character, Emily, is set on getting revenge on everyone who ruined her family and her father. She does it through psychological manipulation and a series of lies. This is definitely a “smart” show. Told through many flashbacks, sometimes you have to put the pieces of the puzzle together yourself. Super suspenseful and super enjoyable.


 
8 seasons, ABC

With 8 seasons, and almost an hour per episode, this show is certainly an investment. But let me tell you, it’s TOTALLY worth it. I just finished all 8 seasons from the beginning and I’m already going through withdrawal! It’s filled with medical mysteries, steamy romance and white-knuckle drama. I’ve never heard anyone be disappointed with this show. Thankfully, you can have the first 8 seasons right at your fingertips! 
 
3 seasons, FOX

Let’s just take a moment and hang our heads for Cory Monteith, the star of Glee who recently and tragically passed away. Ah, heartbreaking! He’s just so lovable as character Finn Hudson.
Anyways, the glee club struggles to fit in while also trying to win the National Glee competition year after year. What’s great is that they perform current songs, as well as classic songs. The drama and fun plots are perfectly balanced. Once you watch, I guarantee you’ll join the club and become a hardcore GLEEK!

Did I miss any?! What are your favorite shows, on or off Netflix? 
Sign Up for your 30-day free trial on Netflix and try out some new shows!

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Product Alert! A Sugarwish Is a Perfectly Sweet Gift

A few months ago, I heard about the website Sugarwish.com on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. After hearing just a short description, I decided to check out the website. Honestly, it's one of those brilliant concepts that make you go "WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?!"
Basically, Sugarwish.com is a personalized gifting service that involves just three simple steps:
  1. Select a Sugarwish size package, as well as an e-card.
  2. The receiver gets the certificate in an email and visits the site to choose the exact kinds of candy they desire!
  3. The candy, packaged nicely, is delivered right to the receiver's door.
It's THAT easy! They also have over 90 different kinds of candy including gummies, licorice, chocolate and more! I sent one to my boyfriend and it was perfect-- easy for me and exciting for him!
Needless to say, this is a great last-minute gift idea. Totally ideal for the girl on the go. I had a wonderful first experience with this company and will surely be sending another Sugarwish soon. 
Check out the website for yourself; do you have a sweetheart who needs a Sugarwish? 
 **All views, opinions and photos are my own. I received no product nor financial compensation for this post.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Beauty Arsenal: My Go-To Makeup Products



We ladies know that having an arsenal of bullet-proof makeup products is key. The right products can turn your “just rolled out of bed” face into a natural and starry-eyed glow. They can also take that same natural glow and turn it into a va-va-va-voom look, fit for a night out on the town. Whichever look you’re going for, these items are sure to help. Here is my arsenal of makeup products that I just could not live without: 
 e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer, Radiant Glow:  $6 at Target

This is WITHOUT A DOUBT the ideal base for any face and only $6! This primer instantly smooths the skin, making it so easy to apply the rest of your makeup. I like to put it everywhere- face, eyelids and lips. Just one or two squirts will get the job done so you certainly can’t go wrong! 
 Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream:  $6 at Target

Maybelline makes this great BB Cream for a fraction of the price of similar products. Not to mention, just a little dot is enough, so it lasts for a long time! Paired with the e.l.f. face primer, it works as a total concealer. On days when I’m going for a totally natural look, I take 30 seconds to rub this on. It covers everything and doesn’t even look like I have any makeup on at all! I call that a WIN-WIN!
Maybelline Mineral Power Powder Foundation:  $9 at Wal-Mart
If you use this mineral powder the way I do, it will last a very long time. Since the BB cream has already concealed any blemishes or dark circles, I simply use this to achieve an airbrushed look. Just buff the powder onto the skin with the provided brush and voila- flawless airbrushed skin every time. Isn’t that the dream?!
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Mega Plush Mascara:  $6 at Wal-Mart or Target
I have LITERALLY tried every single type of mascara out there, and this has become my absolute favorite for ANY occasion. The formula, combined with the applicator brush, truly does make your eyelashes long and plush. There are no other words to describe it! Zero clumps or stiffness! Lashes will feel natural and soft all day long! Butterfly kisses anyone?
Revlon Luxurious Color Diamond Lust Eye Shadow In Celestial Silver and Night Sky:  $4 at Target
Any sassy gal will LOVE this eye shadow, especially for a night out. It shines and shimmers like no other! These two colors are my favorite. I pair them for a smoky eye or, if I’m going for a less impactful look, I use the Night Sky color as eye liner and put a bit of the Celestial Silver in the inside corner of my eye for a nice pop! I get compliments all the time on this show-stopping shadow. In fact, I’m getting a little low—I better stock up ASAP!
CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor In Plum Berry:  $8 at Wal-Mart or Target
Now, if you have seen a photo of me, I’m sure you have noticed my most prominent facial feature—my lips. When I was a child I hated my full lips but now I love them! Unfortunately though, this means since I was 12 I’ve been struggling to keep some color on them. (I kind of look dead without any!) Year after year I searched for a long-lasting lip color. All different brands advertise it but none of them really last through eating, drinking, kissing, AND swimming!
This is why I was BEYOND EXCITED when I tested CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor. I swear it’s everything that’s advertised. First you put on the lip color and wait until it dries. After that, apply the moisturizer that’s included which adds a little gloss. However, once that dries, the lip color is one hundred percent smudge-proof. I put some on last night at 6pm and when I woke up this morning, my lips still looked incredible! It’s magic in a bottle and I absolutely love it! I promise you will not be disappointed.
e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set:  $3 at Target
My last layer of defense is the e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set. When compared to other setting sprays, like Urban Decay’s $18 bottle, this is a total steal. It works just as well, for pennies on the dollar! All you do is pump a few sprays on your face after you’ve completed your makeup. Then, wait a couple minutes for it to dry and you’re set for the night! No reapplying, no smudged makeup, no blemishes sneaking through! A total must for the gal on the go!
Let me know about your personal experiences with any of these products! 
What products are in your arsenal? I’d love to know and try them out for myself! Stay Fly, Ladies!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Essential [free] Apps to Keep You on Track

Hey Fly Ladies, if you're anything like me, you're phone is glued to your side all day, every day. So, why not take advantage of your device and make your "on the fly" life a little easier. Check out my list of must-have free apps that will certainly do the trick!

Key Ring

This app is a MUST for shopaholics and couponers! Clear up the clutter of store loyalty cards, gift cards and membership cards by scanning and storing them in Key Ring. Then, all the store has to do is scan the barcode. It’s truly that easy! Also, the app allows you to enroll in new loyalty programs and get exclusive coupons and discounts. Download the app and experience the immediate benefits! 
For a more detailed look at the Key Ring app, check out this Century 21 Social Marketing Blog's review.
Walk Star

Walk Star is the best and easiest pedometer app. It’s accurate and will give you stats about your average speed, the time you walked and more! It even gives you a star rating based on how close you got to the 10,000 steps-per-day goal. But best of all, you can use other apps, answer calls, listen to music, lock your phone AND the pedometer will still count within the app. How convenient is that?! Love this.


Mint.com

I’ve been looking for helpful personal finance and budgeting methods for about a year now and I’m happy to say that I’ve finally found one that does everything! Mint.com is a password-protected app that connects to your credit and debit cards. This one app will display your transaction history, help you to set category budgets and will send phone alerts about unusual spending, low funds or over-budgeting. It's perfect for the budgeting and managing of your finances in an easy and convenient way. Try it out for yourself! 
Interested in even more personal finance apps? Here is the Business Insider's list of worthy ones, with Mint.com at the top.


Lumosity

I always hear that exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your body. But, please tell me who has time for daily crossword puzzles or sodukus; I certainly don’t! Thankfully, Lumosity exists. The app will create a personalized training program to improve memory, problem solving, attention and focus. Here’s the best part-- it happens through a series of challenging games that take only minutes per day! The app will then track your performance based on your scores. I’ve been getting better and better every day so I can’t even imagine the long-term effects!


Easily.do

I’d say that everyone is important enough to deserve a personal assistant. And now you can actually have one at your fingertips! Easily.do connects to your calendar, contacts, email, Facebook, Twitter, and more. You can totally customize it to send you alerts about things like Facebook birthdays, weather, traffic, and calendar events.  Since downloading this app a week ago, Easily.do has helped me merge duplicated contacts, post on my friends’ Facebook walls, and add contact information from my emails, all at the touch of a button, LITERALLY! 
Want more info before downloading this app, read PC Mag's detailed review here!


Download these free apps and try them out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. Let me know what apps YOU use to stay on track!