Category: Electronics

Sprint Holiday Phone Givewaway

 

Looking for a fun way to ring in the holidays?  What better way to ring in a new year than with a BRAND NEW PHONE on the best netowrk?!  That’s right folks, thanks to my friends over at Sprint I’m able to offer you a giveaway for not one, not two, but THREE brand new phones!  These phones will be ready to use on the Sprint network, and can be added to your existing account or used on a new account if you’re just joining Sprint.  Each winner will be allowed to win one phone, and only one phone may be won per address.  Check out the full details on the phones up for grabs below:

 

ESSENTIAL PHONE:

Presenting a simple phone crafted with titanium. The stunning edge-to-edge full display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Accessories click right to your device with a future-proof magnetic connector. Built to evolve with you, a device that resists scratches, dents and bending.

Feature list:

  • A titanium body, ceramic back and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 means your phone is safe without a case.
  • Edge-to-edge Full Display that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand.
  • Future-proof magnetic connector – simply click on an accessory.
  • Front-facing camera with 4K video and 8MP still photos.

Specs:

  • Battery information : 3040 mAh Li-ion Battery (embedded)
  • Bluetooth profiles : 5.0 LE: A2DP, HFP 2.0, AVRCP, PBAB
  • Dimensions : 5.57″ x 2.8″ x .31″
  • Display : 5.71″ QHD (2560 x 1312)
  • Keyboard : Capacitive Touch
  • Memory : 4GB RAM/128GB ROM
  • Operating system : Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 w/ Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor
  • Talk time : Up to 23 hours
  • Weight : 6.53 oz

What’s in the box?

  • USB Fast Charger with USB 3.0 Cable
  • Headphone Adapter
  • SIM Tool

 

LG G6:

The new LG G6 packs serious innovation with an 18:9 FullVision display and Dolby Vision™, bringing images and videos to life, in a durable, easy-to-hold design.

Feature list

  • 5.7″ Quad HD + FullVision (2880 x 1440) 18:9 Aspect Ratio w/ 564 ppi Display
  • 13MP Dual Rear Cameras with sensors on wide & normal angles + 5MP Front Facing Camera
  • Sprint Exclusive: HPUE – extends Sprint’s 2.5 GHz coverage providing broader data coverage for faster data speeds in more places.
  • IP68 Water and Dust Resistant
  • Rear Key with Fingerprint Sensor
  • USB Type-C Charging Port with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 – reversible design for easier plug-in; fast charging and data transfer.
  • Dolby Vision
  • Shock Resistant
  • Hi-Fi Audi Recorder – capture high-quality sound on the go with the ability to record over a separate audio track.
  • Andorid Beam- share contacts, web pages and more via Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • QuickMemo+: take notes with ability to choose paper style, pen size and color, add text with a PC-like tool bar and more.
  • Calling PLUS: Calling PLUS lets you call over Wi-Fi Connections and Sprint’s LTE network. You can browse the Internet and use apps while on a call.  Enable the service under Settings on your phone and experience great coverage and domestic calls at no charge.

What’s in the box?

  • 3,300 mAh Li-ion Battery (embedded)
  • Energy Efficient Charger with USB Type C Cable
  • Sim Card (Installed)
  • Sim Tray Ejection Tool

 

MOTO Z2:

The moto z2 pushes limits with longer-lasting battery, shatter-resistant display and dual 12 MP camera sensors. Plus, add new capabilities like an upgraded camera or powerful speakers with Moto Mods.

Specs:

  • Battery information : 2720 mAh Li-Ion battery (non-removable)
  • Bluetooth profiles : A2DP, AVRCP, HDP, HFP, HSP, HID, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SDP, SPP, MAP, GATT
  • Dimensions : 2.99″ x 6.13″ x .24″
  • Display : 5.49″
  • Keyboard : Touch
  • Memory : 64GB ROM / 4GB RAM
  • Operating system : Android 7.0
  • Processor : Qualcomm® 8998 Octa-core, 2.35 GHz
  • Talk time : Up to 21 hours
  • Weight : 5.04 oz.

What’s in the box?

  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Charger

 

***GIVEAWAY***

Three lucky winners will each receive one Sprint phone to use on the Sprint network. Giveaway will begin 12/05/17 at 9:00 pm EST and will end 12/19/17 at 8:59:59 pm EST.  Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize before another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Enter below!

 

Sprint Giveaway

The EyeVac Home Is The PERFECT Holiday Helper!

 

If you’re looking for a great way to help with the holiday mess this year, you have to check out the EyeVac Home!  This little stationary, touchless vacuum eliminates the need for a dust pan and leaves floors SUPER clean!  With so much going on during the holiday season the last thing I want to do is take more time cleaning than I have to.  This Christmas, the EyeVac Home is my magic little helper and after just a very short time with it, I don’t know how I ever lived without it before!

 

EyeVac Home is perfect for the kitchen, den, dining room, mud room, work shop, dorm, garage or any room with a hard floor.  The EyeVac Home stands up to tough challenges including pet hair, cat litter, dirt, mud, dust and even whole pieces of cereal and pet food.  Anyone that uses a broom can use the EyeVac, and it has even made having the children pitch in to help with chores much less of a nightmare.

 

 

With a sleek and contemporary design, EyeVac Home fits seamlessly into any house, condo or apartment.  Simply sweep debris towards the unit, and the infrared sensors automatically activate the vacuum, leaving you with a clean floor.  In addition to the “touchless” cleaning action, Eye Vac’s HEPA filtration returns clean air to your environment, free of dust, allergens and air born irritants making this a must-have for homes with allergy sufferers.  Choose the automatic setting for touchless activation or switch to the manual mode to allow activation upon demand by simply pushing the ‘activate’ button.  Suction compacts debris, maximizing the canister space which is already quite large so you don’t have to worry about emptying the contents often.  The full indicator lets you know when it’s time to empty the canister so no need to pop it open and check all the time, pretty convenient right?

Here are some of the EyeVac Home features that you’ll absolutely love:

  • Powerful 1200-Watt cyclonic motor easily removes all types of debris from your floor.
  • 3 Litre / 0.65 Gallon bag-less canister and HEPA filters means less time emptying and more time cleaning.
  • HEPA dual filtration system ensures a clean floor as well as clean air.
  • No need to purchase extra accessories.
  • Indicator light shines when the canister is full and it is time to empty.
  • Choose between Eye Vac Home’s Auto and Manual modes.
  • Cleans up mess within a 7-second vacuum cycle and then shuts off automatically.

 

While I can tell you guys until I’m blue in the face how well the unit works, I figured what better way than to show you how it handles the messes in my busy home?  Check out this video if you’re interested in seeing just how well the EyeVac Home works:

 

Whether you’re shopping for a holiday mess helper for your home, or looking for a great gift for that special someone on your list, you can’t go wrong with the EyeVac Home.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Meet The Chippies…A Pack Of Zippy, Interactive, Robotic Pups

 

Do you have a little one who’s been begging for a pet but it’s just not reasonable for whatever reasons?  Digital pets are a great option and will be the hottest gift under the Christmas tree this year.  If you haven’t heard of the Chippies for WowWee yet, they are simply just the cutest little interactive R/C pups out there.

 

 

Meet the Chippies!  A pack of zippy, interactive, robotic pups.  They’re loveable, playful, and sometimes a little mischievous – just like real puppies!  Chippies are playful puppies who love to show off their many tricks. Pet their heads for different reactions including sniffs, barks, puppy kisses, and even a sneeze!  Use the remote control to make your pet dance, sing, chase its tail, or tell it which way to roll.  Chippies explore your room on their own or guard it from intruders using their sensors, and will also sing together as a pack.  With bright LED eyes & posable hind legs, Chippies toys make great gifts for kids 5 and up.  My daughter is 6 and she absolutely loves her little Chippies pack. Take your pick of the litter with different styles and personalities – there’s a puppy for everyone!  These pups have as much energy as the kids playing with them…whether they’re zipping down halls, having a dance party, or exploring their environment, these pups are ready to play at any time of day!

The technology behind these super cute pets is some of the best out there, and after one play session with your new pup (or pups) you’ll see why they’re the best.  When you play with your Chippies, your touch is “felt” using capacitive sensor technology.  The sensors have a good sensitivity level so you don’t have to press hard which is nice…less frustration for younger users.  Accelerometers & gyroscopes measure g-force and orientation, helping your Chippies sense when it is being picked up.

 

 

There are four different Chippies available, all smaller in size than the original CHiP™ robot dog:

  • Chipper – this playful prankster is a funny dog who’s always eager to play and make you laugh.
  • Chipette – she’s got sass and she’s got class!  This loveable pink puppy with purple ears and a heart-shaped collar is ready for you to call her your own.
  • Chippo – your favorite watch doggie. This little black puppy with a gold doggy-bone collar prides himself on being the toughest of the CHiPPiES pack.
  • Chippella – she’s a sassy, classy lady pup!  This white and pink puppy with a heart-shaped collar is a very loveable member of the CHiPPiES family, and a limited edition model – available exclusively at Toys ‘R’ Us.

Check out the Chippies in action:

 

With the various color options and personality traits, there’s a little robo-pup perfect for all the little ones on your shopping list this holiday season.  Make sure you check out all the cool new toys from WowWee to make sure you’ve got little ones of all ages covered with the hottest holiday wish list gifts.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Meet The New Hoverfly XL From GoTrax

 

If you’ve followed my blog for even a short amount of time, you are probably aware of the kind of landscape I live in.  It’s a very rural place in Northern Arizona that doesn’t offer much entertainment and is pretty rough on just about any outdoor toy you can think of.  My kids have been asking for a hoverboard for a while, but I just hadn’t been able to find one that was both affordable and capable of handling the pitiful desert terrain.  When I came across the Hoverfly XL from GoTrax I was cautiously optimistic, and figured I’d FINALLY give into the kids (and husband) and try one of these things out.

 

 

Until now, offroad has been pretty off-limits for hoverboards.  Thanks to the geniuses at GoTrax, everyone can enjoy the fun, including my family.  The Hoverfly XL’s rugged 8.5 inch rubber tires are a heaven send for our terrain which is not only rocky but has pesky goatheads (and if you don’t know what those are, seriously look them up…you think stepping on a Lego is bad??).  The tires aren’t the only thing heavy duty about this bad boy thougth!  The heavy-duty aluminum hubs and durable external shield can take just about whatever you can throw at it.  If it can handle Arizona, what can’t it handle?

 

 

My husband was the first one to test the Hoverfly XL out and he picked up on it SUPER quickly.  This hoverboard is self-balancing and was designed to be easier to master even faster than other boards out there on the market.  The training mode feature is a great way to start off easy, and build up your ability to mount, control, maneuver, and dismount the board.  The zero degree turn radius combined with the non-slip foot pads and fender foot guards help make this a super safe, super maneuverable, super easy to use hoverboard that’s great for the whole family to enjoy!

 

 

When my oldest son got home from school he couldn’t wait to try out the new too.  After a couple attempts to get on and ride with Dad helping him balance he was ready to take off and enjoy the new toy.  Thanks to the Bluetooth feature, I’ve actually found a way to get my 14 year old up off his bed and away from the video games (SAY WHAT?!).  The built in Bluetooth paired to my son’s phone without any issues and his new favorite hobby is riding around listening to his favorite music.  With up to 12 miles on a full charge Kenny is also enjoying his new-found freedom getting to and from friend’s houses that live close enough to ride to but that are a bit too far to walk.  Top speed is 7.4 miles per hour so in just a few minutes he’s able to get from point A to point B and cut out A LOT of walking.

 

 

I told you that my husband got the hang of riding the Hoverfly XL pretty quickly and that was no understatement.  I received the hoverboard October 30th and he wasn’t able to try it out until the afternoon when he got home from work.  The next day, by Halloween evening, he was confident enough in being able to ride that he decided to take the board into town with us when we went trick-or-treating.  When he was moving around on the hoverboard his cape was flapping in the wind and there were SO many kids that were gasping and saying “look mommy, look daddy, Superman is flying!  He’s actually flying!”  That may have just been the best part of the night (for many kids too) and it was definitely a great memory made all thanks to the Hoverfly XL.

 

To see a little bit of how the Hoverfly XL handles the desert terrain, make sure you check out this little clip of my husband riding the hoverboard aroud:

 

 

No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday season, GoTrax should definitely be one of the first places your start you holiday shopping.  There are a few different models available so you can pick the one that’s just right for that lucky someone special on your shopping list.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Meet Pupbo, One Of The Smartest Robotic Pets On The Market

 

Robotic toys that feature artificial intelligence are all the rage this year.  Make that AI toy a child’s favorite companion like a dog and you’ve got a HUGE hit.  This holiday season I anticipate we’ll be hearing A LOT more about the super cute Pupbo from Silverlit.

 

 

Meet this little cutie, Pupbbo.  Pupbo is a lifelike robot dog that can learn 12 different tricks.  You will teach Pupbo using your very own voice commands.  Pupbo’s bone isn’t just any old bone, it’s a SmartBone that will help you teach him!  With the SmartBone included, you can name your dog, and you can also personalize up to 12 different commands in your own secret languages for lifelike poses.  No matter what language you speak, you can teach Pupbo which is brilliant for making this a universal toy.  Pupbo can also display different emotions such as happy and sad making him even more realistic.  If your kids have an electronic device, they can use the free interactive app to view Pupbo’s happiness, health status and direct-control different tricks.

Inside the box you’ll find:

  • 1 Pupbo (of course
  • 1 SmartBone
  • 1 Command Card
  • 1 Instruction Manual

 

 

In the official commercial, you can really get an idea of how much fun Pupbo is.  The movement is more articulate than other robotic pets I’ve seen on the market and my kids absolutely love Pupbo and his funny tricks.

To learn how to train your Pupbo, make sure you check out this instructional video below:

 

 

The video will teach you how to change Pupbo’s name to whatever you would like it to be.  You can also train your brand new best friend tricks with different commands.  Once your Pupbo is programmed, there will be no need for the SmartBone to stay in his mouth as he’ll remember the commands you’ve taught him, just like a real dog!

Expect to see Pupbo on every kid’s list this year so make sure you stock up now!  Pupbo is going to be a hot ticket item for sure!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Move To The Beat Of Your Own Tune with SoundMoovz by Cra-Z-Art

If you haven’t heard of SoundMoovz yet, they are probably one of the greatest inventions that I’ve EVER come across!  SoundMoovz is the revolutionary motion-activated instrumental device that allows you to play sounds with movements.  You can create sounds by moving, and dance along at the same time.  It is a completely new performance sensation, changing the way you interact with music, while having fun.

Once you receive your SoundMoovz, it’s not long before you can get going and start having some fun!  The app you’ll need is easily available (and free), so there’s no extra cost to enjoy all the sweet fun SoundMoovz offers.  In the app you’ll find over 400 sounds that range from robots and drums to melodic sounds like the “sunrise” category.  Each SoundMoovz package comes with two special bands that users wear to enable the device.  These super cool musical bands can also be connected to a speaker for a bigger sound.

My daughter had an absolute BLAST learning how to use these SoundMoovz musical bands.  Judging from how easy it was for my 6 year old daughter to pick up, I’m willing to bet that anyone, no matter how young or old, will enjoy moving through life to the beat of their own tune.  SoundMoovz is currently available in pink, blue, and black so there’s bound to be a set of bands that’s just perfect for whoever’s the lucky recipient of such a fabulous gift.  With Christmas just around the corner I can’ think of a better time to stock up on a few packages of SoundMoovz!

These bands each come with their own CR2032 button battery so I was a little worried about how the battery life would be.  It’s not that the batteries are expensive, I can usually buy a 5 pack of the CR2032 batteries online for just a few bucks, but if I had to replace them after every use it just wasn’t going to be worth it for me.  I am super pleasantly surprised that over the week my daughter has been using them (and it’s been A LOT) I haven’t had to replace the batteries even once!

Check out this short clip of my daughter learning how to use SoundMoovz, you’ll see how quickly she picked up on moving like a robot when we switched to the robotic sounds:

 

If you have a music-lover in your life, I really can’t think of a better gift this holiday season than their own set of SoundMoovz.  Throw in a few extra batteries for a stocking stuffer and you’ve got a gift that will give all year long.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Make The Holidays More Delicious Than Ever Before with the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ

Ninja is a brand I’m sure you’ll all recognize for their top-of-the-line kitchen products and the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ is no exception.  As a mother-of-three who’s ALWAYS in the kitchen, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this beautiful cooking system.  For those of you who love Ninja products like myself, you’ve probably had your eye on the new Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ too.  Everything you could ever ask for is included in this wonderful machine.  Featuring 4 cooking modes and 80+ pre-programmed recipes to take your cooking experience to a whole new level.  You can do so much more than make dinners with the Cooking System with Auto-IQ…you can make nutritious breakfasts, soups, and even deliciously decadent desserts!

This beautiful Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ is four appliances built into one, perfect for small spaces or busy on-the-go people like myself. This cooking system is a slow cooker, has a stove top feature for searing and sautéing, a steamer, and an oven for baking.  Cook everything from stews and roasts to seafood and vegetables and even baked goodies.  The Cooking System comes with Auto-iQ Technology: just select a recipe, add ingredients, and let Auto-iQ cook for you…and let me tell you, that has been a heaven send for me!  I can get a meal going before walking the kids out the door to the bus stop and not have even have to think about dinner the rest of the day.  Choose from over 80 pre-programmed recipes divided into four programs: Quick Meals, Layered Bowls, Grains, and Poached Infusions.  Don’t have much time?  Quick Meals are the solution!  Layered Bowls are easy two step recipes with the flavor and satisfaction of multi-layered meals, cooked in one convenient pot.  I made an American Chop Suey meal for dinner in only about a half hour, how cool is that?  Grains are perfectly cooked portions of oats and quinoa.  Lastly, Poached Infusions are all the nuanced flavor of your favorite poached dishes with none of the guesswork.  The included cookbook serves as your go-to guide for selecting recipes.  Between Manual and Auto-iQ functions, there’s a huge array of delicious, one-pot meals at your fingertips.  The 6-quart Cooking System also includes an auto stay-warm feature, digital timer, and steaming/roasting rack.

I wanted to fully test out the variety of features so I had fun both using recipes provided by Ninja as well as coming up with a couple of my own to see just how easy it was to come up with custom creations on a whim. I tried out everything from breakfast to dinner and even a yummy bread for dessert, and everything came out absolutely perfect and so SO delicious!

 

ROLLED OATS WITH PEACHES, HONEY, AND WALNUTS

(Recipe found on page 31 of the cookbook included with the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) frozen peach slices
  • 1 cup uncooked old-fashioned whole grain rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into the pot.  Stir to combine, then cover pot.
  2. Select Auto-IQ Meals: Recipe 3 and press the START/STOP button.
  3. Stir and Serve

 

AMERICAN CHOP SUEY

(Recipe found on page 62 of the cookbook included with the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ)

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 pound uncooked ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 box/bag uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) pasta sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Directions

  1. Set to STOVE TOP HIGH and preheat pot for 5 minutes.  Heat oil in pot for 2 minutes and then add ground beef, red bell pepper, and onion.  Cook uncovered for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add macaroni, pasta sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and salt to pot.  Stir to combine, then cover pot.  Select Auto-IQ Layered Bowls: Recipe 4 and press the START/STOP button.  Stir and serve.

 

HEARTY BEEF STEW

(Recipe found on page 97 of the cookbook included with the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ)

 

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds uncooked stew beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 4 red potatoes cut into quarters
  • 2 onions, peeled, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

Directions

  1. Season beef with salt and black pepper, then coat with flour.
  2. Set to STOVE TOP HIGH and preheat pot for 5 minutes.  Heat oil in pot for 2 minutes.  Add beef and cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir broth, potatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, and thyme into pot.  Set to SLOW COOK LOW for 7-9 hours.  Cover and cook until beef is fork-tender.  Stir in peas during last 10 minutes of cook time.

 

SPICY SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS

(This is a recipe I created for a tasty Hispanic-inspired meal)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs fresh or frozen chicken breast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 jalapenos sliced
  • 5 habaneros sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 fresh lemon, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

  1. Season chicken with salt and black pepper, then place in the bottom of your cooking system.
  2. Add jalapenos, habaneros, cilantro, lemon juice, lemon, onion, and garlic on top of the chicken.
  3. Set to SLOW COOK LOW for 6 hours.  Remove chicken from pot and shred with 2 forks.  Serve with your desired toppings.

 

PUMPKIN CREAM CHEESE SWIRL BREAD

(This is a recipe I created for a yummy fall-flavored treat)

Ingredients

Bread-

  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Filling-

  • 1 large egg
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour

 

Directions

  1. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine pumpkin, egg, sugar, oil, sour cream and vanilla extract.
  3. Fold in the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt just until just combined.
  4. Pour 1/4 of the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Meanwhile prepare the cream cheese filling by whisking all of the ingredients in a medium bowl.
  6. Pour 1/3 of the cream cheese filling on top of the batter spreading it out gently with a spatula.
  7. Repeat layers with remaining cream cheese and pumpkin bread mixtures.
  8. Swirl the layers together with a butter knife until you’ve achieved the look you want to achieve.
  9. Pour water into pot.  Place rack in pot.  Place loaf pan on rack.  Set to BAKE STEAM at 350 degrees for 85 minutes.  Cover and cook until wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove pan from pot.  Let bread cool in loaf pan on cooling rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan.
  10. Let cool completely or slice and serve warm.

 

So far everything that I have tried out in the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ has come out amazingly delicious, and has instantly become family favorites…even for some of my most picky eaters!  Thanks to Ninja, the holiday season is going to run a lot more smoothly, and will be a lot more delicious too!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Keep Your Home Well This Winter With Honeywell

As the cooler weather approaches there’s no time like the present to start preparing for the bone-chilling winter ahead.  Many of you know I live in Arizona, and although it’s SUPER hot during the summer, winter is a whole other ball game.  I live in a high elevation in Northern AZ and the temperatures drop to surprisingly low (single digit) levels.  Because I live in a rural area, our homes are heated with propane as opposed to natural gas and it can get very costly very quickly.  On average we go through a full tank of propane a month during the winter, and at $400 and up per fill, it’s not cheap.  I set out to find some functional yet affordable heaters to help alleviate the propane bill and the products that Honeywell has to offer just seemed like the perfect fit for the rooms that we wanted to use the portable heaters in.

We wanted a little extra heat in our master bedroom so we were looking for a heater that could heat a good sized room without having to work really hard.  The Digital Ceramic Tower Heater with Motion Sensor had all of the features we were looking for so we figured we’d give it a shot.  The powerful ceramic heating technology with wide-range oscillation allows for quick and easy whole-room heating, even for a larger room which is perfect!  In a home with pets and children, safety is a must.  This motion sensor shuts off the heater if an object is detected and the heater will shut off until the object is moved, resuming where it left off and keeping the temperature you’ve already pre-set.  The digital controls are easy for even the least tech-savvy people making it a great fit for most homes out there looking for a way to stay toasty when old man Winter rears his cold, cold head.

My daughter always feels freezing cold, even if the propane heater is on full blast, so I was also looking for a heater that would work for a smaller room and the Honeywell Two Position Heater fit all of our needs to a T!  This new heater from Honeywell combines 3 power settings and a unique dual position design that allows for multiple placement options while creating a comforting environment for users of any age.  There are two heat settings as well as an adjustable thermostat so you can set the heater for exactly what your desires are at that moment.  This unit also features a “fan only” mode that allows this unit to also provide comfort even on moderate days, which we all know can happen at the drop of a hat here in Arizona.  The design and versatility of this heater is truly unique – it can operate in an upright position or on its side, depending on the space where you need to use it.  At only 12 inches tall but with 1500 watts of power, it is ideal for under desks, office spaces and other smaller rooms to create the warm, comforting environment you want.

We all know that with the cold winter air comes dry, itchy skin.  My daughter suffers from eczema and the winters take a toll on her skin quickly.  Thanks to Honeywell’s Top Fill Tower Humidifier, our dry skin worries are a thing of the past.  The invisible filtered moisture helps keep our skin softer and smoother than ever, and I’m really excited to see how my daughter’s skin does through the colder, dryer months.  The wicking filter removes minerals from the water helping prevent white dust that may be left behind by other humidifiers on the market.  The 1.7 gallon capacity means I don’t have to fill it multiple times a day which makes this product a perfect partner for a busy mother-of-three like myself.  Set the humidistat to your desired humidity level and let the tower humidifier do it’s work.

This winter my family will finally be able to enjoy the colder weather in the most comfortable way thanks to our new Honeywell products.  Whether you’re shopping for your home or just for the guest room before holiday guests start to arrive, there’s no way you can go wrong with these fabulous Honeywell products.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Before Visiting Family And Friends This Holiday Season Secure Your Home With EZVIZ

Before you head out to visit family and friends this holiday season make sure your home is secure with EZVIZ.  Thanks to the convenience and affordability of EZVIZ securing your home has never been so easy.  If you haven’t heard of EZVIZ, they are all about creating ways that connect you visually to your life, no matter where you are.  EZVIZ cloud services and smart home video technology can help you feel like you’re home—right from the palm of your hand.  Whether you’re looking for indoor cameras, outdoor cameras, or even nursery cameras, EZVIZ has all of your needs covered.

I have been on the hunt for both an indoor and outdoor camera, and EZVIZ had a couple of models that seemed like a perfect fit for all of my needs.  What’s even better is that I can control both cameras with the same app making life just a little bit easier, which a busy mother and wife like myself can really appreciate.

The EZVIZ Mini Plus was the perfect choice for all of my indoor camera needs.  The slim design fits just about anywhere, and the sleek appearance is perfect for modern households.

EZVIZ Mini Plus features:

  • High-Definition Video – The Mini Plus has amazing detail for its small size. It records in 1080p and sends all the video to your phone or computer.
  • Two-Way Audio – Keep an eye on your pets and tell them to get off the couch while you’re away from home. The Mini Plus comes with a built-in speaker and microphone.
  • Set Up Almost Anywhere – Place it on a desk or pin it to the fridge. The Mini Plus has a magnetic base and comes with a metal mounting plate so you can place the camera almost anywhere you want.
  • Real-Time HD Video Day and Night – When it’s dark, the Mini Plus automatically switches to night vision for perfectly clear video day or night.
  • Wide-Angle Viewing – Have a room you want to cover? The Mini Plus has a 135° viewing angle, which means it can cover an entire room from the corner and most of any room from the wall.
  • Motion Alerts – At work? On vacation? No matter where you are, the Mini Plus keeps you up-to-date on what’s happening at home with motion detection alerts.
  • Built-In Storage – The Mini Plus comes with a built-in microSD slot so you can save videos
    and pictures directly to the camera. Once saved, you can share them with friends and family using the EZVIZ app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Wireless Setup – All you need is a smartphone, a power source, and a
    Wi-Fi network to set up the Mini Plus. Once you plug it in, the EZVIZ app helps you connect the camera to your network.
  • Swivel Base – Set up the Mini Plus where you want it and aim it where you need it. The base swivels 180° for added range and customization.
  • Real-Time Video on Multiple Devices – No matter where are you can watch live video from your smartphone tablet, or computer. You can also share links with friends and family so they can view your video, too.
  • Choose How to Save – With multiple storage options, you can choose where you save. Cameras can even record to all three options at the same time for added backup in case a camera is damaged or your network crashes.

Living in Arizona means I need an outdoor camera that can handle some pretty harsh conditions.  The EZVIZ Husky had all of the features I was looking for in an outdoor camera and has far surpassed my expectations, which was a pleasant surprise.

EZVIZ Husky features:

  • See Every Detail – The high-definition, wide-angle lens not only provides more details but also more coverage.
  • Designed For All Seasons – The Husky has an IP66 rating, which means it’s dustproof, waterproof, and designed to handle a wide range of extreme weather and temperatures.
  • Wi-Fi Ready – Easily set-up the Husky using your Wi-Fi network.
  • Stores Up To 128 GB – Save video and pictures using the bulit-in MicroSD slot.
  • Real-Time Video On Multiple Divices – No matter where are you can watch live video from your smartphone tablet, or computer. You can also share links with friends and family so they can view your video, too.
  • Choose How to Save – With multiple storage options, you can choose where you save. Cameras can even record to all three options at the same time for added backup in case a camera is damaged or your network crashes.

When you’re shopping for your home camera needs, make sure you check out everything the EZVIZ has to offer.  With such a great selection you’ll be able to find a camera (or two or three) that you just won’t be able to live without.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Tips On Choosing A Budget Friendly Digital Video Camera + Why I Chose The Vivitar 508HD

 

When setting out to choose a digital video camera on a budget, there are a few things to keep in mind.  Ask yourself a few questions before even going out and looking at what’s out there on the market.  What kind of battery power are you looking for?  Do you want something rechargeable, or something that takes standard batteries and can be changed on the go?  What end result are you looking to achieve?  What existing equipment do you have that will be compatible with different products?  All of these are great questions to ask, and will help you get an idea of exactly what you are looking for.

For my personal use, I don’t need anything fancy, just something that’s as simple as point and shoot…easy peasy!  While wanting to shop on a budget, I also wanted to make sure that the megapixel ability was decent, and that the product I would purchase was lightweight and compact enough that I could take it just about anywhere.  When I compared a few budget friendly options, I really found that I liked the Vivitar DVR 508HD, and I just knew that I needed to try it out.

The Vivitar DVR 508HD had many of the functions that I was looking for, and I was surprised how well this camera would work into any family budget, no matter how thin it’s already stretched.  With this camera by your side, you’ll never miss a moment with the 8.1 Megapixel camcorder.  The 1.8 inch preview screen is perfect for letting you preview as you record so you’ll always have a great shot no matter what.  The high definition this little camera provides is truly a treat and will outrank the rest in it’s price range.  Don’t let this little guy fool you, it certainly packs loads of features into easy-to-carry technology.  You can capture both still photos as well as live action, and when you’re done you can print or share the videos that are conveniently stored directly onto and SD card.  The 4x digital zoom allows you to really focus in on your shot for picture perfect memories every time.  Check out this camera’s awesome product features:

  • VIDEO CLIP – 1280X720 AT 30 FPS
  • BUILT IN MEMORY – 8 MB, 2 GB NAND FLASH
  • STORAGE MEDIA – SD CARD (UP TO 4 GB)
  • ZOOM – 4X DIGITAL ZOOM
  • APERTURE – F/2.8 F=4.8MM
  • FILE FORMAT – AVI
  • LCD DISPLAY – 1.8″ TFT LCD
  • OSD LANGUAGE – E/F/G/I/S/PO/TC/SC
  • VIDEO OUT – NTSC/PAL
  • PC INTERFACE – USB 2.0 / 1.1
  • POWER SOURCE – 3 X AAA (1.5V)
  • SUPPORTED OS – WINDOWS 2000/XP/VISTA 32 OR MAC OS 9.0 AND LATER

If you’re looking for GREAT camera under $40, you definitely need to check out this Vivitar DVR 508HD!  With the holidays just around the corner I can’t think of a better gift for the loved ones on your list.  Make memories giving heartfelt gifts, and allow your friends and family to save their precious memories for a lifetime with Vivitar!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***