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See what goes on when you are not home with an Oco Camera

 

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My husband and I always talk about what really goes on when we are not at home. With a “mini-zoo” we’re curious to see what our pets do all day.

I know our dog usually goes after one of our cats (he’s very jealous of her – she has health issues but he sees it as spending more time with her). I did an experiment where I pretended to leave for work and opened/closed the front door, just to see what our dog did when he THOUGHT I was gone. Sure enough I found him going after that one cat. He doesn’t attack her, per say, but rather he gets a little “frisky” with her, if you know what I mean. Being asthmatic she cannot handle his weight on her and the pressure on her lungs.

We also wonder what our kids do when we are not home. We have teenagers so they are OK to be home by themselves. We know that they spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

We have thought about getting a camera to video tape what goes on when we are not around, but the ones we looked into are too complicated to set up. Not only that, you have to adhere them to a wall, and we didn’t want to do that. We wanted something that offered a bit more flexibility.

A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to review an Oco Camera.

The Oco Camera is a small, unobtrusive camera that is so simple to set up that even a “technologically challenged” person like myself could set it up in as little as 1-2-3. Normally my husband has to help me set up “techie devices.” This was one of the rare times where I was able to set it up on my own.

This is how easy it was to set up.

  • Plug in the camera.
  • Download the FREE Oco Camera app
  • After you create an account on the app a QR code will appear. Place the code in front of the camera so it can “read” it and you are done. That’s it! There is nothing more to do. It literally took mere minutes to set it up.

Read QR Code

With other cameras you have to configure your router (or add it to it), charge the device, or mount it on the wall. They are typically more involved to set up. The Oco Camera was by far the easiest thing I have ever had to set up. It’s almost like a “plug and play” device.

What I really like, aside from the ease of set up, is that you can put the Oco Camera anywhere you want. You don’t have to mount it anywhere (unless you want to). You can move it from room to room and set it up at a different location depending what you want to see.

The Oco Camera sends you alerts too to let you know what the camera is “seeing” or what is going on wit the camera (if it’s turned on, or turned off, detects sound or motion…).

The alerts come to  you via the app which you can view on your phone or mobile device. I have the app on the phone and the app sends me messages when the Oco Camera detects something.

The video you see from your app is a live stream of what your camera sees. We did notice there is about a 1-2 second delay from what we see and what the Oco Camera sees, but that is not a problem at all.

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The camera also records at night via night vision.

A cool feature with the Oco Camera is that you can record and send a message via the app. Someone can respond back via the camera too (it’s a two-way talk feature). That is handy when you catch your kids don’t something wrong or if you want to let your dog know you’ll be home soon.

You can even record and save the recordings to the Cloud. The first year is free when you purchase the Oco Camera. After that, if you wish to continue saving the recordings to the Cloud there is a monthly fee. I don’t plan on saving any of our recordings, so I’m not worried about that.

FYI… If you purchase the Oco Camera and want to watch the live streaming (or even recordings) do so with your phone sideways for a larger view. I was watching them on my iPhone in the normal position until I realized turning it on it’s side (the same way you would record a video) gives you a much better view.

The quality of the video is really good too. I was impressed by that. It’s pretty clear. You get a good view of everything that the camera sees.

Check out a live stream demo from the Oco Camera site HERE.

Live Stream

Up to 16 people can also view the streamed content, so my husband and I can both check on things at home. If you use this for your place of business you can allow the store owner and managers to access the content (up to 16 people) so that everyone can check in to make sure everything is OK.

Why would you want an Oco Camera? In our case it’s to check in on our teens when we are not home (it also lets us know that they are home from school) and to see what our pets are up to. The Oco Camera can also be used as a baby monitor and as a security camera.

Oco is an indoor camera. I cannot be used outdoors.

I never thought I would use this camera as much as I do. I like being able to see things going on at home when I am at work. Nothing ever happens (occasionally I see one of my cats walk by), but that is OK with me.

If you would like to learn more about Oco Camera visit GetOco.com/US.

SAVE 20% with the discount code SHESCRIBES20 (Valid until June 21, 2015) on the Get Oco website.

Would you have a need for Oco Camera? If you owned one what would you use it for (security, check in on pets, baby monitor…)? 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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Add your personality to your devices with Skin It

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“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?”  – Ian Wallace, Author.

I love that quote. It’s a favorite quote of mine.

I’ve always “marched to the beat of my own drum,” so to speak. I’m not one to “keep up with the Jones.” I honestly don’t care what kind of car people drive or what labeled clothing they wear. That is not me. That is not who I am.

I have a quirky personality and I make no attempt to hide that. If you walk into my home and see my desk (the one I blog from every day) it does not look like the desk of a grown up, forty-something year old woman. It looks more like a child’s desk, or a desk a teacher would have in a classroom or daycare setting. My desk is covered with toys and knick knacks that have a special meaning to me.

A few examples of the things you’ll see on my desk are my robot from the Real Steel movie, a bottle of glitter that says “Pixie Dust” on it, my La La Loopsey Doll, a skull filled with vodka (I can’t remember the brand off hand), plenty of Fisher Price Little People (I love them! I collect them) and my Misty and Stormy horses from Beyer.

Not only do these things have memories attached to them, they also show off my personality. I’m a fun person. I don’t want to “grow up.” I plan on being young at heart even when I’m 100  years old (God willing I live a long time).

SOME of the toys on my desk.

SOME of the toys on my desk.

You can show off your personality in many ways, from the clothes you wear to your hairstyle. You can also show off your personality with your mobile devices and laptop.

I have a cellphone case that says “Zombie Outbreak Response Team” on it. Why? Because I think zombies are cool. I liked them long before everyone jumped on the zombie bandwagon (compliments of The Walking Dead).

Not only ago I had a chance to review a product from Skin It. Skin It makes “skins” and other products that go on your mobile devices, tablets and even laptops. Skin It products add color and personality to an otherwise boring looking device.

I have a laptop and a desk top. My laptop is just there. When I’m not using it all you see it a plain, black laptop. I thought it would be fun to try a Skin It product on it and add some of my personality to it.

Trying to narrow down which Skin It to get for my laptop was hard. There were so many fun designs to choose from. The great think about Skin It products is that they are removable, so you do not have to commit to just one design indefinitely. I’m currently very happy with my Skin It and I have no plans on replacing it any time soon.

Skin It Lap Top

I opted for a Peanuts Gang (Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends) Skin It for my laptop. They have Skin Its for pretty much any size laptop. You just need to measure your device and select the best size option. There is no cutting necessary.

I love my Peanuts Skin It. It’s adorable! Whenever I’m not working on my laptop and I glance at, or walk past, my desk I can see the Peanuts Gang smiling back at me.

I love being able to add my personality to my laptop. When I am on the go and people see my laptop they will know that I am a fan a Peanuts fan. I think it also conveys that I’m a fun person too.

My husband was impressed by my Skin It. He was looking for a new cellphone case so I checked out the Skin It website and found a Dallas Cowboys cellphone case that he loved. I purchased it for him for his birthday.

He loves his new case and he enjoys being able to show off his favorite NFL team. Even though they haven’t played well in years he’s still a big fan and proud of it.

Skin It Phone Case

Skin it has skins for many different devices – even ones you would think you could put a skin on including Roku, gaming consoles and game controllers. Never in a million years would I think to personalize a game console and controller. That would make a fun gift idea.

Skin It also sells photo canvas prints, stickers and so much more.

Skin It has so many designs to choose from. So many that it would probably take you hours to go through them all unless you have an idea of what you would like and can do a search for it.

You can even use your own photos to truly personalize your skin. If you are looking for a Father’s Day gift, or graduation gift, why not give the lucky recipient a cellphone case with their children’s picture on it (or best friends if it was for a graduation gift). I’m sure the grandparents would also love to show off their grandkids with their cellphones instead of having to take out their wallet or carry around a small photo album.

If you would like to check out Skin It yourself visit www.SkinIt.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All their links are found on their website.

What do you think about Skin It? Is it a product you would use? If you could put a Skin It on your device, what kind of image would you want? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free Skin It for my laptop in order to do this review. I purchased the cellphone Skin It with my own money. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Give the gift of music and more with Soundfreaq

 

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Many people are still scrambling to figure out what to give that special lady in their life for Mother’s Day. Flowers and chocolates are always a nice gift idea. So it a spa day, a nice dinner or just a day of rest and relaxation.

Some people like to give gifts to “wow” the recipient. Others like to give gifts that are practical and you can get much use out of it. If you like both “wow” gifts and practical gifts, I have a great gift idea for you. It’s from Soundfreaq.

What is Soundfreaq? Soundfreaq is the maker of a critically acclaimed line of wireless speakers. In addition they also offer a wireless speaker/alarm clock product called Sound Rise.

Just in time for Mother’s Day (as well a great graduation/off to college gift), Soundfreaq has teamed up with the husband and wife design team, Robert and Cortney Novogratz. Perhaps you have seen their show on HGTV?

Together Soundfreaq and the Novogratz have designed the Sound Rise Flower Freaq.

Soundfreaq

 

Flower Freaq is a modern wireless bedroom speaker and alarm clock that combines The Novogratz’ unique designs with one of Soundfreaq’s most popular and successful products, Sound Rise.

Serving the style conscious, sound savvy music lover, Soundfreaq’s Sound Rise blooms as the colorful Flower Freaq featuring a stunning Horticouture floral print from artist Carly Ralph. And just as Soundfreaq’s speakers are meticulously sound crafted, each Flower Freaq unit is handcrafted, making each speaker pattern slightly unique.

Sound Rise Flower Freaq adds a fun, colorful design to the nightstand while delivering rich sound and the convenience Bluetooth streaming.

“Our speakers are designed to complement your home décor, and working with The Novogratz to add their design aesthetic to Sound Rise takes it to the next level and brings our bedroom speaker and alarm clock to the forefront to accent your room,” said Matthew Paprocki, co-founder and creative director of Soundfreaq. “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with them again and to continue bringing their unique style into even more homes.”

The limited edition speaker is currently available at Soundfreaq.com for $99.

I really like the design. Not only do I love the flowers, I love that it incorporates so many beautiful colors. It would fit nicely in just about any home. It would match most decor.

“We believe home décor and music are a true reflection of who you are, which is why we always love teaming up with Soundfreaq. Sound Rise’s simple, smart, and modern design combined with our colorful, bold ideas allow consumers to bring more music and home decor into their lives – and who doesn’t love waking up and getting ready to their favorite song every day in style” said Robert and Cortney Novogratz.

It’s lovely. I would love to receive one as a gift. I would rather wake up to my favorite song and NOT the BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! of our current alarm.

We have a Soundfreaq. My son uses it. We have the wood and taupe version.

My son had this up and running almost right out of the box. He unplugged his previous alarm clock (one that was pretty much brand new) and told us to give it away or toss it out because he didn’t need it anymore. LOL! He’s been using the Soundfreaq every day since we received it to review.

Here is a brief video about Soundfreaq.

 

What my son likes most about it is not the ability to stream music, but rather being able to dim the numbers. That was his #1 complaint about his former alarm clock. He said the numbers were so bright that the light filled the room. He had to put something over it just so the light didn’t keep him up at night. What good is having a clock when you can’t see the time?

Sound Rise allows you to dim the light from the number display. You can even make it go dark if you want.

My son also likes that he can charge his phone from the Sound Rise. As a typical teen his battery is pretty much dead before he goes to bed. He simply plugs in his phone to the Sound Rise and then next morning when he wakes up his phone is fully charged and ready for another day of texting and Snapchat. LOL!

Soundfreaq alarm

Features

Not that he’s had a use for it yet, but Sound Rise gives you week day and weekend alarms. On the weekend my son would rather sleep in. He hasn’t used the clock to wake up on the weekend. But that is a great feature to have.

I like that you don’t have to use the alarm chime to wake up if you don’t want to. You can choose to wake up to your own music instead. While I do appreciate not having to listen to my son’s alarm clock go BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! (after jolting out of bed to my alarm clock), I rather not hear his music either. Ha Ha.

My teen daughter wants one of her own. She wants the Flower Freaq.

I like that it’s made out of wood. I think it gives it a unique look. Plus it doesn’t highlight all the dust that seems to magically appear every time I dust off dark colored alarm clocks.

The clock looks big in the photos, but it’s actually small. It takes up next to no room on my son’s dresser.

Clock

You might not be able to Flower Freaq in time for Mother’s Day, however you can still get this for mom. I also think it would make a great graduation gift. This is the perfect alarm clock for a college student.  I also think this would be the perfect Father’s Day gift (the wood/taupe clock is very “manly.”).

You don’t even have to use this as an alarm clock. It serves as a clock, wireless speakers and a phone charger too.

If you would like to learn more please visit www.Soundfreaq.com. You can also find the brand on social media (links found on the bottom right of their home page).

What do you think about Soundfreaq’s Sound Rise? Does it look like something you or a family member could use? 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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Improve the air quality in your home with Venta Airwasher

 

Allergens and Dust

This might seem like an odd question, but do you ever stop and think about the air quality in your home? To be perfectly honest with you I never really gave it much thought until about three years ago. Prior to that my number one thought and concern was (and still is) the giant power lines that go right in front of our condo.

Three years ago our youngest cat was diagnoses with severe asthma (among other things). Yes, cats can get asthma and they use the same inhalers that people use.

For the longest time I tried to find out what would trigger he asthma attacks. Was it the food she was eating? Was it a cleaning product I was using in my home? Was there something in the carpet? Could the allergen be in the air that she breathes – the same air me and my family also breathe?

I changed the way I did things in my home. I started to give her more natural food. I stopped using toxic cleaners and opted for natural ones. And I limited use of air fresheners and candles. But what about the air we were breathing? Can you “clean” the air that you breathe?

A few weeks ago I was approached by a company called Venta. Venta sells an “Airwasher.” Really? Something that can “wash” the air? My interest was certainly piqued.

Venta Airwasher LW45

Before I begin let me give you a little backstory about the Airwasher.

The Venta Airwasher is the original dual design humidifier and purifier, invented in Germany in 1981.  The Airwashers are still 100% manufactured in Germany, so with each Venta Airwasher comes the high-end engineering, quality and reliability typical of German manufacturing.

As it stated above, the Venta Airwasher is both a air purifier and a humidifier. A humidifier puts moisture back into the air. After the cold winter we just had I’m sure many people wish they had a humidifier to add moisture to the very dry air. It’s the dry air that makes your skin dry out. I know that my skin is still recovering from being stuck inside with the heat on for months. For a while there it was horrible.

Venta’s Airwasher, a filterless humidifier and air purifier, is designed to work in harmony with your heating and cooling units to properly rehydrate the air, eliminate dust, and remove allergens so you can relax, knowing that the whole family is breathing easier at home.

When you choose the Venta Airwasher, you will be receiving a hygienic, premium quality, low-maintenance, eco-friendly machine that is extremely simple to use, fill and clean.  There are NO filters to change or white dust with the Venta Airwasher and minimal power usage.

The Venta Airwasher will never over-humidify your environment.  With our revolutionary cold evaporation method, the air in your environment takes only the moisture it needs from the Venta Airwasher, and no more.  This unique feature makes the Airwasher an ideal air purifier, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

After reading the above information about the Venta Airwasher I knew I had to try it in my home.

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I was concerned that the unit might be too big and take up a lot of space. It’s actually a lot smaller than I had hoped it would be, which is great for us since we live in an itty bitty condo.

The unit comes with three pieces – a top, bottom and rollers that help capture the air, “clean” it and then release the clean moisture back into the air.

Set up took only a few moments. After removing it from the packaging I just had to add water and a water conditioner that I received with the unit, place the rollers in the until, put on the lid and plug it in. That’s it! It took no time at all.

It is recommended that you let the unit run on the high setting for 7-10 days so your previously dry air can equalize at an optimum moisture level.

You have the option to run the system on a low, medium or high setting depending on your personal preference. I opted for a low setting since we live in a tiny condo.

This is by far THE QUIETEST air purifier I have ever used (on low speed). You cannot hear a sound from it (I’ve only used it at it’s lowest setting). Its so quiet that I often check the rollers to see if they are moving just so I know the unit is still on. You can hear it when it’s on the middle and high speed, but it’s not really noisy. It’s more of a “white noise,’ like a fan.

Inside the Venta Airwasher. The "rollers" move around collecting debris from the air and helping to evaporate the clean water into the air.

Inside the Venta Airwasher. The “rollers” move around collecting debris from the air and helping to evaporate the clean water into the air.

The unit will also notify you if it’s low on water so you can replenish it. I really like that feature because in the past I have neglected to refill humidifiers and I am always concerned about the motor continuing to run and it causing a fire. With the Venta Airwasher sensors will know when the water is too low and it will automatically shut off. That makes this safe to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I have the Venta Airwasher model LW45 which holds up to 3 gallons of water. Depending on the setting you use this should last a day or two before you need to refill with water. You can either carefully poor water in or carry the base of the unit to the sink and fill it up that way. I opt to bring the water to the unit because I’m a klutz and I’d had to drop it and get water all over the place.

I was concerned about leaks but I was assured by the company that the only leaks that could happen would be from “user error.” For example, the unit owner not putting it on a flat surface.

I keep a towel under our unit just in case. We have cats and a dog and I wouldn’t want one of them to knock it and spill water, especially when it’s filled up. So far, so good. My pets don’t even pay any mind to it. I was concerned about them sitting or sleeping on the unit. They don’t bother with it at all. They act as if they don’t even see it.

Another thing I don’t like about typical humidifiers is that they spit out steam into the air. I worry about the moisture getting on the walls and floor causing mold and mildew. I have had to get rid of humidifiers for that reason.

The Venta Airwasher does NOT release steam into the air. It adds moisture to the air by evaporation called “cold evaporation.” It is constantly circulating the air, purifying and adding moisture to it. Because the cleaned moisture from the Airwasher evaporates into the air rather then gets spit out in the form of steam you don’t have to worry about mold or mildew issues, unless you don’t take proper care of your unit and clean it out as recommended. Then you could develop mold. That would be a “user error” and not a problem with the Airwasher.

The air TAKES the moisture and stops when it has reached optimal levels of humidity.  You won’t have to worry about damage from any water or steam or mold.

I'm assuming the "gunk" on the bottom of the Airwasher is stuff it collected from the air. The clean patch is where I wiped it with a paper towel to show you the difference.

I’m assuming the “gunk” on the bottom of the Airwasher is stuff it collected from the air. The clean patch is where I wiped it with a paper towel to show you the difference.

The Venta Airwasher does NOT use filters! Thank goodness! Filters can cost A LOT of $$$. That is part of the reason why we had to stop using other air purifiers. The constant replacing of filters ended up costing more than the unit it’s self. With the Venta all you need to do is clean it out as recommended. The initial cost of the unit might be pricey, but the fact that you don’t have to buy anymore filters (just the recommended water conditioner) it’s a “plus” if you ask me. Yeah to no more filters!

The Venta Airwasher I have (LW45) will clean the air in a space up to 800 square feet. Since our condo is about 900 square feet that is a good chunk of our home. Since our bedroom is closed off from the rest of the condo it is recommended to get another unit for that room (if we wanted to) to ensure that the air is being cleaned in there too.

I am not a scientist so I have no way of testing the air for allergens or to see how clean the air is. I do know that it’s capturing something from the air because when I go to clean it out the water is “dirty,” not clear or clean water. Granted I have a lot of pets, but it’s not pet hair that I am rinsing out of the unit. The water is cloudy/dirty looking. Ewww! To think we are breathing whatever that is in.

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Our cat has needed her inhaler and steroid pills less frequently. Please keep in mind she’s a cat (not a human) and she does have seasonal allergies (they are worse in the winter – maybe due to stagnant air?). I’m NOT saying the Venta is souly responsible. It might be a combination of things. I just thought I would point it out.

My nasal passages are not as dry as they have been. My hands are dry, but I wash my hands many times every day. The rest of my body is not dry, including my feet (I hate dry, cracked heels). I would attribute that to having moisture in the air, thanks to the Venta.

I currently have a cold but is more so do to the fact I work with little kids who are constantly coughing and sneezing on me. No one in my family is currently sick. Maybe the Venta Airwasher is keeping those germs out of the air?

I have been sleeping a little better at night (except for when hubby’s snoring keeps me up). Once again, could the Venta be the reason why?

If you would like to learn more about how the Venta Airwasher works to improve your home life please visit: https://www.venta-airwasher.com/info-center/about-humidity-and-dry-air-in-your-house.html

The verdict? I am very pleased with the Venta Airwasher. It’s unlike any other air purifier and humidifier that I’ve ever used. So far, so good. In fact as soon as we can swing it financially I’d love to get another one for the bedroom.

For more information about this and other Venta products visit www.Venta-Airwasher.com. The Airwasher is available in different sizes to serve different sized rooms. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

What do you think about the Venta Airwasher? Does it sound like something you need in your home? Have you ever tried (or currently use) a Venta Airwasher?

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Kimberly

*I received a free sample product 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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A must have for summer fun – Bemo by Logitech

 

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I am a very sentimental person. I enjoy pouring myself over old photos of family and friends from my youth. They bring back such wonderful memories.

Sadly I grew up in a time that just had cameras to capture life’s special moments. We even had to use film and wait for a week for the film to be developed. Can you imagine people having to do that these days? LOL!

I wish there were more photos of me as a child. I also wish I had a video or two of me as a child. I would have to hear how I sounded and see how I was as a little girl.

As a parent I took A LOT of pictures of my kids – video too. We even have a few sound files of our kids voices. I love listening to sound files and watching old videos of my son with his cute little voice. We always joked that he would sound like singer Barry White when he hit puberty – and we were right! He has a very deep voice.

Video Camera

I’m glad that video cameras have decreased in size compared to the one we had when our kids were little. We had one of the video cameras that took a VHS tape. Do you remember those?

These days, thankfully, video cameras are smaller and more portable. Plus you get instant gratification by being able to not only view the videos you create instantly, but you can also share with family and friends right away too.

I use my cellphone to capture video, but sometimes that is not always possible. There are times when my phone is not readily available to me. I also have a problem with storage issues on my phone (long story) so I have to keep things on my phone to a minimum.

I was recently introduced to a fun product from Logitech that I think would be a “must have” to take with you on your summer adventures and beyond. It’s called Bemo.

Bemo is not just a little, portable video camera – it’s more of a social video camera that allows you to capture and share your videos right away.

Bemo features an 8 megapixels camera (my phone is only 5 megapixels) and a 720p HD video recorder, which is great for capturing life’s precious and unexpected moments.

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Bemo is very small. It fits in the palm of your hand. You can easily tuck it inside your pocket, purse, backpack or wear it around your neck with the included lanyard. With Bemo there is no fumbling around looking for your smartphone and setting up the shot. Bemo is ready when you are. Simply press the button and record. You don’t have to be a “rocket scientist” to understand how to use it. It’s so simple even a young child can shoot quality videos with Bemo.

Bemo is meant to capture moments – not your child’s 5th grade concert or your best friend’s wedding. Bemo shoots one minute videos. Think of it as the perfect camera for Instagram and Vine. Shorter videos are also easier to upload and share (long videos take too long as far as I’m concerned).

Bemo has it’s own app (free) where you can upload your videos and edit them. The app allows you to add music, play around with filters and even edit your videos. You could turn them into “mini-movies” with all the fun features the Bemo app has. Once you are satisfied with how it looks you can share them on social media or message them to family and friends.

Bemo comes with a USB charging cord, laynard and a micro SD card that allows you 3 hours of recording time. I believe once you upload the video/videos to the app they are removed from the card (I’m not 100% positive of that, but I believe that is the case) which frees up room on the SD card.

Bemo from Logitech

I think Bemo is great for summer time because it’s splash proof so trips to the pool or the beach won’t be a problem. You want to remember cherished time with family and friends, so why not use Bemo to capture those special moments whether it’s your child’s first visit to the beach, enjoying S’mores camping or learning to swim in your backyard pool.

When I received Bemo to review my teenage son took it from me immediately. He’s really into film making (he wants to be a filmmaker when he’s older) and he loves technology.

Once he charged up the Bemo he was having a great time shooting videos of our cats, dog, and things going on outside our building. I think he took video of just about anything and everything.

I know he enjoyed using the app to play around with the videos. I think that was his favorite part. I liked to try out all the app’s features.

My son didn’t keep any of his videos (or share them). He just wanted to play around with Bemo and the Bemo app to see what it can do.

Once I was able to get it back from him (and recharge it), I was able to try it out.

Bemo is super easy to use. There is a bit spot on the body where you press to shoot the video.

The shape of the Bemo reminds me of a minion from Despicable Me. LOL!

Bemo Minion

One thing I wasn’t overly keen about is that you can’t really see what you are video taping until you upload the app. You can’t view it ahead of time so you don’t know if you had Bemo at the right angle until you upload the video to the app. A few of my videos were not pointing in the right direction, so I ended up cutting off some of the subject matter I was taping. Once I did it a few times I got a better feel for it.

I wish you could view the videos directly from Bemo. You can only view them in the app. That is not a problem, but it is when you don’t have the app on your phone. My husband doesn’t have the app so he has to wait until he’s home and has access to my phone (which has the app) so he can see what he video taped.

I like Bemo better than those sports action video cameras. Bemo is more for the “average Joe” who doesn’t want to video tape their motorcycle ride but rather your child blowing bubbles on a sunny afternoon. It’s also a lot easier to use (“user friendly”) than those other cameras.

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Bemo is available in 3 different colors

 

Bemo is a great video camera for teens and college age students who enjoy snapping videos for social media. The added “bells and whistles” that come with the app are much better than ones available to you on social media.

Bemo is made by Logitech and retails for $129.99. It’s available in different colors – Manhattan Black, Moroccan Red and Mykonos Blue (the color we have).

If you would like to learn more about Bemo please visit MyBemo.com. You can also find Bemo on Facebook and Twitter (MyBemo on both).

What do you think about Bemo? Does it sound like something you would enjoy having on your family’s summer adventures and beyond?

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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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Stop your dog’s barking with a safe alternative – Bark Genie

 

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I love our dog Espn. I love him dearly. I cannot imagine a home without a dog.

Dogs provide unconditional love. They also provide entertainment.

There is a downside to dog ownership from vet and grooming bills, to having to clean up your dog’s waste. To be honest these things don’t bother me or my family. These things are to be expected, even if they can be pricey or gross.

There is one thing about our dog we really don’t care for, but it’s never been THAT much of a problem, until now – his barking.

For some reason our dog Espn will bark NON-STOP when he sees FedEx or UPS outside. He doesn’t bark at the mailman, the flower delivery man, the plumber or others. He seems to pick and choose who to bark at. It’s ALWAYS the FedEx and UPS drivers, and the pizza delivery guy (not the Chinese food delivery guy – go figure).

Sure, it’s annoying. Especially when you are trying to hold a conversation with the delivery person and the dog’s bark is literally echoing and amplifying in the hallway. But we deal with it.

We’ve lived in our condo complex for nearly 20 years (my husband has lived here closer to 25 years). Barking dogs has never been an issue. Suddenly the board posted a notice in all the building that they will now fine dog owners if their dog barks and “disturbs the peace.” Ugh!

Try telling your dog he can no longer bark at the people he’s barked at for the past 7 years, or else we will be fined. He doesn’t understand.

We thought briefly about a bark collar, but I don’t like the idea of shocking our dog every time he barks. It sounds painful and unnecessary.

We also considered a can full of pennies that we would shake every time he barked so that it could condition him not to bark (he wouldn’t like the sound). That would work, but it would also scare our cats and we didn’t want to do that to them.

What other options do we have?

Bark Genie

Thankfully I was sent the solution to our dilemma to review – Bark Genie Automatic Ultrasonic Bark Deterrent.

The Bark Genie Automatic Ultrasonic Bark Deterrent is small black box that runs on a 9 volt battery (not included). Simply place the device in an area where you dog would bark (or be heard barking). Once it’s turned on and it senses your dog’s barking it will emit a high pitch, ultrasonic sound that only your dog would hear. The sound is not pleasant to hear, so your dog will stop barking. Eventually they will figure it out that whenever they bark they hear this high pitched sound and ideally they will stop barking.

Bark Genie allows you to set the frequency too so that it senses barking from close to the box, or several feet away. There are high, medium and low settings.

We set this up right away for our dog. Whenever he barked we’d notice a red light appear on the device and he would hesitate to bark. He was hearing the ultrasonic sound it sent out. We did not hear a thing.

Thankfully the sound didn’t seem to affect our cats. That was a concern of mine because I didn’t want to scare the cats.

The device worked a little too well. Whatever Espn heard sounded (to him) a lot like the squeaky sounds our television makes just before a storm rolls in. We have satellite service and sometimes when storms roll in the television will squeak and make high pitched noises (from the satellite service being affected by the storm). Usually it stops or the whole television service will shut down temporarily.

Why does this information matter you might be asking? Well you see Espn is TERRIFIED of thunder and lightening. When he hears the television make those sounds he knows a storm is coming and he tries to hide. We’ve had to yank him out from behind my desk (tangled up in cables and wires!), under shelves and other places. Storms scare him REALLY bad. He pants like crazy and shakes really bad.

Bark Genie First Alert for Pets

 

It took us a while to make the connection, but I believe the Bark Genie is omitting the same kinds of sounds (even though we don’t hear them) making Espn believe a storm is coming. He’s not associating it with barking but rather a bad storm.

In any event he DOES stop barking – except he’s terrified.

Yes! The Bark Genie Automatic Ultrasonic Bark Deterrent DOES work to stop our dog from barking in a humane way. The unfortunate thing is that for our dog, the sound triggers his fear of storms. So for that reason we don’t keep the Bark Genie on 24/7. Instead we’ll turn it on when we know something (or someone) will cause him to bark.

The only thing I noticed about the Bark Genie is that sometimes it was triggered by other sounds, not just our dog barking. I’ve noticed the light change (red to green and vice versa) when talking close to the unit. I think it might be sensitive to loud sounds, not just barking. For that reason I kept playing with the settings and moved Bark Genie out of the way of where people would having conversations.

Aside from Espn’s irrational fears of storms, I think the Bark Genie works great and does what it’s supposed to do.

It’s also weatherproof so it can be used outside.

If your dog tends to bark too much, or you are trying to teach a puppy not to bark at inappropriate times, Bark Genie is a great alternative to painful bark collars or scary cans of pennies.

The Bark Genie™ Automatic Ultrasonic Bark Deterrent is made by First Alert.  For more information visit First Alert for Pets at www.FirstAlertforPets.com.

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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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