Canary Home Security Review

by Blanca Stella on May 17, 2015

Disclosure: I am a Verizon Ambassador and received this device from Verizon. I have not been compensated to write this post. All opinions are my own. 

The Canary is a portable home security system where you can monitor activity remotely from an app. About 20 years ago, I remember a friend of mine having her whole house wired to monitor her kids activities after they got home from school from her desktop computer while at work. It was pretty sophisticated and probably cost her well over $10,000 at the time.

In today’s world that would probably run about $1000- $2000 or more plus activation, installation, set up, time to implement and monthly fees. This device retails for $249 and is super easy to install. So when I received the Canary, I was surprised of the simplicity and ease of use for having peace of mind.

When I open the app I can watch live. In this case, I had it armed while at home. You can disable that to not get notifications while at home. My son’s and my user are at the bottom says BM and SF. In this case, the house symbol shows I am home and he is away.

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This is me standing in front of the Canary taking a screenshot. It detected activity, so the next screenshot shows a popup if I want to call the police. I could also press the “sound the siren” button from the app.

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Social Media Influence in a Celebrity Tweet

by Blanca Stella on March 10, 2015

Last week I attended a Latina blogger conference called We All Grow. You can see my recap post in my personal bilingual blog, Micaminar. Neutrogena was the title sponsor and it was announced there that Eiza Gonzalez was the new spokesmodel for Neutrogena. She is a beautiful 25 year old Mexican actress and singer.

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At the Neutrogena suite, many bloggers wanted to take pictures with her. There were so many cameras and people around and I really didn’t want to wait in line. So I managed to take a picture just at the right time when she was posing with Ana Flores, the founder of the conference. It was totally spontaneous. I tweeted it right away without know that Eiza had 1 million followers. I honestly did not know much about Eiza and then I saw my twitter notifcations blow up. Eiza had retweeted and then I got over 100 retweets in that day alone.
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Social Media Marketing Predictions 2015

by Blanca Stella on December 31, 2014

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Who would have thought that Facebook would have bought What’s App in February for $16 billion ($4 billion in cash, 12 billion in stock)  back in 2013. It was a huge surprise. Personally, I didn’t use it that much until some of my cousins in Colombia added me to their chat groups. Now I use it every single day and chat to about 40 aunts and cousins on a daily basis.

Not only that, I showed my father how to use it. He is 82 and living in Miami, communicates with his 4 sisters, nieces and nephews who live in Colombia every day. That is priceless. When he doesn’t communicate for over 8 hours, like when he is playing golf, his sisters want to know where he is at.

According to the New York Times, What’s App is now valued at $28 billion even though it lost money. Currently, What’s App doesn’t have ads and I predict that by March, 2015 ads on What’s App will start rolling in. It took one and a half years for Facebook to announce that ads were rolling into Instagram. At the moment, only certain brands with a large following have access to them. [click to continue…]

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UE Boom And Some Fun Ways To Use It

by Blanca Stella on November 29, 2014

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I am so excited to share a review of the UE Boom because last year, I was eyeing it at Verizon and reallllyyyy wanted to give it to my son as a Christmas present. As I mentioned in my recent post, my 21 year old son, Sal, is a music fanatic. He is constantly streaming music from his phone and  prefers to listen to music than watch TV. In fact, the only time he sits to watch TV is to watch sports like the Miami Heat basketball game.

The main app he uses the most is Soundcloud because it has very little advertising compared to Pandora and Spotify. Soundcloud’s ads show up like sponsored posts in Facebook, but not all the time. He says that Soundcloud is the place where musicians put their music first. Check out his profile so you can see what artists he follows. The genres are deep house, future base, experimental and tropical house. [click to continue…]

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A Connected World – Visual Interpretation

by Blanca Stella on November 26, 2014

Some great cartoons interpreting thoughts on the future of business by Brian Solis, a thought leader in Social Media and Hugh MacLeod, an amazing visual artist. He brings depicts the smallest insights, yet profound, through wit and humor in his art. Brian and Hugh are two people I get my daily dose of inspiration from.

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Ever since I got the LG Tone Wireless Headphones a few weeks ago, my son pretty much hijacked them from me. He is a music fanatic, always streaming music at home and everywhere he goes. Here he gives a demo and shares how he uses them. His favorite app to stream is Soundcloud.   One of the cool ways he uses them is when he goes to the gym. He leaves his smart phone in the locker and can work out without having to hold the phone or place it nearby some weights where it could be crushed or even stolen. Since gym clothes normally don’t have pockets, this wireless feature is super convenien!  And if you noticed in the video, he mentioned washing the dishes as well. Good thing I trained him to help with the housework! Now he cleans away with his favorite music streaming. ;) lg-tone-headphones-verizon [click to continue…]

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Elizabeth Gilbert Loving Miami!

by Blanca Stella on November 15, 2014

Elizabeth Gilbert who is the best selling author of Eat Love Pray and a worldwide traveler gave Miami a big shout out saying how much she loves it. I just thought it was cool since I am a Miami girl all my life.

And because I am an avid Twitterer, some of my Tweets got featured on the main stage and on the outside stage. That was really cool!

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Social Media Friends – Real Connections

by Blanca Stella on November 11, 2014

When I first started this social media blog for my freelance business, I was trying to figure out a tagline. I wanted a tagline that represented who I am. So on my banner, I put “Create Authentic Connections Thru Online Platforms.”

And this Instagram from my friend Alex de Carvalho portrays the sentiment perfectly. We were celebrating a birthday and while it was a small group of friends, like anything in life, it is the quality, not quantity that counts. Sometimes in social media, people get so caught up in how many followers they have. Sure it helps in a certain way so you have more reach for what you want to share. But I always go for quality followers vs amount of followers.

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Don’t Hire Me For My Potential, But For What I Have Already Done

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Verizon Ellipsis 7 Tablet With My Coffee Time & More

October 28, 2014
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I recently became a Verizon Ambassador Program. It is a group of influencers who receive equipment from Verizon to review. You can check out all the awesome links that myfellow ambassadors post on the #VZWBuzz hashtag #VZWBuzz Tweets I am very excited about this not only because I love technology and gadgets, but also because […]

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