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Is iOS 10 killing your Data?

Is iOS 10 killing your Data?

You guys know that I love my iPhone. I have had an iPhone with AT&T since 2007. Since then I have never, not once, gone over my data limits. So imagine my shock and horror this month when I went over my Data limits by almost DOUBLE! WHAT! It was almost $100 in extra data. I was on the phone with AT&T the second I was home from the Bulletproof Conference.

When I spoke to my lovely AT&T Rep she explained to me that there were settings that are turned back on in the iOS 10 update. This totally explains why this is the first time I have gone over my data. The reason it was so severe is because I switched to the iPhone 7, and when I reinstalled my phone it used my Data to download all my apps. ALL MY APPS downloaded using Data even though I was at home on my WiFi. What happens when the WIFI ASSIST setting is on is that if your phone decides that you have weak WIFI then the phone will automatically switch to using your Cellular Data without you ever knowing.

Enjoy the short video below on how to turn the data vampire settings OFF!

Go hack your settings!


iPhone 7 Plus & Apple Watch Ver. 2 Unboxing

iPhone 7 Plus & Apple Watch Ver. 2 Unboxing

It’s Fall! For some this means leaves changing and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I live in Southern California, there isn’t a lot of foliage and frankly, I don’t love a Pumpkin Spice Latte. What I do love is Apple Products and for me Fall is iPhone launch time! This year I was also pleasantly surprised that there was a new Apple Watch. I have been wanting to update my watch to add a rose gold watch to my obsessive  awesome rose gold collection.

I will be updating this post as I road test the phone and it’s camera functions. So far I have gotten to play with the phone a little in low light and have loved the results.

Please enjoy the unboxing and let me know your thoughts on the latest from Apple.


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Hack your sleep with iOS 9.3 | Night Shift

Hack your sleep with iOS 9.3 | Night Shift

So what is the big deal about Night Shift anyway? Well, it sure makes hacking your sleep a lot easier. The blue tone light that comes from screens such as your Computer, Tv Screen, Phone, Kindle ext.,  research has shown that blue light keeps you awake because it suppresses the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps your body fall asleep. Sadly, that means that the screens not only provide you with things to do that keep you awake, but they actually stop you getting to sleep when you want to on a biological level. So being able to use Night Shift allows you to turn your screen amber so that there is no sleep disrupting blue light.

This video shows you quickly and easily how to set up Night Shift on your iPhone.

And now it’s time for a pro-tip for easily turning on Night Shift

Night Shift Pro Tip

So for your iPhone and your iPad you now have Night Shift to take the blue out of your screens. The good news is that if you  must work late on your computer you can dim your screen using a program such as f.lux to get rid of that blue light. If you want to eliminate all the blue light from your evenings you can wear amber-tinted glasses – they’ve been shown to improve not only sleep quality but also mood.

If you are looking for additional hacks to get a better nights sleep you can try adding in a small amount of food such as a tablespoon of raw honey (not in tea because then it’s no longer raw, and changes the composition of the honey), or adding some more carbs to your dinner. Additionally supplementation can help, specifically adding Magnesium to your evening supplements. The most bioavailable Magnesium is in the citrate or nitrate form. I use this one.


Finally if you really want to get your sleep dialed in then tracking your sleep is key. I discovered the Beddit sleep tracker at the Bulletproof BioHacking conference 2015. I had a chance to dive into the science behind their sensors and their software, it was great to see how much thought has gone into this piece of technology. If you are looking to just start with sleep tracking the Sleep Cycle app is a great free option to begin to look into sleep tracking. If you start sleep tracking and are seeing that you aren’t getting good deep sleep or if your partner complains that you snore terribly or that you stop breathing in the night look into if sleep apnea or TMJ could be an issue. You can find out more about Sleep Apnea and TMJ from Dr. Bryan Baker’s website, he is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist who specializes in sleep apnea and TMJ. Often the issue can be greatly improved with a simple appliance you wear at night, which is what I do, and it has made a  huge difference.

If you want to dive deeper into getting a better nights sleep please contact me, additionally if you are interested in my Better Sleep Hacks PDF join my mailing list in the sidebar and you will receive it!


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One Simple Hack to Reduce Stress this Holiday Season | and always

One Simple Hack to Reduce Stress this Holiday Season | and always

How many times a day does your phone pull your focus away from what you are doing? Research indicates that the average person checks their smartphone 150 times a day, which broken down over waking hours is like every SIX MINUTES. I bet that if this is you, its because something has triggered you to check your phone. Those triggers are normally some kind of alert. So & So has posted a photo on Instagram…..Betty Sue has checked in on Facebook.

These notifications are dictating your schedule and your behavior. TAKE BACK YOUR TIME.

Turn off your notifications! All your notifications, but especially social media and email notifications.

The average smartphone user doesn’t adjust the notification settings on their phones. Don’t be average…make your phone work for you. By turning of notifications your attention won’t be pulled by the ping or buzz of your phone. You are in control of when you check your phone and when you want to take a moment to check Facebook, Instagram of Snapchat, do it. The only notifications I leave on are my health apps. I love a Stand Up Now….Take a Deep Breath…..or, a be present, reminder.

Turning off notifications should only take a minute and will free you from split attention. Part of the reason we feel stress is because we have too many open loops going on in our mind at a time. When you see a notification while you are doing something else it can spiral into a longer visit on your phone than you intended or it can trigger you to do something else, like commenting on photos, or wondering why you weren’t invited to lunch. Next thing you know it’s 20 minutes later, you are now behind schedule and the stress starts to build.

So take a breath, take the plunge and free yourself.

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Runner Up Suggestions for less stress during busy times

  1. Do NOT check e-mail or social media for the first hour upon waking up. If your phone is your alarm clock or sleep tracker check those things then put your phone by the door so it’s ready to leave with you for the day, then leave it alone. Sixty minutes without you phone will set your day up on your schedule. When you check into your phone you check out of your life.

* Studies show that within the  First 15 minutes of waking up, 4 out of 5 smartphone owners are checking their phones and among these people, nearly 80% reach for their phone before doing anything else.

2. Before picking up your phone write down, on paper, the top 3 things you have to accomplish today. This way your days priorities are set before there is any distraction

3. Set phone alarms that are a positive message for 4 times a day. Currently my favorite is a reminder of how I want to be each day it reads ‘Present, Energetic, Bold’. This alarm goes off at 9am; 1pm; 5pm and 8pm.

4. SLEEP! Get to bed by 10:30 at the latest! Our body actually gets better quality of rest between 10pm-12pm. Don’t short yourself of this benefit during this busy time of the year. Remember quality rest also boosts your immune system….no one has time to be sick during the holidays.