product review: popsocket phone clip

Yay! Another product review. This product was part of a giveaway my friends Somewhere With Us (a travel blog/Instagram account) had going on their Instagram account last month. Since learning about the PopSocket, I’ve seen a ton of these neat little gadgets on Instagram. Emma Roberts, Jared Leto, Maisy Stella and Gigi Hadid are only some of the celebrities who have shown their Pop Socket’s off on social media. So what is a PopSocket? A PopSocket is a unique clip that lets you get a better grip of your phone or tablet. The PopSocket also acts as a stand for your device. There are two pieces to one.

One is more of a holder piece, see below. This has a sticky (reusable) adhesive that you can attach to your car’s interior for hands-free talking, or to help navigate on your next road trip. You stick that where ever you pick. Some people even have them on their fridge for when they are watching cooking videos and trying a new recipe. The possibilities are endless. I’ve yet to attach it anywhere, but will likely put it in my car.

The second part is what you attach to the back of your phone, or phone case. It also “pops” out when you pull it – kind of like an accordion. PopSockets work on most cases, unless you have a really texturized or silicone case for your device. At first I put mine right onto my iPhone – over top the Apple logo. It didn’t sit where I wanted it to, so I removed it and moved it a bit lower. To be honest, it was a little tough to get off. I think that’s a good thing though, you don’t want it to fall off easily. When I removed it to reposition it, there was no mark or sticky substance left behind. I put my case on my phone and then put my PopSocket on the back of my case.

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They come in a ton of different designs. The ones I received were custom ones that Somewhere With Us had made up. It’s a neat, affordable way to get a better grip on your phone. This makes taking selfies easier and doubles as a stand while watching videos on your device. At first I couldn’t figure out how to use the PopSocket but after watching some videos online I figured it out and how easy they actually are to use. The best part is that they are reusable, you don’t have to worry about switching devices or removing your PopSocket.

songs for your playlist // 002

New music from artists I love is something I always look forward to. For those that don’t know, I went to school for Music Business Management at Durham College. This program is really the only program that focuses on the business side of the industry while touching on key topics such as live sound reinforcement, event management and includes a variety of workshop courses that give you real life experience working behind the scenes. So yeah, I do love music and I do love business. Putting them together for an advanced diploma was super fun to study. And music news is definitely something I like to spend my time focusing on. I have a special interest in music marketing and large scale events such as festivals. On my last blog, my roomies and I would reach out to PR agencies and interview emerging artists. We sent through our questions via email and then showcased one artist per month with a special post on the homepage of our blog. I also like curating playlists as a way to share music with others, so I thought I’d do that every so often. This will be the second playlist.

Take a listen, I’ve included various artists and genres – so there is likely something for everyone.

1. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

2. Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran

3. Don’t Leave – Snakehips ft. MØ

4. Drinkin’ Too Much – Sam Hunt

5. Tempted – Jazz Cartier 

6. Us – USS

Let me know what you thought of this little mix and if you’d like to see more curated playlists. Let’s chat, follow @boywhoblogs on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

product review: tomtoc laptop sleeve

I was thrilled when I noticed a pending message request on my Instagram. I love receiving messages! This one, in particular, was exciting because it wasn’t spam or a sales pitch. Angela from tomtoc had reached out in regards to partnering together in order to promote tomtoc. tomtoc is a brand that sells quality products for laptops, tablets and phones. They use premium materials to create protection for some of my favourite devices.

In this case, they sent me a laptop sleeve for my MacBook Pro. My MacBook is outdated, I got it in early 2011 before I went to college. It still works and I do use it for streaming, writing long emails and whatever else I don’t want to do from my phone. I often bring my laptop with me when I am doing contract work or if I am working somewhere other than at the office or at home. My MacBook was key to my success as an intern and as a contract employee after being hired on for the Summer. Yes… I had to use my own laptop; which kind of sucked. This also meant commuting with it and carrying it around. I settled for a cheap, plain black, not-so-durable sleeve from the dollar store.

The tomtoc sleeve that they sent me fits just perfectly. It’s snug, but it fits into the sleeve just fine. My dollar store one was too big for my laptop and certainly not as protective. The corners of the sleeve are extra padded for protection against drops. I also really liked how the outside material is water resistant. I won’t have to worry when I am walking to or from the car in the rain or in any crazy snowstorms. This sleeve really does offer some all around coverage with thick padding inside. I found it cool that they also offer a warranty for their products. On the tag of the sleeve, you get a serial number which is easily registered on the tomtoc website. The sleeve I received is basic but it does offer extra storage for USB sticks, etc. with an extra pocket at the front. Another upgrade from what I was using before.

What was also great is that I received the product one day after Angela confirmed the product with me. This is because the item shipped from Amazon and was an Amazon Prime order – how cool! If you’re on the market for some extra protection for your favourite piece of tech, check out tomtoc! I’m also working on taking some more photos which I’ll be sending off to tomtoc for use on their end of things.

songs for your playlist // 001

Music consumption has changed with the rise of technology. I had a cassette player, a CD walkman, a MP3 player and of course a few Apple products including their iPods and iPhones. Now I stream music by listening to YouTube and by using 8tracks or Spotify. That being said, a lot of the music I listen to is either on the radio while driving or by syncing my Spotify to the sound system in my vehicle through Bluetooth or an AUX cord from my iPhone. Each season I create playlists on Spotify and name them either Fall, Spring, Summer or Winter. With the rise of new music sharing and streaming platforms, I’ve come to appreciate curated playlists. For example, on Spotify I love their Fresh Finds playlist, their  Viral Hits Canada playlist, Hot Hits Canada playlist and I’m always down for playlists curated by other music listeners. One of the best ones one my library is called 2000s hip hop.

In this post I’ve noted some songs for you to listen to if you haven’t already. This list has a variety of genres and sounds in hopes that every reader will come across a song to add to their own constant rotation list – however they consume music. Note, some of these songs might be explicit, so if you work in a daycare maybe don’t bump these too loud. You can click the song to listen to the track on Spotify!

1. Reminder – The Weeknd

2. Make Me (Cry) – Noah Cyrus

3. Black Beatles – Rae Sremmund

4. That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

5. There’s A Girl – Trent Harmon

6. We Are – Chris Lorenzo & Chris Lake

 

Let me know what you thought of this little mix and if you’d like to see more curated playlists. Let’s chat, follow @boywhoblogs on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

must see series on netflix

Honestly, I contemplate cancelling my Netflix subscription often. Most of the time the shows I want to watch aren’t on Netflix yet. Plus, I’m not a huge movie lover. I need to be in the mood for a movie. This is probably because I am not the type of person that likes to sit still for long. If I’m going to watch a movie then I want comfy clothes, silence, my dog to snuggle with and of course, some snacks. What keeps me subscribed is the random series that I will come across or get word of online or from a friend.

One thing I love is the amount of television series they offer and how they have their own Netflix Originals. I will say, I am kind of sad that shomi shut down. They had “Unreal,” which is one of my favourite shows ever. I also wish they had Finding Prince Charming on Netflix but hey; they don’t. Hopefully this list will come in handy and help you avoid the dreaded scrolling up and down searching for something to watch next time you log into your account.

Skin Wars
Think Master Chef mixed with Miami Ink. Skin Wars is a body painting competition show. Each season they have a variety of contestants that compete for $100,000 and a trip to the World Bodypainting Festival. Ru Paul is one of the judges on the show. As much as I love the drama that unfolds between the artists, my favourite is seeing their artwork. Body painting is something I could never do, so it’s unreal to see them create such master pieces. My favourite challenges are when they have to camouflage their model into a specific scene – like the canned soup section at the grocery store.

Scream Queens
Okay, this show is kind of cheesy but I love it. This is a comedy horror series. People are getting killed and it’s a lot to keep up with, you have got to stay focused. I’ve described this as Pretty Little Liars meets Mean Girls before.  Although I haven’t seen the current season which is currently airing on City TV. I admire how they manage to get such a variety of people on board. Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michelle, Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas, Aaron + Austin Rhodes, John Stamos, Kirstie Alley and Abigail Breslin are just some of the people you’ll find on the show.

The Ranch
The Ranch is a Netflix Original staring Ashton Kutcher and Danny Materson (aka Steven Hyde from That 70’s Show), it takes place on a ranch in Colorado. Ashton plays Colt, a former semi-pro football player that has returned back to the ranch to help run the family business with his brother Rooster, played by Danny Materson. This series is full of cussing, comedy, and family-farm life shenanigans.

Narcos
Narcos is probably the most talked about Netflix Original amongst people I know. The series is based on drug lord and trafficker, Pablo Escobar. The crime based drama follows the ups and downs of Escobar as the Drug Enforcement Agency works tirelessly to take him down.

Weeds
Weeds is one of the first series I ever watched on Netflix a few years back. Essentially a widowed mother starts to grow and sell marijuana to keep her family afloat after her husbands death leaves her with a ton of debt. Her brother-in-law and the city councillor even get in on the business. I won’t give too much away, but this isn’t as intense as Narcos. It is one of my favourite series, which is no surprise since the creator, Jenji Kohan, is also the creator of the Netflix Original Orange is the New Black.

I’d love to hear what shows, documentaries, or even movies you enjoyed watching on Netflix. Keep in mind, the US Netflix is a bit more ahead of the times in regards to up to date content than here in Canada. Leave a comment here or on my Instagram with some must watch titles for me to check out! Happy binge watching!

updates on SnapChat

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Those close to me likely receive anywhere from 10 to 50 snaps a day. My Snapchat score exceeds 100,000 which is pretty impressive, or sad.. I’m not sure. I’ve always been in love with social media and tend to explore new social apps right when I hear about them. You could say I heavily use Snapchat; although I don’t post stories too often. Yesterday if you opened the app, you would have seen a notification from the team at Snapchat explaining they have changed their terms of use and quickly accepted them without reading. It’s okay, I did too. But did you notice the in-app updates? I did!

First off, you can finally type more than one line over your snap. Before, I would copy and paste a blank set of lines from my Notes app to do this – now I don’t need to do! This is one of many little tricks I know of – but I think those will be for another post. I found all the new features that you can access from the new Chat 2.0 area of Snapchat to be really neat. They let you make voice calls and video calls now and you can also send video and voice notes! Another new feature you’ll notice while watching other users stories is the auto-advance feature. Once one person’s story is done, it will automatically start the next story! I personally am really enjoying their release of a wide range of 200+ stickers in the chat area.

Below are a couple of my favourites:

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