Happy Friday and greetings from Brooklyn! I have a crazy and fun holiday weekend ahead of me including visiting my best friend from college, events for my cousin’s wedding, and some fun city time with Ted! Needless to say by the time the weekend’s over, I think I’m going to sleep forever – or until my alarm goes off for work Tuesday morning. 

So as I get ready to head out for brunch, I’ll leave you with this week’s fun findings! Oh and waiting for you at the end of this post is an exciting giveaway!

16 Personalities Quiz

I’ve always loved taking all kinds of quizzes from the J-14 and Teen Bop magazine days to Myspace, and Buzzfeed. My newest favorite is the 16 Personalities Quiz, which is essentially a version of the Meyers-Briggs personality test. I love how this one breaks the results down and also lets you read about the other personality types. My results ended with INFJ – The Diplomat, and I found it to be pretty spot on! Have you taken this one yet? If not, take it now and let me know your results and if it’s accurate for you!

16-personalities

Disney Channel Original Movie Marathon

Growing up I was OBSESSED with the Disney Channel Original Movies that premiered on Friday nights. Movies like Zenon Girl of the 21st Century, Smart House, Luck of the Irish, Don’t Look Under the Bed. SO many good ones. Well, believe it or not, but Disney Channel is airing it’s 100th original movie and to celebrate, will be airing all of their movies starting tonight and running through the month of June. You can check out the full lineup here. You better believe my DVR is already set for some of these! Do you have a favorite?

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Drop the Mic with Anne Hathaway

Ok, I realized I just included James Corden with his “carpool karaoke” last week, BUT his segments are always SO good. My favorite this week? “Drop the Mic,” a rap battle between him and Anne Hathaway. It’s full of disses on both sides and SO funny. Enjoy!

And now it’s giveaway time! I’ve teamed up with some fellow lady bloggers to give away an exciting “Summer Lovin” prize pack, including:

  • A Beach Bag
  • A Kylie Jenner Lip Kit 
  • A $25 Target gift card
  • A $15 Starbucks gift card 

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Yesi@ Love Yesi Blog // Kara@ Happy Go Lucky Blog // Jennifer@ Crown Me In Glitter Blog
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Enjoy the long weekend (for those of you in the U.S.) and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday! 

My “10 things you might not know about” series continues today with the charming city of Salzburg, Austria! This picturesque town is located about an hour and a half from Munich, Germany, and is definitely worth a visit! But until you’re able to get there yourself, whether for the first time or returning, here are some interesting facts that you might not know about Salzburg!

How much do you know about Salzburg, Austria? Check out these fun facts + recommendations for must see/do things in Salzburg.

  1. The Sound of Music was filmed here! And you can stay at Hotel Schloss Leopolskron (an INCREDIBLE place), which you might recognize as the Von Trapp house!
  2. The famous Red Bull drink was created in Salzburg.
  3. Salzburg literally means “salt castle,” due to all of the salt mining done around the city.
  4. Prior to 1816, Salzburg was its own country, separate from the rest of Austria.
  5. A Christmas tradition includes the “Krampus Run,” in the Christmas markets where the demonic-looking companion of St. Nicholas tags along on St. Nicholas Day to punish those who have been bad. It’s quite the tradition to experience in person!
  6. Europe’s OLDEST restaurant, St. Peter Stiftskeller (opened in 803) here and is built into the side of the mountain.
  7. During WWII, the city was bombed heavily, with almost half of the city’s buildings destroyed. There are still hundreds of unexploded bombs from the airstrikes that remain in the city today, that are periodically discovered.
  8. Salzburg is the birthplace of the famous composer Mozart – you can tour his childhood home!
  9. Fortress Hohensalzburg (which sits above the city – a landmark you can’t miss) is the largest and fully-preserved fortress in central Europe. Initial construction on it began in 1077.
  10. Old Town in Salzburg is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site because of its unique baroque structure.

 

Interested in learning more? Read all about my 24 hour visit to one of my most memorable stops in Europe!

I love technology. I’ve always been one to get excited about new gadgets and am usually first in line to get them. But every once in a while, technology goes haywire and it results in a frenzied panic/potential meltdown wondering whether or not the data/content will be saved or is gone forever.

That’s exactly what happened to me over the weekend. Friday night I went to the Lightning playoff game and my phone starting acting weird with spotty service, but I chalked it up to being in a stadium full of thousands of people, because reception is never the best in those instances. It seemed like my messages were going through but even after sending it kept displaying a “sending message 1, 2, 3… of 27,” updating each time I’d send a message out.

Saturday morning I woke up and found that my messages still showed “sending message X of Y” and the new messages I was sending weren’t being marked “delivered.” Additionally, a whole slew of messages I hadn’t read or been notified of were sitting in my conversation threads. So I decided to power off and back on to see if that’d help and navigated back to my messages. ALL OF THEM WERE COMPLETELY GONE. WIPED. Fortunately everything else was still in place. Apps, contacts, and most importantly, photos. And after a couple hours, my messages started going through again.

Fast forward to Saturday night, my messages started delaying again (maybe due to maxed out reception again at the Hall & Oates concert), and any action I’d take on my phone took a few extra seconds for it to acknowledge was I was trying to do. Ugh.  While, dear iPhone, I love you, I was ready to chuck you out the window this weekend.

Have you experienced your technology going haywire? Here are some ways to make sure your content is safe.

Back in 2011 a few months before Apple unrolled the cloud backup, I lost every single one of my photo. So it’s not my first rodeo with technology going crazy on me. But we get so used to things working perfectly most of the time, that we get careless with backing things up. So do yourself a favor and make a list of all of your gadgets and back them up tonight!

Here are some of my favorite tools for backing things up:

  • DropBox: I upgraded to the “Pro” version ($99/year) earlier this year and it’s been such a lifesaver. With 1TB of space, I can keep all kinds of files on there! Most importantly, this is where I store my WordPress backup files and iPhone photos (set to auto-backup when you open the app).
  • UpDraftPlus Backup Plugin: Bloggers on WordPress, this one is SO important. While (knock on wood) I haven’t had to deal with losing anything on my site, I’ve heard some horror stories, so I set up an auto-backup through this free plugin to avoid any disaster!
  • WD My Passport External Hard Drive ($59): While backing things up in the cloud is certainly helpful, it’s also safe to keep an external drive handy to back your computer files, photos, music, etc. up. Plus, you can get these drives for relatively cheap now!
  • iTunes: If you’re an Apple user, this is where you plug your phone into your computer and manually run a backup. If your phone crashes or gets wiped, you can always restore it based on the last update you did.

Have you ever experienced technology going haywire?

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