Exciting + Quick

August 17, 2011

Lots of excitement today! A few things I can share now, and one I’ll share in a week or so! BIG news!

(And I’m not signing a book deal, going on a fabulous trip or pregnant…since I know minds are wondering!)

First good news – our accountant says we’re doing our bookkeeping very well (and doing really well!) Woot.

The second fabulous thing that happened – a slice of Apple Crunch with nut butter during my afternoon meetings. Also had a few clusters. Hunger satisfied.

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And the third…I called AT&T to see if I could sweet talk them into prematurely approving me for a phone upgrade…since I’m a loyal customer and all…and they said YES! Like, without even a second thought – “Sure we’ll let you upgrade today.”

I practically FLEW to the AT&T store to get…the Samsung Infuse! Matt and I are phone twins (and have pink + blue cases because they were 50% off and while pink is not my favorite color, I couldn’t turn down a deal..) I considered the HTC Inspire because I really like HTC phones, but after reading some reviews, it just couldn’t keep up with this guy.

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BIG SCREEN!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been wanting one since I got my HTC Aria. Small phones may seem appealing at first, but the screen size is NOT ideal for a blogger! NICE camera!!! Better features!

Old vs. new

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Which would you rather read blogs on!?

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Very very happy with the purchase, although I’m still getting used to the phone and its differences.

Dinner tonight was a quickie because I have lots to do to prepare my phone, self and suitcase for my trip tomorrow. Healthy Living Summit round 3!!

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We whipped up this dinner in under 10 minutes! And made it up on the spot.

Quickie Sauté:

  • 1 eggplant, cubed and sautéed in coconut oil
  • A handful of garden tomatoes, sliced and thrown into sauté with a few minutes left
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Chipotle pesto
  • Goat feta crumbles
  • Egg on top!
  • Smoked salt from Whole Foods

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And a Oreo Truffle for dessert!

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Have a great night friends!

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1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I feel special knowing ALL the news of your life weeks ahead of time :). Love the pink case!

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2 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm

:) Don’t leak the news!!

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3 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm

My lips are sealed!

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4 faith August 18, 2011 at 8:37 am

News? What news? ;)

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5 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs August 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Eggs on top of dinner is always a good idea. Can’t wait to hear what the big news is!! YOU’RE GETTING A PUPPY????

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6 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Congrats on the books. Trust me, I know that is a great thing! Our business is a lot smaller than yours and easier on the books, but I still wait on pins and needles to see if I balanced everything ok. Dinner looks delicious. I love a fried egg on my veggies! YUM! Have a great night Kath.

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7 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats August 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Ooo, I’m fairly certain I know what this news is too – whee!!! :D :D :D

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8 katie @KatieDid August 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Such a nice phone, I get such phone jealousy through the blog world… everyone can blog and take cool photos and tweet from anywhere! I’m stuck in the 90s apparently with my phone. Can’t wait to hear the exciting news!

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9 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I just got an iPhone a few days ago and I am loving it– HOWEVER, you are bringing some tough competition to the table ;)

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10 kaila@ healthy helper blog! August 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Can’t wait to find out the big news!! Wish I was going to HLS! Send me a swag bag perhaps? LOL! #wishfulthinking

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11 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) August 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Ooo – I can’t wait to hear your big news! I’m bummed I’m not going to be at HLS this weekend – but for good reason – my brother is coming to visit me!

I love your new phone – the screen is HUGE! I just got an iPhone – The Boy bought one a few months back and we really wanted the ability to FaceTime when he is on business trips and the like. I love it – and have the KathEats App/widget!

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12 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Exciting and quick = that’s what she said! Heehee :) I can’t wait to hear your good news!

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13 Baking N Books August 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm

What is the news?? To do with the bakery…I’m so bad with “surprises”.

On another note – is that an iphone? What do you – or readers – recommend for a good phone. I use mine a lot for work – texting, checking email, etc. – I have an upgrade eligible but don’t want to get something over the top or too expensive. Too much technology is draining….I want to like sit on an island in Hawaii somewhere and just breathe in life.

;)

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14 Cait @ Beyond Bananas August 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm

That is awesome that ATT let you upgrade sooner! Love the new phone! I Just got my first smart phone and feel like I was technologically deprived before hand! Can’t wait for the big big news – but I think that fact that that bakery is doing really well is superb news itself!

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15 Hillary August 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Big news that isn’t a baby or book deal? How about a house? Other than that, I’m stumped!

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16 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Congrats on the new phone! So glad that they didnt bat an eye at the early upgrade. And of course, lovin the pink case!

“(And I’m not signing a book deal, going on a fabulous trip or pregnant…since I know minds are wondering!)”-
those are the 3 things that people always ask me too if i say i have news and dont talk about it. so now i disclaim myself with that, too.. haha!

Congrats on nailing the bookkeeping. It’s not easy just being in business and doing the food/cooking/retail side of things….the behind the scenes, finances, numbers, etc..that’s a whole other animal. Glad you’re all over!

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17 Alleigh August 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I figured I was out of luck for HLS, but a last minute ticket became available and I jumped on it! I just moved to Philly, and despite not having a blog of my own, am hoping to meet some other Philly ppl. Fingers crossed I’m not the only one w/o a blog! See you there :)

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18 Dani Delicatessen August 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Jealous! That phone looks awesome, I’ve wanted one for a while but keep putting it off assuming a newer version will be coming out soon-hens why i’ve had the same phone for over 4 years- it is a fighter though! ; )

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19 CheezyK August 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Just upgraded to a Samsung myself and am loving it!

Looking forward to your big news …

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20 JT @ the Faux Foodie Girl August 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Big news!?! – you didnt mention anything about a TV show;) can’t wait to hear the details!!!
Well done for doing well- that’s great – congrats!!!

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21 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. August 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm

My honey and I are thinking about switching to smartphones. I’ll have to look at the one you got. We were considering getting iPhones, but just aren’t sure.

Can’t wait to hear your other big news! Have fun at the Healthy Living Summit!

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22 Cait's Plate August 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm

YAY for the new phone!! I love my Samsung – hopefully you will be as pleased as I am :)

I really want an oreo truffle now…heck, I’d even settle for just the cookie at this point…

Safe travels to Philly and have a great time – wish I could be joining you al!!

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23 Kristen, Sweetly August 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm

eeeee! have a blast in philly. i’ll be leaving the area just as all the bloggers are arriving. what sadness. except… it’s for vacation. i guess not too sad. ;-)

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24 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Pretty sure eggs complete almost any QUICK meal :)

Have a fun trip–love the new phone case!!

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25 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm

EXCITING news?!? Can’t wait! (thanks for telling us what it was not, that way we’ll wonder even more! That was very kind of you!) …New phone! Hope it’s awesome!
Have TONS of fun at HLS!!!! (especially for all of us that can’t go!)

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26 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm

yay for the new phone!!! And an egg on top? What a good idea! More protein and delicious egg yolk!

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27 Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds August 17, 2011 at 9:59 pm

You are one lucky duck. Sprint wouldn’t budge when I tried to sweet talk them!

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28 Angel7 August 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Bigger phone screens are so much better! People should not have to squint to read their phones :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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29 Sweet and Savvy August 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm

You’ll LOVE the new Samsung!:) I Have a Very similar model – it is great!

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30 Jessica @ The Process of Healing August 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm

How exciting! I just got the newest iPhone recently and I am BEYOND excited still!

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31 Ashley@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries August 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Good job on sweet talking the AT&T people…wanna give me some tips?? ;)

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32 Brittany August 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

Actually AT&T ususally (like 99% of the time) lets you upgrade up to 6 months early if you have a two year plan. So you can pretty much always get an upgrade after a year and a half.

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33 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

They let me do it after 12 mos :)

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34 Emily G. August 18, 2011 at 8:43 am

From what I hear, At&T is losing a lot of business to Verizon and customer service is under strict instructions not to lose any more business. If a customer wants an upgrade, they get one (ya know – as long as it isn’t every week).

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35 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I love how you through half the speculation out the window immediately, haha! excited to hear the news, whatever it may be, soon!

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36 Kelsey August 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Anticipation builds! I am super jealous of your whole foods salt bar — perhaps I can request that at my whole foods!

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37 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 17, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I’m so with you on large phones/screens! I was never into tiny phones– even the iPhone and HTC Android is too small, I wish it were the size of a home phone, lol!

Can’t wait to hear your news. Congrats on business booming and your new phone!! All things to be excited about. :D

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38 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 17, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I love all the happy news. Your blog is oozing with excitement!! Love it!

Safe travels! I can’t wait to meet everyone at HLS.

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39 Elisabeth August 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Congrats on the great accounting & the new phone! That phone is pretty similar (at least in size) to the one I have – Motorola Droid X, which I love! I can’t imagine having a smaller screen now… :)

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40 Hannah August 17, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Pumpkin chipotle pesto. Every time you say that, I yearn.

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41 Kelley August 17, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Guess that BlogHer session on techie phones really rubbed off! New phones are fun. Especially now that they’re basically mini computers! YAY!

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42 lynn @ the actor's diet August 17, 2011 at 11:29 pm

yay re: everything! and the big news…

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43 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn August 18, 2011 at 12:04 am

No iPhone?! Not gonna lie I kindof like that one bettaa!! I prefer my Droid to the iPhone, 1000% ;) Wheeeee g-frand I can’t wait to meet youuuu!

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44 Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise August 18, 2011 at 12:22 am

Whoa that egg looks incredible and I don’t even eat them….yummmmm

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45 Namaste Gurl August 18, 2011 at 12:29 am

Looks super yummy for preparing in 10 minutes :)
Yay for new phone and good book-keeping! Can’t wait to hear the other news :)

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46 Khushboo August 18, 2011 at 12:31 am

I love pulling the ‘loyal customer’ card out…always does the trick :)!

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47 Cherie August 18, 2011 at 1:15 am

Your posts always leave me craving bread. Wonder why :P

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48 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 18, 2011 at 3:27 am

Can’t wait to hear the news! :)

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49 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East August 18, 2011 at 3:32 am

YaY for the new phone! Loving the pink case. Cant wait to read about the HLS events.

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50 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope August 18, 2011 at 5:19 am

So glad to hear everything is going so well with the bakery – you are both doing such a great job with it! :)

AWESOME about the new phone. That screen is incredible!

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51 Meredith August 18, 2011 at 6:22 am

Can’t wait to hear the news!

On a completely unrelated note, I’m vegan and have always made my overnight oats with almond or soy milk. Last night, I decided to mix them up with soy yogurt… sooo good and so doughy! Gonna use yogurt whenever I have it on hand now! Thanks for all the amazing breakfast inspiration!

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52 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 6:35 am

I’ve been tellin’ y’all that yogurt is key!!! Glad you found a vegan solution

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53 Meredith August 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

You were so right, should have listened long ago :).

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54 Sabina August 18, 2011 at 6:28 am

I’m getting a new phone shortly too. :-)

why didn’t you go with the samsung galaxy II S (dual core)?

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55 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 6:35 am

Because I have AT&T?

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56 Sabina August 18, 2011 at 6:56 am

Ah! I’m not American, so I’m not aware of the phones provider by each cell company. :-)

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57 Sabina August 18, 2011 at 6:56 am

provided, not provider. ;-)

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58 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

Yeah, the rule our lives!!

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59 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 18, 2011 at 6:29 am

COngrats on the big screen! I am still loving the sound/loos of those Oreo truffles :)

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60 Molly @ RDexposed August 18, 2011 at 6:44 am

It doesn’t matter what’s under a fried egg because a fried egg makes any dish fabulous!

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61 Erika @ The Teenage Taste August 18, 2011 at 7:37 am

Oooh, AT&T is my cell phone carrier so maybe I could try to sweet talk them into an upgrade too. I’m loving the looks of your new phone, Kath! :-)

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62 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

I can’t wait to hear the big news!

And congrats on your bakery doing so well. That’s amazing considering it’s only been a few months. You guys are doing an awesome job!

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63 melon54 August 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

Good choice on not getting the HTC Inspire. I switched from an IPhone to the HTC Inspire. I have to say that I hate the Inspire!! Sound is horrible, it freezes up, texting is difficult and now it seems to be making random calls. In September I was going back to an IPhone, but now maybe I’ll consider the Samsung. I have had Samsungs in the past and always liked them.

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64 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) August 18, 2011 at 8:48 am

Ever since seeing you use smoked salt here on KERF I knew I needed to try it. Then, I went to my TJ’s about a month ago and there it was … I was so excited to try it. …and it did not dissappoint. I must say, my favorite use so far has been on grilled corn. I’ve been spraying them with a bit of canola cooking spray and sprinkling with smoked salt, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and pepper. Yum yum.

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65 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

Any hopes of leaking the Oreo Truffle recipe? ;) Have fun at HLS!!

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66 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

It’s in the comments of yesterday’s post

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67 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

Nice..thanks!

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68 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

Nice phone!! So jealousies ;) Can’t wait to hear “that” good news!!! :D

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69 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy August 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

I just got the Samsung charge (verizon) and I’m still not sure about it. It feels so huge that it’s hard to hold in my little hands. I’d like to be able to run occasionally with my phone and snap photos, but I guess I’ll have to get some kind of belt or something if I want to run with it…or just strap it to my hand. ;) See you at HLS! Looking forward to meeting you!

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70 Emily August 18, 2011 at 9:44 am

On the phone on hold with ATT now to try to get a phone upgrade – they are saying they NEVER do that and it is not available for anyone. Guess you got the one nice customer service rep. I’m still stuck with a dead iphone that won’t charge for another 6 months!

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71 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 9:57 am

Oh no. How long have you had the phone? I was ALMOST due for an upgrade, so that’s why they did it. I had to get supervisor override. Perhaps my length of time and packages with AT&T helped?

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72 Emily August 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

I have until Jan. for an upgrade. :( The person I spoke to was very convinced that it would be never be done so I didn’t push too hard – although I mentioned I had a friend who got a new Samsung phone upgrade! She said, not possible – hah. I’ve had AT&T for years – my family is the most loyal customers (my dad works for them) but maybe we are so loyal they figure we won’t go anywhere. Apple offered to sell me a “new” iphone for $199 – how nice :) But they won’t do any tech support without a phone contract for $30 bucks. Guess I’m just stuck with a wonky charging iphone for another couple of months!

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73 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

Aww that’s a huge bummer. Maybe they knew about your dad or something? Is your warranty over?

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74 Kathryn @ Flopoodle August 18, 2011 at 10:59 am

You’re killin’ me! :) Can’t wait to hear all about it.

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75 Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous August 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Can’t wait to hear the BIG news!

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76 Joanne August 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I finally got Ted to upgrade to the iphone. We love our phones as well although we’re still “smart phone challenged”.
Have a safe, super great trip.

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77 Jessica @ Baybaybites August 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I want to try that with T-Mobile. I’ve had terrible customer service with them, which I find funny because they are supposedly rated #1 in customer service.

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78 Shayla @ The Good Life August 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Good point about getting a larger phone for better blog reading. I always think smaller is better but you bring up such a great point…it should have been obvious to me but in the blogging sense, bigger is definitely better! I will keep that in mind when my time is up to renew! :)

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79 Luv What You Do August 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

My phone is so old and outdated (like I don’t even have a smart phone, aps, or internet access). I will be calling AT&T tomorrow!

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80 Mac August 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I totally agree with your phone philosophy… I have a horribly small screen on my phone and I can’t read blogs on my phone it’s awful! On top of that pictures aren’t real great either… I can’t wait until I upgrade someday!

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81 Simply Life August 19, 2011 at 7:23 am

Question – what do you do with the old phone? I always wonder this – do you give it back to the store to recycle it? Again, as someone who’s never had a smartphone and is using one being held together by tape right now (yes, it’s true) I don’t have too many old phones to get rid of and what’s considered old right now would be new to me. just wondering as I know people upgrade a get new ones all the time. It does look like fun – enjoy!!!

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82 Jessie August 19, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Hey girl,

I would love to connect with you! I am currently working on building a community of female bloggers who write about fitness, exercise, motivation, inspiration, and all aroung girl power. Our facebook group is called bodacious bloggers. You can ask to join the group via facebook or send me a meggage via facebool http://www.facebook.com.teamneversaycant We will also be sharing youtube and facebook like pages so that we can dominate Google SEO and help as many ladies lead awesome inspiring lives as possible. Please pass on the word to other ladie bloggers.

Thank you so much

Jessie Banks

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83 Kaci September 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I know you’re in the midst of moving right now but when you get a chance, I wanted to see why you switched from an iPhone to the Droid. I’m deciding between the two. iPhone users seem to be diehards so it’s hard to get a good opinion! Do you like the Droid because of the bigger screen and the google products?

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84 KathEats September 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm

It’s ALL about Gmail and Google everything. It’s amazing. You need to go to a phone store and try one out!!

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