Why I switched from Samsung To iPhone 7?!

Happy Tuesday, Loves! After reading the title, you're probably thinking "Wait... whaaaaa?! Aren't you an Android user?!" And right you are. For many years, I have been a die hard Android lover. But, after multiple days of consideration (and multiple phone calls to Telus to annoy them with my billion questions), I finally decided to upgrade my Samsung Galaxy S6 to an iPhone 7. Today, I'll be sharing with you the real reasons why I switched to #TeamiPhone!


Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored and not meant to brag (obviously). I purchased the iPhone 7 with my own money. The intention of this post is to share the reasons why I made the switch because, as I said before, I was a die-hard Android fan. I hope this post opens some eyes to see that it is okay to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new!

So, why did I switch from Android to Apple?

Many of the Lifestyle Apps I wanted to review for my Blog were only available in the Apple App Store. Every time I found an awesome Lifestyle App I wanted to test and review, I was unable to download it because it was only available in the Apple App Store. Sometimes I'd try to download it onto my iPad, but it is kind of hard to thoroughly review an app when you have to lug around an iPad that only works over WiFi.

I have an iPad Mini 2 and thoroughly enjoy iOS. I have experienced iOS through my iPad and really did enjoy the interface. It seems simplistic on the outside, but all of the shortcuts and gestures are something you really need to get used to. On Android, I never used a lot of the features (like Widgets or multiple home screens, for example), so it just seemed like a waste for my use of a smart phone.

It is more aesthetically pleasing, in my opinion. I like the way the iPhone looks. It is sleek, simplistic and colourful. Anybody that knows me knows that I love cute phones with cute cases. My Samsung Galaxy S6 was the Platinum Gold colour, but I was very sad to see that Samsung did not have that available for the S8. I don't want a black or white phone. iPhone really got me here, because they had both Gold AND Rose Gold available. Plus, when shopping for cases, iPhones always have the cuter cases (mostly because the iPhone case market understands that when girls shop for phone cases, majority of them want cute cases--AKA ME!).

I wanted a phone upgrade but the iPhone 7 was more affordable than the Samsung Galaxy S8. When I finally decided to upgrade, the iPhone 7 was $0 on a two year plan, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S8 was $100 for a two year plan. You can see exactly why I decided the iPhone was the better option for me.

I could Face Time & iMessage my Boyfriend. This is more of a personal choice, but Adam and I liked the idea of being able to Face Time and iMessage. We, now, Face Time every night before bed instead of calling. We also liked how iMessage have the Read receipts. The Read receipts are the only reason why we originally were using Facebook Messenger. But now, we no longer need that additional app. We also share our location with one another on iMessage, which is nice to know where the other is. These are some features some people don't really like, but we have really been enjoying them.

Those are some of the reasons why I made the switch. Obviously this wasn't a choice that I just made over night. I spent multiple days doing research, bothering Telus representatives over the phone and hard thinking before I decided to switch. I originally was scared I was going to regret this decision, but in the end, I am actually in love with my iPhone. It feels smoother with many of the apps I use on a regular basis, the battery life lasts me almost two days, and more than anything, it just feels more me

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Let me know down below: Are you #TeamiPhone or #TeamAndroid and let me now why?


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How To Plan A Stress-Free Group Trip + Freebie!

Happy Sunday Loves! I know I have already dipped my toes in the summer-themed blog posts, but I am super excited to plunge head first into many more posts now that it is officially the summer time! That begin said, I thought I'd share with you, this week, how I stay stress-free while traveling with a group!


My secret weapon is a planner (Surprise, surprise!). Typically, I organize my thoughts using OneNote, but obviously that isn't as accessible for those traveling to areas with no WiFi or signal (aka. potentially me when my group of friends leave for the cottage). Because of that, I designed a printable planner that you can download and print, for yourself, to plan your next group trip with! Download link will be provided at the end of the post!

Moving forward, here are a couple tips I use to stay organized while planning a group trip:

Keep All Important Information Together
Typically this would include:

  • Accommodations Information (Contact Info/Address/Reservation Number, etc.) 
  • Check in/out times
  • Location (Meeting Places/Accomodations/etc.) 
  • Number of Guests
  • Etc. 
I like to keep it all on an itinerary. It is important to keep it simplified onto one page because then you won't be searching through multiple files and pages looking for information. It is all quick and accessible to you. 

Make Lists & Tables 
I find this is most pleasing to the eye and helps keep things easy to find. Need to know how much someone still owes you for the trip? Need to know who has and hasn't RSVP'd? It is quick and easy to find in a table or list! I also like this because it helps me keep track on how to contact people. My friends and I barely text (mostly talk via Facebook Messenger), but in many instances while traveling, WiFi isn't accessible. Knowing someones contact information and having it saved is very important to staying stress free. 

Use Sticky Notes For Pending Information 
Anything that isn't 100% sure, just use a sticky note. This way, your canvas (in this case, your sleeping arrangement chart) is left clean and simplified. With sticky notes, you can easily move around information that you aren't sure about. Once information is confirmed, you can write it in with pen.

Now for the part I'm sure you've been waiting for: 

THE ULTIMATE GROUP PLANNER
(Free Printable Planner!) 

13 Pages
Itinerary
Guest Lists (Up To 30 People)
Sleeping Arrangement Pages
Carpool Arrangement Pages
Grocery Lists
Blank Note Pages 




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Starbucks Berry Prickly Pear Frappuccino (Blended Creme) - Worth The Buy?

Happy Thursday, Loves! It is finally summer! I'm just so excited for longer days, warmer weather, and lots of adventures! One of my absolute favorite parts about summer is trying out all of the awesome summer seasonal drinks that come out! Earlier this week, while visiting Starbucks with Adam after a nice nature walk (lol aka, a Pokemon Go walk), I noticed they had some new drinks released! Little did I know, they were released that day! Lucky Me! I knew I definitely had to do a "Worth The Buy" for you all because you all know I love my Starbucks!


Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored and I purchased this drink with my own money. All opinions are that of my own.

How gorgeous does this drink look in the advertisements? So colorful and fun!

Starbucks describes it as:
"It's a whole lot of fruity fun in one Frappuccino®. Mango syrup is blended with Frappuccino® Blended Crème base, milk and ice, then poured over a purée of berries and prickly pear, and topped with more purée."
A Grande (16oz) is 260 Calories, as per following original recipe.


Despite how cute the photo from the advertising is, my frappuccino actually turned out to look really displeasing (see photo above). It really doesn't look anything like the photo, to be honest with you. The way the barista made it, it looked like more creme than real fruit puree. The syrup looks kind of blotchy at the top and its just really ugly to look at (see photo below). Definitely not Instagram worthy.


Nevertheless, it tasted pretty good. Remember how I mentioned earlier in the post how it had Mango Syrup in the creme base? Well, if you remember the Unicorn drink Starbucks released earlier this year, it kind of tasted like that (minus the gross sour shocks). When mixed with the berry/pear pure, it was actually a really nice refreshing taste.

So, in the end, do I think it is Worth The Buy?

Taste wise, definitely! The mix of the fruit puree with the mango creme base was delicious! I actually finished it almost immediately! I definitely will be coming back to Starbucks soon to buy it again!

Presentation wise, my barista failed me. Not to say your barista will fail you, but I think I'd definitely try a different location, next time, to see if they can make it look more presentable. I was kind of scared and turned-off, at first, to try it, because of how gross the puree at the top looked.

Nevertheless, I definitely recommend anyone to go out and buy it! Definite YES from me! It was absolutely delicious.

I guess, if you want to buy it for the 'gram, you could ask your Barista to try to make it look Instagram Worthy.

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Have you tried any of the new Starbucks summer drinks? Which one has been your favorite so far?

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