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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Say Goodbye to Acne + Clogged Pores

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Disclosure: I received products to facilitate this featured post.

Effectively clearing up acne is pretty tricky. There isn’t just ONE option available, because there are so many different skin types. It’s pretty hard to judge which one is the best for YOU, YOUR complexion, skin tone, and skin type. Oily, Normal, Combo?? It’s all so confusing at times, huh?

It is very common for pregnant and new moms to have acne because of their hormones. So if you are wondering how to kick that acne the EASY WAY= ZAPZYT is where you need to look. You don’t have to hide from pictures with your baby bump or new addition ANYmore. Smile bright sunshine- your face is clear!

Damaged skin, scarring, a lack in confidence and even depression are just a few of the symptoms that are associated with adult acne. Today, one in five women between the ages of 25 and 40 suffer from it.

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From stress to hormonal influxes during or after pregnancy, there are a number of causes for breakouts in adults, but very few effective solutions. ZAPZYT offers one of them!

Using a variety of dermatologist-recommended formulas, ZAPZYT acne treatments are fast-acting, effective and are free of alcohol, fragrances and dyes. The line offers two cleansers – the ZAPZYT Acne Wash Cleanser and Pore Clearing Scrub, and two on-the-spot treatments – the ZAPZYT Acne Treatment Gel and Pore Treatment Gel, which features medications AND soothing botanicals to help heal and moisturize skin. Each product ranges from $4 to $9.

 

*Tips for Clear Acne-Free Skin

*Choosing Makeup + Moisturizers- Clear skin isn’t just about over washing- it’s also about what you PUT on. Make sure you are choosing the right foundations, BB Creams, and Powders for your skin type + texture. Any face washes, serums, + lotions also need to be checked.

*No touching- Make sure you aren’t touching your face throughout the day. The natural oils from our fingertips can cause breakouts, so watch out. Don’t lean your face on your hands or touch your face in any way- use makeup brushes for makeup AND day creams/facial products.

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After realizing you’re doing it, you might notice how OFTEN you’re doing it. More than you thought, right? Read this for tips on how to Keep your Hands Away From Your Face.

*Wash Nightly- Do NOT (no matter how tired you are) go to sleep with makeup on. It’s only going to take a couple minutes- 10 at the most. WASH and moisturize. Spreading makeup isn’t smart, produces more oil. Wash with Cleanser + Pore Treatment but also make sure you use a calming moisturizer cream (Such as Aveeno).

*Don’t Overwash- Overwashing your skin can cause more problems than it solves. Dirt isn’t necessarily what is giving you the acne, so keep washing to regular schedule. Overwashing your skin will eventually strip your skin of it’s natural oils. Then THAT will throw your skin out of whack, causing it to OVERPRODUCE oils that cause even more acne.

TIP: If your face feels tight after washing it, this is a tip you’re over-cleansing.

Wash with something that doesn’t have a foot-long list of ingredients. If what you’re using doesn’t help within a couple weeks/ months change what you’re using. You don’t want to switch it up too much and confuse your skin though. Give your pores time to react, keep with a product at least 2-4 weeks (unless you’re allergic)

*Snooze it up- Go ahead Sleeping Beauty! Hit the bed a little earlier. You are strengthening your immune system and blocking acne causing bacteria. 

*Change it Up-

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While you sleep, your pillowcase + sheets are trapping dirt, oil, and dead skin. During the night your pillowcase is producing a bed of bacteria that is constantly being pressed against your face. The solution is to change up your pillowcase + sheets as much as possible. For instance, if your acne is really bad, switch pillowcases every other night (or every night). This will give your pores air to breathe, + less chance of clogging up.

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Kick Winter Skin- Softsoap Fresh + Glow Body Washes

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Items were sent for review purposes only. All opinions are 100% honest.

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Are you absolutely fed up with Winter’s crap? Had enough “oh this weather is terrible” (like you didn’t notice right?) to last you a lifetime? Sick of being snowed in for DAYS with no way to get out? Especially with KIDS who have had too much time together? Not a pretty site I tell you! I was sick and tired of the freezing temps. (We didn’t even GET to make a snowman). The snow we got was huge but was too slushy and fell apart.

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I’m pretty sure that this is the worst winter Kentucky has had in quite some time. The kids ended up missing 2 entire weeks (yikes for me).

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Had me feeling chilled deep into my bones. Always with a cup of coffee permanently attached to me at ALL times. Giant socks, winter boots, 2 sweaters, a hoodie, 2 pair of jeans and a jacket! YES! lol

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I’m not going to lie—I was envisioning and planning a SEVERE escape plan. One that included lots of sunshine, shots by the beach, and being lazy~!

 

Softsoap is excited to introduce their NEW Fresh & Glow Line, made with 100% real extracts.

Now your shower can serve as the ultimate escape, allowing you to indulge in irresistible fragrances and have healthy looking skin that glows!

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Softsoap® BRAND Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower Cream

  • Made with 100% real extracts sourced from milk, coconuts and almonds.
  • The unique formula is proven to lock-in long-lasting moisture to hydrate skin leaving it soft and radiant.

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Softsoap® BRAND Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish

  • Made with a 100% real extract sourced from kiwi and orange.
  • The unique formula is packed with apricot seeds that exfoliate, giving you smooth healthy-looking skin.

 

If you aren’t totally SURE whether or not you could deal with it a couple more weeks.. check out the Buzzfeed post 20 Signs Your Sick of Winter.

20 Signs You're Sick Of Winter

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Tips To Keep Teens Safe During Prom and Graduation Season

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. There are no affiliate links within this post.

Springtime means prom, graduation season and a surplus of milestone moments for teens.  The last thing a parent wants to worry about is the ride-hailing app service and driver that will take their children to and from these landmark events.


In response to overwhelming safety concerns. The National Limousine Association has launched an initiative called Ride Responsibly™ (www.rideresponsibly.org).  This program seeks to empower passengers by setting universal standards for safety in the prearranged car service and transportation network company (TNC) industry, which include ride-hailing mobile app-based car services, such as Lyft, Sidecar, Uber and Whisk.  

Please check out these Ride Responsibly™ tips to help ensure that prom and graduation is a magical memory that ends in happy memories, not tragedy or fighting overcharges.


· Provide Proof of Commercial Insurance: The company you hire should provide proof of the vehicle’s insurance coverage.  Find out if the business insures their vehicles under a commercial or personal auto policy.  Personal auto policies usually do not include coverage for the consumers hiring the vehicles.

· Check the Driver’s Credentials: Find out if the driver must go through training, an official criminal background check and a pre-hired drug testing.  Be sure to ask if the business belongs to a professional organization, such as the National Limousine Association.

· Provide Quoted Trip Fare:  Check for a quoted fare for your trip and a final charge that matches that agreed-upon amount (except in cases of changes in trip itinerary and duration).

· Ready Access to the Transportation Provider: Make sure to have ready access via email, telephone or in-person, of the ground transportation service to voice any concerns or complaints that arise before, during or after the ride.

Please visit the Ride Responsibly homepage to review the full list of tips located in the Passenger’s Bill of Rights and Driver’s Duty of Care Section on best safety practices.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

6 Tips for the Best Shoe Fit

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post via LinkVehicle.

If you're an office worker, shoes that pinch can distract you all day long. If you're a marathon runner, shoes that pinch can mean the difference between first and second place. Finding a good fit is absolutely essential when buying a new pair of shoes, so here's how you can make sure it's perfect every time.

1. Measure Your Feet
Your shoe size can change over the course of your life even after you've stopped growing. Pregnancy, for example, is notorious for enlarging your feet. Your feet are also bigger at night than they are during the day. It's a good rule of thumb to always measure your shoe size the night before you go shoe shopping.


2. Try Things On With Your Larger Foot Most people have one foot that's slightly larger than the other. Such asymmetry is common; just make sure, when you're trying things on in the store, that you're gauging the comfort of the fit by your larger foot and not the smaller.

3. Try Multiple Sizes
Even if you've determined that you're a 10 1/2, ask the store employees to fetch you the same shoes in a size 10 and 11 as well. You never know when the construction of the shoe might throw off its typical fit, so something made with aerodynamic arches or special midsoles might run differently than usual.

4. Look Up Customer Reviews If you're interested in, say, mens New Balance sneakers, look up reviews for both New Balance athletic shoes and their men's line specifically. You're searching for any testimonials that mention size. Do they run large? Do they run small? How many customers agree?

5. Give Yourself Wiggle Room
Your feet get bigger during the day, remember? So you'll need shoes that can accommodate that. Look for footwear that offers about a quarter of an inch of wiggle room between your big toe and the interior of the shoe.

6. Check the Heels
Talk a walk down the store aisle. Are the backs of the shoes riding up and down your heel? Sometimes it's just a sign that you need to lace them more tightly, but sometimes it indicates a poor fit. Try another pair just to be sure.
These are six tips for getting a good fit every time. Don't make your toes suffer needlessly! Take a few extra minutes to ensure that you're buying footwear you'll be comfortable with in the long run.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Importance of Reading with your Child from an Early Age

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post

Princess Cupcake Jone's is the perfect book for any child at any age. We all know reading to our kids is a good thing—but are you familiar with the specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child can receive by being exposed to the merits of reading? Below are some benefits that highlight the importance of reading to your child between the ages of two and five.

  1. A stronger relationship with you. ​Snuggling up with a book lets the two of you slow down and recaptures that sweet, cuddly time you enjoyed when he was a baby. Instead of being seen as a chore or a task, reading will become a nurturing activity that will bring the two of you closer together.
  2. Academic excellence. One of the primary benefits of reading to toddlers and preschoolers is a higher aptitude for learning in general. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education.
  3. Better communication skills. When you spend time reading to toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.
  4. Enhanced concentration and discipline. Toddlers may initially squirm and become distracted during story time, but eventually they’ll learn to stay put for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve your child well when she enters school.
  5. The knowledge that reading is fun! Early reading for toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games,

Alongside writing Prince Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu & Princess Cupcake Jones Won't Go To School books, Ylleya also created children’s products to enhance the magic of each story. These items include Princess Cupcake Jones plush dolls, tutus, t-shirts, book bags and gift baskets which can all be purchased on their interactive website www.princesscupcakejones.com/shop.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Countdown to Coachella: Spring Beauty Must Haves!

 

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.

The countdown to Coachella beings (April 10-12 / April 17-19)! Master your beauty prep and stay hydrated for this top music and arts festival with brands like Icelandic Glacial, Sphynx Razor, NKD SKN and eos!

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Icelandic Glacial is a premium, natural spring water that is bottled straight from the source of Iceland. With exceptional balance from a naturally low, “sweet spot” mineral content and an uncommonly high and naturally occurring alkaline pH level of 8.4, Icelandic Glacialprovides a clean fresh taste with the perfect healthy balance for the body – you won’t have to worry about staying hydrated and cool under the Coachella desert sun!

Price/Availability: Icelandic Glacial is available in five sizes from 330ml to 1.5L ($1.00-$2.79) at select fine groceries and IcelandicGlacial.com

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Gone are the days of shameful, missed spots – Sphynx Razor provides a convenient and effective shaving experience to achieve silky smooth skin on-to-go. The first of its kind, Sphynx combines beauty, innovation and design with the introduction of the Sphynx Razor, a 3-in-1 travel shaver, containing a refillable water cartridge, moisturizing soap bar, and a luxe razor blade for shaving anytime, anywhere to ensure you’ll be smooth sailing to the Coachella music grounds!

Price/Availability: The Sphynx Razor is available for $14.99 each in Black Out, White Out and Smooth Sailing at sphynxrazor.com

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Prep your Coachella tan with NKD SKN, an easy-to-use, non-toxic tan with a natural fade. Made by the creators of VITA LIBERATA, NKD SKN products are equipped with the brand’s signature Odour Remove™ technology eliminating the dreaded “tanning” scent. All products dry on contact making application a breeze.  Rich with good-for-you ingredients, NKD SKN is truly “best in class” among the mass tanning assortment. The NKD SKN Collection includes:

· NKD SKN Tinted Tan Mousse (in Medium & Dark)

· NKD SKN Tinted Tan Liquid in Dark

· NKD SKN 1 Day Bronzingn Tinted Lotion(in Medium & Dark)

· NKD SKN Gradual Glow Daily Tan Moisturiser in Light

Price/Availability: $14.95 - $19.50 at ULTA/Walgreens

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The eos Lemon Drop Smooth Sphere Lip Balm with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is a Coachella must-have! It pampers your lips while protecting them from the sun. Packed with natural conditioning oils and antioxidant-rich vitamin E, eos will keep your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth all summer.  Do not let sunburnt lips ruin one moment of Coachella and keep them protected with eos!

Price/Availability: $3.29 at Target, Walgreens, Ulta, EvolutionOfSmooth.com and Drugstore.com

What is on YOUR must-have spring list this year?

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Vinnebago- The Amazing Modern Canteen

 

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I received a sample for review purposes only. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

The Vinnebago isn’t just another bottle. It expands an age-old insulation technology to keep your drink cold (for 25 hours) or hot (for 12 hours). It has a beautiful modern, sleek design and goes where glass and plastic wouldn’t even have a chance.

Vacuum sealed, containing three walls of proprietary insulation, Vinnebago is the best-performing insulated bottle….ever!

Enjoy 25 Hours of cool. Vinnebago by Corkcicle is the ideal way to keep your beverages perfectly chilled while you’re on the go. No cumbersome cooler needed. No annoying “bottle sweating.” No Freezing Required.

Now you can bring those Pina Coladas down to the beach. Enjoy an ice cold Bud Light at the creek or refreshing cool wine by the pool. Not to mention ice cold water on those adventures and hikes that this spring and summer will bring.

Since there is no glass, it’s great for the slopes, hockey rinks, soccer fields, wherever.  Vinnebago can fit a full 750mL inside – equivalent to three cups.

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How to use:

Step 1

Pour your favorite drink into the Vinnebago. Drinks must be poured in at the temperature you desire. (Already hot or cold). It keeps the temperature, not heats or cools anything.

Step 2:

Seal Vinnebago with screw-on cap. Wide mouth allows for spill-free transfer from bottle to your Vinnebago.

Step 3:

Enjoy! Your drink will remain virtually at the same temperature for up to 25 hours for cold drinks and 12 hours for hot ones.

*In order to maintain temperature, cap must be fully secured in place.

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The Vinnebago works like a high-tec sports bottle with an amazing modern design. There are two sides that are flat so that it’s easier to grip when pouring or sipping. It’s not only elegantly designed but made tough as nails. It can withstand drops and slips like a pro.

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The outside of the black and white versions are NOT made with enamel or paint. So you don’t have to worry that it will chip/ wear off after using it for a period of time. I’ve washed it many times and it’s still the same as when I pulled it out of the box.

You do NOT wash this in a dishwasher. Wash it by hand with soap and a sponge/dishcloth so that the seal on the top stays secure. If you break the seal, it isn’t going to keep temperature. It has a wide spout (opening) so ice cubes definitely fit inside. That makes it even better!!

I’ve used the Vinnebago with both hot and cold beverages, and it totally gets a thumbs up on both. My mom bought a new house and I went with her to clean it up and move the stuff that was left in it. I HAD to bring my coffee, so I was thankful for the Vinnebago. No electricity in the house as of yet, so it was definitely a god send! Toted it in my purse with some sugar and a spoon (ha ha).

It took us quite awhile to get things done. About 6 hours I’m sure. I had to come back and get the kids off the bus. Guess what?? The coffee (the small amount that was in there) was still as hot as when I poured it in!! I would’ve drank it all but I was curious as to how hot it’d be after that period of time.

It’s finally been a little warmer here in KY, so we went outside and played for awhile. I brought the Vinnebago outside with us with juice in it. I just kept thinking how awesome this would be to have on trips to the park. (Mom, I’m thirrrsty) After they just drank their kid-sized juice bottles. I can bring the Vinnebago and have more play time before we have to leave or tug a ton of drinks with us.

Even thought it was placed directly in the sun, and still the juice was ice cold. Super awesome. We absolutely LOVE it!

Key Features

  • Keeps beverages cold for 25 hours
  • Keeps beverages hot for 12 hours
  • Stainless steel construction--chemical free
  • Vacuum sealed, proprietary three walls of insulation
  • 25-ounce capacity (intentionally big enough to fit a full bottle of wine)

The Vinnebago retails for $29.95 and is available at www.corkcicle.com.

Connect with Corkcicle:

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Spring Cleaning Your Home & Health with Shark and Ninja!

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The flowers are beginning to sprout, the birds are chirping, the weather is warm and yet our house is still stuck in the winter blues funk. Here’s how to rock Spring Cleaning like no other! Open the doors and windows, turn the music up, and let the sunshine in!! Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to shake off those winter blues and freshen up our homes.

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The latest from Shark and Ninja can help rejuvenate your home and health for a complete spring clean, inside and out!

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The new Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away may be one vacuum, but its abilities are limitless. Essentially three vacuums in one, the capabilities will not only leave your floors, furniture, ledges, and even your ceiling fans looking as good as new, you yourself will feel better restored and refreshed for the spring.

Introducing the Nutri Ninja® | Ninja® Blender DUO BL642 with Auto-iQ™

After many winter months of comfort food and pumpkin spice lattes, your body may also need a little bit of a refresher. The Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender, the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ and the Nutri Ninja 2-in-1 all specialize in nutrient and vitamin extraction, that can better support digestion and immune health, reduce stress, and increase energy, along with many other benefits that can completely invigorate your health and help you take on spring for the better!

What are some items you MUST have for spring cleaning? I also have to shampoo my carpets and clean the furniture.

 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Levana Stella 2 Video Monitor (Review)

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Disclosure: Items were sent for review purposes only, all opinions are completely honest.

Levana, a brand of high-tech, stylish and reliable baby monitors has came out with the Stella 2 Camera Video Baby Monitor. It comes with two cameras instead of one and has a 4.3” screen. Why choose a smaller screen when you don’t have to? This is something that you can’t afford to see half-way.

 

What's in the Box
  • Baby Video Monitor
  • Pan/Tilt/Zoom Night Vision Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • 2 Power Adapters
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Lifetime Live Customer Support

A video screen this big is the next best thing to actually being in the room with your child. The screen can show each cameras view just by touching ONE button. That is pretty cool. Whether you have larger rooms or need to monitor more than one room, this is perfect!

The two cameras allow you to monitor more than one room in your home on a single monitor! They are great for babies and toddlers alike.

Stella features:

· Touch panel pan/tilt/zoom video baby monitor

· A powerful battery that will last up to 24 hours

· Talk to Baby two-way intercom

· Three soothing lullabies

· Invisible LED night vision

· Private ClearVu Digital Signal

· Expandable up to 4 cameras

User Interface Assessment

Easy to assemble, mount, and use even without using the directions. Pretty simple to figure out the features, because all the buttons are labeled. The two video monitors run via plug-in, while the parent unit can run via cord OR batteries. 

The parent unit is small enough to fit inside your pocket. This is handy if you need to clean the yard while your baby naps, or check the mail. It also has controls for audio, pan-tilt-zoom and multi-camera mode. The parent unit doesn’t beep but it does flash a red “x” when it’s out of range from the video monitors.

The range on this monitor is insane. So insane, that I ended up walking 4 houses down and audio AND Video was still super clear. I can’t imagine someone needing to leave their napping children at home to go any further than the neighbors house to borrow an egg. (Or so I hope not)

Image quality is very clear. Easy to tell if your babies awake (even in the dark) or what the munchkins are up to. It has a menu (3rd button) that allows you to set up your options such as sound sensitivity and screen brightness. Also has a super cool kick-stand that I use to sit the monitor on my desk or a shelf beside me.

I like that I can easily switch between viewing the two cameras. Seeing both screens at once would make the resolution smaller. One button and I can see the other camera via full size, which is awesome!

It is a color picture but only when used in direct lighting. When used at night or in low light, the picture will appear to be in black and white. This monitor doesn’t have temp reading feature like other monitors I’ve used. It’s not a MUST but handy with small children or large homes. It doesn’t matter in my house because I only have one floor, so all rooms are the same temp.

BEST USES

  • Infants
  • Naps
  • Newborns
  • Preemies
  • Remote Monitoring
  • Sleep

Tilt & Zoom

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Using the monitor from anywhere in your home you can adjust the camera view horizontally 270° and tilt vertically 110° so you can see everything in baby’s room with the simple touch of a button.

The pan and tilt mode is a must-have in my opinion, especially a silent one. Pan/Tilt means that you can rotate/move the camera down/up and side-to-side. This lets you basically have eyes in the back of your head. (Didn’t your mama ever say that SHE had them? NOW you can!!) If your child moves to a space within the room that the camera wasn’t set on before, just adjust it with the pan and tilt buttons.

The only drawback I had with the tilt/pan feature is that it isn’t as smooth as some others I’ve had. Which takes slightly more time to adjust to exactly the spot you need it to be. That’s only because it seems to tilt/pan a little too much at a time, but it doesn’t take long to figure out.

Also that the zoom is separate from the tilt/pan. So you can only zoom into the specific area that the camera is selected to view. To zoom into other areas, you have to back out and re-adjust the pan and tilt to the area you want to see and THEN zoom back in. Not that much of a deal, but it would be awesome to zoom into the entire area of the room.

Private ClearVu Digital Signal

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ClearVu technology provides you the outstanding precision and clarity of a digital signal from up to 750ft away. Stella has a private, secure and interference-free digital signal that no one but you can access.  Feel free to accomplish tasks inside and outside of your home, all the while knowing baby is safe and sound.

The monitor doesn’t have any background noise (whitewash sounds) or static. Nothing interferes such as cell phones or microwaves- not ours or our neighbors, which I especially like. The audio is very clear and has a very strong signal strength. I can do chores or work in my office without worrying my kids are dumping all their toys out in their toy room or getting into an argument about “she said this, he did that”. I can now listen in and see very clearly what’s going on.

LED & Night Vision

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Invisible infrared LEDs provide a clear image of your child in the dark up to 12ft away. Your baby will sleep more soundly without the distracting red LED lights found on traditional baby video monitors Smart LED Indicator Ring Sound indicator ring changes color with the sound of your baby’s voice alerting you if she if crying out when you have the volume turned down and features adjustable sensitivity.

Two-Way Talking

Talk to Baby and calm them down  with with two-way communication. Let them know that your on the way the sound of your own voice as you head to the rescue. Levana parents also love this feature for communicating to each other when they need some help in the nursery.

Although my kids aren’t babies anymore, I still LOVE this feature. If they are playing in their playroom, I don’t have to constantly get up and check while I’m working. If they are doing something they shouldn’t be, I can warn them with the two-way talking feature. I don’t have to constantly get up while I finish up my work for the day. Makes working from home during the weekends 10x easier.

My kids think this feature is funny though. They try to use this as their own “walkie talkies”. One will come in my office and try to talk to the other through the Levana System. They also make weird faces at each other and do crazy stuff, it’s pretty funny to watch!

3 Remote-controlled lullabies

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Does your baby love the sound of lullabies before bed and cry out for more when the music stops? Stella has three lullabies that can be remotely activated and changed by your parent unit.

Disclosure- I was given this product for review purposes and was not financially compensated otherwise.  All opinions are my own, based on my own use of this product.

Connect with Levana:

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BIC Products (*New Releases*)- Shoplet Review

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the products or services mentioned in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and all opinions are 100% truthful. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

These office supplies were sent by Shoplet for review. I almost always jump at the chance to test new office supplies because I am totally addicted! I love getting new pens, paper, binders, etc. It makes me a very happy Jess!! How could I resist anyway? BIC has always been a top favorite of mine- affordable yet amazing quality + uniquely designed products.

BIC released 4 new products that I was very excited to test out. It's like an adventure! I get a chance to discover amazing things along the way. The products are the Cristal Stylus 2-in-1 Pen, Atlantis Comfort Ball Pen, Atlantis Exact Retractable Ballpoint Pen and the Magic Marker Brand Window Markers.

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BIC Atlantis Comfort Ball Pen:
The BIC Atlantis Comfort Ball Pen is a sleek, stylish, retractable ballpoint pen that writes extremely smooth. The color of the barrel matches the color of ink inside. It has a comfort grip, long lasting ink, and a medium size tip. This pen is downright superb. That is all you need to know, right? That it’s so amazing that it is now on my favorite pen list now! Okay, okay, fine, I will tell you why it is so amazing.

The BIC Atlantis Comfort Ball Pen has a grip built in the pen, which is needed in every pen in my opinion. As a writer it’s important so my hand will not get cramps after long writing sessions. I love that I don’t have to take regular breaks to massage my fingers and hand.

The grip isn’t the sticky kind, which is also a plus. WHY? Those sticky grips are super annoying because they attract EVERYTHING! I’d find my dogs hair. my hair, dirt, and everything else stuck to the sticky grip pens. It’s very sleek and the grip is firm.

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This pen is definitely made with quality ink. It writes extremely smooth- containing NO air or bubbles as I write, edit, and re-write. I love that doesn’t skip letters, so I don’t have to re-trace anything. Thoughts flow onto my paper and that is the way it stays. The comfort grip is something every writer, student, or teacher desperately needs and asks for! Relief at last!

 

BIC Atlantis Exact Retractable Ballpoint Pen:

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The BIC Atlantis Exact Retractable Ballpoint Pen is a sleek, professional, smooth-click retractable ballpoint pen. It has a full grip area for added comfort and control. It is also a fine point pen, which is why it isn’t on my top favorite list.

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I like the way that they write, it’s not the pen- it’s the fine point. I don’t think I’ve ever really been drawn to fine point pens. I’ll use them, I just PREFER medium point if I can get it. There is absolutely no hesitation that this pen does give more precise and exact lines when writing. I just have a heavy hand when it comes to writing, which makes my writing sloppy when using fine point.

The pen IS very handy for writing in small print. So if you’re filling out an application or a form, this would be perfect. If you’re a fan of fine point or write small anyway, this is the perfect pen for you! The quality of the pen + ink is top notch, flowing nicely, smoothly, and no bubbles or air within the ink. No need to retrace what I’ve written. Adam LOVES these pens, they are HIS favorite. He favors fine point and has small writing, so he gives them an A+.

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BIC Cristal Stylus 2-in-1 Pen:
The BIC Cristal Stylus 2-in-1 Pen offers the innovative technology of a stylus and the reliability of a ballpoint pen all in one product. It glides across screens smoothly and easily for fingerprint-free precision and control.

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This is actually the first time that I’ve ever tried a Stylus + Pen, and I absolutely adore it. I don’t know why I haven’t gotten one before. I can now write on paper and scroll on my phone (researching) at the same time. As you can see the ink flows smoothly, and is actually TOP 5 of my favorite pens!

It has a medium size tip and just flows without incident. I want to stock up on these!! There’s no bubbles or air gaps within the ink. I love how it showcases my handwriting, and how comfortably it fits within my hand. I can write for long periods without cramping hands or fingers!! A+ from Stylish Southern Mama!!

The Stylus part of this pen is also top notch quality. It fills like air filled rubber and glides very smoothly on my Smartphone, tablet, AND computer touchpad. I love that I can use this on my computer as well to sign my name to contracts and tax forms. I couldn’t do that before, my signature looked like a Kindergartener had forged it. Now there’s no worries about having to explain awful electronic signatures or fingerprints all over the place.

I gave the second one to my Uncle Dave. He has a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and giant hands. It was frustrating for him to text people back when he got messages. He was usually using the voice button so he didn’t have to retype texts before sending them. Now he can just clip this pen + stylus into his shirt pocket and whip it out when it’s needed! A+

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BIC Magic Marker Brand Window Markers:
The BIC Magic Window Markers feature a highly visible ink specially-designed to adhere to glass. These are definitely the best Window Markers I’ve ever used in more ways than one. They produce vivid, bright colors on both light and dark surfaces. The marker is easily removed when wiped with a wet cloth.

They are an amazing quality window marker. I LOVED that I didn’t have to shake the marker to bring the paint to the tip (Just open and use!) I also appreciated that I didn’t have to hold it at a weird angle to get it to actually work like other window markers. I used it on glass and plastic, with absolutely no smears or drips!. We made my daughter a “craft box” that we stenciled designs with craft paint and the window markers! I love the bullet shaped tip, it makes it so much easier to stencil/ draw with than a wider tip! Great for professional or decorative use.

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Overall I am in LOVE with these new BIC products. They are always on top of their game. Now I have a new favorite pen (the Atlantis Comfort) and Pen+ Stylus (The Cristal). I would absolutely recommend these BIC products. I am especially attached to the Stylus + Pen. Not only does it write amazing but I can use the stylus on my phone, tablet, and even the touch pad on my computer! Makes life 10x simpler!

 

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