The Fantastic Women of BlackBerry

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What do all these women have in common?  Besides being powerhouses of the executive, writing and entertainment industries? Look closely.  All of these women have made the decision to trust Blackberry.  They rely on the power of QNX to safely operate in this mobile world, resting assured in the security only BlackBerry is capable of providing.

But why am I only speaking of women? In a world of men vs women, the fairer sex vs testosterone, amidst the struggle of feminism and gender equality,  we women have scratched, clawed and climbed to the peak of the mountain. Yet, we still endeavor to close the gap on gender pay differences, end sexual harassment in the workplace, and balance the demands of juggling family life and building a career

And then, there is technology.
The tech world is known mainly as a mans world.
However, within the confines of the world of Blackberry users, who are very unique in their support of the brand and their faction like alliance, women, specifically…..SHINE.

It’s with this in mind today, that I offer a bit of a glimpse inside the minds of a few of BlackBerry’s most notable female consumers, advocates and enthusiasts. When approaching these ladies about participating in this blog post, I asked them to answer two simple questions.  Their answers literally blew me away. Therefore I will share the responses in their entirety.

Alicia Erlich


1.     How does BlackBerry help you achieve success in the work place?

My work life and my personal life converge on daily basis. As someone with a “9-to-5” job and a secondary position blogging at CrackBerry being successful means being able to keep the two organized, separate, and making sure they do not overlap. I can go on and on about the multitasking capabilities embedded within the BlackBerry OS and espouse the virtues of the keyboard. We are certainly all aware of how BlackBerry is synonymous with productivity and how this allows for business professionals to juggle several tasks at once. There are many examples I could give about how I’ve typed several posts on my BlackBerry, or had to send urgent texts to co-workers, studied for and passed a paralegal class using my Bold 9000, and even solved an IT issue on the train through BBM. For example, while my manager and I are on a conference call, I can reply to an email, view the attachment being discussed, enter a reminder in my calendar, search the Internet for any related items pertinent to the conversation, and also sneak into the Hub to check my BBM’s all without missing a beat. Also, every project I work on is completed through my BlackBerry, whether its reviewing contracts for work, communicating with the Mobile Nations team via Slack, or even reconciling my bank account against my monthly budget. My BlackBerry helps me achieve success in both areas (business and personal) because it does; there are no words really to describe it. My BlackBerry is an extension of me and who I am. I don’t even think about half the tasks I perform because of how well I navigate the system. From documents, photographs, and reminders, to basically keeping my head on straight and maintaining the balancing act. that is life and work, it keeps me focused and on target. For me that is being successful since I am normally all over the place.

2. What is the main reason you choose BlackBerry for personal use?

There are so many reasons why people choose a particular smartphone. In this day and age our options are diverse and from what I have seen there is no one device to meet everyone’s needs, tastes, and priorities. For me it boils down to productivity, communication, and a job I adore. It ties into my response above. It is a convenient way to get things done without having to run to my PC every five minutes. Not only can I communicate with co-workers and send out responses to important emails with lightning speed but I can also chat with other BBM users all over the world. The friendships forged using BBM with individuals in various countries is incredible to me. BlackBerry has afforded me the opportunity to do what I love most and that is write; it has taken a girl from a small town in Long Island and put her in a place where she can follow her passion. Owning a BlackBerry has given me the confidence to do more, helped me overcome my shyness, given me the chance to attend several events and even the tools to build an application. I cannot even begin to fathom what my life would have been like had I not picked up a BlackBerry.

DJ Reyes


1.     How does BlackBerry help you achieve success in the work place?

When it comes to business, BlackBerry helps keep me on top of incoming messages. The Hub is a great utility for collating all those messages and with Priority Hub I can filter messages that need responding to soonest. Plus, long battery life gets me through the day with kit having to worry about plugging in.

2. What is the main reason you choose BlackBerry for personal use?

The main reason for choosing BlackBerry for personal use is because it’s the best if both worlds. It keeps me going in business and pleasure. It has a decent camera for capturing memories. Enough media options, be it the native Music app or other music apps found in BlackBerry World, to get my music fix. And some great apps to help keep my productive throughout my personal activities. And with BBM I can keep in touch with friends and family around the world (although available on other platforms now).

Carolyn Turley


My BlackBerry is not just a handset. It’s a necessary tool I need everyday to maintain a clear direction and carry a lighter bag….

Although I don’t use my BlackBerry directly for business, using BlackBerry Blend has been a lifesaver at work. I sit at a desk and stare at excel sheets all day, 6 feet from my boss. Not only does Blend save my battery by not having to pick up my BlackBerry and delete or reply to emails/texts, I can do it from my desktop quickly, and immediately revert back to work mode without breaking my concentration (too much). It Also looks good picking up my cell less and texting my bffs and emailing Macy’s. Blend also allows me to set my BlackBerry to silent and have notifications appear on my desktop. That way, I don’t bother anyone else trying to sleep in my office.

For the people who are under the assumption that BlackBerry isn’t made for a social and personal use…I use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest seamlessly…and I can text my girlfriends about a special on a San Diego girls trip faster than I can talk on this keyboard (and trust me, I’ve got the whole talking thing DOWN).

I’ve tried iOs and sometimes I cycle and use one for a couple of months. I come back to BlackBerry because of the control I have with a BlackBerry: the filing system, filing pictures with ease, I’ve had great results with the camera, filing music, being able to control my communications via Blend, typing a million words a minute using the awesome keyboard, and the great screen using social media.

They say my Passport is an odd shape and not for everyone, but this BlackBerry Passport fits this woman.

These ladies are REAL examples of REAL, everyday women, using the power of BlackBerry to push on and move forward.  Today I celebrate these women and all of the BlackBerry women (Kimberly, Susan, Emily, Michelle, Christina, Martha, Emma, Marlene, Jenn, Lori, Ann, Lilly, Cynthia, Julie, Viktoria, Andrea, Jacquie, Katie, Mari, Stephanie, Sherry, Tracee and the list goes on and on) who value the phenomenal power there is to be had in BlackBerry. Women who have done the research, followed the path less traveled and made this brand a relevant part of their daily lives.  I celebrate the FANTASTIC Women of BlackBerry.

AT LAST! A decent, almost normal, practically carb free bread! Perfect Primo Bread


Perfect Primo Bread

Like I’ve said before….I am a self admitted BREAD JUNKIE. I love bread. I like it toasted with butter, I like it grilled with cheese and bacon, I like it slathered with peanut butter and jelly. French toast, cinnamon toast, pizza toast. Panini, club sandwich, toasted with tuna, chicken salad. Egg sandwiches, finger sandwiches, BLT. Fluffernutter, ham & cheese, open faced turkey & gravy. Patty melt, Monte Cristo, Po’ Boy. Rueben, Sliders, & Dipped (in soup. au jus, sausage gravy)

So when I went low carb in July, giving up bread was the most difficult part.

Earlier this month I posted about my desperate search for the perfect bread recipe. The reason for THIS post….is that I may have FOUND IT!

Check it out low-carb, banting, LCHF, Paleo friends.  A delicious bread with under 2 carbs per slice!  It grills, toasts and spreads very well. It tastes as close to regular bread as it gets and it looks like white bread. Definitely worth a try!




1/2 cup Kerrygold butter, melted
3 teaspoons bacon grease
8 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Add eggs to food processor and process about 1 minute
  • add bacon grease and melted butter to eggs, mix until well combined
  • Add remaining ingredients, mix until it is a very thick milkshake consistency.
  • Scrape into a buttered loaf pan.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, make sure it passes the toothpick test.
  • Allow to cool before slicing into 16 slices

*Store in fridge for up to a week.


Sliced Loaf


Toasted with butter


BlackBerry Slider: This is not your Father’s BlackBerry


This week I’ve had a fantastic opportunity to connect with a large number of BBM Channel users, thanks to a feature in BBM’s Discover Channels Page. Many of those I’ve talked to are using iOS and Android devices, but a lot of those people have told me that they would love to go back to a Blackberry device or try a Blackberry device for the first time….if only.  “If only what?” I asked. Here are the answers they provided: If only…

  • Blackberry offered all the apps I want, like Instagram, Snapchat, Pop the Lock, Messenger, Circle of 6, Periscope, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Birds 2, Tile, VSCO and many, many more.
  • Blackberry were sold by my carrier.
  • Blackberry had a virtual keyboard device that also met the standards listed above
  • Blackberry had a physical keyboard device that met the standards listed above.
  • Blackberry offered Qi in their devices

These are the main wish list items that I have been hearing about this week.  As an avid BlackBerry user and supporter, I read this list and I think ONE SIMPLE WORD…..”Venice”.

See many users of iOS and Android devices have  no idea, that BB10 even exists. They think of BlackBerry as the Bold, the Storm, the Curve, the Torch.  They think THAT is where BlackBerry still is with technology.  They have NO IDEA, not even a clue, how far BlackBerry has come. They don’t know that all most of the apps listed above are easily and readily available for current BB10 devices, they know nothing of the partnership between AmazonAppStore and BlackBerry or our ability to use Google Play Store with a simple download. Simply put, they are just not educated about BlackBerry anymore.  BUT….that’s not their fault!  It is up to us BlackBerry brand enthusiasts to lead them to the information they need to make the decision to pick up a BlackBerry and see what all the hype is about.

Currently, the hype I am speaking about in this post is this….the soon to be launched BlackBerry Venice*


Recently, some of my friends over at Crackberry, BerryFlow and BlackBerryCentral have blogged some of the latest information about this highly desired and long awaited new device. I recommend you check out the following three articles to really educate yourself about the device.

The Blackberry Slider is Bad Ass James Neives at BerryFlow talks about the upcoming BlackBerry Slider and the rumored specs

Hands On Video of BlackBerry Venice Bla1ze at Crackberry posted a great video yesterday detailing the styling and design of the actual device.

BlackBerry Slider…Venice or Avenger? Dylan Habkirk of BlackBerryCentral talks about the possible names that this new BlackBerry Slider device may be dubbed.

While the specs, name, and design features have not yet been confirmed, I, and many other avid BlackBerry users feel very confident that this device is truly unique and will likely be the first mobile device on the market to TRULY combine all of the features that one could wish for in a device.  Users will have the ultimate security and versatility of BlackBerry combined with the ability to utilize any app that Google Play Store and Google Play Services offer, loading them as seamlessly as you would on any Android device.  You’ll have the choice to use a amoled display virtual keyboard, or the slide out physical keyboard. And although it has also not been confirmed, rumors point to this device being available at all of the major carriers. So, one would likely be able to get it with their upgrade if they have a contracted plan.

If rumors prove to be true, this device has the potential to be a DREAM DEVICE for many people, from all walks of life, on a global scale. Speaking of rumors, the device is rumored to be launched in November 2015.

Do yourself a favor and just check it out…what are you to lose from doing that? Absolutely nothing.  What can you gain?  EVERYTHING!

BlackBerry Wallpaper Nostalgia

Hey boys and girls! Remember this?

How can we forget some of the wallpapers, memes and quotes with a BlackBerry theme, that we’ve loved over the years?

This one, is one of my very favorites of all time. I may even order it on a t-shirt.

I’ve no idea who the creator was, otherwise I would surely give credit.  But here it is nonetheless, so feel free to use this on your device, or whatever you wish to use it for…two sizes for whichever device you need.

Eat, sleep, BlackBerry.

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My LOVE/HATE relationship with the Keurig Machine

Like every other house in America, we have a Keurig machine.
We buy K-cups in all kinds of flavors. We clean out the water dispenser, use filtered water, everything we are supposed to do to make amazing coffee. Yet, said keurig coffee still does not impress me.

Let me back track enough to say that I love coffee.  Last year my husband and I built a coffee bar in an empty nook in our kitchen.  It houses the Keurig, a regular automatic drip coffee maker and a french press.  There is a “space” for a very expensive, serious espresso machine, which I have yet to afford.


I’ve had and HAVE some of the best coffees in the world. My coffee bar is stocked with Jamaican Blue beans, Kona beans, Fazenda Santa Ines beans and even a

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14 Years After…


As Americans, we will always remember where we were fourteen years ago this morning, when the lives of every single one of us was changed forever.

I was walking down the hallway, past the office, at the school where I was teaching. I heard commotion and went in to find everyone gathered around the television. I walked in just in time to watch, dumbfounded, as the first tower went down. Like everyone else in the country who was near a television, I was horrified, then…terrified.

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Autumn Blackberry Wallpaper Love

Today I’m showing a little love for my BlackBerry, and all my BlackBerry loving friends, with a little wallpaper treat.

I enjoy taking photos with my Passport, Z30, Classic….whatever blackberry device I find in my hand really…and what better way to share that love then by turning some of my photos into sharable wallpaper.

This photo was snapped on the parking lot of the YMCA today just before I walked in for my session of torture. :) They are the first leaves I’ve found on the ground, and the first symbol of Autumn I’ve seen so far this year. (Other than the Pumpkin Spice debut at Starbucks of course)

Please enjoy the wallpaper! Feel free to share it!
If you don’t have a Blackberry I highly recommend you try out the FREE BBM App, available in iTunes Store and Google Play Store.