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Brighten up your next party with a “Disco Party” Crystal Super LED Stage Light from 1 By One

 

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Who doesn’t love a good party? Great music, yummy food, fabulous friends… I love it all.

Every now and then people host parties that are a bit more extraordinary that ordinary parties. They turn out to be a full blown celebration. Such parties would include a Sweet 16 party, wedding reception or graduation party.

Have you ever thrown a party that you would have loved to have taken to the next level? If so, I have a fun product you might want to consider for your next party – a Crystal Super LED Stage Light from 1 By One.

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This stage light is essentially a “Disco Party” light. It’s similar to a disco ball, but much better. It’s portable and you can control the colors and speed of the lights. It doesn’t have to be mounted on the ceiling either. You can put it on a table top or the floor.

I was sent one to review.

There was no complicated set up. Simply plug it in, turn it on and you are ready for a fun light show.

The device is portable so you can take it just about anywhere providing that you have a power source. You can also move it from room to room, or even take it outside on your back patio (the unit is NOT weather proof, so please keep that in mind).

The unit is small in size but it gives off very bright light.

Here is a brief (21 second) video I made of the stage light. I had put it on my kitchen counter so that our dog and cats did not interfere with it (they are very curious). You can see from the video just how bright and colorful the lights are.

 

Here are some additional photos I took.

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I wanted to test it out in another room, so I brought the light into our dining room. I plugged it in, set up the light display that I wanted, and went into the other room. The lights are so bright that they are just as bright and colorful in another room. They have a good reach too. The lights not only found their way into the living room but also the kitchen and hallway. I was very surprised (and pleased) by how far the colorful lights reach. I can only imagine how awesome this must look in a gymnasium or dance hall.

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I played with the settings to get different looks and color combinations.

My husband even saw the lights from outside in the parking lot! I was testing out the unit at night and he had come home from work. He said you could see the lights dancing across the closed curtain. He said it really caught his eye. No doubt our other neighbors who came home when I was giving this light a test drive saw the lights. They must have thought we were having a wild party.

I like that there are different setting and color choices. I plan on using this at Halloween with the orange lights. If people can see the lights through the curtains I think it would really add to our Halloween decor.

I would have expected a party light like this to cost a small fortune. That is not the case at all. It’s sold on Amazon.com for only $35.99. I think it would pay for it’s self after one use/party.

Kids and teens will also enjoy this light. My teens love it.

I’m not the only one who loves this fun light. It has rave reviews on Amazon.

Get your party started with a Crystal Super LED Stage Light from 1 By One. Look for it at Amazon.com (this is NOT an affiliate link). You can also find this and other interesting products like this at 1ByOne.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website. 

What do you think of this “Disco Party” light? Does it look like something you would want for your next party?

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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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Protect your family from bad air during winter (plus win a $299 uHoo sensor)

 

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While winter isn’t bad at all this year, it’s still quite tricky to to ensure that the air quality at home is clean and fresh. Not only you can get sick from the cold weather, you can also get sick from poor air quality at home. Did you know that it can cause headaches, long lasting colds, or even bronchitis sometimes? It can also worsen asthma attacks and affect the quality of our sleep.

There are many factors that make the air quality at home suffer during the colder months. The most common sources of indoor air pollutants are the byproducts of wood-burning stoves, water heaters, carpeting, and air fresheners.

Luckily there are easy ways to quickly improve the air.

  1. Open the window when the weather permits. It’s basically getting rid of the “bad” air and letting the fresh air in. Very easy, but sometimes we forget how this simple gesture can provide great relief.
  1. Place more indoor plants. Aloe Vera, Snake plant, and ferns cannot only improve the look of your living room, but these plants can also act as natural air filters. If you have pets, make sure to get plants that are not poisonous. You can see the full list of plants listed by NASA here.
  1. Install an indoor air sensor. Since it is hard to gauge the quality of the air in our homes, installing sensors let us know the level of pollutants present and if the safety levels of gases such as carbon monoxide and ozone are breached. An indoor air sensor such as uHoo can help.
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uHoo comes with eight sensors: temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, airborne chemicals, particulate matter, air pressure, carbon monoxide, and ozone. The device is connected to the smartphone via WiFi, and it sends alerts to ensure that the air at home is safe. Through the app, you can also see the historical data of the air quality at home. It’s a very useful device for family members with allergies or respiratory illness, such as asthma.

To get a chance to experience how the indoor air sensor works in your home, uHoo is giving away one uHoo sensor worth $299 plus $1000+ worth of gift certificates. You can click on this link to join the giveaway or click the photo below.

You can learn more about how uHoo works on their website.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with uHoo to bring you this information. This is a sponsored post. The opinions expressed are those of the author’s and don’t necessarily reflect my own. 

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Digital Parenting: Setting Ground Rules for Internet Safety

 

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Am I the only parent that believes that the Internet has made supervising teenagers that much more challenging? Don’t get me wrong, I certainly enjoy the conveniences that the Internet and modern technology have afforded us. However, when you think about it, children of all ages are now exposed to content in an instant. The things we try so hard to shield them from are now only a click away… and for me that is scary.

I realized that meant I needed to learn how to effectively parent in this digital age we live in. In order to safeguard my children from the inappropriate content on the Internet, I would need to educate myself and set some ground rules. If you’re the parent of a tween or teenager, this advice will certainly come in handy.

Get Protected

A parent’s first line of defense with Internet safety is parental controls. Setting limitations online can help minimize the potential of your child ending up on a site they have no business accessing. There are several Internet service providers, such as FIOS Frontier, that offer parental control features. While it will not protect them from all the dangers of the Internet, it does add peace of mind.

Set the Rules

Once you’ve got a few Internet protections in place, it is a good idea to set some ground rules. Sure your kids might mumble and groan about the rules, but it’s for their own protection. When setting the rules you want to keep your kid’s age in mind so that you can ensure you’re being fair across the board. Some common rules you might set would include:

Household computers and devices are to remain in a public area. Keep the computer in a high-traffic location such as the living room. This way you can keep an eye on your children as they access the Internet.

Limit time online. Unless it’s for educational purposes (i.e. a book report), your child does not need to be online 24 hours per day. Set reasonable limits on how much computer time your children are allowed to have. For example, your 12 year old might get two hours a day while your eight year old may only be entitled to one.

No personal information. Your children should not be allowed to provide any personal contact information online without your consent. This would include things like full name, address, or telephone number.

No chat rooms. There are a lot of websites that allow users to interact via chat. Whether its social media or through an email provider like Google, you may want to keep the chat room privilege to a minimum. Predators are known to target children through chat rooms and you want to make sure that yours don’t fall victim. If you have an older teen however (14+), then you might simply have a talk with them about what to say and what not to say when chatting with friends online.

No photo sharing without permission. Taking “selfies” is the new thing for young children. However, you want to make sure they’re not taking pictures that are inappropriate or that can be misconstrued as such. Therefore, a rule of no photo sharing without prior permission allows you to see exactly what they’re sending friends. Again, for older teens, having a conversation about appropriate and inappropriate photos online would suffice.

No accessing unfamiliar sites. It can be pretty easy to find your way to inappropriate content when searching the Web. Therefore, you want to make sure that your children know not to access any links to websites that are not familiar to them or approved by you.

Talk to Your Kids

Once you’ve determined what the rules for using the Internet will be, you’ll need to relay the message to your kids. Explain to them the importance of being careful when online. Talking with your children not only educates them on the potential dangers that are online, but starts an open dialogue which is important. Once you’ve talked with your kids about the Internet and the rules, remember to let them know that they can always come to you if there is a problem.

Your children have access to the Internet at home, in schools, and even on the go. While the Internet is filled with cool things for them to learn and engage in, there are also a lot of dangers that you must prepare them for. If you haven’t instilled the importance of Internet safety in your children, there’s no time like the present. Start by educating yourself, setting up digital protections, creating ground rules, and more importantly talking with your children. Doing so will give you peace of mind and ensure that your kids are safe as they surf the web.

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New Year, New Risky Apps Every Parent Should Know About

 

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The world has become a scary place. It’s changed so much since I was a child. Back in the day we didn’t have cellphones. We would leave our homes at sun-up and know that we had to be home when the sun went down (where I lived there were no street lights). Parents pretty much had no clue where you were all day long. They trusted that you were safe where ever you were.

We didn’t have child safe caps on medicine bottles, we didn’t wear helmets when we rode our bikes – even car seats were not really a thing. Some how we survived. But that was then. These days there are a lot more things to worry about, especially when it comes to children.

One of the biggest concerns with today’s youth is technology and social media. There was a time when you had to be 13 before you were allowed to have a Facebook account. Now a days I see elementary school children with Twitter and Instagram accounts.

I work with elementary school children and they tell me about apps that even my teenagers are not aware of. That just blows my mind! Just the other day the kids I work with were telling me about an app called Music.ly. I asked my high school and college aged children if they heard of the app and they both said “no.”

Today’s technology – most especially social media and apps – make the world a much more dangerous place for children and teens.

There are even some apps that hide things so that parents cannot find them. That is really scary.

My kids are 16 and almost 19 years old. We pay for their cellphones. As long as we pay for them they are not allowed to download any apps without our permission – even a teens. We want to know what are kids are doing at all times. It’s not that we don’t trust them (we do) – it’s other people we worry about.

TeenSafe, the world’s leading parental monitoring technology service, has released an infographic on this topic, including the “Top 5 Blacklist Apps” that parents should be on the lookout for. Here’s the breakdown:

Snapchat: One of the most popular apps for sexting among teens. Sexts can be saved even though they are supposed to disappear.

Kik Messenger: Tweens and teens also Kik to send sexts. Predators can contact your child via Kik and send unsolicited sexts.

Tinder: No age verification means your child could be “matched” with adults on this popular dating app. Tinder has had security breaches that exposed user data and location.

Blendr: There are no age requirements for this dating app, allowing adults to contact children. GPS features can reveal the location of your child to diligent predators.

Down: Lets a user sort Facebook friends they are “down” to hook up with. It perpetuates “hookup” culture among young teens.

Below is an infographic with more important information all parents should be aware of.

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Are YOU aware of these apps and their harmful potential?

Even apps (sites) such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can put your child at risk.

Did you know that if your child/teen has “location” set up on their smart phone and upload photos to Instagram, ANYONE who follows your child can see where the photos were uploaded via the app. If your child uploads a lot of photos while at home or school those locations will appear on Instagram making it easy to track down where your child lives and goes to school.

Scary stuff!

Are there any other applications you are aware of that could be harmful for children/teens? If so, please leave a comment and tell me and others about them.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Halting Hackers For The Holidays

 

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October was National Cyber Security Awareness month and during that time, millions of online identities were stolen in America with more than 200 published breaches.

We’re now getting close to 1 billion records of identity theft – more than three times our entire population in the United States.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans have heard, read or seen something about online safety and security issues recently, according to StopThinkConnect.org. Yet consumers also say they don’t take steps to stay safe online because they lack information or knowledge.

So here are my best tips to help you enjoy Black Friday, CyberMonday and the Christmas shopping experience without losing your privacy and identity or putting your children’s safety at risk:

Change your passwords – all of them. Do it now and do it as frequently as you can tolerate. If you don’t want to change them often, then use any unique characters you can think of, such as a dollar sign ($) or an exclamation mark (!) or replace a letter “O” with a 0 (zero). This goes a long way in preventing brute force attacks against your password. Also, never trust anyone on the phone who asks for your password, especially if they called you. The same holds true with emails. Both the telephone and email are used by people who try to get your password by pretending to be the IRS, your bank or someone else you have an account with.

Clean up your apps. Assume most of your smartphone or tablet apps are malware that spies on you and your online behavior. Do you really need them? Delete any apps you don’t use often. Replace apps that take advantage of too many of your privacy settings with similar apps that don’t. On an iPhone, you’re not being eavesdropped on until you run the app.

Shop online only from websites you trust. If you don’t know where the merchant is located, don’t shop online there. If they don’t have a corporate address or are located in another country, it could be iffy whether you ever see the goods you think you purchased. Also, if their shopping-cart experience is not an HTTPS browser session, then everything you type in – your name, address and credit card information – is going over the Internet unencrypted, in plain view.

Never buy online using your credit card on a site that doesn’t have SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption installed. It’s easy to tell you are in a secure, encrypted session. You should see an icon of a locked padlock in your browser and the website URL starts with HTTPS not HTTP. Also, if you receive emails from the merchant, no matter the reason, don’t give them your credit card information over email.

Don’t use cash or debit cards. You have three major choices when shopping – cash, credit or debit. In rare but growing instances there’s even a fourth option called “Bitcoins,” which are now accepted at some merchants including Overstock.com. Bitcoins could be considered the equivalent to the cash option, because once used, you can’t get them back. So, if you have to choose among these options, the best is the credit card.

Here’s why: If you experience identity theft, credit card laws allow you to keep all of your credit immediately, with no responsibility during an identity theft or fraud investigation. With a debit card, your bank’s policy can be to tie up your money in the amount of the fraudulent transactions for up to 30 days. Some have been known to take up to 60 days to resolve the issue.

Don’t use public WiFi without using SSL encryption. Public Wifi networks can be a hacker’s dream. If they want, they can see what websites you are visiting and insert malware into your computer or other device. The hacker also has access to any information you are sending out over the Internet, which could include credit card numbers or other critical information.

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About the author:

Gary Miliefsky  is a consumer advocate who has been recently featured on ABC, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, NBC’s Today, FOX News, CNBC and elsewhere for his expertise as a cyber security expert. He is Founder of SnoopWall Inc. (www.snoopwall.com), a cutting edge counter-intelligence technology company offering free consumer based software to secure personal data on cell-phones and tablets, while generating revenues helping banks and government agencies secure their networks.

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Jam Jars – a unique way to enjoy your “tunes”

 

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Mason Jars… they have so many uses. Not only do people use them to can foods, but they are also used as drinking glasses, vases, as storage and in amazing craft projects.

I have a few Mason Jars left over from when I tried making my own jams and jellies. I use them for a variety of things, but mostly for storage.

I love visiting Pinterest (Pinterest is my “happy place,” LOL). If you do a search for “Mason Jars” on you’ll be amazed at how many things come up. It never fails, after I look up a few ideas for Mason Jars I am always inspired to want to do something creative with the ones that I have.

A new use for Mason Jars, one I would have never thought of, is to listen to your favorite music.

How can you listen to music from a Mason Jar?

Matt Gira, a college student, found a unique purpose for Mason Jars – speakers!

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Using a bit of technology, Matt has been able to turn a regular Mason Jar into a speaker. The Mason Jar serves as a vessel to amplify the music. I have heard of people doing something similar with cardboard boxes. A Mason Jar is much more decorative, and when not in use you would never know it’s a speaker.

I was sent a Jam Jar to review. I received one that was colored a bright and cheery yellow color. The Jam Jar also came with the power source and plugs needed to turn it from a decoration to a speaker.

To use the jar as a speaker you simply connect them to your iPod, iPhone or other device through a 3 foot auxiliary cord, the same way you would connect your music device to headphones. You also have to make sure that the Jam Jar is connected to a standard electrical outlet to boost their sound. A power cord is included.

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You don’t need to be a “rocket scientist” to set this up. I was “jamming” to my favorite tunes in little over a minute. I just needed to plug the Jam Jar into my iPhone (via the earphone plug outlet on the phone) and plug the jar into the outlet.

Initially there was a little crackling sound, but after a few moments it disappeared.

The Jam Jar amplifies music nicely. You can make it very loud (I don’t out of consideration for my neighbors). It works just as well as any other external speaker I have used.

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As far as a speaker is concerned – Jam Jar delivers. It’s a very nice speaker. I use it when I am cooking and/or cleaning. I find that listening to music helps make them seem like like a “chore.”

I also like that the Jam Jar serves as a decoration too, when not in use. When it’s unplugged from the outlet and your device it’s just a regular, colorful, Mason Jar.

It’s a fun conversation piece too.

Jam Jar would make a fun gift, especially for someone who loves crafty things, decorating with Mason Jars or anyone who could use an external speaker to listen to their favorite tunes. It’s a fun way to listen to your favorite holiday music.

Honestly, the only “downside” I can come up with is that the electrical outlet plug is very big and heavy. And that is not really a big deal if you ask me.

If you would like to learn more about Jam Jar visit their Etsy shop – Etsy.com/Shop/LioProducts.

I also like that Jam Jar was created by a college student. I am all for supporting small businesses, especially a college student.

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Kimberly

*I recieved 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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