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Manage, organize and protect your mobile device cables with NEET Cable Keeper

 

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There are a lot of things that my family goes through on a regular basis… toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, pens, batteries and power cords to charge cellphones. You have no idea how many times I have had to buy replacement power cables/cords for the cellphones. My kids either lose them, they get damaged or worse yet – the cats chew them in half. After all, to a cat the power cord/cable is nothing but a fun string to play with.

I buy replacements so much that I have them bookmarked on my site so I can quickly reorder when needed. Thankfully my kids each have an iPhone 5 so they can share a power cord if need be. My husband has a 5 also (work phone) and both of us have an iPhone 4s, so we can share that cord if need be. My husband and I take better care of them then our kids do.

What if there was a solution to this problem that will not only help protect your cables/cords from cats, but also organize them, protect them and even help to identify them (so you know which one belongs to which person). There IS a solution – it’s called the NEET Cable Keeper.

NEET Cable Keeper

The NEET Cable Keeper is a fabric shell designed to protect your cables from frays and ripping (and ideally from cats chewing on them too). The Cable Keeper allows you to form your cables into compact shapes and supports your cables by bearing some of the strain when winding and bending your cables, which can lengthen the life of your cable.

There is a zipper zipper pull that helps making insertion of the cable/cord easier. It also allows for you add multiple cables together to help organize all the cords you need in one sleeve.

The NEET Cable Keeper is available in 10 vibrant colors – black, light blue, gold, green, royal blue, pink, red, silver, white and yellow. You can assign a specific color to each person in your household or organize a group of cords/cables by color.

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They are available in 3ft/100 cm lengths and range in price – Universal ($12), Micro-USB to USB ($17) and MFi Apple Lightening ($30).

The cords/cables are NOT included with the NEET Cable Keeper. You need to supply your own cable/cord.

I have two of the NEET Cable Keepers. One I keep on my iPhone charging cord and the other I keep on the cord for my camera (the one I use to transfer photos from the camera to the computer). We have A LOT of cords/cables for a variety of products. It seems like everything has a power cord these days. It’s hard to keep track of what belongs to what. That is why I like to be able to easily identify which cable I need by knowing the NEET Cable Keeper cover I’ve assigned to it. It makes finding the right cord so much easier. I can even do it without looking (just by the feel of the NEET Cable Keeper).

I found putting the NEET Cable Keeper on the cord/cable very easy to do.

I think this is the ideal solution for all your cable/cord needs. Not only does it protect them but it helps to organize them too.

This is one of those “Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner” products. I wish we had NEET Cable Keepers years ago. It would have saved me a lot of money on lost, broken and cat chewed on cords for the cellphones.

If you would like to learn more about NEET Cable Keepers please visit www.NEETProducts.com. You can also find the brand on social media (links found on their website).

What do you think about NEET Cable Keepers? Is this a much needed product in your home? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Back-to-School Shopping Smarts: 9 Ways to Save

 

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Summer break never feels long enough for parents who have already started prepping for the upcoming school year. According to data collected by the Rubicon Project, 40% of parents with children in grade K-12 are getting a head start on back-to-school shopping two months before the first day of class. With school shopping lists getting longer and supplies getting pricier, it’s no surprise families have spent over 40% more on back-to-school products over the last decade.

Though your son or daughter’s education is priceless, there’s no need to blow your money on school supplies. Study these 9 smart shopping strategies to save time and money on back-to-school lists.

Shop at home.
When you go grocery shopping, you generally have a good idea of what’s filling your ‘fridge and pantry. Take the same approach with back-to-school shopping and search around the house for any supplies you already have or can reuse. If there are optional items on the supply list, hold off on buying those until you’re absolutely sure your student needs them.

Know what to buy in-store & what to order online.
The customer-service firm Stella Service has reported that the average cost of purchasing a typical list of school supplies in a store was 41 percent cheaper than buying those same items online, as reported by Consumer Reports. Though it’s wise to stick to traditional retailers for notebooks and pencils, you should research deals online for backpacks, sporting goods and sneakers since you have a wider selection of products and prices available at your fingertips.

Compare prices on the fly.
Who has time to drive from store to store to compare prices? Luckily, the ShopSavvy app provides instant price comparison by snapping a picture of the barcode so you know the cheapest price on any good across retailers, both in store and online. If you’re shopping online, use the Invisible Hand browser extension to get price alerts in case what you’re shopping for is sold elsewhere for less.

Time your purchase.
They say timing is everything, and that’s especially true for back-to-school shopping. Those living in or near states offering tax-free holidays should shop these days to save on sales tax. Since summer clothes are on clearance, it’s best to load up on tee shirts and shorts and hold off until September and October for fall apparel, including denim. If you’re unsure of the best time to buy items, use tools like TrackIf.com or the SnapUp app to track prices for you. Finally, continue tracking prices even after you make your purchase, since stores including Kohl’s and Target will offer price adjustments.

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Buy second-hand clothes.
As all parents know, kids grow out of clothing so quickly that it doesn’t make sense (or cents!) to purchase full-priced garments. Instead, shop second-hand at local thrift or consignment shops, or online at websites like thredUp.com. In addition to buying clothing for less, you can sell items your kids have outgrown for credit toward the upcoming season’s purchase. Otherwise, consider hosting a swap with family and friends who have school-aged children. Everything from unused notebooks and crayons to sneakers and clothes can be traded to help each other save big bucks.

Shop smart for sports and other activities.
In addition to school clothing and classroom supplies, many parents have to buying sporting equipment and musical instruments to support their kids’ activities. Shopping smart for these pricey items can help you save big bucks. For example, Play It Again Sports offers gently-used sporting equipment for up to 90% savings compared to department stores. You can also shop online for musical instruments and save with coupon codes. For example, CouponSherpa.com currently has a promo code for 10% off American Musical Supply, where acoustic guitars start at $199.

Know where to find coupons.
Retailers will release store-wide and sitewide sales during back-to-school, but you can often find coupons and promo codes to save even more. Scour your favorite deal site for extra 10 to 30% savings, plus special deals on specific back-to-school products. Also, sign up for retail newsletters to receive a first-time subscriber coupon. For instance, GAP offers 25% off to new e-newsletter subscribers. Deal bloggers like TheKrazyCouponLady.com will help match coupons with store sales, saving you time in the hunt for the best bargains.

Use social media.
Stores reward customers who like, follow, post, tag, pin, tweet and retweet, offering social media fans exclusive coupons codes and special savings. Like a brand on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for a chance of unlocking special savings. Create retail lists for easy-to-browse sales and instant offers. Check in to a retail location on Foursquare for freebies and coupons and track prices with Pinterest. Ultimately, it pays to be social!

Look for last year’s model.
More grade-school kids are carrying smartphones and are required to have tablets or laptops. Unfortunately, these devices are quite expensive. To save big bucks, opt for last year’s models or consider refurbished. A previously-owned and certified laptop, tablet or smartphone from Apple, Samsung, AT&T or Verizon comes with a warranty and can save you anywhere from 20 to 40%. You can also trade in old gadgets and smartphones at such sites as NextWorth.com or to retail stores including Target and Best Buy for cash or store credit.

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*Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. As a sought-after media source, she has been featured among such top news outlets as Good Morning America, Today, CNN, Dr. OZ, New York Times, MONEY Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes and many more. For more information, visit AndreaWoroch.com or follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

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Versatile Pet Bed for Cats and Dogs from Pet P.L.A.Y

 

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I love my pets. They happiness and health is a top priority for me.

With five cats and a dog it goes without saying that we have several pet beds. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some funny pictures I posted the other day about our cat Bella and how out of all the cozy places to sleep (pet beds, cat tree, love seat…) she opted to sleep on my daughter’s dresser. Crazy kitty! One photo is seen above and the other below.

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We even have one bed that is so big I think all five cats and our dog can sleep on it. LOL!

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A while back I was sent information on a really classy looking pet bed – one that I think would add to a home’s decor. It’s by a company called Pet P.L.A.Y (Pet Lifestyle And You). The pet bed is made out of a reclaimed wine barrel.

Check out the beautiful Wine Barrel Dog & Pet Bed on the Pet P.L.A.Y site.

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How beautiful is that bed? I would so love to have a bed like that for my pets.

Pet P.L.A.Y was kind enough to send me one of their other pet beds to review with my pets – their convertible Snuggle Bed.

Sewn with dirt-resistant canvas on one side and luxurious faux fur on the other, this convertible dog bed can be molded into a variety of shapes and uses, conforming to you and your pet’s lifestyle, and offering your pup or kitty a heavenly retreat.

What makes this pet bed different than other pet beds is that it can be used in different ways.

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Snuggle Bed

I love the idea of making the bed into different styles.

The bed is reversible too. One side is super soft and plush (I would sleep on it!). The other side is a bit cooler for hotter days. You an reverse the bed and make it into any of the above mentioned shapes.

Our cats LOVE to hide in things. I love how the Snuggle Bed can be turned into a tunnel for our cats to sleep in. We just have to make sure we know a cat is in there so we don’t accidentally step on them. Our dog actually lied down on the Snuggle Bed when it was a tunnel and ended up sleeping on top of our cat Bella.

When we first received the Snuggle Bed to review Bella wouldn’t even get off of it. She was lying in the dining room and I placed the bed next to her to see what she would do. Right away she lied down on top of it and spent HOURS on it. She loves it.

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I have made the bed into different shapes. The cats prefer the tunnel / flat version. Our dog prefers it more so as a bed but he enjoys it flat too. Since the cats out number the dog, for now, I keep the Snuggle Bed in the tunnel / flat style.

You can see in the photos below the opened end where that cats like to crawl in and hide/sleep. You an also see why we have to watch that our dog Espn doesn’t sleep on top of one. LOL!

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In the above photo Espn is a bit fuzzy. That is because he was rolling around on the Snuggle Bed. He likes to lie on it, roll around on it and push it around.

I like that this bed converts to different styles. It not only offers your pet/pets more but it helps to keep them bored from sleeping in the same old bed too.

The Snuggle Bed is available in three colors – Charcoal Gray, Husky Gray or Truffle Brown. The one we have is Husky Gray. The bed is also available in three different sizes.

Snuggle Bed Sizes

We have the large one so you can tell how big it is against our dog and cat. Espn is a medium size dog (about 20 pounds) and Bella is an average size cat (around 10 pounds).

The bed is available on the Pet P.L.A.Y website and retails for $55 – $109 depending on the size you get. That might seem a bit pricey but considering the quality of the bed, the fact that it’s reversible and that it converts into different types of beds to please any dog or cat, it’s not that bad of a price.

If you are interested in the Snuggle Bed or any other product on the Pet P.L.A.Y site you can get 20% off your purchase using the discount code SHESCRIBES. This discount code expires the end of this year (December 31, 2015).

Pet P.L.A.Y has other pet beds as well as toys, pillows, tunnels, covers and more.

If you would like more information or to check out the other wonderful products available, visit www.PetPLAY.com.

Pet P.L.A.Y has been featured on the Today Show, CBS, Women’s Day, People, Hallmark Channel and Coastal Living. You can also find the brand on social media. All the links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about the Snuggle Bed? Do you think your dog or cat would enjoy something like this?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Join me at the Tom’s of Maine #OneWaytoHelp Twitter Party Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 PM (EST)

 

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I wanted to let readers know that I’ll be co-hosting a Twitter party Wednesday night along with Toms of Maine (@TomsofMaine) and Renee Hirschberg (@renh77).

During the party we will be discussing why doing good for your community matters.

I would love for you to join us and discuss this important topic. In addition you could win some great prizes too.

Mark your calendar!

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM (EST)

Follow: @SheScribes, @TomsofMaine and @renh77.

Hashtag: #OneWaytoHelp

If you could please share this information on Twitter that would be wonderful and I would appreciate it a lot. Simply copy/paste the tweet below and tweet it out to your Twitter followers.

Join @TomsofMaine, @She_Scribes and @renh77 for a #OneWaytoHelp Twitter party on 7/29  at 7pm EST!#Win prizes! Please re-tweet. Thanks!

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Toms of Maine to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Summer Fun from Calendars.com

 

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When people think of calendars they probably think about something they need to purchase by the end of the year (for the following year) or the first thing they buy in the new year.

My husband and usually purchase a new calendar for the following year in November or December. We usually end up getting two – one for home and one for his office. For our home I usually pick out something pretty like landscapes, something cute like animals or something funny. My husband always picks something related to his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys.

If you want a huge selection of calendars in all shapes and sizes I would recommend Calendars.com. They have the biggest selection of calendars that I have ever seen. Of course they would – it’s in their name. LOL!

Did you know that Calendars.com sells MORE than just calendars? They offer consumers toys, games, books, puzzles, organization products and more. In fact, Calendars.com has some fun products you can enjoy this summer. Here are just a few suggestions.

Backyard Safari Adventure

Backyard Safari Adventure Critter Jar – $16.99

The bright light that comes out at night. This jar features five blinking, flashing light patterns specifically designed to attract all sorts of nighttime critters. Push the built-in signal on top to mimic the sound of crickets. The realistic, spacious interior gives bugs much room to roam. Also doubles as a nightlight. Includes 3 button cell batteries.

Pro Gold 2 Balls

Pro Gold 2 Ball Sport Pack – $16.99

This makes a great gift for any kid who wants to get outside and play! Included in the pack are durable soft-foam footballs. Foam balls are a great way to help kids enhance their hand-eye and foot-eye coordination without having to worry about bumps and bruises.

Happy Ocean Mandala Designer

Happy Ocean Mandala Designer – $25.99

Take your artwork outdoors! Design beautiful chalk drawings with the Outdoor Mandala Designer kits! Choose from princess patterns, ocean and garden themes, fairy fun, animals, and more. Just set the stencil on any paved surface, choose your chalk colors, and color the open spaces.

  • Contents include: 1 large mandala stencil, 6 colored chalks and instructions
  • Place the stencil on the ground and create mandala outside
  • Creative Child Awards: Product of the year award

Ultimate Tie Dye and Wear Kit

Ultimate Tie Dye and Wear Kit – $42.99

The Ultimate Tie Dye and Wear kit is the ultimate world of creativity and spontaneous fun. Share tie-dye fashion fun with your friends! Make colorful apparels with cool tools. Sit back, relax, and get in the groove of the 60s.

And my personal favorite…

Bucket of Sand

Kinetic Sand Bucket O’ Sand – $21.99

Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand that kids can’t put down. Dig in with this Bucket O’Fun! With 2 pounds of brown Kinetic Sand, the creative possibilities are endless. Use the scoop, castle mold and bucket to create anything your child can imagine. Fire up your child’s creativity with the Kinetic Sand Bucket O’Fun!

  • Loaded with everything you need for a creative Kinetic Sand party
  • Includes 2 lbs. of sand, a scoop, castle mold and more
  • Stimulates children’s creativity, easily cleans up and it sticks to itself, not to you
  • For children ages 3 and up

We have this set. I love kinetic sand. It’s so cool! Not only does it not create a huge mess like regular sand, it also keeps it’s shape better too.

In a way it feels like Play-Doh, but in sand form.

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I have since donated this to the classroom where I work. It’s great for the older kids to play with (we have special sandboxes for the little kids). It really is a lot cleaner to play with than traditional sand. It can stick to your hands sometimes but not that bad and it easily brushes right off.

Even my almost 16 year old son enjoys working with kinetic sand. He’s build some pretty interesting things with it.

If you can’t go to the beach you can bring the beach to you.

I find the kinetic sand therapeutic too. It’s a great stress reliever.

These great products and thousands more are available for purchase at www.Calendars.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their websites.

Have you ever purchased from Calendars.com? Do any of these products look like something fun you’d like to have? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Get your laundry smelling clean with Mrs. Meyers’s Clean Day Scent Boosters (giveaway ends 8/8/15)

 

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If you read my blog on a regular basis you have probably read how much I enjoy scents. I love all kinds of scents. I have a nice collection of oils, sprays, candles, plugins… anything that can make my home smell good and inviting.

I like to use scents according to the holidays and season. During the fall I love the scent of pumpkin, caramel and apple. In the winter its all about REAL pine scent (aka – Christmas Tree scent). In the spring I love floral scents (especially lilac) and in the summer I enjoy beachy/tropical scents.

I love scented products too like soap and cleaning products. I used to always buy soap from a major retailer because I loved their scents. That is until they increased the price significantly. Even on sale they are just too expensive.

Are you familiar with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products? I have blogged about them in the past.

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All Mrs. Meyer’s products are cruelty-free, biodegradable, packaged in recyclable bottles, and are free of ammonia, chlorine bleach, parabens and phthalates.

I have used several Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products in the past including dish soap and surface cleaners.

Mrs. Meyer’s has a product in their product line called Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Scent Boosters.

The Scent Boosters are made specifically for your laundry to help add a touch of fragrance to your laundry. Available scents include Peony, Lavender and Lemon Verbena.

The new laundry line has recently partnered with Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target™, a product collection of 31 leading natural, organic and sustainable brands.  At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be better for everyone and accessible to anyone.

I am thrilled that more and more brands are creating products that are better for you and better for our environment. Who says we need to have products made with made made ingredients we can’t even pronounce when naturally made products work just as well, if not better.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Scent Boosters are available exclusively at Target stores nationwide and at MrsMeyers.com, which currently offers free shipping!

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I have a lovely giveaway for a lucky reader which includes three bottles of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Scent Boosters in the following scents – Peony, Lavender and Lemon Verbena.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 8, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received a gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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