Movie Review: American Sniper

Let me begin this post by saying I am by no means a movie ‘reviewer.’ In fact, I am not a big mover ‘go-er’. This is the second movie I’ve seen in theaters since 2012.

When I saw the trailer for American Sniper my boyfriend and I were watching television together. We immediately looked at each other and said at the same time, ‘I want to see that movie.’ Little did we know the impact that it would leave upon us.

The movie is filled with action that causes your heart rate to increase (literally my heart was beating out of my chest). The audience gets a better and clearer perspective of how our troops fighting for us overseas and what the families were going through while in the states. You’ll see defeat and feat. You’ll see laughs and cries. You’ll see a man who selflessly defended our country in one of the most risky positions.

When the movie was over and the lights turned out, the audience silently and slowly got out of their seats and left the theater. It was an energy of sorrow and pain. My friends and I agree it felt as though we were leaving a funeral. Everyone had their heads down. The movie was beautifully written and portrayed that it left such an impact on us.

I left the theater praying for Chris Kyles wife and children. I left the theater angry at the individual who took Chris’ life. I left the theater with a deeper understanding and deeper admiration for our troops.

Everyone should see American Sniper.

Check out this GREAT interview of Chris Kyle on

Until next time,

Jenn L.


Facebook Terms Summary – January 2015

If you have logged into your Facebook account recently, you may have noticed a notification from Facebook alerting you about their update of terms which will go into effect on January 1, 2015. You may also noticed some of your friends posting about the terms and feeling of anxiousness about the changes. I’ve taken the time to go through the updated terms and briefly summarize them below. You can learn more here: Updating our Terms.

Overall Summary: Understand that what you post on the internet, including Facebook, is subjected to public viewing. Rule of thumb: Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see. Also, I don’t really think Facebook is out to get you… they are a business seeking data (a lot of demographical data) to use for their own benefit. They aren’t ‘big brother.’ I will point out, that I am shocked they didn’t make updates or changes to their search functions. Perhaps this is an internal improvement? 

More Control: FB is going to offer users more control on who can see their posts, untag yourself, set an audience for your posts, etc. This is already happening on FB but it appears as though it will be more obvious to the user that these changes are available. 

Privacy Check-up: When posting, it will be more clear who you want to share the post with, such as friends, lists or public. This is *also* already happening on FB but it appears as though it will be more obvious to the user that these changes are available. 

Location: FB is being a bit more sneaky about finding your location and they are using this information to find people near you, businesses and events (this is already happening in some regions). If you are like me and would NOT like people to know your whereabouts, make sure you turn off your location settings in your FB app. FB is saying that this is a way for users to find restaurants and to display the menus and such. 

Buy Button: A buy button will be available at a convenience for users to make purchases using FB (in beta in some regions). This will be helpful for business pages and paid advertisers. With any purchase online, make sure you trust the source and the process!

Permission for Location: FB is testing battery strength and signal for the app functions such as response time. They will be asking for your permission to use the location of your phone to test the battery and signal in the region. 

Facebook’s Family: FB has grown (rapidly) over the years and they have a lot of other apps under their family tree. The company is making it more clear as to which apps are owned by Facebook. This can help the user for forgotten password situations. If you forgot your Instagram password, Facebook can help! 

Advertisement Control:  Those who advertise on FB have the option to post on newsfeed walls to those who may be a good fit / customer for their company. For example, if you have on your profile or have posted to your profile that you like paddle boards then don’t be shocked when a paddle board company shows up as a paid ad on your feed. The way advertisements posts will change to be more clear that it is an ad. Some users (I  was one of them) were asked to take a survey on how advertisements are displayed and the likes / dislikes of them. You can select on the app (not 100% this applies to desktop) on which advertisements you like or dislike. 

Until next time,



I’ve been busy working on a new project, @ShrednTrim. An Instagram (IG) fitness motivational page my workout partner, Alex, and I created. It has been a lot of fun & I am learning A LOT about IG (along with fitness and health=D). Alex and I have been exercising together since September of 2013. We really enjoy going to the gym together and we will even rearrange our schedules so we can workout together.

Alex and I talked about creating an IG fitness motivational page a few months ago & decided to take the leap & create the page this past June, 2014. The timing was perfect…. Alex entered an athlete search on IG hosted by a supplement company, 1st Phorm  & I was looking for another project. What not? The page was launched June 4, 2014 & received an encouraging amount of support. As of now (July 10, 2014) the page has a total of 639 followers & a lot of positive feed back. 

Being a giant nerd, I took the social media marketing into account as fun marketing project. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love being able to motivate people to exercise and become more fit (not to mention I have changed my lifestyle to be more health focused). However, the online marketing aspect is a big interest for me. Let me just say…I’ve learned a ton about IG. I thought I knew IG from a personal level but taking the approach from a marketing level is much different

A thing or two that I’ve learned:

  1. KIK: Is a messaging platform a lot of people on IG use. You’ll see this in bios (which, by the way, has a character count of 140). Since IG doesn’t have a  direct chat message platform, users commonly use KIK. However, you can DM with a photo and then add a comment but cannot just DM text to a user directly.
  2. People PAY ridiculous money for a ‘shout out.’ First off, why didn’t I think of this when IG first became popular. Second of all, why would someone pay $50 for a shoutout? A lot of times, the person charging for the shoutout will remove the page after a certain amount of time (8 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours). Of course, the price varies depending on the person who is charging & their amount of followers plays a part. (@ShrednTrim does NOT pay for shoutouts!)
  3. Hashtags can break. What I mean by this is that you can post an image with a selection of hashtags. Depending on the frequency of the hashtag you should see the image indexed at the top of the grid. Sometimes there can be a broken hashtag (you won’t know which one because none of them will work) and the image won’t be indexed (or shown on the searched hashtag grid). This is one of my obstacles with IG as we rely on the hashtags to be found. If the tags don’t work, we delete and try again and again until it indexes (a few hours between attempts).
  4. Take advantage of free analytic services. What kind of online marketing / SEO person would I be if I didn’t evaluate data? Not a good one. We can see who unfollowed us or who gives us the most likes. A ton of useful information can be found. @ShrednTrim uses Iconosquare (formerly Statigram – the company whose 2013 year in review for personalized accounts went viral.) 

If you have IG be sure to look up @ShrednTrim for fitness motivation, workout ideas and healthy recipes. We even started a blog, check us out by clicking here. We are having a lot of fun & really enjoy sharing our passion for fitness & health to the public. 


Until next time,

Jenn L.

Guest Blogging:

As you may or may not know, I’ve fallen in love with horse racing. While preparing for the Ms. Racing Queen pageant I learned SO MUCH about horse racing and discovered a sport I care about. While tweeting away during the weeks of the Ms. Racing Queen competition, I met a fella named Dan. Dan hosts a website,, and so graciously took the time out of his day for a quick phone interview.

DanonymousRacing is a FREE website for horse racing fans everywhere. Dan and his team are passionate about providing everything a new or former horse racing fan needs to know. The site has free picks for upcoming races, jockey journals and handicapping contests.

Dan offered an opportunity to write a post for his site as a guest blogger. No questions asked, I was super excited! Check it out: Guide to Hosting a Kentucky Derby, by Jenn Johnson . The topic, hosting a derby party, was chosen because the Kentucky Derby, the first weekend in May, usually falls near my birthday, May 4th. Attending the Kentucky Derby has always been on my bucket list. Since falling in love with horse racing, it’s moved up a few spots on the list. (In fact, the next time the derby falls on my birthday is in 2019, I will be attending. I am ready to reserve lodging!)

My friends were all so excited for the derby! Everyone asked questions and was so pumped for the race. Mint juleps, of course, were part of the picture. One of my friends, Will, was SO EXCITED California Chrome won he paced for a good 10 min after the racing cheering and chanting. (Of course, I was happy too. His reaction was priceless!) It was pretty awesome to get my circle of friends pumped for the race. They all wanted to know when the next big race was going to occur. 

Needless to say, we are all pumped for the Preakness Stakes. Another celebration shall occur and this time we are going to set a GoPro on the T.V. to capture the excitement.


Until Next Time,

Jenn L.


The 3rd Weekend of #MsRacingQueen

The 3rd weekend of Ms. Racing Queen was as fun as the first two. The Gulfstream Park contestants got a chance to test their betting skills, a special tour of the backside and another mini Q&A question in the walking ring.

Leading up to Saturday.

The attire for the day was derby wear! That meant two things… dresses & hats! My approach for the contest was to take each weekend as they come. Even though I knew derby was going to be the attire for week three, I didn’t buy a hat since I wasn’t sure if I’d be selected to return. I was pretty excited to shop for a hat but wanted to do so on a realistic budget. So, I went to TJ Maxx and picked up the first big sun hat I found. It happened to be PERFECT! It was colorful & it was my favorite designer, Kate Spade. A match made in heaven, I purchased the $40 hat! I already had the dress from over a year ago and it was purchased at Plato’s Closet, originally from Express.

Kate Spade hat (from TJ Maxx), Plato's Closet dress (from Express), Express belt (had in my closet) and Journey's shoes (not pictured)(had in my closet).

Kate Spade hat (from TJ Maxx), Plato’s Closet dress (from Express), Express belt (had in my closet) and Journey’s shoes (not pictured)(had in my closet).

My Experience.

The backside tour was for sure a highlight of my day. The Stronach Group has done a great job providing for the workers and making the facilities functional for both the horses and the workers. There are dorms on site that can compete with most college dorms, the barns are in great condition and the horses even drink filtered water!

Followed by the backside tour was another chance to test our betting skills. A lot of my bets won! Yay! It is such a fun feeling to cheer for your horse and collect the winnings. Even if it was a $2 bet, you could still win $20 or more! That is what I really like about horse racing, you can bet as little as $2 on a couple of horses, spend only $20 for the day, have a lot of fun and still make a great profit!

Another mini Q&A session took place in the walking ring. It was pretty quick, each contestant was asked one question before making the elimination from 20 girls to five. This was a pretty nerve wrecking part of the event. We had no idea the elimination was going to happen after the question!

Backside tour mini photo shoot with one of the horses!

Backside tour mini photo shoot with one of the horses!

What’s Next?

I did not make the final five selection. I was pretty bummed about it but looking back at all of the experiences and memories I’ve gained, it was well worth the adventure! Not to forget to mention, both James and I were able to benefit from our trip to Hallandale. While I was at Gulfstream, James was able to fly with this father and build his hours! A win-win for us!

Sometimes in life, you don’t get what you want, and that is just the way the cookie crumbles. I remember during my job hunt adventure, I wanted one particular position very badly. When I didn’t get it, I was so sad and disappointed. I felt defeated in the job market. Shortly there after, Upright Communications called. I am beyond glad they did! It is the perfect position and with the perfect dynamics I was seeking. Looking back, I am happy the other company rejected me. Upright Communications is where I belong!

As Johnnie Walker says, keep walking. “Your entire life, every routine, every risk, every moment, every step forward and every step back, had led you here. To the next step. & it has the power to change everything. It has lead you to the next step.” I only wonder, what the future has in store for me!

Thank you, Mr. Frank Stronach for a special glimpse of the horse racing industry.

Until next time,

Jenn L.