New Phone, New Life! #Troop8X #HTC8X

    Ever since I got my new HTC8X Windows phone, it has enhanced my life in so many ways.  Not only is it a sleek and beautiful phone, but it has just helped me to get organized and made my life much easier.  I am able to manage my business interactions as well as my personal interactions seamlessly.  It all begins with the Live Tiles on the home screen that let me know everything that is happening in real time!     Another awesome feature is the ability to stay abreast of what all of my friends are up to on the social media platforms that I belong to.  Not only do I stay updated on all of their posts and statuses, but I can also inbox them to get together for coffee or lunch by checking the "see+do" Live Tile.  It tells me what businesses and restaurants are in the area as well as what events are taking place locally.     As many of you know, we had a blizzard here in New York City a few weeks ago.  No sweat because I knew all about it ahead of time and was able to … [Read more...]

My Valentine’s Day Playlist! #Troop8x #HTC8X

      Valentine's Day is an extremely romantic time for my husband and I because we met on Valentine's day weekend 15 years ago.  He was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina at the time and he surprised me by showing up on my parents' doorstep unexpectedly with roses.     Unfortunately, social media and technology was not as advanced back then as it is now so I don't have photos and posts to remember those first blissful moments.  However, one thing that is timeless and has always been around is music.  There are many songs that my husband and I have shared over the years that have become part of our Valentine's Day playlist.     As we near the 15th anniversary of the day we met on February 12th, I would like to share this playlist with all of you to bring a little romance into your life that you can share with that special someone.  So, without further ado, here is the Tough Cookie Mommy Valentine's Day Playlist:           As you can … [Read more...]

Winter Fashion Tips For Kids! #Troop8X #HTC8X

    When it comes to dressing warmly during the Winter, my boys drive me completely crazy.  Sure, I always make sure that they have all the warm coats, hats, scarves, and gloves that they need to wear during the cold weather.  Whether or not they actually wear them all the time or keep from losing them a few times throughout the season, is another story.     As you can see from the photo below, it can get quite cold and frosty during the winter months here in New York City.  We experience cold conditions along with snow and freezing rain.  It's important to not only keep warm during this weather but to also look great doing it!  When it comes to kids, nothing says fashionable like donning outerwear and accessories that have their favorite cartoon characters on them.         My younger son loves wearing his Angry Birds hat and, thank goodness, because it's the only one he will wear this Winter!  On the other hand, the best way to get my older son to cover his head … [Read more...]

Capturing Precious Memories! #Troop8X #HTC8X

    We are definitely a sports family.  Although I am not very good at sports, my husband is an avid sportsman and my sons both play basketball and baseball.  There is nothing more exciting than cheering your children on at a sporting event.  Besides the pride that one feels as a parent, it is wonderful to know some of the skills that sports are teaching our boys which they can use on and off the court or baseball field.     It is very important to be able to capture all of these precious moments on camera and to be able to look back on our children's successes and joyful moments.  The HTC8X boasts an ultra-wide angle front facing camera which is just perfect for video chatting and keeping in touch with family and friends.  Additionally, it has an amazing 8-megapixel camera which takes beautiful and crisp photos and practically brings events to life in its images.     We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to review this amazing phone and have been around town taking the … [Read more...]