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Smart Portable Car Jump Starter Powerbank for Smartphones & Digital Devices

 

Technology

Let’s face it – we live in a digital world. Most people can’t function without their smartphone or tablet in their hands at all times. Personally, I don’t care. Half the time I don’t even know where my phone is. My kids on the other hand sleep with their phones right next to them at night. Even my husband will get up in the middle of the night when “nature calls,” and can’t go back to sleep until he checks Twitter. Seriously? Nothing is that important that it can’t wait until the morning.

When you have all these devices it’s imperative that you have the means to recharge them whenever possible.

I found out the hard way the importance of having a back up power source for your smartphone. I came home from a trip on the West coast. It was late at night and car service was going to pick me up to take me home. My phone had died and I had no way of contacting them to let them know where I was waiting for them. I had to look for a payphone to make a collect call to my husband. He had to be the in-between person between me and car service. It was horrible! From that point on I won’t leave the house without a way of charging  my phone.

Most people have portable chargers of some sort. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Personally I keep a lipstick size one in my purse and one in my car that plugs into the cigarette lighter.

The company 1 by One has taken portable chargers two a whole new level. Their Smart Portable Car Jump Starter Powerbank for Smartphones & Digital Devices not only charges your smartphone, tablet and other devices, but it can also jump start your car.

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1 by One sent me one to review.

The set comes inside a portable carrying case. The entire “kit” is lightweight and easy to tote around. It’s also small enough that it will take up very little room in your car. You could keep this under your car’s seat or even in the magazine pocket found on the back of some car seats.

Inside the kit you’ll find the charging unit, the plug to charge the charging unit and jumper cables. The only thing it doesn’t have, which I wish it did, was a charging plug to allow you to charge this device on-the-go from in your car. In order to charge it you have to plug it into a wall outlet.

First and foremost let me talk about the charging unit and charging your phone, tablet or similar device.

Everything is housed nicely in a lightweight carrying case.

Everything is housed nicely in a lightweight carrying case.

Inside the case everything has it's own compartment. Instructions are also included.

Inside the case everything has it’s own compartment. Instructions are also included.

There is a USB opening on the charging unit that will allow you to plug in your smart phone, tablet or other device. You must already own the necessary cable. It does not come with one. You can use the one that came with your device or pick up a spare one. Most stores carry charging cables (Rite Aid, Walmart, Target, Radio Shack…).

As far as a charger goes, this unit works great. It does exactly what you would expect it to.

I will continue to charge my phone from the charger that plugs into my car’s cigarette lighter outlet. However if that is not possible I will certainly use the charger from the Smart Portable Car Jump Starter Powerbank.

This charger would be great for people who enjoy hiking and camping and other outdoor things were a wall outlet or car outlet is not readily available.

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This charger (powerbank) can jump start your car’s battery.

I cannot tell you how many times I have had to call for AAA because my car battery was dead. Usually it’s the overhead light in the car that was left on.

I don’t know the first thing about charging cars or where to plug things in. I leave that up to my husband or AAA person.

What if there was no one around to assist you with jump starting your car? What if AAA was unable to get to you in time? Sometimes they can take upwards of an hour to get to you. When you are running late for work that is not always doable.

I have seen units that you can buy to jump start cars but they are big, bulky and expensive. This littler charger can do the work of those very same devices.

The only way to test this was to have a dead car battery. That was a bit of a dilemma. I would have to intentionally let the battery die in my car. I was reluctant to do that because what if it didn’t work? I can’t wait a long time for AAA to come and jump start my car for me. I have to get to work.

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I couldn’t bring myself to do that. I even kept an eye out for neighbors in our condo complex that might have needed a jump but I never saw anyone.

To be honest to date I have not been able to test out the car jump feature. I cannot provide you with an honest opinion about that.

The unit also does not start cars with high power or diesel. My car is not diesel. I am not sure what power it uses (high? average?).

I did check out reviews from others on Amazon.com in regards to the ability for this device to jump start cars. You can find the device here on Amazon – 1byone 9000mAh 12V Multi-Function Smart Portable Car Jump Starter Powerbank for Smartphones & Digital Devices.

I read the reviews (it has 4.1 stars out of a possible 5 on Amazon). Many people commented in their reviews how well the device jump started their cars.  The products reviews are 80% four star (which is the highest) and only 7% one star, so that tells me its a pretty good device.

I like the idea of having a viable mean to jump start my car if/when I need it again. Often I park my car next to the wall (the front of the car facing a high wall) which makes it hard for a traditional car-to-car jump. I like the idea of knowing I have this device in my trunk to help me get my car started so I don’t have to wait an hour for AAA to show up.

I also like having portable charging power for all my other devices, especially when a car or wall outlet is not available.

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I neglected to mention that the device also has a built in flashlight, which is another very handy feature, especially if you find yourself broken down late at night.

Overall, for the feature and the price (currently $76.99 on Amazon) it’s a handy product to have on hand in case of emergencies. This would also make a great gift for a new car owner/driver.

For more information visit the product page on Amazon (the link is above). For more information about 1 by One visit 1byOne.com. The sell other really cool techie devices.

What do you think about the Multi-Function Smart Portable Car Jump Starter Powerbank? Does it look like a product you would want to own?

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Kimberly

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

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Never “misplace” your car again with ZUS – the smart car charger

 

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Has this ever happened to you – you park your car in a crowded parking lot (for example a county fair, a packed mall during the holidays…) and you forget where you parked your car? It’s happened to me more times than I’d like to remember.

The photo (above) is from the last time my family and I went to the county fair. If you forget where you park you are in big trouble because it’s almost like trying to find a “needle in a haystack.”

You could set off your car’s alarm (if you have one), but that can be a bit embarrassing. What else can you do?

Introducing ZUS – the “smart” car charger that helps you to locate your car.

ZUS is first and foremost a charger for your car so that you can charge your smartphone or other devices. It features dual port so that you can charge two devices at the same time. With two teenagers I can appreciate that. That way there is no fighting over who can charge their phone first on long car rides.

ZUS Charger

You will need the plug to connect your phone into the charger. It does not come with one. You already have one since you need it to charge your device. You can pick up an extra one just about anywhere. I keep extras in my car’s glove compartment “just in case.”

ZUS is unassuming looking. It looks like a regular car charger – but “regular” this charger is NOT.

This German designed charger can charge your device 2 times faster than other chargers. For example, ZUS can charge two iPhone 6s phones in 2 hours where as other chargers take 3-4 hours. Or you can charge to iPad minis in just shy of 4 hours where as other chargers can take up to 8 hours.

ZUS is also lighted, so it’s easy to find in the dark. It comes with and ElegantShineTM Lighting System, which is a top of the line lighting for increased visibility in dark environments.

For me the BEST feature is ZUS’s ability to help you track down your car if you forget where you are parked. It uses GPS to track where are and where you parked your car.

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To use ZUS’s tracking option you will need to download the FREE ZUS app and set up your account (name, email address and password). Then you just need to pair/connect your ZUS and you are ready to enjoy the benefits of this awesome charger.

If you forget where your car is parked simply open up the app on your smartphone or device. ZUS will provide you with a map of where you are in relationship to your car. It will also tell you what direction to walk in and how many feet away your car is. When you are in a close proximity of your car, ZUS will alert you to it.

*The ZUS app utilizes your phone’s GPS to help you find your car. ZUS works best with cars parked where GPS signal is strong such as open lots.

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The blue “dot” is my location and the “P” is where my car is parked.

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When I took this screen shot my car was 375 feet away from where I was and the arrow points in which direction I should go to find my car.

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Another example that shows how far away my car was and which direction I should go.

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ZUS lets you know when your car is nearby.

I was concerned that I would have to keep ZUS plugged in for it to work. I didn’t want it to drain my battery. That is not the case at all. When not in use I keep ZUS in my glove compartment and I am still able to enjoy the GPS function.

ZUS can also keep track of how long you have been parked. You can set an alarm and ZUS will notify you 10 minutes before the alarm is up, giving you ample time to feed the parking meter or pick up your car from a paid parking spot.

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Here is some additional information about ZUS.

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ZUS is available for $35.99 at www.Nonda.co (notice it’s .co and NOT .com). The band can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom (left) of their website.

You can save 10% on ZUS when you order online at Nonda.co using the discount code SMM-AKZUSSUMMER16.

What do you think about ZUS?

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Kimberly

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

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Movie Review: Sisters

 

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Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD is the movie Sisters.

Sisters stars Tine Fey, Amy Poehler, James Brolin, Diane Weist, Maya Rudolph, John Cena and John Leguizamo.

Maura (Poehler) and Kate Ellis are sisters. They are the complete opposite of on another when it comes to their personalities. Maura is very kind and caring. She has her act together and is perfectly content living alone, after her divorce, with her adopted dog.

Kate is the opposite of her younger sister Maura. She can’t keep a job, she bounces from home to home and she loves to party and have fun. Her daughter Haley is not fond of her mother’s wild ways and refuses to live with her. Instead she stays at friend’s houses.

One day Maura and Kate’s parents (Brolin and Weist) lay a bomb shell on Maura – they are putting their childhood home up on the market. Even though Maura is devastated to hear that, her parents leave it up to her to tell her sister Kate about it. They also need Maura and Kate to come back to Orlando and clean out all of their stuff from the bedroom they shared.

Maura is able to lure Kate back to Orlando. She tricks Kate into going back to their childhood home only to find that their parents lied to them. Their childhood home is not on the market – it’s been sold to a snooty couple from New York City.

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Maura and Kate have only a few day to clear out their stuff before the final inspection for the buyers.

Before leaving their childhood home forever, Maura and Kate decide to throw one last party. Their parties were epic back when they were teenagers, so they reached out to their childhood friends and invited them to their party.

Kate also has Maura invite their handsome neighbor from down the street. Maura has been divorced for a long time and Kate things she needs to use this party as an excuse to “hook up” with the handsome neighbor.

Kate was always the one who had fun at their parties and Maura was the one to play “Party Mom” – the one who made sure that everyone was safe and taken care of. This time around Maura wants Kate to be “Party Mom” so that she can let her “freak flag fly.” Kate reluctantly agrees.

Initially their party is about as fun as a funeral. Their friends are mostly married and parents now and forgot how to have fun. Determined to make this a night to remember, the girls do everything they can to wake the party up.

Maura and Kate’s party is filling in full swing – and getting seriously out of control. Have they gone too far? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Sisters, now available where ever movie are sold.

I was sent the movie to review. There are two options on the Blu-ray/DVD set – the theatrical version of the film and the unrated version. I watched the unrated version. I am not sure how much of a difference there is between the two. My review is based on the unrated version. The version shown in theaters might be slightly different.

The story line is pretty good. I think many people can relate to losing the home they grew up in. My childhood home was sold to someone else last year. It’s hard to believe that it’s no longer a part of our family. We were the ONLY family to live in it up until last year. It’s hard to think about never having a chance to visit the room I slept in and the playroom that I spend many hours playing in.

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I also think some people can relate to being a total opposite of their sibling/siblings. My husband is a perfect example of that. He is nothing like his siblings. It’s as if he’s not even related to them – that is how different he is.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were perfectly cast for these roles. I couldn’t see another set of comedians playing these parts. They brought their typical brand of humor to the movie. They also have great chemistry together.

I saw the unrated version and there was a lot of foul language, sex talk, adult humor, drug use and drinking. There was a bit too much foul language, sex talk and adult humor for my taste, but I know other people find that kind of stuff really funny.

The film is long (a little over two hours) but surprisingly it didn’t seem that long. There was no “lag time” or slow moments.

The movie is fun and entertaining, if you can get past the stuff that makes the film “R” rated.

There are some bonus features including deleted scenes, extended scenes and bloopers.

Here is the film’s trailer for your entertainment. It’s the theatrical trailer. The movie is now available for home viewing.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy 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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ROBOCOPP Sound Grenade – Personal Safety Device

 

Safety

I have always been an overly protective parent. There was a time when I wouldn’t let my kids go downstairs to get the mail (we live in a condo building). Our mail boxes are inside. We also know all of our neighbors in our condo building. My kids were safe enough getting the mail – I just worried about them being out of site.

My husband and I used to stand on our balcony or next to the window to watch the kids walk the dog. We wouldn’t even let them go away from the front of our building.

Fast forward to today. Our daughter will be 19 this year. She goes to college and has a boyfriend. Just this past Friday her and her boyfriend went to New York City to see a concert. They were down in the city for most of the day and she didn’t get home until 12:30 AM. I had no clue what they were doing or where they were. We do have “Find My Phone” on our phones, so I can see where she is for the most part, but that doesn’t mean much.

I worry about my kid and their safety. Especially our daughter because she take public transportation to/from school/home and to work from school. She has to walk a bit from the bus stop to her job. That worries me a lot because she’s always telling me about men and teenage boys who’ll try and talk to her (while driving their cars next to her), whistle at her and shout comments at her. She knows enough to ignore them and keep walking, but you never know. Someone could come up from behind her and attack her. THANKFULLY she works during the day, and it’s a busy road, but still… I worry.

PHOTO SOURCE: WikiCommons - Man getting sprayed with Mace/Pepper Spray

PHOTO SOURCE: WikiCommons – Man getting sprayed with Mace/Pepper Spray

We have looked into personal safety devices for her to carry on her at all times. We thought about pepper spray. It is legal where we live. The only downside is that if you are being attacked you’ll have to try and find the spray in your pocket or purse, open it and make sure you are spraying in the right direction. I think that is too involved and she needs something she can activate in a heartbeat.

A few months ago I was sent information about a device called a Grenade. It’s from the company ROBOCOPP. The Sound Grenade is a personal safety device that can be activated simply by pulling on it.

The Sound Grenade is a very unassuming looking device. It’s about the size of a ChapStick lip balm (just a bit wider).

ROBOCOPP Sound Grenade

On one end is a black “plug” (for lack of a better description) and a string that you can use to attach the Grenade to a belt loop, key chain, purse strap or anywhere else on your person.

Sound Grenade is super easy to use and can be activated instantly simply by pulling the plug. Once the plug is removed the Sound Grenade emits an ear shattering a 120-decibel (ambulance-level) alarm. Once the plug is inserted back into the Sound Grenade the siren shuts off and the device can be used again and again (hopefully you’ll never have to use it in the first place).

Here is some additional information about the ROBOCOPP Sound Grenade.

  • 120 dB Siren
  • Dimensions: 2.79 x 1.22 x 0.51 in.
  • Weight: Less than 1 oz.
  • Battery: Included
  • TSA Accepted – Permitted on Airlines
  • Works under water
  • Quality Manufacturing: 5 YEAR WARRANTY
  • Operating Temperature Range:   -10*C to 40*C / 14*F to 104*F

We were sent the Sound Grenade to review. OUCH! Is that siren loud! It felt like it was piercing my eardrums.

Sound Grenade

We set the alarm off inside our home (we didn’t want to do it in public and concern people). Our pets were NOT happy at all. We tried to do it away from them but it’s so loud they could still hear it and they scattered trying to find some place to hide.

This is the perfect safety device for our daughter. She can keep it on her bag so that it’s always handy. The plug (pin?) is in the Sound Grenade securely enough so it can’t be accidentally pulled. It has to be pulled with some force.

This is not only good for deterring would-be attackers, it would also work for scaring away animals such as dogs and wildlife. We see stray dogs from time to time and this would certainly scare them off. We also have bears and coyotes in the area and I think it would work for them as well.

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The ROBOCOPP Sound Grenade is an easy to use, affordable safety device that children and adults can use. Of course you would have to instruct your child NOT to play around with it or pull the plug to show friends how it works.

A single Sound Grenadesells for $23.99 on the ROBOCOPP website. A family pack of FIVE (5) Grenades is only $99.00. I think that is a small investment for a safety device for the entire family.

If you would like to learn more about ROBOCOPP and/or the Sound Grenade visit the ROBOCOPP website, ROBOCOPP.com. ROBOCOPP can also be found across the social media channels. All of those links are found on the bottom left of their website.

Be sure to check out their “Campus Safety” section if you or a loved one is in college. There is also a section of personal stories worth checking out.

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The Sound Grenade is not only a great safety device, but it can also be used to alert people if you need help. One of the real stories on their site was from a person who had a stroke while out riding a bike. At that time the person didn’t have a Sound Grenade and had to rely on a dog barking to get attention. Had he had a Grenade he could have activated it and got the attention of people near by.

What do you think about the ROBOCOPP Sound Grenade? Doe it look like a product you would want for your self and/or your family?

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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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“Supernatural Comfort” is just a click away with GhostBed

 

We can only DREAM of sleeping in a REAL bed like this.

We can only DREAM of sleeping in a REAL bed like this.

When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, my husband and I have no clue what that is like. You see… we don’t have a bedroom to call our own. We have to sleep in the living room on a sofa bed. It’s next to impossible to get a good night’s sleep on a sofa bed.

We live in a one bedroom condo. When our daughter was born we converted the dining room into a bedroom. That worked out perfectly. Then our on came along. For a while he slept in the room with us (in his crib) but as soon as he was around 18 month old we had to move him to a toddler bed (he kept trying to climb out of the crib). We quickly realized the toddler bed, and our daughter’s twin size bed, were not going to fit in the small room – including their toys and dressers. We ended up having to give them the bedroom, forcing us to move into the living room (the dining room was not big enough for our bed).

That was about 15 years ago. We went from a sofa bed, to air mattresses (not good around cats), a daybed/trundle set up and then back to a sofa bed. We figure in another 5-10 years our kids will be off on their own and we can have the bedroom back again.

The mattresses on our kid’s beds are old. Our daughter’s is about 17 years old and our son’s almost 15 years old. They were showing their age. They had springs inside and were “lumpy.” My kids complained about them a lot.

We knew they needed new mattresses, but it wasn’t something we thought about on a regular basis. Plus every time we did think about it something always came up and we ended up unable to afford new ones. If we were going to get new mattresses we needed to get two of them. The last thing we wanted was them to fight over who got the new mattress.

By the way… we had to divide the room so that they each have privacy and their own personal space. It’s not 100% their own but we did a decent enough job with a room divider.

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Recently I was contacted about a new type of mattress from Nature’s Sleep called GhostBed mattress. GhostBed? That’s an interesting name for a mattress company. It certainly intrigued me.

The new GhostBed mattress recently launched by Nature’s Sleep, is waking up the sleepy world of mattresses, offering a bigger, better quality, and more affordable online alternative.

The introduction of GhostBed marks a milestone for the new way consumers buy mattresses. Created by the “Sleep Scientists” at Nature’s Sleep, the GhostBed offers an exciting and more convenient alternative to a traditional visit to a mattress retailer. Customers simply visit the website at GhostBed.com and in just a few clicks, order their GhostBed mattress and matching foundation.  The GhostBed mattress ships FREE within 24 hours from one of the brand’s centrally located warehouse, and is conveniently delivered to your doorstep in ttheir signature box.  All this risk free, as GhostBed offers an unparalleled 101 FREE night trial.

Why is the GhostBed the right mattress for you? Because it’s proudly made in America by the sleep scientists at Nature’s Sleep. With decades of experience and eight distribution centers nationwide, GhostBed can quickly deliver pure sleep perfection to your front door.

That’s it – Supernatural Comfort is just a click away.

GhostBed offered to send me two mattresses (one for each of my kids) to review. THANK YOU GHOSTBED!

My kid were super excited at the idea of getting new, and hopefully comfy, beds. Their box springs (the part that goes under a mattress) were decent enough (they need to be replaced too but they are still OK for now).

They don’t know it but they are getting new “bed in a bag” sets for Christmas.

When you think mattress you think something big, tall and rectangle in shape. Imagine our surprise when two huge boxes showed up at our door that were NOT shaped like a mattress.

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Surely the mattresses were not in these boxes. After all, they were maybe three feet tall (give or take). My husband was concerned that they were air mattresses (I assured him they were real mattresses).

We carefully opened the box and looked inside. This is what we saw.

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There WAS a mattress in the box – but it was folded up like an accordion. This can’t possibly be a twin size mattress, could it?

There was no way we could lift it out of the box, so we put the box on it’s side to slide it out.

Even our dog was curious as to what was inside the box.

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My husband CAREFULLY cut open the “bag” the bed was wrapped in.

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Inside was the mattress, folded up. On the back of a mattress was a GhostBed t-shirt. That was a fun surprise (my kid appreciate branded t-shirts. They actually wear them).

Inside the outer bag was another bag that was wrapped very tightly on the mattress. It reminded me of one of those vacuum sealers that suck the air out of bags to keep food fresh.

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Once released from the inner bag the mattress puffed up.

You might think that it’s thin and “airy”once it puffs up – but it’s not! The mattress is very thick (thicker than their old mattresses) and FIRM! We were both shocked. It’s hard to believe that they stuffed the mattress in the box the way they did. What an ingenious way to package a mattress.

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Each box weighed about 60 pounds, so it’s not a light mattress at all. I looked on Amazon to see how much twin size mattresses typically weigh and it appears they weigh around 30 pounds – so these are twice as heavy as other mattress.

I’m not kidding when I say these mattresses are thick and firm. They are made out of a memory foam material.

Once we had both beds set up, my husband and I each lied on one of the beds.

WOW! WOW! WOW!!! They are so nice. I can’t believe my kids are sleeping on these amazing mattresses and my husband and I are sleeping on a sofa bed mattress as thick as a piece of paper (or so it would feel) and the kid are sleeping on clouds. Sigh…

Since the mattresses are higher, their beds appear higher too (I never thought to take a before/after photo of that). You can tell just by looking at them, and how they look with the headboards that they are much higher.

According to the brand, they are thick because they contain the following;

1½” Continuous aerated latex foam is naturally responsive, plush and does not retain heat

2″ Gel memory foam uses a proprietary formula with larger cells to make it more reactive to the body for cooler nights

7½” High density base layer for increased support and longevity

They also have a soft, plush layer on top that has a quilted appearance (you can see it in the photo above). I like the texture. I don’t know what purpose it serves, but it does feel nice.

I asked the kids after the first night on their new GhostBed mattresses how they felt and how well did they sleep. The first night my son said he fell asleep almost immediately and that the bed was so much nicer to sleep on without feeling the springs like he did with the other bed. After the first night my daughter said it felt “odd” to be so high up and it felt “weird” since she was used to her other bed (she’s 18 1/2 and slept on the other mattress for 17 years!). She liked the new mattress, she just wasn’t used to it.

About a week later I asked them how the new mattresses were working out. My daughter tells me that she feels so snugly and comfy in the new bed/mattress that she has a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. She just wants to stay in bed under the covers. My son tells me that the bed/mattress is great and he loves it.

My kids are young and don’t think about back support and things along those lines. My son did say we should have got them new mattresses sooner (I agree).

They also have covers that zip off for easy cleaning. That is a great idea. Not many mattresses offer that.

The ONLY “downside” that we can think of is that the GhostBed mattress doesn’t come with handles on the side, so dragging them into the bedroom took a little more effort – but that’s it. That is the only “negative” we can think of – no handles.

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PHOTO SOURCE: GhostBed

I do know that if/when we are blessed to finally have a house with a bedroom where we can have a REAL bed again, I am going to get a GhostBed mattress. I love the fact that you can order quality mattresses online (and not have to deal with salesmen in the store) and have it shipped right to my door. There is no need to coordinate a delivery with a delivery service. Our mattresses were left at our door by FedEx. Although I do feel bad that our driver had to lug 120 pounds (two 60 pound boxes) up six flights of steps.

GhostBed also offers FREE SHIPPING where as other bedding stores have a delivery fee.

GhostBed mattresses are available in Twin, Extra Long Twin, Full, Queen, King and California King. They also sell boxsprings if you need a new one.

GhostBed offers consumers a 101 Night Trial. Please visit their warranty page for more information. In addition they also give consumers a 20 year warranty (again, visit the warranty page for more information).

For more information about GhostBed, or to place an order, visit GhostBed.com. The brand is also found on social media. All of the links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about GhostBed? Does it sound like something you would want for your bed? What do you think about the unique way the beds are packaged?

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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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Stuffed Animals that Teach Kids a Lesson

 

Pal and Bridget

I might be an adult, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate soft, snugly, adorable things. I have a nice collection of stuffed animals that are MINE. Not only do I love to look at them but occasionally I’ll snuggle with one in bed. I find it very soothing and comforting. I’m sure a lot of that stems from my childhood.

Growing up I had a lot – and I do mean A LOT – of stuffed animals. I had two favorites that went with me where ever I went (pictured above). Their names are Pal and Bridget. I believe Pal was either a bear or a dog at one point. After 40-something years – many of which included snuggling, cuddling and playing with – he lost his fur, eyes, nose and ears. That’s OK. I still love him.

When it came to stuffed animals I always went for the ones that had a flaw with them. It could be that it’s eyes were not centered properly, it had a permanent mark on it, an ear was missing or some other kind of imperfection. Most people would look for one that was flawless – I was the opposite. I was drawn to the “flawed” toys.

By nature I am a good person with a huge heart. Even as a young girl I wanted to give love to everyone and everything. I felt like the flawed ones were going to be considered too “ugly” to purchase and they would never know what it would feel like to be loved and snuggled my a child. For that reason I wanted the “ugly” ones so I could show them love.

I know stuffed animals don’t have feelings. It’s just how I am.

There is a new line of plush animals on the market that are intentionally made to look “ugly” (I hate using that word – nothing is truly ugly). They are called UglySnuglies. UglySnuglies were created to teach children that you don’t have to be beautiful to be loved or special. That is so true! It’s something I have taught my kids from a very young age.

Remember… beauty doesn’t last forever. It’s on the INSIDE that matters the most. Even the most unattractive person or animal can have the most amazing personality and be the most beautiful thing in the world on the inside. That is why you should never “judge a book by it’s cover” either.

UglySnuglies

UglySnuglies are large, plush animals – each one having it’s own unique “surprise” that makes them special. Their surprises also teach children special things too.

  • Pouty Pig – Includes a bank inside to help kids learn how to save their money.
  • Krazy Kitty – Includes a hidden light in his tail to kelp kids feel safe at night.
  • Bizarre Bear – Includes five secret zipper pockets to help kids clean up after themselves and find ways to store their favorite things.
  • Unusual Unicorn – Includes an alarm clock to help kids learn the value of time.
  • Rowdy Rabbit – Includes a radio inside to help kids learn to relax.
  • Porky Panda – Includes a hidden blanket inside to help keep kids warm.

To be honest I don’t see them as “ugly” – but they are unique and different looking.

We were sent to review Krazy Kitty and Pouty Pig.

I was surprised at how large the plus animals were. I think that is nice because it makes for a great bedside companion.

The toys are soft and snugly. Some of the fur for Krazy Kitty has fell off (just a string here and there). I guess it’s shedding. Ha Ha.

Krazy Kat

Krazy Kitty comes with a light in it’s tail. The toy comes with the AAA batteries already inserted into the battery pack. You just have to remove the plastic piece that keeps the battery from connecting. That took me about 20 SECONDS to do.

The light on the tail is easy to turn on/off. You just have to press on it.

The light is great for reading in bed, walking around a dark room, to provide comfort for things that go “bump in the night” and as a night light (I wouldn’t recommend leaving it on all night – it will eat up the batteries).

Light

Pouty Pig is a bit odd looking. When I think of pigs I think skin and course fur – not pink and fluffy. LOL!

Inside Pouty Pig’s mouth is a slit where your child/grandchild can insert coins – just like they would in a piggy bank. On the bottom of the plush there is a door that can be opened to retrieve the coins. Think of it as a large, hairy piggy bank that your child/grandchild can play with, sleep with and take with them on the go.

I would recommend Pouty Pig to older children so that there is no risk of the coins getting swallowed. You know how kids love to put things in their mouths.

Pouty Pig

The photo of our Pouty Pig (above) makes him look mean. That is because ours doesn’t sit with his head up. His head flops forward, which covers his mouth. Our actually looks like the one pictured below. Sadly my photo doesn’t do him justice. He’s NOT a mean looking pig.

US Pouty Pig

I don’t see UglySnuglies as “ugly.” They are cute and lovable and I think children would enjoy them.

With the holiday season fast approaching I think UglySnuglies would make a delightful gift.

If you would like to learn more please visit UglySnuglies.com.

Check out the brief video (below) to see all of the UglySnuglies and to check out their fun features.

 

Kimberly

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

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