July 21, 2016

iPhone 6 plus Camera Not Focusing Fix

So, while I was at the beach this past weekend, I realized my camera was not focusing for pictures that were at a distance of more than a few feet away. This was an issue! Here I am, at the beach, having fun with friends and my boyfriend, and my camera isn’t working. Not the best situation to be in, right? Sure, things could be worse, but it was definitely annoying!

We were only at the beach for a short amount of time (about a day), so I didn’t have time to research and fix what was going on. However, now that I am back at home, I figured it out and fixed it rather simply.

I found some “quick fixes” to fixing the iPhone not focusing, but they didn’t work for me. I tried tapping the phone at the top, cleaning the lens, taking the case off, shutting it down, etc. Nothing was working and I really wasn’t wanting to go to the Apple store or have to reset my iPhone to factory settings.

So, what fixed it? Well, I went into settings and looked to see if there was a newer update (iOS 9.3.3) that would maybe fix this camera not focusing bug. It didn’t mention anything about it in the updates, but I figured I’d try to download it and see if it fixed it anyways… and it did! So, if you are also having an issue with a camera out of focus on your iPhone, you might want to try it. New iOS updates can bring about new problems, but this fixed my current problem, and I’m quite happy about that. Also, sidenote – I also read it helps Pokemon go run smoother on the iPhone. So, there is that!

UPDATE: So, my iPhone 6 Plus camera went blurry and not focusing... again. The update only seemed to fix it for about a week (or maybe less, I wasn't taking many pictures). This made me quite mad, so I did a lot of research into the topic. It seems there is an "iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus" which has you put in your serial number to determine if it is in the batch of known phones with issues. Mine was.So, I called up Apple Support which had me setup an appointment for their Genius Bar. The guy on the phone said I'd have to pay about $30 to get it fixed, but I said I refused because it wasn't my fault this happened. He said I'd still have to pay. I could have also sent it in by mail to be fixed, but I can't go without a phone for who knows how long.

I had the appointment yesterday, which was also my first time to an actual Apple store. It was super busy! You really do need an appointment to get anything done there tech wise. After the guy was checking out my phone and determined it was having issues, guess what? I didn't have to pay anything. It was free to get fixed. No appointment charge or anything. It took about 2 hours, but the store was located in a nice shopping area, so I just went and browsed some other stores. All in all, not a bad experience.

If your iPhone 6+ is going blurry or not focusing, see if your serial number is in that batch and/or take it into the store (with an appointment) and get it fixed.

July 11, 2016

Happily Ever After... and 39 Other Myths about Love by Linda & Charlie Bloom

Happily Ever After... and 39 Other Myths about Love by Linda & Charlie Bloom is the book to burst the myths of “love” right out of the rocky waters of love. Everything isn’t perfect with love, and the myths we have been clinging to (sometimes without even knowing it) aren’t all correct. In fact… some are so wrong it hurts.

Book Description
According to bestselling authors and relationship counselors Linda and Charlie Bloom, accepting common myths such as “couples with great relationships don’t fight” or “little things aren’t worth getting upset over” can prevent you from building the strong relationship you hope for. This book offers compelling stories and valuable suggestions for replacing myths with realistic expectations, equipping you with behavior and communication guidelines that will enhance and strengthen your intimate relationship. With the Blooms’ strong yet flexible approach to love, you’ll discover a new openness in which mutual understanding can thrive.” – Happily Ever After... and 39 Other Myths about Love

My Thoughts
Happily Ever After... and 39 Other Myths about Love is a book that everyone should read that is married, engaged, in a relationship, or wants to be in a relationship… so that is 99.9% of the population, right?

This book is laid out with each myth as a chapter, so it makes for a rather breezy read. You can read the ones you have fallen victim to or read them all. I vote to read them all because it makes for a better well-rounded view on the subject, but this is not always the best option for everybody.

The first chapter I read wasn’t the first myth, either. It was the one titled “If you really loved me, I wouldn’t have to ask” – you know, the one where one person feels that the other should be a mind reader? We need to express ourselves more and just because our partner is very close to us and does understand us, it doesn’t mean they always know what we are thinking or what we want at any given time. We need to be more vocal, and this is something I think a lot of us need to do with our relationships. Great chapter.

Overall, I think this book is a great tool to improve relationships. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Happily Ever After... and 39 Other Myths about Love, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

July 8, 2016

Polyvore: Beach Road Trip

Beach Road Trip