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Samsung Galaxy S8 – Snapshots from Twitty City

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Like most people, my phone has become almost an extension of myself. I use it to keep track of upcoming events, keep in contact with friends and family, blog, tweet, pin, share, stumble … and I’ll occasionally make a phone call with it too.

However, the thing that is used the most on my phone is the camera. My kids’ high school and college graduations, birthdays, music performances, sporting events, proms, travels … I have to photograph everything.  I love taking photos … they’re priceless memories I can never recapture. I like to photograph to remember it all.  I have to preserve it all.

So, when the opportunity to test the new Samsung Galaxy S8 came up, I was ecstatic, particularly so I could try out the camera function.

The camera quality is superb. I wish I had this phone when my kids were little. Oh, the photos I could have taken!

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Although I’m not very tech-savvy, I was impressed by what the Samsung Galaxy S8 offers:

  • The world’s first Infinity Screen. This is amazing as the screen stretches from edge to edge, giving you the most amount of screen in the least amount of space.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is even more expansive. This is Samsung’s biggest screen yet.
  • Water Resistance- A phone that can handle a splash or accidental dunk.
  • Fast Wireless Charging-  You can power up without having to plug in. Charger sold separately.
  • Micro SD Card- You can expand your storage up to 256GB with a microSD card. MicroSD card sold separately.

It’s a beautiful design (available in several colors) with sleek lines and fits in the hand reasonably easily.

One of my favorite places to visit in Nashville is Twitty City. This place is beautiful in the summer and pure magic during the Christmas season. Here’s  where I put the camera to test. This time I was in front of the camera and my son was the photographer.

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The camera quality is a dream come true for anyone who enjoys taking pictures of places or loved ones.  As an amateur photographer, I like to be able to point and shoot at something within a moment, without having to spend a lot of time messing around with different settings; and this camera allowed me to do just that.

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The camera captures colors beautifully. The colors are vibrant and crisp, no editing necessary.

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Of course, I had to take selfies. The camera softens and brightens your skin, making you look almost airbrushed in the best way possible.

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Here, I wanted to see how well the camera captures motion. Really sharp, I do say so myself.

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Do you see how well the camera captures the tree leaves on the right? You can see every detail.

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What I also love about this camera is that it is incredible at creating a shallow depth of field (with an aperture of 1.7,), which gives almost a professional SLR quality to the images.

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The images it takes are sharp, the colors are beautiful, and each photo comes out Instagram-ready, little editing necessary. Even though it was a cloudy day, the colors are rich and balanced and the camera focused precisely.

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I’m impressed with the camera’s macro capabilities. The rose in the foreground is crisp and in focus, while the rest is blurred.

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Sometimes kids (especially teenagers) get annoyed with their parents for taking so many pictures.  It kind of grates on their nerves. Let me tell you, someday, they’ll be extremely happy to have piles and piles of gorgeous, carefully considered photos of their childhood, through the lens of their parent’s eye. My two grown children look at some of the old photos and cry. Those photographs capture everything that was beautiful about their childhood, and they give permanence to their past.

My kids are the best thing I have in this world, and moms get to be a little nutty about it all sometimes.  Someday your kids will thank you for all the pictures you’ve snapped, for the beauty you saw in their every gesture, and for preserving those ordinary, extraordinary moments of their childhoods.

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samsung galaxy s8

If you are interested in the GS8 or GS8+ check out Sam’s Club Mobility Center which takes care of all your mobile needs with VIP treatment and excellent customer service.

  • You can get phones and plans for the major carriers in your area such as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and  U.S. Cellular.
  • You can purchase a new line or upgrade
  • Change your carrier or your plan on your carrier
  • Single use or multi-line available (not business)

 

ONE DAY Special – August 5

Receive a $350 Sams’ Club Gift Card plus free activation when you purchase a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ on installment or U.S. Cellular 2-year agreement.* Installment contracts not available in clubs for U.S. Cellular. In club offer.

 

Are you that mom who takes lots of photos of their kids?  What device do you use to capture it all?

 

 

*One gift card per activation on installment. Limit five gift cards per membership. Gift card will be provided at the time of activation and may not be used toward same transaction or to pay for membership fee, or select services. Subject to all terms of Sam’s Club Mobile Secondary Retail Agreement. This offer may not be combined with any other offer promotion. Limited time availability. Offers subject to change. Carriers, coverage, and products may vary by location. Devices may require select plan and data subscriptions, credit approval, activation fee and termination fees. Upgrade eligibility may vary. 4G not available in all markets. See club for details. This offer is not valid online. Limit of five phones per membership.

Save Money with GROUPON In-Store Coupons

***This post is sponsored by GROUPON.  All opinions are mine.***

Did you know GROUPON has store coupons? I didn’t. How did I not know about this? Where have I been?

In the past, I’ve gotten some great deals on GROUPON for things like hair appointments and home repairs, but, I didn’t know GROUPON also offers coupons to stores I shop.  With back-to-school being just around the corner (my son goes back August 7), I figured I should share this with you… just in case you didn’t know either.

Last week, my son and I went on a mini back-to-school shopping trip.  We were at Target, American Eagle, and Barnes and Noble. Turns out, GROUPON has coupons to all the above stores. I wish I would have used some. We picked up a few new shirts, a hoodie, and a book for his English class. I did not have a single coupon, which always bums me out.

GROUPON Coupons has coupon offers to so many stores, including  The Home Depot. I’m excited about this as I can hardly ever find Home Depot coupons for my various home projects.

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Here’s how GROUPON Coupons works. Currently, GROUPON Coupons has 44 Target coupons. You can use them online and in store. You can get all your deals right on your phone. My son needs a new backpack and school supplies so I’ll be sure to use the $5 off $50 coupon.

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Same at The Home Depot.  The $5 off coupon will help me save on my deck stain.

 

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There are so many places you can shop with Groupon, such as Walgreens, Nordstrom Rack, eBay, Macy’s, Ann Taylor, Office Depot, Footlocker, and many more.

So next time you’re out shopping,  simply go to the Groupon site first and grab the coupons and promo codes. This will allow you to double up on the savings.

Only One Handbag

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I recently had a conversation with co-worker who has a passion for handbags. She has lost count of the number of bags she’s collected over the years. She stores them in a big trunk and says she could open a shop.

Needless to say, my co-worker was shocked to learn that I only own one handbag. Yep, only ONE. I like to keep things to a minimal. Same goes for handbags. My mom was the same way. She used to own just one decent handbag at a time and wear it until it fell apart. I do the same. I wear the purses into the ground until they fall of my body and then get a new one.  Not every woman owns a closet’s (or trunk) worth of handbags.

Some would argue that two handbags are necessary. One for regular use, and one small clutch for “special” events like weddings, funerals, etc.  True, but I don’t go anywhere dressy enough for an “evening bag”.

Not only do I own just one handbag, but I like mine plain. I’m not a fan of buckles, chains, and other decor on my bag. Some of my earlier bags came from thrift stores. I carried them for years as they had plenty of life left in them.

Three months ago, my old purse fell apart ( I wore it for three years) and I replaced it with a simple brown handbag. Originally for Target ($40), I found it at Bargain Hunt for just $4.80. No, it’s not a designer bag, but it’s sturdy and practical, and I know I’ll be able to use it for several years. It’s large enough to hold my essentials, a water bottle, and my camera.

I know a lot of women love handbags and may even get addicted to buying them. I firmly believe  the prices of these handbags are often inflated because of the brand, but anyone willing to spend a few hundred or thousand dollars on a bag should be willing to make it worth its money. That said, I still don’t understand the obsession with expensive bags.  It’s a name you’re paying for! Same goes for shoes, dresses, or perhaps worst of all blue jeans.

Anyway, one bag is enough for me, much less complicated.

What about you? Could you or do you wear one bag until it dies?