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Manage, organize and protect your mobile device cables with NEET Cable Keeper

 

Phone Chargers

There are a lot of things that my family goes through on a regular basis… toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, pens, batteries and power cords to charge cellphones. You have no idea how many times I have had to buy replacement power cables/cords for the cellphones. My kids either lose them, they get damaged or worse yet – the cats chew them in half. After all, to a cat the power cord/cable is nothing but a fun string to play with.

I buy replacements so much that I have them bookmarked on my site so I can quickly reorder when needed. Thankfully my kids each have an iPhone 5 so they can share a power cord if need be. My husband has a 5 also (work phone) and both of us have an iPhone 4s, so we can share that cord if need be. My husband and I take better care of them then our kids do.

What if there was a solution to this problem that will not only help protect your cables/cords from cats, but also organize them, protect them and even help to identify them (so you know which one belongs to which person). There IS a solution – it’s called the NEET Cable Keeper.

NEET Cable Keeper

The NEET Cable Keeper is a fabric shell designed to protect your cables from frays and ripping (and ideally from cats chewing on them too). The Cable Keeper allows you to form your cables into compact shapes and supports your cables by bearing some of the strain when winding and bending your cables, which can lengthen the life of your cable.

There is a zipper zipper pull that helps making insertion of the cable/cord easier. It also allows for you add multiple cables together to help organize all the cords you need in one sleeve.

The NEET Cable Keeper is available in 10 vibrant colors – black, light blue, gold, green, royal blue, pink, red, silver, white and yellow. You can assign a specific color to each person in your household or organize a group of cords/cables by color.

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They are available in 3ft/100 cm lengths and range in price – Universal ($12), Micro-USB to USB ($17) and MFi Apple Lightening ($30).

The cords/cables are NOT included with the NEET Cable Keeper. You need to supply your own cable/cord.

I have two of the NEET Cable Keepers. One I keep on my iPhone charging cord and the other I keep on the cord for my camera (the one I use to transfer photos from the camera to the computer). We have A LOT of cords/cables for a variety of products. It seems like everything has a power cord these days. It’s hard to keep track of what belongs to what. That is why I like to be able to easily identify which cable I need by knowing the NEET Cable Keeper cover I’ve assigned to it. It makes finding the right cord so much easier. I can even do it without looking (just by the feel of the NEET Cable Keeper).

I found putting the NEET Cable Keeper on the cord/cable very easy to do.

I think this is the ideal solution for all your cable/cord needs. Not only does it protect them but it helps to organize them too.

This is one of those “Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner” products. I wish we had NEET Cable Keepers years ago. It would have saved me a lot of money on lost, broken and cat chewed on cords for the cellphones.

If you would like to learn more about NEET Cable Keepers please visit www.NEETProducts.com. You can also find the brand on social media (links found on their website).

What do you think about NEET Cable Keepers? Is this a much needed product in your home? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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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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CHI Touch 2 Dryer

 

Not my hair (I wish!). This is just a stock photo.I don't have pictures of me in my teen years to show off my hair.

Not my hair (I wish!). This is just a stock photo.I don’t have pictures of me in my teen years to show off my hair.

My hair used to by my crowning glory. I had really long, super thick, wavy hair when I was younger. My hair dresser referred to it as a lion’s mane.

Sadly, years of hair coloring, perms (back in the 80’s), hair products, hair dryers, stress, age and other things have taken it’s toll on my once beautiful hair. It’s not as thick and lush as it used to be. It’s still think and wavy, but no where close to the way it used to be.

I am careful about the products I use in my hair. I don’t use hair products that often (mousse, gel…) – maybe the occasional squirt of hair spray if I’m having a bad hair day. I also don’t use damaging products like flat irons and curlers. I do use a hair dryer.

Normally when I wash my hair I let it sit in a towel for a bit, then I let it air dry for a little longer. I can’t let it completely air dry because it gets really frizzy and looks dry. To combat that I usually scrunch my hair using a hair dryer. It helps to make my waves look a bit better and less frizzy.

CHI Touch 2

A while ago I was sent to review a new hair dryer called the CHI Touch 2. This an update version of the CHI Touch with new features. The CHI Touch 2 is lighter with a new sleek compact design and slip-resistant finish and can even be transformed into a hands free device.

This is not your ordinary hair dryer. This dryer is high tech and allows you to customize the perfect setting for you or the look you are going for.

For the first time, you can tailor your blowout according to the hair’s texture; something no other dryer provides. As a result, you will achieve optimal shine, increased volume and bounce plus eliminate frizz. Its NEW 2.24 inch touch screen control and unique speedometer design provides this customization with intelligent settings that control the temperature, ions, and speed. The built-in 3D ion generation system emits over 3x times more ionic output that you can adjust with just a touch of the finger. This allows you to increase the ionic output for thick coarse hair while normal to fine hair needs less ions. Of course, The CHI Touch 2 would not be complete without CHI ceramic technology to produce moist heat and a consistent temperature.

This is by far the most high tech dryer I have ever had the pleasure to use.

The CHI Touch 2 has a touch screen that allows you to play with the different settings to find what is best for your hair. You can control how fast the air blows, the temperature and the ions. You can even set it to blow cold air.

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I wasn’t sure what settings worked best for me so each time I used it I would play around with the settings until I found the perfect temperature, speed and ion setting for my hair.

I’m not totally sure what ions are but I believe it has something to do with how quickly your hair dries. I also think it has something to do with removing static from your hair. My hair has had a lot of static in it lately. It has improved greatly since using the CHI Touch 2.

To adjust the hair dryer to suit your needs simply press on which setting you want to adjust (speed, temp, ions). Next, using your finger, move the “arm” on the dial to the desired location. The the left is less, to the right is more.

The hair dryer does come with attachments but I have yet to use them.

This dryer is lighter than my previous one. I also find it to be not as noisy as my previous one, even on a high speed setting.

For me, since using this dryer, my hair has less frizzies than normal. I don’t know if it’s because of the ions or something else. I also use it a lot less than my previous dryer, so it appears to be drying my hair a lot quicker. I also find that it cools off after use a lot quicker than other dryers too.

So far I can’t think of a negative thing to say about this dryer. The only thing that might be considered a “negative” for some is the price. The CHI Touch 2 retails for around $199.99. I think that is because this is a salon quality hair dryer – something you would find in high end salons. For me it’s not something I could budget for (sadly) but if I had the money I would certainly buy it. I am very pleased with my experience with this dryer. It’s by far the best hair dryer I have ever used.

If you would like to learn more please visit the manufacturer’s site, www.Farouk.com.

The CHI Touch 2 can be purchased at fine salons and online retailers like ulta.com and loxabeauty.com.

What do you think about this hair dryer? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

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

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Entertainment on the go with TV Everywhere (giveaway ends 8/10/15)

 

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Summer can be either a very busy time for people – or a time to sit back, relax and unwind. For some people it’s a combination of both.

Lately we have been trying to do things with our kids (day trips) to local museums and attractions. I’m also looking forward to having a day off or two just to get some R&R.

Years ago my husband was lounging on our balcony, trying to keep up with a baseball game on his cellphone (reading the scores). My husband talked about how he had a tiny black and white television he used to drag out to the balcony of his old place to watch TV. He wished he could do it again, but not on a black and white TV.

Now you can enjoy your favorite television programming whether you are sitting outside your home, stuck at an airport or lounging poolside with TV Everywhere. It’s the best way to watch TV on the go.

I haven’t heard of TV Everywhere until now. Where has this technology been all these years?

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With TV Everywhere technology, you can watch on your mobile devices, wherever you are. Now it’s easy to keep up with the newest TV series, sports, news and events — live and on demand — through your cable TV provider, all at no additional cost.

At home, you can watch your favorite TV show on a tablet, laptop or game console in one room while others watch on the big screen in another room. Away from home, all you need is WiFi access and you could be watching TV — at the kids’ soccer practice, in an airport or coffee shop, waiting for an appointment — wherever your day takes you.

This is awesome! This sure beats the little back and white television my husband used to drag out to the balcony to watch a ballgame. Now he can watch it in full color as it happens on his smartphone or one of our tablets.

I especially like the idea of being able to catch up on my favorite shows while waiting in a doctor’s office (you know how long those waits can be). You can even watch television on your lunch break at work.

I always have my phone on me, so most of the time I would probably use my smartphone to access TV Everywhere. We also have several tablets, so I could easily tote one of them along with me too.

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This is such an easy and convenient solution for keeping yourself entertained on the go as well as never missing out on your favorite shows.

I would use TV Everywhere a lot during football season. My husband monopolizes the television watching all the games. He literally watches from first thing in the morning until the last game ends at 11 or 12 at night. I usually find things to do (clean, blog, watch a DVD) but there are times I also like to watch television. Now with TV Everywhere I can watch TV when I want to.

Best of all – TV Everywhere is FREE! It’s an extension of your current cable provider. You will need WIFI in order to access the content.

Currently these are the cable providers that work with TV Everywhere.

Cable Providers

Some of the channels available with TV Everywhere include A+E, Fox, HBO, NBCU, TWC, Univision and more.

Channels

If you would like to learn more about TV Everywhere please visit TVEverywhereNow.com. You can also see what others have to say with the hashtag #TVEverywhere.

What do you think about TV Everywhere? Does it sound like a service you would like to have?

TV Everywhere would love to give a lucky reader the following prize package;

(1) $50.00 Visa Gift Card

(1) TV Everywhere Tablet Cover

Thanks TV Everywhere!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Auguts 10, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email 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 when you would use TV Everywhere?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received compensation in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. TV Everywhere will provide the prize package. 

 

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iDevice Kitchen Thermometer

 

Grandmother cooking.

Don’t you love today’s technology? I often wonder what my grandmother and great-grandmother would think if they had a chance to experience today’s modern technology. I think they would be truly amazed.

Personally I can’t believe that I witnessed things like computers, cellphones and tablets. Today’s youth doesn’t realize how good they have it when it comes to technology. Although I do with kids would get outside and play more and use their imaginations and not spend their time on the computers and video games – but that is for another post. LOL!

You can find new technology for just about every room in your home. I especially wonder what my grandmother and great-grandmother would think of all the wonderful kitchen technologies available these days. My grandmother and great-grandmother loved to cook and bake. I bet they would be overjoyed but the modern conveniences that would have made things easier for them.

Have you heard about the brand iDevices? They offer some interesting products including iGrill, iShower and their Kitchen Thermometer.

I was sent the Kitchen Thermometer to review.

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iDevices: Kitchen Thermometer

Meet your new Sous-Chef: Full-size Bluetooth cooking thermometer allows you to monitor temperatures from your free iDevices Connected app 

  • Dual-probes allow you to monitor two temperatures simultaneously from another room
  • Customized temperature lets you know when your food reaches the perfect temperature
  • Remove food from stove at just the right time to wow family and friends
  • 150 foot Bluetooth Smart Range; -22°to 572°F temperature range
  • Magnetic mounting for your stove or counter; illuminated display for quick glance
  • Compatible with iOS and most Android devices

One of husband is VERY paranoid about under cooked food. He won’t eat anything if he sees even the slightest pink in any of the meats we are cooking. The big family joke is that my husband won’t eat anything until it’s burned beyond recognition. It’s not really how it is, but he won’t eat anything that is not well done.

We have food thermometers to check the temperature of things, but we are not always sure what temperatures are ideal or not.

The iDevice Kitchen Thermometer helps to take the guesswork out of cooking. Not only does it monitor what you are cooking it will let you know via the brand’s app when your food product has reached the ideal temperature. This gives you the freedom to go about your day and do other things without constantly having to check and monitor the food you are cooking. The Kitchen Thermometer does all that work for you.

Set up is pretty easy. You just need to download the app on your smartphone or tablet. The device connects with the app via Bluetooth technology. I’m pretty impressed that you can go up to 150 feet from the Kitchen Thermometer and it can still connect with your device via the app.

iDevice Kitchen Thermometer

With the Kitchen Thermometer you can keep track of your roast, turkey or whatever you are cooking from anywhere in your home – even if you are outside. You don’t have to constantly go into the kitchen and manually check the temperature of the food.

The app is more than just keeping track of the things you are cooking. It also has recipes worth checking out and you can see what others using the app are cooking/baking. You can even share your meal creations with others on social media. Even if you didn’t have the Kitchen Thermometer, the app is worth having.

The app is free too!

I’ve used the Kitchen Thermometer several times thus far (mostly to cook chicken and beef). So far I have had no issues with it. It works exactly the way I expected it would. My grandmother and great-grandmother would have gone crazy for something like this.

Here is a brief video that shows you more about the iDevice Kitchen Thermometer.

 

It’s really cool. It’s one of those “Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?” products.

If you would like to learn more about the iDevice Kitchen Thermometer or other iDevice products please visit iDevices.com. There is a mini and full size version of the Kitchen Thermometer too.

You can also find the brand on social media.

What do you think about the iDevice Kitchen Thermometer? Does it sound like a product you could really use in your kitchen? 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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PicsArt Releases New Version of ‘PicsArt for Kids’ App With A Focus On Education and the Arts

 

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I am totally amazed at the variety of applications available for your devices. My kids are teenagers and even in their short lives technology has grown by leaps and bounds. Kids these days have amazing things available to them.

I love trying out new apps – even ones geared towards children. I work with children so I like to keep up-to-date on the latest and greatest children’s applications.

One app I’ve been having fun with is called PicsArt for Kids. It’s a free app that has a focus not only on education and the arts, but also on FUN!

Kids love to draw and color. They also like to learn, especially when the learning is done is a way that is fun and entertaining. When kids are having fun they don’t realize they are learning too.

National Kids Day is this August 3, 2015. In honor of this day PicsArt, the company behind the app PicsArt for Kids, has launched the app for Android devices.

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PicsArt launced the app to spark the imagination and creativity among children ages 3-8. The new app comes with brand new ways for kids to learn, grow and create with the latest animation tools and the removal of in-house ads. This represents PicsArt’s ongoing efforts to provide users of all ages with new ways to create beautiful images with a kid-friendly interface.

“Curiosity and creativity are two things that go hand-in-hand for children experimenting with art.” said PicsArt CEO, Hovhaness Avoyan, “With this new app update, we’ve added features that provide educational value for kids without compromising the creative spirit at the core of our apps.”

PicsArt is a great photo editing application. It allows you to do some pretty amazing edits with you photos.

PicsArt put that same level of attention and detail into their PicsArt for Kids app. The goal is to inspire children to create amazing things through the use of interactive animations, sounds, music, a variety of brush stokes, outline shapes, games and more.

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I have tired out several drawing and coloring apps, but so far none of them have impressed me as much as PicsArt for Kids. It’s so easy to use. Even three year olds can easily navigate throughout the app.

I love that the app offers a variety of colors for kids to choose from, not just the primary colors. I think access to more colors and really let a child’s imagination go wild.

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It’s more than just coloring and drawing. The app also teaches children to draw the various shapes and how to turn those shapes into things. For example, the app shows children how they can turn a circle in a cat, dog or snowman. It also shows you have to take a wavy, banner-like shape and turn it into a horse or a peacock. As an adult I thought that was pretty cool. I can doodle but never would I think to take such a shape and turn it into a horse.

The sounds effects are fun too, as well as the sweet music that plays in the background (the music can be turned off if needed).

PicsArt for Kids app offers children A LOT of coloring pages. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of coloring pages I found. There are plenty of coloring pages to excite any child including princesses, cars, animals, dinosaurs, monsters, under the sea and more. The coloring pages are super cute too and there are plenty of details in each one that children can color. They are not just basic shapes with 2 or 3 areas to color. These pictures are a lot like coloring pages you find in a book.

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In addition to the dozens of free coloring pages available in the app, kids can also get access to new coloring pages via in-app purchases. These pages help them develop a sense of color and shape, and teach them how to draw using brushes and other artistic tools. Kids now have access to high-resolution support from the app as well, which helps them grow comfortable with mobile art creation and prepares them to use PicsArt Photo Studio as they advance.

As a mom I can see the value in such a wonderful app. If my children were younger I would certainly give them this app to play with. I plan on recommending it to the people I know with young children. It is, by far, one of the best coloring and drawing applications I have ever had the pleasure of trying out.

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If you would like check out PicsArt for Kids app visit the Google Play Store. You can also find the app on the iTunes store.

If you would like to connect with the PicArt’s 65 million users check out the community section at www.PicsArt.com.

What do you think about the PicsArt for Kids app? Does it look like something you would like to check out for your child or grandchild? The app is FREE and I recommend checking it out.

If you already use this app feel free to share your thoughts about it.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with PicsArt for Kids app to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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A must have app for organizing your photos

 

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Do you remember way back when you took photos with a camera that used film? I sure do (I’m showing my age).

Back in the day when you wanted to share photos with family and friends, or preserve special family memories, you took photos with your camera. Once the film was used up you took it to a photo shop to have them printed out for you. I remember when it would take days to get the photos back. These days you can have them done on the spot.

After you received your photos you would organize them nicely in photo albums. Some people, like my husband, organized the photos chronologically. That way we knew exactly which photo album a specific photo or series of photos were.

I used to think he was a little nuts being so organized like that but he’s proven time and time again that his system is perfect. These days when we think back to a specific photo (usually of our kids) we know exactly what album to go to (we have about 20+ albums).

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These days most people don’t print out photos. Instead they prefer to keep their previous photos on their smartphones, tablets or computers. While I do appreciate actual tangible photos, having the ability to carry my precious photos with me where ever I go is great too.

I have found that having a large quantity of photos on your device can make it difficult to pin point the exact photo you are looking for. Often you have to scroll through dozens, if not hundreds, of photos to find a specific one. Not only is that time consuming it’s also frustrating too.

You could make a special album for certain photos, but who wants dozens of folders on their device? I don’t.

What if there was a way to find specific photos on your device quickly and easily? There is a way! It’s a free application called PicJoy. PicJoy is a new app that automatically organizes all of your photos.

Check out this cute and funny video about just how much people dread organizing their photos.

 

Cute! I love the muscular guy.

PicJoy automatically organizes your photos in variety of ways making it super easy to find the photo (or photos) you are looking for.

Add a title to your pictures.

Add a title to your pictures.

You can edit your photos and give them “Title” which aids in the search for that specific photo (or a series of photo). You can also add a story and explain the background behind the photo. I think it’s nice to add a bit of a story to each photo. I think that is a great way to personalize them.

PicJoy also gives you the ability to share your pictures with family and friends via email, text or social media.

Let me give you an example. Our daughter recently graduated from high school. I have a bunch of photos from that day on my phone. I titled them all “Graduation,” and on a few of them I wrote a story about who was in the photos, where it was taken and so forth.

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In the above screen shot from my phone you can see one of the graduation photos as seen in PicJoy. The areas in black are where I needed to cover up for security reasons (I rather people NOT know my daughter’s name, her boyfriend’s name or their high school). The word “Graduation” is the photos title and the black box underneath is covering up the little story I added to that photo (her boyfriend’s name, the date, where they were when the photo was taken…).

If I want to share this photo (or any photo) I just have to pull up the menu to select where I want to send the photo.

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Below is a screen shot to show you how PicJoy also sorts photos by date. I had to cover up (and blur out) certain photos to protect people’s identities.

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You can also see some of the app’s settings (photos, stories, settings…). You can also do a search for specific photos.

So far I am really enjoying the PicJoy app. It’s helped me a lot and has enabled me to pull up and share photos of my lovely daughter from prom and graduation with family and friends without wasting their time (and mine) scrolling through hundreds of photos to find the ones I want to share.

Best of all it’s a FREE app. Look for it on iTunes or in the app store.

If you would like to learn more about the PicJoy app please visit www.PicJoyApp.com. You can also check out the app on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you think about the PicJoy app? Does it sound like an app you can really use to organize the dozens (or hundreds) of digital photos that you have?

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with PicJoy to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

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