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How to get kids to do chores without nagging

 

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With kids from 9 to 14 our house can go from pristine tidiness to a tornado aftermath in a couple of hours unless everybody picks things up after themselves, cleans the messes they make and does chores regularly. While we do and provide a lot for our kids, we also want to teach them accountability, teamwork and humility. These traits are not just nice – our children need to learn responsibility to be competitive in today’s job market. The materialistic attitude of modern culture teaches kids to be entitled, to want instant gratification, to get everything just because they want it. I want to teach them that while their life might come with a lot of privileges (not just allowance, but also mobile phones, fun toys, respect, trust, free time…), living in a family also comes with responsibilities. Too many parents fall into this trap: if all the kids have iPhones, so must their kids. But have they EARNED IT?

This is where Homey comes in. Homey is a mobile app for families that helps us manage chores, allowance and rewards. The easiest way to reinforce responsibility is by being consistent. That’s why a good chores and rewards system in an app is just so much better than a chore chart that just takes too much time for us parents to keep up. Our kids are also crazy about technology, so just having a fun app instead of a chart is a big motivator for them.

We’ve been using Homey for the past 6 months and this is what I love about it:

Managing chores for the whole family

The best part of Homey is that it connects everyone. In this sense it’s like our “command center” we used to have on our kitchen wall, but it’s so much more than that. It sends notifications to everyone when their chores are due, allows me to manage everything if the kids don’t have their devices on hand (which could come handy for younger kids!), I can even set permissions for each family member. This allows our oldest to give me or his dad a “chore”, since he’s responsible enough to not take advantage of it – he uses it to request items from the store and such. Having everything on each of our devices makes everything run smoother for us.

Motivating with rewards

You can either set up regular (weekly) allowance and if you want you can make a requirement that responsibilities should be done and the kid should get a certain amount of points in that week. Or you can set up an extra monetary reward, where you can say they’ll get for instance $5 for every 50 coins, and it doesn’t matter how long they had those coins (they can do a lot of chores in one day, or get 50 coins in 3 months). You can even add activities or products as rewards. And you can also set a due date on rewards (that goes for all rewards, not just monetary), which can come handy when you’re trying to motivate kids to earn extra money to buy something on a trip you’re already planning or something like that. This works really well since kids see their progress and thus stay motivated.

Allowance transactions to real bank accounts

To make managing allowance even easier for parents, Homey will now launch a completely revolutionary feature that will allow parents to transfer allowance money directly to the kids’ real savings accounts. This will not only help us teach kids modern money skills they will definitely need in life, but also how banking works, how they can accumulate interests on their savings and we can be sure that their money will stay safe. We want to promote long term saving so they won’t become impulsive buyers, and Homey is giving us a tool that will help our children learn financial skills that will follow them through life. It also means that I won’t have to manage IOUs or look for change every week when allowance is due!

Building accountability with photos

Homey is a really visual app and we love that about it. You can see what needs to get done at a glance. It has cute illustrations for premade tasks and I can take photos of kids’ messy rooms and assign them to kids and they take photos of their cleaned rooms after. It’s just satisfying to see the results and kids have a lot of fun taking proud selfies in front of a just emptied dishwasher. It adds an element of fun to an otherwise boring task. Somehow, kids also do a better job when they know they will be sending us a photo as a “proof” later. We use this feature for most of the kids’ tasks, but Homey has recently added an option to disable it, which comes handy for tasks like “Read a book for 20 minutes” and my own tasks.

How to get started with Homey:

  1. Download the app for iPhone or Android on your own device.
  2. Set up your household – you can invite your family members who already have their own devices or create profiles for them – so it works for kids without devices, too! If kids don’t have their own devices you can mark their chores as done for them, or if it’s a shared device switching profiles is also really easy.
  3. You, as the household creator, have all the features enabled. Homey will set user roles for other family members based on their age, but you can customize all the permissions for everyone in the Household settings available in the sidebar.
  4. Set chores – you can set recurring chores, which can be repeated daily, weekly, monthly or however you want, or one off chores. You can set a fixed due date or leave them to be completed any time – of kids want to do something above and beyond their responsibilities to earn more. You can set how many points (that go towards the leaderboard and allowance) and coins (that kids can redeem rewards with) each chore is worth. If you use Homey to manage chores for yourself as well, you don’t have to set coins for yourself, but you can still get points – and be up there on the leaderboard! You also don’t have to set up coins for kids’ responsibilities – like brushing teeth, morning routine, etc., but kids will still get reminders to do them and become more independent.
  5. Kids get notifications when their chores are due and complete them without nagging. This step of the whole process is the most amazing one!
  6. Kids get rewarded for doing chores. They claim rewards and you confirm when they’ve been given or pay them directly to their bank account.
  7. Chores are done, allowance is settled, kids are happy, you are happy!

Download the Homey app – it’s FREE. Get the Homey app on Google Play. Get the Homey app in the Apple App Store.

*I have partnered with Homey to bring you this information. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own. This is a compensated post. 

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Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station

 

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Our world is forever changing and evolving. Gone are the days of handwritten letters, camera rolls and phones mounted to your wall. These days it’s all about technology and the latest and greatest piece of equipment created to make our lies easier.

With all this technology comes a greater demand for charging locations in your home.

Finding a place to charge your smart phone, iPad or similar devices can be challenging when there is more than one person in your home vying for the same outlet/outlets.

In our home we usually use the counter in the kitchen to charge our phones and iPads. We have found that plugging them in elsewhere in our home only leads to chewed up plugs, compliments of our cats. Not only is that dangerous for them, it also means we have to keep a supply of power cords on hand, which isn’t cheap. The safest place is on the counter in the kitchen where the cats have no access to the plugs (our cats know they are not allowed on the counter).

Even on our counter we are limited to the number of things that can be charging at one time. One outlet is close to the sink and dish rack, so we don’t charge there in fear our phones or iPads will get wet. Another plug is located by the microwave. To use it we need to unplug the microwave and my e-Brewer which means we’d have to reset the clocks after we unplug the charger. That is way too much of an inconvenience. So that leaves us with just one viable outlet which can charge two things at a time.

What we, and many other households, need is a place to charge multiple devices at the same time.

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Introducing the Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station – Accell’s new power solution that features six adapter friendly outlets and two USB charging ports. The charging station is ideal for home, school and office use.

The charging station is also a surge protector.

Even though we NEED more charging options for our smartphones and iPads, I opted to use the Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station under/behind my desk to help organize all the power cords that I need (laptop docking station, desktop, lamp, fan…). It was a jumbled mess behind my desk. It was also impossible to know what plug went to what.

I had my husband re-organize the plugs under my desk and using my Brother label maker I labeled each plug on my charging station.

It’s hard to get a photo of it because it’s buried behind the router and another box (I forget what it’s for) under my desk. It’s dark (and dusty!) under there. I have a corner desk and everything (plugs) are tucked in the corner – literally.

The Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station is not too big, but it does give you ample space between plugs allowing you to plug in larger plugs (those big square ones).

Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station

I like that there is one on/off switch which allows me to turn off multiple items at the same time instead of individually. This makes it much easier when you are going away for a few days and want to un-plug your powered devices.

The six foot cord to plug the charging station in is also great. It allowed me to place it exactly where I needed it under my desk instead of having it too far over to one side.

I can’t really use the USB plugs because of where it’s located behind my desk, but it’s nice to know they are available should I need them.

The Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station looks like a flying saucer. LOL! It’s also available in black or white (I have white).

The charging station is also flat and has a skid and scratch resistant base so you don’t have to worry about it marking up your hardwood or laminate flooring (we have carpeting so it’s not an issue for us).

The Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station is a great solution for families who need a lot of charging options. It would also be great for a conference room where people will need a lot of power options. Or you can use it for the same purpose I use it for and that is to get control of the mess of cords under my desk and get them neat and organized.

The unit is “budget friendly” too at only $35.99 on the Accell website.

For more information about this and other Accell products, visit AccellCables.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on their website.

Does the Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station sound some something you need in your home?

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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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Save your favorite holiday photos with Picture Keeper Connect

 

Me at Christmas time, approx. 68' or 69'

Me at Christmas time, approx. 68′ or 69′

Nothing makes people reflect on their lives more than the holiday season. It’s hard not to look back on years past and remember the good times, and for some (sadly), the bad times. I prefer to think about the holiday season fondly, even though my mother passed away a few days after Christmas almost 14 years ago.

I love to connect with my family and friends and talk about the memories we share. It’s fun to bring back special memories. I love being able to share those memories with my kids.

I wish I had photos of the holidays when I was a child. I have a few, but not that many. When it comes to my kids, we have a massive amount of pictures. I think that just comes with being a parent. We take dozens of photos of our kids – especially during the holidays.

When our kids were younger we were great with keeping photo albums up-to-date. Our photo albums have photos in sequence and we have each book labeled with the year/years that it covers.

Then technology changed…

We stopped printing out our photo for our albums when digital cameras came about. Instead of having actual photos we kept the pictures on our computer. Out of fear of losing them we’d back them up on CD. The only problem with that is you end up with dozens (or in our case several dozen) CDs. That makes finding a specific photo or set of photos almost impossible (trust me – I know from personal experience).

Family Thanksgiving approx 76'

Family Thanksgiving approx 76′

We then started to keep the photos on the computers. But the problem with that is they end up taking up a lot of space on your hard drive and heaven forbid your computer gets the “blue screen of death” (as we call it), ALL of the photos are lost.

I have lost plenty of photos on our computers. My husband was able to rescue them once when he “slave the hard drive,” but that was only on one occasion.

Keeping photos on your tablet or smartphone isn’t that wise either. Technology gets stolen and things break (our daughter has broken her phone more time than I care to recall).

Surely there has to be a better way to store and organize your precious family holiday photos (and photos you take year round). There is! It’s called Picture Keeper Connect.

Picture Keeper Connect is a simple all-in-one USB device with embedded software that makes it easy to transfer photos directly from your Phone or Tablet (iOS and Android) to your Mac or PC. You can even download your contacts and videos on Picture Keeper Connect.

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I will be the first person to admit that I am “technologically challenged.” Thankfully my teenage son is a computer whiz. Still… I worry that I’ll mess things up.

Picture Keeper Connect is super easy to install and use – even for people like me. There is no software to install, no wires or plugs to connect, nothing you have to join and no passwords to remember. There are no monthly fees either.

This literally a “plug and play” type of device. You don’t even need a WIFI connection to use it.

Picture Keeper Connect is a USB type device. The “magic” happen when you plug it into your cellphone or tablet. Picture Keeper Connect grabs all of your photos (skipping duplicates) and safely stores them for you.  When you need them or what to share them you can easily find them on the device.

Think of Picture Keeper Connect as a “cloud” you can take with you and use anytime, anywhere. This is especially great for travelers.

Picture Keeper Connect also frees up space on your device. As someone who is constantly running out of room on her smartphone, I can appreciate something like this.

Check out this brief video with some more information about this handy little gadget.

 

I was sent a Picture Keeper Connect to review. It looks just like a flash drive, but it’s so much more than just a typical flash drive.

Once you have inserted the Picture Keeper Connect into your device and run the app, it looks through your phone (for example) and copies all the photos that is fine (videos and contacts too). Each time you plug it in to back up your photos, Picture Keeper Connect will only copy what is new since the last time you used it to back things up.

Picture Keeper Connect literally does the work for you. It’s so easy to use that even older people who are not tech savvy can use it.

I wish I had a product like this those times my laptop died on me and I lost precious, irreplaceable photos. With Picture Keeper Connect I could have easily restored those lost photos.

Picture Keeper Connect comes with an extra plug so you can use it in pretty much all devices.

Picture Keeper Connect comes with an extra plug so you can use it in pretty much all devices.

Once you back up your photos on Picture Keeper Connect they are always available to you. You can plug the device in and transfer photos back to your device (they will also remain on the Picture Keeper Connect).

Don’t risk losing special holiday photos. Pick up Picture Keeper Connect. You can learn more at PictureKeeper.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (links are found on the bottom right corner on their website).

This would be a great gift for the holiday season – most especially for people with big life events coming up such as a wedding or the birth of a baby.

What do you think about Picture Keeper Connect? Does it sound like a product you’d like to have? Would you give it to someone as a gift? Feel free to share your thought. I always love to hear from readers.

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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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2016 Holiday Gift Guide – Fun gifts for the technology lover from HP

 

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Have you completed your holiday shopping yet? I am sad to say that we haven’t even started yet. Thankfully our kids are teenagers, so they would rather have gift card to their favorite stores, so we don’t have to buy a lot of gifts anymore. It’s not like when they were little and wanted to wake up Christmas morning to see dozens of wrapped presents oozing out from under the Christmas tree.

Gone are the days when our kids wanted the latest and greatest “must have toy.” These days they are more into technology.

Our son is begging us for a new laptop. There is nothing wrong with his laptop, per say, except that he likes to play games on it and he needs a computer better designed for gaming. His current laptop is a very simple one with not much “bells and whistles.”

If you are in the market for a new laptop, like we are for our son, check out the HP 15 Notebook.

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The HP 15 Notebook comes with Windows 10 Home, 2TB hard drive, high-definition display, AMD Radeon R5 graphics, HP TrueVision HD Camera, DTS Studio sound and much more. Best of all, HP has partnered with QVC to offer two exclusive colors; minty green and soft lilac. I LOVE the fashion colors. They are so nice. I wish I could get a new laptop. I’m bored with the ordinary black colored laptops. I want one in soft lilac (my favorite).

You can score a killer deal on a powered-up HP laptop during QVC’s Best Black Friday™ Sale weekend! They will feature this laptop at the lowest price of the season on Saturday, November 26th.

If you would like to learn more about the product you can view the product page on the QVC website. Be sure to check out QVC on Saturday, November 26, 2016 to take advantage of their special sales price.

For more information visit QVC.com*. (*QVC is a service mark of ER Marks, Inc. The QVC.com domain name is registered to QVC, Inc.).

You can check out what others have to say about this amazing deal by checking out the hashtag #HPonQVC on social media.

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Another fun techie gift idea is the HP Sprocket. This is the ideal gift for our teen daughter who loves to take photos of her and her friends. In fact, she was asking me for an instant camera so she can get a physical copy of the photos instantly. Who needs an instant photo camera when you can use your smartphone and the HP Sprocket.

The HP Sprocket is a tiny, smartphone printer. That’s right – it’s an actual printer. A tiny one too, which means its easily portable.

HP Spocket prints out 2″ x 3″ photos. The special photo paper has a sticky back so you can adhere them anywhere you want.

We have an HP Sprocket. I was sent one to review and we are having so much fun with it.

The HP Sprocket works by downloading the special app (FREE) and connecting your HP Sprocket with your smartphone via Bluetooth. It can also be set up with your tablet.

You can connect your social media accounts with the HP Sprocket, allowing you to instantly print out photos uploaded to your Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The HP Sprocket is small in size. You can tuck it into your pants pocket, jacket pocket, purse, backpack or tote bag. Then, when the mood strikes you can take it out and instantly print out your favorite photos.

You can add stickers, frames, text and more to your photos prior to printing them out.

You can add stickers, frames, text and more to your photos prior to printing them out.

This is ideal for people who love to share photos on social media. Ever since seeing the HP Sprocket in action our daughter has changed her gift request from an instant camera to her own HP Sprocket.

Before you print out your photo you can use the app to customize the photo by adding fun text, borders, emojis and more.

The HP Spocket uses HP ZINK®to print out the photos. It’s important that you only use on the Original HP ZINK® sticky-backed photo paper in your HP Sprocket. This special paper ensures that you get bright, glossy photos with vibrant colors every time you print. Plus you just need to peel off the back of your prints and your photos become instant stickers (you don’t have to use them as stickers if you don’t want to).

I am not a whiz when it comes to technology sometimes, but I was able to set up our HP Sprocket quickly and easily. It was as simple as 1-2-3.

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With HP Sprocket you can Live It – Love It – Print It.

HP Sprocket and HP ZINK Sticky-Backed Photo Paper are available from these retailers.

HP.com – HP Sprocket Printer

HP.com – HP Zink Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

Amazon – HP Sprocket Printer

Amazon – HP Zink Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

Best Buy – HP Sprocket Printer

Best Buy – HP Zink Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

If you are in the market for techie gifts this holiday season, or just like to take advantage of the “latest and greatest” for yourself, check out these fabulous offerings from HP.

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Kimberly

** I have partnered with HP to bring you this information. I received a free product sample to review as well as compensation for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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4 Ways Your Cellphone Might Be Making You Ugly

 

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Our cellphones have become so vital to our daily lives. Research has shown that the average person checks their phone 85 times a day and that we spend a total of five hours using our cellphones to browse the web or use apps. For many, our smartphone is the first thing we look at in the morning and the last thing we check at bedtime. Although quick glances at our phone may seem harmless, it can in fact be affecting us physically, mentally and emotionally. We caught up with some experts who help explain the ugly side of excessive cellphones use.

Ugly posture.

When we look down at our cellphones we are straining our necks and slouching our shoulders. Doing this can cause some serious damage to our overall posture even leading us to lose up to an inch to an inch and a half of height. “I see up to 10 patients a week complaining of severe neck and shoulder pain. When asked how often they use their phones the typical response is all the time. When pain becomes chronic and severe, surgery has to be considered,” explains Dr. Richard Samperisi, CoFounder of Campus Chiropractic Center at Florida International University & Functional Medicine Practitioner.

Ugly eye strain, bags and wrinkles.

Not only can staring at your phone all day cause serious neck and shoulder pain, the extreme use of our phones is leading to various eye conditions such as blurred vision, eye strain, headaches and dry eyes as well as to a condition they like to call “tech neck.” For those concerned with cosmetics and eye appearance constant squinting leads to wrinkles and under eye bags. New Bern, North Carolina plastic surgeon Dr. John Zannis explains that a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures that address under eye bags, drooping and sagging usually range from 5 – $10,000 with a recovery time of up to 2 weeks. He’s also seen a rise in complaints about neck lines and wrinkling skin attributed to excessive cell phone use.

Ugly skin.

Are you constantly struggling with breakouts around your cheeks or chin? Instead of blaming hormones, junk food or a bad skincare routine consider looking at the device in your hand. “Our cellphones are filled with bacteria. We are continuously touching them with dirty hands, throwing them in our bags, stuffing them in our pockets or putting them on counter tops. Then without even thinking twice we put our phones right up to our ears where all of that bacterium from those dirty areas wreak havoc on our face,” offers Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Kaly Papantoniou.  She suggests frequently wiping the phone screen and using a face wash with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to rid bacteria from building up.

Ugly Manners

We see people at restaurants who are more focused on snapping a pic of their meal than enjoying each other’s company. Our persistent use of our cellphones can be affecting our relationships with the people and world around us. “When we focus more on our digital lives rather than the individuals we are with; we are not only giving off the impression that we do not care about what they have to say, we are also letting valuable and meaningful moments pass us by,” explains Dr. Sanam Hafeez a New York City based neuropsychologist and teaching faculty at Columbia University. She suggests putting the phone down and even going cell free twice a week.

Give it a try and see how cutting down on your phone use can also cut down on the ugly.

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About the doctors:

Dr. Richard J. Samperisi, DC, of Miami, Florida, is a New York Native who completed his Doctoral studies at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. His post-doctoral education focuses on functional medicine and clinical nutrition. 

Dr. John Zannis is a New Bern, North Carolina board-certified plastic surgeon and best selling author. A graduate of Stanford University and The University of Cincinnati Medical College, he received his formal training in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Connect with him via twitter @JohnZannisMD or his website www.zannisplasticsurgery.com  

Dr. Kaleroy (Kally) Papantoniou is a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology.  She is also a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City. Connect with Dr. Papantoniou via twitter @DrPapantoniou or her website www.DrPapantoniou.com

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or at www.comprehendthemind.com

 

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Turbo ExtremeSteam – Great for your home and wardrobe

 

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Let me confess something to you – we don’t own and iron or even and ironing board. We had them when we were first married (20 years ago), but we hated to use them. When we had things that needed to be ironed they would just sit in a pile in the corner of the bedroom for weeks at a time. I hated to iron, and so did my husband. It’s a boring, mundane, tedious task.

When we purchase clothes we make sure to buy things that won’t easily wrinkle. We also hang things up the very moment they come out of the dryer to avoid wrinkles. We have gone so far as to dampen wrinkled things and pop them back in the dryer to get rid of wrinkles.

So far our tactics have worked OK, but there are times when we really need to have an iron. Especially when there is no time to put something in the dryer.

There is another way to get rid of wrinkles that is super quick and easy to do. It’s called the Turbo ExtremeSteam.

Turbo ExtremeSteam

The Turbo ExtremeSteam is a lightweight, handheld steamer. We have owned other steamers in the past but they are big, bulky and awkward to use. The Turbo ExtremeSteam was made to be quick and convenient. It even heats up and is ready to go in as little as 40 seconds.

Not only is the Turbo ExtremeSteam a must have for keeping your clothing wrinkle free (and getting out existing wrinkles), it can also be used around your home to clean and disinfect things like curtains, pillows and pet beds.

Not sure if steaming is for you? Take a look some quick facts on why it could change up your entire routine.

To Steam or Not to Steam?

  • Steaming is extremely time and cost efficient. It’s the fast way to wrinkle-free garments, so, no need to waste time and spend money on dry cleaning.
  • Unlike dry cleaning, steaming is green and clean. It only uses heated water, so no chemicals are required.
  • It’s gentle on fabrics. Your clothes and home fabrics don’t like the heavy chemicals used in dry cleaning. It makes them weak and sad. Steaming keeps them strong and happy.
  • It’s easier! Who likes hauling out cumbersome ironing boards?
  • Tough on critters. Kills them and prevents them. Bye-bye dust mites and bed bugs. Hello safe, clean furniture and mattresses.
  • A fresh perspective. Steaming de-wrinkles and refreshes drapes, curtains, upholstery and more – you don’t even have to take anything off rods!

I do enjoy getting the wrinkles out of our curtains. I used to just leave them (as pathetic as that sounds). My son uses a tie to hold back the curtains in his room and they get really wrinkled. I have yet to think of a better alternative. I hated out horrible it would make the curtains look. With the Turbo ExtremeSteam I can quickly and easily remove those wrinkle, leaving them perfectly smooth looking, just the way I like it.

We have numerous pet bed, a cat tree and even our loveseat (aka – “The hair chair”) is covered in pet hair and who knows what else. We can wash some of them (they have slip covers) but not the pillow/padding. That is why I love using the Turbo ExtremeSteam to fresh up our pet’s things and kill any creepy crawlies that might have made home on them (or in them). Plus I think the steam helps to freshen them up and make them smell a bit better. I’m all for anything that helps with pet odors.

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SOME of our pet beds – we have more!

Unlike other steamers, this one is so easy to use. Simply fill the water tank, plug it in, turn it on and in 40 seconds you are ready to start steaming.

I believe one take of water will last for about 15 minutes of steaming. I have never steamed that long in one shot so I am not 100% positive. I also remove the water when not in use.

Conair Steamer

This is hand held and you can take it where you need to steam, providing that there is an outlet near by to plug it in. When I need to steam something where there is no outlet I bring the item/items closer to an outlet so I can use the steamer.

The steamer is safe with most fabrics. When in doubt I would test on a very small, inconspicuous area first and foremost. So far I have not had any issues.

There are also attachments for the steamer.

  • Silicone band to pull fabric taut
  • Delicate fabric spacer to protect trims and safely steam fine fabrics
  • Bristle brush to ensure steam penetrates the fibers for the perfect press, even on heavy fabric.
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Bristle brush attachment

I use the bristle brush attachment on the furniture to help grab any pet hair I might have missed. I ALWAYS “brush” the furniture with a special pet hair brush that we use, but just in case I missed something I like to use the bristle brush attachment (I just make sure to remove all the hair from it so it doesn’t end up on our clothes or curtains).

There is even a special piece on the steam to help create the most perfect pleats for your pants. My husband uses that from time to time on his work pants. It’s funny because his work pants lost their creases (pleats) after he wore and washed them many times. Being able to put pleats back in them again they look like new pants.

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I like that it can stand up on it’s own when not being used.

I’ve also use the steamer to fresh up things we bring up from our basement storage. Things in the basement tend to pick up that “basement smell.” Using the streamer helps to get rid of a bit of that smell.

So far we have put this to great use. Even my teenagers use it from time to time.

The Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam is available at www.Target.com and Target Retail Locations. You might be able to find it at other retail locations too.

The product has a retail price of $59.99.

For more information about this and other Conair products visit Conair.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found on their website.

I’ll leave you with this video from Conair that showcases this amazing product.

 

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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