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Things your cleaning WON’T catch

 

Cleaning

I would consider myself a decent house cleaner. I will admit that I can’t clean my home as often as I’d like to. Now that I work part time in the morning I find it harder to get cleaning done. By the time I get home I’m either tired, have a dozen errands to run or I have blog posts to catch up on.

It irks me to see dust on my furniture. I’m also neurotic when it comes to disinfecting things. I’m always spraying Lysol and using disinfectant wipes to clean counter tops, door knobs, remote controls and other frequently handled items in our home.

We also have five cats, a dog and fish. Don’t get me started on the hair and pet dander.

I honestly didn’t give cleanliness that much thought until I became a mom. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t a messy person. I simply didn’t think about things like dust mites, germs and bacteria. If my place was dusted and vacuumed I felt that was adequate enough. It wasn’t until I became a mom that I gave things like germs, bacteria, mold, dust mites and pet dander more consideration.

We have an asthmatic cat too so I am always thinking about ways to keep our home and the air we breath cleaner too.

3D Illustration of a Dust Mite. Ewww!!!!

3D Illustration of a Dust Mite. Ewww!!!!

Here are some startling (and gross!) facts you might not know about.

  • Just one dust mine alone can last up to 70 days, laying up to 100 eggs in just 5 weeks of life.
  • Dust mites can survive in all climates, but thrive in homes, specifically bedrooms and kitchens.
  • Worst of all: dust mites are among the most common triggers of asthma.

Ewww! Ewww! Ewww!!!

Knowing that makes me see dust in a whole new light.

You might think you are cleaning the dust off your furniture and belongings 100% but the truth is you can never really get rid of all of it. Plus you can’t see dust mites. You just know they are there.

Gross! My skin is crawling just thinking about it.

What if I told you there was a device that could help you clean and sterilize your home including carpets, clothing, bedding, sofas, pillows and cushions? Would you want to learn more about it?

Moneual

The device is called Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner. The cleaner uses UV-C sterilization technology to quickly sanitize around your home. The Rydis UV-C is an essential part of the home cleaning process to ensure a healthy and happy family.

When I was asked if I wanted to do a review I jumped on the opportunity.

Here is more information about the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner;

  • Disinfect: Winner of the Red Dot Design Award and Good Design Award, the vacuum features a UV-C lamp that emits ultraviolet light to help kill dust mites and disinfect 99% of bacteria and allergens.
  • Vacuum: UV-C vacuum’s 600 Watt motor suction power and high efficiency filter capture even the smallest particles, including the 2,000 fecal specks a single dust mite will produce in its 10-week life span.
  • Vibration: Vibration Pad’s 3600 times per minute strong stomping shakes off dust to be collected by vacuum suction.
  • Customize: Three easy-to-use cleaning modes; Mode One combines vacuum, vibration and UV sanitization, Mode Two combines vacuum and UV sanitization and Mode Three is strictly UV sanitization.
  • Efficiency: Patented Absorption Prevention Technology ensures fabric won’t get tangled in the suction roller.
  • Sanitize: Dust mites survive well in mattresses, carpets, furniture and bedding, with figures around 100–500 mites per gram of dust; Rydis’ UV-C lamp helps to eradicate them from your home.
  • Safety: Floor Detection Sensor recognizes the change in surface if the Rydis touches the floor and automatically turns off the ultraviolet lamp.
  • Upgrade: UV-C Vacuum Pro model includes lavender air freshener cartridge and Smart Touch sensor built into handle that allows the vacuum to operate only when you’re holding it.

The device looks like a handheld vacuum. It is but it’s so much more than that.

The device has a vibrating feature which helps to loosen up dust and dust mites while the powerful suction vacuum’s up the dust, dirt, debris and little critters.

In addition to vacuuming dust off of your furniture and belongings the special UV light sanitizes the surface, destroying 99% of bacteria and killing dust mites.

When you use the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner you can rest assure that your home IS clean after you clean it.

Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner

I’m not a scientist so I am unable to see how much dust, bacteria or dust mites are left behind. I can only say that it does a great job cleaning and I feel confident that my home is sanitized and cleaned.

I like that I am able to use it on our furniture – even the cat tree and our pet’s bedding. It does a great job of sucking up all the hair. I just have to make sure to clean it out more frequently then I do when I am using it on the beds, comforters and pillow (places our pets don’t frequent as much).

Our asthmatic cat seems to be doing a bit better. She’s off her oral medication and only using her daily inhaler. I don’t know if the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner has anything to do with that, or the allergens that make her have asthma attacks have decreased or a combination of both. All I know is that she’s off her pills at the moment (yeah!) and I hope to keep it that way. She has a heart condition so I’d like to keep her off the extra steroids if possible.

So far I am pleased with my results. Its easy to use and easy to clean. I only wish it has a handle option so that I could use it in hard to reach places. I would love to use it on my curtains but it’s hard for me to reach the top and I rather not have to take them down every time I clean.

I like that my teenagers can use this too and it doesn’t require special equipment, cleaners or toxic cleaners. It’s safe to use around children and pets.

If you would like more information about the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner visit http://moneualusa.com/index.php/home-direct.html/. While you are there check out the other cool products that the company offers like the robotic vacuum.

What do you think about this device? Does it sound like something you would like to use in your home?

Do you have issues with dust mites, allergies or asthma? 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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How I stay “connected”

 

Waiting for my tablet to charge so it's ready for another day.

Waiting for my tablet to charge so it’s ready for another day.

There was a time when I would quibble about people who seem to be glued to their mobile devices at all times. With the exception of my cellphone which I use to keep in touch with my family, I used to leave all my other devices at home. That is until recently.

I started back to work several weeks ago. Prior to that I was a stay at home/work from home mom. I would do all my blogging during the day and reply to emails as they came into me.

Returning to the work force was a HUGE shock to my system. Suddenly I found myself blogging into the wee hours of the night to catch up on things I should have got done earlier in the day, had I not been at work. I also got far behind on my emails and my “needs replies” folder was bursting at the seams.

There are times we’re not really busy at work. No two days are the same. Some days we can barely catch a breath we are so busy. Other days we literally have nothing to do. There is no way of knowing from day to day what our work day will be like.

On non-busy days I just sit there playing on my cellphone counting all the emails I’ll need to reply to when I get home and thinking about all the blog posts that need to get done.

One day it hit me – bring in my tablet!

I have a laptop but it would be inconvent to have to lug it to work all the time. My tablet is small and portable. It’s perfect for taking to work with me every day. Why I didn’t think of it sooner I’ll never know.

My tablet has Intel inside which helps me to get a lot out of my little tablet. I have an Acer Iconia Tab 8 tablet. It’s a new tablet and probably one of the most affordable on the market.

Acer Tablet

First and foremost I am able to read and reply to emails. That means when I get home I don’t have to feel overwhelmed by the enormous amount of emails that are waiting for me because most of them I’ve already taken care of.

I can also use my tablet at work to do some work on my blog. I won’t write blog posts, only because I can’t type as well on the tablet as I can my laptop. What I can do is make some tweaks and updates on my blog and approve reader comments.

I feel like I’ve accomplished things using my tablet at work instead of just sitting around thinking about all the work I need to do. I can take care of most of what needs to be done at work when we have nothing to do.

On days I work a double shift and I have an hour and a half lunch break I like to use my tablet to watch Netflix. I can usually watch a movie during that time, then finish up what I didn’t get to see later on in the day. The Intel processor in my tablet ensures that I can watch movies without any lag time. There is nothing worse then trying to watch a movie and have to wait for it to upload several times. I only have 90-minutes for lunch so I don’t have time to spare. If I have to wait 10+ minutes for a movie to fully upload it’s not worth watching it.

I’ll admit that I do check social networking sites from my tablet. I like to know what it going on with family and friends on Facebook and Twitter. I also love to check out photos on Instagram.

One of my favorite things to do with my tablet at work is visit Pinterest. I LOVE the crafty ideas and recipes I find there. I’m always finding a new recipe that I want to try out with my family. The crystal clear images that I see are compliments of the Intel processor in my computer. I’ve re-pinned A LOT of content – probably more ideas and recipes then I’ll ever use.

The tablet is small and lightweight. It easily tucks into my purse. It’s portable size makes it ideal for “on-to-go” use.

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 has some nice features including a dual camera (take pictures front or back), touch screen “wake up” and something called “Zero Air Gap” which means air in between the touch screen and LCD module is removed which reduces reflection and provides you with better readability under sunlight.

This is an Android tablet. I’m still trying to get used to Android stuff.

It also has an Intel Atom processor which provides the user with fast and smooth gaming, videos and browsing the Internet. It also helps the tablet have a longer battery life which is great because I often forget to pack the power cord with me and if the battery dies when I’m at work there is nothing I can do. For the most part this tablet lasts me a long time under normal use (less time if I watch movies).

I don’t think I have ever owned a computer or similar device without Intel inside.

This little tablet has come in very handy. I feel more productive when I can work done during “down time” and I love being able to entertain myself on my long lunch break.

If you are in the market for a new tablet check out the Acer Iconia Tab 8. If not there are several other great Intel Tablets on the market.

If you are fan of Intel products you should consider checking out the Intel Advocate Experience. Simply click on the image below.

Kimberly

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Break free from cellphone contracts with Net10 Wireless

 

Cellphones

It seems like everyone has a cellphone these days. Many families, such as my own, have even opted to do away with a home phone and simply use our cellphones. We thought it was silly to pay $50+ a month for a home phone that we never used.

I work in a childcare situation and I can’t tell you how many times I have seen very young children walk into our room with cellphones, and not just their parent’s cellphone. Many times the cellphones belong to the child. I’m talking about children as young as 5 or 6 years old.

Back in the day when my kids were younger they had “no frills” flip phones. These days kids are coming in with iPhone 5’s and Galaxy Notes.

When we first picked up phones for our children it was out of necessity. We had an incident at summer camp that warranted us to get our kids phones. They were more so for emergency purposes only, or to let us know if they needed to be picked up from a friend’s house.

At that time my husband and I had a cellphone plan but we weren’t ready to put our kids on our plan. Instead we used a pay-as-you-go plan which worked out very well for us. These days our kids are on the same cellphone plan we’re on.

Girl cellphone

The reason why we didn’t want to put our kids on our plan initially was because we wanted to see how things worked out with their phones. We didn’t want to put them on our plan then have to pay a huge penalty fee for discontinuing their portion of the contract.

If you’ve ever tried to cancel a cellphone contract I’m sure you know how much of a headache that is. Not only that most carriers charge you a hefty fee for early cancellation.

I guess I can understand why companies don’t want you to end their contract but at the same time I dislike contracts because it makes me feel like I’m “trapped”. Essentially you are when you think about it.

Net10 Wireless offers consumers something that most carriers won’t – no cellphone contract. The means you are free to cancel at any time – no questions asked.

Net10 Wireless not only offers you no contract service but they also offer a variety of airtime choices so you can customize your service to the way you like it.

Net10 Wireless plan

 

Starting at only $40/month, consumers can experience unlimited talk, text and data. Knowing how much we are playing for unlimited talk, text and data Net10 Wireless is a bargain at only $40 a month.

The plans vary so you are able to pick the one that is right for you. There are even talk only plans that would be ideal for children who don’t need the text and data option. Those plans start as low as $20 for 200 minutes of talk time (no international calls and no auto-refill).

I find it interesting that Net10 Wireless also has contract free family plans for 2-4 people. These plans include talk, text and data. Data includes things like checking email and surfing the internet.

Another think I like about Net10 Wireless is that allow you to use your own device rather than buy a phone from them. That means you can keep the phone you love while enjoying the service from Net10 Wireless. That also saves a lot of money because you are not obligated to purchase a new phone through them. Net10 Wireless works with any cellphone from any network.

Of course if you are looking to get a new phone, Net10 Wireless carries many popular cellphones including iPhones, LG and Samsung.

Net10 Wireless offers consumers the nation’s best 4G LTE networks at about half the cost.

Net10 Wireless sent me a phone and some pre-paid airtime cards to test out their service for myself. I was very impressed. I had no issues whatsoever with the service. No matter where I brought the phone I picked up service just fine. I was worried that their service might be limited but that was not the case at all. It didn’t matter if I was at home, work, at the mall, or visiting family upstate, the service was available where ever I went.

Net10 Wireless

Set up was super easy, even for someone like me who tends to be “technologically challenged”. I was able to set things up quickly and easily and start using the phone right away. I enjoyed the phone too. I have an iPhone and I was sent a Galaxy which is an Android phone so it was fun to explore the different things you can do with an Android.

Using Net10 Wireless I was able to do everything I would normally do on my phone including read and reply to email, update my Facebook status, share photos on Instagram and surf the internet. I was able to text with no issues either.

I only used the phone a few times to talk a few times but each time the connection was crystal clear and I wasn’t disconnected or experience any static.

In other words, I had the same exact quality service using Net10 Wireless as I do with my current cellphone service provider. The only difference is I pay a small fortune for service and if I cancel our contact earlier I’ll have to pay a hefty penalty fee.

When it comes time to renew our contract my husband is going to look into Net10 Wireless, especially when it comes to our kid’s phones. Our son doesn’t use his as much and our daughter will be paying for her own phone service once she gets a job. We’re just “stuck” for now because we can’t get out of the contract. With Net10 Wireless this would not be an issue.

If you are interested in learning more about Net10 Wireless, their plans and the phones they offer (or how you can use your own phone) visit www.Net10Wireless.com. You can also look for a Net10 Wireless dealer near you on their site.

Don’t forget to check out the brand on social media too – Facebook and Twitter (@Net10_Wireless).

What do you think about Net10 Wireless? Does it sound like a better option than your current cellphone plan?

Do you have any contract cancellation “horror stories” you’d like to share?

Net10 Wireless

Kimberly

*I received a free phone and air time 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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Protect your cellphone with Tech Armor (giveaway ends 9/18/14)

 

Smartphone

If you have a cellphone you NEED to protect it. Trust me, I speak from experience. Even if you think are you are being super duper careful with your phone accidents DO happen.

My entire family has cellphones – iPhones to be exact (4S, 5S and 5C). We all try and be very careful with our phones but we haven’t always been so lucky.

Our daughter once dropped her phone in the toilet. She had it on the bathroom sink (she had taken it out of her back pocket) and accidentally knocked it and it fell into the toilet. Ugh!

Most recently our daughter totally shattered her phone. Sadly it was entirely her fault.

Our daughter has an iPhone 5C and she NEVER put a case on it. We got her a case when we first bought the phone but she didn’t like it and never used it. Every day I would tell her to put the case on the phone and she always said she was careful and the phone would be fine.

It wasn’t.

One day at the local zoo she was playing around with my husband and went to grab the phone out of his hand and instead of grabbing it she hit it and the phone flew out of his hand and landed on the concrete.

Phone

Not only was the front of the phone shattered but she ended up breaking the camera on the phone too.

After spending nearly $200 to get it repaired we made sure her phone ALWAYS had a case on it.

As you know cellphones are expensive and getting them repaired can be very pricey too. You need to protect your investment.

If you are looking for great cellphone accessories to help protect you phone consider products from Tech Armor.

Tech Armor carries accessories for smartphones and tablets including screen protectors, chargers and cases. The company even offers a hassle free lifetime replacement warranty on their products. Not many companies offer that (I wish more did).

Tech Armor was kind enough to send me a wonderful assortment of Tech Armor products to review.

One product we were especially grateful to receive was the Premium Ballistic Glass Screen Protectors. I feel that if our daughter had one on her phone it might have helped to prevent it from shattering, or at least shattering a lot less then it did.

The screen protectors were the first products we had put on our phone. I feel better knowing that the screens have some protection against drops and scratches.

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The screen protectors were easy enough to apply. Sometimes they can be tricky if you don’t line everything up correctly but we didn’t encounter any problems.

My son has the Tech Armor RetinaShield Blue Light Filter Screen Protector for iPhone 5/5c/5s  on his iPhone 5S. He uses his phone a lot and in poor lighting (he’ll use it at night in his room with very little light in the room). I like that the screen not only protects his phone but also his eyes too.

When applying the screen protectors make sure the phone’s screen is cleaned well. Dust and dirt can prevent it from sticking properly.

The wall and car chargers were greatly appreciated. We can ever have too many of those. It’s always handy to have extra charges so you can charge your device when you are on the go. Now I’m able to charge my phone at work if needed rather then run down my charge until I have the chance to charge it in my car.

We received an assortment of Tech Armor EdgeProtect Grip Scratch-Resistant Bumper Cases. These are great cases. They are nit big and bulky some some protective cases can be. They are slim and easy to get on/off your phone for each cleaning. Sometimes dust and debris finds it’s way behind cellphone cases. I would recommend removing your case and cleaning the phone on a regular basis.

Some cases are difficult to get on/off quickly. The Tech Armor cases pop on/off in mere seconds. They are also available in fashionable colors that men and women (or teens) will enjoy. My husband had a nice bronze color case on his new iPhone 5S work phone thanks to Tech Armor, but now he has on a gray one. I don’t know when he changed it.

Sorry for the horrible photo - I had to take the photo with my cellphone.

Sorry for the horrible photo – I had to take the photo with my cellphone.

 

He has one of the more “heavy duty” cases on his personal phone and he did mention to me that he likes how slim and less bulky the Tech Armor case is.

Best of all these slim cases are very budget friendly. They are only $9.95 on the Tech Armor website. You can stock up on different colors and change your case when the mood strikes.

Tech Armor understands the importance of protecting your phone, that is why they offer consumers top of the line products for all your smartphone (and tablet) needs.

If you would like to learn more about Tech Armor visit www.TechArmor.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+. All the social media links are found on the bottom of their home page.

I’m very impressed with the products that I received to review. My family really enjoys them too. As a mom it feels good knowing my kids are protected from accidents, especially now that they are back to school.

Tech Armor has generously offered to give a lucky reader a huge prize package which includes;

This prize package has a $75 retail value. Thank you Tech Armor!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 which Tech Armor product mentioned above you are most interested in trying out.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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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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Enjoyed grilled food year round with T-Fal OptiGrill (giveaway ends 9/6/14)

 

TFal OptiGrill Giveaway

Summer is coming to a close. It’s time to squeeze out as much summer fun as you possibly can.

My family and I never had a chance to get to the beach. We’d go this coming weekend but it’s Labor Day weekend and the beach is the last place you want to go – especially if you don’t like crowds and traffic.

Although I am not a fan of the heat and humidity there are a few things I am going to miss about the summer – sitting on our balcony and watching the Fireflies/Lightening Bugs fly by, doing fun things with my family, enjoying the beautiful flowers that are so plentiful this time of year, and barbecues. Oh how we’re going to miss all the yummy summer foods like barbecued burgers, steak and chicken.

We are  not allowed a barbecue where we live (as per the Fire Marshall), unless we keep our grills 200 feet from the building (we live in a condo). That is not possible. We had to give up having a grill many years ago. I missed my grill too- that is until now.

I received to review the T-Fal OptiGrill. I’ve had similar grills before but they failed to impress me. Don’t get me wrong, they did what they were supposed to do but I found things about them I didn’t like such as hard to clean and having to “guesstimate” when the meat was cooked just the way we like it.

The T-Fal OptiGrill blows all other indoor grills away!

Sensor Cooking

The T-Fal OptiGrill has “precision grilling technology” which helps to grill your favorite foods just the way you like it ever time.

My husband likes everything well done. If he so much sees any pink he won’t eat it. He’s afraid of eating food that was not cooked well enough and getting sick from it. Prior to getting married I used to enjoy my meats medium-rare. Now I eat my meats well done too for safety reasons.

With the other grills we had we had to try and guess when the meat was fully cooked, often removing it from the grill and cutting into it just to make sure. That is not necessary with the T-Fal OptiGrill. Simply place your meat on the grill and wait for the sensor light to tell you when your meat it cooked just the way you like it.

Settings

The T-Fal OptiGrill is super easy to use. There are dedicated buttons you can select to let the grill know what kind of food you are cooking (Burgers, Chicken, Sandwiches, Sausage, Chops, Fish).

You can even grill meats that are straight from your freezer (not defrosted) which is great for people like me who often forget to take something out for dinner.

Veggie Burger (Left) and Pork Burger (Right) frozen straight from the freezer.

Veggie Burger (Left) and Pork Burger (Right) frozen straight from the freezer.

I made a pork burger and a veggie burger for my kids for lunch one day that were frozen. In no time my kids were enjoying their burgers for lunch.

The T-Fal OptiGrill has sensors that let you know the cooked state the meat is in – rare, medium, well done. You can tell by looking at the color of the lighted button on the grill. There is a guide that explains the different colors too. It’s literally “fool proof” grilling.

The big center area lights up and changes colors to indicate how the meat is cooked.

The big center area lights up and changes colors to indicate how the meat is cooked.

The sensors in the T-Fal OptiGrill can sense the thickness of the meat which helps to regular the temperature and know what to cook the meat at to reach your optimum grilled results.

Here is the T-Fal OptiGrill with the light a bright yellow which indicates that the meat was still rare. When it’s well done the light is a deep, bright red.

Grill

The grill also has a drip pan so fat can drip away from the meat helping to make the meal healthier for you. After all, no one wants to eat something that has been sitting in it’s own fat and grease.

In the above photo you can see some of the fat and grease dripping down from the grill into the pan.

So far everything we have made has turned out great including pork burgers, veggie burgers and regular hamburgers. The grill also makes grilled cheese sandwiches in mere minutes. I was shocked at how quickly the sandwich was cooked. The cheese was melted all the way through and the bread even had some neat grill marks on it.

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Pork Burger (Left) and Veggie Burger (Right)

Pork Burger (Left) and Veggie Burger (Right)

One of the things I disliked about similar grills is the clean up. I hated to clean them! Cleaning the T-Fal OptiGrill is so easy. Simply remove the drip pan and both heating plates (when cooled) and hand wash or toss in the dishwasher. Because the grill plates are coated in T-Fal non-stick coating nothing sticks to it.

I also like how easy it is to remove the plates with just a press of a button. They pop back in easy too.

Clean Up

We love this grill and have used it several times. I have yet to try grilled veggies on it but that is something I am planning on doing.

Now my family and I can enjoy grilled foods year round thanks to the T-Fal OptiGrill.

If you would like more information visit www.optigrill.t-falusa.com. The T-Fal OptiGrill can be purchased at many retail stores across the country including Walmart, Target, Macys and JCPenney to name a few.

Be sure to check out T-Fal OptiGrill on Facebook too.

T-Fall OptiGrill Giveaway

One lucky reader is going to win their very own T-Fal OptiGrill! How awesome is that?

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 what types of foods would you like to cook in the T-Fal OptiGrill if you were the lucky winner?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and no influenced in any way. 

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Watch your personal videos quickly and easily on your TV with RealPlayer Cloud and Roku 2

 

RealPlayer Cloud Logo

Last week I shared a post about a really cool application called RealPlayer Cloud. RealPlayer Cloud allows you to take videos (oruse videos from your phone), save them on your own personal “cloud”, share them with loved one and have the ability to watch them on many different devices.

If you would like to read my review you an find it here – Share Summer Videos (and Beyond!) with RealPlayer Cloud.

I am also hosting a giveaway on that post for a $200 gift card, Roku 2 player and 1-year of premium Gold RealPlayer Cloud service ($99 value). The giveaway ends on August 28, 2014 so you still have time to enter.

RealPlayer Cloud is a great way to view and share videos on your computer, smartphone and tablet. You can also watch your personal videos on your television with the Roku 2 player.

I prefer to watch my personal videos on our television via the Roku 2 that we have. It’s nice because you can see the video much larger then you can on your smartphone or tablet. Plus your entire family can enjoy it watching the videos at the same time instead of having to pass around your smartphone or tablet.

RCP

Setting up your RealPlayer Cloud account with your Roku 2 is easy to do. But first you need to sign up for a FREE (or premium) RealPlayer Cloud account.

Download the app for your iOSAndroidKindle Fire and/or Windows device(s).

You can also sign up at www.real.com from any computer, smartphone, or tablet’s web browser.

Once you have an account set up you can add your RealPlayer account to your Roku device. You can get the RealPlayer Cloud channel from the Channel Store (look for it under Photos & Videos) or visit http://www.roku.com/channels/#!details/30800/realplayer-cloud.

When everything is set up you’ll be able to watch videos that you take on your smartphone and view them on your television.

Now you can watch vacation videos or videos from special events or occasions (birthday party, school play, baby’s first steps…) instantly on your television thanks to RealPlayer Cloud.

I wish I had a way of uploading previously made videos (those from the video camera) to the RealPlayer Cloud so we can watch those off the Roku 2 as well.

The video and sound quality is great off the Roku 2.

Roku Store

The videos are organized similar to how they are on the RealPlayer Cloud app on my iPhone. You can easily pinpoint the exact video you’d like to watch because you know how they are organized.

Now my kids can watch videos of themselves and our family any time they want. Watching videos on the TV is as easy as watching YouTube or Netflix on the Roku 2.

My son LOVES New York City (he plans on moving there when he graduates high school) has been enjoying watching the videos I made from Roosevelt Island (NYC) when we were there are couple of weeks ago. He actually told me I should have taken MORE videos. Since we plan on returning in the fall I plan on taking more videos then.

RealPlayer Cloud + Roku 2 = A winning combination! To learn more about RealPlayer Cloud visit www.Real.com. You an also find the app on Facebook and Twitter (@RealPlayer).

For more information about Roku players visit www.Roku.com. Roku is also on Facebook and Twitter (@RokuPlayer).

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a $200 gift card, 1 year of premium Gold RealPlayer Cloud service ($99 value) and a Roku 2. The giveaway ends on August 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST).

Roku RealPlayer Cloud

Kimberly

*I received a similar prize package 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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